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posted September 02, 2002 10:57 AM
O'REILLY AUTO PARTS MID-AMERICA RACING SERIES
Monett Speedway
31st Annual Budweiser 4-State Dirt Track Championship
Sunday, September 1, 2002

By Larry Olson; Mountain Home, AR

MONETT MO. Donnie Barnhart took his first O'Reilly Auto Parts Mid-America Racing Series win of the season Sunday at the Monett Speedway. Barnhart's win came at the 31st Annual Budweiser 4-State Dirt Track Championship at the Monett Speedway. Barnhart made the pass on Rex McCroskey on lap 16, and held on the rest of the way, taking the $3,000 win.

Kenneth Crowe made the trip from Port Allen, Louisiana pay with his first career O'Reilly M.A.R.S. pole, with McCroskey to the outside. Barnhart shot past Crowe as the green flag came out, but fell in behind McCroskey, who had gained the advantage from the outside front row. Terry Phillips and Leslie Essary both got past Crowe, with Crowe falling into fifth.

Bill Frye moved past Crowe for the fifth spot on the second lap, then Frye drove past Essary for fourth in turn four on the same lap. Frye and Phillips dueled side by side for the third spot, with Frye getting it in turn four on lap five. Out front McCroskey enjoyed a five carlength margin on Barnhart by lap six.

McCroskey and Barnhart pulled out to a half straightaway advantage on the field by lap eight. Essary moved under Phillips for the fourth spot in turn two on lap 10. Barnhart had closed back in on McCroskey by lap 14. The pair were side by side on lap 15, and McCroskey was able to make the pass in turn four of lap 16.

Barnhart cleared traffic by lap 18, and opened a five carlength advantage. The top four cars stayed close at the mid-point of the race. Barnhart and McCroskey were nose to tail on lap 22, when the caution flag came out for both Terry Phillips and Brad Looney, who had experienced simultaneous flat tires. Phillips returned, while Looney did not.

Jeff Floyd inherited fifth on the restart. Barnhart managed to stay a couple of carlengths ahead of McCroskey by lap 25, but Barnhart, McCroskey, and Frye were nose to tail again by lap 30. McCroskey was able to pull even with Barnhart on lap 32, and again on lap 33, but was unable to make the pass. Barnhart had a five carlength margin as the field took the white flag.

Donnie Barnhart came home with the win, with Rex McCroskey, Bill Frye, Leslie Essary, and Steve Rushin making up the top five. Raymond Merrill, Kenneth Crowe, Jeff Floyd, John Dillard, and Gary Stolba rounded out the top ten.

Entries: 36
Top Qualifier: Kenneth Crowe
Hard Charger: Jeff Taylor
Provisional: Shane Essary
Promotor's Choice: Darrin Barton
Lap Leaders: Rex McCroskey 1-15, Donnie Barnhart 16-40
Cautions: 1

A FEATURE (40 Laps)

1) Donnie Barnhart, GRT/Kuntz/Grand Prix; $3,000
2) Rex McCroskey, GRT/Hatfield/Monte Carlo; $2,000
3) Bill Frye, GRT/Kuntz/Mustang; $1,250
4) Leslie Essary, GRT/Mike's/Grand Prix; $1,100
5) Steve Rushin, GRT/Hatfield/Monte Carlo; $1,000
6) Raymond Merrill, GRT/Kuntz/Grand Prix; $750
7) Kenneth Crowe, Rocket/Dickens/Monte Carlo; $700
8) Jeff Floyd, GRT/Kuntz/Grand Prix; $675
9) John Dillard, GRT/Hatfield/Monte Carlo; $650
10) Gary Stolba, GRT/Hatfield/Monte Carlo; $625
11) Ken Essary, GRT/Essary/Monte Carlo; $600
12) Jeff Taylor, Shaw-Rocket/Kuntz/Taurus; $575
13) Dewaine Hottinger, GRT/Kuntz/Grand Prix; $550
14) John Anderson, GRT/Hatfield/Grand Prix; $525
15) Joey Mack, GRT/Kuntz/Mustang; $500
16) Terry Phillips, GRT/Hatfield/Monte Carlo; $500
17) David Gibson, Shaw-Rocket/Hatfield/Monte Carlo; $500
18) Darrin Barton, Larry Shaw/Todd/Intrepid; $500
19) Jerry Buck, GRT/Hatfield/Monte Carlo; $500
20) Darrell Mooneyham, Moon Brothers/B&W/Grand Prix; $500
21) Brad Looney, MasterSbilt/Hatfield/Monte Carlo; $500
22) Shane Essary, GRT/Hatfield/Grand Prix; $500

