latemodelamerica.com - March 12 - Clarksville (Tenn.) Speedway
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Leading 16-year-old Gary Christian (#58) to the checkers, Eric Turner captured the opening night win in the MARS opener at Clarksville (Tenn.) Speedway on March12th. The second night of the "Toilet Bowl" classic was postponed by wet weather. (Ron Mitchell)

Turner Returns To Victory Lane With "Tuckasee Toilet Bowl" Win at Clarksville

CLARKSVILLE, Tenn - March 12. Driving the #99 of Poplar Bluff, Arkansas driver/owner Steve Rushin, Eric Turner of Springfield, Missouri earned the pole slot and drove out front for all 30 laps of the opening night of the annual "Tuckasee Toilet Bowl" Classic at north Middle Tennesee's Clarksville

Steven Ashby - Brian Shirley

Brian Shirley attacks the high side of Clarksville Speedway to post a third place finish at the northern middle Tennessee track.  Tennessee driver Steven Ashby gave way to the hard charging Shirley and finished fifth. (Ron Mitchell)

Speedway. The $3,000 win was the fourth of Turner's career MARS effort.The event officially opened the 11th season of action on the Mooney Starr created sanctioning body.

From his outside pole start, Oklahoma teenager Gary Christian kept pace with

Zimmerman - Riggs

Racing toward a fourth place in MARS action at his home track, Charles Zimmerman, rolls under #81 Jason Riggs and Steve Casebolt. (Ron Mitchell)

Turner during the early going, but Christian would wind up with five-time MARS champion Terry Phillips in his rearview mirror. Spurring one of six caution periods, however, Phillips tangled with fellow heat winner Duane Chamberlain late in the race and was knocked out of the hunt, while Christian ultimately gave up the second spot to sixth starting Illinois ace Brian Shirley. Shirley had employed the high side of the rain-soaked oval to advance, but his late bid for

Chamberlain - Phillips

Duane Chamberlain survived a tangle with #75 Terry Phillips while battling inside the top five at Clarksville. Neither driver was competitive at the finish, but Chamberlain did muster a sixth place showing. (Ron Mitchell)

the lead fell short when he slipped up the slippery outside lane, allowing Christian to capitalize and return to second for his best career finish.

  With Shirley recovering for third, area drivers Charles Zimmerman and Steven Ashby completed the top five. Chamberlain was able to stay in the hunt, but could only muster sixth in the final rundown. Chamberlain shared heat wins with Turner, Christian and Phillips.

Western Kentucky veteran Terry English made his racing debut at the event, sharing B-Main wins with local driver Ryan Unzicker. Ashby set fast time at 13.397 seconds.

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