Duvall, Striegel top Thursday Night Thunder at Lucas Oil Speedway
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June 29, 2017  |  by Lyndal Scranton

Joe Duvall won the USRA Modified feature.

A total of 117 cars checked into the pits on Casey's General Stores Thursday Night Thunder presented by KY3 for Kids at Lucas Oil Speedway, including 22 USRA Modifieds and 49 Oout-Pace USRA B-Mods. In the annual Kids' Bicycle Giveaway for the pre-holiday-weekend program, a total of 85 new, donated bicycles were awarded to youngsters during intermission.

Joe Duvall is only an occasional visitor to Lucas Oil Speedway, but he's a contender when he does roll in. The Claremore, Okla., veteran earned his second USRA Modified victory of the season, taking command over the final eight laps.

"We're gone on the road a lot racing," said Duvall, a frequent USMTS competitor. "Man, I love this place. Up until the last couple of times we've been here, I've never really had anything to take home. Praise God, we had a good hot rod tonight.

"The cool part is my best friends, my wife and daughter are here. I'm usually calling home in the middle of the night."

Terry Schultz took the lead from his outside front-row starting position and was in front when the race's first caution came out on lap 10. Duvall, who started seventh, had moved into second and was starting to pressure Schultz with Kerry Davis in third.

It took only two laps after the restart for Duvall to take the lead with an outside pass coming out of turn four. Duvall checked out from there, pulling away for a comfortable win as the rest of the race went caution-free.

Schultz held on for second with Davis third and Jeff Cutshaw in fourth.

Wheatland's Mike Striegel assumed the lead just past the mid-point of the Out-Pace USRA B-Mod feature when leader Andy Bryant had a mechanical problem and went on to capture his first Lucas Oil Speedway win of 2017.

"Man, it's been a long time," Striegel said of snapping his winless streak. "The boss man (car owner) John Stewart, he ain't give up on me all year.

"I got a gift from Andy Bryant. I hate to see guys have bad luck like that. He would have had that race, bar none."

Bryant had built up a sizeable lead over Striegel when the race's second caution flew on lap 11 for contact between first-half points champion Shawn Strong and Kris Jackson, who were battling hard for third. Strong was given the black flag and sent to the pits.

During that caution period, Bryant pulled off with mechanical issues, ceding the lead to Striegel with Mike Hailman of Reeds Spring in second. That's the way they ran over the final nine laps, with Taylor Moore of Bois D'Arc winding up in third.

Mike Striegel won the Out-Pace USRA B-Mod feature.

Racing and BBQ up next: Action at the speedway resumes July 8. The Springfield News-Leader Media Group Presents a Special Veterans and Military Appreciation Night of the Big Adventure RV Weekly Racing Series as all veterans and military personnel with ID will be admitted free. The Out-Pace USRA B-Mods will be the evening's featured class running for a special 25-lap, $500-to-win main event.

In addition to the action on the track, the Inaugural "Red White Blue & Que" Presented by Lucas Oil Speedway is set for July 8-9. The Kansas City Barbecue Society-sanctioned competition will bring some of the nation's top barbecue teams to south-central Missouri - and raise funds for a worthy cause.

Keeping with the veterans and military theme, proceeds from the Red White Blue & Que will go to The Warriors Journey, an online resource for military warriors and their families. Visit TheWarriorsJourney.org for more information on the organization based in Springfield, Mo., and the ways it offers help to military veterans and their families.

All veterans and active military, with ID, will be admitted free to the races. And fans attending the July 8 program will have the opportunity to sample barbecue from the competing teams, on the Lucas Oil Speedway midway prior to the races, for $5 for pulled pork and $1 per rib bone, and vote for their favorite to determine "People's Choice" winner.

For ticket information on all all events at Lucas Oil Speedway, contact admission director Nichole McMillan at (417) 282-5984 or by email at Nichole@LucasOilSpeedway.com.

Lucas Oil Speedway is located at Highways 83 and 54 in Wheatland, Missouri. A campground with shower and bathroom facilities is also available. With its entrance located just outside the pit gate this sprawling scenic camping facility will continue to enhance the racing experience at the Diamond of Dirt Tracks.

Please visit www.LucasOilSpeedway.com for more information and detailed directions to the speedway or call the Track Hotline at (417) 282-5984. In addition, fans can get social with Lucas Oil Speedway by following @LucasSpeedway on Twitter, clicking "Like" at www.facebook.com/LucasOilSpeedway and on www.youtube.com/LucasOilSpeedway.

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United States Racing Association
Summit USRA Weekly Racing Series
Lucas Oil Speedway, Wheatland, Mo.
Thursday, June 29, 2017


Heat #1: 1. Shawn Strong; 2. Andy Bryant; 3. Kris Jackson; 4. Alan Presto; 5. Bobby Williams; 6. Cole Campbell; 7. Zach Whitaker; 8. Olen Stephens; 9. Ryan Edde; 10. Dusty Arnold.

