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O'Reilly SUPR invades Queen City Speedway

Baton Rouge, Louisiana (July 17, 2001) – The O’Reilly SUPR Late Models will invade Queen City Speedway this Saturday night, July 21.  This is the first visit to the Meridian, Mississippi speed plant since the track adopted a spec motor package for its weekly racing program for 2001 and it will present an interesting test for the growth of the spec combination in Mississippi as the O’Reilly SUPR Series pioneered the use of a spec motor package in Dirt Late Model racing and will be bringing a strong contingency of spec motored cars to compete against the local racers.  Spicing things up, the O’Reilly SUPR Late Model Series has agreed to limit tire selection to SUPR S-55 tires on the rear.  This rule will also be in effect next weekend when the O’Reilly SUPR Late Models visit Jackson Motor Speedway.

David Ashley from Zachary, Louisiana currently leads the O’Reilly SUPR Championship.  Ashley is the 1999 O’Reilly SUPR Champion and he has been battling back and forth with 2000 O’Reilly SUPR Champion Jay Blair for the lead in the 2001 Championship.  Ashley is expected to debut a new racecar this weekend, as he will begin driving a Larry Shaw chassis. This is a bold change for driver in the midst of a major battle for the series championship but a move that Ashley feels he has to make.  “We’re going to get a Shaw and a Rocket and we’re going to start out primarily with the Shaw car and see how it goes and then go from there.  I’m hoping this car does well and we do well with it.”  Ashley has been working to finalize a new partnership for his program and he’ll be receiving major assistance from Larry Shaw Race Cars.  Ashley sent his old car out in style with a solid second place finish at Pike County Speedway last Saturday night.

Jay Blair is looking to recover from a tough weekend at Pike County Speedway where he never got his racing program on track, fighting a carburetor problem in practice, and then a magneto failure in his heat race continued his woes.  Blair appeared to get on track with a solid run in the last chance race but an engine failure in the feature forced Blair to be the first driver to drop out of the feature and his lead in the Championship point standings went out with him.

Kenny Merchant, from Monroe, Louisiana comes into this race arguably the hottest driver in the State of Mississippi in the last few weeks, having recorded a runner-up finish in the Ival Cooper Memorial race at Jackson 2 weekends ago and then recording an impressive victory in the O’Reilly SUPR event at Pike County Speedway this past Saturday night.  He’ll look to continue that performance at Queen City Speedway this weekend.

Leading the charge for the home state fans will be Dennis Duncan of Terry and Rodney Wing of Meridian.  Both drivers currently lead the O’Reilly SUPR in victories this year as both have recorded three victories apiece.  Wing’s victories have all come in the early part of the season while Duncan has spread his throughout the season.  They’re both expected to be on hand gunning for number 4 this weekend.

Mike Boland and Scott Slay are also expected to be on hand this weekend.  Slay recorded a 7th place finish after running as high as 4th last weekend at Pike County Speedway and claimed the top prize in the Ival Cooper Memorial race the week before that at Jackson Motor Speedway.  Boland, has had even less luck, losing a motor during the hot laps at Pike County after having been disqualified for pitting at his trailer during the Ival Cooper Memorial.  He’ll being looking to get back on track at a racetrack that has been very good to Mike Boland in the past.

The O’Reilly SUPR Late Models will take to the track with heat races, last chance action and the feature event, a 50-lap affair paying $2500 to win $400 to start.  In addition to the O’Reilly SUPR Late Models, Queen City will host the IMCA Modifieds, Pro Street Stocks, Mini Stocks and Pure Street Stocks.  The action will get underway on Saturday night when the gates open at 4:00 p.m. and the racing starts at 7:00 p.m.  For further information call the Queen City Speedway offices at (601) 483-8941 or call the track on race day at (601) 485-0201.  For further information on the O’Reilly SUPR Late Models Series visit the official home of SUPR at www.suprracing.com or call (225) 275-040.

The O’Reilly SUPR Late Model Series would like to thank its corporate sponsors for 2001: Boland Performance, Hossier Tire Southwest, J&J Racing, Beckham Trailers, Keith Craft Racing Engines, Larry Shaw Race Cars, American Made Race Cars, GRT Race Cars, Ashley Brothers Race Cars, Clausen’s Racing, Bert Transmission, RCI, AFCO, Brodix, Schoenfeld, Late Model America, Marlee’s Embroidery, Warrior Race Cars, Lloyd Wild Jr. Logging, and B& K Underground.

O’Reilly SUPR Points as of July 14, 2001:
1. David Ashley 1987
2. Jay Blair 1969
3. Dave Siegert 1862
4. Dennis Duncan 1825
5. Odie Green 1792
6. Ryan Plaisance 1483
7. Bill Avant 1456
8. Kenny Merchant 1377
9. Rob Litton 1363
10. Terry Henson 1306
11. Lee Davis 1170
12. Marlon Wild 1141
13. Jon Mitchell 1127
14. Donald Watson 844
15. Bubba Mullins 786
16. Michael Coleman 714
17. Kennith Crowe 706
18. Mike Berry 618
19. Rodney Wing 570
20. Lonnie Covington 550

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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