Coryell, Otto, Stephens, Lucas Return to Victory Lane at I-44 Speedway!

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Lebanon, MO; Familiar faces returned to victory lane once again at the Lebanon I-44 Speedway on Saturday night. The exciting finishes brought big changes in the points battle for the Monster Energy Chase for the Cup.

The Chargers got things started with Gary Davenport was looking for the sweep as he took the heat race victory early in the evening. Shawn and Caston Jones of Belle looked to continue their winning ways as they were battling Davenport late for second place, but one car was better than the rest as Monster Energy Victory Lane had a new face as Nick Moore captured his first Charger victory of the season. Shawn and Caston Jones ended up second and third.

Coca Cola Street Stocks were up next as Lebanon’s Mike Coryell looked to make it a three peat against Dale Roper Jr. and Rex Karrs. Coryell had the dominant car all night long, taking the heat race win and dominating the feature. Roper was second and Karrs took third.

Pure Streets took the Carget Motors Dash for Cash as young Payton Lucas held off Stephen Counterman and Steve Shaw to take the money. Shaw would win the heat race, but nobody could stop Lucas as he would easily take the victory for his third straight feature victory with Shaw and Counterman rounding out the top three.

The mighty Modifieds hit the high banks lead by back to back winner Jason Otto. Otto and Ken Dickenson took heat race victories early in the evening. Tony Jackson Jr. made a hard charge for the front after having problems in his heat and starting shotgun on the field. A late race caution bunched the field back together with Otto, Dickenson, and Jackson in third. Otto got a great restart and pulled away from the lead pack, with Dickenson and Jackson battling hot and heavy for second. Jackson would eventually get around Dickenson with four laps to go but Otto was long gone as he visited Monster Energy Victory Lane for the third straight week.

Late Models were the last class in action for the night as Jimmy Vanzandt and Caleb Hall would get the front row starting spots after Grant Sharp and Kyle Steffens claimed the heat races. Points leader Ken Dickenson would start third with Mike Slone starting sixth. Stephens pulled out to the early lead with Slone, Dickenson and Jackson in hot pursuit. The best battle on the track was for second as Steffens was long gone, with Slone, Dickenson and Jackson battling hot and heavy. Brake rotors were glowing on the #56 and #21 car as they were really driving it in hard to the entrance of calamity corner. Jackson would eventually have to retire from the race with brake troubles. No one could match Steffens as he took his second trip of the season to Monster Energy Victory Lane, with Slone and Dickenson rounding out the top three.

The OMSRA Mini Stocks will be back in action next Saturday night along with the Late Models, Modifieds, Street Stocks, Pure Stocks and Chargers. Gates will open at 5:00, hot laps at 6:00 and racing at 7:30. Grandstand tickets are $10 for adults, $6 for juniors (ages 11-15) and free for kids 10 and under. Admission to the Budweiser Wild Side is $12 for adults, $7 for juniors and free for kids 10 and under. There is a $2 military and senior citizen discount for seniors 62 and over. Please visit www.i44speedway.net, twitter.com/i44speedway, or call (417) 532-2060 for more information.

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