Malchus tops USRA Modifieds in RPM Speedway opener
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February 23, 2013  |  by Darin Short & Don Cook

An excellent crowd was on hand for the season-opening event at the RPM Speedway.

CRANDALL, Texas -- Thank you to the fantastic crowd of fans, 126 race teams, track workers and sponsors that supported the $17,000 Grand Re-Opening Blowout at the new RPM Speedway in Crandall, Texas.

Although it was a cool evening, the track crew kept the racing at a non-stop pace all night; and fans were treated to a fun night at the speedway.

With a new owner and alot of improvements to the facility, the new season is off to a good start. Despite the cold weather, a large crowd was on hand to enjoy the races and there were over 125 race teams in the pits. It was a great way to start the new season.

In the USRA Modified feature, Bobby Malcus muscled his way to the front and pulled away from the field to take the $1,500 top prize. Wayne Melton was second, Cody Smith was third, Charlie Smith was fourth and Scotty Brown was fifth.

Some pictures of the event are posted at

Next up at RPM Speedway is the highly-anticipated Honeycutt Sand & Gravel USMTS Modified Nationals, coming Friday, March 15. Joining the touring Modified division will be Limited Modified, Street Stock and Factory Stock classes.

Adult tickets are just $17 with seniors/active military $15, kids 6-12 $5 and ages under 6 free with adult purchase.

Thanks again to all that joined us for the $17,000 Grand Re-Opening Blowout and we look forward to seeing you all again on Friday, March 15, when the nation's top modified drivers take on the stout field of RPM teams with the running of the Honeycutt Sand & Gravel USMTS Modified Nationals.

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American Racer USRA Weekly Racing Series
RPM Speedway, Crandall, Texas
Saturday, Feb. 23, 2013


Heat #1: 1. Steve McMackin #41m, 2. Benji Kirkpatrick #47, 3. Josh Landers #14, 4. Michael Needham #99, 5. Mickey Lassiter #34, 6. Jack Franklin #753, 7. Billy Burt #72u, 8. Brandon Houk #82, 9. Lonnie Coats #36.

Heat #2: 1. Charlie Smith #3c, 2. Wayne Melton #18m, 3. Scotty Brown #44, 4. Johnny Philpot #12J, 5. Elliot Davis #27D, 6. Steven Purcell #12, 7. Sal Hernandez #51, DNS - Doug Byrns #32.

Heat #3: 1. Bobby Ruffin #121, 2. Bobby Malchus #4m, 3. Cody Smith #18s, 4. Lee McCullough #202, 5. Jeff Turner #89, 6. Jack Sartain #47x, 7. Scooter Stephens #81s, DNS - Jason Sartain #0.

B Main (top 8 advance): 1. Mickey Lassiter #34, 2. Jack Franklin #753, 3. Jack Sartain #47x, 4. Brandon Houk #82, 5. Scooter Stephens #81s, 6. Steven Purcell #12, 7. Billy Burt #72u, 8. Elliott Davis #27D, 9. Jeff Turner #89, DNS - Sal Hernandez #51, Lonnie Coats #36, Doug Byrns #32, Jason Sartain #0.

A Main: 1. Bobby Malchus #4m, 2. Wayne Melton #18m, 3. Cody Smith #18s, 4. Charlie Smith #3c, 5. Scotty Brown #44, 6. Bobby Ruffin #121, 7. Josh Landers #14x, 8. Johnny Philpot #12J, 9. Mickey Lassiter #34, 10. Benji Kirkpatrick #47, 11. Lee McCullough #202, 12. Steven Purcell #12, 13. Billy Burt #72u, 14. Michael Needham #99, 15. Elliott Davis #27D, 16. Brandon Houk #82, 17. Jack Sartain #47x, 18. Scooter Stephens #81s, 19. Steve McMakin #41m, 20. Jack Franklin #753.

Lap Leaders: Charlie Smith 1, Malchus 2-20.

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