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Archive for April, 2014

Williams and Wilson Roll to ULMA Victories … Callaway Raceway and CMS Up Next

Wednesday, April 30th, 2014

Another week of competition for Lucas Cattle Company ULMA drivers is now in the rearview mirror and although the winning drivers found their way to victory lane with different storylines, both ended with the same outcome … victory lane celebrations, on this occasion, for repeat winner Vance Wilson and new winner Jake Williams! Competition at Callaway Raceway in Fulton, Missouri kicked things off Friday evening with 10 drivers on hand. Vance Wilson set out to keep his winning streak alive but the competition level proved to be a little different than earlier in the season as 2014 ULMA winner Dwight Niehoff and defending track champion Payton Looney made the long haul to Fulton from southern Missouri for the first time this season.

Larry Winn of Hallsville, Missouri began the night in victory lane by besting Zeke Langley and Chris Cox in the opening heat race while Wilson rocketed from fourth-starting position, turning back Niehoff and McCoin to claim heat race number two. The 20-lap main event closed out the night with Winn earning the inside pole position by virtue of his heat race victory while Wilson started from the outside of row one. Wilson quickly made his way to the point keeping Winn and fourth-starting Niehoff behind him when the race began.

Meanwhile, defending track champion Payton Looney began his run to the front by charging from eighth position into the top three, making it a three-car battle up front with Winn slipping to fourth. Wilson continued leading the way, leaving teammates Niehoff and Looney to settle things out for second by midway. At the conclusion of the main event, Wilson claimed his third-straight victory of the year at Callaway Raceway while Niehoff and Looney posted solid runs to finish second and third but falling short in their bid to dethrone Wilson from victory lane at Callaway. Winn held onto the fourth position, followed by Zeke Langley, Chris Cox, Dalton Imhoff, Todd McCoin, and newcomer Dustin Johnson. Wilson’s latest victory was the 27th of his ULMA career, tying him with former champion Jason Bodenhamer for the most sanctioned wins in ULMA’s eight-year history.

Racing resumes Friday evening at Callaway Raceway, visit the track’s website at www.callawayraceways.com. Gates open at 5, hot laps begin at 7 and racing starts at 7:30. Drivers shifted their focus to the south at Lucas Oil Speedway the following night on Saturday, with 23 cars on hand for competition in three heat races to sort out the lineup for the main event. Jake Williams started fourth in the opening heat but quickly made his way to the point and captured the opening qualifier ahead of Justin Russell and J.D. Hubert. Joe Walkenhorst bested Dwight Niehoff and Kevin Coyne to claim the second heat, while newcomer Bobby Maggard Jr., drove to a heat three win over Phil Edmondson and R.D. Peterson.

Williams began his quest for a trip to victory lane from the pole-starting position alongside Walkenhorst. Maggard and Niehoff started in row two and when the green flag fell, Williams held point over the rest of his pursuers. Unfortunately, Walkenhorst experienced trouble in the event and exited after a grinding crash, thankfully uninjured. Meanwhile as Maggard kept Williams in sight, Tommy Cordray of Browning, Missouri vaulted from his twelfth-starting position on the grid inside the top five, bringing rookie late model driver Brian Schutt with him in the process as previous week track winner Niehoff held down fifth.

After proposing to his then girlfriend and now fiancé (she said yes) during a break in the program, Williams went on to celebrate a huge night at the speedway claiming his first ULMA win of the year over a hard-charging Maggard, who gave it all he had for a stellar run to second. It was Williams’ second ULMA win of his career and first since June 27, 2008, when he went to victory lane at LA Raceway. Cordray advanced nine positions to claim third at the checkers, followed by eleventh-starting Schutt continuing his impressive rookie season finishes in fourth with Niehoff fifth. Rounding out the top ten were J.D. Hubert, Payton Looney, R.D. Peterson, Jon Binning and eighteenth-starting Johnny Coats from Joplin, Missouri.

The Speedway hosts a special open-wheel event this weekend but will return to life for its weekly race program featuring ULMA late models Saturday, May 10; for complete details www.lucasoilspeedway.com. The stage is now set for the recently re-opened Central Missouri Speedway (CMS) in Warrensburg, Missouri to host its 86th ULMA-sanctioned event, more than any other track, this Saturday as drivers make their first of six appearances at the track for May 3rd competition.

