Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Jason Russell Rings the Bell Twice in One Night in ULMA Weekend Racing!

IMG_0769(Moberly, Mo) – The victories for the twenty-third and twenty-fourth races this season for Lucas Cattle Company ULMA competitors were claimed by the same driver on one night as Jason Russell, of Henley, Missouri fended off all competitors for his double-win weekend. Due to a previously rained out event at Lucas Oil Speedway on July 20, double features were held at the speedway to make-up for the rained out event.

Russell claimed his first win on Saturday with a rare late day win as the track’s schedule was adjusted for the additional makeup feature races plus their regular weekly program in all classes. With daylight still shining down on the track, Russell quickly moved towards the front of the field from his fourth-starting position. Leading Rookie of the Year candidate, Payton Looney, of Republic, Missouri, and former track champion Jeremy Kelley, of Walnut Grove, Missouri also raced near the front.

When the checkered flag waved over the field in the first feature event of the night, Russell had secured his tenth win of the season with Looney second, followed by Kelley in third, seventh-starting Josh Hughes of West Plains, Missouri in fourth, and pole-sitter, Jon Binning of Warrensburg, Missouri, rounding out the top five. Chris Cox, Ethan young, R.D. Peterson, Larry Jones, and Todd McCoin completed the top ten.

Once the classes settled the score in the makeup races, an all-new program rolled out for the night. Twenty-seven drivers signed in for competition in three heat races and a b-main prior to the night concluding for the regularly scheduled program.

The hotly contested preliminary heat races went to Payton Looney over Tommy Cordray and Jason Bodenhamer in heat one, Josh Hughes drove to victory in heat two over Vance Wilson and Jeremy Kelley, while Jason Russell took the win in heat three over Earl Roark and Bobby Penney. Eight additional drivers transferred to the main event from the b-main to join the 16 locked-in cars from the heat races as R.D. Peterson claimed the win over Ethan Young and Zeke Langley.

Russell and Wilson, both former Lucas Cattle Company ULMA champions and once again in the mix for the title this year, started the main event on the front row. As witnessed many times this season, it did not take long for drivers to begin racing three and sometimes four-wide as they fought hard for every valued position. At one point, the entire top three in the ULMA championship hunt were three wide going for the win!

Although Wilson and Looney, along with Hughes, fought hard going for the win, Jason Russell proved unstoppable on this night by claiming his second main event of the night, twenty-second of his ULMA career, and eleventh victory of this season. His eleven wins this year tie his win total from last season and places him one win away from establishing the record for claiming the most trips to victory lane in a single season (12).

Behind Russell at the finish was Vance Wilson, who recorded his fourteenth-consecutive top-five finish in second. Looney finished a strong third with Josh Hughes claiming fourth, one spot ahead of former track champion, Tommy Cordray of Browning, Missouri. Closing out the top ten were, Bodenhamer, Kelley, Binning, J.D. Hubert, and another rookie sensation, Bobby Penney, of Lawson, Missouri.

ULMA competitors have next Saturday evening off at Lucas Oil Speedway as the track is set to host a special event. Late Model racing ULMA-style returns to the state-of-the-art facility again on Saturday, August 17. Visit the track online for a complete schedule of events at www.lucasoilspeedway.com or call the track at 417-282-5984 for further information.

Same-day thunderstorms once again plagued Callaway Raceway in Fulton, Missouri, as the facility lost its ninth weekly program of the year to wet weather. The track will try once again this Friday to run their weekly program. Information is available by contacting track owner and race promoter Betty Atterberry at (573) 220-1751, the race status phone line is (573) 592-7795.

Randolph County Raceway (RCR) in Moberly, Missouri hosted a special event last Saturday but will return to its weekly race program this Saturday night, August 10, with ULAM late models as part of the night’s action. RCR hosts the lone Saturday night points-earning opportunity for valuable championship points available this weekend. Visit www.randolphcountyraceway.com or call 660-833-1727 for additional information.

Drivers must present their license on arrival when checking in at all tracks. Visit www.ulmaracing.com for scheduling, full results, information, stats, rules, and to print and complete the 2013 form prior to competing. Drivers should be prepared for technical inspection at all tracks at all times!

This season marks the first year for ULMA to partner with Hoosier Tire Midwest. Drivers may purchase tires from ULMA throughout the season by contacting ULMA officials, the program benefits drivers at the end of the season during the October 19 championship banquet, which takes place in California, Missouri. Please visit www.racetires.com for additional information.

Drivers earn championship points from their 15 best race appearances throughout the season of the more than 50 possible scheduled race nights. Visit ULMA’s title sponsor at www.lucascattlecompany.com. ULMA sincerely thanks Hoosier Tire Midwest, FastShafts, Rod End Supply, RacingJunk.com, and PhotoGraphics by Shelly Payne for their support this season.

ULMA Standings
1st 2j Jason Russell 16 1777
2nd B1 Vance Wilson 15 1672
3rd 12 Payton Looney ® 15 1600
4th 7X Todd McCoin 15 1545
5th 1TC Chris Cox 17 1530
6th 23Z Zeke Langley 17 1524
7th 0X Justin Russell 17 1512
8th 16 Bobby Penney ® 13 1316
9th T8R Earl Roark ® 12 1244
10th 9 Chris Lapp 12 1202

ULMA Rookie of the Year Standings
1st 12 Payton Looney ® 15 1600
2nd 16 Bobby Penney ® 13 1316
3rd T8R Earl Roark ® 12 1244
4th 74X Jon Melloway ® 10 961
5th O7 Kenny Mudd ® 8 874

ULMA Schedule at a Glance
Friday, August 9th – Callaway Raceway
Saturday, August 10th – Randolph County Raceway
Friday, August 16th – Callaway Raceway
Saturday, August 17th – Lucas Oil Speedway
Saturday, August 17th – Randolph County Raceway
Friday, August 23rd – Callaway Raceway
Saturday, August 24th – Lucas Oil Speedway
Saturday, August 24th – Randolph County Raceway
Friday, August 30th – Callaway Raceway
Saturday, August 31st – Randolph County Raceway
Friday, Sept 6th – Callaway Raceway
Saturday, Sept 7th – Randolph County Raceway
Saturday, Sept 14th – Lucas Oil Speedway
Saturday, Sept 14th – Randolph County Raceway
Saturday, Sept 21st – Lucas Oil Speedway
Saturday, Sept 21st – Randolph County Raceway
Saturday, Sept 28th – Randolph County Raceway

Saturday, Oct 19th – ULMA Championship Banquet
California Shooters Club of Moniteau County

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