Heat #2: 1. Jim Gillenwater; 2. Donald Jackson; 3. Mike Striegel; 4. Doug Bragg; 5. Michael Maggard; 6. Kaeden Cornell; 7. Cody Frazon; 8. Andy Beauchamp; 9. Brent Bloom; 10. Joey Wiles.

Heat #3: 1. Robert Heydenreich; 2. Randy Gilmore; 3. Quentin Taylor; 4. Johnny McGinnis; 5. Heath Murry; 6. Kenny Shaw; 7. Jim Cihy; 8. Evan McQuitty; 9. Cody Admire; 10. Mark McGuire.

Heat #4: 1. Sam Petty; 2. Taylor Moore; 3. Cody Brill; 4. Lexy Vanzandt; 5. Mike Mansker; 6. Justin Pike; 7. Brayton Skaggs; 8. Ricky Watkins; 9. Robbe Ewing.

Heat #5: 1. Rex Harris; 2. Dylan Allen; 3. Mike Hailman; 4. Brandon Lennox; 5. Alan Ferguson; 6. Andy Chrisenberry; 7. Scott Campbell; 8. Kenton Allen; 9. Jake Richards.

"B" Feature #1: 1. Alan Presto; 2. Kaeden Cornell; 3. Brendon Lennox; 4. Johnny McGinnis; 5. Cody Frazon; 6. Heath Murry; 7. Alan Ferguson; 8. Ryan Edde; 9. Andy Beauchamp; 10. Joey Wiles; 11. Jim Cihy; 12. Ricky Watkins; 13. Andy Chrisenberry; 14. Scott Campbell; 15. Cody Admire; 16. Jake Richards; 17. Adam Kaltenbach.

"B" Feature #2: 1. Cole Campbell; 2. Bobby Williams; 3. Doug Bragg; 4. Brayton Skaggs; 5. Justin Pike; 6. Brent Bloom; 7. Kenny Shaw; 8. Evan McQuitty; 9. Olen Stephens; 10. Michael Maggard; 11. Dusty Arnold; 12. Mike Mansker; 13. Zach Whitaker; 14. Kenton Allen; DNS - Mark McGuire; DNS - Robbe Ewing.

"A" Feature: 1. Mike Striegel, Wheatland; 2. Mike Hailman, Reeds Spring; 3. Taylor Moore, Bois D'Arc; 4. Cody Brill, Harrisonville; 5. Rex Harris, Macks Creek; 6. Kaeden Cornell, Willard; 7. Robert Heydenreich, Bolivar; 8. Brandon Lennox, New London; 9. Sam Petty, Marshfield; 10. Donald Jackson, Lebanon; 11. Jim Gillenwater, Keokus, Iowa. 12. Bobby Williams, Hermitage; 13. Cole Campbell, Mexico; 14. Doug Bragg, Rogersville; 14. Kris Jackson, Lebanon; 15. Kris Jackson, Lebanon; 16. Alan Preston, Republic; 17. Lexy Vanzandt, Billings; 18. Randy Gilmore, Flemington; 19. Quentin Taylor, Flemington; 20. Johnny McGinnis, Hardin; 21. Brayton Skaggs, Fort Scott, Kan.; 22. Andy Bryant, Fort Scott, Kan.; 23. Shawn Strong, Republic; 24. Dylan Allen, Chanute, Kan.


Heat #1: 1. Kerry Davis; 2. Terry Schultz; 3. Joe Duvall; 4. Tracy Wolf; 5. Rex Merritt; 6. Ronnie Woods; 7. Nathan Vaughn; 8. Daniel Wosoba.

Heat #2: 1. Mickey Burrell; 2. Chase Domer; 3. Lucas Gibbs; 4. Donnie Fellers; 5. Jesse Willard; 6. James Thompson; 7. J.C. Morton.

Heat #3: 1. Lance Town; 2. Johnny Fennewald; 3. Jeff Cutshaw; 4. Nathan Gold; 5. Eric Turner; 6. Jason Pursley; 7. Shad Badder.

Feature: 1. Joe Duvall, Claremore, Okla.; 2. Terry Schultz, Sedalia; 3. Kerry Davis, Parkville; 4. Jeff Cutshaw, Bolivar; 5. Lance Town, Wellsville; 6. Johnny Fennewald, Appleton City; 7. Eric Turner, Hermitage; 8. Chase Domer, Nevada; 9. Jason Pursley, Hermitage; 10. Mickey Burrell, Fair Grove; 11. J.C. Morton, Springdale, Ark.; 12. Jesse Willard, Prescott, Kan.; 13. Shad Badder, Bates City; 14. Donnie Fellers, Wheatland; 15. Tracy Wolf, Buffalo; 16. James Thompson, Springfield; 17. Ronnie Woods, Mexico; 18. Nathan Vaughn, Sedalia; 19. Nathan Gold, Springfield; 20. Lucas Gibbs, Udall, Kan.; 21. Rex Merritt, Billings; 22. Daniel Wosoba, El Dorado Springs.

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