MLRA/NCRA: Phillips Takes I-80; Reaches MLRA Century Mark in Co-Sanctioned Race
|Terry Phillips (left) and John Anderson share a moment
before driving to first and second at I-80 Speedway. (Lloyd Collins)
GREENWOOD, Neb. - Sept. 3. For the first time in the 22-year history of the Lucas Oil MLRA, a single driver has
100 wins. Springfield, Missouri's Terry Phillips achieved that milestone Friday at I-80 Speedway after he passed
race leader Brad Looney at lap 17 and never looked back.
The 30-lap feature started with a tough battle on the front row with Henderson, Colorado's Kelly Boen and
Republic, Missouri's Brad Looney. Boen
Eighth finishing Dave Eckrich (#58) races under #14 Dean Moore and a middle
running Joe Kosiski at I-80. (Lloyd
spun, sending him to the back of the field after causing the first caution of the night. Boen was able to work
his way back into the top ten before having motor issues and leaving the track before the checkers.
John Anderson made a charge for the lead late in the race after passing Looney for second. The Amaha ace briefly
passed Phillips before sliding back
in to second position, where he finished the race. With rear-end problems, Looney was able to hold on for a third
Fighting for dear life in the MLRA points chase, Al Purkey races #14 Kyle Berck for
sixth place at I-80. (Lloyd
Dave Eckrich and Al Purkey battled neck and neck for the seventh position, Purkey was able to secure the spot,
but not the points lead. The MLRA points championship standings continue to tighten, with only six points
separating the top three drivers. Dave Eckrich holds a two point lead over six time MLRA points champion, Al
Purkey. Sitting only four points back in third position is Brad Looney.
Terry Phillips and #2 John Anderson race to a one-two finish at I-80 Speedway at Nebraska
Raceway Park. (Lloyd
MLRA/NCRA - I-80
1. Terry Phillips, 2. John Anderson, 3. Brad Looney, 4.
Travis Dickes, 5. Jeremy Payne, 6. Kyle Berck, 7. Al Purkey, 8. Dave Eckrich, 9. Joe Kosiski, 10. Jason
O'Brien, 11. Leon Zeitner, 12. Corey Zeitner, 13. Delbert Smith, 14. Bryant Goldsmith, 15. Billy Koons
Jr., 16. Dean Moore, 17. Al Humphrey, 18. Jase Kaser, 19. Robbie Andersen, 20. Shawn Harker, 21. Kelly
Boen, 22. R.C. Whitwell, 23. Evan Hubert, 24. Jerry Warner, 25. Justin Asplin, 26. Chris
Heat winners (35 entries): Looney, Boen, O'Brien, Phillips; B-Main winners: Eckrich,
Ron Mitchell photo