Lucas Oil Speedway
Bryan White wins family affair for USRA Stock Car championship; McCowan, Jackson, Ferris also wrap up Lucas Oil Speedway titles
WHEATLAND, MO. (Aug. 27, 2022) - Rempfer Memorial Season Championship Night at Lucas Oil Speedway saw three of the four championship chases decided by less than 25 points.
In action Presented by Bill Roberts Chevrolet-Buick and On Media, the closest battle came in the O'Reilly Auto Parts USRA Stock Cars, with Bryan White's second-place feature finish enough to edge out his dad, Rob White, for the championship.
Other Big Adventure RV Weekly Racing Series track champions crowned on Saturday night were Dillon McCowan (Cedar Creek Beef Jerky USRA Modifieds), Kris Jackson (Ozark Golf Cars USRA B-Mods) and Larry Ferris (Hermitage Lumber Late Models).
McCowan also celebrated with a feature win, making his night doubly sweet. Rodney Schweizer captured the Stock Cars feature victory, Ryan Gillmore earned a B-Mod feature thriller and Tucker Cox grabbed the Late Model main event.
Bryan White, who began the night 12 points ahead of Rob, finished third with Rob in second. The unofficial final margin between the two was eight points. Mason Beck, who began the night two points behind Bryan White, ran 15th to fall back to third in the points.
“I'd like to thank everybody on my car, my family over here and everybody who helps me every week," Bryan White said. "It's just a dream, really, to even win a race over here let alone a championship."
Pole-starting Schweizer, Dean Wille and Robert White ran 1-2-3 through the first 11 laps, with a caution slowing the field at that point.
Rob White moved into second on the restart, with Bryan White advancing two spots and into fourth. Bryan White advanced into third and onto the back bumper of his dad on lap 14, which made it where he could clinch the title by staying there.
Schweizer barely held off Rob White’s attempted pass for the lead on lap 18 when a two-car incident in turn one brought out a caution to set up a two-lap shootout.
The top three remained the same taking the white flag with Bryan White bumped past his dad in turn two of the final lap - but a spin on the other end of the track brought out one more yellow to leave a one-lap sprint to the checkers.
Schweizer, of Kansas City, Kan., held on for the win by one car length over Rob White with Bryan White third.
"We've had enough seconds this year. It's about time," Schweizer said after the win.
Wille wound up fourth with William Garner charging from 14th to fifth.
McCowan doubles up in USRA Mods: Dillon McCowan of Urbana enjoyed a double celebration, winning both the Cedar Creek Beef Jerky USRA Modified feature while also nailing down his second straight track championship.
McCowan beat Dustin Hodges, his nearest points competitor, by 1.9 seconds after taking over the lead on lap five. He held it the rest of the way in a caution-plagued 20-lapper.
McCowan was driving a yellow No. 7 wrap modeled after cars his grandfather, A.D. McCowan, used to own. Dillon switched to the color scheme from his familiar green and white No. 8 after midseason.
“I don't even know what to say. This is huge," McCowan said in victory lane. "Being here with my grandpa's wrap on, it's very special even though he couldn't be here. I'm just really excited to get this done for him.
"It was a close battle between me and Dustin and I was glad we were able to seal the deal."
McCowan began the night 17 points in front of Hodges in the points battle and he began the feature starting in fifth, two spots ahead of Hodges. He stayed in front of him throughout.
Dylan Hoover started on the pole and set the pace through five laps while McCowan worked his way into second with Tracy Wolf in third.
McCowan got a big run on a lap-six restart to take the lead, getting around Hoover in turn two. Two laps later, Dowell moved past Hoover and into the runner-up position.
McCowan’s lead was nearly two seconds over Dowell when a lap-12 caution slowed the action. Despite two more cautions the rest of the way, McCowan was able to handle each restart and went on to capture his seventh feature win of the season to go along with the championship.
Hoover finished third with Dowell fourth and Nic Bidinger in fifth.
