Central Missouri Speedway win goes to Moody
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August 20, 2016  |  by Sam Stoecklin

WARRENSBURG, Mo.—Championship racing continued at Central Missouri Speedway (CMS) on 610 Sports Radio Race Night along with a salute to Camp Valor and Military Personnel stationed at Whiteman Air Force Base and the surrounding areas.

A total of 95 cars checked in for competition in the Pure Stock, B-Mod, Allstar Midget Series, Midwest Mod-Lite, Street Stock and USRA Modified divisions. The night’s program featured 14 preliminary heat races and 6 main events, for a total of 20 races for the fans in the stands, who were on their way home by 10:35 p.m.

Prior to the start of racing, wounded warriors and their families were recognized from nearby Camp Valor and military personnel were also recognized for their sacrifices and commitment to the freedom of the United States of America as the crowd gave them a big round of applause.

The final set of heat races saw the USRA Modifieds back in action as Jim Moody held point and claimed the opening heat win over Ryan Middaugh and Gunner Martin. In the second heat, Brian Johnson cruised to a convincing win over Shad Badder and Nathan Vaughn while in the final heat of the night, Matt Dotson moved up from inside row two to claim the win over Dalton Kirk and Danny Scrogham.

For the second consecutive week, the USRA Modified main event went right to the end with another intense and exciting battle for the $1,000 weekly race payout. With four lead changes, the fans were treated to another exciting race as Jim Moody and Matt Dotson raced hard for the victory on a challenging race surface in turns one and two.

Shad Batter and Dotson began the race on row one with Brian Johnson and Dalton Kirk close behind. While Kirk ran strong early on, he eventually encountered an early retirement from the race. Johnson ran near the front in the race’s early stages until he also encountered problems while running third along with track point’s leader Kevin Blackburn, who later recovered to a twelfth-place finish.

With Dotson showing the way, fifth-starting Moody began working his way towards the top three by lap five when the first caution flag waved over the field. For the restart, Dotson then led Badderody, Johnson, Nathan Vaughn, and Ryan Middaugh.

As the drivers searched for the best method to navigate the turn one and two area, Dotson led the first six laps until the first change for the lead occurred on lap seven as Moody, already a two-time winner this season, moved past Dotson for the lead. Moody led laps 7 through 11 before the pair ran nearly even at the line with Dotson moving back out front to lead lap 12 in front of Moody, who retook the lead a lap later.

Johnson and Blackburn’s top-five runs ended in between turns one and two as the caution flew on lap 16 to slow the field with both drivers going to the back on the restart. On the ensuing restart, Robby Test’s strong run also came to an end as he fell from sixth to the tail of the field after a spin in turn two.

For the closing laps, Dotson kept pace with Moody as he searched high and low for a way around Moody. The two drivers mastered the turns and separated themselves from the rest of the field as behind them, the close-quarters racing led to one final caution as top-five running Gunner Martin encountered a spin on lap 21. Martin reported to the hot pit area but his crew informed him that too much damage had occurred as he also retired from the race.

For the final four lapsody kept Dotson behind him even though his preferred line was beginning to fade away. Moody eventually held on despite a furious last-lap charge by Dotson to take his third main-event win of the year.

In victory lane Moody said, “It’s always tough with the 88 (Dotson) breathing down your neck!” Dotson finished in second position with Badder in third. Ryan Middaugh had another exceptional CMS run to finish in the fourth position while Danny Scrogham also turned in a strong top-five run in the fifth position.

Championship weekly racing continues next weekend with competition in the USRA Modified, Street Stock, B-Mod, and Pure Stock divisions. The Allstar Midget Series will also return to CMS.

Pit Gates open at 4:30, Grandstands at 5, Driver’s Pill Draw Cutoff 6:15 (no passing points for late drivers), Pit Meeting 6:30, Hot Laps at 7, and Racing at 7:30. Adult Admission is $12, Military w/I.D. $10, Seniors 65 and up $10 and College Students with student I.D. $10, Kids 6 to 12 years $5, children five and under and senior citizens 75 and over free, all pit passes are $30.

For any new drivers wishing to race at CMS, registration is now just $10 for the remainder of the season for USRA Modified, B-Mod, Street Stock, and Pure Stock drivers. There is no registration fee for guest classes at CMS. This Saturday 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.

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.

Find CMS on Twitter @CMSgoing_green. Keep up with CMS news and information by pointing your browser to www.centralmissourispeedway.net. Join our email group at info@centralmissourispeedway.net. Find us on YouTube at CMS Going Green! Like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/pages/Central-Missouri-Speedway.

CMS and Lakeside Speedway are once again teaming up for their end-of-season banquets for a single night of awards, camaraderie and bench-racing, food, music, and fun on November 5th at the Blue Springs Elk’s Lodge. Stay tuned for further details in the coming weeks as the race season nears completion in September.

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, RockAuto.com, and Seeburg Mufflers.

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United States Racing Association
USRA Weekly Racing Series
Central Missouri Speedway, Warrensburg.
Saturday, Aug. 20, 2016

1. (5) 00M Jim Moody, Odessa
2. (2) 88D Matt Dotson, Hallsville
3. (1) 73B Shad Badder, Bates City
4. (7) 21 Ryan Middaugh, Fulton
5. (11) 92 Danny Scrogham, Peculiar
6. (14) 5K Colson Kirk, Urbana
7. (6) 12V Nathan Vaughn, Sedalia
8. (15) 68 Dean Wille, Warrensburg
9. (18) 1K Tim Karrick, Basehor, Kan.
10. (20) 9D Dwight Niehoff, Neosho
11. (17) 0 Richard Layne, Kansas City
12. (8) 26K Kevin Blackburn, Fulton
13. (22) 24JR James Dean Eaton, Bates City
14. (23) 3J Lewis Jackson, Wellsville, Kan.
15. (13) 32P Nick Pence, Raymore
16. (16) 2 Mike Eisenhut, Topeka, Kan.
17. (19) X25 Travis Ruff, Belton
18. (9) 75 Gunner Martin, Independence
19. (10) 27T Robbie Test Jr., Jefferson City
20. (4) 30 Dalton Kirk, Edgerton, Kan.
21. (3) 97K Brian Johnson, Independence
22. (12) 17KK Kyle Westerhold, Blue Springs
23. (21) 82 David Wood, Richmond
DNS - 00 Justin Plumb, Peculiar

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