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Taylor surges to Big Buck 50 win at Lucas Oil Speedway as Henson takes dramatic ULMA feature

Peyton Taylor captured the 6th annual Big Buck 50 Presented by Whitetail Trophy Hunt at Lucas Oil Speedway. (Kenny Shaw photo)

WHEATLAND, Missouri (October 5, 2019) – Peyton Taylor said his path to victory in the 6th annual Big Buck 50 Presented by Whitetail Trophy Hunt at Lucas Oil Speedway was anything but easy.

“We’ve overcome a lot this week,” Taylor said. “We qualified and had a bad engine. We changed it and wound up changing the gears, four shocks, four springs. I just can’t thank my crew, about 10 of us, that worked on it all weekend.

“We put our heads together and just figured out what we had to do to make the grip.”

Taylor took the lead from David Hendrix just past the halfway point of the 50-lap feature and went on to claim the $10,000 first prize and free hunt into the Whitetail Trophy Hunt later this fall, valued at another $3,000 with a chance to win more in the hunt.

The O’Reilly Auto Parts Street Stocks three-day event attracted 107 entries and Taylor, the veteran racer from Batesville, Arkansas, called it one of America’s biggest for the division.

“To have 107 cars here … this place is just unreal,” Taylor said. “Thanks to the fans for coming out and fighting the rain and stuff. I have to give all the glory to my savior, Jesus Christ.

“I’m a little choked up. I’ve won a bunch of them, but I’ve been chasing these horns for years. We got a good car and a great team. I get to do the easy part. Congratulations to Hendrix. He ran me clean.”

After four caution flags in the first six laps, the race settled down and remained green the final 44 laps. Hendrix led the first 27 circuits with Taylor following as those two separated themselves from the rest of the field.

Taylor made the decisive pass for the lead on the high side of turn two. He gradually pulled away from there and finished 4.1 seconds in front of Hendrix and 12 seconds clear of third-place Derek Brown of Stoutland. Taylor lapped all the way up to the sixth-place finisher.

Hendrix, the fast qualifier on Thursday who earned the pole by winning his heat race and dash on Friday, said it was a great weekend.

“We had a real good car,” Hendrix said. “Peyton is a class act. I don’t get to race with him or be around him very often. He’s usually way out ahead of me.”

Hendrix said he lost power steering on about lap 10 and started to pull off.

“I held on to it all I could. We had a good car,” Hendrix said. “It was an awesome race. Oh, so close.”

Kris Lloyd of Peach Orchard, Arkansas, finished fourth and Dale Nelson of Milan, Tennessee, who started 16th, rallied to fifth.

Henson takes ULMA Late Model feature Cole Henson made a daring pass of Johnny Fennewald in the final turn of the 30-lap Warsaw Auto Marine & RV ULMA Late Model feature to pick up the $2,000 victory.

 

Fennewald, the three-time reigning Lucas Oil Speedway Big Adventure RV Weekly Racing Series champion, appeared on his way to the win as he led Henson by nearly two seconds as the laps dwindled. But a caution with two to go gave Henson a chance.

 

The Russellville, Missouri, driver made the most of it, using an aggressive move with the finish line in sight as he slid in front of Fennewald and the two cars made contact. It was the ULMA Late Model rookie’s first Lucas Oil Speedway feature win. Fennewald was unable to get to the finish line and wound up 10th.

 

“This has been an awesome rookie year for me,” Henson said. “I want to apologize to Johnny Fennewald. I thought I could get the slide job to stick. I don’t know if he didn’t back out or what, but I apologize to him. I don’t want to race like that. I don’t want them to race me like that.”

 

Fennewald started on the pole but it was Henson, who started outside of row one, getting the jump and led the first three laps. Aaron Marrant grabbed the lead on lap five and held it until Fennewald took over on lap 17.

 

Those three were separated by less than a second, working through lapped traffic, when Marrant’s night ended in a plume of smoke and his car stopped on the front stretch on lap 21.

