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O’Neil nets $10,002 with Grant Junghans Memorial triumphJake O'Neil celebrates with crew members and family after winning the 3rd Annual Grant Junghans Memorial on Friday, Au. 17, at the Lakeside Speedway in Kansas City, Kan.

O’Neil nets $10,002 with Grant Junghans Memorial triumph


As drivers and fans alike celebrated the life of one of the most popular dirt track racers of all time, Friday’s 3rd Annual Grant Junghans Memorial at the Lakeside Speedway gave the fans a night to remember.

In the 32-lap feature co-sanctioned by the USMTS and USRA, Jake O’Neil came away with the biggest win of his career by holding off Johnny Scott—the toughest USMTS competitor so far this season.

Lance Town took the initial lead in the race with Cade Dillard, Mark Schafman and Scott in tow.

With four laps in the books, Scott snuck underneath Town to lead the fifth circuit with Dillard following into second one lap later.

Lucas Schott, who won the inaugural Grant Junghans Memorial two years ago, slipped by Dillard the next time around with O’Neil following him into third on lap 8.

Two laps later, O’Neil got around Schott in the first turn and then disposed of Scott in the next corner to snag the top spot away in just 10 laps after rolling off 13th on the 30-car grid.

Scott never let O’Neil get away, and hounded him for the next 10 laps as the lead pair picked their way through heavy lapped traffic, finally finding a run off of turn four to lead lap 21.

But it was a short-lived reign as O’Neil’s line around the outside of a lapped car was quicker than Scott’s inside line and O’Neil was back in front at the end of lap 22.

Schott narrowed the gap between himself and the two leaders in the closing laps, but could not mount a challenge as O’Neil stayed clear of trouble and kept Scott behind him the final 10 laps to take home a $10,002 payday.


Jake O'Neil celebrates after winning the 3rd Annual Grant Junghans Memorial powered by Spike Hardcore Energy on Friday, Aug. 17, a the Lakeside Speedway in Kansas City, Kan.

“You have no idea (what the money mean),” said O’Neil, who had to rent a truck to get up and down the road last week when his hauler broke down. “I don’t even know what to say really.

“Grant was riding with us tonight. This was my number one race of the year I wanted to go to, even if I didn’t race at all, and for sure the one I wanted to win. Coming here I didn’t think we really had a chance but thank God I talked with Jimmy Owens on the phone and he gave me a few ideas, and I’ll tell you what, that guy he builds a hell of a race car.”

Scott and Schott settled for second and third, respectively, with Terry Phillips and Dillard rounding out the top five.

Tyler Wolff was sixth, defending race winner Rodney Sanders grinded out a seventh-place finish, Town held on for eighth, Stormy Scott nabbed the ninth spot and Dereck Ramirez claimed tenth place a the checkers.

The USMTS Hunt for the Casey’s Cup powered by Summit resumes Saturday night at the Salina Highbanks Speedway in Pryor Creek, Okla., for the 6th Annual Salute To Our Veterans presented by ARMI (Arkansas Myriad, Inc.) which is sponsoring free admission to veterans and active military with proper ID.

The event will kick off with a pre-race military flyover by Paul Mackey and the Warbirds, and will feature the Smith All-Fab Back Row Challenge and a $500 Hard Charger Award. The top eight redraw drivers will have the option of electing to start tailback for a $3,000 bonus if they win. The first two drivers who take the challenge will start from the rear. The Hard Charger bonus is included in the Back Row Challenge bonus.

Plus S&J Plumbing Pure Stocks, Super Stocks and AmeriFlex B-Mods will also be on the card.

The pit gate opens at 3 p.m., grandstands open at 5, the drivers meeting commences at 6:15, hot laps start at 6:30 and racing gets underway at 7 p.m.

Tickets are $20 for adults or $17 for seniors ages 62 and up. Kids ages 6-12 are $10. Members of the military and veterans are admitted free of charge, as well as children ages 5 and under. Pit passes are $35 ($5 off w/ NASCAR license).

