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Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Heads West

April 30th, 2017

BATAVIA, OH – The Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series will close out the month of April by visiting the Midwest for two thrilling events. The action will kick off on Friday, April 28th at Tri-City Speedway in Granite City, IL. On Saturday, April 29th, the Series will return to Macon Speedway in Macon, IL.

The Busch 50 at Tri-City Speedway will feature a complete program of: Miller Welders Time Trials, Heat Races, B-Mains, and the 50-lap, $10,000-to-win main event. In 2016, Scott Bloomquist took the lead on the 42nd circuit and pulled away to claim his second straight Busch 50 victory. Jonathan Davenport finished second, followed by: Dennis Erb Jr., Don O’Neal, and Tim McCreadie. The Open Wheel Modifieds will compete for $1,000-to-win on Friday, April 28th. The B-Modified division will also be in competition. For tickets and more information, visit: www.tricityspeedway.net.

The 4th Annual St. Louis U-Pic-A-Part 100 at Macon Speedway will cap off the weekend on Saturday, April 29th. The highly-anticipated event at the 1/5-mile bullring will include a complete program of: Miller Welders Time Trials, Heat Races, B-Mains, and the 100-lap, $12,000-to-win main event. In 2016, Bobby Pierce wrestled his No. 32 entry to Victory Lane after a grueling 100-laps with no power steering. Brandon Sheppard finished a close second, followed by: Earl Pearson Jr., Don O’Neal, and Darrell Lanigan. The Open Wheel Modifieds and B-Modifieds will also be in competition. For tickets and more information, visit: www.maconracing.com.

Kreitz takes Founders Cup

April 30th, 2017

In the 25-lap make-up 2016 RaceSaver Challenge for IMCA 305 sprint cars, Jeff Miller of Huntingdon became the first driver to repeat in the history of the event, dating back to its inception in 2012.

Polesitter Ken Duke Jr. would lead the first 11 laps of the 25-lap Keystone RaceSaver Challenge for 305 sprints before surrendering to Jeff Miller.

Miller started sixth in the main and followed Duke, Zach Newlin and Scott Ellerman for the first nine laps before beginning his march through the top three.

After getting around Ellerman for third with 15 laps to go, he made a sweeping two-car pass of Newlin and Duke to move into the lead with 13 laps to go and then checked out on the field for the victory, worth $1,000.

Following Miller across the line for second, 4.502 seconds behind, was Duke with Ellerman finishing third followed by Newlin and Kyle Ganoe.

Sixth through 10th went to Mark Watkins, Tim Tanner, Dave Brown Jr., Dave Grube and Dylan Shatzer.

Heats went to Ganoe, Tyler Reeser, Miller and Grube with Cale Reigle taking the consolation race.

Fast time was set by Miller with a lap of 17.840 seconds.

Kassidy Kreitz won the eight lap non-qualifiers Founder’s Cup race for the IMCA 305 sprints, earning a guaranteed starting spot in the upcoming 2017 RaceSaver Challenge in October. The Founders cup honors the founders of the series and allows teams that did not make the show to run for a full purse with the winner given a guaranteed starting spot if they are and remain exclusive to RaceSaver.

Blowers & Moudry Sweep Deer Creek Opener

April 29th, 2017

Spring Valley, MN–The 2017 race season kicked off in grand style at Deer Creek Speedway. It was a beautiful day and 115-cars and a great crowd turned out for a fine night of racing. Before the action got underway, the kids had an Easter egg hunt with over 1200 eggs up for grabs. The Easter bunny made a special appearance at the event and the children had a good time.

After the qualifying races it was time for the first main event of the season. The National Fleet Graphics WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds were on track for their 18-lap race. Garitt Wytaske led the 24-car pack early on in a caution filled affair. Dan Wheeler gave chase with Michael Wytaske third while fourth row starter Jason Vandekamp was on the move to fourth early on.

Wheeler challenged Wytaske up front through the yellows as Vandekamp was up to third on lap five. A couple of cautions kept things tight up front and Vandekamp would continue his assault to the front. Vandekamp got to second and then went after the lead. Robbie Franklin also entered the picture and got to the third spot.

Vandekamp took the lead on lap seven but Wytaske now had his hands full with Franklin for second. The fifth yellow flag showed up on lap 13 and that cut five laps off and set up a two lap dash to the finish. Vandekamp led the field to the checkered for his first Deer Creek feature win. Franklin got to second and Ryan Wetzstein slipped past Wytaske for third in the final lap. Wheeler would finish the race in the fifth position.

The Adams Graphics WISSOTA Street Stocks rolled out 22-cars strong for their 18-lap feature race. Right off the bat they were four wide up front and then three wide. Mike Blowers took the lead with Troy Voth and Danny Richards in tow. Richards drove up alongside Blowers for the lead on lap three with Kyle King now third.

Richards took the lead on the high side but Blowers kept him in his sights. Richards looked to take the win but his car erupted in smoke with a couple of laps left to end his run. Blowers then lead the final two laps to score his 30th career win at Deer Creek. King finished in second with Travis Krause third Kory Adams fourth and Noah Grinstead in the top five.

A huge field of 36-Dirt Doctor Trucking USRA B-Mods was pared down to a 26-car field to start their 18-lap main. Ben Moudry took the early lead trailed by Taylor Ausrud and Erik Kanz. Ausrud drifted high on a restart and Dustin Kruse had a slick move on the low side to steal the lead on lap three. Parker Hale battled Kanz for third and Dan Hovden entered the top five.

Kruse and Moudry had a super race up front as Kruse worked the low side and Moudry lit up the top side. They were close on lap 13 and then Moudry got the lead back on lap 15 before a late race yellow set up an exciting finish.

Moudry got a little too high in turn two and grazed the wall. That gave Kruse a shot and he stole the lead down the backstretch. Moudry regained his composure and reeled Kruse back in as the end of the race drew near. Moudry powered past on the top side and held on to the win by less than a car length over Kruse. Hale would finish third with Hovden in fourth and Kanz fifth.

Dan Nissalke would led the Brauer Roofing WISSOTA Super Stocks for all 20-laps for the win, but it was not easy. Jeff Brauer dogged him the entire way and they were door-to-door several times and made some contact while the battle raged on. This would allow Neil Eckhart and Tommy Richards to reel in the lead duo.

Nissalke would hold off Brauer to pick up the win in a good hard fought battle. Eckahrt would wind up in third after a stirring race with Richards in which they swapped the spot a couple of times. A.J. Hoff ran in the top five for the entire way and was scored fifth at the checkered flag.

The 25-lap NAPA Auto Care Centers USRA Modifieds closed out the night with a 25-lap main event. Jason Cummins drew the pole and that was it as he checked out. Cummins won in a run away and lapped up to the seventh place car at the checkered flag.

Jake Timm ran second until late in the race when tenth starter Lucas Schott took over on lap 20. By the time Schott got to second, Cummins was long gone. Timm would drive home in third with Steve Wetzstein and Josh Angst in the top five.

Balog Continues Dominance at Beaver Dam Raceway in Bumper to Bumper IRA competition

April 29th, 2017

With beautiful weather, 29 Bumper to Bumper Interstate Racing Association winged 410 sprint cars converged upon the Beaver Dam Raceway for the Jim Wipperfurth memorial. A stacked field of IRA regulars would face a challenging field of invading drivers including Parker Price-Miller, Craig Dollansky, Ryan Robinson and Joe B Miller. In Osborn and Sons qualifying the Duffy Fleet Service 79 driven by Blake Nimee was fastest over Robinson and Price-Miller who were 2nd and 3rd respectively. Hometown drivers Jeremy Schultz and Scotty Neitzel would round out the top 5.

Heat race 1 saw 2nd place starting Scott Uttech jump out to a lead which he would hold until the checkered flag fell. Behind Uttech, fast qualifier Nimee would work his way to 2nd. The top five would be rounded out by
Miller, Schultz and Kris Spitz.

Heat race 2, in similar fashion to heat one, would see the 2nd place starter, Mike Reinke, pick up the win followed by 4th starting Robinson. Matt Vandervere, Neitzel and Josh Walter would complete the top 5.
And just like deja vu, heat 3 would see the winner come from the 2nd starting position, this time it was Craig Dollansky winning over 4th starting Price-Miller. Ben Schmidt would finish 3rd over Bill Balog and Russel Borland, who finished 4th and 5th respectively.

With 18 cars locked into the 30 lap feature, the B main cars would hit the track to battle for the final 6 feature starting spots. When the checkered flag fell, series point leader Scotty Thiel was victorious over Steve Meyer and IRA rookie Ryan Bowers. Rusty Egan would finish 4th over Tim Haddy and the 6th and final transfer spot to the A main would be claimed by Trey Datweiler.

The 30 lap A main saw pole sitter Balog take the early lead. Neitzel and Price-Miller would quickly work into a battle for 2nd. Cautions on two occasions, first for Chris Dodd spinning in turn 1 and second for Schmidt spinning and collecting the 5j of Schultz, would bunch the field back up and give Neitzel and Price-Miller both shots at Balog but neither were successful in their attempts. The podium would consist of Balog who led all 30 laps, followed by Neitzel and Price-Miller. Robinson driving the potent Keith Kunz car and Miller would round out the top 5.

