Payne tops Looney at Larry Phillips Memorial
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (Sept. 18) — Sixth-starting Jeremy Payne of Springfield, Mo., overtook Brad Looney of Republic, Mo., on Saturday at Springfield Raceway and grabbed a victory in the Larry Phillips Memorial. Payne earned a beautiful trophy and $3,000 for the event co-sanctioned by the MARS DIRTcar Racing Series and Lucas Oil Midwest LateModel Racing Association.
Looney settled for second in the 40-lapper while Al Purkey of Coffeyville, Kan., crossed the line third. Eric Turner of Springfield and Brandon McCormick of Lebanon, Mo., rounded out the top five finishers at the quarter-mile oval. Looney took the MLRA points lead with his runner-up finish.
The race honored late short track legend Larry Phillips, the father of Payne's teammate, Terry Phillips, who finished 14th.
Larry Phillips Memorial: (1) Jeremy Payne, (2) Brad Looney, (3) Al Purkey, (4) Eric Turner, (5) Brandon McCormick, (6) Dave Eckrich, (7) Justin Wells, (8) Joe Kosiski, (9) Brantlee Gotschall, (10) Evan Hubert, (11) Larry Jones, (12) Justin Asplin, (13) Leroy Johnson, (14) Terry Phillips, (15) Ken Essary, (16) Chuck Comer, (17) Jarrod Hilton, (18) Dwight Niehoff, (19) Dave Ware, (20) Matt Johnson, (21) Alan Vaughn, (22) Dustin Mooneyham. Heat race winners (among 28 cars): Looney, Purkey, Johnson, Payne. Consolation winners: Niehoff, Hubert.