Fuqua, Morton break into Lucas Oil Speedway victory lane
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July 27, 2019  |  by Lyndal Scranton

J.C. Morton won the Out-Pace USRA B-Mod feature.

Darron Fuqua emerged from a caution-plagued USRA Modified feature Saturday night to claim his first victory of the season at Lucas Oil Speedway during Ozarks Food Harvest Food Drive Night presented by KTTS.

The 2018 track champ and USRA Modified National Champion  broke through in his fifth try at the speedway this season. He had two runner-up finishes, a ninth and a 12th at a track where he won eight times a year ago.

"It worked out. I'm sorry it took so long," Fuqua said of a race with eight cautions. "The track has a lot of traction and everybody's fast."

Fuqua, of Mayetta, Kan., quickly moved into second from his fourth starting position and had ample chances to size up leader Justin Johnson on the multiple restarts due to early cautions. Fuqua worked the high groove to stalk Johnson as the two pulled away during three green-flag laps before caution No. 7 came out on lap seven.

Fuqua was able to complete the winning pass, coming to the start-finish line to cap lap eight. He held off Johnson from there, finishing two car lengths in front of his fellow Kansas.

"It's always good racing with him. He always drives me clean," Fuqua said of Johnson, who's from Olathe, Kansas. "I tried to let up a little bit and I started seeing him again. I said, 'I gotta go, I can't take a breath.' "

Pole-starting Brian Green finished third and Ryan Middaugh was fourth. Points leader Robert Reed, who started 15th, spun in turn two to bring out an early caution and had to restart 20th. Reed rallied to finish eighth.

Morton breaks through in B-Mods: J.C. Morton of Springfield snapped Kris Jackson's six-race winning streak, expertly hitting his marks on numerous restarts in the Out-Pace USRA B-Mod feature.

Morton, who led all the way, started on the front row and consistently built a decent-sized lead over second-place Ryan Gillmore. Then he saw it wiped away through six caution flags in the first half of the 20-lap feature.

Winning his third feature of the season and first since April, Morton wound up 2.3 seconds in front of Gillmore with Robbe Ewing third and points leader Kris Jackson fourth.

"Our car was really good," Morton said. "I got on the bottom and ... I kind of conserved a little bit so I didn't hit the tires (guarding the infield) or spin out or something stupid."

Jackson brought a six-race winning streak into the action. But the Lebanon driver's car lost power while leading his heat race and had to race through the B Feature to get into the main event - which he did by going from 10th to first in the B.

While he failed to win another feature, Jackson dodged a potential damaging night in points with a feature run from 17th to fourth. He began the night 56 points ahead of Morton.

"Kris had some trouble in the heat race and he got behind the 8-ball there," Morton said. "It's hard to start back where he did and make it back to even the top five."

Show-Me Shootout on deck: Next up is the USMTS Slick Mist Show-Me Shootout presented by Foley Equipment featuring the United States Modified Touring Series. Next Saturday's program also will feature the Out-Pace USRA B-Mods and O'Reilly Auto Parts Street Stocks in points programs.

Gates will open at 4 p.m. with hot laps at 6:30 and racing at 7:05.

The Lucas Oil Speedway is a semi-banked 3/8-mile clay oval located 0.2 mile south of US 54 on SR 83, then east (U.S. 54 Expressway, Wheatland, MO 65779). For more information, visit lucasoilspeedway.com.

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OFFICIAL RESULTS
United States Racing Association
Summit USRA Weekly Racing Series
Lucas Oil Speedway, Wheatland, Mo.
Saturday, July 27, 2019

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

USRA MODIFIEDS

Heat #1:
1. (1) 7J Justin Johnson, Olathe, Kan.
2. (4) 87 Darron Fuqua, Mayetta, Kan.
3. (3) 38C Jason Pursley, Hermitage, Mo.
4. (8) 292 Kyle Thompson, Joplin, Mo.
5. (9) 5K Colson Kirk, Urbana, Mo.
6. (8) 98D Paden Phillips, Chanute, Kan.
7. (7) 12 Scotty Allen, Urbana, Mo.
8. (2) 14W Dustin Walker, Peculiar, Mo.
9. (6) 1X Matt Johnson, Archie, Mo.
DNS – 227 Chase Domer, Nevada, Mo.