2nd Annual Randy Buss Ice Breaker Classic

April 29th, 2017

Menomonie, Wisconsin –The Red Cedar Speedway presented the 2nd Annual Randy Buss Ice Breaker Classic as Accurate Construction, T&T Construction, and Sport Rider of Altoona sponsored the WISSOTA Poly Dome Dirt Track Series sanctioned Midwest Modifieds, Super Stocks, Modifieds, and Late Models who were all in action seeking an increased payout at the window.

Randy Buss was an instrumental figure in multiple aspects at the Red Cedar Speedway beginning as a child when his parents were very involved at the track. Randy was a car owner, pit man, volunteer, and board member throughout his adult lifetime. He also was a board member for WISSOTA itself and fought hard for the racers. He was inducted into the Red Cedar Speedway Hall of Fame in 2014, and passed away from cancer in 2015. His family is still involved greatly at the track. As I have stated before, Randy would be humbled, perhaps speechless in reference to his name and memory gracing the opening event of the season. Feature winners included Mike Prochnow, Kevin Adams, and Jesse Redetzke. The Midwest modified feature was postponed until next week due to time restraints.

As is common with springtime racing in Wisconsin, the ground is still unsettled from the winter’s frost and was both tacky and soft. The track crew did a fine job to prepare after the local area received two inches of rain in the week leading up to the event. The only sunny day conducive to track drying occurred on race day itself. As can be expected under such conditions, the track surface deteriorated over the course of the evening and track officials and driver’s alike battled Mother Nature in an effort to put on the show. 94 WISSOTA sanctioned cars in four classes faced off and pounded the racing surface mercilessly.

The T.L. Sinz Plumbing Late Model heats were won by Jeff Wildung, Mike Prochnow, and Jimmy Mars as Prochnow and Cole Spacek paced the filed to green in the feature. Prochnow immediately blasted to the lead and set off into the night, setting a torrid pace. It was Mars coming from inside the second row to take second as he too drew away from Jake Redetzke. With Redetzke comfortably in third, Rick Hanestad established himself in the fourth position. Jeff Wildung found himself in the fifth spot as the division blasted around the raceway no stop to the finish. Truly, Prochnow was in a field of his own as he dominated from point to victory lane.

The Tim’s Automotive Modifieds saw Kevin Adams, Jake Hartung, and Neil Balduc tally heat wins. Zach Johnson and Hartung thundered toward the drop of the green with the 19 car starting field in tow at feature time. Hartung was on fire as he pulled out into the early lead and took control as he moved to an advantage over third starting Tony Schill. The first caution of the event saw Matt Leer slow in turns three and four. The restart saw Hartung remaining up front with eighth starting Neal Balduc finding his way to second. Meanwhile, seventh starting Adams attacked the track head on and began to pound his way to the front as he moved past Balduc into the runner-up position.

Another yellow flag once again slowed the field as the green white checkered, two lap restart, included seven remaining cars. On the start, Adams used a dive into turn one and powered to the point coming off two. Hartung was not finished however, as he tried to return the favor on the opposite end of the raceway. Hartung’s bold move came up short as he was not able to clear Adams as they came out of turn four side by side in extremely close quarters. Adams took the white flag and looked to be in control, if control is possible in tight racing. Hartung tried one last time in the last set of corners but his car broke free and spun, collecting Jay Richardson in the fray. Adams won a dandy with Balduc, Jake Wildman, Shill, and a caution restored Richardson rounding out the top five.

The Johnson Motors Super Stocks heats were won by Dave Mass, Cody Overton, and Tommy Richards as it was Richards and Cooper Berlin holding court at the beginning of the feature. It was Richards early as fourth starting Ben Hillman charged to challenge. As Hillman took the lead a yellow flag slowed the pace and Richards regained the point on the restart.

Under green, Jared Zimpel took his shot at taking the lead from Richards when Dave Mass joined the party and the three went three wide for the front spot. Richards regained control but a caution regrouped the field and Zimpel was scored the last laps leader. Back under power, Hillman and Mass began a high speed struggle for third as the yellow flew again as the leader broke down and was forced to retire. To add to the drama of an action packed event, Richards, who regained the lead with the loss of Zimpel, left the track with issues under the caution flag. Mass was now scored the leader as the field retook the green.

It wasn’t a good time to look away as a second place running Hillman got high an the track and faded slightly as Overton moved into second and the first signs of the nineteenth starting Jesse Redetzke arose as he appeared in third. Overton found the wall in turn four and slowed off the race pace but the field was able to remain green. Mass had a sizable lead over the second running Redetzke when the final yellow of the race flew for debris on the raceway.

Mass lined up for the late race charge to the checkered flag with Redetzke and Hillman tucked directly behind. Mass held a tight lead at the white flag when coming to the final set of turns on the last lap, Redetzke made an inside move that brought fans to their feet as he willed and skilled the Dan Arneson owned car into the lead as he streaked to the checkered flag with Mass being forced to settle for second. It was Hillman in third as Troy Fransway and Cooper Berlin rounded out the top five.

The Southworth Chevrolet Midwest Modifieds saw four heats won by Shane Halopka, Michael Truscott, Nick Koehler, and David Swearingen. A large B Feature saw the early leader roll as fifth starting Travis Anderson had closed to challenge for the lead. The caution flew to reset the field and clear the track and Anderson lead the remainder to the win. The feature event was postponed due to time and a track curfew.

The Red Cedar Speedway will return to racing on April 28, 2017, presented by Pistol Pete’s Custom Cycles and Cubby’s Bar. All seven classes with the WISSOTA Poly Dome Dirt Track Series sanctioned Street Stocks, Midwest Modifieds, Super Stocks, Modifieds, and Late Models, along with the Red Cedar Speedway Pure Stocks and Hornets will all be in action. Once again, Relator Shelly Watkins will pay out $50.00 to the hard charger. The money is awarded to the feature winner who one from the furthest position in the field. Nineteenth starting Jesse Redetzke earned the Hard Charger bonus on this night of racing. Once again, there will be double features in a make up for the Midwest Modifieds.

Tanner, Nunnikhoven breakthrough in Iron Man Challenge affair at I-35 Speedway

April 28th, 2017

WINSTON, Mo.– Two new names were etched into the Iron Man Challenge record books Saturday night when Mike Tanner and Donovan Nunnikhoven claimed a pair of hard-fought victories at the I-35 Speedway.

Making his 27th career Iron Man start, Tanner held off a swarm of Out-Pace USRA B-Mod challengers from start to finish to notch his first win in the tough-as-nails series.

Tanner held off the challenges of Eddie Schwope Jr. in the early stages of the feature, but as the race progressed Jake Richards climbed through the field to challenge Tanner but come up short.

Richards placed second with Bud Wilson third, fourth belonged to Doug Keller and Tim Eaton completed the top five.

In the Holley USRA Stock Car finale, Sam Scott set the pace for the first dozen laps only to have contact with Dean Wray, sending both front-runners to the back of the field.

On the restart, Steve Jackson assumed the lead and appeared to be the car to beat until Donovan Nunnikhoven used the high line to grab the top spot and lead the final four laps for the win.

Jesse Brown used a daring last-lap pass to nip Jackson for second, fourth went to Mich Ross and Wray recovered to finish fifth.

Ross, however, was disqualified during post-race technical inspections which moved Wray to fourth and Todd Staley to the fifth spot.

Donovan Nunnikhoven won the Holley USRA Stock Car feature.

The next Iron Man Challenge clash takes place Saturday, May 27, at the Deer Creek Speedway in Spring Valley, Minn., with both Out-Pace USRA B-Mods and Holley USRA Stock Cars in action with the USMTS Modifieds.

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Saturday Highlights from Lincoln County Raceway

April 28th, 2017

Driving fast and furiously and finishing strong on a well manicured dirt track were the challengers seeking a trip to the winners circle at Lincoln County Raceway in North Platte, Nebraska on Saturday evening. Making that final turn into the winners circle on Saturday were: Colton Osborn, Tony Schultz, Kyle Clough, Luke Wassom and Andrew Baumgardner.

Wasting no time at all to get the lead, Colton Osborn of Cozad drove to the point on the fourth lap and never looked back to power his hot rod to the victory in the IMCA Modified Feature event after starting his night by winning his heat race. Osborn was able to pull the string from third to first on the fourth lap and weather the storm of caution flags to record the win. Looking to build off his opening night victory, heat race winner Jeremy Frenier of Fort Morgan, Colorado was able to work through traffic from his fourth row starting position to be in contention for a podium position during the waning laps to finish second overall in the feature. Veteran wheelman David Murray Jr., showcased great consistency throughout the feature event to earn show honors. Jay Steffens of North Platte and Sutherland’s Henry Henderson rounded out the top five finishers in the feature event.

The fierce competition in the feature event finished with the crowd rising to their feet in celebration when the checkered flags were waved in the IMCA Northern Sport Modified Feature when Tony Schultz of North Platte scored the victory. In the 20-lap feature, Tony and his son Dillon Schultz, also of North Platte exchanged the lead since Tony took the lead on the fourth lap. Tony was able to secure the lead for good during the final two laps to earn the hard-fought victory. Dillon Schultz was able to lead nine of the 20 laps in hopes of repeating his success from opening night where he won the feature event. Dillon Schultz earned rave reviews for his efforts as he finished second on Saturday. Coming through traffic to get in contention, Gothenburg’s Jamey Kennicutt was the third place finisher after being involved in an early lap incident during the feature event. Jacob Olmstead of Overton and early leader Bryan Herrick of Curtis were the fourth and fifth place finishers in the feature.

