John Anderson at Springfield Raceway. (Lloyd Collins)
MLRA/MARS: Anderson On a Roll; Takes "Phillips Memorial" at
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. - Oct. 1. John Anderson swapped the top spot
with R.C . Whitwell three times Saturday en route to his first ever win at the Springfield Raceway in Lucas
Oil MLRA competition. The win is Anderson's third in the last four series races.
"I had to get up there on the wheel a little bit," Anderson said
of his battle with Whitwell. "This is a fast racy little joint." Anderson gained a few points on Al Purkey
who finished fourth. "We're having a great time with Al trying to race this thing out. We're doing really
well right now."
Jesse Stovall, Brad Looney, and Shane Essary in a fierce
fight for positions 7,8,9 at Springfield. (Ron Mitchell)
Battling for fourth place, #56 Tony Jackson, Jr. and Al
Purkey race past #51 Billy Koons, Jr. (Lloyd
For Whitwell, his runner up finish it was his best Lucas Oil
MLRA finish of the season. "I had a good battle with John Anderson there," stated Whitwell. "I wish I would
have had it a little tick faster, he ended up pulling away."
Jeremy Payne was the evening's hard charger. After winning the B
Feature, Payne raced to as high as second, before finishing third.
"It was a good night," commented Payne, who started the 40-lap
Lucas Cattle Company A Feature from 15th. "We just started so far back, with this competition, it's hard to
get up there and win." The evening's final yellow came out with 10 laps to go. "I was really good the longer
we ran. I hated to see that yellow at the end, my car just wouldn't take off."
Justin Wells, Whitwell, Jesse Stovall, Michael Kloos and Justin
Asplin all secured heat race wins. Jeremy Payne and Evan Hubert won B Features.
Illinois ace Michael Kloos (6) won his heat race in a rare
road trip and came away with a respectable sixth place showing at Springfield. (Ron
Brad Looney could only muster ninth place Springfield, but the bigger prize was his as
the Republic, Mo. veteran put the finishing touches on his first MARS series championship. (Ron
Oct. 1 - MLRA/MARS Larry Phillips Memorial
1. John Anderson 2. R.C. Whitwell 3. Jeremy Payne 4. Al Purkey 5. Tony
Jackson Jr. 6. Michael Kloos 7. Jesse Stovall 8. Shane Essary 9. Brad Looney 10. Joe Kosiski 11. Bill
Koons 12. Terry Phillips 13. Evan Hubert 14. Justin Asplin 15. Dustin Walker 16. Billy Koons Jr. 17.
Rex Merritt 18. Dustin Mooneyham 19. Bryon Allison 20. Leroy Johnson 21. Rick Lebow 22. Justin
Heat winners (39 entries): Wells, Whitwell, Stovall, Kloos; B-Main winners: Payne,
Ron Mitchell photo