March 27, 2003

What if?

by Chris Feeney

What if I was voiceless? A bad case of strep throat has kept me from talking much as our wonderful nation has gone to war, but I still have the power of the pen, and believe me I'm going to run out of ink before this tirade is complete. Boy am I mad, and at a lot of folks. You don't know how painful it was for me to watch Fox News or whatever 24-hour TV news coverage of the war in Iraq. No matter how painful my throat was I could not keep from shouting at the morons that kept popping up from time to time.

I must express my displeasure with the media. I am grateful for the coverage and the availability of information and must agree that the imbedded news reporters traveling with our soldiers have been very effective in allowing the people of the world to really know what's going on. Unfortunately some of the more high-profile people in the media have put a terrible spin on the entire story in the last couple of days (Sunday and Monday). It's remarkable how the media virtually as a whole has flipped nearly 180 degrees over this period after praising the war efforts to now questioning the tactics and publicly challenging our ultimate success. What war are these idiots watching? We have covered nearly 2/3's of Iraq over a period of five days. During this time we have been struck by tragedy with the loss of 20 soldiers. Every fatality is painful, distressing and obviously irreversible. Our thoughts and prayers go to their families and loved-ones. But, this is war, and with war comes casualties. On D-Day during World War II, 4,900 U.S. soldiers lost their lives. During Dessert Storm in 1991 approximately 300 soldiers were killed. Yes it is shocking to see these deaths and maybe the "ease" of the first few days caused a false sense of security.

It pains me to see the media jumping ship like a bunch of rats leaving a sinking boat. The only problem is that sound of rushing water was the U.S. military flushing the evil Iraqi regime down the toilet. It will be interesting to see how the bulk of these media floaters will try to get back on the boat.

I hope I didn't sound callous towards the service people that have made the ultimate sacrifice. I have nothing but respect and the highest regard for their dedication to preserving liberty and freedom in a part of the world that doesn't appreciate everything our great nation does for the world. That's why it hurts when I realize that it likely will get worse before it gets better. I fear the casualty numbers will rise in the next week or so. The biggest reason for this is that our nation is making every effort to avoid injury to the Iraqi civilians while trying to avoid damaging important pieces of infrastructure that the country will need to function once the war is over and we leave them to govern themselves free of the terror of Saddam Hussein.

If you can make peace with the casualty numbers then the media is hitting you over the head with reports that no mass parades of U.S. flags are being held by liberated Iraqi citizens? Once bitten, twice shy? These folks came out with open arms and welcomed our soldiers as liberators during Desert Storm in 1991. Then we left them hanging out to dry and Saddam came down on them with all of his villainous might punishing them. So can we really blame them for taking a wait-and-see approach right now? Let us get rid of the regime and then we will see the parades.

My final protests are for those in opposition of this war. I believe in the United States Constitution and while it pains me to see these "anti-war" protests I feel it is each citizens right to disagree. What boils my blood is the fact that these protests have gone beyond demonstrations and turned somewhat violent or at least unlawful. What this means, is that during a time of highest security concerns of terrorism our law enforcement officers are taken away from preserving our security and forced to babysit a bunch of idiots that seem to hate the USA more than they hate war. If you asked these mobs what they are protesting, I would expect maybe one out of 10 could give you a logical answer based on accurate information. But the majority seems misinformed or only appears interested in trashing their homeland. To them I suggest a short little trip to the Middle East. I suspect there is plenty of available housing in Baghdad.

If they aren't willing to put their money where their mouth is then give France, Germany, Russia or China a shot. These folks are also against the war. They have nearly as viable arguments as the bulk of the protesters. It seems like Russia and China have been shipping military hardware to Iraq. Russia even services what it sells, sending installers to Baghdad as late as Friday to help prepare the GPS jamming equipment to help thwart our smart bombs. France is already trying to wiggle back in and get their fingers on the oil contracts and Turkey, which refused our troops access to their borders now is trying to sneak in and steal a chunk of north Iraq.

All of this makes me very angry - as you can tell if you made it through this novel. Of course if you support the spineless "allies", the law breaking protestors, or the disaster prophet reporters, then you'll probably be mad at this media.

Weed Eating the Road to Innovation

Members of the Memphis MoDOT maintenance team were honored for this tractor-mounted weed eater innovation helping to streamline roadside trimming.

