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MARS: Survivor Vaught
Collects First 2011 Win at "Topless Thunderfest"
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
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 drove his #1 car to Friday's MARS win
over Brad Looney and #00 Jesse Stovall Friday at Thunderbird Speedway. (Ron
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.
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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