CALIFORNIA, Mo. – Sunday night at Double X Speedway saw a large crowd in attendance for the inaugural “Race For Riley,” Riley Hudson Memorial Race.
Featuring four classes of cars in competition, the race fans had plenty of action to enjoy. The feature class for the night were the drivers of ULMA Late Models, young Riley’s favorite class of cars. 12 drivers signed in for competition at the track with Henley, Mo., driver Jason Russell claiming the victory in the feature event.
Russell started alongside brother Justin for the feature event in the front row. Jason Russell took the lead on the opening lap and survived some early restarts to claim the checkered flag. Justin Russell ran a strong race to claim second, Earl Roark challenged the younger Russell but ultimately settled for third. Chris Cox claimed his best ULMA season finish of fourth at the stripe with Brandon Imhoff bringing home the third Russell racing car in fifth place.
The winged sprint cars were also featured on the card at Double X Sunday night and it looked like Tyler Blank would secure the victory but a mechanical issue ended the California, Mo., drivers feature on lap 14. Bryan Grimes inherited the lead and help off challenges by Cody Baker in the closing laps to claim his second victory of the season at Double X. Following the lead duo under the checkered flag were Mitchell Moore in third, Randy Martin in fourth and Tyler Elliott in fifth.
Seventeen Street Stocks driver were up to the challenge Sunday night with Ted Welschmeyer holding off the field to claim the victory. Pressing Welschmeyer the entire distance was point leader Derek Henson who finished second, Dale Berry was third, Andrew Roark was fourth and Riley’s uncle Curt Turpin claimed fifth.
Finishing the card on Sunday night were the Hobby Stock division. Gage Wineland picked up the victory over defending track champion Will Register. Chuck Coffey was third, Seth Jacobs fourth and Mike Schrader was fifth.