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Will Vaught Wins Wild MLRA Battle at Lake Ozark Speedway

Will Vaught – Lloyd Collins Photo

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Eldon, Missouri (July 6th, 2018) – Friday night’s Lucas Oil MLRA action at the Lake Ozark Speedway can be summed up by one simple word -“Amazing.” At the end of one of the best MLRA races in recent history, it was Will “The Thrill” Vaught taking home the checkers in an event that saw four lead changes during the 30 lapper.

Logan Martin would fire from the DirtonDirt.com Pole, but it was outside front row starter Vaught using the top side to take the early lead. Vaught’s first attempt at the lead was short lived as MLRA point leader Chad Simpson found his way to the front on lap five. Vaught took advantage of the runner-up spot to search the 1/3-mile track for the quickest way around and by lap ten was able to use the high side momentum off of turn four to go back to the top position.

A pair of mid-race cautions would slow action on laps 14 and 17 setting up an epic final ten laps. On the re-start, Vaught would lead Simpson with Martin firmly in third. With only ten laps to go Simpson found his groove and regained the lead, all the while Martin began to turn some of the fastest laps of the night around the top side cushion.

With eight laps to go, thirteenth starting Jesse Stovall had cracked the top three with a slide job on Vaught in turns one and two. That same lap, Martin dove to the bottom of turn three and attempted a slide job on the leader Simpson, only to come across the nose of the leader sending both drivers around in front of the field. Vaught was able to squeeze by with only minimal damage, but both Martin and Simpson would exit the speedway. Since the lap was not completed prior to the yellow, it put Vaught back in front of Stovall for the restart.

Multiple cautions would again plague the final circuits of the event, but Vaught was able to seize the opportunity to roll to his 2nd MLRA win of 2018. Stovall finished 2nd and collected the Casey’s General Stores Hard Charger award with his advancement of 11 positions, while Jackson rounded out the podium in third. Jeremy Grady recorded his best run of the season in fourth followed by defending series champ Terry Phillips in fifth. Phillips had to rally after a lap two caution sent him pit side with a flat tire.

Vaught said of the back and forth battle with Simpson, “Leading the race it was hard to tell where the line was. My car was changing, the track was changing, and those guys were getting the top going.  He (Simpson) had a little more straight-a-way traction than me. We’ll work on this thing tomorrow and get a little better, but through the center of the corner and upon entry we were real good.”

Vaught who came into the weekend third in points, avoided disaster by inches as he had to navigate between the spinning leaders exiting turn four. “We still got damage from that incident but, at the end of the race I just got elbows up, and pulled it off.  Chad’s been awesome this year and we had a heck of a race, I wish it would of ended that way with a good race,” said Vaught.

For the second weekend in a row, Stovall gave the fans a show after starting deep in the field. “It’s a lot easier to start in the front and bide your time. You got to go pretty hard and use your stuff up and it’s tough to make anything happen once you get there at the end,” commented the 2016 series champ. “The track was really aggressive to race on and it raced a hell of a lot better than I thought it was going to from where the heat races were.”

Saturday night will bring more great action to the Lake Ozark Speedway with another complete $5,000 to win & $500 to start MLRA event getting underway at 7:05 pm. The weekend finale will go 41 laps in honor of the late Jason Johnson, who’s Rocky Mount, MO home is just minutes from the speedway. Joining the MLRA in support action will be the street stocks, before concluding the night with a patriotic fireworks display.

 

Lake Ozark Speedway Contingencies 7/6/18

Andy’s Frozen Custard Victory Lane – Will Vaught

Casey’s General Store’s “Hard Charger of the Race” – Jesse Stovall

DirtonDirt.com “Pole Award” – Logan Martin

Hooker Harness “11th Place Finisher” – Cole Wells

Malvern Bank “Most Laps Led” – Will Vaught

Midwest Sheet Metal “Points Leader Spoiler Challenge” – Chad Simpson

Mittler Brothers Machine and Tool “Crew Chief of the Race” – Eric Barnes

Performance Bodies “Performer of the Race” – Will Vaught

Sunoco “Rookie of the Race” – Mitch McGrath

Wehrs Machine – Austin Siebert

RacingJunk.com “Hard Luck Award” – Chad Simpson

Allgaier Motorsports Racing Shocks Award – Tony Jackson. Jr.

Lucas Oil Products A Feature (30 Laps): 1.Will Vaught 2.Jesse Stovall 3.Tony Jackson, Jr. 4.Jeremy Grady 5.Terry Phillips 6.Mitch McGrath 7.JC Wyman 8.Austin Siebert 9.Payton Looney 10.Rickey Frankel 11.Cole Wells 12.Joey Stark 13.Reid Millard 14.Jeff Roth 15.Chad Simpson 16.Logan Martin 17.Mason Oberkramer 18.Mark Burgtorf 19.Joe Godsey (DNS)

Swift Springs Heat 1 (10 Laps): 1.Logan Martin 2.Mason Oberkramer 3.Jeremy Grady 4.JC Wyman 6.Jesse Stovall 7.Reid Millard

Casey’s General Stores Heat 2 (10 Laps): 1.Chad Simpson 2.Tony Jackson, Jr. 3.Mitch McGrath 4.Mark Burgtorf 5.Jeff Roth 6.Austin Siebert

Chix Gear Racewear Heat 3 (10 Laps): 1.Will Vaught 2.Terry Phillips 3.Rickey Frankel 4.Cole Wells 5.Payton Looney 6.Joey Stark

For all of the latest news and information fans are encouraged to visit the series website at www.MLRARacing.com.

