GREENVILLE, Miss. - Sept.
4. Leading all but
five laps, Ray Moore obliterated the field at Greenville Speedway on Saturday en route to a
$2,500 payday on the O'Reilly Southern United Professional Racing tour. The seventh-starting
Moore had his way throughout the 50-lapper and crossed the finish line five seconds ahead of
SUPR points leader Rob Litton.
series champion Kenny Merchant of West Monroe, La., was third while Jeff Chandler of Minden,
La., earned hard charger honors with his 16th-to-fourth run. Front-row starter Allen Tippen,
also of Minden, rounded out the top five.
Moore thanked Wisconsin chassis dealers Jimmy and Chris Mars for the
MasterSbilt Race Car that carried him to victory. "In the last month, we have been on a roll, I
tell you, I am real pleased with it," said Moore, who lapped all but eight competitors. "I would
have lapped every one of 'em if I could have."
Lee Davis of
Greenwood, La., led the first lap before consecutive cautions appeared for the spun cars of
Bo Gordon and David Ashley. On the restart, hometown favorite Greg Fore challenged Davis while Moore was quickly up to third.
second from Fore after a third restart and was pressuring Davis for the top spot on lap five.
Moore made his winning move exiting turn four on the next lap and began pulling away from
Moore hit a
spot of traffic that momentarily allowed Davis to keep pace, but by lap 15 Moore had a
two-car cushion of lapped cars and started rolling. Litton took second from Davis on lap 16, but Moore was flying, six seconds ahead of
Litton at the halfway point.
stretched that to more than a half-track margin by lap 32 while
Merchant fought past Davis and Fore to get the third spot. A lap 37
yellow erased Moore's huge lead, but with four lapped cars between him and Litton, he was
never in danger.
from sixth to third on the restart and the final caution appeared on lap 41 when Davis
clipped the frontstretch wall, eliminating his car.
pulled away again, Litton and Merchant battled for second in the race's late stages. Merchant
took second with seven laps remaining, but a Merchant slipup in turn two allowed Litton to
regain the spot a lap later.
the rest of the way, earning his 13th career SUPR victory.
Notes: Moore's MasterSbilt by Mars Race Car
is powered by Jay Dickens Racing Engines and sponsored by Moore Wireline, tic Tools
International, J&J Motorsports and Hoosier Tires. ... Moore also won the May 8 SUPR event at
Greenville, where he's always strong. ... He hasn't finished worse than third in the the six
SUPR events he's entered at Greenville going back to April 2008. ... Litton stretched his points
lead over Kyle Cummings, who was 10th. ... The checkered flag flew on the 39-minute feature at
11:27 p.m. ... The main event was slowed by five cautions. ... Nine cars finished on the lead
lap. ... Drivers failing to make the feature: Jim Bryant, Greg Dreher, Paul Joyner, Darin
Patrick and Brock Williams
Sept. 4 -
SUPR - Greenville Speedway
1) Ray Moore, 2) Rob
Litton, 3) Kenny Merchant, 4) Jeff Chanler, 5) Allen Tippen, 6)
Timothy Culp, 7) Chris Holley, 8) Greg Fore, 9) Robbie Starnes, 10)
Kyle Cummings, 11) Alex Ashley, 12) Ronny Adams, 13) Josh Danzy,
14) Clay Fisher (prov.), 15) Edmond Jenkins, 16) David Ashley, 17)
Lee Davis, 18) Robbie Stuart, 19) Kevin Sitton, 20) Morgan Bagley
(prov.), 21) Donald Watson, 22) Bo Gordon, 23) Chad Washington
(prov.), 24) Trey Williams (prov.).
Heat winners (29 entries): Holley, Davis, Tippen, Fore. Last
Chance race winner: Cummings