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Belleville, IL (May 31, 2019) - Friday was a night of first for the Lucas Oil MLRA, as it marked their much anticipated inaugural visit to the Belle-Clair Speedway, which would in turn result in Michael Kloos coming away with his first win of the season and first ever with the MLRA Series.
McGrath, who came into the night second in the series standings, would use his top side mojo to lead the first two circuits before Moos #84 went to the point momentarily on lap three. Just one lap later McGrath took the top spot back by inches at the line and would hold onto the lead as the field continued under green. Not to be outdone, Moos shot back to the lead just four laps later and was able to enjoy a great side by side battle in his rear view between McGrath and Will Vaught until the first caution flew on lap 11.
As the field began to reach lapped traffic it would again bunch up the leaders with the top five all within striking distance of Moos. Kloos had patiently been working his way through the pack using the bottom side of the speedway, and with 14 laps to go he drove to the inside and took the top spot away from Moos. With Kloos now showing the way, lightning would strike Moos on the following lap when contact between he and third running Chad Zobrist would send Moos around in turn one and two and restarting at the rear.
The races final caution would wave with seven laps to go, but Kloos' Jansen Chevrolet sponsored Capital Chassis proved to be the dominate car once again cruising to a 1.608 second win and $3,000 pay day over Zobrist. In Lucas Oil MLRA Victory Lane Kloos said, "Hats off to my crew it's been a rough year, we've tore some stuff up and they just keep digging. I wouldn't be here without them and Gerstner and Sons Motorsports for letting me drive their car."
McGrath rebounded after dropping to seventh on the grid with thirteen to go to net his second 3rd place run of the year. Will Vaught stays atop the Midwest Sheet Metal point standings after coming home fourth while Greg Kimmons rounded out the top five to grab his career best MLRA finish.
Tomorrow night action slides back to the Show-Me state for the running of the "Showdown at the Lake" from the Lake Ozark Speedway just outside of Eldon, MO. This $3,000 to win event will be the only appearance of the year for the MLRA at Lake Ozark, where Will Vaught will look to continue his streak of three in a row on the banks of the 1/3-mile facility.
Belle-Clair Speedway Contingencies 5/31/19
Casey's General Stores Heat 2 (10 Laps): 1.Logan Martin 2.Will Vaught 3.Chad Zobrist 4.Joseph Gorby 5.Paul Roider 6.Jeremy Grady 7.Paul Stubber
Sunoco Race Fuels Heat 3 (10 Laps): 1.Jake Neal 2.Matt Bailey 3.Michael Kloos 4.Darren Kline 5.Charlie Cole 6.Rusty Grifffaw 7.Mike Hammerle
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