WHEATLAND, MO (October 10th, 2015) – Third starting Jesse Stovall made his way to the front just prior to the halfway point of Saturday’s MLRA Fall Nationals finale at Lucas Oil Speedway. Once at the front he set his own pace, weaving in and out of lapped traffic, en route to his series leading 10th win of the season and first ever weekend sweep at the Diamond of the Dirt Tracks.
“This is the best (season) by far,” commented Stovall of his overall 2015 campaign. “Even though we didn’t get a championship, winning all these races, having all the success we’ve had, I have a race team now. “Tommy Boy” (Crew Chief Tony Rogers) came in about May and we started winning races. It was huge to me to have somebody to help. He’s done a very good job.”
Outside pole sitter Brad Looney quickly took command of the race from the drop of the green. Looney set a blistering pace early. DirtonDirt.com
polesitter Chad Simpson slipped back a bit, but charged forward and raced alongside Terry Phillips for much of the feature.
Simpson crossed the finish line second and Phillips was third. Only needing a 10th place or better finish in the main event to secure the championship, regardless of others performance, Phillips was crowned the series champion for the third time in his storied career. His first Lucas Oil MLRA title came in 1994 and second in 1996.
Fourth and fifth respectively were Brad Looney and Jason Utter.
Al Humphrey Racing’s RC Whitwell claimed the Sunoco Race Fuels Rookie of the Year honors. Whitwell also gained 11 positions in the feature to secure the night’s Casey’s General Stores Hard Charger award.
Sunday evening the series celebrates the year at the annual Championship Banquet, held at the Old Kinderhook Resort at the Lake of the Ozarks. The top drivers, marketing partners and race tracks will be highlighted.
Lucas Oil Speedway Contingency Awards 10/10/15
Andy’s Frozen Custard Victory Lane – Jesse Stovall
AR Bodies – Kaleb Stolba
Casey’s General Stores Hard Charger – RC Whitwell
Pole Winner – Chad Simpson
Hooker Harness 11th Place – Mark Burgtorf
KRC Hard Luck – JC Wyman
Hard Luck – JC Wyman
Landrum Springs Race Winner – Jesse Stovall
Fast Track Photos – Jesse Stovall
Performance Bodies Performer of the Race – Jesse Stovall
RaceNote Crew Chief of the Race – Tony Rogers
Real Racing Wheels – Scott Lewis
Sunoco Rookie of the Race – Jake O’Neil
Wehrs Machine – Dan Shepherd
Lucas Cattle Company A Feature (50 Laps): 1. Jesse Stovall 2. Chad Simpson 3. Terry Phillips 4. Brad Looney 5. Jason Utter 6. Rickey Frankel 7. Jason Papich 8. Jake O’Neil 9. Josh Hughes 10. Spencer Diercks 11. Mark Burgtorf 12. RC Whitwell 13. Dave Eckrich 14. Gordy Gundaker 15. Austin Siebert 16. Tony Jackson Jr. 17. Tim Manville 18. Scott Crigler 19. Jason O’Brien 20. Randy Timms 21. Jake Davis 22. Shane Essary 23. Scott Lewis 24. JC Wyman 25. Bryon Allison
HotRodProcessing.com B Feature #1 (12 Laps)
: 1. Mark Burgtorf 2. Tim Manville 3. Scott Crigler 4. RC Whitwell 5. JC Wyman 6. Kaleb Stolba 7. Larry Jones 8. Larry Ferris 9. Dan Shepherd 10. Jimmy Miller 11. Chris Smyser 12. Jason Hughes 13. Cole Wells
Impact Signs, Awnings, Wraps B Feature #2 (12 Laps): 1. Randy Timms 2. Tony Jackson Jr. 3. Dave Eckrich 4. Payton Looney 5. Joseph Gorby 6. Chris Cox 7. David Garmann 8. Jay Rierson 9. Dustin Mooneyham 10. Mason Oberkramer 11. Cody Holtkamp 12. Jason O’Brien 13. Dustin Walker
Hoosier Racing Tires Heat #1 (10 laps): 1. Jason Utter 2. Shane Essary 3. Jason Papich 4. Bryon Allison 5. Dustin Mooneyham 6. Kaleb Stolba 7. RC Whitwell 8. Jason O’Brien 9. Jimmy Miller 10. Jason Hughes 11. Larry Jones
RacingJunk.com Heat #2 (10 Laps)
: 1. Chad Simpson 2. Josh Hughes 3. Spencer Diercks 4. Austin Siebert 5. Gordy Gundaker 6. Mark Burgtorf 7. JC Wyman 8. Chris Smyser 9. Jay Rierson 10. Cody Holtkamp 11. Payton Looney
G2 Gemini Apparel Heat #3 (10 Laps): 1. Brad Looney 2. Jake Davis 3. Rickey Frankel 4. Jake O’Neil 5. Tony Jackson Jr. 6. Scott Crigler 7. Larry Ferris 8. Joesph Gorby 9. Dan Shepherd 10. Cole Wells
Chix Gear Racewear Heat #4 (10 Laps)
: 1. Jesse Stovall 2. Terry Phillips 3. Scott Lewis 4. Tim Manville 5. Randy Timms 6. Dustin Walker 7. Dave Eckrich 8. Chris Cox 9. Mason Oberkramer 10. David Garmann
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