The event marks the first time since October 1, 2011, the final night of racing at the track, before it sat dormant for two years straight, that ULMA will be a part of the race program. Jason Bodenhamer won the final event at the track in 2011. The track hosted a packed house last week for the reopening and continues its weekly program Saturday, hosting a guest class each week to join its regular race program of USRA Modifieds, Street Stocks, B-Modifieds, and Pure Stocks. Late Models will run third in the program line up Saturday evening.

The payout for the CMS ULMA appearance is as follows: 1st $600, 2nd $500, 3rd $400, 4th $350, 5th $300, 6th $250, 7th $225, 8th $200, 9th $175, 10th $150, 11th $125, 12th $120, 13th $115, 14th $110, 15th $105, 16th $100, 17th $95, 18th $90, 19th $85, 20th – 24th $80.

Pit Gates open at 4:30, followed by Grandstands at 5, drivers meeting/pill draw close at 6:30, hot laps begin at 7, with racing underway at 7:30. Drivers with questions about CMS may call ULMA board member and CMS announcer Sam Stoecklin at 660-909-1083 or visit the track’s all-new website at www.centralmissourispeedway.net for information. There is no registration or entry fee at CMS for the event.

In recent weeks, ULMA learned that title sponsor Lucas Cattle Company will increase its sponsorship of the association, which means great news for participating drivers. Officials with ULMA are currently in the finalizing stages of this year’s end-of-season prize/point fund and plan to make an announcement shortly. ULMA membership forms are located on the website at www.ulmaracing.com. Drivers are encouraged to complete their membership forms prior to taking their first green flag of the season. Membership for the remainder of the year is $100. Drivers should be expected to complete their membership paperwork upon checking in at each of the affiliated tracks.

Visit ULMA’s title sponsor at www.lucascattlecompany.com. ULMA thanks Hoosier Tire Midwest and Rod End Supply for their continued support. For more information on ULMA, visit www.ulmaracing.com.

Mike Streigel Bags B-Mod Bonus Cash, Williams, Setzer, and Hendrix also score wins!

Wednesday, April 30th, 2014

Wheatland, MO- On a night with heavy hearts due to the passing of Allen “Cowboy” Chancellor this past Friday, Wheatland, Missouri’s Mike Striegel replaced his normal #19 with Cowboy’s familiar #45 for one night only and took an emotional victory over Andy Bryant in the special $500 to win Tri-Lakes RV USRA B-Mod main event.

“I really wanted to win this one for Cowboy,” said an emotional Striegel in Victory Lane. “He has helped me so much through the years and to score my first victory here at Lucas with his number on the car, it’s just really a special night for our whole team and something I will never forget.” Rex Merritt led the B-Mod field to the green flag from the pole position with the extra money on the line courtesy of FindItHere.com but Bryant and Striegel quickly showed it was going to be between them for the win with Kris Jackson and Merritt closely stalking the leaders. Bryant worked the bottom of the racetrack with Striegel using the middle to high groove as the pair ran side by side for lap after lap in the final main event of the evening. A late race restart set up one final showdown but Striegel would not be denied in scoring his first ever Lucas Oil Speedway win. Bryant crossed the AAA Finish line in second while Jackson mustered up a third place finish. Merritt held on for fourth at the finish while Sparta, Missouri’s Steve Muilenburg charged from his eighth starting spot to score a top-5.

The Carson’s Corner Napa Factory Stocks were the first main event to roll out on the evening as David Hendrix once again dominated the field from his fifth starting spot on the super fast Lucas Oil Speedway surface to take his third win of 2014. Camdenton, Missouri’s Kenny Carroll had a great run to take the second spot at the finish while Warrensburg’s Marc Carter occupied the third spot in the final run down. Shawn Whitman charged from 15th at the start to finish in fourth while Jay Prevete in the white #25 took home the fifth spot. Jake Williams had an emotional night in the ALPS Food Store ULMA Late Models as he not only proposed to his future wife at intermission and she said YES, he won his heat race, started on the pole for the feature, and stood in RACEceiver Victory Lane at the finish of the main event in his KRC sponsored #72. Springfield, Missouri’s Bobby Maggard Jr. made a rare visit to Wheatland finishing second in the main event followed by former Track Champion Tommy Cordray out of Browning, Missouri as Cordray charged to the front from his 12th starting spot. Rounding out the top-5 were defending Factory Stock Champion Brian Schutt in fourth and last Saturday’s feature winner Dwight Niehoff in fifth.

