By ROB NUGEN
POCOLA–The third points race of the season at Tri-State Speedway on Saturday was a remarkable difference in weather conditions from what the drivers have faced the last several weeks.
With temps in the low 80’s, the track prep crew was able to perform a little magic in order to get the track into a raceable condition for the fans and drivers, despite the previous two weeks of rain.
The pre-race ceremonies of the invocation, along with a memorial reading honoring the late Danny Martinez, Jr., and the National Anthem, for the evening started at 8 p.m.
During the National Anthem, police vehicles from several local agencies and the track ambulance, along with drivers wishing to show their support and respect, made a few memorial laps, to a standing ovation, in honor of the fallen Fort Smith Police Department officer and fellow racer who was tragically killed in the line of duty, just over 10 years ago.
The race program started with heat races for all five classes. Heat race lineups for all classes, except the IMCA Modifieds, were determined by the driver’s draw at sign in.
The IMCA Modifieds followed the published rules for that class. The classes, that drew for their starting heat position, advanced to their features via their finish in their heats. Plus, the last heat winner drew a number for the number of cars to invert for the A Feature.
The first race on the track after intermission was the USRA B-Mods for their A Feature that saw Stephen Muilenburg of Sparta, Mo. break the winning streak for Hunter Byers of Rogers, Ark., who crossed the line in second ahead of Chad Summerford of Centerton, Ark.
Next up was the Pure Stocks for their A Feature where Wesley Bourne of Cameron took the win for his second of the year as Adam Gipson of Lavaca, Ark., who was nipping on his heels and Jacob Cox of Pocola followed in second and third, respectively.
Next was the IMCA Modified A Feature where Kayden Menasco of Muldrow captured the checkers for the first time this season over Jason Payton of Greenwood, Ark. as Stephen Muilenburg of Spart, Mo. finished third.
The next feature on the track was for the Super Stocks. Grant Davis of Muldrow picked up the win over Dylan Davlin of Shady Point. Brandon Henry of Ozark, Ark. finished in third place.
The USRA Modified A Feature was the last on the track and saw Brandon Hunter of Alma, Ark. take home his first place finish of the year over a charging Jeremy Vaughn of Pocola, and the previous week’s winner, Trevor Latham, of Rogers, Ark.
Complete A Feature results for the event are listed below. All race results, including heats, are available on our website at www.Tri-StateSpeedway.com. Current track point standings (top three in each class) are available there, as well, full class points.
The next upcoming event will be another point racing scheduled for Saturday with a full night of point racing plus the first $1,500 to win, 100 lap Enduro at the end of the night.
The starting time is 8 p.m. with both pit gates and grandstand gates opening at 5 p.m. Driver’s meeting is at 7 p.m. and hot laps are scheduled for 7:30 p.m.
The complete 2017 racing schedule can always be found on our website at www.Tri-StateSpeedway.com.
COMPLETE A FEATURE RESULTS Number in brackets is where the driver started the race.
A Feature 1 (15 Laps): 1. 39-Stephen Muilenburg; 2. 88B-Hunter Byers; 3. 03-Chad Summerford; 4. 2-Daniel Tarkington; 5. 27-Jacob Campbell; 6. 17-Luke Leatherman; 7. 33-Bobby Ward; 8. 1V-Johnny Virden; 9. 42W-Matt Walter; 10. 7-Lonny Flanagan; 11. 09-Todd Broyles; 12. 41N-Beau Nelson
A Feature 1 (15 Laps): 1. 5-Wesley Bourne; 2. 20-Adam Gipson; 3. 99-Jacob Cox; 4. 5K-Landon Knight; 5. 79-Allen Owen; 6. 8R-Jimmy Waltman; 7. 77B-Bobby Hunter; 8. 33R-Fred Ross; 9. 23-Josh Asher; 10. 27-Rick Edgerton; 11. 1/4-Ethan Hunter; 12. 54-Doug Martinez; (DNS) 1P-Marshall Penson; (DNS) 41B-Jalen Brewton; (DNS) 16-Junior Grim; (DNS) 1S-Tandy Sullivan
A Feature 1 (15 Laps): 1. 49-Kayden Menasco; 2. 6-Jason Payton; 3. 39-Stephen Muilenburg; 4. 68-Heath Grizzle; 5. 57M-Michael Hines; 6. 31-Adam McMellon; 7. 57-Robby Hines; 8. 999-Shawn Pinkerton; 9. 55-Chuck Bumgarner; 10. 10-Mark Eursery; 11. 33-Stephen Workman; 12. 11H-Cecil Hayes; (DNS) 1V-Johnny Virden
A Feature 1 (15 Laps): 1. 1-Grant Davis; 2. 26D-Dylan Davlin; 3. 8H-Brandon Henry; 4. 26F-Cole Farmer; 5. 5E-Ty Evans; 6. 44K-Robert Knowles; 7. 25-Jim Philpot; 8. 75M-Randy Moses Sr; 9. X15-H Palmer; 10. 116-Roy Roberts; 11. 64L-Dan Leatherman; 12. 14-Grant Rhodes; 13. 71-Jay Rierson; (DNS) 17-Neil Johnston; (DNS) 99W-Edwin Wells
A Feature 1 (20 Laps): 1. 1/4-Brandon Hunter; 2. 8-Jeremy Vaughn; 3. 27L-Trevor Latham; 4. 1/2-Zane Hunter; 5. 00-Chris Ross; 6. 47-Melvin Pilcher; 7. 17-Brent Holman; 8. 39-Stephen Muilenburg; 9. 10H-Randy Henson; 10. 8M-Dalton McKenzie; 11. 75-Kyle Ledford; 12. 79-Allen Owen; 13. III-Myles Newman III; 14. 1T-Ryan Taylor; 15. 15-George Martin; 16. 48-Dallas Bourland; 17. 31M-Travis Mosley; 18. 1-Jon Nipp
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