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April 20th, 2016
Jeff “The Animal” Taylor of Jonesboro Arkansas rolled into Legit Speedway Saturday night for the Service Master IMCA Modified event. Taylor, who won the IMCA Arkansas Spring Nationals in March, came in looking for that $1500 paycheck. He started 4 rows back of last years Legit IMCA Champion Daryl Hay of Doniphan. Hay led for 11 laps of the 30 lap feature but started losing ground on lap 12. Logan Martin of West Plains started outside on the 2nd row and ran in 2nd place, passing Hay on lap 12 and leading for the next 16 laps. But with 4 laps to go, Martin tried to move out of his groove on the low and middle of the track and Taylor passed him in turn 2. Once in the lead, Taylor kept it for the remaining 4 laps to take the checkered flag and the $1500 prize. Martin finished in 2nd with Robby Arnold of Marmaduke, Ark finishing 3rd. Richi Tosh and Brian Ritchie rounded out the top 5.
In the UMP Dirt Late Model event sponsored by Mayfield Auto Repair it was Brandon Ball #32 of West Plains taking the checkered flag. Ball, who finished in 2nd last week behind Wendal Wallace, gained the lead after lap 15. Jason Hughes 7H of West Plains raced his way from the back row in the field of 14 to finish in 2nd. Kaleb Stolba #33K finished in 3rd place for the second week in a row. Justin Wells and Josh Hughes complete the top 5 finishers.
Fans enjoyed some big time racing in the Super Stock division, sponsored by Patriot Race Engines. They were 4-wide on the front stretch at the start of the race and last weeks winner, Landon Clinton hit the wall in turn 1. Robbie Arnold from Paragould Ark led the first 12 laps of the 20 lap feature but it was Chris Piper of West Plains, Mo who immerged as the winner. Piper gained the lead with 7 laps to go. He was followed across the finish line by John Kelley of Birch Tree MO who ran in 2nd for most of the race. Last years SS Champion Donnie Miller finished in 3rd. Daymon Mayfield and Tim Steinhaus round out the top 5.
In the Reliable Chevrolet USRA B Mod Division it was #36 Logan Martin with a wire to wire win in the field of 13 cars. Martin, who finished 2nd in the big IMCA Modified event had a great night, taking the checkered flag in the BMod division. In a race filled with some great driving Toby Thompson (#24T) of Mountain Grove Mo finished in 2nd place, Kanyan Methvin (#41) of Yellville, Arkansas finished in 3rd. Bobby Rattarree of Mountain Grove and #44 Rustin Miller of Houston, MO complete the top 5.
The Global Steel Buildings Hobby Stock Division saw #2 Kevin Collins on Victory lane for his first win of 2016. Collins, who turned 50 last Saturday celebrated by taking home the checkered flag. The West Plains Missouri driver is no stranger to victory lane, making 7 trips there last season. Bub Duncan #22 of Alton Missouri came across the finish line in 2nd but was disqualified in the post race tech inspection giving Becky Alford #99 from Poplar Bluff Missouri 2nd in the field of 12. Last weeks winner, Kendall Prince #76 of Corning Arkansas finished 3rd. Will Smart and Kyle Herring came in 4th and 5th respectively.
The Domino’s Pizza Bone Stock Division saw Ethan Rushin #14 of Poplar Bluff Missouri with a win dedicated to his uncle Butch Rushin who passed away earlier in the week. Rushin, who was last years Bone Stock Champion outdistanced the field of 4 to take the win. #22 Davey Chaney who won last week finished in 2nd. #35 James Brown who had the “E4” placard on his passengers side in honor of Richard Smith, long time driver who passed away this week after a year long battle with cancer, took 3rd. Tony Huston of Thayer finished in 4th.
Racing will resume this Saturday April 23rd as Bad Boy Mowers sponsors the weekly points races. All classes will be on the track. Gates open at 5. Hot laps start at 6:30 and Races at 7. Come out and enjoy a great night of entertainment at Legit Speedway.
October 20th, 2015
Legit Speedway held their last races of the season over the weekend and they proved to be the best of the year. In the Late Model feature on Saturday night, a star-studded field lined up for what was the race of the season. 2015 MLRA Champion Terry Phillips, who won the $2000 to win feature on Friday night, was back on the pole for the Saturday night feature, which paid $3000 to win. Right beside him was his son-in-law Kyle Beard, and on his spoiler was Billy Moyer, Jesse Stovall lined up inside on row 3. When the green flag dropped, Terry Phillips jumped to the front and demonstrated why he is the champion, running in front of the pack and smoothly navigating the traffic. But racing legend Billy Moyer, always smooth in the turns, was chasing Phillips down for the entire race. On the final lap, Phillips and Moyer had made it past some traffic and roared down the backstretch. As they got to turn three they caught up to traffic again and coming out of turn four, Phillips couldn’t find enough room low as Moyer jumped high. As they rocketed to the finish, it was Billy Moyer winning by a matter of inches in what was the Late Model Race of the season. Kyle Beard finished in third, Jesse Stovall fourth and Jeremy Payne fifth. The big mover in the race was Hunter Rasdon from Jonesboro, starting in 21st and finishing 7th.
In other racing action over the weekend, it was two full nights at Legit Speedway, with all six classes on the dirt. Saturday night’s Hobby Stock feature saw Don Wadlow from Ironton, Mo take the checkered flag only to be disqualified in the tech barn making Kevin Collins the winner. Firday night’s winner was Richard Carson from Mtn. Home, Ar. In the IMCA Modified class, it was Shawn Walsh dominating both nights. Walsh has been the man to beat during the last half of the season. In Super Stock on Friday night, Chris Piper won the show and Saturday nights trophy was claimed by 2015 track champion Donny Miller. The USRA B MOD field was well represented with 19 cars. Wade Moyer from Inez Tx hit the track in Toby Thomspsons car and won the show on Friday and finished second on Saturday behind Shawn Strong from Clever, MO. And in the Bone Stock races, Friday night saw the largest field of the season with 8 cars on the track. Only 3 were able to return on Saturday. On Friday, it was Jesse Brooks from Batesville, Ar taking the win and on Saturday night, Bailey Harlin from Pomona, Mo got his first win of the season.
It has been an amazing first season under the new ownership of Gary and Dee Dee Stolba. A lot of improvements have been made to the facilities with many more to come during the off season. The track has always been a favorite among drivers and continues to have that reputation. Drivers from around the Midwest are learning and appreciate that the rules of the sanctioning bodies are strictly enforced at Legit. This results in fair racing conditions for everyone and makes for great competition on the track. Legit Speedway staff are grateful for the fan and driver participation this season and look forward to working with everyone next year.
September 22nd, 2015
It was a beautiful fall night at Legit Speedway and the fans got to enjoy some great racing thanks to Midwest Walnut of Willow Springs. After several weeks off the track, the man known as “Big Sexy”, Scott Crigler from Alton, MO was back on the dirt in the late model feature. Crigler’s #12 was running to perfection and led the 20 lap feature from start to finish. The win moves Crigler inside the top 8 in the points. Crigler was happy to be back on the track again and was equally happy to have his son competing for his 2nd week in a row in a modified class. Scott Crigler finished 3 seconds ahead of Mark Oberkramer from Broseley Mo. That 2nd place finish moves Mark into the to 5 in the points race. #33 Kaleb Stolba maintains his lead in the points race with a 3rd place finish.. #41 Hunter Duren from Yellville Ar and #4A Danney Atkinson from Lebanon round out the top five finishers in a field of 10. That fourth place finish moves Duren just outside the top 10. It is the top 10 drivers who receive a trophy and points money at the end of the season.
In the IMCA Modified division, #73 Shawn Walsh from Ashflat Ar came away with the win. Walsh started in the second row in a field of 11 cars and was able to overtake the leader on lap 7 of the 20 lap feature. He never relinquished his lead. 2nd place went to Tyson Franks of Floral, Ar. 3rd went to the points leader Daryl Hay from Doniphan, Mo. After the race, in the tech barn, Cam Rank, who is sitting 2nd in the points standings, used a section of the rules to ‘claim’ the shocks off Daryl Hay’s car. We will see how that turn of events affects both drivers next week.