Grabbing the lead on the seventh lap and working through traffic the best was the Flyin’ Farmer Kyle Clough of Wallace in the IMCA Stock Car feature event. Clough started the race on the inside of the third row when the green flag dropped. He was able to work to the lead on the seventh lap and then held off all challenges. Casey Werkmeister of Maywood worked the top and bottom racing grooves to make his way inside the top five in the first half of the race. Werkmeister continued to attempt to use the bottom and top grooves but to no avail in getting past Clough for the lead. Werkmeister finished second overall in the feature after starting his evening with a heat race win. After leading the initial seven laps of the feature, McCook’s Bob Chalupa was able to stay up on the wheel and prosper with third place accolades being earned for his efforts. The North Platte duo of Andrew Dillenburg and Mikey Dancer dueled for much of the feature for position to finish fourth and fifth, respectively.

For the second straight night, Broken Bow’s Luke Wassom put on an awesome performance to win the IMCA Hobby Stock Feature. Wassom started on the outside of the third row and then took the lead during the ninth circuit. Wassom was able to hold onto the lead position to earn the victory. Coming back from not finishing the heat race due to a mechanical issue, Chuck Ledbetter of Loomis was able to lead from the fourth lap until the eighth lap with great speed keeping him in contention to earn runner-up honors. Finishing third overall after starting in the third row was Arnold’s Brady Weinman. Speedsters Tanner Clough of Wallace and Tanner Jones of North Platte rounded out the top five finishers in the feature.

Contiuning to rule the roost was Andrew Baumgardner of North Platte in winning his second straight IMCA Sport Compact feature. Baumgardner started on the inside of the second row and grabbed the lead on the third lap and then was on cruise control until the checkered flag flew. Doing his best to run down and catch Baumgardner was Cozad’s Christian Destefianio in his debut event at Lincoln County Raceway. Destefianio was able to hit the loud pedal to the tune of a runner-up finish. Veteran driver Tom Baumgardner displayed great consistency throughout the feature event to earn show accolades for his efforts. Marcus Florom of Curtis and Darryl Cauffman of North Platte were the fourth and fifth place finishers in the sport compact division feature event on Saturday.

Central Missouri Speedway Victories go to Jim Moody, Bobby Ruff, Michael Raffurty, Jacob Ebert, and Jason Ryun!

April 28th, 2017

(Warrensburg, MO) At the beginning of the week it looked as though weekend racing was not going to be possible. However, the skies parted and clear skies with cooler temps and wind poured on Saturday afternoon and into the evening for week number two of the championship season at Central Missouri Speedway!

There were 94 cars on hand for competition for 20 race events. After a long delay after a power failure in which starting positions had to be redrawn, the patient fans were treated to another week of spectacular racing. CMS wishes to apologize for the delay and will work hard to ensure that doesn’t happen again! Even still, we completed the entire program in just over three hours once the first green flag flew.

Pure Stocks began the evening with 15 cars on hand for three heat races and their main event. Larry Norris of Lone Jack, Jason Ryun of Kansas City, and Darrin Christy of KCK picked up the heat race victories. Christy and Norris began the main event on the front row and after an early race caution on lap three, Christy held the lead over Norris, Ryun, Tyler Schoen, and Jason Ballard. A couple laps later, Ryun found a way around teammate Darrin Christy and grabbed the lead. Ryun and the rest of the lead pack raced hard but clean through lapped traffic and in the end, it was Ryun who claimed his second main event win in a row. Christy held off a hard-charging Schoen to take second over Schoen in third. Norris had a strong finish in fourth with Rodger Detherage advancing from fourteenth on the grid to finish fifth. Ninth-starting Christopher Sawyer of Buffalo moved up the finishing order to finish sixth.

USRA B-Mods were 25-cars strong for their evening of action in four heat races and a 20-lap main event, which ultimately had to be cut to 15 due to time constraints. Russ Niehoff of Lockwood, Jacob Ebert of Oak Grove, Cody Brill of Harrisonville, and Monty Mitchell of Windsor drove to victories in preliminary action.

In the feature event, Niehoff and Ebert led the field into turn one with Ebert edging Niehoff to lead the opening laps after a series of restarts. Once the drivers settled into race rhythm, the action was fantastic as Ebert had a pack of wolves breathing down his neck up front. Niehoff and Cody Brill ran multiple laps side-by-side with Monty Mitchell up front early on along with Cody Frazon and veteran racer Rusty Skaggs, who was making his first-ever appearance at CMS, close behind. Steve Clancy started eighth but found a way inside the top five to join the furious battle with the front-runners by moving to the high side to pass cars. In the final laps, Brill made things interesting with several attempts to overtake Ebert but the defending champ withstood all challengers and claimed his first main-event win of the year. Brill was second at the line with Niehoff once again turning in another strong run near the top in third. Clancy settled for fourth just ahead of Frazon in fifth while Rusty Skaggs made his CMS debut a good one coming home in sixth.

Another solid field of Mod-Lites took part in the night’s action with three heat races for the 17 cars on hand. Cody Miller of Kansas City, Michael Raffurty and Dillon Raffurty of Kansas City claimed the heat-race victories. Michael Raffurty and Miller led the field to the green flag in an all number 7 race car front row. Heading into turn one three cars were involved in a tussle with Travis Ruff getting worst end of things as he was forced to retire after starting fourth. When racing resumed, it was all clean and green the rest of the way as the drivers methodically worked every inch of the surface to keep pace with Michael Raffurty who never buckled to pressure from Miller. Dillon Raffurty did all he could to catch the leaders while Ed Griggs, who started seventh made his way inside the top five halfway through the event. In the end, it was Michael Raffurty’s night as he outpaced the rest of the field for the win. Cody Miller finished in second with Dillon Raffurty third. Griggs advanced to fourth with Jeff Raffurty fifth while Charlie Laizure rans strong from eleventh to finish in sixth.

One of the premiere events of the night turned out to be the Street Stock main event. Before the drivers returned for their main event, the 13 drivers on hand took part in a pair of heat races as Bobby Ruff of Belton and Brett Wood of Warrensburg claimed the victories.

Ruff and Wood led the field to green in the main event with Brian Inlow and Marc Carter just behind. Ruff and Wood had their hands full with Carter and Inlow early on until an early spin by Inlow led to a damaged left front for the Concordia driver as went on to finish tenth. When racing resumed, fans were treated to fantastic door-panel-to-door-panel racing with Ruff valiantly keeping Wood, Carter, Jay Prevete, and last week’s winner, Clayton Campbell, all behind him. In the closing laps Wood and Carter changed positions on several occasions as Carter fought hard to find a way around Ruff using the inside lane; however, it was Wood who nearly made the pass on both drivers down the back stretch off turn two but again, Ruff turned away all challengers. A late-race red-flag period waved over the field after a terrifying flip off the turn one embankment by Danny McKenzie of Warrensburg. After a few intense moments of uncertainty, a shaken but okay McKenzie emerged from his damaged car as it came to rest on the jersey barrier on the outer perimeter of the track and waved to the crowd to assure he was okay.

In the race’s final laps, the top-five drivers went back after it to determine the race outcome as Ruff again led the field back into battle. Ultimately, Ruff went on to win the thrilling event by mere inches over Wood in second as the crowd waited to hear the official call for the finish. Carter ran strong to third with Campbell fourth, Prevete fifth and visiting g driver Scott Johnson of Nevada in sixth.

USRA Modifieds once again came on strong with a solid field of 24 drivers competing in three heat races to determine the starting grid for the night’s curtain call. In one of his strongest-ever showings at CMS, Jimmy Eaton edged Ryan Middaugh for the win in the opening heat with Blue Springs driver Kyle Westerhold coming on strong in heat two for the win. Last week’s main event winner, Jim Moody blasted to a victory in the final heat to setup a talent-rich main event grid.

Middaugh and Westerhold grabbed the most passing points and began the 25-lap main event from the front row. After a strong debut, Westerhold’s car looped around in turn one as many drivers took evasive action to avoid his stalled car. While most got away with only minor damage, unfortunately Westerhold’s night came to an early end. When green-flag conditions returned, it was Richmond, Missouri’s Aaron Marrant who shot to the front to pace the field ahead of Middaugh and Moody. In a repeat of last week’s opening laps, Middaugh and Moody fought hard for positions once again inside the top three as Moody eventually made his way around Middaugh to move into the runner-up spot.

Matt Dotson, Gunner Martin, Eaton and Dalton Kirk also ran near the front and battled for a spot inside the top five as Marrant led over Moody and Middaugh. Moody, who ran both high and low to find a way around Middaugh eventually reeled in Marrant as the two drivers mastered their way through lapped cars. With Marrant up high and Moody low, turn one was the scene of the pass for Moody as he grabbed the lead on lap ten. For the rest of the distance, Moody stretched his lead leaving Marrant and Middaugh to duel for second. After a nice run of green-flag laps, Moody eventually captured his second-consecutive victory and thanked his team for getting him to victory lane once again. Marrant finished second with Middaugh again turning in a solid run to finish third. Matt Dotson maintained fourth position throughout the night while defending champion Kevin Blackburn patiently made his bat from thirteenth on the grid with an outstanding run to fifth. Martin, Kirk, Tanner Mullens, Terry Schultz, and Chad Lyle rounded out the top ten to close out the night.

