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From 14th to 1st, McCowan rallies to USRA Modified feature win in Lucas Oil Speedway headliner


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From 14th to 1st, McCowan rallies to USRA Modified feature win in Lucas Oil Speedway headliner

WHEATLAND, MO. (June 11, 2022) - Some wins are more exciting than others and Dillon McCowan enjoyed one of his most thrilling feature victories so far at Lucas Oil Speedway on Saturday night.

McCowan drove from a 14th-starting position all the way to the front to capture the $1,000 Cedar Creek Beef Jerky USRA Modified feature victory to headline the Big Adventure RV Weekly Racing Series program.

McCowan, of Urbana, beat Nick Bidinger by a car length for his fifth feature victory of the season and further expand his points lead in defense of his track championship.

Other feature winners on $5 Night at the Races Presented by KOLR were Johnny Fennewald (O'Reilly Auto Parts USRA Stock Cars), Cole Henson (Hermitage Lumber Late Models) and Shadren Turner (Ozark Golf Cars USRA B-Mods).

The 18-year-old McCowan had an unusually poor seventh-place run in his heat race to leave him seemingly buried deep in the field as the 25-lap feature went green.

"I want to say a special shout-out to my grandpa. He's not been here in a while and this is one of the more special ones because he got to be here and we came from the back," McCowan said.

Bidinger sprinted away from his pole-starting position to the lead and he had opened up a 2.9-second lead by lap seven over Dustin Hodges when the race’s first caution appeared.

Meanwhile, McCowan continued his charge through the field as the race returned to green as he moved into third by lap 10 behind Bidinger and Hodges.

McCowan passed Hodges on lap 15 and set his sights on the leader, whom he still trailed by 1.7 seconds with 10 laps remaining.

Continuing to use the high groove, McCowan closed to the back bumper of Bidinger on lap 21 as the duo entered lapped traffic. He split the two slower cars to take the lead coming to the start-finish line to complete lap 23.

Bidinger made a last-lap bid, but McCowan took the checkers by navigating one more lapped car coming out of turn four.

"It was definitely hectic," McCowan said of the win. "It got intense there when we hit lapped traffic and I didn't know if I was gonna fit through those two on the front stretch. We did and (Bidinger) was really good.

"I didn't think I was gonna catch him and probably wouldn't have if we wouldn't have hit lapped traffic."

Hodges wound up third with Ryan Middaugh fourth and Jason Pursley fifth.

Fennewald takes a USRA Stock Cars thriller: Johnny Fennewald of Appleton City beat Derek Brown by a few inches in a thriller of an O’Reilly Auto Parts USRA Stock Cars 20-lap feature.

The former Lucas Oil Speedway Late Model track champion edged out Brown by .027 seconds at the finish line - just after Brown had led at the white-flag by a similar, micro margin. It was Fennewald’s first USRA Stock Cars win of the season.

Fennewald said his motor was running hot in the later stages of the race, which caused some extra worry.

“Lap 14, I was running about 245, 250 (degrees) and I could tell it was not good. It was starting to miss and cut out,” Fennewald said. “I was like if I don’t run it off in there keep it straight and run it in there like I do that Late Model, I was gonna lose.

“I’ll tell you what, I gave her hell on that last lap. I was just letting her eat.”

Front-row starter Brown led the first three laps before Fennewald, a three-time Late Model track champion, went around him on the high side in turns three and four to grab the lead to complete lap 4.

Fennewald drove away to a two-second lead by lap 11 over Ed Griggs with Brown slipping to third. By lap 14, the lead with 1.4 seconds, but that was erased with the fourth caution of the race, leading to a restart with six to go.

On the restart, Brown moved into second and Griggs pulled into the pits. Brown went into the lead out of turn four on lap 16, but Fennewald battled back on the outside and reclaimed the lead the next time around. That set the stage for the finish, with the two side by side the entire time before Fennewald was able to prevail.

