Saturday, November 18, 2017

Marrant Keeps Rolling in Early Season ULMA Action!

Aaron Marrant in victory lane. Chris Bork Photo

Aaron Marrant in victory lane. Chris Bork Photo

Aaron Marrant continued capturing early season Lucas Cattle Company ULMA headlines by racing his way to his second-consecutive main event at Lucas Oil Speedway last Saturday. Marrant originally hoped for a weekend sweep beginning on Friday, but wet conditions halted the action at Lakeside Speedway on Friday.

A strong field of 24 drivers made their way to Lucas Oil Speedway in Wheatland, Missouri on Saturday evening where it took three heat races to sort out the main event starting lineup. In preliminary action, Marrant held off a forward-moving Tommy Cordray to take heat one. David Melloway topped Larry Ferris in heat race two while Bobby Penney claimed the checkers in heat three over Justin Russell.

In the main event, Marrant and Cordray shared the front row where it didn’t take long for Marrant to assert himself out front in route to his second-consecutive win after dominating all 20 laps. Cordray finished a strong second, his best run of the year, while 2016 winner David Melloway finished third. Unfortunately, a pileup on lap six slowed the pace and led to an early retirement from the event for Russell as his car was too badly damaged to continue. Ferris advanced one position to fourth in the main event with 2015 ULMA Champion Jon Melloway finishing fifth. Jon Binning advanced from 13th to sixth and earned the hard-charger of the race. Ethan Young, Penney, Todd McCoin, and Chris Cox completed the top ten.

ULMA weekly championship racing takes a week off at Lucas Oil Speedway this coming Saturday as the track is set to host an open-wheel special event. ULMA will return to action at Lucas Oil Speedway the following Saturday, May 14th. For more information and details on the many upcoming special events at the speedway, visit www.lucasoilspeedway.com.
 
The planned Friday event at Lakeside Speedway in Kansas City, Kansas was canceled due to wet conditions; however, ULMA drivers have another chance to compete at the track on Friday, May 27th. Lakeside Speedway is found on the web at www.lakesidespeedway.net.

Late Models had the weekend off at Callaway Raceway last weekend but action resumes this Friday, May 6th. Gates open at 5 with hot laps at 7 and racing at 7:30. The track is located at 7419 County Road 405, Fulton, MO. For additional information call (573) 592-7795 or (573) 642-6580 or visit www.callawayraceways.com.

ULMA drivers have two geographical choices to compete at on Saturday, May 7th as northern and eastern-based teams can choose from action at Randolph County Raceway (RCR) right in their backyard with gates opening at 5, hot laps beginning at 6:15 p.m. and racing at 7 pm. In addition to ULMA Late Models, USRA Modifieds, USRA B-Mods, RCR Hobby Stocks, and RCR Sport 4 Cylinders will also compete. For general track information and event schedules be sure to visit the track online at www.randolphcountyraceway.com. In ULMA’s last appearance at RCR, Chris Smyser captured his first victory of the season. This Saturday at RCR is “Ladies Night” at the track with special $5 grandstand admission for the ladies.

For western-central and southern-based teams, Central Missouri Speedway (CMS) in Warrensburg, Missouri hosts ULMA drivers on Saturday, May 7th for the first appearance of seven this year. An anonymous fan has informed the speedway and ULMA that he will add $100 to the winner’s share, making the event win worth $700 at CMS. Along with ULMA Late Models, USRA Modifieds, Street Stocks, B-Mods, and Pure Stocks will also compete. Pits open at 4:30 p.m., grandstands at 5, driver pill draw cutoff at 6:15 (no passing points awarded to late drivers), Pit Meeting 6:30, Hot Laps at 7, and racing at 7:30. For additional information be sure to visit the track online at www.centralmissourispeedway.net or on race day call 660-747-2166. The track is located 4 miles north of Warrensburg on Hwy 13 or 13 miles south of I-70 on Hwy 13 from the Higginsville exit.

ULMA is now offering the specially made all new 2016 “Decade of Racing, ULMA Ten-Year Anniversary” t-shirts on a pre-order only basis. The artwork is visible at www.ulmaracing.com. It is a two-sided shirt available in child sizes on up to Triple XLg. The shirts will only be available in white, pink, and bright yellow/green. The fabric is similar to that of moisture wicking, as in it is light, comfortable to wear, and breaths easily.

Deadline for pre-order is Sunday, May 15th at midnight. Send your name, desired sizes, and colors to either unitedlatemodelassociation@hotmail.com or samonthemic@hotmail.com. There are no limits on amount ordered. Payment due upon delivery. Cost is $15 per shirt, $18 for XXLg and XXXLg. Example Ordering Specifics: “I need 2 XLg White, 3 Sm Yellow/Green, 1 Med Pink.”

For all ULMA events this season drivers must possess a valid ULMA license or purchase the $10 temporary license while on site at each event. Drivers are highly encouraged to make their way to the ULMA website at www.ulmaracing.com and complete the licensing paperwork prior to checking in at weekend events, printing it out, and bringing it with them to the tracks they will race at this season. Drivers must be in compliance with ULMA Rules and Regulations as written.

For a printable schedule and printable copies of the association’s rules and regulations, be sure to visit www.ulmaracing.com. During the race season the association is also active on its Facebook page at www.facebook.com/ULMA-United-Late-Model-Association. ULMA’s outstanding group of season sponsors includes Lucas Cattle Company, Hoosier Tire Midwest, Radical Race Wear, FastShafts.com, RacingJunk.com, RacinDirt.com, and Photographics by Shelly Payne.

Upcoming ULMA Events
Friday, May 6 – Callaway Raceway
Saturday, May 7 – Randolph County Raceway
Saturday, May 7 – Central Missouri Speedway
Friday, May 13 – Callaway Raceway
Saturday, May 14 – Lucas Oil Speedway
Friday, May 20 – Callaway Raceway
Saturday, May 21 – Lucas Oil Speedway

Current Top Ten Point Standings as of 5-2-16
POS CAR # NAME STARTS POINTS
1st 74 Jon Melloway 6 548
2nd 7X Todd McCoin 5 488
3rd 22H Dustin Hodges 5 476
4th 14X David Melloway 4 406
5th 28 Wesley Briggs 5 392
6th 65 Jon Binning 4 386
7th 5 Tommy Cordray 4 380
8th 16 Bobby Penney 4 374
9th 1 Chris Cox 4 362
10th 2B Jason Bodenhamer 4 340

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