By Sam Stoecklin
ULMA Public Relations
September 10, 2013
(Moberly) – Just five events remain on this year’s Lucas Cattle Company ULMA schedule. Last weekend, Tommy Cordray returned to victory lane for the first time since last August by claiming the win at Randolph County Raceway (RCR) while Jason Russell cruised to his seventh trip to victory lane at Callaway Raceway.
Cordray’s eighth-career ULMA win came to him from third on the starting grid at RCR where he’s ran strong in the past and was finally able to put the gremlins behind him. Cordray started the night by finishing second behind Larry Winn in the first heat race of the night while track stalwart Vance Wilson outlasted Ashlee Lancaster to take the win in the second heat race of the night among the 13 competitors on hand.
Wilson and Winn started the main event pacing the field on the front row. The lead pair quickly settled into a race pace with Cordray in the mix. Jon Melloway quickly worked his way to the top five continuing his late-season surge in the points by moving into the top five. Cordray eventually found his way to the front of the field where he held on for his first win of the year. Winn, Melloway, Wilson and Kenny Mudd rounded out the top five. Lancaster Steve Dieckmann, Dave Miller, Chris Cox and Mike Montague finished out the top ten.
ULMA racing continues at RCR this Saturday as the track continues to increase its footprint in local racing with close competition and a renewed interest in racing in North-Central Missouri. Visit the track’s website at www.randolphcountyraceway.com or call 660-833-1727 for details of this weekend’s schedule of events.
Jason Russell is well on his way to his second-consecutive ULMA championship season after claiming his unprecedented 15th ULMA win this season after driving to victory lane once again at Callaway Raceway. Russell has also tied Jason Bodenhamer atop the all-time ULMA wins list with 26 victories, which he has accumulated in just two seasons. In 22 starts this season, Russell has 1,803 points to Wilson’s 1,727, and rookie sensation Payton Looney’s 1,723. Behind the lead trio rounding out the top five are Justin Russell and the surging Jon Melloway.
1st 2J Jason Russell 22 1803
2nd B1 Vance Wilson 22 1727
3rd 12 Payton Looney ® 21 1723
4th 0X Justin Russell 22 1633
5th 74X Jon Melloway ® 18 1607
6th 7X Todd McCoin 21 1591
7th 11 Larry Winn 17 1570
8th T8R Earl Roark ® 16 1564
9th 1TC Chris Cox 25 1557
10th 23Z Zeke Langley 24 1554
ULMA Rookie of the Year Standings
POS CAR # NAME STARTS POINTS
1st 12 Payton Looney ® 21 1723
2nd 74X Jon Melloway ® 18 1607
3rd T8R Earl Roark ® 16 1564
4th 16 Bobby Penney ® 15 1536
5th O7 Kenny Mudd ® 13 1411
As for the race at Callaway, the last of the year there for ULMA, Russell won by over a half a lap in a race that went green to checker. The best racing was behind the leader with Roark and McCoin swapping positions on several occasions in second and third and Looney and Winn for fifth. Roark eventually worked his way to a strong runner-up finish while McCoin settled for third in a week where he and his family suffered the tragic loss of a Son. ULMA wishes to express its condolences to the entire McCoin family on their loss.
Jon Melloway finished third with Winn claiming fifth, one run ahead of Looney in sixth. ULMA congratulates Payton Looney on his first-ever late model track championship, which he won in his rookie year at Callaway Raceway. Chris Cox, Zeke Langley, Cliff Powell and Travis Coffman rounded out the top ten. The ULMA season has concluded at Callaway Raceways. For more information about the raceway contact track owner and race promoter Betty Atterberry at (573) 220-1751 or call track line at (573) 592-7795.
The latest news from Lucas Oil Speedway states the “Weekly championship hits the home stretch this Saturday as all four Weekly Series Classes are set to do battle prior to the Season Championship night on September 21st. Henley, Missouri’s Jason Russell continues to dominate the region in the ULMA Late Models this season as he holds a nearly insurmountable 108 point lead in the season long track point’s standings over Walnut Grove, Missouri’s Jeremy Kelley.” Gates open at 5:00, Hot Laps at 7:00, and racing at 7:30. For a detailed schedule of events point your browser to their website at www.LucasOilSpeedway.com.
The Lucas Cattle Company ULMA is proud to be partnered with Hoosier Tire Midwest for the 2013 season. ULMA drivers are encouraged to purchase tires from ULMA as the tire program benefits drivers at the end of the season. The ULMA championship banquet is set to take place on October 19 in California, Missouri. Please visit www.racetires.com for additional information regarding tires.
Visit ULMA’s title sponsor at www.lucascattlecompany.com. ULMA thanks Hoosier Tire Midwest, FastShafts, Rod End Supply, RacingJunk.com, and PhotoGraphics by Shelly Payne for their support this season.
Remaining ULMA Schedule:
Saturday, Sept 14th – Lucas Oil Speedway
Saturday, Sept 14th – Randolph County Raceway
Saturday, Sept 21st – Lucas Oil Speedway
Saturday, Sept 21st – Randolph County Raceway
Saturday, Sept 28th – Randolph County Raceway
Saturday, Oct 19th – ULMA Championship Banquet
California Shooters Club of Moniteau County. Photo courtesy of Ashley Duncan of A to Z Photography.