LOCUST GROVE, Ark. – Terry Phillips captured the biggest win of his Late Model racing career on Sunday afternoon at Batesville Motor Speedway.
Phillips pocketed $40,000 for winning the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series-sanctioned 21st Annual COMP Cams Topless 100 presented by Crop Production Services. The event was delayed till today at 1 p.m. after heavy rains saturated the track last night and track officials couldn’t get the track to dry out enough to race on.
Terry Phillips, the second-generation Missouri native and son of legendary racer Larry Phillips took the lead on lap 79 from Jimmy Owens after starting 7th. Owens made a last lap charge to try and retake the lead but finished one-car length behind Phillips. Following Phillips and Owens were Dale McDowell, Chris Madden and Earl Pearson Jr.
In Lucas Oil Victory Lane, Phillips was elated to win this crown jewel cup event.
“Before today, I’ve led this race with two laps to go and not won it. That time was probably the biggest heartbreak of my career, but to win this today was the biggest win of my career. I want to say thank you to all my fans and sponsors that were here today. I just love this place,” Phillips said.
“I have to thank Andy’s Frozen Custard, Don Babb, Mesilla Valley Transportation, Schoenfeld Headers, and all the fans for coming back today. The car worked so well on the bottom. I also want to thank Roush-Yates Engines and Bloomquist Race Cars for all of their help. It was truly a team win,” Phillips said.
Mike Marlar led the first 30 laps of the race before being passed by Owens. Owens then held a steady lead, which became increasingly closer as Dale McDowell and Billy Moyer pressured Owens in the middle stages of the race. Phillips reached the third spot on lap 66, and then rocketed to second by lap 78. Just a lap later, he got around Owens for the lead.
Owens led the most laps during the 100-event and finished second to extend his series points lead.
“I was racing for the win,” said Owens. “He (Phillips) drove a heck of a race. We bumped a little bit, but that’s racing. Congrats to Terry. I want to thank all the fans for coming back today, it was a very good race for daytime. We had an awesome car the whole race, and we just wanted a top five finish, so we are thrilled with this finish.”
Sixth through tenth in the finishing order were Jimmy Mars, Don O’Neal, Mike Marlar, Scott Bloomquist and Steve Francis.