Showah tops Litton for first SUPR victory
By Bryan WimberleySouthern United Professional Racing
GREENVILLE, Miss. (Sept. 2) — In a wild and crazy night at Greenville Speedway, track regular Doug Showah of Indianaola, Miss., came out on top Sunday for his first career victory on the Southern United Professional Racing tour.
Showah earned $2,500 after pulling away from two-time SUPR champ and points leader Rob Litton of Alexandria, La., in an intense battle in the final laps. Litton settled for second with Zach McMillan, Jim Bryant and Lee Patton rounding out the top five in front of a frenzied crowd. | Slideshow
The seventh-starting Showah took the lead just two laps after a multicar pileup took out leader and SUPR title contender Allen Tippen of Minden, La., on lap 25.
Tippen suffered an injury to his mouth and totaled his race car in a frontstretch wreck caused when lapped traffic became entangled with the leaders. Bo Gordon and Kyle Beard were among other cars caught up in the mess.
Showah, a Greenville fan favorite, marched out to a two-and-a-half second lead by lap 31, but Litton went back out front a few laps later when Showah made hard contact with the turn-two concrete wall.
The second-running Showah regained his momentum and began challenging the No. 6x of Litton, a car that suffered right-side damage in the lap-25 scramble.
Litton tried to keep his car in the low groove as the frontrunners battled in the 40-lapper. Showah rallied past Litton down the backstretch on lap 36 to go back ahead, and Litton couldn’t keep up in the final laps as eight of 21 starters were running at the finish.
Notes: Showah’s Victory Circle Chassis is sponsored by Creel Law Firm and Fratesi Grocery. ... Zach McMillan of Gladewater, Texas, finished third to increase his Rookie of the Year lead over teenage phenom Tyler Erb, who was ninth. ... Another rookie contender, Derek Perkins, has pulled out of the chase in selling his Late Model to Wide Open Motorsports and driver Chris Huckabay of Monroe, La. ... Drivers failing to make the feature lineup: Mike Palasini Jr., Chris Patton, Phil Sluder, Jeff Young. ... Ray Moore of Haughton, La., winner of three straight SUPR events heading to Greenville, was a no-show. ... The race was postponed 24 hours by rain. ... Litton unofficially holds a 109-point lead over Tippen heading to Sept. 8’s SUPR event at Lone Star Speedway in Kilgore, Texas.
SUPR at Greenville: (1) Doug Showah, (2) Rob Litton, (3) Zach McMillan, (4) Jim Bryant, (5) Lee Patton, (6) Tanner Kellick, (7) Mark Tice, (8) Robert Metz, (9) Tyler Erb, (10) Chris Huckabay, (11) Allen Tippen, (12) Bo Gordon, (13) Kyle Beard, (14) Clay Fisher, (15) Robbie Stuart, (16) Dewayne Estes, (17) Rick Duke Jr., (18) Christopher Showah, (19) Terry Shaw, (20) Richard Fedrick, (21) Stephen Chevallier. Scratched: Greg Fore. Heat race winners (among 26 cars): Tippen, Erb, Litton, Gordon. Consolation winner: Metz. Provisional starters: Stuart, C. Showah.