Thornton takes one for Tanner; Champions crowned at I-35 Speedway
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October 27, 2018  |  by Jacob Blair

ricky Thornton Jr. won the

The I-35 Speedway crowned three Summit USRA Weekly Racing Series champions Saturdayon the final night of the 2018 season.

The USRA Modified feature saw a dominant performance from Chad Lyle as he cruised to McCarthy Auto Group Winner’s Circle. Tyler Hibner ran the edge of the cushion and could close the gap to a car length but never could make a move. Houston Johnson finished third, Paden Phillips finished fourth and Dennis Elliott finished fifth.

Elliott drove to the 2018 USRA Modified track championship with 8 wins, 21 top-fives and 23 top-ten finishes.

The Holley USRA Stock Cars saw Austin O’Neal jump to the early lead but later retire from the race. That allowed Ricky Thornton Jr. to take the lead and take his Tanner Racing machine to victory lane.

This past week, the racing community lost one of the most generous people in the pit area in Mike Tanner. Tanner drove an Out-Pace USRA B-Mod at I-35 Speedway. Thornton won the race in honor of him.

Brad Derry took advantage of a restart to finish second. Jeff Dixon finished third with Tim Shields fourth and Robert Fisk fifth.

Dixon won the Holley USRA Stock Car championship with 5 wins, 17 top-fives and 19 top-ten finishes.

The Out-Pace USRA B-Mods came into the night with the tightest championship battle. Daniel Harris already secured the USRA track championship but the season long I-35 title was still up for grabs, with just five points separating Harris and Chase Galvan. Galvan did enough with a second place run to win the championship.

The race for the win on this night started with Ethan Isaacs out front. Once the top lane came in, Lonnie Hibner used it to work around Isaacs for the lead and eventual win. Galvan finished second with Doug Keller third. Isaacs faded late to fourth and Blake Davidson rounded out the top five.

Galvan won the championship with 4 wins, 12 top-fives and 19 top-tens.

Lonnie Hibner won the Out-Pace USRA B-Mod feature.

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United States Racing Association
Summit USRA Weekly Racing Series
I-35 Speedway, Winston, Mo.
Saturday, Oct. 27, 2018

Showing finishing position, starting position in parentheses, car number, driver and hometown.


1. (2) 33 Chad Lyle, Oak Grove, Mo.
2. (1) 89 Tyler Hibner, Chillicothe, Mo.
3. (7) 97 Houston Johnson, Kansas City, Mo.
4. (6) 9D8 Paden Phillips, Chanute, Kan.
5. (4) 29 Dennis Elliott, Mt. Ayr, Iowa
6. (3) 78 Derrick Hicks, Ravenwood, Mo.
7. (11) 99 Lee Hibner, Chillicothe, Mo.
8. (9) 11S Scotty Bough, Nevada, Mo.
9. (5) 7D7 Kyle Covert, Topeka, Kan.
10. (10) 17$ Shane Lawson, Stewartsville, Mo.
11. (13) 33C Cole Moore, Kansas City, Mo.
12. (12) 98 Austin Johnson, Kansas City, Mo.
13. (8) 13 Chris Mercer, Excelsior Springs, Mo.


1. (5) 20RT Ricky Thornton Jr., Chandler, Ariz.
2. (3) 37D Brad Derry, Bedford, Iowa
3. (4) 88 Jeff Dixon, Trenton, Mo.
4. (6) 42T Tim Shields, Kansas City, Mo.
5. (9) 31B Robert Fisk, Lathrop, Mo.
6. (11) 6K Greg Keuhn, Trenton, Mo.
7. (7) S20 Gene Stigall, Winston, Mo.
8. (12) 32C Dillon Carlisle, Creston, Iowa
9. (8) 83 Aaron Sauter, St. Joseph, Mo.
10. (2) 997 Jason Estes, Winston, Mo.
11. (10) 28D Gary Donaldson, Rayville, Mo.
12. (1) 1 Austin O’Neal, Kearney, Mo.


1. (2) 22L Lonnie Hibner, Chillicothe, Mo.
2. (6) 0 Chase Galvan, Kansas City, Kan.
3. (10) 7 Doug Keller, Easton, Mo.
4. (1) 66 Ethan Isaacs, Bonner Springs, Kan.
5. (9) 8 Blake Davidson, Kansas City, Mo.
6. (7) 1 Kyle Henning, Atchison, Kan.
7. (4) 17R Ramon Ortega, St. Joseph, Mo.
8. (5) 57 Randy Ainsworth, Excelsior Springs, Mo.
9. (14) 7 Daniel Harris, Excelsior Springs, Mo.
10. (8) 18 Colton Leal, Yutan, Neb.
11. (11) 15XL Jared Hillyard, Pleasant Valley, Mo.
12. (3) 37 Tyler Fudge, Corning, Iowa
13. (13) 14K Michael King, Warrensburg, Mo.
14. (12) 117 Tim Galvan, Kansas City, Mo.
DNS – 33 Nicholas Carpenter, Leavenworth, Kan.
DNS – 4 John Stonum, Excelsior Springs, Mo.

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