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Lucas rebounds for MSCC victory in Milton

June 16, 2009, 11:43 pm
By Bob Smith
Panhandleracing.com
Shep Lucas earned $2,000 at Milton. (Tammy Davis)
Shep Lucas earned $2,000 at Milton. (Tammy Davis)

MILTON, Fla. (June 13) — Narrowly denied a victory the previous night, Shep Lucas of McKenzie, Ala., started on the pole Saturday at Southern Raceway and led all the way for a Mississippi State Championship Challenge victory. Lucas earned $2,000 for his second career MSCC victory, outrunning fellow front-row starter and former series champion David Ashley of Zachary, La.

Scott Slay of Clinton, Miss., was third while series points leader Chad Thrash of Meridian, Miss., and hometown driver Joseph Joiner — who earned a $250 bonus as the highest finishing driver using a crate engine — rounded out the top five.

Lucas was leading Friday's MSCC event at Northwest Florida Speedway late when Thrash overtook him in the final two laps, but at Southern, he notched his second career MSCC victory and first since June 24, 2006, at Deep South Speedway in Loxley, Ala.

MSCC @ Southern: (1) Shep Lucas, (2) David Ashley, (3) Scott Slay, (4) Chad Thrash, (5) Joseph Joiner, (6) Keith Miller, (7) Jeremy Broadus, (8) Mickey Trosclair, (9) Jason Phillips, (10) Neil Baggett, (11) Sean Hickerson, (12) Joey Credidio, (13) Russell Flynn, (14) Charles Gaines, (15) Steve Bryan, (16) Allen Netherland, (17) Craig Turan, (18) Ricky Haugen, (19) Leon Henderson, (20) Scott Creel, (21) Martin Lilland Jr., (22) Devin Jones. Fast qualifier (among 22 cars): Lucas, 15.901 seconds. Consolation race winners: Miller, Creel. Dash winner: Lucas.

MSCC points

(Through June 13)
1. Chad Thrash - 970
2. Scott Slay - 900
3. Neil Baggett - 880
4. Steve Bryan - 870
5. David Ashley - 845
6. Mickey Trosclair - 775
7. Jeremy Broadus - 770
8. Keith Miller - 655
9. Chris Wall - 575
10. Charles Gaines - 495
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