There was no Super Stock division on Saturday.
In the USRA B Mod division it was another week filled with caution flags, as the first six laps rendered as many cautions. After that initial run of cautions, the race finally began to progress and it was #39 Stephen Muilenburg of Sparta coming away with the win.. Stephen led that race from the start. That win moves Muilenburg into 8th position in the points. #8 Michael Maggard from Springfield, MO finished in 2nd. #14 Shawn Strong from Clever, MO finished in 3rd. #86 Kanyan Methvin from Yellville Ar finished 4th and #71 Jason Snodgrass from Mountain Home finished in 5th. Carl Murphy of Caulfield Mo still sits atop the points race ahead of Dustin Shaw from Birch Tree.
The Hobby Stock race was a great race as the teenager from Corning Ar, Kendal Prince, raced his way from the 7th row all the way to the winners circle. Prince got out front on lap number 15 as a battle was going on in front of him between Kevin Collins of West Plains and Clyde Shearin Jr. At times, Darren Fox was in the fray as well. While the other drivers were jockeying for position coming out of turn four, Prince saw an opening and shot to the front. Once there, the young man never looked back. It was a pack of previous winners right behind him, as #2 Kevin Collins of West Plains finished 2nd, Clyde Shearing Jr finished in 3rd. Six time winner Darren Fox finished in 4th place and Richard Carson of Mountain Home finished in 5th. Going into the final points race of the season, Darren Fox has the lead, but Corey Lambert and Kevin Collins are both within striking distance.
Watch later this week as we release the points standings going into the final points race. The top 10 finishers in the points race are all rewarded with a check. We will let you know who’s close and who’ moving in the next release.
In the Bone Stock division it was #22 Stone Peterson of West Plains with his 3rd win of the season. Ethan Rushin finished in 2nd place and Bailey Harlin finished in 3rd.
This weekend will mark the final points race of the season sponsored by Snap on Tools. Gates will open at 5. Hot laps at 6:30. Races at 7. General Admission for adults is $12. See the website for additional pricing.
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September 8th, 2015
It was a perfect night on a perfect track at Legit Speedway Saturday night, as race fans enjoyed a great night of competition. The first “TailGaters” of the season got to enjoy the new area designed specifically for them.
In the Late Model feature, It was Mason Oberkramer coming away with the victory in a race that saw some fantastic driving. Austin Rettig of Sikeston and Kaleb Stolba of Willow Springs battled it out early, turning 95 mph average lap speeds in the early going. Stolba got loose in turn two giving Rettig an opening to take the lead. From there the field moved up and Mason Oberkramer showed some great driving skill as he eventually took the lead away from Rettig. It was the Brosely Missouri natives’ first trip to victory lane this season. Austin Rettig of Sikeston finished second, Joey Smith of Pomona finished third and Stolba finished in fourth place. That 4th place finish keeps Stolba atop the points lead. Oberkramer moves into 5th in the points, and Tim Mevert holds the 10th spot. The top 10 drivers in each division will receive a trophy and be in the points payout.
In the IMCA Modified class, Jesse Shearin #83 tore up the track in the heat race to earn the pole position but mechanical difficulty kept him off the track for the feature. That left the front door wide open and it was Shawn Walsh claiming the trophy after first place finisher, Rustin Miller of Houston, was disqualified in the tech barn. Walsh was followed across the line by Daryl Hay, Matt Barry and Shane Kelly. Daryl Hay maintains his points lead.
A field of twelve Super Stock drivers took to the dirt and put on a great show for the fans. It was Chris Piper (#13P) of West Plains taking the checkered flag. He was followed by Curt Cotter and Chuck Adams. Even though he was absent, Donnie Miller maintains his position as the super stock points leader.
In the USRA B Mod division Toby Thompson (24T) made his second appearance in as many weeks on victory lane. The field of sixteen cars and drivers put on a great show for the fans. There was one pileup early in the race that involved nearly half a dozen cars. One driver was disqualified as a result of actions after the collision. Denny Tryon finished in second place and Chris Hawkins finished in third. That win moves Thompson inside the top 10 in the points standing. Carl Murphy of Caulfield maintains a 138 point lead over Dustin Shaw of Thomasville.
In the Hobby Stock division it was #88 Darren Fox of Mountain Grove back in the winners circle for the 2nd week in a row. Fox drove his way up from sixth, taking the lead on lap eight of the twenty lap feature and taking the checkered flag. Clyde Shearin Jr finished second and Kevin Collins finished in third.
The Bone Stock field of five saw Ricky Cross from St. James Missouri make his first trip to Victory Lane this season. Season points leader Ethin Rushin of Poplar Bluff was involved in a collision that put him out of the feature.
This weekend marks the final free grandstand event at Legit Speedway for the season. They will be honoring the Trucking industry and its impact on our local economy. There will be some really sweet tricked out 18-wheelers on site along with a stadium full of fans. Come out and enjoy a free night of entertainment as 27 sponsors have joined together to make the event possible. Gates will open at 5. Hot laps at 6:30. Races at 7. The new tail gate area is operational. $12 per vehicle plus the cost of general admission.
September 3rd, 2015
Fans came out in good number to see all six classes in competition. The track was very fast and tacky, which generated lots of cautions throughout the night for flat tires, as drivers pushed their cars to the limits around the 3/8 mile clay track.
Driving his very first race was Stone Peterson of West Plains. He was competing in the Bone Stock Division. The only other competitor to make the feature was his uncle Shawn Peterson. The crowd was all pulling for Stone to beat his uncle, but Shawn wasn’t cooperating, as he had a significant lead when, as fate would have it, a wheel came off, leaving Stone the only competitor and the track and the declared winner. Congratulations Stone on your very first win!
The Hobby Stock field of 15 drivers saw a lot of caution flags for flats. Kevin Collins, who has won four times this season, had moved into the lead on laps 9-11 and then fell victim to one of those flats and had to move to the back of the field. On the restart, Darren Fox of Mtn. Grove jumped out front and never gave up the lead. He not only won the trophy and the winners check, but also sits atop the points leaderboard, one point ahead of Corey Lambert of West Plains. Clyde Shearin Jr. finished 2nd and Chance Cotter finished in 3rd. Richard Carson #29 came across the line in 4th but was disqualified at the post-race tech examination, moving Kevin Collins into 4th place. That also moved Kevin into 3rd in the points race.
In the Super Stock division Donnie Miller #26M established himself as the early leader, leading from laps 2-20 in the feature. In a race filled with lots of cautions, he was able to hold off every challenge from the field. He sits atop the points race for the season as well, with feature win number four in the books. Chris Piper and Bobby Skinner finished 2nd and 3rd.
In the Late Model feature it was Kanyan Methvin #41 coming away with the win. He jumped out front early and kept the lead throughout the race. Kaleb Stolba, who is the current points leader, finished in 2nd despite being involved in a crash early in the race and having to restart at the back of the field. Bobby Skinner, who took 2nd in Super Stock finished 3rd in Late Model, so it was a good night for Skinner.
In the USRA B Mod feature race it was Carl Murphy #2M driving to victory lane. With that win Murphy also maintains his spot atop the points race for the season. Jason Snodgrass of Mtn. Home and Gene Sisco of Alton finished 2nd and 3rd.
And finally, in the IMCA Modified race it was Shawn Walsh #73 taking the checkered flag. Brandon Walsh of Mammoth Spring finished in 2nd place and Daryl Hay, with his 3rd place finish stays atop the points race for the season.
September 5th racing action will be another weekly points race at Legit Speedway. The gates will open at 5PM with hot laps at 6:30 and races starting at 7. You can learn more about the speedway, it fans, its sponsors and the drivers by going to www.legitspeedway.com or on facebook.
