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Sanders shoots down USMTS foes again, notches 19th win at Monett

August 6th, 2014

MONETT, Mo.-To say that 2014 has been a dream season for Rodney Sanders may be an understatement, but to the rest of the rugged road warriors of the United States Modified Touring Series theres little doubt it has been a nightmare trying to keep pace with the defending USMTS national champion.

Fresh off a wire-to-wire win 24 hours earlier at the Springfield Raceway, Sanders unloaded his #20 Swan Energy MBCustoms Modified Sunday afternoon at the Monett Speedway and then proceeded to sweep the nights events and rack up his 19th win under the USMTS banner this season.

The 24-year-old from Happy, Texas, has claimed ten of the last eleven checkered flags, including a win at the World Modified Dirt Track Championship. His 37th career win Sunday night pushed him to fifth on the USMTS all-time wins list one more than Jon Tesch and five shy of tying Tommy Myers 42-win mark.

In regards to the 16-year history of the USMTS, Sanders has the opportunity to put together the most prolific season ever. Just three years ago, Ryan Gustin led 771 main event laps and won 24 times in 71 starts while claiming his first USMTS title.

Nothing to date, however, has eclipsed Kelly Shryocks 2006 campaign. In winning the eighth of his nine championships, Shryock netted 30 wins in 59 starts while leading 823 laps. His string of 11 consecutive wins that year still stands as the best ever after Sanders saw his streak of eight straight wins come to an end on Friday night in Batesville, Ark., at the hands of Terry Phillips.

So far this year, Sanders has led 550 laps while garnering 19 wins in 49 starts. With 17 races remaining in the Hunt for the USMTS Caseys National Championship and eight more nights of special events yet to go, a record-setting season for The Rocket is undoubtedly within the realm of possibilities.

While Sanders led all 40 laps from the pole Sunday night, Johnny Bone Jr. recorded his best result with the USMTS in nearly four years with a runner-up finish while Phillips claimed the third spot.

Stormy Scott, who came into The Hunt as the points leader, bounced back from the previous two nights of struggles to secure a fourth-place finish while his younger twin brother, Johnny Scott, took fifth.

Mitch Keeter came from 15th to place sixth, Cade Dillard was seventh, Zack VanderBeek wound up eighth, Daniel Hilsabeck nabbed ninth and Joe Duvall rounded out the top 10 at the finish line.

After three races in the Hunt for the USMTS Caseys National Championship, Sanders holds a 68-point advantage (388 to 320) over Johnny Scott. VanderBeek is third with 313 markers, followed by Stormy Scott (311), Shryock (309), Hilsabeck (299), Phillips (295), Dereck Ramirez (273), Duvall (266) and Dillard (255).

Four more rounds in the Hunt for the USMTS Caseys National Championship will be in the books by next Sunday, beginning with an encore show at the 81 Speedway in Park City, Kan., on Thursday, Aug. 7. From there, the series makes its final stop of the season at the Humboldt Speedway in Humboldt, Kan., on Friday, Aug. 8, and then makes the annual trek to Wheatland, Mo., and the Lucas Oil Speedway for the 5th Annual Lucas Slick Mist Shootout on Saturday, Aug. 9. The weekend wraps up with a visit to the West Siloam Speedway near Colcord, Okla., on Sunday, Aug. 10.

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.

L A Raceway Returns to Action this Weekend.

July 18th, 2013

LaMonte, MO-L A Raceway will return to action this weekend with Sprint cars. This Saturday, July 20, L A Raceway at LaMonte and Yeager’s Cycles in Sedalia will present the 360 Winged Sprints and the WAR Non-Wing Sprints. In their last appearance at L A Raceway, the 360 Winged Sprints showed up with 30 strong competitors. Admission for this Saturday’s all sprint car show will be $15 for adults, $13 for Seniors and Military, $7 for ages 11-15 and age 10 & under are free.

The Lucas Oil Midwest Late Model Racing Association will return to the L A Raceway on Saturday, July 27, along with complete shows for the USRA A Modifieds, USRA B Modifieds and Street Stocks presented by Peak Performance Physical Therapy and Sports Medicine. This will be the one and only appearance at L A Raceway for the Lucas Oil MLRA ‘Super’ Late Models after their June 1 event was cancelled for rain. Tickets for adults will be $18 with discounts for seniors, military and children.

Admission gates will open at 5:00 for both shows with racing to begin at 7:30. L A Raceway is located on Y Highway (16th Street) between Sedalia and WAFB. For more information call 660-620-1148.

Sprint Cars Return to LA Raceway this Saturday

June 14th, 2013

LaMonte, MO–With Danny Lasoski of Higginsville and Jonathan Cornell of Sedalia taking the first two victories of the season, the 360 Winged Sprints return to L A Raceway at LaMonte with a special ‘Father’s Day’ appearance this Saturday, June 15. Over 30 cars checked into the program to compete for the $1500 winner’s paycheck on their last visit and the competition is expected to be even more exciting this weekend.

Along with the 360 Sprints, the WAR Non-Wing Sprints will also be part of the show. This group of talented sprint car drivers have continued to keep spectators on the edge of their seats every time they take to the racing surface.

Presenting sponsors for this week’s racing action are Jim’s Tire Service located on South 65 Highway in Sedalia and Jim’s Tire & Auto Express located at 200 Winchester Dr in Sedalia. Spectator gates will open at 5:00 with the show starting at 7:30. Adults are only $15 with discounts for seniors, military and children. L A Raceway is located on Y Highway between Sedalia and WAFB. For more information, go to www.laraceway.com or call 660-620-1148.

Cornell Wins 360 Sprint Show at LA Raceway

May 30th, 2013

LaMonte, MO- Jonathan Cornell of Sedalia showed the way around the three-eight’s mile track at LaMonte on Saturday night with 19 other drivers in tow. The closest driver to him was Brian Brown of Grain Valley who together with Cornell drove through traffic like it was standing still. These two drivers owned the smooth wide oval and produced a race few race fans ever get to see. Brad Smith of Belton saw the checkers first in the B Modifieds and Brian Eckhoff of Higginsville also was a repeat winner in the Street Stocks. Cornell, Smith and Eckhoff have become the drivers to beat in each of their respective divisions.

Next weekend, Saturday, June 1, will find the Lucas Oil MLRA ‘Super’ Late Models bringing their ‘Feel The Thunder’ show to the L A Raceway along with a complete show for the USRA A Modiifieds, USRA B Modifieds and Street Stocks. Gates will open at 5:00 with racing to begin at 7:30. For more information, call 660-620-1148 or go to the website, www.laraceway.com.

Carolyn White
L A Raceway
Cell 660-620-1148

Smith strongest in Iron Man Challenge clash at LA Raceway

May 19th, 2013

LA MONTE, Mo. – Brad Smith of Belton, Mo., started on the pole of the USRA B-Mod feature and never looked back as he claimed the Iron Man Challenge checkers Friday night at the LA Raceway.

The win was worth $500 to Smith as he held off fellow Show-Me State speedsters Shawn Strong and Jacob Ebert for the win.

Steve Goodman finished fourth ahead of last year’s points runner-up Jared Timmerman. Chad Staus, Dakota Foster, Billy Bentley, Dean Wille and Adam Belt competed the top 10 finishers.

With his fourth top-10 finish in five starts, Goodman took over the top spot in the Iron Man Challenge USRA B-Mod points standings and sits just two markers ahead of Strong. Cory Crapser, Timmerman and Ebert complete the top 5 in the rankings.

The next Iron Man Challenge event is next Thursday, May 23, and will feature both the USRA Stock Cars and USRA B-Mods together for the first time this season. Both classes will be in action again Saturday, May 25, at the Deer Creek Speedway in Spring Valley, Minn., and both blockbuster events next week will also feature the mighty USMTS Modifieds.

To learn more about the USRA, visit www.usraracing.com or call 515-832-6000. You can also like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/usraracing, follow us at www.twitter.com/usraracing on Twitter and check out our YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/usratv.

Payne shows the way at LA Raceway

May 19th, 2013

LA MONTE, Mo. – Jeremy Payne took the lead from Zack VanderBeek on lap 8 and never looked back as he raced to victory in the 40-lap main event Friday night during the 7th Annual Schwab’s Tinker Shop Show-Me Shootout at the LA Raceway.

It was the 13th career USMTS triumph for the 27-year-old from Springfield, Mo., who has three of his wins at Mike & Carol White’s 3/8-mile clay oval in La Monte, Mo. The win was worth $4,000 and propelled Payne into the points lead of the Arbor
Masters Central Region presented by Day Motor Sports.

Johnny Scott came into the event as the region’s points leader and the hottest driver in the USMTS Casey’s Cup Series, but struggled throughout the night and was credited with last place in the “A” Main after using a provisional to get in.

Two-time defending USMTS national champion Ryan Gustin got by Vanderbeek on lap 16 but never had enough muscle to run down Payne for the top spot and had to settle for the runner-up paycheck with VanderBeek close behind in third.

Nine-time USMTS national champion Kelly Shryock came from 13th on the starting grid to finish fourth and earned the Mesilla Valley Transportation Hard Charger Award in the process. Rodney Sanders rounded out the top 5 finishers while Dustin Boney, Stormy Scott, Jason Hughes, Chris Brown and Rick Beebe wound up sixth through tenth, respectively.

Saturday, May 18, will find the stars and cars of the United States Modified Touring Series at the historic West Plains Motor Speedway. Mother Nature thwarted the series debut here in 2011, but fans finally got their due last spring and witnessed Shryock take down his 177th career USMTS triumph.

The West Plains Motor Speedway is a 100-acre motorsports facility with an exciting 3/8-mile red clay oval surrounded by seating that will accommodate more than 12,000 fans. Fans can enjoy the action from their choice of molded contour seating, ground level bleachers or high-rise stadium style seating.

On-site camping is available free of charge with clean restrooms, showers, water fill and a dump station for motor homes. Full service food and souvenir concessions are conveniently located within the facility along with acres of free parking.

Gates open Saturday evening at 5:00 with hot laps at 7:00 and racing at 7:30. Also in action will be USRA B-Mods, Hobby Stocks, Super Stocks and Crate Late Models.

On race day, fans can pick up a coupon good for $2 off adult grandstand admission at Casey’s General Stores locations in West Plains.

The West Plains Motor Speedway is located 6 miles south of West Plains on US 63. For more information, call the track office at 417-522-9891 or 417-257-2112 on race day. The track’s website can be found at www.westplainsdirt.com.

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.

L A Raceway Looking Forward to Next Event

May 6th, 2013

LaMonte, MO-With two events in the record books for the L A Raceway at LaMonte, the 2013 racing season is proving to be exciting and competitive but this last Saturday’s event was cancelled because of a late season snow and persistent rain.

Friday, May 17, will see the L A Raceway host the United States Modified Touring Series which is the premier modified series in the Nation. The USMTS brings drivers like Jeremy Payne, Jason Hughes, Zach Vanderbeek and Kelly Shryock to take on local drivers like Matt Dotson of Clark and Terry Schultz of Sedalia who were first and second on opening night at LaMonte in the USRA A Modified sanctioned event. Also on the program will be the Ironman Challenge featuring B Modifieds and Street Stocks. Brad Smith of Belton dominated the B Modifieds on their last appearance at LaMonte and Higginsville driver Brian Eckhoff who took the Street Stock win in their last event at the raceway are both expected to return.

For more information, go to laraceway.com or call 660-620-1148.

L A Raceway Crowns 2012 Champions in Finale

August 13th, 2012

LaMonte, MO-L A Raceway ended its 2012 season on a high note with great action on the track and a large crowd to witness the Airgas of Sedalia and Lincoln Electric night at the races.

Michael Tyler, Knob Noster, ran away with the win in the Hobby Stocks in his usual fast form with John Simpson and Joey Arnold, both of Sedalia, in tow. This was the sixth win of the year for Tyler. The Xtreme Motors Street Stocks feature unraveled in wild fashion with Ted Welschmeyer of Tebbetts, surviving the carnage and crossing the finish line first in front of John Brooks, Warrensburg and Travis Faulkenberry, Urich. Another win by the ‘girl’ driver, Lauren Klem of Basehor, Kansas in the Gill Signs 305 Sprints, shows she’s the ‘real deal’, making it her third win of the season. Klem was chased to the finish line by Mike Schouten, LaMonte, and Chad Goff, Spring Hill, Kansas. Galen Hassler of Columbia did what he had already done four other times this season, winning the competitive Jim’s Tire Service B Modified class which also saw him taking home a Lincoln Electric Welder given by Airgas of Sedalia. Hassler didn’t have to look far behind him however to find Tyler Lewis, also of Columbia, and Chad Staus of Otterville who finished second and third in the feature. The Pitts Homes of Warsaw USRA A Modified division saw a second time winner with Matt Dotson of Clark taking the checkered flag and a Lincoln Electric Welder from Airgas of Sedalia. Dotson was followed to the line by Mickey Burrell, Fair Grove and four time winner, Terry Schultz, Sedalia.

Following the night’s race program, Mike White, promoter, presented beautiful trophies to the top five point earners in each division including the class champions and also presented plaques to the ‘hard chargers’ who are the drivers with the most positions gained throughout the season in the feature events.
John Simpson, Sedalia, won two feature events this season and took home the “Hobby Stock” Champion hardware. Second in points was Tyler followed by Chuck Coffey, Windsor and Chase Gibson and Will Register both of Sedalia. Register also received the ‘hard charger’ award.

The Xtreme Motors Street Stock Champion was Marc Carter of Warrensburg after winning five feature events. Second in points was Scott Krause, Concordia followed by Welschmeyer, Kevin Perkins, Sedalia and Ron Bettis, Knob Noster. Welschmeyer was also the hard charger.

Following another dominating performance in winning eight feature events, Mitchell Moore, Edgerton, Kansas, was crowned the Gill Signs 305 Sprint Champion. In second was Klem, followed closely by young Jordan Creason, Carrollton; Schouten, and Tony Crank, Sedalia. Creason also received the ‘hard charger’ award.

The Jim’s Tire Service B Modified Champion was undecided until the final checkered flag as Staus took the Championship trophy by only five points over Lewis. Third in points was Josh Calvert, Hallsville followed by Adam Belt, Syracuse and Jeremiah Wilson, Concordia. Ernie Walker of Sedalia received the ‘hard charger’ award.

Terry Schultz of Sedalia ran away with the Pitts Homes of Warsaw USRA A Modified Championship, winning four feature events and fighting off an endless list of talented challengers including Justin Moon, Sedalia; Chad Lyle, Oak Grove; Christopher Moon, Sedalia; and Nathan Vaughn, Lincoln who finished in that order in points. Steve Twenter of Sedalia finished sixth in points and received the ‘hard charger’ award.

With the 2012 season now in the record books, plans are already underway for next season at L A Raceway with action slated to begin in March. To keep updated follow the track at facebook.com/la.track or check out the website at laraceway.com.

Klem earns her first L A Raceway feature win

July 13th, 2012

LA MONTE, Mo. – Lauren Klem, of Basehor, Kan., picked up her first L A Raceway feature win Tuesday night in the Gill Signs 305 Sprint feature event. She started on the pole and made a flawless run putting space between her and Tom McGarry, who is no stranger to victory lane at LA.

Klem started on the pole with Michael Schouten on her right. Schouten won his heat race with a strong run and held second in the feature until McGarry took it from him on lap four. Klem stretched her lead over McGarry and it looked like the race was done, until a caution flew on lap 11. On the restart, Klem took the bottom and McGarry tried to find something to bite down on in the middle of the race track. Klem had the faster run and pulled away from McGarry. The best battle was between Schouten and Tony Crank for third place. On the final lap of the feature, Crank was able to get in front of Schouten on the final turns in the race. Andrew Turley took a fifth place finish.

Galen Hassler has found the perfect setup on his modified racer as he picked up his fourth consecutive win in the Jim’s Tire Service B Modified feature event. Tyler Lewis, last year’s fast track champion, took the lead from outside of row one and led the first lap. However, a caution on the second lap gave Hassler the advantage he needed. On the restart, Hassler got a solid run off the bottom of turns one and two to take the lead from Lewis. Chad Staus took third from Adam Belt on lap seven with Bobby Wood sitting in fifth. Josh Calvert, who started third but fell back to sixth on the start, found the real estate he was looking for on the top of the track and started picking off cars as he charged back to the front. Lewis’ luck changed when a caution flag flew on lap 12. The restart gave Staus the opportunity to get in front of Lewis for second. Calvert mounted to the challenge of taking third from Lewis, but ran out of laps in the feature event.  Staus finished second with Lewis, Calvert and Cale Turner in the top five.

Marc Carter picked up his third consecutive win and fifth L A Raceway win of the year in Xtreme Motors Street Stock feature event. Carter started on the outside of row one and had a strong run off the line to take the lead. Ted Welschmeyer settled into second with several fast cars right on his bumper to include Jay Prevete, Kevin Perkins and James McMillin. McMillin had fallen to fifth at the start of the feature, but temporarily settled into third on lap four. Two laps later, Welschmeyer got too high coming out of turn two allowing McMillin to take second. Perkins was in fourth until a caution flew on lap seven. On the restart, both Scott Krause and Allen Perryman were able to move in front of him.

With four laps left, Krause gets loose in the top of turn four and loses two spots to Prevete and Perkins. As the white flag flew, three cars connected in turns one and two. Krause and Prevete were able to continue, but Perkins came rolling to a stop. He was finally able to re-fire and finished last. Carter made the trip to the KOKO/98.5 The Bar winner’s circle. McMillin, Welschmeyer, Perryman and Prevete finished in the top five honors. Dean Wille picked up his second consecutive feature win of the season in the Pitts Homes of Warsaw A Modified feature after starting on the outside of row one. Terry Kirk and Chad Lyle put on a good show for the crowd as they battled for second. When Lyle took second on lap three after a restart for a caution, Kirk began falling back through the field of cars. Austin Siebert took third one lap later.

Terry Schultz had worked his way to fifth by lap four after starting thirteenth. Another restart on lap sixth allowed Schultz to move into fourth. A lap later, he took third from Siebert.  Matt Dotson moved into the picture after yet another restart on lap 10. Both Dotson and Kirk moved in front of Siebert. As laps wound down, the lead cars began spacing from each other. Wille took to the feature win with Lyle, Schultz, Dotson and Kirk rounding out the top five finishes.

L A Raceway invites fans to join them Friday, July 13, as the USRA A Modifieds, B Modifieds, 305 Sprints, Street Stocks and Hobby Stocks once again take the track for the battle to be named track champion. Gates open at 5:30, with hot laps starting at 7:30 p.m. For more information about the track, visit www.laraceway.com.

L A Raceway Adjusts Start Times

June 27th, 2012

With continued forecasts of hot temperatures, L A Raceway at LaMonte, has adjusted the start times of their events through July. Times will be 30 minutes later with gates opening at 5:30, hot laps at 7:30 and racing to begin at 8:00.

This Friday, June 29, the race program will be sponsored by Sharpe Auto Sales, Central Automotive Repair Services and Glass Plus all of Warrensburg and will feature the USRA A Modifieds, B Modifieds, Street Stocks, 305 Winged Sprints and Hobby Stocks. Adults prices are only $10 with discounts for seniors, military and children

McGary picks up feature win at L A Raceway

June 26th, 2012

LA MONTE – It was a rough night for many drivers at L A Raceway Friday night. The track claimed several drive shafts throughout the evening. But, Tom McGary, in the Gill Signs 305 Sprint feature event, made a flawless run to victory lane.

McGarry started on the outside of row one and immediately took the lead. Chad Goff and Mitchell Moore were the only two drivers that mounted to the challenge of trying to track him down. Goff began closing the gap between him and McGarry, but ran out of laps. McGarry took the win with Goff, Moore, Jordan Creason and Lauren Klem finishing in the top five honors. Twenty-one cars were scheduled to start in the Pitts Homes of Warsaw A Modified feature event, however, when the show concluded there were only 10 remaining modifieds. Steve Twenter and Shawn Nations started on the front row with Isaac Dotson and Terry Schultz making up row two. After three starts to the feature, which sent Schultz to the tail of the field, Nations flew to the front of the pack. Dotson settled into second at the completion of lap two. Twenter
slowly fell back through the pack as the laps wound down.

After three more cautions, Dotson got the opportunity to get a run against Nations’ strong run. Dotson pulled right up next to Nations on the bottom side of turns one and two. However, Nations closed the door going down the back shoot. Scotty Roberts took advantage of the opening and took second from Dotson in the next set of turns. With five laps left, a caution gave Nathan Vaughn the room he needed to pass Chad Lyle for fourth place. It looked as if Roberts was going to take the lead from Nations with only two laps left in the feature. Nations once again closed the door sealing his first feature win at L A Raceway. Roberts, Dotson, Vaughn and Lyle rounded out the top five.

Starting with 20 B Modifieds and finishing with 11, Galen Hassler picked up his second consecutive feature win this season in the Jim’s Tire Service B Modified feature event. Tyler Lewis, past track champion, took the lead with Hassler settling into second, but for only three laps. John Brooks started pressuring Lewis for second and took it with just six laps in the books. Lewis was holding strong in third until he fell victim to the track losing his drive shaft on lap 12. This moved Brian Montgomery into third and Josh Calvert into fourth. But the main show came with Chad Staus’ drive to the front after being sent to the tail of the field on lap eight after sailing off the top of the track in turns three and four. He managed to charge back to fourth with only four laps. Hassler took the win with Brooks, Montgomery, and Staus following his lead. It looked as if Jacob Ebert was going to finish fifth until he went off pace coming out of turn two with just half a track to the finish line. Calvert finished fifth and Ebert was able to let momentum carry him to the finish line.

In the Xtreme Motors Street Stock feature event, Marc Carter and Troy Turley started on the front row. Turley quickly took the lead with Carter hot on his heels. Carter was feeling pressure from both Scott Krause and Allen Perryman. Bad luck struck Turley with seven laps completed in the feature event as he left his drive shaft sitting on the front stretch. After several restarts, the field of cars finally got back to the business of racing. Carter assumed the lead but not without a good battle from Krause. After a few laps of the leaders’ drag racing out of corners, Carter crossed the finish line in first. Krause, Perryman, Brian Eckhoff and Ron Bettis finished in the top five. Michael Tyler picked up his third feature win of this season in the Hobby Stock feature event. He started on the pole and John Simpson started on his outside. Simpson fell into second until Jeff Buford made the pass on lap six. Will Register finished fourth and Chuck Coffey finished fifth.

L A Raceway invites fans to join them Friday, June 29, for Sharpe Auto Sales, Central Automotive and Glass Plus Night at the Races. Gates open at 5, with hot laps starting at 7 p.m. For more information about the track, visit www.laraceway.com.

Moyer Jr. Stops Streak at LA Raceway

June 5th, 2012

La Monte, MO – Saturday night, at LA Raceway in La Monte, Missouri a new winner emerged for the first time in three races. Billy Moyer Jr. wired the field to score his third career victory with the Lucas Oil MLRA. He and second running John Anderson hit lapped traffic early in the feature, the #5 of Tommy Cordray got loose in turn four, causing a chain reaction of slowdowns. Moyer Jr., was the first to check up. Anderson slowed in an attempt to keep from hitting the lapped car of Chris Hawkins. The two made slight contact and Anderson spun. He restarted at the back and came up through the field to record an eighth place finish. “When all that happened I know I got on the brakes hard,” commented Moyer Jr. on his perspective of the incident. “I seen the caution come out. I knew John was right there. You hate to see that. It was probably going to be a good race between me and him.”

Woodward, Oklahoma’s, Tommy Weder Jr. finished in the runner up position and for a moment looked like he might go toe to toe with Moyer Jr. Lapped traffic became a handful and Weder was able to close quickly on Moyer. “I’m just happy to run second,” stated Weder. “We’ve been struggling all year with this car. We do quite a bit of stuff different than Billy and them do. Maybe we’re getting somewhere with it.”

Mark Dotson has been up and down this season as he is piloting a Late Model for the first time ever. Saturday was his best ever finish as he fought off a hard charging Eric Turner for third. “It’s starting to come around a little bit so hopefully we can keep it up,” commented Dotson on his luck so far.

Driving for Pannell Motorsports, Eric Turner wheeled from ninth to fourth and came to life late in the feature. Justin Wells earned the KRC Hard Charger award, passing nine cars to finish fifth in his first ever trip to LA Raceway.

Only the early yellow for Anderson slowed the race. Bill Leighton appeared to be on his way to a third place finish before his engine expired. The four heat races were won by Billy Moyer Jr., John Anderson, Bill Leighton and Mark Dotson. Thirty five cars attended the Lucas Oil MLRA race at LA Raceway. It had been nearly six years since Super Late Models raced at the track.

Friday night, June 1st, the scheduled event at Humboldt Speedway was rained out. It has been reset for Friday, July 27th. He’s a;lways fun to race withHe been unstoppable

Next up will be a pair of shows on Friday, June 15th at Valley Speedway in Grain Valley, MO and Saturday, June 16th at Thunder Hill Speedway in Mayetta, KS.

Humboldt and LA Around the Corner

June 1st, 2012

Buckner, MO – Following a hugely successful Memorial Day Weekend, the Lucas Oil MLRA screams back to action this Friday and Saturday evening at a pair of ovals which haven’t seen the Lucas Oil MLRA in several seasons. Friday, action will take place at Humboldt Speedway in Humboldt, KS. Ron and Rhenda Whitworth have recently completed major facility upgrades and boast outstanding action on their small 3/8 mile race track. The site of some of the biggest modified races in the country will come to life with 800 plus horsepower Dirt Late Models.

Saturday, action moves to Mike and Carolynn White’s 3/8 mile LA Raceway. Typically a Friday night track, LA Raceway, known for its consistent smooth and slick surface, will offer an amazing show to all the fans. With amenities like the pit area directly behind the grandstands, your ticket will allow you a bird’s eye view of action going on there as well as on the track. All American Auto from Clinton, MO has put up an additional $100 to the highest finishing Lucas Cattle Company ULMA competitor Saturday. There will also be two Lucas Cattle Company ULMA provisionals for the $3,000 to win main event.

John Anderson has won the last three Lucas Oil MLRA features and comes into this weekend with the series point lead.

Humboldt Speedway Information
Gates: 6:00 PM
Racing 7:00 PM
Admission: $17 (Adults) – $5 (Kids 6-12)
Support Classes: USRA A Modifieds, Factory Stocks and Pure Stocks
Website: HumboldtSpeedway.com

LA Raceway Information
Gates: 5:00 PM
Racing: 7:30 PM
Admission: $18 (Adults) – $16 (Seniors/Military) – $6 (Kids 11-15)
Support Classes: USRA A Modifieds and B Modifieds
Website: LARaceway.com

Jay Lyle adds another feature win to his impressive racing record

May 26th, 2012

LA MONTE – Jay Lyle began his racing career many years ago with wins coming from racetracks all over Missouri, including Sportsman’s Speedway in Marshall. Now, he still puts on an exciting show and is always looking for just one more feature win.

And he got that Friday night at L A Raceway in La Monte. Scott Krause, past track champion, and Lyle began on the front row in the Xtreme Motors Street Stock feature event. After several rough laps and Krause leading, Lyle got the break he needed when a caution flew on lap five.

When the race resumed, it was a three-car battle for the lead. Krause, Lyle and Marc Carter came out of turn four three-wide with Lyle beating them to the line. Krause got crossed up coming out of turn two on the next lap making contact with both Carter and Jay Prevete. This little hiccup gave Lyle the breathing room he needed.

The rest of the race was like cats chasing a mouse. Lyle took the feature win with about six car links over Carter. Krause, Ted Welschmeyer and Prevete rounded out the top five.

Another good, entertaining feature was in the Gill Signs 305 Sprint feature event. Mitchell Moore has been flawless all season long.

Well “Mr. Excitement” Tom McGarry decided to try to break that streak. Lauren Klem started on the pole with Moore to her right. Klem gave it her best shot and tried to beat Moore to the punch, but Moore showed that experience was on his side.

Klem remained strong in second until a caution allowed McGarry to get the jump on her. He then set his sights on Moore. There were many attempts by McGarry for the lead and they looked as if they would stick, but the top side of the track was still slightly faster.

A caution came out and that was just whatMoore needed to seal the win, again. McGarry’s tires cooled off and Moore switched to running the bottom of the track to block any advances by McGarry.

Moore still remains undefeated this season. McGarry, Klem, Chad Goff and Mike Schouten finished in the top five.

In the Jim’s Tire Service B Modified feature event, Brad Smith picked up where he left off last week. Smith had good runs on every start as there were several cautions and the feature was only completed about one lap at a time.

Twenty-one B modifieds started the feature and only nine crossed the finish line. Tyler Lewis, past track champion, rose to the challenge with only four laps left to put in the book. He charged from fourth taking one position for every lap left. He was unable to catch Smith, but did take second from John Brooks right before the checkered flag flew.

Smith picked up the win with Lewis, Brooks, Lucas Isaacs and Jacob Ebert finishing the top honors of the night.

A good battle between Matt Dotson and Chad Lyle made for an interesting race in the Pitts Homes of Warsaw A Modified feature event. Dotson made a big run off the top to take the lead. As laps winded down, it was a three car breakaway. Dotson, Lyle and Terry Schultz were definitely the front runners with almost a full straight away lead over the fourth place of Nathan Vaughn.

Lyle made a few more attempts for the lead towards the end of the race, but Dotson took the win. Schultz took third and Vaughn finished fourth. Curt Potter beat Tim Setzer to the finish line by sticking it out on the hinges when coming out of turn four.

Michael Tyler and John Simpson made the Hobby Stock show worthwhile. Tyler took the lead but not without Simpson in hot pursuit. It was a battle until the finish with Tyler beating Simpson to the line by only a margin of victory. Jeff Buford, Will Register and Kevin Prall rounded out the top five finishes.

L A Raceway invites fans to join them Saturday, May 27, for Crown Power & Equipment of La Monte Night at the Races with the ASCS Warrior Region 360 Winged Sprints. Support classes will include the 305 Winged Sprints and the WAR Non-Wing Sprint Series. Gates open at 5, with hot laps starting at 7 p.m.

Moody, Smith pick up modified wins at L A Raceway

May 17th, 2012

LA MONTE, Mo. – All eyes were on Dean Wille and Jim Moody at the start of the Pitts Homes of Warsaw A Modififed feature event. Both drivers are definitely familiar with the winner’s circle at L A Raceway.

Moody took the lead when the green flag flew bringing Mark Dotson from row two with him. After a rocky five laps with several cautions, cars seemed to be settling into place. Moody, Dotson and Wille ticked off the laps with Tim Setzer sitting in fourth with Terry Kirk in fifth for the first 12 laps of the feature event.

Kirk had a mishap and went off the track over the top of turns three and four losing six positions. Terry Schultz slid up to fifth position.

Dotson didn’t accept a second place finish without a good fight for the win. Race fans were on the edge of their seats during several of the final laps. Dotson had better runs into the turns, but his modified couldn’t match the horsepower put out by Moody’s car in the straight aways.

Moody took the his first feature win of L A Raceway’s 2012 season. Dotson, Wille, and Setzer finished in the top four and Chad Lyle, who had to tag the tail of the field after a lap-five caution, beat Schultz to the finish line for fifth.

In the Jim’s Tire Service B Modifieds, Tyler Lewis and Billy Bentley started on the front row with Brad Smith and Chad Staus in the second row.

Bentley had the lead with one lap in the books until both Lewis and Smith snuck by. On lap nine, Smith used lap traffic to his advantage and took the lead from Lewis coming out of turn four until a car spun out reverting the field back a lap.

On the restart, Staus looked like he was shot out of a cannon and had a really good run into turns one and two. When the three cars entered turn three, a little exchange of paint occurred and Staus came out the leader at the completion of the lap. Entering the next set of turns, Smith took the lead and the rest was history.

Smith took his first feature win of the season with more than a half of a straight away lead. Staus, Lewis and Bentley followed with Josh Calvert edging out Darin Claxton at the line for the fifth place finish.

Mitchell Moore picked up his third feature win of the season in the Gill Signs 305 Sprint Car feature event. Jordan Creason finished second and Mike Schouten finished third.

The best battle during the race was between Chad Goff, who started ninth, and Brian Beebe, who started eighth. With only three laps left in the feature event, Goff was charging hard from sixth. When the two sprinters crossed the line, it was unknown who finished first until the official score was announced. Goff barely beat Beebe to the finish line giving him the fourth place finish.

Marc Carter and Jay Prevete battled for the lead in the Xtreme Motors Street Stocks feature. Carter took the lead coming out of turn four at the completion of lap one.

With nine laps in the books, leaders passed lap traffic for the second time. Prevete used a lapped car to his advantage and took the bottom line on the track coming out of turn two. Carter shot through the middle and became the middle of a Prevete- and-lapped-car sandwich. The lapped car spun out and Carter ended up with a flat tire and some damage sending him to the trailer for the night.

