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July 18
Richmond Raceway,
Richmond, KY
Sanction: Schaeffer's Fall Nationals (Paul "Butterball" Wooldridge Memorial) - $10,028
Information provided by: Alli Collis (last updated July 20, 7:03 pm)
Marlar wins third career Butterball Memorial
Paul "Butterball" Wooldridge Memorial
  1. Mike Marlar
  2. Jason Jameson
  3. Justin Rattliff
  4. Jackie Boggs
  5. Josh Rice
  6. Tommy Bailey
  7. Stephen Breeding
  8. Chris Combs
  9. Johnny Wheeler
  10. Derek Fisher
  11. David Payne
  12. Greg Johnson
  13. Jason Barrett
  14. Elliott Despain
  15. Duane Chamberlain
  16. Skylar Marlar
  17. Cody Mahoney
  18. Walker Arthur
  19. Ben Adkins
  20. Ross White
  21. Michael Chilton
  22. James Rice
  23. Aaron Hatton
  24. Austin Smith
  25. Mark Frazier
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Glen Starek
Mike Marlar captured a $10,028 victory at Richmond.
What won the race: Using lapped traffic to his advantage, fifth-starting Mike Marlar of Winfield, Tenn., edged Jason Jameson of Lawrenceburg, Ind., and Justin Rattliff of Campbellsville, Ky., in the final laps of Richmond Raceway's Paul "Butterball" Wooldridge Memorial for a $10,028 Southern Nationals Bonus Series victory.
Key notes: The race made Marlar's first victory of the 2015 season and third career Butterball Memorial triumph. His previous Butterball victories came in 2009 and 2004. ... The 28th annual event paid tribute to the late central Kentucky driver for which it is named.
On the move: Fifth-place finisher Josh Rice of Verona, Ky., maneuvered forward from 23rd after taking a provisional.
Winner's sponsors: Marlar's Rocket Chassis has Cornett power and is sponsored by Delk Equipment Sales, RS Trading and GW Performance.
Points chase: Entering Saturday's event, Austin Smith of Cedartown, Ga., topped the standings with 568 points over David Payne (566) and Kenny Collins (370).
Expected entrants: .
Car count: 34
Fast qualifier: Jason Jameson
Time: 15.099 seconds
Polesitter: Tommy Bailey
Heat race winners: Jason Jameson, Justin Rattliff, Tommy Bailey, Jackie Boggs
Consolation race winners: Skylar Marlar, Johnny Wheeler
Provisional starters: Josh Rice, Greg Johnson, Aaron Hatton
Next series race: September 3, 201 Speedway (Sitka, KY) $3,000
Editor's note: Results and race details are unofficial.
By Alli Collis
DirtonDirt.com staff writer

RICHMOND, Ky. (July 18) — In the 28-year history of Richmond Raceway’s Paul “Butterball” Wooldridge Memorial, only two drivers have ever captured three or more career victories. Mike Marlar of Winfield, Tenn., is one of them.

Using lapped traffic to his advantage, Marlar outdueled Jason Jameson of Lawrenceburg, Ind., and Justin Rattliff of Campbellsville, Ky., in the final laps of Saturday’s feature, earning a $10,028 payday in his second career Southern Nationals Bonus Series triumph.

“It’s a tight little track and it’s pretty hard to pass on there early,” Marlar said after the race. “I seen things start shaping up to where it was going to get pretty hectic if it timed out right on the cautions and that’s how it kind of played out. We got bunched up running so slow on that bottom and when people start moving, trying to make moves, we all make little mistakes. At the end, it just happened. It all came together and I got the right places at the right time.”

With the race leaders working their way through the back of the field, Marlar cruised past Rattliff to lead lap 52, but Jameson would shoot ahead of the pair on the next circuit, commanding lap 53. Marlar returned the point on lap 54, leading the remaining distance for his first victory of the 2015 season.

 “This racetrack might be a quarter-mile, so they’re going to be a factor,” Marlar said of lapped traffic. “Just give it 15 laps and you’re going to be in it heavy. If it was a fast groove, seven or eight laps and we’d have been in them. It just worked out. Justin Rattliff, he had a really good car tonight, and of course Jason Jameson. But the lines moved and they kept working in my favor.”

Fourth-starting Jameson held on to finish second, with second-starting Rattliff slipping to finish third. Jackie Boggs of Grayson, Ky., finished fourth, with Josh Rice of Verona, Ky., rallying from the 23rd starting position to round out the top-five. Jameson, who has made a limited number of starts this season, was pleased with his runner-up finish.

“We had a good run tonight,” Jameson said. “I knew it was going to be one-lane on the bottom, basically rubbered up. There at the end the lapped car made it interesting. I got the lead one time and I told myself ‘Stay on the bottom.’ I still tried to pass the lapped car and that’s what cost me the race. But other than that, it was a pretty good weekend.”

Piloting a new Club 29 Race Car, Rattliff charged to the lead on the third lap, controlling most of the 59-lap distance. While he’s certain his new car is the right fit, his disappointment in his third-place finish was apparent.

“I would have liked to have won it,” Rattliff said. “To lead all those laps, it’s aggravating to say the least. But it’s part of it. We’ll be back next year.”

A yellow flag waved on lap 24 for a turn-one tangle involving Jason Barrett, Greg Johnson and James Rice. Michael Chilton spun to draw a caution on lap 25. The final yellow fell on lap 34 when Skylar Marlar and Duane Chamberlain tangled in turn one, collecting Cody Mahoney.

Feature lineup

Row 1: Bailey, Rattliff
Row 2: Boggs, Jameson
Row 3: M. Marlar, Chamberlain
Row 4: Breeding, Mahoney
Row 5: Arthur, Smith
Row 6: Barrett, Chilton
Row 7: Adkins, Combs
Row 8: Fisher, Despain
Row 9: S. Marlar, Wheeler
Row 10: Ja. Rice, Frazier
Row 11: Payne, White
Row 12: Jo. Rice, Johnson
Row 13: Hatton
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