Chanler Prevails in SUPR Return to
By Bryan Wimberley
MESQUITE, Texas — June 12. Claiming his first series victory in nearly four years, outside front-row starter Jeff
Chanler of Minden, La., held off polesitter Allen Tippen by four lengths at Devil’s Bowl Speedway on Saturday for a
flag-to-flag victory on the O'Reilly Southern United Professional Racing (SUPR) tour.
Chanler earned $2,000 for the victory at the historic half-mile oval outside Dallas, but it wasn't without feeling
heat from Tippen and Ronny Adams near the end.
Tippen, also of Minden, settled for second with the sixth-starting Adams of Greenwood, La., in third. Devil’s Bowl
regular Johnny Philpot, Jr. of Sunnyvale, Texas, edged second-generation driver Kyle Cummings of Minden for fourth
in a 25-lapper that lasted just 11 minutes
At the outset of the 25-lapper, Chanler jumped into the lead before the race’s only caution flew on the second lap
for a spinning Jeff Jones in turn two. Chanler pulled away on the restart while Tippen and Cummings gave chase.
Adams took third from Cummings on the eighth lap while Chanler built a half-straightaway lead up front.
Tippen got pressure from Adams for the runner-up spot on lap 12, but Tippen fought him off to hold the position as
the cut down Chanler’s lead. Further back, Philpot slipped by Cummings for fourth on lap 13. With eight laps
remaining, Tippen and Adams were within a few lengths of the leader as Chanler hunkered down for the onslaught to
On lap 21, Tippen went high to keep Adams in third, and Adams scraped the wall after bumping Tippen as they
continued their chase. Chanler stayed in control the rest of the way while Cummings regained the fifth spot from
11th-starting Patrik Daniels late in the race.
RACE NOTES: Chanler's Barry Wright Race Car is powered by a PTS Racing Engine and sponsored by David Peterson
Contracting, OWC Welding and David's Transmission. ... Chanler’s seventh career SUPR victory is his first since
Sept. 3, 2006, at his hometown Champion Park Speedway. ... Local driver Ronnie Long broke a transmission in his No.
29 after finishing third in his heat race; he drove Tom Lorenz’s No. 84 in the main event, finishing 18th. ...
Making a 500-mile journey to Devil's Bowl was Mark Myers of Clovis, N.M.; he failed to make the feature, falling
two positions shy in his consolation race. ... Other drivers failing to transfer to the feature: Bill Blue, Wesley
Chanler, Jeff Crane, Devane Hillman, Paul Joyner, Tom Lorenz, Phil Miller, Robbie Starnes, Chris Tarrant, Jason
Trevathan, John Wallace and Larry White. ... The next O'Reilly SUPR event is a June 18-19 doubleheader at I-30
Speedway near Little Rock, Ark.
SUPR - Devil's Bowl Speedway
- June 12th
1. Jeff Chanler, 2. Allen Tippin, 3. Ronny Adams, 4. Johnny Philpot, 5. Kyle
Cummings, 6. Patrik Daniel, 7. Rob Litton, 8. Lee Davis, 9. Gary Christian, 10.
Donald Watson, 11. Robbie Stuart, 12. Chris Holley, 13. Wendell Bolden, 14. Kevin
Sitton (prov.), 15. Josh Danzy, 16. Michael Coleman, 17. David Ashley, 18. Ronnie
Long, 19. Alex Ashley, 20. Jeff Jones, 21. Max Eddie Thomas.
Heat winners (34 entries): Watson, Chanler, Cummings, Tippen,
Last Chance Race Winners: D. Ashley, Holley.