Heat #2:
1. (3) 40 Brian Green, Pierce City, Mo.
2. (1) 24D Donnie Fellers, Wheatland, Mo.
3. (4) 4W Tyler Wolff, Fayetteville, Ark.
4. (8) 03 Chase Jones, El Dorado Springs, Mo.
5. (6) 8X Robby Love, Fort Scott, Kan.
6. (7) 7 Daniel Franklin, Berryville, Ark.
7. (9) 112 Justin Moon, Sedalia, Mo.
8. (2) 21W Tracy Wolf, Buffalo, Mo.
9. (5) 41 Kanyan Methuin, Yellville, Ark.
DNS – 23D Lucas Dobbs, El Dorado Springs, Mo.

Heat #3:
1. (1) 51G Lucas Gibbs, Udall, Kan.
2. (2) 12M J.C. Morton, Springfield, Mo.
3. (5) 21 Ryan Middaugh, Fulton, Mo.
4. (6) 75 Tad Davis, Mt. Hope, Kan.
5. (4) 5R Robbie Reed, Mexico, Mo.
6. (8) 3B Nic Bidinger, Perry, Kan.
7. (3) 134 Robert Heydenreich, Bolivar, Mo.
8. (7) 73 Shawn Whitman, Fair Grove, Mo.
DNS – 5 Don Williams, Osage Beach, Mo.

"B" Feature:
1. (5) 21W Tracy Wolf, Buffalo, Mo.
2. (3) 134 Robert Heydenreich, Bolivar, Mo.
3. (7) 1X Matt Johnson, Archie, Mo.
4. (4) 12 Scotty Allen, Urbana, Mo.
5. (9) 227 Chase Domer, Nevada, Mo.
6. (2) 7 Daniel Franklin, Berryville, Ark.
7. (6) 73 Shawn Whitman, Fair Grove, Mo.
8. (10) 5 Don Williams, Osage Beach, Mo.
9. (8) 41 Kanyan Methuin, Yellville, Ark.
10. (1) 3B Nic Bidinger, Perry, Kan.
DNS – 112 Justin Moon, Sedalia, Mo.
DNS – 14W Dustin Walker, Peculiar, Mo.
DNS – 23D Lucas Dobbs, El Dorado Springs, Mo.

"A" Feature:
1. (4) 87 Darron Fuqua, Mayetta, Kan.
2. (2) 7J Justin Johnson, Olathe, Kan.
3. (1) 40 Brian Green, Pierce City, Mo.
4. (9) 21 Ryan Middaugh, Fulton, Mo.
5. (3) 51G Lucas Gibbs, Udall, Kan.
6. (12) 38C Jason Pursley, Hermitage, Mo.
7. (19) 1X Matt Johnson, Archie, Mo.
8. (15) 5R Robbie Reed, Mexico, Mo.
9. (6) 03 Chase Jones, El Dorado Springs, Mo.
10. (21) 227 Chase Domer, Nevada, Mo.
11. (16) 98D Paden Phillips, Chanute, Kan.
12. (10) 4W Tyler Wolff, Fayetteville, Ark.
13. (7) 24D Donnie Fellers, Wheatland, Mo.
14. (23) 73 Shawn Whitman, Fair Grove, Mo.
15. (5) 292 Kyle Thompson, Joplin, Mo.
16. (14) 8X Robby Love, Fort Scott, Kan.
17. (20) 12 Scotty Allen, Urbana, Mo.
18. (18) 134 Robert Heydenreich, Bolivar, Mo.
19. (17) 21W Tracy Wolf, Buffalo, Mo.
20. (22) 7 Daniel Franklin, Berryville, Ark.
21. (8) 12M J.C. Morton, Springfield, Mo.
22. (11) 5K Colson Kirk, Urbana, Mo.
23. (13) 75 Tad Davis, Mt. Hope, Kan.
DNS – 5 Don Williams, Osage Beach, Mo.

