Outstanding early season rolls on at Central Missouri Speedway this Saturday
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May 10, 2017  |  by Sam Stoecklin

The forecast calls for near-perfect weather on Saturday and once again drivers and fans are set to converge on the Central Missouri Speedway grounds. Celebrate Mother’s Day Weekend at the action track with the USRA Modifieds and Out-Pace USRA B-Mods, plus Street Stocks, Midwest Mod-Lites and Pure Stocks.

Participating drivers in USRA Modifieds and Out-Pace USRA B-Mods have racked up huge points so far this season thanks to solid car counts. The more solid the car counts, the more points drivers earn and CMS has had no shortage of cars. CMS will never cut purses based on car counts and will do everything it can to put on the best program for drivers and fans.

After the track received several inches of rain heading into last week’s competition, the track was under water until Monday morning. Track personnel quickly went to work to get the race surface ready in time for last weekend’s racing and it held up amazingly well through the first two-thirds of the program, just after the guest class’ feature event last week, turns one and two presented some challenges to the crew and drivers for the final few events of the night.

This week, maintenance began on Sunday and grooming and prepping has continued since then, with the track being cut and bladed. This process was repeated on Monday with extra attention placed on the turns and heavy attention placed on the pad foot to pack the track as solidly as possible, particularly in turns one and two. The track was then pad footed again and cut to fill the holes.

Per track maintenance man, Todd Johnson: “When I left on Monday, the track looked good then.”

With mid-week moisture present, the crew will likely take a break until precipitation moves out of the area and then they will return to continue to work the surface for Saturday’s race program.

Early season leaders in each division includes Jim Moody pacing the USRA Modified field just ahead of defending champion Kevin Blackburn, who travels all the way from Fulton, Mo., to race at CMS. Steve Clancy leads as large field of Out-Pace USRA B-Mod drivers to show the way over Russ Niehoff, another long-distance traveler to CMS all the way up from Lockwood, Mo.

REMINDER: CMS reminds drivers and fans need to be alert and take alternate routes to CMS as bridge construction on Highway 13 just north of Warrensburg over the Blackwater River is closed just north of Warrensburg at the bridge. Alternate routes to CMS from the west include Highway 50 past Warrensburg to 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, exit on the Highway 13 bypass north to the track. From the Highway 50 bypass, the track is 5 miles north.

Weekly racing continues Saturday evening at CMS with pit gates opening 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 with i.d. and seniors ages 65-74 $10, kids ages 6-12 $5, children 5 and under and seniors 75 and older are FREE. Seniors 80 and older may receive free pit admission courtesy of promoter Earl Walls, who recently celebrated his own 80th birthday. All other pit passes are $30.

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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, 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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