Members of the Memphis MoDOT maintenance team were honored for this tractor-mounted weed eater innovation helping to streamline roadside trimming.

Memphis MoDOT maintenance team brings home two awards for weed eating upgrade.

HANNIBAL – Every year, teams of Missouri Department of Transportation employees submit entries for the Innovations Challenge competition.

“This is an opportunity for MoDOT employees to bring innovations dedicated toward best practices and being the best value to customers,” explained Amy Crawford, MoDOT’s Northeast District Innovations coordinator and area engineer.

This year the Northeast District had several qualifying entries competing in the showcase and one innovation that brought home two statewide awards – the tractor mounted weed eater, borne in the Memphis maintenance facility.

Shannon Partin, Todd Greenstreet, and Richard Hyde, of the Memphis maintenance facility, and mechanics Robey Farr, Cyle Jones and Payden McCarty, came up with the idea for the tractor-mounted weed eater due to how difficult it was to manually cut around post with the reflectors and the guard rail post with regular weed eaters.

“Our maintenance superintendent was looking for a way to make weed eating easier and faster around the delineators along U.S. 61, and he knew our crew would enjoy the challenge of creating a new product,” Hyde explained.  “This innovation allows us to easily attach heavy duty string to a tractor and closely cut brush and weeds around post with reflectors, guard rail post and cable rail,” he added.  It saves time, money, and cuts down on injuries that occur during regular weed eating such as sprained ankles, back pain and heat exhaustion. This weed eater only requires one operator in the tractor and one employee following behind in a vehicle verses an entire maintenance crew working on foot.

“The tractor-mounted weed eater was used last year to mow from the Iowa state line to St. Charles County on U.S. 61 in just two weeks,” said Richard Hyde, one of the Innovations Challenge winners.   Usually to complete this task in two weeks, it would take several employees from every maintenance facility along U.S. 61 between the Iowa border and the St. Charles County line weed eating.

There was a total of forty-one eligible district and division winners presenting at the Innovations Challenge showcase, and twenty entries competing in the Tool & Equipment Best Practices category.   The tractor-mounted weed eater won in the category of Tool & Equipment Best Practices Award, and also took home the People’s Choice Award, an award voted on by all showcase attendees.  “This innovation is a valuable asset in daily MoDOT operations, and it will be considered by all 174 maintenance facilities throughout the state,” Crawford concluded.

Scotland County Commission Meeting Minutes

Thursday, April 21, 2016

PLACE OF MEETING: Scotland County Courthouse Commission Chambers

The meeting was called to order at 8:30 a.m.

PRESENT WERE:  Presiding Commissioner, Duane Ebeling; Eastern District Commissioner, Danette Clatt; Western District Commissioner, David Wiggins; and County Clerk, Batina Dodge.

Commissioner Wiggins moved to approve the consent agenda; seconded by Presiding Commissioner Ebeling. Motion carried 3-0.

The minutes from April 20, 2016 were presented. Commissioner Clatt moved to approve the regular session minutes; seconded by Commissioner Wiggins. Motion carried 3-0.

Presiding Commission Ebeling reported he attended a pipeline safety meeting in Kahoka Wednesday evening.

The Commission reviewed and approved the 2016 Railroad and Utility Schedule 13s and Form 40 as presented by Batina Dodge, County Clerk.

At 9:30 a.m. Commissioner Wiggins moved to enter executive session pursuant to RSMo § 610.021(3).  The motion was seconded by Presiding Commissioner Ebeling, and carried 3-0.

Commissioner Wiggins moved to exit executive session at 9:36 a.m. The motion was seconded by Commissioner Clatt, and carried 3-0.

The Commission signed the new IV-D County Reimbursement Cooperative Agreement with the Missouri Department of Social Services, Family Support Division as presented by George Cramer.

Bids for bulk diesel fuel were opened and read as follows:

Prairieland FS, Inc. bid $1.891 base price on 2,160 gallons of #1 ULS dyed diesel fuel with Dieselex and $1.621 base price for 37,840 gallons of #2 ULS dyed diesel fuel with Dieselex.

MFA Oil Company presented a bid of $1.7306 base price per gallon of #2 ULSD premium boss dyed diesel fuel.

