Cook led the charge for 34 of
the 35 scheduled laps, before giving way to Bagley in the final three corners of the race. Cook
would settle for second, followed by 2010 series champion Bill Frye of Greenbrier, Ark., in
third and Brandon Smith of Floral, Ark., in fourth. Sixth-row starter, B.J.
Robinson of Shreveport, La.,
would round out the top five finishers.
Curtis Cook led the entire race at USA
Speedway, but was denied his second CCSDS win on the last lap. (Woody Hampton)
ominous weather lurked nearby early on, an already over-watered track hampered the starting efforts of the
program. Combine that, along with some equipment issues and a power outage and you were
set up for what was sure
to be an eventful feature -and it didn't disappoint!
Cook took the lead with Trey
Beene, Dewaine Hottinger, Jon Mitchell and Frye trailing on the initial lap. A
quick yellow would fly for a tire barrier hit and landing in turns one &
two cautions coming out virtually back-to-back on laps 5 & 6, the next and final one would
be the doozie on the restart. Seeking momentum, Jon Mitchell of Texarkana, Tex., was battling
for second with Beene on the restart. Mitchell's car went hot into turn one on the cushion
and stalled, sending cars down low to seek refuge. Mitchell avoided making contact with
the outside wall, as cars hunted for lanes to escape, causing a chain reaction and
a 12-car pileup. Many cars
involved suffered cosmetic damage, others had flats and a couple just ran out of room due to
a blocked speedway -stopping on
Area driver Darin Patrick and Kyle Beard
race for position at USA Speedway. CCSDS regular Beard posted eighth place.
was running 10th, when the fourth
and final caution occurred for
the pileup, as he pointed the No. 14M towards the infield, never letting the car come to a halt
and avoiding the chaos -Bagley would advance to third in the restarting
order for his
Cook still held the lead with Beene, Bagley,
Frye and Jay Brunson being shown in the top 5 positions. Only three cars would be lost
from the lap 6 melee. Brunson would
fall victim, while running near
the front of the pack, due to
power steering problems suffered from the accident.
The race would go green the final 29 laps,
but high drama was still on tap for the fans remaining in attendance. Seven circuits into
the restart, Bagley closed on Beene for second, as Cook set the pace and caught the back
of the field on lap 16.
drew up to Beene's decklid several times, but didn't have an answer to get by him. With 15 laps
remaining, the top four cars (Cook, Beene, Bagley and
Frye) had a full
straightaway on the rest of the group.
26, surprisingly Beene pulled his
car to the infield with smoke
shooting from under the hood, relinquishing second to Bagley as he sets
his sights on Cook and perhaps
another USA Speedway victory.
Bagley was two-lengths from Cook, but traffic
started to play a part with five to go. The pair cleared the lapped cars as Bagley began
to experiment with the outside groove with two laps left.
flag flying with Bagley
stalking Cook into turn one. Cook stayed married on the bottom, as Bagley
would charged into the two
turns on the high-side. Bagley powered around Cook exiting turn two, giving him the complete
pass down the backstretch and entering into three. Cook couldn't regain momentum, as
Bagley seized control the last
several feet to the flagstand, stealing a four-length victory over Cook, in front of the
Shreveport area racer Trey Beene (115) and
Little Rock's Dewaine Hottinger raced for second as Curtis Cook led the early going at USA
Notes: Bagley's Rocket Chassis
race car is powered by a Clements Racing Engine and sponsored by P&W Sales & Oilfield
Mfg., Mr. Frank Motorsports, Southern Transport, 360 Motorsports, Outerwears, Club 29, Hyperco,
J&J Motorsports and MSI.
Bagley's fight to keep the winning
streak alive at USA Speedway was in serious jeopardy after his heat race,
where he started fourth and was pushed to dead last at the start. Bagley only
managed to move up for a 5th place finish in the heat, giving him the 15th-starting
position in the feature.
Samuels and recent CCSDS winner John Kirby race each other close and hard at USA
has five victories in six Late Model appearances at USA
Speedway. The other was a
19th-place finish in
September 2010, in the O'Reilly SUPR Series.
Morgan Bagley takes the checkered at the
end of a wild CCSDS main event at USA Speedway. (Woody Hampton)
Bagley's four Comp Cams Super Dirt Series
events he has entered, has netted him two wins at USA Speedway, a 10th-place at
Drew County Speedway in Monticello, Ark., and a 14th-place at ArkLaTex Speedway in Vivian,
La., falling out late with a flat tire while running fifth.
The checkered flags flew on the 40-minute
feature at 12:40am and was slowed by four cautions, with twelve cars running at
the end of the race.
would also take hard charger honors with the fourteen position leap to victory, completing
Other big top 10 movers in the race, was
Brandon Smith, going from 11th-to fourth and B.J. Robinson with a 12th-to-fifth
Curtis Cook's runner-up finish still
places him atop the Comp Cams Super Dirt Series Rookie of the Year points lead,
over Shane Harris, Ian Samuel and teammate Keith Lawson.
Morgan Bagley and his team celebrate their
first CCSDS win at USA Speedway. (Woody Hampton)
Bill Frye won the first ever Late Model event
held at USA Speedway in May 2010 and has finished no worse than third in three series
appearances at the quarter-mile track.
Jon Mitchell of Texarkana,
Tex., has raced in all four Comp Cams Super Dirt Series events held at USA
Speedway in the last 15 months and has finished in the top 10 in all (6th, 5th, 7th
Johnny Virden of Russellville, Ark., became
part of a 3-car, heat race accident that gave his car some significant damage. Virden and
his crew received many helping hands in the pits to get him repaired for the feature.
Virden would make the effort worthwhile, rebounding from 19th-starting position and
Popular Arkansas veteran Bill Srye posted a third place finish at USA