by Sam Stoecklin
Greetings and Salutations! Live tonight at Wheatland for some practice sessions. Track was a little slick at first and the first group was delayed just a little in taking to the track. Chris Wall is here in this session with Earl Pearson Jr and Jared Landers.
Flashing a few times on the board and early on EPJ turned a 15.9 as the track starts to come around. Modifieds are taking to the track now for a few laps, they will be part of the action on Friday night. Terry Schultz leads this session.
Lates back out now, Brian Allison, Brandon McCormick, Austin Hubbard, Terry Phillips, Jerry Lierly, Billy Moyer.
John Anderson was out in that last session. Morgan Bagley makes his first-ever Lucas Oil Speedway appearance, Chad Simpson, Shane Harris, Timothy Culp, Jonathan Davenport, Duke Whiseant, and the Batesville Bullet, 3 time Show Me winner Wendell Wallace.
Dennis Erb, Shannon Babb, Ronnie Lee Hollingsworth, Larry Jones, Jimmy Mars, Brian Birkhofer, AJ Diemel all out now.
Over 50 lates have checked in so far during practice. John Blankenship was out for practice but car was smoking heavily. Eric Turner in Pannel racing #33 car, a former Josh Richards Rocket machine. Don O'Neal was out and looked stout up on the high side. Bloomquist is out. One of my old track stars from South Dakota is here, Mike Staddel from Rapid City SD. David Turner and Brad Neat also out.
Al Humphey bought out Fred Bishop racing and is now the sole car owner for Jesse Stovall. Al is shaking the #6 down tonight, not sure if he will race or not. He is still recovering from an April 7th injury to his ribs and this is his frist time back in a car.
Jimmy Owens makes his frirst practice appearance, Terry Phillips is back out, Lierly is back out. MLRA rookie of the year contender Kevin Sather is out. Robert Baker is out and Eric Jacobsen is out for practice as well. Some times flashed up on the screen included a 15.3 posted by the one man band, Dennis Erb Jr of Carpentersville IL.
The weather is great so far with overcast skies and warm temps. Hopefully it's overcast throughout the weekend as hot temps are predicted, especially for Saturday. For a practice night you can already feel the buzz in the air as the 20th annual Show Me 100 weekend gets underway. Modifieds are back out now for a few laps but the lates are staged about 15 rows deep to continue their practice.
Chris Simpson, Jonathan Davenport the ROY leader on the Lucas Tour, RC Whitwell from Arizona is here, Moyer is back out--he has 10 wins on the year already. Bagley is back out as well, he won a big Shootout race back in January to start out his year, he is the 2011 ROY in the SUPR series as well as their champion!
Tony Jackson Jr now comes out, Alan Vaughn is here in a nice looking number 22 blue and white machine.Erb is back out as well as Timothy Culp in the C8. Austin Hubbard turned a 16.1 and was quickest in that session.
David Turner is out in his Victory Circle #15t, Mike Stoddel is back out, Moyer Jr, McCormick, Mars and Bryon Allison all return as well.
Moyer Jr turned a 15.957 during his session. Duke Whiseant is out now along with Eric Wells, John Anderson in his MastersBilt, he won an MLRA event here at the track in April, Chris Wall is turning laps along with Blankenship who seems to have things back in order.
The groove is moving higher on the track now, just about where the weekly groove is and there's some black streaks appearing. Landers, Brad Looney in a Victory Circle, Don O'Neal, 3 time winner Wendell Wallace, Shane Harris, Brad Neat also. O'Neal just ripped off a 15.80 lap. Jesse Stovall, already a four time feature winner this year is back out in a Victory Circle, black #00. EPJ comes back out for hot laps, AJ Diemel, Shannon Babb, who won the Diamond Nationals 40,000 to win race here back in 2008 is out now too.
Good to see Ernie Leftwich in the flagstand tonight waving the flags for the practice session, Ernie Flags for the Lucas Oil MLRA series. Owens quickly comes back out, remember, he is fresh off the Bad Boy 98 win 10,000 and a new Corvette is what he took home. Kind of different to see Birky in a yellow car, he is no stranger to victory lane at the track either, 2007 and 2009 Diamond Nationals winner.