 

Fennewald checked out after the restart and opened a 1.8-second lead over Henson with Shane Essary in third, when a caution with two laps to go gave the challengers one more chance.

 

That’s when Henson made his move in the final turn. Fennewald was unable to get to the finish line and wound up 18th. Larry Ferris was second with Shane Essary third and Daniel Jessen fourth.

 

Marrant clinched the Lucas Cattle Company ULMA Late Model championship with Henson the runner-up and series Rookie of the Year.

 

“We had a good year,” Marrant said after his second ULMA title in three years. “I’m in a little depression right now, over the last race, but we had a good year and were real consistent. We had a lot of fun.”

 

Lucas Oil Speedway results (Saturday, October 5, 2019)

6th annual Big Buck 50 Presented by Whitetail Trophy Hunt

O’Reilly Auto Parts Street Stocks

Whitetail Trophy Hunt Main Event (50 Laps): 1. 01-Peyton Taylor, 32:35.234[2]; 2. 54H-David Hendrix, 32:39.405[1]; 3. 11B-Derek Brown, 32:47.358[4]; 4. 1L-Kris Lloyd, 32:52.419[3]; 5. 1N-Dale Nelson, 32:53.076[16]; 6. 1G-Tony Anglin, 32:53.921[11]; 7. 525-Heath Philpot, 32:35.839[14]; 8. 60K-Chuck Knight, 32:42.975[7]; 9. 21W-Ted Welschmeyer, 32:43.529[13]; 10. 27B-Terry Schultz, 32:44.187[20]; 11. 45-Aaron Poe, 32:46.511[17]; 12. 70-Bobby Bryant, 32:50.927[18]; 13. 1D-Mark Simon, 32:51.214[6]; 14. 10P-Brian Parker, 32:40.407[23]; 15. 3D-Dan Daniels, 32:41.302[22]; 16. 7X-John Scott, [24]; 17. (DNF) 0UF-Wayne Brooks, 24:41.911[19]; 18. (DNF) 35-Johnny Coats, 23:35.629[12]; 19. (DNF) 11-Richie Tosh, 23:42.836[8]; 20. (DNF) 111-Tim Brown, 22:47.975[5]; 21. (DNF) 27OTT-Toby Ott, 07:30.467[25]; 22. (DNF) 10-Marc Carter, 07:32.465[15]; 23. (DNF) 04-Cody Frazon, 07:33.957[26]; 24. (DNF) 26D-Dylan Davlin, 02:41.245[10]; 25. (DNF) 327-Dale Richardson, 02:41.275[9]; 26. (DNF) 5H-Eric Hammons, 02:50.478[21]

Whitetail Trophy Hunt B Feature (20 Laps): 1. 1N-Dale Nelson, 48:05.047[6]; 2. 45-Aaron Poe, 48:05.720[3]; 3. 70-Bobby Bryant, 48:06.022[14]; 4. 0UF-Wayne Brooks, 48:06.295[7]; 5. 27B-Terry Schultz, 48:06.632[5]; 6. 5H-Eric Hammons, 48:07.442[10]; 7. 3D-Dan Daniels, 48:08.188[12]; 8. 68W-Dean Wille, 48:08.968[21]; 9. 10P-Brian Parker, 48:10.387[18]; 10. 7X-John Scott, 48:11.483[20]; 11. 7L-Ray Phipps, 48:11.882[23]; 12. 35XXX-John Kelly, 48:16.799[4]; 13. (DNF) 14-Larry Ferris, 44:57.446[24]; 14. (DNF) 2649-Brian Williams, 48:15.799[16]; 15. (DNF) 15X-H Palmer, 44:34.532[2]; 16. (DNF) 27OTT-Toby Ott, 38:51.244[1]; 17. (DNF) 35Z-Zach Zeugin, 34:53.056[15]; 18. (DNF) 69-Brian Brown, 33:34.015[17]; 19. (DNF) 04-Cody Frazon, 14:36.575[8]; 20. (DNF) 9-Carmon Vincent, 14:37.861[9]; 21. (DNF) 27D-Derek Henson, 14:38.248[11]; 22. (DNF) 94-Kenny Carroll, 14:38.312[19]; 23. (DNF) 26-Gean Davlin, 14:38.843[13]; 24. (DNF) 30-Burl Woods, 14:39.261[22]

