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Watson's Time Off Pays Off!

Kilgore, Texas (July 7, 2001) - Donald Watson led from flag to flag tonight to claim his first O'Reilly SUPR victory since 1996 at Lone Star Speedway. Watson, the founder of the O'Reilly SUPR Series and the 1993 Champion, was able to hold off a host of challengers including eventual runner-up Ricky Ingalls. Watson was driving the Baton Rouge Diesel/Baton Rouge Raceway/Austin Fire Equipment Chevrolet Monte Carlo Warrior powered by a Diamond David Burkhalter powerplant.

"This is one you could say you've won heads up. Some of the others I've won I might have won with people breaking and things like that. That's the best this car's been since I've had the car. It feels real good (to win)."

Watson credits his strong performance to time spent away from the racetrack. "This is the best I've probably been prepared all year long. I took off three weeks and I said I'm not going back racing till I feel like I've checked and did what I need to do to a race car. I've been just going through the motions all year long and you can't race with these cars, the competition you've got today doing that. You've got too many young fellas that are up on their game."

Ricky Ingalls, who is recovering from a knee operation, was driving Michael Coleman's back-up car for the second weekend in a row at Lone Star. Ricky was the GRT Top Qualifier as he passed 6 cars in finishing second to Watson in their heat race. In the feature, Ricky slipped back to 3rd on the start and held that spot until lap 16 when he moved by Coleman only to see Coleman go back by him on the next lap. Then on lap 26, Marlon Wild powered by both 5A cars with a low side pass in turn 3. Ingalls also moved by Coleman to maintain the 3rd position. The caution then waved as Jason Ingalls slowed.

Marlon Wild dropped out of the race at this point with a hurt motor but Rob Litton was ready to move up and begin his challenge for the lead. Litton passed Coleman just prior to the caution and then moved by Ricky on the restart. Litton then hounded Watson for several laps but Watson was able to draw clear whenever Litton would close in. Litton's challenge ended just 5 laps from the finish as his rear end came apart. Litton earned the B&K Underground Hard Luck award for his misfortune. Ricky Ingalls again moved to 2nd, this time holding the position to the finish but he was unable to draw any closer to Watson. "I just ain't got it tuned in yet. I really wasn't on the right tires I don't believe. Donald won it on 55's but it took too long for my front tires to get going. On a long run I could kinda start easing back in on them but I don't think I could have doing anything (with Watson)."

Lee Davis, who spent most of the evening hovering just outside the top 5, made a late charge to grab 3rd just ahead of the Lloyd Wild Jr. Logging Hard Charger, Dennis Duncan. Duncan passed 13 cars to grab 4th and earned an extra $250 bonus posted by C. Wrights' Machine Shop. Mark Andrews, Dave Siegert, Coleman, Ronnie Warman, Jon Mitchell and Butch Patton rounded out the top 10.

31 Late Models were on hand. Watson, Jay Blair, Coleman and Doug Ingalls claimed heat wins while the Majestic Metals teammates, Dennis Duncan and Larry Ritter, swept the Last Chance races. Jay Blair stretched his lead over David Ashley in the O'Reilly SUPR Championship point standings despite making contact with the outside wall in the feature. Ashley dropped out early with mechanical problems and now trails Blair by 75 points.

For further information regarding the 2001 O’Reilly SUPR Series contact Greg Holmes at 225-275-5040 or e-mail us at gholmes@suprracing.com.

 

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