Racing resumes next Saturday, April 29th for KRLI & ‘The Grenade’ Radio Race Night at CMS. Pit Gates open at 4:30, grandstands at 5, driver pill draw closes at 6:15, late drivers will not be awarded passing points. The pit meeting takes place at 6:30, hot laps at 7:00 and racing begins at 7:30. General admission adults $12, Military w/I.D. and Seniors 65 to 74 $10, kids ages six to twelve $5, five years and under are free, seniors 75 and older are also free. Seniors 80 and older may receive free pit admission courtesy of promoter Earl Walls, who recently celebrated his own 80th birthday! All pit passes $30.

Beginning on Monday, May 8th, Highway 13 will close just north of Warrensburg at the Blackwater River for bridge construction. Alternate routes to CMS from the West include 50 Highway past Warrensburg to the Highway 13 north bypass or Interstate 70 from the Higginsville Exit then 12 miles south to the track. From the South on Highway 13 simply stay on the bypass around Warrensburg, the track is just north of the final roundabout. From the East, simply exit on the Highway 13 bypass north to the track.

CMS is located 3.5-miles north of Warrensburg, MO from the junction of Highways 50 and 13 in Warrensburg just north of the new Hwy 13 by-pass round-a-bout, or from the Higginsville exit off I-70, head south on Highway 13 for twelve and half miles.

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CMS wishes to thank its 2017 primary sponsors for their support including Cliff Harris Warrensburg Ford, Budweiser, KMZU 100.7 FM, Sunoco Race Fuels, Midwest Coatings, Better Country KIX 105.7, KSDL, and KSIS FM, Comfort Inn Warrensburg Station, KRLI FM 103.9 & KAOL 101.3 FM The Grenade, Pepsi, 610 Sports Radio Kansas City, College Town Apartments of Warrensburg, and Heartland Waste.

Main Event Finishes, full results available at www.centralmissourispeedway.net.

Thornton does it again, wins 9th Annual USMTS Missouri Meltdown

April 27th, 2017

WINSTON, Mo — Ricky Thornton Jr. collected his second USMTS Casey’s Cup MSD Central Region win of the weekend Saturday night at the I-35 Speedway for the 9th Annual USMTS Missouri Meltdown.

It was also the third straight weekend that Stormy Scott led at least one lap in the main event, and he paced the first ten laps around the 3/8-mile clay oval before giving way to Cade Dillard in lapped traffic.

Scott fought back two laps later but minor contact with Dillard at the bottom of turn four was enough to send Scott spinning and bringing out the race’s first yellow flag.

Dillard resumed his quick pace after the restart while Thornton, Sybesma Graphics Pole Award winner Tyler Wolff, Johnny Scott and Dereck Ramirez were in hot pursuit.

Thick lapped traffic was in play again by lap 20 and Dillard was forced to move from the top to the bottom of the racing surface which opened up the high line for Thornton to challenge for the lead.

With 25 laps in the books, Thornton blasted around the outside of Dillard to lead lap 26.

The third and final caution waved with five circuits remaining in the 40-lapper, and Johnny Scott used the opportunity to sneak by Dillard for second place, but was unable to track down Thornton.

While Thornton pocketed his second $3,000 paycheck in three days, his runner-up finish Friday night brought his weekend rake to $7,700. It was the sixth career USMTS win for the 2016 Grant Junghans Rookie of the Year.

Johnny Scott fended off Dillard for second, Stormy Scott rallied from the rear of the field to fourth place in 25 laps and Ramirez rounded out the top five.

Zack VanderBeek earned his first KSE Racing Products Hard Charger Award of the 2017 campaign by climbing from 21st on the starting grid to sixth at the finish line.

Veteran Terry Phillips was seventh, Wolff bested his new teammate, R.C. Whitwell, for eighth and Joe Duvall passed 13 cars en route to a tenth-place finish.

Next up for the United States Modified Touring Series are the final seven events for the Summit Racing Southern Region presented by Production Jars.

The Southern Oklahoma Speedway in Ardmore, Okla., hosts the USMTS on Thursday, May 4, and the seventh race of the swing happens just nine days later at the Lonestar Speedway in Kilgore, Texas, on Saturday, May 13,

To learn more about the United States Modified Touring Series, visit www.usmts.com online or call 515-832-7944. You can also like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/usmts, follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/usmts and Instagram at www.instagram.com/usmts or subscribe to our YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/usmtstv. Keep up to speed with everything USMTS by joining our email list at www.usmts.com/subscribe.

Bryant, Anderson claim Iron Man Challenge checkers in Kansas City

April 27th, 2017

KANSAS CITY, Kan. (April 21) — Andy Bryant and Kevin Anderson shared space in victory lane Friday night at the Lakeside Speedway when the Out-Pace USRA B-Mods and Holley USRA Stock Cars tackled the historic half-mile oval in Kansas City.

The defending Iron Man Challenge titlist and 2015 Out-Pace USRA B-Mod national champ, Bryant earned the pole position for the start of their main event and wired the field in a caution-free affair.

Mike Tanner trails Bryant in this year’s points chase, and finished second to the Fort Scott, Kan., racer in Friday’s 20-lapper. Mike Striegel was third, former Iron Man champ Trevor Hunt raced from 16th to fourth and Brad Smith rounded out the top five.

Andy Bryant won the Out-Pace USRA B-Mod feature.

The Holley USRA Stock Car drivers delivered a thriller, as usual, and Kevin Anderson survived to take the win.

Defending track champion Brett Heeter held Anderson at bay for the first 11 laps until he was the reason for the first caution when his engine expired in a cloud of smoke.

Another caution occurred on lap 16 when Scotty Moore suffered a big crash while racing in the top five. Moore’s machine got turned toward the fence underneath the flagstand, and then barrel-rolled no less than six times down the front-stretch catch fence. Thankfully, he was able to walk away.

The remains of Scotty Moore’s Holley USRA Stock Car.

Anderson crossed the finish line first to pocket a $600 paycheck.

Steve Jackson was second, Jesse Brown claimed third, 11th-starting Tom Fogarty finished fourth and Nick Zinn wound up fifth.

Kevin Anderson won the Holley USRA Stock Car feature.

The Iron Man Challenge heads to the I-35 Speedway in Winston, Mo., on Saturday where the Holley USRA Stock Cars and Out-Pace USRA B-Mods will share the spotlight once again with the USMTS. The four-division card will be rounded out by E-Mods.

Pit gates open at 4 p.m., grandstands open at 5 and the first heat race starts at 7:30. Tickets are $20, youth ages 12-16 are $10 and kids ages 11 and under get in for free. Pit passes are $35.

Fans can pick up $2-off discount coupon at Casey’s General Stores locations in Albany, Bethany, Braymer, Cameron, Chillicothe, Gallatin, Hamilton, King City, Lathrop, Lawson, Maysville, Polo and Trenton. To find the location nearest you, visit www.caseys.com.

The I-35 Speedway is a semi-banked 3/8-mile dirt oval located 10 miles north of Cameron on SR 6 (Exit 64). For more information, call 660-749-5317 or check out their website at www.i-35speedway.net.

To learn more about the USRA, visit www.usraracing.com or call 515-832-6000. You can also like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/usraracing, follow us at www.twitter.com/usraracing on Twitter and check out our YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/usratv. Keep up to speed with everything USMTS by joining our email list at www.usraracing.com/subscribe.

Speeding Towards First Muli-Day Weekend for Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprints

April 26th, 2017

With two races already in the books for the Bumper to Bumper Interstate Racing Association (IRA), it’s time for the first of several multi-day weekends. On Friday, April 28th the stars of the IRA will take to the Luxemburg Speedway for the Battle By the Bay. Then on Sunday, April 30th the IRA will make its first of two appearances at the Dodge County Fairgrounds.

Friday’s race will mark the third annual Battle By the Bay, an event promoted by current series point leader Scotty Thiel’s SixFour Promotions. Sheboygan Falls, Wisconsin driver and 2015 IRA rookie of the year Kyle Marten will be the man to watch as he has brought home the win in both previous Battle By the Bay events. A win won’t come easy for Marten though as he will not only have series regulars like Bill Balog to contend with, but former World of Outlaw standout, “The Crowd Pleaser” Craig Dollansky will be back behind the wheel of Wayne Modjeski’s 14aj.

Sunday’s event at the Dodge County Fairgrounds is the Harry Neitzel Memorial, in honor of the longtime supporter of Wisconsin sprint car racing and father of series regular Scotty Neitzel. Scotty, a winner last year at the big half mile, will surely be tough to beat on Sunday. His biggest challenge could come in the form of his former crew man and mentee, Jeremy Schultz. Schultz, who ran second to Neitzel the last time the 410s visited the Dodge County Fairgrounds, has shown this year he has the speed to win but bad luck has kept him out of contention. If Schultz can turn his luck around he will definitely be a threat to win on Sunday.