Discount coupons good for $2 off the adult ticket price are available on race day at Casey's General Store locations in Adair, Chelsea, Claremore, Tahlequah and Wagoner plus the Siloam Springs location in Arkansas. To find the location nearest you, visit www.caseys.com.

Zack VanderBeek will be at the 100 W. Main St. in Adair from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. to meet ‘n’ greet fans.

The Salina Highbanks Speedway is located 7 miles east of Pryor on SR 20. For more information, visit the website at www.salinahighbanksspeedway.com or call (918) 434-7223.

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From left to right: Grant Junghans's father and mother Greg and Pat Jughans, winner Jake O'Neil, runner-up Johnny Scott, third-place finisher Lucas Schott and fourth-place finishers Terry Phillips.

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OFFICIAL RESULTS
United States Modified Touring Series
3rd Annual Grant Junghans Memorial powered by Spike Hardcore Energy
Lakeside Speedway, Kansas City, Kan.
Friday, Aug. 17, 2018

Showing finishing position, starting position in parentheses, car number, driver, hometown, chassis/engine builder, laps completed and money won. The top 12 in heat race passing points advance to the Casey’s General Stores “A” Main with the top 8 redrawing for the first 8 starting spots.

SIMPSON PERFORMANCE PRODUCTS HEAT RACE #1 (8 laps):
1. (1) 75 Terry Phillips, Springfield, Mo.
2. (2) 3b Nic Bidinger, Perry, Kan.
3. (4) 88 Chad Wheeler, Muskogee, Okla.
4. (6) 2s Stormy Scott, Las Cruces, N.M.
5. (3) 3366 Ryan Gillmore, Springfield, Mo.
6. (7) 70 Aaron Marrant, Richmond, Mo.
7. (8) G17 Fito Gallardo, Las Cruces, N.M.
8. (5) 8c Chris Clark, Jackson, Wyo.

FAST SHAFTS HEAT RACE #2 (8 laps):
1. (1) 97 Cade Dillard, Robeline, La.
2. (3) 69 Lucas Schott, Chatfield, Minn.
3. (4) 20 Rodney Sanders, Happy, Texas
4. (8) 21x Travis Saurer, Elizabeth, Minn.
5. (7) 27L Trevor Latham, Rogers, Ark.
6. (6) 15 Dennie Gieber, Frankston, Texas
7. (5) 20rt Ricky Thornton Jr., Chandler, Ariz.
8. (2) 19sb Lance Mari, Imperial, Calif.

EDELBROCK HEAT RACE #3 (8 laps):
1. (1) 4w Tyler Wolff, Fayetteville, Ark.
2. (8) 21t Lance Town, Wellsville, Kan.
3. (6) 96 R.C. Whitwell, Tucson, Ariz.
4. (5) 1k Tim Karrick, Basehor, Kan.
5. (2) 30 Tad Davis, Mount Hope, Kan.
6. (7) 3j Lewis Jackson, Wellsville, Kan.
7. (4) 23 Justin Rexwinkle, South Coffeyville, Okla.
8. (3) 16s Chad Lyle, Oak Grove, Mo.

MSD PERFORMANCE HEAT RACE #4 (8 laps):
1. (2) 68 Kerry Davis, Parkville, Mo.
2. (8) 4r Dereck Ramirez, Woodward, Okla.
3. (3) 90 Terry Schultz, Sedalia, Mo.
4. (7) 87 Darron Fuqua, Mayetta, Kan.
5. (5) 49j Jason Murray, Hartford, Iowa
6. (6) 11n Gene Nicholas, Lowell, Ark.
7. (1) 07 Cory Crapser, Chippewa Falls, Wis.
DQ – 12 Jason Hughes, Watts, Okla.

