Racin’ For Rian Night at I-35 Speedway sees Shaw, Estes, Galvan garner glory
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June 29, 2019  |  by Mark Merrell

Darren Shaw won the USRA Modified main event at the I-35 Speedway in Winston, Mo., on Saturday, June 29, 2019.

With the temperature in the 90s and a heat index near 100, the drivers in the Summit USRA Weekly Racing Series produced a thrilling night of racing action Saturday at the I-35 Speedway in Winston, Mo.

Racin’ For Rian, now in its eighth year, is in honor of Rian Wilson, who was born premature and lived just a brief time at the St. Luke’s NICU Unit in Kansas City. Amanda and Bud Wilson, Rian’s parents, discovering a family fund was available to assist those parents facing a similar situation, have raised $20,000 for the fund in Rian’s memory to help others over the past eight years. Unfortunately, Bud Wilson has since passed away as well. The families and relatives of Rian continue to provide this event with the help of fans, sponsors and I-35 Speedway assisting countless parents in their ongoing efforts to help them in their time of need.

The Out-Pace USRA B-Mods raced on the high-banked track with polesitter Chase Galvin, who had amassed three back-to-back wins early in the season and was hungry for another trip to McCarthy Auto Group Winners Circle. Galvin was quick to the lead racing into turn 1 as the race began. Doug Keller was right there with Galvin, and Shadren Turner began his quest from the back of the field on the outside of row 8.

Galvin was challenged several times on restarts throughout the race, but kept everyone behind him to earn his fourth win of the year at I-35 Speedway. Keller finished sevond, with Tyler Cadwallader third, Shadren Turner an amazing fourth and Danan Knott in fifth.

A big field of American Racer USRA Stock Cars were next up on the bill, and the race proved to be a tough one for several drivers. Polesitter Tim Shields raced to the front with Jason Estes, who started outside of Shields, right with him. Shields led, but was certainly hounded by Estes lap after lap. Jeff Dixon had an incident during the race, resulting in a flat tire. Dixon’s team made quick work under a caution, and he rejoined the field at the back. Shields continued in the front spot, running low on the apron of the track with Estes on the high side.

A late caution flag set the stage for an exciting finish. With just two laps remaining, Shields and Estes were side by side. Neither car seemed to have an advantage as the two put the fans on their feet. Coming out of turn 2 and down the back-stretch, Estes somehow found some extra momentum racing on the high side just in front of Shields. Estes raced to the middle of the corner in turn 4 and held on to the lead for the final lap, capturing his first win at I-35 Speedway this season, and a great looking trophy in McCarthy Auto Group Winners Circle.

Shields finished second, with a hard-charging Jaylen Wettengel third. Dixon rebounded to finish fourth and Butch Bailey was fifth.

The final race of the night was a thrilling race as well for the USRA Modifieds. Darren Shaw started next to Houston Johnson on row 1 with a host of other drivers ready to get the victory. Shaw raced to the front early, holding off challenges by several drivers including Dennis Elliott. Shaw ran low with Elliott trying the narrow but super-fast high-side cushion. Zach Sanders and Austin Johnson were close behind Shaw as well.

After several attempts by Elliott to grab the lead, Shaw kept Elliott and the rest of the field behind him, capturing his first trip this season to McCarthy Auto Group Winner’s Circle.

Next Saturday, July 6, the I-35 Speedway will host the Pro-Ag Fireworks Spectacular with the Summit USRA Weekly Racing Series featuring USRA Modifieds, American Racer USRA Stock Cars and Out-Pace USRA B-Mods, along with E-Mods, Pure Stocks, MIdwest Limited Late Models, Sport Compacts and a special appearance by the POWRi Midwest Lighting Sprint Cars while the night sky is filled with the biggest fireworks display. Don’t miss out!

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OFFICIAL RESULTS
United States Racing Association
Summit USRA Weekly Racing Series
I-35 Speedway, Winston, Mo.
Saturday, June 29, 2019

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

USRA MODIFIEDS

Heat #1:
1. (1) 97 Houston Johnson, Kansas City, Mo.
2. (5) 11 Darren Shaw, Lawson, Mo.
3. (4) 78 Derrick Hicks, Ravenwood, Mo.
4. (3) 2H John Hanson, Stewartsville, Mo.
5. (2) 13 Chris Mercer, Excelsior Springs, Mo.

Heat #2:
1. (1) 98 Austin Johnson, Kansas City, Mo.
2. (2) 69 Zach Sanders, Kearney, Mo.
3. (4) 29 Dennis Elliott, Mt. Ayr, Iowa
4. (3) 15 Ed Noll, Excelsior Springs, Mo.
5. (5) 33C Cole Moore, Kansas City, Mo.

