Warrensburg, Mo. (CMS Press Release)- Pepsi and L.J.S. Graphics Night at the Races produced some topnotch competition during heat race action but unfortunately after only one main event concluded after rains arrived, Mother Nature foiled what was sure to be an otherwise fantastic night of racing on a beautifully prepared track for the 71 drivers and fans in the stands.
A dozen Pure Stocks made their way to the track for a pair of heat races with Jason Ryun of Kansas City, Missouri claiming heat one over Gary Akers and last week’s main event winner, Larry Norris. For heat two, Topeka, Kansas driver Byron Glotzbach flew under the checkers first followed by Roger Detherage and Jason Ballard. In post-race inspection, the car of Ballard’s was too light at the scales, which moved Jeremy Lile into the third position.
Nineteen B-Mod drivers drove in three preliminary races with Curtis Berry of Raymore claiming the opening heat over Don Marrs and Mark Forrester. Jacob Ebert missed last week but it didn’t affect him at all as he claimed heat two over Colten Stevens and Chase Austin of Eudora, Kansas. The third and final heat race went to Bobby Russell of Smithville, Missouri in front of Dean Wille and Bill Small.
Street Stocks were up next for a pair of prelim heats for the 13 drivers as Troy Turley rocketed to the front to take the win from his fourth starting position over Brian Eckhoff and Jay Prevete. Brian Ziegler of Bates City, Missouri motored his way to a hat victory in the final Street Stock event as Clayton Campbell and Brian Inlow rounded out the top three.
A strong field of 27 USRA Modifieds took to the track for competition in four heat races with last week’s feature winner Gunner Martin picking up where he left off by claiming heat number one ahead of Jim Moody and Ronnie Woods. Kevin Blackburn kept his strong finishes going with the win over Brian Johnson and Dean Wille in heat two. Ryan Middaugh made his first CMS appearance of the year pay off with the win for heat three over Terry Schultz and Chad Lyle while Tim Karrick of Basehor, Kansas claimed the final heat ahead of Steve Twenter and Dean Bachner.
With sprinkles falling as early as the Modified heats, the pesky and persistent moisture continued as safety vehicles did their best to keep the track in time for the Pure Stocks to arrive for their main event. Gary Akers led the field to the initial green flag with Rodger Detherage and Byron Glotzbach in tow. Detherage stayed close to Akers as the pair raced just in front of Glotzbach and Ryun. A quick lap-five caution flag flew to slow the field but just as he had done prior to the slowdown Akers again kept on the throttle maintaining his advantage until lap 9 when another caution flew just as the white flag was in hand. Akers again was strong on the restart and left all pursuers to battle for second as he sailed on to claim his second feature win of the season. Detherage, Glotzbach, Amanda Akers, Rob Gard, and Larry Norris rounded out the top six.
Pure Stock A-Main Feature
1st- 31-Gary Akers, Independence
2nd- 25x-Rodger Detherage, Windsor
3rd- 59-Bryon Glotzbach, Topeka, KS
4th- 13-Amanda Akers, Independence
5th- 51-Rob Gard, Warrensburg
6th- 53k-Larry Norris, Lone Jack
7th- 27-Jason Ryun, Kansas City
8th- 74-Herb Dannar, Holden
9th- 25xx-Nick Pickard, Leeton
DNS- 3w-Jeremy Lile, Higginsville
DNS- 15H-Dallas Heuser, Corder
DNS- 007-Jason Ballard, Yates Center, KS
When the B-Mods arrived for their main event, the rain continued falling through lap five of the 15-lap main event. Jacob Ebert and Curtis Berry were immersed in a fierce battle for the lead but as the showers worsened, promoter Earl Walls let the officials know the night was coming to an end.
Once makeup events are confirmed for all classes CMS will announce all of the dates well in advance of each of the makeup events for the USRA Modifieds, Street Stocks, and the B-Mods, who will pick up their event from lap 5 when the green flag flies again. Stay tuned to CMS press releases and the website and social media for future announcements.
Next Saturday kicks off the first Summer Holiday and Special Events Racing of the year at CMS. Check out www.centralmissourispeedway.net for complete details on the Memorial Day Weekend plan of events, once you land on the site, look for the “Memorial Day Weekend Info” tab, which includes information on purses throughout the weekend, admission prices, start times, driver entry fees, and much more!