Checkered flag for Martin at Central Missouri Speedway
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July 16, 2016  |  by Sam Stoecklin

Gunner Martin won the USRA Modified feature.

WARRENSBURG, Mo.—The weather and track surface dried out late in the week and for Saturday evening’s race program, which provided eager race fans a night of family fun on 610 Sports Radio Night at the Central Missouri Speedway.

After some long hours by the track prep crew this week, the high-banked racing surface was racy and fast as 88 drivers produced some thrilling racing for the fans throughout the evening. The weekly racing series feature winners included Gunner Martin from Independence in the USRA Modified feature as claimed his fourth feature win of the season.

This week in the always tight and competitive USRA Modified heat races, the fans were entertained to some side-by-side action with 22 drivers registered. Aaron Marrant powered ahead to the win in heat one just ahead of Kevin Blackburn and Dwight Niehoff. Shad Badder crossed the finish line in front of Tim Karrick and Dalton Kirk in heat two while the final heat of the evening saw Gunner Martin charge ahead to the checkers with Eddie Bray, Jr., and Nathan Vaughn in the top three.

The 22 USRA Modified drivers once again exhibited their excellent driving skills as Shad Badder led the early portion of the 25-lap feature. After a few early cautions, Badder started to pull away from the field but Gunner Martin stalked the leader until he motored down low on the back stretch after a lap 16 restart to seize the lead.

Badder was strong throughout but the hard charger of the night was Jim Moody who started 22nd and picked his way through the field into the top three by lap 20. Martin proved to be resilient though as the double checkers flew for him for his fourth feature win this year. Badder hung on to second after the final restart as Moody claimed third with a solid run from deep in the field. Kevin Blackburn had another solid run into fourth while Marrant settled for the fifth position at the race’s conclusion.

Join us again next weekend for the featured $1,500 to-win Street Stock special make-up event. All Pit passes will remain at $30 for the racing program next Saturday. The weekly program also includes the USRA Mighty Modifieds and USRA sanctioned B-mods along with the Pure Stocks on Heartland Waste race night.

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.

Pit gates open at 4:30 with admission gates opening at 5. Driver pill draw cutoff is 6:15 (no passing points awarded to late-arriving drivers). Pit Meeting takes place at 6:30, followed by hot laps at 7, and racing at 7:30. For complete weekend details head over to and click on the Independence Day Weekend Special Event Info!

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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, July 16, 2016

1. (2) 75 Gunner Martin, Independence
2. (1) 73B Shad Badder, Bates City
3. (21) 00M Jim Moody, Odessa
4. (7) 26K Kevin Blackburn, Fulton
5. (3) 70 Aaron Marrant, Richmond
6. (10) 30 Dalton Kirk, Edgerton, Kan.
7. (11) 3J Lewis Jackson, Wellsville, Kan.
8. (8) 1K Tim Karrick, Basehor, Kan.
9. (9) 33 Chad Lyle, Oak Grove
10. (6) 12V Nathan Vaughn, Sedalia
11. (4) 19K Eddie Bray Jr., Archie
12. (15) 92 Danny Scrogham, Peculiar
13. (12) 0 Richard Layne, Kansas City
14. (16) 7D7 Kyle Covert, Topeka, Kan.
15. (20) B Allan Broers, Edgerton, Kan.
16. (19) 00 Justin Plumb, Peculiar
17. (17) 96 Dwayne Mitchell, Tipton
18. (5) 9D Dwight Niehoff, Neosho
19. (22) 5K Colson Kirk, Urbana
20. (18) X25 Travis Ruff, Belton
21. (14) 2D Dean Bachner, Olathe, Kan.
22. (13) 97K Brian Johnson, Independence

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