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Eric Turner - MLRA at Lakeside Speedway

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 Friday. (Lloyd Collins)

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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 - MLRA at Lakeside Speedway

Eric Turner races to his first MLRA win at Kansas City. (Lloyd Collins)

Al Purkey - Travis Dickes - MLRA at Lakeside Speedway

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 at Lakeside Speedway MLRA

Brad Looney coughed up a couple of spots late in the race, but maintained his narrow points lead over Dave Eckrich. (Lloyd Collins)

 

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 16th

 

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 points. 

  Keith Foss - David Turner - MLRA at Lakeside Speedway

Keith Foss races side by side with #15 David Turner before taking sixth in Kansas City. (Lloyd Collins)

  

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.

 

Kyle Berck - Brandon McCormick - MLRA at Lakeside Speedway

Brandon McCormick and #14 Kyle Berck race for position at Lakeside.(Lloyd Collins)

 

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.

 

The Lakeside Speedway Clyde Ellis Late Model Showdown and Modified Shootout, continues Saturday night with the $5000 to win finale. 

 

 

Oct. 1 - MLRA - Lakeside Speedway
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.
Heat winners (41 entries): Johnson, Vaughn, Looney, Voss; B-Feature winners: Gottschalk, Berck

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