VP RACING FUELS HEAT RACE #5 (8 laps):
1. (5) 1st Johnny Scott, Cameron, Mo.
2. (1) 66t Tyler Schmidt, Easton, Kan.
3. (6) 91 Joe Duvall, Claremore, Okla.
4. (3) 12 Johnny Bone Jr., Pea Ridge, Ark.
5. (4) 111 Bumper Jones, Mesilla Park, N.M.
6. (8) 21 Austin Bonner, Elk City, Okla.
7. (7) 23 Adam Kates, Tonganoxie, Kan.
8. (2) 16 Austin Siebert, Grandview, Mo.

PRODUCTION JARS HEAT RACE #6 (8 laps):
1. (2) 34 Mark Schafman, Edwardsville, Kan.
2. (3) 33z Zack VanderBeek, New Sharon, Iowa
3. (5) 0 Jake O'Neil, Tucson, Ariz.
4. (1) J17 Jake Gallardo, Las Cruces, N.M.
5. (7) 18jr Chase Sigg, Iola, Kan.
6. (4) 33 Danny Martin, Republic, Mo.
7. (8) 7D7 Kyle Covert, Topeka, Kan.
8. (6) 18j Dustin Johnson, Hampshire, Ill.

REAL RACING WHEELS “B” MAIN #1 (15 laps, top 9 advance):
1. (2) 0 Jake O'Neil, Tucson, Ariz.
2. (4) 87 Darron Fuqua, Mayetta, Kan.
3. (5) 2s Stormy Scott, Las Cruces, N.M.
4. (1) 3b Nic Bidinger, Perry, Kan.
5. (15) 16 Austin Siebert, Grandview, Mo.
6. (3) 88 Chad Wheeler, Muskogee, Okla.
7. (8) 3366 Ryan Gillmore, Springfield, Mo.
8. (7) 27L Trevor Latham, Rogers, Ark.
9. (6) 12 Johnny Bone Jr., Pea Ridge, Ark.
10. (10) 21 Austin Bonner, Elk City, Okla., MBCustoms/ChevPerf, $152.
11. (13) G17 Fito Gallardo, Las Cruces, N.M., LG2/ProPower, $152.
12. (11) 3j Lewis Jackson, Wellsville, Kan., Hoffman/Driskell, $152.
13. (14) 8c Chris Clark, Jackson, Wyo., GRT/PerfAuto, $152.
14. (9) 49j Jason Murray, Hartford, Iowa, JMRC/Tesar, $152.
15. (12) 11n Gene Nicholas, Lowell, Ark., Hughes/Kelly, $152.
DNS – 20rt Ricky Thornton Jr., Chandler, Ariz., Jet/Mullins, $152.
DNS – 07 Cory Crapser, Chippewa Falls, Wis., MBCustoms/Troy’s, $152.
DNS – 16s Chad Lyle, Oak Grove, Mo., GRT/BME, $152.

REAL RACING WHEELS “B” MAIN #2 (15 laps, top 9 advance):
1. (3) 20 Rodney Sanders, Happy, Texas
2. (6) J17 Jake Gallardo, Las Cruces, N.M.
3. (1) 66t Tyler Schmidt, Easton, Kan.
4. (4) 90 Terry Schultz, Sedalia, Mo.
5. (2) 21x Travis Saurer, Elizabeth, Minn.
6. (10) 70 Aaron Marrant, Richmond, Mo.
7. (16) 19sb Lance Mari, Imperial, Calif.
8. (9) 111 Bumper Jones, Mesilla Park, N.M.
9. (5) 1k Tim Karrick, Basehor, Kan.
10. (8) 30 Tad Davis, Mount Hope, Kan., GRT/Mullins, $152.
11. (11) 15 Dennie Gieber, Frankston, Texas, GRT/AMS, $152.
12. (13) 7D7 Kyle Covert, Topeka, Kan., GRT/Meinholdt, $152.
13. (14) 23 Justin Rexwinkle, South Coffeyville, Okla., JRC/Outlaw, $152.
14. (7) 18jr Chase Sigg, Iola, Kan., GRT/Sigg, $152.
15. (12) 33 Danny Martin, Republic, Mo., Hoffman/ChevPerf, $152.
16. (15) 23 Adam Kates, Tonganoxie, Kan., LG2/Speedway, $152.
17. (17) 18j Dustin Johnson, Hampshire, Ill., MBCustoms/Sput’s, $152.
DNS – 12 Jason Hughes, Watts, Okla., Hughes/Mullins, $152.

