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Morrow sweeps VRS tripleheader at Cleveland

September 18, 2011, 12:08 pm
From track and correspondent reports
Three-time runner-up Eric Jacobsen (right) congratulates three-time winner Todd Morrow. (focusedonracing.com)
Three-time runner-up Eric Jacobsen (right) congratulates three-time winner Todd Morrow. (focusedonracing.com)

CLEVELAND, Tenn. (Sept. 17) — Three front-row starts, three victories for Todd Morrow on Saturday at Cleveland Speedway. The East Ridge, Tenn., driver swept three 20-lap features on the STARS Volunteer Racing Series for a $3,500 payday at the Jimmy Mowery Memorial at the track promoted by his father, Monty. | Video | Slideshow

Morrow earned $1,000 apiece for the feature victories along with a $500 bonus for the sweep.

While Eric Jacobsen of Seacliff Beach, Calif., futilely chased Morrow for 60 laps, finishing second in all three features, he was also a big winner in narrowly ripping the VRS championship from Ross White of Knoxville, Tenn.

White entered the weekend with a 205-point lead on Jacobsen, but Jacobsen's Friday night victory at Boyd's Speedway, coupled with his three-runner-up finishes at Cleveland, left them in a tie atop the series points. Jacobsen won the tiebreaker with most victories to take the title from White, who was running in the top five in the first feature when he got into the backstretch wall.

White's team — along with help from Jacobsen's crew — worked to make repairs on White's car so he could return to action.

Notes: Morrow is sponsored by A&K Transport, Gravitt Roofing, James Mowery Motorsports, Cleveland Speedway and Tindell & Sons Carpet. ... Morrow drew a No. 2 invert for the second feature keeping him on the front row after a pole start in the first feature by virtue of his fast time. ... The third feature was lined up by combined finishes from the previous two features. ... Cleveland is dark until a weekly event on Oct. 15. ... The track hosts the $2,500-to-win Grant Adcox Memorial for Super Late Models on Oct. 22. ... The season ends Nov. 19 with the $5,000-to-win Gobbler Classic, the finale for the Southern All Stars.

VRS @ Cleveland (first feature): (1) Todd Morrow, (2) Eric Jacobsen, (3) Derek Ellis, (4) Jacob Grizzle, (5) Mike Weeks, (6) Jake Knowles, (7) Kayne Hickman, (8) Brian Hendrix, (9) Billy Mayo, (10) Riley Hickman, (11) Jacob Anderson, (12) Dustin Cansler, (13) Rodney Weeks, (14) John Scarborough Jr., (15) Bo Eaton, (16) Clayton Turner, (17) Ross White, (18) John Owenbey, (19) Steve Smith, (20) D.J. Hayes, (21) Doug Smith, (22) Tyler Adams. Fast qualifier (among 22 cars): Morrow, 13.536 seconds.

VRS @ Cleveland (second feature): (1) Todd Morrow, (2) Eric Jacobsen, (3) Jake Knowles, (4) Jacob Grizzle, (5) Derek Ellis, (6) Kayne Hickman, (7) Mike Weeks, (8) Riley Hickman, (9) John Owenbey, (10) Brian Hendrix, (11) Steve Smith, (12) Jacob Anderson, (13) Ross White, (14) Dustin Cansler, (15) Rodney Weeks, (16) D.J. Hayes, (17) John Scarborough Jr., (18) Clayton Turner, (19) Doug Smith, (20) Bo Eaton. Scratched: Billy Mayo, Tyler Adams.

VRS @ Cleveland (third feature): (1) Todd Morrow, (3) Eric Jacobsen, (3) Jacob Grizzle, (4) Derek Ellis, (5) Jake Knowles, (6) Mike Weeks, (7) Riley Hickman, (8) John Ownbey, (9) Kayne Hickman (10) Brian Hendrix, (11) Ross White, (12) Jacob Anderson, (13) Dustin Cansler, (14) Bo Eaton, (15) Doug Smith, (16) Steve Smith, (17) D.J. Hayes, (18) Rodney Weeks, (19) Clayton Turner, Scratched: John Scarborough, Billy Mayo, Tyler Adams.

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