Wheatland, Missouri – Saturday’s finale of the Lucas Oil MLRA Fall Nationals at Lucas Oil Speedway was a Jesse Stovall runaway. Starting on the outside pole, Stovall led every lap taking his first series win of the season and 21st overall.
“This car is really close,” commented Stovall from Andy’s Frozen Custard Victory Lane. “I’ve had a heck of a year since that flip. I can’t seem to put anything together. This is really satisfying to finally get it done. This series has been more than good to me.”
Billy Moyer moved forward and into second when he passed Austin Siebert. However, he never challenged Stovall for the top spot. Chad Simpson had a strong performance as well, finishing third. Both drivers started on the fourth row.
Four yellows slowed the pace of the feature, but none were for anything severe.
With the culmination of a season and the year long points battle, Terry Phillips was crowned the champion. It marks the fourth Lucas Oil MLRA title for Phillips and 10th Late Model title overall.
“It’s just a long grind,” said Phillips of all the ups and downs drivers go through in a season. “The car’s pretty good. When I get this place figured out, we’ll surely be better. It was a good year. I learned this racing deal from the best racer there’s ever been, my dad. I just try to make him proud everyday.”
Rodney Sanders came into the weekend with a punchers chance at securing the title, but ultimately settled with the Sunoco Rookie of the Year title. It was a tough weekend for Sanders, but he was always competitive and even won a series race in his first full-time Late Model season.
“It was definitely up and down,” said Sanders of his year. “We had some good runs and some bad runs. It was definitely a fun year. It’s definitely more work than a Modified for sure. It’s real humbling, you could win one night and run the same track the nex,t and don’t even make the A Main. You’ve just got to keep up with everything a lot more.
The final event of the season will be the annual post season banquet, with more details about it at later time.
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