By Anvil Welch
Globe Sports Writer
Terry Beckham II, coming off a successful week, plans to compete at Joplin 66 Speedway on Saturday night.
Webb City's Beckham, three-time defending modified points champion at the 3/8-mile clay track, has opted to travel more this season. But it's "home'' this week after racing Friday night at the new Muskogee Outlaw Motor Speedway.
Beckham, whose dad is fourth in modified points at 66, won $2,525 last week.
He won $1,000 by winning at Muskogee on Friday night. He earned another $1,000 the next night by placing second in a special at Wheatland (Mo.) Raceway. He won $400 by finishing third on Sunday night at the Monett Speedway. He won $125 by placing sixth the next night at the Salina (Okla.) Highbanks Speedway.
Beckham pulled alongside the leader late in the main event at Salina before a collision. The win at Muskogee boosted him into the points lead.
Beckham, who was making his second appearance at Wheatland, won't soon forget his first time.
"I believe it was a couple of years ago. The modified class was part of the support for a Midwest Late Model Racing Association show. Anyway, about 65 modifieds showed up. First place was worth $400. I wound up 10th in the A feature.''
Vaughn wins twice
Alan Vaughn, Belton, defeated Chad Lyle of Lone Jack in the Topless Outlaw Racing Association main event last Friday night at Lakeside Speedway in Kansas City, Kan.
Vaughn the next night defeated Larry McDaniels, Valley Center, in the TORA main at Thunder Hill Speedway in Mayetta.
Vaughn, retaining the points lead, and Coffeyville's Al Purkey were 10th and 12th, respectively, in the A feature as the Midwest Late Model Racing Association resumed on Sunday night at the Nebraska Raceway in Greenwood.
Kyle Berck, Marquette, Neb., won the MLRA main even. Omaha brothers Ed and Joe Kosiski were second and third, respectively.
Completing the top five were Skip Frey, Eli, Iowa, and Jason Bodenhamer, Centerview, Mo.
The MLRA continues Friday and Saturday with 7 p.m. shows at Wichita 81 Speedway and Salina (Okla.) Highbanks.
Carthage's Toby Brown is expected among the drivers to make the 11th annual American Sprint Car Series Speedweek - eight shows in nine days - that starts Friday night at Batesville (Ark.) Speedway.
The series shifts to West Memphis (Ark.) on Saturday and to Oklahoma City State Fair Speedway on Sunday before an idle Monday.
Then it's Muskogee Outlaw Motor Speedway, Tri-State Speedway (near Fort Smith, Ark.), Paris (Texas), Mesquite (Texas) and Lawton (Okla.)
By Anvil Welch