August 27th, 2015
Nearly 1000 fans bet against the weather Saturday and made the trip to Legit Speedway for an excellent night of Dirt Track Racing. The MARS circuit came to town and brought some of the biggest names in dirt track history to the show. Terry Phillips, Billy Moyer, Wendall Wallace, Justin Asplin and a field of 23 MARS competitors put on a 40 lap caution free show. Billy Moyer had his machine running to perfection as he turned in a 14.3 second lap on his way to winning the pole position in the qualifier and led the feature from start to finish. Terry Phillips, who sits atop the MARS all time win list finished in 5th place. Wendall Wallace finished in 4th, Jesse Stovall in 3rd and Tim Manville in 2nd. The MARS drivers put on a great show for the fans.
“It was a great track. Good smooth surface” said Billy Moyer in the victory lane interview. “They have done an excellent job bringing the track back and it was a great experience.”
In the Hobby Stock Division, it was Kevin Collins of West Plains coming away with his fourth win of the season. Collins has his car dialed in and loves the dry-slick conditions of the last month, having won 3 of the last 4 events. Darren Fox of Mtn. Grove finished 2nd and Chuck Russell of West Plains in 3rd. With a 5th place finish, Corey Lambert stays atop the points board for the season.
A field of twenty one drivers competed In the USRA B Mod division, and it was Toby Thompson of Mtn. Grove back on Victory Lane for the third time this season. Thompson jumped out front off the start and never looked back in 20 laps of caution free B Mod racing. Justin Rigel of Thayer finished 2nd and Jason Brigman of West Plains finished 3rd.
In the Super Stock Division fans got to see some great side-by-side action throughout the race as #13 Curt Cotter, #13P Chris Piper, #26 Donnie Miller and number L18 Landon Clinton scrapped for 20 laps. In the end it was #13 Curt Cotter taking the checkered flag followed by Chris Piper and Donnie Miller. That 3rd place finish keep Miller atop the points race for the season. When asked about the win, Curt’s dad was quick to point out that this was three generations of Cotter’s on the track and that he was very proud of them.
In the IMCA Modified division it was the 18 year old from Mammoth Spring making his first appearance in Victory Lane. Brandon Walsh was excited to be in the winners circle after a race filled with a lot of entertainment. Walsh finished .15 seconds ahead of Rustin Miller of Houston and .4 seconds ahead of season points leader Daryl Hay. Congratulations to the Brandon Walsh from Mammoth Spring on his first win!
Racing action will resume this weekend in the weekly points race sponsored by West Plains Propane and Don’s Auto Service. The gates will open as always at 5 p.m.. Hot laps at 6:30. Races at 7. You can see the videos, upcoming schedule and all the track news at www.legitspeedway.com or on facebook at legitspeedway.
August 21st, 2015
The Mid America Racing Series (MARS) tour will be coming to Legit Speedway this Saturday night. The Late Model racing tour, which covers the Midwest and features some of the best Late Model cars and drivers in the nation, will bring a large field of drivers to Legit Speedway. Tony Jackson Jr from Lebanon, 4-time winner on the MARS circuit this season, is the current MARS points leader. Justin Asplin from Birch Tree has finished in the top 10 at least a dozen times this season, with runner-up finishes in a couple of those races. He is currently in 2nd place in the MARS points standings. Justin also has a runner-up finish and another top 5 finish at Legit this season and is currently 16th in the points at Legit Speedway, even with only 2 appearances this season. Brandon McCormick from Lebanon, Mo is in 3rd and plans to be at Legit on Saturday for the big MARS sanctioned race that will pay $3000 to the winner. Many of the top MARS series drivers plan to be on the track Saturday along with the impressive field of Late Model regulars. Look for former Show-Me 100 winner Wendell Wallace to be on the track as well. He likes the track and has scored a win in his other 2 appearances at Legit this season. It will be an exciting night of Late Model action, as they battle it out in the 40-lap feature. With the increased purse and no competing Late Model events in the immediate area, Saturday should produce a large field of Late Models for the MARS sanctioned event.
The MARS late model race will be just one part of the action, as the usual field of Bone Stock, Hobby Stock, Super Stock, IMCA Modified and USRA B Mod cars will be in competition as well. If the weather cooperates, look for a large crowd to be on hand. This weekends races are being co-sponsored by Colton’s Steak House of West Plains and West Plains Resaw.
The gates will open at 5 p.m. Saturday with hot laps at 6:30 and racing action at 7. Check out all the news, points standings, driver interview videos and more at www.legitspeedway.com or follow us on facebook.
July 29th, 2015
Over 2200 race fans braved the sweltering heat Saturday night at Legit Speedway for the third free grandstand event of the season. Hirsch Feed and Farm Supply of Thayer and West Plains sponsored this event.
There were only 2 Bone Stock entries, not enough for their own feature, so the two teenagers were forced to race among the faster, more experienced Hobby Stock field. Ethan Rushin of Poplar Bluff was involved in a crash in his heat race, putting him out of the competition for the night, leaving 13-year-old Dackota Huskey the only car to start the feature.
Fans saw a field of 16 Hobby Stock drivers take the track. In the Heat Races, James Brown, the teen from Mammoth Spring Arkansas hit the wall hard coming out of turn 4 and received extensive damage to his car, rendering him unable to show for the feature. At the finish it was #2 Kevin Collins of West Plains, Mo taking the checkered flag and making his 2nd trip to victory lane this month and this season. Collins commented “This is a track’, pointing to the red clay surface that got slick early, stating “he liked the slick surface”.
Another #2, Carl Murphy of Caulfield, MO was the winner in the USRA B MOD feature. Murphy, also making his 2nd appearance on Victory Lane this season, had the fastest car on the track in the Heat Race and the Feature, as he never saw a spoiler in front of him all night long.
In the Super Stock division fans got to see quite a show as #L18 Landon Clinton from Willow Springs, battled it out for 20 laps with #26 Donnie Miller and #13P Chris Piper of West Plains. In some fantastic side-by-side racing action it came down to the final turn on the final lap as Landon Clinton pulled ahead to claim his 2nd victory of the season.
In the IMCA Modified division, it was #27b Matt Barry of West Plains jumping out early and leading in a wire-to-wire win, and his first trip to Victory Lane on the season. Barry was excited and appreciative to be in the winner’s circle for only the second time in his career and the first time since 2010.
The Late Model race started with heartache and a broken wrist for Kenny Barker of Poplar Bluff, Mo. Barker, who had led the points race all season long until being passed by Kaleb Stolba last week, was excited to have a new 760 horsepower engine to replace the Crate 602 he had been running in his car all season. He performed reasonably well in the Heat Race but in the feature he slammed hard into the wall in turn one at the start, the steering wheel snapping his wrist. When the race continued, it was #33K Kaleb Stolba from Willow Springs taking the checkered flag for his first victory of the season. Kaleb pulled way out in front of a limited field of 5, finishing nearly 5 seconds ahead of the field. It was a great birthday present for the young man from Willow Springs, who turned 19 on Sunday.
Racing was delayed for a short period of time as emergency personnel were called upon to treat a victim of an apparent cardiac event, transporting them to the local medical center. Racing resumed after a short delay while replacement medical personnel were dispatched to the track.
It was a great night of racing entertainment for the fans, who were also treated to an early night, with races ending at around 10:30 pm. Next Saturday will be another weekly points race, with gates opening at 5, hot laps at 6:30 and races at 7. As always, you can check out the latest news , videos and results at www.legitspeedway.com or on facebook at www.facebook.com/LegitSpeedwayPark.
July 25th, 2015
After a week off, racing resumes Saturday night at Legit Speedway Park in West Plains with another Free Grandstand Event. This weeks points race and free general admission is being sponsored by Hirsch Feed and Farm Supply of Thayer and West Plains. The free grandstand events have been a monthly feature at Legit Speedway since it opened in May. The free admission events have seen crowds numbering in the thousands turn out for a great night of racing.
