Marlar Wins From 22nd At Ponderosa

JUNCTION CITY, Ky. — On a night honoring one of his former sponsors, Mike Marlar pulled off an epic climb Friday at Ponderosa Speedway. When the race’s first caution fell for Shane Clanton on lap 25, Marlar had already gained 13 spots, and his rise to the top had only just begun. He only needed three laps to pass the first test, sliding Madden in turns three and four to take over third on lap 34. Marlar stayed there for 10 laps before a caution for debris on lap 44 set up the final stage of his climb. When the race resumed, Marlar used the same move to pass Sheppard as he did Madden, sliding his way to second with six laps to go. “Johnny Mulligan Plumbing was one of my sponsors,” Marlar said. He said he knew exactly what to do once he saw Pierce’s tire. “[Pierce] hit the yuke tire off of [turn] two,” Marlar said. But until he passed me, I wasn’t really sure how fast [Marlar] was.

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