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Mike Marlar Victorious in NASRA Hugh “Junebug” Rowland Memorial at Ponderosa Speedway

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Junction City, KY-April 30, 2010- The National All Star Racing Association would visit Ponderosa Speedway on Friday evening for the 11th Annual Hugh “Junebug” Rowland Memorial and Mike Marlar of Winfield, TN would claim victory for the third time in his career in this race. Other feature winners for the night would include Jeremy Hines of Seymour, IN in Bob Allen Motor Mall Pro Late Models, Kelly Warren of Columbia, KY in Clayton Homes UMP Modifieds, and Gerald Haynes, Jr. of Somerset, KY in D&D Pallet Recyclers UMP Sportsman.

The start of the NASRA “Junebug” Memorial would see Mike Marlar take the race lead, with Brad Neat, Dustin Neat, Dustin Linville, and Eric Wells giving chase. Dustin Neat would take second on lap 2 before the caution waved one trip later when Michael Chilton spun in turn one, collecting Jeff Watson, Bobby Wolter, Jr., and Arnie Fields. Back underway, Marlar and Dustin Neat would battle for the race lead, with Eric Wells taking fourth from Linville on lap 6. Victor Lee would make his way into the top five on lap 14 as race leader Marlar would begin to work heavy traffic one circuit later. At the halfway mark, Marlar would still hold the lead, but Dustin Neat was beginning to slowly reel in the race leader, while Brad Neat, Wells, and Linville would battle for third through fifth. By lap 25, runner-up Dustin Neat had closed up on Marlar, with Lee working to the outside of Wells to take fourth on lap 27. Dustin Neat would close to Marlar’s rear bumper on lap 31 and was beginning to mount a charge for a pass for the lead, as Lee scooted by Brad Neat for third one lap later. But the battle for the lead would never materialize as caution flew on lap 35 as Dustin Linville sat pointed in the wrong direction in turn four, with Linville later black-flagged for making contact with another car during the caution period. The lap 35 restart would be waved off as a caution for debris again slowed the pace. The final five circuits would go caution free, with Marlar pulling away for the win in his Mulligan Plumbing/Wayne Bowen Racing Supply/Doors-N-More/G&R Hydraulics/Performance Battery/VP Fuels/Erson Cams/PBM/PPM/DWT Wheels sponsored #157 C.J. Rayburn Race Car, Estes Race Engines motored mount. Dustin Neat, 10th starting Lee, Brad Neat, and Wells would complete the top five. Tim Tungate would head up the second five, followed by Aaron Ridley, Justin Rattliff, Skylar Marlar, and Randy Weaver. In preliminary action, Wells was top qualifier among 35 entries at 13.908 seconds, with Dustin Neat, Mike Marlar, Brad Neat, and Linville winning the heats. The B-Mains were scored by Whitney McQueary and Bobby Wolter, Jr., with the fast time provisional going to Aaron Hatton, series provisionals going to David Webb and Dale Dillon, and Ernie Cordier was the track provisional.

The 20 lap Bob Allen Motor Mall Pro Late Model feature would see Jeremy Hines and Todd Coffman battle thoughout the early and mid-stages of the race before Hines would pull away a bit from Coffman in the waning laps of the event to claim the win aboard the Jack Rainey owned Lineal Contracting/White River Co-Op/Bedford Transport/THR Motorsports sponsored #49 MasterSbilt Race Car, GM604 powered ride on double track points night for the division. Coffman would claim second, followed by P.J. Feistritzer in third. John Mulligan would take fourth, with Billy Wooldridge scoring a fifth place finish. Completing the top ten would be Kevin Colston, Gary Yeager, Clarence Belcher, Todd Mingey, and Dusty Maybrier. In preliminary events, Hines would also be top qualifier among 15 entries at 14.447 seconds and would also win the dash, while Colston would garner top honors in the heat.

Kelly Warren and Josh Lucas would battle hard to the top spot in the Clayton Homes UMP Modified main event, with the duo’s extremely entertaining over the final 7 laps of the race, with Lucas and Warren trading the lead three times in the final three laps before would secure the top spot off of turn two on the final lap to score the victory in the Jeff Crawford and Kelly Warren owned T&B Drilling, Inc./Maximum Energy/J&K Auto/Spoon Oil Well Service/Burton Services/GBS Well Service/West Kentucky Well Service/Gilco Well Service/Warren Dictation/B&B Motorsports sponsored #0 Bandit Race Car, Dale Meers Race Engines powered unit. J.T. Ayers and Benji Lee would take second and third respectively, as Lucas would limp his mount home in fourth after suffering a flat right rear tire on the final lap, with Randy Turpin completing the top five. Rounding out the top ten were Kevin Nesselhauf, Steve Beck, Miguel Coffey, Kyle Schornick, and Tim Patrick. Lucas would be the top qualifier among 19 entries at 15.391 seconds, with Lee winning the dash, while heat race checkered flags fell to Jacoby Hines and Nesselhauf.

