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posted June 24, 2001 10:44 AM UIN: 16262997
O'REILLY AUTO PARTS MID-AMERICA RACING SERIES
Batesville Speedway
Friday, June 22, 2001

By Larry Olson; Mountain Home, AR

LOCUST GROVE AR. Bill Frye picked up his third O'Reilly Mid-America Racing Series win of the year. Frye took the lead from Terry Phillips on lap 23, and then cruised to the win, picking up valuable points on leader Terry Phillips, who faded back to 9th. Frye picked up $3,000 for the win.

Richie Tosh was the top qualifier, and held the pole, with Phillips to his outside. Tosh held the lead through the first lap, but Phillips used the high side of the track to take over the top spot in turn four on the second circuit. Bill Frye settled into third, with Dewaine Hottinger and Jerry Buck trailing. Frye and Tosh dueled side by side on lap three, with Frye taking over second in turn four on lap four.

Out front, Phillips held a 10 carlength advantage by lap five, and was already looking at slower traffic by lap eight. Kenny Merchant picked up the fifth spot on lap 10. Frye was starting to close on Phillips by lap 13, and was within five carlengths at that point. Merchant worked past Hottinger for fourth on lap 15, then Jerry Buck regained fifth, past Hottinger on the next go around.

Phillips and Frye started to duel for the lead on lap 17, going side by side. They were side by side again on lap 20, then Frye was able to use a lapped car to make the pass on the frontstretch on lap 23, taking the lead for good.

Frye shot to a ten carlength advantage almost immeadiatly, then the caution flag flew on lap 29 for debris.

Jeff Taylor shot to fifth on the restart, coming from his 9th row starting position. Taylor improved past Buck for fourth one lap later. Taylor, Tosh, and Phillips went three wide on lap 32. Tosh gained second as the threesome sorted, with Taylor and Phillips falling in behind. Frye gained considerable ground as his competition raced behind him, opening a half straigthaway advantage by lap 34.

Edwin Wells got by Phillips for fourth on lap 35, then Leslie Essary moved to the fifth spot on the next lap. Bill Frye came home with the win, with Richie Tosh, Jeff Taylor, Edwin Wells, and Leslie Essary making up the top five. Jerry Buck, Kenny Merchant, Dewaine Hottinger, Terry Phillips, and Brady Adams rounded out the top ten.

Entries: 37
Top Qualifier: Richie Tosh
Hard Charger: Leslie Essary
Provisionals: Steve Rushin (4), Walt Butler
Lap Leaders: Richie Tosh 1, Terry Phillips 2-22, Bill Frye 23-40
Cautions: 1

A Feature (40 Laps)

1) Bill Frye, GRT/Kuntz/Mustang; $3,000
2) Richie Tosh, GRT/Dickens/Grand Prix; $2,000
3) Jeff Taylor, Shaw-Rocket/Dickens/Grand Prix; $1,250
4) Edwin Wells, GRT/Custom/Grand Prix; $1,100
5) Leslie Essary, GRT/Mike's Motor/Grand Prix; $1,000
6) Jerry Buck, GRT/Kuntz/Monte Carlo; $750
7) Kenny Merchant, Rocket/Eatmon/Mustang; $700
8) Dewaine Hottinger, GRT/Hatfield/Monte Carlo; $675
9) Terry Phillips, GRT/Hatfield/Monte Carlo; $650
10) Brady Adams, GRT/Kuntz/Monte Carlo; $625
11) David Gibson, Shaw-Rocket/Hatfield/Monte Carlo; $600
12) Stacy Taylor, GRT/Dickens/Monte Carlo; $575
13) Gary Stolba, GRT/Hatfield/Monte Carlo; $550
14) Billy James, GRT/Robinson/Monte Carlo; $525
15) Brad Looney, GRT/Hatfield/Monte Carlo; $500
16) Joey Mack, GRT/Robinson/Monte Carlo; $500
17) Mike Bowers, GRT/Hatfield/Monte Carlo; $500
18) Steve Rushin, GRT/Kuntz/Grand Prix; $500
19) Walt Butler, Warrior/Custom/Grand Prix; $500
20) Jamie Elam, GRT/Davis/Monte Carlo; $500
21) Donnie Barnhart, GRT/Marks/Grand Prix; $500
22) Jeff Floyd, GRT/Hatfield/Grand Prix; $500

1st Heat (12 Laps) 1) Terry Phillips, Springfield MO 2) Joey Mack, Benton MO 3) Jeff Floyd, Walnut Ridge AR 4) Jamie Elam, Hernando MS 5) Brady Adams, Amity AR 6) Todd Hall, Charleston MO 7) Walt Butler, Bald Knob AR 8) Leslie Essary, Crane MO 9) Gregg Herron, Little Rock AR 10) Donnie Jennings, White Hall AR

