Dalton back on track at Springfield
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August 1, 2009  |  by Ronnie Williams

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. - Under a cool August night and an early morning rain shower, the action at the Springfield Raceway lived up to the billing as the "Quick Quarter" with an excellent racing surface and side-by-side action all night long.

The USRA Modified feature had polesitter Sam Petty lead the opening two laps has Erik Maggard and Bobby Pearish were right alongside of the leader.

Pearish, who was using a 604 crate motor this week, was hanging on strong. On lap 3, Maggard kept glued to the high side and took over the lead with Pearish, Petty and a fast-moving Jim Body following.

Contact between Petty and Body on lap 5 brought out the first yellow as both drivers went to the rear. On the restart, current poins leader and defending track champion Jackie Dalton and Mitch Keeter were coming quickly from their fifth row starting spots and applying pressure.

The last three weeks it has been a Dalton-Maggard classic battle and tonight was no exception. Dalton moved to his familiar low groove with Maggard staying on the top side. On lap 9, Dalton made the move stick and took over the lead as Keeter was following.

The second yellow waved on lap 11 as Micheal Maggard spun in turn 2, bunching the field up. On the double-file restart, Keeter picked the high side with Dalton leading and Maggard a solid third followed by Pearish and Todd Knight. Keeter swung upstairs with Dalton staying on the low side as Dalton began to pull away, leaving Keeter and Maggard to battle for second place.

The duo swapped the runner-up spot five different times as Dalton grabbed his fourth win of the season followed by Keeter then Maggard in a photo-finish, Pearish and Knight.

Up next at the Springfield Raceway will be a Thursday night, Aug. 13, special as the USMTS Modifieds come to town for the third event of the Hunt for the USMTS Casey's General Stores National Championship, along with a special non-points race for the SportMods paying $350 to win and Legends Cars.

Racing will start at 7:30 for the special blockbuster event.

For more information visit the website at www.springfieldraceway.com or www.usmts.com or contact Jerry Hoffman at 417-673-7426.

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American Racer USRA Weekly Racing Series
Springfield Raceway, Springfield, Mo.
Saturday, Aug. 1, 2009


Feature: 1. Jackie Dalton, Carthage; 2. Mitch Keeter, Webb City; 3. Erik Maggard, Springfield; 4. Bobby Pearish, Oronogo; 5. Todd Knight, Harrison, Ark.; 6. Jim Body, Diamond; 7. Danny DeMasters; 8. Larry Tindle, Springfield; 9. Wayne Graybeal, Springfield; 10. Sam Petty, Niangua; 11. Jason Summers, Carl Junction; 12. Michael Merritt, Springfield; DNS - Brian Green, Pierce City.

Heat #1: 1. Dalton; 2. Maggard; 3. DeMasters; 4. Summers; 5. Green; 6. Petty; 7. Tindle.

Heat #2: 1. Keeter; 2. Body; 3. Knight; 4. Graybeal; 5. Merritt; 6. Pearish.

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