posted July 07, 2002 01:05 PM
O'REILLY AUTO PARTS MID-AMERICA RACING SERIES
Kentucky Lake Motor Speedway
Saturday, July 6, 2002
By Larry Olson; Mountain Home, AR
GILBERTSVILLE KY. Wendell Wallace picked up his second O'Reilly Auto Parts Mid-America Racing Series win of the weekend. It was the same song, second verse as Wallace battled Bill Frye for the second straight night. Once again, Frye claimed the early lead, only to see Wallace take command, this night on lap 13. Wallace grabbed another $3,000 check for his win.
Frye was the top qualifier of the evening, and shared the front row with Donnie Barnhart. Frye shot to the lead with Wallace coming from row two to take second with Barnhart third. The race barely got started when the caution flag flew on the second lap for Jeff Floyd and Gary Stolba, who got together in turn four.
A five car melee prevented the race from restarting, but when the cars did go back to green Frye and Wallace broke away from the field, taking a 10 carlenght advantage over Randy Sellers, who had worked his way to third on the restart.
Wallace had been working Frye low, but changed his tactic to the high side on lap six, and pulled even with Frye on several occasions. Leslie Essary moved to the fifth spot on lap six, but the caution flag waved again the next lap for Terry Phillips, who had gotten turned around in turn three.
Essary used the restart to best Barnhart for fourth. Wallace and Frye were dueling side by side again on lap 11, then Wallace ducked low in turn two on lap 13, finally making the pass on Frye stick. It didn't take Wallace long to start seeing traffic, and was facing slower cars by lap 15. Wallace worked the traffic to perfection, and had pulled out to a ten carlength advantage by lap 20.
The caution waved again on lap 21 for David Gibson, who had suffered a flat tire and had gotten into the turn two wall.
Essary was the master of the restarts, getting past Sellers for third. Kevin Claycomb moved by Sellers for the fourth spot on lap 23, but the caution flag waved again, this time for Tim Brown who had gotten turned around on the backstretch. During the caution Claycomb pitted his car for the night.
Dewaine Hottinger inherited the fifth spot, then went three wide with Essary and Bobby Dietz. Dietz shot into contention, and he and Essary battled for the third spot on lap 26. Dietz got the better of Essary for third on lap 28, then the caution flew again on lap 30 as Randy Sellers pulled up in turn four.
This time, the restart wasn't kind to Leslie Essary, as he fell out of the top five when the green flag waved. Deitz challenged Frye for second, getting the spot on lap 31. Frye was back around Dietz on the next circuit. John Tindall brought out the final caution on lap 33 with a flat tire.
Terry Phillips took the fifth spot on the restart, then Hottinger got under Dietz, taking over third on lap 34. Phillips followed suit, taking fourth from Dietz in turn two on lap 36. Wallace opened a 10 carlength advantage and sailed the rest of the way to the checkers.
Wendell Wallace claimed his fourth win of the season with Bill Frye second. Dewaine Hottinger recorded his best career M.A.R.S. finish with the third. Terry Phillips and Bobby Dietz made up the top five. David Gibson, Leslie Essary, Jeff Floyd, Joey Mack, and Todd Hall rounded out the top ten.
