latemodelamerica.com - Sept. 18 - Springfield Raceway
Jeremy Payne celebrates a big hometown victory with a
big hometown trophy to match in Springfield Raceway's "Larry Phillips Memorial".(Ron Mitchell photo)
MLRA/MARS: Payne Claims Hometown Win In "Phillips Memorial"
Dan Robinson and Brian
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. - Sept. 18. Jeremy Payne secured back to back Lucas Oil MLRA race
wins Saturday at the "Larry Phillips Memorial" race at Springfield Raceway. Payne won his heat from
the pole position to start on the outside of row three for the feature event, then raced past Brad Looney
for the lead.
Co-sanctioned with the Lucas Oil MLRA and the MARS Dirtcar Series, sixth-starting Payne was able to pass
race leader and pole sitter Looney, of Republic, Mo., and hold off several close calls in the final laps of
the race. The 40-lap feature had only two race leaders, but fans at Springfield Raceway enjoyed two and
three wide racing throughout.
Justin Wells moves by #58 Dave Eckrich to reach as high as third before
a flat tire sent him to the rear. He recovered seventh place at the wire.(Lloyd Collins)
Behind Payne and Looney at the finish, fifth starting Al Purkey of Coffeyville, Kan. finished third,
Eric Turner of Springfield, Mp. took fourth piloting a Terry Phillips back up car, and Brandon
McCormick of Lebanon, Mo. rounded out the top five.
Phillips, Last year's Larry Phillips Memorial winner, was running in the top five before a broken axle
forced him retire to the infield area. Justin Wells of Aurora, Mo. started 13th in the feature
and quickly found himself racing in third, however a flat tire on lap 35 would force him to the tail of
the field. He recovered for a seventh place finish.
Jeremy Payne slips under early leader Brad Looney to claim the led
that would take him to Saturday's MLRA/MARS-sanctioned "Larry Phillips Memorial" at Springfield
Evan Hubert and #55 Ken Essary race forr position at Springfield.(Lloyd Collins)
Alan Vaughan was a scratch after not having oil pressure during hot laps. Vaughan suffered from similar
issues last weekend, but then held on to a top five finish.
As the Lucas Oil MLRA 2010 championship points race winds down, the top three drivers
continue to battle, changing positions yet again tonight. Brad Looney secured the top place in championship
points from his second place finish. Looney holds a four point lead over Dave Eckrich, who came into
tonight's race in the top position. Al Purkey remains in the third spot behind Eckrich by only two
Al Purkey races eventual winner Jerremy Payne before picking up third at
Springfield. (Ron Mitchell)
Jeremy Payne's Terry Phillips Autosports GRT Racing Chassis is powered by a Hatfield
Racing Engine with sponsorship support from Andy's Frozen Custard, New Vision Graphics, Integra Racing
Shocks, and Port City Racing.
MARS/MLRA - Larry Phillips
Memorial 1) Jeremy Payne, 2) Brad Looney, 3) Al Purkey, 4) Eric
Turner, 5) Brandon McCormick, 6) Dave Eckrich, 7) Justin Wells, 8) Joe Kosiski, 9) Brantlee
Gotschall, 10) Evan Hubert, 11) Larry Jones, 12) Justin Asplin, 13) Leroy Johnson, 14) Terry
Phillips, 15) Ken Essary, 16) Chuck Comer, 17) Jarrod Hilton, 18) Dwight Niehoff, 19) Dave Ware,
20) Matt Johnson, 21) Alan Vaughn, 22) Darrell Mooneyham .Heat winners (28 entries):
Looney, Purkey, Johnson, Payne; B-feature winners: Niehoff, Hubert