Bryant Takes Lucas Oil Speedway USRA B-Mod Win; Walker, Carver, Reed Also Earn Wins

by Lyndal Scranton

Andy Bryant’s USRA B-Mod sported a “for sale” sign on the right rear quarter panel. The way it performed for Bryant on Saturday night at Lucas Oil Speedway, the value might have risen.

Bryant, of Fort Scott, Kansas, led all 25 laps in capturing the Ozark Golf Cars USRA B-Mod feature, headlining the Big Adventure RV Weekly Racing Series program. Bryant earned $750 courtesy of Rains Ice for his first Lucas Oil Speedway feature win of the season.

Other feature winners in a program Presented by TA/Petro along with ThunderBurst Media were Dustin Walker (Warsaw Auto Marine & RV ULMA Late Models), Taylor Carver (O’Reilly Auto Parts Street Stocks) and Robbie Reed (Pitts Homes USRA Modifieds).

Bryant held off Kris Jackson of Lebanon for the feature win and then said it was nice to bust a streak of tough luck. He was unable to finish races in his home state the previous two nights due to mechanical issues.

“We have to thank everybody on this car; they do so much for me,” Bryant said. “The motor was a little bit hot tonight, but she made it through to the end.”

The main event started with lots of speed up front, with a trip of former USRA National Champions – Jackson, Bryant and JC Morton – and points leader McCowan starting 1-through-4.

Bryant got the jump on Jackson and grabbed the lead before the race’s lone caution brought things to a halt two laps in. As the remainder of the race remained green, Bryant consistently worked the top of the track as Jackson, in the bottom groove, gave chase but never was able to get past.

As the cars caught lapped traffic over the final 10 laps, Bryant expertly maneuvered through them and prevailed by 1.9 seconds.

“We’ve had tough luck since the beginning of the year,” Bryant said. “This weekend we haven’t finished a race until tonight. We finally got it under wraps and hopefully got the monkey off our back for good this time.”

Ryan Gillmore finished third with Eric Turner fourth and J.C. Newell in fifth.

McCowan, who began the night two points ahead of Jackson, pulled off early and finished 22nd insuring a shakeup at the top of the points.

Walker earns ULMA Late Model win: The caution-free, 20-lap Warsaw Auto Marine & RV ULMA Late Model feature took just 5 minutes, 48 seconds as pole-starting Dustin Walker led the entire way. It was Walker’s first feature win.

Walker, of Peculiar, Missouri, held off Republic’s Brad Looney by two car lengths. Todd Shute wound up third with three-time reigning track champion Johnny Fennewald – winner of the previous two features – finishing fourth.

Looney started fourth and worked his way into second place by lap five. He pulled alongside Walker going into turn three coming to the white flag, but was unable to make the pass as the pair of No. 14s battled it out.

“You can’t beat a Scott Bailey power plant,” Walker said of his motor. “I only saw (Looney) the one time there. I thought, ‘we’re either gonna crash or win this deal because we weren’t gonna pussyfoot in there again.’

“We were just a little bit tight. We were just trying to keep the car square, but it was time to let it hang out.”

Carver snaps Brown’s Street Stocks streak: Taylor Carver of Lockesburg, Arkansas, made a long haul worth it and broke Derek Brown’s winning streak in the process. Carver took the lead with five laps remaining and held off Brown by two car lengths for the O’Reilly Auto Parts Street Stocks victory.

“It’s a lot better this time than it was the last time,” Carver said of the seven-hour trip to south-central Missouri from southwest Arkansas. Carver visited Lucas Oil Speedway on May 23 but was unable to start the feature due to mechanical issues after winning his heat.

Carter and Brown started on the front row and it was Brown taking early command, though Carver followed closely behind. Carver was able to wrestle the lead away with an inside pass at the finish line of lap six.

Carver protected the low side of the track as Brown worked the high line. As the duo worked through slower traffic in the final laps, Carver was able to hang on.

Tim Brown finished third with Johnny Coats fourth and Toby Ott in fifth.

Reed wins second USRA Mod feature: Defending track champion Robbie Reed of Mexico, Missouri, held off Chase Domer in a thrilling finish to capture his second Pitts Homes USRA Modified feature of the season.

