Papich was all smiles in Cedar Creek Beef Jerky Victory lane, where he commented on the win by saying, “There was a hell of a lot of good racers here, I’m just speechless. A great group of fans, amazing drivers back there behind me and one of the best in the country (Pierce) and somehow I got around him and took it to the end.”
It appeared the key to victory for Papich was how well his car rotated around the low line of the speedway. “Down in one and two I could get in there and whoa it up and stay below the bumps, and he was kind of sliding through the bumps and it was upsetting his car. I just tried to stay disciplined and not spin the tires, it was awful slick out there. Tim Douglas has got this Longhorn chassis just rolling, and I’m looking forward to a great season ahead.”
Jackson Jr. scored his third top five and second podium finish on the week long MLRA swing, but still came up one spot shy of his ultimate goal, after nearly winning the same event one year ago before a mechanical failure ended his night. “We had a couple of good runs this week and we do have a good car. I just really wanted to win this race for all the fans, we were really let down last year,” commented Jackson Jr. “We put ourselves into position, we just couldn’t get it done.”
Alberson continued his strong start to the season with his second podium finish in the last four nights. “I really want to win another one of these big races,: said Alberson. “We missed it by just a little bit there, we were just a little too tight to be able to circle that bottom really really nice. Hats off to my crew, we had a fan blade go out in qualifying and they thrashed and got it back together, they are a super group of guys. They have been working their tails off and deserve a good run.”
The Lucas Oil MLRA will return to action with a return trip to the Hawkeye state on May 14th & 15th. The ¼ mile Davenport Speedway will again welcome racers on Friday night in a $3,000 bout, followed by Saturday nights $5,000 to win event on the historic ½ mile West Liberty Raceway.