Martin captures Cliff Harris Warrensburg Ford Night victory at Central Missouri Speedway
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May 14, 2016  |  by Sam Stoecklin

Cool weather greeted fans and drivers at Central Missouri Speedway (CMS) on Cliff Harris Warrensburg Ford Race night during week four of the 2016 race season. On-track action kept things busy for fans with 96 cars competing in five divisions.

Gunner Martin from Independence claimed the USRA Modified feature for his second victory the season.

This week during the USRA “Mighty” Modified heat races, fans were entertained to some of the best racing action this season as drivers attempted to maximize their starting feature positions. Kevin Blackburn edged Brian Johnson and David Wood in heat one. Gunner Martin crossed the finish line ahead Terry Schultz and Nathan Vaughn in heat two. The third heat saw Chad Lyle taking the checkers ahead of Tyler Shaw and Matt Johnson. In the fourth and final heat, Steve Twenter won ahead of Danny Scrogham and Tyler Schmidt.

The USRA Modified contingent at CMS is among the best in the country and always produce some of the best racing of the night at CMS and last night was no different. For the start of the 25-lap main event, Gunner Martin assumed command at the front of the field as fellow front row starter Kevin Blackburn ran close behind in second. Blackburn hounded Martin for nearly the entire race distance and was joined by last year’s track champion Terry Schultz in the closing laps with Matt Johnson and Chad Lyle putting on a display of clean driving and smart decision making as they mastered the race surface inside the top five.

Despite several attempts on the high and low side, Martin turned back Blackburn’s repeated challenges until late in the race when Schultz took advantage of the high side and made his way into the runner-up spot. Blackburn then had his hands full with a classic battle to the finish as Martin drove to his second Modified victory this season with Schultz claiming second one spot in front of Blackburn, who posted his third-straight top three finish. Matt Johnson made a late-race pace on last week’s feature winner Chad Lyle for the fourth position as Lyle brought his car home in fifth.

Next week at CMS marks L.J.S. Graphics and Pepsi race night featuring weekly racing in all divisions. Pit gates will open at 4:30, grandstands at 5, driver pill draw cutoff is 6:15, pit meeting 6:30, hot laps at 7, and racing at 7:30. USRA Modifieds, Street Stocks, B-Mods, and Pure Stocks will all be in competition throughout the night.

Just one more regular race week is scheduled before the first Summer Holiday and Special Events Racing at CMS for the 2016 season. CMS added detailed event information to the track’s website at Once on the site, look for the “Memorial Day Weekend Info” tab, which includes information on purses throughout the weekend, admission prices, start times, and much more!

USRA Modified drivers should take note of the special bonuses offered by promoters Earl and Susan Walls for the big three summer holiday special events. For any driver who wins the Memorial Day $3,000-to-win race and then also wins the Tom Wilson Memorial over Independence Day weekend, and then goes on to win the $3,000-to-win race later in the year over Labor Day weekend, they will earn a $5,000 bonus for the clean sweep! If you add the base purse “to win” money for the three events together it totals $11,000, now add on another $7,500 in bonus money and that totals a whopping possible $18,500 going to a driver who sweeps all three events. However, there’s still a $2,500 bonus for any driver that doubles up and wins any two of the three big-money events this summer.

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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. Keep up with CMS on Twitter @CMSgoing_green. Like us on Facebook at Join our email group by emailing Keep up with CMS news and information by pointing your browser to Mention of driver names throughout this press release does not guarantee race appearances.

Contact Susan Walls at 816-229-1338 to join the CMS team of business partners, no calls after 8 p.m. There are several opportunities for your business to become involved in the exciting sport of dirt-track racing. No other sport has as many dedicated and loyal fans as weekly dirt racing. Car class sponsorship, event sponsorship, race night sponsorship, signage, points-sheet advertising, and special-event sponsorship are just a few of the ways to put your marketing and branding logo in front of the loyal race family!

CMS wishes to thank its 2016 primary sponsors for their support this season! Cliff Harris Warrensburg Ford, Budweiser, KMZU 100.7 FM, Sunoco Race Fuels, KMMO FM 102.9, Midwest Coatings, Better Country KIX 105.7, KSDL, and KSIS FM, Comfort Inn Warrensburg Station, KRLI FM 103.9 & KAOL 101.3 FM The Grenade, Pepsi, 610 Sports Radio Kansas City, Heartland Waste, and 'Today's New Hit Country' 95.3 FM KDKD.

This list of 2016 outstanding business partners includes: Victory Trophies & Plaques, Joslins Jewelry, Batliner Recycling, DQ Grill & Chill of Warrensburg, Blue Springs Chiropractic, Economy Lumber, Kleinschmidt's Western Store, OK Tire Stores, Eickleberry Concrete & Construction, LJS Graphics, Finish Line Performance, Wolf Tire Service, JA Performance and Outdoor Services,, and Seeburg Mufflers.

5-14-16 Main Event Results


Finish Start Car Driver Hometown
1 2 75  Gunner Martin  Independence , Mo
2 3 90  Terry Schultz  Sedalia , Mo
3 1 26K  Kevin Blackburn  Fulton , Mo
4 9 1X  Matt Johnson  Archie , Mo
5 6 33  Chad Lyle  Oak Grove, Mo
6 7 85S  Tyler Shaw  Mexico , Mo
7 13 68  Dean Wille  Warrensburg , Mo
8 5 97K  Brian Johnson  Independence , Mo
9 16 3BB  Nic Bidinger  Perry , Ks
10 19 42  Sam Florence  Kansas City, Mo
11 11 66T  Tyler Schmidt  Easton , Ks
12 17 82  David Wood  Richmond , Mo
13 12 3J  Lewis Jackson  Wellsville , Ks
14 24 3  Lawrence Harvey  Kansas City, Ks
15 15 32P  Nick Pence  Raymore , Mo
16 4 23  Steve Twenter  Sedalia , Mo
17 21 2D  Dean Bachner  Olathe , Ks
18 18 3B  Richard Brainard  Sedalia , Mo
19 22 22  Matt Plumb  Peculiar , Mo
20 8 92  Danny Scrogham  Peculiar , Mo DNF
21 10 12V  Nathan Vaughn  Sedalia , Mo DNF
22 20 00M  Jim Moody  Odessa , Mo DNF
23 14 73B  Shad Badder  Bates City, Mo DNF
24 26 X25  Travis Ruff  Belton , Mo DNF
25 25 19K  Eddie Bray Jr.  Archie , Mo DNS
26 23 03  Jason Bodenhamer  Centerview , Mo DQ

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