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Sunday, June 4, 2017
Phillips tops field at Randolph County Raceway
By: Trenton Berry
(Photo by: Mike Ruefer)
Moberly, Missouri (June 3, 2017) - Saturday's Lucas Oil MLRA stop at Randolph County Raceway in Moberly, Missouri wrapped up three straight days of action at three separate facilities.
 
When the final checkers fell it was Terry Phillips sitting in Andy's Frozen Custard Victory Lane. Phillips wrestled the lead away from Jesse Stovall in turns three and four at the halfway point and set the pace for the race's duration.
 
The win for Phillips is his 112th in series history and first Late Model win of the year. His Black Diamond Chassis is brought to life by an Andy Durham Chevrolet Engine. His primary partners include; Andy's Frozen Custard, Don Babb Motorsports, Mesilla Valley Transportation, Keyser Manufacturing, Integra Shocks, Midwest Sheet Metal, New Vision Graphics and Bass Livestock.
 
Chasing Phillips to the line was Chad Simpson. It was the second straight runner up for Simpson who has shown good speed early in the season, driving his new Brinkman Motorsports Black Diamond.
 
With three laps to go, Brent Larson was able to move from fifth to third and grab the final podium position.Randy Timms had another good night, finishing fourth. Brantlee Gotschall was the Casey's General Stores Hard Charger, powering forward to fifth. 
 
Tony Jackson set the overall LucasOilRacing.tv Fast Time early in the evening, with a quick lap at 17.188 seconds. He broke a power steering pump, causing the fuel pump to fail as well, on lap 13. It forced him to retire early from the race.
 
Sunoco Rookie of the Year Points leader, Rodney Sanders, also had his share of struggles throughout the night. After going to a backup car he sustained damage in the feature and was scored 17th.
 
Jesse Stovall and Chad Simpson won the evening's qualifying heats. Stovall faded late to a 6th place finish, but took over the points lead. He will be running the Midwest Sheet Metal fluorescent yellow spoiler at the next stop. It is the first time he has been at the top of the standings thus far in 2017.
 
Next on the schedule is the 4th Annual Freedom Classic at Salina Highbanks Speedway in Salina, Oklahoma on Friday, June 30th and Saturday, July 1st. The Friday race will pay $3,000 to win and Saturday's top finisher will pocket $5,000. It is the only time the Lucas Oil MLRA will race in Oklahoma all year.  
 
Randolph County Raceway Contingencies 6/3/17
Andy's Frozen Custard Victory Lane - Terry Phillips
Casey's General Store's "Hard Charger of the Race" - Brantlee Gotschall
DirtonDirt.com "Pole Award" - Chad Simpson
Hooker Harness "11th Place" - Tim Manville
KRC "Hard Luck Award" - Tony Jackson Jr
Landrum Springs "Landrum Springs Performer of the Race" - Brantlee Gotschall
Malvern Bank & Trust "Most Laps Led" - Terry Phillips
Midwest Sheet Metal "Points Leader Spoiler Challenge" - Jesse Stovall
Mittler Brothers Machine and Tool "Crew Chief of the Race" - Rocky Miller
Performance Bodies "Performer of the Race" - Terry Phillips
Real Racing Wheels - Randy Timms
Sunoco "Rookie of the Race" - Jeremy Grady
Wehrs Machine - JC Wyman
 
MAV TV A Feature (40 Laps): 1. Terry Phillips 2. Chad Simpson 3. Brent Larson 4. Randy Timms 5. Brantlee Gotschall 6. Jesse Stovall 7. Dave Eckrich 8. Bryon Allison 9. Matt Furman 10. Rickey Frankel 11. Tim Manville 12. JC Wyman 13. Jordan Yaggy 14. Jeremy Grady 15. Joseph Gorby 16. Tony Jackson Jr 17. Rodney Sanders 18. Justin Duty
 
ProtectTheHarvest.com Heat 1 (10 Laps): 1. Jesse Stovall 2. Tony Jackson Jr 3. Brent Larson 4. Matt Furman 5. Dave Eckrich 6. Jeremy Grady 7. Rodney Sanders 8. Brantlee Gotschall
 
Casey's General Stores Heat 2 (10 Laps): 1. Chad Simpson 2. Terry Phillips 3. Rickey Frankel 4. Jordan Yaggy 5. Randy Timms 6. JC Wyman 7. Bryon Allison 8. Joseph Gorby 9. Justin Duty
 
For all of the latest news and information fans are encouraged to visit the series website at www.MLRARacing.com.
  
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