Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Dustin Hodges and Jon Melloway Become Latest ULMA Winners!

Jon Melloway, Lucas Oil Speedway, June 11, 2016, photo by Chris Bork

Jon Melloway, Lucas Oil Speedway, June 11, 2016, photo by Chris Bork

ULMA racing resumed last weekend with two familiar faces returning to victory lane, each for a second time this season. Last year’s Rookie of the Year, Dustin Hodges, and last year’s overall Lucas Cattle Company Champion, Jon Melloway, each claimed wins over the weekend. Hodges scored his second win of the season at Callaway Raceway on Friday night in Fulton, Missouri while Jon Melloway captured his first-ever win at Lucas Oil Speedway in Wheatland, Missouri on Saturday.

Last week’s action began on Friday night at Callaway Raceway with ten drivers on hand at Callaway Raceway. It was a showdown of weekend winners in the main event as Hodges and Melloway squared off in the main event before Hodges went on to secure his fourth-career ULMA win. Melloway settled for second on this night with Jefferson City’s Chris Cox continuing his consistency by securing the third position.

Cody Holtcamp, Ryan Petersheim, Phil Edmondson, Chuck Melloway, Ashlee Lancaster, Dave Miller, and a returning Cliff Powell completed the top ten. Friday night action continues for drivers based in the Central and North-Central portion of ULMA’s reach at Callaway Raceway with another weekend of exciting action planned. 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.

Drivers from the central and northern region also have a Saturday night option as Randolph County Raceway (RCR) in Moberly, Missouri, resumes racing this weekend. This Saturday’s action at RCR is the first since early May for ULMA drivers, on that date, Chris Smyser drove to the ULMA win. Smyser is expected to be a heavy favorite when action resumes this weekend. RCR gates open at 5, hot laps begin at 6:15 p.m. and racing gets underway 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.

Last Saturday at Lucas Oil Speedway, 23 competitors signed in for competition for three heat races and the 20-lap main event. Jon Binning, Jon Melloway, and last year’s track champion, Justin Russell, claimed wins in the three preliminary heat races. From last weekend’s track press release at Lucas Oil Speedway, “Jon Melloway snapped Aaron Marrant’s four-race winning streak in the ULMA Late Model division, holding on after a restart with three laps remaining.”

Kenny Mudd advanced from sixth on the grid to finish in third while Binning and Russell rounded out the top five. Lane Ehlert advanced from 15th to 6th at the checkers as Bobby Penney, Ethan Young, Phil Edmondson, and Chris Cox completed the top ten. Lucas Oil Speedway is set to host an open-wheel sprint car special this weekend as ULMA drivers have an opportunity to venture out to either Randolph County Raceway in Moberly or Central Missouri Speedway in Warrensburg on Saturday to stay actively racing. ULMA racing resumes at Lucas Oil Speedway on Saturday, June 25th. Keep your browser pointed to www.lucasoilspeedway.com for news and information regarding Lucas Oil Speedway!

Kansas City area and western-based ULMA teams have a chance to compete at Lakeside Speedway in Kansas City on Friday night. This is the third attempt for ULMA drivers to compete at the beloved track. The first two planned events were both washed away by wet weather. The Driver’s Meeting takes place at 6:45 with hot laps at 7:00 and racing at 7:30. All pit passes are $30. Pits open at 4:30 followed by spectator gates at 5. Adult general admission is $12, Seniors 62 and older, Military, and Students w/valid I.D. are $10, Kids ages 7 to 12 are $6, age six and under are free. Terrace admission is also available on a first arrived, first-served basis. Suite admission is $20 for adults or $10 for kids ages 12 and under. Pit passes are $30 for ages 7 years and up, for kids 6 and under, pit passes are $10.

Contact Lakeside speedway on their Raceday Hotline by dialing 913-299-9206 or find them on the web at www.lakesidespeedway.net. Lakeside Speedway is a three-eighth mile, semi-banked, dirt oval located at 5615 Wolcott Drive, Kansas City, Kansas 66109. The track is located one mile west of I-435 (exit 18) on SR5 north east of the Legends Mall and Kansas Speedway. In addition to ULMA, Lakeside Speedway will also host their weekly racing classes of USRA Modifieds, USRA Stock Cars, USRA B-Mods, and Factory Stocks.

Central Missouri Speedway (CMS) is next in line to host Kansas City and South-Western-based ULMA teams when it opens its gates on Saturday. CMS is located 3.5-miles north of Warrensburg, MO from the junction of Highways 50 and 13 in Warrensburg just north of the new Hwy 13 by-pass round-a-bout, or from the Higginsville exit off I-70, head south on Highway 13 for twelve and half miles.

At CMS, pit gates open at 4:30, grandstands at 5, driver pill draw cutoff 6:15, pit meeting at 6:30, hot laps at 7, and racing at 7:30. Admission prices: $12 adult general mission, $10 military with I.D., seniors 65 to 74 $10, kids ages 6 to 12 $5. Children 5 and under and seniors 75 and over receive free admission. Pit passes $30. Visit www.centralmissourispeedway.net for detailed information. On race day call (660) 747-2166. Once again, a late model fan has added $100 to the winner’s share, making the win worth $700 on Saturday.

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, June 17 – Callaway Raceway
Friday, June 17 – Lakeside Speedway
Saturday, June 18 – Central Missouri Speedway
Saturday, June 18 – Randolph County Raceway
Friday, June 24 – Callaway Raceway
Saturday, June 25 – Lucas Oil Speedway
Triple Crown Shootout Thursday, June 30 – Lucas Oil Speedway
Triple Crown Shootout Friday, July 1 – Lakeside Speedway
Triple Crown Shootout Saturday, July 2 – Randolph County Raceway
Triple Crown Shootout Sunday, July 3 – Central Missouri Speedway
Friday, July 8 – Callaway Raceway
Saturday, July 9 – Lucas Oil Speedway

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