Dotson collects Memorial Day Weekend win at Central Missouri Speedway
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May 28, 2017  |  by Sam Stoecklin

One day after strong storms forced the cancellation of planned events at Central Missouri Speedway over the Memorial Day Weekend, Sunday afternoon into evening greeted drivers, crews and fans with outstanding weather for an action-packed night of racing.

Fans packed the stands to watch 129 drivers in five divisions headlined by 37 USRA Modifieds and 31 Out-Pace USRA B-Mods that competed throughout the evening in a 25-race program.

The track conditions presented challenges for drivers and the track maintenance crew, who did their best to keep the track safe for racing. Although the prep work added more time to the evening, all but a small minority in attendance agreed it was the best thing to do as the result was an improved race surface.

Highlighting the evening was a one-day $3,000-to-win USRA Modified program. The shortened format was obviously popular as 37 drivers came out in full force to compete. Ultimately, it was one of the largest Memorial Day Weekend car counts in the storied history of promoters Earl and Susan Walls years of hosting big-money summer holiday specials dating back to 1999.

Preliminary USRA Modified heat race action saw Matt Dotson, James Dean Eaton, Kerry Davis and Kevin Blackburn score victories. Jim Moody and Jon Sheets each won their respective B-mains. For the main event, Dotson, who was hot off first- and second-place finishes already during the weekend, started on the pole alongside Chanute, Kan.’s John Allen.

From the drop of the green flag it was obvious that Dotson was there to defend his win in last year’s May special event as he kept Allen and a strong running Ryan Middaugh behind him. Outside of the three-car tandem of Dotson, Allen and Middaugh, a furious battled ensued with Davis, Eaton, Chad Lyle, and Terry Schultz for several laps.

While Eaton eventually ran into troubles, the battle for fourth continued with Gunner Martin and Kevin Blackburn moving forward to challenge. A series early race cautions led to some anxious moments as drivers worked the surface to gain positions. At one point Schultz pulled up to challenge Allen and Middaugh in heavy lapped traffic using the high side. Meanwhile, Jim Moody and Shad Badder advanced several positions through the field until late in the race when both retired from the event, ending their bids for a victory.

As the laps wore down, Middaugh found a way to make the move for second as Allen slipped to third during a long green-flag period of racing. It was during the later portion of the event high-line driving Jon Sheets slipped over the berm in turns and ended up flipping over in a scary moment; however, Sheets gave the responding crew a thumb’s up that he was okay much to the delight of the crowd. The flip ended a strong run inside the top ten after Sheets transferred through a b-main.

Mayetta, Kan., driver Darron Fuqua found the middle lane to his liking in a fantastic battle with low-side running Allen and Lyle and high-line driving Schultz, which left the fans pleased with the fierce competition and close-quarters racing. The middle-lane paid benefits to Fuqua as he eventually made his way to a top-three finish.

At the close of the event, Dotson’s driving style made it look as though the car was guided by a rail, never becoming upset or losing momentum from the decisions he made to hit his marks and set himself up in the best racing line. Ultimately, this was the difference for Dotson, who sailed on to victory and defending his win from one year ago.

Ryan Middaugh of Fulton did all he could to gain ground on Dotson but once again posted a solid performance to add to his outstanding season so far by finishing second. Fuqua advanced from row eight to grab the third position with Allen fourth and Martin fifth. Rounding out the top ten were Lyle, Schultz, Dalton Kirk, Davis and Paden Phillips.

Thirty-one Out-Pace USRA B-Mod drivers raced their way through a series of heat races and a b-main event to establish the starting grid of the originally planned 20-lap event. Former track champion Brad Smith of Belton, Missouri started the night off with a heat-race victory. Troy Carlyle made his return to racing a successful one by advancing through the field to score a heat win as did Jim Moody and Dean Bachner. Luke Nieman mastered the field to score the B-main win as the field was now set for the main event.

Carlyle and Cole Campbell accumulated the highest passing points to earn the front row starting spots with Bachner and Steve Clancy close behind. Like the Pure Stock drivers, the B-Mod contingent struggled with finding a race rhythm throughout the caution-plagued and lap-shortened event.

Despite the challenges, several drivers displayed their skills and came up through the ranks to record strong finishes and there were some outstanding battles within the top five with Brad Smith, Jake Richards and Jim Moody as the trio swapped lanes and lines until Moody eventually grabbed the point and captured the win in the Bobby Russell-owned 7b car. Smith registered a strong return to CMS with a runner-up finish while two-time 2017 feature winner Richards finished third.