SPIKE HARDCORE ENERGY “A” MAIN (32 laps):
1. (13) 0 Jake O'Neil, Tucson, Ariz., LG2/Cornett, 32, $10,002.
2. (6) 1st Johnny Scott, Cameron, Mo., VanderBuilt/Hill, 32, $5222.
3. (9) 69 Lucas Schott, Chatfield, Minn., MBCustoms/Hill, 32, $4302.
4. (5) 75 Terry Phillips, Springfield, Mo., GRT/Durham, 32, $3402.
5. (2) 97 Cade Dillard, Robeline, La., MBCustoms/ASI, 32, $3002.
6. (8) 4w Tyler Wolff, Fayetteville, Ark., MBCustoms/Hatfield, 32, $2502.
7. (14) 20 Rodney Sanders, Happy, Texas, MBCustoms/Hatfield, 32, $2202.
8. (1) 21t Lance Town, Wellsville, Kan., MBCustoms/Driskell, 32, $2002.
9. (17) 2s Stormy Scott, Las Cruces, N.M., VanderBuilt/Mullins, 32, $1802.
10. (7) 4r Dereck Ramirez, Woodward, Okla., Hughes/Cornett, 32, $1602.
11. (22) 21x Travis Saurer, Elizabeth, Minn., MBCustoms/PerfAuto, 32, $1502.
12. (11) 96t R.C. Whitwell, Tucson, Ariz., Victory/Mullins, 32, $1402.
13. (12) 91 Joe Duvall, Claremore, Okla., MBCustoms/ChevPerf, 32, $1302.
14. (27) 27L Trevor Latham, Rogers, Ark., Hughes/BCD, 32, $1292.
15. (18) 66t Tyler Schmidt, Easton, Kan., Hughes/Mullins, 32, $1282.
16. (3) 34 Mark Schafman, Edwardsville, Kan., Schweizer/Yeoman, 32, $1272.
17. (20) 90 Terry Schultz, Sedalia, Mo., Hughes/Mullins, 32, $1262.
18. (10) 33z Zack VanderBeek, New Sharon, Iowa, VanderBuilt/Sput’s, 31, $1252.
19. (21) 16 Austin Siebert, Grandview, Mo., MBCustoms/Durham, 31, $1242.
20. (25) 3366 Ryan Gillmore, Springfield, Mo., Hoffman/ChevPerf, 31, $1232.
21. (16) J17 Jake Gallardo, Las Cruces, N.M., LG2/ProPower, 31, $1222.
22. (29) 12 Johnny Bone Jr., Pea Ridge, Ark., Shaw/Yeoman, 31, $1212.
23. (19) 3b Nic Bidinger, Perry, Kan., GRT/Siebert, 22, $1202.
24. (23) 88 Chad Wheeler, Muskogee, Okla., MBCustoms/Durham, 21, $1202.
25. (15) 87 Darron Fuqua, Mayetta, Kan., MBCustoms/Driskell, 20, $1202.
26. (30) 1k Tim Karrick, Basehor, Kan., VanderBuilt/Millert, 19, $1202.
27. (28) 111 Bumper Jones, Mesilla Park, N.M., GRT/Sput’s, 9, $1202.
28. (4) 68 Kerry Davis, Parkville, Mo., GRT/Sput’s, 4, $1202.
29. (26) 19sb Lance Mari, Imperial, Calif., MRT/Yeoman, 2, $1202.
30. (24) 70 Aaron Marrant, Richmond, Mo., GRT/Burlington, 2, $1202.

