Hurley Harnesses Spoon River Win CAONTON, IL (7-21-07) Jimmy Hurley captured his first O'Reilly Midwest All Star Series Feature Saturday night at Spoon River Speedway, staving off several challenges during the exciting thirty-lap event. Hurley...
Hurley Harnesses Spoon River Win
CAONTON, IL (7-21-07) Jimmy Hurley captured his first O'Reilly Midwest All Star Series Feature Saturday night at Spoon River Speedway, staving off several challenges during the exciting thirty-lap event.
Hurley started on the outside of the front row, by virtue of being ninth-fastest in qualifying and having four cars who timed quicker failing to finish in the top four of their heats, thus losing their feature starting position advantage. Hurley led the first lap by mere inches over third-starting and season points leader Jerrod Hull. Hurley would relinquish the lead to Hull on lap two but closely followed in second. Meanwhile, Scott Young and Tim Montgomery made it a four car battle in the first half of the race, as they raced through lapped traffic on a track that allowed three grooves. While the leaders battled, Rob Standridge was putting on a charge from his twentieth starting position, moving into the top ten by the second lap and the top five by lap thirteen.
Hurley would catch Hull and retake the lead on lap thirteen. Third-running Montgomery would exit following a spin and mechanical problems on lap fifteen. Hurley would then set sail, masterfully negotiating lapped cars while Hull, Standridge, Young and a fast closing Terry Babb would battle each other through lapped cars, changing positions on virtually every one of the next ten laps.
A lap twenty-five restart saw Hurley once again pull away as Young would hold off Babb and fourth place Hull. Standridge, who had worked his way up to second, lost his brakes late in the race and finished fifth. Corey Weyant, A.J Bruns, Joey Moughan, Ryan Bunton and Jason Keith completed the top ten. Several drivers moved through the field, with Standridge advancing fifteen places, Babb passed nine cars and Keith, who started last after changing a tire, passed eleven cars.
Heat races were won by Bunton, Montgomery and Weyant, while Montgomery passed Hull on the final corner to capture Dash honors. Bunton paced the twenty one entries with a time of 11.384.
The series will return to Spoon River Speedway in September for the Tom Knowles Memorial. Next up for the Midwest All Stars are dates at Auto Tire and Parts Race Park in Benton, MO. Friday, July 27^th and St. Francois County Raceway in Farmington, MO. Saturday July 28^th . For more information on the series, go to www.midwestallstarseries.com
O'Reilly Midwest All Star Series - Spoon River Speedway - July 21, 2007 Results
Time Trials (One Lap): 1.6R Ryan Bunton 11.384, 2.51 Tim Montgomery 11.831, 3.5W Tiffany Wyzard 11.990, 4.3 Scott Young 12.052, 5.5H Patrick Haynes 12.230, 6.12 Jerrod Hull 12.271, 7.10S Jeremy Standridge 12.272, 8.96 Nathan Charron 12.296, 9.35 Jimmy Hurley 12.310, 10.11 Tyler Thompson 12.325, 11.95 Tommy Rockwell 12.361, 12.44 A.J. Bruns 12.419, 13.28 Jason Keith 12.427, 45.2M Joey Moughan 12.536, 15.99W Corey Weyant 12.590, 16.2S Terry Babb 12.604, 17.71 Chad Branson 13.064, 18.99 Jimmy Davies 13.541, 19.4C Tommy Shepard 13.751, 20.42 Corey Bruns 16.484, 21.22 Rob Standridge 17.778
Heat One (Ten Laps): 1.Bunton, 2.Keith, 3.Babb, 4.Young, 5.J.Standridge, 6.Thompson, 7.Shepard
Heat Two (Ten Laps): 1.Montgomery, 2.Moughan, 3.Rockwell, 4.Branson, 5.Charron, 6.Haynes, 7.C.Bruns
Heat Three (Ten Laps): 1.Weyant, 2.Hurley, 3.AJ Bruns, 4.Hull, 5.Wyzard, 6.Davies, 7.R.Standridge
Dash (Six Laps): 1.Montgomery, 2.Hull, 3.Hurley, 4.Bunton, 5.Keith, DNS AJ Bruns
Feature 30 laps: 1.Jimmy Hurley (2), 2.Scott Young (4), 3.Terry Babb (14), 4.Jerrod Hull (3), 5.Rob Standridge (20), 6.Corey Weyant (8), 7.A.J. Bruns (7), 8.Joey Moughan (9), 9.Ryan Bunton (6), 10.Jason Keith (21), 11.Corey Bruns (18), 12.Jeremy Standridge (13), 13.Patrick Haynes (10), 14.Chad Branson (17), 15.Tyler Thompson (15), 16.Tiffany Wyzard (11), 17.Tommy Rockwell (1), 18.Jimmy Davies (16), 19.Naton Charron ((12), 20.Tim Montgomery (5), 21.Tommy Shepard (19)
Lap Leaders: Hurley, 1, Hull 2-12, Hurley 13-30