Dakota Girard Takes Sport Compact Feature by a Nose, Fuqua, Galvan and O’Neal also Winners on Casey’s Night at the Races

(WINSTON, Mo.) – The Sport Compacts headlined Casey’s Night at the Races at I-35 Speedway with the 20 lap Mike Knight Memorial feature. The early portion of the race saw several strong competitors retire from the event with accidents or mechanical failures. That left Dakota Girard and David Miller III up front to battle for the win. Girard led for some laps before Miller used the top side to work around Girard. Girard stayed patient, kept working the bottom of the speedway and made a run at Miller on the final lap. The two were door-to-door off turn four and Girard got the better drive to nose Miller at the line. Steven Bunton looked to have a say in the finish before a late race incident had him rallying for a third place finish. Josh Conrad ran fourth and Alvin Cooney finished fifth.

The three USRA classes put together some solid racing, while also dialing in the setups in preparation for the USRA Nationals on October 3-6.

National USRA Modified point-leader Darron Fuqua has been fast at any track he shows up to this season. That includes the I-35 Speedway as Fuqua was in a class all his own on his way to his second win at I-35 Speedway this season. From the moment the green dropped, everyone could tell the race was for second. Mark Schafman won that spot after a race-long battle with Terry Schultz and Tyler Hibner. Hibner finished third and Schultz fourth. Matt Johnson finished fifth in his first trip to I-35 Speedway this season.

Coleman Browning paced the early laps of the USRA B-Modified feature, before Sturgis Streeter used the bottom lane to power by. Streeter then led for a portion of the race, before Chase Galvan found the cushion had a ton of grip. Galvan charged from sixth to the lead in a few laps to take control of the race. In the late laps, the lead became the only safe place. 16th place starter Daniel Harris found trouble while running third. That set up a late race restart where Streeter spun the tires and stacked up the field resulting in a five-car pileup. With most of the top five involved, several drivers found themselves up front for the green-white-checkered finish. Galvan drove away for the win, while Colton Leal inherited second and finished there. Casey Burnett finished third, Ramon Ortega fourth and Streeter rallied for fifth.

The USRA Stock Cars witnessed another flash of brilliance from the young Austin O’Neal. In a race where the top line looked dominate, O’Neal proved it did not have to be. After starting fifth, O’Neal rolled the bottom, slowly inching forward. With a few laps to go, O’Neal cleared for the lead and eventual win. Tim Shields finished second, Billie Hoover third, Jeff Dixon fourth and Butch Bailey fifth.

Gary Ainsworth and Leroy Morrison put on a thrilling battle in the E-Modified feature. Morrison spent most of the race working the back bumper of Ainsworth. Ainsworth never budged and his steady pace equaled a trip to McCarthy Auto Group Winner’s Circle. Morrison finished second, with Sarah Martin persevering for third after being involved in an early race incident. John Ross finished fourth and Bubba Beam fifth.

The Pure Stocks saw Beau Wells go back-to-back. After winning last week, Wells used a front-row starting position to driver to the early lead. He never had much breathing room but also never made a mistake. Wells drove to his third win of the year with Cody King second, Travis Cadwallader third, Anthony Hill fourth and Rylee Fuller fifth.

In the Grand National feature, Colton Leal hold off Michael Leal for the win. Houston Johnson finished third, challenging early for the lead but faded late. John Hanson finished fourth and Chad Fuller fifth.

The Midwest Lightning Sprints put a familiar driver in victory lane as Bobby Layne bested Kyle Lewis for his seventh win this season. Lewis finished second with Jeff Bard third, Emma Martin fourth and Chris Schofield fifth.

The Show-Me Vintage Racers had Steve Hughes looking for a win but Damon Clevenger worked the bottom and put together consistent lap times to drive to the win. Rocky Rhodes followed Clevenger by Hughes for second. Hughes finished third with Dan Schmidt fourth and Doran Clevenger fifth.

I-35 Speedway Race Results 9-22-2018

USRA Modifieds

Start   #       Finish  Fullname        City/State      Points
1       87      1       Darron Fuqua    Mayetta, Ks.    100
3       34      2       Mark Schafman   Edwardsville, Ks.       95
10      89      3       Tyler Hibner    Chillicothe, Mo.        91
7       90      4       Terry Schultz   Sedalia, Mo.    87
11      1T      5       Matt Johnson    Archie, Mo.     84
12      29      6       Dennis Elliott  Mt. Ayr, Ia.    81
6       21T     7       Lance Town      Wellsville, Ks. 78
2       97      8       Houston Johnson Kansas City, Mo.        76
13      99      9       Lee Hibner                                  74
5       11      10      Darren Shaw     Lawson, Mo.     72
15      4M      11      Manlee Lamar    Polo, Mo.       70
4       2H      12      John Hanson     Stewartsville, Mo.      68
9       33C     13      Cole Moore      Kansas City, Mo.        66
8       17$     14      Shane Lawson    Stewartsville, Mo.      64
16      5       15      Kevin McGinnis  Edwardsville, Ks.       62
18      4       16      Tony Manley     Osborn, Mo.     60
17      31      17      David Coates    Bethany, Mo.    58
14      98      18      Austin Johnson  Kansas City, Mo.        56

