By Anvil Welch
Globe Sports Writer
Sedalia’s Jonathan Cornell surely doesn’t mind racing at Springfield Raceway.
Sprint car driver Cornell finished his 2012 season with a win at the quarter-mile dirt track. Guess who triumphed during the season opener at the track last Saturday night?
Cornell bagged the sprint car special matching his Speedway Motors Warrior and American Bank of Oklahoma Sooner regions.
Logan Forler, Lake Havasu City, Ariz., finished second in the 25-lap main event.
Springfield Raceway didn’t lack race cars in its opener.
“I believe we had about 130 cars,” co-owner Jerry Hoffman said on Tuesday. “The turnout was headed by some 40 sprint cars.”
Danny Wood, Blake Hahn and Brian Brown completed the top five in the sprint car main event. Harli White was sixth.
Other main event winners on the program were Jackie Dalton (modified), J.C. Morton (B modified), Mike Hailmann (Legends Cars) and Nathan Gold (Midwest Modz).
A regular weekly show will be held at 6 p.m. on Saturday, Hoffman said, with competition in modified, B modified, Midwest Modz, street stock, pure stock and Legends.
MONETT, Mo. — Son beat dad — Leslie over Ken Essary — in the late model A feature on Sunday night at the 3/8-mile clay track.
Jackie Dalton won the modified A feature and Rex Merritt claimed the B modified main event.
Regular races return to 7:30 p.m. Friday this week, promoter Randy Mooneyham emphasized on Tuesday. The shift last week was due to inclement weather.
“We had nearly 80 race cars,” Mooneyham said. “We had a decent crowd. It’s hard to switch on just a few days’ notice.”
Completing the A feature winners were Josh Essary (super stock), John Beard (pure stock) and Lonnie Muhlbauer (pro-4).
MARS DIRTcar Series
Randy Mooneyham actually was on the road with his late model series and couldn’t attend the Sunday show at Monett.
MARS, for the first time, had programs at 34 Raceway in West Burlington (Iowa) and Quincy (Ill.) raceways.
Chad Simpson, Mount Vernon, Iowa, won both A features. Saturday night’s win at 34 Raceway was worth $4,000. Simpson pocketed $3,000 on Sunday night at Quincy.
Mooneyham was pleased with 44 late models at West Burlington. The Quincy show attracted 33, Mooneyham said.
Finishers at 34 Raceway included Jesse Stovall second, Terry Phillips fifth, Tony Jackson Jr. sixth and Justin Asplin 24th.
Jackson was sixth and Phillips ninth at Quincy. Asplin placed 20th and Stovall 23rd.
MARS resumes this week in Oklahoma with programs Friday night at Muskogee and Saturday night at Pocola.