Cool temperatures, hot racing on Trenton Coca-Cola Bottling/CARB Night at I-35 Speedway
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August 24, 2019  |  by Mark Merrell

Lee Hibner won the USRA Modified feature.

The temperature was unseasonably cool but the racing action at I-35 Speedway was hot as usual during Trenton Coca-Cola Bottling/CARB (Central Auto Racing Boosters) Night on Saturday.

The American Racer USRA Stock Cars began the first feature of the evening, with a make up race from a rain out on July 20. Points leader Jeff Dixon started from the pole. Greg Keuhn was to Dixon’s outside and Keuhn challenged Dixon as the race started for the front position but Dixon prevailed, earning his sixth feature win of the year.

In the second feature of the night for the American Racer USRA Stock Cars, Keuhn started on the pole next to Donovan Nunnikhoven. Dixon and Gene Stigall were the occupants of row 2. Everyone stayed side by side, racing in their original order for the first few laps as the fans jumped to their feet.

By lap 3, Keuhn grabbed the lead with Nunnikhoven second and Dixon third. Nunnikhoven went to the high side cushion in turn 2 and by the exit of turn 4 he took the lead from Keuhn. Dixon followed the same line, getting by Keuhn for second.

Nunnikhoven kept the pack behind him, earning his first feature victory at the I-35 Speedway this year.

The fastest race of the night was the longest for one driver in the Out-Pace USRA B-Mods. As the green flag flew, Randy Ainsworth raced by a hard-charging Chase Galvin for the lead, with Lonnie Hibner in third and Tyler Cadwallader fourth. By the second lap, Cadwallader was racing the low side next to Hibner. On the next lap, Cadwallader was inside Galvin coming out of turn 4. On lap 6, Cadwallader, running the low line out of turn 4, went by Ainsworth as the field roared down the front stretch.

Cadwallader kept everyone behind him to capture his second win of the year at I-35 Speedway. The race went green to checkered in just seven minutes.

In his post-race interview, Cadwallader lamented, “That was the longest seven minutes. It felt a lot longer than that.”
Cadwallader’s last win at the I-35 Speedway came on May 26, to which a confidant Cadwallader stated that he was relieved to get back to victory lane.

"They tell you once you get the first win, others will soon follow. It didn’t happen that way this year so far, but I’m really looking forward to the weeks ahead now.”

The USRA Modifieds put on another exciting race. Lee Hibner and Dennis Elliott have raced for the win several times this year. Hibner’s racing machine has a ton of horsepower, and he prefers the high side cushion, while Elliott likes the low side apron, a skill that helped him win the track championship last year and a third place finish in the USRA national standings as well.

Hibner started the night’s feature inside row 1 with Elliott to his right. At the drop of the green flag, Hibner raced into turn 1 with a three-car-length lead over Elliott. Lap after lap, the pair went after each other. Tyler Hibner was not far behind the front in third, as Ed Noll battled with Tyler. Darren Shaw sped his way through the field from his starting spot inside row five. Ahead of him were brothers, Austin Johnson and Houston Johnson.

Everywhere you looked, epic side-by-side racing was taking place. As the race moved quickly to the midway portion, Elliott was gaining on Lee Hibner for the lead. Elliott ran the high side cushion in turn three, and just by mere inches, his right rear tire slid over the berm. Elliott kept in foot on the gas, and with a fantail of dirt, put his race car back on the track out of turn 4.

Elliott did not lose his second place position, but lost precious ground to Hibner. As the field took the checkered flag, Lee Hibner earned his fourth trip to McCarthy Group Winner’s Circle this year at I-35 Speedway. Elliott held on for second with Tyler Hibner third, Ed Noll fourth and Darren Shaw fifth.

Next week, I-35 Speedway will host Rick Bebee Heating & Air Conditioning Night with the Summit USRA Weekly Racing Series featuring USRA Modifieds, American Racer USRA Stock Cars and Out-Pace USRA B-Mods, plus E-Mods, MIdwest Limited Late Models, Pure Stocks, Sport Compacts and POWRi Midwest Lightning Sprint Cars. In Addition, the track will have a dash for cash for the kids in attendance for the races.

