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Terry Phillips navigates State Fair Speedway

Terry Phillips - Sedalia MARS-MLRA

Terry Phillips after his 97th career MLRA win at State Fair Speedway. (Mike Musslin)

Phillips Tackles Turner For Sedalia MLRA/MARS Checkers

Dan Robinson

SEDALIA, Mo. - June 25. Finally prevailing after a lead-swapping duel with Eric Turner, Springfield, Missouri's Terry Phillips scored his 97th career Lucas Oil MLRA win on Friday at the Historic Missouri State Fair Speedway. The event was co-sanctioned with the MARS DirtCar Series.

Iowa's Denny Eckrich (left) and Colorado standout Kelly Boen (right) share some down time before the start of the MLRA/MARS feature at Sedalia. (Ron Mitchell)
Hermitage, Missouri's Turner put up a valiant battle throughout the main event, swapping the lead back and forth with Phillips for several laps before ultimately settling for second at the finish. Tiffin, Iowa's Denny Eckrich finished a strong third, while Lucas Oil MLRA Point Leader Brad Looney worked his way from his seventh starting positionto finish in fourth on the ultra fast 1/2 mile. Al Purkey recovered from a heat race flat tire to charge from 15th to fifth at the finish.

David Turner and Dave Eckrich led the field to the green flag as Eckrich charged to the top spot to lead lap number one, with Eric Turner and David  

Eric Turner gets the edge on #75 Terry Phillips as the two exchange the lead, but ultimately the trophy went to Phillips.

(Lloyd Collins)









 Turner in second and third. Yurner charged to the lead on lap 10 as Eckrich dropped back to second. Phillips had moved into third by this point in the race, serving notice that he was a contender for the win.

The $3,000 to win co-sanctioned main event was slowed by only two cautions. The first caution flag of the night flew on lap #23 as Denny Eckrich slowed on the back stretch, retiring for the night. On the ensuing restart Cross Timbers, Missouri driver J.D. Hubert made contact with the front stretch guardrail, ending his night.

As the field came back to the green flag, it was Phillips in the lead as he took command of the race, taking the win in the Motorsports GRT Racing Chassis, with sponsorship support from Andy's Frozen Custard, New Vision Graphics, Integra Racing Shocks, and Port City Racing.

The MLRA field prepares to bring `em up to speed at Sedalia, Missouri's stately Fairgrounds facility. (Lloyd Collins)











MLRA/MARS - State Fair Speedway - June 26
(1) Terry Phillips, (2) Eric Turner, (3) Dave Eckrich, (4) Brad Looney, (5) Al Purkey, (6) Jeremy Payne, (7) Matt Johnson, (8) Kelly Boen, (9) Alan Vaughn, (10) David Turner, (11) Evan Hubert, (12) Joe Kosiski, (13) Brandon McCormick, (14) Chris Smyser, (15) Denny Eckrich, (16) Bryant Goldsmith, (17) Chris Spieker, (18) Bill Koons (prov.), (19) J.D. Hubert, (20) Gary Christian (prov.), (21) Darrell Mooneyham (prov.), (22) Zac Simmons.

Heat rwinners (32 entries): Eric Turner, Evan Hubert, David Turner, Denny Eckrich. B-Main winners: Purkey, Goldsmith.

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