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Daily Dirt 10/01/2022 05:48:15

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May 25
Monett Motor Speedway,
Monett, MO
Sanction: MARS DIRTcar Series West (Tony Roper Memorial) - $3,000
Information provided by: Ron Mitchell (last updated May 26, 2:25 pm)
Last-lap pass lifts Phillips in Roper Memorial
Tony Roper Memorial
  1. Terry Phillips
  2. Tony Jackson Jr.
  3. Jack Sullivan
  4. Justin Asplin
  5. Jacob Magee
  6. Garrett Essary
  7. Patrick Johnson
  8. Larry Jones
  9. Darrell Mooneyham
  10. Phil Edmondson
  11. Garrett Alberson
  12. Randy Roth
  13. Dave Deetz
  14. Jason Hughes
  15. Leroy Johnson
  16. Jon Driskill
  17. Cole Wells
  18. Josh Hughes
  19. Jesse Stovall
  20. Rick Wallis
  21. Jason Sivils
  22. Brandon McCormick
  23. Jeff Roth
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Ron Mitchell
A relieved Terry Phillips in victory lane after regaining the lead late.
What won the race: After losing the lead with four laps remaining, polesitter Terry Phillips of Springfield, Mo., regained the lead from a high-running Tony Jackson Jr. of Lebanon, Mo., on the final lap to win the 14th annual Tony Roper Memorial. Jackson stole the lead from Phillips on a lap-26 restart, but when Jackson got too high in turns one and two on the final lap, Phillips went back past for his 85th career MARS victory.
Quotable: "I was running the bottom pretty good, and I started getting tight later in the race. But I didn't know what to do. Sometimes when you're in the lead, you're kind of a sitting duck," Phillips said. "I kept looking at the cushion and wondering if it was going to come in ... he drove it hard and got by me, and then it looked like he drove it hard and jumped the cushion."
Key notes: A capacity crowd filed in for the event. ... The event drew many of the same drivers who spent the weekend at Lucas Oil Speedway in Wheatland, Mo., for the Lucas Oil Show-Me 100. ... Saturday was the 14th running of the event that honors the Springfield, Mo., dirt racer who moved to asphalt racing; he died after injuries suffered in a NASCAR truck race in Texas. ... MARS competitors made their second of four visits to Monett; they will return July 3 and Aug. 31.
On the move: Jack Sullivan of Greenbrier, Ark., advanced four positions for a third-place finish.
Winner's sponsors: Phillips drives a Hatfield-powered Rocket Chassis sponsored by Andy's Frozen Custard, Champion Brands, Don Babb Motorsports, Integra Shocks, Keyser Manufacturing, Mesilla Valley Transportation and New Vision Graphics.
Points chase: Jackson has 608 points to led Justin Asplin (573) and Jesse Stovall (534); Phillips is fourth in the standings with 499 points.
Car count: 23
Polesitter: Terry Phillips
Heat race winners: Tony Jackson Jr., Terry Phillips, Brandon McCormick
Next series race: May 31, Federated Raceway at I-55 (Pevely, MO) $5,000
Editor's note: Results and race details are unofficial.
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