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Cutshaw takes featured USRA Mod victory as Ott, Marrant and Jackson also prevail at Lucas Oil Speedway

By Lyndal Scranton – Wheatland, Missouri (May 14, 2017) – The new season has produced familiar results in the Lucas Oil Speedway Pitts Homes USRA Modified division, with Saturday night the latest example of Jeff Cutshaw’s dominance.

Bolivar’s Cutshaw, the three-time reigning track champion, led all 25 laps to capture the $750-to-win highlight main event in a program presented by NMI/VMG Marketing Group and Wild Animal Safari.

Other winners as the Big Adventure RV Weekly Racing Series returned for the first time since April 15 included Toby Ott (Big O Tires Street Stocks), Aaron Marrant (Warsaw Auto Marine & RV ULMA Late Models) and Kris Jackson (Ozark Golf Cars USRA B-Mods).

Cutshaw won his second feature of 2017 in four tries to go with a third and a sixth. He already has opened a sizable points lead in pursuit of a fourth straight Lucas Oil Speedway championship.

Starting outside front row, Cutshaw got the jump on pole-sitter Jason Pursley and gradually drove off to a big lead. His margin was nearly a straightaway’s size over Pursley when the race’s lone caution flew on lap 16. That bunched the field, but Cutshaw was able to re-establish command after the restart.

Eric Turner got past fellow Hermitage resident Pursley over the final five laps and made a run at Cutshaw, but never could get close enough to threaten a pass.

“I didn’t know where everybody was there for a little bit. I didn’t know they were that close,” Cutshaw said of Turner. “I thought I’d better step it up there a little bit. I could feel somebody back there, but I didn’t know who it was for sure.

“I usually look up there at the scoreboard (above turn three) but I didn’t do it tonight.”

Pursley finished third for his second top-three of the season. Chase Domer wound up fourth with JC Morton in fifth.

Ott grabs first Street Stock feature win: Toby Ott celebrated his first career feature victory on his hometown track. While he led the final 18 circuits of the 20-lap feature, it was anything but easy.

Ott, of Wheatland, held off a hard-pressuring Marc Carter of Warrensburg who was on his back bumper over the final five laps.

“It feels great,” Ott said in victory lane. “I’ve raced here since about 2002. Lots of seconds and no wins. I’m kind of speechless, really.”

Ott, starting outside of row two, slipped past Carter with an outside pass for the lead to complete lap three and never gave it back. Ott was close to his first feature win back on April 15, but surrendered the lead late to James Flood. This time, he sealed the deal.

“I have a lot of support from fans and locals and it’s greatly appreciated,” Ott said. “We switched to a crate motor this year and it’s working out really well.”

Flood wound up in third, Bobby Barnett was fourth and Kenny Carroll fifth.

Marrant scores first ULMA win of season: Aaron Marrant took advantage of a mishap involving race-leader Dylan Hoover with six laps remaining and went on to capture his first feature win of the season.

“Everybody has stepped their game up in this class. There’s a lot of guys capable of winning every week,” Marrant said. “The track was really good tonight. You could move around. I moved to the top and it was working pretty good.”

Hoover grabbed the lead on lap four and held it until contact with Shad Badder on lap 14 sent Hoover spinning. That brought out the caution with Hoover re-starting at the rear of the field and Badder given the black flag and sent to the pits.

Richmond’s Marrant, the defending Lucas Oil Speedway ULMA Late Model track champ, inherited the lead with Binning and Aaron Poe behind him for the restart. Marrant opened a comfortable lead and breezed to his first win of the season.

“It’s good to finally win again,” Marrant said, noting his early results had not been up to par. “This class is getting really tough.”

Binning held on for second with fellow Warrensburg competitor Poe third and Shane Ehlert of Republic finishing in fourth. Hoover wound up 13th.

Sixteen-year-old Kaeden Cornell of Willard, making his Late Model debut, charged from a 17th-starting spot to finish eighth.

Kris Jackson prevails in B-Mods: Lebanon’s Kris Jackson made it two-for-two this season at Lucas Oil Speedway, leading flag-to-flag in capturing the Ozark Golf Cars USRA B-Mod feature.

“I want to say Happy Mother’s Day to all the Mothers here tonight,” said Jackson, joined in victory lane by wife Krystle. “The car was pretty good tonight. We’re on a pretty good hot streak right now.”

Jackson started on the pole and jumped to a quick lead and withstood three cautions to regain command each time on the restarts.

Andy Bryant of Fort Scott, Kan., finished second and JC Morton, who recently moved from Springfield to Springdale, Ark., wound up third. Morton was doing double duty, driving to top-five finishes in both Modified divisions.

Shawn Strong started ninth and finished fourth with veteran Rex Merritt of Billings charging from 10th to fifth.

