The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO


June 28, 2013

Mooneyham's hectic week begins tonight at Monett

Randy Mooneyham, owner of the Monett Speedway, will be a promoter on the move for most of the next 10 days.

He’ll do some sleeping at home in that time but it might wind up about 50-50.

“The next 10 days will be pretty hectic,” Mooneyham said Thursday after grading in preparation for tonight’s weekly program at the 3/8-mile clay track.

Mooneyham also directs the late model MARS DIRTcar Racing Series and it will be mainly responsible for keeping him on the move.

MARS will be at  I-80 Speedway tonight in Greenwood (Neb.) before shifting to Adams County Speedway at Corning (Iowa) on Saturday. The late model portions of those shows will be co-sanctioned by MARS and Lucas Oil MLRA.

Mooneyham will be in charge tonight at Monett before driving to Iowa to join his MARS crew on Saturday night.

MARS next week will start four straight nights of racing on Wednesday at Monett.

Classes tonight at Monett are DLRA late model, USRA modified, USRA B modified, Legends Cars, pro-4 and pure stock.

Factory stock, B modified, pro-4 and pure stock will be the support classes for MARS on Wednesday night.

Tonight’s show starts at 8. Gates open at 6 p.m. with hot laps at 7:30. Admission prices are $12 and $5 (ages 12-15).

Track points include an extremely close race in the USRA modified with Pierce City’s Brian Green the leader with 566.

Webb City’s Mitch Keeter has 565, Carthage’s Jackie Dalton 563 and Oronogo’s Bobby Pearish 556.

Toby Thompson, Mountain Grove, and J.C. Morton, Springfield, are 1-2 in USRA modified with 621 and 587, respectively.

Top three in the DLRA late model division, also from southwest Missouri, are Ken Essary of Cape Fair (394), Darrell Mooneyham of Aurora (345) and Justin Wells of Aurora (342).

Other Monett leaders are Russell Niehoff (pro-4), John Beard (pure stock) and Josh Essary (factory stock).

The current MARS leaders are 2012 champion Jesse Stovall 455, Tony Jackson Jr. (446) and Terry Phillips (384). Tied for fourth are Justin Asplin and Dustin Walker at 352.

Stovall, with 1,738 in 2012, bested Jackson (1,632) and Asplin (1.342).

Will Vaught is the Lucas Oil MLRA points leader with 639. Second through fifth are Phillips and Brad Looney (tied with 627) and Jackson and Stovall (tied with 602).

The winner of tonight’s MARS/MLRA main event in Nebraska receives $3,000. The winner of Saturday’s Liberty 50 at the Adams County Speedway (Iowa) pockets $5,000.

MARS moves from Monett to 81 Speedway, Park City, Kan., on Thursday night and to West Siloam Springs Speedway next Friday and Saturday nights.

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