HomeMissouriCallaway RacewayPayton Looney Bags ULMA Triple Crown Shootout Title!

Payton Looney Bags ULMA Triple Crown Shootout Title!

ULMA - United Late Model AssociationSam Stoecklin
ULMA Public Relations
July 8, 2015

Twenty-one year old Republic, Missouri driver Payton Looney captured two of three victories in this year’s Lucas Cattle Company ULMA Triple Crown Shootout (TCS) presented by RacinDirt.com over the Independence Day weekend. The TCS is always a highlight of any ULMA season and this year did not disappoint with solid car counts throughout the weekend and exciting action on the tracks.

This year’s TCS began on Thursday, July 2 at Lucas Oil Speedway in Wheatland, Missouri for a special Thursday night of action in all of the track’s weekly race divisions, highlighted by the $1,000-to-win ULMA main event.

Sixth and seventh-starting Tommy Cordray and Payton Looney crossed the line one-two in the opening heat race while pole-sitter Jon Melloway beat Larry Jones to the finish in heat race number two. For the final heat of the night, Springfield, Missouri’s Lane Ehlert advanced from his fourth starting position to take command ahead of Chris Cox.

A continued wet-weather pattern wreaked havoc on planned Lucas Cattle Company ULMA racing last weekend as just one planned event of three was completed. Jon Binning of Warrensburg, Missouri captured his third ULMA win of the year and second at the track on Saturday evening at Lucas Oil Speedway in Whetland, Missouri. Planned events for Callaway Raceway in Fulton, Missouri and Randolph County Raceway in Moberly, Missouri, were canceled due to inclement weather.

Last Saturday evening defending Lucas Cattle Company Champion Binning found his way back to victory lane as reported in the speedway’s post-race press release earlier this week. Payton Looney and Binning led the field to green and stayed planted in first and second position right through to the checkered flag. However, in what appeared to be another victory for Looney, it was later discovered in post-race technical inspection by Lucas Oil Speedway officials that his non-operating rev limiter did not conform to ULMA rules and Binning was ultimately declared the winner of the event.

Former speedway main event winner Justin Russell of Henley, Missouri advanced from fifth to second in the final rundown with previous ULMA point’s leader Todd McCoin capturing the final spot on the podium. McCoin was declared the track’s mid-season point’s champion. The top five was rounded out by Ethan Young and Jon Melloway of Hallsville, Missouri in fifth.

This year’s annual Triple Crown Shootout (TCS) Presented by RacinDirt.com is right around the corner with action getting underway this Thursday for a $1,000-to-win event at Lucas Oil Speedway. Night two of the TCS moves to Central Missouri Speedway in Warrensburg, Missouri on Friday. The final night of the TCS takes place at Randolph County Raceway on Saturday, July 4th. Complete TCS details are available on the ULMA website at www.ulmaracing.com. RacinDirt.com is an industry leader in online coverage of dirt track racing.

This TCS is a separate event each race night from track points and track payouts. ULMA will pay out bonus moneys and contingencies on the final night of the shootout on Saturday, July 4 at the conclusion of the TCS at Randolph County Raceway in Moberly, Missouri.

The top five point’s earners in the shootout earn bonus money. Triple Crown Shootout payout is as follows: 1st $500, 2nd $400, 3rd $300, 4th $200, 5th $100. NOTE: Amounts listed are subject to change. Contingency items include: One aluminum driveshaft w/yoke to the overall Triple Crown Shootout champion courtesy of FastShafts! Plus, one driver pit pass for Lucas Oil Speedway, one driver pit pass for Randolph County Raceway, a four-pack of General Admission Tickets from Central Missouri Speedway for next ULMA appearance, Two sets of 8 x 10 Photos courtesy of Ashley Duncan’s A to Z Photography (1 set ea for Callaway and one for RCR). All Triple Crown participants will receive something!

ULMA Triple Crown Shootout Entry Fee is $50. This fee covers Triple Crown Shootout entry only and is separate from ANY and ALL track fees such as pit passes, track event entry fees, and/or track registration fees. All ULMA rules will be strictly enforced. ULMA Membership is $100, payable on same night as the first Shootout event at Lucas Oil Speedway on July 2. Triple Crown Points and ULMA points start the night of membership activation, which is cash in hand paid for ULMA membership and/or Triple Crown Shootout entry.

Participating Tracks and Details for the Triple Crown Shootout Presented by RacinDirt.com.

Thursday, July 2 – Lucas Oil Speedway, Wheatland, Missouri http://www.lucasoilspeedway.com
Phone: 417-282-5984 | Fax: 417-282-6119 | Lucas Oil Speedway, 700 U.S. Hwy 54, Wheatland, MO 65779
Gates open at 5, hot laps at 7, and racing at 7:30. Racing: ULMA Late Models, USRA Modifieds, Factory Stocks, and USRA B-Modifieds plus fireworks! Adults (16 and up) $12 | Senior Citizens (62 and up) $8 | Youth (6-15) $5 | Kids (5 and under) FREE. Family Pass $25 | Pit Pass-$25. Casey’s General Stores and Springfield’s KY3 TV present a special Thursday Night Thunder edition of the Lucas Oil Speedway Budweiser Weekly Championship Series this Thursday, July 2nd. Visit the Weaubleau, Wheatland, or Hermitage Casey’s locations for $2 Discount Coupons to the night’s activities. As part of the “Salute to America” all Veterans with ID and Scouts in Uniform will be admitted FREE. The Lake Area’s Wildest Fireworks Show will light up the night sky at the conclusion of the racing program as we celebrate our Nation’s Independence.

Friday, July 3 – Central Missouri Speedway, Warrensburg, Mo | http://www.centralmissourispeedway.net
On race day call (660) 747-2166 for details. Track location, 5 NE County Road V, Warrensburg, MO. Central Missouri Speedway (CMS) is a high banked 3/8-Mile (on the outside) Clay Oval track located 3.5 miles north of Warrensburg, Missouri off of Highway 13. Admission info: Adults $15 | Seniors 65 and over $12 | Military w/I.D. $12 | Kids ages 6 to 12 $5 | Children five and under free. All pit passes throughout the Independence Day weekend at CMS are $35. There are NO track registration fees, drivers pay pit pass only. Friday racing at CMS during the track’s Tenth Annual Tom Wilson Memorial BBQ Bowl will include ULMA Late Models, USRA Modifieds, USRA B-Mods, Street Stocks, and Allstar Midget Series. There will be a post-race tech barn party, which starts at the conclusion of the races. Those wishing to attend are recommended to bring lawn chairs and their own beverages.

Saturday, July 4 – Randolph County Raceway, Moberly, Missouri | http://www.randolphcountyraceway.com
Track Phone: 660-833-1727 | Track Address: 4081 U.S. Hwy 24 – Moberly, MO 65270.
Pit Gates Open @ 4 | Grandstands @ 5 | Drivers Meeting @ 6 | Hot Laps @ 6:30 | Racing @ 7
Racing: ASCS Sprint Cars, ULMA Late models, USRA B-Mods, RCR Hobby Stocks, and RCR Sport 4 Cylinders
Pit Passes are $35. Grandstands Admission is $15, $10 for Kids 6 to 11, Five and under free.

ULMA competitors are off this Friday, July 3rd at Callaway Raceway in Fulton, Missouri but ULMA competition is set to return on Friday, July 10th. For complete information and details visit www.callawayraceways.com. The track is located at 7419 County Road 405 in Fulton, Missouri. Call 573-592-7795 or 573-642-6580 for race day information.

Heading into the TCS, Jon Melloway holds onto his point’s lead over Chris Cox by 60 markers. Once drivers hit 15 starts for the year they will discard their lower finishes in hopes of better points-earning nights.

Current Lucas Cattle Company Point Standings.
1st 74 Jon Melloway 10 944
2nd 1T Chris Cox 10 884
3rd 7X Todd McCoin 9 876
4th 9D Dwight Niehoff 8 742
5th 0X Justin Russell 7 662
6th 15 Payton Looney 6 594
7th 22H Dustin Hodges ® 7 586
8th 23 Cody Holtkamp 6 564
9th 65 Jon Binning 6 538
10th O7 Kenny Mudd 6 527

Upcoming ULMA Points-Earning Events

Thur, July 2 – Lucas Oil Speedway
Friday, July 3 – Central Missouri Speedway
Sat, July 4 – Randolph County Raceway

Friday, July 10 – Callaway Raceway
Sat, July 11 – Randolph County Raceway
Sun, July 12 – Double XX Speedway
Friday, July 17 – Callaway Raceway
Sat, July 18 – Lucas Oil Speedway
Sat, July 18 – Randolph County Raceway
Friday, July 24 – Callaway aceway
Sat, July 25 – Randolph County Raceway
Friday, July 31 – Callaway Raceway
Saturday, Aug 1 – Lucas Oil Speedway
Friday, Aug 7 – Callaway Raceway
Sat, Aug 8 – Randolph County Raceway
Friday, Aug 14 – Callaway Raceway
Sat, Aug 15 – Central Missouri Speedway

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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