Commissioner Wiggins moved to accept the bid from FS as lowest and best. Motion seconded by Commissioner Clatt.  Motion carried 3-0.

Seeing no further business, Presiding Commissioner Ebeling adjourned the meeting at 12:00 p.m.

The Scotland County Commission adjourned to meet in regular session on Wednesday, April 27, 2016.


Friday, April 22, 2016

Commissioners Ebeling, Clatt, and Wiggins attended a Northeast Regional Commissioners meeting in Edina.  Speakers included Paula Gough, MoDOT District Engineer; Dick Burke, MAC Executive Director, and Ivan Schraeder, attorney.


Wednesday, April 27, 2016

PLACE OF MEETING: Scotland County Courthouse Commission Chambers

The meeting was called to order at 8:30 a.m.

PRESENT WERE:  Presiding Commissioner, Duane Ebeling; Eastern District Commissioner, Danette Clatt; Western District Commissioner, David Wiggins; and County Clerk, Batina Dodge.

Commissioner Wiggins moved to approve the consent agenda; seconded by Presiding Commissioner Ebeling. Motion carried 3-0.

The minutes from April 21, 2016 were presented. Commissioner Clatt moved to approve the regular and executive session minutes; seconded by Commissioner Wiggins. Motion carried 3-0.

The Commission issued a letter of support to the City of Memphis for a recycling grant application being submitted to the Northeast Solid Waste Management District.

Ryan Clark, Road and Bridge Supervisor, discussed current projects with the Commission.

Seeing no further business, Presiding Commissioner Ebeling adjourned the meeting at 12:00 p.m.

The Scotland County Commission adjourned to meet in regular session on Thursday, April 28, 2016

Shocking Hunt

No matter how long you’ve been doing something, there is always a first. This truth goes for turkey hunting and it goes for me.  Let me explain. I had decided at the last minute to go hunting that morning. I was about thirty minutes late but was still able to arrive before the hens flew off the roast. My lateness however, made me guess as to where the turkeys might be. I guessed wrong.

After about forty-five minutes of calling and listening, I decided to move around the farm to see if I could entice a gobble from a listening tom. Finally after another forty-five minutes, I heard one in the distance. He was over two ridges and there was a lot of thick stuff between him and me. He was actually on the next farm over and probably making his way to a popular field. The decision I had to make was to either walk and climb directly toward the sound or to back off, drive my SUV around to the other farm, and try to get set up on him from there. I decided on the latter.

The whole process took probably about thirty minutes. When I pulled in at the other farm the owner was there working. I stopped and talked for a few minutes and then eased out to the location where I was hoping to run into my gobbler.  The field that I was working was about five acres. It was fenced in with barbed wire but there was a small section (about two acres) that was fenced in again with one strand of barbed wire that had been electrified. The electric fence was to keep a young group of heifers from wandering too far off. Since the electric fence was only about two feet high, I had no problem in stepping over it to get where I was going. When I finally made it to the end of the field I proceeded to make some really loud calls with my box call. After a few aggressive calls, the tom gave up his location. He was just below me in the hollow. I quickly set up two decoys and stepped across the electric fence at a corner where the electric fence and the main fence came together. I sat down with my back to a small tree that had grown up in the fence but after extending my gun, I was dangerously close to the electric one. I had no choice but to sit tight. I made one more call and sure enough, that turkey that was once down in the hollow was now on the edge of my field. But since the hill rolled slightly, I couldn’t see him yet.

I eased my gun and propped it up on my knee. My eyes gazed back and forth, looking for a fan or a head, or something. But there was no sign yet. And then it happened. I tried to make a slight adjustment in my position and when I did my gun touched the electric wire! It started in my left arm and immediately shot through my right foot. I jumped, jerked, kicked the small tree like a mule, and after my self-administered defibrillation, I never heard or seen my bird again. I hope that experience is not only my first but my last. My heart won’t take it again.

