Exciting finishes, champions crowned on final night at I-35 Speedway
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October 26, 2019  |  by Mark Merrell

Paden Phillips won the USRA Modified main event.

McCarthy Auto Group Championship Night was a thrilling one as drivers competed for the final time of the 2019 season with track championships in the Summit USRA Weekly Racing Series on the line.

The Out-Pace USRA B-Mods came into the night with Chase Galvan solidly ahead of Tyler Cadwallader. Daniel Harris started on the pole next to Ethan Isaacs. Galvan began the feature inside row two with Chad Fuller to his right. Cadwallader began deep in the field, outside row eight. As the race began, Harris was challenged for the lead by Isaacs several times, but to no avail.

Doug Keller was carving up the field. Galvan was also very fast, going to the inside line on Isaacs, battling for second. Cadwallader was also a driver on the move, slicing his way toward the front of the field. However, the night proved to be a great one for Harris, running the low side apron, earning his second feature win of the year at I-35 Speedway.

Keller finished second, Isaacs third, Cadwallader fourth and Dakota Girard fifth. The track championship was Galvan’s second, earning back-to-back titles at I-35 Speedway.

Last year, Jeff Dixon was the track champion in the American Racer USRA Stock Car division at I-35 Speedway. This year, Dixon raced to seven feature victories, along with consistently finishing in the top five. The sum of his efforts all year, resulted in another championship at I-35 Speedway.

The feature was at hand, with Dixon starting inside row one, next to Steve Herrick. Andy Jones and Tim Shields began on the second row. Dixon took the lead. Herrick went to the high side on Dixon, with Shields a mere inches from Dixon’s back bumper. The field raced into turn one, as Shields went inside Dixon, and Herrick to the outside, creating a three-wide battle for the lead. Remarkably, the trio remained in that formation as the circled the high banked track, with no one giving an inch. The crowd was mesmerized in awe, witnessing the epic battle.

Shields raced low out of turns one and two, finding some traction, getting by Dixon for the lead. Herrick eventually followed as well, passing Dixon for second. Shields held on for the feature win—his second in a row. Herrick was second, Dixon third, Jones fourth, and Kacey Shields fifth.

The final race of the year featured the USRA Modifieds. Dennis Elliott was last year’s track champion, also finishing third in USRA national points. History repeated itself and the 2019 season seemed to be doing just that. Elliott was 80 points in the lead for the track title, while also residing third nationally in the USRA standings in a tight race with Jason Cummins, Josh Angst and Max Eddie Thomas. Just behind Elliott for the track championship battle, brothers Houston and Austin Johnson were a mere 26 points apart. Houston Johnson held the slight advantage, and was hoping to keep his brother in the rear view mirror.

Elliott started inside row one, next to Lee Hibner. Austin Johnson lined up inside row six, and Houston outside row seven. Elliott and Hibner raced next to each other as the race began. Elliott moved to a significant lead, with Lee Hibner second, challenged by Tyler Davis, Paden Phillips, with Tyler Hibner closing in along with Zach Sanders. During a late caution flag restart, Tyler Hibner went over the turn two banking, sending him to the back of the field.

Paden Phillips moved up to second, and was soon right on the back bumper of Elliott, with the pair racing near the apron of the track. During a restart, Austin Johnson was collected in an incident on the front stretch, ending his night, and his bid to pass his brother Houston for second in the points chase.

As the laps were winding down, Phillips went low again inside turn one, as Elliott drifted high. Phillips shot by Elliott racing out of turn two for the lead. Elliott tried numerous attempts to get by Phillips, who protected the low side. Phillips held off the hard charging Elliott for the win, the third feature victory of the year at I-35 Speedway.

Elliott finished second, Lee Hibner third, Zach Sanders fourth and Tyler Davis fifth. Remarkably, Tyler Hibner raced back through the field to finish sixth. Houston Johnson was secventh and Austin Johnson was credited with 12th.

I-35 Speedway will host it’s 2019 banquet on Saturday, November 2, at the A. V. Spilman Center in Jamesport, Missouri. The social hour will began at 5, dinner at 6, with the awards at 7. Tickets are $25 each and available for purchase through I-35 Speedway.

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OFFICIAL RESULTS
United States Racing Association
Summit USRA Weekly Racing Series
I-35 Speedway, Winston, Missouri
Saturday, October 26, 2019

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

USRA MODIFIEDS

Heat #1:
1. (2) 99H Lee Hibner, Chillicothe, Mo.
2. (3) 65 Tyler Davis, Haysville, Kan.
3. (6) 89 Tyler Hibner, Chillicothe, Mo.
4. (4) 98X Dave Gaggens
5. (5) 33C Cole Moore, Kansas City, Mo.
6. (7) 14 T.J. Patterson, Creston, Iowa
7. (1) 97 Houston Johnson, Kansas City, Mo.

Heat #2:
1. (3) 29 Dennis Elliott, Mt. Ayr, Iowa
2. (5) 9d8 Paden Phillips, Chanute, Kan.
3. (6) 69 Zach Sanders, Kearney, Mo.
4. (2) 0 Richard Layne, Kansas City, Mo.
5. (1) 98 Austin Johnson, Kansas City, Mo.
6. (4) 2 George Burnett, Cameron, Mo.
7. (7) 0X Zach Gilmore, Kansas City, Mo.