Whitetail Trophy Hunt C Feature (18 Laps): 1. 69-Brian Brown, 27:38.896[1]; 2. 10P-Brian Parker, 27:39.391[2]; 3. 94-Kenny Carroll, 27:40.689[9]; 4. 7X-John Scott, 27:41.610[4]; 5. 68W-Dean Wille, 27:41.862[3]; 6. 30-Burl Woods, 27:44.391[19]; 7. 7L-Ray Phipps, 27:44.405[17]; 8. 14-Larry Ferris, 27:45.506[6]; 9. 888-Justin Russell, 27:45.648[11]; 10. 9X-Carl Murphy, 27:45.653[21]; 11. 7B-Brett Wood, 27:45.840[18]; 12. 5-Austin Vincent, 27:46.704[20]; 13. 7M-Scott Johnson, 27:46.753[22]; 14. 40M-Jeff Metcalf, 27:47.404[16]; 15. (DNF) 30C-Clayton Campbell, 26:48.101[13]; 16. (DNF) 1KEG-Jeremy Russell, 20:45.017[23]; 17. (DNF) 40-Taylor Carver, 20:45.936[7]; 18. (DNF) 73-Francisco Escamila, 20:49.887[10]; 19. (DNF) 7C-Collin Parmer, 20:51.878[14]; 20. (DNF) 19S-Mike Striegel, 13:46.708[8]; 21. (DNF) 76-Travis Goodman, 13:46.995[15]; 22. (DNF) 166-Tyler Worley, 13:47.774[24]; 23. (DNF) 2-Johnny Fennewald, 09:38.224[12]; 24. (DNF) 0-Ethan Lamons, 09:39.428[5]

Whitetail Trophy Hunt D Feature (16 Laps): 1. 7L-Ray Phipps, 40:54.903[10]; 2. 7B-Brett Wood, 40:55.080[4]; 3. 30-Burl Woods, 40:55.962[9]; 4. 5-Austin Vincent, 40:56.176[2]; 5. 9X-Carl Murphy, 40:56.711[17]; 6. 7M-Scott Johnson, 40:56.729[22]; 7. 1KEG-Jeremy Russell, 40:56.902[23]; 8. 166-Tyler Worley, 40:57.094[1]; 9. 12V-Nathan Vaughn, 40:57.567[19]; 10. 38-Jessie Shearin, 40:57.674[5]; 11. 10B-Steve Beach, 40:58.203[3]; 12. 89-Mark Mullins, 40:58.810[12]; 13. 16-Patrick Kay, 41:00.857[8]; 14. 4B-Marshall Berry, 41:00.932[24]; 15. 60-Jimmy Ngo, 41:01.237[13]; 16. (DNF) 27-Bob Barnett, 41:02.237[15]; 17. (DNF) 20M-Michael Mullins, 39:14.878[20]; 18. (DNF) 12-Justin Jarrett, 38:37.654[11]; 19. (DNF) 56-Mark Davis, 28:53.470[6]; 20. (DNF) 78-Marlin Cathey, 29:00.913[18]; 21. (DNF) 44S-Steve Scott, 29:01.558[16]; 22. (DNF) 11G-Brad Gideon, 26:37.778[7]; 23. (DNF) 99X-Dalton Garrison, 16:53.465[21]; 24. (DNF) 7K-Kyle Hamby, 16:14.394[14]

