Fuqua, Wille claim Labor Day Weekend victories at Central Missouri Speedway
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September 3, 2017  |  by Sam Stoecklin

Darron Fuqua of Mayetta, Kan., celebrates in victory lane with friends and crew at Central Missouri Speedway after claiming the $3,000-to-win USRA Modified feature.

The final night of a heart-pounding weekend of championship and special-events racing produced a memorable evening of competition at Central Missouri Speedway as Labor Day Weekend finished up with a talent-rich field of 85 drivers from as far away as Texas for racing in four classes.

Darron Fuqua from Mayetta, Kan., was determined to pick up his second big-money event of the year and nailed it with the $3,000 to-win USRA Modified feature. In the Out-Pace USRA B-Mod $1,500 to-win special event it was Dean Wille of Warrensburg who fought hard for his second victory of the year.

The night prior on Saturday evening the USRA Modified inside row starting positions were determined through heats and a 20-lap Scramble when Jim Moody staked his claim to win the poll position with a strong run ahead of Kevin Blackburn in second. The remaining drivers who qualified included Robbie Test, Wille Gunner Martin, Dalton Kirk, Lewis Jackson, Chad Lyle, Tim Karrick, Jimmy Dowell, Brain Johnson and John Allen. Terry Schultz from Sedalia had qualified but chose to turn back his eleventh-place starting spot as he attempted to improve his starting position for the outside row qualifying on Sunday evening, which resulted in Schultz relinquishing his starting spot allowing Allen to earn the final starting positon for the Sunday finale.

Out-Pace USRA B-Mod drivers competed against a determined field of 31 teams registered for a night of racing for the $1,500-to-win special payout. During the four qualifying heat races, Moody easily grabbed the opening heat race win. Jeremy Lile barely held off Jake Richards and charged to the second heat race checkers. Then, in heat three, Allen hung on just ahead of Brad Smith and Cole Campbell and earned his first Out-Pace USRA B-Mod heat win of the year at CMS while heat four was a barn burner as Ryan Edde edged Wille for the victory.

A final last-chance B-main was action-packed as eight additional drivers made their way onto the Out-Pace USRA B-Mod A-M-ain starting grid. Ethan Issacs led early and stayed up front the entire race to claim the win. Doug Wetzel, Bill Smalls, Kameron Grindstaff, Cody Frazon, Rod Cordon, Bobby Russell and Chris Kitch also raced their way into the main event.

The Out-Pace USRA B-Mod feature later commenced with Moody in command out front with Wille using the high-side and Richards the low side in a close battle behind the leader. Moody was the car to beat after several early race restarts. Wille started to apply pressure using the high side and middle in turn one. Wille used the middle and low side out of turn four to grab the lead from Moody. After establishing himself out front, Wille used the entire race surface to maintain his slight lead. Smith then entered the mix and slipped by Moody to grab second. Smith applied all the pressure he could but Wille never wavered and hung on for the $1,500 pay day. Smith, who started in 10th, was close in second as Moody settled for third. Richards had a good run in fourth with Allen fifth and Jacob Ebert advanced from 11th to sixth.

Throughout the weekend fans enjoyed some electrifying action during the USRA Modified heat races as 27 drivers competed to lay claim to the outside row feature starting spots. During night two of modified heat race competition, Nic Bidinger commanded the first heat as Shad Badder was determined to rebound from night one and grabbed the victory in heat two.

The night two 20-lap scramble was a true scramble event with drivers fighting for their feature starting spots on the outside row. Badder and Logan Robertson had some close-quarters racing down low in turn two late in the race with Badder coming out ahead in the event to grab the outside row starting position next to Moody. Behind Badder were Fuqua, Robertson, Ronnie Woods, Bidinger, Colson Kirk, Ryan Middaugh, Jason Pursley, Schultz, Nathan Vaughn, Ryan Phillips and Street Stock driver Clayton Campbell in his first-ever USRA Modified main.

The USRA Modified feature was another CMS classic event with Moody on the poll and Badder to his outside. Moody looked like the driver to beat early as he started in front of the field of 24 drivers. After lap five, Moody started to pull away but Badder and others started using the high-side to reel in Moody. Fuqua also closed in on the top two and had the fastest car later in the race. After a lap 20 restart, Fuqua slipped by Moody on the low side of turn four and established himself at the top of the order.

After a series of late-race cautions, Fuqua was then challenged by Badder and Blackburn as Moody slipped back a few positions. Fuqua ultimately drove away from the field and claimed his second CMS summer holiday modified special of the year, after taking the checkers in the Tom Wilson Memorial BBQ Bowl in July. Badder topped a strong night two performance in second as Blackburn appeared to finish third but unfortunately for his race program was later disqualified during a post-race technical inspection. Moody was then marked in third to cap off a strong weekend performance. Wille had a good night in both modifieds and crossed the line in fourth. Some hard chargers included Chad Lyle, who started 15th and climbed into fifth. Schultz also searched for a line after starting eighteenth and finished sixth. The remaining top ten included a strong run by Ronnie Woods, followed by Dalton Kirk and Bidinger.

Although the regular race season at CMS has concluded, October will be here before a blink of an eye and this year CMS has one additional huge event planned for Friday and Saturday, Oct. 20-21, for the first annual ‘Triple SSS at CMS’ Street Stock Showdown. Out-Pace USRA B-Mods are also part of the program each night. You can find all you need to know for the Triple SSS weekend on the CMS website under the heading of Street Stock Showdown Headquarters at www.centralmissourispeedway.net.

