Friday, August 5, 2016

Joe B. Miller Scores $5,000 Win at Terry Sprague Memorial

By Brian Walker – Maximum Dirt Marion, IL | July 31, 2016 – After years of close calls and heartbreaking losses at SIR’s premier headliners, Millersville, Missouri’s Joe B. Miller finally ended his rugged drought and dominated Saturday night’s feature at the Marion, Illinois 1/8th mile. With 86 entries signed-in for battle, Miller rolled out in the fifth spot for the main event and rocketed into the lead on lap six and never looked back as he marched through lap traffic and piloted his Hyper Racing, Speed Shack Performance, Advanced Racing Suspension No. 51B to a huge $5,000 victory in the ninth annual Terry Sprague Memorial presented by Prairie Farms! Reeling in 86 cars for Saturday night’s finale, SIR would implement a format with eight heat races, four qualifiers, a six-lap dash, a 12-lap LCQ and a 40-lap main event. Jimmy Miller, Tyler Robbins, Tyler Rust, Ayrton Gennetten, Austin Schaeffer, Frank Galusha, Josh Marcham and Chris Cobin earned heat race wins. Picking up victories in the 20-lap qualifiers would be JB Gilbert, Russ Gamester, Frank Galusha and Ayrton Gennetten. In the six-lap dash for Friday’s lock-in drivers, Tulsa, Oklahoma native Jeffrey Newell used the high side to power his Sawyer Chassis No. 1 around Jacob Patton for the lead as Newell earned the pole position for the main event. Patton, Matt Howard, Todd Kirkman, Joe B. Miller and James Morris followed him to the line. In the 12-lap LCQ, it was the “Kokomo Komet” Brandon Rose who picked up the win and transferred to the feature with Ayrton Olsen, Tyler Rust, Jake Moore, Nathan Benson and Boston Mead. As driver introductions concluded, the command to start engines was given and the four-wide salute was cheered on by a standing-room only crowd, the 24 main event starters prepared for an all-out battle as Jeffrey Newell and Jacob Patton brought the field to the green flag, Newell jumped out to the early lead and led the opening lap, but it was Lawrence, Kansas native Matt Howard in his Pace Chassis No. 8H who moved from third and charged into the lead on lap two. During the only restart of the race on lap five, Howard led a new second place competitor of Joe B. Miller to the green. Wheeling his Hyper X6, Miller immediately pressured Howard for the top spot and on lap six he would use a beautiful diamond-move off of turn four to storm past Howard and into the lead. From there Miller would only extend his lead lap-by-lap as he worked up to a straightaway advantage when he hit lap traffic at the halfway mark. While Miller had his hands full in thick lap traffic, his competitors were busy fighting each other for the second spot as Howard, Patton, Kirkman and Newell battled mightily for the runner-up position. Despite several close calls in lap traffic, Joe B. Miller continued to expand his lead and ultimately brought his Hyper Racing, Speed Shack Performance No. 51B to the checkered flag on lap 40 as he dominated the $5,000 to win Terry Sprague Memorial at SIR! An exciting victory for the Millersville, Missouri resident that finally snapped a tough four-year skid of heartbreak at SIR’s High Banks Hustle and TSM. Jacob Patton worked his BOSS Chassis No. 79 back to the front for a second place finish, Matt Howard capped off an impressive weekend with a third place finish, Todd Kirkman earned another TSM top five with a fourth place run and Oklahoma’s Jeffrey Newell fought through a setup mishap to round out the top five in his SIR debut. JB Gilbert of Charleston, Illinois, Frank Galusha in his Stallard SST No. 12, Russ Gamester of Gamester Racing Products, Cole Bodine in his Concept Chassis No. 57 and Chris Miller of Indiana closed out the top ten finishers. A-Main (40 laps): 1. Joe B. Miller (5), 2. Jacob Patton (2), 3. Matt Howard (3), 4. Todd Kirkman (4), 5. Jeffrey Newell (1), 6. JB Gilbert (7), 7. Frank Galusha (9), 8. Russ Gamester (8), 9. Cole Bodine (11), 10. Chris Miller (13), 11. James Morris (6), 12. Josh Marcham (12), 13. Chris Cobin (14), 14. Nate Lauderbaugh (16), 15. Boston Mead (24), 16. Ayrton Gennetten (10), 17. Nick Howard (17), 18. Ayrton Olsen (20), 19. Brandon Rose (19), 20. Stone Sharpe (18), 21. Matt Moore (15), 22. Tyler Rust (21), 23. Jake Moore (22), 24. Nathan Benson (23). Lap Leader(s): Newell 1, M. Howard 2-5, Miller 6-40. Hard Charger(s): Mead +9. Bwalks15 Rookie Rookie Posts: 45 Joined: Mon Jun 06, 2016 6:16 am Reputation point: 0 Give good reputation point to Bwalks15Give bad reputation point to Bwalks15