Whitetail Trophy Hunt E Feature (14 Laps): 1. 9X-Carl Murphy, 31:01.014[6]; 2. 78-Marlin Cathey, 31:03.093[2]; 3. 12V-Nathan Vaughn, 31:03.544[12]; 4. 20M-Michael Mullins, 31:03.872[4]; 5. 99X-Dalton Garrison, 31:04.979[17]; 6. 7M-Scott Johnson, 31:05.053[5]; 7. 1KEG-Jeremy Russell, 31:05.370[14]; 8. 4B-Marshall Berry, 31:07.212[19]; 9. 67X-Jerry Brown, 31:08.201[3]; 10. (DNF) 2M-Angel Munoz, 30:00.800[21]; 11. (DNF) 8V-Cody Vail, 29:20.062[24]; 12. (DNF) 1X-Mitchell Mourot, 28:58.413[18]; 13. (DNF) 39-Robert Southerland, 22:42.766[9]; 14. (DNF) 4-Kyle Slader, 22:44.177[20]; 15. (DNF) 3K-Mike Koch, 22:45.309[8]; 16. (DNF) 409-Joe Miller, 12:45.098[1]; 17. (DNF) 43-Kevin Koontz, 12:48.543[7]; 18. (DNF) 10-4-Billy Wheeler, 07:42.040[10]; 19. (DNF) 7-Brandon Dunham, 07:42.598[11]; 20. (DNF) 98-Jeff Whitehead, 07:43.141[22]; 21. (DNF) 7W-Shawn Whitman, 07:44.074[23]; 22. (DNF) 251-Brian Schutt, 02:51.452[16]; (DNS) 99W-Cody Lowe, 02:51.452; (DNS) 71K-Karl Lehmann, 02:51.452

Whitetail Trophy Hunt F Feature (12 Laps): 1. 99X-Dalton Garrison, 30:18.717[6]; 2. 1X-Mitchell Mourot, 30:20.044[9]; 3. 4B-Marshall Berry, 30:21.443[1]; 4. 4-Kyle Slader, 30:21.897[17]; 5. 2M-Angel Munoz, 30:22.656[13]; 6. 98-Jeff Whitehead, 30:24.739[3]; 7. 7W-Shawn Whitman, 30:25.701[11]; 8. 8V-Cody Vail, 30:26.066[22]; 9. 93D-Josh Dugan, 30:26.583[2]; 10. 22-Joey Holdren II, 30:26.910[18]; 11. 54LM-David Higgins, 30:28.207[4]; 12. 19-Kenny Shelton, 30:28.851[12]; 13. 25J-Josh Daniels, 30:29.213[5]; 14. 81H-Matthew Harp, 30:29.780[16]; 15. (DNF) 04B-Brian Worley, 30:04.889[24]; 16. (DNF) 69B-Tony Bowman, 26:36.584[10]; 17. (DNF) 54-Brandon Hays, 26:37.447[23]; 18. (DNF) 05B-Dale Berry, [19]; 19. (DNF) 5E-Ethan Mullins, [21]; 20. (DNF) 18X-Blake Schmidt, [20]; (DNS) 10-T-Matthew Seaman, ; (DNS) 28K-Lewis Jackson, ; (DNS) 67I-Devin Irvin, ; (DNS) 3-Dale Douty,

Whitetail Trophy Hunt G Feature (10 Laps): 1. 4-Kyle Slader, 03:11.975[4]; 2. 22-Joey Holdren II, 03:20.413[2]; 3. 05B-Dale Berry, 03:20.793[8]; 4. 18X-Blake Schmidt, 03:20.898[1]; 5. 5E-Ethan Mullins, 03:23.533[3]; 6. 8V-Cody Vail, 03:24.637[10]; 7. 54-Brandon Hays, 03:27.501[7]; 8. (DNF) 04B-Brian Worley, 01:23.396[6]; (DNS) 46-Tony Wyatt, 01:23.396; (DNS) 1-Nick Gibson, 01:23.396; (DNS) 66-Jason Thurman, 01:23.396

