Terry Phillips sails toward his 101st career MLRA Late Model win and a
$6,000 payday in the season-ending "Bud Purkey Memorial" at Mid-America Speedway. (Lloyd
Phillips Sets New Record in Mid-America Final; Purkey Eeks Out Seventh Series
S. COFFEYVILLE, Okla. - Oct. 24. With his 101st Mid-America Late Model
Association (MLRA) win, Springfield, Mo. veteran Terry Phillips
broke a record held by Scott Bloomquist at the season-ending "Bud Purkey Memorial" race Sunday at Mid-America
Speedway. Phillips' win marks the most wins by any one driver in any dirt late
Al Purkey races by #53 Joe Kosiski to take sixth place
and an ever so close two-point margin of victory over Brad Looney for the MLRA championship.
Back in his own #14 car, Poplar Bluff, Ark.'s Steve
Rushin (outside) gives up ground to a lower running Brad Looney. (Ron Mitchell)
After a power outage left the track without electricity for most of
Saturday the event was postponed until Sunday. Phillips passed team mate and pole sitter Jeremy Payne to lead all
50 laps of the Lucas Cattle Company A Feature.
Phillips GRT is backed by Andy's Frozen Custard and Don Babb
Coming into the feature event, four points separated Al Purkey and Brad
Looney for the series title. Looney started the feature third, while Purkey took the green in the 11th starting
position. Looney held steady finishing fifth, but Purkey maneuvered through
the field to finish sixth to take the 2010 Lucas Oil MLRA points championship by two points. This is the Kansas
veteran's seventh career MLRA championship.
Brandon McCormick (#42) prevailed over #74 Jeremy Payne for second in
the MLRA final. (Lloyd
Looney finished the season in second with Iowa's Dave Eckrich in third
after one of the most exciting and intense championship chases in series history.
Evan Hubert, driver of the 9E Lucas Oil Products/Rockstar Energy Drink,
Russell Baker powered MasterSbilt, is the 2010 Lucas Oil MLRA Rookie of the Year.
Jacksonville, Arkansas' Stacy Taylor made a rare appearance with the MLRA and held off series
regular Eric Turner (#33) for eighth place at Mid-America Speedway. (Lloyd Collins)
Jeremy Payne nearly swept the entire event with wins in both the modified
and late model heats, pole dashes and the modified feature. Payne's 74 GRT by Phillips finished third in
the Lucas Cattle Company A Feature.
Hatfield Racing Engines/Larry Shaw Race Cars Pole Dashes were postponed
from Friday evening to Sunday due to a late rain shower on Friday. The top six Lucas Oil MLRA drivers lined up for
a quick ten laps to determine the first three rows of the A Feature. Jeremy Payne and Terry Phillips would take the
top two spots with Brad Looney, Brandon McCormick on row two. Matt Johnson and Dave Eckrich finished the pole dash
in the 5th and
6th spots, to earn row
three feature positions.
With a new Show-Me Series title under his belt for 2010, Aurora,
Missouri's Justin Wells races outside of MLRA Rookie of the Year Evan Hubert and provisional starter Alan
Vaughn. (Lloyd Collins)
Oct. 23 - MLRA - Mid-America
1. Terry Phillips, 2. Brandon
McCormick, 3. Jeremy Payne, 4. Jesse Stovall, 5. Brad Looney, 6. Al Purkey, 7. Matt Johnson, 8. Stacy
Taylor, 9. Eric Turner, 10. Steve Rushin, 11. Joe Kosiski, 12. Billy Koons, Jr., 13. Alan Vaughn, 14.
J.D. Hubert, 15. Justin Asplin, 16. Gary Christian, 17. Joey Vaughn, 18. Evan Hubert, 19. Bill
McMurtie, 20. Justin Wells, 21. Bill Koons, 22. Ken Essary, 23. Jeff Johnson, 24. Dave
Heat winners (31 entries): Payne, Looney, Eckrich; B-Feature winner: Christian.
Lloyd Collins photo