Payne breaks through at Osky

MARS DIRTcar SeriesOskaloosa, IA (July 1, 2010) – Jeremy Payne of Springfield, MO led every lap enroute to his first win of the 2010 season for the MARS DIRTcar Series and his seventh career series win. Only one caution slowed the race action on lap seventeen of the thirty lap feature.

Springfield, Missouri’s Terry Phillips started fifth and raced his way up to second on the big half mile at Southern Iowa Speedway.

Chad Simpson of Mt. Vernon, IA started third on the grid and raced in that spot for most of the race. Al Purkey of Coffeyville, KS started fourth and flirted with a top 3 finish but fell short and finished fourth.

Jason Utter of Columbus Junction, IA started seventh and worked his way into the top 5 on the double file restart on lap 17.

Coming into the night MARS DIRTcar Series point leader Eric Turner of Springfield, MO had problems in his heat race as he got into the marbles and slip up into the turn one wall. With heavy right side damage, Turner and drivers and crews from several other race teams pitched into to help Turner get his car ready for the feature. Turner would have to use a provisional and start twenty first for the feature event, where he finished 14th.

(25 cars) – (1) Jeremy Payne, (2) Terry Phillips, (3) Chad Simpson, (4) Al Purkey, (5) Jason Utter, (6) Denny Eckrich, (7) Andy Eckrich, (8) Andrew McKay, (9) Kurt Kyle, (10) Gary Christian, (11) Rob Moss, (12) Kevin Kyle, (13) Bryant Goldsmith, (14) Eric Turner, (15) Jason O’Brien, (16) Zack Vanderbeek, (17) Bill Koons, (18) Leroy Johnson, (19) Curt Schroeder, (20) Nick Marolf, (21) Chris Simpson, (22) Dave Eckrich

Heat race #1 results: 1) Jeremy Payne 2) Denny Eckrich 3) Kurt Kyle 4) Kevin Kyle 5) Jason O’Brien 6) Chris Simpson 7) Richard Weber 8) Chris Speiker 9) Bill Koons

Heat race #2 results: 1) Al Purkey 2) Terry Phillips 3) Dave Eckrich 4) Andy Eckrich 5) Nick Marolf 6) Rob Moss 7) Leroy Johnson 8) Matt Furman

Heat race #3 results: 1) Chad Simpson 2) Andrew McKay 3) Jason Utter 4) Bryant Goldsmith 5) Zack Vanderbeek 6) Curt Schroeder 7) Gary Christian 8) Eric Turner

B feature results: 1) Rob Moss 2) Gary Christian 3) Curt Schroeder 4) Leroy Johnson 5) Matt Furman 6) Bill Koons 7) Richard Webber 8) DNS Eric Turner 9) DNS Chris Speiker

Tomorrow night the MARS DIRTcar Series will be in action on July 2, 2010 with the O’Reilly NCRA and the Lucas Oil MLRA. The tire rule for both races will be WRS 55 only. The I-80 Speedway is located at 14200 238th Street in Greenwood, NE 68336. Admission is $20 Adults, Juniors $8 and Kids 5 and under are free. Pit gates open at 3:00pm. Main gates open at 6:00pm.

The MARS DIRTcar Series would like to thank the following sponsors: Hoosier Racing Tire, Don Babb Motorsports, Allstate Insurance, VP Race Fuels, Wrisco Aluminum, GRT Race Cars, Powertrain Industries, Supermoon Graphics, Leitle Car Quest Auto Parts Aurora, Andy’s Frozen Custard, Libscomb Auto Group and IHG Hotels.

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