Lone Star Speedway
Mitchell grabs SUPR victory at Lone Star
By Bryan WimberleyDirtonDirt.com correspondent
KILGORE, Texas (May 29) — Jon Mitchell of Texarkana, Texas, outdueled series points leader Morgan Bagley of nearby Longview on Sunday at Lone Star Speedway, nabbing his first O'Reilly Southern United Professional Racing victory since 2002.
Mitchell took the checkers nearly two seconds ahead of Bagley to earn $2,500 for his fourth series victory in SUPR's first visit to the track since its reconfiguration to a 3/8-mile oval. | Slideshow
While Bagley settled for second, he completed a Memorial Day weekend tripleheader that saw him extend a 15-point lead to 160 points over Timothy Culp of West Monroe, La., whose tough-luck weekend ended with a 14th-place finish.
Chris Holley of Dayton, Texas, finished third with Jody Prince of Sibley, La., a season-best fourth. Devil's Bowl Speedway regular Patrik Daniel of Wills Point, Texas, rounded out the top five.
Mitchell took command from his front-row starting spot, leading a single-file formation. Bagley nosed in on Mitchell on the ninth lap, but Mitchell stayed in control heading toward lapped traffic.
The Mitchell-Bagley breakaway built a six-second advantage on Holley before Robbie Stuart slowed in turn two. A second yellow appeared quickly when Curt Lipsey spun.
Mitchell edged away from Bagley and was stretching his lead when the final caution flew on lap 25 as tire wear came into play.
Mitchell again built a big lead on the restart and negotiated traffic well enough to keep Bagley's final charge at bay. Bagley's left-rear tire was flat when he stopped on the frontstretch at the race's conclusion.
Notes: Mitchell's GRT by Catman Race Car is powered by a KHP Racing Engine and sponsored by W&W Timber, Keyser Racing, J&J Motorsports, Team 5 Enterprises, JFR Graphics, Racing BASE Fuel & Oils, BSB Manufacturing, C&D Plumbing, Kenneth's High Performance and Integra Shocks. ... Mitchell has four top-five finishes in 14 Late Model starts in 2011. ... Kevin Sitton of Baytown, Texas, was hard charger, going from 11th to sixth. ... Timothy Culp of West Monroe, La., was caught up in a chain-reaction accident in a consolation race and took a provisional to start the feature. ... Consolation race winner Wesley Chanler of Minden, La., the younger brother of long-time SUPR regular Jeff Chanler, is transitioning from motocross racing to Late Models. ... Jeff Chanler debuted a Barry Wright Race Car at Lone Star. On his way back from Wright's shop in Cowpens, S.C., Chanler stopped at Volunteer Speedway in Bulls Gap, Tenn., for a few hot laps. ... Modified driver Chad Dupont of Bossier City, La., subbed in Jay Brunson's No. 23B, a 2008 GRT Race Car that Brunson bought Childress Racing. Making his first Late Model start in eight years, Dupont started seventh but faded to finish 17th. ... Jason Ingalls of Longview, Texas, drove Jody Mayne's No. 87m. ... Drivers failing to make the feature lineup: Marcus Baxter, Zach McMillan, Paul Joyner and John Sliney. ... SUPR drivers take a week off before a June 11 event at Jones Motor Speedway in Chatham, La.
O'Reilly SUPR @ Lone Star: (1) Jon Mitchell, (2) Morgan Bagley, (3) Chris Holley, (4) Jody Prince, (5) Patrik Daniel, (6) Kevin Sitton, (7) B.J. Robinson, (8) Ronny Adams, (9) Jeff Chanler, (10) Allen Tippen, (11) Allen Murray, (12) Wendall Bolden, (13) Wesley Chanler, (14) Timothy Culp, (15) Curt Lipsey, (16) Michael Coleman, (17) Chad Dupont, (18) Robbie Stuart, (19) Doug Begnaud, (20) Jason Ingalls, (21) Brett Frazier. Heat race winners (among 25 cars): Holley, Bagley, Mitchell. Consolation winner: W. Chanler. Provisional starter: Culp.