Brandon McCormick stands in MARS
Victory Lane for the first time in his career at Humboldt Speedway. (Andrew Towne)
MARS/NCRA: McCormick Doubles Up
With First Win on Two Tours at Humboldt
David Smith Jr. and Brian
Humboldt, Kan. – May 6. Brandon McCormick of Lebanon, Mo.
withstood several late race challenges and then held on to defy the masses as he picked up his first career late
model series feature win of any kind as he won the 40-lap National Championship Racing Association (NCRA) and
MARS DIRTcar late model feature finale Saturday in both series’ inaugural visit to “The Hummer,” Humboldt
Speedway in Humboldt, Kansas.
Brandon McCormick races Terry Phillips before grabbing his first career MLRA win at
Humboldt (Kan.) Speedway on Friday. (Ron Mitchell)
McCormick, A regular with the
MARS Series for more than 10 years, took the lead on lap 20 of the 40 lap feature event and held off challenges
from six-time and defending MARS Champion Terry Phillips of Springfield, Mo.
Current MARS DIRTcar point’s leader Brad Looney of
Republic, Missouri led the first half of the event but would relinquish the lead with a flat tire. He would
restart and rebound for a tenth place finish. Jeremy Payne of Springfield, Mo. started on the pole, but ended 14th after a flat tire on
lap four also knocked him from contention.
Polesitter Jeremy Payne and #14 Brad Looney, the early race leader, race for
position before each driver suffered a flat tire and fell from winning contention. (Andrew Towne)
McCormick, driving the #42 Darryl Capps owned/GRT race
car, took over the point on lap 20 and held off repeated challenges from six-time MARS DIRTcar champion
Terry Phillips of Springfield, Missouri to claim the $3000 victory.
Tony Jackson, Jr. finished third while Eric Turner finished
fourth in McCormick's back up car. Local track favorite Randy Zimmerman rounded out the top
Terry Phillips and #56 Tony Jackson, Jr. race for position before finishing second
and third at the finish. (Andrew
May 6 - MARS/NCRA - Humboldt Speedway
1) Brandon McCormick, 2) Terry Phillips, 3) Tony Jackson, Jr., 4) Eric
Turner, 5) Randy Zimmerman, 6) Al Purkey, 7) Jesse Stovall, 8) Shane Essary, 9) David Turner, 10) Brad
Looney, 11) Mike Collins, 12) Corey Zeitner, 13) Dean Moore, 14) Jeremy Payne, 15) Larry Jones, 16) Joe
Kosiski, 17) Steve Kempt, 18) Leroy Johnson, 19) Shawn Harker, 20) Tommy Weder, Jr., 21) R.C. Whitwell,
22) John Anderson
Heat winners (35 entries): Whitwell, Jackson, Looney, Payne, Zimmerman;
B-Main winners: Purkey, Turner.
Andrew Towne photo