Dalton makes it a three-peat at Springfield Raceway
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June 22, 2019  |  by Ronnie Williams

Defending Springfield Raceway Out-Pace USRA B-Mod track champion Jackie Dalton of Carthage made it three straight wins Saturday at the quick quarter-mile clay oval, but it wasn't easy as Dalton and former track and national champion Ryan Gillmore treated the fans to a classic feature on Hayden Machinery Night.

Camdenton's Casey Thomas earned the pole with Austin Joplin on his outside after a 10-car inversion set the 18-car field for the 20-lap feature. Thomas quickly jumped to the lead with Joplin in tow as Gillmore, who had started beside Dalton in eighth, jumped the cushion fell back as far as 14th.

The fast-paced action slowed as hard charger Mitchell Franklin spun in turn 2, suffering damage and ending his night while it also collected James Thompson, Bill Schahuber and two others. Everybody but Franklin continued.

On the double-file restart, Dalton was up to third place and took to the low line as the green flew as Thomas the leader didn't come to full power. Dalton weaved to the lead as Gillmore was slicing through traffic. With a long green run, Dalton had pulled away to a nice lead as Gillmore was keeping all eyes on his No. 66 coming to the front with three-wide racing behind the duo.

A lap-12 caution for a Ricky Watkins spin slowed the action as Gillmore was now on Dalton's back bumper and Thomas was holding a solid third. As Gillmore picked the top groove on the double-file restart, everyone knew they were in for an exciting race.

As the green flew, Dalton was using a diamond groove as Gillmore stayed top side on the racy surface. Dalton then went full top side as Gillmore started going both low and high as the duo pulled away from the pack as action was just as hot for third place.

The last few laps stayed green and clean as Dalton and Gillmore gave each other plenty of room while all over the high-banked surface. Heading to the white flag, Gillmore dove down low then top side as Dalton kept the speed on the top groove with Dalton earning the win by a half-car-length over Gillmore, followed by Thomas in his best-ever Springfield finish, Aaron Scroggins and Dillion McCowan completing the exciting top five.

Summit USRA Weekly Racing Series action featuring Out-Pace USRA B-Mods presented by Reliable Chevrolet continues next Saturday, June 29, with racing action slated for 6:30 p.m.

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OFFICIAL RESULTS
United States Racing Association
Summit USRA Weekly Racing Series
Springfield Raceway, Springfield, Mo.
Saturday, June 22, 2019

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

OUT-PACE USRA B-MODS

Heat #1:
1. (4) 9 Sam Petty, Marshfield, Mo.
2. (3) 21 Jackie Dalton, Carthage, Mo.
3. (5) F1 Mitchell Franklin, Camdenton, Mo.
4. (6) 42C Casey Thomas, Camdenton, Mo.
5. (2) 3A Aaron Speck, Republic, Mo.
6. (1) 19 James Smith, Springfield, Mo.

Heat #2:
1. (3) 4-Jan Aaron Scroggins, Neosho, Mo.
2. (4) 55B Bill Schahuber, Springfield, Mo.
3. (1) 11 Levi Phillips, Neosho, Mo.
4. (6) 11T James Thompson, Springfield, Mo.
5. (5) 68 Ricky Watkins, Brookline, Mo.
6. (2) 89 Austin Johnson, Joplin, Mo.

Heat #3:
1. (2) 66 Ryan Gillmore, Springfield, Mo.
2. (6) 8 Dillon McCowan, Urbana, Mo.
3. (1) 18 Austin Joplin, Willard, Mo.
4. (4) 19L Stetson Johnson, Neosho, Mo.
5. (5) 33 Danny Martin, Republic, Mo.
6. (3) 15 Cayden Stacye, Springfield, Mo.

Feature:
1. (7) 21 Jackie Dalton, Carthage, Mo.
2. (8) 66 Ryan Gillmore, Springfield, Mo.
3. (1) 42C Casey Thomas, Camdenton, Mo.
4. (9) 4-Jan Aaron Scroggins, Neosho, Mo.
5. (5) 8 Dillon McCowan, Urbana, Mo.
6. (12) 19L Stetson Johnson, Neosho, Mo.
7. (3) 11 Levi Phillips, Neosho, Mo.
8. (2) 18 Austin Joplin, Willard, Mo.
9. (11) 11T James Thompson, Springfield, Mo.
10. (15) 33 Danny Martin, Republic, Mo.
11. (6) 55B Bill Schahuber, Springfield, Mo.
12. (14) 68 Ricky Watkins, Brookline, Mo.
13. (13) 3A Aaron Speck, Republic, Mo.
14. (16) 19 James Smith, Springfield, Mo.
15. (18) 15 Cayden Stacye, Springfield, Mo.
16. (10) 9 Sam Petty, Marshfield, Mo.
17. (4) F1 Mitchell Franklin, Camdenton, Mo.
18. (17) 89 Austin Johnson, Joplin, Mo.



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