Central Missouri Speedway crowns champions, continues building 2018 schedule
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November 8, 2017  |  by Sam Stoecklin

Central Missouri Speedway officially closed its 2017 race season last weekend by crowning its champions in each of the weekly race divisions. This year, 280 drivers competed at CMS during weekly competition. Between the weekly, guest classes and special-events racing, a total of 327 races were held throughout the year, among these races were 82 feature events in which 34 different drivers claimed at least one main-event victory.

The season now closed will go down in history as one of the most exciting seasons in the track’s history. The average car count for the season was 90 across 20 race nights. There were 22 USRA Modifieds present on average throughout the year while Out-Pace USRA B-Mod drivers came out in full force with an average of 24 drivers on hand each week.

A total of 78 different drivers participated in Out-Pace USRA B-Mod action at CMS this year. There were fivedifferent main event winners. Oak Grove, Mo.’s Jacob Ebert claimed his fourth consecutive title by finishing in the top five on 14 occasions during 16 race nights. Ebert claimed four main event wins on his way to his latest championship over LaMonte, Mo.’s Cody Frazon, who was this season’s most improved driver. This year’s Out-Pace USRA B-Mod Rookie of the year is Jacob Callahan.

Final 2017 Out-Pace USRA B-Mod points (top 10):
1. 94 Jacob Ebert, Oak Grove, Mo. ... 1440
2. 73 Cody Frazon, La Monte, Mo. ... 1222
3. 17J Jake Richards, Lansing, Kan. ... 1049
4. 20 Michael Bixby, Harrisonville, Mo. ... 1025
5. 03 Chris Brockway, Warrensburg, Mo. ... 976
6. 12C Steve Clancy, Odessa, Mo. ... 959
7. 27 Jacob Callahan, Warrensburg, Mo. ... 954
8. 96 Cody Brill, Harrisonville, Mo. ... 893
9. 10W Doug Wetzel, Leeton, Mo. ... 881
10. 7B Bobby Russell, Smithville, Mo. ... 857

The mighty USRA Modified drivers competed in 16 main events throughout the year with 75 drivers on the final standings sheet. Eight different drivers collected main event wins during the season. Next season, drivers will get to experience an all-new purse, which starts at $1,000 and works its way down in $100 increments. However, there are chances for the winning driver to walk away with either $1200 or $1,500 depending on a count of 24 cars and a random draw.

Ten years after first capturing a feature win at Central Missouri Speedway, Jim Moody of Odessa, Mo., became a first-time CMS champion and ruled this year’s USRA Modified action. Moody visited victory lane five times and notched 11 top-five finishes in 16 starts to outpace Edgerton, Kan., driver—and this year’s most improved driver—Dalton Kirk, who finished second. All statistical information courtesy of Track Statistician Glyda Jaeger.

Final 2017 USRA Modified points (top 10):
1. 00M Jim Moody, Odessa, Mo. ... 1400
2. 30 Dalton Kirk, Edgerton, Kan., Mo. ... 1251
3. 1K Tim Karrick, Basehor, Kan., Mo. ... 1212
4. 90 Terry Schultz. Sedalia, Mo. ... 1178
5. 68 Dean Wille, Warrensburg, Mo. ... 994
6. 75 Gunner Martin, Sugar Creek, Mo. ... 902
7. 92 Danny Scrogham, Peculiar, Mo. ... 886
8. 12V Nathan Vaughn, Sedalia, Mo. ... 864
9. 97K Brian Johnson, Independence, Mo. ... 860
10. 26K Kevin Blackburn, Fulton, Mo. ... 853

Since first announcing the 2018 CMS race dates back in early August, the CMS crew remained busy populating some of the details of next year’s events. The tentative schedule for next year includes 24 nights of racing. Eight special event nights appear on the schedule. Weekly race divisions are USRA Modifieds and Out-Pace USRA B-Mods, plus Pure Stocks, Midwest Mod-Lites and Street Stocks.

Find news and information by pointing your browser to www.centralmissourispeedway.net. The Website includes standings, results, schedule, news, and much more! Stay current with CMS on Twitter @CMSgoing_green. Like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/pages/Central-Missouri-Speedway. Join our email group by emailing info@centralmissourispeedway.net. Find CMS on YouTube at CMS Going Green!

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 team, call Susan Walls at (816) 229-1338. No calls after 8 p.m.

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