WHEATLAND, Mo. — Tyler Wolff took the lead on lap 10 and went on to capture Saturday night’s 25-lap Pitts Homes USRA Modified feature at Lucas Oil Speedway, the headliner of NMI Night at the Races Presented by Wild Animal Safari.
Wolff prevailed on a chilly night in which all mothers were admitted free courtesy of NMI/VMG Marketing. Wolf earned $1,000 for his first victory of the season at the speedway.
Other feature winners on the Big Adventure RV Weekly Racing Series program, with 112 cars in the pits, were Aaron Poe (O’Reilly Auto Parts Street Stocks) and Kaeden Cornell (Warsaw Auto Marine & RV ULMA Late Models).
A heavy mist set in prior to the Ozark Golf Cars USRA B-Mods feature and that race was postponed. The B-Mods will run double features next Saturday, with the postponed lineup leading off the program. Kris Jackson and Andy Bryant will be starting on the front row.
Wolff started on the second row and was lurking behind pole-starter Ryan Middaugh in the early going of Saturday’s USRA Modified feature, along with Tanner Mullens. On lap nine, Mullens’ car suddenly came to a halt as the leaders were working their way through lapped traffic. That brought out a caution flag and proved to be a key moment.
Wolff used the restart to vault from third to first with a turn-two pass. He sprinted to a 3.5-second lead by lap 17, then held on the rest of the way to earn the win as Paden Phillips finished second and Chase Domer was third.
The top three cars were separated by just 1.1 seconds at the finish.
Wolff said the track surface was challenging after receiving a lot of moisture during the week, but he found it to his liking.
“It was a lot of fun,” Wolff said. “With the track having so much bite, you could pretty much maneuver wherever you needed to go. Overall, it was an awesome race track. Thanks to the fans for sticking it out.”