Local racer to compete Saturday
Basehor resident Tim Karrick will compete in the $5,000-to-Win feature event at the Tom Wilson Memorial BBQ Bowl at Warrensburg's Central Missouri Speedway on Saturday, July 5.
Karrick, a champion in the event in 2003, heads into the event currently ranked second in the point standings in the Modifieds division.
The $5,000-to-Win feature race is one of numerous races that will take place July 4 and 5.
The CMS racing action gets underway on Friday, July 4, and Saturday, July 5, for the Tom Wilson Memorial Modified and Street Stock Specials beginning with earlier than normal start times for the races. Grandstand admission gates open at 4 p.m., hot laps begin at 6:30 p.m. and racing on the track at 7 p.m. General admission prices for each night are listed on the track web site at www.centralmissourispeedway.net.
Local race car drivers turned in strong performances on Saturday, June 28, on Comfort Inn Race Night at Warrensburg's Central Missouri Speedway.
Drivers in the Street Stock and Modified divisions used the races as their final tune up session for the Fourth of July weekend Tom Wilson Memorial Modified Special features sponsored by Kenny's Tile. The Independence Day weekend begins with a $1,500 Street Stock special event on Friday, July 4, along with modified qualifying for 12 starting positions determined by passing points, heat races and a scramble to set the inside row slate. The Browning Brothers Fireworks spectacular will be included during the Friday night show. Then on Saturday, July 5, final modified qualifying will be on the card for the remaining 12 outside row starting spots along with the ULMA Late Models, B-Modifieds features finishing with the $5,000 to win, $1,000 at start Modified feature.
The Comfort Inn races featured many new drivers testing the track for the next weekend.
The modified division had 30 drivers signed in for three heat races to determine the feature lineup. Each heat produced side-by-side racing action with the early multi-grooved racing surface which pleased the race fans cheering on their local favorites.
Basehor driver Tim Karrick finished ahead of Terry Schultz and Jake Richards to win heat three in the Modified Main Feature.
Twenty-four drivers made their way onto the track for the 20-lap feature as the crowd jumped to its feet throughout the races when their drivers made a move toward the front of the pack. CMS modified point's leader Marrant and Meyer on the front row started side-by-side out of turn one and two with Turner stalking in the third position on the low side. Marrant eventually led several laps until Turner picked his spot and passed Marrant on the low side and never looked back. Warrensburg driver Dean Wille broke an oil line with smoke trailing off the engine and he joined Terry Schultz who pulled off with mechanical problems early in the feature. Most of the drivers stayed down low for some added traction, but several including Justin Boney and Tim Karrick tried the high side with limited success. Finally, the GRT - Terry Phillips Racing Team's, Eric Turner takes the double checkers for his first victory at CMS with Marrant in second followed by Meyer in third. Moody moved up from an 11th-place start into fourth and Tim Karrick rounded out the top five.
The B-modified division showed some tight driving during the evening races as several drivers showed that it's a battle for every position. The 21 drivers that were confident in their skills to make a run for the checkered flags competed in three heat races. A new driver from Nixa, MO, Wayne Johnston won heat number one past Lucas Isaacs of Bonner Springs and Chris Brockway. Six-time feature winner Scotty Martin won heat race two over proud new Dad, Bobby Raybourn and Bryan Montgomery. Young driver Jeremy Lile earned his third heat-race win of the year by beating Rusty Trimble and Ethan Isaacs to the line. Johnston and Martin led the field into turn one with Lile and Lucas Isaacs close behind for the feature race start. Martin used his usual low side pass for the early lead until Lucas Isaacs spun out for the first caution. Trimble had to leave the track early into the infield with mechanical problems. Then Lile made a side-by side move with some contact in turn four and moves under Martin for a rare low side pass around him for the lead. Michael King and Bob Dumit spun out later on in the race bringing out the yellow flag again. Lile hangs onto the lead by protecting the low side of the track for his first CMS B- Modified feature win this year. Lucas Isaacs three-wheeled his machine into a second place around Martin who finished third.