POCOLA, Okla. — Raymond Merrill had a night to remember Saturday at Tri State Speedway in Lucas Oil MLRA competition.
Behind the wheel of Wendell Wallace’s No. 6m, Merrill started on the pole and led all but one lap in the main event. On lap 21, John Anderson moved in front of Merrill in lapped traffic. The pass was short lived however as Merrill took the lead back almost as quickly as he lost it.
“I hadn’t been in a car in seven or eight months, so it helps to make a few laps to get smooth,” stated Merrill. “Getting the lead was so important tonight. I knew it was mine to win or lose. We got in lap traffic, that’s kind of when my rust showed up a little bit.”
Second finishing John Anderson put together a solid night and credited Merrill with having the fastest car of the evening.
“I got him in traffic, and he got me in traffic,” stated Anderson. “We’ve been trying and testing a few things. It’s starting to come around a little bit. What we’ve put together with JRi Shocks, has really improved our program, and we’re really happy with the direction.”
Will Vaught ran as high as second in the feature, before settling into third. Jack Sullivan and Jesse Stovall filled out the balance of the top five.
Raymond Merrill, John Anderson, Will Vaught, Jack Sullivan, Jesse Stovall, Terry Phillips, Brad Looney, Mark Dotson, Jason Bodenhamer, Shawn Knuckles, Jon Kirby, Justin Asplin, Dustin Walker, Eric Turner, Robert Baker, LeRoy Johnson, Tony Jackson, Jr., Chase Junghans, Ryan Gustin, Travis Dickes, Jerry Standifer, Brandon Morton, Tommy Weder Jr., Jake Davis.