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Will Vaught VL at Thunderbird Speedway
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MARS: Survivor Vaught Collects First 2011 Win at "Topless Thunderfest" 
Brian Garrison 
MUSKOGEE, Okla. – Sept. 23. Will Vaught of Crane, Missouri picked up his first MARS win of the 2011 season at night #1 of the "Topless Thunderfest" at the historic Thunderbird Speedway.  Vaught led every lap of the 15-lap feature that was slowed by two cautions.  
The race was originally scheduled for 20 laps, but a multi-car crash on lap 10 forced race officials to reduce the amount of feature laps due to only eight
Will Vaught - Jesse Stovall at Thunderbird Speedway
Will Vaught drove his #1 car to Friday's MARS win over Brad Looney and #00 Jesse Stovall Friday at Thunderbird Speedway. (Ron Mitchell)
Brad Looney and Jack Sullivan at Thunderbird Speedway MARS
Brad Looney's (14) runner up finish allowed the Republic, Mo. ace to build on his MARS points lead. Jack Sullivan (1) dropped to 12th in the rundown. (Ron Mitchell)
cars being able to continue, and a rougher than normal race track from heavy soaking rains during the week.  Vaught earned $2,500 for the win, his first with the MARS series since August 29, 2009.
Current MARS point leader Brad Looney of Republic, Mo. finished second and was able to increase his point lead over Jesse Stovall of Galena, Mo., Justin Asplin of Birch Tree, M., and R.C. Whitwell of Tucson, Ariz.
The MARS Series will return to action Saturday September 24th at the Thunderbird Speedway for the second and final night of the Topless Thunderfest Late Model Shootout.
Garrett Alberson and Jack Sullivan at Thunderbird Speedway
Overachiever Garrett Alberson managed to parlar a sixth place showing in his heat race into a B-Main win and sixth place in the main event. (Ron Mitchell)
Sept. 23 - MARS at Thunderbird Speedway
1) Will Vaught, 2) Brad Looney, 3) Jesse Stovall, 4) Justin Asplin, 5) R.C. Whitwell, 6) Garrett Alberson, 7) Steve Johnson, 8) Leroy Johnson, 9) Gary Christian, 10) Raymond Merrill, 11) Eric Turner, 12) Jack Sullivan, 13) Tony Jackson, Jr., 14) Brandon McCormick, 15) Justin Wells, 16) Ken Essary, 17) Jay Rierson, 18) Don Cloyd, 19) Jeff Roth, 20) Jon Driskill, 21) Chance Bishop, 22) Darrell Mooneyham
Heat winners (30 entries): Vaught, Christian, Merrill, Stovall; B-Main winners: Alberson, Wells

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