Simpson Denies Phillips Century Win at Adams County
CORNING, Ia. - July 3. While runner up Terry Phillips was gunning for his 100th career MLRA win, Mount
Vernon, Iowa's Chad Simpson led all 30 laps from his outside front row starting position to capture the $3,000 to
win, 30 lap Lucas Oil MLRA Main Event at Adams County Speedway on Saturday night.
|Chad Simpson after a hard fought win at Adams County. (Ron Mitchell)
Phillips, of Springfield, Mo. was looking for his 100th Lucas Oil MLRA win on what would have been
Larry Phillips 68th birthday, but had to settle for second at the finish. Madison, Neb's Travis Dickes had a
stellar run to score a top three finish with Jason Utter out of Columbus Junction, Ia. in fourth and
Henderson, Col's Kelly Boen starting and finishing fifth . The event was Tri-Sanctioned by the Lucas Oil MLRA, the
O'Reilly NCRA, and the MARS Dirtcar Series.
Phillips started the A-Main right where he left off last night. leading the field across the start finish line from
his pole starting position withSimpson just to his outside but it was Simpson leading lap #1 by a nose over the
#75. The front two put a straightaway on the field by lap #4 as Travis Dickes, Jason Utter, and Kelly Boen all
battled for position behind the leaders.
An overachieving Travis Dickes races #75 Terry Phillips before settling for third at Corning.
A lone caution flag flew on lap seven as Alan Vaughn slowed at the top of turn four. On the restart,
Phillips chose the high line on the Delaware Double file style restart with Simpson out front by himself and the
#21 of Dickes inside of Phillips. Simpson once again powered to a ten-length lead over Phillips to lead
lap eight. The action was fast and furious throughout the pack with 23 cars still running. Marquette,
Nebraska's Kyle Berck suffered problems and retired from competition on lap 12 as the field remained
under the green flag.
At the halfway point, Simpson continued to lead, but the margin began to shrink as Phillips started to close on the
leader with Dickes, Utter, and Boen continuing in the top five. With five laps to go, that
order remained unchanged as the leaders worked their way through lap traffic during the long green flag run as
Phillips got stuck behind the #33 of Gary Christian, allowing Simpson to streak to the win. At the finish, it was
Chad Simpson followed by Phillips, Travis Dickes, Jason Utter, and Kelly Boen.
NOTES: Simpson's MasterSbilt Chassis is powered by a Pro Power Racing Engine with sponsorship support from Liebe
Trucking, GATR Volvo GMC, Farm Bureau Financial Services, Five-Star Shop Services, Brown Brothers Enterprises,
Simpson Farms, and Tom Hamer Trucking.
Al Purkey piloted the car normally driven by Al Humphries after mutually agreeing to split with car owner
Bill Koons. Notables not making the race include John Hampel, Matt Johnson, Jerry Warner, J. D. Hubert, Leroy
Johnson, Mike Wiarda, and Wylan Petrie. Missing from tonight's action were Chris Smyser, David Turner, and 2008
Lucas Oil MLRA Champion John Anderson.
MLRA/MARS/NCRA: Adams Co.
1. Chad Simpson, 2. Terry Phillips, 3. Travis Dickes, 4. Jason Utter, 5.
Kelly Boen, 6. Dave Eckrich, 7. Corey Zeitner, 8. Matt Furman, 9. Brad Looney, 10. Evan Hubert, 11. Al
Purkey, 12. Chris , 13. Joe Kosiski (prov.), 14. Denny Eckrich, 15. Chris Spieker (prov.), 16. Jeremy
Payne, 17. Jason O'Brien (prov.), 18. Gary Christian (prov.), 19. Eric Turner (prov.), 20. Justin
Asplin, 21. Bryant Goldsmith, 22. Shawn Harker (prov.), 23. Kyle Berck, 24. Alan Vaughn
Heat winners (41 entries): Chad Simpson, Dickes, Furman,Boen, Phillips. B-Feature winners: Chris