In the Pitts Homes USRA Modifieds, Archie, Missouri’s Tim Setzer has returned to the Lucas Oil Speedway scene in a big way as he scored his second consecutive win driving the former Trevor Hunt GRT as they work to sell this race winning combination. Nevada, Missouri Jon Sheets scored second at the finish after a Jason Russell spin in turn 4 on a razor thin cushion took out both himself and Jeff Cutshaw as they were running second and third prior to the mishap. Urbana, Missouri’s Terry Kirk had a stellar run finishing in the third spot after starting 12th. Logan Martin took fourth at the finish. Fair Grove, Missouri’s Mickey Burrell put on a show as he stormed through the field to take fifth in the final rundown after starting 19th.

Lucas Oil Speedway really ramps things up next Saturday, May 3rd with the 3rd Annual Impact Signs, Awnings, and Wraps Open Wheel Showdown featuring the Speedway Motors ASCS Warrior Region Winged Sprint Cars, the POWRi Lucas Oil National Midget Series, and the Impact Signs, Awnings, and Wraps WAR Wingless Auto Racing Sprint Cars presented by www.Impact4800.com.

Visit www.LucasOilSpeedway.com for the complete event information including times, pricing, and ticket information or call the track hotline at (417) 282-5984.

Race fans can go to www.LucasOilSpeedway.com to view the complete schedule for Lucas Oil Speedway’s 2014 season, find detailed event information, get the latest news, and get complete ticket and campsite information. 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.

“Rocket” lands in Winston winners circle

Wednesday, April 30th, 2014

WINSTON, Mo.-Just like he did 24 hours earlier, Rodney Sanders continued to steamroll the USMTS Caseys Cup powered by Swan Energy competition Saturday night with a wire-to-wire win in the 40-lap main event at the I-35 Speedway in Winston, Mo.

With lightning as the backdrop for most of the evening, it was a picture perfect night for The Rocket as he won his heat, earned the Sybesma Graphics Pole Award and led every lap of the feature race to score his second $2,000 paycheck in as many nights.

Unlike Friday night in Bloomfield, Iowa, where Sanders hunted down leader Zack VanderBeek and took the lead late in the race, this time Sanders was the hunted and VanderBeek was looking to turn the tables. Sanders jumped out to a big lead early on but a pair of caution flags on laps 6 and 11 kept the pack within striking distance.

Nate Wasmund challenged the defending USMTS National Champion midway through the race, peeking underneath on a couple of occasions while Sanders continued to ride the high line around the high-banked 3/8-mile clay oval.

A flat right rear tire with 15 laps to go ended Wasmunds victory hopes and VanderBeek picked up where he left off.

The final ten laps had the crowd holding its collective breath as VanderBeek followed Sanders high into each turn and then dove underneath to drag-race him down the straight-aways.

The 2004 USMTS Rookie of the Year gave it one final effort in the last turn, but came up a car length short as Sanders marched to his third win in his last four starts in Major League Bowhunter Central Region competition.

Meanwhile, VanderBeek settled for the bridesmaid spot for the third race in a row and his fourth straight post-race podium.

Sanders win was the 23rd of his USMTS career, tying him for eighth on the all-time list with VanderBeek and Al Hejna.

Just one career win behind now, Stormy Scott drew the eighth starting spot for the Caseys General stores A Main but clawed his way to a third-place finish behind the wheel of the #20r machine normally driven by team owner and teammate Bryan Rowland who put Scott behind the wheel after he crashed his normal ride the night before.

Dylan Smith started on the front row next to Sanders and kept him in his crosshairs early on but held on for a fourth-place finish after a spirited battle with John Allen, who got fifth.

Zach Sanders has won two USRA Modified features at the I-35 Speedway early on in the 2014 season and came home sixth Saturday night while Austin Siebert passed nine cars en route to a seventh-place finish and his second Mesilla Valley Transportation Hard Charger Award in the last 24 hours.

Kerry Davis finished eighth, Johnny Scott raced to ninth after starting 17th on the starting grid and Daniel Hilsabeck rounded out the top ten.

With his win, Sanders padded his points lead in the Major League Bowhunter Central Region presented by Day Motor Sports, but VanderBeek remains just 19 points behind (476 to 457). Stormy Scott is third with 422 markers, followed by Siebert (384), Smith (382), Dereck Ramirez (372), Jake Gallardo (366), Hilsabeck (348), Johnny Scott (346) and Joe Duvall (280).