Warsaw Auto Marine & RV ULMA Late Models
  A Feature (30 Laps): 1. 31C-Cole Henson, 27:01.396[1]; 2. 51-Larry Ferris, 27:02.641[7]; 3. 15S-Shane Essary, 27:03.936[5]; 4. 17-Daniel Jessen, 27:04.677[4]; 5. 0X-Justin Russell, 27:05.119[13]; 6. 7J-Ryan Johnson, 27:05.150[12]; 7. 1T-Tucker Cox, 27:06.146[15]; 8. 5-Todd Shute, 27:06.251[22]; 9. 74-Jon Melloway, 27:09.020[8]; 10. (DNF) 21-Johnny Fennewald, 26:43.783[2]; 11. (DNF) 42L-Lane Ehlert, 27:07.268[11]; 12. (DNF) 7X-Todd McCoin, 27:08.454[10]; 13. (DNF) 42H-Chad Richwine, 27:09.406[14]; 14. (DNF) 99-Dylan Hoover, 22:46.230[9]; 15. (DNF) 16-Ashlee Lancaster, 22:52.580[18]; 16. (DNF) 15-John Aitken, 27:13.687[21]; 17. (DNF) 16R-Rick Brown, 27:11.951[19]; 18. (DNF) 1X-Aaron Marrant, 12:36.243[3]; 19. (DNF) 27-Derek Henson, 12:41.812[6]; 20. (DNF) 96-Dalton Imhoff, 12:00.959[17]; 21. (DNF) 66T-Matt Becker, 10:15.584[16]; 22. (DNF) 14X-Chuck Melloway, 04:27.309[20]; (DNS) OX-Jason Sivils, 04:27.309

Cedar Creek Beef Jerky Heat 1 (8 Laps): 1. 15S-Shane Essary, 03:20.447[1]; 2. 31C-Cole Henson, 03:20.875[7]; 3. 27-Derek Henson, 03:22.163[6]; 4. 42L-Lane Ehlert, 03:23.560[3]; 5. 1T-Tucker Cox, 03:24.671[4]; 6. 66T-Matt Becker, 03:31.526[2]; 7. 16R-Rick Brown, 03:17.201[8]; 8. (DNF) 5-Todd Shute, 02:41.390[5]

Cedar Creek Beef Jerky Heat 2 (8 Laps): 1. 1X-Aaron Marrant, 04:08.372[2]; 2. 21-Johnny Fennewald, 04:09.671[6]; 3. 7X-Todd McCoin, 04:14.970[1]; 4. 99-Dylan Hoover, 04:15.904[8]; 5. 0X-Justin Russell, 04:16.900[7]; 6. 96-Dalton Imhoff, 04:17.118[3]; 7. 14X-Chuck Melloway, 04:21.115[5]; (DNS) OX-Jason Sivils, 04:21.115

Cedar Creek Beef Jerky Heat 3 (8 Laps): 1. 17-Daniel Jessen, [2]; 2. 74-Jon Melloway, [1]; 3. 51-Larry Ferris, [6]; 4. 7J-Ryan Johnson, [4]; 5. 42H-Chad Richwine, [7]; 6. 16-Ashlee Lancaster, [3]; 7. 15-John Aitken, [5]

Next up: The Lucas Oil MLRA and Comp Cams Super Dirt Series Presented by Lucas Oil combine for the MLRA Fall Nationals next weekend, with features paying $3,000 on Friday and $5,000 on Saturday. Also on the program will be the Ozark Golf Cars USRA B-Mod Clash of Champions, running a double set of heat races on Friday to determine the alphabet soup to finalize Saturday’s $3,000-to-win main event. 

 

For questions about tickets or camping for any event at Lucas Oil Speedway, contact Admissions Director Nichole McMillan at (417) 282-5984 or via email at Nichole@LucasOilSpeedway.com.

 

CONTACT:

Danny Lorton

Lucas Oil Speedway General Manager

Office: (417) 282-5984

DLorton@lucasoilspeedway.com

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