From that point a fierce battle for the lead ensued between Stovall and Chris Simpson, until an oil leak forced Stovall from contention and off the track early. Simpson lead the rest of the way, but he was not without challenges as Ryan Gustin nearly caught him late in lapped traffic.
Once Simpson cleared Jay Johnson, whom he put a lap down, it was just a matter of clicking off the remaining laps. The win is Simpson’s third of the year and largest in terms of purse money this season too.
“I just kept the car straight and tried not to bend it as much as Stovall was, up there on that cushion,” said Simpson in Andy’s Frozen Custard Victory Lane. “It’s been a long month. We’ve run good and we’ve won races and then we’ve run in the back. It was a complete different setup (tonight) than what we usually run. It’s cool to get $10,000 here tonight.”
Gustin had his work cut out for him after finishing fifth in his heat race.
“We’ll take it starting 14th,” commented Gustin of his move through the front half of the field, to the runner up position. “Chris did a good job, he’s been around this place a lot, so second to him here ain’t bad. Hopefully we can get one here tomorrow.”
New Waverly, Texas pilot Tyler Erb, dropped in following a busy weekend racing and ran well all evening. He completed the top three finishing positions.
Jason Rauen and Zeigler were fourth and fifth respectively.
With Stovall falling out of the feature early, Terry Phillips gained 14 championship points on him in the feature. When you factor heat race points in the equation, it was a net gain of 10 for Phillips Monday evening.
Tuesday night the tour rolls on to the West Liberty Raceway on the Muscatine County Fairgrounds. It’s the second of three Keith Simmons promoted tracks. $10,000 is once again up for grabs in another complete show.
Farley Speedway Contingencies 8/8/16
Hooker Harness “11th Place” – Brantlee Gotschall
Andy’s Frozen Custard Victory Lane – Chris Simpson
Fasttrack Photos – Chris Simpson
Crew Chief of the Race – Dillon Disterhoft
Casey’s General Stores “Hard Charger of the Race” – Ryan Gustin
Sunoco “Rookie of the Race” – Tad Pospisil
Real Racing Wheels – Tad Pospisil
Wehrs Machine – Spencer Diercks
DirtonDirt.com “Pole Award”- Mason Zeigler
Malvern Bank & Trust “Most Laps Led” – Chris Simpson
AR Bodies – Tony Jackson Jr
KRC – Jesse Stovall
RacingJunk.com “Hard Luck Award” – Jason Papich
Landrum Springs “Top Performer” – Ryan Gustin
Performance Bodies “Performer of the Race” – Chris Simpson
LucasOilRacing.TV A Feature (50 laps)
: 1. Chris Simpson 2. Ryan Gustin 3. Tyler Erb 4. Jason Rauen 5. Mason Zeigler 6. Tyler Bruening 7. Terry Phillips 8. Dave Eckrich 9. Joel Callahan 10. Spencer Diercks 11. Brantlee Gotschall 12. Jay Johnson 13. Justin Kay 14. Jesse Stovall 15. JC Wyman 16. Brent Larson 17. Mike Fryer 18. Tony Jackson Jr. 19. Jon Mitchell 20. Jason Papich 21. Tad Pospisil 22. Austin Siebert
Hoosier Racing Tires B Feature (12 Laps): 1. Brantlee Gotschall 2. Spencer Diercks 3. Joel Callahan 4. Mike Fryer 5. Austin Siebert 6. Jay Johnson 7. Paul Parker 8. Billy Moyer 9. Chad Simpson 10. Matt Furman 11. RC Witwell 12. Ray Guss Jr.
Bilstein Shocks Heat 1 (10 Laps): 1. Jason Papich 2. Mason Ziegler 3. Terry Phillips 4. Chris Simpson 5. Tony Jackson Jr. 6. Jon Mitchell 7. Austin Siebert 8. Billy Moyer 9. Chad Simpson 10. Ray Guss Jr.
Casey’s General Stores Heat 2 (10 Laps): 1. Jesse Stovall 2. Tyler Erb 3. Jason Rauen 4. Brent Larson 5. Ryan Gustin 6. Mike Fryer 7. Spencer Diercks 8. Joel Callahan 9. Matt Furman
Chix Gear Racewear Heat 3 (10 Laps): 1. Dave Eckrich 2. Justin Kay 3. JC Wyamn 4. Tyler Bruening 5. Tad Pospisil 6. Brantlee Gotschall 7. Jay Johnson 8. Paul Parker 9. RC Whitwell