The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

April 9, 2013

Wells, Pearish win main events at Monett

By Anvil Welch
Globe Sports Writer

— Randy Mooneyham, owner/promoter of the Monett Speedway, said there was both good and bad associated with opening stock car races.

“First, I’m satisfied,” Mooneyham said Monday with the first Friday night in the books after several years of Sunday.

“I believe we had about 65 race cars. We were hoping for perhaps 90,” Mooneyham said.

“I thought the races overall were good,” he said. “The late models and modifieds certainly were good. Maybe the modified main event between Bobby Pearish and Rylan Long was No. 1.”

Pearish, of Oronogo, and Long, of Lockwood, finished 1-2 in the A feature at the 3/8-mile clay track.

Justin Wells, of Aurora, bested Ken Essary, of Cape Fair, in the late model main event.

Completing the A feature winners were Rick McNally (pure stock), Josh Essary (factory stock), Russell Niehoff (pro-4) and Justin Comer (Legends Cars).

A visit from the MARS late models will headline this Friday’s 7:30 p.m. show. Support classes are B modified, factory stock, pure stock and pro-4.

Admission prices are $20 and $5 with no charge for 11-and-under. A pit pass is $35.

Lucas Oil MLRA

GREENWOOD, Neb. — Springfield’s Terry Phillips won the A feature at I-80 Speedway on Saturday night.

Chad Simpson, of Mount Vernon, Iowa, was second in the 40-lapper.

Southwest Missouri drivers Brad Looney of Republic, Will Vaught of Crane and Jesse Stovall of Republic were fourth, sixth and seventh, respectively.

Chris Simpson, of Oxford, Iowa, claimed the main event the previous night at I-80.

Phillips placed second, Vaught fifth and Jason Bodenhamer, of Centerview, Mo., eighth.

Looney and Tony Jackson Jr., of Lebanon, were 11th and 12th on Friday night.