Up next for the United States Modified Touring Series is a tripleheader weekend, May 8-10, to kick off the Farm Boy BBQ Sauce Northern Region presented by Day Motor Sports.

Action gets underway Thursday at the Rice Lake (Wis.) Speedway, moves to the Mississippi Thunder Speedway in Fountain City, Wis., on Friday and then wraps things up on Saturday at the Ogilvie (Minn.) Raceway.

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 or check out our YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/usmtstv.

Schultz, Cain, Parkinson, Wood, and Christy Triumph at Central Missouri Speedway Reopening!

Wednesday, April 30th, 2014

(Warrensburg, MO)  A huge crowd packed the stands at Central Missouri Speedway (CMS) Saturday night for the track’s official opening night. Drivers and fans alike were thrilled to be back in attendance at the track on KOKO AM 1450 Radio race night. Saturday night featured the USRA ‘Mighty’ Modifieds, B-Modifieds, Street Stocks, and Pure Stocks, CMS also hosted sprint cars with the first-ever appearance of the Impact Signs, Awnings and Wraps WAR-Wingless Auto Racing (WAR) series with 15 drivers checking in and Chris Parkinson taking the checkers. Visit www.warsprints.com for complete WAR results.

The exciting news rolled in late Wednesday afternoon from the United States Racing Association, that CMS’s weekly ‘Mighty Modified’ program was approved to be USRA sanctioned for the 2014 season.  The fans were happy to hear the roar of engines with a good field of drivers on hand to entertain the crowd.

In modified action, 14 drivers competed throughout the evening. Jason Bodenhamer tumbled several times in turn 3 in heat race one, he was uninjured in the incident and his crew made repairs in time for him to return for the main event to close out the evening. Terry Schultz and Dean Wille snatched the two heat race checkers.

On the opening laps of the modified feature, Schultz led the field into turn one and never looked back for the 25-lap main event. Back in the field, Trevor Hunt and Dean Wille battled early on with Aaron Marrant in the mix just behind. No one really ever challenged Schultz as he captured the win and the $1,000 payout.  Trevor Hunt looked strong in second with Aaron Marrant, Tyler Schmidt and Jim Moody filling out the top five.

For the B-modifieds, 21 cars contested four heats with opening night victories going to Curtis Berry, Chad Staus, Chris Cain, and Jacob Ebert.

In the main event, Dean Wille flew into turn one with the early lead with Curtis Berry, Chad Staus and Chris Cain close on his tail. Wille looked to be the driver to beat early until he got together with Staus, which ultimately caused a flat tire. Wille later returned to the action after his crew changed the tire on the infield, a new feature at CMS this season. Cain moved into the top spot with Ebert hot on his tail down low followed by Curtiss Berry, until he went over turn three.

At the checkers Chris Cain from Columbia grabbed the first B-modified feature victory of the season with Jacob Ebert, Johnny McGinnis, Joe Walker and Nic Bennett rounding out the top five.

Street Stocks battled for the first feature win on opening night with veteran driver Jay Lyle and relative youngster Bryce McMillin claiming heat wins.

As drivers accelerated to the green flag for the feature, Brett Wood and Troy Turley battled for the lead while McMillin spun and restarted at the tail of the field. Wood showed his skills early in the race, maneuvering throughout the track for the top spot.  After several laps, Turley dove to the low side to grab the lead; however, after the next yellow, Wood returned the favor and captured the lead for good. The veteran driver from Warrensburg, Jay Lyle showed the youngsters how to race with a strong run in the top three.

When the double checkers finally flew, Brett Wood from Warrensburg claimed the feature win. Jay Lyle, Roger Stone, Larry Ferris and Donnie Tanner filled out the top-five slots. Turley was disqualified after crossing the line in second due to a post-race rules violation.

Pure Stocks are a new class to CMS this season with room to build upon, but that didn’t stop the three cars from doing their best for the fans on hand. Darrin ‘the bear’ Christy from Kansas City showed his experience by picking up the first feature win of the year in the pre-stocks with 15-year old Leroy Morrison in second and Gary Akers third.

