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Allen Tippen - SUPR Late Models at Champion Park Speedway

Allen Tippen and Co. as the SUPR Late Model salute Champion Park Speedway fans on Memorial weekend. (Scott Burson)












Always an imposing presence in Victory Lane, big Kenny Merchant returned at Champion Park last weekend. (Scott Burson)









Merchant Holds Off Cummings For Season's Second SUPR Win

By Bryan Wimberley, courtesy

HAUGHTON, La. - May 30. Polesitter Kenny Merchant of West Monroe, La., led flag-to-flag Saturday for his third straight victory in O'Reilly Southern United Professional Racing competition at Champion Park Speedway. Merchant held off fast-closing Kyle Cummings of Minden by two lengths for a $2,500 victory at the quarter-mile oval.

The fourth-starting Cummings, who pressured Merchant several times over 50 laps, posted yet another top-five finish at Champion Park but couldn't

Jon Mitchell and #14 David Ashley race for position at Champion Park Speedway. (Scott Burson)







 overcome the reigning series champion. He did take the series points lead from Rob Litton of Alexandria, La., who finished 10th.

Kevin Sitton of Baytown, Texas, had a spirited battle with Cummings through three-quarters of the race, before settling for third. Jon Mitchell of Texarkana, Texas, was the hard charger with his ninth-to-fourth run and series co-founder Donald Watson of Greenwell Springs, La., rounded out the top five.

The race got off to a shaky start with a six-car melee in turn two at the drop of the green flag that involved Robbie Stuart, Allen Tippen, Jeff Chanler, Doug Begnaud, Dustin Hyde and Rob Litton, who entered the event leading SUPR points.

Kevin Sitton - Kyle Cummings - SUPR Late Models

Kyle Cummings and Houston area driver Kevin Sitton (#20) race in tight quarters with another car in a spirited duel for second before Cummings secured the spot. (Scott Burson)

The second start was much better as B.J. Robinson, Sitton and Cummings engaged in a three-wide battle for second as Merchant set the pace. Sitton emerged as runner-up as the top three drivers pulled away from the fourth-running Watson.

Cummings took second from Sitton and the leaders faced slower cars after just eight laps. After a pair of cautions, Merchant built a half-straightaway lead while Sitton kept heat on the second-running Cummings. Merchant had a three-second lead at halfway, but Cummings closed the gap through traffic, tightening the lead in the race's late stages.

Cummings got right on Merchant's rear deck, but couldn't find a way past as Merchant wrapped up his fourth career victory at Champion Park, all over the past 12 months. 

Kyle Cummings

Second generation driver Kyle Cummings drove to an impressive second place to Kenny Merchant - same as the last SUPR appearance at his home track. (Scott Burson)

RACE NOTES: Merchant's Trak-Star chassis is powered by Wall 2 Wall Performance Engines and sponsored by, J.D. Caver & Company, TWM Racing Products, J&J Motorsports, Henry's Auto Salvage & Bayou Fabricators. ... Merchant leads the series with 55 career victories. ... He's won four out of the last five series series events at Champion Park. ... Drivers failing to make the feature: Tom Earl III, Wesley Chandler, Paul Joyner, Trey Beene, Nicholas Brown, Jim Bryant, Ron Cavanaugh, Lee Davis, Clay McWilliams and Jason Polite.

Kenny Merchant - Champion Park SUPR Late Models

Kenny Merchant prepares to disembark after his second win of the season in SUPR Series action at Champion Park Speedway. (Scott Burson)

SUPR - Champion Park Speedway - May 30

(1) Kenny Merchant, (2) Kyle Cummings, (3) Kevin Sitton, (4) Jon Mitchell, (5) Donald Watson, (6) Jody Prince, (7) David Ashley, (8) Ronny Adams, (9) Robbie Stuart, (10) Rob Litton, (11) Allen Tippen, (12) Josh Danzy, (13) Alex Ashley, (14) Chris Holley, (15) Jeff Chanler (prov.), (16) Robbie Starnes, (17) Bryan Sugg, (18) Darin Patrick (prov.), (19) B.J. Robinson, (20) Doug Begnaud, (21) Dustin Hyde, (22) Skip O'Neal.

Heat winners (among 32 cars): D. Ashley, Merchant, Robinson, Watson. Consolation winners: Tippen, O'Neal.

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