Gary Miller

Outdoor Truths Ministries

Thomas Jefferson

Thomas Jefferson, born April 13, 1743, was an American Founding Father who was the principal author of the Declaration of Independence (1776). He was elected the second Vice President of the United States (1797) serving under John Adams and in 1800 was elected our third President.  He was a proponent of democracy and individual rights, which motivated American colonists to break from Great Britain and form a new nation. He produced formative documents and decisions at both the state  and national level. Primarily  of English ancestry, Jefferson was born and educated in Virginia. He graduated  from the College of William and Mary and practiced law. During the American Revolution, he represented Virginia in the Continental Congress that adopted the Declaration, drafted the law for religious freedom as a Virginia legislator, and served as a wartime governor. He became the United States Minister to France in May 1778, and was the nation’s first Secretary of State in  1790 under President George Washington. Jefferson and James Madison organized the Democratic-Republican Party to                oppose the Federalist party during the formation of the First Party System. With Madison, he anonymously wrote the Kentucky and Virginia Resolutions in 1798-1799, which sought to embolden states’ rights in opposition to the national government by nullifying the Alien and Sedition Acts. He was a skilled writer and was the author of “Notes on the State of Virginia” (1785). It is considered the most important American book published before 1800. He married Martha Wayles Skelton whose marriage produced six children but only two daughters survived to adulthood. Thomas Jefferson died July 4, 1826 at the age of 83.

From Jauflione Chapter, National Society Daughters of the American Revolution

Maybe We Could Break Away From Being The Way We Are

I know.  I know that is a rather strange, maybe obscure, title.  It isn’t exactly how I think it should be; but the thread is.  I wish to address those of us who go through our days as if we give them little thought as to how they might advance from dull routine to incredible adventure.

This isn’t all there is.  Life is popping with unpopped kernels of exploration as well as potential.  Yet, we sub or unconsciously settle for less; fewer dreams, smaller hopes. We seem to give up while proceeding onward.

But maybe we could break away from the “going nowhere” indifference that really brings very little satisfaction.  Just maybe we could break into a dream-like world where the fabulous happens and the impossible becomes possible.  After all, that is the walk and the talk of Jesus.

Have you accepted the fact that life to this point is all there is?  Do you believe that it is quite acceptable to love those who love you and hate those who hate you as if nothing can change the latter?  Are you convinced that the “beyond imagination” passage of Ephesians three is broken and, therefore, the way it is…. is the way it will always be?

Have you lost hope? Wonder? Enthusiasm?

I think many have.  I believe mankind-at-large either never knew or else has forgotten to reach for the stars because the wonder of God is out there.

We see others do it.  Why can’t we?  This activity of great hope is as close as flipping the Off switch in our hearts to On.  I witness some stuck in bitterness.  Their days are full of negativity and sarcasm.  Blame is the constant name of their game. But such is glaring error.

We are within a given heartbeat to rethink.  We can rethink our “doom and gloom” attitude by believing that what isn’t yet can become.  This isn’t for some. It is for everyone.

Maybe we could break away from being the way we are?  Well, if the way we are is grumpy, grouchy, and gruntled (as in dis), then a new life awaits.  It doesn’t linger when or if others change… ever.

A renovated experience of being blessed presents itself in immediate possibility by you and me simply believing those rough and negative situations will change once we accept responsibility to take a personal step forward by seeing raw hope in every situation.  Our happiness is never dependent upon the behavior of another.  It is clearly dependent upon how we choose to manage our interior thoughts.

Scotland County Hospital Admissions & Dismissals

Scotland County Hospital in Memphis recorded 20 admissions and 18 dismissals from April 4 – May 1, 2016.

ADMISSIONS: 4/4/16 – Arleta Miller, Lancaster 4/6/16 – Stacy Sapp, Memphis 4/7/16 – Jensen Hayes Burkholder, Downing 4/19/16 – Beverly Dieterich, Arbela; Roy Watson, Memphis 4/20/16 – Emmett Phillips, Memphis 4/21/16 –  Leslie Downing, Memphis; Gary Boatman, Arbela 4/22/16 -CaliRae Marie Buckallew, Memphis; Anna Buckallew, Memphis

DISMISSALS: 4/6/16 – Arleta Miller, Lancaster; 4/7/16 – Stacy Sapp, Memphis; Morris Walker, Memphis 4/8/16 – Jensen Hayes Burkholder, Downing 4/18/16 – Donna Meeks, Memphis 4/21/16 – Roy Watson, Memphis 4/23/16 – Gary Boatman, Arbela; Leslie Downing, Arbela 4/25/16 – Anna Buckallew, Memphis; CaliRae Buckallew, Memphis

Red Cross to Host Memorial Blood Drive

blood drive

The American Red Cross is joining Team Stryker and the family of Stryker Anderson in honoring Stryker’s brief life with a blood drive in his memory. Donors will have the opportunity to remember Stryker and help other patients in need during the drive in Memphis, MO on Tuesday, May 10th from 12:15 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at First Baptist Church, 910 N. Weaver in Memphis.

