Johnson, Jackson prevail at Lucas Oil Speedway
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June 29, 2019  |  by Lyndal Scranton

Matt Johnson celebrates after winning the USRA Modified main event at the Lucas Oil Speedway in Wheatland, Mo., on Saturday, June 29, 2019.

Matt Johnson only led about 150 yards of Saturday night's headliner of the Big Adventure RV Racing Series at Lucas Oil Speedway. That was all he needed.

Johnson, of Archie, used a dramatic turn-four pass of Justin Johnson on the final lap to capture the USRA Modified feature win. He earned $1,000 after prevailing by a half-car-length.

The other Summit USRA Weekly Racing Series feature winner on Save the Hunt Night presented by National Wild Turkey Federation and OnMedia/DISH/DirecTV was Kris Jackson in the Out-Pace USRA B-Mods.

Johnson and Johnson dueled side by side through most of the final five laps of the 25-lap main event before Matt Johnson finally prevailed. The margin between the top two was a scant 0.150 second.

The winner started inside of row three and worked his way into second by lap seven after Justin Johnson had grabbed the lead a couple of laps earlier. Those two staged an epic battle the rest of the way with Justin Johnson staying in front—until the final turn.

"I was trying to race him clean," Matt Johnson said of the final lap. "I don't like anybody beating and banging on me, so I was giving him plenty of room. I saw that white flag come out and it was time to go."

Chase Domer finished third with Lucas Gibbs fourth and Robbie Reed in fifth.

Matt Johnson also won on Friday at Humboldt Speedway and that—like Saturday's feature—was a Summit Shootout qualifier. That meant Justin Johnson, of Olathe, Kan., earned the automatic qualification into the 6th annual Summit USRA Nationals at the Hamilton County Speedway in Webster City, Iowa, Sept. 25-28, as the winning Johnson was already locked in.

"Hats off to Justin; he did a good job of driving that thing," Matt Johnson said.

With only one top-five feature finish in three prior appearances at Lucas Oil Speedway this season, Matt Johnson clearly was dialed in this time. His last one at the speedway was in 2017.

"This car has been great," Matt Johnson said. "I needed to pass another car in the heat race so I could have started a little closer (in the feature). Thank you guys (the fans) for bearing the heat and for coming out and letting us do this."

Jackson makes it four: Kris Jackson earned win No. 4 on the season, leading the final 18 laps of the Out-Pace USRA B-Mod feature.

"We race against a really great group of guys," said Jackson, the national points leader. "I'm glad to be here. I want to say thanks to my guys for helping me out in the pits."

Jackson passed front-row starting Mark Long to grab the lead on lap three with J.C. Morton already advancing from sixth and into second. Long spun the next time around to bring out a caution.

From there, it was a matter of protecting his lead on numerous restarts as the race had eight caution flags. The final one waved on lap 15 after Jackson had built a 2.15-second lead over Morton.

Jackson drove away again and finished 2.34 seconds in front of Morton with Taylor Moore in third. Eric Turner, after starting 18th, rallied to finish fourth.


Kris Jackson won the Out-Pace USRA B-Mod main event at the Lucas Oil Speedway in Wheatland, Mo., on Saturday, June 29, 2019.

Thursday Night Thunder next: Casey's General Stores and KY3 present a special "Thursday Night Thunder" Fourth of July edition of the Big Adventure RV Weekly Racing Series next week.

Visit participating area Casey's locations for $2 discount coupons to the night's activities. A big fireworks show courtesy of AM Pyrotechnics will light up the sky at the conclusion of the racing program. Gates will open at 4 p.m. with hot laps at 6:30 and racing at 7:05.

It's also the annual Kids Night bicycle giveaway on Thursday. The Frog's Signs Junior Fan Club giveaway is for youngsters ages 5-12 who can sign up to win a bike that evening. The speedway is still seeking donations of new boys and girls bikes. For questions or more details, contact Lisa Lorton at the Lucas Oil Speedway office by calling (417) 282-5984 or via email at lisa@lucasoilspeedway.com.

For questions about tickets or camping for any event at Lucas Oil Speedway, contact Admissions Director Nichole McMillan at (417) 282-5984 or via email at nichole@lucasoilspeedway.com.

Lucas Oil Speedway is located at Highways 83 and 54 in Wheatland, Mo. A campground with shower and bathroom facilities is also available. With its entrance located just outside the pit gate this sprawling scenic camping facility will continue to enhance the racing experience at the Diamond of Dirt Tracks.

