Crowded field at Speedway
A crowded field saw action at the Monett Speedway on Sunday night, leading up to the biggest race of the season so far with the United States Modified Touring Series.
The night opened with the Rookies division races. Two heats led up to a seven-car feature race. Lenny Coats, who won his preliminary heat, held his own to dominate the feature as well. Jesse James, the other heat winner, took second. John Beard, right behind Coats in the early race, settled for third. Shawn Duncan and Frank James finished back to back in fourth and fifth.
In the Bomber division, the first preliminary race dictated the top four slots in the feature. Rusty Forrest, Robert High, Willie Oxendine and Jesse Parton finished in a row twice. Aaron Porter, who took third in the second heat, won the fifth place slot.
Two heats led up to a 16-car race for the B-Modifieds crown. JC Morton won both his preliminary and the feature race, ahead of Eric Tenderholt, winner of the other heat. Matt Thompson and Brad Moad, the two second place finishers, took third and fourth. Wes Long, a fourth place finisher in the preliminaries, took fifth.
The Legends division had two preliminary races and 10 cars in the finale. Justin Comer won both his heat and the feature race, leaving Dave Comer, the other heat winner, in second. Colt Pruente took third, and Park Jones finished fourth in preliminary and feature races. Rob Watson dropped from second to fifth for the feature.
Five heats led up to the 24-racer feature in the U.S. Modified Touring Series. Tommy Myer won the first B feature and Derek Ramirez won the second.
In the main feature race, heat winner Terry Phillips proved it was his night, claiming first. Tim Donlinger, a third place heat winner, took second. Ryan Gustin, a second place heat winner, was third. Heat winner Jeremy Payne took fourth and Jason Hughes, a second place heat winner, finished fifth.
Five races are scheduled for next Sunday's races, featuring a topless option for cars in the Late Modifieds and Modifieds divisions. Hot laps start at 7 p.m. Races begin at 7:30 p.m.