Morgan Bagley’s first career Texas Motor Speedway Dirt Track win, Limited Modified division

FORT WORTH, Texas (March 9, 2014) -In front of his friends and family, Morgan Bagley surged to his first career Texas Motor Speedway Dirt Track win Saturday night at the Port-A-Cool Texas World Dirt Track Championship in the SUPR Late Model division. The Longview, Texas, native was the 2011 SUPR Series champion, but has since been racing in the World of Outlaws Late Model Division. Despite his strenuous travel schedule, Bagley has made it a habit of returning to the 0.4 mile dirt oval in hopes of getting a win in front of those closest to him.

“Our schedule involves so much traveling, they don’t get to see us race that often,” Bagley said. “My dad, he’s my best friend and got me into racing, but he might only get to see me race three times a year and this is one of them.

Port-A-Cool¨ Texas World Dirt Track Championship“It’s great to come back here and race in front of the people that support me and have helped me to get to where I’m at. Whenever I can go out and win, it makes things a lot sweeter.”

Port-A-Cool¨ Texas World Dirt Track ChampionshipBagley held the lead for most of the race after bumping the four-time SUPR Series champion Rob Litton (Alexandria, La.) out of his way on Lap 5. Bagley later would lose the lead to Chris Brown (Spring, TX) on Lap 12 before taking advantage of a restart following a caution on Lap 26.

Port-A-Cool¨ Texas World Dirt Track ChampionshipBrown, no stranger to winning at Texas with two Modified division championships, didn’t have what it took to hold off Bagley on the restart as Bagley appeared to shoot out of a cannon coming around Turn 2. Continuing to march through lapped traffic over the remaining 14 laps, Bagley held off Brown and the remaining competition for the victory.

Port-A-Cool¨ Texas World Dirt Track ChampionshipIn the Limited Modified division, Rodney Sanders of Happy, Texas, won his second Texas Motor Speedway Dirt Track championship in as many years, but his first in the Limited Modified division. Sanders took home the Modified division championship in 2013.

Port-A-Cool¨ Texas World Dirt Track ChampionshipIn what was a show of total domination, Sanders took the lead on Lap 3 using the high line of the track and never looked back. By the end of the 30-lap main event, second-place finisher

Port-A-Cool¨ Texas World Dirt Track ChampionshipSteve Whiteaker Jr., (Corpus Christi, Texas), a two-time Texas Motor Speedway Dirt Track champion, crossed the finish line a whopping 5.6 seconds behind Sanders.

Port-A-Cool¨ Texas World Dirt Track Championship“I felt like if I didn’t mess up and I hit my mark every time, we’d be in pretty good shape,” Sanders said. “I didn’t really know, but I was looking at the board and I knew (Steve) Whiteaker Jr. and (John) Whittington were both good runners. I didn’t know for sure where they were at and if I had a good lead or not so I was just trying to go as good as I could.”

Port-A-Cool¨ Texas World Dirt Track ChampionshipCade Dillard, a 22-year-old from Many, La., took home the Modified division championship in what was his first career win at the Texas Motor Speedway Dirt Track. After leading the field to the green flag with the pole position, Dillard quickly lost it to Sanders on the second lap. Sanders, who had just switched cars after winning his Limited Modified championship, appeared to be pulling away forhis second championship of the night. Unfortunately for Sanders, he got loose on Lap 10 running high in Turn 2 and allowed Dillard to regain the top spot. Despite a late surge from Jason Hughes (Watts, Okla.) and a caution on Lap 38, Dillard held on to win 40-lap main event.

“I rode behind (Rodney Sanders) for a couple of laps until I caught him in a mistake and was able to get around him,” Dillard said. “I got out there a ways and I tried to be a little more conservative and I thought we had it wrapped up and then the caution came out and I was like ‘that’s the last thing we need.’ So I just put (the car) up against the wall and held it to the floor for two laps.”

The three divisions fielded 216 entries over the two-day Port-A-Cool Texas World Dirt Track Championship.

A-MAIN RESULTS

SUPR LATE MODEL

MODIFIED

LIMITED MODIFIED

1. Morgan Bagley 1. Cade Dillard 1. Rodney Sanders
2. Chris Brown 2. Jason Hughes 2. Steve Whiteaker Jr.
3. Ryan Gustin 3. Rodney Sanders 3. John Whittington
4. Jon Mitchell 4. John Whittington 4. Dough Esterling
5. Rodney Sanders 5. Chris Brown 5. Travis Johnson
6. Jeff Chanler 6. Sean Jones 6. Triston Dycus
7. Rob Litton 7. Kelly Shyrock 7. Michael Daniels
8. Shane Hebert 8. Kyle Pleasant 8. Nick Clinkenbeard
9. Troy Taylor 9. Thomas Tillison Jr. 9. Garrett Higgins
10. Tommy Weder Jr. 10. David Winslett 10. Casey Bagwell
11. Ray Moore 11. Patrick Daniel 11. Tim Clonch
12. Robert Baker 12. Garrett Gregory 12. Shane Hoefling
13. Chad Comer 13. Dean Abbey 13. Fran Collins
14. Tyler Erb 14. Steve Whiteaker Jr. 14. Curtis Allen
15. Zachary McMillan 15. Austin Theiss 15. Kevin Simpson
16. Robbie Starnes 16. Terry Schultz 16. Keith McCoullugh
17. Patrick Daniel 17. Clyde Dunn Jr. 17. Talon Minten
18. Allen Tippen 18. Bobby Malchus 18. Newton Barta Jr.
19. Lee Davis 19. Kyle Sweeney 19. Derick Grigsby
20. Sean Jones 20. Dustin Hyde 20. Kevin Rutherford
21. Wendall Bolden 21. Troy Taylor 21. JC Howell
22. Anthony Burroughs 22. Wes Armstrong 22. Shane Hebert
  23. Jeff Honeycutt 23. Cade Dillard
  24. Kevin Rutherford 24. DennieGieber
    25. Bo Day
    26. J.J. Jennings