Fans may also “like” the Lucas Oil MLRA Facebook page by clicking www.Facebook.com/lucasoilmlra or follow us on Twitter at www.Twitter.com/MLRA.

 

B Modifieds

A Feature 1

20 laps | 00:05:56.651

Pos Start Driver Hometown Car
1 2 Stephen Muilenburg Sparta, MO 39
2 4 Galen Hassler Columbia, MO 25
3 5 Cole Campbell Mexico, MO 22C
4 3 Chris Spalding 28
5 6 Lance Cox Mexico, MO 63
6 1 Tyler Lewis Columbia, MO 12L
7 13 Taylor Moore Bois D’arc, MO 00T
8 8 Mike Striegel Wheatland, MO 17
9 12 Adam Hall Columbia, MO 574
10 14 Cale Turner Fulton, MO 66
11 11 Robbe Ewing Stockton, MO 32
12 7 Rex Harris Macks Creek, MO 30
13 15 Barry White Mexico, MO 20W
14 17 Jeremy Polston Mexico, MO 11
15 21 Ashley Klick Auxvasse, MO 22K
16 16 Don Randall 5R
17 19 Leroy Morrison Raymore, MO 50
18 22 Tyler Imhoff Boonville, MO 33
19 (DNF) 9 Michael Bixby Harrisonville, MO 20
20 (DNF) 10 Chad Staus Otterville, MO C3
21 (DNF) 18 Mark Forrester Columbia, MO 10F
22 (DNF) 20 Bill Schaar St Robert, MO 51

Dash 1

6 laps | 00:01:42.519

Pos Start Driver Hometown Car
1 1 Tyler Lewis Columbia, MO 12L
2 4 Stephen Muilenburg Sparta, MO 39
3 2 Chris Spalding 28
4 5 Galen Hassler Columbia, MO 25
5 6 Cole Campbell Mexico, MO 22C
6 3 Lance Cox Mexico, MO 63

Heat 1

8 laps | 00:02:22.780

Pos Start Driver Hometown Car
1 1 Lance Cox Mexico, MO 63
2 5 Chris Spalding 28
3 6 Tyler Lewis Columbia, MO 12L
4 8 Mike Striegel Wheatland, MO 17
5 7 Taylor Moore Bois D’arc, MO 00T
6 2 Jeremy Polston Mexico, MO 11
7 3 Bill Schaar St Robert, MO 51
8 4 Ashley Klick Auxvasse, MO 22K

Heat 2

8 laps | 00:02:20.275

Pos Start Driver Hometown Car
1 1 Galen Hassler Columbia, MO 25
2 2 Rex Harris Macks Creek, MO 30
3 4 Michael Bixby Harrisonville, MO 20
4 7 Chad Staus Otterville, MO C3
5 6 Cale Turner Fulton, MO 66
6 3 Mark Forrester Columbia, MO 10F
7 8 Leroy Morrison Raymore, MO 50
8 (DNF) 5 Tyler Imhoff Boonville, MO 33

Heat 3

8 laps | 00:02:19.318

Pos Start Driver Hometown Car
1 4 Cole Campbell Mexico, MO 22C
2 6 Stephen Muilenburg Sparta, MO 39
3 2 Robbe Ewing Stockton, MO 32
4 5 Adam Hall Columbia, MO 574
5 3 Barry White Mexico, MO 20W
6 7 Don Randall 5R
7 (DNF) 1 Jordan Martin Fulton, MO 50J

Hobby Stocks

A Feature 1

15 laps | 00:04:53.727

Pos Start Driver Hometown Car
1 10 Dakota Girard 0
2 1 Trevor Wilson Fulton, MO 30
3 6 Rick Girard Moberly, MO 00
4 3 Darrell Hurt Boonville, MO 12H
5 5 Cameron Moser 39C
6 2 Matt Barnett Mexico, MO 18
7 8 Heather Barnett Mexico, MO 33
8 9 Phoenix Albertson Iberia, MO 12
9 (DNF) 4 Kyler Girard Moberly, MO 00X
10 (DNF) 7 Alex Gilbertson Hallsville, MO 55X

Dash 1

6 laps | 00:01:55.128

Pos Start Driver Hometown Car
1 5 Dakota Girard 0
2 1 Trevor Wilson Fulton, MO 30
3 2 Matt Barnett Mexico, MO 18
4 6 Darrell Hurt Boonville, MO 12H
5 (DNF) 4 Kyler Girard Moberly, MO 00X
6 (DNF) 3 Cameron Moser 39C

Heat 1

8 laps | 00:02:42.516

Pos Start Driver Hometown Car
1 5 Cameron Moser 39C
2 4 Darrell Hurt Boonville, MO 12H
3 1 Matt Barnett Mexico, MO 18
4 3 Kyler Girard Moberly, MO 00X
5 (DNF) 2 Phoenix Albertson Iberia, MO 12

Heat 2

8 laps | 00:02:43.489

Pos Start Driver Hometown Car
1 2 Dakota Girard 0
2 4 Trevor Wilson Fulton, MO 30
3 3 Rick Girard Moberly, MO 00
4 1 Alex Gilbertson Hallsville, MO 55X
5 5 Heather Barnett Mexico, MO 33
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