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July 29, 2013

Webb City's Mitch Keeter posts impressive weekend on the track

Webb City’s Mitch Keeter, bidding for two track titles in modified stock car racing, is coming off an impressive week in Southwest Missouri.

Keeter won A features on Thursday night at Springfield Raceway and on Saturday night at the Nevada Speedway.

Rain was no ally on Friday night. Races at the Monett Speedway were canceled.

Keeter is chasing Carthage’s Jackie Dalton at the 3⁄8-mile Monett clay track. Plus, Oronogo’s Bobby Pearish is applying heat to Keeter. The points are defending champion Dalton 841, Keeter 835 and Pearish 804.

Keeter is chasing several drivers at Nevada’s quarter-mile oval. Keeter (752) is trailing Kevin Morrow (983) of Bronaugh, Dustin Wyland (849) of Mulberry, Kan., Danny Scrogham (847) of Peculiar, Mo., and Levi Phillips (788) of Neosho.

The competition at Springfield was only for USRA national points. Keeter is hoping the two wins will boost his No. 8 national standing of last week.

National leaders last week included No. 1 Terry Schultz of Sedalia, No. 3 John Allen of Chanute, No. 5 Stephen Muilenburg of Sparta, Mo., and No. 7 Dalton.

Keeter, 25, said it was his first win of the campaign at Springfield. It was No. 5 at Nevada. He also won a main event early in the season at Crawford County Speedway in Van Buren, Ark.

The special at Springfield was worth $700. He pocketed $800 by placing second to Allen, who earned $1,500, in a special at Nevada.

“I started outside on the fourth row,” Keeter said. “I was able to beat Bobby (Pearish). We’ve been racing together and against each other probably since 2001.”

Keeter said on Sunday he’ll head for Joplin Eaglewood Speedway off North Main for go-karting and its Summer Sizzler. Gates open at noon with hot laps at 3 p.m., Keeter said.

Springfield Raceway

The late model MARS DIRTcar Series headed the Thursday special and Jesse Stovall won the 40-lap A feature.

Stovall, of Billings, earned $3,000. Stovall beat Lebanon drivers Tony Jackson Jr. — the season points leader — and Brandon McCormick.

Springfield’s J.C. Morton bested Mountain Grove’s Toby Thompson in the USRA B modified main event.

Jackson rebounded on Saturday at Stovall’s expense to claim the Lucas Oil MLRA main event at LA Raceway in LaMonte, Mo.

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