The 15 lap D&D Pallet Recyclers UMP Sportsman main event would be a highly entertaining affair as well as Rick King, Gerald Haynes, Jr. and Pat Hagan would all battle for and hold the race lead at some point throughout the race, with King and Haynes, Jr. trading the lead three times in the final two laps before Haynes, Jr. would make a turn two, last lap pass to pull off the victory in his Troy’s Roofing/Cornett Race Engines sponsored #27 Chevy Chevelle. King and Hagan would finish second and third, with Logan Preston fourth and Darrell Baker fifth. The remainder of the finishing order would be Donnie Sullivan, Robbie Settles, Stacy Satterfield, C.W. Murphy, and Bartley Grant, with Hagan taking the heat race win.

SUMMARY-Ponderosa Speedway-Junction City, KY-April 30, 2010

National All Star Racing Association Late Models (35 entries)
Top Qualifier- Eric Wells 13.908
Wayne Bowen Racing Supply Heat #1 (Top 4 Transfer)- Dustin Neat, Eric Wells, Jeff Watson, Steve Smith, Whitney McQueary, Buzz Williams, Daniel Hatcher, Chris Ruble, Ernie Cordier
Budda Bert Transmissions Sales and Service Heat #2 (Top 4 Transfer)- Mike Marlar, Skylar Marlar, Victor Lee, Mike Jewell, Derek Fisher, Steve Stollings, Keith Smith, Dylan Preston, Nick Claborn
Arizona Sport Shirts Heat #3 (Top 4 Transfer)- Brad Neat, Justin Rattliff, Aaron Ridley, Christian Rayburn, Bobby Wolter, Jr., Randy Weaver, Brandon Fouts, Aaron Matthews, Dale Dillon
Cruise with the Champions Heat #4 (Top 4 Transfer)- Dustin Linville, Tim Tungate, Michael Chilton, Arnie Fields, Brandon Hardgrove, Dwight Embree, Aaron Hatton, David Webb
Double H Race Fabrication B-Main #1 (Top 2 Transfer)- Whitney McQueary, Derek Fisher, Buzz Williams, Daniel Hatcher, Steve Stollings, Keith Smith, Chris Ruble, Nick Claborn, Ernie Cordier, Dylan Preston
Double H Race Fabrication B-Main #2 (Top 2 Transfer)- Bobby Wolter, Jr., Randy Weaver, Aaron Hatton, David Webb, Brandon Hardgrove, Brandon Fouts, Dale Dillon, Aaron Matthew, Dwight Engine
Fast Time Provisional- Aaron Hatton
Series Provisionals- David Webb and Dale Dillon
Track Provisional- Ernie Cordier
11th Annual Hugh “Junebug” Rowland Memorial A-Main- Mike Marlar, Dustin Neat, Victor Lee, Brad Neat, Eric Wells, Tim Tungate, Aaron Ridley, Justin Rattliff, Skylar Marlar, Randy Weaver, David Webb, Whitney McQueary, Derek Fisher, Chritian Rayburn, Dale Dillon, Aaron Hatton, Dustin Linville, Bobby Wolter, Jr., Ernie Cordier, Steve Smith, Michael Chilton, Jeff Watson, Arnie Fields

Bob Allen Motor Mall Pro Late Models (15 entries)
Top Qualifier- Jeremy Hines 14.447
Dash- Jeremy Hines, P.J. Feistritzer, Todd Coffman, Clarence Belcher, John Mulligan, Gary Yeager
Heat- Kevin Colston, Tim Taylory, Billy Wooldridge, Todd Mingey
Feature- Jeremy Hines, Todd Coffman, P.J. Feistritzer, John Mulligan, Billy Wooldridge, Kevin Colston, Gary Yeager, Clarence Belcher, Todd Mingey, Dusty Maybrier, Tim Taylor, Timmy Taylor, Jeff Johnson (DNS- Josh Hampton, Michael Wallin, Jr.)

Clayton Homes UMP Modifieds (19 entries)
Top Qualifier- Josh Lucas 15.391
Dash- Benji Lee, Kelly Warren, Josh Lucas, Don Adams, J.T. Ayers, Tommy Gregory
1st Heat- Jacoby Hines, Randy Turpin, Doodle Farris, Kyle Schornick
2nd Heat- Kevin Nesselhauf, Tim Patrck, Steve Beck, Gary Parks
Feature- Kelly Warren, J.T. Ayers, Benji Lee, Josh Lucas, Randy Turpin, Kevin Nesselhauf, Steve Beck, Miguel Coffey, Kyle Schornick, Tim Patrick, Doodle Farris, Chad Barrett, Don Adams, Brad Schlosser, Gary Parks, Randall Basham, Todd Noel, Tommy Gregory, Jacoby Hines

D&D Pallet Recyclers UMP Sportsman (10 entries)
Heat- Pat Hagan, Rick King, Donnie Sullivan, Robbie Settles
Feature- Gerald Haynes, Jr., Rick King, Pat Hagan, Logan Preston, Darrell Baker, Donnie Sullivan, Robbie Settles, Stacy Satterfield, C.W. Murphy, Bartley Grant

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