1st Heat (12 Laps) 1) Leslie Essary, Crane MO 2) Donnie Barnhart, North Little Rock AR 3) Jerry Buck, Paragould AR 4) Ken Essary, Galena MO 5) Jeff Taylor, Batesville AR 6) Brandon McCormick, Lebanon MO 7) Russell Portwood, Coffeyville KS 8) Shane Essary, Aurora MO 9) Barney Bauerfeind, Adrian MO

2nd Heat 1) Kenneth Crowe, Port Allen LA 2) Raymond Merrill, Sallisaw OK 3) John Dillard, Farmington AR 4) John Anderson, Omaha NE 5) Joey Mack, Benton MO 6) Rob Mayea, Bend OR 7) Roger Wilson, Aurora MO 8) Rusty Frisinger, Springdale AR 9) LeRoy Johnson, Springfield MO

3rd Heat 1) Bill Frye, Greenbriar AR 2) Jeff Floyd, Walnut Ridge AR 3) Gary Stolba, Willow Springs MO 4) David Gibson, Ash Flat AR 5) Brad Looney, Republic MO 6) James House, Copan OK 7) Dave Ware, Springfield MO 8) Darrin Barton, Aurora MO 9) Larry Jones, Eldorado Springs MO

4th Heat 1) Rex McCroskey, Springfield MO 2) Terry Phillips, Springfield MO 3) Steve Rushin, Poplar Bluff MO 4) Dewaine Hottinger, Russellville AR 5) Darrell Mooneyham, Aurora MO 6) Ron Bolin, Ft. Scott KS 7) Chris Comer, Parkville MO 8) Brett Greenstreet, Eldorado Springs MO 9) Mark Daye, Carl Junction MO

1st Last Chance Qualifier (12 Laps, two transfer) 1) Jeff Taylor 2) Brad Looney 3) Shane Essary 4) Rob Mayea 5) James House 6) Larry Jones 7) Barney Bauerfeind 8) Rusty Frisinger 9) Dave Ware (scratch: Roger Wilson)

2nd Last Chance Qualifier 1) Joey Mack 2) Darrell Mooneyham 3) Russell Portwood 4) Brandon McCormick 5) Chris Comer 6) Ron Bolin 7) Darrin Barton 8) Brett Greenstreet 9) LeRoy Johnson 10) Mark Daye


MARS POINTS AS OF: 09/01/02

1 66F FRYE, BILL GREENBRIAR, AR 2324
2 75P PHILLIPS, TERRY SPRINGFIELD, MO 2200
3 5E ESSARY, LESLIE CRANE, MO 2156
4 5T TAYLOR, JEFF BATESVILLE, AR 2152
5 F1 FLOYD, JEFF WALNUT RIDGE, AR 1900
6 14JR RUSHIN, STEVE POPLAR BLUFF, MO 1892
7 G2 GIBSON, DAVID ASH FLAT, AR 1878
8 97M MACK, JOEY BENTON, MO 1818
9 65H HOTTINGER, DEWAINE RUSSELLVILLE, AR 1744
10 33S STOLBA, GARY WILLOW SPRINGS, MO 1704
11 6M WALLACE, WENDELL BATESVILLE, AR 1703
12 11B BARNHART, DONNIE NORTH LITTLE ROCK, AR1527
13 12M MERRILL, RAYMOND SALLISAW, OK 1365
14 27T TAYLOR, STACY JACKSONVILLE, AR 1309
15 81B BUCK, JERRY PARAGOULD, AR 1198
16 6W LOONEY, BRAD REPUBLIC, MO 934
17 60B BOWERS, MIKE NORTH LITTLE ROCK, AR 930
18 64M McCROSKEY, REX SPRINGFIELD, MO 699
19 A1 WHISEANT, DUKE TEXARKANA, AR 626
20 71S SNODGRASS, JASON MOUNTAIN HOME, AR 564


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