"AUSSIE" PETER MURPHY CLAIMS FIRST EVER NARC WIN AT TULARE "Becomes eighth different winner in 11 events" Tulare, CA (May 30) . . . Australian sprint car driver Peter Murphy claimed his first Northern Auto Racing Club feature event ...
"AUSSIE" PETER MURPHY CLAIMS FIRST EVER NARC WIN AT TULARE "Becomes eighth different winner in 11 events"
Tulare, CA (May 30) . . . Australian sprint car driver Peter Murphy claimed his first Northern Auto Racing Club feature event victory of his career, posting top honors in the 30-lap NARC-Budweiser Black & White Classic at the Thunderbowl Raceway Saturday night.
Wearing a drivers uniform that was proudly adorned with his country's flag, Murphy powered past Paul McMahan on lap 10 and went on to score a popular ten-car length victory. The winning march was performed in Morrie Williams' Katie's BJ's Kountry Kitchen/Moutain View Mortgage Brokers Maxim.
"Morrie could have stuck a bunch of good American drivers in his car," said the jubilant winner, with a down under accent. "I am just glad that he gave me a chance to drive and even happier that I could provide him with a win."
Murphy started on the pole, but had his hands full fighting off the constant challenges of McMahan, NARC point leader Brent Kaeding, and Jason Meyers during the first frantic five laps. McMahan battled wheel to wheel with the leader as Kaeding and Meyers jostled two car lengths behind.
The two frontrunners swapped the lead on a corner by corner basis, until McMahan escaped with the point as the pair rocketed out of the second turn on lap eight.
Murphy returned the favor two laps later in the exact same spot and held the lead until the red flag appeared for the upside down car of Tommy Tarlton. He was not injured.
On the ensuing restart, Murphy continued to hold off the pressing McMahan-Kaeding-Meyers trio in a great battle. Murphy answered the call when the foursome hit slower traffic on lap 17. Everybody was zigging and zagging furiously to keep up, but Murphy effectively shagging his closest pursuers with some stellar moves through backmarkers to secure the victory.
"I knew Paul (McMahan) and everybody else was right behind me," explained Murphy. "I just kept concentrating on what I was doing and hoped for the best."
McMahan's best finish of the season came aboard John Sullivan's Mountain Impact Shaver-JB. Fast qualifier Randy Hannagan was all over McMahan's rear bumper during the final three laps, but had to settle for third place in Terry Hannagan's Gaerte-powered Santomauro.
Kaeding extended his points lead over Randy Tiner to 26 points with his fourth place finish in the Al's Roofing/McCreary Shaver-Maxim. The Don Carter Metal Stamping J & J piloted by Jason Meyers was fifth.
The second five drivers to cross the checkered were Bobby McMahan, Randy Tiner, Jason Lund, Jimmy Sills, and Brian Coelho. Coelho, who started 20th, earned the River City Copy & Graphics award for passing the most cars in the feature.
Lee Brewer held off Kevin Pylant to win the 12-lap semi.
Earlier, Hannagan earned his fourth consecutive fast time award of the season with a 14.157 second effort in qualifying.
Bammer, Lund and Tiner were heat race winners.
FAST TIME: Randy Hannagan - 14.107 seconds;
ICORE AUTOSPORTS FIRST HEAT (10 laps): Todd Bammer, Tommy Tarlton, Hannagan, Steve Kent, Peter Murphy, Ryan Riley, Jimmy Trulli, Daniel Hood, Kevin Pylant;
JOE HUNT MAGNETOS SECOND HEAT (10 laps): Jason Lund, Jimmy Sills, Brent Kaeding, Bobby McMahan, Paul McMahan, Ryan Bailey, Greg DeCaires, Gary Willey, Brian Coelho;
J & J AUTO RACING THIRD HEAT (10 laps): Randy Tiner, Steve Coelho, Graydon Cross, Jason Statler, Jason Meyers, Lee Brewer, Lindsey Casto, David Fowler, Lynn Anderson;
BUDWEISER DASH FOR CASH (6 laps): Murphy, P. McMahan, Kaeding, Meyers, Hannagan, Tarlton, Sills;
SEMI-MAIN EVENT (12 laps): Brewer, Pylant, Bailey, DeCaires, B. Coelho, Riley, Trulli, Casto, Willey, Fowler, Hood, Anderson;
30-LAP BUDWEISER SHOOT OUT: Murphy, P. McMahan, Hannagan, Kaeding, Meyers, B. McMahan, Tiner, Lund, Sills, B. Coelho, Brewer, Kent, Cross, DeCaires, Statler, Bammer, Tarlton, S. Coelho, Riley, Bailey, Trulli, Pylant.
LAP LEADERS: Murphy 1-9, P. McMahan 10-11, Murphy 12-30. NARC-BUDWEISER SHOOT OUT SERIES CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS STANDINGS - 6/1/98 (AFTER 11 EVENTS IN 30-RACE SERIES) 1. Brent Kaeding 705 2. Randy Tiner 679 3. Bobby McMahan 655 4. Paul McMahan 621 5. Steve Kent 609 6. Jason Meyers 579 7. Tommy Tarlton 557 8. Kevin Pylant 555 Jason Statler 10. Peter Murphy 554
11. Randy Hannagan 547 12. Jason Lund 545 13. Jimmy Sills 489 14. Greg DeCaires 453 15. Lee Brewer 449 16. Todd Bammer 448 17. Graydon Cross 441 18. Brian Coelho 387 19. Ronnie Day 384 20. Steve Coelho 372