Reed started sixth and took the lead from Chase Jones on lap four. He expanded the margin to 2.1 seconds over Domer, who started fifth, with six laps remaining.

Domer kept slicing Reed’s margin and slid underneath him in turn three on the final lap. But Reed returned the slide job coming out of turn four, as Domer’s momentum carried him high, and he held off Domer by a car length.

“I think he came in there a little too hot,” Reed said of Domer. “I was a little surprised to even see him. I thought I was making some pretty good laps. I didn’t realize he was that close until right there at the end. I couldn’t hear him and didn’t ever see him, but boy, when I did … here he came.”

Jones finished third with Paden Phillips fourth and Ryan Middaugh fifth.

LUCAS OIL SPEEDWAY RESULTS (June 6, 2020)
Big Adventure RV Weekly Racing Series
Ozark Golf Cars USRA B-Mods
A Feature (25 Laps): 1. 28-Andy Bryant[2]; 2. 65-Kris Jackson[1]; 3. 66-Ryan Gillmore[6]; 4. 99T-Eric Turner[10]; 5. 83-JC Newell[7]; 6. 1F-Mitchell Franklin[11]; 7. 8R-Darren Roberts[14]; 8. 19-Jimmy Cummins[17]; 9. 58M-Jamie Mauk[15]; 10. 1B-Ben Newell[9]; 11. 97J-Jeff Elder[13]; 12. 20-Al Ferguson[20]; 13. 28A-Justin Amick[18]; 14. 15H-Jeremy Hazel[19]; 15. 28B-Wesley Briggs[21]; 16. 25-Kenneth McDonald[25]; 17. 74-Kyle Bates[26]; 18. (DNF) 41-Bryan White[24]; 19. (DNF) 4B-Brayton Skaggs[8]; 20. (DNF) 18-JC Morton[3]; 21. (DNF) 99-Jim Cihy[22]; 22. (DNF) 8D-Dillon McCowan[4]; 23. (DNF) 8S-Jon Sheets[5]; 24. (DNF) 46-Brice Gotschall[12]; 25. (DNF) 25G-James Gish[23]; 26. (DNF) 11-Jimmy Willis[16]; 27. (DNS) 10P-Dayton Pursley
Heat 1 (8 Laps): 1. 65-Kris Jackson[8]; 2. 8D-Dillon McCowan[5]; 3. 1B-Ben Newell[2]; 4. 97J-Jeff Elder[3]; 5. 8R-Darren Roberts[6]; 6. 11-Jimmy Willis[1]; 7. 28B-Wesley Briggs[7]; 8. 99-Jim Cihy[9]; 9. (DNF) 25-Kenneth McDonald[4]
Heat 2 (8 Laps): 1. 18-JC Morton[3]; 2. 8S-Jon Sheets[2]; 3. 4B-Brayton Skaggs[1]; 4. 83-JC Newell[7]; 5. 58M-Jamie Mauk[6]; 6. 19-Jimmy Cummins[5]; 7. 20-Al Ferguson[4]; 8. (DNF) 41-Bryan White[8]; 9. (DNS) 10P-Dayton Pursley
Heat 3 (8 Laps): 1. 28-Andy Bryant[5]; 2. 66-Ryan Gillmore[2]; 3. 99T-Eric Turner[3]; 4. 46-Brice Gotschall[1]; 5. 1F-Mitchell Franklin[8]; 6. 28A-Justin Amick[6]; 7. 15H-Jeremy Hazel[9]; 8. 25G-James Gish[7]; 9. (DNF) 74-Kyle Bates[4]

