Justin Johnson garners USRA Modified win at Central Missouri Speedway
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June 21, 2014

WARRENSBURG, Mo. -- Summer officially arrived and as expected the heat index and humidity levels sored through the roof on a hot June night of racing at Central Missouri Speedway (CMS) for Budweiser race night. All total, 80 cars made their way to the speedway for competition, including 20 USRA Modifieds.

USRA Modifieds finished out the heat races with Eddie Bray Jr., and Danny Scrogham in a close battle for the win in the opening heat as Bray took the win over Scrogham, Aaron Marrant, and Dalton Kirk. Justin Johnson spoiled the victory for race-long leader Kyle Westerhold to claim heat two, Westerhold finished second followed by Jason Bodenhamer and Tim Karrick. For the final heat race, Gunner Martin of Blue Springs took command of the event and drove to the win over David Wood, Dean Wille and Steve Twenter.

USRA Modified action closed out the night for their 25-lap, $1,000-to-win weekly main event. By virtue of earning the most passing points during the heat races, Gardner, Kan., driver Justin Johnson and Archiei’s Eddie Bray Jr., started on the front row of the main event.

The race went green with points leader Jim Moody having troubles in turn 1 to draw a restart on the field. Once the race officially began, Johnson took command with Gunner Martin in hot pursuit. Peculiar’s Danny Scrogham ran strong all throughout the night and appeared to be on his way to a podium finish until his night ended in a huge plume of smoke off of turn 2 and ultimately in the hot pit lane where a fire broke out. Track official Troy Walls quickly had things under control with the flames as they were extinguished while the race continued under green-flag conditions.

The yellow flag eventually waved while Curt Rackers and Brian Johnson both experienced troubles with Rackers unable to continue. Johnson’s crew tended to their driver in the hot-pit lane and he was able to resume the race only to fall out a few laps later with continuing hard luck. Gunner Martin moved close to Johnson upon the restart but Johnson was able to hold point at the front.

On lap 8, a multi-car incident took place in between turns one and two as Bray’s car went sideways and several drivers having to check-up to avoid contact. Despite a very hard hit by Steve Twenter into Jason Bodenhamer, both drivers were okay but there nights both came to an end as a result of the incident. Dean Wille was also involved and unable to continue as was Richard Layne.

At the next restart, Johnson began to pull away from all pursuers as Terry Schultz rocketed from just inside the top ten all the way to third within two laps after the restart using the high side for all it was worth. Schultz is always exciting on the high side and seems to make the outside work for him time and time again. Tim Karrick stayed in the mix in the closing laps as he and Shultz raced hard for the third position.

In the closing laps, Johnson continued his dominance as Martin, Karrick, and Schultz were unable to close in. When the checkers flew, Johnson claimed his first-ever win at CMS, in victory lane an exhausted Johnson proclaimed, “This has been a long-time coming, we’ve been working really hard on the car and this feels great to finally get a win.” Martin, who has been a model of consistency, wound up second with Karrick overtaking Schultz late in the event for third. Schultz finished fourth after starting seventeenth; Aaron Marrant was fifth, followed by fourteenth-starting Jim Moody in sixth.

Next week is Midwest Coatings and Comfort Inn Race Night at the speedway. General admission for adults is $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 5:00, drivers, meeting at 6:30, hot laps at 7:00, and racing at 7:30. Pit Passes are $25. Track report line, 660-747-2166.

CMS has posted all the event details for the upcoming Ninth-Annual Tom Wilson Memorial BBQ Bowl on the main CMS web page. Check out CMS online at www.centralmissourispeedway.net. On the main page click on the tab titled “Event Info For July 4th and 5th Weekend!” Once you access this tab there are three informational documents available, the July 4th - 5th FAQ is a ‘Frequently Asked Questions’ document with all the event details, admission prices, car class and event payouts and start time information and much more; both the July 4th and July 5th order of events are also available from this area.

Also available on the website is 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 is also 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, RockAuto.com, 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. Full standings and results located at www.speednetdirect.com.

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United States Racing Association
USRA Weekly Racing Series
Central Missouri Speedway, Warrensburg, Mo.
Saturday, June 21, 2014


1. (1) 7J Justin Johnson, Gardner, Kan.
2. (3) 75 Gunner Martin, Blue Springs
3. (10) 1K Tim Karrick, Basehor, Kan.
4. (17) 90 Terry Schultz, Sedalia
5. (8) 34A Aaron Marrant, Orrick
6. (14) 00 Jim Moody, Odessa
7. (6) 82 David Wood, Richmond
8. (11) 30 Dalton Kirk, Edgerton, Kan.
9. (2) 19K Eddie Bray Jr., Archie
10. (5) 17K Kyle Westerhold, Blue Springs
11. (19) 51B Brandon Hill, Holden
12. (16) 00X Zack Gilmore, Kansas City
13. (18) 24JR Jimmy Eaton, Bates City
14. (15) 97K Brian Johnson, Independence
15. (7) 68 Dean Wille, Warrensburg
16. (13) 22 Curt Rackers, Holts Summit
17. (9) 03 Jason Bodenhamer, Centerview
18. (12) 23 Steve Twenter, Sedalia
19. (20) 0 Richard Layne, Kansas City
20. (4) 92 Danny Scrogham, Peculiar

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