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Parker grabs Total Seal victory in Tucson

March 20, 2011, 7:23 am
From track reports
Lonnie Parker Jr. picks up his hardware. (dennisbrownfield.com)
Lonnie Parker Jr. picks up his hardware. (dennisbrownfield.com)

TUCSON, Ariz. (March 19) — Six-time champion Lonnie Parker Jr. of El Mirage, Ariz., on Saturday extended his points lead on the Total Seal Late Model Dirt Racing Series with a victory at USA Raceway.

Parker, capturing his series-leading 63rd victory overall and first since Oct. 29 at Canyon Speedway Park, came from the seventh starting spot for the $1,000 triumph. He took the lead with a third-to-first move in one corner while battling front-row starters Joey Moriarty and Paul Banghart. | Slideshow

Second-year driver Ricky Thornton Jr. of Chandler Ariz., who dethroned Parker last year to capture the series championship, finished second followed by Anthony Madrid of Phoenix in the 25-lapper at the 3/8-mile oval. Banghart, of Tucson, and Brad Williams of Arizona City rounded out the top five finishers. Moriarty, of Phoenix, was 10th in the 13-car field.

Total Seal @ USA: (1) Lonnie Parker Jr., (2) Ricky Thornton Jr., (3) Anthony Madrid, (4) Paul Banghart, (5) Brad Williams, (6) Tommy Hussak III, (7) James Chavez Jr., (8) John Cornell, (9) Wes Hall, (10) Joey Moriarty, (11) Marty Hussak, (12) Jerry Fincher, (13) Jimmy Jelvik. Heat race winners (among 13 cars): Madrid, Banghart.

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