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It’s Not How You Start, It’s How You Finish! Max Blair, David Shagla, and David Scott win the make-up features!

Saturday, April 22nd, 2017

(Busti, NY) Max Blair fell back as far as 10th prior to the first yellow before charging to the front to win the 48-lap, $5,000-to-win Super Late Model main event feature during Friday’s conclusion of the Stateline Shootout sponsored by Dave Warren Dodge, at Stateline Speedway. Blair later added a second win in the RUSH Crate Late Model feature, David Shagla was a two-time feature winner in the Street Stock division, Doug Eck was victorious in the second Super Late Model event, David Scott won the $1,400-to-win Outlaw E-Mod clash and Mike Kinney won a thrilling second E-Mod feature to round out the nights action.

In the big $5,000-to-win Super Late Model event, it was Dave Hess Jr. and David Scott leading the field to the green flag. The pair traded the lead several times in the opening laps with Scott ultimatly puling ahead. Scott would lead until lap 30 when Hess made his way around the #3 machine. Hess’ run at the point would be short lived. Blair made quick work of Scott and executed an outside lane pass on Hess, exiting turn two with 14 laps to go, putting his #111 machine in the top spot. With open track in front of him, Blair ran some of the quickest laps of the night, extending his advantage with each trip around the one-third mile oval. When the dust settled, Blair was a five-second winner over Hess and Scott. Robbie Blair was fourth and Bump Hedman fifth with Doug Eck, Greg Oakes, Darrell Bossard, Chris Hackett and Matt Lux rounding out the top 10.

The Super Late Models weren’t the only series to run make-up features on Friday as the Outlaw E-Mods took to the track for a 30-lap, $1,400-to-win event and the Street Stocks a 20-lap, $600 to win affair.

In the E-Mod event, David Scott and Joel Watson occupied the front row with Watson leading the early laps of the race. Scott worked his way to the lead on lap 3 and began pulling away before a three-car accident involving Mike Kinney, Troy Johnson and Gary Eicher slowed the pace. Scott was able to again clear the field after the restart, but Watson wouldn’t be far behind the rest of the way. Over the final three laps, Watson would chip away at Scott’s lead ultimately looking inside the #68 in turn two and again in turn four on the final lap, but Scott wouldn’t be denied as he earned the win. John Boyd held off Michael McGee in a closely contested battle for third with Dan Davies working his way into a fifth-place finish. Greg Johnson, Butch Southwell, Brent Rhebergen, Vic Vena and Troy Johnson completed the top ten.

The first Street Stock feature in 2017 ended much like those in 2016 – with David Shagla up front. Shagla led the event from the drop of the green flag and was lapping cars by the races’ midway mark. Bill Reeves was able to weave through the traffic to work his way to second ahead of Bill Applebee (third), Chris Couchenour (fourth) and Brian Crandall (fifth), but all of this way over eight seconds behind Shagla’s winning machine.

In addition to the make-up features, the Super Late Models, Outlaw E-Mods, Street Stocks and RUSH Crate Late Models in attendance treated the fans to a complete show with each series running three additional heats and a feature.

In the RUSH Crate Late model feature, Max Blair doubled down with his second feature win of the evening. It didn’t come easy, however. Chad Wright was the early leader of the event and had built a comfortable lead until Matthew Sipes’ spin on lap four. The caution bunched the field back up and it was the opportunity that Blair needed.

Blair rushed past Kyle Zimmerman on the restart and cleared Wright for the lead just three laps later to put himself in the cat birds seat. Behind Blair, Dennis Lunger made serious strides through the field, climbing to second and getting to Blair’s bumper with four laps to go. The two made contact coming out of turn four with three to go, but Blair was able to survive the threat and go on to win. Lunger was soon challenged once more by Wright for the second spot with Wright claiming the position at the finish by a mere 19 one-thousandths of a second. Wyatt Scott was fourth followed by Jason Genco, Ryan Scott, Zimmerman, T.J. Downs, Chris Withers and R.J. Pistner. Heat races winners were Wright, Paul Norman and Blair.

Doug Eck made his way to Victory Lane in a hotly contested Super Late model feature. Eck started second, but took the lead in the first set of turns and never relinquished it. Behind Eck, an intense three-way battle for second was eventually won by Hess Jr.. Max Blair was third, Greg Oakes finished fourth and Robbie Blair rounded out the top five. Other top ten finishers were Bossard, Scott, Dutch Davies, Damian Bidwell and Rhebergen. Scott, Max Blair and Robbie Blair all won heat races.

The second Street Stock feature ended much like the first as Shagla continued his dominance of the division. His rise to the top spot was quickly helped by a three-way battle for the lead on lap 1 between Mike Moon, Marlon Fields and Guy Adams that ended in a three-car wreck on the front stretch.