Hirsch Feed and Farm Supply are the sponsors for this Saturday’s free grandstand event. Tickets are available at both Hirsch Feed and Farm supply locations in Thayer and West Plains. Action on the track will include Heat races and Features in all six classes, so it will be a full night of entertainment for race fans. The gates open at 5 Hot laps are scheduled for 6:30 and races at 7.
14 year old Ethan Rushin of Poplar Bluff is in the points lead in the Bone Stock Division. He’ll be looking to hold on to his lead. In the Hobby Stock Division, it is Corey Lambert of West Plains in the lead. He is one of the drivers featured in the latest video on www.legitspeedway.com. He’s ahead by 36 points. The winner receives 100 points, so a win is critical for Lambert. Carl Murphy of Caulfield continues to maintain his lead in the USRA B MOD division but several drivers are within striking distance. In the IMCA Modified Division it is Daryl Hay of Doniphan out in front by 25 points. The IMCA Modified class is scored differently than all other classes, with the winner receiving 40 points instead of the usual 100. In the Super Stock Division, Donnie Miller of West Plains is once again in the lead with a 37 point margin. He will need a top 5 finish to maintain that points lead. Finally, in the Late Model Division, it is 18 year old Kaleb Stolba of Willow Springs out in front by a slim 5 points. He is the first driver to take the points lead away from Kenny Barker this season.
You can get your free tickets for Saturday’s event at Hirsch Feed and Farm Supply in Thayer and West Plains. Be sure to check out the latest videos and news at the Legit Speedway website at www.legitspeedway.com and ‘like’ them on facebook. Again,
July 15th, 2015
A crowd of over 700 came out Saturday night at Legit Speedway to watch the weekly points race sponsored by Cockrum Auto Sales and Glenn’s Truck Repair. 13 year old Dackota Huskey from St. James, Mo made the trip to West Plains in his compact Bone Stock car to compete in his first ever race. The owners let the two Bone Stock entries, the other driven by Ethan Rushin of Poplar Bluff, run their own feature at the back of the Hobby Stock main event. In the end, it was first-timer Dackota Huskey coming away with the win. When asked what it was like to have all those Hobby Stock cars passing him on both sides, Dackota said, “It was scary. But after I got used to it I was fine.” Congratulations to Dackota!
Hobby Stock Winner Darren Fox from Mtn. Grove, MO
A field of 14 Hobby Stock drivers put on a show for the fans. #99 Becky Alford, the young lady from Poplar Bluff, MO was on the pole for the feature but was unable to hold that spot as #88 Darren Fox from Mtn. Grove jumped out to an early lead which he never relinquished. Fox was followed across the finish line by #2 Kevin Collins of West Plains in second. Becky Alford finished in third. Corey Lambert of West Plains was able to hang on to the points lead with his 5th place finish.
Mark Norris of Searcy Arkansas wins the IMCA Modified Feature
Mark Norris (#32N) of Searcy Arkansas made his 3rd appearance this season in victory lane as he raced his way from a 3rd row starting position to finally take over the lead in lap 13 and led for the rest of the race.. Norris had raced the night before at another venue and got piled up and had to put his car on the jig to get it race ready for Saturday, but his team had the car set up and running perfectly. Stephen Muilenburg of Sparta Missouri lost his wife to cancer and her funeral was on Saturday. She had requested that Stephen please race, and so he competed in IMCA and Super Stock. He finished second in the IMCA Modified division. Our prayers are with Stephen and his family during their loss. It was “2SLY” Shane Kelley from Jonesboro Arkansas finishing 3rd. With a 4th place finish, Daryl Hay (#D97) maintains his lead in the points standings.
USRA B Mod winner Rustin Miller of Houson, MO.
Rustin Miller of Houston Missouri returns to Victory Lane for the 2nd time this year at Legit. Miller ran a 16.505 on the 3/8 mile track on lap 20 to win. 2nd place went to Carl Murphy of Caulfield, Mo and 3rd to Jeff Scroggins of Brookline, MO. That 2nd place finish keeps Murphy at the top of the points standings for a couple of more weeks.
Jeremy Russell Takes the checkered flag in the Super Stock Feature
Jeremy Russell was another wire-to-wire winner on Saturday as he jumped out front on the green flag and never saw a spoiler all night. Russell had his car running great as he drove his way to his first win this season at Legit Speedway. Chuck Adams of West Plains finished 2nd and Donnie Miller of West Plains finished 3rd. That 3rd place finish scored Miller enough points to stay atop the field in the weekly points race.
Brad Looney of Republic returns to Victory Lane in the Late Model Division
Brad Looney of Republic jumped out front on the green and never looked back as he was yet another start-to-finish leader on Saturday night to claim his 2nd trophy of the season at Legit. The race for 2nd place found the 18 year old from Willow Springs, Kaleb Stolba, beating out Joey Smith of Pomona in a great race between the two. That puts Stolba in 1st place in the points standings, moving 5 points ahead of season-long leader Kenny Barker from Doniphan. Smith was back on the track after a few weeks of hard breaks, getting a lot of body damage one week putting him off the track , and then having engine trouble last week. Smith had his car running well. It will be fun to watch him a Stolba battle it out this season. Stolba is the son of track owners Gary and Dee Dee Stolba.
The “Legitigator” has been absent from the track for a few weeks getting outfitted with some additional features. The T-Shirt cannon is back in operation and smoke and maybe even some pyro-technics will be added. It will be back in action at the next weekly points race July 25th. There will not be any races at Legit Speedway on Saturday July 18th as the Heart of the Ozarks Fair is in session. Racing will resume July 25th in the weekly points race sponsored by Hirsch Feed & Farm Supply of West Plains. Gates will open at 5. Hot laps at 6:30. Races at 7.
July 8th, 2015
The Super Stock 40-lap feature saw #26M Donnie Miller of West Plains on the pole with Timothy Brown of Stoutland sitting next to him on the front row. There were multiple cautions and a lot of bent metal, as the Super Stock drivers had trouble with the unfamiliar slick conditions. #111 Timothy Brown led the race for all 40 laps to take the $2500 winners check. This race was filled with excitement as Donnie Miller, #28 Bobby Bryant, #9V Carmon Vincent all raced side-by-side throughout much of the race. #L18 Landon Clinton, who started in 6th moved his way up as high as 4th until he and G1 Tony Anglin got together in turn 3 on lap 19. That altercation sent Clinton to the pits and when he returned he was at the back of the pack. During the remaining laps, Clinton managed to race his way back through the field to a respectable 9th place finish. It was an exciting race and the fans definitely got their money’s worth, with Timothy Brown coming away with the win.
Shawn Walsh from Ashflat, AR finds the winners circle in the IMCA Modified 20 lap feature. Walsh, in that #73 led the field from start to finish as he jumped out front from his outside front row starting position and never saw another car in front of him all night except to lap the field. There was a lot of racing going on behind the leader, and a number of cautions. #27B Matt Barry was racing in 3rd place when he got knocked out of the race in turn 4 on lap #12. #7X Mikey Bell put on a show as he raced his way from a #11 starting position to finish 3rd in the field. #9 Brint Hartuick jumped out on the green flag and quickly established himself in 2nd where he remained to the finish.
JC Morton from Springfield was the winner of the USRA B Mod 40 Lap feature. JC and Logan Miller of West Plains battled it out for 40 laps in some great wheel-to-wheel action. Slick track conditions didn’t keep this division from turning laps as they managed only two cautions during the race, at laps 14 and 25. Logan Martin, the teenager from West Plains was on the pole for the feature, and the two young men, Morton and Martin put on a great show for the fans. In the end, JC Morton found his way to victory lane and that $2500 check.
