Strong finishing Out-Pace USRA B-Mod season on a roll at Lucas Oil Speedway
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August 25, 2016  |  by Lyndal Scranton

WHEATLAND, Mo.—You can't blame Shawn Strong if he's sorry to see the Ozark Golf Cars USRA B-Mod season coming to an end with this Saturday's program at Lucas Oil Speedway.

Strong is thundering down the regular-season stretch with wins in the last two features on the heels of back-to-back second-place finishes. He seeks one more win this week at the Bill Roberts Chevrolet-Buick Season Championship Night Presented by KYOO-Your Country 99 & KPOW-Power 97.7

"Lucas Oil Speedway has been really good to me this year. They've had a really good race track," said Strong, the Tailgate Guys Radio Show Spotlight Driver of the Week.

The Billings resident said he and crew chief Mike Warnow have hit on a fast set-up for his Larry Shaw Race Car that he purchased over a year ago.

"We really haven't had a lot of races over the last couple of summers," Strong explained. "We've been playing with that car ever since we got it and pulling to the race track and trying something new every week, trying to find something that would make it better than the rest.

"Finally, about a month and a half ago, we got what we were looking for. It's been pretty good ever since."

Strong captured his first win of the season on June 25 at Lucas Oil Speedway when he beat points leader J.C. Morton in a Thursday-night special. After that, he missed a couple of races to refresh a motor, effectively dropping him out of the points chase.

But since returning, Strong said "it's pretty much been a top-three car ever since. It's just a credit to the Shaw car and the sponsors that are on it."

He also praised Warnow, who makes the drive from Mount Vernon to help work on the car at least one night a week.

"I absolutely can't and won't do this without him," Strong said of Warnow. "He's a huge, huge benefit to my program."

Strong, 37, has been racing on area tracks for about 10 years. After a couple of years in Street Stocks, he found a home in the B-Mod division and has no intention of trying anything else.

His biggest victory came in the spring of 2015, when he captured the $9,000 Battle of the Bullring at Humboldt Speedway in Kansas.

"Humboldt and Wheatland have turned out to be two of my better race tracks for some reason," Strong said. "They seem to fit my style."

"I love the competition," Strong added of the B-Mod class. "No matter where you go, and Lucas for sure, you aren't going to miss it (set-up) by a little bit and win. The competition is so good."

The affordability of the B-Mod compared to the A-Mod and the uniformity of the USRA rules package also makes it an attractive option.

"With the USRA rules we can pretty well go to any race track in the country," Strong said. "Plus, there are good-money races we can run six or seven times a year. It's fun to get out and travel with this group of people. It's just a really good class."

Strong has some B-Mod specials on his schedule after the Lucas season ends this week. Included are trips to Legit Speedway in West Plains for a $5,000-to-win event and a $20,000 special in Fountain City, Wis.

"Hopefully we'll keep the momentum going," Strong said. "I just have to thank my sponsors. Without them, none of this would be possible."

Those sponsors include Larry Shaw Race Cars, Bill and Wanda Gilman, Afco Racing Products, Dynatech Headers, Midwest Sheet Metal, Ruble Racing Engines, R&R Graphics and Base Heating and Cooling.

The Pitts Homes USRA Modifieds, ALPS Food Stores ULMA Late Models and Carson's Corner NAPA Street Stocks also will be in action on Saturday. Gates open at 5 p.m. with hot laps at 7 and racing at 7:30.

Also on Saturday, the American Cancer Society hosts the Hickory County Relay for Life Cancer Survivor Night. Cancer survivors in attendance can sign-up for the 2016 Relay for Life at Lucas Oil Speedway and receive free admission to the race. It's also Public Safety Appreciation Night as all police, fire, and rescue personnel are admitted free with ID.

The Tailgate Guys Radio Show, with co-hosts Lyndal Scranton and Steve Koehler, airs each Saturday on AM 1340 KICK and online at 1340BigTalker.com. More info on the show, which includes a weekly Lucas Oil Speedway update, can be found at Facebook.com/TailgateGuysRadio.

Lucas Oil Speedway is located at Highways 83 and 54 in Wheatland, Missouri. A campground with shower and bathroom facilities is also available. With it's entrance located just outside the pit gate this sprawling scenic camping facility will continue to enhance the racing experience at the Diamond of Dirt Tracks.

Click www.LucasOilSpeedway.com for more information and detailed directions to the speedway or call the Track Hotline at (417) 282-5984. In addition, fans can get social with Lucas Oil Speedway by following @LucasSpeedway on Twitter, clicking "Like" at www.facebook.com/LucasOilSpeedway and on www.youtube.com/LucasOilSpeedway.



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