When racing resumed, Prevete sailed to his first feature win of the season. Allen Perryman, Larry Ferris, Kevin Perkins and Randy Gilmore finished in the top five.

John Simpson picked up the feature win in the Hobby Stocks with a half of straight away lead over Jeff Buford. Danny Crum, Will Register and Chuck Coffey rounded out the top five finishes.

L A Raceway invites fans to join them Friday, May 18, for Otten Small Engine/Gravely Mowers Night at the Races where the USRA A Modifieds, B Modifieds, 305 Sprints, Street Stocks and Hobby Stocks will hit the track for another great night of racing in the country.

Jason Hughes Scores Fourth Win of 2012 with USMTS Triumph

May 9th, 2012

Westville, Oklahoma – Jason Hughes outdueled Stormy Scott to record his fourth feature win of the season in his #12 West Siloam Pawn/Gressel Racing/Hughes/Mullins Race Engines Open Wheel Modified on Friday night at LA Raceway.

Jason entered a doubleheader with the Casey’s General USMTS National Championship Series over the weekend in Missouri. On Friday night a $4,000-to-win event was held at LA Raceway (La Monte, Missouri) as 45 competitors converged on the 3/8 mile oval. In heat race action Hughes advanced from the third starting spot to a second place finish to lock into the redraw for the feature. In the redraw he received the fourth starting spot for the 40 lap finale. As the race went green Hughes would quickly find himself in the second position behind race leader, Stormy Scott. Jason would stalk the leader until lap 32, when he shot by Scott for the lead. The duo would battle for the top spot over the closing laps of the event, including contact on the last lap. Despite the contact both drivers would be able to continue as Hughes claimed the win by a car length over Scott, Rodney Sanders, Jason Krohn, and Chase Junghans. The victory was his fourth of the
2012 season.

On Saturday evening the action shifted to West Plains Motor Speedway (West Plains, Missouri) as the tour sanctioned its first-ever event at the 3/8 mile oval. With forty cars registered for battle Hughes passed one car in his heat to finish third, which earned him the tenth starting spot for the 40 lap, $5,000-to-win event. Unfortunately he would quickly see his shot at his second feature win in as many nights be eliminated, when contact from another competitor early in the race resulted in a flat tire, ending his night in the 28th position.

Jason ended the weekend fourth in the Casey’s USMTS National Championship standings, while Hughes Race Cars continues to lead the Tiger Rear Ends Manufacturer’s battle. Full results from both events and the latest standings are available at www.USMTS.com

After originally planning to not race, the team has later their plans and will not enter a trio of Casey’s General USMTS events this weekend, May 10th-12th, for a trio of Casey’s General USMTS events. On Thursday night the action begins at Heart O’ Texas Speedway (Crandall, Texas) before moving onto RPM Speedway (Crandall, Texas), and concluding on Saturday night at Cowtown Speedway (Kennedale, Texas). Thursday and Saturday’s events will be feature $4,000-to-win/$400-to-start purses, while Friday night will be a $2,000-to-win event. For more information on the events, please visit www.USMTS.com.

Hughes Race Cars and their customers are already racking up several wins across the country early in the 2012 season. Visit www.JasonHughes12.com for more information on how to join our winning team.

Jason Hughes would like to thank his sponsors including West Siloam Pawn, Gressel Racing, Hughes Racing Chassis, Road Runner Trucking, LLC, Mullins Race Engines, Integra Racing Shocks & Springs, Hanson Tire Service, Braka Operating, Sunoco Race Fuels, Mert’s Truck Center, SAEF Custom Finishing, Wheeler Metals Rainbow Graphics, Hooker Harness, Quarter Master, Beyea Custom Headers, Ultra-Shield Race Products, MB Machine & Tool, T&D Machine Products, Callies, Quick Car Racing Products, Dan Olson Racing Products, FSR Radiators & Racing Products, Tiger Rear Ends, Joe Gibbs Driven Racing Oil, Sweet Mfg, Real Racing Wheels, Rod End Supply, and MSRMafia.com Marketing Services.

For more information on Jason Hughes, please visit www.JasonHughes12.com.

Hughes banks LA Raceway loot

May 7th, 2012

LA MONTE, Mo. – The USMTS Modifieds invaded the LA Raceway Friday for the second time in just over two weeks for the Arbor Masters Modified Nationals presented by Beebe Heating & Air Conditioning. This time, the stakes were doubled
with $4,000 to win on the line and valuable USMTS National Championship Series points.

Unlike the last visit on April 19, there was no lightning in the sky, but Stormy Scott was poised to make it two in a row as he started the 40-lap main event from the outside of the front row. Scott shot out to an early lead over polesitter Bryan Rowland as the green flag fell, with Jason Hughes, Randy Timms and Chase Junghans in pursuit.

Scott continued to lead the first ten laps but Hughes remained glued to his rear bumper. Meanwhile, defending USMTS National Champion Ryan Gustin was up to 16th from his 22nd starting spot while the rest of the 30-car starting field slugged it out throughout the pack.

Trailing by eight car-lengths by lap 16, Hughes began to reel Scott back in as Gustin climbed to eighth by the halfway point when a caution slowed the pace or the race.

Scott got a big jump on the restart as Junghans followed him into second. But two laps later, Hughes reclaimed the position and set his sights on Scott while Rodney Sanders muscled his way past Junghans for the runner-up spot.

With nine laps to go, Hughes powered his way by Scott to take the lead for the first time. Scott tried the high side of the track, but Hughes held on to lead lap 32. Meanwhile, Scott had his hands full trying to fend off Sanders while Jason Krohn worked into fourth and Gustin followed Junghans in sixth.

Coming for the white flag, Hughes and Scott made contact down the front-stretch with Scott showing some wrinkled sheet metal from the exchange. Hughes took advantage, and held off Scott at the checkered flags by less than a car length with Sanders right there in the mix finishing third.

Krohn wound up fourth and Junghans rounded out the top five. Sixth through tenth were Gustin, Dereck Ramirez, Mark Dotson, Terry Phillips and Kelly Shryock.

Friday’s event marked the ninth USMTS event at Mike and Carol White’s 3/8-mile clay oval, and the third win at the LA Raceway for the 2010 USMTS National Champion. The $4,000 win was also the 107th career USMTS triumph for Hughes.

Saturday will take the stars and cars of the USMTS National Championship Series to the historic West Plains Motor Speedway. Mother Nature thwarted the series debut here last year, so fans and drivers alike are chomping at the bit to see action on the legendary oval.

After several years sitting dormant, officials welcomed fans, drivers, crew members, sponsors and their families back for the first night of weekly racing in April 2011. Thousands of hours and dollars later, dozens of renovations and upgrades have given the historic dirt track new life.

In its first season under new ownership, the West Plains Motor Speedway boasts one of the best weekly car counts and some of the nation’s toughest competition during their weekly USRA Modified program.

Presented by Mega Motorsports and Mr. Dent Collision Repair, the event will also feature Crate Late Models, USRA B-Mods, Super Stocks and Hobby Stocks. Race time is 7:00.

And while the competitors will be battling for big money, even the fans can get in on the action too as $1,000 in cash will be dropped from the sky, and fans get to stand underneath and see how much you can catch!

The West Plains Motor Speedway is a 100-acre motorsports facility with an exciting 3/8-mile red clay oval surrounded by seating that will accommodate more than 12,000 fans. Fans can enjoy the action from their choice of molded contour seating, ground level bleachers or high-rise stadium style seating.

On-site camping is available free of charge with clean restrooms, showers, water fill and a dump station for motor homes. Full service food and souvenir concessions are conveniently located within the facility along with acres of free parking.

The West Plains Motor Speedway is located 6 miles south of West Plains on US 63. For more information, call the track office at 417-522-9891 or 417-257-2112 on race day. The track’s website can be found at www.westplainsdirt.com.

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 and follow us on Twitter.

USMTS National Championship Series heads to La Monte, West Plains for pair of Show-Me State showdowns

May 4th, 2012

LA MONTE, Mo. – The USMTS National Championship Series motors into Missouri for a doubleheader this weekend starting on Friday, May 4, with a return to the LA Raceway in La Monte, Mo., and then moving on to the long-awaited series debut
Saturday at the historic West Plains Motor Speedway in West Plains, Mo. Both events will pay $4,000 to win and are expected to draw the top names in open-wheel dirt Modified racing.

With heat probably still rising from the clay, the USMTS Modifieds return to the LA Raceway just a little more than two weeks since visiting the 3/8-mile clay oval. King of America II Modified Nationals winner Stormy Scott continued his hot streak with a win in what marked the eighth USMTS event at Mike and Carol White’s facility and the fourth time the “A” Main has went green to checkered without a caution. Jason Hughes and Jeremy Payne are both two-time winners in La Monte. Other former winners include Kelly Shryock, Rodney Sanders and Grant Junghans. Sanders comes into the event where he won his career-first USMTS race as the points leader in the USMTS Casey’s Cup Series.

The Arbor Masters Modified Nationals presented by Beebe Heating & Air Conditioning will see gates opening at 4:00 with hot laps starting at 7:00 and the first heat race to follow. Also on the card will be 305 Winged Sprints and Street Stocks. The LA Raceway is a located 3.5 miles west of SR 127 on Hwy Y. For more information, check out www.laraceway.com online.

Saturday will take the stars and cars of the USMTS National Championship Series to the historic West Plains Motor Speedway. Mother Nature thwarted the series debut here last year, so fans and drivers alike are chomping at the bit to see action on the legendary oval. After several years sitting dormant, officials welcomed fans, drivers, crew members, sponsors and their families back for the first night of weekly racing in April 2011. Thousands of hours and dollars later, dozens of renovations and upgrades have given the historic dirt track new life.

In its first season under new ownership, the West Plains Motor Speedway boasts one of the best weekly car counts and some of the nation’s toughest competition during their weekly USRA Modified program. Presented by Mega Motorsports and Mr. Dent Collision Repair, the event will also feature Crate Late Models, USRA B-Mods, Super Stocks and Hobby Stocks. Race time is 7:00.

And while the competitors will be battling for big money, even the fans can get in on the action too as $1,000 in cash will be dropped from the sky, and fans get to stand underneath and see how much you can catch! The West Plains Motor Speedway is a 100-acre motorsports facility with an exciting 3/8-mile red clay oval surrounded by seating that will accommodate more than 12,000 fans. Fans can enjoy the action from their choice of molded contour seating, ground level bleachers or high-rise stadium style seating.

On-site camping is available free of charge with clean restrooms, showers, water fill and a dump station for motor homes. Full service food and souvenir concessions are conveniently located within the facility along with acres of free parking.
The West Plains Motor Speedway is located 6 miles south of West Plains on US 63. For more information, call the track office at 417-522-9891 or 417-257-2112 on race day. The track’s website can be found at www.westplainsdirt.com.

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 and follow us on Twitter.

Jason Hughes Scores Trio of Top Three Finishes in USMTS Action

April 26th, 2012

Westville, Oklahoma- Jason Hughes entered four Casey’s General USMTS events over the course of last weekend in his #12 West Siloam Pawn/Gressel Racing/Hughes/Mullins Race Engines Open Wheel Modified and came away with three, top three finishes to show for his efforts.

Thursday night found Jason entering his first event in almost three weeks as he returned to action with the Casey’s General USMTS tour at LA Raceway (La Monte, Missouri). Under threatening skies a field of 36 competitors registered for battle, and in heat race action Hughes advanced from his second starting spot to claim the heat race win. Via his heat performance he was the top point’s earner, and locked into the redraw for the feature, where he was the recipient of the third starting spot. In the 40 lap feature he would battle at the front of the pack for the duration of the feature before crossing the finish line in the fourth position behind race winner, Stormy Scott, Ryan Gustin, and Dereck Ramirez.

Jason has had a strong start to the 2012 campaign, but Friday night was not a good outing for the team. A $2,000-to-win, Casey’s USMTS event was held at Valley Speedway (Grain Valley, Missouri) as 36 cars registered for battle. In heat race and b-main action, Hughes would battle mechanical woes and would elect to not take a provisional to start the feature.

Looking to put Friday night’s bad luck behind them, the team entered another $2,000-to-win, Casey’s General USMTS event at Salina High Banks Speedway (Salina, Oklahoma) on Saturday night. Forty-one entries were on hand for the event on the wicked-fast oval, and in heat race action Jason advanced from his third starting spot to claim the heat race win, which locked him into the redraw for the 40 lap feature. In the redraw, Jason received the fourth starting position, and throughout the 30 lap feature he would battle in the top five before crossing the finish line in the fourth position
behind race winner, Terry Phillips, Ryan Gustin, and Rodney Sanders.

Jason ended the busy, four-race weekend on Sunday night with another $2,000-to-win, Casey’s USMTS event at Monett Speedway (Monett, Missouri). Twenty-nine competitors entered the event at the historic oval, and Hughes began his night by advancing from fifth to second in his heat race to again lock into the redraw for the feature. His bad luck in the redraw continued as he received the sixth starting spot for the 35 lap finale. As the race went green Hughes began working his way forward and was up to the third position by the race’s midway point. Late in the event he would race his way past Rodney Sanders for the second position but was unable to catch the leader Terry Phillips as he had to settle for a second place finish at the checkered flag behind race winner, Phillips.

Jason is currently third in the Casey’s Cup USMTS standings and Hughes Race Cars leads the Tiger Rear Ends Manufacturer’s standings. Full results from the weekend and complete standings are available at www.USMTS.com.

After a few days back at the shop the team is now traveling to Wisconsin and Minnesota this weekend, April 26th-28th, for a trio of Casey’s General USMTS events. With a $4,000-to-win/$400-to-start purse on the line each night the weekend begins on Thursday night at Rice Lake Speedway (Rice Lake, Wisconsin). Friday night will find the tour at Mississippi Thunder Speedway (Fountain City, Wisconsin) before the final event is held on Saturday night at Deer Creek Speedway (Spring Valley, Minnesota). All three events will award USMTS National Championship points. For more information on the
events, please visit www.USMTS.com.

Hughes Race Cars and their customers are already racking up several wins across the country early in the 2012 season. Visit www.JasonHughes12.com for more information on how to join our winning team.

Jason Hughes would like to thank his sponsors including West Siloam Pawn, Gressel Racing, Hughes Racing Chassis, Road Runner Trucking, LLC, Mullins Race Engines, Integra Racing Shocks & Springs, Hanson Tire Service, Braka Operating, Sunoco Race Fuels, Mert’s Truck Center, SAEF Custom Finishing, Wheeler Metals Rainbow Graphics, Hooker Harness, Quarter Master, Beyea Custom Headers, Ultra-Shield Race Products, MB Machine & Tool, T&D Machine Products, Callies, Quick Car Racing Products, Dan Olson Racing Products, FSR Radiators & Racing Products, Tiger Rear Ends, Joe Gibbs Driven Racing Oil, Sweet Mfg, Real Racing Wheels, Rod End Supply, and MSRMafia.com Marketing Services.

Dereck Ramirez in Thick of Ultra-Busy USMTS Modified Action

April 26th, 2012

Woodward, Oklahoma – With Spring now in full effect the Dereck Ramirez is burning up tracks in his #4r Ramirez Motorsports/Hughes Race Car/Pro Power Racing Engine Open Wheel Modified with the Casey’s General USMTS tour.

After a few weeks away from the track the team was eager to return to action, and they did just that on Thursday night with a $2,000-to-win, Casey’s General USMTS event at LA Raceway (La Monte, Missouri). Thirty-six Open Wheel Modifieds were on hand for the program, and Dereck began his night by charging from the fourth starting spot to a second place finish in his heat race to lock into the redraw for the feature. In the redraw he was the recipient of the second starting spot with Ryan Gustin joining him on the front row. Ramirez would battle for the lead early in the event before
ultimately crossing the finish line in the third position behind race winner, Stormy Scott, and Ryan Gustin. The finish was his best on the tour so far this season.

On the heels of his best tour finish of the year on Thursday night, Dereck entered another Casey’s USMTS event on Friday night at Valley Speedway (Grain Valley, Missouri). Thirty-four competitors registered for battle, and in heat race action passing would be difficult as Ramirez failed to gain any positions with a fifth place finish, which relegated him to a b-main. A fourth to second run in his b-main locked him to the sixteenth starting spot for the 40 lap, $2,000-to-win feature. During the course of the feature he would advance ten spots on his way to a sixth place finish.

Saturday night found the team at Salina High Banks Speedway (Salina, Oklahoma) for a $2,000-to-win, 30 lap event with the Casey’s USMTS tour. The night started on a positive note for Ramirez as he powered from his sixth starting position to a second place finish in heat race action to lock into the redraw for the feature. He would be the recipient of the eighth
starting spot for the finale, and early in the event he would battle throughout the top ten. However, as the feature progressed the team began to battle mechanical issues, and Ramirez would ultimately retire to a 20th place finish with just two laps remaining in the feature.

The team concluded the four race weekend on Sunday night at Monett Speedway (Monett, Missouri) in another $2,000-to-win, Casey’s USMTS event. Twenty-nine entries registered for action, and in heat race action he passed one car to claim a second place finish, which locked him into the ninth starting spot on the grid for the 35 lap feature. During the course of the feature Dereck advanced three spots to finish sixth behind race winner, Terry Phillips, Jason Hughes, Ryan Gustin, Rodney Sanders, and Johnny Scott.

Dereck is currently seventh in the latest Casey’s Cup USMTS standings. Full results from the weekend are available at www.USMTS.com.

There is no rest for the weary as this weekend, April 26th-28th, the Casey’s General USMTS tour will host a trio of events in the upper Midwest. The events will all be $4,000-to-win/$400-to-start and will award USMTS National Championship points. The action begins on Thursday night at Rice Lake Speedway (Rice Lake, WI) before moving onto Mississippi Thunder Speedway (Fountain City, WI) on Friday night, and concluding at Deer Creek Speedway (Spring Valley, Minnesota) on Saturday evening. For more information on the events, please visit www.USMTS.com.

Dereck Ramirez and Ramirez Motorsports would like to thank all of their sponsors and supporters including Eibach Springs, Swan Energy Inc., VP Race Fuels, Outerwears, Pro Power Racing Engines, Ramirez Motorsports, Day Motorsports, Buddy’s Rig Lounge, Case Wireline Service, Red Bone Fishing, West Oak Production, Raw Truck Wash, Power Rig, Mid-Continent, Boom-Test,
Mid-West Refrigeration, Integra Shocks, Bell Helmets, Awesome Racewear, and MSRMafia.com Marketing Services.

For the latest information on Dereck Ramirez, please visit www.DereckRamirez.com.

Scott too fast for storms, sails to USMTS Casey’s Cup victory at LA Raceway

April 22nd, 2012

LA MONTE, Mo. – The rain held off until after the final checkered flag waved Thursday night at the LA Raceway, but a powerful storm pounded the racetrack in the main event for the stars and cars of the USMTS Casey’s Cup Series. Looking to record his first win on the 2012 season, Ryan Gustin of Marshalltown, Iowa, took control of the 40-lap feature from the pole position and pulled out to nearly a ten-car-length lead by lap 10 with Dereck Ramirez, Jason Hughes and Stormy Scott slugging it out for the next three positions.

By lap 15 ‘The Reaper’ was lapping the back of the field but Scott was on the charge and quickly narrowing the gap between himself and the defending USMTS National Champion. Scott caught the rear bumper of Gustin’s machine by the halfway point and then blasted into the lead with 21 laps complete in the 6th Annual Schwab’s Tinker Shop Show-Me Shootout.

By lap 30, the King of America II Modified Nationals winner had padded his advantage to a full straight-away, and with no cautions to aid his pursuers Scott and his #2s Rancho Milagro GRT/Yeoman streaked beneath the checkered flag a full five seconds ahead of Gustin. With rain approaching and lightning filling the sky, Scott pocketed $2,000 for his efforts while Gustin had to settle for his fifth runner-up finish of the season as raindrops began to fall on the 3/8-mile clay oval.

Ramirez held off Hughes for third while Rowland rounded out the top 5 finishers. Sixth through tenth were Kelly Shryock, Chase Junghans, Rodney Sanders, 20th-starting Jeremy Payne and Johnny Scott. Thursday marked the eight USMTS event at the LA Raceway, and the fourth time the “A” Main has went from green to checkered without a caution. Friday night will find the USMTS Casey’s Cup Series at the Valley Speedway in Grain Valley, Mo. The USMTS made its debut ‘The Valley’ last year with Jason Hughes taking the win after starting 15th while four of the top five finishers came from deeper than the fourth row on the starting grid.

The pit gate will open up at 4:00 and grandstand seats become available at 5:00 with hot laps at 6:30 and racing at 7:00. Lightning Sprints and Vintage Cars will also be on the racing card.

The Valley Speedway is a 1/3-mile semi-banked dirt oval located 0.9 mile south of I-70 (exit 24) on Main St. (Buckner-Tarnsey Rd.), then 0.4 mile east on Old US 40. For more information, call 816-229-2222 or visit www.valleyspeedway.com online.

On Saturday the series invades the Salina Highbanks Speedway in Salina, Okla., and then wraps up the four-race swing on Sunday at the Monett Speedway in Monett, Mo.

All three USMTS Casey’s Cup Series shows pay $2,000 to win and $250 to start. Kenny Wallace will be in action again Friday and Saturday while Ken Schrader joins the party Friday night and will race on Saturday and Sunday too.

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 and follow us on Twitter.

Higley holds off Strong for Industrial Material Surplus Iron Man Challenge checkers at LA Raceway

April 21st, 2012

LA MONTE, Mo. – Mike Higley of Tecumseh, Kan., won for the third time in his last three starts Thursday as the Industrial Material Surplus Iron Man Challenge for USRA B-Mods invaded the LA Raceway in La Monte, Mo.

Higley, who won the last two Iron Man features at the I-35 Speedway dating back to last August, snared the lead from Jeremy Chambers following a restart on lap 2 and never gave up the lead the rest of the way as he picked up the $500 winner’s share of the prize money.

Shawn Strong gave Higley all he could handle during the last half of the race, but even a green-white-checkered finish was not enough to help him get by leader.

Chambers held on for the third spot while veteran Steve Muilenburg finished fourth despite starting 22nd on the grid. Thirteen-year-old Trevor Hunt rounded out the top 5 finishers.

The Industrial Material Surplus Iron Man Challenge heads north to the Mississippi Thunder Speedway in Fountain City, Wis., as the USRA B-Mods join the USMTS Modifieds for the track’s season opener next Friday, April 27.

To learn more about the USRA, visit www.usraracing.com or call 515-832-6000. You can also like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/usraracing or follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/usraracing.

Ken Schrader, Kenny Wallace take on USMTS this weekend

April 19th, 2012

LA MONTE, Mo. – The United States Modified Touring Series embark on a four-night, four-track swing this Thursday through Sunday, April 19-22, and the stars and cars of the USMTS Casey’s Cup Series will have even more star power and some added competition as NASCAR veterans Ken Schrader and Kenny Wallace throw their hats into the mix.

The series invaded the LA Raceway in La Monte, Mo., on Thursday for the first of seven blockbuster events spanning the final twelve days of the month. On Friday, action moves to the Valley Speedway in Grain Valley, Mo., and then heads west to Salina, Okla., and the Salina Highbanks Speedway. The quadrupleheader wraps up Sunday at the Monett Speedway in Monett, Mo.

Wallace, who has 41 career starts with the USMTS, will be on hand Thursday, Friday and Saturday while Schrader will make his 32nd career USMTS start on Friday and then compete Saturday and Sunday too.

Schrader, 56, has been called the consummate race car driver – he can drive anything with wheels, represents his sponsors well and relates to his fans.

“We’ve been trying for quite a while to win one of these,” Schrader said following his lone USMTS victory at the Red River Valley Speedway on July 28, 2010. “What the World of Outlaws are to sprint car racing, these guys are to Modifieds. I love the series and these drivers are as good as it gets.”

Throughout his career, the two-time USAC champion and 1985 Winston Cup Series Rookie of the Year has been successful at every level of racing in which he has competed, including 27 years as a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver.

Schrader’s success as a race car driver carries over into other areas of his life. As a race team owner, Schrader has fielded cars in NASCAR, ARCA and several dirt series. As a TV commentator, he has worked with SPEED and ESPN, offering his own perspective as a driver/owner.

While Schrader is often reserved in his demeanor, Kenny Wallace is quite the opposite.

Wallace is a favorite among NASCAR faithful and racing fans everywhere. He cut his teeth racing on asphalt, but has an admirable résumé of racing on the dirt including winning the first Prelude To The Dream charity race at Tony Stewart’s Eldora Speedway and numerous wins in a Modified at Volusia Speedway Park during the Florida Winter Nationals.

He is a successful driver, racetrack owner and television personality, but the 48-year-old is looking to add one more feather to his cap in 2012. With a handful of top-five finishes under his belt, Wallace will be looking to capture his first checkered flag with the USMTS this week.

“Every time that I race with the USMTS, the people are nice and the competition is tough,” said Wallace. “The USMTS is the NASCAR Sprint Cup of Modified racing in the United States. I really respect the drivers and the officials in the USMTS.”

After 41 starts over the course of the last three seasons, “The Hermanator” has 17 top-ten finishes with three of those inside the top five. His two runner-up finishes came in 2009 when he ran second to Jon Tesch at the Park Jefferson Speedway in Jefferson, S.D., on June 16, then followed Ryan Ruter to the checkers eight days later at the I-35 Speedway in Mason City, Iowa.

Thursday, April 19 … LA Raceway, La Monte, Mo. The 6th Annual Schwab’s Tinker Shop Show-Me Shootout will see gates opening at 4:00, with hot laps starting at 7:00 and the first heat race to follow. Also on the card will be the Iron Man Challenge featuring USRA B-Mods. The LA Raceway is a 3/8-mile semi-banked clay oval located 3.5 miles west of SR 127 on Hwy Y. For more information, call 660-620-1152 or 660-563-9878 or check out www.laraceway.com online.

Friday, April 20 … Valley Speedway, Grain Valley, Mo. The pit gate will open up at 4:00 and grandstand seats become available at 5:00 with hot laps at 6:30 and racing at 7:00. Lightning Sprints and Vintage Cars will also be on the racing card. The Valley Speedway is a 1/3-mile semi-banked dirt oval located 0.9 mile south of I-70 (exit 24) on Main St. (Buckner-Tarnsey Rd.), then 0.4 mile east on Old US 40. For more information, call 816-229-2222 or visit www.valleyspeedway.com online.

Saturday, April 21 … Salina Highbanks Speedway, Salina, Okla. Gates open at 5:00 with the first green flag waving at 7:00. Support classes for the April 21 event will be Pure Stocks, Factory Stocks, Grand Nationals and 360 Modifieds. The Salina Highbanks Speedway is a high-banked 3/8-mile clay oval located 7 miles east of Pryor on SR 20. For reservations and ticket information, visit the website at www.salinahighbanksspeedway.com or call 918-434-7223.

Sunday, April 22 … Monett Speedway, Monett, Mo. The 7th Annual Race Brothers Farm & Home Supply Missouri Nationals will mark the 13th appearance of the USMTS Modifieds at Randy Mooneyham’s Monett Speedway. In addition to the USMTS Modifieds, fans will see USRA B-Mods, Pure Stocks and Legends Cars in action too. The pit gate opens at 4:00, grandstand gates open at 5:00, hot laps begin at 6:30 and the first green flag will be unfurled at 7:00. The Monett Speedway is located just south of US 60 on Chapel Dr. For more information, visit www.monettspeedway.com.

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 and follow us on Twitter.

USRA B-Mods invade LA Raceway, Mississippi Thunder Speedway for next rounds of Industrial Material Surplus Iron Man Challenge

April 18th, 2012

LA MONTE, Mo.– The USRA B-Mods will be in action next Thursday, April 19, when the Industrial Material Surplus Iron Man Challenge accompanies the USMTS Modifieds to the LA Raceway in La Monte, Mo., for the 6th Annual Schwab’s Tinker Shop Show-Me Shootout.

Gates will be opening at 4 p.m., with hot laps starting at 7 and the first heat race to follow. The LA Raceway is a located 3.5 miles west of SR 127 on Hwy Y. For more information, call 660-620-1152 or 660-563-9878 or check out www.laraceway.com online.

The following week, Fastenal Company is joining forces with Mississippi Thunder Speedway to present the USMTS National Championship Series and the Industrial Material Surplus Iron Man Challenge featuring USRA B-Mods at the 2012 season opener on Friday, April 27. Also on the card for the 7:30 p.m. season-opening spectacular at the 3/8-mile high-banked dark clay oval will be Street Stocks and Pure Stocks.

The Mississippi Thunder Speedway is located 3.0 miles north of Fountain City on SR 35. For more information, call 608-687-3282 or visit www.mississippithunder.com on the World Wide Web.

USRA B-Mods will battle for $500 to win each night.

The 2012 Industrial Material Surplus Iron Man Challenge points champion will be determined by the best 12 finishes for USRA B-Mods. To be eligible for points funds, drivers must possess a valid USRA license, utilize the American Racer KK704 racing tire on all four wheels and compete in at least half of the events for their division. All Iron Man Challenge events will also award USRA national points.

To learn more about the USRA, visit www.usraracing.com or call 515-832-6000. You can also like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/usraracing or follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/usraracing.

USMTS drivers, fans eye final half of April with 7 shows in 12 days

April 13th, 2012

LA MONTE, Mo.- Since crowning a new “King of America” at the Humboldt Speedway in the final hours of the month of March, the engines have been silent while the drivers and teams of the United States Modified Touring Series earned a well-deserved break in the action.

Meanwhile, racing fans have enjoyed the Easter Holiday with families and friends while many also relaxed by the television to witness some dramatic sports theater at the Augusta National Golf Club.

But the slow-moving serenity since April Fool’s Day will be replaced by extremely loud and incredibly close mud-slinging machines as the Masters of Modified racing invade the LA Raceway in La Monte, Mo., next Thursday for the first of seven
blockbuster events spanning the final twelve days of the month .

Thursday, April 19 … LA Raceway, La Monte, Mo. USMTS Casey’s Cup Series – $2,000 to win, $250 to start

Jason Hughes won last April at the LA Raceway for his second win in a row at the 3/8-mile clay oval and evened him up with Jeremy Payne as the only drivers to score two wins at Mike and Carol White’s facility.

Payne crossed the finish line first in 2009, but was later disqualified and the win was awarded to Grant Junghans who went on to capture the USMTS Rookie of the Year title that same year.

Other former winners at the LA Raceway include Kelly Shryock, Rodney Sanders and Grant Junghans. Sanders, who won his sixth career USMTS feature Saturday night in Humboldt, Kan., comes into the event where he won his first USMTS race as the points leader in the USMTS Casey’s Cup Series.

A smooth, fast and wide racing surface has been the norm with each visit to the LA Raceway. In fact, three of the seven main events here have gone green to checkered without a caution.

The 6th Annual Schwab’s Tinker Shop Show-Me Shootout will see gates opening at 4 p.m., with hot laps starting at 7 and the first heat race to follow. Also on the card will be the Iron Man Challenge featuring USRA B-Mods.

The LA Raceway is a located 3.5 miles west of SR 127 on Hwy Y. For more information, call 660-620-1152 or 660-563-9878 or check out www.laraceway.com online.

Friday, April 20 … Valley Speedway, Grain Valley, Mo. USMTS Casey’s Cup Series – $2,000 to win, $250 to start

The USMTS Modifieds made their debut at the Valley Speedway in 2011, and it’s hard to believe that any fans who witnessed that show could forgive themselves for missing the next one.

After a torrid battle for the top spot with Ryan Gustin and Rodney Sanders, 2010 USMTS National Champion Jason Hughes eventually emerged victorious after coming from the 15th starting spot while four of the top five finishers came from deeper than the fourth row on the starting grid.

Valley Speedway regulars expected to fight for the checkered flag on their home turf include 2012 opening night USRA Modified feature winner Dean Wille, Terry Schultz, Zachary Sanders and others.

The pit gate will open up at 4 p.m. and grandstand seats become available at 5 with hot laps at 6:30 and racing at 7 p.m. Lightning Sprints and Vintage Cars will also be on the racing card.

The Valley Speedway is a 1/3-mile semi-banked dirt oval located 0.9 mile south of I-70 (exit 24) on Main St. (Buckner-Tarnsey Rd.), then 0.4 mile east on Old US 40. For more information, call 816-229-2222 or visit www.valleyspeedway.com online.

Saturday, April 21 … Salina Highbanks Speedway, Salina, Okla. USMTS Casey’s Cup Series – $2,000 to win, $250 to start

Jason Hughes was the winner when the USMTS Modifieds made their only appearance at the Salina Highbanks Speedway on Aug. 27, 2004. The new owners of the track welcomed fans to the their first night of weekly racing one year ago, but last year’s return of the USMTS fell to rain.

