By I-35 Speedway Track Announcer Mark Merrell
Another big night of racing, and free backpacks filled with school supplies for the kids, put smiles on the faces of fans of all ages for McCarthy Auto Group Kids Night At The Races. The drivers mingled with fans at intermission giving autographs, as two kids bicycles, six additional backpacks, a ton of Gregg Truelove Racing koozies, and Shadren Turner Racing 54th Street Grill Free Gingo Dip And Chip coupons were distributed to the fans. In addition, a large number of kids participated in several foot races on the track, to their delight.
The evening began with a make up feature for the Midwest Limited Late Models, from a rain out on July 20. Gregg Truelove, started from the pole, was looking for his 2nd feature win of the year. Truelove would not be disappointed, as he held off Tommy Cordray for the victory.
The E-Mods feature a tough fought victory. Points leader Shaunie Lanning started inside row four, while Matt ‘Maddog’ Dorssom was inside row two for the start. Casey Burnett was very fast as the green flag flew, with Dorssom, Zach Boyd, Bobby Lopez, Leroy Morrison, and Lanning in pursuit. Lanning drove to the low inside line, picking up several positions. Burnett led the pack, while Lopez and Dorssom were side-by-side for second, with Lanning just behind them. The caution came out for a spin in turn two, involving Lopez and Morrison. On the restart, Burnett was the leader, with Dorssom and Lanning next to each other in row two. Lanning raced low, as Dorssom went to the high side. Two laps latter, Lanning raced by Dorssom, and was inside Burnett challenging for the lead. With two laps to go, both Burnett and Lanning continued to race side-by-side for the lead. On the final lap, Lanning found some additional speed coming out of turn four. As the fans stood on their feet, Lanning edged out Burnett, earning Lanning her third trip to McCarthy Auto Group Winner’s Circle this year.
The, ‘Monkey Man,’ Ron Hill had seven feature wins heading into the evening. Points leader Rylee Fuller was looking to add to her total, and several other drivers were hungry for a feature win as well. Blake Peeler started on the pole next to Hill, with Brandon Dixon next to Fuller in row two. Peeler was quick at the start, as he ran to the lead with Dixon 2nd, Hill 3rd, and Fuller a close 4th. With Peeler on the high side, and Dixon near the apron, the pair raced side-by-side. Heading into turn four, the two drivers made contact, unfortunately resulting in night ending damage for Peeler. Dixon was able to continue, rejoining the field from the back. Hill inherited the lead for the restart, and never looked back, scoring his 9th feature win of the year. Fuller finished 2nd, with Kristchon Hisel 3rd, Blaine Yonts 4th, and Rieli Yonts 5th.
It looked like Sport Compact driver John Willard would be the car to beat, starting on the pole. Starting next to Willard was David Miller III, who had other ideas, after earning his 5th feature win of the year last week. Willard did not disappoint, heading quickly to the lead as the race began. Miller was right next to Willard, challenging for the top spot. Suddenly, Willard’s car slowed heading through turn two. Miller raced by into the lead. Miller kept everyone behind him, and ran to his 6th feature win of the year.
Elmer Fudd has amassed three feature wins during visits by the Show Me Vintage Racers this year at I-35 Speedway. Starting inside row four, Fudd was in a rabbit hole of sorts, and would have a difficult journey to get the win. John Steenstry has had a fast race car every time the series visits I-35 Speedway. The night would prove no different for him, as Steenstry raced from the pole position to the lead. Several drivers, including Damon Clevenger, Jeremy Turner, and Mickey Fleetheart were close behind the leader. Not to be denied, Fudd hunted through the field, finding his was to the front, and victory lane, earning Fudd his 4th feature win of the year At I-35 Speedway.
A field of seventeen POWRi Midwest Lightning Sprint Cars settled in for their feature. Tom Brown, starting from the pole, raced to the front, with Mark Billings, Jeff Bard, And Ken Billings not far behind, running three wide heading into turn one. Brown led lap one, with Mark Billings 2nd. As the field raced into turn two on the next lap, Billings used a slide job, and roared to the lead heading down the backstretch. Billings held off Brown, who finished 2nd. Jeff Bard fought his way to a 3rd place run, with Kyle Lewis 4th, and Ken Billings 5th.
In the Midwest Limited Late Models, Mike Taylor, Jr made the most of his starting spot inside row one. Taylor ran to the lead. Tommy Cordray, who started next to Taylor, was fast as well, as the pair began their quest for the win. Several laps clicked off the scoreboard, as no one seemed to have the advantage. Cordray managed to get the lead, and the win, his 11th of the year at I-35 Speedway.
