I-30 Speedway 600 Nationals results 2008-09-19

Ben Murphy Best in 600 Nationals Prelim! LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (September 19, 2008) -- Pennsylvania native Ben Murphy bested a stellar field of 107 entries by topping Friday night's 25-lap preliminary feature at I-30 ...

Ben Murphy Best in 600 Nationals Prelim!

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (September 19, 2008) -- Pennsylvania native Ben Murphy bested a stellar field of 107 entries by topping Friday night's 25-lap preliminary feature at I-30 Speedway's Third Annual 600 Nationals presented by Hoosier Tires.

Now calling Charlotte, NC, home, Murphy outdueled inaugural 600 Nationals champion Travis Senter, Jr., for the point on the opening round and led the rest of the way to secure a starting position in Saturday night's $8,500-to-win 600 Nationals championship feature event.

Locked into Saturday's finale along with Murphy are the balance of Friday's top six feature finishers, including Arkansas shoe Senter, Illini rep Eric Edwards and the Sooner State trio of Jerrod Wilson, Kevin Bayer and Donnie Ray Crawford.

While Senter earned the pole position for Friday night's feature by virtue of accumulating the most passing points through heat race and qualifying race action, Murphy took advantage of the front row outside position to nip Senter at the line for the lead upon the completion of lap one.

As the field roared into turn one the next time around, Scott Sawyer and Roger Rose got together. Rose toppled over, while Sam Miller flipped in the ensuing scramble as the red flag flew.

The balance of the feature ran off in non-stop fashion, with Senter and Crawford battling in side-by-side fashion behind the pacesetting Murphy.JCrawford eventually took command of the runner-up slot as lapped traffic came into play, only to clip an infield tire with his left front 17 laps into the affair.

While Murphy survived some dicey moments in lapped traffic over the final circuits to preserve the win over Senter, Crawford slipped back in the final rounds as he wrestled his damaged mount.

Edwards staked his claim on the show position, while defending 600 Nationals champion Wilson rallied from Last Chance race competition to snare fourth. Bayer rounded out the top five, as Crawford salvaged sixth.

Pennsylvania's Michael Dicely missed a lock-in position by one spot as he flashed underneath the checkered flag in seventh, with New Jersey's Jimmy Glenn, Arkansas' Karlas Stephens and Oklahoma's Frank Flud completing the top ten.

In the companion Horizon Mini Sprint Restricted "A" Class feature event, Trent Taylor took advantage of Blake Hahn's misfortune to collect the win.

Hahn gunned into the lead from the pole position and cruised out front until collected by a lapped car after checking up for a turn four spin with 13 laps in the books.

Taylor assumed the point and led the remaining seven rounds, with Andy Hogan holding off 11th-starter Brandon Hahn for runner-up honors. Darien Roberts was fourth, while Karley Kay Dobson climbed from the rear of the field to round out the top five. Blake Hahn recovered for eighth.

I-30 Speedway's Third Annual 600 Nationals conclude on Saturday night, with racing action set to get under way at 7:30 p.m. The 600cc Multis and Restricted "A" Class will be joined by the full-size Sprint Cars on Saturday night.

Third Annual 600 Nationals presented by Hoosier Tires Friday Results:

Heat Races -- Top 50 in Finishing/Passing Points to Five Inverted Qualifying Races; Balance of Field to Five Last Chance Races.

First Heat (10 Laps): 1. 17r-Justin Rapp, 2. 22T-Travis Senter, Jr., 3. 81F-Frank Flud, 4. 82s-Steven Shebester, 5. 7y-Stan Yockey, 6. 96s-Samantha Gargus, 7. 3F-Austin Farley, 8. 57-Jimmy Taylor, 9. 47-Rusty Pipes, 10. 4-Justin Hooter, 11. 51o-Jason Ormsby.

Second Heat (10 Laps): 1. 11a-Andrew Felker, 2. 9L-Tim Dietz, 3. 7b-Nick Bailey, 4. 29s-Scott Sawyer, 5. 1J-Cale Reigle, 6. 70-Michael Wickham, 7. 51g-Dean Gaerte, 8. 111a-Toby Brown, 9. 166-Channin Tankersley, 10. 29w-Skyler Wissman, 11. 85m-John McCord.

