Stephens Shakes Bad Luck In Grain Valley


GRAIN VALLEY, Mo. – Shaking off the bad luck that has plagued him at times this season, Josh Stephens picked up his first win of the season with the WAR (Wingless Auto Racing) Sprint Car Series Friday night at Valley Speedway.

Before a lap was in the books, fifth-starting Wyatt Burks spun coming off of turn four bringing out a caution. The second attempt at green saw Mitchell Moore stop on the front stretch with a damaged left rear wheel and John Helm spun in turn four. Moore, who had mechanical problems throughout the evening, would see his night end.

On the third attempt, J.D. Black and Bob Thoman led the field to the green flag. The two battled early with Black smacking the wall on the backstretch. He would continue, but a group of drivers including Danny Thoman, Stephens and Chad Goff were able to get by him on the low side. Danny Thoman would lead lap one and before the second lap could be completed, Black rolled to a stop and his evening was over.

Thoman led on the restart as he was pressured heavily by Stephens. Stephens would get a great run coming off of turn four to lead lap two. Stephens would steadily increase his lead as Danny Thoman was pressured by Goff and Bob Thoman for the second spot with Chris Parkinson rounding out the top five at this point.

The action would stop again with three laps in the books for Devon Huff who was stopped in turn one. He suffered too much damage and was done for the evening.  Stephens took off on the restart as the Thomans, Goff, and Parkinson had a nice battle for the second through fifth spot.
By lap 10 it was Stephens followed by Danny Thoman with Goff and Parkinson having a nice battle for the third spot.  With Stephens steadily increasing his lead, Goff started running the high side and was able to move past Danny Thoman on lap 15. A lap later, Parkinson would follow. Over the next few laps, the two guys leading the WAR points had a nice battle for the second spot.

Lap by lap, Stephens maneuvered his Summers Farms/Stephens Automotive No. 09 through heavy lapped traffic and the competition had no answer for the Buckner, Mo., pilot who was wheeling a DRC Chassis with Gaerte power. Parkinson was able to make a last lap pass on points leader Goff for second. Goff was a very close third, followed by Bob Thoman was fourth and Taylor Walton in fifth.

The finish:

Josh Stephens, Chris Parkinson, Chad Goff, Bob Thoman, Taylor Walton, Wyatt Burks, Chad Tye, Danny Thoman, Dylan Kadous, Brandon Schure, Casey Baker, John Helm, Warren Johnson, Brian Braden, Jeff Wingate, Devon Huff, Robert Black, J.D. Black, Mitchell Moore.