Jackson makes it seven titles in USRA B-Mods: Ryan Gillmore beat JC Morton by a couple of feet in one of the closest finishes of the season, earning the Ozark Golf Cars USRA B-Mod feature. The race had six lead changes between the duo.
The big prize, though, went to Lebanon's Kris Jackson whose fourth-place finish was good enough for his Lucas Oil Speedway-record seventh track championship and fourth in a row. He also earned championships in 2012, 2013 and 2014.
"We weren't as good as we wanted to be tonight," Jackson said. "We kind of played it a little safe and rode around the bottom and just made sure we finished in the top five."
Gillmore started the night 30 points behind Jackson and did all he could, winning his third feature of the season. But it wasn't quite enough - though his scant margin of victory over Morton (.036 seconds) gave the fans a dazzling final race of the Big Adventure RV Weekly Racing Series season.
"That was a fun race. Lapped cars really saved my life on that one," Gillmore said. "JC was so much better than me on the bottom of (turns) one and two and I got to four to go there and I was trying to figure out an option when lapped cars showed up.
"I kind of pressured him and he was gracious. He definitely could have took it from me at any time and I appreciate him racing me me clean."
Morton started outside of row one and wasted no time setting the early pace, with Jon Sheets second and Jackson third when the race’s first caution appeared on lap two. Two more cautions appeared before two more laps could be completed.
Finally, after a fourth caution on lap six, the race settled into a rhythm. Gillmore got a big run on lap seven to sail around the outside of Jackson and into second and he used the same move a lap later to grab the lead away from Morton.
Morton rode the inside line to pull alongside Gillmore over the next several laps, with Andy Bryant and Jackson running third and fourth. Morton regained the lead by a half car length on lap 13, but Gillmore again rode the cushion to go back on top two laps later.
The back-and-forth tussled continued with Morton going back in front on lap 16. Those two entered lapped traffic the next time around and they were separated by a few feet taking the white flag.
Gillmore made it six lead changes in the final 100 feet, coming around the outside of turn four as Morton was hindered a bit by a lapped car as the two Springfield drivers came to the finish together.
Bryant finished third with Jackson fourth and USRA Modified national points leader Shadren Turner of St. Joseph, in fifth.
Cox earns Late Model win as Ferris clinches title: Jefferson City’s Tucker Cox couldn’t catch Larry Ferris in the Hermitage Lumber Late Model points chase, but Cox led all 20 laps to capture the championship-night feature victory.
Cox beat Matt Becker by 1.5 seconds at the finish and was never seriously threatened throughout the event. Ferris completed his track-championship season by finishing third.
“I felt like we'd been about a third-place car all year," Cox said. "Finally, I didn't overthink it for the future and it was really good."
Cox started on the pole and roared to the lead as the feature went green. While Ferris had mathematically clinched the title before the feature, he trailed Cox by 1.4 seconds when the race’s first caution flew on lap four.
Ferris slipped back to fifth after the restart as Cox opened a 1.2-second lead over Matt Becker by the midpoint on lap 10 and Cox’s margin ballooned to 3.4 seconds by lap 14. The runaway was erased a lap later as third-running Bryon Allison spun to bring out a caution.
Cox said he didn't mind the caution because he was nearing lapped cars that could have potentially caused him issues.
"Right before that last yellow came out, I was like a yellow would be all right, right now," Cox said. "I knew we were really good on restarts."
Cox once again dominated after action resumed, rolling to a comfortable win over Becker with Ferris rallying for third, Joe Walkenhorst finishing fourth and JC Morton fifth.
Ferris said he couldn't have asked for a better season or a better-performing car from April through August.
"We've had a good season. We sure can't complain about how the car has run," Ferris said. "I think I've lacked a little bit, like tonight."