In addition to the stars and cars of the USMTS Casey’s Cup Series, fans will get to see NASCAR legend Ken Schrader at the event. If that wasn’t enough, fellow NASCAR personality Kenny Wallace is also scheduled to take part in the event. Both drivers have several USMTS events under their belts, competing in more than 70 shows over the past six seasons.

The Salina Highbanks Speedway has over 5, 000 brand new general admission seats, 100 balcony bar seats and 200 VIP seats that are located in the five-star Finish Line Restaurant which gives fans access to the comfort of indoor climate, a full service bar and grill and great views of beautiful Lake Hudson while enjoying the racing action.

Support classes for the April 21 event will be Pure Stocks, Factory Stocks, Grand Nationals and 360 Modifieds. Gates open at 5 p.m. with the first green flag waving at 7 p.m.

The Salina Highbanks Speedway is a high-banked 3/8-mile clay oval located 7 miles east of Pryor on SR 20. For reservations and ticket information, visit the website at www.salinahighbanksspeedway.com or call 918-434-7223.

Sunday, April 22 … Monett Speedway, Monett, Mo. USMTS Casey’s Cup Series – $2,000 to win, $250 to start

The 7th Annual Race Brothers Farm & Home Supply Missouri Nationals will mark the 13th appearance of the USMTS Modifieds at Randy Mooneyham’s Monett Speedway.

Defending USMTS National Champion Ryan Gustin is a two-time winner at the ‘Grand Ol’ Lady’ including two of the last three stops at the 3/8-mile red clay oval.

Kelly Shryock, Johnny Bone Jr., Jason Hughes and Terry Phillips have each taken down two wins at Monett too while George White and Mark Noble have one apiece.

In addition to the USMTS Modifieds, fans will see USRA B-Mods, Pure Stocks and Legends Cars in action too. The pit gate opens at 4 p.m., grandstand gates open at 5, hot laps begin at 6:30 and the first green flag will be unfurled at 7 p.m.

The Monett Speedway is located just south of US 60 on Chapel Dr. For more information, visit www.monettspeedway.com.

Thursday, April 26 … Rice Lake Speedway, Rice Lake, Wis. USMTS National Championship Series – $4,000 to win, $400 to start

The longest-running racetrack in Northern Wisconsin, Rice Lake Speedway played host to the stars and cars of the USMTS for the first time in its 54-year history last year during the Hunt for the USMTS Casey’s Cup.

A huge crowd was on hand for the debut and fans witnessed Ryan Gustin score the 46th win of his USMTS career and 22nd triumph of the season en route to claiming the title.

This year’s event will be the first of three straight USMTS National Championship Series events with a $4,000 top prize and $400 to start the main event. Pure Stocks and WISSOTA Midwest Mods are also scheduled to compete with race time slated for 7 p.m.

The Rice Lake Speedway is a high-banked 1/3-mile clay oval located 1 mile north of Rice Lake, between Hwy. 48 and Barron County SS. The track phone number is 715-236-2002 and more information can be obtained by calling 715-205-2861 or by checking the speedway website at www.ricelakespeedway.net.

Friday, April 27 … Mississippi Thunder Speedway, Fountain City, Wis. USMTS National Championship Series – $4,000 to win, $400 to start

Fastenal Company is joining forces with Mississippi Thunder Speedway to present the USMTS National Championship Series at the 2012 season opener on Friday, April 27.

The Mississippi Thunder Speedway is embarking upon its fourth season of top-notch dirt track action in Fountain City, Wis. The 3/8-mile dark clay high-banked oval is one of the best speedways in the upper Midwest, presenting dirt track racing in a fan and family friendly atmosphere every Friday night throughout the racing season.

Todd Scharkey, Kelly Shryock, Brad Waits and Al Hejna were all winners at the former Tri-Oval Speedway before driver/promoter Bob Timm assumed ownership in 2009 and reconfigured the track shape and brought in tons of new clay for the racing surface.

Since then, Tommy Myer and Tim Donlinger have both scored victories at the track while Ryan Gustin has three wins and Waits another on the current configuration. Jon Tesch won the most recent race on Aug. 19 last season.

“We are expecting car counts to be upwards of 60-70 cars for this event – not counting all of the competitors who will be on hand for the other support divisions that night as well,” said Timm. “I really think this could be one of our biggest events of the entire season. All of the best and most popular Modified races in the country will be on hand with our own local racers as well.”

Also on the card for the 7:30 p.m. season-opening spectacular will be the Industrial Material Surplus Iron Man Challenge for USRA B-Mods, plus Street Stocks and Pure Stocks.

For more details, visit the Mississippi Thunder Speedway web site at www.mississippithunder.com.

Saturday, April 28 … Deer Creek Speedway, Spring Valley, Minn. USMTS National Championship Series – $4,000 to win, $400 to start

More USMTS events have been staged at the Deer Creek Speedway than any other racetrack on the planet. The Justice Brothers Car Care Products Spring Showdown on Saturday, April 28, will be the 58th race here in the 14-year history of the United States Modified Touring Series.

Nine-time USMTS National Champion Kelly Shryock was the first winner at ‘The Creek’ on May 25, 2002. Since that night he has added another eight victories at the Modified Capital of the World.

Other multiple winners include Jason Hughes (6 wins), Tim Donlinger (5), Jason Cummins (3), Zack VanderBeek (3), Terry Phillips (3), Corey Dripps (2), Ryan Ruter (2), Brad Waits (2) and Ryan Gustin (2).

Drivers tasting victory just once at Deer Creek include Steve Wetzstein, Mark Noble, Darin Walker, Tony Fraise, Dan Daniels, Dan Chapman, Les Duellman, Mike Hejna, Mike Spaulding, Brad McEwan, Mark Burgtorf, Chad Kinder, Steve Arpin, Jason Krohn, Jon Tesch, Dean Mahlstedt, Tommy Myer, Mike Sorensen and Randy Timms.

Pit gates will open at 2 p.m., grandstands open at 3, hot laps begin at 4:45 and racing starts at 5 p.m. Support classes will include Wissota Late Models racing for $2,000 to win, plus USRA B-Mods, Street Stocks and Midwest Mods.

Fan may purchase tickets online at www.deercreekspeedway.com or by calling toll-free 877-DCS-RACE. For track or campground info, call 507-346-2342.

The Deer Creek Speedway is a 3/8-mile high-banked clay oval located off of I-90 at Exit 209, then 11.3 miles south on US 63 (0.7 mile north of SR 16).

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 and follow us on Twitter.

Schultz picks up first A Modified feature win of season at L A Raceway

April 2nd, 2012

LA MONTE, Mo. – Entering its 10th season, L A Raceway kicked the year off with a stand full of fans and a great field of cars. Terry Shultz, Aaron Marrant, Marc Carter, Mitchell Moore and John Simpson snatched up the first feature wins of the season.

A rocky start sent numerous cars from the outside row to the hot pits to get sheet metal removed and flat tires fixed in the Pitts Homes of Warsaw A Modified feature event, including Schultz, of Sedalia. Tim Setzer, of Archie, and Dean Wille, of Warrensburg, had strong runs throughout the night until Schultz, from the back of the field, knocked on their doors on lap three. A caution on lap seven gave Schultz the advantage he needed. When the cars saw the green flag again, Schultz took the high side and sailed around the top of the track taking the lead into turn three. With just seven laps left in the 20-lap feature event, Wille took his modified to the pits and Schultz had stretched a comfortable lead over the field of cars. Schultz made the win look easy with Setzer, Chad Lyle, Colson Kirk, and Aaron Marrant finishing in the top five.
Marrant, of Orrick, performed double duty Saturday night as he drove both an A Modified and B Modified. After a strong heat race finish, Marrant was the pole-sitter for the night in the Jim’s Tire Service B Modified feature. He surged to the
lead bringing Nic Bennet, of Grain Valley, with him from inside row two. Several cautions came out throughout the race as turns three and four were tricky to negotiate. On lap eight, Danny Lorton, who was currently running third, looped his modified in turn four and the field of cars successfully dodged him. Racing resumed as Marrant picked up the pace and put space between him and the rest of the race cars. Drivers slid past a soon-to-be lapped car that spun out in turn four right in front of the leaders on the final turn to the finish line. Marrant, Bennet, Tyler Lewis, Chad Staus, and Darin Claxton filed across the finish line to conclude the feature event.

In the Gill Signs 305 Sprint car feature, a couple of Kansas drivers took the top finishes of the evening. Mitchell Moore, of Edgerton, Kan., and Lauren Klem, of Basehor, Kan., started on the front row after very strong heat race wins.
Running the race from green to checkered, the field spread out leaving the most interesting battle in fourth place. Austin Alumbaugh, of Higginsville, and Brian Beebe, of Oak Grove, swapped back and forth lap after lap. When the checkered flag flew, Moore had stretched his lead over Klem to more than a full straight away. Jordan Creason finished third. Alumbaugh crossed the line before Beebee to finish out the top five.

Kevin Perkins, of Sedalia, and Ted Welschmeyer, of Tebbets, started on the front row in the Xtreme Motors Street Stock feature event. After a couple of attempts to start the feature and Welschmeyer exiting the track and returning, the race got underway. Perkins and Jay Prevete battled side by side for the lead and out of nowhere Marc Carter shot past them like he was launched out of a cannon. Carter charged and stretched his lead over the second place battle. The battle ended when Perkins looped his street stock in turn three and four sending him to the tail of the field. But to make the race eventful, Scott Krause stepped up to pressure Perkins for second. As laps wound down, the first three cars had widened the spaces between each other. Carter sailed to victory with Krause and Prevete following. Welschmeyer had worked his way back up the field to finish fourth with Chad Eickelberry fifth.

John Simpson, who was strong all last season, quickly took the lead in the Hobby Stocks feature. He stretched the lead to a full straight away over Michael Tyler, Chase Gibson, Chuck Coffey and Douglas Coffey when they crossed the finish line.

L A Raceway will host another night full of entertainment Saturday, April 7, as the USRA A Modifieds, B Modifieds, 305 Sprints, Street Stocks and Hobby Stocks hit the track for the second night of race toward the season fast track championship. Gates open at 5 p.m. with hot laps at 7 and racing at 7:30. For more information at the track schedule or directions, visit www.laraceway.com.

L A Raceway Opens Weekly Series On Saturday March 31

March 26th, 2012

LaMonte, MO–The  L A Raceway at LaMonte will begin its weekly series point races this Saturday, March 31.

Two weekly series Saturday night races are scheduled, March 31 and April 7, leading up to the annual Sprint Car Show on Saturday, April 14, for the ASCS Warrior 360 Winged Sprints.

The weekly series will feature Street Stocks, Hobby Stocks, B Modifieds, 305 Winged Sprints and the USRA Sanctioned A Modifieds.  Sponsors for the series are Jim’s Tire Service, Gill Signs and Xtreme Motors all of Sedalia and Pitts Homes of Warsaw.  The 2011 Series Champions, Terry Schultz, Mitchell Moore, Ron Livengood, Jay Prevete and Tyler Lewis are expected to return as well as all the local favorites competing for the 2012 championships.

New in 2012 is the USRA sanction for the A Modifieds.  USRA (United State Racing Association) sanctioning offers the drivers a chance to run for local track and national point fund monies as well as providing competitive racing with consistent rules among hundreds of tracks in the United States.

L A Raceway is a 3/8 mile clay oval located only minutes from Sedalia and WAFB on Highway Y.  Tickets for the weekly show are $10 for adults, $8 for seniors and military, $6 for ages 11-15 while children 10 years and under are Free.  Special event prices will vary.  Coolers without glass containers are welcome.  The gates open at 5:00, hot laps 7:00 and races begin at 7:30.  For schedule or event information go to laraceway.com or call 660-620-1148.

The USMTS Modified Show that was postponed this last weekend has been rescheduled for Thursday, April 19.

USMTS Casey’s Cup Series throwin’ dirt this weekend at LA Raceway, I-35 Speedway

March 19th, 2012

LA MONTE, Mo. – The USMTS Casey’s Cup Series heads for a pair of fan-favorite venues in Missouri this weekend as Modified March Madness continues the month-long mud-slinging campaign. On Friday, March 23, the series invades the LA Raceway in La Monte, Mo., for the 6th Annual Schwab’s Tinker Shop Show-Me Shootout, then heads north to the I-35 Speedway in Winston, Mo., for the 4th Annual Yancy’s Automotive Missouri Meltdown on Saturday, April 1.

Each event will pay $2,000 to the winner with a minimum of $250 to start. Jason Hughes won last April at the LA Raceway for his second win in a row at the 3/8-mile clay oval and evened him up with Jeremy Payne as the only drivers to score two wins at Mike and Carol White’s facility.

Other former winners at the LA Raceway include Kelly Shryock, Rodney Sanders and Grant Junghans. Sanders, who won his sixth career USMTS feature Saturday night in Humboldt, Kan., comes into the event where he won his first USMTS race as the points leader in the USMTS Casey’s Cup Series. Payne crossed the finish line first in 2009, but was later disqualified during technical inspection and the win was awarded to Junghans – his first and only USMTS victory. Junghans went on to capture the USMTS Rookie of the Year title that same year.

A smooth, fast and wide racing surface has been the norm with each visit to the LA Raceway. In fact, three of the seven main events here have gone green to checkered without a caution. Gates open at 4 p.m., hot laps start at 7 and the first heat race is slated for 7:30 this Friday. Also on the card will be USRA Stock Cars and USRA B-Mods battling in the Iron Man Challenge.

The LA Raceway is a located 3.5 miles west of SR 127 on Hwy Y. For more information, call 660-620-1152 or 660-563-9878 or check out www.laraceway.com online. After a nearly eight-year hiatus, the USMTS Modifieds returned to the I-35 Speedway twice in 2011 with Ryan Gustin taking the April tilt and Johnny Scott taking the checkers during ‘The Hunt’ in August.

John Allen won the first event on March 29, 2002, and then cranked out three straight during that weekend and into October with John Van Den Berg winning the final race that year. Another doubleheader in 2003 was topped by Scott Drake and Mark Noble. Also on the racing card this Saturday will be the Iron Man Challenge featuring USRA Stock Cars and USRA B-Mods with gates opening at 2 p.m., hot laps at 5 and racing at 5:30.

The I-35 Speedway is a 3/8-mile semi-banked dirt oval located 10 miles north of Cameron on SR 6 (exit 64). For more information, call the track at 660-749-5317 or visit www.i-35speedway.net online. Among the drivers expected this weekend are Rodney Sanders, Jason Hughes, Terry Phillips, Johnny Scott, Stormy Scott, Ryan Gustin, Terry Schultz, John Schwab, Mark Dotson, Zack VanderBeek, Rick Beebe, Dereck Ramirez, Kelly Shryock, Bryan Rowland, Mike Sorensen, Jeremy Payne, Mickey Burrell, Jason Krohn, Casey Penn, Chris Brown, Brandon Davis, Ron Keith, Jacob Dahle, Austin Siebert, Thomas Tillison Jr., Scott Daniels, Ryan Ruter, Shad Badder, Steven Bowers Jr., Nick Nevins, John Allen, Johnny Bone Jr., Dan Daniels, Nick Herrick, Bumper Jones, Joe Duvall, Corey Dripps, Stephen Muilenburg, Tim Donlinger, Brian Ruhlman, Lucas Conley, Brad Dierks, Luke Driskell, Ryan Engels, Johnny Fennewald, Dan Fetters, William Gould, Al Hejna, Doug Herrick, Daniel Hilsabeck, Jim Johnson, Tanner Mullens, Jamie Ragland, Justin Rexwinkle, Lucas Schott, Mike Wedelstadt and others.

The USMTS Modifieds return to the Humboldt Speedway March 28-31 for the $15,000-to-win King of America II Modified Nationals. In all, Modified March Madness will see nearly $200,000 in cash being doled out during the month. 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 and follow us on Twitter.

L A Raceway Opens Tenth Racing Season on March 23

March 1st, 2012

LaMonte, MO- Details are being finalized for the tenth season for the L A Raceway at LaMonte, Missouri and the first event is just only weeks away.

March 23 will be the first of two events in 2012 to include the United States Modified Touring Series (USMTS). The USMTS is the fastest growing and most popular Dirt Modified touring series in the country. Attracting some of the most talented and professional drivers in America, the fan friendly format and exciting show creates an enthusiastic and loyal fan base, and the USMTS routinely competes in front of capacity crowds. And when it comes to a touring series that features the Best of the Best in Modified racing, the USMTS has no equal. Todd Staley and the USMTS crew will bring a Casey’s Cup Qualifier plus a USRA Iron Man Challenge for B Modifieds and Stock cars to the wide, smooth 3/8 mile clay oval at LaMonte on Friday, March 23. The USMTS will return on Friday, May 4 with a USMTS National Championship Series event sponsored by W-K Chevrolet.

The ASCS Warrior Region 360 Winged Sprint Cars will make 4 appearances at the LaMonte track this season. The extremely popular ASCS 360 Winged Sprints will be featured on Saturday nights , April 14, May 26, June 16 and July 21. The new regional non-winged sprint series, the WAR, will be the support class for the ASCS 360 Sprint show on April 14.

For the first time in over five years, the MLRA Late Models will also roar around the 3/8 mile clay oval. The L A Raceway at LaMonte adds Saturday, June 2 to its 2012 schedule for the MLRA Late Models. According to Mike White “Harriett and I got together at Bodee’s auction in Springfield and it just came together. We are really looking forward to bringing the high powered excitement of the Lucas Oil Midwest Latemodels back to central Missouri for all the local late model fans.”

A mixed schedule of dates for the weekly points series featuring USRA sanctioned A Modifieds, 305 Winged Sprints, B Modifieds, Street Stocks and Hobby Stocks will start on Saturday nights, March 31 and April 7 before switching back to Friday nights on April 27.

An open practice date is scheduled for Saturday, March 17. A schedule of events and updated information can always be found on the website at laraceway.com and the new phone number for the track is 660-620-1148. L A Raceway is located only 12 minutes from Sedalia and only 5 minutes from WAFB on Y Highway .

Friday nights at LA Raceway to feature USRA Modifieds in 2012

December 27th, 2011

LA MONTE, Mo. – USRA-sanctioned Modifieds will be a part of the weekly Friday night program at the LA Raceway in La Monte, Mo., during the 2012 racing season.

“LA Raceway is entering its tenth year of racing and we are very excited to announce that our A Modifieds will be sanctioned with USRA in 2012,” said the track’s co-owner, Mike White. “The USRA is seeing tremendous growth and has a rules package that is fair and cost-effective without sacrificing close competition.

Drivers in the USRA RHS Modified division will compete for a points fund worth $1,500 at season’s end to the track champion and a $10,000 top prize awaiting the division’s national champion in the USRA Weekly Racing Series.

“Our talented drivers can now race for a track points fund as well as a national points fund, and with LA Raceway being among other area tracks that are also USRA our drivers can complete on multiple tracks for USRA local and national points,” White added.

“Also, with USRA comes a gold-plated insurance program that covers individuals up to $100,000 when racing with us. We look forward to sanctioning other classes with USRA in years to come.”

The 2012 racing season will start with a bang as the USMTS Modifieds invade the LA Raceway on Friday, March 23. A practice session will also be held on Saturday, March 24. Weekly racing featuring the USRA RHS Modifieds begins Saturday, March 31, before the track switches back to regular Friday night shows on April 27.

The defending Pitt’s Homes Modified track champion is Terry Schultz of Sedalia, Mo. Weekly programs at the 3/8-mile clay oval also include B-Mods, 305 Sprint Cars, Street Stocks and Hobby Stocks.

The LA Raceway is a located 3.5 miles west of SR 127 on Hwy Y. For more information, call 660-620-1152 (office) or 660-563-9878 (track) or check out www.laraceway.com online.

To learn more about the USRA, visit www.usraracing.com or call 515-832-6000. You can also follow the USRA on Facebook, MySpace and Twitter.

USRA OFFICIAL SPONSORS: American Racer Racing Tires, Awesome Race Suits, Intercomp, Karl Chevrolet, Karl Performance Parts, KEVKO Oil Pans & Components, NITROQUEST, RACEceiver, RHS – Racing Head Service, Western Flyer HotMods.

USRA PARTICIPATING SPONSORS: Boubin Tire & Automotive, BRODIX Cylinder Heads, DAY Motor Sports, DirtKnights.com, SpeedNet Direct.

USRA CONTINGENCY SPONSORS: COMP Cams, Dirthead.com, Eibach Springs, Forty9Designs.com, Genesis Shocks, Hooker Custom Harness, KSE Racing Products, Marsh Racing Wheels, New Vision Graphics, PBM Performance Products, Real Racing Wheels, Wehrs Machine & Racing Products.

LA Raceway Sanctions with USRA

December 26th, 2011

LaMonte,Missouri –L A Raceway is entering its tenth year of racing and we are very excited to announce that our A Modifieds will be sanctioned with USRA in 2012. USRA is seeing tremendous growth and has a rules package that is fair and cost-effective without sacrificing close competition. Our talented drivers can now race for a track points fund as well as a national points fund and with L A Raceway being among other area tracks that are also USRA, our drivers can compete on multiple tracks for USRA local and national points. Also, with USRA comes a gold-plated insurance program that covers individuals up to $100,00 when racing with us. We look forward to sanctioning other classes with USRA in years to come. Additional information will soon be made available.

L A Raceway Schedules Swap Meet and B-Mod Rules Meeting

November 7th, 2011

LaMonte, L A– Raceway track promoter, Mike White, has scheduled a racer’s swap meet for Saturday, November 26 at the LaMonte track from 8am to noon. It will be free to buy, sell or trade.

Following the swap meet, there will be a B-Mod rules meeting at 1pm across from the track. Be sure to ‘LIKE’ the L A Raceway Facebook Page at ‘facebook.com/la.track’ and/or sign up for Twitter updates to stay informed of all news and updates as soon as they happen.

Gustin triples up with USMTS triumph at Monett

August 17th, 2011

MONETT, Mo. – Ryan Gustin continued his charge toward claiming his first USMTS National Championship Sunday with a win at the Monett Speedway – his third during the Hunt for the USMTS Casey’s General Stores National Championship powered by Swan Energy.

Just like he did the previous night at the Lucas Oil Speedway, Keith Foss led the opening lap of the main event from the front row, but just like the previous night saw Gustin overtake him for the lead and go on to take the checkered flag.

After starting third on the 28-car grid for the 40-lap WIX Filters “A” Main, a caution flag on the third lap helped Gustin get by Kelly Shryock for second. One lap later, ‘The Reaper’ blasted by Foss for the lead and never looked back over the remaining 36 caution-free laps around the high-banked 3/8-mile clay oval. The win was worth $2,110 to Gustin as he improved his record during ‘The Hust’ to a perfect 3-0 and widened his lead over Shryock in the points standings.

Terry Phillips finished third Sunday night while Foss held off defending USMTS National Champion Jason Hughes for the fourth spot.

Sixth through tenth went to 2007 USMTS National Champion Jason Krohn, Jon Tesch, Johnny Scott, Zack VanderBeek and multi-time track champion Johnny Bone Jr.

Rick Beebe finished 11th after starting 21st and earned the Mesilla Valley Transportation Hard Charger Award.

The tireless USMTS touring titans get a two-day rest before embarking on a five-night swing through Minnesota, Iowa and Wisconsin.

On Wednesday, Aug. 17, the Ogilvie Raceway in Ogilvie, Minn., plays host to the United States Modified Touring Series for the first time ever. The series follows that up with another debut appearance on Thursday at the Rice Lake Speedway in Rice Lake, Wis.

Friday finds the USMTS Modifieds back at the Mississippi Thunder Speedway in Fountain City, Wis., and then treks to the Hamilton County Speedway in Webster City, Iowa, on Saturday. The weekend wraps up on Sunday, Aug. 21, at the Nobles County Speedway in Worthington, Minn., to put the first one-third of ‘The Hunt’ in the books.

To learn more about the United States Modified Touring Series, visit www.usmts.com online or call 515-832-7944. You can also follow the USMTS on Facebook, MySpace, Twitter and YouTube.

Brooks wins Street Stock special at L A Raceway

July 2nd, 2011

LAMONTE, Mo. – Elite Auto Repair of Warrensburg, Superior Auto of Sedalia and 98.5 The Bar/1450 KOKO of Warrensburg made John Brooks’ Street Stock feature win even sweeter with a $1,000-to-win purse.

In the Xtreme Motors Street Stock feature event, Troy Reasoner and Scott Krause, both past season champions, started on the front row with Donald Danner and Brooks in the second row. Krause quickly jumped to the lead bringing Brooks with him leaving Reasoner to battle with Brian Eckhoff for third. Eckhoff took third from Reasoner sliding him back to battle with current points leader Jay Prevete. Prevete took fourth on lap five. Krause continued looking strong, not missing a beat, while Brooks was reeling him in. Brooks has won over 100 street stock features, according to Bob Ramey, track announcer. Then the inevitable happened, as the crowd gasped, Krause got crossed up in turns three and four. Krause straightened his racer back out, kept moving forward and luckily didn’t lose the lead. The remaining five laps were interesting as Brooks and Krause switched leaders by each turn. A caution flew over the field just as the white flag was displayed. It gathered the field back up and gave Krause another chance to take the lead back from Brooks. By this time Prevete had moved into third in front of Eckhoff. As the racing action resumed, Brooks put the pedal to the medal and captured the feature win. Krause, Prevete, Eckhoff and Reasoner finished in the top five positions.

Another new face made it to the KOKO winner’s circle in the Pitts Homes of Warsaw A Modified feature event. Steve Picou held off Dustin Boney in the 20-lap feature event for his first appearance in the L A Raceway’s winners circle this season. Terry Schultz is the only A modified driver this year to make the trip twice. After a complete restart because of debris on the track, the field of cars ran the whole race without a caution. Picou, who started on the pole, quickly took the lead with Boney right on his bumper. Picou ran the bottom of the track while Boney ran on the high side giving the crowd a lot of wheel-to-wheel action throughout the laps. Boney nosed to the lead on the completion of lap eight and the battle continued with Boney staying in front, barely. Four more laps and the leaders were immersed in lap traffic. Using that to his advantage, Picou was able to get back out in front and hold off Boney throughout the remainder of the race. There were several close encounters and opportunities for Boney to take the lead back, but Picou wasn’t giving up that easily. Picou took the feature win with Boney, Austin Siebert, Schultz and Jason Thompson rounding out the top five places.

In the 12-lap Jim’s Tire Service Hobby Stocks main event, a little car trading was the highlighted event. Ronnie Livengood, current points leader, and John Simpson traded cars to see if it was the car or driver that made the difference in winning. Chuck Coffey and Will Register started on the front row. Simpson started in sixth position and Livengood in eighth. Register took the lead out of turn two and Coffey settled into second. With two cautions early on in the race, Simpson tags the tail of the field and two cars left the track. Livengood had worked his way up to third and it was a three-car breakaway for the lead. Register took the win with Coffey and Livengood in tow. Dennis Stevenson and Douglas Coffey worked their way from starting at the back of the pack to finishing in the top five spots. Register’s win puts him 28 points from tying with Livengood as points leader for this season.

Haley Arnold and Christi Hoenshell did the honors in the Gill Signs 305 Sprint feature event. Michael Schouten, who won his heat race, and Mitchell Moore, current points leader, made up row two. Arnold took the lead out of turn two with Moore hot in pursuit. Arnold was running strong until she got crossed up in turn four with almost eight laps complete, sending her to the tail of the field. Brian Beebe and Schouten sat comfortably in second and third throughout the remainder of the race. Rick Suhr and Andrew Turley were trying to find new real estate that would help them catch up with the leaders. On lap 13, Suhr got too close to the bottom of the track and jumped the berm. On lap 14, Turley had flirted with the fine line at the top of the racetrack for too long as it sucked him up and over turn four. Both drivers had to tag the tail of the field. When the checkered flag flew, Moore picked up another feature win this season being nearly undefeated. Beebe, Schouten and Lane Stone finished next with Arnold making the drive from the back to finish fifth. After numerous cautions in the Pitts Homes of Warsaw B Modified feature event, Tyler Lewis drove flawlessly to the winner’s circle picking up his fourth consecutive feature win this season at L A Raceway. Chad Staus and Ben Kates finished second and third. The battle for fourth was right down to the finish line. Jake Jacobi beat out Darin Claxton by a nose while even tapping the front stretch concrete wall during the finale.

To treat the race fans for spending their holiday weekend at the track, the Whites put on a spectacular fireworks show after the conclusion of the final feature. L A Raceway invites fans to join them at the track Sharpe Auto Sales, Central Automotive Repair Services, Glass Plus Race Night on Friday, July 8. Gates open at 5 p.m. Hot laps start a 7 p.m. with the racing action beginning at 7:30. For more information about the track, visit www.laraceway.com.

Loyet Lands First ASCS Win in Warrior Go at LA!

July 1st, 2011

LA MONTE, Mo.– Brad Loyet snared his first career winged Sprint Car feature win by racing to victory lane in Friday night’s 25-lap Speedway Motors ASCS Warrior Region main event at LA Raceway.

The multi-time Midget champion from Sunset Hills, MO, gunned into the lead at the outset and never looked back en route to the win aboard the Don Ott-powered Loyet Landscape/Vacuworx International No. 05 Maxim, padding his series points lead in the process.

“It feels real good to get this win out of the way, they always say the first one is the hardest,” Loyet explained afterward. “I think we’ve got what it takes to click off a couple more.”

For the second ASCS Warrior feature in a row, it was Loyet and Kyle Bellm leading the feature field to the green flag. Loyet outdueled Bellm for the point on the opening circuit and, after a pair of cautions in the initial four rounds, the 23-year-old Sprint Car rookie checked out on the field.

Loyet raced on to the checkered flag unchallenged as the final 21 circuits ran off in non-stop fashion, while four-time Warrior champion Randy Martin worked his way past Bellm for second by the 15th round and then edged a surging Tyler Blank for runner-up honors at the stripe.

Blank settled for the show position, with Bellm in fourth. Bryan Grimes picked off a handful of positions to round out the top five, while Tony Bruce, Jr., bounced back from an early spin while running third to salvage sixth aboard the Clifford Young No. 7 entry.

After winning the “B” Main, 16-year-old Miranda Arnold raced from 17th to seventh, with Cody Baker, Josh Stephens and Matt Fox completing the top ten.

Loyet, Randy Hibbs, Bruce, Jr., and Blank topped heat race action for the 31-car field before Arnold won the “B” Main.

L A Raceway at LaMonte, Celebrates With Fireworks This Friday

June 30th, 2011

This Friday, July 1, L A Raceway at LaMonte, MO, will celebrate Independence Day with Fireworks and auto races. This race program is presented by 98.5 The Bar and 1450 KOKO and will feature a $1,000 to win Street Stock race. This special street stock payout is also made possible by Elite Auto Repair of Warrensburg and Superior Auto in Sedalia. This will be a great night for family entertainment with A Modifieds, B Modifieds, 305 Sprints, Hobby Stocks in addition to the Street Stocks. Only minutes from Sedalia and Whiteman Air Force Base, adult tickets are only $10 with discounts for seniors/military and children. This Friday evening’s Fireworks and auto racing is also made possible in part by Pitts Homes of Warsaw as well as Jim’s Tire Service, Gill Signs, and Xtreme Motors all of Sedalia.

Boney, Moore, Lewis, Prevete and Livengood Return to Winner’s Circle

June 23rd, 2011

LaMonte, Missouri–With twenty-two heavy-hitters signing in to the Pitts Homes of Warsaw A Modifieds, it was anyone’s guess as to who would cross the finish line first. Heat race winners were Chad Lyle (Lone Jack), Joe Walker (Harrsionville) and Dustin Boney (Tonganoxie, KS). Lyle started on the pole and led 19 of the 20 lap feature but with one lap to go the 5C driven by Lyle broke a drive shaft. This put Boney in the lead with a lap car between him and the 20 car of Jason Thompson (Concordia). Thompson disposed of the lap car but not in time to close on Boney. It was Boney, Thompson, Jake Richards (Kansas City, Ks), Terry Schultz (Sedalia) and David Barker (Kingsville, MO) taking the top five positions.

The 81a of Lane Stone ( Concordia) led 11 of the 15 lap Gill Signs 305 Sprint feature with authority before the familiar #51 of Mitchell Moore (Edgerton, KS) took over on a restart. Stone tried to regain the lead but Moore held on for the win. Behind them Brian Beebe (Oak Grove), Mike Schouten (LaMonte) and Christi Hoenshell (Greenwood) were fighting for the remaining top five positions.

In the Pitts Homes of Warsaw B Modified feature, the 23L of Tyler Lewis (Columbia) dominated with the 211 of Justin Metzner (Sedalia) trying to find a way to catch him and Bob Russell (Lees Summit), Steve Bugg (Sedalia) and Ernie Walker (Sedalia) rounding out the top five.

