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Jay Blair Back in Championship Form

Kilgore, Texas (April 21, 2001) – The All-Star Graphics/Creel
Brothers/Parish Disposal team had an excellent season in 2000 with Jay
Blair wheeling the GRT to the 2000 O’Reilly SUPR Championship and yet
they felt that they had some unfinished business awaiting them in 2001.
Blair stated that he intended to win more racers when the opportunity
presented itself and more importantly, he wanted to win at Lone Star
Speedway. The track owned he a win. At least for one night consider it
mission accomplished.

Blair has always run strong at Lone Star. He appeared to be on his way
to a win in last year’s Armadillo Nationals, but a mid-race caution
allowed eventual winner Ricky Ingalls to get back by Blair. This time,
Blair left nothing to chance. “We been concentrating on our heat race
setup and we tried some new things tonight and they paid off.” They hard
work paid off in a front row starting position alongside GRT Top
Qualifier, Diamond Dave Siegert. Blair blasted into the lead from the
outside front row, just as he had in his heat race. Siegert stayed in
close pursuit in the Barthold Tire/Floor Rocket but unfortunately his
run of bad luck struck again as Diamond Dave slowed and dropped out with
motor trouble.

Taking up the challenge was an Ingalls, but not the Ingalls that you may
have expected. Hot on Blair’s trail was the senior-most member of the
Ingalls clan; Pappa Ray in the ABC Auto backed Lazy8. Ray, now in his
70’s, ran a solid race but was never able to challenge Blair for the
lead. Instead, Ray had to work to hold off Kenny Merchant and Rob
Litton to claim the runner-up position. Like Ray, neither Merchant nor
Litton where able to find many opportunities to pass and were forced to
settle for 3rd and 4th place respectively.

Jason Ingalls showed that he knows his way around Lone Star Speedway and
while passing was at premium in the feature, Jason was able to pass 13
cars en route to a top 5 finish. Jason’s performance was strong enough
to earn him the Lloyd Wild Jr. Logging Hard Charger award.

David Ashley finished sixth and was just able to maintain the slimmest
of leads over Jay Blair in the O’Reilly SUPR Championship point
standings. Ashley now leads Blair by 2 points in the point standings.
Sixth place finisher Bill Avant appeared closer to righting what to this
point has been a disappointing season with his first top 10 finish of
the year. Marlon Wild returned to SUPR competition after a few weeks
off tending to his family business to record another solid run finishing
7th. Terry Henson recorded his 3rd top 10 finish in as many O’Reilly
SUPR events with his 9th place finish while local favorite and part-time
IMCA Modified competitor Jimmy Ewing rounded out the top 10.

36 Late Models were on hand and 4 heat races were run. Jay Blair
claimed the opener with Jimmy Ewing snagging the second heat. Kenny
Merchant won the third heat while Ray Ingalls showed he still knows how
to win as he claimed the fourth heat. Michael Coleman and Jason Ingalls
grabbing the two Last Chance victories to help round the field into
shape.

Official Results:
1. Jay Blair
2. Ray Ingalls
3. Kenny Merchant
4. Rob Litton
5. Jason Ingalls
6. David Ashley
7. Bill Avant
8. Marlon Wild
9. Terry Henson
10. Jimmy Ewing
11. Bubba Mullins
12. Doug Ingalls
13. Odie Green
14. Dennis Duncan
15. Lonnie Covington
16. Mark Andrews
17. Ronny Adams
18. Kennith Crowe
19. Michael Coleman
20. Jon Mitchell
21. Ricky Ingalls
22. Brady Adams
23. Dave Siegert

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