In the Late Model feature, Wendall Wallace made an appearance for the second week in a row. Wallace was changing out engines in his 6M car and was late arriving but had called ahead for the draw to let race officials know he was on his way. He missed the Heat Race and had to start at the back of the pack in the feature. Scott Crigler, from Alton was on the pole in the late model division and had to make a quick switch as he had just crossed the finish line in the USRA B Mod 40 lap feature and then had to get in his late model to start the next race. Jason Hughes from West Plains was sitting on the outside of row one with Crigler and jumped out front to lead the late model pack. Wallace put on a show, passing the entire field in the 20 lap feature and finally catching up to Hughes on the last 2 laps but was unable to overtake the young man from West Plains. However, as fate would have it, when #7 Hughes went to tech, he was disqualified, moving #6M Wendall Wallace into the winners circle for the second week in a row at Legit.
Scott Crigler finished 2nd and 18 year old Kaleb Stolba finished 3rd in the Late Model feature.
During intermission the fans were entertained by a fireworks show that thrilled the crowd.
You can check out all the weekend results at www.legitspeedway.com.
July 6th, 2015
Weather has been the consistent newsmaker at Legit Speedway in this maiden season, as it has rained prior to all but one race this season. After a day of rain that put the big Firecracker Twin 40’s in jeopardy, the sun came out about 3 hours before race time and gave Legit staff time to get the track ready. It looked like, however, that the rain was going to hurt the car count for the night, but in the end a good slate of cars and drivers were on hand for Friday nights action in this two-night weekend event. It did not go off without the usual weekly shower, as rain hit after two heat races, causing an hour plus delay and sending racing into the early morning hours on Saturday. In the Hobby Stock feature, Kevin Collins from West Plains made his first appearance in the winners circle this year. He started outside in the third row in the 20-lap feature and was able to move up to take the checkered flag. Collins was quick to point out that his opportunity to race is provided by a team effort from other drivers and friends and family, who all come together to work on his car and get him race ready.
It was Ethan Rushin coming away with his first trophy as he claimed the win in the first Bone Stock race of the season. A field of five competitors in Bone Stock ran the first series race of the season. Ethan, the 14 year old from Poplar Bluff Mo, found himself being lapped by the front-runners and assumed that he had come in 4th. However, in the Tech barn fate ruled in Ethan’s favor as Shawn Peterson, Jordan Foust and James Brown were all disqualified giving Ethan Rushin the win by default. Whatever the case, Ethan was a very happy 14 year old to be in the winner’s circle for the very first time. Congratulations Ethan!
In the Super Stock Main Qualifier event, Donnie Miller of West Plains, who has won the last two features at Legit, took on some stiff competition that traveled great distances to compete in this weekends 40 lap feature. On Qualifying night, Miller once again drew the checkered flag and earned the pole position in Saturday Night’s 40 lap feature. Miller had to work hard as he faced challenges from Stan Lewis from Barton Arkansas early in the race. Then it was Bobby Bryant who was driving a car owned by Doug Rich of the Lake of the Ozarks area. Number 111 Timothy Brown finished 2nd but was DQ’d in Tech, so The rest of the inside row for tonight’s 40 lap Super Stock feature is as follows: Tony Anglin, Bobby Bryant, Jeremy Russell, Doug Moore, Stan Lewis, Dexter Frost, Whitney Nunally, Jessie Shearin, Neil Kemp, Bobby Skinner and Jeff North. Super Stock drivers will qualify tonight for the remaining spots in the 40 lap feature.
In the USRA B-Mod qualifier it was 36M Logan Miller of West Plains with the win to take the pole position in tonights 40 lap feature. The rest of the inside rows will be in the following order: Scott Crigler, Mike Streigel, JC Morton, Toby Thompson, Carl Murphy, Gene Sisco, Kaiden Cornell, Tony Myers, Terry Kerbrough, Dustin Shaw and James Scroggins. The rest of the field will be set in tonight’s qualifier. Expect a higher car count tonight, as weather is not a factor on this 4th of July.
There will also be Heat races and features in IMCA Modifieds and Late Models tonight along with some fireworks for our friends at the track.
Legit Speedway gates open at 5 tonight. Hot laps at 6:30. Races start at 7. Ticket price is $12 for tonights special event. You can check out all the results at www.legitspeedway.com or follow us on Facebook
July 2nd, 2015
This is another BIG weekend of racing at Legit Speedway as they celebrate Independence weekend with three nights of action. On Thursday will be open practice night. Drivers will be able to run hot laps for a couple of hours and get their cars at peak performance for the Friday and Saturday night racing action.
Then on Friday night, fans will enjoy a full night of racing as there will be heat races and features in Bone and Hobby Stock divisions. That will be followed by the Heat races and 20-lap feature in USRA B Mod and Super Stock divisions. The feature races in USRA B Mod and Super Stock will be to determine starting positions on the inside row of Saturday night’s 40 lap main event. That’s a great night of some of the best wheel-to-wheel qualifying action you’ll ever see. These drivers are really getting their cars dialed in and have been fiercely competing for the checkered flag each week.
We’ve also had a few guests drop in during the summer. Billy Moyer Jr showed up for the Farmer Appreciation Night event and stole the show on the fastest track of the season. Last week, Wendall Wallace surprised everyone with an appearance and proved once again why he’s a legend, as he took the Late Model Feature. This weekend will be no exception, as drivers from all the border states to Missouri will be coming in to challenge the local talent and compete for over $30,000 in prize money.
On Saturday night will be heat races and features in IMCA Modifieds and Late Models as well as the outside row qualifier for the 40 lap features in USRA B Mod and Super Stock. There will be a fireworks display and then the “Twin 40’s”. Two 40-lap feature races, USRA B-Mod and Super Stock. Look for some regional names in racing to challenge Murphy, Miller and Shaw in that B Mod feature. Then in the Super Stock feature regional competitors will be coming in to challenge Donnie Miller, Landon Clinton, Doug Lambert and Jessie Shearin for the $2500 to win purse.
Gates will open at 5 each evening. Hot laps at 6:30. Races at 7. Fireworks on Saturday night. It will be a fun weekend for the entire family. Tickets for Friday are $10 and Saturday $12.
This weekends Firecracker Twin 40’s presented by Hood’s Performance.
You can check out all the action, updates, videos and information at www.legitspeedway.com or follow us on facebook at www.facebook.com/LegitSpeedwayPark.
July 1st, 2015
Former Show Me 100 champion Wendell Wallace takes the checkered in the Late Model Feature at Legit Speedway. Wallace, who took 2nd at Clarksville Tennessee on the 25th, got rained out this weekend at his scheduled stop in Paducah for the $10,000 to win and decided to come back to West Plains. The hot shoe put on quite a show for the fans and proved why he is a racing legend, taking his first trip to victory lane this season. He started in the tailback spot in his heat race and earned a spot on the front row for the feature. In the feature, Wallace jumped out front early and stayed there for the duration of the race. Wallace said he was glad to see the track back in good shape and praised the new owners for the progress they have made in bringing racing back to life in West Plains. Kenny Barker of Poplar Bluff, maintains his lead in the points race by 8 points over Brad Looney of Republic.
In the Super Stock Division it was Donnie Miller in the 26M car taking over the points lead as he also claimed the checkered flag for his second race in a row. Miller, the elementary school principal in West Plains, started outside 1st row and took the lead in the 2nd lap and never looked back, leading for the remainder of the 20 lap feature. That win moves Miller 22 points ahead of Landon Clinton in the points for the season at Legit Speedway.
In victory lane, Miller was quick to thank his family and his racing crew for another victory.
In the Hobby Stock Division at Legit Speedway it was Jessie Shearin coming away with the win. Shearin, of West Plains, was in the 23A car. After losing some gears in the heat race, his team pulled together the parts to get Jessie back on the track. Starting in the 7th slot in the 20 lap feature, Shearin moved up to third pretty quickly and was able to take advantage of two cautions in the last 3 laps and moved into 1st place in lap 19 and held on for the win. Corey Lambert of West Plains earned enough points with his 5th place finish to maintain his point lead in the Hobby Stock Division, 53 points ahead of Allen McChesney or Squires.
