Jay Blair crowned as 2001 Champion
Baton Rouge, Louisiana (November 11, 2001) Jay Blair became the first driver in the 12-year history of the O'Reilly SUPR Late Model Series to repeat as champion. Blair battled all season long with 1999 Champion David Ashley before pulling away to a decisive victory in the last quarter of the season. With his eyes clearly focused on a asphalt career, Jay Blair officially announce his intentions for 2002 at the O'Reilly SUPR Banquet. BLair, who intends on competing with the USAR Hooter’s Cup Southern Division in 2002, recorded 3 victories in route to a decisive victory in O’Reilly SUPR Championships in 2001. Blair eased away from 1999 Champion David Ashley with a string of 8 top 10 finishes in 10 races including a pair of victories late in the season to clinch the title and the $10,000 winner’s share of the championship point fund. Blair built such a big lead during his late season charge that he was able to skip the final 2 races on the O’Reilly SUPR Championship schedule to begin to concentrate his efforts on the 2002 season.
Blair, know as the Angie Assassin, has left an impressive record behind in his 4 years of O’Reilly SUPR competition. Blair joined the Late Model ranks after a successful career in karting and IMCA Modified competition. After claiming the IMCA Clausen Racing Gulf Coast Championship in 1997, Blair moved up to the Late Model ranks and claimed the 1998 Behind the Wheel/Ashley Brothers rookie title and his first O’Reilly SUPR victory in just his first year in Late Model competition. Blair returned to the O’Reilly SUPR tour in 1999 and claimed the Arkansas State Championship at I-30 Speedway en route to a 4th place finish in the O’Reilly SUPR Championship standings. Blair’s 2000 campaign included 2 more victories, the Magnolia State Championship title at Pike County Speedway and more importantly, his first O’Reilly SUPR Championship. But Blair was not content on resting on his laurels and he was up to the task of defending his title in 2001.
The O’Reilly SUPR family wishes Jay Blair the best of luck in his new endeavors and we are proud to have Jay as our champion.
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