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Robinson Outduels Gilpin for Schaeffer’s Oil MARS Triumph at Brownstown Speedway
By Michael Despain
BROWNSTOWN, INDIANA – April 13, 2019 – The Schaeffer’s Oil MARS Super Late Model Racing Series would return to action on Saturday evening at the historic Brownstown Speedway in Brownstown IN with $5,000 up for grabs and Kent Robinson of Bloomington, IN would take the victory at the ¼ mile Jackson County Fairgrounds dirt oval as he would best Devin Gilpin for the win in an event that saw five lead changes.
Robinson’s victory would be his second career Schaeffer’s Oil MARS Super Late Model Racing Series win and he would also become the third different winner in three races so far this season. The winning entry of Robinson would be his JB’s Salvage, JB’s Disposal Service, Jones Oil, Midwest Sheet Metal, Keyser Manufacturing, VP Racing Fuel sponsored #7r MB Customs Race Car powered by a Jay Dickens Race Engine.
Polesitter Devin Gilpin would take the lead entering turn one at the start of the event, however, third-place starting Kent Robinson would pull alongside Gilpin entering turn three and would have the top spot as the field completed lap one. Steve Casebolt would settle into the third spot, while seventh-place starting Justin Rattliff would have fourth by lap two, with Greg Johnson in fifth. The field would begin to settle in for the forty-lap contest when caution for a slowed Jared Bailey on the backchute would slow the action on lap seven. The restart would see Gilpin dive to the bottom in turn one and make a pass on Robinson for the lead, while Rattliff would challenge Casebolt for the third position and take the spot on lap nine. Robinson would close back in on Gilpin for the race lead and reclaim the top position on lap thirteen, only to have Gilpin go back around him for the top spot one circuit later on lap fourteen. The caution would fly on lap fifteen when Scott James slowed in turn four and would go to the work area and would return to action. The restart would see a four-car tangle on the frontchute that involved Steve Godsey, Larry Greer, Victor Lee, and Broc Burton, with Lee and Burton unable to continue. The restart would see Gilpin maintain the lead, with Robinson and Rattliff giving chase, while Chad Stapleton would pressure Casebolt for fourth and take the spot, only to have Casebolt retake fourth one tour later on lap sixteen. Robinson would again mount a charge on Gilpin for the lead and Robinson would take the top position again on lap eighteen. The action would be slowed again on lap twenty when Robby Hensley would slow at the entrance to turn three.
The attempted restart would see the final caution flag of the event wave when Steve Godsey would spin in turn two after clipping one of the infield tire barriers and his night would be done. The final restart would see some wild action as Robinson and Gilpin got a great restart, but the battle for third would get hotly contested as the quartet of Rattliff, Casebolt, Stapleton, and Greg Johnson would enter turn three four-wide for the spot, with Johnson coming out in third. Eleventh-place starter Dean Carpenter would also begin to roll up through the pack, as he would go to fifth on lap twenty-three and claim the fourth spot on lap twenty-five. Robinson would begin to pull away from Gilpin at this point in the event, while Carpenter continued his bottom-feeding charge by taking third from Johnson on lap twenty-nine. Robinson would start working slower traffic on lap thirty-two, but with five laps remaining, Gilpin would begin to close in on the leader. As the lead-pair exited turn two in the final laps, Gilpin would make a charge off the bottom of the turn to make a last-ditch effort for the win, but Robinson would hold on and take the win over Gilpin by 0.589 seconds. Carpenter would settle for third, Casebolt and Johnson completed the top five. The remainder of the top ten finishers would be Stapleton, Tanner English, James, Frank Heckenast, Jr., and Brad Barrow.
The Schaeffer’s Oil MARS Super Late Model Racing Series next events will be Friday May 10 at Farmer City Raceway in Farmer City, IL and Saturday May 11 at Fairbury’s American Legion Speedway in Fairbury, IL. Both events will pay $10,000 to win.
Further information on the Schaeffer’s Oil MARS Super Late Model Racing Series can be obtained by calling Promoter/Race Director Chris Tilley at (606) 219-1723 or by visiting the official website located at www.marsracingseries.com.
Official Summary of Results
Feature Results for Schaeffer’s Oil MARS Super Late Model Racing Series at Brownstown Speedway in Brownstown, IN on April 13, 2019
Time of Race: 28 minutes, 26 seconds
Provisional Starters: Jose Parga, Larry Greer
Heat One Finish (10 laps/top 4 transfer)- Devin Gilpin, Greg Johnson, Brad Barrow, Victor Lee, Larry Greer, Dusty Chapman, Scott Young, Robby Hensley
Heat Two Finish (10 laps/top 4 transfer)- Kent Robinson, Justin Rattliff, Dean Carpenter, Broc Burton, Steve Godsey, Jerry Denson, Brayton Laster
Heat Three Finish (10 laps/top 4 transfer)- Scott James, Chad Stapleton, Tanner English, Jared Bailey, David Seibers, Justin Shaw, Alan Magner
Heat Four Finish (10 laps/top 4 transfer)- Steve Casebolt, Frank Heckenast, Jr., Shelby Miles, Wes Leigh, Austin Burns, Jose Parga
B-Main One Finish (10 laps/top 2 transfer)- Steve Godsey, Robby Hensley, Larry Greer, Dusty Chapman, Scott Young, Brayton Laster (DNS-Jerry Denson)
B-Main Two Finish (10 laps/top 2 transfer)- David Seibers, Alan Magner, Austin Burns, Lee Williams, Jose Parga (DNS-Justin Shaw)
Schaeffer’s Oil MARS Super Late Model Racing Points (after 4/13/19)
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