Two huge nights of racing set for CMS Memorial Day Weekend
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May 21, 2014  |  by Sam Stoecklin

WARRENSBURG, Mo. -- Central Missouri Speedway continues a long-standing tradition Memorial Day weekend when drivers and fans converge on the speedway grounds for two straight nights of action featuring USRA Modifieds, Street Stocks, B-Modifieds, Pure Stocks, ULMA Late Models, and the Show-Me Vintage Racing Series throughout the weekend.

Through the years, 346 drivers have competed in at least one of the 42 CMS big-money Modified specials hosted by 19-year promoters Earl and Susan Walls. The Walls brought big-money modified racing to the area in 1998. Last names synonymous with CMS special events such as Boney, Shryock, Karrick, Bone, Marrant, Schultz, Blackburn, Wille, and Lyle are just a few of the drivers who have claimed at least one victory in the specials over the years.

Who will take home the whopping $3,000 pay day is anyone’s guess. This year seems to be exceptionally wide open. In past years, some of touring modified drivers dropped in on the action but they are scheduled to compete up north this week, which leaves the door wide open for a local or regional hot shoe to claim win.

Track point’s leader Jim Moody is one of the favorites heading into the big weekend. Moody annihilated the competition last weekend with a dominating win but it won’t come easy. CMS has always drawn the best drivers for these special events and one of the things fans have come to expect is you never know who is going to drop in and go for the greenbacks.

Along with Moody, national USRA point’s leader Terry Schultz and USRA standout John Allen have captured a regular race week win at CMS this season. Others who will likely throw their hat into the ring include Tim Karrick, Dean Wille, Shad Badder, Jason Thompson, Danny Scrogham, and Aaron Marrant, among many others expected to compete. Please note, mention of driver name does not guarantee CMS race appearance.

CMS has something for just about everyone this weekend. On both Saturday the 24th and Sunday the 25th CMS hosts its first-ever wine-tasting event from Noon to 5 p.m. each day. The event takes place in the shaded area close to the front side parking area, which is located just off of Hwy 13, four miles north of Warrensburg.

Patrons are asked to bring their favorite relaxing chairs and blankets and enjoy an afternoon of relaxation in the shade featuring wines from Arcadian Moon Vineyards and Winery, La Bella Vineyards and Winery, and Fahrmeier Family Vineyards. Don’t worry about lunch! Granny's Old Fashioned Kettle Corn featuring home-made Kettle Corn, 3 different types of Pork Rinds, Grilled Chicken Sandwiches, and Pulled Pork sandwiches has you covered! The event also features live music throughout the afternoon.

Track special events get underway on Saturday, May 24 with USRA ‘Mighty’ Modifieds qualifying for the inside row starting grid for the next night’s finale. Also on the card, ULMA Late Models, Street Stocks, B-Modifieds, Pure Stocks, and the Show-Me Vintage Racing Series. The action for Street Stocks, B-Modifieds, and Pure Stocks is a points-earning race towards the weekly CMS championships. USRA Modifieds are not competing for “track points” this weekend. ULMA Late Models are competing for ULMA championship points both nights.

Track registration fees do not apply to USRA Modifieds, ULMA Late Models, or Show-Me Vintage Series. Track registration fees DO apply to B-Modifieds, Street Stocks, and Pure Stocks on Saturday because these classes are competing in track championship points-earning events. All competing modifieds must be USRA licensed or purchase the temp license. All ULMA late model drivers must be licensed members with ULMA or purchase the temp license on site.

Pricing for Saturday is regular weekly pricing. General admission for adults $12, military w/I.D. and senior citizens 65 years and up $10, kids ages six to twelve $5, children $5 and under free. Pit Gates open at 4:30, grandstands at 5, driver’s, meeting at 6:30, hot laps at 7, and racing at 7:30. Be sure to visit www.centralmissourispeedway.net for all the latest news and information. Pit Passes are $25.

Night two takes place on Sunday, May 25 with USRA ‘Mighty’ Modifieds returning for qualifying spots to make up the outside row starting grid for the 40-lap finale at the end of the night. ULMA Late Models return for a second night of action with USRA B-Modifieds and Street Stocks also competing. Note: Night 1 of the special the B-Modifieds are not USRA sanctioned, only night two on Sunday night will the B-Modifieds be USRA Sanctioned. Street Stocks are not competing for “track points” but must comply with CMS rules as written.

Track registration fees do not apply to any competing class on Sunday. However, all competing modifieds must be USRA licensed or purchase the temp license, all competing B-Modifieds must be USRA licensed or purchase the temp license, and all ULMA late model drivers must be licensed members with ULMA or purchase the temp license on site.

Pricing for Sunday is special-event pricing. General admission for adults $15, military w/I.D. and senior citizens 65 years and up $12, kids ages six to twelve $5, children $5 and under free. Pit Gates open at 4:30, grandstands at 5, driver’s, meeting at 6:30, hot laps at 7, and racing at 7:30. Be sure to visit www.centralmissourispeedway.net for all the latest news and information. Pit Passes are $30 for all personnel entering the pits with the exception of USRA “A” Modified drivers, which are $25.

‘Mighty’ Modifieds compete for $3,000 to win on Sunday, May 25. Regular purses are in effect throughout the weekend for the other participating car classes and may be found on the main CMS website under “Driver” link at www.centralmissourispeedway.net.

Check out CMS online at www.centralmissourispeedway.net for all the latest schedule updates, news, and information! On race day, be sure to call the Track Report Line for general information at (660) 747-2166. Follow us on Twitter @CMSgoing_green. Like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/pages/Central-Missouri-Speedway. CMS may also be found on Instagram.

Primary sponsors for CMS this season include Cliff Harris Warrensburg Ford, Budweiser, Sunoco Race Fuels, Good Time Oldies 1450 KOKO/98.5 FM The Bar, Pepsi, KMMO FM 102.9, Midwest Coatings, Better Country KIX 105.7 FM, Comfort Inn Warrensburg Station, 610 Sports Radio Kansas City, KRLI Country 103.9 FM, Heartland Waste, and 'Today's New Hit Country' 95.3 FM KDKD.

This year’s list of outstanding business partners includes: Victory Trophies & Plaques, Roundabout Café, Batliner Recycling, Blue Springs Chiropractic, OK Tire Stores, Rick Darling Performance, Reece Nichols Realty LLC, Bodee's Racers Auction, Finish Line Performance, Economy Lumber and Hardware, Brooks Automotive LLC, Eickleberry Concrete & Construction, JA Performance, Kleinschmidt's Western Store, Rod End Supply, Quality Home Improvements, Wolf Tire Service, Miller Lite, Goody’s Steakburgers, The Cornerstone Agency, Impact Signs Awnings and Wraps, Lek-Tro-Mek Service Co., Seeburg Mufflers, and RacinDirt.com.

CMS is located 3.5-miles north of Warrensburg, MO from the junction of Highways 50 and 13 in Warrensburg just north of the new Hwy 13 by-pass round-a-bout, or from the Higginsville exit off I-70, head south on Highway 13 for twelve and half miles.



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