Kirk, Ebert victorious at Central Missouri Speedway
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July 18, 2015  |  by Sam Stoecklin

WARRENSBURG, Mo.—The 2015 season continued Saturday night at Central Missouri Speedway (CMS) for 610 Sports Radio night at the races. In a brisk-moving program completed before the 10 o’clock hour, Dalton Kirk of Edgerton, Kan., claimed his first-ever USRA Modified win at CMS and Jacob Ebert continued his winning ways with his fourth win in a row and eighth overall in USRA B-Mod competition.

B-Mods competed under the USRA banner Saturday night in three heat races prior to the main event. Double-duty driver Brett Wood captured the win in heat one ahead of Dallas White and Jacob Ebert. Former main-event winner Troy Carlyle finished ahead of Cody Frazon and Jason Billups in heat two while Richard Brainard bested Eddie Bray, Jr. and Curtis Berry in the final prelim.

Wood and Carlyle occupied the front row for the 15-lap main event by virtue of their accumulated passing points from the heat races with Brainard and Bray in row two. Carlyle paced the early laps in a race that saw six caution periods for various spins. Ebert quickly made his way into the top three from his fifth-starting position by lap three and began to put heavy pressure on Carlyle for the lead. In fact, on several occasions Ebert appeared to be out front but caution flags flew early in the event and with the field realigning based upon the last-completed lap, Carlyle held the lead on the restarts.

On lap nine Ebert made the pass for the lead finally stick as he overtook Carlyle who could not keep his car pinned to his preferred line as the race wore on. Eddie Bray and Brett Wood ran solidly inside the top five early on but Bray’s run ended when he went for a spin in turn one after contact with another driver. Bray methodically worked his way back to a respectful sixth-place finish after going to the tail after a restart.

Like he had done seven times before Ebert found the preferred line around the track and once again made it work for his eighth win this season. Ebert has more main-event wins than any driver this year at the track. Kearney, Missouri’s Troy Carlyle settled for second unable to make a charge back to the lead. Wood recorded his best B-mod finish of the year in third with Cody Frazon returning turning in a fourth-place run ahead of Brainard who crossed the line in fifth.

The always exciting ‘Mighty’ Modifieds closed out the night with their main-event, which was one for the memory books. However, before the lineup was determined attending drivers competed in three heat races. USRA national and track points leader Terry Schultz led Aaron Marrant and Tyler Schmidt across the line in that order for heat race number one. Gunner Martin, second in points so far this season finished ahead of Lewis Jackson and Curt Rackers for heat two. Tim Karrick of Basehor, Kansas bested Nick Pence and Mark Schafman in heat three to finish off heat-race action.

Schultz and Martin began the 25-lap main event on row one in front of Karrick and Marrant when the initial green flag waved. From the onset the fans realized they were in for a treat as multi-lane racing occurred all throughout the lineup. Schultz grabbed the point early only to briefly lose the lead to Karrick in the race’s early stages. With Karrick choosing the low side and Schultz up high, the two veterans raced hard to stay out front but Marrant had his own surprise in mind and eventually snuck by both Shultz and Karrick with a bid for the win by lap seven.

Marrant led the blistering pace up front using up the high side of the track and then some to maintain his lead. A second caution slowed the field on lap ten and with Marrant leading Karrick, Schultz, Rackers, Schafman, and Dalton Kirk.

For the ensuing restart Marrant still held the top spot but behind the dynamics of the furious race changed when several cars got together near turn two with Karrick and Johnny Fennewald receiving the worst end of the caution that flew and having to restart at the tail of the field.

Once the race returned to green-flag action Kirk had advanced from his thirteenth starting position to take the lead by lap 14, dropping Marrant back to second in front of Schultz and Rackers. Meanwhile Schafman’s strong run inside the top six earlier came to an end after being involved in a second caution flag incident.

For the final 11 laps Kirk paced the field and never looked back claiming his first-ever CMS victory with Marrant running a strong second. Rackers got by Schultz late in the race to take third with Schultz finishing fourth just ahead of fifteenth-starting Jason Bodenhamer who advanced ten spots to claim fifth.

Tyler Schmidt advanced to sixth at the conclusion of the race with Karrick rebounding to seventh after going to the tail during one of the caution flags. Fennewald also came forward in the event finishing eighth, Danny Scrogham and Richard Layne rounded out the top ten finishers. In victory lane, a relieved Kirk thanked his crew and sponsors for their hard work and dedication on his car.

