Schoen grabs top prize at Nevada's I-49 Speedway
Racer Tyler Schoen had a big night June 4 at I-49 Speedway, collecting the event's grand prize, a $500 payday.
A grand total of 30 pure stock cars signed in to compete in the special race. Making his 2016 I-49 Speedway debut, Halfway's Tyler Schoen showed the pure stock competitors how it's done en route to collecting the $500 to win special event.
Giving Schoen a battle for the lead, Nevada's Matthew Hendren took second, while Matthew Kay of Chanute finished in the third spot after starting third.
Advancing one position was Mitchell Coulter of Fort Scott, who placed fourth. However, the driver who made the biggest move was Josh Parcell of Joplin, who after starting 21st, slotted into fifth-place.
A strong field of 15 Mini Stock cars competed, as James Lemke who made the trip down from Leavenworth, Kan., scored his first victory at I-49 Speedway. Mark Stewart of Osceola, also making his 2016 I-49 debut, cruised into a runner-up finish. An early spin-out likely cost Stewart a his shot at first-place.
After battling Michael Scrader of Sedalia, weekly competitor John Willard of St. Joseph, slotted into third-place, while Scrader had to settle for fourth. After starting 11th, Delbert Agee of Bronaugh, rounded out the top five finishers.
After having last spun his tires at I-49 Speedway in Oct. 2009, Everton's Sundance Keepper emerged in victory lane, triumphing over a stacked field of 18 street stocks. Keepper started fourth and took the lead early in the race as he never looked back.
After starting in the fifth position, Colby Ott of Wheatland, netted a runner-up finish, Jonathon Romesburg of Seneca, placed third after being challenged by Greg Cantrell of Joplin, who would finished fourth. After starting in position eight, weekly competitor Charles Brown of Hume, finished in fifth.
Scoring his second victory of the season, Rob Muilenburg of Sparta, led the field wire-to-wire from the green flag to the checkered. Mike Hailman of Branson, did his best to track Muilenburg down, but eventually settled for the second-place finish.
Hailman caught up to Muilenburg at one point in the race, but a caution flag came out, halting Hailman's momentum.
Tyler Brown flew into third-place after passing Joplin's Austin Johnson, who notched fourth. Devin Crockett of Lamar rounded out the top five order.
A stacked field of 21 B-Mods hit the track, putting on a show for the speedway spectators. And it was Nevada-native Jon Sheets who ended up parking his car in victory lane, scoring his first feature win of the season.
Sheets started in the fourth row in the feature-event, working his way up for the win. After starting sixth, Andy Bryant of Fort Scott, nabbed second. Jerry Morgan, a fellow Fort Scottian, slid into third-place. After making a big move, advancing six spots, Cayden Campbell finished in fourth. After starting 17th, fellow Fort Scottian, Kenny Shaw, recorded a fifth-place finish.
After starting on the front row, Verona's Dustin Mooneyham, led the late model field all 20 laps en route to securing his second consecutive victory at the speedway.
Starting beside Mooneyham was Larry Jones of El Dorado Springs. Jones was able to hold his ground, finishing in the second spot. Craig Wood, also of El Dorado Springs, placed third. Nevada's Jason Pike, who started in the fourth position, finished in the fourth position, while Rob Hail of El Dorado Springs nabbed a fifth-place finish after starting sixth.