By Anvil Welch
Joplin’s Chuck Comer finished second on Thursday night in the main event of the late model Show-Me Racin’ Series at the Crawford County Speedway at Van Buren, Ark.
Springdale’s Rick Wallis, who drives a race car owned by Kevin Patrick of Gentry, won the A feature over Comer and Burl Woods of Republic.
Comer ironically won the third heat with Wallis and Patrick placing third and fourth, respectively.
Points leader Leslie Essary, Crane, finished sixth in the main event.
Show-Me Racin’ Series publicist Karen Fulp said that Jarrod Hilton, also of Crane, didn’t start in the main, because his racer had mechanical problems after winning the first heat.
The dirt track series, sponsored by Race Brothers, resumes at 7 tonight at the quarter-mile Nevada Speedway.
Track points tonight during the annual “Firecracker Special” will be offered in modified, factory stock and mini stock classes.
Nevada drivers Karl Lehmann and Mark Godsey are 1-2 in factory stock points with 777 and 773, respectively. Sixth-place Daniel Jessen, Neosho, will be seeking a third straight A feature win.
Jesse Stovall, Galena, Mo., won the A feature in the late model DLRA/MARS Challenge at the Lebanon track on Thursday night.
Stovall, who earned $3,000, was coming off his first Allstate DLRA victory.
Stovall started outside on the front row of the 40-lap A feature.
Completing the top five drivers in the main event were Terry Phillips of Springfield, Bill Frye of Greenbrier (Ark.), Brandon McCormick of Lebanon and Rusty Dukes of Fair Grove.
Springfield’s Jeremy Payne, Phillips and Frye were heat winners.
Eric Turner, Hermitage, defeated Scott Drake of Webb City in the USRA modified main event.
Derek Brown, Stoutland, won the factory stock main event. George Meyer and Mark Bourey, both of Monett, were 2-3.
Track reporter Ronnie Williams said it was Brown’s second win of the season at I-44 and the first for Turner.
Tonight’s 7:30 program will include fireworks at intermission and bike races for children. Gates open at 5 p.m.
Tonight’s racing classes are UMP late model, B modified, factory stock, bomber, rookie and 305 winged sprints.
Tonight’s winner of the A feature in the sport mod division will receive $500.
Legends Cars is the added class at the quarter-mile dirt track.
Competition also will be held in late model, modified, factory stock, bomber and hornet classes.
By Anvil Welch