Stryker was born with a rare chromosomal blood disorder. He was the first infant ever reported to have this blood disorder that only 66 adults in the world have ever had and thus required daily blood and platelet transfusions. These donations allowed Stryker more time with his family, but he eventually lost his life to total organ failure. Though her son’s life was cut tragically short, Stryker’s mother, Joni Anderson, focuses instead on the positive impact of blood donations. “If it weren’t for blood donors, we would have had to say goodbye before we were ready,” said Anderson.

The blood drive on May 10th will not only serve as a memorial to Stryker, but blood collected can also help patients currently in need. “There are more patients like Stryker who cannot make their own red cells or who are on life support,” said Anderson. “Blood is life support.”

This spring, the Red Cross and Team Stryker invite individuals to “Be Stryker Strong” by giving blood to help patients. The Red Cross must collect approximately 14,000 blood and platelet donations everyday to respond to patient emergencies, including accident and bum victims, heart surgery and organ transplant patients, and those receiving treatment for leukemia, cancer, or sickle cell disease.

To donate, simply download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit, or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1- 800-733-2767) to make an appointment or for more information. All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age (16 with parental consent in some states), weigh at least 110 pounds, and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.

Bash Trash with MDC and MoDOT Trash Bash!


Volunteer to clean up litter through May 15 and report efforts at

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo.  – Missourians from every corner of the state are asked to do spring cleaning outdoors and help fight litter through the state’s annual No MOre Trash! Bash, which runs through May 15. The Trash Bash is sponsored by the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) and Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) as part of their ongoing No MOre Trash! statewide, anti-litter campaign.

The annual Trash Bash encourages people to clean up litter across Missouri from roadsides, parks, neighborhoods, rivers, streams, trails, and other places. Trash Bash activities also include educational efforts in schools, community events, and Earth Day celebrations.

Each year, MoDOT spends about $6 million to remove litter from more than 385,000 acres of roadsides along 34,000 state highway miles. Annual volunteer efforts to pick up litter along Missouri highways are valued at $1 million.

Last year, more than 60,000 bags of litter and several truckloads of debris were picked up during the one-month Trash Bash. People also attended numerous educational events stressing the importance of not littering. Volunteers participated through Adopt-A-Highway and Stream Team litter cleanup events. Missouri Stream Team Program volunteers removed 581 tons of litter from waterways and dedicated over $1.8 million worth of volunteer time to litter removal statewide annually.

“Litter is a big problem because it’s unattractive, costly, and harmful to the environment,” said Stacy Armstrong, MoDOT No MOre Trash! coordinator. “If more people would keep their trash and properly dispose of it, or, better yet, recycle it, we would reduce the amount of litter we need to pick up in the first place.”

Littering isn’t just ugly, it also hurts wildlife and Missouri outdoors.

“Birds, fish, turtles, and other animals get tangled in litter, such as discarded plastic six-pack holders and plastic bags, and it can kill them,” said Conservation Department No MOre Trash! Coordinator Joe Jerek. “Litter can also poison wildlife and can cost a litterer up to $1,000 in fines and one year in jail.”

Jerek added that helium balloons released for social or celebratory reasons can also become a litter threat to fish and wildlife, which may consume or get tangled in the deflated balloons and ribbons.

Volunteers are needed across the state to participate in litter cleanup activities. Participants can report their cleanup efforts and will receive a thank you No MOre Trash! pin. For more information and to learn how to participate, visit or call 1-888-ASK-MODOT (1-888-275-6636). 

City of Memphis Marks Earth Day With Tree Plantings

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An estimated one billion or more people in 192 countries commemorated Earth Day on Friday, April 22nd, including the City of Memphis.

Superintendent Roy Monroe reported a pair of trees were planted in Johnson Park as part of the celebration that fosters environmental awareness while promoting such activities as community clean ups, and like this year, planting trees.

This year Earth Day Network focused on the urgent need to plant new trees and forests worldwide.