LUCAS OIL SPEEDWAY UNOFFICIAL RESULTS (Aug. 27, 2022)
Rempfer Memorial Season Championship Night
Hermitage Lumber Late Models
A Feature - 1. 1T-Tucker Cox; 2. 00-Matt Becker; 3. 90-Joe Walkenhorst; 4. 51-Larry Ferris; 5. 72-JC Morton; 6. 14W-Dustin Walker; 7. 42L-Lane Ehlert; 8. 96-Dalton Imhoff; 9. 99-Larry Jones; 10. 1A-Bryon Allison; 11. 20-Alan Westling; 12. 0X-Jason Sivils; 13. 6-Bob Cummings; 14. (DNF) 7J-Jake Morris; 15. (DNF) 3-Dustin Hodges; 16. (DNF) 19-Thomas Langley; 17. (DNF) 22-Tim Petty
Ozarks Coca-Cola Heat 1 - 1. 1T-Tucker Cox; 2. 1A-Bryon Allison; 3. 72-JC Morton; 4. 00-Matt Becker; 5. 14W-Dustin Walker; 6. 99-Larry Jones; 7. 22-Tim Petty; 8. (DNF) 0X-Jason Sivils; 9. (DNF) 3-Dustin Hodges
Ozarks Coca-Cola Heat 2 - 1. 51-Larry Ferris; 2. 42L-Lane Ehlert; 3. 90-Joe Walkenhorst; 4. 96-Dalton Imhoff; 5. 20-Alan Westling; 6. 14-Reid Millard; 7. 7J-Jake Morris; 8. 6-Bob Cummings; 9. (DQ) 19-Thomas Langley
Cedar Creek Beef Jerky USRA Modifieds
A Feature - 1. 7X-Dillon McCowan; 2. 22H-Dustin Hodges; 3. 19-Dylan Hoover; 4. 88-Jimmy Dowell; 5. 3B-Nic Bidinger; 6. 49-Andy Bryant; 7. 68-Dean Wille; 8. 73-Mickey Burrell; 9. 38C-Jason Pursley; 10. 21TW-Tracy Wolf; 11. 16S-Eric Turner; 12. 98-Jeff Cutshaw; 13. 23-Lucas Dobbs; 14. 7-Daniel Franklin; 15. 24D-Donnie Fellers; 16. 28C-Thomas Creech; 17. (DNF) 96-Cody Brill; 18. (DNF) 75L-Lane Whitney; 19. (DNF) 155-Terry Kirk; 20. (DNF) 23D-Rick Culler; 21. (DNF) 03-Chase Jones
Heat 1 - 1. 73-Mickey Burrell; 2. 49-Andy Bryant; 3. 7X-Dillon McCowan; 4. 24D-Donnie Fellers; 5. 75L-Lane Whitney; 6. 96-Cody Brill; 7. 28C-Thomas Creech
Heat 2 - 1. 19-Dylan Hoover; 2. 21TW-Tracy Wolf; 3. 22H-Dustin Hodges; 4. 7-Daniel Franklin; 5. 155-Terry Kirk; 6. 23-Lucas Dobbs; 7. (DNS) 38C-Jason Pursley
Heat 3 - 1. 88-Jimmy Dowell; 2. 98-Jeff Cutshaw; 3. 3B-Nic Bidinger; 4. 16S-Eric Turner; 5. 68-Dean Wille; 6. 03-Chase Jones; 7. 23D-Rick Culler
O'Reilly Auto Parts USRA Stock Cars
A Feature - 1. 74-Rodney Schweizer; 2. 5-Robert White; 3. 41-Bryan White; 4. 68-Dean Wille; 5. 7-William Garner; 6. 8M-James McMillin; 7. 12-Christopher Sawyer; 8. 32-Dennie Belknap; 9. 83-James Ellis; 10. 47-Ed Griggs; 11. 54-David Hendrix; 12. 35-Johnny Coats; 13. 3C-Chad Staus; 14. 34-Blake Bolton; 15. 24-Craig Wright; 16. 0F-Mason Beck; 17. 27-David Oxford; 18. 23-Mark Simon; 19. (DNF) 91J-Jaylen Wettengel; 20. (DNF) 11-Waylon Dimmitt; 21. (DNF) 21P-Darren Phillips; 22. (DNF) 13-Lyle Dietrich
