Mooneyham claims Late Model Special
A sellout crowd gathered Saturday night at Nevada Speedway for an action-packed night of racing, as well as to support a pair of local veteran drivers who came out of retirement for another run around the historic dirt oval.
“The Nevada Speedway is overwhelmed by how many fans came out and sincerely appreciate everyone’s support,” said Jerry Davis, who is affiliated with Nevada Speedway.
The feature event was the Late Model Special, with 16 drivers vying for the grand prize. No stranger to victory lane this season, Verona’s Dustin Mooneyham parlayed outside pole position into a trip to victory lane, winning the 30 lap special to take home the $1,750 payday.
In his first trip to the speedway, Aurora’s Cole Wells kept Monneyham within his sights, before eventually settling for a strong second-place finish.
Alan “The Wild Child” Vaughn of Belton, ascended 11 spots from his original starting position to nab a third-place finish. Rounding out the top five, was Rob Powell of Gentry, Ark., and Webb City’s Mark Daye.
In the Pure Stock division, Fort Scott’s Norman Mackley was awarded first-place in the 15-lap feature after the winning car was disqualified.
Last week’s winner, Tyler Schoen of Halfway, slotted into the runner-up spot, while Liberal’s Broc Rose took third. After beginning in the eighth position on the starting grid, Nevada High School junior, Jaren Powrie moved up four spots for the fourth-place finish.
Thomas Dunham of Carl Junction, netted a strong fifth-place finish, after weaving through the field to move up eight spots from his original starting position.
In the Street Stock division, hometown driver Shawn Hendren battled it out with fellow Nevadan Karl Lehman, with Hendren emerging in victory lane and Lehman placing second. Mike Bitner of Frontenac netted third, while Jay Prevete advanced up from eighth to finish fourth. Meanwhile, Joplin’s Buddy Owens rounded out the top five finishers.
Rob Muilenburg, who considers Nevada Speedway’s victory lane like a second home, won again, flying the checkers in the Midwest Mod division.
Nevada High School senior Cayden Campbell, was able to hang with Muilenburg en route to a solid runner-up finish.
Third place went to Lamar’s Devin Crockett, while Jared McIntire of Joplin took home the night’s “hard-charger” honors, elevating 13 spots from his original starting position to take home the fourth-place finish. Another hard-charger was Osceola’s Larry Drake, who opened in the 16th position, before finishing fifth.
Adding to his collection of Nevada Speedway hardware, Butler native Jeff Douty, who started in third, made a spectacular pass on Fort Scott’s Rusty Skaggs on his way to victory lane.
After Skaggs in the runner-up spot, was fellow Fort Scotian, Jerry Morgan, in third; Neosho’s Levi Phillips in fourth; and Brayton Skaggs in fifth.
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Racing returns to Nevada Speedway on Saturday, with festivities set to kick off at 7 p.m. sharp.