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
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