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Roper Jr. Breaks Into Victory Lane at I-44 Speedway

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Lebanon-I-44-SpeedwayBy Zack Morgan (LEBANON, Missouri, by Zack Morgan) It was a great “Kickin’ Asphalt” night of ASA sanctioned racing at Lebanon I-44 Speedway as the racing community teamed together to raise funds for the tornado victims in nearby Joplin. In a caution-filled Late Model feature division race, Dale Roper Jr. of Fair Grove, Missouri finally broke into Monster Energy Victory Lane.  Mike Coryell, Aaron Douglas, Steve Shaw, and Shawn Jones also drove to feature event class wins.

It was a race of attrition as 14 cars started the field with several contenders dropping out early. Mike Slone made it two DNF’s in a row as he has yet to shake the bad luck. Things were looking good for Springfield’s Jimmy Vanzant early as he had the early lead with Roper right behind him but spun on the front stretch and had to rejoin the field at the rear. Last weeks winner Chrissy Wallace was once again involved in an altercation with Grant Sharp forcing Sharp to retire from the event while Wallace was able to return and finish two laps down. Cole Williams and Brian Brown also were forced to retire early in the event. Kenny Dickenson and Roper Jr. were the classes of the field all night long, as both drivers were able to keep their noises clean and Roper Jr. finally making his way to Victory Lane.

The ground pounding Modified stock cars were next as Nixa’s Tyler Scott was looking to make it three feature wins in a row.  Lebanon’s Mike Coryell would jump to the early lead, as Riley Sharp and Jason Otto would give chase, and Scott right behind them in 4th.  Sharp was looking for running room around the top and the bottom but to no avail, as Coryell would take his first trip to Monster Energy Victory Lane in this young season.

Sportsman class stock cars were next on the calling card, as Fair Grove veteran Rick Sharp looked to remain perfect on the season.  Lebanon’s Aaron Douglas would jump to the early lead with Toby Harden riding second. Young JC Newell would battle with Sharp for third as Douglas continued to pull away. Sharp would move into second place, but he would run out of laps, and Douglas would take his first win of the season.

The subcompact, ‘tuner car’ Chargers would roll out with Larry Hunter trying to make it two Victory Lanes in a row. He and Nick Cherry battled it out hard, with Hunter trying the bottom groove in turn four, nicknames “calamity corner”, and both cars were involved in a wreck with Cherry’s car going hard into the turn four wall. That would set up a green-white-checkered finish with Shawn Jones leading the way. Gary Davenport gave chase but ran out of time as Jones nabbed his second victory of the season.

Road Warriors were the last class to take the field, as Steve Shaw was looking to make it two in a row. Young Kristyn Scott of Rogersville would lead the field to the green and jumped to the early lead. She would get into the turn four wall while leading, and cut a tire which forced her to pull in to the pits. That mishap would pave the way for Shaw, as he would indeed win two features in a row.

The five-division, ASA sanctioned “Kickin’ Asphalt” stock car racing show will return to I-44 Speedway next Saturday night, June 11.  NASCAR star Mike Wallace will be on hand to watch his15-year-old son Matt compete in his first Modified race. Gates will open at 5:00 pm, with “hot laps” at 6:00 and racing action beginning at 7:30.

 

RACE RESULTS FOR June 4, 2011
LATE MODELS
HEAT 1 1) 46 Cole Williams Sellers, Indiana HEAT 2 1) 77 Mike Sloan Rolla
2) 21 Ken Dickinson Camdenton 2) 93 Chrissy Wallace Concord, NC
3) 10 Dale Roper Fair Grove 3) 27 Joe Ross Independence
4) 35 Steve Holt Strafford 4) 67 Jimmy Vanzandt Springfield
5) 16 Robert Baltzell Ozark 5) 69 Caleb Hall
6) 18 Jim Reaves Strafford 6) 98 Terry Smith Belton
7) 2 Grant Sharp Conway 7) 7 Jeremy Manes Nixa
8) O2 Brian Brown Springfield
FEATURE 1) 10 Dale Roper Fair Grove
2) 21 Ken Dickinson Camdenton
3) 27 Joe Ross Independence
4) 16 Robert Baltzell Ozark
5) 18 Jim Reaves Strafford
6) 35 Steve Holt Strafford
7) 69 Caleb Hall
8) 98 Terry Smith Belton
9) 7 Jeremy Manes Nixa
10) 93 Chrissy Wallace Concord, NC
11) 67 Jimmy Vanzandt Springfield
12) 2 Grant Sharp Conway
13) 46 Cole Williams Sellers, IN
14) 77 Mike Sloan Rolla
15) O2 Brian Brown Springfield
MODIFIEDS
HEAT 1 1) 66 Terry Taylor HEAT 2 1) 5 Mike Coryell Lebanon
2) 8 Jason Otto Richland 2) 26 Payton Lucas Fair Grove
3) 7 Ricky Icenhower Fair Grove 3) 33 Riley Sharp Fair Grove
4) 57 Tyler Scott Nixa 4) 25 Stephen Counterman Fair Grove
5) 44 Kevin Blackburn Lebanon
FEATURE 1) 5 Mike Coryell Lebanon
2) 33 Riley Sharp Fair Grove
3) 57 Tyler Scott Nixa
4) 8 Jason Otto Richland
5) 26 Payton Lucas Fair Grove
6) 25 Stephen Counterman Fair Grove
7) 66 Terry Taylor
8) 44 Kevin Blackburn Lebanon
9) 7 Ricky Icenhower Fair Grove
SPORTSMAN
HEAT 1 1) 10 Rick Sharp Fair Grove
2) 83 JC Newell Stoutland
3) 7 Aaron Douglas Lebanon
4) 1 Toby Harden
5) 29 Rex Sawyer Ava
6) 63 Chuck Higdon Strafford
FEATURE 1) 7 Aaron Douglas Lebanon
2) 1 Toby Harden
3) 10 Rick Sharp Fair Grove
4) 83 JC Newell Stoutland
5) 29 Rex Sawyer Ava
6) 63 Chuck Higdon Strafford
ROAD WARRIOR
HEAT 1 1) 9 Missy Shaw Rogersville
2) 90 Steve Shaw Rogersville
3) 12 Nick Moore Richland
4) 35 Gary Ball Lebanon
5) 34 Krystin Scott Rogersville
FEATURE 1) 90 Steve Shaw Rogersville
2) 12 Nick Moore Richland
3) 35 Gary Ball Lebanon
4) 9 Missy Shaw Rogersville
5) 34 Krystin Scott Rogersville
CHARGERS
HEAT 1 1) 7 Shawn Jones Belle
2) 74 Larry Hunter Laquey
3) 5 Jimmy Poindexter Willard
4) 27 Nick Cherry Springfield
5) 10 Gary Davenport Marshfield
6) 14 Ben Kramer Richland
FEATURE 1) 7 Shawn Jones Belle
2) 10 Gary Davenport Marshfield
3) 5 Jimmy Poindexter Willard
4) 14 Ben Kramer Richland
5) 27 Nick Cherry Springfield
6) 74 Larry Hunter Laquey

 

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