Warsaw Auto Marine & RV ULMA Late Models
A Feature (20 Laps): 1. 14W-Dustin Walker[1]; 2. 14B-Brad Looney[4]; 3. 5-Todd Shute[8]; 4. 21-Johnny Fennewald[3]; 5. 51-Larry Ferris[2]; 6. 31C-Cole Henson[7]; 7. 42H-Chad Richwine[10]; 8. 66T-Matt Becker[5]; 9. 1T-Tucker Cox[12]; 10. 69-Walt Imhoff[11]; 11. 16-Ashlee Lancaster[9]; 12. (DNF) 14-Shawn Strong[6]; 13. (DNS) 99-Larry Jones
Cedar Creek Beef Jerky Heat 1 (8 Laps): 1. 14W-Dustin Walker[4]; 2. 51-Larry Ferris[5]; 3. 66T-Matt Becker[6]; 4. 31C-Cole Henson[1]; 5. 16-Ashlee Lancaster[7]; 6. 69-Walt Imhoff[2]; 7. (DNF) 99-Larry Jones[3]
Cedar Creek Beef Jerky Heat 2 (8 Laps): 1. 21-Johnny Fennewald[1]; 2. 14B-Brad Looney[3]; 3. 14-Shawn Strong[6]; 4. 5-Todd Shute[2]; 5. 42H-Chad Richwine[5]; 6. 1T-Tucker Cox[4]

O’Reilly Auto Parts Street Stocks
A Feature 1 (20 Laps): 1. 40-Taylor Carver[1]; 2. 11-Derek Brown[2]; 3. 111-Tim Brown[3]; 4. 35-Johnny Coats[6]; 5. 27OTT-Toby Ott[10]; 6. 04-Cody Frazon[7]; 7. 73-Francisco Escamila[8]; 8. 30C-Clayton Campbell[5]; 9. 2-Colton Bourland[11]; 10. 69-Brian Brown[14]; 11. 777-Jeff Douty[15]; 12. 7X-John Scott[12]; 13. 19-Derek Long[13]; 14. 44S-Steve Scott[9]; 15. (DNF) 356-Reggie Jackson[4]
Heat 1 (8 Laps): 1. 40-Taylor Carver[6]; 2. 30C-Clayton Campbell[3]; 3. 356-Reggie Jackson[8]; 4. 73-Francisco Escamila[2]; 5. 44S-Steve Scott[1]; 6. 7X-John Scott[4]; 7. 19-Derek Long[5]; 8. 69-Brian Brown[7]
Heat 2 (8 Laps): 1. 111-Tim Brown[2]; 2. 11-Derek Brown[6]; 3. 35-Johnny Coats[4]; 4. 04-Cody Frazon[7]; 5. 27OTT-Toby Ott[5]; 6. 2-Colton Bourland[3]; 7. (DNF) 777-Jeff Douty[1]

Pitts Homes USRA Modifieds
A Feature 1 (20 Laps): 1. 5-Robbie Reed[6]; 2. 227-Chase Domer[5]; 3. 03-Chase Jones[2]; 4. 98D-Paden Phillips[3]; 5. 21-Ryan Middaugh[8]; 6. 21R-Rusty Skaggs[4]; 7. 51G-Lucas Gibbs[10]; 8. 134-Robert Heydenreich[7]; 9. 21W-Tracy Wolf[1]; 10. 155-Terry Kirk[13]; 11. 24D-Donnie Fellers[9]; 12. (DNF) 29B-Nick Whitehead[11]; 13. (DNF) 38C-Jason Pursley[14]; 14. (DNF) 23D-Lucas Dobbs[12]; 15. (DNF) 57-Richard Hines[15]; 16. (DNS) 75L-Lane Whitney
Heat 1 (8 Laps): 1. 03-Chase Jones[1]; 2. 227-Chase Domer[2]; 3. 5-Robbie Reed[3]; 4. 134-Robert Heydenreich[6]; 5. 21-Ryan Middaugh[8]; 6. 23D-Lucas Dobbs[5]; 7. 38C-Jason Pursley[7]; 8. (DNF) 75L-Lane Whitney[4]
Heat 2 (8 Laps): 1. 21W-Tracy Wolf[3]; 2. 98D-Paden Phillips[4]; 3. 21R-Rusty Skaggs[6]; 4. 24D-Donnie Fellers[1]; 5. 51G-Lucas Gibbs[7]; 6. 29B-Nick Whitehead[8]; 7. 155-Terry Kirk[5]; 8. (DNF) 57-Richard Hines[2]

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