Anderson Pockets $10K in "Sunflower State
JETMORE, Kan. - June 6. In perhaps the biggest win of his career,
Omaha, Nebraska’s John Anderson took the lead with three laps remaining to take the first annual “Sunflower
State Showdown” at the Great American Dirt Track Saturday and earn a healthy $10,000 for the victory. The race
was a three
|Nebraska's John Anderson enjoyed a $10,000 day in the sun
at Kansas' Great American Dirt Track. (Ron Mitchell)
series co-sanctioned event with the O’Reilly National Championship
Racing Association, MARS DIRTCar series and CLMA DIRTCar series.
Current MARS DIRTCar series point leader Eric Turner of Hermitage, Mo.
took the lead from the pole at the start of the 50-lap feature. The lead would only last one lap, however, as
Friday's preliminary feature winner Jeremy Payne used his outside front row starting position to drive around
Turner exiting turn two to lead lap two.
Putting in an impressive run ahead of the like #75 Terry Phillips and #14 Kyle Berck, #00 Eddie
Kirchoff grabbed third place in the Jetmore final.
Not to be outdone, fifth starting Jack Sullivan of
Greenbriar, Arkansas wanted his chance at the lead and took over the point on lap three. Sullivan started to
pull away from the field throughout the early portion of the race, but that would change on lap 21 when the
first caution of the feature fell for Darrell Mooneyham.
Taking advantage of the double file restart behind the leader, Turner
used his outside starting position to overtake Sullivan and regain the lead. Turner was starting to cruise but
on lap 26, the caution fell for Bill Koons, who came to a stop on the raceway.
Turner stayed out front on the restart with Anderson, Sullivan, Eddie
Kirchoff and Kelly Boen giving chase before the caution waved once again on lap 28 for a stalled Al
Once racing action resumed, Turner was pressured by Sullivan, who tried
several failed attempts at retaking the top spot until his persistence finally paid off and on
lap 35 saw him pass Turner to take the lead.
Gary Christian battles off #14 Brad Looney after losing his pole position advantage in Saturday's
final. (Ron Mitchell)
It appeared Sullivan was on cruise control as he had worked up to a half
stretch lead with ten laps remaining. However it all went south with six laps to go as the motor blew
on his #1 GRT,ending his night and hopes for victory.
This gave Turner the lead with four laps remaining, but also bunched up
the field on the restart with Anderson, Boen, Terry Phillips and Kirchoff close behind. Another caution on the
attempted restart for Corey Zeitner brought some drama on the next
Once racing action resumed, Turner again held the point but behind him
the battle for second was fierce as Anderson and four time NCRA champion Boen battled for the position. Lap 46
saw Anderson and Boen make contact entering turn one, causing Boen to spin and cause major front end damage on
the Terry Pannell Motorsports owned #33x, ending his night.
The final restart saw a four lap shootout, with Turner again jumping out
into the lead. Anderson, Kirchoff, Phillips and defending O’Reilly/NCRA late model champion Kyle Berck gave
chase, but it was Anderson who benefited the most on the restart and was glued to the leader’s
Lap 47 saw Turner stay low entering turns one and two, while Anderson
worked the top of the three-eighths mile oval. Anderson, aboard the Shop Quik Convenience stores #2 got a bite
coming out of turn two and down the backstretch to overtake the lead.
From then on there was no catching Anderson as he held on to take the
victory and the Sunflower State Showdown. Turner held to second while Kirchoff out ran Phillips late to take the third position. MARS
DIRTCar rookie Gary Christian rounded out the top five.
NCRA/MARS/CLMA - Great American Dirt Track -
Anderson. 2, Eric Turner. 3, Eddie Kirchoff. 4, Terry Phillips. 5, Gary Christian. 6, Dean
Moore. 7, Kyle Berck. 8, Shawn Harker. 9, Dustin Mooneyham. 10, David Brack. 11, Al Purkey. 12, Jason
Schierholk. 13, Corey Zeitner. 14, Bill Koons. 15, Scott Lewis. 16, Dave Garman. 17, Leroy Johnson. 18,
Kelly Boen. 19, Brad Looney. 20, Jase Kaser. 21, Jack Sullivan. 22, Jeremy Payne. 23, Steve Lewis. 24,
Wylan Petrie. 25, Darrell Mooneyham. 26, Brady Wagner. 27, Patrick Johnson. Heat
winners: Moore, Brack, Christian; Pole Dash: Turner
Ron Mitchell photo