Luck of the draw put Murray on the pole for Friday’s 12 car, 12 lap Fast Shafts All-Star Modified Invitational at Boone Speedway. He took advantage of the prime position to lead start to finish and pocket $1,000, plus another $600 in lap money.
Brad Pounds chased Murray every time around the track. Dave Hardesty, Keith White and Michael Smith rounded out the top five.
“The front row start didn’t hurt,” Murray said between victory lane photos. “After we got upside down in our heat race on Thursday the whole crew really pitched in to get the car ready for this race. Everything went right for us tonight.”
He’s the first three time All-Star winner, adding the 2010 trophy to hardware from 2004 and 2007. Murray was 10th in his only other All-Star appearance, last year.
“As hard as this week has been, winning this race for the third time feels as good as it did the first time we won it,” he said.
Friday’s Invitational was also a qualifying event for the 2011 All-Star ballot.
By vocal vote of the grandstand crowd, the starting formation was switched from six rows of two to four rows of three.
Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational – 1. David Murray Jr., Oberlin, Kan.; 2. Brad Pounds, Bakersfield, Calif.; 3. Dave Hardesty, Minneapolis, Kan.; 4. Keith White, Little River Academy, Texas; 5. Michael Smith, Arkport, N.Y.; 6. Jay Noteboom, Hinton; 7. Will Brack, Mead, Colo.; 8. Paul Stone, Winton, Calif.; 9. Todd Dart, Algona, Wis.; 10. Kevin Sustaire, Emory, Texas; 11. Chad Wernette, Sheridan, Mich.; 12. Matt Brack, Mead, Colo.
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