2nd Heat 1) Bill Frye, Greenbriar AR 2) Stacy Taylor, Jacksonville AR 3) Gary Stolba, Willow Springs MO 4) David Gibson, Ash Flat AR 5) Charlie Randolph, Muskogee OK 6) Dan Leatherman, Muskogee OK 7) Travis Mears, Newport AR 8) Brett Simalia, Yuma AZ 9) Jerry Walker, Southaven MS

3rd Heat 1 Dewaine Hottinger, Russellville AR 2) Jerry Buck, Paragould AR 3) Edwin Wells, Morrilton AR 4) Billy James, Sikeston MO 5) Jessie Bailey, Drummonds TN 6) Jason Snodgrass, Mountain Home AR 7) Jerrell Harper, Sheridan AR 8) Charles Wright, Bastrop LA 9) Jeff Taylor, Batesville AR

4th Heat 1) Richie Tosh, Salado AR 2) Kenny Merchant, Ruston LA 3) Donnie Barnhart, North Little Rock AR 4) Mike Bowers, North Little Rock AR 5) Raymond Merrill, Sallisaw OK 6) Steve Rushin, Poplar Bluff MO 7) Brad Looney, Republic MO 8) Shane Diamant, North Little Rock AR 9) Matt Weston, Muskogee OK

1st Last Chance Qualifier (15 Laps, two transfer) 1) Jeff Taylor 2) Leslie Essary 3) Walt Butler 4) Todd Hall 5) Donnie Jennings 6) Jason Snodgrass 7) Gregg Herron 8) Jessie Bailey 9) Charles Wright 10) Travis Mears 11) Charlie Randolph

2nd Last Chance Qualifier 1) Brady Adams 2) Brad Looney 3) Raymond Merrill 4) Steve Rushin 5) Dan Leatherman 6) Shane Diamant 7) Matt Weston 8) Jerrell Harper 9) Brett Simalia 10) Jerry Walker

O'REILLY AUTO PARTS MID-AMERICA RACING SERIES
Tri-State Speedway
Saturday, June 23, 2001

By Larry Olson; Mountain Home, AR

POCOLA OK. Terry Phillips rebounded from his 9th place showing the night before at the Batesville Speedway, with his 5th O'Reilly Auto Parts Mid-America Racing
Series win of the year. Phillips took the lead from polesitter Donnie Barnhart on the 5th circuit, then controlled the event the rest of the way. Phillips was a full straight ahead of his nearest competitor at the finish. Phillips pocketed another $3,000 check for the win.
Donnie Barnhart held the pole, with Bill Frye to his outside. After one failed start attempt, Barnhart moved to the lead with Frye, Phillips, Leslie Essary, and Mike Bowers falling in behind. Phillips used the high side to slip past Frye in turn four on the opening lap. The caution flag came out on lap two, as Dan Leatherman and Shane Diamant got together in turn one.
Frye got back past Phillips on the restart, but then got high in turn two allowing Phillips and Essary to get by. Phillips and Barnhart were side by side on lap three, then Phillips was able to make the pass for the lead coming out of turn four on lap five. Leslie Essary followed suit, going side by side with Barnhart on lap seven, getting the second spot in turn four.
Out front, Phillips was pacing the field by 10 carlengths by lap nine, and had expanded his margine to a half straight by lap 12. Phillips was facing traffic by lap 14. Second through fifth were still close, as Essary, Barnhart, Frye, and Bowers were nose to tail on lap 15. Phillips was facing four cars racing for position ahead of him by lap 20, but had cleared them in five laps, and had opened a full straight advantage.
Phillips was back into heavier traffic again by lap 30, but his challengers were unable to cut into his lead. Frye was able to get under Barnhart, taking the third spot on lap 32. Phillips split two back markers on lap 38. Terry Phillips came home with the win, with Leslie Essary, Bill Frye, Donnie Barnhart, and Mike Bowers making up the top five. Raymond Merrill, Joey Mack, Brad Looney, Jeff Taylor, and Jeff Floyd rounded out the top ten.


