MONETT, Mo. – Current MARS DIRTCar Series point leader Tony Jackson Jr. took the lead entering turn one on lap two and was never seriously challenged the rest of the way as he won Wednesday nights co-sanctioned National Championship Racing Ass’n and MARS late model feature Wednesday night at Monett Speedway.
Jackson and Jesse Stovall started on the front row for the 40-lap feature with Jackson taking the early lead as the green flag fell. Stovall was right on his rear bumper and coming down the front stretch, edged Jackson by a bumper to lead lap one.
Jackson, aboard his familiar No. 56 RBL Financial/Lindsay Chevrolet/Club 29 sponsored, Cornett powered Rocket chassis, would enter high in turns one and two and take the lead for good coming down the back stretch. Justin Wells, Jason Magee, Brandon Morton were your top five after the first couple of laps before ninth starting Terry Phillips moved passed Morton and Magee for the fourth position on lap three.
Jackson would open up a five car length advantage early on and on lap seven, entered lapped traffic for the first time, stretching his advantage to a full straightaway.
The first of two caution flags would wave on lap nine when Jackson attempted to lap the car of Chris Morelock down the backstretch. Contact was made with Morelock sliding to a stop at the top of turn three.
The leader had no problems on the restart as Jackson once again powered away from Stovall, quickly opening a half stretch lead.
Meanwhile the battle for third began with Wells holding off several challenges from Phillips before the former five- time MARS DIRTCar champion took over the position in lapped traffic on lap thirteen.
The night’s final caution would wave on lap twenty-six when NCRA G&G Dozer rookie of the year contender Jeremy Petty spun off the track in turns three and four.
On the final restart there was no catching Jackson and not even his encounter with heavy lapped traffic with three laps to go could slow him down as he would go on to take the full straight away victory, his sixth in as many weeks.
Stovall would hold off Phillips for the runner up position while Wells came home fourth.
Tony Jackson Jr., Jesse Stovall, Terry Phillips, Justin Wells, Will Vaught, Brandon McCormick, Justin Asplin, Ken Essary, Jacob Magee, Cole Wells, Brandon Morton, Coleman Younger, Garrett Essary, Leroy Johnson, Chris Hawkins, Bryan Allison, Jeremy Petty, Chris Morelock, Tyler Erb, Jason Hughes, Gary Gorby, Shane Essary