The Xtreme Motors Street Stocks also had a repeat winner with Jay Prevete (Windsor) leading the entire twelve lap feature followed to the line by Kevin Perkins (Sedalia), Victor Sims (Peculiar), Brian Eckhoff (Higginsville) and Zach Crabtree (Cole Camp) finishing out the top five positions.

Ronnie Livengood (Sedalia) also led all 12 laps of the Jim’s Tire Service Hobby Stock feature but had the JC car driven by Michael Hudson(Kingsville) to fend off after the 96B of John Simpson retired from the race with engine problems. Steven Tyler (Knob Noster), Douglas Coffey (Windsor) and Will Register (Sedalia) crossed the finish line behind them to complete the top five.

Next week, Friday June 24, the ASCS 360 Warrior Region Sprint Cars return to the L A Raceway presented by Mid Mo Auto Sales of Sedalia. Also on the program will be the Gill Signs 305 Sprints and the Midwest Lightning Sprints. For more information go to laraceway.com or call 660-563-9878.

L A Raceway Racing Action Escapes Rain & Hail

June 13th, 2011

LaMonte, Missouri–While areas just to the southeast of the track were inundated with heavy rain and large hail on Friday night, L A Raceway racing action did not receive a drop of moisture and the track remained heavy and fast through sunshine, clouds and cooling temperatures.

The Pitts Homes of Warsaw A Modifieds were a little short in number but made up for that with exciting action as Jason Thompson ( Concordia) held off a last lap challenge from Chad Lyle (Oak Grove). Thompson dominated most of the race but as his tires went away, Lyle made an unsuccessful attempt to take the lead on the final lap. Following Thompson and Lyle across the finish line were Terry Schultz, Justin Moon and Christopher Moon, all of Sedalia.

More new drivers again dotted the field of the Gill Signs 305 Sprints, as their numbers continue to climb. Mitchell Moore (Edgerton,KS) showed his dominance again as he was chased aggressively by Brian Grimes (Slater). Grimes has been driving the #63 sprinter for the last two events after an injury to its owner and normal driver, Tom McGarry (Alma), has him sidelined for a while. Grimes said that he missed the setup and could not mount any successful challenge to Moore. Several drivers behind them were coming on strong , Brian Beebe (Oak Grove), Mike Schouten (LaMonte) and Andrew Turley (Sedalia) as they just ran out of laps to change the outcome. Several female sprint drivers are showing that this is not just a ‘man’s sport’, as Christy Hoenshell (Greenwood), Casey Baker (Lone Jack), Lacy Harrison (LaMonte), and Lauren Klem (Basehor, KS) have joined the 305 Sprint action.

Tyler Lewis (Columbia) took home the KOKO 1450/KWKJ 98.5 Winner’s Circle Trophy again for the second week in a row in the Pitts Homes of Warsaw B Modifieds as he fought off the challenges of Justin Metzner (Sedalia). Completing the top five were Chad Lebsock (Centralia), Bob Russell (Lees Summit) and Josh Calvert (Hallsville).

The Jim’s Tire Service Hobby Stock’s exciting feature was won by Ron Livengood (Sedalia) as new driver Jeff Buford (Alma) along with John Simpson, Will Register and Joey Arnold all of Sedalia let him know that he would not win easily.

The Xtreme Motors Street Stocks have been fighting low car numbers but do not lack in racing action as Allen Perryman (Belton) signed in to show them how its done. Finishing in second was last week’s winner, Jay Prevete (Windsor) and following Prevete were Marc Carter (Warrensburg) who has been fighting engine problems, Terry Schmidt (Nortonville, KS) and Kevin Perkins (Sedalia).

Next Friday, June 17 will be the Pitts Homes of Warsaw night at the races and will again feature all five exciting racing divisions. Coming up on June 24 will be the return of an ‘All Sprint’ Show with the ASCS Warrior 360 Sprints headlining. For more information go to laraceway.com.

Grimes breaks Moore’s fifth consecutive feature win streak at L A Raceway

June 6th, 2011

LAMONTE, Mo. – Slater’s Bryan Grimes got up on the wheel of Tom McGarry’s 305 sprint car and drove it to the winner’s circle breaking Mitchell Moore’s perfect 2011 record at L A Raceway.

After winning their own heat races, Grimes received the pole position in the Gill Signs 305 Sprint Car feature event and Moore took the outside. When the green flag flew, Grimes went to work and moved right to the front of the field with Moore trailing.

Grimes said Moore is a great driver and a good guy, but the victory was bittersweet nonetheless.

“Going into the race, I knew I needed to stay straight and be smooth,” he said.

Two cautions and a red gathered the field of cars back up, but Grimes didn’t give Moore the opportunity to use that to his advantage. When Grimes took the checkered, he had built up almost a full straight away lead over Moore. Rick Suhr, Andrew Turley and Brian Beebe rounded out the top five finishes.

Grimes praised his sprinter, built by McGarry, and the Schure Built Suspensions system for the new shock technology used on the car.

“It worked pretty well in the feature,” Grimes said of the car. “We changed a few things after the heat race.”

In the Jim’s Tire Service Hobby Stocks, Will Register and Ronnie Livengood made up the front row with Michael Tyler and John Simpson in the second row. After a rough start, Livengood was sent to the tail of the field after losing his rear bumper at the very beginning of the feature event.

When the green flag waved again, four cars began the intense battle for first. Register, Simpson, Michael Tyler and Daniel Cary ran close together with Register in the lead and Simpson in pursuit. After two laps of battling, Simpson snuck past Register for the lead.

After a third caution flew on lap eight, Livengood had worked his way through the pack to battle for third place with Tyler and Cary.

Simpson took the feature win with about a six-car lead over Register, who was battling with Livengood down to the finish line. Tyler and Cary finished in the top five positions.

In the Pitts Homes A Modified feature event, Matt Johnson got the edge over Jason Thompson, who started on the pole, but only to have bad luck bring a restart after a modified went off the track over turns three and four. On the complete restart, Thompson came out with the advantage.

Chad Lyle quickly came to third bringing Terry Schultz with him. After the completion of lap three, Lyle took second from Johnson. Justin Moon fell back two positions to sixth from his starting position on lap five when Mickey Burrell moved into fifth.

It looked like a game of follow the leader until Lyle gained ground on Thompson. After several laps of consistent pressure, Lyle took the lead with 12 laps left in the feature event. With an additional four laps, Lyle had stretched his lead over Thompson to almost a full straight away.

Schultz, known for last minute charges through the field, decided he didn’t want to finish fourth. With three laps left, he charged to second in front of Johnson. A drag race to the finish between Thompson and Schultz resulted in Schultz finishing second. Johnson finished fourth with Burrell in fifth.

Starting with seven cars and ending with four, the Xtreme Motors Street Stocks battled for the feature win with a bit of bumping, rubbing and pushing to the finish line.

After two starts and a little real estate shopping, Randy Gilmore took the lead over Jay Prevete. With only one lap complete, the class was already down to four.

Prevete challenged Gilmore numerous times for the lead and succeeded by the end of lap three. The field of cars stretched out with Prevete, Gilmore, Chip Shaddox and Brian Eckhoff finishing the feature event.

Tyler Lewis led the pack for 12-laps in the Pitts Homes B Modified feature event after starting on the pole. Chad Lebsock tried to settle into second but Colt Cheevers had others plans as he took second on lap two.

A caution on lap four allowed Cheevers to set his sights on Lewis and he pressured him going into turn one. Lewis and Cheevers continued to battle back and forth with Lewis keeping the edge by sometimes only a nose.

Lewis held on for the feature win with Cheevers, Lebsock, Justin Metzner and Bob Russell rounding out the top five honors.

L A Raceway invites fans to join them at the track for KIX 105.7 night at the races on Friday, June 10. Gates open at 5 p.m. Hot laps start a 7 p.m. with the racing action beginning at 7:30.

For more information about the track, visit www.laraceway.com.

Flat Track Motorcycles Heat Up Track at L A Raceway

June 5th, 2011

(LaMonte, Missouri)–The weather on Saturday night, felt more like November than May with cold temperatures and a north wind, but the riders competing in the Outlaw Flat Track Motorcycle Shoot Out at L A Raceway at LaMonte presented by Yeager’s Cycles and Budweiser heated up the track and gave the bundled up crowd an exciting evening and a great show. This one time only event in this area always brings out the best riders in the nation and this event was no exception. Jared Mees, last year’s returning winner, Nichole Cheza and Kenny Coolbeth showed why they are some of the nation’s best riders and came out with podium finishes in the Pro Twin Main Event. Mick Kirkness was expected to be in the mix but the rider went down in the second corner and was not able to restart his bike. Vintage Open rider Chris Egbert was transported to the hospital for injuries he received in his main event as contact was made with another rider that sent him up and over his handlebars and into the path of fellow competitors.

This Tuesday night, the sound of auto races will return to the L A Raceway with a special mid week makeup race. Yeager’s Cycle Night at the races will feature all five classes in competition but the show will start promptly at 7:00 with no practice laps. For more information, go to laraceway.com.

Terry Schultz Returns to Winner’s Circle In Nail Biter Feature

May 9th, 2011

(LaMonte, Missouri) In what could be described as one of the best Pitts Homes of Warsaw A Modified Feature races you could see, Terry Schultz (Sedalia) held off Dustin Boney (Tonganoxie, KS) and Chad Lyle (Oak Grove) for twenty exciting laps. Boney tried high and low and several unsuccessful slide jobs to no avail as Schultz held him off while Lyle was able to take second on a couple of Boney bobbles but had to settle for third place behind Boney. Tyler Schmidt (Easton, KS) and Nathan Vaughn (Lincoln) rounded out the top five.

Mitchell Moore ()Edgerton, KS) and Tom McGarry (Alma) claimed the first and second spots in the Gill Signs 305 Sprint feature where McGarry pressured Moore on every lap. Behind them Tim Wheeler (Sedalia) and Christi Hoenshell (Greenwood) dueled it out for third and fourth leaving the battle for fifth and sixth between Lane Stone (Concordia) and Andrew Turley (Sedalia).
Steven Mullenburg (Sparta) was a contender with both an A Modified and a B Modified and pretty well dominated the Pitts Homes of Warsaw B Modified class even with several cautions closing up the field. Chad Lebsock (Centrailia), Billy Bentley (Madison), Justin Metzner (Sedalia), and Tyler Lewis (Columbia) made good runs rounding out the top five.

Scott Krause(Concordia) returned to the KWKJ/KOKO Winner’s Circle again in theXtreme Motors Street Stocks making it two in a row for him. Completing the top five and making good runs were John brooks (Warrensburg), Kevin Perkins (Sedalia), Marc Carter (Warrensburg) and Jay Prevete (Windsor).

Another driver winning two weeks in a row was Ronnie Livengood (Sedalia) in the Jim’s Tire Service Hobby Stocks. Following him to the line were Will Register (Sedalia), John Simpson (Sedalia), Joey Arnold (Sedalia), and Mark Harrison (LaMonte).
Next Friday finds L A Raceway presenting the Yeager’s Cycle Night at the Races with a complete program of auto racing and Saturday will be the Yeager’s Cycle/Budweiser Outlaw Shootout Professional Flat Track Motorcycles returning in two-wheel action. More information can be found at laraceway.com or by calling 660-563-9878.

Terry Schultz Wins A Modifieds at L A Raceway

May 2nd, 2011

(LaMonte, Missouri) After experiencing the first two weeks of rain outs, L A Raceway was able to get in its first race for the Friday Night Points Series with Terry Schultz of Sedalia taking the win in the Pitts Homes of Warsaw A Modifieds. The track was dry slick as a result of the high winds blowing all day, but the #90 Modified of Schultz had no trouble finding the KWKJ/KOKO Winner’s Circle as he took the win ahead of Jason Thompson (Concordia), Justin Moon (Sedalia), Tyler Schmidt (Easton, KS), and Curt Potter (Boonville) who finished out the top five of the feature event.

The Gill Signs 305 Sprints also flew around the track with little trouble as Mitchell Moore (Edgerton, KS) took the win, followed to the line by Haley Arnold (Sedalia), Lane Stone (Concordia), Brian Beebe (Oak Grove), and Kenny Potter (Harrisonville).

The class with the strongest numbers so far this year is the Pitts Homes of Warsaw B Modifieds where 21 cars checked into the action with Galen Hassler (Columbia) serving notice that he wants the 2011 Championship by taking the feature win. Hassler has some strong challengers in Tyler Lewis (Columbia), Chad Lebsock (Centralia), Jake Jacobi (Sedalia) and Justin Metzner (Sedalia) as they rounded out the top five. Metzner made a strong comeback after having to start from the tail due to a first lap spin.

The Xtreme Motors Street Stock class was pretty well covered by Scott Krause (Concordia) as he led the way across the finish line followed by Donald Dannar (Odessa), Kevin Perkins (Sedalia), Michael Mullins (Kingsville) and Chad Eckhoff (Concordia).

A first time winner in the Jim’s Tire Service Hobby Stocks, Ronnie Livengood (Sedalia) raced to the checkered flag ahead of John Simpson (Sedalia), Will Register (Sedalia), Steven Tyler (Knob Noster), and Jeff Buford (Alma) who filled out the top five feature positions.

By special invitation, 600 Micros were in action as well with Owen Evinger (Odessa) taking the win followed by Nathan Benson (Concordia), Nick Rasa (Sedalia), Ryan Marsch (Jefferson City), and Seth Wilbanks (LaMonte).

Next Friday, May 6, will be Otten Small Engine/Gravely Mower Night at the races. For more information go to laraceway.com or follow on Facebook and Twitter.

ASCS Warrior Region 360 Sprints at L A Raceway

April 6th, 2011

(LaMonte, MO) This Saturday, April 9, the L A Raceway and Crown Power & Equipment of LaMonte will present the ASCS Warrior Region 360 Sprints, Gill Signs 305 Sprints and Midwest Lightning Sprints. Drivers expected for this event include Josh Fisher, Jonathan Cornell, Randy Martin, Brad Loyet, Mark Shirshekan along with Haley and Miranda Arnold. This will be the 2011 opening round for all three winged sprint divisions and the first appearance at the track for the MLS Sprints. Gates will open at 5:00 and the show starts at 7:00. For more info go to laraceway.com and catch updates on facebook and twitter.

Mother Nature’s mood swings prove costly for race fans

April 1st, 2011

The La Salle Speedway is ready.

Words that race fans and teams in Central Illinois want to hear this time of year. With the colder temps hanging around far too long, racing enthusiasts are ready for action. The only thunder they are interested in hearing is the rumble of horsepower echoing from the speed plants that were expected to be in La Salle on April 1st and April 2nd. Instead, the Illinois Valley’s largest outdoor sports arena will remain vacant a little longer.

The World of Outlaws Dirt Late Model Series, Tru-Speed Enterprises and the La Salle Speedway teamed up to open the speedway’s twentieth anniversary season in a big way. The 4th Annual Illini 100 was moved to La Salle after three years at Farmer City. The opener was slated to be one of the biggest dirt late model events the track has ever hosted. The two day outing paid $20,000 to the victor with a combined purse of over $100,000. With such a big venue topper, the Izzo family has been diligently working to get ready for the epic show on dirt. Colder temperatures haven’t stalled their progress.

The fencing has been modified and repaired, a wall moved, track lighting added, the clay and dirt oval surface worked, victory lane redone, concessions are stocked, employees are ready to clock in and the show will not go on. At least, not yet. Unfortunately, everything has been put on hold due to an unpleasant forecast that could be seen on internet weather sites Tuesday morning. The potential for inclement weather prompted the World of Outlaws director Tim Christman to postpone the historic event.

According to a press release issued by the WoO PR Director, Kevin Kovac, the unfavorable weather forecast prompted the early cancellation.

The speedway management found out via unhappy callers wanting to verify that the Twitter and Facebook posts that were spreading quickly was in fact a reality. At first, track officials weren’t able to answer with conviction but later confirmed the decision to pull the plug was in fact true.

“We are just really upset that the show will not go on for our racers and fans. Well, at least not yet anyway,” track owner Kerry Izzo explained during a phone interview Tuesday afternoon. “We are ready to go racing.”

“There were discussions about possibly having to postpone based on the potential weather for Friday but we were hoping to hold out another day or two to make sure the forecast didn’t change.”

“We are so saddened to have this event postponed as we truly are ready for the drivers, campers, race teams, employees, sponsors, and fans. I do understand the concerns but I want the public to know we were ready to ride it out a little longer and wish Mother Nature would have given us a better chance.”

With advance tickets sales and campsites being made public in recent months, it didn’t take long for the enthusiastic racing community to schedule their weekend.

“We had over forty camp sites sold in advance. People are calling upset because they took vacation time and had their weekend plans ruined now. I hope we can reschedule the event we really want to bring this spectacular show to our track. We want the Illini at La Salle – we are as excited as our loyal supporters to have the WoO here.”

Mother Nature’s mood swings are in full gear which is still evident when checked on Thursday afternoon via www.weather.com. The forecast for Friday predicts a 70% chance of precipitation in the morning along with a day time high of 52°F while the low dips to 33°F. Saturday on the other hand is expected to provide plenty of sunshine producing a high of 56°F.

Fans who bought the advanced tickets should have received an email with the pertinent information and instructions on obtaining their options for reimbursement.

USMTS travels to Missouri’s LA Raceway, I-35 Speedway April 1-2

March 30th, 2011

LA MONTE, Mo. – A pair of fan-favorite venues in Missouri are up next for the USMTS Casey’s General Stores National Tour powered by Swan Energy as the month of April kicks off with a big bang.

On Friday, April 1, the series invades the LA Raceway in La Monte, Mo., for the Schwab’s Tinker Shop Show-Me Shootout, then heads north to the I-35 Speedway in Winston, Mo., for the first time since the 2003 season and the Yancy’s Automotive Missouri Meltdown on Saturday, April 1.

Each event will pay $2,000 to the winner with a minimum of $250 to start. The mud starts flying on April Fools’ Day as the rugged USMTS road warriors invade the LA Raceway for the seventh time in five years.

Jason Hughes won last August during ‘The Hunt’ and used that momentum to carry him to the USMTS National Championship. Other former winners at the LA Raceway include Kelly Shryock, Rodney Sanders, Grant Junghans and Jeremy Payne.

Payne is the only two-time winner, having captured the debut event in 2007 and last April’s show. He also crossed the finish line first in 2009, but was later disqualified for illegal tires and the win was awarded to Junghans.

A smooth, fast and wide racing surface has been the norm with each visit to the facility. After 230 laps and six feature races at the track since 2007, the yellow flag has waved just once in three of them while the other three main events went green to checkered without a caution.

Gates open at 5 p.m., hot laps start at 7 and the first heat race is slated for 7:30. Local B-Mods will also be racing. The LA Raceway is a located 3.5 miles west of SR 127 on Hwy Y. For more information, call 660-620-1152 (office) or 660-563-9878 (track) or check out www.laraceway.com online.

Although it has been nearly eight years since the USMTS Modifieds have thrown dirt at the I-35 Speedway in Winston, Mo., there were seven USMTS events staged at the 3/8-mile semi-banked dirt oval during the 2002 and 2003 seasons.

John Allen picked up the win on March 29, 2002, in the first race at what was called Winston Speedway at the time. The next night saw Kelly Shryock take the checkers. The series returned in October for a three-day show with Shryock winning the first two features and John Van Den Berg taking home the $5,000 winner’s paycheck the third night.

Another doubleheader was held April 12-13, 2003, with Scott Drake and Mark Noble each picking up main event wins.

I-35 Speedway owners Mike and Kyle Johnson have taken advantage of some nice weather and completed some improvements at the facility, including fresh concrete in the grandstand area and countless hours of track preparation.

This will be the first USMTS points race for drivers competing in the Arnold Motor Supply Central States Region. Also on the racing card will be the season-opening event for the USRA Iron Man Challenge featuring USRA Stock Cars and USRA B-Mods racing for $700 and $500 to win, respectively.

Pit gates open 4:30 p.m., grandstands open at 5, hot laps start at 6:30 and the green flag flies at 7 p.m.

An open practice for all classes is scheduled for Thursday, March 31, with gates opening at 4 p.m.

The I-35 Speedway is located 10 miles north of Cameron on SR 6 (exit 64). For more information, call the track at 660-749-5317 or visit www.i-35speedway.net online.

To learn more about the United States Modified Touring Series, visit www.usmts.com online or call 515-832-7944. You can also follow the USMTS on Facebook, MySpace, Twitter and YouTube.

USMTS travels to Missouri’s LA Raceway, I-35 Speedway April 1-2

March 29th, 2011

LA MONTE, Mo.– A pair of fan-favorite venues in Missouri are up next for the USMTS Casey’s General Stores National Tour powered by Swan Energy as the month of April kicks off with a big bang.

On Friday, April 1, the series invades the LA Raceway in La Monte, Mo., for the Schwab’s Tinker Shop Show-Me Shootout, then heads north to the I-35 Speedway in Winston, Mo., for the first time since the 2003 season and the Yancy’s Automotive Missouri Meltdown on Saturday, April 1.

Each event will pay $2,000 to the winner with a minimum of $250 to start.

The mud starts flying on April Fools’ Day as the rugged USMTS road warriors invade the LA Raceway for the seventh time in five years.

Jason Hughes won last August during ‘The Hunt’ and used that momentum to carry him to the USMTS National Championship. Other former winners at the LA Raceway include Kelly Shryock, Rodney Sanders, Grant Junghans and Jeremy Payne.

Payne is the only two-time winner, having captured the debut event in 2007 and last April’s show. He also crossed the finish line first in 2009, but was later disqualified for illegal tires and the win was awarded to Junghans.

A smooth, fast and wide racing surface has been the norm with each visit to the facility. After 230 laps and six feature races at the track since 2007, the yellow flag has waved just once in three of them while the other three main events went green to checkered without a caution.

Gates open at 5 p.m., hot laps start at 7 and the first heat race is slated for 7:30. Local B-Mods will also be racing. The LA Raceway is a located 3.5 miles west of SR 127 on Hwy Y. For more information, call 660-620-1152 (office) or 660-563-9878 (track) or check out www.laraceway.com online.

Although it has been nearly eight years since the USMTS Modifieds have thrown dirt at the I-35 Speedway in Winston, Mo., there were seven USMTS events staged at the 3/8-mile semi-banked dirt oval during the 2002 and 2003 seasons.

John Allen picked up the win on March 29, 2002, in the first race at what was called Winston Speedway at the time. The next night saw Kelly Shryock take the checkers. The series returned in October for a three-day show with Shryock winning the first two features and John Van Den Berg taking home the $5,000 winner’s paycheck the third night.

Another doubleheader was held April 12-13, 2003, with Scott Drake and Mark Noble each picking up main event wins.

I-35 Speedway owners Mike and Kyle Johnson have taken advantage of some nice weather and completed some improvements at the facility, including fresh concrete in the grandstand area and countless hours of track preparation.

This will be the first USMTS points race for drivers competing in the Arnold Motor Supply Central States Region. Also on the racing card will be the season-opening event for the USRA Iron Man Challenge featuring USRA Stock Cars and USRA B-Mods racing for $700 and $500 to win, respectively.

Pit gates open 4:30 p.m., grandstands open at 5, hot laps start at 6:30 and the green flag flies at 7 p.m.

An open practice for all classes is scheduled for Thursday, March 31, with gates opening at 4 p.m.

The I-35 Speedway is located 10 miles north of Cameron on SR 6 (exit 64). For more information, call the track at 660-749-5317 or visit www.i-35speedway.net online.

To learn more about the United States Modified Touring Series, visit www.usmts.com online or call 515-832-7944. You can also follow the USMTS on Facebook, MySpace, Twitter and YouTube.

L A Raceway Opens 2011 Season with Two Premier Series

March 24th, 2011
LaMonte, MO- On Friday, April 1, the gates to L A Raceway at LaMonte will open for the first time in 2011 to the USMTS Modifieds,  the Premier Dirt Modified Touring Series in the United States.  Then the following weekend, Saturday, April 9, the ASCS Warrior Region 360 Sprint Cars will take to the track.

The USMTS Modifieds along with the B Modifieds will circle the track on Friday, April 1, this being the only scheduled race featuring the USMTS at the LA Raceway this season. The cars and stars of the Dirt Knight TV series can be seen with this appearance as they tour with the USMTS Modifieds. The Dirt Knights TV series shows on VERSUS and covers six of the USMTS drivers as they tour with the series. They will challenge our local drivers to see who gets the advantage and takes home the money. Adult admission will be $17, ages 6-12 are $5 and under age 6 are Free.

Then on Saturday, April 9, Crown Power and Equipment of LaMonte will present the ASCS Warrior Region 360 Winged Sprints as they make their first appearance of the season along with the Gill Signs 305 Sprints and the Midwest Lightning Sprints. This annual open wheel winged sprint show gets all the drivers out to shake off the winter rust and see who will be the ones to beat this season. Adult admission is $15, Seniors/Military $12, ages 11-15 $6 and under age 11 are Free.

On Saturday, April 2, the DARE car show will be downtown Sedalia from 10 am to 2 pm to be followed by an open practice at the L A Raceway track. Grandstand admission will be free for the practice session with Pit Access costing $15.

Weekly racing featuring Pitts Homes A Modifieds, Pitts Homes B Modifieds, Gill Signs 305 Sprints , Xtreme Motors Street Stocks and Jim's Tire Service Hobby Stocks will begin on Friday, April 15. Admission for weekly racing is Adults $10, Seniors/Military $8, Ages 11-15 $6 and under age 11 are free. Also scheduled for opening night, April 15, will be the 600 Micros. Professional Flat Track Motorcycles will also be at L A Raceway on Saturday, May 14 for the Gary Bragg Memorial.

For more information go to laraceway.com and catch updates on twitter and facebook.

L A Raceway Two Show Schedule for this Week

May 6th, 2010

LaMonte, Missouri–L A Raceway has put results for three races in the books for 2010 but the last two W-K Chevrolet Weekly Racing Series races have been canceled because of the rain. With great weather being forecasted for mid week, L A Raceway promoter, Mike White, has decided to schedule a race for this Wednesday, May 5 for the Pitts Homes of Warsaw A Modifieds, Gill
Signs/Specialty Sportswear 305 Sprints and Xtreme Motors Street Stocks. L A Raceway is keeping the program to three classes to get the show completed in a timely fashion. An extra $100 is being paid to the winners in all three classes.

Then on Friday, May 7, the Winged Outlaw Warrior 360 Sprints are making another guest appearance at the 3/8 mile LaMonte racetrack along with the weekly show. Jonathan Cornell was the winner in their April 10 appearance at LA making it his first WOW win.

Gates will open at 5:00, hot laps at 7:00, and racing starts at 7:30 both nights. Admission for Wednesday will be $10 for adults and Friday it will be $12 with discounts both nights for seniors, military and children. Personal size coolers are always welcome at L A Raceway with concessions also available.

Get your much needed racing fix this week at L A Raceway. More information on the L A Raceway schedule can be found at laraceway.com

Carolyn White
L A Raceway
11649 Highway Y
LaMonte, MO 65337
Cell 660-620-1148
Fax 660-563-9878

2010 Race Season Just Around the Corner

March 24th, 2010

LAMONTE, Mo -Looking out the window to see a foot of snow does not lend itself to thinking about race season but regardless of the weather, the calendar says its only 3 weeks away. L A Raceway has an open practice scheduled for Saturday, April 3rd while a week later Friday, April 9 will showcase the USMTS Modifieds and Saturday, April 10 will feature the Winged Outlaw Warrior 360 Sprints. The weekly racing season opener is April 16 for A Modifieds, 305 Sprints, Street Stocks, Hobby Stocks and B Modifieds.

L A Raceway promoters are honored that their major sponsors have signed on again for the exciting ride of the 2010 season. W-K Chevrolet is returning as the Weekly Racing Series Sponsor, Union Savings Bank, as a corporate sponsor and Jim’s Tire Service, Xtreme Motors, Gill Signs, Speciality Sportswear and Pitts Homes have all returned as class sponsors. Many of last year’s race night sponsors have also signed on again as well as many new names will be in the spotlight in 2010.

The return of the USMTS Modifieds for two events, added nights for the Winged Outlaw Warrior 360 Sprints and the Lucas Oil ASCS 360 Sprint Summer Nationals will highlight the 2010 schedule. The Steel Shoe National on July 17, will bring in the National Flat Track Motorcycle Stars for an event looked forward to every year.

All it has to do now is get warm and dryer for one of the most aggressive and exciting seasons in L A Raceway’s eight year history.

Log on to laraceway.com for more information.

L A Raceway Opens Season With One-Two Punch

November 4th, 2009

LaMonte, Missouri- The 2010 season at L A Raceway will begin on Friday, April 9, with the USMTS Modifieds thundering into Central Missouri and then on Saturday, April 10, the Winged Outlaw Warrior 360 Sprints will throw the dirt off the 3/8 mile clay oval just south of LaMonte.

Last year young Rodney Sanders came from a 44 car field of USMTS Modifieds to win the caution free feature event in their June appearance and Grant Junghans took home the trophy in August when over 60 USMTS modifieds came to the fight. The USMTS ill again be back in August of 2010 for the opening event of the Hunt for the USMTS Casey’s General Stores National Championship in addition to their April 9 appearance.

Although it will be hard for the WOW 360 Sprints to top the action from last year’s event between Brian Brown, Jon Corbin and Jesse Hockett, the WOW Sprints always create excitement when they take to the track. And with that in mind, four dates for WOW shows have been added to the 2010 L A Raceway schedule, May 7, June 11, July 2, and July 30 in addition to the Saturday, April 10 date.

A full schedule will be released when completed which will include the 305 Sprints, Street Stocks, Hobby Stocks and B Modifieds.

Your racing program of choice in 2010 will be L A Raceway at LaMonte.

L A Raceway
11649 Hwy Y
LaMonte, Missouri 65337
660-563-9878

Gordon, Tyler, Everts battle for hobby stock feature win; Arnold gets street stock win

June 5th, 2009

la-raceway.jpgLAMONTE, Mo. — Though some consider hobby stock racing to be a bit slower-paced, Jeremy Gordon, Michael Tyler and Danny Everts spiced up things on Friday night at L A Raceway during the W-K Chevrolet Friday night racing series. Tyler started on the pole in the Jim?s Tire Service Hobby Stock A Main event with Danny Everts taking the outside front row. As the field of cars began completing the first lap of the race, Everts took the lead from Tyler right after they crossed the line.   Gordon snuck past Tyler shortly after that to step up and battle Everts for the lead. As laps began winding down, Everts, Gordon and Tyler made a break from the pack to settle the battle for the lead between them. Bret Cox, Jim Ash and Steven Tyler made a race of their own as they battled for third place.

 

On lap seven, Tyler got a good run coming out of two and zipped by Gordon and Everts. However, was sent back to third as a caution flew over the field for Jacob Estes. Another caution flew for Brian Martin who was having problem on the restart and he took his racer to the pits. When racing resumed, Gordon was working hard on the bumper of Everts hobby stock. With two more laps completed, Everts and Gordon crossed the line door handle to door handle. Gordon got the advantage coming out of two for the lead. One lap later, Tyler took second from Everts coming out of turn two with Jim Ash following suit one lap later.

 

Gordon took the checkereds for his second-consecutive feature win with Tyler, Ash, Everts and Cox rounding out the top five finishes. Bryan Arnold shot like a cannon from third starting position to take the lead in the Xtreme Motors Street Stock 15-lap feature event. With one lap complete, the leaders were Arnold, Terry Schultz, Carl Lewis, Ted Welschmeyer and Jake Jacobi with Welschmeyer flirting with all 90-feet of the backstretch,? according to track announcer Bob Ramey. A caution flew on lap three as Noah Killion looped his street stock in the top of turns three and four. Then the field went under a red flag condition when Welschmeyer rocketed off turn three on the caution and flipped onto his top.

 

Welschmeyer signaled to the crowd he was fine and unharmed as he did a cartwheel down the backstretch. His street stock went on the hook and was towed to the pits. Racing resumed and another caution flew. As the cars paraded around the track waiting on the green flag to fly again, to everyone?s surprise, Welschmeyer came back on the track to resume racing. Officials said that a lap was completed in the books so Welschmeyer took his car back to the pits. When racing got back underway, Arnold jumped to the lead spacing himself for hard-running, second-placed Schultz. Jeff Lazenby had worked his way into fourth place with Jay Lyle in fifth. Out of nowhere, John Brooks entered the picture taking fifth place on lap seven after starting 18th.
The battle for sixth heated up between Veteran driver Jay Lyle and Brian Eckhoff, as he wanted to take a shot at a top five finish. By lap 10, the leaders were catching lap traffic. Carl Lewis took a trip over the top of turn three but remained moving and returned to the track. A caution flew for debris on the track as the white flag was about to fly.

 

At the drop of the green, Brooks got busy picking off more cars to work his way to the front. Arnold took his second consecutive feature win this season with Schultz, Brooks, Jacobi and Lazenby taking the top honors of the night.

