Bowers claims CMS feature win
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July 26, 2014  |  by Sam Stoecklin

WARRENSBURG, Mo. -- Smokin’ hot summer nights mean but one thing to dirt-track aficionados … get your race on time! Race night it was as Central Missouri Speedway (CMS) once again opened the gates for drivers and fans on another night of weekly championship action for Heartland Waste race night with 68 cars on hand competing in 15 total events.

Twenty USRA Modifieds battled in three heat races and a 25-lap main event to close out the night. In preliminary heat-race action, winners included Dalton Kirk over Steven Bower, Jr. and James Eaton in heat one. Heat two went to Terry Schultz over Steve Twenter and Dean Wille, while Eddie Bray, Jr. drove to the win over Buddy Benedict and David Wood in heat three.

For the USRA Modifieds, Steven Bowers Jr. and Eddie Bray brought the field to the initial green flag. On lap two, Justin Moon was involved in a spin to draw an early caution. For the restart, Bowers led Terry Schultz, Bray, and Dalton Kirk. By lap five, David Wood moved inside the top five with Steve Twenter close behind. On lap six, caution flew again for Buddy Benedict’s spin in turn two. Bowers again led the charge on the restart over Schultz and Bray.

Schultz went to the high side several times looking for a line around Bowers but was unsuccessful with each attempt. On lap eight, Brian Johnson’s night came to an end with problems in the rear of the car as the caution flew for his stalled vehicle. Once again for the restart Bowers held the point with Schultz and Bray still in pursuit. Benedict’s night came to an end when he stopped on the track and was unable to continue.

On lap ten, a grinding crash occurred with Nick Pence, David Wood, Dennis Walrath, and Christopher Moon all involved. While all drivers were okay, their cars were badly damaged in the incident as emotions ran high. James Eaton suffered a flat tire as Gunner Martin was also involved in a separate incident with Eaton receiving a flat tire. By lap 15, Bowers still held strong with Schultz choosing to switch lines to the low side to try and gain ground.

By lap 20, Schultz had caught Bowers but was unable to make the pass for the lead despite several bids to take command. As the checkered flags flew, Bowers claimed his first-ever $1,000-to-win main event at CMS with Schultz coming away as runner-up for the second-consecutive week, although Schultz did take command of the point standings. Eddie Bray, Jr. finished a strong third ahead of Dalton Kirk, Tim Karrick, and Danny Scrogham inside the top six. Rounding out the top ten were Gunner Martin, Dean Wille, Steve Twenter, and James Eaton.

Next week is the always popular Kid’s Night at the Races featuring foot races on the track for five age divisions for both girls and boys. Competing age groups are 3-4, 5-6, 7-8, 9-10, and 11-12. The foot races, held on the track, take place during intermission time. Many activities are planned on Saturday, August 2 for kid’s night, in which all kids up to age 12 entering the gates that night will receive a free hot dog and drink courtesy of promoters Earl and Susan Walls. In addition, each foot race winner in the five boys and girls division that night will receive medals for their foot race wins. Donated bicycles will be given away to age groups for both boys and girls as part of the Kid’s Night celebration.

The Mid-America Lightning Sprint Drivers, who are the special guest class on Kids’ Night, will participate in an on-track autograph session during the foot race activities and all kids up to age twelve will receive a free goody bag stuffed full of memorable items including school supplies, trinkets, candy, coupons, and school supplies. Donations of aforementioned items are being taken at the pit entrance for kid’s night up to Saturday, August 2.

For Kid’s Night next week, gates open at 5, driver’s meeting/pill draw close at 6:30, hot laps at 7, and racing at 7:30. Adult general admission ticket is $12, Military w/I.D. $10, Senior Citizens 65+ $10, Kids aged 6 to 12 $5, five years and under are free. All pit passes $25.

Modified - Feature
Finish Start Car Driver Hometown Points
1 1 77 Steven Bowers Jr. Topeka , Ks 100.00
2 4 90 Terry Schultz Sedalia , Mo 95.00
3 2 19K Eddie Bray Jr. Archie , Mo 91.00
4 3 30 Dalton Kirk Edgerton , Ks 87.00
5 19 1K Tim Karrick Basehor , Ks 84.00
6 11 92 Danny Scrogham Peculiar , Mo 81.00
7 12 75 Gunner Martin Blue Springs, Mo 78.00
8 9 68 Dean Wille Warrensburg , Mo 76.00
9 5 23 Steve Twenter Sedalia , Mo 74.00
10 8 24JR James Dean Eaton Bates City, Mo 72.00
11 10 51B Brandon Hill Holden , Mo 70.00
12 15 2D Dean Bachner Olathe , Ks 68.00 DNF
13 7 82 David Wood Richmonnd , Mo 66.00 DNF
14 20 32P Nick Pence Raymore , Mo 64.00 DNF
15 17 12M Christopher Moon Sedalia , Mo 62.00 DNF
16 18 99W Dennis Walrath Clinton , Mo 60.00 DNF
17 13 97K Brian Johnson Independence , Mo 58.00 DNF
18 6 86 Buddy Benedict Independence , Mo 56.00 DNF
19 16 112 Justin Moon Sedalia , Mo 55.00 DNF
20 14 95 Kevin Blackburn Fulton , Mo 54.00 DNF

Be sure to visit CMS online at for 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 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

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

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