Elliott doubles up during Smokin’ Trackside BBQ Bash at I-35 Speedway
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August 10, 2019  |  by Mark Merrell

Dennis Elliott won both USRA Modified features.

The 4th Annual Smokin’ Trackside BBQ Bash Saturday events began early as thirty BBQ teams from across the country competed against each other, with the aroma of BBQ in air surrounding I-35 Speedway. When the sauce and smoke had settled, Lubbock, Texas natives Boomerang BBQ were voted by a panel of judges as the best overall, earning the team a bid into next year’s American Royal BBQ.

Not long after the awards were presented to the BBQ teams, race cars and fans streamed into I-35 Speedway for the second of the two-night double-header.

The USRA Modifieds also ran their make up feature from a wash out on July 20. Lee Hibner And Dennis Elliott were the occupants of the front row. Last year at I-35 Speedway, Elliott earned a championship running primarily on the low side apron of the track. Elliott’s Modified this year, with a new car, has been a winner regardless of where he runs, be it the high side cushion or down low.

Elliott raced to the high side as the race began, with tough competitor, Lee Hibner running low. Elliott stayed in front of Hibner with Austin Johnson third, Ed Noll fourth and Houston Johnson fifth.

The Out Pace USRA B-Mods raced onto the high banks of I-35 Speedway, with Daniel Harris on the pole. Blake Pierce was outside of Harris for the start. Harris jumped to front, with a three wide battle for second between Tyler Cadwallader, Pierce, and Lonnie Hibner taking place just behind Harris. By lap 3, Ethan Isaacs, who started inside row four, had raced his way inside the top five, and was soon into third just two laps latter.

Harris raced away from everyone and into seemingly a different zip code with a sizable margin up front, with Cadwallader in second and Isaacs third. Ben Stockton, who started outside row 7, was carving his way to the front group. Isaacs went to the high side of Cadwallader, and the pair went after each other for second.

Todd Luke spun in turn two, bringing out the caution. Harris lined up by himself at the front, with Isaacs to the inside of row two, along with Cadwallader as eight laps remained. By the next lap, Isaacs went to the high side cushion to challenge Harris for the lead heading through turns 1-2, racing by Harris as the cars roared down the back-stretch into turn 3.

Isaacs raced to his second victory of the year at I-35 Speedway, with Cadwallader second. Ben Stockton drove a remarkable race, finishing in third after starting outside row seven. Harris finished fourth and Lonnie Hibner fifth.

Travis Neeley and Jeff Dixon began the American Racer USRA Stock Car feature from the front row. As the race stated, Neeley raced to the lead, with Dixon in second. Dixon loves to run the high-side cushion, and Neeley the low side, drifting to the high side as his race car exited turns 2 and 4.

Dixon was frustrated at first, as Neeley slid just in front of Dixon. Waiting patiently, Dixon timed his move perfectly to the exit of turn 2, racing by Neeley for the lead on the low side as Neeley drifted to the high side again on lap 2. Gene Stigall got by Neeley as well as the race moved quickly forward.

Dixon held on for the win, earning his fifth trip this year to McCarthy Auto Group Winner’s Circle.

Elliott set his sights on a double as he lined up outside row 1 next to Tyler Hibner in the regular USRA Modified feature. As the green lights winked on around I-35 Speedway for the start, everyone wanted the lead on lap 1. As the field raced out of turn two, a three-wide battle for the lead developed, between Elliott, Hibner and Zack Sanders. Just behind the front three, another trio was three wide, resembling the traditional start of the Indianapolis 500, putting the fans on their feet.

Elliott led lap 1 with Sanders second and Hibner third. Austin Johnson, who started outside row 2, ran side-by-side with Paden Phillips. Hibner and Sanders went side-by-side lap after lap. Elliott, running by himself up front, stayed on the high side, and checked out on the field.

The, ‘High Plains Drifter’ was hoping that he would not see a caution flag. Elliott’s wish came true, as the race went green to checkered, earning him his second feature win in the same night and his sixth of the year at I-35 Speedway.

The USMTS will be in action at I-35 Speedway this Wednesday, Aug. 14, along with the American Racer USRA Stock Cars, Out-Pace USRA B-Mods and E-Mods. On Saturday, Aug. 17, the track will host Metcalf Carstar Night.

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OFFICIAL RESULTS
United States Racing Association
Summit USRA Weekly Racing Series
I-35 Speedway, Winston, Mo.
Saturday, Aug. 10, 2019

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

USRA MODIFIEDS

Make-up Feature (from July 20):
1. (2) 29 Dennis Elliott, Mt. Ayr, Iowa
2. (1) 99H Lee Hibner, Chillicothe, Mo.
3. (3) 98 Austin Johnson, Kansas City, Mo.
4. (4) 15 Ed Noll, Excelsior Springs, Mo.
5. (5) 97 Houston Johnson, Kansas City, Mo.
6. (6) 0 Richard Layne, Kansas City, Mo.
7. (7) 2H John Hanson, Stewartsville, Mo.
DNS – 13 Chris Mercer, Excelsior Springs, Mo.
DNS – 0X Zach Gilmore, Kansas City, Mo.
DNS – 92 Tyler Grooms, Trenton, Mo.
DNS – 11 Darren Shaw, Lawson, Mo.
DNS – 4 Kiel Morton, La Plata, Mo.
DNS – 711 Bill Rusinger, Bonner Springs, Kan.
DNS – 33C Cole Moore, Kansas City, Mo.

