Trevor Drake, who has a tenuous hold on first place in the USRA B modified points standings at Springfield Raceway, had no complaints on Friday.
Unless it was the weather, of course.
Springfield Raceway co-owners Jerry Hoffman and Doug Bland are hoping to stage their first stock car racing program since May 17 at the quarter-mile dirt track.
Drake, Webb City resident who was born in Joplin, enters today’s 7 p.m. program with 451 points. Springfield’s J.C. Morton is second with 431 and Mountain Grove’s Toby Thompson is third with 428.
“Things really have gone well,” Drake said before heading for the Monett Speedway. “Now, honestly, I’ve given away a couple of races. I can’t make excuses or alibi. It’s all on my own.
“Everybody has stepped up their program,” Drake said. “I need to focus and get back on track.”
Drake placed fourth in points in 2013 — Morton was champion — and earned rookie of the year honors in the class. Drake topped the Midwest Modz standings at Springfield the previous two summers.
Drake, who turned 20 on June 3, also competed in the Midwest Modz division in 2010 after debuting in 2009 by driving half a season in Legends Cars for the Webb City Cophers — dad Chad and son Caleb.
Trevor, the son of DeAnn and longtime stock car driver Scott Drake, entered the Monett show No. 8 in points despite missing two shows.
Trevor Drake said that Scott Drake occasionally drives in southwest Missouri in the B modified class and also has been driving an IMCA modified race car out of Garden City, Kansas.
Sponsors for Trevor Drake include Hoffman, family-owned Cliff Drake Auto Crushing, Tom Ogle’s O&H Auto Sales of Carthage, Rob Burress’ Auto Xpress of Joplin, Springfield businesses Wheeler Metals and Transport Graphics, Garden City businesses R&R Pallet and Jack’s Bar and Grill, and Friesen Chevrolet of Sutton, Nebraska.
“I can’t say enough about Tom Ogle,” Trevor Drake said. “He always is helping. He helps me prepare the car for racing each week. He and his brother John usually are in the pits. So is my cousin Chase Drake. Dad is in the pits, too, if possible.”
Trevor Drake said Scott Drake has returned to racing after a heart attack three weeks before his dad Cliff’s death on April 16 at 62.