By Bryan Wimberly
MAGNOLIA, Miss. — Claiming his first series victory in more than eight years and first Jambalaya 100 victory in a decade, racer-turned-promoter Rodney Wing led flag to flag for a $5,000 payday Saturday at Pike County Speedway.
Wing had the 24-car field cleared en route to a two-second victory over Chris Wall in the O’Reilly Auto Parts Southern United Professional Racing series finale.
In an event eventually cut to 75 laps that was delayed after a 30-minute rain shower, Wing triumphed in a Chad Thrash backup car that was put together just a couple days earlier. It was only the third time that Wing, the 2002 SUPR champion and now promoter of Whynot (Miss.) Motorsports Park, had piloted a late model this season.
With his right thumb wrapped up from recent surgery to repair ligaments, last year’s Jambalaya winner Wall settled for second.
Front-row starter Robbie Stuart finished third with Kenny Merchant and Timothy Culp completing the top five.
Rob Litton was sixth, good enough to secure his second O’Reilly SUPR championship.
It was Wing’s first SUPR victory since Sept. 14, 2002 at Thunder Valley Speedway in Glenmora, La.
Rodney Wing, Chris Wall, Robbie Stuart, Kenny Merchant, Timothy Culp, Rob Litton, Allen Tippen, Jeff Chanler, B.J. Robinson, Donald Watson, Gary Christian, Josh Danzy, Anthony Burroughs, Mickey Trosclair, Kyle Cummings, Scott Creel, David Ashley, Dwight Falcon, Doug Begnaud, Marlon Wild, Kevin Watts, Alex Ashley, Skip O’Neal, Morgan Bagley.