Shagla rose to the top spot by lap two and held off second-place Pat Fielding for the victory. The race was completed six laps short of the scheduled distance because of several yellows and a 25-minute time limit. Jason Black drove home a strong third followed by Tyler Dynys and Anthony Marotto. Fielding, Moon and Fields all won heat races during Friday’s action.

The last race of the night – a 20-lap Outlaw E-Mod feature – may have been the race of the night. Al Brewer was the early leader and he held off Butch Southwell for the opening seven laps as David Scott lay lurking in third. Moments later, Scott spun to bring out the yellow and the race would change on the ensuing restart.
Mike Kinney rocketed to the lead one lap after the green was once again waved and he would lead the remainder of the event. Joel Watson moved to second with six laps remaining and stalked Kinney for much of the races final moments. Watson was able to get to Kinney’s outside several times, including out of turn four on the final lap and the two cars battled side-by-side to the finish line with Kinney nipping Watson by just 11 one-thousandths of a second. Southwell, Brewer and Troy Johnson completed the top five. Outlaw E-Mod heat race winners included Greg Johnson, John Woodward Jr. and Watson.

USMTS at I-35 Speedway this Saturday Night!!!

Saturday, April 22nd, 2017

Here we go again, the paid weather prognosticators are messing with us again at I-35 Speedway. Their predictions, which were wrong this past Saturday, once again do not paint a pretty picture for Saturday, when I-35 Speedway will be hosting the United States Modified Touring Series (USMTS) along with the USRA Ironman B Mods and Stock Cars and the E Mods. We will see how the weather forecast goes throughout the week but in the event weather prevents us from racing this Saturday, the makeup date will be the following day, Sunday April 23 with gates opening at 3 and racing at 5 pm. This is the contingency plan.

Make your plans to be at I-35 Speedway this Saturday or if needed this Sunday! We are full steam ahead in preparations for racing on Saturday with racing starting at 7PM

Vaught sneaks in and steals season opener

Saturday, April 22nd, 2017

Wheatland, Missouri – Friday’s Lucas Oil MLRA season opener at Lucas Oil Speedway in Wheatland, Missouri, was a good one. Will Vaught benefited from a restart mishap by Tony Jackson Jr. and took the lead for the final five laps, securing the win in his first start of the season.

“It’s an old race car,” commented Vaught of his Rocket he drove to Andy’s Frozen Custard Victory Lane. “Gary Winger got us on some good Integra Shocks. Eric has worked his butt off this winter. I ain’t got to help him a whole lot. He put a new deck and body on this thing. It’s a lot on his shoulders this time.”

Vaught admitted Jackson likely had the best car and didn’t anticipate taking the lead on the restart.

“This new right rear deal, changes the race cars quite a bit. I was hoping mine would fire before his, of that restart. He got a good restart. I thought the only really chance I had, was to maybe slide him on this first corner, and I got a horrible start off four.”

(Photo – Todd Boyd)

There was no question Jackson felt he let one slip away following the race. He ultimately finished the night in third.

“We got a new tire rule,” said Jackson, speculating about the restart. “I don’t know if I didn’t keep it hot enough under yellow. I got down there and couldn’t steer into one. Cautions are part of it.”

It was not all doom and gloom for the 56 camp however. He started sixth and immediately drove to the top in his new MB Customs Race Car. He took the lead on lap five and was the car to beat until the yellow.

Terry Phillips was on the move in the main event. He secured the Casey’s General Stores Hard Charger of the Race, moving up ten spots to finish second.

“I needed to be in that cushion, but coming off, the cushion ended, and I didn’t want to mess up and jump it,” stated Phillips. “The car actually rolled through the middle on a longer run, then the right rear tire started sealing up and it got a little looser. We’ve got something to work with. To drive up through there with these good cars, I’ll take it every day.”

Rodney Sanders and Jesse Stovall completed the balance of the top five finishers.

Saturday night hot laps are scheduled for 7 PM, with racing at 7:35 PM. $3,000 is up for grabs in the finale of the 4th Annual Spring Nationals Presented by RacinJunk.com.

For all of the latest news and information fans are encouraged to visit the series website at www.MLRARacing.com.

Fans may also “like” the Lucas Oil MLRA Facebook page by clicking www.Facebook.com/lucasoilmlra or follow us on Twitter at www.Twitter.com/MLRA.

Vaught uses late pass to score Night One victory at Lucas Oil MLRA Spring Nationals

Friday, April 21st, 2017

Wheatland, Missouri – Will Vaught made the most of a late-race restart to grab a season-opening win Friday night as the 4th annual Lucas Oil MLRA Fall Nationals began at Lucas Oil Speedway.