Next Saturday, July 25, is KIX 105.7 and Budweiser night at the races. We’re just a couple of weeks away from Kid’s Night at the speedway on Saturday, August 1st. CMS is currently taking donated items to use for stuffing the goodie bags that all kids up to the age of 12 will receive on their big night. Planned events for the kids include a chance to win bicycles and backpacks, plus 6 different age groups in boys and girls divisions will compete in foot races on the track during intermission.

Each child up to age 12 will receive a free hot dog and drink courtesy of track owners Earl and Susan Walls and every child will go home with a goodie back stuffed full of various school supplies, trinkets, coupon, and other surprises just for attending. To donate to kid’s night, bring your items to the races on July 25th or drop them off at the track the morning of August 1st by 10 a.m., prior to the track staff making final arrangements for the event.

Check out CMS online at www.centralmissourispeedway.net for all the latest schedule updates, news, and information! On race day, 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.

Pit Gates open at 4:30, Admission Gates open at 5, driver's pill draw cutoff is at 6:15 (no passing points awarded to driver if late draw), Drivers Meeting at 6:30, Hot Laps at 7, and Racing at 7:30! General Admission Adults $12, Military/Students w/ID $10, Seniors 65 and over $10, Kids 6 to 12 years $5, all children 5 and under free! Permanently confined to wheelchair, free! All weekly racing pit passes are $30. On race day call the track report line at 660-747-2166.

CMS is located just past the round-a-bout on Hwy 13 three and a half miles north of Warrensburg, Missouri from the junction of Highways 50 and 13. From the Interstate 70 Higginsville/Warrensburg Hwy 13 exit, the track is located 12.5 miles south on Hwy 13.

CMS thanks its primary sponsors for their support this season! Cliff Harris Warrensburg Ford, Budweiser, KMZU 100.7 FM, Sunoco Race Fuels, Pepsi, KMMO FM 102.9, Midwest Coatings, Better Country KIX 105.7 FM, Comfort Inn Warrensburg Station, 610 Sports Radio Kansas City, KRLI FM 103.9 & KAOL 101.3 FM The Grenade, 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, RockAuto.com, DQ Grill & Chill of Warrensburg, Blue Springs Chiropractic, Economy Lumber, Brooks Automotive LLC, Kleinschmidt's Western Store, OK Tire Stores, Eickleberry Concrete & Construction, Finish Line Performance, Wolf Tire Service, Rod End Supply, JA Performance and Outdoor Services, Seeburg Mufflers, RockAuto.com and RacinDirt.com.

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OFFICIAL RESULTS
United States Racing Association
USRA Weekly Racing Series
Central Missouri Speedway, Warrensburg, Mo.
Saturday, July 18, 2015

USRA B-MODS

Feature:
1. 94 Jacob Ebert, Oak Grove
2. 44 Troy Carlyle, Kearney
3. 77b Brett Wood, Warrensburg
4. 73 Cody Frazon, LaMonte
5. 3b Richard Brainard, Sedalia
6. 19k Eddie Bray, Archie
7. 10 Johnny McGinnis, Hardin
8. 9jr Ralph Reuscher, Kansas City
9. 77 Ernie Walker, Sedalia
10. 03 Chris Brockway, Warrensburg
11. 12 Olen Stephens, Warrensburg
12. 28s Bill Small, Holden
13. 44d Dean Truelove, Blue Springs
14. 09 Derrick Mahoney, Liberty
15. 33j Jason Billups, Holt
16. 23b Curtis Berry, Raymore
DQ - 53 Dallas White, Centerview
DNS - 23t Tim Smith, Concordia
DNS - 69 Patrick Brown, Smithton

USRA MODIFIEDS

Feature:
1. 30 Dalton Kirk, Edgerton, Kan.
2. 70 Aaron Marrant, Richmond
3. 22 Curt Rackers, Holt Summit
4. 90 Terry Schultz, Sedalia
5. 03 Jason Bodenhamer, Centerview
6. 66T Tyler Schmidt, Easton, Kan.
7. 1k Tim Karrick, Basehor, Kan.
8. 21 Johnny Fennewald, Appleton City
9. 92 Danny Scrogham, Peculiar
10. 0 Richard Layne, Kansas City
11. 17k Kyle Westerhold, Blue Springs
12. 32p Nick Pence, Raymore
13. 82 David Wood, Richmond
14. 3j Lewis Jackson, Wellsville, Kan.
15. 19k Eddie Bray, Archie
16. 00k Zack Gilmore, Kansas City
17. 86 Buddy Benedict, Independence
18. 34 Mark Schafman, Edwardsville, Kan.
19. 75 Gunner Martin, Blue Springs
DNS - 209 Josiah Stephens, Grain Valley



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