Hermitage, Missouri's Eric Turner stepped into the #33 car of Texas car owner Terry Pannell
and stepped out with his first MLRA win at Kansas City's Lakeside Speedway on
KANSAS CITY, Kan. - Oct. 1 - Eric Turner's first night in the driver's seat of the Pannell
Motorsports #33X proved to be his best run with The Lucas Oil MLRA. Hermitage, Missouri's hometown boy
led all 30 laps on the dialed in, half-mile track.
Turner ran well in his heat, starting fifth and finishing second to earn the outside
pole to start the feature. With no hesitation taking the green flag in the main event, Turner jumped out
to lead the first lap and never looked back. Turner's win comes on night number one of the "Clyde Ellis Late
Model Showdown" and Modified Shootout at Lakeside Speedway.
Eric Turner races to his first MLRA win at Kansas
City. (Lloyd Collins)
Al Purkey drives under Travis Dickes at Lakeside. The Kansas driver used some fancy
footwork in the last two laps to advance to third. (Lloyd Collins)
Turner led Jeremy Payne around the track without much interference,
while polesitter Matt Johnson held a steady third place for the first few laps before Brad Looney closed the gap
and took over the position. Turner, Payne and Looney remained the top three until lap 20, when David Turner drove
around Looney for third.
As Turner and Looney fought for position Al Purkey worked his way to
the front and became a late race contender. With two laps to go, Purkey rounded out the top five. Then, with only
one lap remaining, Purkey charged around Looney, and on the final lap coming to the checkers, he would pass David
Turner's #15 machine for a top three finish.
Brad Looney coughed up a couple of spots late in the race, but maintained his narrow points
lead over Dave Eckrich. (Lloyd
Behind points leader Looney and sixth place Keith
Foss, Dave Eckrich's seventh place finish keeps him in the second point position in points for the 2010 season. Coming
home with a top ten finish in his first race with the Lucas Oil MLRA was Jesse Stovall in eighth after starting
The event drew 41 late models and more than 60 modifieds. The Lakeside
Speedway fans came out in great numbers as well, with a near capacity crowd. The Lucas Oil MLRA Championship points
race is even closer going into night two at Lakeside. Looney was
able to hold on to the top points position, while Eckrich trails him by 14. Purkey's third place finish kept him
third in the points race, as he shaved the gap between himself and Eckrich by two
Keith Foss races side by side with #15 David Turner before taking
sixth in Kansas City. (Lloyd
Three cars from each of the two B Features transferred to the A Main. From
B Feature #1, Brantlee Gotschall, Dale McDowell and Brandon McCormick secured feature starting positions. Dale
McDowell driver the #17M of Bowyer Dirt Motorsports, flew from the outside of row
four to finish second.
In B Feature #2, Travis Dickes in the #21T was out front early while Tony
Jackson, Jr. and Evan Hubert in the #9E battled for second. Kyle Berck charged by Hubert and moved into the mix for
second. Jackson took over the lead, with Dickes and Kyle Berck close behind. Berck and Dickes were able to charge
by Jackson for the top two spots at the checkers.
Brandon McCormick and #14 Kyle Berck race for position at
In post-race inspection Jackson's #56JR was too light, moving the third
place finisher, Evan Hubert, into the final transfer position for the A Main event. Hubert is out front in the
"Rookie of the Year" contest for the 2010 Lucas Oil MLRA season.
Lakeside Speedway Clyde Ellis Late Model Showdown and Modified Shootout, continues Saturday night with the
$5000 to win finale.
Oct. 1 - MLRA - Lakeside
1. Eric Turner, 2. Jeremy Payne, 3. Al Purkey, 4. David
Turner, 5. Brad Looney, 6. Keith Foss, 7. Dave Eckrich, 8. Jesse Stovall, 9. Mike Collins, 10. Kurt
Kile, 11. Alan Vaughn, 12. Dale McDowell, 13. Andrew McKay, 14. Travis Dickes, 15. Matt Johnson, 16.
Brandon McCormick, 17. Kevin Kile, 18. Billy Koons, Jr., 19. J.D. Hubert (prov.), 20. Evan Hubert, 21.
Jared Landers, 22. Brantlee Gotschall, 23. Justin Asplin (prov.), 24. Kyle Berck.
winners (41 entries): Johnson, Vaughn, Looney, Voss; B-Feature winners: Gottschalk, Berck
Lloyd Collins photo