Third Heat (10 Laps): 1. 11r-Tyler Reddick, 2. 1e-Eric Edwards, 3. 76-Josh Ruple, 4. 64-Chad Boone, 5. 82b-Cody Brewer, 6. 92-Jake Rosario, 7. 32n-Nick Ivy, 8. 18c-Scott Bolden, 9. 16x-Michael Davidson, 10. 28-Jeff Willingham, 11. 8F-Andy Farley.

Fourth Heat (10 Laps): 1. 11d-Jason Dent, 2. 8c-Chris Andrews, 3. 51b-Joe Miller, 4. 6g-Dustin Gates, 5. 87h-Duane Harbaugh, 6. 7J-Jerrod Wilson, 7. 21x-Phil Reed, 8. 11T-Tim Sandelovic, 9. 87r-Aaron Reutzel, 10. 1-Bobby Zaiontz. DNS: 40h-Dereck King.

Fifth Heat (10 Laps): 1. 36-Ben Murphy, 2. 83-Karlas Stephens, 3. 7g-Jimmy Glenn, 4. 96z-Zach Gigot, 5. 59F-Greg Fritts, 6. 32x-Brad McDaniel, 7. 75-Ryan Truitt, 8. 72-Eric Fenton, 9. 31z-Brent Zimmerman, 10. 73-Jake Mosley, 11. 00-Cody Cleaves.

Sixth Heat (10 Laps): 1. 18T-Tyler Devault, 2. 66J-J.J. Simmons, 3. 2a-Riley Adair, 4. 55L-Shane Lewis, 5. 1xx-Darryl Wills, 6. 6x-Christopher Meyer, 7. 16F-Nate Fleming, 8. 14m-Jordan Mallett, 9. 69r-Clayton Robertson, 10. 15-Coy Jorden, 11. 99-Dalton Stevens.

Seventh Heat (10 Laps): 1. 44-Michael Dicely, 2. 2h-Heath Hehnly, 3. 32m-Trey Marcham, 4. 1st-Dusty Young, 5. 14T-Taryn Laskey, 6. 22J-Josh Rehm, 7. 18m-Jake Murphy, 8. 10e-Matt Ebarb, 9. 10m-Tim McKenzie, 10. 51-Duane Emberton, 11. 9v-Mike Vaculik.

Eighth Heat (10 Laps): 1. 46-Wally Henson, 2. 3c-Cody Coggin, 3. 21T-Taylor Smitherman, 4. 22rm-Rhett Miller, 5. 81m-Jimmy McClain, 6. 79-Ryan Duke, 7. 198-Hunter Jones, 8. 85x-Kevin Gigot, 9. 39-Brian Nance. Disqualified: 35-Justin Jackson (failed to report to scales after finishing first).

Ninth Heat (10 Laps): 1. 5x-Tyson Hall, 2. 55-Donnie Ray Crawford, 3. 49-Sam Miller, 4. 32k-Ricky King, 5. 59x-Billy Lawhead, 6. 1k-Kara King, 7. 31d-Joe Dent, 8. 6h-Shelby Henson, 9. 45-Jake Emberton, 10. 13k-Kyle Carpenter.

Tenth Heat (10 Laps): 1. 88w-Eric Wright, 2. 23a-Kevin Bayer, 3. 66r-Roger Rose, 4. 1x-Curt Shumacher, 5. 23L-Jason Lair, 6. 23T-James Tsokatos, 7. 31w-Justin Webb, 8. 24J-Brandie Jass, 9. 14b-Jimmy Bridgeman, 10. 60-Earl McDoulett, Jr.

Last Chance Races -- Top 4 Finishers to tail of the Five Qualifying Races.

First Last Chance Race (10 Laps): 1. 16F-Nate Fleming, 2. 1xx-Darryl Wills, 3. 3F-Austin Farley, 4. 31d-Joe Dent, 5. 72-Eric Fenton, 6. 69r-Clayton Robertson, 7. 4-Justin Hooter, 8. 21x-Phil Reed, 9. 31z-Brent Zimmerman, 10. 85m-John McCord, 11. 15-Coy Jorden, 12. 35-Justin Jackson.

