Mars gets rolling, earns $7,000 at Tri-City
GRANITE CITY, Ill. (Sept. 18) — Dropping back early from his fourth starting spot, Jimmy Mars of Menomonie, Wis., got rolling at Tri-City Speedway and overtook polesitter Randy Korte of Highland, Ill., to capture the Dodge Ram 50. Mars pocketed $7,000 for the unsanctioned event that drew 25 Super Late Models to the 3/8-mile oval near St. Louis, Mo. | Slideshow
"That was a helluva race there," Mars said in victory lane. "Randy checked out for a while. At the beginning, I was just there. I wasn't really able to find a groove and I didn't know where to be. The tires got warmed up and we were able to come back up through there."
Korte settled for second, a half-straightaway behind the winner at the checkered flag. Third-starting Billy Moyer of Batesville, Ark., was third followed by fourth-starting Rick Eckert of York, Pa., and fifth-starting Matt Miller of Waterville, Ohio. Sixth-starting Wendell Wallace of Batesville, Ark., ran as high as third but ended up seventh.
Mark Voigt, the points leader of Tri-City's weekly Late Model division, finished 12th.
Dodge Ram 50: (1) Jimmy Mars, (2) Randy Korte, (3) Billy Moyer, (4) Rick Eckert, (5) Matt Miller, (6) Chub Frank, (7) Wendell Wallace, (8) Shannon Babb, (9) Scott James, (10) Billy Drake, (11) Chad Zobrist, (12) Mark Voigt, (13) Clint Smith, (14) Bryan Collins, (15) Billy Laycock, (16) Tim Manville, (17) Ryan Little, (18) Craig Smith, (19) Billy Moyer Jr., (20) Dustin Hapka, (21) Craig Scott, (22) Marty Smith Jr., (23) Butch Kruckeberg, (24) Adam Parmeley. Scratched: Chris Fetter. Fast qualifier (among 25 cars): Mars. Dash winner: Korte. Heat race winners: Eckert, Korte, Moyer Sr.