Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Phillips Dominates Showdown

Terry Phillips dominates at Jetmore. Ron Mitchell Racing Photos

Terry Phillips threaded the tiniest of needles in getting around Gary Christian on lap 12 for the lead in the Showdown at the Great American Dirt Track. He led the next thirty-eight laps to score the $12,000 pay day. “The car was good tonight,” said Phillips. “Everything kind of come together for us. They had the track good. You could get in the tacky here and there and keep the tires cool.” Over the final thirty-two lap the race went caution free and Phillips was able to knock down lapped cars and win by a comfortable margin.

Tony Jackson Jr. started sixth in the feature and worked to secure the runner up position. “We run pretty good here. It’s a good racy track,” Jackson commented. “I felt like we might of had something for Terry there and got into lapped cars, but lapped cars are part of the race so what do you do.” It was also another good MARS points night for Jackson as Jesse Stovall finished 8th, after pitting early due to a flat tire.

Ricky Thorton Jr. raced near the front for the entire fifty lap feature. Coming into the race Thorton was looking for a top five to make a great weekend. He bettered those aspirations by two spots as he came home third. “I was actually getting a little tired,” Thorton said of running the final thirty-two laps caution free. It was his first time he had ever run a fifty lap feature as well.

Phillips now joins John Anderson and Al Purkey as the only winners of the prestigious race. The 2012 edition carried the biggest purse to date. The win marks the 79th for Phillips in MARS competition. MARS competitors will race in Liberal, KS Sunday before wrapping up the weekend.

The Great American Dirt Track would like to thank United Wireless, Coors Light, VP Racing Fuels Heartland, Peterson Fluid Systems and Hatfield Racing Engines for their support of the Showdown.

Race Results

Heat 1 (8 Laps) : Eric Turner, John Anderson, Jesse Stovall, Clay Daly, Jeep Berry, Tommy Weder Jr., Jered Maas

Heat 2 (8 Laps): Gary Christian, Ricky Thorton Jr., Mike Stadel, Steve Johnson, Cliff Morrow, Kyle Hill, Dylan Schmer

Heat 3 (8Laps): Brandon Morton, Delbert Smith, Justin Asplin, Morgan Bagley, Garrett Alberson, Brad Wagoner, Vince Wagoner

Heat 4 (8 Laps): Jason Hughes, Tony Jackson Jr., Terry Phillips, Scott Lewis, Al Humphrey, Leroy Johnson, Jeff Whyman

A Feature (50 Laps): Terry Phillips, Tony Jackson Jr., Ricky Thorton Jr., John Anderson, Morgan Bagley, Eric Turner, Tommy Weder Jr., Jesse Stovall, Jason Hughes, Clay Daly, Garrett Alberson, Scott Lewis, Justin Asplin, Mike Stadel, Brandon Morton, Steve Johnson, Cliff Morrow, Vince Wagoner, Brad Wagoner, Delbert Smith, Gary Christian, Jeep Berry, Kyle Hill, Al Humphrey, Leroy Johnson, Jered Maas, Jeff Whyman

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