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Keith Craft Take 1st Win at home

Little Rock, Arkansas (September 15, 2001) – Keith Craft has made a name for himself first and foremost as the builder of winning motors, from the drag strip to the dirt track, Craft’s motors have been claiming victories, but there was one motor that hadn’t tasted victory until tonight and that is the motor that propelled Craft to his first ever O’Reilly SUPR victory at I-30 Speedway where Craft claimed the 2001 Arkansas State Championships.  Craft from nearby Arkadelphia, Arkansas has been closing in on a victory on the O’Reilly SUPR tour and tonight he finally was able to secure the win in his Express Boats/Keith Craft Racing Engines GRT.  After the race, Craft stated that it feels good to claim this first O’Reilly SUPR victory.  “I’ve been close a few times and it always seems like something would happen to me but tonight, I benefited from somebody else falling out.”

That somebody else, for the second night in a row was Kenny Merchant. Merchant was leading the race but when he dropped out with mechanical problems, Craft was able to seize the opportunity and he held off one of his engine customers, Marlon Wild to claim the win.  Odie Green continued to impress with another top 5 finish to solidify his hold on third place in the O’Reilly SUPR Championship standings.  Stormy Derryberry in his strongest showing to date with the O’Reilly SUPR Late Models finished just ahead of Jay Blair with Brady Adams, Jon Mitchell, Bobby Derryberry, Ryan Plaisance and Kenny Merchant rounding out the Top 10.

Blair’s 5th place finish coupled with David Ashley’s 18th place finish extended Blair’s lead in the 2001 O’Reilly SUPR Championship standings to 261 points with just 3 races remaining on the schedule.

Ryan Plaisance and Dave Siegert both returned to action tonight in borrowed racecars following a nasty wreck the night before at the O’Reilly SUPR Brown’s Trucking Southern 50 at Louisiana Motor Speedway. Plaisance borrowed a car from Tommy Surret while Dave Siegert utilized Eddie Taylor’s car.

24 O’Reilly SUPR Late Models were on hand.  Keith Craft, GRT Top Qualfier David Yarbrough, Odie Green and Kenny Merchant claimed the heat race victories while Curt Lipsey topped the Last Chance race.

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


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