Springfield's Ryan Gillmore came charging from his fourth starting spot to grab the lead from Stetson Johnson and Jason Snodgrass and then withstood a late-race caution to fend back current Out-Pace USRA B-Mod points leader Jackie Dalton to grab his eighth feature win of the season in a fast-paced-action track with two- and three-wide racing on the quick quarter-mile of the Springfield Raceway.
Gillmore has been on a roll as the former Out-Pace USRA B-Mod national champion has been on his game in the last month, racking up top-threes in his Yeoman Engines/ENS/Hoffman Race Cars No. 66.
Gillmore excited the capacity Springfield crowd as the speedway was paying tribute to long-time area great Ken Essary on Flying Farmer 55 Night.
Gillmore laid back just a tad and then split the post with a three-wide pass to take the top spot. Out in front on the long green run, he had lapped traffic coming quickly until a late-race caution bunched the pack together as Dalton was set to attempt to stop the young lead foot.
Dalton picked the low side and third-place running Sam Petty went to the outside spot. At the drop of the green restart, Gillmore had Dalton make a charge, but after one lap Gillmore was in a different zip code and pulled away.
Dalton took the runner-up spot with Petty, Danny Martin and a hard-charging James Thompson completing the top five.
Qualifying heats went to Petty, Dalton and Gillmore as Gillmore pulled a six-car inversion.
Out-Pace USRA B-Mod action continues next Saturday night with racing at 7:30 p.m. For more information visit the Facebook page or website at springfieldraceway.com.
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United States Racing Association
Summit USRA Weekly Racing Series
Springfield Raceway, Springfield, Mo.
Saturday, Aug. 17, 2019
OUT-PACE USRA B-MODS
Heat 1: 1. 9-Sam Petty, ; 2. 71X-Cody Rongey, ; 3. 5-Cayden Stacye, ; 4. 32-Kelly Hicks, ; 5. 11T-James Thompson, ; 6. 3A-Aaron Speck, ; 7. 17R-Rod Inman, .
Heat 2: 1. 21-Jackie Dalton, ; 2. 71-Jason Snodgrass, ; 3. 86-Farris Collier, ; 4. 80-TJ Yount, ; 5. 68-Ricky Watkins, ; 6. 19-James Smith, .
Heat 3: 1. 66-Ryan Gillmore, ; 2. 19L-Stetson Johnson, ; 3. 33-Danny Martin, ; 4. 112-Justin Comer, ; 5. 11-Levi Phillips, ; 6. 55B-Bill Schahuber, .
Feature: 1. 66-Ryan Gillmore, ; 2. 21-Jackie Dalton, ; 3. 9-Sam Petty, ; 4. 33-Danny Martin, ; 5. 11T-James Thompson, ; 6. 71-Jason Snodgrass, ; 7. 5-Cayden Stacye, ; 8. 112-Justin Comer, ; 9. 55B-Bill Schahuber, ; 10. 3A-Aaron Speck, ; 11. 32-Kelly Hicks, ; 12. 19L-Stetson Johnson, ; 13. 68-Ricky Watkins, ; 14. 19-James Smith, ; 15. 86-Farris Collier, ; 16. 11-Levi Phillips, ; 17. 80-TJ Yount, ; 18. 71X-Cody Rongey, ; 19. 17R-Rod Inman, .