posted July 28, 2002 09:45 AM
O'REILLY AUTO PARTS MID-AMERICA RACING SERIES
Saturday, July 27, 2002
By Larry Olson; Mountain Home, AR
LITTLE ROCK AR. Bill Frye completed the season sweep of O'Reilly Auto Parts Mid-America Racing Series events held this year at the I-30 Speedway in Little Rock. Frye parlayed his pole starting position into nearly a 40 Lap wire to wire win. Jeff Taylor did the lead the first lap, and pressured Frye for most of the race. Frye regained the eight points he lost to Terry Phillips the night before, and put another $3,000 check in his wallet for his 5th series win of the year.
Frye and Taylor shared the front row, and Taylor powered to the lead as the green flag fell. Frye fell in behind, with David Gibson, Terry Phillips and Kenny Merchant making up the early top five. Frye pulled even with Taylor on the second lap, and took the lead coming out of turn four.
The caution flag waved on lap three as Dewaine Hottinger and Gary Stolba tangled in turn two. Merchant fired by Phillips on the restart, taking fourth, then Merchant worked under Gibson for third in turn four on the fourth circuit. Phillips followed suit, making his way past Gibson on lap six.
The caution flag waved again on lap eight, but this time not for any action on the track. The ambulance was required in the pits, and the race was slowed to allow it to make its way from the infield to the pit area.
Gibson slipped back on the restart, and Odie Green took over the fifth spot after the field sorted. Green challenged Phillips for the fourth spot, as the pair went side by side on lap 10. Out front, Frye was able to hold a five carlength lead over Taylor by lap 12.
Kenny Merchant bypassed Jeff Taylor for the second spot on lap 13, then the pair dueled back and forth with Taylor pulling even on several occasions. Frye was starting to see back markers by lap 22, and was in traffic by lap 25.
Once in traffic, Jeff Taylor was able to re-take second from Merchant in turn two as the pair were negotiating slower cars. Keith Craft brought out the events final caution on lap 29, as he had pulled up in turn two.
Phillips used the outside line to power into third on the restart, but Merchant regained third from Phillips in turn four on lap 33. Green was also able to regain his spot, getting fourth back on the next lap.
Bill Frye was able to keep Jeff Taylor at bay for the remainder of the laps and came home with the win. Taylor settled for second with Kenny Merchant, Odie Green, and Terry Phillips making up the top five. Leslie Essary, Mike Bowers, Jeff Floyd, Joey Mack, and Tommy Surrett rounded out the top ten.
Top Qualifier: Bill Frye
Hard Charger: Leslie Essary
Provisionals: Joey Mack (2), Stacy Taylor
Lap Leaders: Jeff Taylor 1, Bill Frye 2-40
A Feature (40 Laps)
1) Bill Frye, GRT/Kuntz/Mustang; $3,000
2) Jeff Taylor, Shaw-Rocket/Kuntz/Taurus; $2,000
3) Kenny Merchant, Warrior/Craft/Mustang; $1,250
4) Odie Green, GRT/PTS/Grand Prix; $1,100
5) Terry Phillips, GRT/Hatfield/Monte Carlo; $1,000
6) Leslie Essary, GRT/Mike's/Grand Prix; $750
7) Mike Bowers, GRT/Hatfield/Monte Carlo; $700
8) Jeff Floyd, GRT/Kuntz/Grand Prix; $675
9) Joey Mack, GRT/Kuntz/Mustang; $650
10) Tommy Surrett, Rocket/Craft/Mustang; $625
11) Gary Stolba, GRT/Hatfield/Monte Carlo; $600
12) Raymond Merrill, GRT/Kuntz/Grand Prix; $575
13) Keith Craft, GRT/Craft/Mustang; $550
14) Jason Snodgrass, GRT/Hatfield/Grand Prix; $525
15) Dewaine Hottinger, GRT/Kuntz/Grand Prix; $500
16) Steve Rushin, GRT/Hatfield/Monte Carlo; $500
17) David Gibson, GRT/Hatfield/Monte Carlo; $500
18) Jerry Buck, GRT/Hatfield/Monte Carlo; $500
19) Wendell Wallace, GRT/Garete/Grand Prix; $500
20) Duke Whiseant, Rocket/Dickens/Grand Prix; $500
21) Stacy Taylor, GRT/Dickens/Monte Carlo; $500
22) Shane Diamant, GRT/Cabot/Grand Prix; $500
1st Heat (12 Laps) 1) David Gibson, Ash Flat AR 2) Odie Green, Fouke AR 3) Wendell Wallace, Batesville AR 4) Duke Whiseant, Texarkana AR 5) Brian Holliway, Sheridan AR 6) Terry Henson, North Little Rock AR 7) Shane Harris, Sheridan AR
2nd Heat 1) Bill Frye, Greenbriar AR 2) Jason Snodgrass, Mountain Home AR 3) Jeff Floyd, Walnut Ridge AR 4) Steve Rushin, Poplar Bluff MO 5) Keith Craft, Arkadelphia AR 6) Peyton Taylor, Batesville AR 7) Mark Ellis, Monticello AR
3rd Heat 1) Jeff Taylor, Batesville AR 2) Tommy Surrett, Little Rock AR 3) Kenny Merchant, Ruston LA 4) Dewaine Hottinger, Russellville AR 5) Joey Mack, Benton MO 6) Jerry Ditto, Little Rock AR 7) Leslie Essary, Crane MO
4th Heat 1) Terry Phillips, Springfield MO 2) Mike Bowers, North Little Rock AR 3) Jerry Buck, Paragould AR 4) Shane Diamant, North Little Rock AR 5) Stacy Taylor, Jacksonville AR 6) Gary Stolba, Willow Springs MO 7) Raymond Merrill, Sallisaw OK
Last Chance Qualifier (12 Laps, four transfer) 1) Keith Craft 2) Leslie Essary 3) Gary Stolba 4) Raymond Merrill 5) Shane Harris 6) Joey Mack 7) Terry Henson 8) Brian Holliway 9) Peyton Taylor 10) Mark Ellis 11) Stacy Taylor 12) Jerry Ditto
MARS POINTS AS OF: 07/28/02
1 66F FRYE, BILL GREENBRIAR, AR 1548
2 75P PHILLIPS, TERRY SPRINGFIELD, MO 1460
3 5E ESSARY, LESLIE CRANE, MO 1404
4 5T TAYLOR, JEFF BATESVILLE, AR 1386
5 11B BARNHART, DONNIE NORTH LITTLE ROCK, AR1270
6 6M WALLACE, WENDELL BATESVILLE, AR 1247
7 G2 GIBSON, DAVID ASH FLAT, AR 1220
8 14JR RUSHIN, STEVE POPLAR BLUFF, MO 1202
9 F1 FLOYD, JEFF WALNUT RIDGE, AR 1200
10 97M MACK, JOEY BENTON, MO 1126
11 65H HOTTINGER, DEWAINE RUSSELLVILLE, AR 1118
12 33S STOLBA, GARY WILLOW SPRINGS, MO 1062
13 27T TAYLOR, STACY JACKSONVILLE, AR 987
14 12M MERRILL, RAYMOND SALLISAW, OK 867
15 60B BOWERS, MIKE NORTH LITTLE ROCK, AR 809
16 6W LOONEY, BRAD REPUBLIC, MO 789
17 81B BUCK, JERRY PARAGOULD, AR 618
18 A1 WHISEANT, DUKE TEXARKANA, AR 497
19 64M McCROSKEY, REX SPRINGFIELD, MO 428
20 64L LEATHERMAN, DAN MUSKOGEE, OK 394