Brad Looney races outside of #18 Ronny Lee Hollingsworth before beating the
Northport, Ala. driver to the finish line in MARS action at Salina Highbanks Speedway. The win completed a weekend
sweep that included a win at Brill's Motor Speedway on Friday (Ron
Brandon McCormick, #56 Tony Jackson, Jr., and #77 Justin Asplin scramble for position
at Salina Highbanks on Saturday night. (Ron Mitchell)
MARS: Looney Sweeps at
SALINA, Okla. – June 4. Brad Looney entered the season with a single victory with the MARS DIRTcar Series, and
now he’s at four and counting.
The 36-year-old driver from Republic, Mo. continued a torrid streak on Saturday at the Salina Highbanks
Speedway, racing to his third consecutive victory on the tour. The series points leader earned $3,000 in adding the
victory to a triumph six days earlier in Monett, Mo. and the previous night at Brill’s Motor Speedway in Meeker,
Ronny Lee Hollingsworth races by Dustin Mooneyham on his way to second at Salina. It
was an impressive weekend for the second generation driver from Alabama, who scored third at Brill's in
Friday. (Ron Mitchell)
Looney becomes just the fourth driver in the history of the 11-year-old series to record three straight
victories (others include Terry Phillips, Wendell Wallace, and Bill Frye. Phillips owns the series record by
winning four straight on four different occasions).
At Salina, Looney qualified on the pole by gaining the most passing points from the heat races. To his outside
would be six-time and defending MARS champion Terry Phillips. Phillips led the first half of the 30-lap feature and
the first caution would wave on lap 16 for Jimmy Miller of Conway, Ark. and Jeremy Payne of Springfield, Mo. Payne
would be unable to continue.
Tommy Weder, Jr. races #00 Jesse Stovall before advancing to third at Salina
Speedway.. (Ron Mitchell)
On the double file restart, Phillips led the field to green, but Looney benefitted from a great restart and
challenged Phillips for the lead. The pair would exchange the lead several times over the next three laps before
Looney took control for good on lap 19.
The race's second caution waved on lap 21 as Phillips made contact with Ronny Hollingsworth of Northport, Ala.
Looney was able to stay out front over the next nine laps and take the win over Hollingsworth, Tommy Weder, Jr. of
Woodward, Okla., Eric Turner of Springfield, Mo., and Jason Hughes of Watts, Okla.
Brad Looney at Salina Speedway. (Ron Mitchell)
June 4 - Salina Speedway
1) Brad Looney, 2) Ronny
Hollingsworth, 3) Tommy Weder, Jr., 4) Eric Turner, 5) Jason Hughes, 6) Jesse Stovall, 7) Tony Jackson,
Jr., 8) Terry Phillips, 9) Brandon McCormick, 10) R.C. Whitwell, 11) Justin Asplin, 12) Jeff Roth, 13)
Chris Hawkins, 14) Joey Vaughn, 15) Jason Redman, 16) Jay Rierson, 17) Leroy Johnson, 18) Dan
Leatherman, 19) Jimmy Miller, 20) Dustin Mooneyham, 21) Shawn Harker, 22) Jeremy Payne
winners (22 entries): Turner, Phillips, Payne
Lloyd Collins photo