The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

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June 23, 2012

Trevor Drake tops points standings at Springfield Raceway

Six main event victories in 11 starts.

Maybe that’s why Trevor Drake seemed in a chipper mood during a telephone conversation on Friday.

Then, again, maybe it’s because Drake reached the ripe age of 18 on June 13.

Drake is the points leader in the Midwest Modz class at Springfield Raceway. He has 189 points to 146 by Ozark’s Rusty Forrest entering today’s 7 p.m. program at the quarter-mile dirt track.

Drake, a recent graduate of Webb City High School, is seeking a second straight points championship.

“I’m happy with the way things are going,” Drake said. “We’ve been able to challenge each week.

“I feel like I’m driving better this season,” Drake said. “I feel like I can pass cars easier.”

Drake also has won an A feature this year at the Monett Speedway.

Completing the top five in the standings this season, also from southwest Missouri, are Taylor Moore (145) of Bois D’Arc, Todd McGregor (132) of Clever and Bobby Gough (113) of Joplin.

Drake, with 338 points in 2011, bested Sam Petty (263) of Niangua, Gary Krebs (242) of Clever, Forrest (241) and Randy Belk (225) of Joplin.

Drake is in his third year driving in the Midwest Modz class. He said he drove go-karts at 9 or 10 before moving up to Legends Cars.

“I believe we started five races behind in 2010 (in Midwest Modz) and placed fourth in points,” Drake said.

Kaleb Copher of Webb City won the 2010 crown with 320 points. Stoutland’s J.C. Newell had 274, Gough 233 and Drake 200.

Crane’s Kyle Lebow is the Midwest Modz leader at Monett this season. Drake is fourth.

Trevor, the son of DeAnn and Scott Drake, has a bonus in his home when it comes to racing. Dad leads Reeds Spring’s Mike Hailmann 723-701 atop the USRA B modified standings.

“Dad helps me so much,” Trevor said matter-of-factly.

Scott’s dad, Cliff, a former driver, also won’t hesitate to offer welcome advice, Trevor Drake said.

When it’s possible, depending on how the races are lined up, Scott will help Trevor in the pits and vice-versa.

Brothers Tom and John Ogle and Scott Brinker are regulars in the pits with the Drake clan.

Trevor’s sister, Taaron, 6, isn’t in the group yet.

Taaron?

“She’s named after dad (Aaron Scott Drake),” Trevor said.

Trevor Drake, who’s enrolled at Crowder College and interested in engineering, drives a Jerry Hoffman Race Cars Chassis (of Oronogo).

“Paul Beckham (also of Webb City) built the motor and Yeoman Racing Engines (of Galena, Kan.) freshened it this year,” Trevor Drake said.

Trevor Drake sponsors, in addition to Hoffman, Paul Beckham and Yeoman, include Midway Auto Crushing, Terry Beckham II Machine & Fabrication, Transport Graphics, Wheeler Metals, Ryan Gilmore Photos, Barnstomer Express, Auto Xpress and O&H Auto Sales.

Springfield Raceway notes: The second half of the Transport Graphics Chase starts with an emphasis on the USRA modified class. The winner of tonight’s A feature receives $800 and making the starting field will pay $100. ... Points leaders also include Carthage’s Jackie Dalton (USRA modified), Joplin’s Justin Comer (Legends Cars), Springfield’s Jim Reid (street stock), Nixa’s Wesley Smith (Legends Young Lions) and Ava’s Jack Hamer and Miami’s Bret Testerman (pure stock tie). ... Grandstand gates open at 5 p.m.

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