Turner prevails in USRA Modifieds with Morton also taking Lucas victory
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May 14, 2016  |  by Lyndal Scranton

Eric Turner broke a long dry spell with a return to victory lane in the featured Pitts Homes USRA Modified division Saturday night at Lucas Oil Speedway. (Chris Bork photo)

Two weeks after a fiery ending in his bid to reach victory lane, Eric Turner was cool to the finish in busting a long spell of frustration.

"We were way due," Turner said Saturday night after holding off Jeff Cutshaw for the Pitts Homes USRA Modified feature at Lucas Oil Speedway.

Other feature victory on NMI Night at the Races Presented by Sport Boats USA included Timothy Brown (Carson's Corner NAPA Street Stocks), Aaron Marrant (ALPS Food Stores ULMA Late Models) and J.C. Morton (Ozark Golf Cars B-Mods).

A total of 92 cars in the four divisions checked into the pits on the cool, windy evening for Round Four of the Budweiser Weekly Championship Series.

Turner, from Hermitage, grabbed the lead from Steve Muilenburg on lap eight of the 25-lap feature and led the rest of the way. But it wasn't easy with multiple caution flags wiping out his lead, including one with a single lap remaining.

That put Bolivar's Cutshaw, the reigning track champ, on his tail. Turned held on, just barely for the $750 win, as Cutshaw dove to the low side in turn four.

"I could hear him talking to me, telling me to get out of the way," Turner joked of the final lap. "I was just trying to protect the bottom."

Asked how long it had been since his last win at Lucas Oil Speedway, the former track champ joked "about 38 years - it seems like. I don't know. A long time."

Turner was a serious contender for a win two weeks earlier, the last time the Modifieds raced, but his car erupted into flames and he had to make a hasty exit after pulling to the infield. But Turner said he drew upon the positives of running strong rather than the flip side.

"I have to thank (car owners) Richard and Christine Smith and all my sponsors," Turner said. "Things are turning around. I see a lot of good things happening and we're ready to kick some (butt) the rest of the year."

Cade Dillard of Many, La., a frequent USMTS Modified competitor, wound up third as he charged from an 18th starting position.

Dillard picked up the $100 Out-Pace Racing Products Hard Charger Award, which goes to the driver in the week's featured division gaining the most positions.

Morton takes B-Mod win: Springfield's Morton grabbed the lead on lap six and, hugging the low line around the track, hung on for his first B-Mod victory of the season.

The track's points leader had been knocking off consistent top-five finishes through the first three events - and finally celebrate a trip to victory lane.

"It was a heck of a race," Morton said. "Dad (Gene Morton) said Steve (Muilenburg) was a little faster, but we had the line and just protected it and made sure it didn't open up any."

Sparta's Muilenburg was second with Billings' Shawn Strong finishing third. Lebanon's Kris Jackson led early and found up fourth.

Points leader J.C. Morton earned his first Ozark Golf Cars USRA B-Mod win of the season. (Chris Bork photo)

Next up: Racing resumes next Saturday, May 21, with the Ozarks Coca-Cola/Dr Pepper Night at the Races Presented by KOZL 27. The Ozark Golf Cars B-Mods will be running a special 25-lap feature paying $500 to the winner.

Also in action will be the ALPS Foods Store ULMA Late Models, the Pitts Homes USRA Modifieds and the Carson's Corner NAPA Street Stocks.

Gates open at 5 p.m. with hot laps at 7 and racing at 7:30.

That will be the final weekly program before the 24th annual Lucas Oil Show-Me 100 Presented by Protecttheharvest.com rolls into Lucas Oil Speedway May 26-28.



A-Feature: 1. J.C. Morton (Springfield, MO), 2. Steve Muilenburg (Sparta, MO), 3. Shawn Strong (Billings, MO), 4. Kris Jackson (Lebanon, MO), 5. Tyler Brown (Richland, MO), 6. Scott Crigler (Alton, MO), 7. Kaeden Cornell (Willard, MO), 8. Russell Niehoff (Lockwood, MO), 9. Tyler Lewis (Columbia , MO), 10. Randy Gilmore (Wheatland, MO), 11. Jim Cihy (Warsaw, MO), 12. Robert Heydenreich (Bolivar, MO), 13. John Fellers (Elkton, MO), 14. Taylor Moore (Bois D Arc, Mo), 15. Donald Jackson (Lebanon, MO), 16. Kaden Miller (Cabool, Mo), 17. Jeff McNew (Blue Springs, MO), 18. Joshua Barnes (Maysville, MO), 19. Brian Myers (Lebanon, MO), 20. Logan Martin (West Plains, MO), 21. Kevin Barnes (Cameron, MO), 22. Andy Chrisenberry (Chilhowee, MO), 23. Matthew Hendren (Nevada, MO), 24. Carl Murphy (Caulfield , MO).