USRA Stock Cars

5       1      1       Austin O’Neal    Kearney, Mo.    100
1       42T     2       Tim Shields    Kansas City, Mo.        95
4       63X     3       Billie Hoover   Stewartsville, Mo.      91
3       88      4       Jeff Dixon      Trenton, Mo.    87
6       111     5       Butch Bailey    Novelty, Mo.    84
8       55T     6       Mich Ross       Maysville, Mo.  81
7       S20     7       Gene Stigall    Winston, Mo.    78
2       6K      8       Brad Whitney    Trenton, Mo.    76
9       417     9       Kevin Anderson  Kansas City, Mo.        74

USRA B-Modifieds

5       0       1       Chase Galvan    Kansas City, Ks.        100
20      18      2       Colton Leal     Yutan, Ne.      95
8       23B     3       Casey Burnett   Cameron, Mo.    91
12      17R     4       Ramon Ortega    St. Joseph, Mo. 87
6       34S     5       Sturgis Streeter        Topeka, Ks.     84
21      22B     6       Mitch Booher    Bethany, Mo.    81
10      69      7       Tyler Cadwallader       Amazonia, Mo.   78
15      99M     8       Skyler Nolker   Richmond, Mo.   76
14      81      9       Austin Charles  Basehor, Ks.    74
3       57      10      Randy Ainsworth Excelsior Springs, Mo.  72
18      14K     11      Michael King    Warrensburg, Mo.        70
17      62      12      Casey Cooper            68
4       91      13      Eddie Schwope, Jr       St. Joseph, Mo. 66
13      4       14      Chris Mercer    Excelsior Springs, Mo.  64
1       83      15      Coleman Browning        Cameron, Mo.    62
11      15XL    16      Jared Hillyard  Pleasant Valley, Mo.    60
2       17X     17      Clint Baker     Meadville, Mo.  58
9       2T      18      Todd Luke       St. Joseph, Mo. 56
19      3D      19      Jonathon Barnett        St Joseph, Mo.  55
7       41      20      Chris Dishong   Atchison, Ks.   54
16      07      21      Daniel Harris   Excelsior Springs, Mo.  53

Sport Compacts

5       0       1       Dakota Girard   Moberly, Mo.    100
11      55      2       David Miller Iii        Saint Joseph, Mo.       95
12      95      3       Steven Bunton   Saint Joseph, Mo.       91
13      08      4       Josh Conrad     Leavenworth, Ks.        87
8       69      5       Alvin Cooney    Mexico, Mo.     84
6       7       6       Jason Teel      Hiawatha, Ks.   81
10      7S      7       Scott Beagle    Everest, Ks.    78
9       7T      8       Toby Teel       Hiawatha, Ks.   76
7       16      9       Franklin Reed Jr.                           74
4       15      10      Joseph Mick     St. Joseph, Mo. 72
15      1/2CR   11      John Willard    St. Joseph, Mo. 70
2       8P      12      Isaiah Penton   Huntsville, Mo. 68
1       78      13      Will Guthrie    Independence, Mo.       66
3       00      14      Rick Girard     Moberly, Mo.    64
14      00X     15      Kyler Girard    Moberly, Mo.    62

E-Modifieds

1       14      1       Gary Don Ainsworth      Excelsior Springs, Mo.  100
5       50      2       Leroy Morrison  Raymore, Mo.    95
10      99      3       Sarah Martin    Independence, Mo.       91
3       64      4       John Ross       Kansas City, Mo.        87
7       74      5       Brandon (bubba) Beam    St. Joseph, Mo. 84
6       CB3     6       Charlie Browne  Leavenworth, Ks.        81
2       09      7       Shaunie Lanning Kansas City, Mo.        78
9       5J      8       Jeff Goepferich Sr.      Kansas City, Mo.        76
8       8S      9       Caleb Pugh      Cameron, Mo.    74
4       1L      10      Bobby Lopez     Kansas City, Mo.        72

Pure Stocks

1       555     1       Beau Wells      Chillicothe, Mo.        100
2       29      2       Cody King       Jamesport, Mo.  95
4       69er    3       Travis Cadwallader      Amazonia, Mo.   91
6       124     4       Anthony Hill    Lathrop, Mo.    87
5       17R     5       Rylee Fuller    Savannah, Mo.   84
3       72      6       Ron Hill        Turney, Mo.     81
7       23      7       Jason Carney    Lathrop, Mo.    78
8       F86     8       Jim Nolker      Richmond, Mo.   76
9       M87     9       Mallory Stiffler        Hoyt, Ks.       74

Grant Nationals

2       13JR    1       Colton Leal     Yutan, Ne.      100
1       13      2       Michael Leal    Pacific Junction, Ia.   95
4       97      3       Houston Johnson Kansas City, Mo.        91
6       2H      4       John Hanson     Stewartsville, Mo.      87
5       20      5       Chad Fuller     Savannah, Mo.   84
7       99L     6       Michael Johnson Jr.             81
3       6       7       Chris Kline     Kearney, Mo.    78

Midwest Lightning Sprints

3       01      1       Bobby Layne     Kansas City, Mo.
1       2       2       Kyle Lewis      Spring Hill, Ks.
2       71      3       Jeff Bard
6       2L      4       Emma Martin     Independence, Mo.
4       4m      5       Chris Schofield Raymore, Mo.
5       5       6       Tyler Murrey

Show-Me Vintage Racers

2       6       1       Damon Clevenger Parkville, Mo.
3       8       2       Rocky Rhodes    Independence, Mo.
1       5       3       Steve Hughes     Lathrop, Mo.
4       6x      4       Dan Schmidt
5       1       5       Doran Clevenger
6       20      6       Mike Johnson