Top Qualifier: Bill Frye
Hard Charger: David Gibson
Provisioals: Jeff Taylor, Steve Rushin (3)
Lap Leaders: Bill Frye 1-12, Wendell Wallace 13-40
A FEATURE (40 Laps)
1) Wendell Wallace, GRT/Gaerte/Grand Prix; $3,000
2) Bill Frye, GRT/Kuntz/Mustang; $2,000
3) Dewaine Hottinger, GRT/Kuntz/Grand Prix; $1,250
4) Terry Phillips, GRT/Hatfield/Monte Carlo; $1,100
5) Bobby Dietz, GRT/Dietz/Grand Prix; $1,000
6) David Gibson, Shaw-Rocket/Hatfield/Monte Carlo; $750
7) Leslie Essary, GRT/Mike's/Grand Prix; $700
8) Jeff Floyd, GRT/Kuntz/Grand Prix; $675
9) Joey Mack, GRT/Kuntz/Monte Carlo; $650
10) Todd Hall, GRT/Baker/Grand Prix; $625
11) Jerry Buck, GRT/Hatfield/Monte Carlo; $600
12) Jeff Taylor, Shaw-Rocket/Kuntz/Taurus; $575
13) Stacy Taylor, GRT/****ens/Monte Carlo; $550
14) John Tindall, MasterSbilt/AMS/Monte Carlo; $525
15) Gary Stolba, GRT/Hatfield/Monte Carlo; $500
16) Jeremy Williams, Warrior/Custom/Grand Prix; $500
17) Tim Brown, Warrior/Custom/Taurus; $500
18) Steve Rushin, GRT/Hatfield/Monte Carlo; $500
19) Randy Sellers, Rayburn/Sellers/Monte Carlo; $500
20) Donnie Barnhart, GRT/Kuntz/Grand Prix; $500
21) Kevin Claycomb, MasterSbilt/K-Motion/Monte Carlo; $500
22) Tait Davenport, Rayburn/Runion/Grand Prix; $500
1st Heat (12 Laps) 1) Wendell Wallace, Batesville AR 2) Bill Frye, Greenbriar AR 3) Kevin Claycomb, Vincennes IN 4) Jeff Floyd, Walnut Ridge AR 5) John Tindall, Fancy Farm KY 6) Stacy Taylor, Jacksonville AR 7) David Gibson, Ash Flat AR 8) Duke Whiseant, Texarkana AR
2nd Heat 1) Donnie Barnhart, North Little Rock AR 2) Todd Hall, Charleston MO 3) Dewaine Hottinger, Russellville AR 4) Jeremy Williams, Paducah KY 5) Bronson Berry, Huntington TN 6) Stacy Caldwell, Nettleton MS 7) Lee Thomason, Marion IL
3rd Heat 1) Randy Sellers, Mayfield KY 2) Bobby Dietz, Kirksey KY 3) Joey Mack, Benton MO 4) Tait Davenport, Paducah KY 5) Steve Rushin, Poplar Bluff MO 6) Chuck Proctor, Charlotte TN 7) Larry Seay, Mayfield KY
4th Heat 1) Tim Brown, Calvert City KY 2) Gary Stolba, Willow Springs MO 3) Leslie Essary, Crane MO 4) Terry Phillips, Springfield MO 5) Jerry Buck, Paragould AR 6) Jeff Taylor, Batesville AR 7) Billy Faust, Lebanon IL
Last Chance Qualifier (15 Laps, four transfer) 1) John Tindall 2) David Gibson 3) Jerry Buck 4) Stacy Taylor 5) Billy Faust 6) Steve Rushin 7) Larry Seay 8) Bronson Berry 9) Chuck Proctor 10) Lee Thomason 11) Stacy Caldwell (scratches, Jeff Taylor, Duke Whiseant)
MARS POINTS AS OF: 07/06/02
1 66F FRYE, BILL GREENBRIAR, AR 1156
2 75P PHILLIPS, TERRY SPRINGFIELD, MO 1070
3 5E ESSARY, LESLIE CRANE, MO 1062
4 11B BARNHART, DONNIE NORTH LITTLE ROCK, AR1038
5 5T TAYLOR, JEFF BATESVILLE, AR 1010
6 6M WALLACE, WENDELL BATESVILLE, AR 935
7 G2 GIBSON, DAVID ASH FLAT, AR 934
8 14JR RUSHIN, STEVE POPLAR BLUFF, MO 894
9 F1 FLOYD, JEFF WALNUT RIDGE, AR 862
10 97M MACK, JOEY BENTON, MO 850
11 65H HOTTINGER, DEWAINE RUSSELLVILLE, AR 804
12 33S STOLBA, GARY WILLOW SPRINGS, MO 782
13 27T TAYLOR, STACY JACKSONVILLE, AR 697
14 6W LOONEY, BRAD REPUBLIC, MO 616
15 60B BOWERS, MIKE NORTH LITTLE ROCK, AR 605
16 12M MERRILL, RAYMOND SALLISAW, OK 577
17 81B BUCK, JERRY PARAGOULD, AR 368
A1 WHISEANT, DUKE TEXARKANA, AR 368
19 64M McCROSKEY, REX SPRINGFIELD, MO 351
20 21M MOYER, BILLY BATESVILLE, AR 343