June 25, 2013
Vance Wilson of Quincy, Illinois, added his second and third Lucas Cattle Company ULMA victories of the 2013 season at Callaway Raceway and Randolph County Raceway last weekend and in the process continued a hot streak of seven-consecutive top-three finishes dating back to mid May.
Wilson’s winning ways began Friday at Callaway Raceway in Fulton, Missouri; however, it wasn’t an easy task for the 2010 ULMA Champion driving his Finish Line Auto Sales, Tony Dunker Advanced Trading, Big River Auto Sales-sponsored MasterSbilt #B1 into victory lane.
The night’s action began with three preliminary qualifying races among the 14 drivers on hand. Larry Winn claimed the first heat race from the outside poll position; Jason Russell drove to the win in heat two from his outside row one starting spot, and in heat three, Justin Russell picked up the win from outside of row one.
Over the years at Callaway Raceway several main-event finishes have come right down to the wire and this night was another example of the close racing the track. Without question the late model drivers put on the best race of the night for the large crowd in attendance as just two cautions slowed the pace for the 20-lap main event.
It was an all Russell Brothers front row as Justin and Jason Russell led the field to the initial green flag. Although the Brothers Russell paced the initial stages of the race, many onlookers had their eyes on eighth-starting Wilson and tenth-starting and leading Rookie of the Year candidate Payton Looney, as they both charged through the field into the top five.
By mid-race, it looked like another Rookie of the Year contender; Earl Roark of Henley, Missouri might be the man to beat as he passed Jason Russell for the lead on the low side just before one of the caution periods. However; on the restart, the field was once again shuffled around in the ensuing laps as Wilson and Looney continued their forward momentum to the front.
At the line, Wilson edged Looney by less than a fender in the closest ULMA finish of the year. Jason Russell continued his streak of solid finishes by coming away with third place while younger Brother Justin claimed the fourth spot in one of his better outings this season. Chris Cox had a strong run in fifth spot followed by Roark, Winn, Chris Lapp, Zeke Langley, and Todd McCoin to round out the top ten.
Racing resumes Friday night at Callaway Raceways as the track hosts another weekly racing program. The track is currently experiencing website troubles; however, information is available by contacting track owner and promoter Betty Atterberry at (573) 220-1751.
Racing at Randolph County Raceway (RCR) in Moberly, Missouri, took place on Saturday evening as 16 drivers made their way to the high-banked facility for a pair of heat races and 20-lap main event. Vance Wilson began his night trying to pick up where he left off Friday evening as he came from sixth on the starting grid to claim the victory in heat race number one over early race leader Tommy Cordray of Browning, Missouri. Outside row one starter Bobby Penney of Lawson, Missouri dominated the second heat race with an easy win over third-starting Jon Binning of Warrensburg, Missouri and seventh-starting Jason Russell.
Wilson and Penney started the main event side-by-side at the front to pace the initial laps; however, it was Wilson who shot off to an early lead leaving Penney to battle with Russell and Binning. Penney’s chance for his first-ever win faded when he made contact with the backstretch wall. Shortly after Penney’s demise, caution flew over the field for the first time on lap three for a single-car spin by Steve Dieckmann.
When racing resumed, great battles ensued behind Wilson, who began stretching out his lead over the rest of the field. Ben Ballard and Tommy Cordray raced hard in their bid to crack the top five while Russell and Binning continued their tussle to move into the runner-up position along with previous RCR winner Kenny Mudd, as he made his way to the front of the field.
Darren Turner experienced a hard crash into the turn one concrete and although a bit shaken, was otherwise okay after the lap 11 incident. Wilson led Russell, Binning, Mudd, and a fast-moving Jon Melloway on the next restart. Another five laps were contested with close battles throughout the field including Melloway’s charge into the top three. Binning’s hope for a podium finish came to an end when a piece of debris came into his car and kicked it out of gear coming down the front stretch.
At the start of lap 17, Melloway sat comfortably in third position but became the latest front runner to suffer mechanical woes as he exited the speedway with three laps remaining shortly after a single-car spin by Dalton Imhoff brought out the final caution flag of the race.
For the final dash to the finish, Wilson again drove away from his closest pursuer, Jason Russell in second and multi-grooved running Tommy Cordray, who now occupied third. In the end, no one had anything for Wilson has he scored his second-consecutive victory in as many nights and second in a row at RCR. Russell came away in second with Cordray third, Mudd fourth, and eleventh-starting Larry Winn in fifth. Rounding out the top ten were Binning, Zeke Langley, Imhoff, Cliff Powell, and Dave Miller.
