The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO


July 11, 2012

Dalton, Drake continue winning ways

Veteran stock car drivers Jackie Dalton and Scott Drake, points leaders in their respective classes at Springfield Raceway, continued their winning ways last Saturday night.

Dalton, Carthage, took charge early and held off Sparta’s Stephen Muilenburg, another veteran, in the Budweiser-sponsored USRA modified A feature at the quarter-mile dirt track.

Drake, who leads national as well as track Reliable Chevrolet-sponsored USRA B modified standings, took the lead on the 10th lap from fellow Webb City driver Kaleb Copher and thwarted a strong late charge by Willard’s Sean Williams, according to track race director/public relations Ronnie Williams.

Joplin drivers Dave Comer and Graysn Cox won main events in Legends Cars and Legends Cars Young Lions, respectively. Comer defeated Joplin driver Park Jones.

Miami (Okla.) drivers Brett Testerman and Wayne Morris placed first in A features in pure stock and street stock.

Testerman bested defending points champion Jack Hamer of Ava and Tyler Thulin, also of Miami, a week after Hamer snapped a four-week winning streak by Testerman.

Ozark’s Rusty Forrest rounded out the main event winners by beating points leader Trevor Drake of Webb City in the Midwest Modz class.

Racing resumes at Springfield Raceway on July 21 with the Summer Perry Memorial.

Terry Phillips red-hot

The late model Springfield driver pocketed $16,000 last weekend on the MARS DIRTcar Series in Kansas.

Phillips posted a second and two firsts. The wins earned $12,000 and $3,000, respectively, at Jetmore and Liberal on Saturday and Sunday nights.

The wins hiked Phillips’ total to 80 during his MARS career. He’s a six-time points champion.

Phillips, who was driving a modified early in the season, is sixth in points.

Jesse Stovall, Galena, Mo., and Tony Jackson Jr., Lebanon, are 1-2 with 1,063 and 1,036, respectively.

Completing the top eight are Justin Asplin (824), Birch Tree, Mo.; Leroy Johnson (748), Springfield; Brandon Morton (733), Broken Arrow, Okla.; David Turner (462), Creighton, Mo., and John Anderson (434), Omaha, Neb.

MARS resumes at Springfield Raceway on July 28.

USMTS Series at Lakeside Speedway

The United States Modified Touring Series will make its first appearance tomorrow night at 7:30 at the 3/8-mile dirt track in Kansas City, Kan.

Support classes on the Beebe Heating & Air Conditioning Summer Sizzler, presented by Arbor Masters, are USRA B modified and factory stock.

The winner of the USMTS main event will receive $5,000.

Defending points king Ryan Gustin, 21-year-old from Marshalltown, Iowa, is expected to head the USMTS field. Plus, officials expect nine-time champion Kelly Shryock of Fertile, Iowa; 2010 champion Jason Hughes of Watts, Okla., and 2007 champion Jason Krohn of Slayton, Minn.

Also, Terry Phillips and Jeremy Payne, both of Springfield, were listed as likely contestants in a USMTS release.

The USMTS tonight will be at the Winston (Mo.) I-35 Speedway and on Saturday night at the Salina (Okla.) Highbanks Speedway.

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