Robert White finished third with Doug Keller fourth and James McMillin came home in fifth.

Henson earns Late Model win: Cole Henson of Russellville finally put away Larry Ferris late in the Hermitage Lumber Late Model feature after the two staged a duel most of the way.

Henson scored his second feature win in three events this season, beating Ferris by 2.2 seconds in a race that was much more competitive than the final margin.

"I was watching him down there every time I would go in (to a corner) high. He was barreling in down low," Henson said of Ferris. "Then I was trying to watch the (video board) back here. I had too much going on to watch. I should have just focused on driving.

"But everything worked out great. Man, this humidity has these motors running hot. We got a little warmer than we wanted to out there, but it all worked out."

Henson and Ferris wasted little time separating from the field with Henson hanging on to a narrow lead through the first half of the 20-lapper.

Henson kept working the high side with Ferris in the low groove, never separated by more than a car length until they reached lapped traffic on lap 14.

That allowed Henson to get about a six-car-length cushion that became about double that by lap 17. The two-time-defending track champ gradually pulled away rom there, outdistancing Ferris in the caution-free race.

JC Morton was a distant third with Michael Maggard fourth and Tucker Cox in fifth.

B-Mods win goes to Shadren Turner: Shadren Turner of St. Joseph, third in USRA National B-Mod points, dropped into Lucas Oil Speedway to pick up the Ozark Golf Cars USRA B-Mod feature win, taking over the lead just before the midpoint of the 20-lapper.

Turner won for the 11th time this season at his sixth different track. It was his first win at Lucas Oil Speedway.

"All the credit goes to these guys," Turner said of his crew and car owners in victory lane. "J2 Race Cars, Kris (Jackson) helps a ton and without him it wouldn't be possible."

Turner passed JC Morton on the outside coming out of turn four to lap nine to grab the lead. He was able to stretch it to 1.4 seconds by lap 16 when a caution bunched the field.

That left four laps to the finish with Gabriel Hodges in third and Ryan Gillmore in fourth behind the due up front.

Turner held on from there and to beat Morton by 1.3 seconds at the finish. Gillmore finished a few feet behind Morton for the runner-up spot, with Hodges fourth and JC Newell fifth.

Defending and six-time track champion Kris Jackson rallied to finish eighth after a flat tire on the opening lap put him at the back of the 24-car field for a restart.

Big Adventure RV Weekly Racing Series
Cedar Creek Beef Jerky USRA Modifieds
A Feature - 1. 8-Dillon McCowan[14]; 2. 3B-Nic Bidinger[1]; 3. 22H-Dustin Hodges[3]; 4. 21M-Ryan Middaugh[12]; 5. 38C-Jason Pursley[2]; 6. 73-Mickey Burrell[5]; 7. 03-Chase Jones[8]; 8. 14W-Dustin Walker[10]; 9. 73B-Shad Badder[11]; 10. 98-Jeff Cutshaw[6]; 11. 155-Terry Kirk[15]; 12. 23-Lucas Dobbs[17]; 13. 311-John Baker[13]; 14. 24D-Donnie Fellers[16]; 15. 28C-Thomas Creech[18]; 16. (DNF) 16S-Eric Turner[9]; 17. (DNF) 21-Johnny Fennewald[4]; 18. (DNF) 96-Cody Brill[7]
Heat 1 - 1. 3B-Nic Bidinger[2]; 2. 21-Johnny Fennewald[1]; 3. 73-Mickey Burrell[4]; 4. 03-Chase Jones[5]; 5. 14W-Dustin Walker[8]; 6. 73B-Shad Badder[7]; 7. 311-John Baker[6]; 8. 155-Terry Kirk[3]; 9. 28C-Thomas Creech[9]
Heat 2 - 1. 38C-Jason Pursley[2]; 2. 22H-Dustin Hodges[4]; 3. 98-Jeff Cutshaw[3]; 4. 16S-Eric Turner[5]; 5. 96-Cody Brill[9]; 6. 21M-Ryan Middaugh[1]; 7. 8-Dillon McCowan[7]; 8. 24D-Donnie Fellers[6]; 9. 23-Lucas Dobbs[8]

