2011 MLRA (Midwest LateModel Racing
Purkey, Hubert Take Top MLRA Honors For
BUCKNER, Mo. - Nov. 21. The Lucas Oil MLRA
awarded nearly $50,000 in cash and contingencies at the Annual MLRA Championship Banquet held this past
Saturday at Harrah's Casino in Kansas City, Missouri. Coffeyville, Kansas' Al Purkey became the MLRA's only
seven-time Champion, taking home the
Champion's share. Cross Timbers, Missouri's Evan Hubert finished in seventh in overall points
standings earning Rookie of the Year honors.
|Al Purkey's long standing relationship with builder Larry
Shaw (left) found the Kansas driver with an unprece-dented seventh MLRA
The Lucas Oil MLRA honored the top 14 drivers who competed in at
least 70% of series races in 2010. All drivers in the top 14 received a portion of the points fund,
contingency awards, an embroidered coat from Hoosier Tire, a Crystal MLRA Mug and a custom designed 3D plaque
from Impact Sign & Lighting.
In the 14th spot was Eric Turner. Turner from Hermitage, Missouri drove the Steve Rushin Motorsports
99T and the Pannell Motorsports 33X throughout the season. Turner scored his first career win with the series
at Lakeside Speedway in October.
J.D. Hubert was a Rookie of the year
candidate, finishing third in Rookie standings and 13th overall.
Alan Vaughn, who had a season best finish of third at the I-80 Speedway, finished the season
12th in points.
Vaughn is a past MLRA series champion.
In the 11th position was Nebraska's John Anderson. Anderson won the season opening race
as well as the mid-summer race at 24 Raceway in Moberly. Bill Koons finished the season in tenth, whileHenderson,
Colorado's, Kelly Boen had the most wins with the MLRA in 2010 with six victories and finished 9th in overall
Justin Asplin of Birch Tree, Missouri
finished second in the Rookie of the Year competition and eighth overall. In Asplin's first year with the
series, he was consistent, only missing one race event. Finishing just ahead of Asplin was Rookie of the
Year, Evan Hubert. Hubert finished the season in seventh place.
Lloyd Collins of Fast Track Photos congratulated Evan with a custom printed throw blanket displaying his race
car. Hubert was also awarded a commemorative trophy.
Finishing in sixth was Jeremy
Payne, with teammate Terry Phillips in the fifth spot. The Andy's
Frozen Custard crew had many memorable moments in 2010, including Phillips' record breaking win in
Coffeyville, Kansas. Payne also won back to back races in September.
|Republic, Missouri's Brad Looney accepts his second place honors from the MLRA's
Harriet Chancellor. (Lloyd Collins)
Fourth in points was Omaha, Nebraska's, Joe Kosiski. Kosiski is
a Late Model Hall of Fame member. Joe attended every MLRA race in 2010, in his Patrick M. Pinney Contractors
The top three drivers each held the top spot in the point's race at different times during the season.
Finishing in third was Dave Eckrich, who claimed his first MLRA win at Lucas Oil Speedway in August. Brad Looney of
Republic, Missouri finished in the second position by two points to series champion Al Purkey. Looney competed in
his first full season of racing in the MLRA.
The final driver welcomed to the stage was champion, Al Purkey.
Purkey thanked his supporters and showed his appreciation by giving out Championship trophies. In
addition to the series championship trophy, Al received a plaque from Larry Shaw noting his accomplishments
and a custom throw blanket from Fast Track Photos. Al is the only driver to have seven championships with the
series. Purkey ended his season driving the #33 Purkey Auto Salvage, Shaw Race Car. He finished the season
with 1 win, 12 top 5 finishes and 18 top tens. Purkey also had 100% attendance at Lucas Oil MLRA