By Dean Reichel
Sunday night at Double X Speedway saw a large crowd in attendance for the inaugural “Race For Riley”, Riley Hudson Memorial Race. Featuring four classes of cars in competition, the race fans had plenty of action to enjoy. The feature class for the night were the drivers of ULMA Late Models, young Riley’s favorite class of cars. A total of 12 drivers signed in for competition at the track with Henley driver Jason Russell claiming the victory in the feature event.
Jason started alongside brother Justin for the feature event in the front row. Jason Russell took the lead on the opening lap and survived some early restarts to claim the checkered flag. Justin Russell ran a strong race to claim second, Earl Roark challenged the younger Russell but ultimately settled for third. Chris Cox claimed his best ULMA season finish of fourth at the stripe with Brandon Imhoff bringing home the third Russell racing car in fifth place. Craig Bessinger claimed sixth, Greg Clemons finished seventh, Todd McCoin eighth, Bob Cummings ninth and Bobby Penney ran tenth. Heat races were claimed by Jason Russell, Justin Russell and McCoin.
The Winged Sprint Cars were also featured on the card at Double X Sunday night and it looked like Tyler Blank would secure the victory but a mechanical issue ended the California, Mo drivers feature on lap 14. Bryan Grimes inherited the lead and help off challenges by Cody Baker in the closing laps to claim his second victory of the season at Double X. Following the lead duo under the checkered flag were Mitchell Moore in third, Randy Martin in fourth and Tyler Elliott in fifth. Taylor Walton, Lanny Carpenter, Curtis Evans, TJ Muths, and Casey Baker completed the top ten. Heat races were claimed by Blank and Grimes.
Seventeen Street Stocks drivers were up to the challenge Sunday night with Ted Welschmeyer holding off the field to claim the victory. Pressing Welschmeyer the entire distance was point leader Derek Henson who finished second, Dale Berry was third, Andrew Roark was fourth and Riley’s uncle Curt Turpin claimed fifth. Completing the top ten were Brandon Dunham, Joe Miller, Troy Turley, Jay Lyle and Jerry Unger. Heat races were claimed by Lyle, John Clancy Jr., and Henson.
Finishing the card on Sunday night were the Hobby Stock division. Gage Wineland picked up the victory over defending track champion Will Register. Chuck Coffey was third, Seth Jacobs fourth and Mike Schrader was fifth. Rudy Wirts ran sixth followed by Larry Dickinson, Jeremiah Wallingford, Laura Atkinson and AJ Wirts completing the top ten. Heat races were claimed by Schrader and Wineland.
Regular racing action continues next Sunday night with four classes in competition. Check out Double X Speedway on Facebook or at www.xxspeedway.com. Be sure to mark your calendars for Sunday July 28th when the ASCS Warrior Region will be on hand for the annual Clyde Wood Memorial Race.
ULMA Late Models– (12cars)
Feature–1. 2J Jason Russell, Henley; 2. 0X Justin Russell, Henley; 3. T8R Earl Roark, Henley; 4. 1T Chris Cox, Jefferson City; 5. 02 Brandon Imhoff, Columbia; 6. 3 Craig Bessinger, Pacific; 7. 55T Greg Clemons, Belton; 8. 7X Todd McCoin, Barnett; 9. 6 Bob Cummings, Sedalia; 10. 16 Bobby Penney, Lawson; 11. 22 Kevin Coyne, Kingsville (DNF); 12. 3A John Farmer, Clinton (DNS)
Heat 1-1. Ja. Russell; 2. Imhoff; 3. Cox; 4. Bessinger
Heat 2-1.Ju. Russell; 2. Penney; 3. Clemons; 4. Farmer (DNS)
Heat 3-1. McCoin; 2. Coyne; 3. Roark; 4. Cummings
Winged Sprint Cars– (13 cars)
Feature–1. 31 Bryan Grimes, Slater; 2. 38 Cody Baker, Lone Jack; 3. 77 Mitchell Moore, Edgerton,KS; 4. 48 Randy Martin, California; 5. 49 Tyler Elliott, California; 6. 93 Taylor Walton, Warrensburg; 7. 24 Lanny Carpenter, Clarksburg; 8. 1P Curtis Evans, Norborne; 9. 65 TJ Muths, Sedalia; 10. 9 Casey Baker, Lone Jack; 11. 7K Kelly Newcomb, California; 12. 75 Tyler Blank, California (DNF); 13. XX AJ Wirts, California (DNF)
Heat 1–1. Blank,; 2. Evans; 3. Moore; 4. Martin; 5. Walton; 6. Carpenter; 7. Ca. Baker
Heat 2–1. Grimes; 2. Co. Baker; 3. Elliott; 4. Muths; 5. Wirts; 6. Newcomb
Street Stocks–(17 cars)
Feature–1. 21W Ted Welschmeyer, Tebbetts; 2. 27D Derek Henson, Russellville; 3. 05 Dale Berry, Tuscumbia; 4. H2 Andrew Roark, Henley; 5. 15 Curt Turpin, Jefferson City; 6. 00 Brandon Dunham, California; 7. 43 Joe Miller, Russellville; 8. 2X Troy Turley, Knob Noster; 9. 66 Jay Lyle, Warrensburg; 10. 17 Jerry Unger, Jefferson City; 11. 8 John Clancy,Jr. California; 12. 1 Kevin Perkins, Sedalia; 13. 29 Harlan Dowell, Jr., Tipton; 14. 1T Nick Turner, Jefferson City; 15. 55 Adrielle Stephenson, Camdenton; 16. 52J James Keeran, California; 17. T8R Donnie Taylor, High Point
Heat 1–1. Lyle; 2. Dowell; 3. Unger; 4. Roark; 5. Stephenson; 6. Turley
Heat 2–1. Clancy, Jr.; 2. Berry; 3. Dunham; 4. Miller; 5. Perkins; 6. Turner
Heat 3–1. Henson; 2. Welschmeyer; 3. Keeran; 4. Turpin; 5. Taylor
Hobby Stocks–Feature Event–1. 12 Gage Wineland, Syracuse; 2. 77 Will Register, Sedalia; 3. 171 Chuck Coffey, Windsor; 4. 25 Seth Jacobs, Centertown; 5. 1B Mike Schrader, Sedalia; 6. 2X Rudy Wirts, California; 7. 34 Larry Dickinson, Bunceton; 8. 84 Jeremiah Wallingford, Jamestown; 9. 4A Laura Atkinson, Eldon; 10. XX AJ WIrts, California; 11. 14 Kevin Prall, Sedalia; 12. 90R Rachael Olijecznak, WIndsor; 13. 90 Rodger Deatherage, WIndsor
Heat 1–1. Schrader; 2. Register; 3. A Wirts; 4. R. Wirts; 5. Wallingford; 6. Atkinson; 7. Deatherage
Heat 2–1. Wineland; 2. Coffey; 3. Jacobs; 4. Prall; 5. Dickinson; 6. Olijecznak