Lap Leaders: Town 1-4, J. Scott 5-9, O’Neil 10-20, J. Scott 21, O’Neil 22-32.
Total Laps Led: O’Neil 22, J. Scott 6, Town 4.
Margin of Victory: 1.056 seconds.
Time of Race: 14 minutes, 56.112 seconds (1 caution).
Eibach Spring Forward Award: O’Neil (advanced 15 positions).
FK Rod Ends Hard Charger: Latham (started 27th, finished 14th).
Entries: 48.
Long Tow Awards: Jones, F. Gallardo/J. Gallardo, Dillard, Saurer, Gieber.
Next Race: Saturday, Aug. 18, Salina Highbanks Speedway, Pryor Creek, Okla.

Contingency Awards:
American Racer – Jackson.
Beyea Custom Headers – Schultz.
BSB Manufacturing – J. Gallardo.
Casey’s General Stores – Fuqua.
Champ Pans – Dillard.
Deatherage Opticians – Whitwell.
E3 Spark Plugs – Schott.
Edelbrock – Wolff.
Eibach – O’Neil.
Fast Shafts – Dillard.
FK Rod Ends – Latham.
Forty9 Designs – Latham, Siebert.
GRT Race Cars – K. Davis.
Hooker Harness – Duvall.
Integra Shocks & Springs – VanderBeek.
Jerovetz Motorsports Racing Parts – Schmidt.
Keyser Manufacturing – Ramirez.
KSE Racing Products – S. Scott.
Maxima Racing Oils – O’Neil.
Out-Pace Racing Products – Schafman.
QA1 – Wolff.
RacerWebsite.com – Covert.
Real Racing Wheels – all non-qualifiers.
Simpson Performance Products – Phillips.
Swift Springs – O’Neil, Karrick.
Sybesma Graphics – Town.
Tire Demon – Saurer.
VP Racing Fuels – O’Neil.
Wehrs Machine & Racing Products – Town.
Wilwood Disc Brakes – Sanders.

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USMTS OFFICIAL SPONSORS: Alpinestars, American Racer Racing Tires, Argo Manufacturing, Casey’s General Stores, Chevrolet Performance, CP-Carrillo, Deatherage Opticians, Eibach Springs, Fast Shafts, Intercomp, Jerovetz Motorsports Racing Parts, KSE Racing Products, Leaf Racewear & Safety Equipment, Malvern Bank, Mesilla Valley Transportation, MSD Performance, Nitroquest Media, Pace Performance, RacinDirt.com, S&S Fishing & Rental, Summit Racing Equipment, VP Racing Fuels.

USMTS PARTICIPATING SPONSORS: Arizona Sport Shirts, ASi Racewear, Boubin Tire & Automotive, Brodix Cylinder Heads, Duvall Electric, Eagle Moon Farm, ElbowsUp.com, Evolution Powersports, Oreo Cookies, PBM Performance Products, Production Jars, Rancho Milagro Racing, River’s Edge Scrap Management, Snickers, Spike Hardcore Energy, Top of the World Ranch, YouDirt.com.

USMTS CONTINGENCY SPONSORS: 905 Ink, AFCO Racing Products, Allstar Performance, Beyea Custom Headers, Brown & Miller Racing Solutions, BSB Manufacturing, Champ Pans, Edelbrock, FK Rod Ends, Forty9 Designs, Genesis Racing Shocks, GRT Race Cars, Holley Performance Products, Hooker Harness, Integra Shocks & Springs, Keyser Manufacturing, Maxima Racing Oils, Mr. Gasket, Out-Pace Racing Products, QA1, RacerWebsite.com, Real Racing Wheels, RHRSwag.com, Simpson Performance Products, Swift Springs, Sybesma Graphics, Tire Demon, Wehrs Machine & Race Products, Wilwood Disc Brakes.




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