“Throughout the year, EDN sponsors and takes part in tree plantings across the US and worldwide,” said Kathleen Rogers, president of Earth Day Network. “But this year we are raising the stakes. As we begin the four year count down to Earth Day’s 50th anniversary in 2020, Earth Day Network is pledging to plant 7.8 billion trees worldwide – one for every person on Earth! That’s incredibly ambitious, but we believe this down-payment must be made in order to combat climate change and keep our most vulnerable eco-systems from facing extinction.”

Recognized as a Tree City USA by the National Arbor Day Foundation, Memphis continues to promote tree health and expansion of the tree inventory within city limits. The city offers free tress for planting on city right-of-ways on private property.

“The City of Memphis is again giving a tree to residents who will help with its survival,” said Monroe. “The trees will be planted by city employees on city right of ways.  Species will be determined by tree ordinance with consideration given to utilities at the location of the tree.”

For more information contact City Hall at 465-7285.

According to the US Census Bureau, trees play a key role in the national economy. More than 54,000 people are employed in forestry fields. More than 2.5 million homes nationwide are heated primarily by wood-burning, which is more than 2% of all housing.

Lucas Oil MLRA Late Models Help Kickoff 2016 Scotland County Speedway Season on May 7th

Billy Moyer, Jr., of Batesville, AR, took home the $5,000 top prize with a win at the last Lucas Oil MLRA Late Model race, April 17th at State Fair Speedway in Sedalia.

Billy Moyer, Jr., of Batesville, AR, took home the $5,000 top prize with a win at the last Lucas Oil MLRA Late Model race, April 17th at State Fair Speedway in Sedalia.

After losing a pair of spring shows to Mother Nature, Scotland County Speedway is hoping to kick off its 2016 schedule of special races with a bang on Saturday, May 7th when the Lucas Oil MLRA Late Models will travel to Memphis.

Modifieds have been added to the card courtesy of J & J AG, Jon and Jardin Fuller, for a show that will also feature Stock Cars, Sport Mods, and Sport Compacts.

Gates will open at 5:30, p.m. with hot laps at 6:45 p.m. and racing at 7:15 p.m.

Grandstand prices will be adults $20, students $10 and 6 & under free.  Pit pass will be $30.  Check out Scotland County Speedway on Facebook for more information.

The stop in Memphis on Saturday will cap off a three-day run across Iowa and Missouri. The MLRA late models will hit Donnellson, IA on May 5th for a $3,000 to win race at Lee County Speedway. The following night they will be chasing a similar purse at Davenport Speedway in Davenport, IA before arriving at Scotland County Speedway for another $3,000 race.

The circuit was last in action on Sunday afternoon, April 17th at the State Fair Speedway in Sedalia. A good field of 27 competitors signed in to run for the $5,000 top prize.

Justin Asplin led the field to green from the pole. An opening lap pileup caused a good deal of body damage to several cars. Once back underway only two additional quick yellows slowed the pace.

Billy Moyer Jr. ventured in from Batesville, Arkansas and was fast from hot laps. Jr. won his heat early in the day and rolled from third. He quickly took the lead and pushed on to his second win of the season and first with the Lucas Oil MLRA since 2012 in La Monte, Missouri.

“We had a heck of a car,” said Moyer Jr. following the feature. “I was just glad to win the thing.”

A 22-lap scamper to the checkers had cars racing all over the track. On a couple of occasions Moyer Jr. had to exercise patience to navigate lapped cars. Terry Phillips closed nearly to his bumper, but he was able to maneuver out of the close quarters.

The runner-up finish for Phillips is his best of the season. Moving from 11th, he made a lot happen in a relatively short amount of time. Phillips also captured the Casey’s General Stores Hard Charger of the Race award.

“I always love coming here,” commented Phillips “I miss this place. I’m glad somebody got it going again here. It was a pretty good race track for a daytime race. They did all they could to get it wet early. All in all it was a good night for us.”

Rolling off just one row ahead of Phillips, Rodney Sanders worked forward into third where he finished.

“It was pretty bottom dominant,” Sanders said. “We had a good car there just a little bit too tight. I can’t say enough about Jimmy (Mars) and the guys, they’ve been working hard. I felt like we had a pretty good weekend. Just got to improve a little bit, but I think we are getting in the right direction.”

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