Moody does double-take at Central Misouri Speedway
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June 25, 2016  |  by Sam Stoecklin

Jim Moody of Odessa, Mo., celebrates one of his two USRA Modified victories on the same night at Central Missouri Speedway.

WARRENSBURG, Mo.—Sizzling summer heat once again set in over the heartland as temperatures climbed well into the nineties on Midwest Coatings race night at Central Missouri Speedway. However, not even the soaring heat could dampen the spirits of the hearty race fans and 70 drivers on hand.

Fans in the stands had a rare opportunity to take in two USRA Modified main events as the night began with a previously weathered-out event from May 21. It was an interesting situation given the track condition early on usually only sees heat race action, but on this night, the USRA Modified drivers did not disappoint as they took to the track to begin their program.

Veteran CMS aces Tim Karrick and Jim Moody shared the front row for the make-up USRA Modified main event to star the night. Moody quickly paced the field early on to pull away with a comfortable lead over Karrick, Gunner Martin and Terry Schultz. The race remained green-flag status through the first 17 laps when Ron Westerhold’s car got upside down off of turn three and four. Westerhold was a bit shaken from the incident but was able to walk away from the incident.

When racing resumed, Martin continued to hound Moody up front as Schultz and Blackburn battled for the fourth position behind Karrick. On lap 19, the race was slowed for the final time for a quick caution involving two cars in turn four. Once the field was realigned Moody charged away from any pursuers to take his first main event win of the season after a string of bad luck.

In victory lane Moody stated, “I nearly quit it was getting so bad.”

This win will surely help Moody gain some confidence heading into the Tom Wilson Memorial BBQ Bowl race, which he is the defending winner. Martin finished second followed by Karrick, Schultz, Blackburn, Ryan Middaugh, Brian Johnson, Dean Wille, Craig Crossette and Tyler Shaw.

USRA Modifieds returned for their regularly scheduled events as the night continued on with 29 drivers taking to the track for four heat races. The opening heat race went to Moody from the sixth starting spot over Shaw and Middaugh. Schultz fought off a hard-charging Johnson for the win in heat two with Dwight Niehoff finishing third. The third heat race went to Lewis Jackson of Wellsville, Kan., over Wille and Martin. The final heat went to Matt Dotson ahead of Blackburn and Nic Bidinger.

The next race up was the USRA Modified B-Main event in which the top six cars transferred to the main event. Making their to the grid were Danny Scrogham, Jimmy Eaton Jr., Kevin Newell, Ronnie Woods, Nick Pence and Justin Plumb.

USRA Modifieds returned to close out the night’s events just as they had opened it with a 25-lap feature. Make-up feature winner Jim Moody and USRA national points leader Schultz led the field to the initial green flag racing. Moody and Schultz ran close during the initial stages with Moody once again asserting himself as the man to beat.

Schultz had his hands full with Dotson and track points leader Blackburn as the trio of drivers battled for second trying to keep Moody in their sight. The field slowed on lap 4 for debris in turn one but the race quickly resumed with Moody leading Dotson and Blackburn. Just outside of the top three Schultz and Wille were the latest drivers to have a classic battle to remain in the top 5. Lap after lap these men also ran several laps in close quarters racing without touching one another.

With Moody setting a blistering pace the drivers settled into their rhythm as the race remained in green flag racing status. Moody pulled away from Dotson and Blackburn as these two drivers also ran several laps side-by-side to sort out who would pull into second place. Blackburn preferred the low line while Dotson sailed around the high side. Behind these drivers Wille and Schultz continued their battle for fourth. On back, Shaw was on his way to his best-ever CMS performance as he ran closely with Karrick, Dalton Kirk, Justin Johnson and Brian Johnson.

In the waning laps, Moody, who borrowed a motor from Bobby Ruff that matched the track’s surface and Moody’s driving style perfectly, pulled away to claim his second-consecutive win of the night and solidifying himself in preparation for defending his $5,000 Tom Wilson Memorial BBQ Bowl win from last season. Blackburn prevailed in the battle for second with Dotson crossing the finish line third. Schultz edged Wille for fourth. Shaw, Karrick, Kirk, Justin Johnson and Brian Johnson completed the top 10.

