Eleven recognized competitors made their way to Callaway Raceway last Friday for competition. During preliminary heat-race action, the Brothers Russell, Jason and Justin, kept their closest competitors behind them and each scored victories in the action leading up to the night’s main event. With the Russell’s on the front row, the field took the initial green flag as the main event got underway.
Jason Russell moved to the front of the field where he led the initial laps until a caution flag appeared on lap seven. On the restart, Justin Russell took command of the race from his older Brother and appeared to be a shoe-in for his first win of the season. Meanwhile, Lapp made his way into the mix by midway through the race to stay in the mix. Not long past the halfway point, Justin Russell’s car blew a radiator hose, which prevented him from claiming the win. Lapp took over the top spot after Justin Russell’s demise and never looked back to claim the win ahead of Jason Russell in second. Chris Cox, Todd McCoin, Darren Turner, Zeke Langley, Dave Miller and Justin Russell rounded out the top ten.
The track hosts another regular weekly program this Friday, August 3. According to a post on the track’s official website at www.callawayraceways.com, registration fees for the remainder of the year are just $15. Gates open at 5 p.m., hot laps begin at 7, with races starting at 7:30. Adult admission is $12, kids ages 7 to 12 are $5, with children 6 and under free. Pit passes are $25.00.
Twelve Lucas Cattle Company late model competitors raced at Valley Speedway last Friday evening during race #32 for the ULMA championship. During heat-race action, Brett Wood wasted no time in grabbing the lead from Mike Berger and Jimmy Jobe to claim victory in BuyRaceParts.com heat number one over Joe Walkenhorst and Jobe. For RodEndSupply.com heat number two, the field was stacked with a strong field of former track champions and main event winners. Kevin Coyne and Chris Hawkins started on the pole but it was two-time 2012 Valley Speedway winner Hawkins who went on to take the win. Bob King came from the third row to finish second with Coyne third.
By virtue of earning the most passing points, Wood and King made up the front row with Walkenhorst and Hawkins close behind. Track conditions were tacky in the heats as drivers faced the challenge of setting their cars up to match the surface; however, by the time the main event came around it was clear the track was multi-grooved and plenty fast. Wood wasted no time grabbing the lead as he left Hawkins, King, and Walkenhorst behind him as they battled for the runner-up position during the early laps.
As Wood continued to lead, Hawkins broke free from the runner-up battle to hunt down the leader. Hawkins made his way ever so closer to Wood during the mid stages of the race. By lap ten, Wood began to approach lapped cars. Meanwhile, Walkenhorst, King and now Binning and Coyne found themselves in a close battle within the top five. Ninth-starting Steve Clancy found a groove on the track as he made his way just outside the top five by lap 15. With the leaders in heavy lapped traffic late in the race, the fight for the win heated up as Hawkins began showing his nose to Wood at the front of the pack.
For several laps, the two waged a close battle for the win and on lap 18 nearly collided in turn three as they experience lapped cars also battling for position. Both drivers used their experienced skills to maneuver their way through the lapped cars. Lap 18 turned out to be the action lap of the race as the fast-paced event continued to unwind. Coyne’s engine expired while running inside the top five down the back straightaway moving Clancy and the rest of the field up one position in the finishing order.
At the end of the event, Wood held off a determined Hawkins for his second main event win of the year in a race that went green flag to checkered flag in a mere five minutes and sixteen seconds! Walkenhorst was steady throughout the event in third with Jon Binning fourth, Clancy fifth and King sixth. Ethan Young, Berger, Bob Cummings, Jobe, and Coyne rounded out the field. In victory lane, Wood stated, “the lapped traffic got a little hairy there at the end but we were able to hold ‘em off.”
ULMA late models compete at Valley Speedway again this Friday night August 3 as new drivers continue to show up in order to get ready and figure out the track for the following week. When the ULMA cars return on Friday, August 10, fans will see one of the most anticipated events of the summer as the late models are the featured opening act for the Monsters in the Valley truck show! The ULMA race will pay $1,000 to the winner in a forty-lap main event. Stay tuned to ULMA’s website at www.ulmaracing.com for more information or log on to the track’s website at www.valleyspeedway.com.
The all-new ULMA t-shirts are now available at various ULMA-sanctioned tracks for just $10 each. Shirts come in all sizes in four different colors of white, grey, tan, and pink. Moisture-wicking shirts are available for special order. There are a limited number of sleeveless shirts available as well. See a ULMA official at ULMA tracks to purchase yours today!
ULMA returns to action this Saturday, August 4 at Lucas Oil Speedway in Wheatland, Missouri. There are just four more opportunities for ULMA drivers to earn points and starts towards the goal of 15 for the 2012 season at Lucas Oil Speedway. Three weeks remain for weekly competition including August 4, 18, and 25 plus the Saturday, September 1 event when ULMA-legal cars can earn association points during the MLRA special event. Visit the speedway online at www.lucasoilspeedway.com for a complete rundown of point standings, remaining schedule, and general track information.
ULMA t-shirts are now available at various sanctioned tracks for just $10. Shirts come in all sizes in four different colors of white, grey, tan, and pink. Moisture-wicking shirts are available for special order. See a ULMA official at any of the ULMA tracks to purchase yours today!
Current Lucas Cattle Company ULMA Point Standings:
POS CAR # NAME STARTS POINTS
1st 2j Jason Russell 24 1775
2nd 86 Brandon Imhoff 22 1687
3rd 133 Chris Hawkins 15 1556
4th 22 Kevin Coyne 17 1546
5th 23z Zeke Langley 19 1529
6th 1tc Chris Cox 21 1511
7th 90 Joe Walkenhorst 14 1477
8th 65 Jon Binning 14 1425
9th 1 Bob Test 14 1421
10th 0x Justin Russell 14 1310
Upcoming ULMA Races:
Friday, August 3rd – Callaway Raceway
Friday, August 3rd – Valley Speedway
Saturday, August 4th – Lucas Oil Speedway
Friday, August 10th – Callaway Raceway
Friday, August 10th – Valley Speedway - $1,000 to win track special event with Monster Trucks!
Friday, August 17th – Callaway Raceway
Saturday, August 18th – Lucas Oil Speedway
Friday, August 24th – Callaway Raceway, Fulton Mo
Friday, August 24th – Valley Speedway, Grain Valley
Saturday, August 25th – Lucas Oil Speedway, Wheatland Mo
Friday, August 31st – Callaway Raceway, Fulton Mo
Saturday, September 1st – Lucas Oil Speedway (ULMA legal cars can earn points during MLRA race)
Friday, Sept 7th – Callaway Raceway, Fulton Mo
Friday, Sept 14th – Callaway Raceway, Fulton Mo
Friday, Sept 21st – Valley Speedway, Grain Valley (ULMA Points End)
Saturday, Oct 20th – Valley Speedway, Grain Valley (Non ULMA Points)
Brett Wood and Chris Lapp Return to Lucas Cattle Company ULMA Victory Lane!
Photo: John Lee - High Fly'N Photos
ULMA Public Relations
July 31, 2012
Last weekend in Lucas Cattle Company ULMA racing, Chris Lapp and Brett Wood drove to victory lane for the second time this season. Lapp’s victory came at Callaway Raceway from a close battle with ULMA point leader Jason Russell while Wood’s race to the checkered flag came in a caution-free battle at Valley Speedway.