Al Purkey emerges from his mount after winning Saturday's
combined MLRA/MARS event at Springfield (Mo.) Raceway. (Ron
MLRA/MARS: Purkey Unchallenged For Back to Back
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. - May 14. Al Purkey of Coffeyville, Kan.
picked up his second victory of the year with the MARS DIRTcar Series at Springfield Raceway. Purkey led all 40 laps of the $3,000 to win feature that was co-sanctioned with
the MLRA. Purkey withstood challenges from six-time and defending MARS champion Terry Phillips of
Springfield, Mo., who finished second.
Billy Moyer pulls up between #22 Alan
Vaughn and #2 John Anderson as he rumbles from his 16th place start to finish third at Springfield.
Billy Moyer of Batesville, Ark. started 16th and was the race's
hard charger as he worked his way up to third place. Jack Sullivan of
Greenbrier, Ark. and Jesse Stovall of Galena, Mo. completed the top five. Prior to the race, MARS
Jesse Stovall slipped his #00 into second
briefly after a late restart, but #75 Terry Phillips soon regained the spot, where he finished. Stovall gave up his
third spot to Billyy Moyer by race's end. (Ron Mitchell)
point leader Brad Looney of Republic, Mo. held just a slim two point
lead over Phillips. Looney would finish sixth in the final rundown and
slip to second in points, just five points behind Phillips.
Al Purkey at Springfield
Raceway. (Lloyd Collins)
Jack Sullivan races with #21 Billy Moyer
and #14 Brad Looney before taking his #1 GRT to fourth place. (Ron Mitchell)
MLRA/MARS - Springfield
1. Al Purkey, 2. Terry Phillips,
3. Billy Moyer, 4. Jack Sullivan, 5. Jesse Stovall, 6. Brad Looney, 7. John Anderson, 8. Jeremy Payne,
9. Alan Vaughn, 10. Tony Jackson, Jr., 11. Matt Johnson, 12. David Turner, 13. Dustin Mooneyham, 14.
Brandon McCormick, 15. Kyle Berck, 16. Bryant Goldsmith, 17. Joe Walkenhorst, 18. Bill Koons, 19. Rylan
Long, 20. Eric Turner, 21. R.C. Whitwell, 22. Steve Johnson
Heat winners (38 entries):
Looney, Johnson, Stovall, Sullivan,Purkey. B Feature winners: Payne, Moyer.
Ron Mitchell photo