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posted March 01, 2003 10:25 PM UIN: 16262997
Boland, Surrit, Plaisance and Kenny Merchant's Ford power plants stole the show.
Feb 28, 2003 Mardi Gras Nationals Pike County Speedway
Sue DuRoy
The temperatures were cool the pits were full. The fans were ready after the off season. Curt Lipsey, Kenny Merchant, James Ward, Odie Green and Rodney(Lugnut) Wing all shared the heat wins for SUPR late models. Donald Watson and David Ashley took the last chance wins earning a spot in the feature. Kenny Merchant started on the pole for the 25 lap shoot out. On the first lap a major pile up on the back off turn three. Involving Dave Siegert, Jay Blair Robbie Starnes and several others including Rodney Wing who had to retire to the pits. On the restart Boland took the pole. Lipsey running second died and brought out the yellow. As the green rag waved again it was Boland up front with his Ford powered late model.10 laps in and a pile up in turn four brought another yellow only a lap after the last one. Merchant got caught in the middle of Randy Cook and David Ashley. Poor Merchant it just wasn't his night he always seemed to be in the wrong place at the wrong time, but would always work his way back to the front. On the restart it was Boland again with the lead. Tommy Surret shadowed Boland lap after lap. Boland said after he knew someone was gonna get him on the high side, but they didn't Surret tried his hardest gave it all he had but finished second in his Ford powered ride. Ryan Plaisance made a good showing in his brand new Ford after switching from bow tie. Plaisance worked his way to third where he finished. Kennith Crowe took fourth. And Kenny Merchant worked his way all the way from the rear again in his Ford. To finish fifth. Jon Michel rook 6th, But Jenkins made a good showing finishing 7th in the only Mopar in the field .Randy Cook 8th, Jay Blair 9, and finishing 10th was Bill Gordon.
Robert Petit took home all the candy last night. He took the heat win then came back to hold off hard charging Bo Garig and get the feature win. Petit was so smooth there was no catching him it was his night to take the checkered after a long rough season last year with no wins. Tracy Talbert spun when Keith Dean got into her causing her to spin in 2 and bring out the yellow. Bo Garig took second, Jason Traux the other heat winner took third, Dallas Grice finished fourth and Tracy Talbert made her way back to finish fifth after getting spun in 2 with Keith dean on the start. Talbert smoothly worked her way through the field to get back to fifth.
After one bad start for UMP with a caution the second one had Greg Freeman on the pole blasting into the lead. No one ever caught Freeman he just put more distance between him and Richie Martello in each lap. Shane Hebert was running fifth when he nailed the guard rail in turn three bringing out the yellow. Next yellow flew when Doyle Bratton spun in 3 and was collected by Daniel Boyd and Kalif Sellier. On the restart Richie Martello had a nose under Freeman working for the lead. Freeman went on to score the win followed by Richie Martello, Terry Treeton, Jared Bailey and Mark Hebert. Doyle Bratton and Freeman took the heat wins.

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