July 24, 2021
Robert White earns first Lucas Oil Speedway USRA Stock Cars victory; Middaugh, Jackson, Fennewald also win
WHEATLAND, MO. (July 24, 2021) - Earlier in the week, Robert White said his major goal the remainder of the season was to win an O'Reilly Auto Parts USRA Stock Cars feature at Lucas Oil Speedway.
Call it mission accomplished for White as the veteran racer from Lebanon led all 25 laps and beat David Hendrix in the headliner of the Big Adventure RV Weekly Racing Series program.
Other feature winners during Saturday’s Ozarks Food Harvest Food Drive Night at the Races Presented by KOLR were Ryan Middaugh (Cedar Creek Beef Jerky USRA Modifieds), Kris Jackson (Ozark Golf Cars USRA B-Mods) and Johnny Fennewald (ULMA Late Models).
White started third and grabbed the lead on the opening circuit. He never looked back, posting a 3.34-second margin over Hendrix. Butch Bailey finished third with Darren Phillips fourth and Tanner Calhoun in fifth.
"I'm glad there weren't any yellows," White said. "This is a fun class. We have so many people who help us on the car."
White said the win was special after his dad, Robert White Sr., passed away earlier this year.
"This win is for him," White said.
White wasted no time grabbing the lead in the early going, then stretching it out as Hendrix and Phillips battled for the runner-up position much of the race. White gradually kept building his lead, opening the gap to two seconds by lap 15 and 2.5 seconds by lap 20, as the race remained green to the finish.
White had two previous second-place finishes this season and finally, he was able to celebrate the trip to victory lane and take home $750.
Middaugh earns second USRA Modified feature win: Ryan Middaugh collected his second Cedar Creek Beef Jerky USRA Modified feature win of the season, leading all 20 laps to beat Kyle Thompson.
Middaugh never got to build a large lead, as the race had numerous cautions over the final half of the event, but the driver from Fulton handled each restart in winning fashion.
"I think we had a pretty good handle on this new car and the last few weeks, we've been just a little off," Middaugh said. "We made a couple of small changes this week and it made a night-and-day difference."
Middaugh said he hustled to the speedway, leaving Fulton about 4 p.m. after his wife was discharged from the hospital after having contractions earlier in the day.
"I thought we might have a baby today, but luckily she was dismissed at 4 o'clock and we hustled down here," he said.
Middaugh bolted from his front-row starting position and into the lead, with Thompson and Jason Pursley giving chase as those two swapped the second spot a couple of times prior to a lap-eight caution.
Pursley lost ground on the restart and slipped back with fifth, with McCowan moving into third and Paden Phillips fourth.
That's how the running ordered remained until Chase Domer brought about a lap-15 caution with a spin in turn two, leaving Middaugh five laps to hold off the challengers.
Points leader McCowan fell out of contention while running third with one lap to go, spinning in turn four.
Middaugh held off a last-turn charge from Thompson to claim the victory, with Thompson second, Pursley third and Jesse Stovall finishing fourth.
Jackson hangs on for another USRA B-Mod win: Track points leader Kris Jackson had to work for it, but the Lebanon driver held off Ryan Gillmore to capture his fifth Ozark Golf Cars USRA B-Mod feature win of the season.
Jackson led all 20 laps, but held off Gillmore by one car length in an exciting finish that saw Gillmore made a last-turn bid to come up just short.
"I saw his nose there with a couple (laps) to go and I know he's been wanting to win one here awful bad," Jackson said of Gillmore. "He's deserving. He's super fast. We had what I thought was a really good race.
"We got saved by a caution early on," Jackson said, noting that Gillmore was fast on the top groove and he decided to go up there as well. "I saw his nose and it was too late really to take his lane and luckily for me, the caution came out. This is racing, no hold's barred. I went and took his lane. He showed me the fast way around tonight."
Jackson started on the pole and set the pace through eight laps, holding a 1.5-second lead when the event's first caution flew. Bryant, after passing Gillmore on lap three, was in second with Cole Campbell in fourth.
The top three remained the same when cautions waved on laps nine and 12. As the race settled into an all-green-flag run the final eight laps, Gillmore began to pressure Jackson, pulling within one car length with three laps to go.
But it was Jackson who again prevailed, riding the high line out of turn four coming to the checkers, to hold off Gillmore by .263 seconds.
Cole Campbell finished third with Bryant fourth and JC Newell in fifth.
Fennewald's streak grows in ULMA Late Models: Chalk up another ULMA Late Model feature victory for Appleton City's Johnny Fennewald.
