Race Recap: Morgan Bagley picks up Cow Patty at Old. No. 1

HARRISBURG, Arkansas (April 6, 2024) — Veteran Super Late Model star and Texas oval icon Morgan Bagley put in a stellar performance, winning the 40-lap Cow Patty A Main for Comp Cams Super Dirt Series (CCSDS) teams on Saturday night at the famed Old No. 1 Speedway. 

Dallas Everett (Sign-Tech Modifieds) and Josh Jones (Pure Stock) were also feature winners on a beautiful night for racing in northeast Arkansas. The Cow Patty feature wrapped up a weekend swing for CCSDS teams that saw Darren Fuqua score a win on Friday night at Poplar Bluff. 

Bagley, of Longview, Texas, started third on a 24-car grid, drove to the inside of BJ Robinson to take command at lap 23 and held off a hard-charging Matt Cooper to earn a $5,000 payday. Logan Martin crossed the stripe in second, while former series champion Jon Mitchell filled out the podium. 

Chandler Petty (Cabot, AR) and Steve Stultz (Peoria, AZ) finished fourth and fifth, respectively. 

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“That one did not come easy,” Bagley told series announcer Wes Gwaltney in Victory Lane. “We’ve had a good car, and things have been clicking for us. It’s funny, because the first handful of times I came here, I really struggled. And then, I followed Kyle Beard around a while and got a little better. 

“Since then, we’ve been very good here and I felt like tonight just might be our chance to win one. The track was very racy there early on; we could move around anywhere we needed to go. I knew we were going to encounter lapped traffic. I did not want that to spell my demise, and it all worked out for us.”

Martin was pleased with his efforts, and praised series mainstay Bagley on the long-overdue victory. 

“Escaping with a second-place finish is a good description for our night,” Martin said. “Hats off to Morgan and those guys; they work really hard and it’s great to see them pick up a win. On those last couple of laps, I saw it was getting dicey with the lapped traffic. 

“I backed off a little bit, just to give myself a little space in case something happened. I saw the 18 car (Matt Cooper) go up and off the top of Turn 3, and I was able to inherit the second position. It was a good night for our guys, we’ll be happy and take another second-place finish.” 

Mitchell, who started his year by destroying his Modified, was never far out of contention on Saturday.

“We’re getting this car better, now we just need some luck,” he explained after the run. “We’re showing good speed, but trying to be a little more consistent. We’d like to move up in these point standings a little bit if we could. 

“I don’t think we had anything for Morgan tonight, we might have run second but I got held up a little in that lapped traffic. To come home third here, I’m happy with that. That’s a good run for us.” 

Finishing sixth through 10th in the Cow Patty A Main for CCSDS teams were Scott Crigler (who drove up from 20th on the grid), Cooper, Brandon Ball, Shane Stephens and Clayton Stuckey. Three cautions slowed the pace, all for minor incidents. This was Bagley’s first series win since September of 2022. 

Bagley’s margin of victory was a comfortable 2.396 seconds, as he had them all covered.  

With 33 Super Late Models on hand and only 24 spots available, teams battled to get into the Main. Petty, Bagley, BJ Robinson and Crigler won their respective qualifying Heats earlier in the evening, while Jarret Stuckey and Jeremy Russell won the two B Mains. 

Petty laid down a blistering lap of 13.845 seconds around the high-banked 1/4-mile oval in Time Trials. 

The annual Cow Patty event at Old No. 1 drew a respectable 60 entries among three classes. After all CCSDS teams went under the clock, officials cranked out eight Heats and two B Mains before hosting three exciting feature races. Old No. 1 Speedway was both well-prepared and racy on Saturday night. 

Up next for the Comp Cams Super Dirt Series teams is a visit to Riverside International Speedway in West Memphis, AR, on Sat., May 4, for another $5,000-to-win contest. May is busy for CCSDS teams, with stops at Batesville (May 10-11); Red Dirt Raceway (May 30) and Humboldt Speedway (May 31). 

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By Phil Whipple, Staff Writer