Frye Claims MSRA Checkers at USA
STERLINGTON, La. – May 7. Bill Frye picked up his first win of the year on Friday at USA Speedway.
With a stellar field of 34 drivers representing seven states entered for the event, Rob
Litton was the pole qualifier after winning his heat race from the fifth starting spot. He was flanked to
his outside for the 30 lap event by Kevin Sitton from Baytown, Texas. At the onset of the feature, Litton bolted to
the lead with Sitton, Frye, Cory Daugherty, and Clay Fisher in pursuit.
On the second circuit Frye and Fisher slipped by Sitton to take possession of the second and third positions. Frye
began to apply pressure to Litton for the top spot, and took over the lead exiting turn two on the seventh
circuit. As Frye began to slip away from the field, Kyle Cummings moved up to the third spot by the ninth
The first caution of the event flew on lap 15 as Jeremy Glasgow was spun in turn four. Two laps
later, the caution waved again as second and third running Litton and Cummings got together exiting turn two.
Both drivers were able to continue, but were sent to the tail of the pack.
The next pair of attempts at a restart would see cautions negate the green flag. The third attempt to get the race
back underway was successful as Frye motored away from the field. Most of the field was content to hug the low
line, but Kenny Merchant mounted a charge on the high side from deep in the field to finally reach the third spot
with a few laps remaining in the event. However, he would run out of time as Frye went on to take the win over Joey
Mack, Merchant, Jon Mitchell, and Kyle Beard.
Hot laps wreaked havoc for several teams as Billy Moyer Jr., Allen Tippen, and Shane Stephens all had mechanical
woes that prevented them from starting their heat races. Moyer unloaded a backup car and went on to win his b-main
from the 10th starting spot, while Stephens failed to transfer from his b-main. Tippen was a scratch for the
Joey Mack was the Larry Shaw Race Cars Hard Charger after advancing from his 12th starting spot to a 2nd place
The Quartermaster Hard Luck Award went to Terry Henson. Henson was eligible for a provisional
starting spot for the feature, but was unable to accept it due to mechanical woes.