Fennewald the final 18 of 20 laps to earn his fourth straight feature victory and fifth of the 2021 season, beating Nevada's fellow front-row starter Larry Ferris by 5.3 seconds.
"I knew Larry would be pretty quick right there at the start," Fennewald said of Ferris leading the opening two laps. "I knew I had to be patient and take my time to get there. Then once we got there, just set sail."
Once Fennewald got there he wasted little time extended the lead and making it a runaway, working through lapped cars as the race ran caution-free.
Matt Becker finished third with Tucker Cox fourth and defending track champ Cole Henson fifth. Fennewald unofficially cut Henson's lead to 23 points.
LUCAS OIL SPEEDWAY UNOFFICIAL RESULTS (July 24, 2021)
Big Adventure RV Weekly Racing Series
O'Reilly Auto Parts USRA Stock Cars
A Feature - 1. 5-Robert White; 2. 54-David Hendrix; 3. 111-Butch Bailey; 4. 21P-Darren Phillips; 5. 31T-Tanner Calhoun; 6. 31-Toby Ott; 7. 27-Aaron Gustin; 8. 99-Jim Cihy; 9. 24W-Craig Wright; 10. (DNF) 8D-Darek Wiss; 11. (DNF) 12-Christopher Sawyer; 12. (DNS) 7J-Scott Johnson
Bill Roberts Chevrolet Heat 1 - 1. 54-David Hendrix; 2. 21P-Darren Phillips; 3. 111-Butch Bailey; 4. 31-Toby Ott; 5. 24W-Craig Wright; 6. 99-Jim Cihy
Bill Roberts Chevrolet Heat 2 - 1. 5-Robert White; 2. 27-Aaron Gustin; 3. 31T-Tanner Calhoun; 4. 12-Christopher Sawyer; 5. 8D-Darek Wiss; 6. (DNS) 7J-Scott Johnson
Cedar Creek Beef Jerky USRA Modifieds
A Feature - . 21-Ryan Middaugh; 2. 292-Kyle Thompson; 3. 38C-Jason Pursley; 4. 00-Jesse Stovall; 5. 98D-Paden Phillips; 6. 21TW-Tracy Wolf; 7. 24D-Donnie Fellers; 8. 03-Chase Jones; 9. 8-Dillon McCowan; 10. (DNF) 227-Chase Domer; 11. (DNF) 98-Jeff Cutshaw; 12. (DNF) 24H-Mike Harrison; 13. (DNS) 23-Lucas Dobbs
Heat 1- 1. 21-Ryan Middaugh; 2. 98D-Paden Phillips; 3. 38C-Jason Pursley; 4. 227-Chase Domer; 5. 03-Chase Jones; 6. (DNF) 23-Lucas Dobbs; 7. (DNF) 24H-Mike Harrison
Heat 2 - 1. 292-Kyle Thompson; 2. 00-Jesse Stovall; 3. 8-Dillon McCowan; 4. 21TW-Tracy Wolf; 5. 98-Jeff Cutshaw; 6. (DNF) 24D-Donnie Fellers
Ozark Golf Cars USRA B-Mods
A Feature - 1. 65-Kris Jackson; 2. 66-Ryan Gillmore; 3. 22C-Cole Campbell; 4. 28A-Andy Bryant; 5. 83-JC Newell; 6. 19K-Kyle Slader; 7. 18-JC Morton; 8. 8S-Jon Sheets; 9. 14-Shawn Nations; 10. 54-Shawn Whitman; 11. 14T-Quentin Taylor; 12. 31-Luke Phillips; 13. 15S-Kody Bray; 14. 24-Jerry Ellis; 15. 21G-Greg Scheffler; 16. 28-Wesley Briggs; 17. 2-Eric Graves; 18. 51-Mike Benjamen; 19. 0K-Tracy Killian; 20. (DNF) 19B-Kaleb Bray; 21. (DNF) 42J-Donnie Jackson; 22. (DNF) 46-Brice Gotschall; 23. (DNF) 10P-Dayton Pursley; 24. (DNF) 12G-Austin Greer
B Feature - 1. 19B-Kaleb Bray; 2. 46-Brice Gotschall; 3. 14T-Quentin Taylor; 4. 54-Shawn Whitman; 5. 51-Mike Benjamen; 6. 28-Wesley Briggs; 7. 0K-Tracy Killian; 8. 2-Eric Graves; 9. 28C-Thomas Creech; 10. 25G-James Gish; 11. (DNF) 08-Chad Neill; 12. (DNF) 39-Dwight Brown; 13. (DNF) 19R-Cole Stillwell; 14. (DNS) 58M-Jamie Mauk
Heat 1 - 1. 28A-Andy Bryant; 2. 8S-Jon Sheets; 3. 15S-Kody Bray; 4. 31-Luke Phillips; 5. 14-Shawn Nations; 6. 19B-Kaleb Bray; 7. 0K-Tracy Killian; 8. 28-Wesley Briggs; 9. (DNF) 58M-Jamie Mauk; 10. (DNF) 28C-Thomas Creech
Heat 2 - 1. 18-JC Morton; 2. 21G-Greg Scheffler; 3. 19K-Kyle Slader; 4. 24-Jerry Ellis; 5. 42J-Donnie Jackson; 6. 12G-Austin Greer; 7. 39-Dwight Brown; 8. 25G-James Gish; 9. 46-Brice Gotschall; 10. 08-Chad Neill
