Jon Mitchell was Flawless
Shreveport, Louisiana (March 17, 2001) - Jon Mitchell of Texarkana, Texas claimed his first ever OReilly SUPR Late Model feature as he staved off a late race challenge from Lee Davis at Boothill Speedway. Mitchell visited Boothill Speedway last Saturday night and claimed his first Late Model victory at the track and he obviously learned his lessons well as he was at or near the front all night long. Mitchell earned the GRT Top Qualifier award and started the race from the front row with his Kenneths High Performance/Pannell Motorsports/W&W Timber/J&J Racing GRT.
Mitchell was relieved to get that first OReilly SUPR win under his belt. It feels good; good to get that first win behind me. Last year we were close but getting that first win is tough. Mitchell felt that running at Boothill last week helped him be better prepared for this weeks race. We tried some different shocks and these Bilstein gas pressured shocks sure helped a bunch. Mitchell knew Lee Davis was closing in on him at the end of the race but his Kenneths High Performance motor was able pull away from Davis on the final restart.
Lee Davis made a strong late race charge to challenge Mitchell for the lead and appeared to have made the pass for the lead with late race caution negated the pass and Mitchell was able to hold on for the win. Davis actually led the race from lap 4 until he brought out the caution on lap 13 with a flat rear tire. Davis was able to duck into the pits for his crew to make the change but he restarted the race at the rear. It took Davis just 9 laps to move back into the Top 5 and in position for his final run to the front. Davis was sporting new colors as his traditional blue car was replaced by the white for Mitchell Logging GRT.
Mike Berry, in his debut with the OReilly SUPR Series recorded a solid third place in the Ray McCullough Motorsports GRT. Berry, a former Street Stock competitor at I-30 Speedway and Batesville, competed in his very first Late Model race just last week, but he appeared to be a veteran on the track as he battled for position. Berry was set to start 13th but moved up to 9th at the start as Kenny Merchant and Michael Coleman both opted to start from the rear. Berry moved into the Top 5 on lap 9 and remained in the front lead pack the remainder of the race.
Jay Blair appears to have overcome his early season difficulties as he recorded his second Top 5 finish in as many races as he finished right behind Berry in 4th. Blair, the defending OReilly SUPR Champion was caught up in a tangle in his heat race but recovered with a win in the lone Last Chance race. He steadily worked his way to the front to the eventual 4th place finish to follow up on Friday nights 3rd place finish at Baton Rouge Raceway.
Jody Prince earned the Lloyd Wild Jr. Logging Hard Charger award as he worked his way forward to finish 5th after starting 18th. Prince outdueled Jeff Chanler for 5th place passing Chanler on lap 36 in his J&J Racing GRT. Chanler finished 6th followed by Chad Dupont, current OReilly SUPR point leader Marlon Wild, Donald Watson and Odie Green rounded out the Top 10.
27 Late Models were on hand. Heat race victories went to David Ashley, Mitchell, Odie Green and Rob Litton.
Shawn Blees took a nasty tumble at the end of the Last Chance race as he battled with David Knight and Eric Courvillefor the final transfer spot. Blees rolled his car several times before landing upright. He was quickly out of the car and was okay. His car appeared to be a total loss. Blees was able to return to the track to compete in the Open Wheel Modified feature. Blees was named the B&K Underground Directional Boring Hard Luck award for his rough night.
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