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Stanfill weekend makes for incredible racing at WPMS

Thursday, April 2, 2009

While fishing in the cold wasn't too good this past weekend, the racing was incredible.

The first three-day event at the West Plains Motor Speedway this season had the Don Gibson signature surface and typical early spring Ozark weather.

While you can't do anything about the weather, some of the racing fans that made the long trip from Minnesota thought it was quite pleasant.

The car count was down a little, but the quality was outstanding.

Local drivers stood out and showed that the local cars and drivers were improving.

On opening night, the WPMS 2008 Modified Champion, Shawn Walsh of Ash Flat took home the $1,000 first prize, while Brandon Ball of West Plains took one of his two second spots of the weekend.

The next night, Walsh lost his engine and Ball finished third to take the lead in the points race for the $1,000 dollar bonus.

The winner that night was Peyton Taylor of Cave City, who had engine trouble on Thursday night.

Lingering in the background in this bonus points chase was Warren Fender of Paragould.

A rain delay of about an hour was worth it in the big finale, as the track was the fastest of the weekend and racing continued to be three- and four-wide.

When the evening ended, Fender had dropped out, Taylor came from tailback to third, and Brandon Ball followed the winner, Jared Landers of Batesville, for 40 laps.

Jason Hughes of West Plains came from the back to finish fourth.

So, Ball got the big bonus and local cars showed very well in this event.

The next race at WPMS is April 4, and is the beginning of a new era, with the track bringing back late models for a weekly show.

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