Feature:
1. (1) 11 Darren Shaw, Lawson, Mo.
2. (6) 29 Dennis Elliott, Mt. Ayr, Iowa
3. (4) 69 Zach Sanders, Kearney, Mo.
4. (3) 98 Austin Johnson, Kansas City, Mo.
5. (8) 15 Ed Noll, Excelsior Springs, Mo.
6. (2) 97 Houston Johnson, Kansas City, Mo.
7. (5) 78 Derrick Hicks, Ravenwood, Mo.
8. (7) 2H John Hanson, Stewartsville, Mo.
9. (9) 33C Cole Moore, Kansas City, Mo.
10. (10) 13 Chris Mercer, Excelsior Springs, Mo.

AMERICAN RACER USRA STOCK CARS

Heat #1:
1. (5) 42T Tim Shields, Kansas City, Mo.
2. (4) 91J Jaylen Wettengel, Topeka, Kan.
3. (2) 33T Thomas Ground, Kansas City, Mo.
4. (6) 24K Daniel King, Topeka, Kan.
5. (3) 05 Brett Heeter, Louisburg, Kan.
6. (1) 6K Greg Keuhn, Trenton, Mo.

Heat #2:
1. (1) 88 Jeff Dixon, Trenton, Mo.
2. (5) 111 Butch Bailey, Novelty, Mo.
3. (3) S20 Gene Stigall, Winston, Mo.
4. (6) 34D Travis Neeley, Grantville, Kan.
5. (2) 22 David Davis, Shawnee, Kan.
6. (4) 111X Jason Newman, Kearney, Mo.

Heat #3:
1. (2) 21X Jason Estes, Winston, Mo.
2. (3) 42C Kacey Shields, Kansas City, Mo.
3. (4) 46] David Holcomb, Kansas City, Kan.
4. (5) 33 Mark Ronnebaum, Centralia, Kan.
5. (1) 31X Mathew West, Kellerton, Iowa

Feature:
1. (2) 21X Jason Estes, Winston, Mo.
2. (1) 42T Tim Shields, Kansas City, Mo.
3. (5) 91J Jaylen Wettengel, Topeka, Kan.
4. (4) 88 Jeff Dixon, Trenton, Mo.
5. (3) 111 Butch Bailey, Novelty, Mo.
6. (7) 46 David Holcomb, Kansas City, Kan.
7. (8) S20 Gene Stigall, Winston, Mo.
8. (12) 33 Mark Ronnebaum, Centralia, Kan.
9. (13) 22 David Davis, Shawnee, Kan.
10. (10) 34D Travis Neeley, Grantville, Kan.
11. (15) 111X Jason Newman, Kearney, Mo.
12. (11) 33T Thomas Ground, Kansas City, Mo.
13. (6) 42C Kacey Shields, Kansas City, Mo.
14. (14) 31X Mathew West, Kellerton, Iowa
15. (9) 24K Daniel King, Topeka, Kan.
DNS – 6K Greg Keuhn, Trenton, Mo.
DNS – 05 Brett Heeter, Louisburg, Kan.

OUT-PACE USRA B-MODS

Heat #1:
1. (2) 7 Doug Keller, Easton, Mo.
2. (4) 18K Danan Knott, Coffey, Mo.
3. (3) 97J Jeff Elder, Smithville, Mo.
4. (8) 69 Tyler Cadwallader, Amazonia, Mo.
5. (7) 16 Blake Pierce, Kansas City, Mo.
6. (5) 1 Kyle Henning, Atchison, Kan.
7. (1) 71 Richard Layne, Kansas City, Mo.
8. (6) 3X3 Nick Newton, Bonner Springs, Kan.

Heat #2:
1. (3) 13M Matthew Munyon, Kellerton, Iowa
2. (8) 0 Chase Galvan, Kansas City, Kan.
3. (7) 07 Daniel Harris, Excelsior Springs, Mo.
4. (5) 57 Randy Ainsworth, Excelsior Springs, Mo.
5. (4) 14H Blake Hayes, Albany, Mo.
6. (2) 2T Todd Luke, Maryville, Mo.
7. (1) 15XL Jared Hillyard, Pleasant Valley, Mo.
8. (6) 17T Shadren Turner, St. Joseph, Mo.

Feature:
1. (1) 0 Chase Galvan, Kansas City, Kan.
2. (3) 7 Doug Keller, Easton, Mo.
3. (6) 69 Tyler Cadwallader, Amazonia, Mo.
4. (14) 17T Shadren Turner, St. Joseph, Mo.
5. (4) 18K Danan Knott, Coffey, Mo.
6. (11) 1 Kyle Henning, Atchison, Kan.
7. (7) 97J Jeff Elder, Smithville, Mo.
8. (9) 16 Blake Pierce, Kansas City, Mo.
9. (2) 13M Matthew Munyon, Kellerton, Iowa
10. (8) 57 Randy Ainsworth, Excelsior Springs, Mo.
11. (5) 07 Daniel Harris, Excelsior Springs, Mo.
12. (10) 14H Blake Hayes, Albany, Mo.
13. (12) 2T Todd Luke, Maryville, Mo.
14. (13) 15XL Jared Hillyard, Pleasant Valley, Mo.
DNS – 71 Richard Layne, Kansas City, Mo.
DNS – 3X3 Nick Newton, Bonner Springs, Kan.



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