O'Reilly Auto Parts USRA Stock Cars
A Feature - 1. 21-Johnny Fennewald[4]; 2. 11-Derek Brown[2]; 3. 5-Robert White[10]; 4. 7-Doug Keller[8]; 5. 8M-James McMillin[11]; 6. 0F-Mason Beck[6]; 7. 68-Dean Wille[5]; 8. 41-Bryan White[18]; 9. 74-Rodney Schweizer[16]; 10. 1G-Tony Anglin[7]; 11. 3C-Chad Staus[24]; 12. 127-Andy Morris[12]; 13. 2-Zeb Keepper[21]; 14. 7X-John Scott[20]; 15. 54-David Hendrix[17]; 16. 11D-Waylon Dimmitt[19]; 17. 7W-William Garner[9]; 18. (DNF) 47-Ed Griggs[3]; 19. (DNF) 9-Mark Simon[13]; 20. (DNF) 13-Lyle Dietrich[22]; 21. (DNF) 12S-Christopher Sawyer[15]; 22. (DNF) 12-Scotty Allen[1]; 23. (DNF) 21P-Darren Phillips[23]
B Feature - 1. 54-David Hendrix[5]; 2. 41-Bryan White[7]; 3. 11D-Waylon Dimmitt[1]; 4. 7X-John Scott[3]; 5. 2-Zeb Keepper[2]; 6. 13-Lyle Dietrich[11]; 7. 21P-Darren Phillips[13]; 8. 3C-Chad Staus[10]; 9. 23-Kevin Simon[12]; 10. 34-Blake Bolton[4]; 11. 50-Darrell Hurt[8]; 12. 7J-Scott Johnson[9]; 13. 83-James Ellis[6]
Bill Roberts Chevrolet Heat 1 - 1. 12-Scotty Allen[2]; 2. 68-Dean Wille[1]; 3. 21-Johnny Fennewald[6]; 4. 8M-James McMillin[5]; 5. 74-Rodney Schweizer[3]; 6. 12S-Christopher Sawyer[9]; 7. 34-Blake Bolton[4]; 8. 41-Bryan White[7]; 9. 7J-Scott Johnson[8]; 10. 23-Kevin Simon[10]
Bill Roberts Chevrolet Heat 2 - 1. 11-Derek Brown[1]; 2. 0F-Mason Beck[2]; 3. 7-Doug Keller[3]; 4. 127-Andy Morris[5]; 5. 5-Robert White[9]; 6. 11D-Waylon Dimmitt[7]; 7. 54-David Hendrix[6]; 8. 83-James Ellis[4]; 9. 3C-Chad Staus[8]
Bill Roberts Chevrolet Heat 3 - 1. 47-Ed Griggs[1]; 2. 1G-Tony Anglin[2]; 3. 7W-William Garner[3]; 4. 9-Mark Simon[4]; 5. 1B-Tim Brown[6]; 6. 7X-John Scott[5]; 7. 2-Zeb Keepper[10]; 8. 50-Darrell Hurt[8]; 9. 13-Lyle Dietrich[9]; 10. (DNF) 21P-Darren Phillips[7

Hermitage Lumber Late Models
A Feature - 1. 21S-Cole Henson[1]; 2. 51-Larry Ferris[3]; 3. 72-JC Morton[2]; 4. 160-Michael Maggard[5]; 5. 1T-Tucker Cox[7]; 6. 90-Joe Walkenhorst[4]; 7. 0X-Jason Sivils[9]; 8. 99-Larry Jones[8]; 9. 7J-Jake Morris[11]; 10. 42H-Chad Richwine[6]; 11. 6-Bob Cummings[10]
Ozarks Coca-Cola Heat 1 - 1. 72-JC Morton[2]; 2. 51-Larry Ferris[1]; 3. 160-Michael Maggard[5]; 4. 99-Larry Jones[4]; 5. 0X-Jason Sivils[3]; 6. 6-Bob Cummings[6]
Ozarks Coca-Cola Heat 2 - 1. 21S-Cole Henson[4]; 2. 90-Joe Walkenhorst[1]; 3. 42H-Chad Richwine[2]; 4. 1T-Tucker Cox[3]; 5. (DNF) 7J-Jake Morris[5]

