Moore edges Cummings for SUPR win at I-30
By Bryan WimberleyDirtonDirt.com correspondent
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (June 20) — Rallying from his 12th starting spot, Ray Moore of Shreveport, La., overtook Kyle Cummings of Minden, La., in the final laps at I-30 Speedway and grabbed his first O'Reilly Southern United Professional Racing victory of the season. Moore, the 2007 O'Reilly SUPR champion, pocketed $2,500 for winning the finale of a two-race weekend at the quarter-mile oval. | Litton wins SUPR opener at I-30
Moore took the checkered flag less than a length ahead of the fifth-starting Cummings, who led most of the 40-lap main event. Cummings took the lead from Texan Jon Mitchell on the eighth lap, only to relinquish the lead to Moore with two laps remaining. Moore used lapped traffic to his advantage in making the late-race pass that led to his 10th career SUPR victory.
Jeff Chanler of Minden advanced four spots from his seventh starting position to finish third while Jack Sullivan of Greenbrier, Ark., was fourth. Mitchell rounded out the top five. Rob Litton of Alexandria, La., winner of Friday's feature at I-30, raced from 14th to seventh on Saturday.
Two cautions slowed Saturday's main event, the first on lap four when Kenny Merchant of West Monroe, La., had an apparent flat tire. The second caution appeared for a tangle between Michael Murphree and Robbie Stuart in turns three and four that sent Stuart into a spin cycle. Stuart recovered to finish 11th.
Notes: Moore's winning MasterSbilt from Mars machine has a Jay Dickens Racing Engine and sponsorship from Moore Wireline, J&J Motorsports, Bayou Swabbing, X-Treme Graphics & tic Tools International. ... The 20-minute feature wrapped up at 10:42 p.m. ... With a 16th-place finish, the series points lead of Allen Tippen of Minden is down to just 16 points over Kevin Sitton of Baytown, Texas, who was 10th on Saturday. ... The start of the night's consolation race was rough going with Tom Earl III of Haslet, Texas, retiring after being part of a four-car wreck. Charles Thurmon's car also received front-end damage. ... Shane Diamant spun into the inside tire barrier in turn four on the next-to-last lap of the consolation, missing the feature lineup. ... Also missing the feature: Earl, Thurmon, Terry Henson, Joseph Long and Wesley Crutchfield. ... SUPR returns to Little Rock on July 31-Aug. 1. ... The July 18 event at ArkLaTex Speedway has been removed from SUPR's schedule with the possibility the track will rejoin the schedule for a September event. ... Next up for SUPR is a June 27 event at Pike County Speedway in Magnolia, Miss.
SUPR @ I-30: (1) Ray Moore, (2) Kyle Cummings, (3) Jeff Chanler, (4) Jack Sullivan, (5) Jon Mitchell, (6) Gary Christian, (7) Rob Litton, (8) Jody Prince, (9) Kenny Merchant, (10) Kevin Sitton, (11) Robbie Stuart, (12) Allen Tippen, (13) Michael Murphree, (14) Shane Harris, (15) Lee Davis, (16) Jon Kirby, (17) Cody Chisholm, (18) Chris Holley, (19) Shane Stephens, (20) Clay Fisher. Heat race winners (among 26 cars): Prince, Mitchell, Merchant. Consolation winners: Stephens.