One of the best drives of the night was registered by Cody Brill who advanced from 16th to claim the fourth position, one spot in front of Steve Clancy, who recovered nicely to make his way back to a solid fifth-place finish. The bottom half of the top ten also saw strong and steady performances turned in by Carlyle, who finished in sixth just ahead of Lucas Isaacs, Luke Nieman turned his b-main victory into a strong run to eighth, Russ Niehoff was ninth and 18-year old Jace Gay rounded out the top ten.

CMS returns to regular weekly championship racing next Saturday evening. Start times are, Pit Gates open at 4:30, grandstands at 5, driver pill draw closes at 6:15. Warning: late drivers will not be awarded passing points. The pit meeting takes place at 6:30, hot laps roll out 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 in 2017 last April! All pit passes for the weekend are $30 per person.

Just announced, CMS is in search of the ‘Master of the Q at CMS’ during this year's Tom Wilson Memorial BBQ Bowl on Independence Day weekend. The Master of the Q will take home $500 for their winning BBQ! Master chefs should head over to the CMS Facebook page at and private message the track with their intent to enter the contest. Complete details are listed on the Facebook page and! If additional entries are not received in the next week, the event will not take place, so far just two chefs have thrown their name in the hat, CMS would like to get that number to at least four or five to continue with the cookoff.

CMS reminds drivers and fans to be alert and take alternate routes to CMS beginning May 8th as bridge construction begins on Highway 13 just north of Warrensburg over the Blackwater River, Highway 13 will close just north of Warrensburg at the bridge. 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. From the Hwy 50 bypass, the track is 5 miles north.

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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,, 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 USRA Weekly Racing Series
Central Missouri Speedway, Warrensburg, Mo.
Sunday, May 28, 2017


1. Matt Dotson (88d) Sturgeon, Mo 1
2. Ryan Middaugh (21) Fulton, Mo 4
3. Darron Fuqua (87) Mayetta, Ks 15
4. John Allen (03) Chanute, Ks 2
5. Gunner Martin (75) Sugar Creek, Mo 9
6. Chad Lyle (33) Oak Grove, Mo 7
7. Terry Schultz (90) Sedalia, Mo 8
8. Dalton Kirk (30) Edgerton, Ks 12
9. Kerry Davis (16s) Parkville, Mo 5
10. Paden Phillips (9d8) 13
11. Dennis Elliott (29) Mt Ayr, Ia 10
12. Wesley Summers (8W) Odessa, Mo 16
13. Danny Barker (96) Kansas City, Ks 14
14. Jessy Willard (40) 24
15. Shad Badder (10W) Bates City, Mo 22
16. Dean Wille (68) Warrensburg, Mo 19
17. Jon Sheets (8S) Nevada, Mo 18
18. James Dean Eaton (24JR) Bates City, Mo 3
19. Tim Karrick (1K) Basehor, Ks 11
20. Jim Moody (00M) Odesa, Mo 17
21. Kevin Blackburn (26K) Fulton, Mo 6
22. Zach Sanders (69) Kearney, Mo 21
23. Aaron Marrant (70) 20
24. Nathan Vaughn (12v) Sedalia, Mo 23


1. Jim Moody (7B) Odesa, Mo 6
2. Brad Smith (99) Belton, Mo 5
3. Jake Richards (17J) Lansing, Ks 13
4. Cody Brill (96) Harrisonville, Mo 16
5. Steve Clancy Jr (12C) Odessa, Mo 4
6. Troy Carlyle (44) Kearney, Mo 1
7. Lucas Isaacs (6) 10
8. Luke Nieman (181) Nortonville, Ks 18
9. Russell Niehoff (10R) Lockwood, Mo 9
10. Jace Gay (29) 8
11. Jacob Ebert (94) Oak Grove, Mo 19
12. Kameron Grindstaff (14) 21
13. Bob Nakoneczny (21B) Warrensburg, Mo 12
14. Chris Brockway (03) Warrensburg, Mo 17
15. Stephen McDowell (22) 15
16. Cody Frazon (73) LaMonte, Mo 11
17. Jeremy Lile (17K) Higginsville, Mo 14
18. Robert B Heydenreich (134) Bolivar, Mo 24
19. Dean Bachner (91) Olathe, Ks 3
20. Monty Mitchell (53) Windsor, Mo 23
21. Doug Wetzel (10x) Leeton, Mo 22
22. Rod Cordon (17c) Independence, Mo 20
23. Cole Campbell (22C) Mexico, Mo 2
DNS - Rex Harris (30) Urbana, Mo 7

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