Next week, special events racing returns to CMS with the Eleventh Annual Tom Wilson Memorial BBQ weekend of racing. Racing begins on Saturday with Pure Stocks, B-Mods, the $1,500-to-win Street Stock special, Allstar Midget Series, and night one qualifying for USRA Modifieds. Sunday, July 3rd racing features night two qualifying and the $5,000-to-win special event for USRA Modifieds, the ULMA Late Model Triple Crown Shootout, and USRA B-Mods.

For Saturday, July 2nd, Adult general admission is $15, Military w/I.D. and Senior Citizens 65 to 74 years $12, Kids six to twelve years older $5. Children five and under free and Seniors 75 years and older free. For Sunday, July 3rd, Adult general admission is $15, Military w/I.D. and Senior Citizens 65 to 74 years $12, Kids six to twelve years older $5. Children five and under free and Seniors 75 years and older free. Pit passes for the weekend are $35 each night.

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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. Admission prices for this weekend are: $12 adult general mission, $10 military with I.D., seniors 65 to 74 $10, kids aged 6 to 12 $5. Children 5 and under and seniors 75 and over free. Pit passes $30.

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, 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.

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United States Racing Association
USRA Weekly Racing Series
Central Missouri Speedway, Warrensburg, Mo.
Saturday, June 25, 2016


1. (1) 00M Jim Moody, Odessa
2. (4) 26K Kevin Blackburn, Fulton
3. (5) 88D Matt Dotson, Hallsville
4. (2) 90 Terry Schultz, Sedalia
5. (6) 68 Dean Wille, Warrensburg
6. (8) 85S Tyler Shaw, Mexico
7. (12) 1K Tim Karrick, Basehor, Kan.
8. (18) 30 Dalton Kirk, Edgerton, Kan.
9. (13) 7J Justin Johnson, Olathe, Kan.
10. (10) 97K Brian Johnson, Independence
11. (14) 75 Gunner Martin, Independence
12. (19) 92 Danny Scrogham, Peculiar
13. (7) 3BB Nic Bidinger, Perry, Kan.
14. (16) 73B Shad Badder, Bates City
15. (3) 3J Lewis Jackson, Wellsville, Kan.
16. (9) 9D Dwight Niehoff, Neosho
17. (23) 32P Nick Pence, Raymore
18. (11) 21 Ryan Middaugh, Fulton
19. (24) 00 Justin Plumb, Peculiar
20. (15) 66T Tyler Schmidt, Easton, Kan.
21. (22) 22K Kevin Newell, Wichita, Kan.
22. (20) 24JR James Dean Eaton, Bates City
23. (21) 53 Ronnie Woods, Mexico
24. (17) 12V Nathan Vaughn, Sedalia

Make-Up Feature (From May 21):
1. 00m Jim Moody, Odessa
2. 75 Gunner Martin, Blue Springs
3. 1k Tim Karrick, Basehor, Kan.
4. 90 Terry Schultz, Sedalia
5. 26k Kevin Blackburn, Fulton
6. 21 Ryan Middaugh, Fulton
7. 97k Brian Johnson, Independence
8. 68 Dean Wille, Warrensburg
9. 99c Craig Crossett, Valley Center, Kan.
10. 85s Tyler Shaw, Mexico
11. 24jr Jimmy Eaton, Bates City
12. 39 Luke Driskell, Stillwell, Kan.
13. 32p Nick Pence, Raymore
14. x25 Travis Ruff, Belton
15. 12v Nathan Vaughn, Sedalia
16. 22k Kevin Newell, Wichita, Kan.
17. 53 Ronnie Woods, Mexico
18. 17k Ron Westerhold, Blue Springs
19. 92 Danny Scrogham, Peculiar
DNS - 23 Steve Twenter, Sedalia
DNS - 33 Chad Lyle, Oak Grove
DNS - 2d Dean Bachner, Olathe, Kan.
DNS - 75rpm Scotty Martin, Independence
DNS - 25 Scotty Roberts, Columbia
DNS - 209 Josiah Stephens, Grain Valley
DNS - 17 Lucas Conley, Spring Hill, Kan.
DNS - 42 Sam Florence, Kansas City

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