Heat 3 - 1. 65-Kris Jackson; 2. 66-Ryan Gillmore; 3. 22C-Cole Campbell; 4. 83-JC Newell; 5. 51-Mike Benjamen; 6. 10P-Dayton Pursley; 7. 19R-Cole Stillwell; 8. 2-Eric Graves; 9. 14T-Quentin Taylor; 10. (DNF) 54-Shawn Whitman
ULMA Late Models
A Feature - 1. 21-Johnny Fennewald; 2. 51-Larry Ferris; 3. 00-Matt Becker; 4. 1T-Tucker Cox; 5. 21S-Cole Henson; 6. 160-Michael Maggard; 7. 7X-Todd McCoin; 8. 22-Tim Petty; 9. 0X-Jason Sivils; 10. 42L-Lane Ehlert; 11. 96-Dalton Imhoff; 12. 7J-Jake Morris; 13. 99-Larry Jones; 14. 662-Cayden Campbell; 15. 19L-Tyler Barker; 16. 89-FOXIE SUMNER; 17. 6-Bob Cummings; 18. (DNF) 72M-JC Morton
Heat 1 - 1. 21-Johnny Fennewald; 2. 72M-JC Morton; 3. 1T-Tucker Cox; 4. 42L-Lane Ehlert; 5. 96-Dalton Imhoff; 6. 7X-Todd McCoin; 7. 0X-Jason Sivils; 8. 6-Bob Cummings; 9. (DNF) 99-Larry Jones
Heat 2 - 1. 51-Larry Ferris; 2. 00-Matt Becker; 3. 160-Michael Maggard; 4. 21S-Cole Henson; 5. 22-Tim Petty; 6. 662-Cayden Campbell; 7. 7J-Jake Morris; 8. 19L-Tyler Barker; 9. 89-FOXIE SUMNER
Bo's On The Road Extravaganza next: A gigantic weekend of racing on dirt and water combined with entertainment from John Schneider, who played the role of Bo Duke on the iconic television series Duke's of Hazard, is next up at Lucas Oil Speedway, July 30-Aug. 1.
Geared around the Kentucky Drag Boat Association Summer Shootout on Lake Lucas and the Big Adventure RV Weekly Racing Series on the dirt track, activities will kick off on Friday night, July 30 with a VIP meet and greet, followed by a concert featuring John and his band, which includes Keith Burns of the band Trick Pony and Cody McCarver of the band Confederate Railroad, on the dirt-track front stretch.
After the concert, fans will get to watch John’s movie “Stand On It” on the track’s Jumbotron video board.
A big car show has been added to the festivities earlier on Friday.
Following the first day of the KDBA Summer Shootout on Saturday, July 31, John will speak about the meaning of the National Anthem and then he will sing the National Anthem during opening ceremonies at Fan Appreciation Night Presented by the Ozarks CW/O-Zone at the dirt track.
John and Alicia will then be a part of the action in the Ozark Golf Cars USRA B-Mod portion of the races. John said he’s looking forward to racing on the Lucas Oil Speedway dirt.
The Cedar Creek Beef Jerky USRA Modifieds will headline the dirt-track program with a 25-lap, $1,000-to-win main event. The Show Me Vintage Racing Club Cars will be on hand as a guest class and will be displaying their cars on the midway prior to the event.
On Sunday prior to the beginning of Day 2 of the KDBA Summer Shootout, John will hold Cowboy Church services along with a pastor from Racers for Christ at Lake Lucas.
VIP meet and greet tickets for Friday's concert must be purchased in advance by calling Admissions Director Nichole McMillan at (417) 282-5984. General admission tickets throughout the weekend can be purchased online or at the gate.
For ticket information for any event during the 2021 Lucas Oil Speedway season, contact McMillan at (417) 282-5984 or via email at Nichole@lucasoilspeedway.com. Fans also can use the online ticketing system.
Lucas Oil Speedway General Manager
Office: (417) 282-5984