Ozark Golf Cars USRA B-Mods
A Feature - 1. 56-Shadren Turner[3]; 2. 18-JC Morton[2]; 3. 66-Ryan Gillmore[10]; 4. 7G-Gabriel Hodges[5]; 5. 83-JC Newell[7]; 6. 54-Tyler Kidwell[13]; 7. 28-Andy Bryant[25]; 8. 65-Kris Jackson[4]; 9. 555-Seth Schroer[6]; 10. 17-Henry Chambers[1]; 11. 15E-Ryan Edde[15]; 12. 11S-Logan Smith[8]; 13. 24-Jerry Ellis[12]; 14. 15-Hannah Frazee[16]; 15. 21-Greg Scheffler[14]; 16. 98-Christopher Watts[19]; 17. 24L-Dakota Lowe[11]; 18. 2-Quentin Taylor[22]; 19. 0K-Tracy Killian[20]; 20. 51-Mike Benjamen[17]; 21. 19-Tanner Calhoun[21]; 22. (DNF) 8S-Jon Sheets[9]; 23. (DNF) 25G-James Gish[18]; 24. (DNF) 08-Chad Neill[24]; 25. (DNS) 86D-Donald McIntosh
Heat 1 - . 17-Henry Chambers[2]; 2. 83-JC Newell[1]; 3. 8S-Jon Sheets[4]; 4. 54-Tyler Kidwell[3]; 5. 21-Greg Scheffler[7]; 6. 25G-James Gish[5]; 7. (DNS) 08-Chad Neill; 8. (DQ) 28-Andy Bryant[6]
Heat 2 - 1. 18-JC Morton[2]; 2. 555-Seth Schroer[3]; 3. 11S-Logan Smith[5]; 4. 66-Ryan Gillmore[7]; 5. 15E-Ryan Edde[4]; 6. 15-Hannah Frazee[8]; 7. 0K-Tracy Killian[6]; 8. 19-Tanner Calhoun[1]
Heat 3 - 1. 65-Kris Jackson[1]; 2. 7G-Gabriel Hodges[4]; 3. 56-Shadren Turner[8]; 4. 24-Jerry Ellis[2]; 5. 24L-Dakota Lowe[9]; 6. 51-Mike Benjamen[3]; 7. 98-Christopher Watts[5]; 8. 2-Quentin Taylor[7]; 9. 86D-Donald McIntosh[6]

Midseason Championships next week: The Bolivar Herald-Free Press along with KIX 105.7-Townsquare Media Present the Big Adventure RV Weekly Racing Series Mid-Season Championships next Saturday, June 18. Look for discount admission coupons in The Bolivar Herald-Free Press.

Drag Boats continue on Sunday: The Kentucky Drag Boat Association Spring Opener on Lake Lucas concludes its three-day event with eliminations on Sunday starting at 9 a.m. with gates opening at 8 a.m. Drag boat teams and fans can visit for more information on the series.

Sunday Drag Boat Grandstand Admission:
(All tickets include access to drag boat pit area)

Adults GA/Pit Pass Combo (16 and up) - $25
Seniors (62 and up)/Military GA/Pit Pass Combo (62 and up) - $22
Youth GA/Pit Pass Combo (age 6 to 15) - $10
Family Pass GA/Pit Pass Combo $60 Includes Admission for 2 Adults and Up to 3 Kids Ages (6-15)
Kids GA/Pit Pass Combo (age 5 and under) - FREE

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