Purkey sails towards his second win in two weeks in a co-santioned MLRA/MARS event. Saturday's win came in
Springfield, Mo. (Lloyd
MLRA/MARS: Purkey Unchallenged For Back to
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. - May 14. Fresh off of his win in Jetmore,
Kansas last weekend, Al Purkey parked his Purkey Auto Salvage Larry Shaw #33 in the AAA Missouri Victory
Lane on Saturday at Springfield Raceway. Purkey led the race from green to checkers with challengers on his
tail only on each restart.
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. (Ron
With Terry Phillips and Jesse Stovall battling for second
position for much of the race, Purkey was able to gain a comfortable lead under green. A late race caution
brought the field back to Purkey's bumper and gave Stovall a chance to slide into second, but the #00 could
not complete the lap in the position
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)
before Phillips was back in second. As the intense fight for
second continued, Billy Moyer moved from his 16th place starting position into the top five. Moyer cruised by
Looney, Sullivan and Stovall before falling into his finishing place behind Phillips.
The annual "John Kuntz Memorial" race drew a field of 38 late
model teams. Even with unseasonably cool weather, fans packed into the stands for the Andy's Frozen Custard
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