(Warrensburg) Kids Night at Central Missouri Speedway is a family event the fans as well as drivers always look forward to and last night was another special one with a large crowd on hand to witness all the action. The night was even more special for the kids, especially for the boys and girls who left the track with new bikes and backpacks from random drawings along with hundreds of goodie bags filled with various school supplies and race related trinkets.
The dirt track magic also continued as Odessa driver Jim Moody drove up front all night to win his fifth USRA Modified feature, Jordan Clemons from Kearney grabbed his first-ever B-Modified feature, Clayton Campbell of Otterville took home his first feature win in the Street Stocks as Buckner driver Gary Akers grabbed his third win in the Pure Stocks. Phil Heavelow, also from Buckner, received the double checkers in the Mid-America Lightning Sprints feature.
The Pure Stocks started the heat racing when Don Johnson from Overland Park crossed the line taking his first-ever heat win with Gary Akers and Darrin Christy from Kansas City following in the top three. The feature event started with Johnson leading the field into turn one before Akers immediately gabbed the early lead coming out of turn two. After an early caution, Leroy Morrison, Jr., gained the high line and showed his best run of the season ahead of Darin Christy.
Akers stayed cool and up front for the remainder of the race. As the first feature event checkers of the night flew, Akers grabbed his third Pure Stock main event followed by Morrison Jr. with his best finish of the season in second. Christy challenged for second but came away in third; Johnson was fourth and on his first night out, Matt McCord was fifth followed by Lee Scott.
Last weekend Jacob Ebert repeated with his second consecutive win in CMS B-modified victory lane. This weekend fans wondered if a new driver or familiar face would be back in the winner’s circle? During the three qualifying heat races, Jordan Clemons from Kearney took the initial heat race with Troy Carlyle moving up for the win in the second heat.
The B-Modified main event began as Richard Brainard drove hard into the first turn and emerged with the temporary lead with Clemons and points leader, Dean Wille breathing down his neck. The three drivers ran a clean race up front with Carlyle and Chris Brockway just behind the lead pack. On lap 11, the first caution came out when Carlyle spun out in turn two, relegating him to the back of the pack.
Clemons showed some patience and held his low line throughout the remainder of the feature. Wille pressured him late in the race, but could not shake the first-year driver from his line. Despite a minor slip in turn two on the final lap, Clemons held point to take his first-ever feature of the season ahead of Wille. Eddie Bray, Jr., was third, Ebert rallied for a fourth-place run while Curtis Berry had his best finish of the year in the fifth spot.
The Mid-America Lightning Sprints returned to CMS for their second visit of the season. The opening heat race had Phil Heavelow from Buckner taking the win in a close battle with Mark Billings of Columbia, in the final heat race it was Zack Morehead from Grain Valley claiming the victory to set up the main event starting line-up. Ryan Kent was involved in a roll over wreck on the front side of the track in heat one but was okay after the incident.
Heavelow started on the front row with Mike Trent and drove low into turn one coming out of turn two at the start of the sprint feature. Meanwhile, several drivers including Zack Morehead, Billings and Bobby Layne worked hard to maintain positions in the top five. Heavelow never looked back and worked his way through lapped traffic for the Lightning Sprint feature win just in front of Trent, who posted a solid second-place finish. Morehead moved up into third after Billings pulled off for a mechanical issue. Bobby Layne moved took fourth and Luke McGee finished fifth in his first visit to the track.
In the Street Stocks division, drivers were attempting to defeat Warrensburg driver, Brett Wood, a seven-time feature race winner. The two heat race winners included Wood by a nose over Clayton Campbell of Otterville in the first heat with Brett Cox of Warrensburg taking his first heat race win in the second prelim event.
Wood experienced some mechanical gremlins at the start of the main event and joined the rest of the field at the tail of the starting grid. Wiley veteran, Jay Lyle, grabbed the initial lead after the green flag flew and held strong for the first couple laps. On a lap three restart, Clayton Campbell took advantage of an opening down low and motored out front as the leader. Bobby Raybourn, Lyle, and Cox were close behind in the top four.
After a lap 10 caution for Cox spinning in turn 2, Campbell continued to hit his marks and in the end held on to take the victory under intense pressure from Lyle and Raybourn but was just too strong and grabbed his first win of the season, while Lyle crossed the finish line in second. Jeremiah Wilson inherited third after Raybourn was disqualified for contact with Lyle after the race was finished. Herb Danner claimed fourth with Larry Ferris in fifth.
Each week, USRA modified heat races bring close racing action as drivers attempt to make the grid for the $1,000-to-win, $160-to-start, main event. On Saturday evening, Jim Moody from Odessa edged Aaron Marrant in heat one, Jimmy “Dean” Eaton from Bates City claimed heat two for his first win of the year and Danny Scrogham from Peculiar raced his way to victory lane in heat three.
Ultimately, Moody was the car to beat as he led the early portion of the USRA modified feature with Aaron Marrant attempting to nose in on the preferred low side. After several early cautions in the race, drivers somewhat settled in a good pace with Marrant, Tyler Schmidt and Terry Schultz all in play. After a pair of restarts after a lap-16 caution and an additional slowdown on lap 20, Moody retained his lead over Marrant and Tyler Schmidt.
