Moody masters opening night at Central Missouri Speedway
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September 2, 2017  |  by Sam Stoecklin

The 2017 regular race season is nearly in the review mirror for Central Missouri Speedway drivers, fans, and staff; however, the final weekend of competition marks two straight nights of action over the Labor Day weekend. The weekend special events began with 98 cars filing in for competition, including 23 USRA Modifieds and 29 Out-Pace USRA B-Mods.

Shad Badder controlled the first USRA Modified heat race ahead of Jim Moody and Dalton Kirk. Dean Wille outpaced Nathan Vaughn and Lewis Jackson for heat number two while Brian Johnson won a barn-burner in heat three ahead of Gunner Martin and Robbie Test.

Out-Pace USRA B-Mods were out in full force on Saturday with four heat race events. Dean Bachner drove a strong race to capture heat one ahead of Cody Brill. Bill Small took the checkers for heat two over Michael Bixby while Jacob Ebert finished ahead of Kevin Skaggs for heat three. In the final B-Mod heat, John Allen bested Jim Moody for the victory.

During the intermission break, the top 12 passing points earners from the heat races redrew for their scramble starting positions with Shad Badder drawing the number one starting spot. He was followed by Jim Moody, Lewis Jackson, Kevin Blackburn, Gunner Martin, Robbie Test, Jimmy Dowell, Nathan Vaughn, Tim Karrick, Dean Wille, Brian Johnson, and Dalton Kirk in that order for the scramble starting spots.

Shortly after intermission, the Out-Pace USRA B-Mods returned to the track for their B-main event to determine the final starters for the main event as Jeremy Lile bested Doug Wetzel for the win.

The Out-Pace USRA B-Mods were up next in the program with their 20-lap main event as John Allen and Jim Moody led the field to green. Several multiple car tangles slowed the race in the early stages as drivers seemed to struggle getting into a race rhythm.

Veteran drivers Jim Moody and John Allen ran both Out-Pace USRA B-Mod and USRA Modified divisions throughout the night and started on row one for the 20-lap B-Mod main event. Early on, Moody took command with Allen, Jacob Ebert and Dean Bachner near the front. The first caution appeared by lap three with Moody continuing to lead on the restart. Another caution flew a couple laps later, but each time Moody stayed out front keeping his No. 00 machine ahead of Allen’s No.  98.

Two laps later a third caution flew and it was on the next restart when Ebert began putting heavy pressure on Allen near the front for second. Meanwhile, eighth-starting Cody Brill advanced to fourth while Cole Campbell ran strong inside the top five in fifth. Allen and Ebert’s battle was as close as you can get but both level-headed drivers ran clean yet hard trying to get the advantage, often swapping the position back and forth.

Later in the event a final restart reset the field for the final few laps as Moody led Allen, Ebert, Brill, and Campbell back to green-flag action. Although Ebert and Allen were both strong, they just could not muster enough to close in on Moody to challenge for the win. In the end, Moody captured his third B-Mod victory of the season. Allen eventually claimed second with Ebert, Brill, and Campbell finishing out the top five. Other strong runs were posted by Kameron Grindstaff, who advanced from 16th to 6th at the finish, along with Dallas Heuser from 18th to 11th, Doug Wetzel from 21st to 12thh and Jason Reeves from 24th to 13th.

The final event of the night was the USRA Modified 20-lap scramble. Racing friends Shad Badder and Jim Moody redrew for starting positions one and two and led the field down the front stretch for flagman Hershel Thompson’s initial green flag. Badder ran low while Moody took the high road to lead Badder, Kevin Blackburn, Lewis Jackson and Robbie Test during the opening circuits.

Moody quickly tried to distance himself using two different cornering techniques on the fast but trick conditions as he would enter low in turn three and let the car float up to the cushion on the high side in turn four. Badder had his hands full in a close battle with Blackburn who eventually found his way around Badder to take second.

