(Warrensburg, Missouri) Central Missouri Speedway (CMS) officially closed its 2017 race season last weekend by crowning its champions in each of the five weekly race divisions. This year, 280 drivers competed at CMS during weekly competition. Between the weekly, guest classes, and special-events racing, a total of 327 races were held throughout the year, among these races were 82 feature events in which 34 different drivers claimed at least one main-event victory.
The season now closed will go down in history as one of the most exciting seasons in the track’s history. The average car count for the season was 90 across 20 race nights. Pure Stock and Street Stock average car counts were 17. The new weekly racing class Midwest Mod-Lites produced 19 cars on average. There were 22 USRA Modifieds present on average throughout the year while USRA B-Mod drivers came out in full force with an average of 24 drivers on hand each week.
Pure Stocks continued to be a crowd favorite at CMS. In 2017, there were an additional 15 new drivers who competed in weekly racing compared to 2016. This season, 46 drivers competed in Pure Stock events with 7 different drivers claiming feature wins throughout the year.
For the second-consecutive season, Calhoun, Missouri’s Rodger Detherage claimed the point’s championship. Throughout the year, Detherage drove to a pair of main events and outpaced this season’s Pure Stock Rookie of the Year Joey Harper, who finished second in the standings, to claim his latest championship. Scott Martin earned most improved driver of the year.
A total of 78 different drivers participated in B-Mod action at CMS this year. There were 5 different main event winners during USRA B-Mod action this season. Oak Grove, Missouri’s Jacob Ebert claimed his fourth-consecutive CMS B-Mod title by finishing in the top five on 14 occasions during 16 race nights. Ebert claimed four main-event wins on his way to his latest championship over LaMonte, Missouri’s Cody Frazon, who was this season’s most improved driver. This year’s B-Mod Rookie of the year is Jacob Callahan.
Midwest Mod-Lites joined the CMS weekly contingent of racers in 2017, which saw 35 different drivers participate throughout the season. There were seven different drivers who claimed main event victories. Eventual champion Dillon Raffurty won seven main events and found his way to the top five on 14 occasions out of 15 races entered. The Mod-Lite Rookie of the year is Cody Miller.
CMS found itself amid a Street Stock resurgence in 2017 as 46 drivers competed throughout the season with seven different drivers taking main-event victories. Warrensburg driver Brett Wood captured his third Street Stock championship in the last four seasons after taking one feature win along with 13 top-five finishes in 15 appearances. The year’s most improved Street Stock driver is veteran Chad Eickleberry.
The ‘Mighty’ Modified drivers competed in 16 main events throughout the year with 75 drivers on the final standings sheet. Eight different drivers collected main event wins during the season. Next season, drivers will get to experience an all-new purse, which starts at $1,000 and works its way down in 100 dollar increments. However, there are chances for the winning driver to walk away with either $1200 or $1,500 depending on a count of 24 cars and a random draw.
Ten years after first capturing a CMS feature win, Jim Moody of Odessa, Missouri became a first-time CMS champion and ruled this year’s USRA Modified action. Moody visited victory lane five times and notched 11 top-five finishes in 16 starts to outpace Edgerton, Kansas Driver and this year’s most improved driver, Dalton Kirk, who finished second. All statistical information courtesy of Track Statistician Glyda Jaeger.
Since first announcing the 2018 CMS race dates back in early August, the CMS crew remained busy populating some of the details of next year’s events. The tentative schedule for next year includes 24 nights of racing from the April 21st season opener to the season-ending second annual ‘Street Stock Showdown,’ which moves to the third week of September in 2018. All total, 8 special-event nights appear on the schedule. Weekly race divisions are Pure Stocks, USRA B-Mods, Midwest Mod-Lites, Street Stocks, and USRA Modifieds.
Special events throughout the year are planned for all the weekly race divisions with special appearances for ULMA Late Models on at least two occasions and E-Mods. Stay tuned to the CMS website for additional schedule additions and details as they are confirmed for each of the special event weekends throughout the season. For a complete look at the schedule click on the Schedule link at www.centralmissourispeedway.net.
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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.
The list of 2017 business partners includes: Batliner Recycling, Kleinschmidt’s Western Store, OK Wheel Alignment, OK Tire Stores, Blue Springs Truck Line Inc., Brooks Auto LLC, Rick Darling Racing Engines/Head Porting, KMMO Radio, Sabre Solar LLC, KDKD Radio, LJS Graphics, Wilderness Ridge Tent & Canvas, DQ Grill & Chill of Warrensburg, Zaxby’s, Miller Lite, Victory Trophies & Plaques, Joslins Jewelry, Eickleberry Concrete & Construction, RockAuto.com, R & B Septic Services, O’Reilly Auto Parts, Wilderness Ridge Tent and Canvas, and Seeburg Mufflers. To join the CMS business team, call Susan Walls at (816) 229-1338. No calls after 8 p.m.