 

In the Gill Signs/Specialty Sportswear 305 Sprints A main event, Chris Coleman of Marshall made an impressive showing in his heat race and snatched the pole position for the main event. At the drop of the flag, Coleman manned the wheel of the sprinter to the front of the pack with Eric McMillin, Tom McGarry, Timothy Wheeler and Michael Schouten falling into the top five positions. Things looked a little shaky for McGarry when he went rim riding around the top of turns three and four on the conclusion of lap six giving Coleman a bigger lead over him. McGarry stayed on the gas and remained in front of the rest of the field of cars.

 

Three caution flags flew on laps 10 and 11, with Andrew Turley’s sprinter running out of steam and slowing to a crawl in the top of turns three and four and Haley Arnold looping her sprinter twice sending her out of the event for the night. As racing resumed, Dakota Carroll took over fifth place from Schouten. McMillin was solidly sitting with a third-place finish, until Wheeler and Carroll snuck by him on the last lap. Coleman made it look easy as he took the checkereds with McGarry, Wheeler, Carroll and McMillin rounded out the top five finishes. Jason Thompson of Concordia returned to the track for the first time this season in the Pitts Homes of Warsaw B Modifieds 12-lap event. Thompson started on the pole in the feature event and only looked back a few times to see Brian Ziegler nipping at his heels. Michael Mullins looked strong running in third place for two completed laps until he lost ground to Ernie Walker and Josh Calvert. With only two cautions in the feature, laps winded down quickly.

 

Thompson took the checkereds with Ziegler, Walker, Calvert and Mullins finishing in the top five. To listen to some of the race highlights from track owner Mike White and track nnouncer Bob Ramey, tune into KIX 105.7 every Thursday
afternoon at 4:20 p.m.

 

L A Raceway invites spectators to next Friday night?s W-K Chevrolet racing event as Yeagers Cycles sponsors the night at the races. Gates open at 5 p.m. with hot laps at 7 p.m. Admission prices are: $10 for adults, $8 for seniors and military, $6 for 11- to 15-year olds, and children 10 and under are free.

 

The AMA Hot Shoe National Event will take place at L A Raceway on Saturday, June 6, as motorcycles and their drivers take the track on two wheels with knees grazing the dirt as they make turns on the 3/8-mile clay oval track. Classes will include the 450 and 750 Pro, 450 and 750 expert and the vintage open. Gates open at 2 p.m. with qualifying heats at 5 p.m. Opening ceremonies and racing begins at 7 p.m. Admission prices are: $18 for adults and children 10 years old and under are free.

 

For more information about the track, visit www.laraceway.com.

Sprint Crash Delays Races; Street Stocks Leader Changes

May 4th, 2009

 la-raceway.jpgLAMONTE, Mo. Tyler Utz, of Sedalia, and Haley Arnold, of Sedalia, took an unfortunate trip down the front stretch at L A Raceway Friday, April 24. In the Gill Signs and Specialty Sportswear 305 Sprint car division, things got off to a rocky start in more than one way. Utz started on the pole of the feature, but looped his sprinter just before the completion of lap one sending him to the back of the pack and giving Matt Close, of LaMonte, the starting pole position. The green dropped three more times to signify the beginning after Close jumped the start, four cars went over turns three and four like ?synchronized swimmers? and when the accident of the evening happened.The last green, prior to the red, was a rocky start that left numerous cars ricocheting off one another when Arnold and Utz hooked up in the middle of the pack and came down the front stretch in a metal-tearing, skin-cringing way. Utz?s sprinter was damaged badly as the car went end-over-end and side-over-side and not in that particular order. After a few minutes, the crowd was relieved as Arnold was able to walk to the pit areas and waved at the spectators to let them know she was okay. Utz remained in his car until they were able to remove him on a backboard for safety precautions and air evacuated to University Hospital in Columbia.

 

As the night settled back down and the racing action resumed, Matt Close took the lead for one lap until Randall Roberts, of Cole Camp, took the lead from fourth starting position. Another caution came out as Lacy Harrison, of LaMonte, got high in the backstretch and looped the car. Andrew Turley, of Sedalia, also looped his car trying to miss Harrison and slowly flopped his car on his side causing very little damage.

 

As laps winded down, Roberts began walking away from the second-place battle of Close and Tom McGarry, of Alma. On lap six, McGarry tried to drive his sprinter in hard into turn three and slide below Close but ended up getting into him and caused himself to spin and almost tip over.

 

As racing resumed, the bunched up restart allowed Close to take a few looks at Roberts for first place. Close took the lead from Roberts coming out of turn two on lap nine and then Roberts returned the favor by taking it back coming out of turn four. When the checkered flags flew, Roberts crossed the finish line with a good space over second-place finisher Matt Close. Timothy Wheeler of Sedalia, Dakota Carroll of LaMonte, and Chris Coleman of Marshall rounded out the top honors.

 

Strong leaders in the Xtreme Motors Street Stocks changed unexpectedly during the feature event leaving spectators guessing the entire race of who was going to win.

 

Terry Schultz, of Sedalia, took the lead from the outside front row starting position at the drop of the flag. He was spacing himself from Justin Metzner, of Sedalia, when he went off pace on the backstretch and took his car to the pits with only five laps completed. Metzner manned the wheel of his street stock holding off hard-charging Dean Wille, of Warrensburg, until he got too high out of turn two and Wille drove under him. They went into turn three side-by-side until Wille allowed his car to drift up a little to ensure he came out in the lead.

 

As the race continued, it was hard to tell where the cushion was on the track as the street stocks entered the corners in all different areas, high, low and in between. It appeared as Wille was going to take the feature win until his car started smoking profusely in the backstretch and he quickly exited to pit road.

 

Metzner again came up with the lead on lap nine while the battle for second heated up between Jerry Schmidt of Independence, Troy Reasoner of Urich, and Bryan Arnold of Sedalia. Arnold came up with second place as he put a ?bonsai-move? onto the other two cars by shooting under them into turns three and four. But unfortunate for Arnold, debris on the track caused a caution and sent him back to fourth position.

 

As racing resumed again on lap nine, Metzner led the cars around the track making it look easy until he crossed his skis and looped his car in front of the entire field of cars coming out of turn four. Metzner?s rear bumper caught Arnold?s left side of his car stripping the tin completely off. Everyone missed Metzner except Jay Lyle, of Warrensburg, who ended up T-boning Metzner in the side. When the checkereds flew the street stocks had drawn nine cautions and lost eight of the 16 starting cars. Reasoner ended up taking the feature win by half a car length over Marc Carter, of Warrensburg. Steve Bugg of Green Ridge, Danny Carroll of LaMonte, and Schmidt rounded out the top five.

 

The Pitts Homes of Warsaw B-Modifieds class is beginning to pick up pace out at L A Raceway. In the feature event, John Brooks of Warrensburg started on the pole and brought the inside starting row with him on the start of the feature event. James McMillin, of Warrensburg, Bryan Montgomery, of Bates City, and Gary Lewis, of Columbia, helped Brooks show the field of cars around the track. On lap four, Lewis, Montgomery and Brian Ziegler, of Bates City, decided to give the crowd a little extra entertainment as they went three wide coming out of turn two with Montgomery as the meat in the sandwich and retained that status into turns three and four. As they completed the lap, Lewis took third, Montgomery took fourth and Ziegler settled for fifth.

 

Randy Grimmett, of Lathrop, caused a bit of a scare as he looped his modified in front of the leaders on lap nine but everyone avoided an accident. As the race resumed, third-place runner Lewis went sailing off over turn three and returned to the track in last place. Brookes took the feature win with McMillin, Ziegler, Montgomery and Jamie Trimnal, of Knob Noster, finishing out the top five.

 

In the Jim?s Tire Service Hobby Stocks, Michael Tyler, of Knob Noster, quickly took the lead during the feature and remained there throughout the race. The race for second-place was very interesting as Jeremy Gordon of Sedalia, John Simpson of Sedalia, and Danny Everts of Knob Noster were not giving up without a fight. Gordon managed to hold off Everts and Simpson for several laps. Simpson tagged the tail of the field after causing a caution on lap nine giving Gordon a little sense of relief until Tanner Young, of Green Ridge, stepped up to take Simpson?s place. When the feature resumed, Everts took second from Gordon going into turn three and pushed Gordon up a little to give him a little breathing room. Gordon returned the favor and took second back one lap later coming out of turn two.

 

As Tyler sailed to a smooth feature win, Gordon took the second-place finish with Everts, Young, and Michael Hudson, of Kingsville, placing in the top five.

 

L A Raceway invites fans and newcomers to next Friday night?s W-K Chevrolet racing event as it is DARE night at the races. Gates open at 5 p.m. with hot laps at 7 p.m. Admission prices are: $10 for adults, $8 for seniors and military, $6 for 11 to 15-year olds, and children 10 and under are free.

 

For more information about the track, visit www.laraceway.com

Martin emerges at L A Raceway

April 11th, 2009

LaMonte, MO – Looking for a fifth straight O?Reilly Auto Parts Winged Outlaw Warriors title, Randy Martin won the rain-shortened Kiowa Line Builders A Main at L A Raceway Saturday night. Brian Brown jumped into the lead from his outside row two starting
spot followed by second starting Kyle Bellm, Rusty Potter, and Randy Martin. Potter and Martin would have a fierce battle for third as they closely followed Bellm. Martin would finally take the third spot from Potter for good on lap seven.

Brown continued to lead, but Bellm and Martin would reel him in thanks to lapped traffic. As the top three were able to free themselves from the traffic, fourth place Potter and fifth place Dustin Barks were not as lucky as they tangled in turn two. Just moments later, second running Bellm would slide over the bank in turn four. Bellm would do a 360, but he would lose his second spot as his car came to a stop. The chain of events to three of the front runners would move Martin to second and Jesse Hockett up to third followed by Jon Corbin and Jonathan Cornell.

On the lap eleven restart, Martin would get by Brown in turns one and two, but as Martin slid up the track coming off of two, Brown would get back underneath. Brown would feel pressure again from Martin, but would continue to lead. The pressure from Martin would subside as he spun his tires in turn two a lap later allowing Brown to extend his lead.

As the laps began to dwindle, Brown would again have trouble with a lapped car allowing Martin to close in on him. Brown would slide high in turn two and Martin would shoot underneath and into the lead. As Brown spun his tires, Corbin, who had gotten by Hockett earlier, would make a run down the backstretch. Corbin and Brown would go into three nearly side by side and the two made contact as neither gave ground for the second position. The two made contact and went airborne over the bank in turn three flipping wildly as fourth running Hockett would have his top wing sheared off as he went underneath the airborne pair.

Luckily, both drivers would emerge unscathed from the violent flips. Hockett, who was able to keep going, would then be forced to the work area during the red flag to repair his mangled wing. As the field got ready to restart, Mother Nature had other ideas as the skies opened up and the final laps would not happen.

Martin was declared the winner as he picked up his 37th career win with WOW in the Diamond Pet Foods J&J. Cornell would run second in the Kiowa Line Builders Maxim followed by Frank Brown in the Viking Cleaners/Linda Brown Tax Service sprinter. Don Droud Jr. would run fourth in the Jeff and Jerry Smith Eagle with Josh Fisher rounding out the top five in the Rusty Fisher Maxim. Mark Shirshekan was sixth followed by Terry Hinck. Dustin Selvage, Chris Walker, and Eric Todd would round out the top ten.
The night?s racing was marred by numerous red flags. In hot laps, Ryan Marsch took a wild tumble over the bank in between turns three and four. In heat two, Clint Todd climbed the wheel of a competitor and flipped hard over the bank in between turns three and four. Bradlee Ryun got into the frontstretch wall at the start of heat four ending his night.

The O?Reilly Auto Parts Winged Outlaw Warriors will next be in action on Friday May 1st at the Tri-City Speedway in Granite City, IL as they support the Lucas Oil ASCS National Tour.

Power-Packed 4 race weekend on Tap for USMTS Drivers and Fans

April 2nd, 2009

LA MONTE, MO. – The USMTS Casey’s General Stores National Tour is revving up for a four-night swing through Missouri,
Oklahoma and Kansas this weekend, along with the USMTS Southern Series sandwiched in between.

A take home pay of $9,000 is up for grabs for any driver lucky and skilled enough to sweep the weekend’s events.

All four blockbuster events will be worth valuable points in the Bear Tire Mo-Kan Region of the USMTS Casey’s General Stores National Tour. A power-packed field of cars are expected as the two-day show at West Siloam will also be a points contest for the West Region of the USMTS Southern Series.

THURSDAY, APRIL 2 LA RACEWAY, LA MONTE, MO

The mud starts flying this Thursday, April 2, as the USMTS Casey’s General Stores National Tour invades the LA Raceway in La Monte, Mo., for the third straight year. The Sunoco “A” Main will pay the winner $2,000, with a minimum $250 to start the main event.

Pit gates open at 3 p.m., grandstand gates open at 4, hot laps start at 6:30 and the first heat race is at 7 p.m. Local Street Stocks will also be racing.

Past winners at LA Raceway include eight-time USMTS Casey’s General Stores National Champion Kelly Shryock (2008) and Jeremy Payne (2007).

The LA Raceway is a 3/8-mile semi-banked clay oval located 3.5 miles west of SR 127 on Hwy Y. For more information, call 660-620-1152 (office) or 660-563-9878 (track) or check out http://www.laraceway.com online.

Race fans can pick up $2-off coupons on race day at the Casey’s General Stores location at 101 W. Front St. in La Monte.

FRIDAY-SATURDAY, APRIL 3-4 WEST SILOAM SPEEDWAY, WEST SILOAM SPRINGS, OK

On Friday and Saturday, April 3-4, the West Siloam Speedway in West Siloam Springs, Okla., will play host to both the USMTS Casey’s General Stores National Tour and the USMTS Southern Series in the 3rd Annual Red River Modified Nationals—the only double-dip for both series in 2009.

Friday’s main event winner will pocket $2,000 and $3,000 is earmarked for Saturday’s victor. Steve Holzkamper of Gentry, Ark.,
captured last year’s Saturday night finale while 2007 USMTS Casey’s General Stores National Champion Jason Krohn of Slayton, Minn., won the Friday night go. In 2007, it was Hinton, Iowa’s Jay Noteboom taking the finale while Kelly Shryock won the opener on Friday night.

On Friday, pit gates open at 4 p.m., grandstand gates open at 5, hot laps are slated to begin at 6:30 and racing starts at 7 p.m. On Saturday, pit gates open at 3 p.m., grandstands open at 4, hot laps are at 6 and the mud starts flying at 6:30 p.m.

The West Siloam Speedway is a 3/8-mile high-banked clay oval located 5.5 miles west of Arkansas/Oklahoma State Line on US 412. For more information, call 479-586-7635 (office) or 918-422-5009 (track) or go to http://www.westsiloam.com on the World Wide Web.

SUNDAY, APRIL 5 THUNDERHILL SPEEDWAY, MAYETTA, KS

On Sunday, April 5, the USMTS Casey’s General Stores National Tour visits the Thunderhill Speedway in Mayetta, Kan., for the thirteenth time in seven years for the 7th Annual Kansas Spring Fling.

Kelly Shryock is the only multi-time winner at Thunderhill, with six career victories at the lighting-fast speedplant including last
year’s “show in the snow.” Other past winners at the facility include Jon Tesch (2007), Greg Skaggs (2007), Dean Mahlstedt (2006), Mark Noble (2006), Tommy Myer (2003) and Dustin Boney (2003).

Pit gates open at 2 p.m., grandstands open at 4, hot laps begin at 5 and the racing action gets underway at 5:30 p.m. USRA Stock Cars and USRA B-Mods are also on the racing card.

The Thunderhill Speedway is a 4/10-mile high-banked clay oval located 14.6 miles north of US 24 on US 75 to 142nd St., then 2.2 miles west. For more information, call 785-966-2575 (office) or 785-966-2844 (track) or visit http://www.thunderhillmayetta.com.

Race fans can pick up $2-off discount coupons on race day at Casey’s General Stores locations in Silver Lake, Holton and the 600 SE Rice Rd. store in Topeka.

To learn more about the United States Modified Touring Series, call the headquarters at (515) 832-7944 or visit http://www.usmts.com] online for the latest news and information from the USMTS.

Contact Info:
Jeff Nun
Communications Director
United States Modified Touring Series, Inc. (USMTS)
608 Des Moines St.
Webster City, IA 50595
tel: 515-297-3835
email: media@usmts.com
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L A Raceway welcomes USMTS the first chance of ironing out the track for 2009

March 25th, 2009

LAMONTE, Mo. – L A Raceway invites race fans to join them as they welcome the United States Modified Touring Series to a little racing in the country on Friday, March 27, for a spectacular show with Modifieds and Street Stocks.

Beginning in there 11th season, the USMTS Mo-Kan region will make their second stop of the season at L A Raceway after running a two-day event at Humbolt Speedway in Kansas. The USMTS has been racing for Sedalia, Knob Noster, LaMonte and
Whiteman Air Force Base race fans for five straight seasons. The race will be a $2,000-to-win show that will leave spectators on the edge of their seat.

Dustin Boney, of Tonganoxie, Kan., is currently leading the points standing and is no stranger to L A Raceway. Jon Tesch, of Watertown, S.D., and Steve Holzkamper, of Gentry, Ark., are the only drivers to pick up feature wins this season. Boney raced from 19th to finish fifth and earn the PBM Performance Products Hard Charger Award at Humbolt Speedway on March 14, during
the “Havoc at the Hummer” two-day event. He finished fourth after starting 10th on Sunday to help boost him to the top of the points standings.

Fans will get a preview of the regular racing season at L A Raceway as the Street Stocks from the area will take the track to give the crowd a little extra entertainment for their dollar. Adult ticket prices are $15, children ages six to 12 can enter for $5,
and children five and under are admitted for free with an accompanying adult. Pit access is $30.

Pit gates open at 3 p.m. with grandstand gates opening at 4 p.m. Hot laps will begin at 6:30 p.m. and the racing action will follow at 7 p.m. This visit from the USMTS will be the first of two appearances at L A Raceway this summer. They will make their second stop Aug. 11, and they will be bringing “NASCAR Star” Kenny Wallace with them. For directions, track schedule and contact information, visit L A Raceway’s Web site at www.laraceway.com.

L A Raceway announces new Friday night racing program sponsor, W-K Chevrolet

March 9th, 2009

LAMONTE, Mo. L A Raceway is excited to announce their seventh season as Sedalia, LaMonte, Whiteman Air Force Base, and Knob Nosters premier racing experience in the country. W-K Chevrolet, of Sedalia, has stepped up this year from a class sponsor for six years to sponsor every Friday Night?s Weekly Racing program at L A Raceway.

“We are especially grateful for all the support we have received from our sponsors this year,” said Mike White, track owner. “The 2009 season at L A Raceway will be busy with the W-K Chevrolet Friday Night Racing Program having 19 races on the schedule beginning April 10.”

Union Savings Bank, of Sedalia, has again signed on as a corporate sponsor with Warsaw Building Center, of Warsaw, to sponsor the family section of bleachers that provide spectators the opportunity to watch the nightly entertainment with no tobacco or alcohol, which continues to grow more popular every year. L A Raceway is implementing a different set of rules for the modified
class that runs every Friday night. “We chose this new rules package for our modified class to promote closer competition and to reduce the cost for the track and the drivers,” White said. “We hope by making this change that more drivers will find it affordable to either stay in or move to modifieds.”

Xtreme Motors, Jim?s Tire Service and Specialty Sportswear, all of Sedalia, are returning as class sponsors for street stocks, hobby stocks and sprints. L A Raceway welcomes new modified class sponsor Pitts Homes Inc., of Warsaw. The USMTS Modifieds are making two appearances at the track this year. The first visit is in just a few weeks on March 27 and the second appearance coming Aug. 11 with ‘NASCAR Star’ Kenny Wallace competing. Subway and Waterloo Industries Inc., both of Sedalia, have returned as supporters of local racing along with Crown Power & Equipment, of LaMonte; Yeager?s Cycles, of Sedalia; Gill Signs, of Sedalia; Mid-Mo Auto Sales, of Sedalia; KOKO 1450 AM-KWKJ 98.5 MIKE FM radio, of Warrensburg; KMMO 102.9 FM radio, of Marshall; KIX 105.7 FM radio, of Sedalia; The Sedalia News-Journal; and many more. The AMA Flat Track Motorcycles return on June 6 with a Hot Shoe National Event meaning more classes, more bikes and more on the line for the riders. L A Raceway is returning the Winged Outlaw Warriors 360 Sprints and 305 Sprints for their annual spring appearance on April 4 where this year the United Rebel Sprint Series 305 Sprints have been invited to compete. Many more special events are in the planning stages with one being on May 8 with a $1000.00 to win Street Stock Special.

“We are looking for people to be spending their money closer to home and feel that we provide affordable family entertainment,”said White. “Our grandstand admission prices are not changing from last year, and we offer reasonably priced concessions and as always, we welcome personal size coolers.” Track schedule, rules and contact information is available on the
newly redesigned L A Raceway Web site at laraceway.com, or by phone on the track message line at its new number, 560-563-9878.

Rachel Knight
L A Raceway
Public Relations
rharper@laraceway.com
(660) 238-8255

2008 Points Champions show spectators why they earned that title Friday night

August 8th, 2008

Kirk started on the pole of the feature and moved comfortably into the lead for the first half of the race, while Aaron Poe, Jimmy Dowell, Justin Moon and Terry Schultz made the race interesting. After the completion of four laps, Thompson managed to push Schultz out of the top five. Two laps later, he moved himself in front of Moon for fourth. On lap ten, he picked off Dowell for third. Poe upped the ante as he started pressuring Kirk for the lead with only six laps remaining in the feature event. But before he could blink, Thompson slid under him and took second. Thompson and Kirk raced side by side and it looked as if Kirk was going to win the race until Thompson slung himself out of four and got the modified’s nose stuck out far enough before the finish line.

Mitchell Moore of Edgerton, Kan. was leading Jonathan Cornell of Sedalia by 13 points in the race for the championship in the Specialty Sportswear/Mid-City Lumber 305 Sprints. He ensured his lead after taking the feature event with Cornell in second. Lap traffic gave Moore the advantage he needed on
hard-hitting, fast-closing Cornell. Chad Tye took the honor of leading the field of cars around the clay-oval for the first six laps. Moore had moved into second on lap five after starting in eighth position. Moore took the lead from Tye with Brandon Roberts following suit. Cornell had worked his way to
third by lap nine after starting back in 11th position. He moved into second one lap later.

Moore kept trying to hide himself in lap traffic and it was working effectively on Cornell as he was unable to catch him before crossing the finish line. Tom McGarry found himself finishing third with Roberts and Michael White toping the first five finishes. Danny Everts of Knob Noster, who was leading his son Jacob Everts of Knob Noster by two points in the run for the biggest trophy, ran side by side for the last few laps of the Jim?s Tire Service Hobby Stock A main event. Danny took the lead after squeezing his son into the wall coming out of the last turn prior to the finish line forcing Jacob to let off the gas.

Both Danny and Jacob began the race in row four. With the wave of the green, Haley Arnold took the pleasure of leading the field of cars around the track for four-complete laps. While Jacob looked as if he was shot from a cannon and came to third out of turn two on the first lap. He moved into second with just two laps completed and began to pressure Arnold for the top spot. Danny moved into third place when Jacob made his move on Arnold going into turn one for the lead. On the next lap, Danny passed Arnold in the same fashion as his son did. And as they say, the rest was history as Danny claimed the feature win
and the championship.

Jeremy Gordon, Arnold and Michael Tyler rounded out the top five finished for the night. Troy Reasoner of Urich went into the night leading defending points champion Scott Krause of Concordia by 37 points in the Xtreme Motors Street Stocks class. Reasoner began outside of row one and quickly took the lead where no one could catch him and claimed the championship. With the drop of the flag, Reasoner, Jay Lyle, Justin Metzner, Marc Carter and Bryan Arnold led the field of cars around the race track. In the first few laps, pole-starter Danny Carroll wheeled his car down pit road. By the completion of lap three, Ted Welschmeyer had worked himself up into fifth position heating up the battle for third with Carter, Arnold and Lyle.

On lap six, Carter made his move on Metzner for second and brought Welschmeyer with him. Arnold moved into fourth in front of Metzner coming out of turn two on lap eight. Just as it looked like Welschmeyer was going to take second place, he looped his car at the bottom of turn four just as the white flag flew. He went to the pits with flat tires and was unable to finish the race.
Reasoner took the win with on the green, white and checkereds while Arnold polished off second place. Lyle, Jeff Lazenby and Scott Krause rounded out the top five.

Close earns feature win at L A Raceway

July 30th, 2008

“I knew the first lap that I was right,” Close said. “My dad (Joe Close) and Gary(Charles) really hit the set up and the car stuck.” After the completion of lap one, current points champion Jonathan Cornell and Phillip Heavelow got together coming out of turn two. Cornell went bouncing like a rabbit off the back side of the track and took his racer to the pits. Heavelow got the hook and was towed off the race track. On the restart, Close made a good run over McGarry. By lap seven, White had moved into third place over Carroll. Two laps later, Mitchell Moore stepped into the picture and began working on White.

With eight laps to go, Lacy Harrison stopped dead in her tracks on the backstretch as her left front wheel continued down the track. Close and McGarry were closing in on Harrison as lap traffic and managed to miss her without any damage to their sprinters. Close once again made a good run over McGarry on the restart. Close took the checkereds with McGarry, Moore, Ryan Schlender and White. “I let the car do what it wanted to do and that is what won the race,” Close said.

Brian Arnold beat out defending points champion Scott Krause for the Xtreme Motors Street Stock A main event. Justin Metzner started on the pole and took the honors of leading the first lap until Krause slide past him and took over the lead. Arnold got under Metzner for second on lap three. Kevin Perkins was
running in sixth position and moving forward when his racer had smoke pouring out the underside coming out of turn four on the completion of lap seven. As he entered turn one, the car bursted into flames. As the car rolled to a stop at pit road entrance, Perkins quickly bailed out of the car. Red flag condition flew over the track and emergency crews responded to extinguish Perkin’s car. As the race resumed, Jay Lyle, who was in fifth, spun out at the top of turn two and immediately caused a caution. As the went green again,
Troy Reasoner, who was sixth, sent his right rear tire bouncing around turns three and four and off the top of the track. “We were sitting there playing catch up,” Arnold said. “Then the caution made the difference,” Arnold said.
One more time of green was all it took. On the restart, Arnold got a good run on Krause. He began working on the low side of Krause and then the high. Four laps later, he was running side by side with Krause and took the lead coming out of turn two. Marc Carter, who was running fourth, rocketed over the top of turns three and four and went straight to the trailer.

Arnold said the last three laps of the race were a little exciting. “The brakes went completely out,” Arnold said. “The brake line blew off.” Arnold crossed the finish line with Krause in second. The two cars had worked up over a full straight away stretch over the rest of the field of cars. Metzner, Steve Bugg and Jay Lyle polished off the top five finishes.

“I really want to thank my wife Kelly because she really let”s me work at the shop to get the cars ready,” Arnold said.

In the W-K Chevrolet Modified A main event, Chad Staus took the lead with Christopher Moon, Don Cable, Justin Moon and Dean Wille. Staus continued to lead them around the track until Jason Bodenhamer worked his way through the pack from 15th starting position to take the lead on the restart for lap six.
“I knew I had a good initial start,” Bodenhamer said. “I knew if I could get to the front before Thompson and Meyer, I could run my own line.” Two laps later, Dean Wille and Jason Thompson moved in front of Staus. By lap 11, Wille and Thompson provided great crowd entertainment as they ran side by side until Wille goes off pace on lap 14 and heads for the pits. Nathan Vaughn brought out a caution on that lap too after he spun in the bottom of turns one and two.
On the restart, Thompson stayed right with Bodenhamer and they ran side by side. Thompson tried driving under Bodenhamer and sailing around the top of him, but was unsuccessful. “I was worried after that last yellow,” Bodenhamer said about Thompson closing in on him. “We had a good time and we can race each other clean.”

Bodenhamer took the checkereds with Thompson on his tail. Terry Schultz picked up third place and Dave Meyer and Christopher Moon finished in the top five.
“The track was racy,” Bodenhamer said. “This track has a nice cushion.” In the Jim?s Tire Service Hobby Stocks, Jim Ash quickly took the lead and led the field of cars around the track for the first lap. Ash then got high in turn four and lost more than 10 spots. As the laps continued, he kept moving backwards until he exited the track and called it a night.

Meanwhile, Tanner Young took the lead after starting in 10th position. Young maintained a steady, clean line while Tony Everts was trying to make the track work on the bottom or top side of the track. Jacob Everts, Danny Everts and Mike Schouten made an interested battle unfold for fans for third, fourth and fifth place. With four laps remaining, Tony Everts took his car to the pits and was done for the night. Young took the checkereds with a good advantage over the second place car of Danny Everts. Jacob Everts took third, Schouten took fourth and Jay Prevete snuck up to take fifth.

Next Friday night will be L A Raceway?s championship night at the races. Track officials decided that due to the rather wet weather all summer long, it was time to pack up for the season and try it again next year.

Arnold picks up third feature event win at L A Raceway

July 28th, 2008

However, Haley Arnold’s claim-to-fame wasn’t as pleasant as her dad’s and sister’s. Haley bowed out of the hobby stock A main event half way through it when she rolled her car at the top of turns three and four losing paneling and a few other miscellaneous parts.

In the street stocks A main event, Steve Bugg took the pleasure of leading the class around for the first lap until his car got high out of turn two and defending points champion Scott Krause took the lead. It seemed as if the first four finishes were already decided until Bryan Arnold and Troy Reasoner decided they didn?t want to be third and fourth.

With seven laps down, Arnold tried to drive under Bugg into turn three for second place but was unable to make it stick. Arnold’s next attempt was successful, but a caution put him back into third position. “(Bugg) was too inconsistent and I used the bottom to get around him,” Arnold said.

As racing resumed, Arnold moved into second by overcoming Bugg out of turn four. Marc Carter had moved up from mid-pack to take fourth from Reasoner.

Arnold began working heavily on the rear bumper of Krause with seven laps left. Arnold made his second attempt to take the lead on lap 15 and made it work coming out of turn two. Just as Arnold made the feature-winning pass, Krause looped his car in the bottom of turn two. “(Krause) went in a little hot and he got sideways,” Arnold said. “I thought here is my chance and I passed him.” Before taking the checkereds, Carter and Reasoner had made their moves on Bugg, who finished fourth. Veteran Jay Lyle rounded out the top
five finishes. “The track was good and heavy,” Arnold said. “The Whites always work hard to get the track in a good racing condition.”

Arnold gave his trophy away to a little boy who was standing on the front straight away. Arnold gave the trophy a toss over the fence and the little boy’s father helped to insure he did not drop it. “I could not make these wins possible without my sponsors, Mid-Missouri Auto Sales, Buso’s AA Muffler and Killer Buzz (energy drink),” Arnold said.

In the Jim’s Tire Service Hobby Stocks, Michael Tyler put quiet a show on as the cars bunched up on the start of the race. “We didn’t expect to see a Joey Chitwood show tonight,” said track announcer Bob Ramey. Tyler stepped on the breaks and did a full 360-degree turn on his front bumper in the middle of the pack and landed back in straight-running position for the start, regardless the hesitation in disbelief.

The competition director did not like the start of the feature event and made the field of cars restacked to try it again. As the race got underway, John Simpson took the lead with Luke Skidmore, Adam Belt, Jacob Everts and Tyler.
By the completion of lap two, Tanner Young had taken over fifth position. A caution was drawn by two cars getting tangled up and on the restart; Simpson got sent to the tail of the field because of his second bad start of the event.

The laps continued to wind down as Skidmore, Everts, Belt, Young and Tyler showed the field of cars around the track. Everts took the lead from Skidmore on lap five and Belt lost control and went up over the top of turn four causing another caution for the night’s event. Haley Arnold made her debut by flipping her car over in the top of turns three and four causing a red light to be displayed and stopping the cars in their tracks. She was uninjured.

When racing resumed, Young takes second from Skidmore as he got high off the back of the track giving up several positions. Everts took the feature win with Young, Tyler, Kyle Baker and Danny Everts rounding out the top five. In the W-K Chevrolet Modified feature event, Steve Twenter was showing his upper hand in the event just as he did as he took his heat race by storm.

After the completion of lap one, Twenter and Luke Feeback were battling and made contact coming out of turn two. Twenter had to go to the pits for a flat right-front tire. He was able to make it back out onto the track before a lap was completed due to a couple of cautions. Feeback led the cars around the track with Alan Deatherage, defending points champion Jason Thompson, Justin Moon and Terry Schultz hot on his heels. With one more lap completed, Thompson moved in to second and zeroed in on Feeback.

