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
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 Purkey.
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
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
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
Eric Turner and #74 Jeremy Payne fought hard for the lead in Friday's prelimiinary feature
Payne Holds off Turner in
NCRA "Sunflower State Showdown" Opener
David Smith Jr.
JETMORE, Kan. - June 4, 2010 - Jeremy Payne of
Springfield, Missouri held off race long challenges from Eric Turner to win the 20-lap O'Reilly/NCRA late model
feature finale Friday on the first night of the 1st annual "Sunflower State Showdown" at the Great American
Dirt Track. The race was a co-sanctioned event with the MARS DIRTCar and CLMA DIRTCar series.
Payne out ran polesitter and MARS DIRTCar series rookie of
the year contender Gary Christian into turn one at the start of the feature, with fourth starting Turner
falling in behind in the runner up position. Payne, aboard the Andy's
|Jeremy Payne after a hard fought win at the Great American Dirt Track. (Ron
Frozen Custard/Port City Racing/New Vision Graphics
sponsored GRT chassis, had the car set up perfectly and by lap five had opened up to a ten car length
Behind the two front runners the battle for third heated up
with Corey Zeitner and former four time series champion Kelly Boen, aboard the Terry Pannell owned #33x,
battled side by side for position for several laps with Boen taking over the position by lap
The first of two cautions would wave on lap six when Patrick
Johnson spun to a stop in turn two. After an ill fated attempt on the restart due to another caution, the race
finally resumed with Payne again motored his Haftfield Racing Engines out front.
But the battle for the runner up position waged as Boen
began working the bottom of the three-eighths mile track and got underneath Turner several times but could
never gain the momentum to overtake the position.
Eventually Turner would pull slightly away from Boen and the
current MARS DIRTCar series points leader then set his sights on the leader Payne. By the races midway point,
Paynes advantage had shrunk to two car lengths with Payne working down low and Turner up top.
Kelly Boen chased runner up Eric Turner (#99) to a third place finish at Jetmore.
On lap17 lapped traffic came into play, allowing Turner to
close to within one car length of the leader. While Turner would pull even with the leader on a couple
occasions, Payne had the setup and the fast way around the track and would hold off any further challenges in
the final laps to pick up the victory.
"We have really struggled here lately with this new car
(GRT), said an enthusiastic Payne. "Me and Terry (Phillips) have really worked hard on figuring this car out
and I think we got it going now as the car just ran great. I saw him (Turner) once but I felt comfortable
enough where I was running on the track that I thought we would be okay."
Turner held on for the runner up position with Boen settling
in for third. It was a battle of champions for the fourth position with MARS DIRTCar series champion Terry
Phillips getting the better of O'Reilly/NCRA champion Kyle Berck in a race long battle. Jack Sullivan, John
Anderson and Eddie Krichoff rounded out the top eight and locked themselves into Saturday nights $10,000 to win
feature finale lineup.
NCRA/MARS/CLMA - Great American Dirt
Track - June 4th
1) Jeremy Payne, 2) Eric
Turner, 3) Kelly Boen, 4) Terry Phillips, 5) Kyle Berck, 6) Jack Sullivan, 7) John Anderson, 8)
Eddie Kirchoff, 9) Brad Looney, 10) Corey Zeitner, 11) Gary Christian, 12) Al Purkey, 13) Dean
Moore, 14) David Brack, 15) Scott Lewis, 16) Bill Koons, 17) Leroy Johnson, 18) Steve Lewis, 19)
Patrick Johnson, 20) Dustin Mooneyham.
Heat Winners: Payne, Zeitner, Turner, Anderson.
|Ron Mitchell photo