Stovall charges to USRA Modified win at Springfield
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June 27, 2009  |  by Ronnie Williams

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. - Despite soaring temperatures, the action Saturday night at the Springfield Raceway provided an excellent track surface and side-by-side racing all night long as the feature winners went down to the wire.

The USRA Modified feature saw Ryan Stacye grab the opening lap lead while Bobby Pearish took control on lap 2 and started to pull away from the tight field behind.

With Pearish looking for his first win of the season, Stacye, Jim Body and Steve Muilenburg battled for the second position as 12th-starting driver Jesse Stovall was using the top groove while moving up in the field.

On lap 9, Pearish got sideways going into turn 1 while Stacye, Body and Muilenburg all slowed just a bit allowing Stovall to ride the top groove and move into the lead.

The red flag flew on lap 11 as Stacye went for a wild flip in turn 1, collecting previous winner Erik Maggard.

On the restart with Stovall leading, Muilenburg began applying pressure while early leader Pearish was battling Body, points leader Jackie Dalton and a fast-moving Jason Meadors.

Pearish's strong run ended on lap 13 when a battery cable came loose.

On the final restart, Body and Muilenburg were battling while Stovall continued to ride the top groove and was pulling away as Mitch Keeter, who was recovering from a flat tire earlier, moved into the mix.

The final three laps saw a tight pack for the runner-up spot while Stovall claimed his first win of the season. Dalton, who started 10th, nipped Body on the final lap to grab second place honors as Body, Keeter and Muilenburg completed the top-5.

Springfield Raceway will not be racing on Saturday, July 4, so that the drivers and fans can spend the Independence Holiday with families and friends. USRA Modifieds will be back in action on Saturday, July 18.

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American Racer USRA Weekly Racing Series
Springfield Raceway, Springfield, Mo.
Saturday, June 27, 2009


Feature: 1. Jesse Stovall, Branson West; 2. Jackie Dalton, Carthage; 3. Jim Body, Diamond; 4. Mitch Keeter, Joplin; 5. Steve Muilenburg, Sparta; 6. Jason Meadors, Fordland; 7. Jody Tillman, Branson West; 8. Ted VanZandt, Billings; 9. Todd Knight, Harrison, Ark.; 10. Bobby Pearish, Oronogo; 11. Ryan Stacye, Springfield; 12. Erik Maggard, Springfield.

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