Al Purkey wins the Sunflower State Showdown
Photo: Lloyd Collins - Fast Track Photos
Purkey and Gemmill win Sunflower Showdown
Coffeyville, Kansas native, Al Purkey masterfully navigated lap traffic en route to his first Lucas Oil MLRA win of the season at the Great American Dirt Track in Jetmore, KS. Lebanon, Missouri's Tony Jackson Jr. was the pole sitter, he won his heat race form the 5th starting position. Jackson led the first 20 laps, before Purkey took the lead on lap 21. Purkey would never relinquish the lead throughout the remaining 29 laps. Late in the race second place finishing Jesse Stovall, who welcomed his first child just a day prior, pulled the nose of his race car to Purkey's door, but got no further. Kyle Berck started and finished third. This was Berck's best finish of the season thus far. Kelly Boen, driving the Pannell Motorsports 33x was the night's KRC Hard Charger. Boen finished 3rd in his B Main. He started the A in 20th and finished 4th. John Anderson started 6th and finished 5th.
The win for Purkey marks his first since April 10, 2010 at Lucas Oil Speedway. Since debuting his new Larry Shaw Race Car last season at Lakeside Speedway, his worst finish is 8th. This is the third $10,000 plus payday for Purkey in his career. His Shaw by Purkey is powered by a Hatfield Racing Engine and receives sponsorship support from Purkey's Auto Salvage, Taylormade Performance, Larry Shaw Race Cars, Hoosier Racing Tires, Hatfield Racing Engines and VP Racing Fuels. This win for Purkey is his 48th in Lucas Oil history.
The 2nd Sunflower State Showdown at the Great American Dirt Track in Jetmore, Kansas attracted 47 super late models. The event was sanctioned by MARS, NCRA and CLMA in addition to the Lucas Oil MLRA.
Heat winners included, Al Purkey, Tommy Weder Jr., Jack Sullivan, Tony Jackson Jr. and Kyle Berck. Two B Feature races passed the top four cars in each group onto the Lucas Cattle A Main. B Feature wins went to RC Whitwell and Brad Looney.
Lucas Oil Heat 1 (10 Laps):1. Al Purkey 2. Jon Mitchell 3. Terry Phillips 4. Corey Zeitner 5. Billy Koons Jr. 6. Joseph Gorby 7. Terry Boushee 8. Craig Baukema 9. Brad Wagoner 10. Steve Lewis
Impact Signs Awnings and Wraps Heat 2 (10 Laps):1. Tommy Weder Jr. 2. Brandon McCormick 3. RC Whitwell 4. Jesse Stovall 5. Gary Christian 6. Shawn Harker 7. Al Humphrey 8. David Turner 9. Cliff Marrow 10. Alan Vaughn
Bodee's Race Bodies Heat 3 (10 Laps):1. Jack Sullivan 2. John Anderson 3. Brad Looney 4. Anthony Madrid 5.Kelly Boen 6. Delbert Smith 7. Jeremy Payne 8. Scott Lewis 9. Steve Kempt
Peterson Fluid Heat 4 (10 Laps):1. Tony Jackson Jr. 2. Dean Moore 3. Joe Kosiski 4. Bill Koons 5. John Kucher 6. Leroy Johnson 7. Wylan Petrie 8. Larry Jackson 9. Dan Shephard
Fast Track Photos Heat 5 (10 Laps):1. Kyle Berck 2. Wendall Wallace 3. Bill Leighton 4.Eric Turner 5. Ron Heger 6. Dylan Schmer 7.Kyle Hill 8. Vince Wagoner 9. Jared Maas
Sunoco Race Fuels B Feature 1 (16 Laps): 1. RC Whitwell 2. Anthony Madrid 3. Kelly Boen 4. Al Humphrey 5. David Turner 6. Delbert Smith 7. Shawn Harker 8. John Kucher 9. Steve Lewis 10. Cliff Marrow 11. Wylan Petrie 12. Vince Wagoner 13.Dan Shepherd 14. Joe Kosiski 15. Dylan Schmer 16. Larry Jackson
Hoosier Racing Tires B Feature 2 (16 Laps): 1. Brad Looney 2. Jeremy Payne 3. Alan Vaughn 4. Gary Christian 5. Corey Zeitner 6. Brad Wagoner 7. Terry Boushee 8. Craig Baukema 9. Ron Heger 10. Leroy Johnson 11. Jared Moss 12. Billy Koons Jr. 13. Scott Lewis 14. Kyle Hill 15. Joseph Gorby 16. Steve Kempt
Lucas Oil MLRA Contingency Awards April 30, 2011
Performance Bodies: John Anderson
KRC Hard Charger: Kelly Boen
KRC Hard Luck: David Turner
Weld Wheels: RC Whitwell
BSB Manufacturing: Billy Koons Jr.
R2C Air Filters: Shawn Harker
Keizer Wheels: Tony Jackson Jr.
Saferacer: Brad Looney
Racing Optics: Joe Kosiski
Rod End Supply: Bill Koons and Corey Zeitner
Lucas Cattle Company A Feature (50 Laps): 1. Al Purkey 2. Jesse Stovall 3. Kyle Berck 4. Kelly Boen 5. John Anderson 6. Tony Jackson Jr. 7. Tommy Weder Jr. 8. Jack Sullivan 9. Terry Phillips 10. Wendall Wallace 11. RC Whitwell 12. Brandon McCormick 13. Brad Looney 14. Jon Mitchell 15. Bill Leighton 16. Gary Christian 17. Jeremy Payne 18. Corey Zeitner 19. David Turner 20. Anthony Madrid 21. Dean Moore 22. Alan Vaughn 23. Bill Koons 24. Eric Turner 25. Al Humphrey 26. Steve Lewis 27. Leroy Johnson