The OReilly Auto Parts United States Modified Touring Series (USMTS) $2,000-to-win feature was nothing short of spectacular. It began with the traditional
four-car-wide salute to fans during the parade lap with the lead cars sporting
American Flags, while spectators heard God Bless America over the loud speaker.
Jason Hughes of Westville, Okla., feature winner at Humbolt Speedway, earned the pole position and led the pack of cars for most of the race. John Allen of Chanute, Kan., feature winner at Junction Motor Speedway, set firmly in second, while Shryock had to move up from sixth place.
Leading isnt always the best place to be, Shryock said. If youre leading,
youre a sitting duck. If a driver is not leading the race they have time to test and find the right groove to run, making them more effective on the track, he explained. The race began to look like it was going to be an easy win for Hughes as cars began to single file around the track until a caution was drawn on lap 11 of the 35-lap feature. When the green flag dropped, Shryock and Jon Tesch of Watertown, S.D., shot past Allen as he fell back to fourth. Shryock began getting closer to Hughes as Hughes was slowing down so he could weave in and out of lap traffic in a safe fashion. With only four laps left, Shryock found the opportunity he was looking for to take the lead from Hughes coming out of turn two.
Shryock said that lap traffic was the main reason he was able to make the car and track work in his favor. He also said Hughes has been really fast this season and being able to run with him has been a pleasure. Shryock picked up his second feature win of the 2008 season, helping him retain his firm lead in the points standing of the Mo-Kan region. Hughes, Tesch, Allen and Johnny Bone Jr. of Pea Ridge, Ark., rounded out the top five finishers. Forty-nine
cars checked in for the modified portion of the race.
In conclusion of the night?s racing events, Shryock made 10-year-old Allison
Houstons week by signing and giving her his feature-win trophy. She said that was pretty cool.
Jacob Everts of Knob Noster picked up the feature win in the hobby stock division and Bryan Arnold of Sedalia in the street stock division. These two classes were run to provide racing fans with a little extra entertainment for their night in the country.
Join L A Raceway Saturday, April 5, as the O’Reilly Winged Outlaw Warrior (WOW) 360 sprints plus 305 sprints take the track at 7:30 p.m. to provide a full night of on the edge-of-your-seat excitement.