Virginia Motor Speedway Suffers First Rain Out of the 2017 Season

April 26th, 2017

Jamaica, VA – Wet weather and the forecast for more have forced officials to cancel racing activities for Saturday April 22, 2017 at Bill Sawyer’s Virginia Motor Speedway.

“With the rain we have already had, the cooler temperatures and more rain headed our way we are forced to make this tough decision; everyone hates a rain out”, commented track General Manager Clarke Sawyer.

The speedway will take the weekend of Saturday April 29th off due to the NASCAR events at Richmond Raceway. The Speedway will return to racing on Saturday May 6, 2017 for Truckin Thunder Scout Night.

The night will feature the 6th Annual Dirtwood Nationals Pinewood Derby and all Scouts in uniform will get in free. Scouts, fans and competitors are all encouraged to participate. Don’t have a pinewood derby? No problem you can rent one for $10 will all the proceeds going to help the charity ChildHelp. For details on the Dirtwood Nationals Pinewood Derby visit the track website or call (804) 758-1867.

See all four of the Aaron’s Dirt Series Championship weekly divisions featuring the Victory Lap Pro Late Models, Budweiser Modifieds, Truckin Thunder Sportsman and Collision One Limited Stock Cars in action.

Admission price for Adults $12, seniors (60+) $10; military (active/retired w/ proper I.D.) $8, students 11 – 17 years old $6 and children 10 and under admitted free. Pit passes will be $20.

16” coolers are welcomed but no glass is allowed. There is plenty of free lit parking and camping (no hookups) is allowed at no charge on a first come first served basis.

Bill Sawyer’s Virginia Motor Speedway is a ½ mile dirt oval track is located on U.S. Route 17, eight miles north of Saluda, VA and 25 miles south of Tappahannock, VA in Jamaica, VA. The speedway is just a short drive from Richmond, Fredericksburg, Southern Maryland and the Hampton Roads area.

Race fans can go to www.vamotorspeedway.com to view the complete schedule Virginia Motor Speedway’s 2017 season, find detailed event information, get the latest news, and get complete ticket and camping information. In addition, fans can get social with Virginia Motor Speedway by following @vamotorspeedway on Twitter, clicking “Like” at www.facebook.com/VaMotorSpeedway and on www.youtube.com/VaMotorSpeedway.

MEDIA CONTACT: DAVE SEAY (804) 758-1867 OR (804) 357-7223

Kesan Edges Fankhauser In Rice Lake Street Stock Barnburner

April 26th, 2017

Rice Lake WI – After a one week rain delay, the Rice Lake Speedway kicked off its sixty sixth season of racing action on Saturday night with one hundred and thirteen drivers signing in to race. In the highlight event, Jay Kesan and Sam Fankhauser raced side by side for nearly the entire Street Stock main event with Kesan pulling out the win by a car length at the line. Other winners on opening night included Kevin Adams, Curt Myers, Grant Southworth and Mike Blevins.

Kesan started on the outside of the front row and quickly drove past Dustin White to take the early lead. Fankhauser started right behind Kesan and followed him through the opening to pull into second. Fankhauser was charging hard and he dove to the low side of Kesan in an attempt to take over the lead. Sam was able to nose in front but then Kesan swapped lanes on him and the fight continued for the top spot.

Lap after lap they would circle the track side by side with first Fankhauser and then Kesan edging to a slight advantage but never a large enough lead that one could clear the other. As the laps ran down, the race was still in doubt as they continued to cross the starting line side by side. Kesan made an extra effort and he was finally able to clear Fankhauser as the white flag waved, but Sam gave it an extra burst down the back chute and was able to pull to the quarter panel of Kesan as they raced into the final turn. However, Kesan would run a strong final lap and as they raced to the line, it was Kesan able to maintain a car length advantage to claim the win. Cody Kummer moved into the third spot early in the race and spent the remainder of the event trying to close on the two leaders but settling for third. Kevin Bogdanovic was next in line and Hunter VanGilder came from eleventh to complete the top five.

Mike Anderson was the early leader of the Modified main event with Ryan Viltz and Adams battling behind him. Adams made a move to slip into second and then began to pressure the leader. When Anderson slipped high in turn four, Adams dove underneath him to take over the top spot. Shortly after the yellow flew for liquid on the track which bunched up the field.

However, Adams took off strong on the green and slowly began to build up a strong lead over the field as the last fifteen laps of the race ran nonstop. Anderson was solidly in second but not able to cut into Adams’ lead.

The battle was for third as Steve Hallquist and Neil Balduc moved past Viltz and then spent the rest of the race fighting each other. Several times Balduc got close to making the pass and each time Hallquist would be successful in fighting him off. Balduc nearly pulled off the pass with just a couple of laps left but Hallquist refused to yield. Adams built up a big lead and rode it home for the win. Hallquist did successfully fight off Balduc and Viltz completed the top five.

While Myers has abandoned the Super Stock class, he did jump into a car that he built over the winter for Hurley’s Greg Kuklenski and the maiden voyage of the car was a successful one as he fought off a late challenge from Nick Oreskovich to win the Super Stock feature. Simon Wahlstrom got the jump at the start to take the early lead but Myers came flying up from the second row and swept past Wahlstrom to take over the top spot. Four yellow flags in the opening six laps kept the field bunched but each time the green would fly, Myers would pull away from the pack.

Wahlstrom was soon challenged for second by Randy Spacek and a charging Oreskovich who had started in the fourth row. Both Spacek and Oreskovich got past Wahlstrom but then Simon made a great move on a restart and retook the second spot.

It didn’t last long though as first Spacek and then Oreskovich again passed him for position. The last fourteen laps ran nonstop and Myers built up a big lead, but from the halfway point on, Oreskovich started to cut into his advantage.

Nick continued his charge and in the last few laps, he really closed in. He almost surprised Myers with just a couple laps to go as Oreskovich was clearly picking up speed but Myers dove to the low side of the track and covered up the low groove. Oreskovich could ride Myers’ rear bumper but Curt would not give and opening as he drove on for the win. Spacek finished a close third with Wahlstrom holding on for fourth. Eric Olson was able to pick up the pace in the second half of the race to complete the top five.

Southworth led all the way to win the Midwest Modified main event. He started on the pole and took the early lead over Travis Anderson. Soon Anderson was being challenged by Joe Chaplin Jr as the yellow was busy early in the race. Five yellows in the first six laps, four of which were for debris on the track, kept the field bunched but each time Southworth would reclaim the top spot.

Chaplin Jr was able to battle past Anderson for second and Travis then started to get his hands full holding off Michael Truscott. Truscott moved to the high groove and was able to gain some momentum and he was able to drive past Anderson and then start to close on Chaplin Jr.

Southworth was able to extend his lead somewhat at this point as the battle turned into one for second. Southworth continued to set a strong pace as he drove on for the win. Chaplin Jr. held off Truscott for second with Anderson running a steady pace to get fourth. Paul Suzik and Gunnar Watkins battled for sixth until Watkins slowed and pulled off and Suzik claimed a top five finish.

The first feature race for the Pure Stocks under WISSOTA sanctioning produced the biggest field in the class in several years with a B feature being required to set the feature field competitors. Jason Havel fought off Mike Pratt to take the early lead but Dustin Doughty quickly moved in to challenge. Doughty had a strong line around the track and he was able to duck under Havel to take over the lead.

Blevins then moved in to challenge Doughty for the lead and he was able to edge past and take over the top spot.

Blevins then moved away slightly with Doughty fighting to hold off Havel for second. Doughty was then able to put some distance on Havel and he closed up on Blevins for the lead. A late yellow set up a two lap sprint to the finish and Blevins got away nicely on the green, separating himself from the pack. He maintained his line on the track and Doughty wasn’t able to muster a late race challenge. For Blevins it was his first ever feature win at Rice Lake as the veteran Pure Stock racer looks to challenge once again for the WISSOTA national points title. Doughty held off Havel in a close battle for second with Havel failing post race technical inspection and being scored last. As a result of this, Ryan Savoy was scored third ahead of Kyle Kopp and James Clausen who came from sixteenth to round out the top five.

Voting was done on the Best Appearing car in each class and the winners will be announced next Saturday night. Racing continues in all five divisions next Saturday with warm ups slated to begin at 6:30 pm and racing to follow.

Grant Breathes Easy with Victory in USAC Sprints’ First Pilgrimage to Plymouth

April 26th, 2017

Plymouth, Indiana………Early on in Justin Grant’s sprint car racing career, a fellow competitor told him that he wouldn’t last more than eight laps without consciously remembering to breathe while he was racing.

Justin heeded that advice, and a handful of years later, the Ione, California native is finding the greatest success of his driving career. He could breathe easy after all was said and done Friday night after holding off a late-race charge from Chad Boespflug while mired in lapped traffic to collect his second series victory of the season in the first ever visit by the USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship to Indiana’s Plymouth Speedway.

The win came as a sigh of relief to Grant after a breathtaking moment in ProSource Qualifying that almost ended his night before it even began.

“I tried to end our night pretty early on during qualifying,” Grant said with a grin. “I was coming to the green (flag) and about spun out. I went ahead, turned around and went back and tried to gain a little composure. I took a breath, came back and restarted my qualifying attempt. I went down into (turn) three on the first lap and all but turned over. Getting into three, my speed and the calculations I was running in my head, I figured I was going to go ahead and make it over the fence. It went ahead and sat down and I was able to salvage a respectable time on the second lap. Fortunately for me, a couple guys missed the transfer through the heat races and that put us on the front row.”

