Dalton back on track at Springfield
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July 27, 2019  |  by Ronnie Williams

Defending track champion Jackie Dalton of Carthage used a last-lap pass of Scroggins to capture his fifth Out-Pace USRA B-Mod feature win of the 2019 season Saturday night at the Springfield Raceway.

Dalton, who started the feature from the seventh spot in the 20-lap feature presented by Reliable Chevrolet, stayed patient during the early part of the race as Levi Phillips set the pace for the opening three laps before Scroggins took charge with three-wide action behind the leader.

Following a lap-3 caution which caught up last week's winner, Danny Martin, Scroggins had to fend back several drivers for the top spot including Micheal Maggard, Ricky Watkins, Sam Petty, Steton Johnson, Phillips and Dalton.

A long green run saw Scroggins keeping up on the wheel on the top groove. On lap 12, Dalton went to the lead to only see Scroggins nip him back at the line the following lap. One lap later, rookie Cayden Stayce lost the motor in his car and leaving oil in turns 3-4 as Scroggins hit the slick stuff right as the caution flew.

Track officials placed Scroggins back in front as Dalton picked the top lane for the restart and a few contenders dropped out of action. On the restart, Dalton, who likes to rim ride the top of the speedway, found some speed in the middle and started a move to the lead when Johnson's strong run ended on lap 18 as he came to a halt on the back-stretch bringing out the last yellow of the feature.

For the restart, Dalton again picked the top side as Watkins, Petty, Phillips and Maggard were in the hunt and preparing for the final restart. Scroggins fired strong as Dalton made a three-wide slide to find grip as it was anyone's feature as this time. The white flew as the pack bunched up even more as Scroggins was holding that top groove as Dalton pulled on the leader's back bumper, setting up a move.

Heading into turn 3, the duo was nose to tail as Petty was on the move and heading for more. Out of turn 4, Dalton split the pack and went to the middle lane and just nipped Scroggins for the win as Petty, Maggard and Phillips were bunched tight following the top duo

Dalton, with his Garrison Performance/Doug's Pro Lube/Hoffman Race Cars/Chevrolet Performance 602 crate engine had to work hard after the early qualifying heat after finishing second and a ten-car invert placed him back in the pack. The car was trailing a small amount of smoke during the heat race and the team found the problem and fixed it.

"As always the track was great for everyone," Dalton said. "I saw Levi on the pole and also knew Maggard was going to be tough in his new B-Mod getting ready for some racing when his Late Model schedule allows. Weekly it is tough and Scroggins makes you run a faster pace than you might want to. After two weeks of being the runner-up, it feels good to get back in the winners circle tonight. The car is good and running weekly here really makes you pick up your game no matter what the car count is.

Action continues next Saturday, Aug. 3, with racing at 7:30 p.m. For more information, visit springfieldraceway.com.

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OFFICIAL RESULTS
United States Racing Association
Summit USRA Weekly Racing Series
Springfield Raceway, Springfield, Mo.
Saturday, July 27, 2019

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

OUT-PACE USRA B-MODS

Heat #1:
1. (4) 55B Bill Schahuber, Springfield, Mo.
2. (7) 21 Jackie Dalton, Carthage, Mo.
3. (3) 5 Ryan Stacye, Springfield, Mo.
4. (5) 11 Levi Phillips, Neosho, Mo.
5. (1) 03 Chad Summerford, Centerton, Ark.
6. (6) 89 Austin Johnson, Joplin, Mo.
7. (2) 3A Aaron Speck, Republic, Mo.

Heat #2:
1. (2) 33 Danny Martin, Republic, Mo.
2. (4) 1/4 Aaron Scroggins, Neosho, Mo.
3. (1) 160 Michael Maggard, Springfield, Mo.
4. (3) 19L Stetson Johnson, Neosho, Mo.
5. (5) 11T James Thompson, Springfield, Mo.
6. (6) 86 Cory Johnson, Kimberling City, Mo.

Heat #3:
1. (1) 9 Sam Petty, Marshfield, Mo.
2. (6) 68 Ricky Watkins, Brookline, Mo.
3. (3) 32 Kelly Hicks, Pea Ridge, Ark.
4. (5) 19 James Smith, Springfield, Mo.
5. (2) 15 Cayden Stacye, Springfield, Mo.
6. (4) 17R Rod Inman, Springfield, Mo.

Feature:
1. (7) 21 Jackie Dalton, Carthage, Mo.
2. (6) 1/4 Aaron Scroggins, Neosho, Mo.
3. (8) 9 Sam Petty, Marshfield, Mo.
4. (3) 160 Michael Maggard, Springfield, Mo.
5. (14) 11T James Thompson, Springfield, Mo.
6. (5) 68 Ricky Watkins, Brookline, Mo.
7. (9) 33 Danny Martin, Republic, Mo.
8. (1) 11 Levi Phillips, Neosho, Mo.
9. (17) 86 Cory Johnson, Kimberling City, Mo.
10. (10) 55B Bill Schahuber, Springfield, Mo.
11. (12) 19 James Smith, Springfield, Mo.
12. (2) 32 Kelly Hicks, Pea Ridge, Ark.
13. (19) 3A Aaron Speck, Republic, Mo.
14. (4) 5 Ryan Stacye, Springfield, Mo.
15. (15) 15 Cayden Stacye, Springfield, Mo.
16. (16) 89 Austin Johnson, Joplin, Mo.
17. (18) 17R Rod Inman, Springfield, Mo.
18. (13) 03 Chad Summerford, Centerton, Ark.
19. (11) 19L Stetson Johnson, Neosho, Mo.



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