Heartland Park Topeka
Looney scores MLRA victory at Topeka
TOPEKA, Kan. (April 8) – Just one week after ending a 14-year drought on the Lucas Oil Midwest LateModel Racing Association tour, Brad Looney found himself in victory lane once again after Friday night’s MLRA feature at Heartland Park Topeka. The Republic, Mo., driver led all but one lap of the 35-lap race for a $3,000 payday at the facility's 3/8-mile dirt oval. | Slideshow
After the race was slowed by four cautions in the first four laps, the pole-starting Looney took charge during the caution-free final 31 laps. His only challenge came late in the race when John Anderson of Omaha, Neb., made a run off of turn two to briefly take the lead.
Looney then changed his line and battled back around Anderson. Looney held the lead for the remainder of the race to score the victory, forcing Anderson to settle for the runner-up finish. Al Purkey of Coffeyville, Kan., advanced from his 18th starting position to finish third with Jesse Stovall of Galena, Mo., fourth and Tony Jackson Jr. of Lebanon, Mo., fifth.
MLRA @ Heartland Park Topeka: (1) Brad Looney, (2) John Anderson, (3) Al Purkey, (4) Jesse Stovall, (5) Tony Jackson Jr., (6) Terry Phillips, (7) R.C. Whitwell, (8) Denny Eckrich, (9) David Turner, (10) Kyle Berck, (11) Nick Marolf, (12) Jason Pursley, (13) Jason O'Brien, (14) Dave Eckrich, (15) Joe Kosiski, (16) Bill Koons, (17) Alan Vaughn, (18) Corey Zeitner, (19) Chris Simpson, (20) Jeremy Payne, (21) Al Humphrey (22) Chad Simpson, (23) Delbert Smith, (24) Matt Furman. Heat race winners (among 41 cars): Whitwell, Anderson, Looney, Chris Simpson, Phillips. Consolation race winners: Koons, Purkey. Provisional starters: Dave Eckrich, Kosiski.