Category: Late Models

Jerrod Hull (#12) from Sikeston, MO. edged Don Droud Jr. (#71) by four hundredths of a second to win Saturday’s 28th Annual Tom Knowles Memorial at Spoon River Speedway. It was the second year in a row that the defending MOWA champion and current point leader has won the event. Hull led at the outset from the pole position he earned by winning the Dash from row three. Geoff Dodge (#66) settled into second ahead of Droud. By the halfway mark, the leaders were in heavy traffic and Dodge closed on Hull. On lap 16, the lapped machine of Bret Tripplett slowed and Hull made heavy contact with him causing nose wing damage. Dodge made contact as well, as Droud avoided the incident. All would continue on a restart that saw Hull ahead of Dodge, Droud, AJ Bruns (#44) and Ben Wagoner (#84).

MOWA Sprint Series Main Event - 25 laps: 1. 12, Jerrod Hull, Sikeston, MO (1) 2. 71, Don Droud Jr., Lincoln, NE (6) 3. 66, Geoff Dodge, Colorado Springs, CO (2) 4. 65, Jordan Goldesberry, Springfield, IL (13) 5. 22, Robbie Standridge, Springfield, IL (9) 6. 99w, Korey Weyant, Springfield, IL (10) 7. 3Y, Scott Young, Union Grove, WI (12) 8. 44, AJ Bruns, Athens, IL (8) 9. 23, Jimmy Light, West Springfield, PA (19) 10. 10s, Jeremy Standridge, Springfield, IL (7) 11. 84, Ben Wagoner, Emden, IL (4) 12. 35, Jimmy Hurley, Springfield, IL (15) 13. 7, Critter Malone, Speedway, IN (5) 14. 77u, Chris Urish, Elkhart, IL (18) 15. 53H, Matt Harms, Lacon, IL (3) 16. 2K, Ryan Kempin, House Springs, MO (11) 17. 96, Nathan Charron, Lincoln, IL (14) 18. 9, Paul Nienhiser, Chapin, IL (17) 19. 22T, Bret Tripplett, Lincoln, IL (16) 20. 6R, Ryan Bunton, Morton, IL (20). Lap Leaders: Hull 1-25.

Brad Kuhn (#57) of Avon, Ind., found a fast outside line and drove to victory, the 21st of his career in the POWRi Lucas Oil National Midget Series. Kuhn started fourth in the 30-lap feature on the three-eighths mile high-banked track and led the final 17 for his second POWRi win of the season. He finished three car lengths in front of Zach DaumDavey Ray finished third, Tyler Robbins was fourth and local favorite Jake Blackhurst finished fifth. Evan Fink from Glasford, IL (#1F) dominated and won the late model feature.

-Bob

Jerrod Hull led from green to checker to capture his fourth career Tom Knowles Memorial win, and his fourth Monster Energy™ Sprint Car Series win of 2011.  The victory at Spoon River Speedway near Canton, Illinois on Saturday night paid him $2,000. “We had to stay smooth,” said Hull in Victory Lane standing in front of his Midland Performance #12.  “I was a little worried about the tires, so we kept it straight.  Crew chief Scott Bonar had the car set up really nice.  I also have to thank Jeff Hicks, Colton and Roger for helping us tonight.  Canton is one of my favorite places to race.  It’s high-banked and I love it.” Ryan Bunton in the #6R car finished second, and Chris Urish #77u was third.

Kyle Larson led all 30 laps on the fast, high-banked 3/8th mile-track with Brad Loyet finishing in second and Chett Gehrke was third in the POWRi Lucas Oil National Midget Series race.

-Bob

Made a stop by the Peoria Speedway early on my way to photograph Bradley University soccer. I arrived around 4:00pm and wandered thru the pit area as the big haulers were unloading for the Northern All-Stars Summernationals race. I got a few driver shots including NASCAR star Kenny Schrader as they were getting ready for hot laps. Having not lost at Peoria Speedway since July, Steve Lance Jr. knew he had a challenge as NALMS rolled into the track Thursday night. With a star-studded field on hand, Jason Feger jumped to the high side as the green flew and out-gunned Dirt Late Model Hall of Fame member Billy Moyer going into turn 1 ,but Moyer pulled even on the front stretch. Feger then rim-rode through tuns 1 and 2 and dove to the bottom to take the lead. Moyer contuned to work the bottom, but Lance, Jr. blew by on the top coming out of turn 2 on lap 10 to take second. Kenny Schrader survived 6 caution flags and a demo derby behind him, going flag-to-flag for the win in the UMP Modifieds.

-Bob

Promoter Curt Mottaz upped the ante at Peoria Speedway’s “Season Championships” events Saturday night as he offered each front-row starter in all 5 classes the chance to make additional money with the “Front Row Challenge”. The front-row starters in each division were guaranteed starting money plus a bonus to start the feature from the back and were paid for each car they passed on the track. 3 of the 5 divisions accepted the offer, making for a terrific night of racing. In one of the best races of the season, Steve Lance Jr., Jason Jaggers and Billy Drake put on a line-swapping, side jobbing 30 lap feature.. John Gardner was on the pole, but chose to take the front-row challenge and a guaranteed $350 to start, along with $40 for each car passed. Gardner moving to the back allowed Mike Mullvain and Gerry Reeder to occupy the front row as Mullvain jumped to the lead at the start. Jaggers followed Mullvain on the bottom for 2nd. Erik Bruce won his 3rd straight UMP Modified feature, leading flag-to-flag. Bruce survived 5 caution periods but was never seriously challenged. Ray Bollinger had a rough night, dropping out of both the heat race and feature, but nudged Mark Johnson for the Track Championship for the Modifieds. Jack Siegel lead all 15 laps of the Limited Late Model feature, cementing his Track Championship.

-Bob

It was a typical hot summer night in Peoria, IL so I decided to try something different for me, and go photograph some good old-fashioned dirt track racing at Peoria Speedway. There was a huge crowd and lot’s of drivers to try to tame the 3/8 mile race track. Steve Lance Jr. held off Brandon Sheppard to win his seventh straight victory in the Late Model Feature. Erik Bruce won his fourth consecutive victory at the Speedway with a come from behind win over Ray Bollinger in the Modified feature. Steve Shannon held off Jack Siegel to capture his third straight win in the Limited Late Model feature. Fans got to watch a first as the Vintage cars made there first appearance on the track. Gary Koering took the victory in his 1968 Chevrolet Chevelle. I highly recommend that you give it a try, because you will go back for more.

-Bob

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