The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO


June 12, 2012

Keeters pull a Drake at Springfield Raceway

How about those Keeters?

It was a good night Saturday for stock car drivers from Joplin and Webb City at Springfield Raceway.

Craig Keeter and son Mitch, both from Webb City, captured main events in Midwest Modz and USRA modified at the quarter-mile dirt track.

The Drakes, dad Scott and son Trevor, pulled off the feat in USRA B modified and Midwest Modz, respectively, earlier in the season at Springfield.

This Saturday night, in fact, Scott Drake won the USRA B modified main event and Craig Keeter beat Trevor Drake in the Midwest Modz A feature. Joplin’s Ryan Hendrix finished runner-up to Scott Drake.

Joplin drivers Justin Comer and Park Jones finished 1-2 in the Legends Cars main event. Billy Cottrill, also from Joplin, and Caleb McDugle, Quapaw, were fourth and fifth, respectively.

Miami drivers Brett Testerman and Tyler Thulin placed 1-2 in the pure stock A feature.

Completing the A feature winners on the regular weekly program was Bob Maggard Sr. in street stock. Maggard is from Brighton near Springfield.

New Zealander Michael Pickens won the POWRi Lucas Oil National/West Midget Series special. He beat Rico Abreu in the 30-lapper.

Carl Junction’s Andrew Felker and Springfield’s Pat Schudy were eighth and 13th, respectively, in the A feature.

Pickens made it 4-for-4 — all at different tracks — in the past two years in the POWRi Lucas Oil National Midget Series.

“We backed up what we did last year,” Pickens, a four-time national champion in New Zealand, told Tim Tuttle (media director of POWRi Racing). “The race was about tire management and not burning them up. You have to be thinking all the time.”

Abreu, who started 13th, is 20 and from Rutherford, Calif. Blake Hahn, 17, from Sapulpa, Okla., was third.

Monett Speedway

MONETT, Mo. — Justin Wells, Aurora, won the DLRA late model main event on Sunday night at the 3/8-mile clay oval.

Ken Essary, Cape Fair, and Joplin’s Chuck Comer finished behind Wells in the Race Brothers-sponsored event.

Johnny Bone Jr., Pea Ridge, Ark., defending points champion, claimed the USRA modified A feature. Webb City’s Mitch Keeter was third.

Joplin’s John Coats won the factory stock A feature to maintain his No. 1 standing in points.

Rounding out the A feature winners were Clayton Powell (pure stock), Dusty Schmidt (pro-4), Dakota Maggard (Midwest Modz) and J.C. Morton (USRA B modified).

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