OUT-PACE USRA B-MODS

Heat #1:
1. (5) 18M J.C. Morton, Springfield, Mo.
2. (6) 00T Taylor Moore, Bois D'Arc, Mo.
3. (7) 32 Robbe Ewing, Stockton, Mo.
4. (9) 6P John Potter, Tulsa, Okla.
5. (2) 10P Dayton Pursley, Hermitage, Mo.
6. (3) 24 Cody Acklin, Calico Road, Ark.
7. (1) 21F Hannah Frazee, Pleasant Hill, Mo.
8. (8) 929 Garrett Thompson, Joplin, Mo.
9. (4) 83 Kyle Fritter, Nevada, Mo.

Heat #2:
1. (2) 83J J.C. Newell, Buffalo, Mo.
2. (6) 66 Ethan Isaacs, Bonner Springs, Kan.
3. (3) 83N Dayton Newell, Stoutland, Mo.
4. (5) 181 Luke Nieman, Nortonville, Kan.
5. (8) 18 Austin Joplin, Willard, Mo.
6. (4) 414 Ryan Thomas, Fair Grove, Mo.
7. (1) 7R Logan Robison, Tulsa, Okla.
8. (7) 46 Brice Gotschall, Nevada, Mo.
DNS – 14T Quentin Taylor, Wheatland, Mo.

Heat #3:
1. (4) 66R Ryan Gillmore, Springfield, Mo.
2. (2) 28 Andy Bryant, Fort Scott, Kan.
3. (7) 8 Dillon McCowan, Urbana, Mo.
4. (3) 30 Mark Long, Willard, Mo.
5. (5) 15 Ryan Edde, Urbana, Mo.
6. (8) 121 Tim Phillips, Fort Scott, Kan.
7. (6) 1 Kurt Sledd, Warsaw, Mo.
8. (9) 118X Scott Chism, Bolivar, Mo.
9. (1) 65 Kris Jackson, Lebanon, Mo.

"B" Feature:
1. (10) 65 Kris Jackson, Lebanon, Mo.
2. (9) 46 Brice Gotschall, Nevada, Mo.
3. (1) 24 Cody Acklin, Calico Road, Ark.
4. (7) 118X Scott Chism, Bolivar, Mo.
5. (3) 21F Hannah Frazee, Pleasant Hill, Mo.
6. (4) 7R Logan Robison, Tulsa, Okla.
7. (6) 929 Garrett Thompson, Joplin, Mo.
8. (2) 414 Ryan Thomas, Fair Grove, Mo.
9. (8) 83 Kyle Fritter, Nevada, Mo.
10. (5) 1 Kurt Sledd, Warsaw, Mo.
DNS – 14T Quentin Taylor, Wheatland, Mo.

"A" Feature:
1. (1) 18M J.C. Morton, Springfield, Mo.
2. (2) 66R Ryan Gillmore, Springfield, Mo.
3. (6) 32 Robbe Ewing, Stockton, Mo.
4. (17) 65 Kris Jackson, Lebanon, Mo.
5. (4) 66 Ethan Isaacs, Bonner Springs, Kan.
6. (12) 18 Austin Joplin, Willard, Mo.
7. (15) 15 Ryan Edde, Urbana, Mo.
8. (8) 6P John Potter, Tulsa, Okla.
9. (7) 8 Dillon McCowan, Urbana, Mo.
10. (10) 83N Dayton Newell, Stoutland, Mo.
11. (19) 24 Cody Acklin, Calico Road, Ark.
12. (16) 121 Tim Phillips, Fort Scott, Kan.
13. (14) 10P Dayton Pursley, Hermitage, Mo.
14. (13) 30 Mark Long, Willard, Mo.
15. (23) 929 Garrett Thompson, Joplin, Mo.
16. (21) 21F Hannah Frazee, Pleasant Hill, Mo.
17. (24) 414 Ryan Thomas, Fair Grove, Mo.
18. (22) 7R Logan Robison, Tulsa, Okla.
19. (5) 83J J.C. Newell, Buffalo, Mo.
20. (11) 181 Luke Nieman, Nortonville, Kan.
21. (9) 28 Andy Bryant, Fort Scott, Kan.
22. (3) 00T Taylor Moore, Bois D'Arc, Mo.
23. (18) 46 Brice Gotschall, Nevada, Mo.
24. (20) 118X Scott Chism, Bolivar, Mo.



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