Payne wins second straight Kuntz Memorial
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (July 11) — Jeremy Payne overtook teammate and fellow Springfield, Mo., driver Terry Phillips on the 16th lap and led the rest of the way for his second straight victory in the Andy's Frozen Custard John Kuntz Memorial at Springfield Raceway. Payned earned $2,500 for winning the 35-lap O'Reilly MARS DIRTcar Series event honoring the late sponsor of the Phillips-Payne team. | Slideshow
Phillips, who led the first 15 laps, faded to finish fifth in a race slowed by three cautions for single-car incidents. Justin Wells of Aurora, Mo., finished second followed by Eric Turner of Springfield and Brandon McCormick of Lebanon, Mo.
Notes: Payne's GRT Race Car has a Hatfield engine and sponsorship from Andy's Frozen Custard. ... Payne's mother Debbi was in attendance for the 23-year-old Arizona native's victory. ... Payne's third victory of the year ties Wendell Wallace and Eric Turner for the most on the series. ... Payne's sixth career series victory moves him into seventh on the all-time MARS victories list. ... Next up for the series is a July 24-25 weekend at Batesville (Ark.) Motor Speedway.
Andy's Frozen Custard John Kuntz Memorial: (1) Jeremy Payne, (2) Justin Wells, (3) Eric Turner, (4) Brandon McCormick, (5) Terry Phillips, (6) Ken Essary, (7) Kevin Henson, (8) Jim Fulp, (9) Tony Jackson Jr., (10) Patrick Johnson, (11) Chris Morelock, (12) Leroy Johnson, (13) Darrell Mooneyham, (14) Jeremy Manes, (15) Rylan Long, (16) Jack Sullivan, (17) Phil Edmondson, (18) Adam Brown, (19) Brent Kreke, (20) Kevin Brown, 21) Jordan Holloway. Heat race winners (among 21 cars): Payne, Phillips, Jackson.