Next up: The Big Adventure RV Weekly Racing Series resumes next Saturday, May 20. Ozarks Coca-Cola/Dr. Pepper Bottling along with KOLR 10 & Z27 team up to present a program featuring the Ozark Golf Cars USRA B-Mods running a special 25-lap, $500-to-win feature.

Fans can bring any empty 20-ounce Coca-Cola product bottle to the gate and receive $2 off general admission tickets. Limit is one per customer.

 

Gates open at 5 p.m. with hot laps at 7 and racing at 7:35. A limited number of suites are available. Contact admissions director Nichole McMillan (417) 282-5984 by via email Nichole@Lucasoilspeedway.com

for more information.

LUCAS OIL SPEEDWAY RESULTS
Big Adventure RV Weekly Racing Series (May 13, 2017)
Pitts Homes USRA Modifieds 
A Feature: 1. Jeff Cutshaw 98 Bolivar, Mo 2. Eric Turner 99T Hermitage, Mo 3. Jason Pursley 38C Hermitage, Mo 4. Chase Domer 227 Nevada, Mo 5. JC Morton 18 Sprindale, Ar 6. Lucas Gibbs G51 Udall, Ks 7. Nathan Gold 8 Springfield, Mo 8. Daniel Wosoba 89 El Dorado Springs, Mo 9. Donnie Fellers 24D Wheatland, Mo DNF. Tracy Wolf 21TW Buffalo, Mo DNF. Jonathan Romesburg 42X Seneca, Mo DNF. Michael Maggard 160 Springfield, Mo DNF. Rex Merritt 25 Billings, Mo DNS Paden Phillips 9D8 Chanute, Ks.
Heat 1:  1. Jason Pursley 38C Hermitage, Mo 2. Nathan Gold 8 Springfield, Mo 3. Chase Domer 227 Nevada, Mo 4. Daniel Wosoba 89 El Dorado Springs, Mo 5. Tracy Wolf 21TW Buffalo, Mo 6. Donnie Fellers 24D Wheatland, Mo 7. Jonathan Romesburg 42X Seneca, Mo.
Heat 2:  1. Jeff Cutshaw 98 Bolivar, Mo 2. JC Morton 18 Sprindale, Ar 3. Eric Turner 99T Hermitage, Mo 4. Lucas Gibbs G51 Udall, Ks 5. Michael Maggard 160 Springfield, Mo 6. Paden Phillips 9D8 Chanute, Ks 7. Rex Merritt 25 Billings, Mo.

 

Big O Tires Street Stocks
A Feature: 1. Toby Ott 27OTT Wheatland, Mo 2. Marc Carter 21 Warrensburg, Mo 3. James Flood 54 Crane, Mo 4. Bobby Barnett 27 Republic, Mo 5. Kenny Carroll 94 Camdendon, Mo 6. Bradley Gideon 11X Ozark, Mo 7. Johnny Coats 35 Joplin, Mo 8. Scott Chism 8X Bolivar, Mo DNS Darrin Crisler 9 Clever, Mo
Heat 1: 1. Darrin Crisler 9 Clever, Mo 2. Marc Carter 21 Warrensburg, Mo 3. Kenny Carroll 94 Camdendon, Mo 4. Toby Ott 27OTT Wheatland, Mo 5. Johnny Coats 35 Joplin, Mo 6. James Flood 54 Crane, Mo 7. Bobby Barnett 27 Republic, Mo 8. Bradley Gideon 11X Ozark, Mo 9. Scott Chism 8X Bolivar, Mo.

Warsaw Auto Marine & RV ULMA Late Models
A Feature: 1. Aaron Marrant 1X Richmond, Mo 2. Jon Binning 65 Warrensburg, Mo 3. Aaron Poe 45 Warrensburg, Mo 4. Lane Ehlert 42L Republic, Mo 5. Cody Holtkamp 23H Holts Summit, Mo 6. Garrett Essary 5g Crane, Mo 7. Larry Jones 99J El Dorado Springs, Mo 8. Kaeden Cornell 50 Willard, Mo 9. Tommy Cordray 5 Browning, Mo 10. Larry Clawson 21D Pleasant Valley, Mo 11. Daniel Jessen 17 Joplin, Mo 12. Phil Edmondson 7E Marionville, Mo 13. Dylan Hoover 6H Mexico, Mo DNF. Johnny Fennewald 21 Appleton City, Mo DNF. Larry Ferris 51 Nevada, Mo DNF. Greg Strong 71S Ozark, Mo DNF. Wesley Briggs 28B Olathe, Ks DNF. Shad Badder 173 Bates City, Mo DNF. Jon Sheets 8S Liberal, Mo DNS Shane Essary 15E Aurora, Mo
Heat 1: 1. Johnny Fennewald 21 Appleton City, Mo 2. Dylan Hoover 6H Mexico, Mo 3. Larry Ferris 51 Nevada, Mo 4. Lane Ehlert 42L Republic, Mo 5. Daniel Jessen 17 Joplin, Mo 6. Kaeden Cornell 50 Willard, Mo 7. Greg Strong 71S Ozark.
Heat 2: 1. Aaron Poe 45 Warrensburg, Mo 2. Aaron Marrant 1X Richmond, Mo 3. Larry Jones 99J El Dorado Springs, Mo 4. Garrett Essary 5g Crane, Mo 5. Cody Holtkamp 23H Holts Summit, Mo 6. Wesley Briggs 28B Olathe, Ks 7. Shane Essary 15E Aurora.
Heat 3:  1. Shad Badder 173 Bates City, Mo 2. Jon Binning 65 Warrensburg, Mo 3. Jon Sheets 8S Liberal, Mo 4. Larry Clawson 21D Pleasant Valley, Mo 5. Phil Edmondson 7E Marionville, Mo 6. Tommy Cordray 5 Browning, Mo.