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OFFICIAL RESULTS
United States Racing Association
Summit USRA Weekly Racing Series
I-35 Speedway, Winston, Mo.
Saturday, Aug. 24, 2019

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

OUT-PACE USRA B-MODS

Heat #1:
1. (2) 57 Randy Ainsworth, Excelsior Springs, Mo.
2. (4) 169 Chad Fuller, Savannah, Mo.
3. (5) 10 Johnny McGinnis, Hardin, Mo.
4. (3) 97J Jeff Elder, Smithville, Mo.
5. (1) 9H Nic Hanes, Trenton, Mo.

Heat #2:
1. (4) 0 Chase Galvan, Kansas City, Kan.
2. (5) 88 Lonnie Hibner, Chillicothe, Mo.
3. (3) 69 Tyler Cadwallader, Amazonia, Mo.
4. (2) 77W Shane Noble, Savannah, Mo.
5. (1) 07 Daniel Harris, Excelsior Springs, Mo.

Feature:
1. (6) 69 Tyler Cadwallader, Amazonia, Mo.
2. (9) 9H Nic Hanes, Trenton, Mo.
3. (1) 0 Chase Galvan, Kansas City, Kan.
4. (2) 57 Randy Ainsworth, Excelsior Springs, Mo.
5. (3) 88 Lonnie Hibner, Chillicothe, Mo.
6. (7) 97J Jeff Elder, Smithville, Mo.
7. (5) 10 Johnny McGinnis, Hardin, Mo.
8. (11) 32 Jeremy Pittsenburger, Cameron, Mo.
9. (4) 169 Chad Fuller, Savannah, Mo.
10. (8) 77W Shane Noble, Savannah, Mo.
11. (10) 07 Daniel Harris, Excelsior Springs, Mo.

AMERICAN RACER USRA STOCK CARS

Heat:
1. (2) 6K Greg Keuhn, Trenton, Mo.
2. (4) 2N Donavon Nunnikhoven, Sully, Iowa
3. (6) 88 Jeff Dixon, Trenton, Mo.
4. (8) S20 Gene Stigall, Winston, Mo.
5. (1) 47 Paul Carter, Kearney, Mo.
6. (3) 111X Jason Newman, Kearney, Mo.
7. (7) 83A Aaron Sauter, St. Joseph, Mo.
8. (5) 22 David Davis, Shawnee, Kan.
9. (9) 0 Mike Wawahsuck, Atchison, Kan.

Feature:
1. (2) 2N Donavon Nunnikhoven, Sully, Iowa
2. (3) 88 Jeff Dixon, Trenton, Mo.
3. (1) 6K Greg Keuhn, Trenton, Mo.
4. (4) S20 Gene Stigall, Winston, Mo.
5. (5) 47 Paul Carter, Kearney, Mo.
6. (7) 111X Jason Newman, Kearney, Mo.
7. (9) 22 David Davis, Shawnee, Kan.
8. (6) 83A Aaron Sauter, St. Joseph, Mo.
9. (8) 0 Mike Wawahsuck, Atchison, Kan.

USRA MODIFIEDS

Heat #1:
1. (2) 99H Lee Hibner, Chillicothe, Mo.
2. (1) 92 Tyler Grooms, Trenton, Mo.
3. (6) 15 Ed Noll, Excelsior Springs, Mo.
4. (5) 4 Kiel Morton, La Plata, Mo.
5. (4) 11 Darren Shaw, Lawson, Mo.
6. (3) 98 Austin Johnson, Kansas City, Mo.

Heat #2:
1. (1) 29 Dennis Elliott, Mt. Ayr, Iowa
2. (3) 89 Tyler Hibner, Chillicothe, Mo.
3. (2) 97 Houston Johnson, Kansas City, Mo.
4. (5) 78 Derrick Hicks, Ravenwood, Mo.
5. (4) 33C Cole Moore, Kansas City, Mo.

Feature:
1. (1) 99H Lee Hibner, Chillicothe, Mo.
2. (2) 29 Dennis Elliott, Mt. Ayr, Iowa
3. (3) 89 Tyler Hibner, Chillicothe, Mo.
4. (4) 15 Ed Noll, Excelsior Springs, Mo.
5. (9) 11 Darren Shaw, Lawson, Mo.
6. (6) 97 Houston Johnson, Kansas City, Mo.
7. (11) 98 Austin Johnson, Kansas City, Mo.
8. (8) 78 Derrick Hicks, Ravenwood, Mo.
9. (5) 92 Tyler Grooms, Trenton, Mo.
10. (7) 4 Kiel Morton, La Plata, Mo.
11. (10) 33C Cole Moore, Kansas City, Mo.




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