By Anvil Welch
Webb City’s Chance Hines, second last week, posted his first late model A feature victory on Sunday night at the Monett Speedway.
Hines, who started outside on the second row, beat Brandon McCormick of Lebanon and Darrin Barton of Aurora in the 25-lap race at the 3/8-mile clay track.
“I was very happy,” Hines said Monday. “It makes everything worthwhile.”
Hines, 28, is in his first season driving a late model. He previously drove a modified for a brief time. But his driving experience mainly has been in go-karts.
“I drove go-karts for eight years (successes included two national titles),” Hines said. “That built a good foundation for stock car racing. Those experiences taught me a lot of lessons.”
Hines is a 1997 graduate of Webb City High School and competed in soccer and tennis for the Cardinals.
Main sponsors are stepdad Jim Newman (Newman Auto Sales), dad Roger Hines (former late model driver), brother Chris Newman (The Sign Stop) and Brian Jordan (Roger Hines’ partner in Gator Industrial).
Chris Newman and Jim Newman are regulars in the pits, Chance said.
Track reporter Nicki Looney said that several of the late model drivers visited Hines to offer congratulations on his first win.
Completing the A feature winners were Shawn Strong (bomber), Jody Tillman (factory stock), Chad Williams (rookie), Tony Jackson Jr. (modified) and Randy Lebow (B-modified).
Monett’s Jordan Holloway won his first A feature on the late model Race Brothers Show-Me Racin’ Series Tour on Saturday night at the quarter-mile dirt track.
Holloway, who earned $1,000, beat the Southwest Missouri group of Don Cloyd (Fair Grove), Leslie Essary (Crane) and Ken Essary (Cape Fair).
Erie’s Jack Simmons, who finished fifth in the late model main event, won the modified A feature over Bob Kerbs of Nevada.
Completing the A feature winners were Jeremy Wilson, Humboldt, Kan., factory stock, and Pat Cox, Jerico Springs, Mo., mini stock.
Neosho’s Daniel Jessen, seeking a third straight A feature victory in the factory stock class, placed runner-up.
Monett’s Mark Bourey won the factory stock main event for the second time this season on Saturday night at the Lebanon oval.
Tony Jackson Jr., Lebanon, and Dennis Jones, Springfield, won A features in UMP late model and bomber, respectively.
Completing the main event winners were Josh Woody (B-modified), Kenny Potter (winged sprints) and Matt Darnell (rookie).
The next scheduled program at I-44 is July 19 with seven classes — USRA modified, B-modified, super stock, factory stock, bomber, rookie and 305 winged sprint.
Jeremy Payne wins
WARRENSBURG, Mo. — Payne, Springfield, won the A feature of the Tom Wilson Memorial modified special on Saturday night at Central Missouri Speedway.
Payne, who earned $5,000, defeated Dustin Boney, Tonganoxie, Kan., on the 3/8-mile clay track.
Terry Phillips, Springfield, and Eric Turner, Hermitage, finished fourth and sixth, respectively.
By Anvil Welch