Lyle claims opening night win at Central Missouri Speedway
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September 3, 2016  |  by Sam Stoecklin

WARRENSBURG, Mo.—Night one of the Labor Day Weekend at Central Missouri Speedway is now in the books and after all was said and done, Chad Lyle drove to the win in the USRA Modified main event.

For the USRA Modified main event, Brian Johnson and Chad Lyle led the charge with Johnson in search of his first 2016 win while Lyle gunned for his second modified win of the season. Johnson jumped out to an early race lead but it only lasted a brief second as a scary incident occurred coming off of turn two involving several cars. With challenging track conditions, several cars got together coming off the turn two area triggering a multi-car crash. After the cleanup completed, the cars of Tim Karrick, Danny Scrogham, Dwight Niehoff, Scotty Martin, Travis Ruff, and Bill Carter were unable to continue on. Thankfully, although shaken up and sore from the safety belts, all drivers while disappointed checked out okay from the Emergency Services responders.

After a long delay, racing resumed with another yellow flag flying on lap two as Nick Pence’s car spun in turn three just in front of Bubba Harvey and Tyler Schmidt. In a separate incident Robby Test encountered problems in turn two as all these competitors also retired early from the event.

With drivers on edge, racing again resumed with Johnson, Lyle, Shad Badder, and Kyle Covert close behind. It didn’t take long for Lyle to assume command of the race as he edged Johnson for the lead with Badder, Covert, and Nathan Vaughn running in the top five. By lap nine, Lyle pulled out to a five-car length advantage with Johnson and Badder comfortable in their top three spots. However, behind them, a furious battle ensued with Jim Moody and Kevin Blackburn making their way towards the front challenging for the top five.

A late-race yellow for a stalled car slowed the field one final time giving drivers one more try at dethroning Lyle at the top. Johnson stayed close on this restart and pressured Lyle while Moody found a way around Badder to take third. Moody fought hard to gain second on Johnson for several laps as Blackburn also went around Moody in the closing stages. In the end, Lyle scored his second triumph of the year over Brian Johnson, who finally was able to shake some bad luck to score his best finish of the year in second. Moody settled for third with Blackburn advancing to fourth from 16th on the starting grid. Badder, Vaught, Covert, Colson Kirk, Mickey Burrell, and Chase Domer completed the top ten.

The season comes to a close on Sunday night with the $3,000-to-win USRA Main Event, the night also features the ULMA Late Models in their second-to-last championship point’s earning race of the year. USRA B-Mods and the Allstar Midget Series are also set to race on Sunday. Some of the top USRA Modified drivers in the MO-KAN region will be on hand for this event and the best-of-the-best in ULMA drivers will race hard to earn valuable association points as their season comes to a close.

For complete details regarding Sunday night at CMS, visit and click on the “Labor Day Weekend at CMS” tab on the main page. On the link tab, site visitors will find order of events, race purses, entry fees, general track information, laps for events, and much more about the weekend.

On Sunday night (Monday is a holiday), fans and drivers are invited to stick around for an after-race CMS Barn Party featuring karaoke and music by Char. Everyone is invited to close out the season with a night of music, fun. Although there are plenty of tables and places to hang out in the large facility, adult patrons are invited to bring a chair, coolers with beverages of their choice and snacks. No concessions will be available.

There are no “track registration fees” for any classes throughout the weekend; however, USRA drivers must have a USRA license or purchase a USRA temp license on-site in order to compete. ULMA Late Model drivers will also need to possess the ULMA yearly license or purchase a $10 temp license on site. There are entry fees for USRA Modified drivers on Sunday and B-Mod Drivers on Saturday.

There are no reserved pit stalls at CMS, pits fill up on a first-come, first parked basis. There is plenty of room in the pits; however, only race haulers/trailers are permitted in the pit area. Personal vehicles are not permitted in the pit area. Parts deliveries may be made; however, the drop-off vehicle must immediately exit the pit area after dropping off any parts, fuel, or other racing-related deliveries.

Primitive camping is permitted on the grounds of CMS. All overnighters must inform the pit office of their arrival and the location in which they will be camping. Camp fires are only permitted in containment fire pits. There are no dump-sites on the grounds.

Shad Badder will be on hand to help raise money for Homes for Our Troops as he will give 2-seater Modified rides for a charitable donation of $50 each for approximately 3 to 5 laps at speed around the track. The Homes for Our Troops volunteer crew will be on hand Sunday night raising funds for the organization and plans to raffle off a home-made patriotic themed coffee table (see website for picture). Homes for Our Troops builds homes for returning wounded and disabled veterans.

Sunday, September 4th - Track points awarded to USRA Modifieds. USRA Modifieds will also earn National USRA Points. ULMA Late Models will earn their sanction points. Allstar Midgets will earn their sanction points. USRA B-Mods will earn USRA National points only (track points will NOT be awarded to B-mods).

For Sunday, September 4th, 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 $15, Military w/I.D. $12, Seniors 65 and up $12 and College Students with student I.D. $12, Kids 6 to 12 years $5, children five and under and senior citizens 75 and over free, all Sunday night pit passes are $35.

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 Join our email group at Find us on YouTube at CMS Going Green! Like us on Facebook at

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, Sept. 3, 2016

1. (2) 33 Chad Lyle, Oak Grove
2. (1) 97K Brian Johnson, Independence
3. (17) 00M Jim Moody, Odessa
4. (16) 26K Kevin Blackburn, Fulton
5. (5) 73B Shad Badder, Bates City
6. (7) 12V Nathan Vaughn, Sedalia
7. (4) 7D7 Kyle Covert, Topeka, Kan.
8. (10) 5K Colson Kirk, Urbana
9. (22) 73 Mickey Burrell, Fair Grove
10. (12) 227 Chase Domer, Nevada
11. (21) 30 Dalton Kirk, Edgerton, Kan.
12. (23) 24JR James Dean, Eaton Bates City
13. (20) 19K Eddie Bray Jr., Archie
14. (27) 98 Chris Giles, Independence
15. (14) 40 Jessy Willard, Mound City, Kan.
16. (8) 32P Nick Pence, Raymore
17. (19) 66T Tyler Schmidt, Easton, Kan.
18. (25) 27T Robbie Test Jr., Jefferson City
19. (13) 21 Ryan Middaugh, Fulton
20. (18) 3 Lawrence Harvey, Kansas City, Kan.
21. (3) 1K Tim Karrick, Basehor, Kan.
22. (6) 92 Danny Scrogham, Peculiar
23. (9) 9D Dwight Niehoff, Neosho
24. (11) 75RPM Scotty Martin, Independence
25. (15) X25 Travis Ruff, Belton
26. (24) 14C Bill Carter, Kansas City, Kan.
DNS - 209 Josiah Stephens, Grain Valley

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