Grant took full advantage of his seat on the outside of the front row, racing to the lead up top as polesitter Thomas Meseraull slid up the track in turn two, allowing Grant to breakaway to a substantial advantage.

By lap three, Grant was ahead by a half-straight. The lead had grown to the length of a straightaway with just five laps down as Meseraull, Chris Windom, Boespflug and Shane Cottle scrambled for positions two through five. Ten laps into the 30-lap event, Grant held a staggering half-lap lead as he began to negotiate lapped traffic.

“I felt like our car was pretty good,” Grant said. “It was launching down the straightaways pretty fast. I was going as fast as I was comfortable going through the holes. I didn’t know we had a straightaway lead or anything like that, but I thought we had a buffer. I couldn’t hear anything. Normally, you can hear a guy behind you, but I couldn’t hear anybody.”

Though he possessed a suffocating stranglehold on all those who followed, Grant’s lead would begin to shrink mightily by the halfway point as the drivers near the tail end of the field were running high, low, top and bottom as they engaged in their own battles for position ahead of Grant’s black and red No. 11.

“Getting into lapped traffic, they were all two-wide for three or four rows in front of me,” Grant recalls. “I was really just trying to keep myself calm, stay patient and wait for holes to open up so I could pick my way around those guys and not get caught up in something I didn’t need to get caught up in.”

Each lap, Boespflug chomped a significant chunk out of the interval between he and race leader Grant. On lap 23, Grant found himself entering turn three as he sought to overtake Aaron Pierce. Boespflug attempted to capitalize on the bottom to no avail as Grant clung to the lead by the cuticles of his fingernails. Grant then found his second wind, disposing of Pierce and Jarett Andretti to set himself free of the mounting pressure from Boespflug.

“I knew we had slowed down a ton in that group of lapped cars. I knew somebody was going to be coming pretty quickly. I was just kind of hoping things would open up. I saw Boespflug poke a nose under me in the middle of (turns) one and two. When I saw him, I decided I had to start taking some chances and be a little more aggressive. I kind of moved our way by a few of those guys and was able to open up a few lanes where I could start sliding guys and move around. As soon as I started clicking a couple lapped cars off, I felt comfortable and confident that we’d be alright.”

Meanwhile, 18th starting Tyler Courtney seemingly came out of nowhere, shooting to the top around Boespflug in turn two with just a pair of laps remaining to grab second. By then, though, Grant was long gone once again where he would pull away for a commanding 3.5 second victory over Courtney, Boespflug, Meseraull and Stevie Sussex.

Grant’s victory in the Sam McGhee Motorsports/Mike McGhee & Associates – Brown & Miller Racing Solutions/Maxim/Foxco was his first since the season-opening “Winter Dirt Games” in Ocala, Florida. His sixth career score ties him with the likes of Jac Haudenschild, Jan Opperman, Tom Sneva, George Snider and Dick Tobias on the all-time USAC National Sprint Car win list.

Additionally, team owner Sam McGhee revisited Plymouth Speedway victory lane for the first time in six seasons, but this time, it was in a different role. The now 17-year-old McGhee drove to victory lane after winning a USAC Ford Focus Young Guns Midget feature at Plymouth in 2011 when the track was pavement.

Back to Grant, though, who established the 30-lap mark at Plymouth Friday night during a caution-free, green-to-checker feature finish in a time of 7:36.34 that saw all 22 starters finish. By Grant’s estimation, 30 laps non-stop in a sprint car doesn’t take long, but it can, without a doubt, be taxing on the mind.

Plymouth winner Justin Grant (middle) in victory lane along with second-place finisher Tyler Courtney (left) and third-place finisher Chad Boespflug (right).
(Gene Crucean Photo)

“A sprint car race is 30 laps, but they’re 30 intense laps,” Grant explains. “Things are happening so fast and everybody’s so quick, if the race gets away from you, you’re not getting it back. It’s mentally challenging and you just really have to try and make sure to breathe and that’s the biggest thing, especially when the track’s rough. You actually have to tell yourself to breathe. Breathe in, breathe out, breathe in, breathe out to just keep some oxygen going and to stay focused.”

After four-straight sub-top-ten performances to begin the season, Indianapolis, Indiana’s Tyler Courtney bounced back in just about the most spectacular way imaginable, driving from the outside of the ninth row to finish second without the aid of a single yellow flag in his TOPP Motorsports/TOPP Performance Race Parts – Custom Pump & Controls/Maxim/Claxton.

“This is what we all needed, not only for me as a driver, but as a team,” a proud Courtney beamed. “We struggled at the beginning of the year. We changed a few things this week and it worked out. Our car was the best it’s been in a while. We screwed up in qualifying on a tough racetrack and that put us deep in the field. It makes it pretty hard to win races from that far back, especially with the caliber of guys we have running in the series. You can’t slouch off at any point in the night. Getting behind the eight-ball is tough, but we rebounded to get a podium here in front of a hometown crowd for my car owner who grew up here in Plymouth.”

“I knew we were good from the start,” Courtney continued. “I was hoping we weren’t too good too early, but I was able to find a different line than everybody out there through (turns) one and two, which is where I passed a bunch of guys. I knew once I started seeing Chad (Boespflug), Thomas (Meseraull), Chris (Windom) and those guys, I had to be getting close to the front, but I still couldn’t see Justin. I knew I hadn’t passed him yet, so I knew it was still a long row to hoe. We needed a yellow, but we didn’t quite get one. To get second, I’ll take it. This is the best second has ever felt!”

Third-place finisher Chad Boespflug briefly clamped down on Grant for the race lead late in the going Friday night at Plymouth, yet he also closed to within one-point of Grant for the series point-lead in his Dynamics, Inc./Mean Green – PAC Springs/Maxim/Claxton heading into Eldora Speedway’s “LetsRaceTwo” on May 12-13.

“I just started to really hone in on my line when I got to Justin (Grant) in lapped traffic there,” Boespflug replays. “I tried to roll the bottom a few times and realized I was a little freer than I had been all night. Come to find out, we had a bleeder stick in the right rear, or actually shut off. We just grew too much pressure in the right rear. We got to Justin’s rear bumper there, kind of, and it was just time to try and make some moves. Unfortunately, it just didn’t work out for us tonight. We slipped back to third there at the end, but overall, great night again.

Contingency award winners Friday night at Plymouth Speedway include Chase Stockon (ProSource Fast Qualifier & Simpson Race Products First Heat Winner), Chad Boespflug (Competition Suspension, Inc. Second Heat Winner), Kevin Thomas, Jr. (Chalk Stix Third Heat Winner), Stevie Sussex (Indy Race Parts Semi Winner), Tyler Courtney (KSE Racing Products Hard Charger), Landon Simon (Wilwood Brakes 13th Place Feature Finisher).

Thorton, Tanner, Nunnikhoven and Smith all Winners at I-35 Speedway!!!!

April 25th, 2017

Mike Tanner #20T USRA Out Pace B-Modified Feature Winner!!

USRA Out Pace B-Modifieds would be the first to tackle the fast 3/8ths Mile speedway and what a show they would perform for the large crowd in attendance. Mike Tanner #20T would use a front row starting position to propel him out front and hold off the challenge of heat race winner Eddie Schwope Jr #91 in the early stages of the feature. As then race progressed, Jake Richards #17J would climb through the field to challenge but come up a little short as Mike Tanner would pick up the feature win for the second week in a row at I-35 Speedway. Richards would place second with Bud Wilson #20X charging hard through the pack to place a solid third on the night. Fourth would belong to Doug Keller #7 on his first visit to I-35 Speedway this 2017 season with other heat race winner Tim Eaton #211 placing fifth. Other heat race winner was Randy Ainsworth #57.
Don Nunnikhoven #2N Holley USRA Iron Man Stock Car Feature Winner!!

Holley USRA Iron Man Stock Cars would charge to the track next with great racing action from start to finish. Heat race winner Sam Scott #93 would set the pace only to have contact with Dean Wray #77 sending both front runners to the back of the field. On the restart Steve Jackson #2J would take the lead and appear to be the car to beat until the #2N of Don Nunnikhoven would take the high line and the lead in the closing laps. Nunnikhoven would take the win and stand tall in McCarthy Auto Group Winners Circle on this night of competition. Jesse Brown #11 would use a daring last lap pass to finish second with Jackson third. Fourth place would go to heat race winner Mich Ross #34X with Dean Wray recovering to end the night a solid fifth.
Randy Smith Jr #75X E-Modified Feature Winner!!

E-Modified would roar to the track and see Randy Smith JR #75X work his way from a tenth place starting position to the front and on to his second win in as many weeks. Heat race winner Smith would show poise and consistency working traffic and winning the feature with the always fast Ben Stockton #33S a very close second. Other heat race winner Manlee Lamar #4M would lead early and fade slightly to finish third with Derek Carney #05 fourth and Matt Dorssom #3D rounding out the nights top five.

Ricky Thorton Jr #20RT USMTS Feature Winner!!

