Brian Birkhofer's late season surge can now add the annual "Fall Classic" at
Whynot (Miss.) Motorsports Park. (Drew
Birkhofer Earns Second Career
"Fall Classic" at Whynot
MERIDIAN, Miss. - Oct. 23. Brian Birkhofer, of Muscatine, Iowa, claimed his second career "Fall Classic"
win as the Whynot Motorsports Park once again staged the 16th annual version of the annual classic. The personable
midwestern veteran earned $15,000 for his efforts after becoming the race's fourth leader.
Birkhofer tucked into his third starting spot as Chris Wall and Mike Marlar - both winners of big Magnolia State
events in the past, launched the 24-car starting field. Marlar took a strong lead, while Wall fought Don O'Neal for
second and Birkhofer dropped into fourth. O'Neal finally shed himself of Wall and set out to close Marlar's
Birkhofer snatched third from Wall on lap 17, while O’Neal closed in and chased Marlar until slipping by him for
the lead on lap 25. Wall regained second from Marlar, then went after O'Neal until getting by on the top side on
lap 42. Birkhofer soon followed suit, dropping O'Neal to third and reeling in Wall's #71. Birkhofer powered past on
lap 62 with the winning move.
Wall, O’Neal, and Marlar soon found another player in the mix as Billy Moyer joied the fight for second and
finally prevailed during the last quarter of the race. Birkhofer held off the country's top DLM driver on
a final caution to garner his fifth special event victory of the season. Wall and Marlar held onto third
and fourth, while Dale McDowell raced from mid-pack to fill out the top five. Behind him, 17th starter Jimmy
Mars took home sixth place honors.
Jamie Tollison earned the Crate Late Model win. Chris Ragan got by Chris Washington to claim second, with
Washington, Georgia driver Chip Brindle, and local veteran Jim McDuffie rounding out the top five.
Whynot Motorsports Park "Fall
1) Brian Birkhofer, 2) Billy
Moyer, 3) Chris Wall, 4) Mike Marlar, 5) Dale McDowell, 6) Jimmy Mars, 7) Ronny Lee Hollingsworth, 8)
Scott Bloomquist, 9) Will Vaught, 10) Don O'Neal, 11) Ray Moore, 12) Clint Smith, 13) Jack Sullivan,
14) Dennis Erb Jr., 15) Dillan White, 16) Chris Brown, 17) Brian Reese, 18) Bub McCool, 19) Jason
Cliburn, 20) Dane Dacus, 21) David Ashley, 22) Anthony Burroughs, 23) Billy Moyer, Jr., 24) Tyler
Fast Time: Sullivan; Heat Winners (60 entries): Wall, Marlar, Birkhofer, O'Neal,