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posted August 06, 2001 11:58 AM
Mark Norris wins Dirt Works IMCA
Modified Show-Me Championship
West Plains, MO At West Plains Motor Speedway, August 4, Mark Norris of Clinton, AR, picked up the 9th Annual Dirt Works IMCA Modified Show-Me Championship by being at the right place at the right time.
This event was the 11th in the series of 25 IMCA Modified National Series events, and several of the national competitors along with Ms. Kathy Root, President of IMCA, and Tom Herbert, a Director at Large, were on hand for the event.
In a definitely strong run Norris came from the outside second row to the second spot by lap 3. In convincing fashion, Norris patiently held the supporting spot as Kevin Salter of Batesville, AR, the polesitter and a dominating contender led 37 of the 40 laps. Salter pulled to the top and slowed with a flat that resulted from his car-body cutting down his right rear tire by lap 37.
By winning the Thursday night Qualifying Feature Salter earned the pole position in the main event, and Norris finished second in the same qualifier rating an outside second row start spot. Salter was a strong contender and bolted to an impressive lead that he maintained throughout the first 37 laps, with Norris within a couple of car lengths in second.
Norris collected $4,500 for his efforts in a race slowed by only three cautions. TCI representative,Scott Miller, presented a gift certificate for $200 adding to his winnings and he carted home an impressive pair of trophies as well. Twenty-three of the 25 cars were still on the track at the end of the event.
The first caution flag of the event flew on lap six when Chris Moore of Nesbit, MS, spun and left the track. A second caution came on lap 12 as officials observed fluid on the track, Greg Hughes of West Plains, MO, had dropped his powersteering fluid, but it evaporated without a drying aid and the race resumed with Hughes opting to continue without his powersteering.
The final caution came on lap 22 as contact was made between Marlin Shehorn and Johnny Bone, Jr., and Bone spun. Both cars went to the back. Fans were treated to allot of close side by side racing action as cars volleyed for position, three wide coming out of two and four, and on the straight aways spots shuffled as the laps counted down.
On lap 37 Salter slowed, Norris was there and ready to take the lead which he maintained to the checkered. Making up the top five were Norris, Brad Buck, Rex Merritt, Eric Turner, and Scott Drake. Micah Gavin, Scotty Allen,Gary Clark, Kenny Sweet, Jr., and Eddie Martin rounded out the top 10.
In Thursday night support action, Pete Harris of Pottersville, MO, claimed the Hobby Stock win over Brandon Coble of West Plains, MO, and Richard Reinmuth of Koskonong, MO. Friday night the Cruisers provided the support action as Landon Clinton of Willow Springs, MO, took the victory over Paula Ross of Flippin, AR and Bill Johns of Hardy, AR. Super Stock was the Saturday night support class and Brandon Smith of Floral, AR took the honors with Dee Kelly and Derald Kelly rounding out the top three.
Main Event (40-laps) - 1)Mark Norris $4,500 2)Brad Buck, Paragould, AR $2,700 3)Rex Merritt, Clever, MO $2,200 4)Eric Turner, Hermitage, MO $1,500 5)Scott Drake, Webb City, MO $1,300 6)Micah Gavin, Oil Trough, AR 7)Scotty Allen, Wheatland, MO $1,075 8)Gary Clark, Walker, MO 9)Kenny Sweet, Jr., Wichita, KS $1,000 10)Eddie Martin, Stilwell, OK $900 11)Andy Claiborn, Fort Scott, KS $825 12)Tony Palmer, Ste. Genevieve, MO $750 13)Jerry Hoffman, Oronogo, MO $700 14)Paul Williams, Ozark, MO $650 15)Triston Dycus, Carrollton, TX $600 16)Shawn Walsh, Ash Flat, AR $575 17)Johnny Bone, Jr., Pea Ridge, AR $550 18)Marlin Shehorn, Russellville, AR $525 19)Brandon Smith, Floral, AR $500 20)Brian Foote, Essex, IA $490 21)Kevin Salter, Batesville, AR $480 22)Troy Reeves, Carrollton, TX $470 23) Greg Hughes, West Plains, MO $460 24)Chris Moore, Nesbit, MS $450 25)Claudie Cook, Portageville, MO DQ.
Next Saturday night, August 11, the weekly racing program will resume as West Plains Home Center sponsors a full points program. This will be the last Powder Puff event of the season. The West Plains Home Center Truck Load of Bikes will again be on hand for our young race fans. Gates will open at 6 p.m., hotlaps at 7:30 p.m. with racing at 8 p.m.