Bill Roberts Chevrolet Heat 1 - 1. 5-Robert White; 2. 8M-James McMillin; 3. 47-Ed Griggs; 4. 12-Christopher Sawyer; 5. 34-Blake Bolton; 6. 21P-Darren Phillips; 7. 13-Lyle Dietrich; 8. 27-David Oxford
Bill Roberts Chevrolet Heat 2 - 1. 74-Rodney Schweizer; 2. 68-Dean Wille; 3. 83-James Ellis; 4. 3C-Chad Staus; 5. 54-David Hendrix; 6. 0F-Mason Beck; 7. 24-Craig Wright
Bill Roberts Chevrolet Heat 3 - 1. 11-Waylon Dimmitt; 2. 23-Mark Simon; 3. 41-Bryan White; 4. 91J-Jaylen Wettengel; 5. 7-William Garner; 6. 32-Dennie Belknap; 7. 35-Johnny Coats
Ozark Golf Cars USRA B-Mods
A Feature - 1. 66-Ryan Gillmore; 2. 18-JC Morton; 3. 28X-Andy Bryant; 4. 65-Kris Jackson; 5. 56-Shadren Turner; 6. 8S-Jon Sheets; 7. 55-Colson Kirk; 8. 1F-Mitchell Franklin; 9. 18H-Justin Neuman; 10. 1-Bobby Williams; 11. 30-Rex Harris; 12. 24-Jerry Ellis; 13. 2-Quentin Taylor; 14. 21-Greg Scheffler; 15. 24L-Dakota Lowe; 16. 28-Preston Dawson; 17. 98-Christopher Watts; 18. 57J-John Fellers; 19. 55J-Jeremy Short; 20. 55G-Luke Gideon; 21. (DNF) 10J-Caden Johnson; 22. (DNF) 20-Barry White; 23. (DNF) 94-Tyler Potter; 24. (DNF) 15H-Jeremy Hazel; 25. (DNF) 7C-Conner Chinn; 26. (DNF) 12G-Austin Greer; 27. (DNS) 15-Hannah Frazee
Heat 1 - 1. 1-Bobby Williams; 2. 65-Kris Jackson; 3. 66-Ryan Gillmore; 4. 28X-Andy Bryant; 5. 18H-Justin Neuman; 6. 55J-Jeremy Short; 7. 57J-John Fellers; 8. 15H-Jeremy Hazel; 9. 94-Tyler Potter
Heat 2 - 1. 18-JC Morton; 2. 30-Rex Harris; 3. 21-Greg Scheffler; 4. 55-Colson Kirk; 5. 20-Barry White; 6. 28-Preston Dawson; 7. 7C-Conner Chinn; 8. (DNF) 15-Hannah Frazee; 9. (DNF) 10J-Caden Johnson
Heat 3 - 1. 8S-Jon Sheets; 2. 24-Jerry Ellis; 3. 56-Shadren Turner; 4. 98-Christopher Watts; 5. 1F-Mitchell Franklin; 6. 24L-Dakota Lowe; 7. 12G-Austin Greer; 8. 55G-Luke Gideon; 9. 2-Quentin Taylor
MLRA Ron Jenkins Memorial, Diamond Drag Boat Nationals next: A busy Labor Day Weekend is ahead at Lucas Oil Speedway with the Kentucky Drag Boat Association-sanctioned 12th annual Diamond Drag Boat Nationals set for Friday through Sunday on Lake Lucas.
Saturday night on the dirt track finds the Lucas Oil MLRA Series making its final appearance at the speedway this season, for the the 8th annual Ron Jenkins Memorial. Winner of the feature will earn $7,000. In addition to the Late Model action, the Cedar Creek Beef Jerky USRA Modifieds and O’Reilly Auto Parts USRA Stock Cars will compete, along with the Ozark Golf Car USRA B-Mods as those drivers battle for a special $1,000 to win top prize Presented by the Titan B-Mod Series.
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