Willard Doubles Down, As Burnett And Turner All Race To McCarthy Auto Group Winner’s Circle On Night One Of The Smokin’ Trackside BBQ Bash At I-35 Speedway
The evening began with a make up feature for the Sport Compacts. John Willard took the lead early, and never looked back, earning his 6th feature win of the year at I-35 Speedway.
Casey Burnett has been nipping at the front of the pack the past several weeks. Everyone knew it would just be a matter of time before Burnett would get his first feature victory this year At I-35 Speedway. The only question was when. Burnett started from the front of the field, and was lighting fast as the green flag flew. Shaunie Lanning, who won last Saturday night, earning her 3rd feature win, adding to her points lead, was looking for two wins a row. Daniel Harris stepped into the E-Mod division, and was equally fast. Harris hounded Burnett for the lead lap after lap. Lanning after getting together with Leroy Morrison while racing through turn three, as the field split around the pair at full speed. Lanning was sent to the back for the restart.
Once again, Burnett and Harris went after the lead. Meanwhile, Lanning was a woman on a mission. Cutting through the field like a hot knife through butter, Lanning raced into the top five, and was challenging with Morrison again for 3rd. Burnett kept a hard charging Harris behind him, as Lanning finished 3rd, Morrison 4th, and John Ross 5th.
C J Charles Turner lined up next to Ron Hill for front row. Turner wasted no time getting to the lead with Ron Hill to his inside. Points leader Rylee Fuller was close behind the pair. Hill tried high and low to get by Turner. Conrad Kaufman was making his way quickly to the front as well. Another fast mover was Blaine Yonts, who scored his first feature win a couple of weeks previous. When the checkered flag flew, Turner raced to his 1st feature win of the year, with Hill 2nd, Kaufman 3rd, Yonts 4th, and Fuller 5th.
The final event were the $500 to win Sports Compacts. Willard, and points leader David Miller III running quickly to the front. Behind the pair, cars to two, and three wide fighting their way to the front. Willard held off Miller for his 7th win, and his 2nd trip to McCarthy Auto Group Winner’s Circle for the night.
Tonight, Saturday August 10, the Smokin’ Trackside BBQ Bash continues, with the Summit USRA Weekly Racing Series A-Mods, Out Pace B-Mods, American Racer Stock Cars, along with the E-Mods, Pure Stocks, Sport Compacts, MIdwest Limited Late Models, with a special visit by the Midwest Outlaw Vintage Racers, with double features for the USRA A-Mods, and MOVR Series.