DRC King of Compact Night a Success at MRP

With lots of extra money on the line and the prestige of winning the King of Compact race, there were many cars on hand trying to claim the crown. At the start of the night, there were 33 total cars and 3 previous Kings on hand to do battle. Starting with 4 heat races at the beginning of the night the action would be tight and furious to not only make it into the feature but to place in the top two positions and qualify for the $200 winner take all Alsip Masonry Dash for Cash event prior to the A-main event. Heat #1 was won by Kyle Purdy of Maysville, Ky. In heat race #2 it was Lucas Jackson of North, Vernon Indiana taking the win from his seventh starting position showing he was a guy to be watched. In the third heat race, it was Mt Orab, Ohio’s Clyde Pack taking the checkered flag while Bradley Miller of Jeff, Ohio winning heat race #4. In the dash event, it was Lucas Jackson taking the win and the $200 bonus over Purdy, Austin Burton, and Miller. The last chance races were won by Ryan Eversole and Keegan Cox. The cars not transferring to the A-main event ran a Diamond Cut Lawn Care “Best of the Rest” race and it was Kevin Stamper winning that event. 

In the feature it was a 24-car starting field and Jackson would lead the first four laps and take the extra lap money provided to the lap leaders but it was Purdy who would make the pass stick and lead beginning on lap #5. The first caution would wave on lap 12 as Colin Green would get sideways and make contact with Matt Murrell sending the Sardinia, Ohio driver over onto his side for the second time this season. On the restart, it was again Purdy out front but past Kings Jerry Gibson III and Rex Smith Jr were the guys on the move as they went from their 13th and 15th starting positions to fifth and sixth on the restart. Once the white flag waved things got exciting as Jackson would make contact with Purdy in Turn #1 and take the lead as the two cars headed down the backstretch. As they came off of turn #4 Purdy repaid the contact and actually passed Jackson who would spin across the line in the second spot. In victory lane, it was Kyle Purdy being presented his crown by last year's King, Willie Butler. In addition to the $1,000 prize for first place and the jeweled crown, Purdy would take home over $300 in bonus money that the had also raised. Jackson would get the second spot followed by Miller, Burton, and Smith.

Story by: Mike Goins
Photo Credit: Steve Alcorn

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