“It’s pretty sweet,” Vaught said after getting past Tony Jackson Jr., with five laps remaining and going on to capture the $2,000 feature on night one of the doubleheader presented by RacingJunk.com.

Other feature winners on the opening night of the weekend doubleheader were Jon Sheets (Pitts Homes USRA Modifieds) and Burl Woods (Big O Tires Street Stocks).

Vaught, of Crane, took home the win with Springfield veteran Terry Phillips second and Lebanon’s Jackson settling for third after being in control most of the way.

Jackson passed MLRA rookie Payton Looney, who started on the pole, for the lead on lap five. He maintained it until the race’s lone caution waved, when Jackson teammate Raymond Merrill spun in turn four.

That set up a five-lap shootout to the finish with Jackson leading Vaught, Looney, Phillips and Rodney Sanders to the restart.

That was the opportunity Vaught needed. Jackson slipped high in turn two and Vaught slid underneath to take the lead with Phillips also going past and into second. That’s the way it stayed until the finish with Vaught earning his second career win at Lucas Oil Speedway, following up a win in the Larry Phillips Memorial last September.

“He over drove the corner a little bit and we got by him,” said Vaught, who was making his season debut. He’s been overseeing his children’s quarter-midget racing with daughter Mallory (5) and Maddox (7) winning on Lucas’ “slick track” behind the main grandstand a week ago.

“Both of them won last week and we got the win tonight. It’s pretty special,” Vaught said. “We’ll have to improve (Saturday night) because Tony probably had the best car. But he was in the wrong place at the wrong time and we compensated.”

A dejected Jackson said he wasn’t sure what happened on the re-start, though he suspected that a new right-rear tire rule played a factor and he didn’t have enough heat in the rubber when the race returned to green.

“That’s a part of it,” Jackson said of the untimely caution.

Phillips was more upbeat, driving from a 12th starting position to the runner-up spot.

“The way the night started, it wasn’t looking too sporty,” Phillips said. “To be able to drive up through there with all these good cars, we’ll take it.”

Sanders finished fourth and reigning MLRA Series champion Jesse Stovall was fifth.

Sheets holds off Schrader: Jon Sheets of Nevada took the lead midway through the 20-lap feature and held off former NASCAR standout Ken Schrader for the Pitts Homes USRA Modified victory.

Jeff Cutshaw, the three-time reigning track champion who won last week’s weekly opener, was third and Mark Dotson wound up fourth.

Woods uses late pass to prevail: Burl Woods of Republic passed Warrensburg’s Marc Carter for the lead on lap 17 and pulled away over the final three laps to prevail in the Street Stocks feature, earning the $400 first prize.

Woods moved from his outside third-row starting position to second place and, after a restart following a lap 14 caution, was able to move past Carter on the bottom side down the backstretch. Carter held on to the runner-up position ahead of Brian Schutt with Kenny Carroll fourth.

“I’m usually not that good on the bottom,” Woods said, noting that Carter always is strong on the bottom side at Lucas. “We went low and (Carter) slipped up there at the end and we got him.”

Finale Saturday night: The doubleheader weekend concludes Saturday night with the Late Models running for a $3,000 first prize in the feature, plus an added $500 in memory of Ron Jenkins, the builder of the original Wheatland Raceway.

The Pitts Homes USRA Modifieds will compete for a special $750 to win feature on Saturday while the Big O Tires Street Stock second-night feature will pay $500 courtesy of Elite Auto Repair in Warrensburg.

Gates open at 5 p.m. with hot laps at 7 and racing at 7:35.

Tickets on Saturday:
Adults (16 and up) $20
Seniors (62 and up)/Military $17
Youth (6-15) $10
Kids (5 and under) FREE
Family Pass $40
Pit Pass $40

Camping:
Reserved with Electric and Water- $35/Night (limited availability)
Reserved Dry Spots- $20/Night (limited availability)
Dry Camping- $10/Night

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 about 500 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.

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.

Rice Lake Speedway Opener Rained Out

Friday, April 21st, 2017

Rice Lake WI., – Snows earlier in the week, poor drying conditions and a steady downpour on Saturday morning all led to the opening night of the 2017 racing season at the Rice Lake Speedway to be postponed.

Track officials will try again on Saturday night, April 22 to get the racing season underway. Pit gates will open at 4 pm and the cars will hit the track at 6:30 pm for warm ups. WISSOTA sanctioned Modifieds, Super Stocks, Midwest Modifieds, Street Stocks and Pure Stocks will able to in racing action.

Because the practice night on April 12th was rained out, another attempt to get a practice session competed will be made on Wednesday, April 19th from 6-9 pm. This will be dependent on the weather of course, and the speedway website and facebook page should be monitored for up to date information. Call Dave Adams or Mitch Hansen for the latest information.