Complete CMS race results and points are posted on Speednetdirect.com. Join us again next Saturday night for Pepsi Night at the Races with all four weekly classes and the return of the ULMA Late Models for their first of six appearances at CMS this year.

Be sure to check out the latest schedule updates, track news, and general race information online at www.centralmissourispeedway.net. CMS is now on Twitter, follow us @CMSgoing_green and Like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/pages/Central-Missouri-Speedway.

CMS thank its primary sponsors for their support this season! Cliff Harris Warrensburg Ford, Budweiser, Sunoco Race Fuels, Good Time Oldies 1450 KOKO/98.5 FM The Bar, Pepsi, KMMO FM 102.9, Midwest Coatings,Better Country KIX 105.7 FM, Comfort Inn Warrensburg Station, 610 Sports Radio Kansas City, Heartland Waste, and ‘Today’s New Hit Country’ 95.3 FM KDKD.

This year’s list of outstanding business partners includes: Victory Trophies Plaques, Roundabout Café, Batliner Recycling, Blue Springs Chiropractic, OK Tire Stores, Reece Nichols Realty LLC, Bodee’s Racers Auction, Finish Line Performance, Economy Lumber and Hardware, Brooks Automotive LLC, Eickleberry Concrete & Construction, JA Performance, Kleinschmidt’s Western Store, Rod End Supply, Wolf Tire Service, Miller Lite, Goody’s Steakburgers, Impact Signs Awnings and Wraps, Seeburg Mufflers, and RacinDirt.com.

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, for up-to-the minute information call on race day.

Billy Moyer Jr. Conquers CCSDS at Camden Speedway

Wednesday, April 30th, 2014

Camden, Tennessee – The competitors of the COMP Cams Super Dirt Series (CCSDS) presented by Lucas Oil went into battle at the 3/8 mile confines of Camden Speedway (Camden, Tennessee) on Friday evening, and it was former series champion, Billy Moyer Jr., who wired the field.

After seeing the series makes its debut at the middle Tennessee oval in 2013 to rave reviews, the stars and cars of the CCSDS returned for their sophomore appearance on Friday night, and a strong field of twenty Super Late Model pilots entered the event.

2009 CCSDS Champion, Billy Moyer Jr. from Batesville, Arkansas won his heat race from the third starting spot to earn the New Vision Graphics Pole Award for the 35 lap, $2,000-to-win affair. After winning his respective heat race, Eric Hickerson from Linden, Tennessee, who was making his CCSDS debut joined Moyer Jr. on the front row for the main event.

Moyer Jr. jumped to the lead at the drop of the green flag, while Hickerson found himself trying to keep Jack Sullivan at bay for the runner-up spot. Sullivan would ultimately work his way past Hickerson as he set his sights on Moyer Jr. The Greenbrier, Arkansas driver, was able to pressure the leader on multiple occasions, but would ultimately fall short of overtaking Moyer Jr. as he led ever lap of the caution free event to score the win. Sullivan, Hickerson, Kyle Beard, and Clay Fisher rounded out the top five finishers.

The victory was the twelfth of Billy Moyer Jr.’s career in CCSDS competition, and puts him second on the all-time win list behind fellow Batesville, Arkansas driver, Wendell Wallace, who has eighteen.

Linden, Tennessee’s Eric Hickerson won GRT Race Cars Heat Race #1 with Jack Sullivan winning Allen Manufacturing Heat Race #2. Billy Moyer Jr. raced to victory in ROCKHARD Powder Coating Heat Race #3.

Tommy Surrett was the recipient of the Larry Shaw Race Cars Hard Charger Award for passing five cars to finish 12th. Brandon Smith was presented with the Keith Craft Racing Engines Hard Luck Award for his handling struggles late in the feature.

On Saturday evening, April 26th the series rolls into Riverside International Speedway (West Memphis, Arkansas) for a $2,000-to-win/$400-to-start program. Ross Camponovo and Brandon Smith won at the famed, 1/4 mile oval in 2013. Time trials, heat races, b-mains, and a 35 lap feature will all be held for the event. 305 Winged Sprint Cars, 600cc Mini Springs, and Street Stocks will also be in action. Grandstand admission is $20 for adults with kids ages 6-to-11 $5, and ages 5-and-under free. For more information on the facility please visit http://www.RiversideInternationalSpeedway.com .

For the latest information on the COMP Cams Super Dirt Series presented by Lucas Oil, please visit www.COMPDirt.com .