After a delay caused by stormy weather a few weeks prior, the Memorial Weekend Super Stock feature was finally a reality for 24 drivers and hundreds of fan on July 1 at the West Plains Speedway.
That reality settled in about 10 p.m. for Carmon Vincent of Moody, when he received a check for his $5,000 win.
"Incredible" was how most fans described the event and the race went 40 laps with a green, white and checkered flag. The caution-free race was a credit to the driving skills of the starters and they gave the crowd a show filled with three- and four-wide racing and a finish without compare.
The pole-setter, Peyton Taylor of Cave City, was a strong leader that looked unbeatable as the race progressed. Fellow Arkansas driver Kevin Salter of Batesville was a constant shadow for Taylor.
Nearly half the field was made up with Arkansas cars, along with one from Oklahoma, with the balance hailing from the Show-Me State.
By lap 5, the top five spread the distance from the balance of the field with Taylor leading, followed by Salter, Vincent, Jason Wilkey of Batesvile, and Jared Wagster of Braggadocio.
For the next two laps it was side-by-side racing for Salter and Vincent, with Vincent taking the second spot.
Eventually he would make the pass for sole possession of the second on lap 10.
Two more laps and Salter left the track, followed later by Joe Payne of Concord and Bobby Bryant of West Pains.
The back of the field saw change and by the 15th lap, Jeremy Russell of Jonesboro had passed to 14th, where he would ultimately finish.
On lap 21, Taylor broke into lap traffic which closed the gap by Vincent .
On lap 37 he had lapped eight cars and the gap opened for one-on-one action for Taylor and Vincent.
The final turn was a drag race with Carmon Vincent using the top groove for momentum and winning by mere inches for the prize.