Then came the best of the best, the USMTS Modifieds. Stormy Scott #2S would take the early lead only to spin and bring out the first yellow of the feature moving Cade Dillard #97 to the point on the ensuing restart. Dillard would lead until Ricky Thorton Jr #20RT would make his move and wrestle the lead away from Dillard. Thorton would not look back and pick up the feature win. Johnny Scott in the #1ST would make a charge to the front and place second with Dillard slipping to third. Fourth place would see Stormy Scott with Derrick Ramirez #4R a solid fifth place showing.

I-35 Speedway would like to thank Todd Staley, all the drivers and fans for a great night of racing action!! See everyone next Saturday where there is always more “Dirt Trackin at its Best”!!!!!!

Sibling’s sorrow sends Stormy Scott to Lakeside Speedway winners circle

April 25th, 2017

KANSAS CITY, Kan. — Chasing his twin brother around the bottom of the race track Friday night, Stormy Scott inherited the lead after lapped traffic doomed Johnny Scott with four laps to go, netting Stormy his first USMTS win of the season and first at the Lakeside Speedway.

The first two-thirds of the 30-lap main event at the historic half-mile in Kansas City was a barn-burner between Johnny Scott and Thursday night’s winner, Ricky Thornton Jr.

Thornton started on the pole but it was Johnny Scott that took command from the start, leading the first nine laps before Thornton zoomed around the outside in lapped traffic to lead the tenth lap.

One of the last drivers to still have faith in the treacherous top side of the racing surface, Thornton saw his lead go away six laps later when Johnny Scott scooted past.

As the bottom became the dominant line, Stormy Scott snuck underneath Thornton on lap 20 and then settled in behind Johnny Scott for the final ten-lap run to the checkered flag.

A flurry of back-markers using the same groove caused Johnny Scott to back off momentarily which resulted in contact that sent him spinning into the infield and bringing out the race’s first and only caution with just four laps remaining.

Stormy Scott was untouchable for the final two-mile sprint to the finish and he walked away with a $3,000 paycheck and his 38th career USMTS triumph.

Thornton held on for the runner-up finish. R.C. Whitwell, Zack VanderBeek and Rodney Sanders rounded out the top five. Sixth through tenth went to Tim Karrick, Dereck Ramirez, Terry Phillips, Chase Junghans and former USRA B-Mod national champ Chad Clancy in his career-first USMTS start.

Cade Dillard came into the event as the points leader in the MSD Central Region presented Summit Racing Equipment and was running fourth on the final lap when his right rear tire went flat. He limped across the finish line in 12th.

Thornton will be the points leader when the curtain closes on this three-race weekend Saturday during the 17th trip in 15 years for the USMTS to the I-35 Speedway in Winston, Mo.

Eleven different drivers have won main events held here including Kelly Shryock, John Allen, John Van Den Berg, Ryan Gustin, Scott Drake, Mark Noble, Johnny Scott, Ron Ver Beek, Stormy Scott, Rodney Sanders and Jason Hughes.

The Iron Man Challenge featuring Holley USRA Stock Cars and Out-Pace USRA B-Mods will share the spotlight, and the four-division card will be rounded out by E-Mods.

Pit gates open at 4 p.m., grandstands open at 5 and the first heat race starts at 7:30. Tickets are $20, youth ages 12-16 are $10 and kids ages 11 and under get in for free. Pit passes are $35.

Fans can pick up $2-off discount coupon at Casey’s General Stores locations in Albany, Bethany, Braymer, Cameron, Chillicothe, Gallatin, Hamilton, King City, Lathrop, Lawson, Maysville, Polo and Trenton. To find the location nearest you, visit www.caseys.com.

The I-35 Speedway is a semi-banked 3/8-mile dirt oval located 10 miles north of Cameron on SR 6 (Exit 64). For more information, call 660-749-5317 or check out their website at www.i-35speedway.net.

To learn more about the United States Modified Touring Series, visit www.usmts.com online or call 515-832-7944. You can also like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/usmts, follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/usmts and Instagram at www.instagram.com/usmts or subscribe to our YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/usmtstv. Keep up to speed with everything USMTS by joining our email list at www.usmts.com/subscribe.

Richards Best in Steel Valley 50 at Sharon Speedway

April 25th, 2017

HARTFORD, OH – Josh Richards was victorious in the first ever appearance by the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series on Friday night at Sharon Speedway. Richards took the lead from Scott Bloomquist on lap four and withstood the challenges of both Brandon Sheppard and Gregg Satterlee to take the win in the Steel Valley 50.

“I can’t thank the track staff enough for trying to get the track raceable for the feature. It was tough on the drivers and especially the cars; I know they had put new dirt on the track, but with the rain they had the last couple of days, that didn’t help. We raced as hard as we could to put on a show for these fans. It feels good to come out on top,” said Richards in Lucas Oil Victory Lane for the third time this season.

Bloomquist led the first three laps of the race before yielding the lead to Richards. Sheppard then moved into second and started to challenge Richards for the lead. Satterlee picked up steam and sprinted around Sheppard for second on lap 17. Satterlee tracked down Richards and the two ran side-by-side for a while until Richards pulled away from him.

Sheppard managed to regain the second spot on lap 38 from Satterlee. Sheppard then spent the final 12 laps pursuing Richards. Sheppard was turning faster laps than Richards on several occasions, but Richards held his line and held a steady lead until the finish.

“I was trying to move around a lot in the final laps. As a driver, it’s mentally challenging. We are going to have to go through these cars from front to back for tomorrow at Hagerstown. The crews work very hard during the week to get these cars ready. Thanks to the crowd for coming out tonight, it looked like a big crowd,” said the driver for the Best Performance Motorsports, Dargie Race Engines, Rocket Chassis.

Sheppard tried chasing down the car and team he had driven for the last two years but came up short. “The track finally blew off there a little bit and the racing was good. We dropped back to sixth or seventh early on, but as the race went on, we got stronger and stronger. I would like to thank Mark Richards and Steve Baker from Rocket Chassis, Valvoline, and Seubert Calf Ranches for all of their help.”

The remainder of the top ten were: Alex Ferree, Boom Briggs, Colton Flinner, Dylan Yoder, and Chub Frank.

The entire staff at Sharon Speedway worked diligently to prepare the race track, however the track surface got away from them tonight. Before the feature, after a unanimous vote by the top-fourteen in championship standings, it was decided to award 100 show-up points to the entire field.

Hughes hustles to Modified feature win on season opening night

April 24th, 2017

The Marshalltown Speedway held its 2017 season opener on Friday night. The 122 race cars on hand gave the fans some outstanding racing on a chilly, breezy evening.

In the Mod Lite feature, it was Josh May taking the win. He worked his way from eighth starting spot, battling his way past Bryan Zehm and Mike Morrill, to take the checkers. Morrill finished in the runner up spot, Zehm taking third. Fourth place went to Eric Turner and Randy Bryan came from eleventh starting spot, to round out the top five.

The eighteen lap IMCA Northern SportMod feature found defending track champion Jared VanDeest back in Victory Lane. VanDeest started fourth, took to the topside as the race went green, and had the lead coming out of turn two. He was pestered early by Sam Wieben and Jake McBirnie, but as the checkers flew, he took the win by a comfortable margin. Wieben held on to second place, Doug Smith came from eight spot, to finish third, McBirnie was fourth, and Austin Luellen was fifth.

Shannon Anderson took the win in the 15-lap IMCA Hobby Stock A main. Anderson and Eric Knutson ran side-by-side for the lead for several laps, with Eric Stanton throwing his hat into the ring in the final moments. The final corner was the determining factor as Anderson surged ahead to take the checkers first. Stanton sneaked into second at the checkers, just ahead of third place Knutson. Fourth went to Justin Wacha and veteran racer Bill Bonnett was fifth.

Jay Schmidt put his ride into the winner’s circle on the season opening night in the IMCA Stock Car 20-lapper. He chased leader Jeff Mueller…who made the long haul from New London, in southeastern Iowa…until finally making the pass into the lead at lap twelve. From there on, Schmidt never looked back and took the comfortable win. Eleventh place starter Trent Murphy took second, Donavon Smith was a close third, Mueller finished fourth, and Michael Jaennette completed the top five.

Nate Hughes, Humboldt, Iowa racer, snagged his first Marshalltown Speedway win, as he claimed the victory in the IMCA Modified division. He battled with Jesse Hoeft and Clint Luellen in the early portion of the race, while they tried to catch then leader Nick Roberts. Hughes swung to the top side and snatched the lead at lap fourteen of the 20-lap event. He held off second place finisher, Hoeft in the closing laps to seal the win. Roberts followed in third place, fourth went to Clint Luellen, and Adam Larson took fifth place.

Next Friday night, April 28, the IMCA Late Models will begin their weekly points racing, as they join the Mod Lites, the IMCA Hobby Stocks, the IMCA Northern SportMods, the IMCA Stock Cars, and the IMCA Modifieds. The green flag drops at 7:30.

Rain forces cancellation of Saturday’s racing program at Lucas Oil Speedway

April 24th, 2017

Wheatland, Missouri – The onslaught of rain and chilly temperatures – with more of both in the forecast – has forced cancellation of Saturday night’s scheduled Big Adventure RV Weekly Racing Series program at Lucas Oil Speedway.

