The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO


September 10, 2012

Auto racing: Wells wins feature at Caney Valley

Justin Wells won the late model A feature on Saturday night at Caney Valley Speedway in Caney, Kan.

Wells, Aurora, started outside on the fourth row. Jesse Stovall, Galena, Mo., finished runner-up and Dillon Rupe, Tulsa, placed third on the quarter-mile dirt track..

Monett Speedway points champion Wells estimated it was his 12th main event victory of the season.

“We had a really good race car,” Wells said. “That race car probably has won a minimum of 50 races over the last four years. It isn’t 4 years old, either. It’s 6.”

Stovall was driving a Fred Bishop-owned race car, Wells said, rather than the race car used on the MARS DIRTCar Series.

Heat winners were Jacob Magee, Rupe and Brandon Morton.

Wells and area late model drivers now will turn their attention to the Larry Phillips Memorial on Saturday night at Springfield Raceway. The late model portion of the event is sanctioned by both MARS and MLRA.

Brian Birkhofer big winner

Birkhofer, Muscatine, Iowa, won the 42nd World 100 — worth $50,000 — at Eldora Speedway at Rossburg (Ohio) on Saturday night.

Birkhofer held off Scott Bloomquist in three restarts during the last nine laps. Runner-up Birkhofer, Mooresburg, Tenn., earned $15,000 and third-place Brad Neal, Dunnville, Ky., pocketed $10,000.

Birkhofer previously won the most celebrated event annually for dirt late models in 2002.

The 30-car field also included Steve Francis, Ashland, Ky., sixth; Jimmy Mars, Menomonie, Wis., 15th; Billy Moyer Jr., Batesville, Ark., 19th, and Billy Moyer, Batesville, 22nd.

Springfield’s Terry Phillips didn’t make the main event. He was sixth in the sixth heat and 22nd in the second B.

Jeremy Payne triumphs

Payne, Springfield, celebrated his 27th birthday by winning the United States Modified Touring Series main event at Ogilvie (Minn.) Raceway on Saturday night.

Payne, who earned $4,000, took the lead from Kelly Shryock with six laps to go in the 40-lapper that closed out the USMTS National Championship Series.

Pole sitter Shryock, Fertile, Iowa, pocketed $2,200 for second place.

Jason Hughes, Watts, Okla., finished fourth.

Stormy Scott, Las Cruces, N.M., won the next night at Sauk Rapids, Minn. Hughes placed third and Payne 19th.

A makeup A feature on Friday night at Ogilvie was won by Scott. Payne finished runner-up and Hughes wound up sixth.

The scheduled A feature on Friday night was won by Ryan Gustin of Marshalltown, Iowa. Hughes was second and Payne sixth.

Gustin beat Hughes 1,953-1,827 in the standings.

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