After a beautiful opening ceremonies Vintage Racers reminding us of years gone by would take to the track for a very short-lived feature. Ron Lefholz #20L would win both heat race and feature as Allen Guthrie and Steve Tanner would come together on the track taking both contenders from the race. As Lefholz would celebrate the win, Tanner #XX was second with Guthrie #51 third.
E-Modified would see 18 tough competitors take to the 3/8th mile Speedway and duel it out for the win. Great racing action would happen in the front of the pack between our heat race winners Caleb Pugh #8s, Sturgis Streeter #Y3 and Leroy Morrison #50 until Steven Makar #4M would find the fast line. The always fast and furious #74 of Justin Asher was in the mix as well with Josh Adkins knocking on the door wanting by. As the race ended and several of the front runners not getting past post-race inspections, Caleb Pugh would win the feature and biggest race and paycheck of his career with Justin Asher second and Josh Adkins third. Fourth would belong to Austin Bouzek #14B, who would recover from an early race mishap and charge back through the pack with the always fast Jason Nelson #12GA fifth place on the feature.
#8s “Pepe” Caleb Pugh from Cameron, MO E-Modified Feature Winner!
Pure/Hobby Stocks would see an exciting race with a familiar face in Pettijohns Auto Center Winners Circle as Mich Ross #20X would pick up his 50th win of his career. Heat winner Ross, sporting a freshly cut mullet, would have to work the high line to get around a very fast Mike Kincaid #12 as the two would battle side by side throughout the feature. The always fast CJ Turner #91 would follow Ross to the front and stayed within striking distance but have to settle for second as the night would belong to Ross. Kincaid would fade only slightly to place third with other heat winner Carson Masoner driving #47X, in his first appearance in a Pure Stock this 2018 season, a very close fourth. Fifth place would see one-time leader and other heat race winner Justin Adkins #15 as he was in the hunt for the win all feature.
Twenty-two Sport/B Modifieds would take to the track with talent second to none in our main event of the night. At the drop of the green Lonnie Hibner #22L would take the top spot and see the rest of the loaded field challenge the entire feature. Austin Charles #81 and Daniel Harris #07 would battle Hibner for the lead until contact between the two would send both to the rear of the field. Colton Nelson #93N would challenge coming from back to front along with heat winner Chad Staus #C3 as the race progressed. In the midway point Ethan Isaacs #66 would try Hibner on the high side getting by only to see the caution on the track putting Hibner back out front. On the restart Hibner was ready and took the lead never relinquishing on his way to the win. Great racing followed behind the leader as Isaacs and #Zee28 of veteran driver Randy Zimmerman would put on a show battling side by side for second. As the checkers fell, with the race shortened by 4 laps due to light failure in turn 3, Hibner would win, Isaacs second and Zimmerman third. Colton Nelson would end the night fourth with younger brother Garrett Nelson #95N rounding out the night’s top five. Other heat race winners were Steve Starmer #11s and Brett Lowry #72.
A special thanks to Blanton Farms and Construction for donating the bikes given away during Intermission. A special thanks to the Northwest Mo State Fair Board for all their hard work enabling us to race, hats off for your efforts!