Richlands Marine DJ Murphy earns first win at Goodyear All American Speedway

Marine veteran D.J. Murphy picked earned the first win in his racing career in the opening feature at Goodyear All American Speedway on Saturday.

Murphy, who lives in Richlands, made the long drive from New York after attending his younger brother’s wedding. Early in the race, he inherited the lead after mechanical gremlins sidelined the race’s fastest qualifier, Scotty Benford, and was able to hold off a fierce challenge from Eric Winslow, who would also be sidelined with mechanical problems, and eventually drove away from Derek Burleson and Carsyn Gillikin. 

“This feels amazing,” Murphy said. “It’s been a long 24 hours for me. I’ve been in the car for about 14 of the hours today. My little brother just got married last night. We drove all the way back down here from western New York to make this race. This one’s to little Mini Mark, to my kids, to my wife, to everybody’s that’s helped me along the way. Thank you to the fans, the spectators, to the fellow racers. Thank you.”

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