Weekend race capsules (June 2)

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Email address: DirtNews@aol.com Web site: http://members.aol.com/dirtnews/digest =================================== CONTENTS: May 30-June 1 results (published June 2) =================================== FRIDAY'S RACE CAPSULES

McDANIELS WINS MLRA RACE IN KANSAS: Larry McDaniels of Wichita, Kan., won his first Midwest LateModel Racing Association race in nearly five years in a rain-plagued event at Hutchinson (Kan.) Speedway. McDaniels, who last won an MLRA event in July 1992 at Hutchinson, collected $2,000 for the 30-lap victory. McDaniels led the final 14 laps, taking the point when leader Al Purkey went to the tail after colliding with the slower car of Robert Dunn on the 17th lap. Among 25 late models on hand, Steve Kosiski was unable to start the feature, which was shortened to 30 laps because of lateness and track conditions. FEATURE (30 laps): (1) Larry McDaniels, (2) Leslie Essary, (3) Alan Vaughn, (4) David Turner, (5) Terry Phillips, (6) Al Purkey, (7) Kenny Shelton Jr., (8) Steve Hennies, (9) Steve Hamline, (10) Frank McGhee, (11) Tony Gregg, (12) Terry Muskrat, (13) Joe Conway, (14) Brad Looney, (15) Earl Kinderknecht, (16) Ted Martin, (17) Robert Dunn, (18) Rod Benckens, (19) Jack Simmons, (20) Lonnie Smith, (21) David Brack, (22) Delbert Smith. ------------------------------------------------------------- SATURDAY'S RACE CAPSULES

LESLIE ESSARY GETS SECOND MLRA VICTORY OF 1997: Leslie Essary outdueled his father Ken for the lead on the 14th lap then survived a skirmish with Jack Simmons late in the 40-lap race for a $2,000 MLRA victory at Joplin (Mo.) 66 Speedway. Essary was nearly turned sideways when he and Simmons made heavy contact on the backstretch after a lap-32 restart, but Simmons backed off and let Essary regain control. Essary, the MLRA points leader, went on to his second series victory of the season. Some top competitors had mechanical woes in the feature as Ken Essary faded with broken valve springs, Al Purkey broke a ball joint, Steve Kosiski broke a tie rod and Terry Phillips broke an axle during the parade lap (he repaired it but returned several laps behind). There were 33 late models in attendance. FEATURE (40 laps): (1) Leslie Essary, (2) Jack Simmons, (3) Rex McCroskey, (4) Alan Vaughn, (5) Jeff Floyd, (6) Dale Harris, (7) Brad Looney, (8) Terry Muskrat, (9) Johnny Virden, (10) Ken Essary, (11) Randy Floyd, (12) David Turner, (13) Mark Voigt, (14) Gary Stevens, (15) Kenny Shelton Jr., (16) Darrell Mooneyham, (17) Gary Gorby, (19) Terry Phillips, (19) Bill Street, (20) Al Purkey, (21) Robert Dunn, (22) Steve Kosiski.

WILSON, PIERCE GET VICTORIES AT FAIRBURY: Jeff Wilson and Bob Pierce each captured their first victories of 1997 in 30-lap twin features at Fairbury (Ill.) American Legion Speedway. Wilson picked up $1,500 in the first 30-lapper, starting from the pole to lead every lap and repel a charge from fifth-starting Tom Rients. In the second $1,500-to-win race, the cars on the lead lap were inverted. Tommy Kroll led the first 17 laps, but Pierce -- coming from his 11th-starting spot -- took the lead and held off Kevin Weaver on the quarter-mile oval. Rients (14.150 seconds) was the fast qualifier among 49 UMP-sanctioned late models. FIRST FEATURE (30 laps): (1) Jeff Wilson, (2) Tom Rients, (3) Roger Long, (4) Jimmy Burwell, (5) Eddy Schickel, (6) Jeff Riblet, (7) Billy Drake, (8) Bob Pierce, (9) Frank Reaber, (10) Dennis Erb Jr. SECOND FEATURE (30 laps): (1) Bob Pierce, (2) Kevin Weaver, (3) Tommy Kroll, (4) Mark Anderson, (5) Steve Tyne, (6) Dick Potts.

VOLUNTEER 100 RAINED OUT: Because of rain Friday and forecast for more rain Saturday, Volunteer Speedway in Bulls Gap, Tenn., postponed the $10,000-to-win Volunteer 100. The two-day event will be rescheduled. Among the 24 late models in the pits Friday were Ronnie Johnson, Freddy Smith, Donnie Moran, Dale McDowell, Ray Cook and Booper Bare.

KENNY SIMPSON MEMORIAL RAINED OUT: Brownstown (Ind.) Speedway was forced to postpone the $6,000-to-win Kenny Simpson Memorial because of rain. The race will be rescheduled.

TYLER COUNTY'S ALL-AMERICAN 60 POSTPONED: The $3,000-to-win All American 60 at Tyler County Speedway in Middlebourne, W.Va., was postponed and rescheduled for Aug. 2. The track runs its $1,500-to-win Earl Hill Memorial on the first Saturday in June. ------------------------------------------------------------- SUNDAY'S RACE CAPSULE

ESSARY CAPS BIG WEEKEND WITH VICTORY AT MONETT: Leslie Essary of Crane, Mo., came from his fifth-row starting spot to pass Terry Phillips on the 41st of 50 laps for his second victory of the weekend in the Coca-Cola Missouri Dirt Track Championship at Monett Speedway. Essary collected $3,000 to complete a three-day stretch of two wins and one second-place finish. Essary beat Phillips back to the finish line on a caution and built a 15-length lead over the final nine laps. Billy Moyer, driving the yellow Ed Petroff-owned No. 21, made the long trip from Wisconsin to finish fourth. FEATURE (50 laps): (1) Leslie Essary, (2) Terry Phillips, (3) Bill Street, (4) Billy Moyer, (5) Alan Vaughn, (6) Darrell Mooneyhan, (7) Terry Muskrat, (8) Johnny Virden, (9) Rex McCroskey, (10) Kelly Bremer, (11) Al Purkey, (12) Kenny Shelton Jr., (13) Steve Kosiski, (14) Mark Voigt, (15) Brandon Ball, (16) Jack Simmons, (17) Ken Essary, (18) Joe Conway, (19) Dusty Johnston, (20) Mike Harris, (21) Larry Jones, (22) Dale Harris. ------------------------------------------------------------- CAPSULES CREDITS: Barb Ricketts of Fairbury (Ill.) American Legion Speedway and Larry Olson <lwolson@mtnhome.com>. -------------------------------------------------------------

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