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Payton Looney Sails to Eighth ULMA Victory of the Year!

ULMA-United-Late-Model-AssociationSam Stoecklin
ULMA Public Relations
August 25, 2015

Payton Looney of Republic, Missouri continued putting pressure on the top contingent of title-seeking Lucas Cattle Company ULMA Late Model drivers Saturday night at Lucas Oil Speedway, where he captured his association-leading eighth victory of the year.

Earlier in the night, heat race victories went to Lance Town ahead of Lane Ehlert, and Josh Poe. Heat two winner was Jon Melloway over Jon Binning and Walt Imhoff while heat three went to Todd McCoin over Dustin Hodges and Chad Richwine.

With late models being the final event of the night, Lane Ehlert of Springfield, Missouri and new to late model action this season, Lance Town, of Lousiburg, Kansas rolled off from the front row to begin the ULMA main event. In no time, Looney filed his way to the front of the field from eighth on the grid.

Town, a frequent USRA Modified competitor looked like a seasoned veteran behind the wheel of his #21t ULMA Late Model and maintained his second spot throughout the event. Current Lucas Cattle Company Rookie of the Year leader Dustin Hodges advanced to third by race end to finish behind Looney and Town by race end. Todd McCoin recorded yet another top-five finish in fourth while Justin Russell moved from twelfth on the field to round out the top five.

Another Modified pilot made his way to Lucas Oil Speedway in a ULMA Late Model; Johs Poe of Drexel, Missouri moved from ninth at the start to finish sixth. Ehlert slipped to seventh in the final rundown with Jon Melloway, Jon Binning and Larry Jones rounding out the balance of the top ten. All total, 24 drivers compted at the speedway throughout the night.

This weekend at Lucas Oil Speedway the track crowns each of its respective track champions during its season championship race night. Justin Russell currently leads track points at the speedway ahead of Looney and McCoin, all three drivers are still mathematically alive in the chase for the track championship.

On raceday, gates open at 5 p.m. with hot laps at 7 and racing at 7:30. Admission prices for this weekend at Lucas Oil Speedway are: Adults (16 and up) $12, Seniors (62 and up) $8, Youth (6-15) $5, Kids (5 and under) free, Family Pass $25, all pit passes are $25. For additional information on seaon championship night and other exciting events coming up at the speedway visit the track’s website at www.lucasoilspeedway.com.

After mid-day rain showers forced officials at Randolph County Raceway (RCR) in Moberly, Missouri to cancel racing last week drivers and fans alike are looking forward to returning this weekend to the raceway for two nights of action at the high-banked speedplant.

For Friday, August 28th racing, the National Sprint League (NSL) 410 winged sprints headline the action at the track. This is the final stop of the year at RCR for the National Sprint League competitors. Modifieds and ULMA Late Models will round out the program with ULMA competitors vying for valuable championship points as the season end approaches with a close championship on the line.

On Friday at RCR, gates open at 5 p.m. with hot laps at 7 and racing at 7:30. Children under 5 are free, kids ages 6 to 14 are $10, adult general admission is $25. For Saturday, August 29th, ULMA competitors return for a second-consecutive night of action with a regular RCR race program along with ULMA Late models, USRA B-mods, RCR Hobby stocks, and RCR Sport 4 cylinders. Gates open at 4 p.m. with hot laps at 6:30 and racing at 7. The Track Phone number is 660-833-1727. Visit the track online at www.randolphcountyraceway.com for additional information.

Although ULMA Championship Points end at RCR on Sunday, September 6th there is one additional race that dots the ULMA landscape for the 2015 season. For the first time in its nine-year history, ULMA competitors will have a chance to compete at Lakeside Speedway in Kansas City, Kansas. This is a full-on ULMA only late model event. Additional sponsor details and purse structure to be announced.

With just five points-earning events remaining, Jon Melloway clings on to his lead by four points over Todd McCoin. Payton Looney is expected to hit the 15 events mark this week during competition at Lucas Oil Speedway. After he does, there will be a clearer picture in the quest for the ULMA crown as all top seven drivers in the standings are expected to have 15 starts accumulated by the end of the week. Drivers keep their 15 best finishes of the year to count towards their championship points.

Lucas Cattle Company Point Standings (full standings at www.ulmaracing.com)
1st 74 Jon Melloway 23 1560
2nd 7X Todd McCoin 21 1556
3rd 1T Chris Cox 22 1478
4th 22H Dustin Hodges ® 19 1461
5th 15 Payton Looney 14 1430
6th 23 Cody Holtkamp 16 1421
7th 0X Justin Russell 14 1348
8th 16P Bobby Penney 12 1088
9th 8 Dave Miller 13 1048
10th 9D Dwight Niehoff 11 1016
11th 65 Jon Binning 11 918
12th B1 Vance Wilson 9 796
13th 25S Chris Smyser 8 786
14th 16 Ashlee Lancaster 9 780
15th 14X David Melloway 9 778

Hoosier Tire Midwest ULMA Rookie of the Year standings
1st 22H Dustin Hodges ® 19 1461
2nd 4 John Ketterer ® 9 766
3rd 7B Wesley Briggs ® 9 726
4th 1X John Oneal ® 7 640
5th 45 Marvin Forrest ® 4 304

Remaining 2015 ULMA Schedule (as of 8/17/15)
Friday, Aug 28 – Randolph County Raceway
Saturday, Aug 29 – Lucas Oil Speedway
Saturday, Aug 29 – Randolph County Raceway
Saturday, Sept 5 – Central Missouri Speedway
Sunday, Sept 6 – Randolph County Raceway (Final Points Race)
Friday, Sept 18 – Lakeside Speedway – Details/purse structure to be announced

Saturday, Oct 24th – ULMA Championship Banquet, Isle of Capri – Boonville, Mo

For complete standings, results, calendar of events and license information be sure to visit ULMA online at www.ulmaracing.com. ULMA Temp Licenses are sold at each affiliated track for $10 per event entered. Drivers must either be a paid in full ULMA member or purchase the temp license to compete in ULMA events. Visit ULMA’s title sponsor at www.lucascattlecompany.com. ULMA thanks Hoosier Tire Midwest, Radical Race Wear, FastShafts.com, RacingJunk.com, RacinDirt.com, and Photographics by Shelly Payne. For more information on ULMA, visit www.ulmaracing.com.

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