Birkhofer Wraps Up Magnolia State Swing With "Cotton
COLUMBUS, Miss. - Oct. 30. The ink has barely dried on Charles and Jannie Thrash's big check for his "Fall
Classic" win in Meridian, Miss., and Brian Birkhofer has done it again. The Muscatine, Iowa veteran travelled
north to Magnolia Motor Speedway, reeled in Mike Marlar on lap 55, and routed the field for another $15,000 in
the track's annual "Cotton Pickin' 100" on Saturday.
As he had done only the week before, Mike Marlar again pulled out to an early lead, with Shane Clanton in
pursuit and Birkhofer working his way into third as the race ran a semmengly endless stretch under the green flag.
A third of the way into the 100-lapper, Birkhofer and Billy Moyer had overtaken Clanton and pushed him back to
fourth, while local dark horse Scott Dedwylder had entered the top five after entering the race through a B-Main
win. Dedwylder shoved his #33 into fourth place by the halfway point. With the race still remaining
caution-free, Birkhofer continued to stalk Marlar until finally getting his opening on lap
With the torrid pace set by the leaders, one car after another had begun to fall a lap down to the leaders, and
finally, Scott Bloomquist slowed on the track and pitted to try his luck on new tires.
As the field went back to green, Moyer ducked into second, but Marlar came roaring back to retake it and
continue his chase of Birkhofer. During the closing laps, Clanton also found some extra pedal and got back around
Moyer to recapture third, where he finished behind Birkhofer and Marlar. Moyer settled for fourth, while David
Breazeale and Jimmy Mars advanced to fifth and sixth, pushing the fading Dedwylder back to seventh as he struggled
to finish the race with an ailing engine.
In the Crate Late Model portion of the event, Ronnie Johnson, after
finishing 16th in the main event, took on the field and tracked early leader Jeremy Shaw before getting by and
leading Shaw to the checkered flag. Rounding out the top five were Chip Brindle, Cliff Williams, and Evan
Cotton Pickin' 100 - Magnolia Motor Speedway
1) Brian Birkhofer, 2) Mike Marlar, 3) Shane Clanton, 4) Billy Moyer,
5) David Breazeale, 6) Jimmy Mars, 7) Scott Dedwylder, 8) Ray Cook, 9) Scott Bloomquist, 10) Ronny Lee
Hollingsworth, 11) Clint Smith, 12) Dennis Erb, Jr., 13) Jonathan Davenport, 14) Brad Neat, 15) Bub
McCool, 16) Ronnie Johnson, 17) Eric Wells, 18) Dane Dacus, 19) Josh McGuire, 20) Jesse Stovall, 21)
Billy Moyer, Jr., 23) Dale McDowell, 23) Jack Sullivan, 24) Anthony Burroughs
NeSmith Crate Late Models: 1) Ronnie Johnson, 2) Jeremy Shaw, 3) Chip Brindle, 4)
Cliff Williams, 5) Evan Ellis, 6) Shane Stephens, 7) Jim McDuffie, 8) Johnny Virden, 9) Jamie Tollison,
10) Shay Knight, 11) Chris Ragan, 12) Wesley Greene, 13) Billy Tedford, 14) Mason Oberkramer, 15) Sid
Scarbrough, 16) Chance Inman, 17) Lee Ray, 18) Scott Flurry, 19) Brent Barnett, 20) Charlie Henderson,
21) Kevin Henderson, 22) Chad McCool, 23) Darrell Guess, 24) Perry Butler