ULMA competitors have the week off from competition at RCR this coming Saturday but will return to action on the fast high banks of the track Saturday, July 6. To learn more about RCR point your web browser to the track’s website at www.randolphcountyraceway.com.
Racing resumes at Lucas Oil Speedway in Wheatland, Missouri, this Saturday evening during the newly reactivated Hickory County Fair taking place on the speedway grounds. The three-day event is presented by Heritage Tractor and ProtectTheHarvest.com and features a full midway of carnival rides, games, vendors, a quilt exhibit, crafts, displays, farm equipment and livestock. The fair begins on Thursday at 5 PM and continues throughout the weekend.
“Friday and Saturday the fair will open at 10 AM. Friday, June 28th admission is $12 for Adults, $8 for Seniors & Military, $5 Youth (age 6-15); Kids age 5 & under are FREE! This ticket grants the purchaser access into the fair Friday and Saturday, the Lucas Oil NBRA North/South Shootout on Lake Lucas, American Patriot Night presented by KIX 105.7 on the Diamond of Dirt Tracks plus the Area’s Wildest Fireworks on Saturday, June 29.”
The Lucas Cattle Company ULMA Late Models headline the speedway’s action with a track special event paying $1,000 to the winner courtesy of Rain’s Ice! A large car count is expected for this event as drivers settle into the heart of summer trying to earn valuable ULMA points to determine this year’s overall champion. Be sure to log onto the track’s website at www.lucasoilspeedway.com for a complete schedule of events for Lake Lucas, the county fair, and the dirt track.
On Sunday, June 30, ULMA drivers have the option of heading to Double XX Speedway in California, Missouri, for their first appearance of the year at the speedway to complete the three-day weekend swing. This is a ULMA points-earning event that will pay $500 to win and at least $75 to start and if history holds true will be one of the more talked about races of the year with close-quarters racing throughout the night. Visit www.xxspeedway.com, locate the track on Facebook, or call 573.796.4694 for additional details.
ULMA licensing is mandatory at all sanctioned tracks. Drivers must present their license on arrival when checking in at all tracks. Visit www.ulmaracing.com for scheduling full results, information, stats, rules, and to print and complete the 2013 form prior to competing. Drivers should be prepared for technical inspection at all tracks at all times.
This season marks the first year for ULMA to partner with Hoosier Tire Midwest. Drivers may purchase tires from ULMA throughout the season by contacting ULMA officials, the program benefits drivers at the end of the season during the October 19 championship banquet, which takes place in California, Missouri. Please visit www.racetires.com for additional information.
Drivers earn championship points from their 15 best race appearances throughout the season of the more than 50 possible scheduled race nights. Visit ULMA’s title sponsor at www.lucascattlecompany.com. ULMA sincerely thanks Hoosier Tire Midwest, FastShafts, Rod End Supply, RacingJunk.com, and PhotoGraphics by Shelly Payne for their support this season.
POS CAR # NAME STARTS POINTS
1st 2J Jason Russell 9 1054
2nd 0X Justin Russell 9 927
3rd 1TC Chris Cox 9 901
4th 23Z Zeke Langley 9 889
5th B1 Vance Wilson 8 870
6th 12 Payton Looney ® 7 782
7th 7X Todd McCoin 7 747
8th 9 Chris Lapp 7 712
9th T8R Earl Roark ® 6 656
10th 16 Bobby Penney ® 6 590
ULMA Schedule at a Glance
Friday, June 28th – Callaway raceway
Saturday, June 29th – Lucas Oil Speedway, $1,000-to-win track special
Sunday, June 30th – Double XX Speedway
Friday, July 5th – Callaway Raceway
Saturday, July 6th – Lucas Oil Speedway
Saturday, July 6th – Randolph County Raceway
Friday, July 12th – Callaway Raceway
Saturday, July 13th – Randolph County Raceway
Sunday, July 14th – Double XX Speedway
Friday, July 19th – Callaway Raceway
Saturday, July 20th – Lucas Oil Speedway
Friday, July 26th – Callaway Raceway
Saturday, July 27th – Randolph County Raceway, $1,000 to win track special
Photos courtesy of Ashley Duncan of A to Z Photography.