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Magnolia Motor Speedway

Wall overtakes Cooley for victory at Magnolia

July 21, 2013, 8:36 am
From series and correspondent reports
Chris Wall and his crew in victory lane. (photobyconnie.com)
Chris Wall and his crew in victory lane. (photobyconnie.com)

COLUMBUS, Miss. (July 20) — Chris Wall of Springfield, La., overtook race-long leader and polesitter Eric Cooley of Fulton, Miss., on the 32nd lap Saturday and raced to victory in the 10th annual Governor’s Cup at Magnolia Motor Speedway.

Wall pocketed $4,000 for his second career victory on the Southern All Star Racing Series, taking the checkers ahead of Cooley and series points leader Riley Hickman of Ooltewah, Tenn. | Slideshow

Outside front-row start Klint Byars of Calhoun City, Miss., making just his second start of the season, showed the way early in the 40-lapper, but gave way to Cooley around the halfway mark. Byars finished fifth behind Dane Dacus of Arlington, Tenn.

Hometown driver Brian Rickman slowed on the backstretch on the 26th lap to bring out the race's lone caution.

Wall's previous Southern All Star victory also came at 3/8-mile Magnolia on Aug. 30, 2009.

Notes: Wall’s Raymond Childress-owned MasterSbilt is sponsored by Childress Fishing & Rental and Stuckey Enterprises. ... World of Outlaws Late Model Series regular Bub McCool dropped in on an off night from touring and finished sixth. ... The tour made its only 2013 visit to Mississippi. ... The 38 entrants were the second most in any series event this year, behind March 9's Shamrock at Cleveland (Tenn.) Speedway, which drew 39 drivers. ... SAS competitors travel to Talladega Short Track in Eastaboga, Ala., on July 27 for the 16th annual Michael Head Jr. Memorial.

Governor’s Cup: (1) Chris Wall, (2) Eric Cooley, (3) Riley Hickman, (4) Dane Dacus, (5) Klint Byars, (6) Bub McCool, (7) Neil Baggett, (8) Jason Hiett, (9) Scott Dedwylder, (10) David Breazeale, (11) Rick Rickman, (12) Chad Thrash, (13) B)J) Robinson, (14) Joseph Joiner, (15) Shep Lucas, (16) Ronny Lee Hollingsworth, (17) Brian Rickman, (18) Josh Putnam, (19) Stacy Caldwell, (20) Bret Holmes, (21) Leon Henderson, (22) Mark Rosner, (23) Mike Weeks, (24) Jamie Tollison. Fast qualifier (among 38 cars): Cooley, 14.44 seconds. Consolation race winners: Putnam, Hiett, McCool. Last-chance winner: R. Rickman. Provisional starters: Rosner, Weeks.

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