By lap eight Feeback had gotten a comfortable lead over Thompson until they hit lap traffic. The traffic was really thick and Thompson took the advantage. He found the correct groove with fewer cars in his way and came out with the
lead. With only four laps left in the event, Feeback’s car went up in a puff
of smoke and he crippled it to the infield. Deatherage and Schultz were catching Thompson until he disappeared in lap traffic once again. Thompson took the win with Deatherage, Schultz, Moon and Dean Wille rounding out the top five.

In the Specialty Sportswear/Mid-City Lumber 305 Sprints, defending points champion Michael White quickly took the lead with Mitchell Moore hot on his tail. As laps winded down, White slowly slipped back into the pack. Moore had taken the lead with Randy Roberts in second. Ryan Schlender, Jonathan Cornell and Timothy Wheeler took over the top five positions as kept charging. Roberts took the lead after the completion of eight laps. He was running strong until lap 12 when he rocketed himself off the tops of turn three and four. Moore and Schlender sailed right around the track before Roberts could regain composure.
Before taking the checkereds, Roberts was able to overcome Schlender for second place once again. Moore took the feature win with Roberts, Schlender, Cornell and Wheeler rounding out the top five.

Since it was DARE night at the races, Bob Hiller, who entered retirement recently, had his new addition at the track for children to see. Hiller traded his late model racing machine for a two-seater late model for the children.
“I am going to make it street legal,” Hiller said. “If I have to make 30 trips to the highway patrol headquarters to get it inspected. This car is dedicated for all the past and future DARE graduates.”

The night’s event raised $584 for the program by selling chances for prizes.
L A Raceway invites fans to join them next Friday, July 25, for the KOKO 1450/The Bar 98.5 Night at the Races. Racing action begins at 7:30 p.m.

Schultz picks up second feature win of shortened season at L A Raceway

July 22nd, 2008

The W-K Chevrolet Modifieds heated up the racing surface as they raced three wide throughout the first turns of the race. Dean Wille took the high side, Chad Staus took the low side and Jimmy Dowell split them until Staus got the upper hand to lead the first seven laps. Dowell took second position but not without constantly fighting Staus for first place. Wille settled into third to watch the leaders battle it out in front of him. Christopher Moon, who has looked very racy this season, was in fourth position until Schultz took it away when they crossed the line after completing four laps.

After Hershel Thompson’s car blew a puff of smoke and slowed to a stop at the end of the front stretch and drew a caution, Staus and Dowell got into each other coming out of turn two on the restart. This caused a small chain reaction and collected Moon and Luke Feeback, who was running sixth.

With substantial damage to Moon’s car, he was done for the evening’s events. Staus and Dowell were able to pit and get their cut tires replaced and made it back out onto the track. This event brought Wille to the lead with Schultz, Dave Meyer, Jason Thompson and Justin Moon to the front to show the field of cars around the track. For the next several laps, Schultz and Wille battled for first while Thompson and Meyer put on an entertaining show for third. By lap nine, Schultz had gained the leaders position and Thompson picked off Wille for second by lap 11. Terry Kirk began to charge as well as he came from sixth running position on lap eight to fourth by lap nine. He picked up one more position prior to crossing the finish line. Schultz took the checkereds with Thompson, Kirk, Wille and Justin Moon.

Dakota Carroll started on the pole of the Specialty Sportswear/Mid-City Lumber 305 Sprint car feature and looped it entering turn two and collected defending points champion Michael White. On the restart, Jonathan Cornell took the upper hand with Timothy Wheeler, Brandon Gray, Tom McGarry and Tyler Utz, who had Bradley Roberts hot on his tail, showing the field of cars around the track. A caution flew over the track as fifth-place Roberts looped his sprinter in the bottom of turn four. When the green flew again, Utz snuck past McGarry for fourth-place. As the laps began to wind down, Matt Close and Ryan Schlender entered the picture. The two drivers edged out McGarry from fifth by lap 14.
Cornell took the checkereds with Wheeler, Utz, Schlender and Close taking the top five honors.

With the drop of the green in the Xtreme Motors Street Stock feature event, Marc Carter took the lead after starting on the pole due to the pole setter pulling in the infield on the parade lap. Steve Bugg, Jay Lyle, Toby Morrill and Troy Reasoner immediately began battling for the top five positions. Both Lyle and Morrill passed Bugg coming out of turn two on lap two for second battling position. Reasoner also got past Bugg by lap four and comfortably ran in fourth position as he watched Lyle and Morrill battle most of the race for second. Morrill finally made his move on Lyle coming out of turns one and two
and gets the advantage he needed coming out of turns three and four to take second from Lyle on lap seven. Reasoner followed suit and pushed Lyle back to fourth. Bryan Arnold, who was setting comfortably in sixth, rose to the challenge and moved into fourth in front of Lyle on lap 10. Two laps later, Lyle reclaims fourth position from Arnold. Dustin Gilkin also stepped in for a little of the action when he slipped past Arnold for fifth on lap 14. From fourth place back, the cars put on a show as many battles took place. The lead cars continued to charge and lead the field of cars around the track. Carter sailed smoothly to the winner?s circle as Morrill, Reasoner, Lyle and Gilkin rounded out the top five finishes.

In the Jim’s Tire Service feature event, Tony Everts quickly took the lead from outside row one starting position and Danny Everts came to second from outside row two. Michael Tyler, Jacob Everts and Jay Prevete rounded out the top five. Jacob Everts moved into third by lap four. Danny Everts and Tony Everts began heating up the battle for first position while Jacob sat back and watched. Danny Everts took the lead down the backstretch on lap five. By lap seven, Kyle Baker moved his way up into fourth pushing Tyler back to fifth.
Danny Everts gained a comfortable lead over his two sons, while they battled for second place. Danny Everts took the feature win with Jacob Everts edging out his brother, Tony, for second place. Baker finished fourth and Jeremy
Gordon stepped in and took fifth.

L A Raceway joins fans to come and spend next Friday night at the track for DARE (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) night at the races. Hot laps begin at 7 p.m.

L A Raceway Awards Season Championship to “Mother Nature”

July 11th, 2008

“To describe this 2008 season as ‘tough’ would be an understatement” said promoter Mike White, “we’ve had eight races rained out completely, four completed with rain threatening all around and only ‘one’ that was actually good weather. Then on top of that food and fuel prices have gone through the roof. No way could we have planned for this year with the weather and the economy doing what it has. The first half of this season has definitely had its ups and downs. On the ‘up side’, the car count has been great with over 100 cars checking into the pits each night. Plus, the spectator side has held its own even with a struggling economy. On the down side,” continued White, “the weather has dealt us a significant blow. The first half of the season is historically the strongest income producing time while the last half of the season is always financially weaker. Seeing things going from bad to worse is not easy on anyone and knowing there is no ‘pot of gold at the end of the rainbow’, we knew we had to make changes to turn things around”.

Track management decided that the races were running too late for everyone and that a class needed to be eliminated. The ULMA Late Models were the last class added to the race program, so they are the first to go. They will not be included in the program for the remainder of the 2008 season.

In addition, staffing cuts have been made and the season has been shortened. L A Raceway had already been scheduled to close for the fair because those two weeks were never financially successful and this year the track will not reopen after the fair. The season championships will be determined on Friday, August 1, the AMA Pro Flat Track Motorcycle Races will be hosted on Saturday, August 9th and that will end the season for 2008.

“We want to stress that we are not closing and not financially insolvent” said
White. “We simply had to make some business decisions to ensure that we would be around for the 2009 season and beyond.”

Thompson gets first feature win of season at L A Raceway

July 6th, 2008

Justin Moon had an impressive start to the modified A feature event and held his own for the first 11 laps. Thompson began picking off cars one at a time including Hershel Thompson, Alan Deatherage, Dean Wille and Dave Meyer. By lap seven, only Christopher Moon stood between Thompson and the leader. On lap ten, Thompson and Dave Meyer split Christopher Moon’s car for second and third place down the backstretch. Two more laps later, Justin Moon and Thompson were running door handle to door handle. Thompson took the lead with just eight laps left and found himself in the winner’s circle. Justin Moon took second place with Meyer, Deatherage and Luke Feeback, who charged late in the game to pick up a fifth place finish.

The Xtreme Motors Street Stock class didn’t end the way most would have expected as the rain began to fall during the last feature event of the night. The feature managed to get 10 laps in the book and the track officials decided to call it a race. Toby Morrill led the pack of street stocks around the track with Marc Carter, Scott Krause, Ted Welschmeyer and Troy Reasoner. With one lap completed, Jeff Lazenby and Cody Frazon hooked up in the bottom of turns one and two sending both of them to the trailer. When racing resumed, Krause snuck by Carter coming out of turn four before the completion of lap three. Welschmeyer and Carter provided the crowd with excitement as the battle for third heated up and they switched positions a few times. Just as they passed the halfway mark, rain began to fall and Stewart Dennis looped his car in the top of turn three. Carter and Welschmeyer spun out too and the race was called.
Morril was declared the feature winner with Krause, Reasoner, Kevin Perkins and Jay Lyle picking up the top five finishes.

In the ULMA Late Model feature event, Bob Hiller of Sedalia started on the pole for his last feature event as his plans were to enter retirement after Friday night?s events. Jake Williams of Lockwood started inside row two and quickly jumped to the lead out of the first set of turns in the race. Jon Binning settled in behind him with Bryon Allison and James Rutledge followed
him. Hiller slowly slid back position by position as the laps winded down. Allison was rim riding when he went over board in the top of turns three and four on lap four sending him to the tail of the field. Williams kept leading the field of cars around while Javan Payne snuck his way into the top five by lap seven after starting outside row four. Tommy Cordray put up a heavy fight to keep his fourth position from Payne, but Payne took the position just two laps later. While Williams, Binning, Rutledge and Payne spaced themselves from the rest of the pack and themselves, a battle for fifth place was unfolding.
On lap 12, Cordray was fending off Kevin Kaiser and Allison, who had worked his way up through the field of cars. Before the conclusion of the race, Allison and Kaiser both made their way around Cordray and Binning was heating up the race for first. Williams managed to hold off Binning for the feature win. Binning, Rutledge, Payne and Allison rounded out the top five finishing
positions.

In the Jim’s Tire Service Hobby Stock A main event of the evening, John Simpson, who came up from Jr. Hobby Stocks last year, led the field of 22 cars around the track for the first three and a half laps before he got high on the back stretch and lost his lead position to Jeremy Gordon. One lap later and Luke Skidmore took second coming out of turn two. With only five laps completed in the race, the hobby stock feature became rather exciting with four-wide racing throughout the event. Gordon continued to lead them around the track with Skidmore, Mike Schouten, Simpson, Jim Ash and Tanner Young following closely behind. When Gordon hit lap traffic on lap seven, he began playing a game of cat and mouse with the second place car of Skidmore and the third place car of Schouten. One lap later, the hobby stock feature was sitting still as a red light glared for Skidmore and Danny Crum. These two cars got hooked up coming out of turn two and Crum ended up on his hood in the infield. When racing resumed, Gordon got off to a good start using the lapped
traffic between him and defending points champion Schouten to his advantage.
With just three laps to go, a caution came out for Brandon Snell as he looped his car in turns three and four. On the restart, Gordon didn’t have quite the advantage he wanted as Schouten and Young came off the start trailing him closely. Gordon held on for the feature win with Schouten, Young, Jay Prevete
and Jim Ash rounding out the top finishes.

In the Specialty Sportswear/Mid-City Lumber 305 feature event, the young man from Sedalia, Tyler Utz, took the pleasure of leading the field of sprint cars around the track for the first three laps of the special. Then Jon Burdick decided to take the lead for the following four laps, before Mitchell Moore snuck up from inside row four starting position and took the lead on a restart after two consecutive cautions caused by Jonathan Cornell and Ryan Olah. Tom McGarry also snuck in on the restart and took third from Utz coming out of turn two. Moore continued to charge and wind down the laps of the feature, while McGarry sized up Burdick for second. After a caution on lap 13, that sent Casey Bake and Ryan Olah to the trailer and Eric McMillin to the tail of the field, McGarry took second from Burdick coming out of turn two. Moore took the checkereds with McGarry, Burdick, Utz and Brandon Gray rounding out the top five. Cornell had made his way from tail of the field to pick up the sixth place finish.

The track invites everyone to join next Friday night, July 4, for the KIX 105.7/BOB FM Night at the Races. A fireworks display will be set off after the conclusion of the night?s features. Racing action starts at 7:30 p.m.

Independence Day Tripleheader Up Next for the O’Reilly MLRA-July 2nd, 3rd, and 4th

July 5th, 2008

This event is the make up for the previously postponed Alphabet Soup race which rained out Memorial Day Weekend. The second stop will see the MLRA visit the 24 Raceway in Moberly, MO on Thursday night July 3rd. The final leg of the weekend takes place at the Valley Speedway in Grain Valley, Missouri on Friday night July 4th for another $3,000 to win show.

The 50 lap-$5,000 to win main event at the I-80 Speedway will showcase drivers from four traveling dirt late model series: the O’Reilly MLRA (Midwest Late Model Racing Association), the World Dirt Racing League (WDRL), the National Championship Racing Association (NCRA) and the Topless Outlaw Racing Association (TORA).

Racing on Wednesday starts at 7.00, with hot laps at 6:15. Pit Gates open at 3:00pm with front gates set to open at 5:00 Ticket prices are $20 for adults, $12 for juniors 13-18 with ID, $2 for kids 5-12 and kids under 5 are free. Race fans can pick up $5 off adult grandstand admission coupons from their Area Dodge Dealers. I-80 Speedway is located off I-80 at exit 420 between Omaha and Lincoln and is part of the Nebraska Raceway Park complex, which also includes the Little Sunset Speedway go-kart track and Soaring Edge Motocross Park. I-80 to exit 420 (Ashland/Greenwood Exit), then 0.4 mile north on SR 63. For more information please visit www.neracewaypark.com

Fans may also contact the Omaha general office during normal business hours Monday Friday, 9am-4pm at (402) 342-3453 or the track phone on race days at (402) 944-2233.

The teams will then load up and head south to 24 Raceway in Moberly, Missouri for the 4th Annual $3,000 to win Oscar White Memorial Firecracker Forty on Thursday night, July 3rd. A-Modifieds will also be on the card as they race for $1,000 to win. A huge fireworks display will cap off the evenings racing action.

Pit and Grandstand gates open at 5:30 on Thursday with hot laps at 6:45 and racing set to get underway at 7:30. Adult Grandstand admission is $18, with race fans (6-12) $5, and children under 5 admitted free to the speedway. Family Passes are also available for $40 which included up to 2 Adults and 3 Children. Pit Passes are $25. The 1/2 mile high banked clay oval is located 3 miles east of Moberly, Missouri on Highway 24. For more information please visit www.24racewayinmoberly.com orcall the track office at (660) 269-9300.

The Moberly event will be a Midwest Walnut Lucky Stars Award event that will award an extra $1,000 to one lucky driver in the A Feature. The award winner will be determined by a draw, prior to the feature event, with positions 11-24 being eligible. To be eligible for the award, driver’s must be an O’Reilly MLRA member and display the Midwest Walnut decal on their machine.

The third and final leg of the weekend will take the MLRA to the Valley Speedway in Grain Valley, Missouri for Valley Speedway’s Salute to Freedom. This will also be a $3,000 to win Main Event for the Late Models. Valley B-Mods will accompany the Late Models for a special points paying event. Valley Speedway is a 1/3rd mile oval.

Spectator gates on Friday night open at 4:00pm with a Drivers meeting scheduled for 6:30 followed by Hot Laps. Racing action is set to get underway at 7:30pm. Adult General Admission is $15, with race fans (6-12) just $5, and kids under 5 admitted free to the speedway. Pit Passes will be $25. The Speedway is located at 200 E. Old 40 Highway in Grain Valley, Missouri. Take exit #24 off Interstate 70, Drive south through Grain Valley on Buckner Tarsney Rd (Main Street), Turn left (east) at stoplight of Eagles Parkway (AA Highway / Old 40 Highway), follow Old 40 hwy east 1/8 mile to track entrance on north side of road. For more information please visit www.valleyspeedway.com
or call (913) 535-4499.

The O’Reilly MLRA (Midwest Latemodel Racing Association) presented by Lucas Oil sanctions regional Super Dirt Late Model touring series events in Missouri, Kansas, Nebraska, and Iowa.

For all the latest news and information on the O’Reilly MLRA please visit us on the web at www.mlraracing.com or by calling the series office at (816) 650-5063 or (816) 305-6572.

The O’Reilly MLRA would like to thank the sponsors of the 2008 Thunder Tourincluding O’Reilly Auto Parts, Midwest Walnut, Lucas Oil, Hoosier Race Tires, Hatfield RacingEngines, Larry Shaw Race Cars, Adrian Bank, Afco, GRT Race Cars, The DrivelineShop, Taylor Cable Products, Impact Racing Products, Sunoco Race Fuels, Weld Wheels, Bodee’s Race Bodies, Outpace Racing Products, Duralite Racing Wheels, ImpactSigns and Lighting, Rod End Supply, Racing Optics, Schoenfeld Headers, Kluhsman Racing Components, Performance
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Bodenhamer picks up two feature wins at L A Raceway

June 15th, 2008

The W-K Chevrolet Modified feature event got off to a rough start with several cautions. The A main event completed laps one at a time. Aaron Poe quickly took the lead with Christopher Moon, Justin Moon and Bodenhamer falling in behind. With each restart, Bodenhamer picked the leaders off one by one. By lap eight, he took the lead from Jimmy Dowell, who had worked his way up from inside row three. Poe was holding steady in third position while Dave Meyer, Luke Feeback and Jason Thompson battling for fourth position. Meyer got high on the track and into the loose dirt, forcing him to give up several positions to Thompson, Feeback and Steve Twenter. As this class kept ticking the laps off one at a time, the field of 24 cars had narrowed to 15 with just eight laps to complete the race. On the last restart of the feature event, Thompson, Feeback and Poe raced three-wide down the back shoot. Feeback got high on the track in turns three and four and gave up five positions.

Thompson had worked his was into second and was pressuring Bodenhamer for the lead with six laps remaing. He was unable to make it stick. Bodenhamer, Thompson, Dowell and Poe spaced themselves from the rest of the field and each other. Feeback, Meyer and Twenter battled for fifth position during the last four laps of the feature event. Bodenhamer took the top honor and Thompson, Dowell, Feeback and Poe rounded out the top five finishing positions.
“The track was racey,” Bodenhamer said. “You just have to find the smoothest line to keep momentum going. You don’t want to pinch the line.”

In the ULMA feature event, Bodenhamer started on the outside of row three and by lap three had taken the lead. Bryon Allison had been putting on an impressive show all season when he looped his car in the top of turns three and four causing a caution on the first start of the race. Allison tagged the tail of the 14-car field and had to work his way back up through the pack.
Jamie Whineland took the honor of leading the cars two laps of the feature event with Tommy Cordray in behind, until Bodenhamer flew by them like he had wings. Whineland held onto second place until Cordray took it on lap five.
Allison had redeemed himself and worked his way all the way up into fifth position challenging Brett Wood for fourth. Jake Williams started in fifth position and fell back. By lap eight, he had regained his starting position. Chad Clark began charging for the front with just 12 laps remaining in the feature. With seven laps complete, Clark stepped up to take second place from
Cordray and they ran side by side for several laps. Clark won the battle with Cordray with only four laps to spare. Bodenhamer stretched himself from the rest of the field and took the checkereds with ease. Clark finished second, Cordray finished third, Allison finished fourth and Williams took the last spot in the top five. “I really want to thank Chris and Mike Ricketts,” Bodenhamer said. “They own both my cars and they help keep them up. I couldn?t do this without them.”

Bryan Arnold took the feature win in the Xtreme Motor Street Stocks after starting inside row five. With the drop of the green, Danny Carroll took the lead, but not for long as Troy Reasoner charged to the front. He took over the lead on lap two after a few cautions flew at the beginning of the race. Arnold found a comfortable position in second, by lap two as well. Ted Welschmeyer, Marc Carter and Cody Frazon held on to the top five positions for a few laps.
Reasoner, Arnold, Welschmeyer and Carter began a four-car breakaway from Frazon, who had his hands full with Scott Krause, Justin Metscher and Robert Brown. With six laps complete, Welschmeyer got hung up behind a lap car and
Carter slid into third place. Arnold began giving Reasoner a run for his money on lap eight, while Krause had caught up with the pace setters. “I knew I would catch get him,” Arnold said. “It was just a matter of time.” With five laps left in the feature event, Arnold took the lead as Reasoner got caught behind a lapped car in turn four with no other option but to hit the breaks.
Debris caused a yellow flag to fly on lap 19. On the restart, Carter got a little too anxious and was sent to the tail of the field. “I was just running the line and used the lap traffic to my advantage,” Arnold said. Arnold crossed the finish line with Reasoner, Welschmeyer, Krause and Metscher rounding out the top five.

In the Specialty Sportswear/Mid-City Lumber 305 feature event, Randall Roberts jumped to the lead with Eric McMillin sitting in second. By lap three, Ryan Schlender and Jonathan Cornell moved in from of McMillin with Jack Potter hot on his tail. Roberts looped his sprinter in the top of turn four and collected Schlender. Roberts kept moving down the track as the caution flew for
Schlender’s damaged sprinter. Schlender went to the pits and Roberts was able to reclaim the top starting position. With the drop of the green, Cornell sailed past Roberts and they ran side by side down the back shoot. Cornell won the battle and led the field of cars across the line for the completion of lap four. Tom McGarry snuck past Roberts out of turn four on lap seven to take
second place. Cornell spaced himself from McGarry, who was dealing with heavy-hitters Roberts, Michael White and Mitchell Moore. Cornell began hitting lap traffic on lap 12 and almost had a huge accident with Chris Coleman coming out of turn three and into turn four. Coleman?s sprinter received quite a bit of front-end damage and was taken to the pits. On the restart, Moore took third from Roberts and he took second from McGarry one lap later. Cornell took the checkereds with Moore, McGarry, Roberts and White polishing off the top honors. After receiving the trophy, Cornell handed the trophy back to the trophy girl who barely made it past Cornell’s knee caps.

The Jim’s Tire Service Hobby Stock feature ran relatively smooth compared to the other feature events Friday night. Jacob Everts quickly took the lead from inside row two. Danny Everts worked his way to second before the completion of the first lap from eighth starting position. Haley Arnold showed her talent by holding firmly onto third place. Micheal Tyler and Kyle Baker battle for fourth. Mike Schouten and Jeremy Gordon worked their way in front of Tyler after Baker headed for the pits on lap seven. Jim Ash also stepped up and put the pressure on Tyler. Arnold slipped back a few positions throughout the 12-lap feature, but a two-car crash on lap 18 brought her back to third place.
Tyler got crossed up in turns three and four and collected Gordon. Ash was able to recollect his car and continue, while Gordon was done for the race.
Jacob Everts took the feature win. Danny Everts, Arnold, Tyler and
Tanner Young, who worked his way to fifth from 10th starting position, rounded out the top honors for the evening’s event.

‘Superman’ Austin Alumbaugh takes feature win Friday night after starting tailback on the field

June 10th, 2008

The night looked meek for Austin Alumbaugh as he looped his sprinter on lap five and had to tag the tail of the field in the Specialty Sportswear/Mid-City Lumber 305 Sprint car main event. We had the car set up for the end of the race, Alumbaugh said. I got it high and couldn’t get it back. Alumbaugh was definitely a man on a mission as he charged from the back of the pack, all the way to the front by lap 11. With the drop of the green, Dakota Carroll did a good job at showing the field of cars around the track until Tom McGarry took the lead on the restart that sent Alumbaugh to the back. Randy Roberts followed McGarry to take second place. On lap five, Mitchell Moore turned up
the heat and moved into third with Alumbaugh tailing Carroll in fourth and Jonathan Cornell sitting in behind him.

A caution flew on lap eight giving Matt Simpson the break he needed. On the restart, Simpson flew past Cornell and Carroll to take fifth place. Roberts didn’t get as good of a restart and continued to fall back in the field of cars. Luck was on our side tonight, Alumbaugh said. Going into turn three on lap 11 is when Alumbaugh made the featuring winning move as he drove his sprinter hard into the corner and came out on top. With five laps left, Cornell got a second wind and came charging up through the pack from fifth position. I’m so tire of racing with him, Alumbaugh said about Cornell. I am
so tired of chasing him in WOW points. Anytime you come out and run with him, you run with the best 305 driver in the state. To come out here and beat him on his claim-to-fame track is pretty great. After a few cautions later, Alumbaugh took the checkereds with Cornell, McGarry, Moore and Simpson rounding out the top five.

Alumbaugh said he owed the feature win to his crew. They made a call right before we went out and those adjustments made the difference, he said. Several minds in the pits made the race work. Alumbaugh thanked his sponsors for providing him with a wonderful car to race Friday night. Terry Schultz took the feature win the old-fashioned way in the W-K Chevrolet Modifieds by battling top drivers for the honor.

L A Raceway implemented the Delaware style restarts for a trial Friday night and removed the cone from the front stretch. “I really like the restarts, I think it’s better for the fans,” he said. On the start of the feature, Dean Wille and Terry Schnakenberg followed by Aaron Poe, Justin Moon and Luke Feeback led the field of 19 cars around the track. Poe and Schnakenberg made contact in the bottom of turn two on lap seven that brought out the caution and sent Schnakenberg to the back of the field.

On the restart, Poe, Feeback and Dave Meyer put on a good show as the battled for second place. In the mean time, Terry Schultz came from eighth starting position to join in on the fun. The double-file restarts put me on the outside and the fast guys on the inside, he said. The track seemed to get better grip towards the top and that is where most of the drivers wanted to be throughout the night. At the tail end of lap nine, Feeback went to the high side of Wille to take the lead. The unexpected happened as Wille pointed his car down pit road on lap 13 and went to the trailer to call it a night. On the next lap, Schultz rode the rim and took second from Meyer. Schultz then sized up Feeback by running side by side. They battled for first for the next couple of laps until Schultz found himself in a comfortable lead of Feeback.

Ralph King looped his car and pulled a caution on lap 16. On the restart, Feeback jumped the start and was sent to the back of the pack with only five laps left. Jimmy Dowell and Jason Thompson were patiently waiting for their
opportunity to place in the top five and started moving forward in the last few laps of the feature. Schultz took the feature win with Thompson, Meyer, Dowell and Jason Bodenhamer rounding out the top five honors. Schultz has been manning the wheel of a race car for about 15 years and has won numerous feature events.

In the Xtreme Motors Street Stock, Scott Krause took the lead at the drop of the green and held it for 20 laps to pick up the feature event. Bryan Arnold stuck with the bump of Krause’s street stock but didn’t quite have the horsepower to catch him. Troy Reasoner, Steve Bugg and Butch Knox took the top five finishes in street stock main event.

Feeback Takes Modified Feature Win

May 26th, 2008

“We are doing our first full week of inverting (the field of cars),” said Announcer Bob Ramey, at the beginning of the night. “These guys have to drive their way back to the front.” It was quite a night of events for all classes as many got off to rough starts with numerous caution flags flying high throughout the program.

In the W-K Chevrolet Modified feature, Dave Meyer jumped to the lead with Luke Feeback on his tail. Feeback upped the ante on lap two and Meyer looped his car in the middle of turns three and four. The entire field of cars missed Meyer and by dodging no extra accidents were caused.

“I just got the lucky dog award,” Feeback said about Meyer giving up the lead when he spun out. Feeback sailed to the lead and was pretty confident in his position until the seventh caution of the night allowed drivers to bunch up and apply pressure for position changes. “I just kept it on the bottom,” Feeback said. “It was easy running. I didn’t think anyone could pass me on the high side.” Feeback began feeling the heat of Jason Thompson itching for first place and the feature win with six laps remaining.

“I kept seeing Thompson on the cautions,” Feeback said. “I began running harder towards the end — with three laps left — because he was at my side.”
With eight laps to go, Terry Schultz was being pressured by Jimmy Dowell for third and Justin Boney was getting in on the action as well. Feeback led the modified field across the finish line with Thompson hot on his tail. Schultz edged out Dowell by a nose and Boney took the last spot in the top five.
“This is my first feature win here and this year,” Feeback said. This is his third career feature win.

In the United Late Model Association’s late model feature, Jon Binning and James Rutledge went side by side through the first two laps, and then Rutledge came out on top. Tommy Cordray settled into third. Kathy Tonoli slowly crept backwards through the pack as hard-hitters Bryon Allison, Brett Wood and Jason Bodenhamer rose to the challenge. With four laps down, Rutledge remained leading the pack around the track. Binning was kept busy as Cordray attempted to take second place. Allison and Bodenhamer battled for fourth behind them with Bodenhamer taking that position coming out of turn two. “Bodenhamer is trying to find some real estate,” said Announcer Ramey as Bodenhamer was running the rim pretty hard. After the third and last caution flag flew with 12 laps left, Binning lost his groove on the track and started falling back. Laps were quickly winding down and Rutledge began dominating the race as he stretched himself to almost a full straight away lead over second-place car Cordray. Rutledge took the win with Cordray, Bodenhamer, Allison and Binning rounding out the top five.

The Xtreme Motors Street Stock class seemed to be the never-ending class as they had to do a double-file restart three times and only accomplished one lap before having three more cautions. The first set of cautions left Gale Harper, Brandon Rupe, Stewart Dennis and Bryan Arnold done for the night. Toby Morrill, James Dean and Scott Krause had to tag the tail of the field. The second set of cautions sent Marc Carter, Dean Wille, Matt Higgins and Aaron Vincent to the tail of the field, while James Dean pulled the car off into the infield and called it a night. After the race got back underway, Troy Reasoner took the lead with Jay Lyle, Justin Metzner and Butch Knox helping him show the field of cars around the field. Lyle took the lead from Reasoner out of turn two on lap five. When the race resumed after another caution for Higgins, Lyle and Reasoner battled side by side for the lead. Reasoner regained the lead coming out of turn four on lap eight.

Metzner looped his car twice within six laps causing the caution flag to fly and sending him to the trailer. Something went wrong on Krause’s car and he took it to the pits and called it an evening. With just six laps left in the race, Reasoner remained strong in the lead with Lyle closing in on him. With just three laps left, Morrill had closed in on Lyle and started working on him for second. Suddenly Lyle went off pace on the back shoot and took his car to the trailer. Reasoner took the feature win with Morrill, Wille edging out Marc Carter and Knox taking the top five honors.

The Specialty Sportswear/Mid-City Lumber 305 Sprint class ran rather smoothly with only three cautions. Tyler Utz quickly jumped to the lead and led the sprinters around lap one. Caution flew as Randy Roberts looped his car at the top of turn one. With the drop of the green, Tom McGarry rode the top of the track around Utz coming out of turn two for the lead with Jonathan Cornell
following him. Five laps were completed when Mitchell Moore, coming from 12th
starting position, joined the battle for fourth with Jon Burdick and Jack Potter. McGarry got caught up in lap traffic on lap nine and Cornell took the
lead from him down the straight away. Two cautions were drawn, one on lap 10 and the other on lap 11. Cornell had a fast restart when the racing resumed and Moore came to third, bumping Utz to fourth. Moore took second from McGarry when they hit lapped traffic on lap 18. Cornell took the checkereds with Moore, McGarry and Potter edging Utz out at the finish line for the top finishes of the night.

In the Jim’s Tire Service Hobby Stocks feature event, the Everts family played bumper cars throughout the race and especially at the end. Tony Everts quickly took the lead as Mike Schouten, Jeremy Gordon, Tanner Young and Jacob Everts made their way to the front. Besides a few cautions and one driver being sent to the back for rough driving, the feature went relatively smooth. Gordon and Luke Skidmore got crossed up in turn two and Gordon remained loose down the back stretch before finally gaining control as he came to a halt in the entrance of turn three. Gordon and Skidmore had to tag the tail of the field.
Young was driving the wheels off the OK car when he and Schouten split Tony Everts going into turn three on lap eight for the lead. Young and Schouten made contact and looked as if they were both heading for the wall at turn four. Both drivers gathered the cars back with Schouten losing one position to Jacob Everts and Young losing several positions. On lap 11, Tony Everts and Jacob Everts came together hard out of turn two, but remained racing. Then Danny Everts, coming from what seemed like nowhere, gave Tony Everts a sizeable bump going into turn one pushing him up the track. Jacob Everts crossed the finish line with Danny Everts, Schouten, Tony Everts and John Simpson rounding out the top five.

L A Raceway would like to send out a special thanks out to 97.1 The Lake for sponsoring the night’s event. Next Friday, May 30, join the track as KMMO 102.9 FM/1300 AM sponsors a night of family fun for everyone.

Feeback Takes Modified Feature

May 26th, 2008

“We are doing our first full week of inverting (the field of cars),” said Announcer Bob Ramey, at the beginning of the night. “These guys have to drive their way back to the front.”It was quite a night of events for all classes as many got off to rough starts with numerous caution flags flying high throughout the program.