Ozark Golf Cars USRA B-Mods
A Feature: 1. Kris Jackson 65 Lebanon, Mo 2. Andy Bryant 28 Fort Scott, Ks 3. JC Morton 3 Sprindale, Ar 4. Shawn Strong 14X Billings, Mo 5. Rex Merritt 25 Billings, Mo 6. Taylor Moore 00T Bois D Arc, Mo 7. Mike Striegel 17 Hermitage, Mo 8. Riley Whitworth R63 Humbolt, Ks 9. Kaeden Cornell 50 Willard, Mo 10. Mike Hailmann 85H Reeds Spring, Mo 11. Jared Whitney 4W Brookline, Mo 12. Luke Phillips 31 Chanute, Ks 13. Kenny Shaw 10K Fort Scott, Ks 14. Randy Gilmore 93 Flemington, Mo 15. Andy Chrisenberry 11C Chilhowee, Mo 16. Alexys Vanzandt 25 Billings, Mo 17. Dusty Arnold 13 Willard, Mo 18. Gary Fain 07 Lone Jack, Mo 19. Jeff Scroggins 8S Brookline, Mo 20. Mark McGuire 72M Blue Springs, Mo 21. Michael Maggard 160 Springfield, Mo 22. Eric Graves 2G Richland, Mo 23. Jeff McNew 0K Blue Springs, Mo DNF. Robert Heydenreich 134 Bolivar, Mo.
Heat 1:  1. Andy Bryant 28 Fort Scott, Ks 2. Michael Maggard 160 Springfield, Mo 3. Taylor Moore 00T Bois D Arc, Mo 4. Luke Phillips 31 Chanute, Ks 5. Mike Striegel 17 Hermitage, Mo 6. Riley Whitworth R63 Humbolt, Ks 7. Jim Cihy 99 Warsaw, Mo.
Heat 2: 1. Kris Jackson 65 Lebanon, Mo 2. Kaeden Cornell 50 Willard, Mo 3. Shawn Strong 14X Billings, Mo 4. Kenny Shaw 10K Fort Scott, Ks 5. Andy Chrisenberry 11C Chilhowee, Mo 6. Robert Heydenreich 134 Bolivar, Mo 7. Jeff Scroggins 8S Brookline, Mo.
Heat 3: 1. JC Morton 3 Sprindale, Ar 2. Rex Merritt 25 Billings, Mo 3. Alexys Vanzandt 25 Billings, Mo 4. Eric Graves 2G Richland, Mo 5. Jake Hereford 16H Fort Scott, Ks 6. Evan McQuitty 7x Chilhowee, Mo 7. Jacob Faibian 34F Nevada, Mo.
Heat 4: 1. Mike Hailmann 85H Reeds Spring, Mo. 2. Jared Whitney 4W Brookline, Mo 3. Dusty Arnold 13 Willard, Mo 4. Randy Gilmore 93 Flemington, Mo 5. Gary Fain 07 Lone Jack, Mo 6. Jeff McNew 0K Blue Springs, Mo 7. Mark McGuire 72M Blue Springs, Mo.

 

For complete Lucas Oil Speedway event information, archived stories, ticket info and the 2017 racing schedule, visit LucasOilSpeedway.com.

A limited number of three-day passes for the 25th annual Show-Me 100 Presented by ProtecttheHarvest.com remain on sale. Call McMillan at (417) 282-5984 or email Nichole@lucasoilspeedway.com for more information.

Lucas Oil Speedway is located at Highways 83 and 54 in Wheatland, Missouri. A campground with shower and bathroom facilities is also available. With it’s entrance located just outside the pit gate this sprawling scenic camping facility will continue to enhance the racing experience at the Diamond of Dirt Tracks.

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