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April 9
Lucas Oil Speedway,
Wheatland, MO
Sanction: Lucas Oil Midwest LateModel Racing Association (Spring Nationals) - $5,000
Information provided by: Series reports (last updated April 11, 9:27 am)
Shirley dominates Wheatland's Spring Nationals
Spring Nationals
  1. Brian Shirley
  2. Bobby Pierce
  3. Brantlee Gotschall
  4. Tony Jackson Jr.
  5. Randy Timms
  6. Jesse Stovall
  7. Billy Moyer
  8. Tyler Erb
  9. Rodney Sanders
  10. Tad Pospisil
  11. Terry Phillips
  12. Jeremy Payne
  13. Brad Looney
  14. Austin Rettig
  15. Jason Papich
  16. Kyle Beard
  17. Gavin Landers
  18. Chris Brown
  19. Jack Sullivan
  20. Dave Eckrich
  21. Gordy Gundaker
  22. Brandon McCormick
  23. J.C. Wyman
  24. Michael Kloos
presented by
Ron Mitchell
Brian Shirley heads to a $5,000 victory at Lucas Oil Speedway.
What won the race: Brian Shirley of Chatham, Ill., led all 45 laps of the MLRA-sanctioned Spring Nationals at Lucas Oil Speedway in Wheatland, Mo., cruising to the checkers by 7.489 seconds in picking up a caution-free $5,000 victory.
Quotable: "(The car) was that good, it just made it real easy to control where I needed to be in lapped traffic," Shirley said. "I love coming to Lucas Oil. I'm so happy to be here and win my first race here."
Key notes: Shirley earned his first career MLRA feature victory in the Spring Nationals. ... An Illinois driver won on the MLRA circuit for the first time since Denny Woodworth of Mendon, Ill., triumphed at Lakeside Speedway on Sept. 26, 2008. ... Shirley, who follows the WoO tour, traveled from Friday's race at Duck River Raceway Park in Wheel, Tenn., to Wheatland; Saturday's WoO event in Tazewell, Tenn., was cancelled. ... Billy Moyer of Batesville, Ark., led every lap of Friday's 30-lap event that opened the weekend.
On the move: Bobby Pierce of Oakwood, Ill., started 13th and finished second.
Winner's sponsors: Shirley's Bob Cullen Racing Longhorn Chassis has a Pro Power Racing Engine and is sponsored by Arnie Ranta, Kid's Castle, Thomas Express, Cheap Cars, KBC Graphix, Popejoy Plumbing, Skateland South and Kim's Autobody.
Car count: 47
Heat race winners: Rodney Sanders, Tony Jackson Jr., Jesse Stovall, Randy Timms, Brian Shirley
Consolation race winners: Chris Brown, Michael Kloos
Next series race: April 17, State Fair Speedway (Sedalia, MO) $5,000
Editor's note: Results and race details are unofficial.

Feature lineup

Row 1: Stovall, Shirley
Row 2: Timms, Moyer Sr.
Row 3: B. Looney, Gotshall
Row 4: Sanders, Jackson
Row 5: Phillips, T. Erb
Row 6: Pospisil, Da. Eckrich
Row 7: Pierce, Rettig
Row 8: Payne, G. Landers
Row 9: Brown, Kloos
Row 10: Papich, Sullivan
Row 11: Beard, Gundaker
Row 12: Wyman, McCormick

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