Wells at Ponderosa Speedway before inheriting the lead and taking his first special event win of the season in
NASRA series action at the Junction City, Ky. track. (Thomas Hendrickson)
Eric Wells put himself in the right place at the right time to get a big NASRA win after a
Victor Lee - Mike Marlar duel ended badly.
NASRA: Wells Wins "Fall Classic"
at Ponderosa After Lee/Marlar Duel Goes South
JUNCTION CITY, Ky. - Oct. 2. Ponderosa Speedway presented the
20th anniversary edition of the "Fall Classic" for the National All Star Racing Association (NASRA) Saturday,
and Eric Wells of Hazard, Ky. put his name in the books as a winner of the
$5,000 event after a furious battle for the lead between Mike Marlar
and Victor went badly.
Second and third running Victor Lee and #36 Mike Marlar
raced each other hard through traffic - sometimes three-wide with slower cars, before Lee's tangle with
a slower Christian Rayburn caused Marlar to stop and sent both drivers to the rear.
After #11 Jeff Watson was forrced to retire from the top
five with early problems, #25 Dustin Neat went on to finish second behind Wells. (Thomas Hendrickson)
The race featured a very entertaining battle for the
lead late in the race between second-generation racers Lee and Marlar, as the duo would race over
every inch of the racing surface from around the midpoint of the race until lap 30, when Lee hit the slower
car of Christian Rayburn getting into turn three and got involved in a tangle, while second running
Marlar slid into the fray.
Tim Tungate fights #36 Mike Marlar before losing an engine
early in the race. (Thomas
Lee was sent to the rear of the field for turning the slower
car, and Marlar went to the rear for stopping on the track. This turn of events handed the lead over to
Wells, who drove away on the final restart to claim the $5,000 victory in the David Wells owned Cox
Wrecker Service/Tim Short Automotive/ Expressions Floral and Gifts/ Convenient Lube/Rockfork
Resources/American Race Tires sponsored #18 Rocket.
Aaron Ridley tries to hold off #16 Justin Rattliff before
finishing seventh and being recognized as the new NASRA champ at the end of the night. (Thomas Hendrickson)
Dustin Neat finished second, followed by Greg Johnson, Justin
Rattliff, and 14th starting David Webb.
Ponderosa Speedway 20th annual "Fall Classic"
1) Eric Wells, 2) Dustin Neat, 3) Greg Johnson, 4) Justin
Rattliff, 5) David Webb, 6) Joey Daniel, 7) Aaron Ridley, 8) Marty O’Neal, 9) Victor Lee, 10) Brandon
Hardgrove, 11) Skylar Marlar, 12) Bobby Carrier, Jr., 13) John Minon, 14) Christian Rayburn, 15) Bill
Bray, 16) Arnie Fields (prov.), 17) Doodle Farris (prov.), 18) Mike Marlar, 19) Tim Rivers, 20) Bobby
Wolter, Jr. (prov.), 21) Jeff Watson, 22) Tim Tungate, 23) Randy Robbins
Fast Time (30 entries): Mike Marlar; Heat winners: Wells, Marlar, Lee, Daniel; B-Main winner: