By Sam Stoecklin
MSFS Public Relations
July 29, 2016
(Sedalia, Missouri) Race engines brought an extra sense excitement Thursday evening at the Missouri State Fairgrounds as the Speedway Motors ASCS Warrior Region Sprint Cars presented by Impact Signs, Awnings, and Wraps and USRA Modifieds filled the night with high-energy and horsepower.
Fifteen ASCS Warrior Region sprint cars took part in the night’s action with a pair of heat races, a crowd-pleasing grudge match, and the 25-lap main event.
Higginsville’s Austin Alumbaugh powered his way to the front of the field from fourth on the grid to claim the opening heat race in a hard-fought victory ahead of Evan Martin and Lanny Carpenter while Warrior Region point’s leader Jonathan Cornell picked up the win in the second heat race in dominating fashion over fourth-starting Danny Lasoski and Brian Brown.
Brown and Lasoski later returned for the highly anticipated Best Two Out of Three ‘Grudge Match’ for the night. Lasoski drew the inside starting position for round one and held back several challenges from Lasoski to claim round number one. Lasoski then started round two on the inside and like the first round leader, had to hold off several bids for the lead by Brown to claim round two. With the match event at one apiece, Brown flew off of turn four in the final two-lap showdown for the family bragging rights. Lasoski posted several strong runs, especially off of turn four on the high side but in the end Brown went on to claim two out of the three rounds to take home ‘Grudge Match’ honors for 2016.
The top eight cars after the heat races participated in the mid-program redraw and it was Evan Martin and Jonathan Cornell who started the 25-lap main event on row one with Brown and Corey Nelson making up row number two. From the onset of the initial green flag Cornell established himself as the front-runner as he pulled away from the field. Meanwhile, it didn’t take Brown long to start reeling in Cornell at the front as he moved passed both Martin and Nelson to gain the runner-up spot. By lap nine, Brown began to put the pressure on Cornell as the duo mastered the lapped traffic in classic sprint-car battle for the top spot.
As the pair throttled off of turn four Cornell’s bid for a sixth regional win of the year went up in smoke as his power plant let loose a huge plume of smoke down the front stretch as Brown quickly maneuvered around both Cornell and a lapped car to avoid contact.
Sixteen-year old Broc Elliott took a wild ride in between turns one and two during the second half of the race as his car went air born and up and over the turn two guard rail. After a few moments unstrapping himself from the car, the high school football star from California thankfully walked up to the guard rail under his own power and gave a wave to the relieved crowd after his night came to a grinding halt.
Brown took off on the next couple restarts but Uncle Danny Lasoski of Dover, Missouri never let his nephew out of his sights and challenged Brown into turn one and off of turn two; however, Brown’s machine was just too strong on the longer green-flag runs at the historic half mile as he cruised to his 44th career regional ASCS victory, placing him just two wins from tying Randy Martin’s win record. Brown thanked his sponsors and the fans for coming out on a Thursday to take in the action on the half mile, he also thanked race promoter Gerry Olson for bringing racing back to Sedalia for the 2016 season.
Lasoski finished in the second position with Corey nelson turning in a strong run to finish the night out in the third position. Austin Alumbaugh advanced from eight on the grid to finish fourth on the night while Warrensburg’s Taylor Walton moved from his ninth-starting position to finish the night in fifth. Rounding out the top ten were Evan Martin, Tyler Blank, Matt Close, Scott Comstock and Tony Bruce, Jr.
Fourteen USRA Modifieds turned out for the night’s half-mile action and competed in two preliminary heat races to sort out their lineup for the 15-lap main event. Three-time Missouri State Championship winner Jim Moody took the victory in the night’s opening heat race by holding off fifth-starting Austin Siebert for the win, Jason Bodenhamer finished third. Jason Russell and Fenton, Missouri’s Ken Schrader battled for the win in heat two with Schrader ultimately prevailing over Russell and Scotty Robert for the win.
Siebert and Moody earned the front-row starting positions after the heat races with Schrader and Robert starting in row two. Siebert, in his new 2016 MBcustoms #16 modified and Moody took the initial green flag and battled closely for the top spot during the opening laps. Roberts’ night came to a heart-breaking early end as his car belted smoke just as he took over the third position.
Behind Siebert and Moody, some of the best racing of the night took place among Schrader, Russell, Shad Badder, and USMTS regular ‘Big Daddy’ Joe Duvall, who stopped in for competition on his way to a pair of Minnesota USTMS events. Just passed the mid-point of the race as Siebert and Moody began to approach lapped traffic, Moody was right behind the leader in a bid for the lead when his car spun in between turns three and four, forcing Moody to start tail-back on the ensuing restart.
With Moody left to battle his way back towards the front, Siebert had clear sailing for the next few laps after the restart but Jason Russell began methodically reeling in the race-long leader in the race’s closing laps. Russell showed Siebert his nose on a couple occasions but in the end was unable to make the pass for the win as Siebert went on to add another win to his growing resume. In victory lane Siebert thanked his Dad and his crew and said he could not have won the event without their support and dedication. It was Siebert’s first win of the year after competing in his late model for the better part of the season.
Jason Russell’s solid night of competition saw him come away second in the event with Duvall racing his way from sixth on the starting grid to round out the podium in third position. Schrader’s consistent night produced a strong run to the fourth spot while Badder held strong by advancing from eighth to complete the top five. Finishing sixth through tenth were Jim Moody who clawed his way back towards the front, followed by Jason Bodenhamer, Curt Potter, Christopher Moon, and Slater, Missouri veteran driver Rick Kimberling.
The evening’s program was sponsored by Central Bank and Subway of Sedalia while heat races were presented by ‘Better Country’ KIX 105.7 FM, BOB FM 92.3 and KSIS 1050 AM radio. Dairy Queen and Steak ‘N Shake of Sedalia presented the night’s restarts.
Find and like Missouri State Fair Speedway online at www.facebook.com/MISSOURISTATEFAIRSPEEDWAY. The next event at the ‘Historic Half Mile’ is Sunday, August 21st when the ASCS National Tour drivers compete for $15,000 to win! The speedway will be the place to be as the Missouri State Fair comes to an end with the roar of motors filling the night for the expected large-capacity crowd. Admission prices for the event are: $23 Adult, $21 Military/Senior (Age 65+), $10 Students (Age 13-17), $5 Youth (Age 6-12), Free Kids (5 & Under).
The ULMA Late Model 16-car Invitational Race will serve as the support class for the event as 16 invited drivers including ULMA past champions and current ULMA drivers compete in a $1,000-to-win main event prior to the ASCS National tour officially closing out the 2016 fair. For more information about Missouri State Fair events and ticketing, visit http://www.mostatefair.com/entertainment-attractions/concerts-tractor-pulls