“We’ve been fortunate with a tremendous run of cooperation from Mother Nature, but this time there’s no way beating her,” Lucas Oil Speedway General Manager Dan Robinson said, noting the speedway’s spotless record for rainouts in 2016, the lone exception night one of the Lucas Oil Pro Pulling Nationals in September.

“We look forward to welcoming the fans, drivers and crew members back out next Saturday, April 29, as we resume with action in all four divisions,” Robinson said. “We’re pleased to offer a special discount for all fans so we’ll hopefully see everyone then.”

That will be KOLR 10 and Z27 Presenting the Big Adventure RV Weekly Racing Series with special $5 ticket prices for all adults, seniors and kids. Ages 5-and-under are still admitted FREE.

The program will see the Warsaw Auto Marine & RV ULMA Late Models, the Pitts Homes USRA Modifieds, the Big O Tires Street Stocks and the Ozark Golf Cars USRA B-Mods in action. The Street Stocks will be running a special 25 Lap, $500 to win feature.

Gates will open at 5 p.m. next Saturday with hot laps at 7 and racing at 7:35. Some suites remain available along with grandstand seating. Contact admissions direction Nichole McMillan at (417) 282-5984 or email Nichole@lucasspeedway.com for more information.

For complete Lucas Oil Speedway event information, archived stories, ticket info and the 2017 racing schedule, visit LucasOilSpeedway.com. Three-day passes for the 25th annual Show-Me 100 Presented by ProtecttheHarvest.com are now on sale. Only a few hundred of the three-day passes remain. Call admission director Nichole McMillan at (417) 282-5984 or email Nichole@lucasoilspeedway.com for more information.

Lucas Oil Speedway is located at Highways 83 and 54 in Wheatland, Missouri. A campground with shower and bathroom facilities is also available. With it’s entrance located just outside the pit gate this sprawling scenic camping facility will continue to enhance the racing experience at the Diamond of Dirt Tracks.

Click www.LucasOilSpeedway.com for more information and detailed directions to the speedway or call the Track Hotline at (417) 282-5984.

In addition, fans can get social with Lucas Oil Speedway by following @LucasSpeedway on Twitter, clicking “Like” at www.facebook.com/LucasOilSpeedway and on www.youtube.com/LucasOilSpeedway.

The 6th annual Open Wheel Showdown Presented by Impact Signs, Awnings and Wraps is coming to Lucas Oil Speedway on May 6.

CONTACT:

Dan Robinson
Lucas Oil Speedway General Manager
Lucas Oil MLRA Series Director
Office: (417) 282-5984

Dan@lucasoil.com

About Lucas Oil Speedway
Lucas Oil Speedway is considered by fans, drivers and industry insiders to be one of the top five race tracks in the nation. Located in Wheatland, Missouri, approximately an hour from Springfield, Missouri, and just a quick hour and a half from the Kansas City metro area, dubbed the “Diamond of Dirt Tracks,” Lucas Oil Speedway certainly lives up to the title.

Twenty-One VIP Luxury Suites, HD Jumbo-Tron Screen, Stadium Style Musco Sports Lighting, a Bose Sound System, Go-Kart Slick Track, The Diamond Bar, Track Treasures Gift Shop, the best track food in the country and paved pits are a few of the spectacular amenities setting the Diamond of Dirt apart. 2017 marks the 7th season for the Liquid Quarter Mile Drag Racing Lake, Lake Lucas. Two nationally televised Drag Boat Races featuring the Lucas Oil Drag Boat Racing Series will be held in 2017. New for 2017 will be an all new purpose build Off Road Racing facility featuring the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series as well as a host of other regional events.

Lucas Oil Speedway hosts some of the largest and most popular events in the Midwest! National and regional touring series appear frequently for Special Events on the Diamond of Dirt Tracks. The Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series, POWRi Midget National Series, Lucas Oil Pro-Pulling League, United States Modified Touring Series, ASCS Sprint Cars and the Lucas Oil MLRA.

In addition to the incredible Special Events, the Lucas Oil Speedway Big Adventure RV Weekly Racing Series features the Warsaw Auto Marine & RV ULMA Late Models, Pitts Homes USRA Modifieds, Big O Tires Street Stocks and the Ozark Golf Cars USRA B-Mods, racing weekly.

Thornton conquers “The Cage”

April 24th, 2017

ATCHISON, Kan. — Twenty-six days of silence was broken Thursday night when the USMTS Casey’s Cup powered by S&S Fishing & Rental invaded the Atchison County Raceway and refired the engines for the 2nd Annual “Cage Match.”

The Scott brothers-Johnny and Stormy-filled the front row for the start of the 50-lap MSD Central Region main event, and Stormy Scott jumped out to lead the first 13 laps until the race’s first caution flag waved for a slowing car with a flat tire.

But Stormy Scott had a flat tire of his own. He ducked into the pits under caution and never returned to rejoin the field, giving Johnny Scott the point for the restart.

With Cade Dillard and Chase Junghans tucked in behind, Rodney Sanders snuck into third on lap 14 and the top four reeled off another six 12-second orbits around the high-banked 1/5-mile oval until the next yellow waved with 20 laps complete.

At the halfway mark, Johnny Scott continued to lead Dillard around the high side of the track with Sanders, Ricky Thornton Jr. and Josh Blumer filling the rest of the top five spots.

Hard contact on the short back-stretch between Sanders, Darron Fuqua and Dereck Ramirez. Although the green flag remained out, the incident caused crippling to the Modifieds of Sanders and Ramirez.

With the laps winding down, Thornton began to search around the middle of the track and found a spot to slide up in front of Johnny Scott to lead the 45th circuit, but Thornton crawled over the cushion two laps later and allowed Scott to regain the position.

Thornton again got by Scott on lap 48 which saw the final caution come out to set up a two-lap, green-white-checkered dash to the finish.

While Thornton cruised the final two laps to register the victory, 10th-starting Zack VanderBeek nudged in front of Scott to take the runner-up position while Joe Duvall, who started 15th, wrestled fourth away from Dillard in the final two laps.

Fuqua rolled the top side to beat Dillard to the finish line for fifth, Tyler Wolff snagged seventh, Kyle Prauner earned an eighth-place paycheck in his USMTS debut with fellow Nebraska racer Mike Densberger ninth and Sanders rounding out the top 10.

Thornton took a $3,000 payoff back to the Gressel Racing pit for his fourth triumph of the 2017 campaign.

United States Modified Touring Series action continues Friday when the USMTS touring titans trek to the Lakeside Speedway in Kansas City, Kan., for the first time since last year’s inaugural Grant Junghans Memorial presented by BriggsAuto.com.

This will be the 18th event held at the historic speedplant near the banks of the Missouri River. Terry Phillips leads all drivers with four victories here while Jeremy Payne and Rodney Sanders are three-time winners. Ryan Gustin, Nic Bidinger, Matt Dotson, Jesse Sobbing, Ricky Thornton Jr., Aaron Marrant and Lucas Schott have one apiece.

The Iron Man Challenge featuring Holley USRA Stock Cars and Out-Pace USRA B-Mods will share the spotlight along with local Grand Nationals and Factory Stocks in action.

Fans can save $2 off admission by picking up a commemorative discount coupon at Casey’s General Stores locations in Basehor. Belton. Blue Springs. De Soto. Grain Valley. Independence. Kansas City. Kearney. Lees Summit. Lenexa. Overland Park. Shawnee and Smithville. To find the location nearest you, visit www.caseys.com.

The Lakeside Speedway is located 1.0 mile west of I-435 (exit 18) on SR 5 (northwest of Kansas City). For more information, call (913) 299-9206 or visit www.lakesidespeedway.net.

The curtain closes on Saturday, April 22, with the 17th trip in 15 years to the I-35 Speedway. Five main events were held here in 2002 at the former Winston Speedway with Kelly Shryock winning three of them and the other two checkered flags waving for John Allen and John Van Den Berg.

Gustin has joins Shryock with three wins. Other feature winners include Scott Drake, Mark Noble, Johnny Scott, Ron Ver Beek, Stormy Scott, Sanders and Jason Hughes.

The four-division card will be rounded out by the Iron Man Challenge featuring Holley USRA Stock Cars and Out-Pace USRA B-Mods plus E-Mods.

Fans can pick up $2-off discount coupon at Casey’s General Stores locations in Albany, Bethany, Braymer, Cameron, Chillicothe, Gallatin, Hamilton, King City, Lathrop, Lawson, Maysville, Polo and Trenton. To find the location nearest you, visit www.caseys.com.

The I-35 Speedway is a semi-banked 3/8-mile dirt oval located 10 miles north of Cameron on SR 6 (Exit 64). For more information, call 660-749-5317 or check out their website at www.i-35speedway.net.

Both shows will see pit gates opening at 4 p.m. with grandstands swinging open at 5 and the first heat race at 7:30. Adult grandstand tickets are $20 each night, youth ages 12-16 are $10 and kids ages 11 and under get in for free. Pit passes are $35 each night.

To learn more about the United States Modified Touring Series, visit www.usmts.com online or call 515-832-7944. You can also like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/usmts, follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/usmts and Instagram at www.instagram.com/usmts or subscribe to our YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/usmtstv. Keep up to speed with everything USMTS by joining our email list at www.usmts.com/subscribe.