Pursley captures long-awaited USRA Modified win in Lucas Oil Speedway
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August 17, 2019  |  by Lyndal Scranton

Jason Pursley won the USRA Modified feature.

Jason Pursley has long been one of the most-consistent drivers at Lucas Oil Speedway. Finally, Pursley was able to celebrate a long-sought trip to victory lane.

Pursley expertly handled numerous restarts Saturday night, including a two-lap sprint at the finish, to earn his first USRA Modified feature victory in several seasons.

He earned $1,000 for the triumph.

"It's been a long time. I don't know how many years since I won, but a long time," Pursley said in victory lane after outlasting the competition on a marathon night of action in the Big Adventure RV Weekly Racing Series.

A whopping total of 154 cars in five divisions checked into the pits on Fan Appreciation Night presented by the Ozarks CW/Ozarks Sports Zone.

Pursley officially started inside of row two, but was elevated to the front when pole-starting Colson Kirk spun out after the race went green and the caution came out. The "Racing Principal" took advantage by jumping to the lead when the race restarted.

He opened up a three-second lead when the race's fourth caution came out on lap seven. Brian Green moved into second on the restart with Jon Sheets working his way from 10th to third and Chase Domer fourth.

Following the sixth caution on lap 18, officials made the call to shorten the event by five laps due to time of the event. That meant a two-lap shootout with Pursley leading Green and Domer.

Pursley, as he did throughout, was flawless on the restart. The Skyline-Urbana R-1 Elementary School Principal finished about five car lengths in front of Green with Domer in third and Shawn Whitman fourth.

The veteran driver from nearby Hermitage was greeted by cheers as he emerged from his car and then a hug from car owner Tom Campbell.

"First I have to thank Tom Campbell. He owns everything," Pursley said. "Without him, I couldn't do it. I have to thank all my sponsors and my son, Dayton Pursley. He works on it all the time. And I thank my family, especially my Mom who is my biggest supporter.

"A shout-out to the track guys. They had a heck of a time today. They worked all day and now they have to work all week to put it back. Hats off to those guys."

Turner grabs B-Mod win: Eric Turner of Hermitage prevailed in the Out-Pace USRA B-Mod main event. He finished 1.269 seconds in front of Taylor Moore for his first win in the class this season.

Jerry Morgan finished third with points leader Kris Jackson and J.C. Morton rallying—after tangling on the first lap and having to restart in the back—to finish fourth and fifth, respectively.

"I want to dedicate this to my wife (Cherie) who I lost last year. It was actually a year ago today," Turner said. "This one's for her."

Turner took the lead for good on lap 12 after Andy Bryant's car lost power. Turner and Byrant traded the lead six times over nine laps.

"I enjoy racing with Andy," Turner said. "I hated that Kris (Jackson) got crashed out there at the beginning. This type of track, it's give it all you can get. That's racing. It's good for the fans."

Jackson and Morton, who have dominated the division this season, started on the front row and they tangled just after the race went green while sliding through turn one. Jackson limped his car to the pits to change tires while Morton also had to pull into the pits to change a flat.

That put both of them at the rear of the field for the restart. Jackson started the night 47 points ahead of Morton.

Bryant went to the lead on lap 11 and appeared to be opening up a bit of a gap when his car suddenly lost power entering turn four. That put Turner back on top, followed by Moore, Jerry Morgan and Jackson with eight to go.

Turner was up to the challenge from there with Moore unable to get to his bumper.


Eric Turner won the Out-Pace USRA B-Mod feature.

Champions crowned next week: Track champions will be crowned next Saturday in the Big Adventure RV Weekly Racing Series on Rempfer Memorial Season Championship Night presented by Bill Roberts Chevrolet-Buick and KOLR/KRBK. It also will be Public Safety Appreciation Night as all police, fire and rescue personnel will be admitted free with ID.

For the second straight year, raffle tickets will be sold for a chance to win a ride in the Lucas Oil Speedway two-seater late model during intermission. Raffle tickets will be sold for $2 each, six for $10 or 12 for $20. Fans must be 18 years of age or older to participate and sign a waiver form.

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

Admission prices:
Adults (16 and over) $12
Seniors (62 and over) $9
Youth (6-15) $5
Kids (5 and under) FREE
Police, Fire & Rescue Personnel FREE with ID
Family Pass $30
Pit pass $30

For questions about tickets or camping for any event at Lucas Oil Speedway, contact Admissions Director Nichole McMillan at (417) 282-5984 or via email at nichole@lucasoilspeedway.com.