It was Carl Murphy of Caulfield, MO taking the trophy in the USRA B Mod division. Murphy took the lead in lap 7 and never relinquished his first place spot during the remaining 13 laps and was first to see the checkered flag. With the points leader Rustin Miller, unable to make the race due to engine trouble, Murphy takes over the points lead by 26 points over Dustin Shaw of Thomasville, who moves into 2nd in the points standing. Rustin Miller of Houston drops from 1st to 3rd.
In the IMCA Modified division it was a father-son battle to the checkered flag as Mark Norris and his son Clay battled it out for twenty laps with dad coming away with the trophy this week. In some great wheel-to-wheel action this father-son duo from Searcy, Ar. put on a great show for the fans.
“It’s the greatest thing on earth to get to race with your son”, said Mark Norris. “It’s even better when I win”, he said with a chuckle.
Daryl Hay of Doniphan remains the points leader in the IMCA Modified class, leading Cam Rank of Fairdealing, Mo by 19 points.
This weekend will be the big Firecracker Twin 40’s at Legit Speedway. Thursday night will be open practice night. Friday will be Feature races in Bone and Hobby Stock classes and the inside row qualifier for Saturday’s 40 lap feature in both Super Stock and USRA – B Mod . On Saturday night will be feature races in IMCA Modified and Super Late Models along with the outside row qualifier for the 40 lap features in USRA B Mod and Super Stock divisions. Saturday night’s 40 lap features in both USRA B Mod and Super Stock will pay $2500 to win. There will also be fireworks during the evening on Saturday. Gates open at 5 and Hot Laps at 6:30. Races at 7 on Friday and Saturday. Friday night admission cost is $10. Saturday’s Twin 40’s event will be $12.
The Firecracker Twin 40’s sponsored by Hood’s Performance. You can find out all the current racing information at the Legit Speedway website at www.legitspeedway.com. The track is located south of West Plains on 63 Highway.
June 28th, 2015
Corey Lambert is once again the Hobby Stock points leader going into the weekly points race at Legit Speedway. Lambert, of West Plains, has led the points race for the entire shortened season.
Rustin Miller Lead USRA B-Mod Points Race
Rustin Miller, a 19 year veteran of racing, .has run consistently each week at Legit Speedway. With a lifetime 73 feature wins, he is a consistent contender.. He’s driving a nullynsky chassis built in Wentzille by Mike Null, and a Chevy Crate engine dyno tuned by Woods Machine in Lincoln Nebraska. His favorite racing quote is from Talledega Nights, “If you ain’t first, you’re last.” Miller finished 2nd on Logger Appreciation night and earned enough points to maintain his lead in the division. Miller is a fierce competitor and has given the fans a show every week, as he drives hard around the track. He’s followed by Carl Murphy of Caulfield and Dustin Shaw of Thomasville. They have consistently battled for the win each week.
Landon Clinton Maintains Lead in Super Stock
Landon Clinton had an engine failure June 6th and was unable to make the feature in Super Stock. He was doubtful for the big Logger Appreciation Night on June 13 but was able to put a Hobby engine in his frame and run that night. He finished 13th but it was enough to maintain his points lead going into this weekends race. “We got our motor back from patriot race engine’s. it is going back in the car Monday and the L18 rippin’ racecar machine will be ready to sling some dirt. We are hungry for another win, and looking for an exceptional weekend before the twin 40” said Clinton. Clinton went with Patriot Racing Engines and it has proved to be a good move, with Clinton consistently finishing at the top of his class. “Ya we talked with them and decided to move our motor program over to him. We got great power but were looking for more and I believe his motor program is a lot stronger” said Clinton of Wade Rayburn’s Patriot Race Engine. Donnie Miller is 2 points off the lead. Miller, from West Plains, is the elementary school principal and brought about 300 elementary school students to the track last week for a behind the scenes look at racing. You can see the slideshow of that event at www.facebook.com/LegitSpeedwayPark.
Kenny Barker Holds a 1 Point Lead in Late Models
Kenny Barker, #54 of Poplar Bluff says “consistency pays off”, as he holds a 1 point lead in the late model division. Even though his Crate 604 is underpowered by 300 horsepower to some of the ‘built engines’, Kenny has managed to turn in consistent enough finishes to be in first in the points. Of course he would give up the points lead for more power and a better chance at taking the checkered flag.. With the tacky track conditions thus far this season, it has given the more powerful engines an advantage. Drier conditions during the coming months will smooth out the track and make it more a drivers competition than an engine competition. With that said, Barker is happy to be in first place going into this weekends points race. Damon Mayfield in the 88M car is 1 point off the lead and looking to finish strong this week. Mayfield, from West Plains, is enjoying being able to race at home this season.
Daryl Hay is your Points leader in IMCA Modified going into this weekend
“I’m grateful that Gary (Stolba) was able to open my favorite track again”. Those words from the IMCA Modified points leader Daryl Hay of Doniphan. Hay is in his 3rd season in his GRT, and said he struggled with the car the first year but is glad he stuck with it. His engine was originally built in 2004 as an IMCA legal and is now in its 12th season. “We are proud of the fact that we build and maintain all of our motors” said Hay. Haymaker and Robinson racing engines are part of his family. Hay was the track champion at Poplar Bluff Speedway last year and is looking to take the crown at Legit this season. Hay is followed by Matthew Rodgers #M93, also from Doniphan and Cam Rank from Fairdealing, MO.
June 24th, 2015
Corey Lambert is once again the Hobby Stock points leader going into the weekly points race at Legit Speedway. Lambert, of West Plains, has led the points race for the entire shortened season.
Rustin Miller Lead USRA B-Mod Points Race
Rustin Miller, a 19 year veteran of racing, .has run consistently each week at Legit Speedway. With a lifetime 73 feature wins, he is a consistent contender.. He’s driving a nullynsky chassis built in Wentzille by Mike Null, and a Chevy Crate engine dyno tuned by Woods Machine in Lincoln Nebraska. His favorite racing quote is from Talledega Nights, “If you ain’t first, you’re last.” Miller finished 2nd on Logger Appreciation night and earned enough points to maintain his lead in the division. Miller is a fierce competitor and has given the fans a show every week, as he drives hard around the track.
He’s followed by Carl Murphy of Caulfield and Dustin Shaw of Thomasville. They have consistently battled for the win each week.
Landon Clinton Maintains Lead in Super Stock
Landon Clinton had an engine failure June 6th and was unable to make the feature in Super Stock. He was doubtful for the big Logger Appreciation Night on June 13 but was able to put a Hobby engine in his frame and run that night. He finished 13th but it was enough to maintain his points lead going into this weekends race.
“We got our motor back from patriot race engine’s. it is going back in the car Monday and the L18 rippin’ racecar machine will be ready to sling some dirt. We are hungry for another win, and looking for an exceptional weekend before the twin 40” said Clinton.
Clinton went with Patriot Racing Engines and it has proved to be a good move, with Clinton consistently finishing at the top of his class.
“Ya we talked with them and decided to move our motor program over to him. We got great power but were looking for more and I believe his motor program is a lot stronger” said Clinton of Wade Rayburn’s Patriot Race Engine.
Donnie Miller is 2 points off the lead. Miller, from West Plains, is the elementary school principal and brought about 300 elementary school students to the track last week for a behind the scenes look at racing. You can see the slideshow of that event at www.facebook.com/LegitSpeedwayPark.
Kenny Barker Holds a 1 Point Lead in Late Models
Kenny Barker, #54 of Poplar Bluff says “consistency pays off”, as he holds a 1 point lead in the late model division. Even though his Crate 604 is underpowered by 300 horsepower to some of the ‘built engines’, Kenny has managed to turn in consistent enough finishes to be in first in the points. Of course he would give up the points lead for more power and a better chance at taking the checkered flag.. With the tacky track conditions thus far this season, it has given the more powerful engines an advantage. Drier conditions during the coming months will smooth out the track and make it more a drivers competition than an engine competition. With that said, Barker is happy to be in first place going into this weekends points race.