As the final double checkered flags flew for the night’s action, Moody kept the USRA modified championship points battle close by claiming his fifth victory lane celebration this year. Aaron Marrant had a successful return to action after missing a couple weeks looked strong all night long and finished second. Schmidt, also absent for a few weeks posted another strong finish as the Kansan finished a strong third. Terry Schultz made a late move up into fourth on the high side while Tim Karrick claimed fifth.
Central Missouri Speedway now takes a two-week break and hopes that race families and fans will enjoy the activities at the Missouri State Fair. Racing returns to CMS on Saturday, August 23 with guest class the Allstar Midget Series along with the USRA Modifieds, B-Modifieds, Street Stocks and Pure Stocks.
Main Event Results, Saturday, 8/2/14
A Main Feature
1st- 4-Gary Akers, Buckner
2nd- 50jr-Leroy Morrison, Raymore
3rd- 54B-Darren Christy, Kansas City, KS
4th- 3-Don Johnson, Overland Park, KS
5th- b7-Matt McCord, Odessa
6th- 01-Lee Scott, Holden
A Main Feature
1st- 27C-Jordan Clemons, Kearney
2nd- 68m-Dean Wille, Warrensburg
3rd- 19k-Eddie Bray, Archie
4th- 94-Jacob Ebert, Oak Grove
5th- 23B-Curtis Berry, Raymore
6th- 10-Johnny McGinnis, Hardin
7th- 76-Ernie Walker, Sedalia
8th- 88-Derek Nevels, Corder
9th- 22x-Allen Bush, Odessa
10th- 11s-Chris Stout, Oak Grove
11th- 73-Cody Frazon, LaMonte
12th- 03-Chris Brockway, Warrensburg
13th- 49-Terry Schnakenberg, Condcordia
14th- 44-Troy Carlyle, Kearney
15th- 3B-Richard Brainard, Sedalia
DNS- 2E-Robbe Ewing, Stockton
Mid-America Lightning Sprints
A Main Feature
1st- 44-Phill Heavelow, Buckner
2nd- 49T-Mike Trent, Rocheport
3rd- z8-Zach Morehead, Grain Valley
4th- 01-Bobby Layne, Kansas City
5th- 13-Luke McGee, El DoradoSprings
6th- 30-Ryan Kent, Lone Jack
7th- 81-Amanda Jane Tice, Piper, KS
8th- 51-Mark K. Billings, Kansas City
9th- 85-Ken Billings, Kansas City
10th- 71-Tony Layne, Kansas City
11th- 10B-Luke Baxter, Nausha, IA
12th- 99c-Chet Yates, Cameron
13th- 12B-Rick Baxter, Nausha, IA
14th- 19-Paden Moreland, Bethany
15th- 60E-Mark Billings, Columbia
16th- 9s-Chris Schofield, Raymore
17th- 8-Bird Schofield, Chilhowee
A Main Feature
1st- 03-Clayton Campbell, Ottersville
2nd- j66-Jay Lyle, Warrensburg
3rd- 58-Jeremiah Wilson, Concordia
4th- 74-Herb Dannar, Holden
5th- 14-Larry Ferris, Kansas City, KS
6th- 45-Bob King, Independence
7th- j33-Josh Guy, Knob Noster
8th- 85-Brett Cox, Warrensburg
9th- 18-Brian Inlow, Concordia
10th- 07-Scott Dukes, Odessa
11th- 7-Brett Wood, Warrensburg
12th- 2-Troy Turley, Knob Noster
13th- 66x-Allen Perryman, Belton
DNS- 65-Brian Ziegler, Bates City
DQ- 23-Bobby Raybourn, Holden
A Main Feature
1st- 00-Jim Moody, Odessa
2nd- 34A-Aaron Marrant, Orrick
3rd- 66T-Tyler Schmidt, Easton, KS
4th- 90-Terry Schultz, Sedalia
5th- 1k-Tim Karrick, Basehor, KS
6th- 30-Dalton Kirk, Edgerton, KS
7th- 97k-Brian Johnson, Independence
8th- 86-Buddy Benedict, Independence
9th- 96-Chad Lyle, Oak Grove
10th- 19k-Eddie Bray, Archie
11th- 39-Luke Driskell, Stilwell KS
12th- 92-Danny Scrogham, Peculiar
13th- 0-Richard Layne, Kansas City
14th- 23-Steve Twenter, Sedalia
15th- 24jr-Jimmy Eaton, Bates City
16th- 2D-Dean Bachner, Olathe, KS
17th- 68-Dean Wille, Warrensburg
18th- 51B-Brandon Hill, Holden
19th- 07-Dave Ralph, Raymore
20th- 112-Justin Moon, Sedalia
21st- 99w-Dennis Walrath, Clinton
22nd- 75-Gunner Martin, Blue Springs
23rd- 32p-Nick Pence, Raymore
DNS- 17k-Kyle Westerhold, Blue Springs
DNS- 75rpm-Scotty Martin, Independence
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