B-Feature: 1. Robert Heydenreich (Bolivar, MO), 2. Scott Crigler (Alton, MO), 3. John Fellers (Elkton, MO), 4. Brian Myers (Lebanon, MO), 5. Kaden Miller (Cabool, Mo), 6. Andy Chrisenberry (Chilhowee, MO), 7. Kevin Barnes (Cameron, MO), 8. Jeff McNew (Blue Springs, MO), 9. Nate Thomas (N/A, MO), 10. Logan Harms (Nevada, MO), 11. Brayton Skaggs (Fort Scott, KS), 12. Andy Bryant (Fort Scott, KS), 13. Gary Fain (Lone Jack, MO), 14. Jim Wooton (Belton, Mo).

Heat 1: 1. Taylor Moore (Bois D Arc, Mo), 2. Logan Martin (West Plains, MO), 3. Steve Muilenburg (Sparta, MO), 4. Jim Cihy (Warsaw, MO), 5. John Fellers (Elkton, MO), 6. Robert Heydenreich (Bolivar, MO), 7. Gary Fain (Lone Jack, MO), 8. Kevin Barnes (Cameron, MO).

Heat 2: 1. Matthew Hendren (Nevada, MO), 2. Kaeden Cornell (Willard, MO), 3. Carl Murphy (Caulfield , MO), 4. Randy Gilmore (Wheatland, MO), 5. Scott Crigler (Alton, MO), 6. Jeff McNew (Blue Springs, MO), 7. Nate Thomas (N/A, MO), 8. Logan Harms (Nevada, MO).

Heat 3: 1. Kris Jackson (Lebanon, MO), 2. JC Morton (Springfield, MO), 3. Joshua Barnes (Maysville, MO), 4. Shawn Strong (Billings, MO), 5. Andy Bryant (Fort Scott, KS), 6. Andy Chrisenberry (Chilhowee, MO), 7. Brayton Skaggs (Fort Scott, KS).

Heat 4: 1. Tyler Brown (Richland, MO), 2. Russell Niehoff (Lockwood, MO), 3. Tyler Lewis (Columbia , MO), 4. Donald Jackson (Lebanon, MO), 5. Brian Myers (Lebanon, MO), 6. Kaden Miller (Cabool, Mo), 7. Jim Wooton (Belton, Mo).


A-Feature: 1. Eric Turner (Hermitage, MO), 2. Jeff Cutshaw (Bolivar, MO), 3. Cade Dillard (Mony, La), 4. Logan Martin (West Plains, MO), 5. Aaron Marrant (Richmond, MO), 6. Nick Whitehead (Springfield, Mo), 7. Mike Striegel (Hermitage, MO), 8. Chris Tonoli (Hermitage, MO), 9. Jason Pursley (Hermitage, MO), 10. Scotty Bough (Nevada, MO), 11. Dylan Hoover (Vandalia, Mo.), 12. Tracy Wolf (Buffalo, MO), 13. Lance Town (Wellsville, KS), 14. Daniel Wosoba (El Dorado Springs, MO), 15. Donnie Fellers (Wheatland, MO), 16. James Lucas Gibbs (Udall , KS), 17. Dwight Niehoff (Lockwood, MO), 18. Lucas Dobbs (El Dorado Springs, MO), 19. Steve Muilenburg (Sparta, MO), 20. Mitch Keeter (Webb City, Mo), 21. Blonde Bomber Mitchell (Pea Ridge, Ar), 22. William Heath (Nevada City Ca, MO).

Heat 1: 1. Lucas Dobbs (El Dorado Springs, MO), 2. Dwight Niehoff (Lockwood, MO), 3. Steve Muilenburg (Sparta, MO), 4. Mike Striegel (Hermitage, MO), 5. Jason Pursley (Hermitage, MO), 6. Tracy Wolf (Buffalo, MO), 7. Blonde Bomber Mitchell (Pea Ridge, Ar), 8. William Heath (Nevada City Ca, MO).

Heat 2: 1. James Lucas Gibbs (Udall , KS), 2. Nick Whitehead (Springfield, Mo), 3. Scotty Bough (Nevada, MO), 4. Chris Tonoli (Hermitage, MO), 5. Lance Town (Wellsville, KS), 6. Daniel Wosoba (El Dorado Springs, MO), 7. Donnie Fellers (Wheatland, MO).

Heat 3: 1. Eric Turner (Hermitage, MO), 2. Dylan Hoover (Vandalia, Mo.), 3. Jeff Cutshaw (Bolivar, MO), 4. Aaron Marrant (Richmond, MO), 5. Logan Martin (West Plains, MO), 6. Cade Dillard (Mony, La), 7. Mitch Keeter (Webb City, Mo).

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