McCowan earns hard-fought victory at Lebanon
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August 2, 2019  |  by Ronnie Williams

Current Lebanon Midway Speedway points leader Dillion McCowan took the top spot on lap 6 from current Out-Pace USRA B-Mod national points leader Kris Jackson, and then withstood two late cautions in earning his second feature win of the season and placing a little more distance between himself and Tyler Knudtson in the track championship chase.

After some intense heat races, the two-row inversion placed Ryan Lewis and Jackson on the front row. Jackson, however, was wheeling Brian Myers's normal ride since it had just came out of Jackson's shop this week.

At the drop of the green, Jackson wasted no time in taking the opening lead as 15-year-old McCowan followed from his fourth starting spot as Lewis, Knudtson and defending track champion Sam Petty followed with great side-by-side action all over the track.

McCowan tried three times to move around Jackson on the high side but couldn't make the pass as Michael Maggard and Danny Martin were mixing it up with Donnie Jackson as those drivers were coming up through the pack. A lap 4 caution bunched the pack up as McCowan again stayed close to Kris Jackson on the restart while Lewis was holding back several strong drivers for the third spot.

McCowan then moved to the extreme top side and pulled off the pass around Jackson to take the lead, but this race was far from over as Jackson was trying to hold back a high-flying Knudtson for second and closed ground on the new race leader as caution waved on lap 8 for Donnie Jackson and Lewis tangled in turn 2.

On the restart, Kris Jackson looked down low on the leader as McCowan held ground while Knudtson was flying high on the top cushion looking for more when caution waved again bunching the field together. On the restart, Knudtson made the pass on lap 12 for second place and was gaining on the leader when the caution waved for debris on the track.

The restart saw Knudtson go high as Kris Jackson got his preferred low line as the green waved and McCowan got a three-car advantage as Knudtson was digging for more with Jackson right on his inside while Maggard and Martin, along with Petty and Donnie Jackson, were battling.

McCowan was able to hang on for his second win of the season and gained nine points on Knudtson as Knudtson ended up getting way high and Kris Jackson got by right at the finish line to grab runner-up spot. Maggard fell off the pace with a late-race flat tire. A fast moving Martin edged Petty for fourth at the line.

Qualifying heat winners were Donnie Jackson and McCowan.

Summit USRA Weekly Racing Series action featuring Out-Pace USRA B-Mods presented by S&S U-Pull-It Auto Parts continues next Friday night, Aug. 9, with a full points program for Street Stocks, Midwest Modifieds, Pure Stocks and Hornets with racing at 8 p.m.

Just two Friday night remain in the chase for the championship. Season Championships are set for Friday, Aug. 16.

The inaugural TJR Factory 56 will be held Sept. 5-7 with the winner of the 56-lap feature taking home over $5,600 with feature starters getting no less than $560. USRA national points will be awarded and it will be a Summit Shootout Qualifier for the Summit Racing Equipment USRA Nationals, Sept. 25-28.

Lebanon Midway Speedway is located 5 miles east of Lebanon on SR 32 then 0.3 mile on SR B. For more information visit

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United States Racing Association
Summit USRA Weekly Racing Series
Lebanon  Midway Speedway, Lebanon, Mo.
Friday, Aug. 2, 2019

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


1. (4) 8 Dillion McCowan, Urbana, Mo.
2. (2) 65 Kris Jackson, Lebanon, Mo.
3. (6) 8K Tyler Knudtson, Lebanon, Mo.
4. (10) 33 Danny Martin, Republic, Mo.
5. (8) 9 Sam Petty, Marshfield, Mo.
6. (3) 42J Donnie Jackson, Lebanon, Mo.
7. (11) 28 Wesley Briggs, Lebanon, Mo.
8. (7) 88r Robin Showers, Eldon, Mo.
9. (5) 160 Michael Maggard, Springfield, Mo.
10. (12) 68 Donny Betts, Stoutland, Mo.
11. (1) 7x Ryan Lewis, Clark, Mo.
12. (9) 29 Dalton Keith, Lebanon, Mo.
13. (13) 16m Brian Myers, Lebanon, Mo.

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