Feature:
1. (3) 9d8 Paden Phillips, Chanute, Kan.
2. (1) 29 Dennis Elliott, Mt. Ayr, Iowa
3. (2) 99H Lee Hibner, Chillicothe, Mo.
4. (6) 69 Zach Sanders, Kearney, Mo.
5. (4) 65 Tyler Davis, Haysville, Mo.
6. (5) 89 Tyler Hibner, Chillicothe, Mo.
7. (12) 97 Houston Johnson, Kansas City, Mo.
8. (7) 0 Richard Layne, Kansas City, Mo.
9. (11) 2 George Burnett, Cameron, Mo.
10. (8) 33C Cole Moore, Kansas City, Mo.
11. (9) 14 T.J. Patterson, Creston, Iowa
12. (10) 98 Austin Johnson, Kansas City, Mo.
DNS – 98X Dave Gaggens
DNS – 0X Zach Gilmore, Kansas City, Mo.

AMERICAN RACER USRA STOCK CARS

Heat #1:
1. (3) 88 Jeff Dixon, Trenton, Mo.
2. (4) 42T Tim Shields, Kansas City, Mo.
3. (2) 31X Mathew West, Kellerton, Iowa
4. (6) Y5 Matt Byrne, Webster City, Iowa
5. (1) s20 Kristchon Hisel, Winston, Mo.
6. (5) 42C Kacey Shields, Kansas City, Mo.

Heat #2:
1. (2) 5K Steve Herrick, Topeka, Kan.
2. (5) 15 Andy Jones, Webster City, Iowa
3. (4) 83A Aaron Sauter, St. Joseph, Mo.
4. (6) 33T Thomas Ground, Kansas City, Mo.
5. (3) 40 William Dahl, Rush Hill, Mo.
6. (1) R00 Veronica Anderson

Feature:
1. (4) 42T Tim Shields, Kansas City, Mo.
2. (2) 5K Steve Herrick, Topeka, Kan.
3. (1) 88 Jeff Dixon, Trenton, Mo.
4. (3) 15 Andy Jones, Webster City, Iowa
5. (10) 42C Kacey Shields, Kansas City, Mo.
6. (8) 31X Mathew West, Kellerton, Iowa
7. (9) 40 William Dahl, Rush Hill, Mo.
8. (5) 83A Aaron Sauter, St. Joseph, Mo.
9. (6) Y5 Matt Byrne, Webster City, Iowa
10. (12) R00 Veronica Anderson
11. (11) s20 Kristchon Hisel, Winston, Mo.
12. (7) 33T Thomas Ground, Kansas City, Mo.

OUT-PACE USRA B-MODS

Heat #1:
1. (4) 7 Daniel Harris, Excelsior Springs, Mo.
2. (5) 0 Chase Galvan, Kansas City, Kan.
3. (6) 9 Chad Goff, Spring Hill, Kan.
4. (1) 14H Blake Hayes, Albany, Mo.
5. (7) 17X Clint Baker, Meadville, Mo.
6. (2) 22D Eddie Schwope III, St. Joseph, Mo.
7. (3) 57 Nick Zachgo, Kansas City, Mo.

Heat #2:
1. (1) 169 Chad Fuller, Savannah, Mo.
2. (4) 9H Nic Hanes, Trenton, Mo.
3. (7) 7 Doug Keller, Easton, Mo.
4. (2) 33T Terry Taylor, Fort Gibson, Okla.
5. (5) 59 Jamie Aleshire, Moberly, Mo.
6. (3) 31 Luke Phillips, Chanute, Kan.
7. (6) 15XL Jared Hillyard, Pleasant Valley, Mo.

Heat #3:
1. (2) 66 Ethan Isaacs, Bonner Springs, Kan.
2. (3) 20J Jayden Bears, Smithville, Mo.
3. (6) 0G Dakota Girard, Moberly, Mo.
4. (4) 13M Matthew Munyon, Kellerton, Iowa
5. (1) 69 Tyler Cadwallader, Amazonia, Mo.
6. (5) 12JR Olen Stephens, Warrensburg, Mo.
7. (7) 32M Michael King, St. Joseph, Mo.

Feature:
1. (1) 7 Daniel Harris, Excelsior Springs, Mo.
2. (5) 7 Doug Keller, Easton, Mo.
3. (2) 66 Ethan Isaacs, Bonner Springs, Kan.
4. (15) 69 Tyler Cadwallader, Amazonia, Mo.
5. (8) 0G Dakota Girard, Moberly, Mo.
6. (7) 9 Chad Goff, Spring Hill, Kan.
7. (3) 0 Chase Galvan, Kansas City, Kan.
8. (16) 31 Luke Phillips, Chanute, Kan.
9. (17) 15XL Jared Hillyard, Pleasant Valley, Mo.
10. (13) 14H Blake Hayes, Albany, Mo.
11. (12) 59 Jamie Aleshire, Moberly, Mo.
12. (14) 12JR Olen Stephens, Warrensburg, Mo.
13. (20) 32M Michael King, St. Joseph, Mo.
14. (11) 33T Terry Taylor, Fort Gibson, Okla.
15. (10) 17X Clint Baker, Meadville, Mo.
16. (19) 57 Nick Zachgo, Kansas City, Mo.
17. (6) 20J Jayden Bears, Smithville, Mo.
18. (9) 13M Matthew Munyon, Kellerton, Iowa
19. (18) 22D Eddie Schwope III, St. Joseph, Mo.
DNS – 169 Chad Fuller, Savannah, Mo.
DQ – (4) 9H Nic Hanes, Trenton, Mo.




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