A caution flew at the halfway point for Kaleb Bray and as the field went back to green, Moody led Blackburn, Badder, Test, and Dean Wille, who advanced from tenth to fifth by midway. Darren Phillips and Clint Lyle were early retirees from the event by lap 15, when Robbie Test and Shad Badder got together entering turn one while running hard for third. Badder’s car spun after the contact in between turns one and two, which unfortunately dropped him from the top three to then end of the field and ultimately forcing him to have to qualify in on Sunday to make the finale.

As Moody brought the field to the green to finish the event, Blackburn, Test, Wille, and Lewis Jackson filled out the top five. Although Blackburn ran a similar line, Moody kept his car out front as Blackburn and the rest of the field were unable to figure out a way to reel in Moody, who eventually went on to collect the $500-to-win Scramble. Blackburn finished a strong second in his first time out in a few weeks while Test held on for third. Dean Wille’s recent string of strong finishes continued as he crossed the line fourth just ahead of Gunner Martin in fifth. Completing the top 12 finishers were, Jackson, Chad Lyle, Tim Karrick, Jimmy Dowell, Terry Schultz and Brian Johnson.

Shortly after the checkers fell, CMS officials learned that Terry Schultz forfeited his starting spot for Sunday night’s main event and was going to try to re-qualify on Sunday evening for an outside row starting position. This allowed John Allen to accept the final spot of the night, which he did, completing the 12 drivers who will make up the inside row for Sunday.

Sunday night marks an all-new night of racing for USRA Modifieds featuring heat races, b-mains as needed, and a 20-lap scramble event to determine the 12 drivers who will make up the outside row for Sunday’s $3,000-to-win, 35-lap finale.

Joining in on the night two Sunday night special-events are the Out-Pace USRA B-Mods, who return for a night of racing for Summit USRA Weekly Racing Series national points and a $1,500 payday for the win in the track’s annual Out-Pace USRA B-Mod special! Drivers will compete in heat races, B-mains as needed, and a 25-lap main event for theOut-Pace USRA B-Mod program.

Admission prices for Sunday are as follows: Adults $15, Active-Duty Military w/I.D. and Seniors 65 to 74 $12, kids ages six to twelve $5, five years and under are free, seniors 75 and older are also free. Senior Citizens 80 and older may receive free pit admission. Pit passes for anyone entering the pits up to age 79 are $35. Pit gates open at 4:30, grandstands at 5. Driver pill draw closes at 6:15; late drivers will not be awarded passing points. Call the track report line on race day at 660-747-2166 if something prevents you from arriving on time. The pit meeting takes place at 6:30, hot laps roll out at 7, and racing begins at 7:30.

All Labor Day weekend events and race information is readily available on the CMS website. Be sure to visit and click on the tab from the main page titled Labor Day Weekend at CMS. If you are on a mobile device, give time for the main menu to scroll through and click the Labor Day tab. Included on the Frequently Asked Questions document is car class information, complete payouts, race program and flow, general information, and much, much more.

In a partnership with RISE (Respecting Individuals’ Skills and Efforts) Community Services, Central Missouri Speedway (CMS) in Warrensburg, Missouri will take donations this Saturday, September 2nd and Sunday, September 3rd during our Labor Day weekend special events for the disaster relief effort put together by RISE to aid the many Hurricane Harvey victims.

RISE has partnered with Ditzfeld Transfer Inc. of Sedalia for donated items to be transported directly to Hurricane Harvey victims. We know many of you, like us, have seen the devastation and despair and have wondered how you could help … here and now is your chance!

The items as described below are the only items we will accept for this donation drive. We will have drop-off points on both the front-side and pit-side of the speedway this weekend. Please only bring and donate items as listed on the accepted items list. To help jump-start the donations, CMS will donate all the leftover school supplies from the recent kid’s night activities.

