Siegert Rolls Into Victory Lane!
Little Rock, Arkansas (June 15, 2001) – Diamond Dave Siegert knew he was close to his first O’Reilly SUPR win of the year. He led 47 laps at Southwest Arkansas Speedway last weekend only to have a broken front suspension end his night early. So when Siegert saw Kenny Merchant look to the outside in lap traffic on lap 15, Siegert pounced on the opportunity and shoot into the lead by staying on the bottom of the track, a lead he would not relinquish. Siegert led the Monroe Mafia to its 2nd win in as many races.
Siegert credits his recent return to the front of the pack on sticking to the basics with his Barthold Tires/Floorworks/ J&J Racing PTS powered Rocket. “We’re going more with what Rocket is telling us to do than what we think we should have been doing. It’s something we should have been doing a long time ago. In my opinion they’re building the best car out there and we just need to settle down and do the things we need to do.”
Kenny Merchant earned the GRT Top Qualifier award and started the feature from the pole position. Merchant grabbed the lead with Chad Dupont in close pursuit. Merchant set a quick early pace catching the tag end of the field by lap 8. He had lapped 7 cars by the time Siegert close in to challenge for the lead.
Once Siegert shot in to the lead, Merchant continued to battle for the lead but contact with an infield tire caused front suspension damage and Merchant was unable to find an opportunity to move back around Siegert.
Chad Dupont battle with Merchant early in the race before Siegert was able to move by him on lap 4. Dupont was unable to keep pace with the lead duo but he was still able to record a solid 3rd place finish. Jon Mitchell and Odie Green rounded out the Top 5. Jay Blair and David Ashley continued their fierce battle for the 2001 O’Reilly SUPR Championship. Blair gained a few points tonight as he finished in 6th place, one spot ahead of Ashley. Ashley did earn the Lloyd Wild Jr. Logging Hard Charger award as he passed 10 cars en route to his 7th place finish.
Bill Gordon, Lee Davis and Shane Harris closed out the Top 10 in the running order.
30 Late Models were on hand. Dave Siegert, Chad Dupont, Jon Mitchell and Bill Gordon claimed the heat race wins while David Ashley and Lee Davis claimed the Last Chance wins.
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