In the W-K Chevrolet Modified feature, Dave Meyer jumped to the lead with Luke Feeback on his tail. Feeback upped the ante on lap two and Meyer looped his car in the middle of turns three and four. The entire field of cars missed Meyer and by dodging no extra accidents were caused. “I just got the lucky dog award,” Feeback said about Meyer giving up the lead when he spun out. Feeback sailed to the lead and was pretty confident in his position until the seventh caution of the night allowed drivers to bunch up and apply pressure for position changes.

“I just kept it on the bottom,” Feeback said. “It was easy running. I didn’t think anyone could pass me on the high side.” Feeback began feeling the heat of Jason Thompson itching for first place and the feature win with six laps remaining. “I kept seeing Thompson on the cautions,” Feeback said. “I began
running harder towards the end — with three laps left — because he was at my side.” With eight laps to go, Terry Schultz was being pressured by Jimmy Dowell for third and Justin Boney was getting in on the action as well. Feeback led the modified field across the finish line with Thompson hot on his tail. Schultz edged out Dowell by a nose and Boney took the last spot in the top five.

“This is my first feature win here and this year,” Feeback said. This is his third career feature win. In the United Late Model Association’s late model feature, Jon Binning and James Rutledge went side by side through the first two laps, and then Rutledge came out on top. Tommy Cordray settled into third. Kathy Tonoli slowly crept backwards through the pack as hard-hitters Bryon
Allison, Brett Wood and Jason Bodenhamer rose to the challenge. With four laps down, Rutledge remained leading the pack around the track. Binning was kept busy as Cordray attempted to take second place. Allison and Bodenhamer battled for fourth behind them with Bodenhamer taking that position coming out of turn two. “Bodenhamer is trying to find some real estate,” said Announcer Ramey
as Bodenhamer was running the rim pretty hard. After the third and last caution flag flew with 12 laps left, Binning lost his groove on the track and started falling back. Laps were quickly winding down and Rutledge began dominating the race as he stretched himself to almost a full straight away lead over second-place car Cordray. Rutledge took the win with Cordray,
Bodenhamer, Allison and Binning rounding out the top five. The Xtreme Motors Street Stock class seemed to be the never-ending class as they had to do a double-file restart three times and only accomplished one lap before having three more cautions.

The first set of cautions left Gale Harper, Brandon Rupe, Stewart Dennis and Bryan Arnold done for the night. Toby Morrill, James Dean and Scott Krause had to tag the tail of the field. The second set of cautions sent Marc Carter, Dean Wille, Matt Higgins and Aaron Vincent to the tail of the field, while James Dean pulled the car off into the infield and called it a night. After the race got back underway, Troy Reasoner took the lead with Jay Lyle, Justin Metzner and Butch Knox helping him show the field of cars around the field. Lyle took the lead from Reasoner out of turn two on lap five.

When the race resumed after another caution for Higgins, Lyle and Reasoner battled side by side for the lead. Reasoner regained the lead coming out of turn four on lap eight. Metzner looped his car twice within six laps causing the caution flag to fly and sending him to the trailer. Something went wrong on Krause’s car and he took it to the pits and called it an evening. With just six laps left in the race, Reasoner remained strong in the lead with Lyle closing in on him. With just three laps left, Morrill had closed in on Lyle and started working on him for second. Suddenly Lyle went off pace on the back shoot and took his car to the trailer. Reasoner took the feature win with Morrill, Wille edging out Marc Carter and Knox taking the top five honors.

The Specialty Sportswear/Mid-City Lumber 305 Sprint class ran rather smoothly with only three cautions. Tyler Utz quickly jumped to the lead and led the sprinters around lap one. Caution flew as Randy Roberts looped his car at the top of turn one. With the drop of the green, Tom McGarry rode the top of the track around Utz coming out of turn two for the lead with Jonathan Cornell
following him. Five laps were completed when Mitchell Moore, coming from 12th
starting position, joined the battle for fourth with Jon Burdick and Jack Potter. McGarry got caught up in lap traffic on lap nine and Cornell took the
lead from him down the straight away. Two cautions were drawn, one on lap 10 and the other on lap 11. Cornell had a fast restart when the racing resumed and Moore came to third, bumping Utz to fourth. Moore took second from McGarry when they hit lapped traffic on lap 18. Cornell took the checkereds with Moore, McGarry and Potter edging Utz out at the finish line for the top finishes of the night.

In the Jim’s Tire Service Hobby Stocks feature event, the Everts family played bumper cars throughout the race and especially at the end. Tony Everts quickly took the lead as Mike Schouten, Jeremy Gordon, Tanner Young and Jacob Everts made their way to the front. Besides a few cautions and one driver being sent to the back for rough driving, the feature went relatively smooth. Gordon and Luke Skidmore got crossed up in turn two and Gordon remained loose down the back stretch before finally gaining control as he came to a halt in the entrance of turn three. Gordon and Skidmore had to tag the tail of the field.

Young was driving the wheels off the OK car when he and Schouten split Tony Everts going into turn three on lap eight for the lead. Young and Schouten made contact and looked as if they were both heading for the wall at turn four. Both drivers gathered the cars back with Schouten losing one position to Jacob Everts and Young losing several positions. On lap 11, Tony Everts and Jacob Everts came together hard out of turn two, but remained racing. Then Danny Everts, coming from what seemed like nowhere, gave Tony Everts a sizeable bump going into turn one pushing him up the track. Jacob Everts crossed the finish line with Danny Everts, Schouten, Tony Everts and John Simpson rounding out the top five.

L A Raceway would like to send out a special thanks out to 97.1 The Lake for sponsoring the night’s event. Next Friday, May 30, join the track as KMMO 102.9 FM/1300 AM sponsors a night of family fun for everyone.

Feeback takes modified feature win after first-lap leader loops car prior to completion of second lap

May 25th, 2008

“We are doing our first full week of inverting (the field of cars),” said Announcer Bob Ramey, at the beginning of the night. “These guys have to drive their way back to the front.” It was quite a night of events for all classes as many got off to rough starts with numerous caution flags flying high throughout the program.

In the W-K Chevrolet Modified feature, Dave Meyer jumped to the lead with Luke Feeback on his tail. Feeback upped the ante on lap two and Meyer looped his car in the middle of turns three and four. The entire field of cars missed Meyer and by dodging no extra accidents were caused. “I just got the lucky dog award,” Feeback said about Meyer giving up the lead when he spun out. Feeback sailed to the lead and was pretty confident in his position until the seventh caution of the night allowed drivers to bunch up and apply pressure for position changes.

“I just kept it on the bottom,” Feeback said. “It was easy running. I didn’t think anyone could pass me on the high side.” Feeback began feeling the heat of Jason Thompson itching for first place and the feature win with six laps remaining. “I kept seeing Thompson on the cautions,” Feeback said. “I began
running harder towards the end — with three laps left — because he was at my side.” With eight laps to go, Terry Schultz was being pressured by Jimmy Dowell for third and Justin Boney was getting in on the action as well. Feeback led the modified field across the finish line with Thompson hot on his tail. Schultz edged out Dowell by a nose and Boney took the last spot in the top five.

“This is my first feature win here and this year,” Feeback said. This is his third career feature win. In the United Late Model Association’s late model feature, Jon Binning and James Rutledge went side by side through the first two laps, and then Rutledge came out on top. Tommy Cordray settled into third. Kathy Tonoli slowly crept backwards through the pack as hard-hitters Bryon
Allison, Brett Wood and Jason Bodenhamer rose to the challenge. With four laps down, Rutledge remained leading the pack around the track. Binning was kept busy as Cordray attempted to take second place. Allison and Bodenhamer battled for fourth behind them with Bodenhamer taking that position coming out of turn two.

“Bodenhamer is trying to find some real estate,” said Announcer Ramey as Bodenhamer was running the rim pretty hard. After the third and last caution flag flew with 12 laps left, Binning lost his groove on the track and started falling back. Laps were quickly winding down and Rutledge began dominating the race as he stretched himself to almost a full straight away lead over second-place car Cordray. Rutledge took the win with Cordray, Bodenhamer, Allison and Binning rounding out the top five. The Xtreme Motors Street Stock class seemed to be the never-ending class as they had to do a double-file restart three times and only accomplished one lap before having three more cautions. The first set of cautions left Gale Harper, Brandon Rupe, Stewart Dennis and Bryan Arnold done for the night. Toby Morrill, James Dean and Scott Krause had to tag the tail of the field. The second set of cautions sent Marc Carter, Dean Wille, Matt Higgins and Aaron Vincent to the tail of the field, while James Dean pulled the car off into the infield and called it a night.

After the race got back underway, Troy Reasoner took the lead with Jay Lyle, Justin Metzner and Butch Knox helping him show the field of cars around the field. Lyle took the lead from Reasoner out of turn two on lap five. When the race resumed after another caution for Higgins, Lyle and Reasoner battled side by side for the lead. Reasoner regained the lead coming out of turn four on lap eight. Metzner looped his car twice within six laps causing the caution flag to fly and sending him to the trailer. Something went wrong on Krause’s car and he took it to the pits and called it an evening. With just six laps left in the race, Reasoner remained strong in the lead with Lyle closing in on him. With just three laps left, Morrill had closed in on Lyle and started working on him for second. Suddenly Lyle went off pace on the back shoot and took his car to the trailer. Reasoner took the feature win with Morrill, Wille edging out Marc Carter and Knox taking the top five honors.

The Specialty Sportswear/Mid-City Lumber 305 Sprint class ran rather smoothly with only three cautions. Tyler Utz quickly jumped to the lead and led the sprinters around lap one. Caution flew as Randy Roberts looped his car at the top of turn one. With the drop of the green, Tom McGarry rode the top of the track around Utz coming out of turn two for the lead with Jonathan Cornell
following him. Five laps were completed when Mitchell Moore, coming from 12th
starting position, joined the battle for fourth with Jon Burdick and Jack Potter. McGarry got caught up in lap traffic on lap nine and Cornell took the
lead from him down the straight away. Two cautions were drawn, one on lap 10 and the other on lap 11. Cornell had a fast restart when the racing resumed and Moore came to third, bumping Utz to fourth. Moore took second from McGarry when they hit lapped traffic on lap 18. Cornell took the checkereds with Moore, McGarry and Potter edging Utz out at the finish line for the top finishes of the night.

In the Jim’s Tire Service Hobby Stocks feature event, the Everts family played bumper cars throughout the race and especially at the end. Tony Everts quickly took the lead as Mike Schouten, Jeremy Gordon, Tanner Young and Jacob Everts made their way to the front. Besides a few cautions and one driver being sent to the back for rough driving, the feature went relatively smooth. Gordon and Luke Skidmore got crossed up in turn two and Gordon remained loose down the back stretch before finally gaining control as he came to a halt in the entrance of turn three. Gordon and Skidmore had to tag the tail of the field.
Young was driving the wheels off the OK car when he and Schouten split Tony Everts going into turn three on lap eight for the lead. Young and Schouten made contact and looked as if they were both heading for the wall at turn four. Both drivers gathered the cars back with Schouten losing one position to Jacob Everts and Young losing several positions.

On lap 11, Tony Everts and Jacob Everts came together hard out of turn two, but remained racing. Then Danny Everts, coming from what seemed like nowhere, gave Tony Everts a sizeable bump going into turn one pushing him up the track.
Jacob Everts crossed the finish line with Danny Everts, Schouten, Tony Everts and John Simpson rounding out the top five. L A Raceway would like to send out a special thanks out to 97.1 The Lake for sponsoring the night’s event. Next Friday, May 30, join the track as KMMO 102.9 FM/1300 AM sponsors a night of family fun for everyone.

Bodenhamer picks up ULMA feature win at L A Raceway’s first race of the season

May 21st, 2008

“It’s neat to be back racing locally (for the fans),” he said. Bryon Allison of Marshall put on an impressive show never giving up the second spot, but also trying hard to give Bodenhamer a run for his money. By lap three, the competition heated up as Kathy Tonoli of Hermitage, David Barker of Kingsville and J.D. Hubert of Cross Timbers battled for fifth position. On lap six, Tonoli, Barker and Hubert traveled around most of the track three abreast. Barker and Hubert passed Tonoli to battle for third position with Tommy Cordray of Browning on lap seven. Hubert made the pass on the lap 11 restart for third.

Mike Ryun of Pleasant Valley, who started ninth, had a late charge and came barreling through the pack. By lap 10, he was setting sixth with Barker heavy in his sights. Another individual with an impressive run was James Rutledge of California. He started the race in eighth and caused the first caution of the race because the car didn’t seem to want to accelerate. So after being sent to the tail of the field, by lap 13 he was putting pressure on Barker for sixth. Than Rutledge’s worst nightmare came true as he looped it in the bottom of turn two and pulled his second caution for the night, sending him to the trailer.

The last few laps were relatively quiet, except for Ryun taking fourth from Cordray. Bodenhamer crossed the finish line with Allison, Hubert, Ryun and Cordray rounding out the top five. Bodenhamer said he has picked up three feature wins, a third place finish and a fifth place finish in the five times he has had his late model out this year.

Mitchell Moore of Edgerton, Kan. had the upset of the night in the 305 Sprint car division. He performed a beautiful “slide job” under Jonathan Cornell on the very last turn to pick up the feature win. At the start of the feature, Matt Simpson of Versailles made an impressive run for the lead of the outside of row one, but looped in coming out of turn two sending him to the tail of the field on the complete restart.

Ryan Schlender of Sedalia took the lead out of turn on the restart until Cornell of Sedalia shot by him, going into turns three and four, like he came out of a cannon. Simpson had his second caution on lap two as he looped it in the bottom of turn four causing him to be done for the night. As the race got underway again, Cornell charged spacing himself from Schlender as Moore slipped under him coming out of turn two. Michael White of LaMonte, Tyler Utz of Sedalia and Tom McGarry of Alma where setting in behind them.

Over the next couple of laps, McGarry quietly worked his way through cars for third position. On lap seven, Cornell was already into lap traffic when he made contact with Ryan Olah of Independence in turn three. Cornell continued charging as Olah took his car to the pits. As the laps wound down and the race looked like smooth sailing to the end, White looped his car in turn two on lap 11. On the restart Cornell had a great advantage over Schlender as the lap
car of Dakota Carroll caused Schlender to be unable to stay with him. On the next lap, Moore took second from Schlender. As the final lap was concluding and it looked as Cornell was going to remain untouched throughout the entire race, Moore slid under him coming out of turn four to take the checkereds. McGarry, Schlender and Randall Roberts of Cole Camp finished in the top five.
“I got closer to him on the last lap,” Mitchell said. “I just put a slide job on him and that’s all I needed. It doesn’t always work, but it did and I was happy with that. It’s nice to win, but winning like this is always better.”

Another upset came at the end of the Xtreme Motors Street Stock feature event when Ted Welschmeyer of Tebbetts got caught behind a lapper forfeiting first and second place to Scott Krause of Concordia, defending point’s champion, and Troy Reasoner of Urich. “I was just waiting for an error,” Krause said, so he could make the move for the win. At the drop of the flag, Welschmeyer and Krause began battling for the lead. As they completed lap one, Welschmeyer took the lead with Robert Brown of Urich falling into second place. Heavy battling would commence between Brown and Krause throughout the first few laps until something went wrong with Brown’s car. A caution was drawn by Butch Knox of Sedalia as he went up and over turns three and four. During the caution, Brown opted to stay on the track but tag the tail of the field. Welschmeyer, Krause and Reasoner continued to show the field of cars around the track. Laps were quickly winding down and it was the end of lap 13 that was not what Welschmeyer wanted to encounter during the feature.

Welschmeyer got hung up behind Brown coming out of turn four with nowhere to go. Welschmeyer watched as Krause and Reasoner sailed around the top side of the track and handed him the third position. “I just hit the brakes and was able to miss,” Krause said, as Welschmeyer was caught behind the lap traffic with no other option but come to almost a complete stop. Krause took the first feature win of the season with Reasoner, Welschmeyer, Kevin Perkins of Sedalia and Justin Metzner of Sedalia taking top honors. But the night was not over as Perkins erupted into smoke as he let off the gas crossing the finish line and left a stream of oil down the front shoot. Local driver Terry Schultz of Sedalia had a promising night as he started on the pole in the W-K Modified feature event. On the start, Schultz, Luke Feeback of Harrisonville and Eric Turner of Hermitage gave spectators a view of three-wide car racing out of turn two and down the backstretch.

Shultz came out of turn four with the lead, but by lap three Turner took the lead. Feeback and Jimmy Dowell of Marshall battled for third. Defending points champion Jason Thompson of Concordia was back in fifth position, but would continue to work his way up slowly. Turner took the checkereds with Schultz, Thompson, Dowell and Jason Bodenhamer of Centerview edging out Feeback for the top five spots of the night’s feature event.

The night hosted a series of several upsets, including Danny Everts of Knob Noster driving right under his son, Jacob Everts of Knob Noster, on the final turns of a Hobby Stock feature event to pick up a win of his own.

L A Raceway cancels races for tonight, April 18.

April 19th, 2008

April 18, have been cancelled due to inclement weather.

WOW to make first stop of season at L A Raceway

April 2nd, 2008

But will someone else step in and take the championship Fisher of Smithton has been seen by many race fans at L A Raceway over the past few years. He has mastered the wheel of a 305 sprint and definitely made an impression behind the wheel of a 360 sprint. This 17-year-old high school student recorded four feature wins in his first season as a 360 sprint car and even held the point lead in mid-season of the WOW circuit. Martin has won three consecutive WOW championships and 35 career wins behind a 360 sprint car. He will begin his campaign for his fourth title at L A Raceway. Crown Power & Equipment of LaMonte and Arctic Cat are sponsoring the Saturday night event at the track and invite you to come and have fun with other race fans. Gates open at 5 p.m. with hot laps beginning at 7 p.m. and racing action starts at 7:30 p.m.

Ticket prices are $12 for adults and $6 for children ages 6 to 11. Children 6 and under are admitted free. But racing action doesn’t stop with just the WOW drivers. The 305 Winged Sprints step up to provide a night full of entertainment for race fans of all ages. Come watch as Michael White, 2007 L A Raceway 305 Champion, runs against local favorites like Matt Close of LaMonte, Tim Wheeler of Sedalia, Dakota Carroll of LaMonte and Tom McGarry of Alma.

Also, L A Raceway invites you to start your Saturday at the Motorhead Madness 18th Annual DARE Car Show. The event takes place between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturday, April 5, at Second and Osage, across from Sedaila Municipal Building, in Sedalia. Spectators can take a look at race cars, classic cars, custom cars and many more exciting exhibitions. Some of the local sprint drivers will have their cars at the show for race fans to look at and maybe even sit in. There will be a silent auction at the event. If you?re hungry, hot dogs and drinks will be available.

Participants can vote for their favorite car for just a penny. Trophies will be
given to winners and the show will also have a trophy for exhibitor?s choice.
Bob Hiller, event organizer, said all money collected will go to the DARE (Drug
Awareness Resistance Education) program.

Hiller invites people to bring their displays. If you race it, ride it, drive it, or just like showing it, come participate in the 18th annual DARE car show. If someone plans to bring a display, Hiller asks that they please be there by 9 a.m. For more information, contact Hiller at (660) 826-9166. If no one answers, please leave a message.

O’REILLY USMTS NATIONAL TOUR RAINED-OUT AT MONETT

March 31st, 2008

At this time, there are no plans to schedule a make-up date for this event.

Racing action continues next Friday and Saturday, April 4-5, at the West
Siloam Speedway in West Siloam Springs, Okla.

To learn more about the United States Modified Touring Series, call the
headquarters at (515) 832-7944 or visit www.usmts.com online for the latest
news and information from the USMTS – America’s Hottest Ticket on Dirt.

HUGHES BOUNCES BACK FOR O’REILLY USMTS NATIONAL TOUR WIN AT LEBANON

March 30th, 2008

Just as it was last year when Hughes dominated the main event, promoter
Randy Mooneyham had the legendary red clay oval in tip-top lightning-fast
shape, and there was nobody fast enough to run down the polesitter.

Coming from the 14th starting spot, John Allen moved up through the field
and actually ran side-by-side with Hughes for a couple of laps midway
through the race, but Hughes was able to expand his lead over the final
dozen circuits to sail to a $2,000 payday.

Shryock started next to Hughes on the front row of the 25-car starting grid,
but fell back to as far as fourth place during the contest before clawing
his way back to make a late-race pass of Allen and claim the runner-up spot.
Johnny Bone Jr. raced from 13th to finish fourth while Greg Skaggs rounded
out the top-5.

Defending O’Reilly USMTS National Champion Jason Krohn finished sixth, with
Jay Noteboom seventh, Leslie Essary eighth, Chris Spieker ninth and Don
Crnkovich in the tenth spot.

Shryock remains the points leader in the Mo-Kan Region heading into the
fifth race of the region on Sunday night at the Monett (Mo.) Speedway. Allen
moved up to second in the rankings, 44 markers behind Shryock (404 to 360).
Hughes is third with 358 points, followed by Bone (354), Jon Tesch (353),
Justin Boney (317), Skaggs (312), Zack VanderBeek (307), Dustin Boney (280)
and Gary Langworthy Jr. (262).

The O’Reilly USMTS National Tour will wrap up the 5th Annual Missouri
Nationals on Sunday at “The Grand Ole Lady” in Monett, Mo. Kelly Shryock
captured the win in 2007 at the 3/8-mile semi-banked clay oval en route to
capturing the regional points crown.

Gates will open at 4 p.m., with hot laps at 6 and racing action kicking off
at 6:30.

Race fans can pick up $2-off coupons on Sunday at both Casey’s General
Stores locations in Monett: 728 Hwy. 60 and 1601 E. Cleveland Ave. Al Hejna
will make his third stop of the weekend at the Cleveland Ave. location,
appearing again from 12-2 p.m.

The Monett Speedway is located 1 mile east of SR 37 on US 60, then north on
Chapel Dr. For more information, call the business office at 417-732-2766 or
call the track at 417-236-0600 for day-of-the-race info. The track’s website
can be found at www.monettspeedway.net.

To learn more about the United States Modified Touring Series, call the
headquarters at (515) 832-7944 or visit www.usmts.com online for the latest
news and information from the USMTS – America’s Hottest Ticket on Dirt.

LaMonte, MOPatience earns Shryock a feature win at L A Raceway

March 31st, 2008

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.

SHRYOCK HANDLES HUGHES FOR O’REILLY USMTS NATIONAL TOUR TRIUMPH AT LA RACEWAU\Y

March 30th, 2008

Hughes jumped out to a sizeable lead from the pole position and was looking
to whip up on the field for his second win of the year. The race’s first and
only caution waved on lap 11, which bunched up the field with John Allen in
the runner-up spot and Shryock in third.

Shryock disposed of Allen on lap 12, then hugged the rear bumper of Hughes
for the next 16 laps around the semi-banked 3/8-mile clay oval.

On lap 29, Hughes bobbled slightly in turn 1, which was the opening Shryock
needed to slip by for the lead and go on to lead the final six orbits and
pocket the $2,000 top prize.

Hughes held on for second, with Jon Tesch third, Allen fourth and Johnny
Bone Jr. rounding out the top-5 finishers. Jason Krohn, Jesse Stovall,
Brandon Kenny, Justin Boney and Dustin Boney finishing sixth through tenth,
respectively.

Stovall earned the KSE Racing Products Hard Charger Award by climbing 13
spots from his 20th starting position on the 24-car grid.

With his eighth-place finish, Kenny took command of the Rookies Rockin’
Sports Bar Rookie of the Year points standings.

The Ruter Farms Long Tow Award went to Julie McDermid, who traveled 680.49
miles from her hometown of Oconto Falls, Wis.

Kevin Blackburn won the free American Racer tire via random draw at the
pre-race drivers meeting. American Race Tires – the Official Racing Tire of
the USMTS – will be giving away a free tire to one driver at each O’Reilly
USMTS National Tour and O’Reilly USMTS Southern Series race this season.

In the manufacturers battles, Sput’s Racing Engines remains atop the COMP
Cams Engine Builder of the Year standings while Shryock’s Skyrocket Chassis
broke a tie with Hughes Racing Chassis to take control in the Chassis
Builders Championship points.

Shryock continues atop the Mo-Kan Region rankings with a 20-point cushion
over Tesch (309 to 289). Allen and Bone are tied for third in the standings
with 258 points each, followed by Hughes (255), Justin Boney (248), Zack
VanderBeek (237), Greg Skaggs and Dustin Boney (224 each) and Al Hejna
(205).
UP NEXT:

Randy Mooneyham’s lightning-fast 4/10-mile high-banked red clay oval will be
the site on Saturday for Day 2 of the 5th Annual Missouri Nationals. Jason
Hughes of Westville, Okla., is the defending race winner and will be looking
to capture his second O’Reilly USMTS National Tour victory of the season.

Race fans can pick up $2-off coupons on Saturday at all three Casey’s
General Stores locations in Lebanon: 669 W. Elm St., 1621 Linn St. and 850
Laclede. Al Hejna and his mud-slinging machine will once again be present
from 12-2 p.m. at the Laclede location.

Gates will open at 4 p.m., with hot laps at 6 and racing action kicking off
at 6:30. The Lebanon I-44 Speedway is located 6 miles northeast of Lebanon
on I-44 to Exit 135 (Sleeper), then north to Outer Dr., then 1.1 miles west
on Historic US 66. For more raceday information, call the track hotline at
417-532-2060 or visit www.lebanoni44speedway.net on the World Wide Web.

The O’Reilly USMTS National Tour will wrap up the 5th Annual Missouri
Nationals on Sunday at “The Grand Ole Lady” in Monett, Mo. Kelly Shryock
captured the win in 2007 at the 3/8-mile semi-banked clay oval en route to
capturing the regional points crown.

Race fans can pick up $2-off coupons on Sunday at both Casey’s General
Stores locations in Monett: 728 Hwy. 60 and 1601 E. Cleveland Ave. Al Hejna
will make his third stop of the weekend at the Cleveland Ave. location,
appearing again from 12-2 p.m.

Gates will open at 4 p.m., with hot laps at 6 and racing action kicking off
at 6:30. The Monett Speedway is located 1 mile east of SR 37 on US 60, then
north on Chapel Dr. For more information, call the business office at
417-732-2766 or call the track at 417-236-0600 for day-of-the-race info. The
track’s website can be found at www.monettspeedway.net.

To learn more about the United States Modified Touring Series, call the
headquarters at (515) 832-7944 or visit www.usmts.com online for the latest
news and information from the USMTS – America’s Hottest Ticket on Dirt.

LA MONTE, LEBANON, MONETT AWAIT O’REILLY USMTS NATIONAL TOUR

March 26th, 2008

FRIDAY, MARCH 28 – LA RACEWAY, LA MONTE, MO

The action gets underway on Friday with the long-awaited return of America’s
Hottest Ticket on Dirt to the LA Raceway in La Monte. Last year’s inaugural
stop at the 3/8-mile semi-banked clay oval saw Jeremy Payne hold off
eight-time O’Reilly USMTS National Champion Kelly Shryock to take the win.
This year, Shryock returns to avenge his near-miss as the points leader in
the Mo-Kan Region, along with dozens of worthy rivals.

Friday’s show will be the third in the Mo-Kan Region, which means the Top
Dog Bonus will take effect with the top-10 drivers in Mo-Kan Region points
guaranteed a minimum $400 in prize money. Eligible drivers include Shryock
and Jon Tesch, who sits just seven markers behind Shryock (203 to 196) in
the rankings. The rest of the Top Dogs are Zack VanderBeek (173 points),
Greg Skaggs (172), Johnny Bone Jr. (171), John Allen (171), Justin Boney
(165), Jason Hughes (157), Dustin Boney (150) and Tommy Weder Jr. (147).

Race fans can pick up $2-off coupons on Friday at the Casey’s General Stores
location at 101 W. Front St. in La Monte. Al Hejna, driver of the #7 Casey’s
General Stores Modified will be on hand from 12-2 p.m. to meet and greet
fans.

Gates will open at 4 p.m., with hot laps at 6:30 and the first heat race at
7.

The LA Raceway is located 3.5 miles west of SR 127 on Hwy Y. For more
information, call the track office at 660-620-1152 or 660-347-5222 on
raceday. The official track website in online at www.laraceway.com.

SATURDAY, MARCH 29 – LEBANON I-44 SPEEDWAY, LEBANON, MO

Randy Mooneyham’s lightning-fast 4/10-mile high-banked red clay oval will be
the site on Saturday for Day 2 of the 5th Annual Missouri Nationals. Jason
Hughes of Westville, Okla., is the defending race winner and will be looking
to capture his second O’Reilly USMTS National Tour victory of the season.

Race fans can pick up $2-off coupons on Saturday at all three Casey’s
General Stores locations in Lebanon: 669 W. Elm St., 1621 Linn St. and 850
Laclede. Al Hejna and his mud-slinging machine will once again be present
from 12-2 p.m. at the Laclede location.

Gates will open at 4 p.m., with hot laps at 6 and racing action kicking off
at 6:30.

The Lebanon I-44 Speedway is located 6 miles northeast of Lebanon on I-44 to
Exit 135 (Sleeper), then north to Outer Dr., then 1.1 miles west on Historic
US 66. For more raceday information, call the track hotline at 417-532-2060
or visit www.lebanoni44speedway.net on the World Wide Web.

SUNDAY, MARCH 30 – MONETT SPEEDWAY, MONETT, MO

The O’Reilly USMTS National Tour will wrap up the 5th Annual Missouri
Nationals on Sunday at “The Grand Ole Lady” in Monett, Mo. Kelly Shryock
captured the win in 2007 at the 3/8-mile semi-banked clay oval en route to
capturing the regional points crown.

Race fans can pick up $2-off coupons on Sunday at both Casey’s General
Stores locations in Monett: 728 Hwy. 60 and 1601 E. Cleveland Ave. Al Hejna
will make his third stop of the weekend at the Cleveland Ave. location,
appearing again from 12-2 p.m.

Gates will open at 4 p.m., with hot laps at 6 and racing action kicking off
at 6:30.

The Monett Speedway is located 1 mile east of SR 37 on US 60, then north on
Chapel Dr. For more information, call the business office at 417-732-2766 or
call the track at 417-236-0600 for day-of-the-race info. The track’s website
can be found at www.monettspeedway.net.

All three events of the 5th Annual Missouri Nationals will pay $2,000 to the
winner, with a minimum of $200 to start each of the three Holley “A” Mains.

To learn more about the United States Modified Touring Series, call the
headquarters at (515) 832-7944 or visit www.usmts.com online for the latest
news and information from the USMTS – America’s Hottest Ticket on Dirt.

L A Raceway hosts USMTS Friday night for first special show of season

March 23rd, 2008

While the mighty modifieds take a break between races, fans will see street stocks and hobby stocks take the track to provide a different kind of family entertainment for everyone young and old throughout the night.

Prior to the event, race fans have the chance to meet driver Al Hejna, Casey?s
General Store No. 7 modified, at Casey?s General Store in LaMonte, located at 100 Highway 50, from 2 to 4 p.m. on Friday, March 28. Hejna of Clear Lake, Iowa, will be handing out $2 discount coupons for the night?s event. He is currently setting 14th in the point?s race for the Mo-Kan Region.

In March, Hejna was named as one of five competitors that will comprise the Casey’s Crew and will represent the best of the best in O?Reilly USMTS National Tour history. The A Train will be the first to carry the Casey?s colors through each O’Reilly USMTS National Tour event through the April 13 stop at the Quad City Raceway in East Moline, Ill. Other drivers include Jason Hughes, Mark Noble, Shryock and Zach VanderBeek.

Regular ticket prices are $15 for adults, $5 for children ages six through 12, and children under six are admitted free. Gates open at 4 p.m. with hot laps beginning at 6:30 p.m. The racing action starts at 7 p.m.

Concessions are available at the race so come hungry. All fans are welcome to visit their favorite driver in the pits after the conclusion of the race and all cars are back to their stalls.

For more information, visit www.laraceway.com.

Merlyn McCown/Ken Taylor Memorial Race at L A Raceway Rescheduled

July 1st, 2007

Gates will open at 4:00, Hot Laps at 6:30, Races 7:30. Items from Steve Kinser, Danny Lasoski, Jesse Hockett, Randy Martin and many more to be given
away at intermission. Before the races, a group of “old-time” drivers will be on hand to meet the crowd and share stories such as Shorty Ackers, Jay Lyle, Bill Utz, Greg Weld, Roy Hibbard & Ray Lee Goodwin.

The races for Friday night, June 29, have been cancelled due to the rain.

June 30th, 2007

Items from Steve Kinser, Danny Lasoski, Jesse Hockett, Randy Martin and many more to be given away at intermission. Before the races, a group of “old-time” drivers will be on hand to meet the crowd and share stories such as Shorty Ackers, Jay Lyle, Bill Utz, Greg Weld, Roy Hibbard & Ray Lee Goodwin. A
spectacular fireworks show will also highlight the Sunday evening show.