Entries: 29
Top Qualifier: Donnie Barnhart
Hard Charger: Brad Looney
Provisionals: Stacy Taylor, Charlie Randolph
Lap Leaders: Donnie Barnhart 1-4, Terry Phillips 5-40
Cautions: 1

A Feature (40 Laps)

1) Terry Phillips, GRT/Hatfield/Monte Carlo; $3,000
2) Leslie Essary, GRT/Mike's Motor/Grand Prix; $2,000
3) Bill Frye, GRT/Kuntz/Mustang; $1,250
4) Donnie Barnhart, GRT/Marks/Grand Prix; $1,100
5) Mike Bowers, GRT/Hatfield/Monte Carlo; $1,000
6) Raymond Merrill, GRT/Baker/Grand Prix; $750
7) Joey Mack, GRT/Robinson/Monte Carlo; $700
8) Brad Looney, GRT/Hatfield/Monte Carlo; $675
9) Jeff Taylor, Shaw-Rocket/Dickens/Grand Prix; $650
10) Jeff Floyd, GRT/Hatfield/Grand Prix; $625
11) Steve Rushin, GRT/Kuntz/Grand Prix; $600
12) David Gibson, Shaw-Rocket/Hatfield/Monte Carlo; $575
13) Jerry Buck, GRT/Kuntz/Monte Carlo; $550
14) Shane Diamant, GRT/Cabot/Grand Prix; $525
15) Dan Leatherman, GRT/Baker/Monte Carlo; $500
16) Jason Snodgrass, GRT/Hatfield/Grand Prix; $500
17) Billy James, GRT/Robinson/Monte Carlo; $500
18) Gary Stolba, GRT/Hatfield/Monte Carlo; $500
19) Charlie Randolph, GRT/BMS/Monte Carlo; $500
20) Edwin Wells, GRT/Custom/Grand Prix; $500
21) Stacy Taylor, GRT/Dickens/Monte Carlo; $500
22) Dewaine Hottinger, GRT/Hatfield/Monte Carlo; $500

1st Heat (12 Laps) 1) Donnie Barnhart, North Little Rock AR 2) Jerry Buck, Paragould AR 3) Raymond Merrill, Sallisaw OK 4) Jeff Taylor, Batesville AR 5) Larry Leatherman, Muskogee OK 6) Jason Snodgrass, Mountain Home AR 7) Donny Hicks, Tahlaquah OK 8) Stacy Taylor, Jacksonville AR

2nd Heat 1) Bill Frye, Greenbriar AR 2) Mike Bowers, North Little Rock AR 3) David Gibson, Ash Flat AR 4) Shane Diamant, North Little Rock AR 5) Brad Looney, Republic MO 6) Charlie Randolph, Muskogee OK 7) Gregg Herron, Little Rock AR

3rd Heat 1) Terry Phillips, Springfield MO 2) Joey Mack, Benton MO 3) Steve Rushin, Poplar Bluff MO 4) Dewaine Hottinger, Russellville AR 5) Gary Stolba, Willow Springs MO 6) Jerry Walker, Southaven MS 7) Matt Weston, Muskogee OK

4th Heat 1) Leslie Essary, Crane MO 2) Edwin Wells, Morrilton AR 3) Billy James, Sikeston MO 4) Jeff Floyd, Walnut Ridge AR 5) Dan Leatherman, Muskogee OK 6) Terry Muskrat, Stillwell OK 7) Brett Simalia, Yuma AZ

Last Chance Qualifier (15 Laps, four transfer) 1) Brad Looney 2) Jason Snodgrass 3) Dan Leatherman 4) Gary Stolba 5) Charlie Randolph 6) Gregg Herron 7) Donny Hicks 8) Terry Muskrat 9) Matt Weston 10) Brett Simalia 11) Jerry Walker 12) Stacy Taylor (scratch: Larry Leatherman)

MARS POINTS AS OF: 06/23/01

1 75P PHILLIPS, TERRY SPRINGFIELD, MO 1153
2 66F FRYE, BILL GREENBRIAR, AR 1101
3 5T TAYLOR, JEFF BATESVILLE, AR 1093
4 5E ESSARY, LESLIE CRANE, MO 1049
5 60B BOWERS, MIKE NORTH LITTLE ROCK, AR1035
6 G2 GIBSON, DAVID ASH FLAT, AR 1033
7 F1 FLOYD, JEFF WALNUT RIDGE, AR 997
8 99W WELLS, EDWIN MORRILTON, AR 849
9 33S STOLBA, GARY WILLOW SPRINGS, MO 801
10 22B BUCK, JERRY PARAGOULD, AR 781
11 14JR RUSHIN, STEVE POPLAR BLUFF, MO 765
12 5JR JAMES, BILLY SIKESTON, MO 761
13 14L LOONEY, BRAD REPUBLIC, MO 739
14 11B BARNHART, DONNIE NORTH LITTLE ROCK, AR 713
15 12M MERRILL, RAYMOND SALLISAW, OK 699
16 64L LEATHERMAN, DAN MUSKOGEE, OK 679
17 71S SNODGRASS, JASON MOUNTAIN HOME, AR 637
17B BUTLER, WALT BALD KNOB, AR 637
19 A1 WHISEANT, DUKE TEXARKANA, AR 574
20 65H HOTTINGER, DEWAINE RUSSELLVILLE, AR 532

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