WARRENSBURG, Mo. – An afternoon of abundant sunshine and late May heat turned into an even hotter night of racing at Central Missouri Speedway on Sunday for the first night of USRA modified inside row starting position qualifications in preparation for Monday’s $3,000 finale.
A field of 98 drivers checked into the pits at CMS for racing on the high-banked clay oval as fans came out in to support their favorite drivers for the annual holiday weekend special event, which was delayed by one day into Sunday for night one of the two-day event.
Twenty-one USRA Modifieds took to the track for three preliminary heat races with Zack Sanders, Lewis Jackson and Jim Moody emerging as the heat winners to start the process to set the field for the 20-lap scramble to determine the inside row qualifiers for Monday’s finale.
As the weather threatened late in the evening, the modified 20-lap scramble was on the line as Moody, along with Jon Sheets and Jason Thompson ran inside the top three to lead the way early in the race. Moody was the strong car throughout the evening with Sheets attempting to find a way into the lead. No one really ever challenged Moody’s lead as he finished the night with the pole position to lead the inside row qualifiers.
Sheets wound up in second followed by Thompson with a nice run to third. Zack Sanders, Shad Badder, Tim Karrick, Jason Bodenhammer, Tyler Schmidt, Trevor Hunt, Terry Schultz, Lewis Jackson and Brian Troxel filled the final twelve starting positions. However, Hunt and Schultz later relinquished their positions and will attempt to re-qualify on Monday evening when Modifieds compete in an all-new round of qualifying in an all-new race program.
Nick Pence and Tyler Shaw earned a spot in the final two starting spots for Monday night by virtue of Hunt and Schultz requalifying. Modifieds will compete in another round of heat race action and a 20-lap scramble on Monday to sort out the outside row qualifiers for the 40-lap main event.
The new weekly Pure Stock class showed improvement again this week competing in a heat race and a main event. The heat race went to Bobby Raybourn ahead of Dirk Troth, Gary Akers and Leroy Morrison.
Pure Stocks were the first division to compete on the track for their main event. Raybourn immediately shot to the front with Troth in second hanging on just behind him. Morrison tried a late race move down low and spun Akers in turn two. In the end, Raybourn continued his winning ways with his second win in a row. Troth, the first time visitor from Nevada had a good run in second. Akers finished third and Morrison was fourth.
Street Stocks once again showed their skills this week with 24 drivers registered to compete in three heat races. Heat race number one had Jerry McConville taking the checkers with Marc Carter claiming heat two and Clayton Campbell victorious in the final heat.