DONNELLSON, Iowa – In a heavyweight slugfest Friday night at Lee County Speedway, Terry Phillips threw the haymaker just shy of the checkers en route to his Lucas Oil MLRA series-leading 107th victory.
“They done a heck of a job here,” stated Phillips. “This is a race track here now. You can race all over it. Hats off to them. Thanks to all the fans for coming out. I haven’t seen this many fans in a long time. That’s quite a race there.”
Early in the evening the drivers all took two laps on the clock to align the heat races. The top three heat race finishers then redrew for feature starting positions. Friday’s winner, John Anderson, redrew the number one “Lucas Oil Super Coolant” bottle and set the pace. Andy Eckrich drew the outside pole for the 40 lap feature.
Anderson quickly assumed the lead and was holding his own, until Gustin came to life, inches from the wall.
Anderson held on a little longer, but Gustin passed him several laps later in turns one and two. Ultimately Gustin held off all but Phillips to run a strong second. Chad Simpson still searching for his first Lucas Oil MLRA win of the season, scored his ninth top five finish in the series first 12 races.
Gustin, who started seventh, finished second. Chad Simpson, Anderson and Tommy Weder Jr. completed the top five.
Terry Phillips, Ryan Gustin, Chad Simpson, John Anderson, Tommy Weder Jr., Travis Dickes, Jason Utter, Matt Furman, Mark Burgtorf, Dave Eckrich, Chris Simpson, Jeremy Payne, Austin Siebert, Justin Reed, Brian Harris, Jason Bodenhamer, Jake Meier, Tommy Elston, Spencer Diercks, Scott Lewis, Jay Johnson, Bill Koons, Andy Eckrich, Bob Cullen, Rickey Frankel, Skip Frey.