USMTS Invades LA

June 9th, 2007

Friday, June 15, L A Raceway and Farm & Home of Warrensburg will present the Pitts Homes of Warsaw night at the races featuring the WK GM Modifieds, Xtreme Motors Street Stocks, Farm Bureau Insurance Agent Joe Close/Schofield Racing Engines 305 Sprints, Jim’s Tire Service Hobby Stocks and Specialty Sportswear/Mid City Lumber Jr. Hobby Stocks.

This Friday, June 8 will be a bonus night for L A Raceway fans as right after hot laps the features not finished from last Friday because of the rain will be
completed first and then followed by a complete show. Should be a fantastic night of racing which will also include an ATV given away to some lucky fan during the Jeff Ikerd Powersports Night at the Races.

Races for Friday night, May 4 have been Cancelled due to the rain.

May 4th, 2007

Races for Saturday night, May 5, still on. Crown Power & Equpment of LaMonte &
Arctic Cat present the O’Reilly WOW 360 Sprints plus 305 Sprints. Adults $12.00, Ages 6-11 $6.00, Under 6 Free. Gates open 5:00, Hot laps 7:00, Races 7:30.

L A Raceway at LaMonte Friday night racing for April 27 CANCELLED

April 27th, 2007

Don’t forget the Bob Ramey Sr. Memorial race Sunday, April 29 on the Missouri State Fairgrounds in Sedalia. WOW 360 Sprints, Modifieds & Street Stocks. Hot laps 5:00. Racing 6:00. Admission only $12.00

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L A Raceway
11649 Hwy Y
LaMonte, Missouri 65337
660-347-5222

Great Season Opener for L A Raceway at LaMonte

April 21st, 2007

With 119 cars signing in, 44 modifieds sorted themselves out with 5 heats, 2 B
Features and a 20 lap A Main. No doubt several cars had arrived to run the two day weekend. Gary Clark, Walker, qualified for the A feature pole position by winning the 2nd heat after starting back in 8th place as passing points from the heats are being used this season to set the feature lineups. Clark; Rex Merritt, Billings; and Josh Hughes, West Plains battled back and forth but Clark came out in front at the checkers followed by Merritt; Hughes; Dean Wille, Warrensburg; and Greg Hughes, West Plains. Wille being the only local in the top five.

The 21 305 sprints were a beautiful sight for a class that has been a little short on numbers but never short on action. Eric Todd, Falcon started on the pole and led all the way to the checkers with Kevin Ulmer, J. Kinder, Randy Roberts and Clint Todd rounding out the top five.

While the street stocks struggled to get their show in with restarts and caution flags the #66 of Scott Krause, Concordia came out strong but couldn’t hold off the fast #02 of Carl Lewis, Sedalia. Krause eventually fell back to finish 5th with Troy Reasoner Jr, Kevin Perkins and Toby Morrill filling in 2nd through 4th respectivly.

In the Hobby Stock class, some familiar names made it to the winners circle while those who have moved up from the Jr class served notice on the others that they have arrived. The 28 cars were split into twin A features with Mike Schouten, LaMonte and Jacob Everts, Knob Noster winning their respective features. The third place finishes of Jason Joy, Sedalia and CodyFrazon were impressive this being only their second year up from the Jr class.

The Jr Hobby Stocks while small in number at only 4 cars, ran green to checkers, with Nathan Vaughn of Warsaw finishing first, and Tannar Young, Greenridge and Jeff Ward, Sedalia following him across the finish line.

Saturday night will complete the double header weekend at LaMonte with Race Ready Custom Fabrication’s 2nd Annual Modified Blowout featuring modifieds and street stocks. If the action Friday night was any indication of what’s coming, the Saturday night race will be one not to miss.

LA Raceway to Open on April 20/21st

April 17th, 2007

Then Race Ready Custom Fabrication presents its 2nd Annual Modified Blowout on Saturday. Warm weather and sunshine should make this weekend a great time for exciting racing action. Gates will openat 5:00, Hot laps 7:00 and Races 7:30 for both events.

LA Race Way Postponed Events

April 14th, 2007

STILL ON– Missouri State Fairgrounds in Sedalia, Sunday, April 15, 2nd Annual Bob Ramey Sr. Memorial, Budweiser, Subway, Union Savings Bank, & W-K Chevrolet present the WOW 360 Sprints, Modifieds & Street Stocks.

For more info 660-347-5222 or laraceway.com. Please check back for weather related updates.

Two Nights, Two Tracks, Two Races

April 12th, 2007

L A Raceway at LaMonte, Saturday, April 14, Crown Power & Equipment of LaMonte & Arctic Cat Present the WOW 360 Sprints and 305 Sprints

Missouri State Fairgrounds in Sedalia, Sunday, April 15, 2nd Annual Bob Ramey Sr. Memorial, Budweiser, Subway, Union Savings Bank, & W-K Chevrolet present the WOW 360 Sprints, Modifieds & Street Stocks.

For more info 660-347-5222 or laraceway.com. Please check back for weather related updates.

L A Raceway Season Opener

February 24th, 2007

The season opener for Friday night weekly racing will be April 20 featuring the Modifieds, 305 Sprints, Street Stocks and Hobby Stocks. Along with exciting weekly action, Saturday, April 14 and Sunday, July 1 will showcase the (WOW) Winged Outlaw Warrior 360 Sprints and on Saturday, April 21, the 2nd Annual Modified Blowout will be presented by Race Ready Custom Fabrication. Todd Staley will bring the (USMTS) United States Modified Touring Series for its inaugural debut at LA Raceway on Thursday, June 14. Two wheel racing action returns to the 3/8 mile clay oval on Saturday, May 12, with the AMA PRO Pre Season Flat Track Motorcycle Race. You will always find affordable family “Fun in the Country” at LA Raceway. For a detailed schedule, admission information and directions, go to www.laraceway.com or call 660-347-5222.

Payne Grabs O’Reilly MLRA Win at LA Raceway

September 17th, 2006

Steve Kosiski lead the field to the green flag and moved to the front at the drop of the green with a hungry Scott Drake nipping at his heels. The front pair put on a spirited side by side battle that had the fans on their feet with Drake pulling off the move and taking over the top spot on the fourth lap.

The caution flag flew with seven laps in the books for the spun machine of Shane Essary in turn 1. On the restart Drake and Kosiski continued out front followed by sixth starting Payne, Ken Essary, and Al Purkey. Behind the front group Alan Vaughn and David Turner began to battle side by side, but the driver catching everybody’s attention was John Hampel who had moved into tenth after coming through the nights B feature.

Lap 12 saw the field slowed by the yellow once again as Scott Daly slid his car over the turn three banking. On the restart Kosiski stepped up the pressure on Drake a notch and pulled alongside as he attempted to make the pass. The pair ran side by side for a couple of laps before Drake pulled back out in front and retained the spot.

Payne began his move forward as he took over the second spot from Kosiski on lap 17 and quickly pulled onto the rear bumper of Drake. On lap 23 the trio of Drake, Payne, and Kosiski ran nose to tail as they began to encounter lapped traffic only to have the yellow slow the racing action once again and regroup the field.

As the green replaced the yellow Drake and Payne opened a four car length advantage over Kosiski as the laps began to wind down. Payne pulled alongside Drake and completed the move to lead the 27th lap and quickly opened up a four car gap as the white flag waved and increased it even more as he raced under the checkered flag for the win. Drake held on for the runner up spot with Kosiski, Ken Essary, and Al Purkey completing the top 5.

Thirty-two cars signed in to compete on the night with Drake, Ken Essary, Payne, and Kosiski coming home with the heat race wins while John Hampel grabbed the top spot of the nights B feature.

Next up for the O’Reilly MLRA is to Winston Speedway in Winston, MO on Saturday, September 16 to close out the facilities 2006 racing action.

For O’Reilly MLRA information call 816-650-5063 or 816-305-6572 or visit them on the web at www.mlraracing.com.

Please support these sponsors who support O’Reilly MLRA Racing
O’Reilly Auto Parts/Hoosier Race Tires/Hatfield Racing Engines/Larry Shaw
Race Cars/GRT Race Cars/AFCO/Driveline Shop/ATL Fuel Cells/Sunoco/Simons
Petroleum/Weld Wheels/Chase Race Decals/Gameday Trophy/Bodee’s Race
Bodies/Smitty’s Racing Engines/Duralite Wheels/Holley/Lunati/Rod End
Supply/Schoenfeld Headers/Kluhsman Racing Components/Performance
Bodies/Shepherd of the Hills Entertainment/610 Sports Radio

Full Results
LA Raceway
September 15, 2006

Heat 1
1) Scott Drake, 2) Chris Smyser, 3) Brett LaFollette, 4) PJ Haskins, 5) David Barker, 6) Jeremy Watts, 7) Tommy Cordray, 8) Jon Binning

Heat 2
1) Ken Essary, 2) Alan Vaughn, 3) Jason Bodenhamer, 4) Sonny Findling, 5) Jesse Stovall, 6) Victor Sims, 7) Bob Hiller, 8) Shorty Acker

Heat 3
1) Jeremy Payne, 2) David Turner, 3) Shad Badder, 4) Randy McGraw, 5) Corey Zeitner, 6) Scott Daly, 7) Dick Weber, 8) Larry Moon

Heat 4
1) Steve Kosiski, 2) Al Purkey, 3) Larry Clawson, 4) Shane Essary, 5) CJ Lyle, 6) John Hampel, 7) Donnie Gemes, 8) Greg Choate

B Feature #1
1) Hampel, 2) Zeitner, 3) Lyle, 4) Cordray, 5) Barker, 6) Stovall, 7) Acker, 8) Weber, 9) Daly, 10) Watts, 11) Choate, 12) Sims, 13) Moon, 14) Binning, 15) Gemes, 16) Hiller

A Feature
1) Payne, 2) Drake, 3) Kosiski, 4) K. Essary, 5) Purkey, 6) Vaughn, 7) Turner, 8) Smyser, 9) Bodenhamer, 10) Hampel, 11) LaFollette, 12) Clawson, 13) Badder, 14) Lyle, 15) Barker, 16) McGraw, 17) Zeitner, 18) Cordray, 19) Haskins, 20) S. Essary, 21) Daly, 22) Findling

LA Raceway and Winston Speedway Up Next for O’Reilly MLRA

September 15th, 2006

Friday night the O’Reilly MLRA pulls into LA Raceway, in LaMonte, MO for their second visit of the season. The first trip, in April, netted exciting racing as Terry Phillips came away with the win in his first visit to the Mike and Carolyn White owned facility. Al Purkey leads the contingent of O’Reilly MLRA regulars including Alan Vaughn, David Turner, David Barker, Jason Bodenhamer, and Chris Smyser as they take on the local contingent of drivers such as Chad Clark, Bryon Allison, and Kevin Kaiser for the win.

Gates open at 5:00 pm with racing action set to get underway at 7:00 pm. Adult admission is only $12.00 with kids 6-12 $6.00 and under 6 are free. Pit passes for the night are only $25.00. Also seeing action on the night will be the weekly Street Stock and Hobby Stock divisions. For more information on LA Raceway visit them on the web at www.laraceway.com or call 660-347-5222. From LaMonte, MO take SR 127 south off of 50 Hwy to Hwy Y, then 3.5 miles west.

A pull to the north and Winston Speedway, in Winston, MO, will be on tap for Saturday night. This will also be trip number two to the northern Missouri town where Al Purkey has battled for the win the last three times the O’Reilly MLRA has visited. Belton, MO’s Alan Vaughn will be right on his heels and looking to close the points lead on a track that always sees exciting action from start to finish. Look for local standouts such as Tommy Cordray, Dale Eaton, and Jason Estes to come out to defend their home turf and take home the win. Winston Speedway will open the gates at 5:00 pm with racing taking to the track at 7:00 pm. General admission tickets are $13.00 with kids 4-12 $5.00 and those under 4 free. Pit passes for the evening will be $25.00. The night of racing action will also see the IMCA Modifieds, Grand Nationals, Stock Cars, and Hornets competing. For Winston Speedway information call them at 660-749-5373 or visit them at www.winstonspeedway.com. Winston Speedway is located on I-35 at exit 64 then .3 miles east on SR 6.

For all the latest news and information on the O’Reilly MLRA visit us on the web at www.mlraracing.com or by calling (816) 650-5063 or (816) 305-6572.

2006 Thunder Tour Sponsors: O’Reilly Auto Parts, Hoosier Race Tire, Hatfield Racing Engines, Larry Shaw Race Cars, Afco, GRT Race Cars, The Driveline Shop, Sunoco Race Fuels, Weld Wheels, Chase Race Decals, Gameday Trophy, Bodee’s Race Bodies, Smitty’s Racing Engines, Duralite, Holley, Lunati, Rod End Supply, Schoenfeld Headers, Kluhsman Racing Components, Performance Race Bodies, ATL Fuel Cells, Sports Nutz, Sports Radio 610, Shepherd of the Hills Entertainment

Mid City Lumber Night, AMA Cycles Highlight L A Weekend

May 3rd, 2006

Joining them will be the 305 Sprints sponsored by Farm Bureau Insurance Agent Joe Close and Schofield Racing Engines plus the Jr. Hobby Stocks sponsored by Specialty Sportswear and Patricia’s Mexican Restaurant.

Gates open at 5:00 Racing at 7:30.

Then Saturday, May 6, L A Raceway and Yeager’s Cycle will present PRO AMA FLAT TRACK MOTORCYCLE RACING. Gates open 3:00.Practice 5:00 and races at 6:00. Tickets to motorcycle races are only $15 with 10 and under Free.

For more info log onto www.laraceway.com or call 660-347-5222.

Rain Washes Out L A Raceway

April 28th, 2006

L A Raceway Gearing up for Season Opener

April 27th, 2006

Rounding out the show are the 305 Sprints sponsored by Schofield Racing Engines and Farm Bureau Agent Joe Close, plus the Jr. Hobby Stocks sponsored by Patricia’s Mexician Restaurant and Speciality Sportswear.

Adults $8 with discounts for seniors,military and children. Gates open 5:00, Hot laps 7:00 and racing at 7:30. Log onto www.laraceay.com or call 660-347-5222 for more info.

Sprints on Tap at L A Raceway

April 12th, 2006

The WOW sprints will compete for $1200 to win and the 305 Sprints will run for $500 to win. Don’t miss this exciting show!

Gates open 5:00, Hot laps 7:00, Racing 7:30. Adults $12, Ages 6-15 $6 and Under 5 Free. Pit Passes $25. For more info www.laraceway.com or call 660-347-5222.

O’Reilly MLRA Win Goes to Phillips at LA Raceway

April 8th, 2006

The drop of the green flag saw outside front row starter Al Purkey roar to the lead as the field raced off into turn 1 of the 40 lap affair. While Purkey set sail at the front Phillips moved from his sixth starting spot to the runner up position within five laps and began to pressure Purkey for the top spot. Phillips attempted to make the move on the low side for the lead several times, but just couldn’t make it stick and Purkey was able to continue to set the pace at the front of the pack.

While Purkey and Phillips continued to battle three cars sliced through from the back of the pack as Jason Bodenhamer, David Turner, and Alan Vaughn all worked their way into the top 15 by the time that the sixth lap was completed. Out front Purkey and Phillips continued to run wheel to wheel while building up a 12 car length advantage over Charlie Randolph, John Hampel, and Joe Kosiski who were fighting it out for the third position.

Phillips was finally able to make the low side work to his advantage on lap 13 only to have the caution flag wave for Shane Essary’s spin in turn 4. On the restart Phillips was shuffled back to the fifth spot as both Randolph and Hampel slipped past with 14 laps in the books. Purkey stretched his lead out to nearly eight car lengths just as Phillips moved back into the runner up spot going down the back stretch on the 18th lap. Another slow down at the halfway mark bunched the field up and once again Purkey and Phillips battled side by side for the top spot with Phillips finally gaining the advantage on lap 23.

Once out front Phillips began to open up the lead to nearly 10 car lengths by lap 27 as Purkey found himself in a fight for the second spot with Randolph and Hampel. With 10 laps to go Phillips began to work through lapped traffic just as Charlie Randolph found a line to his liking and shot past Purkey into the second position. Phillips began to encounter heavy traffic with only five laps left which allowed Randolph to close on the leader, but it wasn’t enough as Phillips held on for the win with Randolph, Hampel, Purkey, and Joe Kosiski rounding out the top five positions.

Joe Kosiski, Scott Drake, Charlie Randolph, and Craig Preble took home the heat race wins while Jason Bodenhamer and Mike Brown came home with top honors in the B features. A total of 38 driver’s signed in for the nights racing action.

The O’Reilly MLRA springs back into action on Saturday, April 8, traveling to Winston, MO for the 2006 season opener at Winston Speedway.

For all the latest news and information on the O’Reilly MLRA visit us on the web at www.mlraracing.com or by calling (816) 650-5063 or (816) 305-6572.

Please support these sponsors who support O’Reilly MLRA Racing
O’Reilly Auto Parts/Hoosier Race Tires/Hatfield Racing Engines/Larry Shaw
Race Cars/GRT Race Cars/AFCO/Driveline Shop/ATL Fuel Cells/Sunoco/Simons
Petroleum/Weld Wheels/Chase Race Decals/Gameday Trophy/Bodee’s Race
Bodies/Smitty’s Racing Engines/Duralite Wheels/Holley/Lunati/Rod End
Supply/Schoenfeld Headers/Kluhsman Racing Components/Performance
Bodies/SportsNutz

Full Results
LA Raceway
April 7, 2006

Heat 1
1) Joe Kosiski, 2) Chad Frewaldt, 3) Gary Billings, 4) Brandon McCormick, 5) TJ Kuykendall, 6) David Turner, 7) Mark Evinger, 8) Justin Wells, 9) Reid Millard, 10) Bob Hiller

Heat 2
1) Scott Drake, 2) John Hampel, 3) Terry Phillips, 4) Brett LaFollette, 5) Jason Bodenhamer, 6) Alan Vaughn, 7) Johnny Bone Jr., 8) CJ Lyle, 9) Aaron Seabaugh, 10) Barney Bauernfeind

Heat 3
1) Charlie Randolph, 2) Larry Clawson, 3) Chad Clark, 4) Bryon Allison, 5) Chris Smyser, 6) Corey Zeitner, 7) Shad Badder, 8) PJ Haskins, 9) John Farmer

Heat 4
1) Craig Preble, 2) Al Purkey, 3) Shane Essary, 4) David Barker, 5) Jim Morris, 6) Mike Brown, 7) Jeff Schlup, 8) James Rutledge, 9) Keith Lewandowski

B Feature 1
1) Jason Bodenhamer, 2) David Turner, 3) Justin Wells, 4) Brett LaFollette, 5) Jeff Schlup, 6) Aaron Seabaugh, 7) Corey Zeitner, 8) Mark Evinger, 9) PJ Haskins, 10) Bob Hiller, 11) John Farmer

B Feature 2
1) Mike Brown, 2) David Barker, 3) Alan Vaughn, 4) Johnny Bone Jr., 5) Jim Morris, 6) CJ Lyle, 7) Shad Badder, 8) Barney Bauernfeind, 9) James Rutledge, 10) Keith Lewandowski, 11) Reid Millard

A Feature
1) Terry Phillips, 2) Charlie Randolph, 3) John Hampel, 4) Al Purkey, 5) Joe Kosiski, 6) Scott Drake, 7) David Barker, 8) Alan Vaughn, 9) David Turner, 10) Jason Bodenhamer, 11) Chad Clark, 12) Mike Brown, 13) TJ Kuykendall, 14) Craig Preble, 15) Brett LaFollette, 16) Brandon McCormick, 17) Gary Billings, 18) Chris Smyser, 19) Larry Clawson, 20) Bryon Allison, 21) Shane Essary, 22) Chad Frewaldt

Performance Bodies Nose Piece: Joe Kosiski

O’Reilly MLRA Thunder Heads to L A Raceway April 7

April 1st, 2006

Last years MLRA event in September brought in 45 late models and 25 street stocks to do battle and more are expected this year with it just being the start of the season.

Gates open 5:00 Races 7:30. Adults $12, Ages 6-15 $6, 5 and under Free. For more info, log onto www.laraceway.com or call 660-347-5222 or MLRA 816-650-5063. We appreciate the advertisng help of John Rector Motors, Marshall & Higginsville for this event.

Neither Rain, nor Snow, nor Gloom of Night…

March 22nd, 2006

L A Raceway also welcomes back sponsors Hustler Turf Equipment, Union Savings Bank and Lincoln Electric as well as a new sponsor Warsaw Building Center for the 2006 racing season. With all our wonderful sponsors and the help of Mother Nature 2006 should be a great season for racing!

Racing on 2, 3 and 4 Wheels Highlight 2006 Season

March 7th, 2006

The AMA Pro Flat Track Pre-Season Opener sponsored by Yeager’s Cycles, Sedalia will make its first ever appearance at L A Raceway on May 6.

The Farm & Home of Warrensburg Weekly Racing Series will have its season opener on Friday, April 28 featuring Modifieds, 305 Sprints, Street Stocks, Hobby Stocks and Jr. Hobby Stocks. We greatly appreciate our returning sponsors for 2006: Farm & Home of Warrensburg; W-K Chevrolet, Buick, Pontiac, Cadillac & GMC of Sedalia & Cole Camp; Xtreme Motors, Sedalia; Jim’s Tire Service, Sedalia; KOKO/J98.5; Yeager’s Cycles, Sedalia, KMMO; KIX 105.7; Mid City Lumber, Sedalia; KDRO/KPOW; Tom Schroeder Rotary Drilling, Cole Camp; Praxair; and Sedalia News Journal. We are excited to welcome our new sponsors including Schofield Racing Engines, Farm Bureau Insurance Agent Joe Close; Specialty Sportswear, Sedalia; and Dutch Kountry Market, Knob Noster.

L A Raceway is also proud to be a part of the Bob Ramey Sr. Memorial Race to be presented at the Missouri State Fairgrounds Historic Half Mile on Sunday, April 23 and the DARE Car Show on Saturday, April 1 in downtown Sedalia.

Prices for our Farm & Home of Warrensburg weekly racing series are Adults $8, seniors & military $7, Ages 6-15 $5, and a family pass $25. Special event prices will be slightly higher. Remember that “personal size” coolers are welcome but glass containers are not allowed. Complete details are available on our website www.laraceway.com. Be sure to mark your calendars and plan your travels to include L A Raceway at LaMonte, Missouri for exciting racing action on a beautiful 3/8 mile clay oval……Fun in the Country!

Championships to be Decided This Friday

September 30th, 2005

The W-K 305 Sprints leader is Jonathan Cornell but second place Timothy Wheeler and third place Ryan Schlender are only separated by 26 points. With one more race the 78 points separating Xtreme Motors Street Stocks leader Ted Welschmeyer and second place Michael Grant doesn’t give either driver room to relax expecially with Marc Carter sitting back in third place only 23 points away from second. Butch Knox leads the Jim’s Tire Service Hobby Stocks but Jacob Everts is only 38 points behind him and third place driver Michael Hamsher trails first place by only 72 points. Running two A Features in Hobby Stocks each night keeps points close. The Donna Fortune-Preferred Properties/Paul’s Carpet Service Jr. Hobby Stock leader, Luke Skidmore can’t rest yet with Cody Frazon only 46 points away.

Saturday, October 1 is a scheduled practice & fun day at L A Raceway with pit passes at $20.00 and free general admission. A great chance to show your car to prospective buyers or sponsors in a relaxed atmosphere.

The 2005 L A Raceway Season Banquet is scheduled for Saturday, October 22 at the Lowell Mohler Assembly Hall on the Missouri State Fairgrounds, Sedalia. Tickets are only $15.00 but must be purchased by October 19. Tickets will be available at the track this Friday.

For more info log onto www.laraceway.com or call 660-347-5222.

Purkey Steps Closer to Title with Win at LA Raceway

September 17th, 2005

The A Feature rolled off with fan favorites David Turner and Chris Smyser leading the field to the green flag. The original start was quickly slowed as Brandon McCormick found himself pointed the wrong direction going through turns 3 & 4. On the ensuing restart Turner quickly jumped to the front of the pack only to have Smyser pull alongside and make a bid for the top spot.

While the front two began a torrid battle Purkey took over the third position on lap three. Turner would find his position in front of Smyser only to find Purkey making it a three way battle for the position with cars running two and three wide searching for the quick line. The caution flew for the machine of Larry Clawson who found himself with a flat left rear tire. On the restart Steve Kosiski made his presence known as he pulled alongside Purkey only to have shoot back around both he and Chris Smyser and into the runner up position. The machine of John Anderson mad a run to the front as he powered his way into the third position and attempt to track down the front runners. Steve Kosiski’s night came to any early end and he took his machine to the pits after problems developed on his 52k relegating him to a spot on the sidelines as a spectator. There was fierce action happening all over the track, as the field neared the halfway mark, with Turner, Anderson, and Bodenhamer going three wide looking for the third position. At the time that Purkey entered lapped traffic he had increased his lead over Turner to nearly one-half the front stretch.

As Purkey continued to stretch his lead to nearly a half of a lap, John Anderson found himself in a heated battle with Alan Vaughn who had moved his way towards the front from his fifteen starting position. The pair ran side by side with neither driver gaining a clear advantage over the other until Anderson found the bite he needed to grab second. Purkey found himself racing under the checkered flag with nearly 1/2 lap advantage over half a lap over his closest pursuer. Anderson was able to fend off Vaughn for the second spot while David Turner and Jason Bodenhamer complete the top five at the line.

Aaron Seabaugh, Chris Smyser, Purkey, John Anderson, and Turner came home with the five heat race wins on the night. Sonny Findling and David Barker worked their way into the feature via B feature victories. A total of 45 cars signed at the gate for the evenings racing action.

The O’Reilly MLRA 2005 Thunder Tour makes the trip to the north and Winston Speedway on Saturday night, September 17, to complete the weekends racing action.

For all the latest news and information on the O’Reilly MLRA visit us on the web at www.mlraracing.com or by calling (816) 650-5063 or (816) 305-6572.

Full Results
LA Raceway
September 16, 2005

Heat 1
1) Aaron Seabaugh, 2) Bryon Allison, 3) Randy McGraw, 4) Dustin Mooneyham,
5) Shorty Acker, 6) Dave Bush, 7) Bob Hiller, 8) Bob Cummings, 9) Tom
Cordray

Heat 2
1) Chris Smyser, 2) TJ KuyKendall, 3) Jason Bodenhamer, 4) Chad Clark, 5)
Richard Weber, 6) Virgil Jeffries, 7) Barney Bauernfeind, 8) Owen Evinger,
9) Jimmy Morris

Heat 3
1) Al Purkey, 2) Brandon McCormick, 3) Alan Vaughn, 4) David Barker, 5)
Darrell Mooneyham, 6) Danny Atkkinson, 7) Mike Danburg, 8) Jake Morris, 9)
Steven Clancy

Heat 4
1) John Anderson, 2) Steve Kosiski, 3) CJ Lyle, 4) Brett LaFollette, 5)
Larry Clawson, 6) Kevin Kaiser, 7) David Gemes, 8) Kenny Bowman, 9) Greg
Choate

Heat 5
1) David Turner, 2) Shad Badder, 3) Jeff Schlup, 4) Sonny Findling, 5) Gary
Billings, 6) Chad Frewaldt, 7) Charlie Reed, 8) Larry Moon, 9) Clint Long

B Feature #1
1) Sonny Findling, 2) Brett LaFollette, 3) Darrell Mooneyham, 4) Shorty
Acker, 5) Dustin Mooneyham, 6) Tom Cordray, 7) Virgil Jeffries, 8) Mike
Danburg, 9) Charlie Reed, 10) Kenny Bowman, 11) Owen Evinger, 12) Bob
Hiller, 13) Danny Atkinson, 14) Steven Clancy

B Feature #2
1) David Barker, 2) Larry Clawson, 3) Jake Morris, 4) Kevin Kaiser, 5)
Barney Bauernfeind, 6) Gary Billings, 7) Jimmy Morris, 8) Richard Weber, 9)
David Gemes, 10) Larry Moon, 11) Dave Bush, 12) Chad Frewaldt, 13) Bob
Cummings,

A Feature
1) Al Purkey, 2) John Anderson, 3) Alan Vaughn, 4) David Turner, 5) Jason
Bodenhamer, 6) Brandon McCormick, 7) Chad Clark, 8) CJ Lyle, 9) TJ
KuyKendall, 10) Aaron Seabaugh, 11) Larry Clawson, 12) Brett LaFollette, 13)
David Barker, 14) Jeff Schlup, 15) Shad Badder, 16) Darrell Mooneyham, 17)
Bryon Allison, 18) Jake Morris, 19) Randy McGraw, 20) Steve Kosiski, 21)
Sonny Findling, 22) Chris Smyser

MLRA Super Late Models Return to L A Raceway

September 14th, 2005

When the MLRA drivers appeared at L A Raceway last season it was one of the series’ largest car counts. Also appearing will be the Xtreme Motors Street Stocks. This is a non-points race for the street stocks but there is added money to the purse. Adults only $12, Senior/Military $11, Ages 6-15 $6. Gates open 5:00, Racing 7:00.

Then the last two weeks of the Farm & Home of Warrrensburg Weekly Racing Series, Friday, Sept 23 and Friday, Sept. 30 will decide the 2005 Points Champions in all five classes.

For more info log on to www.laraceway.com or call 660-347-5222.

L A Raceway Prepares for Branson Tractor Night

August 18th, 2005

Points leaders, Dave Meyer, in the K & C Precision Engine Modifieds, Jonathan Cornell in the W-K 305 Sprints, Ted Welschmeyer in the Xtreme Motors Street Stocks, Butch Knox in the Jim’s Tire Service Hobby Stocks and Luke Skidmore in the Donna Fortune Preferred Properties/Pauls Carpet Service Junior Hobby Stocks all know that every night is critical in keeping that first place points position.

The 2005 season was extended through September 30 to make up some of the rain outs experienced early in the season. Adults are only $8, Seniors/Military $7, Ages 6-15 $4, Family Pass $20 and Pit Passes are $25 for the Friday night weekly series. Log on to www.laraceway.com or call 660-347-5222 for more info.

L A Raceway is Rained Out

August 13th, 2005

Next Friday night, August 19 will be Branson Tractor Race Night sponsored by Klein’s Saw Shop, Sedalia. Gates open at 5:00, hot laps at 7:00 and races at 7:30. For more informaition, log on to www.laraceway.com or call 660-347-5222.

L A Raceway Announces Schedule Change

August 3rd, 2005

Please note the following dates on your calendars and make plans to see great racing action on the exciting 3/8 mile clay oval. For more info log on to www.laraceway.com or call 660-347-5222.

Aug 5 – ‘Your’ Hometown Motors Race Night with their “Truck Giveaway”
Aug 12 – KIX 105.7 Race Night
Aug 19 – Branson Tractor/Klein’s Saw Shop Race Night
Aug 20 – Tractor Pull for Antiques & Classics, Stock Farm & Garden
Aug 26 – Praxair Race Night
Sept 2 – Schroeder Rotary Drilling & Pump Company Race Night
Sept 9 – KIX 105.7 Race Night
Sept 16- O’REILLY MLRA (Midwest LateModel Racing Assoc)
Sept 23 – KDRO/KPOW Race Night
Sept 30 – KIX 105.7 SEASON CHAMPIONSHIP Race Night

Meyer Wins Schlueter Memorial Modified Special

July 18th, 2005

This special event was sponsored by FAT BOYZ CONOCO, Concordia; ROBERT SCHLUETER CONSTRUCTION, Concordia; RSC, Courtesy of Jason Beckner, Warrensburg; JIMS GARAGE, Courtesy of Jim & Kathy Boney, DeSoto, KS; COUNTRY PARADISE & CRAFTS, Courtesy of Diane & Gary Meyer, Concordia; BUZZARD RACING ENGINES, Walker, MO; and GAME DAY TROPHY, Concordia.

Robert Schlueter, a lifelong resident of Concordia and an active participant in the crew of the #20 Jason Thompson operated modified, died in an accident on July 15, 2004. This race was dedicated to his memory.

Race night sponsor, Hometown Motors of Knob Noster also announced that they would be giving a vehicle away on their next race night, August 15, with registrations available each night at L A Raceway and by visiting the Hometown Motors location in Knob Noster on Highway 50 East.

Kick Off the July 4th Weekend with Fireworks and Racing this Friday

June 29th, 2005

Gates open at 5:00, Racing 7:30. Adults $8,Seniors & Military $7, Ages 6-15 $4, Family Pass $20. Great weather & great racing !

For more info www.laraceway.com or 660-347-5222.

Raffle to Benefit DARE Program at LA Raceway

June 24th, 2005

Gates open at 5:00 and Racing at 7:30. Log onto www.laraceway.com for more info or call 660-347-5222.