Admission prices for Saturday and Sunday are as follows: Adults $15, Active-Duty Military w/I.D. and Seniors 65 to 74 $12, kids ages six to twelve $5, five years and under are free, seniors 75 and older are also free. Senior Citizens 80 and older may receive free pit admission. Pit passes for anyone entering the pits up to age 79 are $35. Pit gates open at 3:30, grandstands at 4. Driver pill draw closes at 5:15; late drivers will not be awarded passing points. Call the track report line on race day at 660-747-2166 if something prevents you from arriving on time. The pit meeting takes place at 5:30, hot laps roll out at 6, and racing begins at 6:30.

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CMS wishes to thank its 2017 primary sponsors for their support including Cliff Harris Warrensburg Ford, Budweiser, KMZU 100.7 FM, Sunoco Race Fuels, Midwest Coatings, Better Country KIX 105.7, KSDL, and KSIS FM, Comfort Inn Warrensburg Station, KRLI FM 103.9 & KAOL 101.3 FM The Grenade, Pepsi, 610 Sports Radio Kansas City, College Town Apartments of Warrensburg, and Heartland Waste. The list of 2017 business partners includes: Batliner Recycling, Kleinschmidt’s Western Store, OK Wheel Alignment, OK Tire Stores, Blue Springs Truck Line Inc., Brooks Auto LLC, Rick Darling Racing Engines/Head Porting, KMMO Radio, Sabre Solar LLC, KDKD Radio, LJS Graphics, Wilderness Ridge Tent & Canvas, DQ Grill & Chill of Warrensburg, Zaxby’s, Miller Lite, Victory Trophies & Plaques, Joslins Jewelry, Eickleberry Concrete & Construction, RockAuto.com, R & B Septic Services, O’Reilly Auto Parts, Wilderness Ridge Tent and Canvas, and Seeburg Mufflers. To join the CMS business partner team, call Susan Walls at (816) 229-1338. No calls after 8 p.m. please.

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United States Racing Association
Summit USRA Weekly Racing Series
Central Missouri Speedway, Warrensburg, Mo.
Sunday, Sept. 3, 2017


1. (4) 68 Dean Wille, Warrensburg, Mo.
2. (10) 99 Brad Smith, Belton, Mo.
3. (1) 00 Jim Moody, Odessa, Mo.
4. (2) 17J Jake Richards, Lansing, Kan.
5. (5) 98 John Allen, Chanute, Kan.
6. (11) 94 Jacob Ebert, Oak Grove, Mo.
7. (15) 12C Steve Clancy Jr, Odessa, Mo.
8. (14) 20 Michael Bixby, Harrisonville, Mo.
9. (6) 15 Ryan Edde, Cross Timbers, Mo.
10. (3) 05 Jeremy Lile, Higginsville, Mo.
11. (9) 30 Rex Harris, Urbana, Mo.
12. (8) 22C Cole Campbell, Mexico, Mo.
13. (21) 14 Kameron Grindstaff, Independence, Mo.
14. (23) 17c Rod Cordon, Independence, Mo.
15. (12) 91 Dean Bachner, Olathe, Kan.
16. (24) 7B Bobby Russell, Smithville, Mo.
17. (16) 0 Chase Galvan, Bonner Springs, Kan.
18. (20) 28s Bill Small, Holden, Mo.
19. (19) 10w Doug Wetzel, Leeton, Mo.
20. (17) 13k Chris Kitch, Columbia, Mo.
21. (18) 66 Ethan Isaacs, Bonner Springs, Kan.
22. (7) 96 Cody Brill, Harrisonville, Mo.
23. (13) 53 Monty Mitchell, Windsor, Mo.
24. (22) 73 Cody Frazon, LaMonte, Mo.


1. (4) 87 Darron Fuqua, Mayetta, Kan.
2. (2) 173 Shad Badder, Bates City, Mo.
3. (1) 00 Jim Moody, Odessa, Mo.
4. (7) 68 Dean Wille, Warrensburg, Mo.
5. (15) 16s Chad Lyle, Oak Grove, Mo.
6. (18) 90 Terry Schultz, Sedalia, Mo.
7. (8) 53 Ronnie Woods, Mexico, Mo.
8. (11) 30 Dalton Kirk, Edgerton, Kan.
9. (10) 3B Nic Bidinger, Perry, Kan.
10. (13) 3J Lewis Jackson, Wellsville, Kan.
11. (19) 48 Jimmy Dowell, Booneville, Mo.
12. (6) 123 Logan Robertson, Shamrock, Texas
13. (9) 75 Gunner Martin, Sugar Creek, Mo.
14. (20) 12v Nathan Vaughn, Sedalia, Mo.
15. (24) 23 Clayton Campbell, Otterville, Mo.
16. (22) 69 Ryan Phillips, Osage City, Kan.
17. (21) 97K Brian Johnson, Independence, Mo.
18. (23) 03 John Allen, Chanute, Kan.
19. (5) 27T Robbie Test, Kaiser, Mo.
20. (17) 1K Tim Karrick, Basehor, Kan.
21. (16) 38c Jason Pursley, Hermitage, Mo.
22. (12) 5 Colson Kirk, Urbana, Mo.
23. (14) 21 Ryan Middaugh, Fulton, Mo.
DQ - (3) 26K Kevin Blackburn, Fulton, Mo.

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