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CHRISSY WALLACE WINS SIXTH ASA LATE MODEL RACE OF THE SEASON AT I-44 SPEEDWAY

Lebanon-I-44-Speedway(LEBANON, Missouri . . . by Sarah Woodhurst)   Saturday, August 20 turned out to be an excellent night of ASA racing, as the rain stayed away to allow six divisions to compete on the high-banked 3/8 mile paved oval of I-44 Speedway. Late Model points leader, Chrissy Wallace, collected her sixth win of the season and Jason Otto also visited Monster Energy Victory Lane in the Modified division. Rick Sharp of Fair Grove took home the Sportsman feature win and Shawn Jones won the Charger event, while Dustin Reeves won the Road Warrior feature, and Joe Bunkers grabbed the OMSRA “Outlaw Mini Stock” feature win.

Wallace put on a show in the 30-lap Late Model main event, as she maneuvered her way from the back to the lead by lap thirteen. Jim Reaves of Strafford jumped out to the front at the beginning of the race and gained a big lead over the field until a lap seven caution packed the thirteen-car field back together. Reaves was not able to hold off the hard-charging #93 car of Wallace on the restart, and the #10 car of Dale Roper Jr. joined the front-runners. A caution came out on lap 25 setting up a battle for third place between Cole Williams of Sellersburg, Indiana and Jimmy Vanzandt of Springfield during the final five laps. Door-to-door racing action and minimal cautions made for an exciting race as Wallace crossed the checkers first, followed by Roper Jr. in second, Vanzandt in third, Williams in fourth, and Grant Sharp of Conway in fifth. Roper Jr., Wallace, and Williams took the qualifying Heat race wins.

“It feels awesome to be here,” Wallace said in Monster Energy Victory Lane. “I want to thank the fans first of all for coming out here and supporting us. It’s a huge accomplishment. We’re going to keep trying – setup wise – and making it faster to where we can run the high side and get back in the gas quicker.”

Eight cars checked in to a rowdy 20-lap Modified feature event that was full of hard racing. Otto was able to maintain the lead from start to finish throughout a race that featured bumping and spinouts in the back of the pack. Championship points leader Tyler Scott of Nixa worked his way up from last place to second after a door-to-door battle with Fair Grove’s David Bates in the final laps. Bates finished third, followed by Phil Harris of Springfield in fourth, and Fair Grove’s Payton Lucas in fifth. Otto was excited after the well-deserved win and said that he couldn’t have done it without all of his sponsors. Mike Slone and Scott were the Heat race winners.

The Sportsman division proved just how competitive they are to I-44 Speedway fans, as the five cars that checked into the feature event swapped positions throughout the entire race. The winner was decided at the line as Sharp, JC Newell, Jr. of Stoutland, and Ozark’s Toby Harden fought hard for the lead. Sharp took the win, with Newell, Jr. in second, and Harden in third. Aaron Douglas joined in on the battle and finished the race in fourth place. Chuck Higdon pulled off to the pit area and was unable to finish the race. Newell was the Heat race winner.

Shawn Jones of Belle made his way back to victory lane by leading every lap of the Charger event. Weekly racers, Gary Davenport of Marshfield, Belle’s Caston Jones, and Ben Kramer of Richland had a scary moment on lap six as contact between the three sent cars spinning on the front stretch. The single-file restart was exciting as Shawn Jones and Ratliff fought for the lead, while Kramer, Nick Cherry, and Jimmy Poindexter were door-to-door for third. Ratliff followed Shawn Jones across the finish line in second, with Kramer in third, Cherry in fourth, and Poindexter in fifth. Davenport and Ratliff took the Heat race wins.

The Road Warrior feature started out with a bang, as cars were three-wide all the way around the track for the opening laps.  Dustin Reeves took the lead on lap two and held onto it for the remaining laps. Steve Shaw of Rogersville had his hands full for a majority of the race as he spun out on lap four and was able to keep moving to finish in an impressive second place.  Brandon Henderson of Lebanon took home third place, with points leader Mike Scott of Rogersville in fourth, and Lebanon’s Gary Ball in fifth. Reeves and Shaw were the Heat race winners.

Joe Bunkers was able to pull off an exciting win in the OMSRA “Outlaw Mini-Stock” division. Bunkers had a big lead over the field throughout the entire race, which served to his advantage on the last lap as he spun his car coming out of turn four and was able to pull it together and still cross the finish line first. The husband and wife team of Michael and Ashley Deschenes put on a great battle for second and Ashley claimed the runner-up spot at the line. Michael Deschenes finished third, followed by Kevin Hunt in fourth, and JW Blankenship in fifth. Michael Deschenes won the ‘Outlaws’ Heat race.

Bunkers thanked the Deschenes’ for helping him out in major ways prior to the race. “When I blew the motor out of mine, they just didn’t even hesitate to jump up and offer me their ‘Saab’, so I gotta thank them,” Bunkers said.

Two cars entered the ‘Cookin’ From Scratch Burnout Extravaganza’ finale, but both entrants provided intermission entertainment for the fans. Entrants signed up at Cookin’ From Scratch restaurant and c-store in Doolittle. Both entrants received free pit passes for themselves and a guest, plus Cookin’ From Scratch gift certificates. First place in the burnout competition went to Dexter Frye of Richland in a ‘demo-derby’ car dedicated to the memory of his wife, who recently lost her battle with cancer, with the runner-up spot awarded to Rolla’s Nicholas Findley in his Chevy pick-up.

