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Michael Herrington continues to dominate O'Reilly SUPR Sprint Car Series



Baton Rouge, Louisiana (July 11, 2003) – While his nearest competitors struggled, Michael Herrington Jr. grabbed the 2003 O’Reilly SUPR Sprint Car Championship by the horns with his third victory of the season and second –in-a-row at Baton Rouge Raceway.  Herrington was the top qualifier for the event and survived a series of restarts to out duel fellow front row starter Shane Morgan for the lead.  Morgan tried his best to get by Herrington for the lead but the Prairieville, Louisiana pilot was unrelenting in his hold on the lead.  Herrington would go on to lead all 25 laps to take the win with Shane Morgan maintaining second place throughout the feature but it’s clear that Morgan is


And while Herrington was scoring his third victory of the season, defending O’Reilly SUPR Sprint Car Champ Butch David’s night was ending early as he spun on lap 13 and collected the cars of Harold Henderson, Bobby Ingram and Brandon Daniel.  Only Henderson was able to continue and he soldiered on to a 4th place finish which moved him back to third place in the 2003 point standings ahead of David.


Michael Dupuy recovered from a pair of early spin outs, the first on the start when he and Harold Henderson got together and again on lap 3, to finish in third place ahead of Harold Henderson and Terry Vidrine.  Billy Gunter returned to action and finished 6th ahead of Paul Gleber, the last car running at the checkers.  Darrell Hyde Herman Carrier and Steve Murphy all saw their nights end early in the feature while Tank Brashier was unable to make the call for the feature.


Michael Herrington, Jr. now leads the battle for the 2003 O’Reilly SUPR Sprint Car Championship by 118 points over Terry Vidrine with 8 of 18 events complete.


Official Results:

1.     Michael Herrington, Jr.

2.     Shane Morgan

3.     Michael Dupuy

4.     Harold Henderson

5.     Terry Vidrine

6.     Billy Gunter

7.     Paul Gleber

8.     Butch David

9.     Brandon Daniel

10.   Bobby Ingram

11.   Herman Carrier

12.   Steve Murphy

13.   Darrell Hyde

14.   Tank Brashier - dns

Bo Garig and James Harold shared the heat wins for pure stock. Garig jumped into the lead on the start of the pure stock special and led every lap and took the win. Eric McCallister worked his way up to finish second. 75 third, Melvin Beucker fourth and Marty Eglin fifth.

Jason Wilks took the early lead on the start of the street stock feature followed by Roger Flynn. Yellow flew when Shannon Graham broke an axel and lost a wheel, on the restart it was Wilks followed by Flynn to the checkered. Edmond took third. Wilks also took the heat win.

Davin Bates an Troy Cassano took the UMP heat wins. For a while it looked like it might be Cassano's first win till he bobbled and Roy Schnebelen took over the lead while Cassano fell back into an army of cars. Darron Carroll moved into second and then challenged Schnebelen lap after lap for the lead, but Schnebelen was able to hold Carroll back and make him finish second. Mark Hebert took third, and Scotty Covington and Jeff Martello ran wheel to wheel for fourth.

Bubba Shelton took both heat and feature wins in Yard Karts. Johnny and Johnny Whitehead took the cruiser win after Watts and Joiner had the early lead. Once the Whiteheads took the lead there was no looking back and they racked up another win.

James Ward took the heat and feature wins for late models. Ward and Bill Gordon ran wheel to wheel for the lead. Finally Ward go it. Gordon drifted back a couple spots. Kevin Watts moved to second, Jerry Bevis fourth and Bill Gordon finished fifth.
Story by: Sue DuRoy 


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