Dalton nips Maggard for USRA Modified win at Springfield
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May 30, 2009  |  by Ronnie Williams

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. - With over 90 race teams on hand on Fan Apperciation Night, the action was fast on the quick quarter-mile of the Springfield Raceway with close action and two new winners claiming the top prizes.

In the 20-lap USRA Modified feature, Arkansas driver Darrell McWhirther grabbed the opening lead over Tammy Mitchell with former champion Erik Maggard following.

This battle lasted until lap 4 when Maggard shot to the lead as current points leader Jackie Dalton was working from the 10th starting spot.

With Maggard setting a quick pace, McWhirther was holding off the challanges of Dalton and Wayne Graybeal.

On lap 8, Dalton went into second place as Maggard was quick up front.

Back in the pack, Jim Body had charged from 19th to the top-5 after spinning on lap 1.

On lap 10, Dalton shot to the inside of Maggard to grab the lead with Maggard searching the track for a quicker line.

On lap 12, Body moved around Maggard as the duo ran side by side.

A lap-18 caution allowed Maggard a final shot at Dalton on the double-file restart. Dalton pulled to the bottom of the track as Maggard found the very top groove to his liking.

Heading to the finish, Maggard got a run in turn 3 as Dalton was going for his third straight win.

Heading to the flagstand, Maggard swung outside and just came up two inches short as Dalton grabbed his third win of the season with Maggard, Body, Marvin Forrest and Mitch Keeter following.

Action continues next Saturday night at Springfield Raceway as Wheeler Metals will be sponsoring a $300-to-win Bomber feature points race along with action in the USRA Modifieds, Late Models, SportMods and Legends Cars. Gates open at 5 p.m. with hotlaps at 6:15 and racing at 7 p.m. sharp. For more information visit the website at www.springfieldraceway.com.

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OFFICIAL RESULTS
American Racer USRA Weekly Racing Series
Springfield Raceway, Springfield, Mo.
Saturday, May 30, 2009

USRA MODIFIEDS

Feature: 1. Jackie Dalton, Carthage; 2. Erik Maggard, Springfield; 3. Jim Body, Diamond; 4. Marvin Forrest, Shell Knob; 5. Mitch Keeter, Joplin; 6. Darrell McWhirther, Bentonville, Ark.; 7. Ron McClellan, Joplin; 8. Keith Branson, Springfield; 9. Brian Green, Pierce City; 10. Billy Dalton, Reeds; 11. Sam Petty, Niangua; 12. David Kirkland, Branson; 13. Bobby Pearish, Oronogo; 14. Darrell Jackson, Carthage; 15. Wayne Graybeal, Springfield; 16. Tammy Mitchell, Pea Ridge, Ark.; 17. Weston Finley, Nixa; 18. Jody Tillman, Branson West; 19. Eric Clay, Springfield.

1st Heat: 1. J. Dalton; 2. Maggard; 3. Body; 4. Forrest; 5. Tillman; 6. Finley; 7. Petty.

2nd Heat: 1. Keeter; 2. Green; 3. McWhirther; 4. Kirkland; 5. Jackson; 6. B. Dalton.

3rd Heat: 1. Pearish; 2. Graybeal; 3. McClellan; 4. Mitchell; 5. Branson; 6. Clay.



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