WARRENSBURG, Mo. – Night one of the annual Labor Day weekend special event at Central Missouri Speedway began Saturday evening with 107 race teams signed in for competition.
The night served as the opening night for A-Mod drivers to race their way onto the grid for Sunday’s main event. B-Mods also competed during the night for the first of two straight nights of $1,000-to-win events. The Top Gun Series also ended after the night’s events.
Among the competitors on hand were 24 A-Mods, 18 Street Stocks, 26 B-Mods, 21 Mod-Lites, 10 E-Mods, and 8 Pure Stocks. Through the night, there were 15 heat races, a B-Main, five Main Events, and a scramble for the A-Mods to close the evening’s program.
Cautions plagued the start of the 20-lap scramble event as several cars experienced problems before green-flag racing settled in.
By lap five, Dustin Hodges led Rick Beebe, Gunner Martin, Ryan Middaugh, and Johnny Wyman. Hodges held a one-second lead by lap 12 over Beebe, Martin, Middaugh, Wyman, and Terry Schultz.
Wyman’s night came to a crushing end at lap 18 as his car stalled drawing a late-race caution. In the end, Hodges went on to claim his first-ever main event victory at CMS with Rick Beebe second and Gunner Martin third.
Ryan Middaugh and Terry Schultz completed the top five. The top 12 finishers from the night one A-Mod scramble will make up the first six rows for Sunday’s main event.
Martin won the B-Mod feature, while Dillon Raffurty took his 12th Mod Lite victory of the season. Steven Makar topped the E-Mods and Spencer Reiff topped the Pure Stock main, while Aaron Poe was victorious in Street Stock action.