Complete Lucas Oil Speedway event information, archived race recaps, previews and driver features, along with ticket information and 2019 schedule can be found by visiting LucasOilSpeedway.com. In addition, fans can get social with Lucas Oil Speedway on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

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OFFICIAL RESULTS
United States Racing Association
Summit USRA Weekly Racing Series
Lucas Oil Speedway, Wheatland, Mo.
Saturday, June 29, 2019

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

USRA MODIFIEDS

Heat #1:
1. (2) 98D Paden Phillips, Chanute, Kan.
2. (6) 03 Chase Jones, El Dorado Springs, Mo.
3. (8) 51G Lucas Gibbs, Udall, Kan.
4. (1) 8S Jon Sheets, Nevada, Mo.
5. (3) 21W Tracy Wolf, Buffalo, Mo.
6. (7) 22H Dustin Hodges, Centralia, Mo.
7. (5) 24D Donnie Fellers, Wheatland, Mo.
8. (4) 83 Jim Sikes Jr., Colorado Springs, Colo.

Heat #2:
1. (1) 7J Justin Johnson, Olathe, Kan.
2. (4) 1X Matt Johnson, Archie, Mo.
3. (2) 38C Jason Pursley, Hermitage, Mo.
4. (3) 98 John Allen, Chanute, Kan.
5. (6) 227 Chase Domer, Nevada, Mo.
6. (5) 3B Nic Bidinger, Perry, Kan.
7. (7) 5 Robbie Reed, Mexico, Mo.
8. (8) 21 Ryan Middaugh, Fulton, Mo.

Feature:
1. (5) 1X Matt Johnson, Archie, Mo.
2. (4) 7J Justin Johnson, Olathe, Kan.
3. (9) 227 Chase Domer, Nevada, Mo.
4. (3) 51G Lucas Gibbs, Udall, Kan.
5. (14) 5 Robbie Reed, Mexico, Mo.
6. (12) 3B Nic Bidinger, Perry, Kan.
7. (8) 98 John Allen, Chanute, Kan.
8. (2) 98D Paden Phillips, Chanute, Kan.
9. (7) 8S Jon Sheets, Nevada, Mo.
10. (16) 21 Ryan Middaugh, Fulton, Mo.
11. (10) 21W Tracy Wolf, Buffalo, Mo.
12. (11) 22H Dustin Hodges, Centralia, Mo.
13. (6) 38C Jason Pursley, Hermitage, Mo.
14. (1) 03 Chase Jones, El Dorado Springs, Mo.
15. (13) 24D Donnie Fellers, Wheatland, Mo.
16. (15) 83 Jim Sikes Jr., Colorado Springs, Colo.

OUT-PACE USRA B-MODS

Heat #1:
1. (2) 10P Dayton Pursley, Hermitage, Mo.
2. (4) 32 Robbe Ewing, Stockton, Mo.
3. (5) 18M J.C. Morton, Springfield, Mo.
4. (1) 18 Austin Joplin, Willard, Mo.
5. (8) 1F Mitchell Franklin, Camdenton, Mo.
6. (3) 11 Jeremy Polston, Mexico, Mo.
7. (6) 99 Jim Cihy, Warsaw, Mo.
8. (9) 79 James Barker, Nevada, Mo.
9. (7) 8 Dillon McCowan, Urbana, Mo.
10. (10) 99T Eric Turner, Hermitage, Mo.

Heat #2:
1. (1) 65 Kris Jackson, Lebanon, Mo.
2. (3) 98K Kenton Allen, Chanute, Kan.
3. (8) 30 Mark Long, Willard, Mo.
4. (6) 00T Taylor Moore, Bois D'Arc, Mo.
5. (2) 21F Hannah Frazee, Pleasant Hill, Mo.
6. (9) 414 Ryan Thomas, Fair Grove, Mo.
7. (7) 134 Robert Heydenreich, Bolivar, Mo.
8. (4) 14T Quentin Taylor, Wheatland, Mo.
9. (5) 28 Wesley Briggs, Lebanon, Mo.

Feature:
1. (3) 65 Kris Jackson, Lebanon, Mo.
2. (6) 18M J.C. Morton, Springfield, Mo.
3. (7) 00T Taylor Moore, Bois D'Arc, Mo.
4. (18) 99T Eric Turner, Hermitage, Mo.
5. (4) 32 Robbe Ewing, Stockton, Mo.
6. (8) 1F Mitchell Franklin, Camdenton, Mo.
7. (9) 18 Austin Joplin, Willard, Mo.
8. (14) 134 Robert Heydenreich, Bolivar, Mo.
9. (2) 30 Mark Long, Willard, Mo.
10. (11) 21F Hannah Frazee, Pleasant Hill, Mo.
11. (5) 98K Kenton Allen, Chanute, Kan.
12. (13) 99 Jim Cihy, Warsaw, Mo.
13. (16) 14T Quentin Taylor, Wheatland, Mo.
14. (1) 10P Dayton Pursley, Hermitage, Mo.
15. (10) 414 Ryan Thomas, Fair Grove, Mo.
16. (12) 11 Jeremy Polston, Mexico, Mo.
17. (17) 28 Wesley Briggs, Lebanon, Mo.
18. (15) 79 James Barker, Nevada, Mo.
DNS – 8 Dillon McCowan, Urbana, Mo.



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