Central Missouri Speedway victories go to Moody, Ebert
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April 22, 2017  |  by Sam Stoecklin

At the beginning of the week it looked as though weekend racing was not going to be possible. However, the skies parted and clear skies with cooler temps and wind poured on Saturday afternoon and into the evening for week number two of the championship season at Central Missouri Speedway.

There were 94 cars on hand for competition for 20 race events. After a long delay after a power failure in which starting positions had to be redrawn, the patient fans were treated to another week of spectacular racing. CMS wishes to apologize for the delay and will work hard to ensure that doesn’t happen again. Even still, we completed the entire program in just over three hours once the first green flag flew.

Out-PAce USRA B-Mods were 25 cars strong for their evening of action in four heat races and a 20-lap main event, which ultimately had to be cut to 15 due to time constraints. Russ Niehoff of Lockwood, Jacob Ebert of Oak Grove, Cody Brill of Harrisonville and Monty Mitchell of Windsor drove to victories in preliminary action.

In the feature event, Niehoff and Ebert led the field into turn one with Ebert edging Niehoff to lead the opening laps after a series of restarts. Once the drivers settled into race rhythm, the action was fantastic as Ebert had a pack of wolves breathing down his neck up front. Niehoff and Cody Brill ran multiple laps side-by-side with Monty Mitchell up front early on along with Cody Frazon and veteran racer Rusty Skaggs, who was making his first-ever appearance at CMS, close behind. Steve Clancy started eighth but found a way inside the top five to join the furious battle with the front-runners by moving to the high side to pass cars. In the final laps, Brill made things interesting with several attempts to overtake Ebert but the defending champ withstood all challengers and claimed his first main-event win of the year. Brill was second at the line with Niehoff once again turning in another strong run near the top in third. Clancy settled for fourth just ahead of Frazon in fifth while Rusty Skaggs made his CMS debut a good one coming home in sixth.

USRA Modifieds once again came on strong with a solid field of 24 drivers competing in three heat races to determine the starting grid for the night’s curtain call. In one of his strongest-ever showings at CMS, Jimmy Eaton edged Ryan Middaugh for the win in the opening heat with Blue Springs driver Kyle Westerhold coming on strong in heat two for the win. Last week’s main event winner, Jim Moody blasted to a victory in the final heat to setup a talent-rich main event grid.

Middaugh and Westerhold grabbed the most passing points and began the 25-lap main event from the front row. After a strong debut, Westerhold’s car looped around in turn one as many drivers took evasive action to avoid his stalled car. While most got away with only minor damage, unfortunately Westerhold’s night came to an early end. When green-flag conditions returned, it was Richmond, Missouri’s Aaron Marrant who shot to the front to pace the field ahead of Middaugh and Moody. In a repeat of last week’s opening laps, Middaugh and Moody fought hard for positions once again inside the top three as Moody eventually made his way around Middaugh to move into the runner-up spot.

Matt Dotson, Gunner Martin, Eaton and Dalton Kirk also ran near the front and battled for a spot inside the top five as Marrant led over Moody and Middaugh. Moody, who ran both high and low to find a way around Middaugh eventually reeled in Marrant as the two drivers mastered their way through lapped cars. With Marrant up high and Moody low, turn one was the scene of the pass for Moody as he grabbed the lead on lap ten. For the rest of the distance, Moody stretched his lead leaving Marrant and Middaugh to duel for second. After a nice run of green-flag laps, Moody eventually captured his second-consecutive victory and thanked his team for getting him to victory lane once again. Marrant finished second with Middaugh again turning in a solid run to finish third. Matt Dotson maintained fourth position throughout the night while defending champion Kevin Blackburn patiently made his bat from thirteenth on the grid with an outstanding run to fifth. Martin, Kirk, Tanner Mullens, Terry Schultz, and Chad Lyle rounded out the top ten to close out the night.

Racing resumes next Saturday, April 29th for KRLI & ‘The Grenade’ Radio Race Night at CMS. Pit Gates open at 4:30, grandstands at 5, driver pill draw closes at 6:15, late drivers will not be awarded passing points. The pit meeting takes place at 6:30, hot laps at 7:00 and racing begins at 7:30. General admission adults $12, Military w/I.D. and Seniors 65 to 74 $10, kids ages six to twelve $5, five years and under are free, seniors 75 and older are also free. Seniors 80 and older may receive free pit admission courtesy of promoter Earl Walls, who recently celebrated his own 80th birthday! All pit passes $30.