Damon Mayfield in the 88M car is 1 point off the lead and looking to finish strong this week. Mayfield, from West Plains, is enjoying being able to race at home this season.
Daryl Hay is your Points leader in IMCA Modified going into this weekend
“I’m grateful that Gary (Stolba) was able to open my favorite track again”. Those words from the IMCA Modified points leader Daryl Hay of Doniphan. Hay is in his 3rd season in his GRT, and said he struggled with the car the first year but is glad he stuck with it. His engine was originally built in 2004 as an IMCA legal and is now in its 12th season.
“We are proud of the fact that we build and maintain all of our motors” said Hay. Haymaker and Robinson racing engines are part of his family.
Hay was the track champion at Poplar Bluff Speedway last year and is looking to take the crown at Legit this season.
Hay is followed by Matthew Rodgers #M93, also from Doniphan and Cam Rank from Fairdealing, MO.
May 29th, 2015
After two huge weekends of “special events” at Legit Speedway in West Plains, this weekend will be the first purely points race night. There will be a full field of cars in Bone Stock, Hobby Stock, USRA B-Mod, IMCA Modified, Super Stock and Late Models.
“We are very pleased to be partnering with our good friends at Midwest Walnut for a full night of racing this weekend” , said Gary Stolba, owner of Legit Speedway Park.
Your Hobby Stock points leader going into week three is Corey Lambert of West Plains, Mo. The #79 car has posted a 1st and 2nd place finish in the first two races and leads the Hobby Stock points race with 195 points.
In the USRA B-Mod division, #44 Rustin Miller of Houston, MO is your leader with 100 points. The rest of the top five in the B-Mod division are as follows:
Coming off a great start this season, Tony Anglin of Walnut Ridge in the G1 car has a #1 and #2 finish to take the points lead in the Super Stock Division. Anglin is in 2nd place in the points standing at Batesville as well. Landon Clinton in the L18 is 11 points behind after his win last Saturday night.
On opening night at “Farmers Appreciation Night”, Billy Moyer Jr of Batesville got on a track that was really tied down and turned a 102+ MPH speed on his best lap to become our late model leader.
With a #2 and #3 finish in the first two weeks, Daryl Hay of Doniphan in the D97 car is the points leader in the IMCA modified class. Hay, who finished #43 in the UMP points race at Kentucky Lake last year hopes to keep his IMCA point lead this weekend at Legit Speedway.
“We continue to make upgrades and improvements to the park each week. We want to see all the drivers and fans here this weekend” said Gary Stolba, owner of Legit Speedway Park.
“Legit” Apparel is now available in the tower concession area, along with Kerusso Christian T-Shirts. All profit from the Kerusso sales goes to ministry to children and youth in the area.
Gates open Saturday at 5PM with Hot Laps at 6:30 and races at 7. Tickets Prices are $10 for adults, $8 for Veterans and Senior adults, kids 6-12 are $5, and kids under 6 are free.
You can always keep up with news, points standings, results from previous races or see the calendar for upcoming events at the track web site. www.legitspeedway.com .
May 28th, 2015
In the first two-night event of the season, Legit Speedway teamed up with West Plains Recycling for the “Scrappin’ 50” USRA B-MOD $3000-to-win event on Friday and Saturday night. The weather cooperated for the first time this season and the track was in excellent condition as a field of 24 drivers hit the track in Friday night’s USRA B-Mod qualifier. It was Ryan Gillmore of Springfield, MO coming away with the pole position for Saturday, besting the field and posting a best lap time of 18.41 on the 3/8 mile red clay oval. Legit Speedway has a storied reputation for ‘getting’ black’ the complete width of the track, and it was a ‘drivers track’ as it got slick and wide early.
Gillmore was followed by JC Morton, Stephen Muilenburg, Toby Thompson, Kris Jackson, Derek Watson, Scott Crigler, David Hendrix, Derek Brown, Carl Murphy, Rustin Miller and Dustin Shaw. Those cars were set to make up the inside starting row, however Kris Jackson, Derek Brown, Carl Murphy, Rustin Miller and Scott Crigler gave up their inside row positions to race for a better outside row position in the Saturday qualifier. That decision moved Trevor Drake, Terry Kerbrough, Mike Camarillo, Kaden Cornell and Lonnie Judd into the top 12 inside row positions to set the lineup for Saturday’s feature event.
The Saturday feature qualifier saw 12 cars race for position and it was Rustin Miller, who gave up his 11th row finish on Friday, winning the outside row qualifier and the remainder of the positions were set. In a pretty clean 50 lap race, Gillmore led for over half of the laps, leading 1-4, 26-50. Gillmore from Springfield, MO was pretty excited but showed veteran wisdom in managing his race.
“I wanted to save as much as I could for later in the race, but when I dropped back to 3rd I knew I couldn’t go any further back.” When asked about his move on lap 26 to retake the lead, Gillmore said “I saw some grease down on the track and looked for a way around it on the next lap. I knew J.C. (Morton) would be hard after me”. When asked what he would do with his $3000 check, the young man from Springfield said, “I’ll probably make a truck payment”.
The Hobby Stock feature on Friday night at Legit Speedway saw the #88 car of Darren Fox from Mountain Grove, Mo come away with the checkered flag and the $250 winners check.
Saturday nights Super Stock Feature showcased the driving of Landon Clinton in the L18 car from Willow Springs, MO. Clinton raced his way up from his #4 starting position to capture the lead half way through the race, making his first trip to the winners circle this year.
“I’m just thankful to Gary and the Stolba family for getting the track open again” said Clinton. When asked about the message that “God is his co-pilot” on the side of his car, Clinton was quick to say “Well. Really He’s the pilot. He just lets me ride along”. The rest of the field finished as follows:
In Saturday’s IMCA Modified 20 lap feature it was #41 Kanyan Methvin of Yellville, Arkansas crossing the line in first but after weighing light in tech following the race, #3K Brian Ritchie of New Ark, Ark was declared the winner and handed the trophy and the $450 check. Results were not posted at the time of this release.
“We are extremely grateful to Calvin and the Tribble family and West Plains Recycling for sponsoring this event and for all the support they have shown in helping get this track back in operation. We wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for folks like them”, said Gary Stolba, owner of Legit Speedway.
Next weeks races will be the weekly points race, sponsored by Midwest Walnut of Willow Springs. Gates will open at 5 p.m. with Hot Laps at 6:30 and races at 7. Admission prices are $10 for adults, $8 for Veterans and Senior adults, kids 6-12 are $5, and kids under 6 are free.
The next “free grandstand” event will be June 13th for Logger Appreciation night. Watch here and on the website for more information on that event.
As always, you can keep up with all the results, upcoming events and point standings as well as video updates of the progress being made at Legit Speedway Park by going to www.legitspeedway.com
May 9th, 2015
WEST PLAINS, Mo – A former track champion is the new owner and promoter at newly re-named Legit Speedway.
Gary Stolba completed his purchase of the 3/8-mile dirt facility this spring. IMCA Xtreme Motor Sports headline weekly programs at West Plains beginning this Saturday, May 9.
“The track is ready and we’re keeping our fingers crossed that the rain stays away,” Stolba said. “We started working on the facility six weeks ago and are putting final touches on concessions and restrooms. We’re also working on getting a new tailgating area finished.”
A 21-year-old spectator for the first event held at the former West Plains Motor Speedway, Stolba was the Modified track champion in 2010, the 18th consecutive and most recent year the division was sanctioned there by IMCA.
“We had 30-35 IMCA Modfieds every night when this track was sanctioned before,” Stolba said. “Cost was the reason why. You have to keep it affordable for everybody. This division fits people who want to go fast but don’t have a wide-open checkbook.”
He’s optimistic that Legit Speedway will share drivers with Friday night venue Batesville, Ark., Motor Speedway. Less than two hours’ travel time separates the two tracks and the new sanction at West Plains doubles drivers’ opportunities to race for IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing National and Jet Racing Central Region points.