CMS will accept the following relief donations: school supplies for all ages; towels; cleaning supplies (mops, buckets, mildew killer, gloves); personal toiletries (shampoos, deodorants, toothpaste, feminine hygiene products, etc.); extension cords; box fans; consumer batteries (not car batteries); laundry detergent; nonperishable grab-and-go food and drink products (unopened and with original label); new bedding items (blankets, sheets, pillows); disposable diapers and baby wipes; over-the counter medication and supplies (ex. Tylenol, Motrin, Tums, Imodium, Pepto-Bismol, Neosporin, Band-Aids, hydrogen peroxide, alcohol, gloves, gauze, medical tape); contact cases and contact solution; and children’s liquid over-the-counter medications (Tylenol, Motrin, Benadryl, Claritin, Zyrtec).

Keep up with CMS on Twitter @CMSgoing_green. Like us on Facebook at Join our email group by emailing Find CMS on YouTube at CMS Going Green! Keep up with CMS news and information by pointing your browser to The Website includes standings, results, schedule, news, and much more!

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.
Saturday, Sept. 2, 2017


1. (2) 00 Jim Moody, Odessa
2. (4) 26K Kevin Blackburn, Fulton, Mo.
3. (6) 27T Robbie Test, Kaiser, Mo.
4. (10) 68 Dean Wille, Warrensburg, Mo.
5. (5) 75 Gunner Martin, Sugar Creek, Mo.
6. (12) 30 Dalton Kirk, Edgerton, Kan.
7. (3) 3J Lewis Jackson, Wellsville, Kan.
8. (15) 16s Chad Lyle, Oak Grove, Mo.
9. (9) 1K Tim Karrick, Basehor, Kan.
10. (7) 48 Jimmy Dowell, Booneville, Mo.
11. (11) 97K Brian Johnson, Independence, Mo.
12. (17) 03 John Allen, Chanute, Kan.
13. (20) 92 Danny Scrogham, Peculiar, Mo.
14. (16) 38c Jason Pursley, Hermitage, Mo.
15. (8) 12v Nathan Vaughn, Sedalia, Mo.
16. (14) 19B Kaleb Bray, Archie, Mo.
17. (1) 173 Shad Badder, Bates City, Mo.
18. (19) 33 Clint Lyle, Raymore, Mo.
19. (18) 21p Darren Phillips, Clinton, Mo.
20. (13) 90 Terry Schultz, Sedalia, Mo.
DNS.. (22) 23 Clayton Campbell, Otterville, Mo.
DNS.. (21) 10w Doug Wetzel, Leeton, Mo.


1. (2) 00 Jim Moody, Odessa, Mo.
2. (1) 98 John Allen, Chanute, Kan.
3. (5) 94 Jacob Ebert, Oak Grove, Mo.
4. (8) 96 Cody Brill, Harrisonville, Mo.
5. (14) 22C Cole Campbell, Mexico, Mo.
6. (16) 14 Kameron Grindstaff, Independence, Mo.
7. (6) 73 Cody Frazon, LaMonte, Mo.
8. (3) 91 Dean Bachner, Olathe, Kan.
9. (10) 20 Michael Bixby, Harrisonville, Mo.
10. (4) 28s Bill Small, Holden, Mo.
11. (18) 17k Dallas Heuser, Corder, Mo.
12. (21) 10w Doug Wetzel, Leeton, Mo.
13. (24) 5R Jason Reeves, Lawson, Mo.
14. (15) 3w Derek Williams, Higginsville, Mo.
15. (17) B Blake Davidson, Mo.kane, Mo.
16. (23) 27 Jacob Callahan, Warrensburg, Mo.
17. (7) 76L Jonathan Lucas, Fayette, Mo.
18. (22) 92JK Jonathan Knotts, Independence, Mo.
19. (20) 53 Monty Mitchell, Windsor, Mo.
20. (12) 19K Eddie Bray Jr., Archie, Mo.
21. (19) 05 Jeremy Lile, Higginsville, Mo.
22. (13) 12C Steve Clancy Jr, Odessa, Mo.
23. (9) 15K Kevin Skaggs, Kirkville, Mo.
24. (11) c3 Chad Staus, Otterville, Mo.

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