Beginning on Monday, May 8th, Highway 13 will close just north of Warrensburg at the Blackwater River for bridge construction. Alternate routes to CMS from the West include 50 Highway past Warrensburg to the Highway 13 north bypass or Interstate 70 from the Higginsville Exit then 12 miles south to the track. From the South on Highway 13 simply stay on the bypass around Warrensburg, the track is just north of the final roundabout. From the East, simply exit on the Highway 13 bypass north to the track.

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.

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CMS wishes to thank its 2017 primary sponsors for their support including Cliff Harris Warrensburg Ford, Budweiser, KMZU 100.7 FM, Sunoco Race Fuels, 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, College Town Apartments of Warrensburg, and Heartland Waste.

The list of 2017 business partners includes: Batliner Recycling, Kleinschmidt’s Western Store, OK Wheel Alignment, OK Tire Stores, Economy Lumber & Hardware, blue Springs Truck Line Inc., Brooks Auto LLC, Rick Darling Racing Engines/Head Porting, KMMO Radio, Sabre Solar LLC, KDKD Radio, LJS Graphics, Wilderness Ridge Tent & Canvas, DQ Grill & Chill of Warrensburg, Zaxby’s, Miller Lite, Victory Trophies & Plaques, Joslins Jewelry, Eickleberry Concrete & Construction, RockAuto.com, R & B Septic Services, O’Reilly Auto Parts, Wilderness Ridge Tent and Canvas, and Seeburg Mufflers. To join the CMS business partner team, call Susan Walls at (816) 229-1338. No calls after 8 p.m. please.

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United States Racing Association
Summit Racing USRA Weekly Racing Series
Central Missouri Speedway, Warrensburg, Mo.
Saturday, April 22, 2017


1. 5 Jacob Ebert, Oak Grove
2. 96 Cody Brill, Harrisonville
3. 10r Russell Niehoff, Lockwood
4. 12c Steve Clancy, Odessa
5. 73 Cody Frazon, LaMonte
6. 21r Rusty Skaggs, Fort Scott, Kan.
7. 32 Robbe Ewing, Stockton
8. 4w Jared Whitney, Brookline
9. 30 Rex Harris, Urbana
10. 10x Doug Wetzel, Leeton
11. B4 Brayton Skaggs, Fort Scott, Kan.
12. 91 Dean Bachner, Olathe, Kan.
13. 21b Bob Nakoneczny, Warrensburg
14. 36 Jeff Gray, Ozark
15. 11s Chris Stout, Oak Grove
16. 20 Michael Bixby, Harrisonville
17. 53 Monty Mitchell, Windsor
18. 98k Kenton Allen, Chanute, Kan.
19. 7b Bobby Russell, Smithville
20. 53w Dallas White, Centerview
21. 28s Bill Small, Holden
22. 14k Michael King, Warrensburg
23. 21p Darren Phillips, Clinton
24. 27 Jacob Callahan, Warrensburg
DNS - 03 Chris Brockway, Warrensburg


1. 00m Jim Moody, Odessa
2. 70 Aaron Marrant, Richmond
3. 21 Ryan Middaugh, Fulton
4. 88d Matt Dotson, Sturgeon
5. 26k Kevin Blackburn, Fulton
6. 75 Gunner Martin, Blue Springs
7. 30 Dalton Kirk, Edgerton, Kan.
8. 02 Tanner Mullens, Goddard, Kan.
9. 90 Terry Schultz. Sedalia
10. 33 Chad Lyle, Oak Grove
11. 24jr Jimmy Eaton, Bates City
12. 12v Nathan Vaughn, Sedalia
13. 73 Mickey Burrell, Fair Grove
14. 92 Danny Scrogham, Peculiar
15. 27t Robbie Test, Kaiser
16. 3j Lewis Jackson, Wellsville, Kan.
17. 9d Dwight Niehoff, Lockwood
18. 14 Kyle Graves, Fulton
19. 8 Nathan Gold, Springfield
20. 10w Shad Badder, Oak Grove
21. 1k Tim Karrick, Basehor, Kan.
22. 17k Kyle Westerhold, Blue Springs
23. 96 Danny Barker, Kansas City
24. 21c Chad Clancy, Polo

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