A ‘Back to School Bash’, presented by Fohn’s Furniture & Lawn Equipment in Lebanon, is in order for next Saturday night’s ‘Kickin’ Asphalt’ show at Lebanon I-44 Speedway. Fans will have the opportunity to receive autographs from their favorite drivers during an on-track autograph session. The Pro National Series ‘Baby Grand’ cars will also be joining the track’s five ASA stock car classes. Complete information about I-44 Speedway’s remaining 2011 ‘Kickin Asphalt’ racing schedule, racecar construction specifications and general rules may be found on the track’s official website, www.i44speedway.com.

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THE RESULTS


LATE MODELS

HEAT 1

1)     10    Dale Roper Jr

2)     45    Cris Beaver

3)     66    Brian Woods

4)     2      Grant Sharp

5)     98    Terry Smith

 

HEAT 2

1)     93    Chrissy Wallace

2)     21    Ken Dickinson

3)     7      Jeremy Manes

4)     2-DNS      Grant Sharp

5)     20-DNS Austin Fullerton

 

HEAT 3

1)     46    Cole Williams

2)     5      Mike VanNoy

3)     18    Jim Reaves

4)     67    Jimmy VanZandt

5)     12    Dale Roper Sr

 

FEATURE

1)     93    Chrissy Wallace     Concord, NC

2)     10    Dale Roper Jr Fair Grove

3)     67    Jimmy Vanzandt    Springfield

4)     46    Cole Williams  Sellersburg, IN

5)     2      Grant Sharp    Conway

6)     2X    Tony Jackson Jr Lebanon

7)     98    Terry Smith     Belton

8)     18    Jim Reaves    Strafford

9)     66    Brian Woods  Leawood, KS

10)   45    Cris Beaver    Joplin

11)   5      Mike VanNoy   Kansas City

12)   12    Dale Roper Sr Fair Grove

13)   21    Ken Dickinson        Camdenton

14)   7      DNS Jeremy Manes        Nixa

15)   O2        DNS Brian Brown  Springfield  

16)   20    DNS Austin Fullerton    

 

 

MODIFIEDS

HEAT 1

1)     15    Mike Slone

2)     26    Payton Lucas

3)     66    Terry Taylor

4)     8      Jason Otto

5)     9      Phil Harris

 

HEAT 2

1)     57    Tyler Scott

2)     25    Stephen Counterman

3)     5      Mike Coryell

4)     91    David Bates


FEATURE

1)     8      Jason Otto      Richland

2)     57    Tyler Scott      Nixa

3)     91    David Bates    Fair Grove

4)     9      Phil Harris       Springfield

5)     26    Payton Lucas Fair Grove

6)     25    Stephen Counterman    Fair Grove

7)     5      Mike Coryell    Lebanon

8)     15    Mike Slone      Rolla

9)     66    DNS Terry Taylor   

 

 

SPORTSMAN

HEAT 1

1)     83    JC Newell, Jr.

2)     7      Aaron Douglas

3)     10    Rick Sharp

4)     63    Chuck Higdon

5)     1      DNS Toby Harden

 

FEATURE

1)     10    Rick Sharp      Fair Grove

2)     83    JC Newell        Stoutland

3)     1      Toby Harden   Nixa

4)     7      Aaron Douglas  Lebanon

5)     63    Chuck Higdon   Strafford

 

 

ROAD WARRIORS

HEAT 1

1)     6      Dustin Reeves

2)     33    Mike Scott

3)     7      Adam Lowrance

4)     98    Sam Shaw

5)     21    Gary Burrows

 

HEAT 2

1)     90    Steve Shaw

2)     12    Nick Moore

3)     76    Brandon Henderson

4)     35    Gary Ball

 

FEATURE

1)     6      Dustin Reeves        Camdenton

2)     90    Steve Shaw    Rogersville

3)     76    Brandon Henderson      Lebanon

4)     33    Mike Scott       Rogersville

5)     35    Gary Ball Lebanon

6)     7      Adam Lowrance     Lebanon

7)     12    Nick Moore     Richland

8)     21    DNS Gary Burrows Versailles

9)     98    DNS Sam Shaw      Rogersville

 

 

CHARGERS

HEAT 1

1)     10    Gary Davenport

2)     14    Ben Kramer

3)     27    Nick Cherry

4)     5      Jimmy Poindexter

 

HEAT 2

1)     21    Josh Ratliff

2)     74    Larry Hunter

3)     34    Caston Jones

4)     7      Shawn Jones

 

FEATURE

1)     7      Shawn Jones  Belle

2)     21    Josh Ratliff     Rolla

3)     14    Ben Kramer    Richland

4)     27    Nick Cherry     Springfield

5)     5      Jimmy Poindexter  Willard

6)     74    Larry Hunter   Laquey

7)     34    Caston Jones Belle

8)     10    Gary Davenport      Marshfield

 

 

OMSRA “OUTLAW MINI STOCKS”

HEAT 

1)     86    Michael Deschenes

2)     26    Kevin Hunt

3)     12    Ashley Deschenes

4)     80    JW Blankenship

5)     4      Joe Bunkers

6)     27    Tyler Berry

 

FEATURE

1)     4      Joe Bunkers

2)     12    Ashley Deschenes

3)     86    Michael Deschenes

4)     26    Kevin Hunt

5)     80    JW Blankenship

6)     27    Tyler Berry

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