Second Last Chance Race (10 Laps): 1. 14T-Taryn Laskey, 2. 32x-Brad McDaniel, 3. 57-Jimmy Taylor, 4. 22J-Josh Rehm, 5. 51g-Dean Gaerte, 6. 14m-Jordan Mallett, 7. 47-Rusty Pipes, 8. 51-Duane Emberton, 9. 29w-Skyler Wissman, 10. 10m-Tim McKenzie, 11. 8F-Andy Farley. DNS: 40h-Dereck King.

Third Last Chance Race (10 Laps): 1. 23L-Jason Lair, 2. 18c-Scott Bolden, 3. 23T-James Tsokatos, 4. 10e-Matt Ebarb, 5. 166-Channin Tankersley, 6. 96s-Samantha Gargus, 7. 28-Jeff Willingham, 8. 00-Cody Cleaves, 9. 39-Brian Nance, 10. 85x-Kevin Gigot. DNS: 13k-Kyle Carpenter.

Fourth Last Chance Race (10 Laps): 1. 7J-Jerrod Wilson, 2. 18m-Jake Murphy, 3. 1-Bobby Zaiontz, 4. 75-Ryan Truitt, 5. 6h-Shelby Henson, 6. 99-Dalton Stevens, 7. 70-Michael Wickham, 8. 16x-Michael Davidson.JDisqualified: 60-Earl McDoulett, Jr. (illegal tire after finishing third). DNS: 111a-Toby Brown, 45-Jake Emberton.

Fifth Last Chance Race (10 Laps): 1. 6x-Christopher Meyer, 2. 92-Jake Rosario, 3. 31w-Justin Webb, 4. 73-Jake Mosley, 5. 198-Hunter Jones, 6. 51o-Jason Ormsby, 7. 11T-Tim Sandelovic, 8. 24J-Brandie Jass, 9. 9v-Mike Vaculik, 10. 14b-Jimmy Bridgeman. DNS: 87r-Aaron Reutzel.

Qualifying Races -- Top 22 in Combined Points from Heats & Qualifiers to "A" Feature

First Qualifier (12 Laps): 1. 55c-Donnie Ray Crawford, 2. 66r-Roger Rose, 3. 79-Ryan Duke, 4. 8c-Chris Andrews, 5. 44-Michael Dicely, 6. 82-Steven Shebester, 7. 32k-Ricky King, 8. 88w-Eric Wright, 9. 1xxx-Darryl Wills, 10. 11a-Andrew Felker, 11. 16F-Nate Fleming, 12. 31d-Joe Dent, 13. 3F-Austin Farley, 14. 22rm-Rhett Miller.

Second Qualifier (12 Laps): 1. 23a-Kevin Bayer, 2. 22T-Travis Senter, Jr., 3. 1k-Kara King, 4. 9L-Tim Dietz, 5. 32x-Brad McDaniel, 6. 46-Wally Henson, 7. 57-Jimmy Taylor, 8. 5x-Tyson Hall, 9. 64-Chad Boone, 10. 81m-Jimmy McClain, 11. 51b-Joe Miller, 12. 22J-Josh Rehm, 13. 14T-Taryn Laskey, 14. 6g-Dustin Gates.

Third Qualifier (12 Laps): 1. 7y-Stan Yockey, 2. 29s-Scott Sawyer, 3. 59F-Greg Fritts, 4. 7g-Jimmy Glenn, 5. 87h-Duane Harbaugh, 6. 23L-Jason Lair, 7. 18c-Scott Bolden, 8. 17r-Justin Rapp, 9. 23T-James Tsokatos, 10. 2a-Riley Adair, 11. 1x-Curt Schumacher, 12. 76-Josh Ruple, 13. 96z-Zach Gigot, 14. 10e-Matt Ebarb.

