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posted February 24, 2002 09:47 AM
Kenny Merchant Made a Clean Sweep of The Mardi Gras Nationals
For the second time this week end Kenny Merchant won the Mardi Gras Nationals. Bubba Mullins took the lead on the drop of the green for the first heat race. Yellow when Rob Litton got into the guard rail in two. Sam Patrick pulled into second then tried to reel in Mullins, but Mullins hung on to win the first heat. Second heat Mike Boland came right up the middle three wide for the lead and went on to leave the rest of the field and take the win. Ryan Plaisance took the third heat win. Fourth heat Rodney Wing, Buzz Miles and Kerry Vicknair. Wing pulled into the lead and went on to take the win. Marlon Wild took the lead in the fifth heat and put 10 car lengths over second place Kenny Merchant. Merchant reeled Wild in and took over the lead and the win. Tony Surret led every lap of the 6th and final heat and took the win. Dennis Duncan on the front row of the first last chance race lost it and collected two cars bringing out the yellow. On the restart Jon Mitchel took the lead. Rob Litton worked his way to second the took over the lead and the win. The second last chance race was stopped on the first lap with a three car pile up in four. On the restart Odie Green started from the pole, but it was the Kelly Boen from Colorado outside the front row that took the lead and scored the win.
A pair of Ford's started on the front row Merchant on the pole, Boland on the outside. Boland took the lead, Merchant second and Rodney Wing third.
Merchant took the lead. Boland slid sideways and almost lost it, as Wing sled by for second. After that it was the Merchant, Wing show. Twice Wing took the lead away but not for long and Merchant got it back. Kenny Merchant took the win just like Friday night and Wing had to settle for bridesmaid again. only one caution in the 50 lap race that was in turn four when Boen wound up on top on Bill Avant. Behind Merchant and Wing was Mike Boland, Chris Wall, Bubba Mullins, David Ashley, Ryan Plaisance, Rob Litton, Sam Patrick, Kerry Vicknair, James Ward, Dewight, Marlon Wild, Curt Lipsey, Jon Mitchel, Eric Courville, Steve Russell, Keith Craft, Michael Sibley, Kelly Boen, Bill Avant, Tony Surret, Dennis Duncan and Odie Green..
Robert Ringo and Matthew Simeon took the heat wins for street stock. Ringo on the pole, Simeon outside, with Todd Rogers and Tyrone Taylor wheel to wheel behind them. Simeon pulled into the lead followed by Rogers. Rogers tried lap after lap to get the lead from Simeon but Simeon hung on. The race was caution free. Simeon took the win followed by Rogers, Robert Ringo, Brad McKey and Tyrone Taylor.
Billy Gordon took the lead on the start of the super stock feature after winning the heat and earning the pole. First lap a spin by Tim Thornton caused the yellow. After the restart Gordon remained leader. Ted Pearce worked his way to second then Stanley Fletcher took over second. Dropping Pearce to third. Gordon scored the win, Fletcher second, Pearce third, Tyler Pitts fourth and Carol Babin fifth.