WARRENSBURG, Mo. – Chad Lyle bested a strong field of modifieds to earn a $5,000 payday during the Tom Wilson Memorial on Sunday evening at Central Missouri Speedway.
Terry Schultz launched to the front early on, leading the opening laps ahead of previous Tom Wilson Memorial winner Jim Moody and Tim Karrick. Moody then took command of the event by lap five, relegating Schultz to battle with Kevin Blackburn for second.
The yellow flag waved for the first time on lap 10 for debris and again on laps 12 and 19, also debris cautions as Moody continued to hold the lead. Just after lap 20, Kevin Blackburn experienced a spin, drawing a caution while battling near the front.
In the meantime, Lyle was on the move as he advanced to third for the restart. On lap 27, Lyle advanced to the front and took command of the race ahead of Moody, who experienced some problems maneuvering the corners with Darron Fuqua, Tanner Mullins and Dalton Kirk now inside the top five.
On lap 30, the fifth caution waved for Blackburn’s stalled car atop turn three. On the restart, Lyle led Moody, Fuqua, Kirk and Mullins. Fuqua turned up the wick by lap 38 for the sixth caution and looked poised to steal the win, however Lyle went on the defensive and held on to pick up the victory.
Fuqua was second with 13th-starting Dalton Kirk finishing third. Mullins was fourth with Schultz rounding out the top five.
In other action, Dillon Raffurty earned $1,000 for a win in the Mod-Lite division while Ben Stockton won the E-Mod main event.