Hurley Battle's Boyhood Hero, Comes Out on Top in Midwest All Star Action As a kid, O'Reilly Midwest All Star Jimmy Hurley used to sit in the stands as many young fan and cheer on his dirt track heroes. One of those heroes Jimmy was cheering on...
Hurley Battle's Boyhood Hero, Comes Out on Top in Midwest All Star Action
As a kid, O'Reilly Midwest All Star Jimmy Hurley used to sit in the stands as many young fan and cheer on his dirt track heroes. One of those heroes Jimmy was cheering on back then was the man lined up to his right when the green flag dropped Friday night at the Spoon River Speedway in Canton, Illinois, Jim Moughan.
"It was great to race here at Canton tonight and to fight it out with Jim (Moughan) was a lot of fun, Jim had a bit of bad luck about halfway through there (when he got a little too high in turn 3)," stated the owner of the $2000 top prize and pilot of the Action Graphics #35. "We were hooked up real good on the bottom tonight. We should have qualified better, but we were down a cylinder due to a spark plug wire coming off."
In an event that is sure to mix up the point standings, AJ Bruns, who was 2^nd going into the event found himself on his lid on the initial start, bringing out the night's only red flag in the entire event. Bruns, in the family owned #44, would earlier win his Heat and the Dash looked like a contender for the checkers early in the night. Current point leader Jerrod Hull continued to show consistency by improving from his starting position of 18^th to round end up 2^nd in the Ozarc Gas Welding Supercenter #12.
Ryan Bunton, driver of the Morton Collision Center #6R, went into the night 4^th in points, but left the track early with a failed left rear tire. Tyler Thompson in the TSE #11 machine, made good on his improvements from earlier in the week by holding strong in the top 3 all night long. A pair of part time drivers showed that they were there for business as Mark Shirshekan and Blake Fitzgerald finished strong on the night as well.
Lawrenceburg, Indiana victor Paul May won the first heat. AJ Bruns took control of the second heat as mentioned. Alex Shanks in the Chuck Amatti wrenched/Shane Wade owned #39W took care of the third heat. Shane would take top honors in the B Main and took in tow to the A-Main with him, Brad Greer, John Pate, Matt Harms, and Nathan Charon.
The first of 5 opportunities in 2008 for a lucky fan to win $2000 took place tonight as well. The lucky fan pulled the #2 out of his envelope and looked to become a little richer with Jim Moughan at the wheel. Moughan's slip over the cushion while leading early would negate the lucky fans hopes, but the promotion will continue and may be coming to a track near you.
The O'Reilly Midwest All Star Series heads West across the Mississippi River to New Florence, Missouri's Montgomery County Speedway on Saturday where another stellar field will be assembled. Additional information can be found at www.midwestallstarseries.com