Fourth Qualifier (12 Laps): 1. 81F-Frank Flud, 2. 7J-Jerrod Wilson, 3. 36-Ben Murphy, 4. 2h-Heath Hehnly, 5. 82b-Cody Brewer, 6. 11d-Jason Dent, 7. 1-Bobby Zaiontz, 8. 32m-Trey Marcham, 9. 1J-Cale Reigle, 10. 66J-J.J. Simmons, 11. 55L-Shane Lewis, 12. 7b-Nick Bailey, 13. 18m-Jake Murphy.JDNS: 75-Ryan Truitt.

Fifth Qualifier (12 Laps): 1. 32n-Nick Ivy, 2. 1e-Eric Edwards, 3. 1st-Dusty Young, 4. 83-Karlas Stephens, 5. 49-Sam Miller, 6. 73-Jake Mosley, 7. 6x-Christopher Meyer, 8. 59x-Billy Lawhead, 9. 18T-Tyler Devault, 10. 31w-Justin Webb, 11. 3c-Cody Coggin, 12. 11r-Tyler Reddick, 13. 21T-Taylor Smitherman, 14. 92-Jake Rosario.

Third Annual 600 Nationals Preliminary "A" Feature

A Feature (25 Laps): 1. 36-Ben Murphy, 2. 22T-Travis Senter, Jr., 3. 1e-Eric Edwards, 4. 7J-Jerrod Wilson, 5. 23a-Kevin Bayer, 6. 55c-Donnie Ray Crawford, 7. 44-Michael Dicely, 8. 7g-Jimmy Glenn, 9. 83-Karlas Stephens, 10. 81F-Frank Flud, 11. 7y-Stan Yockey, 12. 29s-Scott Sawyer, 13. 9L-Tim Dietz, 14. 88w-Eric Wright, 15. 11d-Jason Dent, 16. 32n-Nick Ivy, 17. 2h-Heath Hehnly, 18. 8c-Chris Andrews, 19. 32x-Brad McDaniel, 20. 46-Wally Henson, 21. 66r-Roger Rose, 22. 49-Sam Miller.

Horizon Mini Sprints Restricted "A" Class Results:

First Heat (8 Laps): 1. 23-Howard Moore, 2. 3d-Andy Hogan, 3. 8m-Kade Morton, 4. 11a-Seth Acres, 5. 43-Matthew Bauldwin, 6. 15J-Jeremy Middleton, 7. 87jr-Devin Crawley. DNS: 47-Bailee Pipes.

Second Heat (8 Laps): 1. 28-Karley Kay Dobson, 2. 10-Darien Roberts, 3. 08-Logan Martin, 4. 8a-Hunter Adcock, 5. 8J-Josh Marcham, 6. d6-Dakota Gaines, 7. 99b-Benny Boudreaux IV, 8. 75-Tommy Gire.

Third Heat (8 Laps): 1. 52-Blake Hahn, 2. 1-Nic Jenkins, 3. 57-Trent Taylor, 4. 29-Brandon Hahn, 5. 7m-Chance Morton, 6. 05-Blake Jenkins, 7. 0fs-Morgan Montgomery.

A Feature (20 Laps): 1. 57-Trent Taylor, 2. 3d-Andy Hogan, 3. 29-Brandon Hahn, 4. 10-Darien Roberts, 5. 28-Karley Kay Dobson, 6. 08-Logan Martin, 7. 8a-Hunter Adcock, 8. 52-Blake Hahn, 9. 8m-Kade Morton, 10. 87jr-Devin Crawley, 11. 11a-Seth Acres, 12. 8j-Josh Marcham, 13. 43-Matthew Bauldwin, 14. 7m-Chance Morton, 15. 15J-Jeremy Middleton, 16. 23-Howard Moore, 17. 99b-Benny Boudreaux IV, 18. 75-Tommy Gire, 19. 0fs-Morgan Montgomery, 20. 05-Blake Jenkins, 21. d6-Dakota Gaines, 22. 1-Nic Jenkins. DNS: 47-Bailee Pipes.

-credit: i30/lw

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Series Sprint
Drivers Shane Lewis , Justin Jackson , Tim McKenzie , Cody Brewer , Michael Davidson , Andrew Felker , Kevin Bayer , Blake Hahn , Dereck King , Billy Lawhead , Donnie Ray Crawford , Darryl Wills , Tyler Reddick , Brandon Hahn , Aaron Reutzel , Steven Shebester