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OFFICIAL RESULTS
United States Racing Association
Summit USRA Weekly Racing Series
Lucas Oil Speedway, Wheatland, Mo.
Saturay, Aug. 17, 2019

USRA MODIFIEDS

Heat 1 (8 laps): 1. 21W-Tracy Wolf, 04:37.938[1]; 2. 5C-Colson Kirk, 04:38.992[8]; 3. 5-Robbie Reed, 04:40.758[2]; 4. 03-Chase Jones, 04:41.426[10]; 5. 8S-Jon Sheets, 04:41.645[5]; 6. 98D-Paden Phillips, 04:42.963[6]; 7. 21R-Rusty Skaggs, 04:45.041[7]; 8. 14W-Dustin Walker, 04:45.146[4]; 9. 134-Robert Heydenreich, 04:45.880[9]; 10. (DNF) 7J-Justin Johnson, 03:33.900[3].

Heat 2 (8 laps): 1. 227-Chase Domer, 07:48.760[4]; 2. 38C-Jason Pursley, 07:51.017[6]; 3. 51G-Lucas Gibbs, 07:52.040[1]; 4. 24D-Donnie Fellers, 07:53.118[8]; 5. 40-Brian Green, 07:55.265[10]; 6. 73-Shawn Whitman, 07:56.316[2]; 7. (DNF) 6-Jason Payton, 08:01.828[3]; 8. (DNF) 23D-Lucas Dobbs, 02:41.365[9]; (DNS) 21-Ryan Middaugh, 03:20.707.

Feature (25 laps): 1. 38C-Jason Pursley, 30:02.936[3]; 2. 40-Brian Green, 30:03.748[7]; 3. 227-Chase Domer, 30:03.983[2]; 4. 73-Shawn Whitman, 30:05.234[11]; 5. 21R-Rusty Skaggs, 30:06.068[13]; 6. 7J-Justin Johnson, 30:06.928[18]; 7. 21-Ryan Middaugh, 30:06.932[20]; 8. 24D-Donnie Fellers, 30:08.955[6]; 9. 5-Robbie Reed, 30:10.167[9]; 10. 23D-Lucas Dobbs, 30:10.299[17]; 11. 51G-Lucas Gibbs, 30:10.644[8]; 12. 6-Jason Payton, 30:13.231[16]; 13. (DNF) 8S-Jon Sheets, 21:36.118[10]; 14. (DNF) 134-Robert Heydenreich, 25:24.621[15]; 15. (DNF) 98D-Paden Phillips, 21:27.569[12]; 16. (DNF) 03-Chase Jones, 12:05.483[5]; 17. (DNF) 21W-Tracy Wolf, 11:50.612[4]; 18. (DNF) 14W-Dustin Walker, 11:54.315[14]; 19. (DNF) 5C-Colson Kirk, 01:41.266[1]; (DNS) 292-Kyle Thompson, 01:41.266.

OUT-PACE USRA B-MODS

Heat 1 (8 laps): 1. 18M-JC Morton, 02:25.510[3]; 2. 28-Andy Bryant, 02:25.711[5]; 3. 3W-B.J. Deal, 02:28.111[2]; 4. 11C-Andy Chrisenberry, 02:32.620[1]; 5. 42C-Casey Thomas, 02:33.152[8]; 6. 56TB-Daniel Long, 02:34.219[4]; 7. 02-Sean Powers, 02:34.689[10]; 8. 3D-David Harris, 02:34.912[6]; 9. 74-Kyle Bates, 02:38.639[7]; 10. (DNF) 6M-Jason Mallory, 00:22.403[9].

Heat 2 (8 laps): 1. 65-Kris Jackson, 06:27.054[3]; 2. 00T-Taylor Moore, 06:31.953[4]; 3. 30-Mark Long, 06:32.759[6]; 4. 46-Brice Gotschall, 06:34.890[2]; 5. 18-Austin Joplin, 06:35.406[5]; 6. 16M-Brian Myers, 06:39.377[9]; 7. 14T-Quentin Taylor, 06:40.024[8]; 8. 28B-Wesley Briggs, 06:42.386[10]; 9. (DNF) 99-Jim Cihy, 05:41.993[1]; 10. (DNF) 77-Koby Chadd, 00:35.062[7].

