JETMORE, KS. (MAY 1, 2011) Kansas native Al Purkey masterfully navigated through traffic to grab his first Lucas Oil MLRA win of the season at the Great American Dirt Track in Jetmore.

Tony Jackson Jr. grabbed the holeshot early and held onto it for the first 20 laps of the Sunflower State Showdown. It was no surprise considering that he won his heat race from the 5th starting position earlier in the series.

Unfortunate for Jackson, Purkey out-drove him on lap 21, took the lead and never gave it up throughout the remaining 29 laps. Late in the race, Jesse Stovall pulled the nose of his racecar to Purkey's door and attempted to get out in front, but no such luck. Stovall had to settle for second. Kyle Berck started and finished third, which was his best finish of the season thus far.

The win for Purkey marks his first since April 10, 2010 at Lucas Oil Speedway. Since debuting his new Larry Shaw Race Car last season at Lakeside Speedway, his worst finish has been 8th. This is the third $10,000 plus payday for Purkey in his career.

His Shaw Race Car was built by Purkey himself and is powered by a Hatfield Racing Engine receiving sponsorship support from VP Racing Fuels. This win for Purkey is his 48th in Lucas Oil history.

The 2nd Sunflower State Showdown at the Great American Dirt Track in Jetmore, Kansas attracted 47 super late models. The event was sanctioned by MARS, NCRA and CLMA in addition to the Lucas Oil MLRA.