WHEATLAND, Mo. – Friday night at Lucas Oil Speedway Jesse Stovall shook the monkey off his back as he dominated the 30-lap Lucas Oil Midwest Latemodel Racing Ass’n main event.
Stovall, a former track champion there in the modified division, had never been able to crack RACEceiver Victory Lane in the late model division. It was a place where he always run well, just not well enough to win.
“This race car is awesome,” said Stovall after the race. “Scott Bailey took it home this week, and worked his butt of on it, and changed some things around we had talked about. It was as good at the end of the race, as it was at the start of the race.”
Terry Phillips made his way forward from an eighth-place starting spot and continued to ride his good run of momentum with a runner-up finish.
“I knew I was catching him,” said Phillips of his late surge toward Stovall. “This is the first time we’ve had the Rocket’s here. I’ve kind of struggled here, so we’re pretty pumped about finding a few things we liked here.”
Jimmy Mars was somewhat of a surprise visitor to Lucas Oil Speedway, making the long trek from his Menomonie, Wis., home. He, like Phillips, had to work his way up to the front of the field, finishing with a strong third-place performance.
“We struggled here a little bit the last couple of years, so we thought it was a good opportunity to figure a few things out for the Show-Me 100,” said Mars. “We were gaining on them guys. The car was really coming around at the end there so pretty excited about tomorrow.”
Friday’s feature was contested caution free. Heat race winners earlier in the evening were Brad Looney, Stovall, Chris Brown and Will Vaught.