Heat #1:
1. (2) 29 Dennis Elliott, Mt. Ayr, Iowa
2. (3) 98 Austin Johnson, Kansas City, Mo.
3. (5) 15 Ed Noll, Excelsior Springs, Mo.
4. (1) 97 Houston Johnson, Kansas City, Mo.
5. (6) 0 Richard Layne, Kansas City, Mo.
6. (4) 33C Cole Moore, Kansas City, Mo.

Heat #2:
1. (3) 89 Tyler Hibner, Chillicothe, Mo.
2. (5) 69 Zach Sanders, Kearney, Mo.
3. (4) 9d8 Paden Phillips, Chanute, Kan.
4. (2) 99H Lee Hibner, Chillicothe, Mo.
5. (1) 78 Derrick Hicks, Ravenwood, Mo.
6. (6) 2H John Hanson, Stewartsville, Mo.

Feature:
1. (2) 29 Dennis Elliott, Mt. Ayr, Iowa
2. (1) 89 Tyler Hibner, Chillicothe, Mo.
3. (8) 99H Lee Hibner, Chillicothe, Mo.
4. (4) 98 Austin Johnson, Kansas City, Mo.
5. (3) 69 Zach Sanders, Kearney, Mo.
6. (6) 9d8 Paden Phillips, Chanute, Kan.
7. (5) 15 Ed Noll, Excelsior Springs, Mo.
8. (9) 97 Houston Johnson, Kansas City, Mo.
9. (7) 0 Richard Layne, Kansas City, Mo.
10. (10) 78 Derrick Hicks, Ravenwood, Mo.
DNS – 33C Cole Moore, Kansas City, Mo.
DNS – 2H John Hanson, Stewartsville, Mo.

AMERICAN RACER USRA STOCK CARS

Heat:
1. (5) 34D Travis Neeley, Grantville, Kan.
2. (2) 88 Jeff Dixon, Trenton, Mo.
3. (4) S20 Gene Stigall, Winston, Mo.
4. (6) 22 David Davis, Shawnee, Kan.
5. (1) 824 Chris Barnard
6. (3) 83A Aaron Sauter, St. Joseph, Mo.

Feature:
1. (2) 88 Jeff Dixon, Trenton, Mo.
2. (3) S20 Gene Stigall, Winston, Mo.
3. (1) 34D Travis Neeley, Grantville, Kan.
4. (5) 824 Chris Barnard
5. (6) 83A Aaron Sauter, St. Joseph, Mo.
6. (4) 22 David Davis, Shawnee, Ks

OUT-PACE USRA B-MODS

Heat #1:
1. (1) 88 Lonnie Hibner, Chillicothe, Mo.
2. (6) 07 Daniel Harris, Excelsior Springs, Mo.
3. (5) 33 Nicholas Carpenter, Leavenworth, Kan.
4. (2) 13J Jeffrey Sears, St. Joseph, Mo.
5. (4) 77W Shane Noble, Savannah, Mo.
6. (7) 14H Blake Hayes, Albany, Mo.
7. (3) 20T Ben Stockton, Kansas City, Mo.

Heat #2:
1. (2) 16 Blake Pierce, Kansas City, Mo.
2. (1) 57 Randy Ainsworth, Excelsior Springs, Mo.
3. (4) 69 Tyler Cadwallader, Amazonia, Mo.
4. (7) 66 Ethan Isaacs, Bonner Springs, Kan.
5. (6) 2T Todd Luke, Maryville, Mo.
6. (3) 50Z Trevor Dunn, Meadville, Mo.
7. (5) 0 Chase Galvan, Kansas City, Kan.

Feature:
1. (6) 66 Ethan Isaacs, Bonner Springs, Kan.
2. (5) 69 Tyler Cadwallader, Amazonia, Mo.
3. (13) 20T Ben Stockton, Kansas City, Mo.
4. (1) 07 Daniel Harris, Excelsior Springs, Mo.
5. (3) 88 Lonnie Hibner, Chillicothe, Mo.
6. (8) 13J Jeffrey Sears, St. Joseph, Mo.
7. (2) 16 Blake Pierce, Kansas City, Mo.
8. (4) 57 Randy Ainsworth, Excelsior Springs, Mo.
9. (12) 0 Chase Galvan, Kansas City, Kan.
10. (10) 14H Blake Hayes, Albany, Mo.
11. (9) 77W Shane Noble, Savannah, Mo.
12. (7) 2T Todd Luke, Maryville, Mo.
13. (11) 50Z Trevor Dunn, Meadville, Mo.
DNS – 33 Nicholas Carpenter, Leavenworth, Kan.




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