Moody Leads Central Missouri Winners
Schudy started on the front row with Nelson and drove low into turn one coming out of turn two with the lead meanwhile several cars bounced into the front side wall with Merril Lamb sliding to a stop. Lyle Dietrich and Rick Murko received most of the damage from the melee. After the wreck, Murko helped Dietrich get back into his car as Murko’s machine went to the infield on the hook. Schudy regained the lead in front of Nelson on the restart and continued with Nelson on the high side and Kory’s Dad, Pat Schudy, on the mid to low line worked in second and third.
Just behind them Mitchell Davis from Auburn, IL, was on the move and passed both drivers on lap five up into second with an eye on the leader. A final caution flew on lap 12 for Dietrich in turn four when he made contact with an uke tire. Now, with the Schudy and Davis bunched up again the race restart, the race for the double checkers was on as Kory Schudy hung on the feature win just in front of Davis. The series points leader, Pat Schudy made a late move into third with Nelson fourth and Todd Jackson fifth.
In the Street Stocks division drivers were attempting to improve their racing programs to dethrone Warrensburg driver, Brett Wood after he claimed his sixth feature win the previous weekend. The two checkered flag heat race winners included Wood in the first heat and Allen Perryman from Belton in the second and final heat race.
As the feature started, Wood dashed out to the early lead put some distance on the rest of the field. On lap three, Jay Prevete spun out of turn two. A determined Prevete re-started tail back on the restart, but gains several spots as he starts his climb back up front. By lap 10, Prevete moved into fifth with Bobby Raybourn side by side until Raybourne spun in turn two. Now, with Perryman and Jay Lyle in front of Prevete, he finally made a late charge into second with only Wood in front of him. In the end, Wood was too strong and won his seventh win of the season, Jay Prevete came on strong hard to finish second. Perryman settled for third while the veteran driver, Jay Lyle, was fourth and Jeremiah Wilson came from tenth to fifth.
Each week the heat races at CMS bring close racing with drivers attempting to gain valuable passing points to set their main event starting spots. On Saturday evening Brian Johnson from Independence, Danny Scrogham from Peculiar and Eddie Bray of Archie, Missouri worked hard to gain their respective USRA heat race wins.
Brian Johnson has been stepping up his racing and it showed again Saturday as he led the early part of the USRA modified feature with “high side” Terry Schultz unusually using the low side attempting to move past Johnson. By lap 10, Schultz worked his magic on the high side to grab the lead with Scrogham, Dean Wille and Dalton Kirk looking fast in the top five. Schultz, Johnson and then Wille occupied the front spots with Jim Moody, who started ninth, patiently moving into the top four by lap 17.
Schultz appeared to be on his way to a second consecutive victory but Moody grabbed the lead on the low side on lap 20 restart. It appeared the top side went away for Schultz as Moody kept the USRA modified championship points battle close by claiming his fourth victory at CMS this year. Schultz hung on for second, Kirk made a late charge to third; Wille looked strong in fourth with Gunner Martin rounding out the top five.