Jones races to SUPR victory in third Late Model start
By Bryan WimberleyDirtonDirt.com correspondent
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (July 20) — Late Model newcomer Sean Jones of Mansfield, Texas, raced to his first Super Late Model victory during Friday’s Southern United Professional Racing tour event at I-30 Speedway, earning $1,250 in just his third Late Model start. | Slideshow
Jones, who has driven both sprint cars and modifieds before giving Late Models a try this season, moved to the lead when Bud Mullins pushed high late in the race, and edged ahead by a single car length at the finish line.
Mullins, the West Monroe, La., driver who scored his first SUPR victory just over a month ago, settled for second after leading the majority of the race.
Former series champion Ray Moore of Shreveport, La., challenged for the lead early in the race, but slid back to third at the finish. Jeff Chanler of Minden, La., was fourth with Tyler Erb of Magnolia, Texas, rounding out the top five.
Series points leader Allen Tippen of Minden, La., finished sixth, increasing his points lead to six points over seventh-finishing Rob Litton of Alexandria, La.
Notes: Jones has driven modifieds for most of his 22-year racing career, but also claimed a sprint car track championship at Cowtown Speedway in Kennedale, Texas. … The event was the 623rd for the SUPR tour, moving the Louisiana-based series ahead of the Southern All Star Dirt Racing Series as the Dirt Late Model tour with the most sanctioned events. ... Friday’s race was the first leg of SUPR’s weekend doubleheader at I-30. Saturday’s race pays $2,500 to the winner.
SUPR @ I-30: (1) Sean Jones, (2) Bud Mullins, (3) Ray Moore, (4) Jeff Chanler, (5) Tyler Erb, (6) Allen Tippen, (7) Rob Litton, (8) Robbie Stuart, (9) Bubba Mullins, (10) Steven Whiteaker Jr., (11) Robert Baker, (12) Kevin Sitton, (13) Jon Mitchell, (14) Brett Frazier, (15) Ronny Adams, (16) Jim Bryant, (17) Derek Perkins, (18) Zach McMillan, (19) Coleman Younger, (20) Shane Hebert, (21) Chandler Petty, (22) Tommy Surrett. Heat race winners (among 25 cars): Tippen, Jones, Chanler, Erb. Consolation race winner: Adams.
Correction: Corrects spelling for McMillan and Whiteaker; adds first name for Perkins.