The B-Mods have become a fantastic series to watch. Each week, the field has become very competitive, and is certainly growing in popularity for the drivers, as well as the fans. The drivers put on an exceptional race once again for the fans At I-35 Speedway. Shadren Turner began the feature inside row one next to last week’s feature winner, Chase Galvan. As the green flag flew, the field roared down the front stretch. Turner went for the lead, with Galvan running to his outside. A three-wide battle unfolded, as Randy Ainsworth raced in the middle, as Nic Hanes was to his inside, and Kyle Henning To Ainsworth’s outside. Fans jumped to their feet. Turner and Galvan were side-by-side as well, racing to the lead. At the conclusion of lap one, the order was, Turner, Galvan, Hanes, and Henning in the top four spots. Just two laps latter, a hard charging Danan Knott was closing in on the front group, when a large puff of smoke belched out from his racing machine, ending what looked to be a promising night for Knott. Other drivers making their way forward were Tyler Cadwallader, and Daniel Harris. Starting inside row eight, Harris was remarkably, running mid-pack, just before getting halfway through the feature. Up front, Turner was fighting desperately to keep the lead, with Galvan, and Hanes seemingly taking turns at Turner for the front position. Turner ran the high side cushion, with Galvan inches away from his rear bumper, as Hanes was diving low inside the pair like a jet fighter, trying to get his line to race by Turner and Galvan. Lap after lap, the amazing show went on this way. Cadwallader soon made his presence known, racing into 4th, and was challenging for third. Racing out of turn two, Cadwallader shot to low inside, making a three wide battle for second with Hanes and Galvan down the backstretch. Running near the apron, Cadwallader raced into 2nd, setting his sights on the leader, Turner, with Hanes and Galvan side-by-side for 3rd. Turner held off Cadwallader, earning Turner his 5th feature victory of the year. Cadwallader finished 2nd, Hanes 3rd. Daniel Harris drove an exceptional race, finishing 4th, with Galvan 5th.
The American Racer Tires USRA Stock Cars lined up next for their feature. Jeff Dixon started from inside row one, with Keith Simmons to his outside. Simmons went to the early lead, racing with Dixon, side-by-side. Simmons led lap one, with Dixon 2nd. Everyone raced into turn one, when Blake Peeler made a big move to the inside of Dixon. Peeler somehow took just one lap to race for second, after starting inside row three. Peeler put the fans on their feet. Running the low inside line, with a huge amount of momentum, the left front of Peeler lifted off the ground a foot or so, as his race car stretched for every ounce of energy. Peeler and Dixon went several laps, door handle to door handle for second. Peeler wasn’t looking for second, as he continually raced the inside line, passing Dixon on the high side, and inside Simmons for the lead as well. Dixon wasn’t to be denied either. Simmons, Peeler, and Dixon were locked in a epic battle for the lead, lap after lap. By lap six, Peeler edged out Simmons, sliding just in front of him by a mere inches, and into the lead. This left Dixon and Simmons to contest for second, but soon Austin Bouzek was challenging the pair. Peeler held on for the win, his first feature victory at I-35 this year.
The USRA Modifieds showed no mercy for fans trying to catch their breath. Isaac Dotson started from inside row one with Zach Sanders. Tyler Hibner was inside row two, with Tyler Grooms, with Lee Hibner inside row three, next to Kiel Morton, who was celebrating his birthday. Dennis Elliott lined up outside row four. As the green flag came out, Sanders shot to the outside out of turn two, taking the lead down the backstretch. Lee Hibner took the inside, and raced into second. The Field roared down the front stretch. Seemingly out of nowhere, Dennis Elliott screamed to the inside going into turn one, and into 3rd. Elliott had three feature wins in a row, with five victories to his credit. Ed Noll was also making his way toward the front, racing into 5th just behind Tyler Hibner. Sanders raced to outside high side cushion, with Lee Hibner on the low side, lap after lap. Elliott was nipping at the pair, looking for a way by. Suddenly, Noll slowed down the backstretch, coming to a stop inside turn three, ending what looked to be a promising night for Noll. The caution flag restart resulted in the battle heating up for the lead. Hibner ran to the front, getting by Sanders. The caution came out again for a spin involving Chris Mercer in turn two. The single file restart began with Hibner up front, Sanders in 2nd, and Elliott in third. Just behind the leader Hibner, Elliott and Sanders were side-by-side for 2nd, lap after lap. In the closing laps, Hibner faced lapped traffic. Threading his way, Hibner was slowed briefly, allowing Elliott to gain some ground, but it was not enough. Hibner raced to his 2nd feature win of the year At I-35 Speedway. Elliott finished 2nd, Tyler Hibner 3rd, Zach Sanders 4th, and Chase Breid 5th.
Next week, I-35 Speedway will host the Smokin’ Trackside BBQ Bash In A Two Night Special. Friday, August 9th Will Feature Seeburg Muffler Night At The Races, With The Pure Stocks, E-Mods, And Sport Compacts. The Sport Compacts Will Run For $500 To Win In Their Feature. As a special treat for the fans, Casi Joy, Nashville Recording Singer/Songwriter will Be Live, In Concert. Joy Was A Finalist On NBC, ‘The Voice.’ Fans Will Also Have A Chance At Tasting Delicious BBQ, As Twenty Five BBQ Teams Face Off For The Two Day Cook-Off. The Winner Automatically Captures An Entry Into The Prestigious America Royal BBQ.
The Following Night, Saturday, August 10, Racing And BBQ Continues To Heat Up, For Smokin’ Trackside BBQ General Buildings Night At The Races, Featuring The Summit USRA Weekly Racing Series Out Pace Products B-Mods, American Racer Tires Stock Cars, A-Mods, As Well As The E-Mods, Pure Stocks, Sport Compacts, MIdwest Limited Late Models, With A Special Visit By The MIdwest Outlaw Vintage Racing Series.
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