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Stovall rallies late for victory at 81

May 8, 2011, 6:17 am
From series reports
Winner Jesse Stovall (00) works past Brad Looney (14). (Ron Mitchell)
Winner Jesse Stovall (00) works past Brad Looney (14). (Ron Mitchell)

PARK CITY, Kan. (May 7) — Rallying from the fifth row, Jesse Stovall of Galena, Mo., led the final three laps Saturday at 81 Speedway for a victory co-sanctioned by the MARS DIRTcar Series and National Championship Racing Association DIRTcar Series. | Slideshow

Stovall earned $2,500 for the 30-lap victory while Terry Phillips of Springfield, Mo., finished second in the 22-car field.

Tommy Weder Jr. of Woodward, Okla., who started in the pole position and led all but a handful of laps, settled for a third-place finish. Brad Looney of Republic, Mo., and Al Purkey of Coffeyville, Kan., each had brief stints leading midway through the race and rounded out the top five finishers.

The victory was the second of the season on the MARS circuit for Stovall, who drives a Steve Rushin-owned car.

MARS-NCRA @ 81: (1) Jesse Stovall, (2) Terry Phillips, (3) Tommy Weder Jr., (4) Brad Looney, (5) Al Purkey, (6) R.C. Whitwell, (7) Ryan McAninch, (8) Jeremy Payne, (9) Eric Turner, (10) Tony Jackson Jr., (11) Brandon McCormick, (12) Dean Moore, (13) Joe Kosiski, (14) Leroy Johnson, (15) Gary Gorby, (16) Shawn Harker, (17) Bill Koons, (18) Mike Collins, (19) Steve Kempt, (20) Corey Zeitner, (21) Shane Essary, (22) Bryon Allison. Heat race winners (among 28 cars): Weder, Jackson, Purkey. Consolation winner: Zeitner.

MARS points

(Through May 7)
1. Brad Looney - 374
2. Terry Phillips - 372
3. Jesse Stovall - 362
4. Tony Jackson Jr - 346
5. Jeremy Payne - 323

�NCRA points

�(Through May 7)
1. Al Purkey - 775
2. Jesse Stovall - 735
3. Terry Phillips - 730
4. Tony Jackson Jr - 700
(tie) Brandon McCormick - 700
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