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May 20, 2013

Joplin's Yeoman snaps drought at Springfield Raceway

Joplin’s John Yeoman III snapped a considerable drought in stock car racing on Saturday night at Springfield Raceway.

Yeoman won the modified A feature at the quarter-mile dirt track and said his previous main event victory — and first — came in 2003 at Joplin 66 Speedway.

That certainly wasn’t his last big moment in stock car racing, however. Yeoman, thanks obviously to consistency and some lofty finishes, won the points title at Joplin in 2004.

Yeoman won the first heat on Saturday night and started on the pole in besting points leader Jackie Dalton of Carthage and Brian Green of Pierce City in the 20-lap main event.

“Starting on the pole, of course, was my big advantage,” Yeoman said Monday night. “We never trailed.

“There was a yellow flag after a few laps,” Yeoman said. “Bobby Pearish (of Oronogo) challenged for about four laps. After that, I didn’t see anyone.”

Southwest Missouri drivers Jody Tillman (Branson) and Jerry Lankton (Lampe) completed the top five in the A feature. Springfield’s Kelby Taylor, who won the second heat, finished eighth in front of Pearish.

“I miss the (closed) Joplin track,” Yeoman said. “But I love this (Springfield) track. It’s very smooth.”

Victories came for Yeoman in drag racing.

“I drove a dragster for 20 years,” said Yeoman, 51. “We’re working on a a dragster right now. We may start doing that next year.”

Jon Yeoman, John’s son, placed fourth in the B modified main event at Springfield.

The B modified feature was won by Springfield’s J.C. Morton. Placing second and third were Springfield’s Ben Solberg and St. James’ Don Luna.

Rounding out the A feature winners were Jay Reynolds (Springfield), Legends Cars; Isaac Keepper (Crane), street stock; Taylor Moore (Bois D’Arc), Midwest Modz, and Jack Hamer (Ava), pure stock.

Joplin’s Austin Johnson finished fifth among 20 cars in the Midwest Modz main event.

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