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State Fair Speedway

Phillips tops Turner for victory at Sedalia

June 26, 2010, 11:49 am
From series reports
Terry Phillips (75) battles Eric Turner (99T). (fasttrackphotos.net)
Terry Phillips (75) battles Eric Turner (99T). (fasttrackphotos.net)

SEDALIA, Mo. (June 25) — Terry Phillips won a lead-swapping duel with fellow Springfield, Mo., driver Eric Turner at State Fair Speedway for a $3,000 victory in a co-sanctioned event. Phillips notched his 97th career victory on the Lucas Oil Midwest LateModel Racing Association and his 70th on the MARS DIRTcar Series as the Missouri-based tours faced off on the half-mile oval. | Slideshow

David Turner of Creighton, Mo., and Dave Eckrich of Cosgrove, Iowa, led the field to the green with Eckrich getting the early jump while Phillips was quickly up to third.

After a pair of cautions on lap 23 — first for a slowing Denny Eckrich, then when J.D. Hubert got into the frontstretch guardrail on the restart — Phillips took command and raced away to victory.

Eric Turner settled for second while Dave Eckrich was third. Seventh-starting Brad Looney of Republic,. Mo., and consolation race winner Al Purkey of Coffeyville, Kan., rounded out the top five, advancing 10 positions.

Notes: Phillip’s Don Babb Motorsports GRT Race Car is powered by a Hatfield Racing Engine with sponsorship from Andy's Frozen Custard, New Vision Graphics and Port City Racing. ... Al Purkey was forced into a consolation race after a flat tire in his heat race. ... Among drivers failing to make the feature: Justin Asplin, Randy McGraw, Larry Clawson and Dustin Mooneyham. ... The MARS-MLRA weekend heads to Springfield (Mo.) Raceway on Saturday, the first-ever MLRA visit to the track. The John Kuntz Memorial pays $3,000 to the winner.

MLRA-MARS @ Sedalia: (1) Terry Phillips, (2) Eric Turner, (3) Dave Eckrich, (4) Brad Looney, (5) Al Purkey, (6) Jeremy Payne, (7) Matt Johnson, (8) Kelly Boen, (9) Alan Vaughn, (10) David Turner, (11) Evan Hubert, (12) Joe Kosiski, (13) Brandon McCormick, (14) Chris Smyser, (15) Denny Eckrich, (16) Bryant Goldsmith, (17) Chris Spieker, (18) Bill Koons, (19) J.D. Hubert, (20) Gary Christian, (21) Darrell Mooneyham, (22) Zac Simmons. Heat race winners (among 32 cars): E. Turner, E. Hubert, D. Turner, Denny Eckrich. Consolation winners: Purkey, Goldsmith. Provisional starters: Koons, A. Kosiski, Christian, Mooneyham.

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