West Plains ran a limited schedule in 2013. Seeing the track sit idle last season was difficult for Stolba and the rest of the local racing community.
“After the first time I came to this track to watch, I put a car together the next week and had been coming back ever since,” Stolba said. “My family doesn’t have bass boats. We have race cars. Some of the best times I’ve had and the best friends I’ve made have been because of racing.”
The track’s new name is a promise as much as it is good marketing.
“I see a lot of tracks named for the town or county they’re in. I wanted something unique,” Stolba explained. “I want drivers to know they will be treated 100 percent fairly. Everything will be 100 percent legitimate and we’ll go the extreme to ensure that.”
Season championship night at Legit Speedway for the IMCA Modifieds is Sept. 26.
May 22nd, 2013
WEST PLAINS, Mo. – Jason Hughes notched his first win of the 2013 campaign Saturday night as the USMTS Casey’s Cup Series invaded the West Plains Motor Speedway.
Once this season the 2010 USMTS national champion has been on his way to victory when a mechanical failure sidelined him late in the race, and on another occasion he actually made it to victory lane-big trophy, flash bulbs, big winner’s check and all-but was disqualified when it was discovered that his team had forgotten to swap chips during an engine change earlier in the day. Saturday night, however, the 38-year-old chassis builder from Watts, Okla., left nothing to chance and left West Plains, Mo., with the accolades and the $4,000 top prize.
Starting on the pole, Hughes got beat to the first corner by Jeremy Payne and followed him for the first nine laps before making his move. Once out front, Hughes was flawless as he maneuvered around the legendary red clay oval and beat Payne to the finish line with two-tenths of a second to spare. It was the 112th career USMTS win for Hughes and his first since Aug. 1, 2012. Only Kelly Shryock and his 178 victories top Hughes on the USMTS all-time win list. Shryock won the USMTS debut at West Plains last year.
While Hughes and Payne stayed up front the entire race, the third- and fourth-place finishers had to claw their way to the top. Coming out of the Real Racing Wheels “B” Mains, Rodney Sanders and Ryan Gustin started deep in the field but found a way to claim a pair of tip-5 finishes. Sanders passed 10 cars en route to a third-place finish while Gustin passed 13 drivers to earn the Mesilla Valley Transportation Hard Charger Award and a fourth-place paycheck. Shryock, who started 11th, finished in the fifth spot while Dallas Everett, Dereck Ramirez, Rick Beebe, Logan Martin and Austin Siebert completed the top 10. With his runner-up finish, Payne remains the points leader in the Arbor Masters Central Region presented by Day Motor Sports while Hughes jumped into second. Stormy Scott is third, Johnny Scott fell to fourth and Shryock is fifth.
Four big USMTS Casey’s Cup Series events are on tap for Memorial Day Weekend to close the month of May. All four events will award points in the Farm Boy BBQ Sauce Northern Region presented by Day Motor Sports with a possible $17,000 to win during the 100-hour stretch.
The swing kicks off on Wednesday, May 22, at the I-35 Speedway in Mason City, Iowa, and then moves to the Fairmont (Minn.) Raceway on Thursday, May 23. On Friday, May 24, the mighty USMTS Modifieds will be circling the Chateau Raceway in Lansing, Minn., and the fourth and final night happens Saturday, May 25, at the Deer Creek Speedway in Spring Valley, Minn.
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.
May 7th, 2012
WEST PLAINS, Mo. – With 176 career wins, there’s not many race tracks on the United States Modified Touring Series schedule that Kelly Shryock hasn’t won at.
One of those tracks was the West Plains Motor Speedway where the USMTS Modifieds paid their first visit in the series’ 14-year history Saturday night, and now the nine-time USMTS National Champion can add the legendary 3/8-mile red clay oval to his résumé.
Although he started on the pole and led all 40 laps of the USMTS National Championship Series main event Saturday night, Shryock’s series-best 177th USMTS victory didn’t come easy as he had to fight back the challenges of hard-charging Terry Phillips in the closing laps to seal the deal.
Phillips, who started on the outside of the sixth row, methodically worked his way to the front and got up to challenge Shryock’s teammate Chris Brown near the halfway point of the race. Cautions on laps 24 and 32 helped keep the field tight, and Phillips eventually got by Brown and set his sights on the leader.
With Phillips closing in, Shryock adjusted his line to take away Phillips’ preferred route. In doing so, however, the bottom groove opened up for Brown and he took full advantage of the clear track in front of him to challenge for the lead himself.
But the veteran from Fertile, Iowa, was flawless over the final handful of laps and held on to cross the finish line ahead of Phillips and Brown. The win – Shryock’s first of the year- was worth $5,000 which included a $1,000 bonus from Hanson Tire Service.
With his runner-up finish, Phillips also collected a $500 bonus from Hanson Tire Service as the hard charger of the race.
2007 USMTS National Champion Jason Krohn finished fourth for the second straight night, and Ryan Gustin passed ten cars competitors en route to a fifth-place finish. Sixth through tenth went to Zack VanderBeek, Dereck Ramirez, Brandon Ball, Mike Sorensen and West Plains resident Jason Hughes.
The other Jason Hughes in attendance – the 2010 USMTS National Champion from Watts, Okla. – followed up his win on Friday night in La Monte, Mo., with a disappointing last-place finish when he suffered a flat tire on lap 5 after contact from another car.
USMTS Casey’s Cup points leader Rodney Sanders wound up eleventh – his first finish outside of the top-10 in the first fourteen USMTS points races so far this season.
Next weekend, the series heads back to the Lone Star State for a tripleheader on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, May 10-12. On Thursday, the USMTS Modifieds return to the Heart O’ Texas Speedway in Elm Mott for the second straight year, and then on Friday it’s on to Crandall, Texas, for the first-ever event at the RPM Speedway. The weekend wraps up Saturday at the Cowtown Speedway in Kennedale.
One driver could walk away with more than $10,000 during the 50-hour stretch. Friday’s event at the RPM Speedway will be a $2,000-to-win USMTS Casey’s Cup Series race sandwiched between two USMTS National Championship Series shows paying $4,000 to win each.
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August 16th, 2011
West Plains, Missouri – Dirt Late Model Hall of Fame driver, Billy Moyer, topped the challenge event between the Cams Super Dirt Series (CCSDS) and Mid America Racing Series (MARS) on Saturday night at West Plains Motor Speedway (West Plains, Missouri).
The $3,000-to-win event drew a solid field of 33 competitors, but it was an all family affair on the front row for the main event as Billy Moyer Jr. earned the JFR Graphics Pole Award with his Father, Billy Moyer starting to his outside. As the race went green the family duo battled for the lead with the elder Moyer leading the first lap by a matter of inches. It would prove to as close as Moyer Jr. or any of the other competitors would get to the leader as Billy Moyer motored away from the field over the course of the event to claim the win, which came over Billy Moyer Jr., Jesse Stovall, Terry Phillips, and Todd Hall.
The Rocket Chassis First Heat was won by Jesse Stovall with Billy Moyer Jr. winning the RacingJunk.com Second Heat Race, while Curtis Cook won the Woodco, Inc. Third Heat Race, and Billy Moyer scored the win in the Racing Head Service Fourth Heat Race.
The Boston’s Sports Bars & Restaurants B-Mains were topped by Patrick Johnson and Brandon Smith.
RC Whitwell was the recipient of the Larry Shaw Race Cars Hard Charger Award after charging from his 19th starting spot to an 11th place finish.
The Quarter Master Hard Luck Award went to Shane Harris.
The COMP Cams Super Dirt Series will take a one week break before resuming their season on August 26th-27th with a doubleheader that starts on Friday night at Beebe Speedway (Beebe, Arkansas) before moving north to Malden Speedway (Malden, Missouri) on Saturday night. More information on the events can be found at www.BeebeSpeedway.com and www.MaldenSpeedway.com .
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