Blackburn, Moody collect Central Missouri Speedway victories
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June 24, 2017  |  by Sam Stoecklin

Kevin Blackburn won the USRA Modified feature.

Central Missouri Speedway gates swung open once again for weekly racing on Saturday night for Midwest Coatings Night with 87 cars checked in for competition, including 16 USRA Modifieds and 25 Out-Pace USRA B-Mods.

Out-Pace USRA B-Mods had four solid heat races as drivers continue to earn strong car-count points in the Summit USRA Weekly Racing Series this season. A pair of former champions began the night with a thriller in heat one as current point’s leader and defending champion Jacob Ebert and Brad Smith went for the win in in a fierce battle for the win as the pair put on a driver’s clinic. Ebert ended up prevailing in the intense race over Smith as the checkers flew. Another instant classic occurred in heat two as Russ Niehoff and Doug Wetzel ran door-panel-to-door-panel for nearly the entire race distance with Niehoff eventually coming away with the win over Wetzel. Heat three saw Kameron Grindstaff hold off the charges of Blake Pierce for the victory. In the final heat race, fifth-starting Moody made his way through the field to claim his second heat of the year over Chris Brockway.

USRA Modifieds closed out the first half of the program with their two heat races. Terry Schultz went four-wide at the start of heat race one and rocketed to the front from his sixth starting position to take command and go on to win the heat ahead of Dwight Niehoff and Dalton Kirk. Moody was a busy man as he competed in both the Out-Pace USRA B-Mods and USRA Modifieds and, like he did in the other division, Moody drove to a heat race win in USRA Modified action to take heat two over Dean Wille and last year’s champion Kevin Blackburn.

Out-Pace USRA B-Mods lined up for their 20-lap main event, which unfortunately was marred by several caution flags. However, when the race was green the racing was good throughout the field as Jim Moody and Jacob Ebert led the initial green-flag charge for the win. From the onset, Moody grabbed the lead bringing Ebert, Niehoff, Grindstaff and Smith with him inside the top five. Unfortunately, Smith’s bid for a victory came to an early end as he retired from the event shortly after lap two. For the restart, Moody led Ebert, Niehoff, and Dakota Foster.

After a period of green-flag racing, the caution flew again on lap 14 with Moody leading Ebert, Niehoff, Foster and Grindstaff. The race was slowed again the next lap, three laps shy of the distance as Moody continued to pace the field. For the final three laps, it was Moody who proved his meddle as he went on to record his second Out-Pace USRA B-Mod feature win of the season. Behind Moody in second was Ebert, Niehoff third, Cody Frazon with a run to fourth and Foster fifth.

Jim Moody won the Out-Pace USRA B-Mod feature.

In the USRA Modified main, Moody, Schultz and Blackburn all took turns leading the action-packed event. To start the race, it was Schultz and Moody leading the field. By lap four, John Allen went up and over the turn two berm before returning to action after drawing a caution. Moody held the lead through lap nine until his bid for another victory went up in smoke in turn four.

Schultz then took command of the race and began pulling away before he also experienced bad luck in the main event. Like Moody, Schultz at one point held a sizable lead through over Niehoff and Karrick but as he approached turn one with five laps remaining, his car hit a patch of fluid and veered to the right, going up and over the berm, eventually going into a series of flips in a bizarre sideways motion. Thankfully, Schultz was okay as he reassured the crowd during a post-crash interview and returned to his pit to help the crew load up his damaged car.

Before racing resumed with five laps remaining after the track maintenance crew groomed and inspected the track to make sure no other fluid was still present. When the green light came back on Blackburn found himself as the new leader ahead Niehoff. Unfortunately, Niehoff’s strongest run of the season ended late in the race after he encountered the backstretch berm, spinning from second position to draw a caution. Eventually, Blackburn held off repeated challenges of Karrick and Kirk just behind him and prevailed for his fourth main event win of the season. James Dean Eaton posted one of his strongest finishes in fourth while long-distance traveler Mickey Burrell rounded out the top five

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United States Racing Association
Summit USRA Weekly Racing Series
Central Missouri Speedway, Warrensburg, Mo.
Saturday, June 24, 2017


1. (1) 00b Jim Moody, Odesa, Mo.
2. (2) 94 Jacob Ebert, Oak Grove, Mo.
3. (3) 10R Russell Niehoff, Lockwood, Mo.
4. (13) 73 Cody Frazon, Lamonte, Mo.
5. (10) 5F Dakota Foster, Edgerton, Kan.
6. (7) 16 Blake Pierce, Kansas City, Mo.
7. (12) 17c Rod Cordon, Independence, Mo.
8. (9) 44 Troy Carlyle, Kearney, Mo.
9. (16) 7B Bobby Russell, Smithville, Mo.
10. (11) 28s Bill Small, Holden, Mo.
11. (21) 53 Monty Mitchell, Windsor, Mo.
12. (14) 21B Bob Nakoneczny, Warrensburg, Mo.
13. (19) 27 Jacob Callahan, Warrensburg, Mo.
14. (24) 13M Matt Michaels, Lees Summit, Mo.
15. (6) 10x Doug Wetzel, Leeton, Mo.
16. (8) 03 Chris Brockway, Warrensburg, Mo.
17. (20) 92JK Jonathan Knotts, Independence, Mo.
18. (4) 14 Kameron Grindstaff, Independence, Mo.
19. (5) 99 Brad Smith, Belton, Mo.
20. (23) 99c Jack Cunningham, Wellington, Mo.
21. (17) 17k Ethan Kueck, Concordia, Mo.
22. (15) 20 Michael Bixby, Harrisonville, Mo.
23. (18) 53w Dallas White, Centerview, Mo.
24. (22) 15X Daniel Swartwood, Bates City, Mo.
DNS. (25) 51 Randy Gibbs, Clinton, Mo.


1. (5) 26K Kevin Blackburn, Fulton, Mo.
2. (7) 1K Tim Karrick, Basehor, Kan.
3. (3) 30 Dalton Kirk, Edgerton, Kan.
4. (13) 24JR James Dean Eaton, Bates City, Mo.
5. (12) 73 Mickey Burrell, Fairgrove, Mo.
6. (9) 03 John Allen, Chanute, Kan.
7. (11) 92 Danny Scrogham, Peculiar, Mo.
8. (8) 97K Brian Johnson, Independence, Mo.
9. (4) 9d Dwight Niehoff, Lockwood, Mo.
10. (14) 23 Steve Twenter, Sedalia, Mo.
11. (16) 175 Jason Park, Kansas City, Kan.
12. (1) 90 Terry Schultz, Sedalia, Mo.
13. (10) 82 David Wood, Richmond, Mo.
14. (2) 00 Jim Moody, Odesa, Mo.
15. (6) 68 Dean Wille, Warrensburg, Mo.
16. (15) 12v Nathan Vaughn, Sedalia, Mo.

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