Heat 3 (8 laps): 1. 8-Dillon McCowan, 02:59.146[2]; 2. 10P-Dayton Pursley, 03:03.865[1]; 3. 21-Gregory Scheffler, 03:05.163[5]; 4. 32-Robbe Ewing, 03:05.337[6]; 5. 31-Luke Phillips, 03:05.830[7]; 6. 68-Craig Mintz, 03:08.388[3]; 7. 11-Jeremy Polston, 03:08.930[4]; 8. 83-Kyle Fritter, 03:09.874[9]; 9. 40-Matt Manes, 03:12.380[8].

Heat 4 (8 laps): 1. 121-Tim Phillips, [2]; 2. 1F-Mitchell Franklin, [6]; 3. 1-Kurt Sledd, [3]; 4. 57J-John Fellers, [9]; 5. 79-James Barker, [7]; 6. 22K-Ashley Klick, [4]; 7. (DNF) 10T-Tyler Brown, [1]; 8. (DNF) 04-Chad Walker, [5]; (DNS) 32M-Michael Terry.

Heat 5 (8 laps): 1. 99T-Eric Turner, [3]; 2. 42-Jerry Morgan, [5]; 3. 91-Brian Webster, [9]; 4. 98-Bryan White, [1]; 5. 11W-Timothy West, [2]; 6. 20W-Barry White, [4]; 7. 0K-Jeffrey McNew, [7]; 8. 21F-Hannah Frazee, [8]; 9. (DNF) 58M-Jamie Mauk, [6].

B Feature 1 (12 laps): 1. 32-Robbe Ewing, [1]; 2. 79-James Barker, [4]; 3. 10T-Tyler Brown, [13]; 4. 11W-Timothy West, [5]; 5. 14T-Quentin Taylor, [8]; 6. 21F-Hannah Frazee, [11]; 7. 83-Kyle Fritter, [10]; 8. 99-Jim Cihy, [14]; 9. 77-Koby Chadd, [15]; 10. 11C-Andy Chrisenberry, [2]; 11. (DNF) 22K-Ashley Klick, [7]; 12. (DNF) 46-Brice Gotschall, [3]; 13. (DNF) 74-Kyle Bates, [12]; (DNS) 68-Craig Mintz, ; (DNS) 0K-Jeffrey McNew, ; (DNS) 32M-Michael Terry.

B Feature 2 (12 laps): 1. 31-Luke Phillips, [3]; 2. 42C-Casey Thomas, [1]; 3. 18-Austin Joplin, [5]; 4. 02-Sean Powers, [9]; 5. 98-Bryan White, [2]; 6. 11-Jeremy Polston, [8]; 7. 56TB-Daniel Long, [6]; 8. 16M-Brian Myers, [4]; 9. 28B-Wesley Briggs, [11]; 10. 04-Chad Walker, [13]; 11. 40-Matt Manes, [12]; 12. 3D-David Harris, [10]; 13. (DNF) 6M-Jason Mallory, [15]; (DNS) 20W-Barry White, (DNS) 58M-Jamie Mauk.

A Feature (20 laps): 1. 99T-Eric Turner, 27:34.794[3]; 2. 00T-Taylor Moore, 27:36.063[10]; 3. 42-Jerry Morgan, 27:36.561[9]; 4. 65-Kris Jackson, 27:36.753[2]; 5. 18M-JC Morton, 27:37.279[1]; 6. 32-Robbe Ewing, 27:37.479[17]; 7. 10T-Tyler Brown, 27:38.150[21]; 8. 91-Brian Webster, 09:24.913[5]; 9. 3W-B.J. Deal, 27:41.577[15]; 10. 121-Tim Phillips, 27:42.218[7]; 11. 02-Sean Powers, 27:43.421[24]; 12. 18-Austin Joplin, 27:45.275[22]; 13. 79-James Barker, 27:46.233[19]; 14. 11W-Timothy West, 27:47.310[23]; 15. 30-Mark Long, 27:52.580[11]; 16. 1F-Mitchell Franklin, 23:46.660[4]; 17. 28-Andy Bryant, 20:04.036[8]; 18. 42C-Casey Thomas, 14:53.189[20]; 19. 10P-Dayton Pursley, 14:56.485[13]; 20. 31-Luke Phillips, 14:32.048[18]; 21. 21-Gregory Scheffler, 11:01.726[14]; 22. 8-Dillon McCowan, 09:52.126[6]; 23. 57J-John Fellers, 10:01.847[12]; 24. 1-Kurt Sledd, 09:24.913[16].




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