Earl Roark made his first Out-Pace USRA B-Mod start worth his while Saturday night at the Lebanon Midway Speedway as he took over the lead on lap 3 when leader Sam Petty spun in turn 4, and then held back repeated charges from Chad Staus and Tyler Knudtson in topping the 15-lap feature.
It was 2018 track champion Sam Petty who fired from the pole after a two-row inversion set the field. Petty took the opening lead with Roark hot on his heels while Knudtson and Staus were close behind. On lap 2, Petty spun in turn 4 which slowed the pace and placed Roark to the lead.
The restart saw Knudtson and the hard-charging Staus back and forth as Roark held a four-car-length advantage with a long green flag run. On lap 8 at the crossed flags showing halfway, Staus moved smoothly around Knudtson and closed on the leader.
A scary moment at lap 13 as Petty, who was racing with Donnie Jackson for fourth place, had a J-bar break and Petty went into a barrell-roll in turn 1 while running the top cushion. He was able to walk away from a destroyed car. This set up a two-lap shoot-out as Staus kept the pressure on Roark but Roark claimed his first win here followed closely by Staus, Knudtson, Jackson and Bill Schaar.
Qualifying heat wins went to Staus and Knudtson.
Summit USRA Weekly Racing Series action continues next Saturday, October 18, with the 3rd Annual Bud Perry Memorial and a $500-to-win, $50-to-start feature for the Out-Pace USRA B-Mods. Action will also feature the Malvern Bank Cash Money Super Late Models, Street Stocks, Pure Stocks, Midwest Modifieds and Hornets with racing to start at 6:30 p.m.
Hot laps are at 5:40 with the pit gates set to open at 4. The grandstands open at 5 and draw cut-off is 6 p.m. Grandstand adult admission is only $20 with pit passes $35 for adults.
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United States Racing Association
Summit USRA Weekly Racing Series
Lebanon Midway Speedway, Lebanon, Mo.
Saturday, Oct. 12, 2019
Showing finishing position, starting position in parentheses, car number, driver and hometown.
OUT-PACE USRA B-MODS
1. (2) 55 Earl Roark, Henley, Mo.
2. (3) C3 Chad Staus, Otterville, Mo.
3. (4) 8K Tyler Knudtson, Lebanon, Mo.
4. (6) 42J Donnie Jackson, Lebanon, Mo.
5. (8) 51 Bill Schaar, St. Robert, Mo.
6. (5) 16M Brian Myers, Lebanon, Mo.
7. (7) 5R Don Randall, Washington, Mo.
8. (1) 9 Sam Petty, Marshfield, Mo.
9. (9) 15 Cayden Stacye, Springfield, Mo.