Eric Wells, Chris Simpson, Billy Moyer, Chris Wall, Morgan Bagley, Don O'Neal and Jared Landers are all out now. Moyer ran the high groove in that session with O'Neal and Landers using the middle lanes to figure something out. A little drama earlier tonight as Landers and Moyer Jr had a bit of a disagreement.
Moyer Jr, John Anderson, Bloomquist, Blankenship, Reddick and Whiseant return for this session. Bloomer is entering turn one low and drifting up, using about the same line for three and four. Blankenship is up on the high side with Whiseant up high as well.
EPJ, Stovall, McCormick, Stovall, and Moyer again. Mark Dotson is out for a session, his first of the night.Moyer ran the high side again with EPJ in the middle.
Trenton just came back from the pits and walked by the guys clocking the cars, Don O'Neal was clocked at 108 miles an hour!
Bloomquist entering turns way low in one and way high in three and four. Turner looks good down low and Babb is trying the low side as well as Davenport. These guys are wanting to get in as much practice as possible. Point leader on the Lucas tour Owens returns as does Erb, Moyer, Reddick, Jackson. Owens was quickest that session with a 16.2.
Changes galore on these cars as there's only about 20 minutes left for practice. Birky, Mars, looks like McKenna is in the 22 not Vaughn as was announced, I'll have to check the sheets on that one. Ten rows of three deep late models are still staged to come out.
WIll Vaught has not been out yet, to my knowledge. David Turner was back out again, now Stovall in that great looking black number 00 Victory Circle, Bryon Allison, Landers, Phillips and Eric Turner are also out now. Landers is using up the high side. Phillips enters turn one low and drifts up, Turner is using the high side running right under Phillips, and the two actually nearly collided, easy guys this is practice!
Times are a bit slower, Reddick was quickest that session with a 16.77. Eric Jacobsen in his traditional plain scheme number five machineis turning laps. Babb now is on the top side figuring things out, Simpson and Briky are using two distinctly different lines Simpson low Birky High.
Vaught is finally out for some laps in the 1v. Dotson, Looney, Shirley, EPJ a few of the latest cars to hit the track. Wallace, Wells, Landers, Phillips all out again. Mars is running as low as he can on the track as the corners are showing some serious sings of black slick voodoo.
Not sure if these two are doing this on purpose or not, but O'Neal and Moyer seem to be measuring each other up, they've been out in the same session many times tonight. O'Neal turned a 16.9, Moyer 17.0.
Duke Whiseant is back to the track for the first time in a few years, he's in a Stuckey MastersBuilt. Looks like the session is winding down with just about five rows left to come out. Francis turned the quick lap that session at 16.70. Hubbard, Rivers, Moyer Jr, Bagley, Shirley, EPJ, Stovall, Reddick all return yet again.Some guys like Shirley are extreme low side cat fishing in this session to setup for a possible low line night. EPJ is using all of turn four on the high side, Stovall looked comfortable in the middle.
Will Vaught looks like he's trying to get it all in, Simpson using all the low side. Moyer, Mars, Bagley, Ribvers, Neat, Landers, Wall, McGuire, Moyer Jr. No O'Neal this time so I guess they weren't sizing each other up after all. Bagley and Moyers are running low in this session with Mars, and Landers way high, in fact Landers just about clipped the turn four wall he was so high.Ronnie Lee Hollingsworth was quickest that go. High 16.
Great to see Wendell Wallace back in the familiar number 6 machine, as it should be. Back in the day at West Plains Wendell was tough. Here's his stats...
|1994||5||Wendell Wallace||8 top fives|
|2003||10||Wendell Wallace||11 top tens|
|1999||24||Wendell Wallace||18 starts, best 1st (3)|
He's only not made the main one time, and that was last year. Only Scott Bloomquist has made the lineup for every Show Me 100.
Practice comes to a close for normal sessions. The last session supposedly featured some smaller spoilers on a few cars including simply for test purposes. Well, practice went about 35 minutes longer than scheduled and we're about to head down for some post-practice interviews and then take in the live band and the BBQ. We're all set for tonight, thanks for tuning in tonight and we'll be back with ya tomorrow.
For RacinDirt.com, this has been SOTM, good night all.