It was a long night at the Missouri State Fair Speedway thanks to a couple of red-flag incidents on the speedway and Mother Nature, as she tried to spoil the Tuesday night action at the Historic Half Mile during the 2010 Missouri State Fair.
Two rain delays lengthened the evening, but the speedway staff, along with the help of several drivers, was able to bring the track back to life each time due to their dedicated efforts so the hearty crowd in the grandstands could witness a full night of racing action.
Mid America Modified Series
For the Mid America Modified Series 20-lap feature event, Jim Moody and Dustin Boney led the field to the green with Boney quickly grabbing the lead as heís done so many times this year at several different speedways.
The lead duo was quickly joined at the front by NASCAR star and TV personality Kenny Wallace, who made his way to second early on in the event, relegating Moody to third.
Through lap eight, the race was competitive until Dean Wille had a scary moment in corner two as his car flipped and ended up on its roof, bringing out the red flag. Shad Badder was also involved in the incident, in which both drivers walked away unhurt from their badly damaged cars.
Once the field took the green, the man on the move was 16th-starting Chad Lyle, who rocketed his way into the top four with Jason Thompson also advancing several positions toward the front in the first eight laps.
Wallace maintained second position with Siebert third through the mid-stage of the race. Around the halfway point of the race, Lyle took second away from Wallace and set his sights on Boney out front. Moody suffered mechanical issues and was unable to finish the event after running in the top three.
When it all was said and done, Boney was able to hold off the hard-charging Lyle for the win. Lyle crossed the line second, with Thompson advancing to third, Wallace fourth, Siebert fifth and Johnny Fennewald making his way all the way to sixth.
United Late Model Association
The ULMA late model championship standings heading into the nightís topless special event saw Jason Bodenhamer, Bob Test, Jon Binning and Vance Wilson all looking to improve.
After the near-flawless late model heat races, the drivers were hoping for the same for their main event with Bodenhamer and Vance starting from the front after earning the most passing points in their respective heats.
From the start, Wilson quickly grabbed the lead, but Bodenhamer stuck right with him until a lap-three caution slowed the field.
Once racing resumed, Bodenhamer used the high side in turn two to power his way to the front, leaving Wilson in second by lap five.
The race ran smoothly for several more laps as Bodenhamer and Wilson waged the battle for the win until a lap-14 caution again slowed the field.
At the same time, Bodenhamerís car, which had been smoking for several laps, was forced to leave the speedway with motor problems ending his night. Test also experienced motor woes and also exited the race after running third the entire race.
With the top two in ULMA points out of the event, Steve Clancy, Kevin Coyne and Gordy Gundaker found themselves right in the thick of things for the win.
The green flag waved again, but another caution flew for Brett Wood and Bob King in turn four and again for Walt Imhoff before the race made it to lap 17. The final event of the night had a rough ending with late-race cautions flying over the field.
It didnít matter for Wilson, though, as he took home the win and the $1,000 payday. Clancy and Gundaker took their battle for second right down to the wire with Clancy narrowly claiming the spot in a photo finish for second, with Gundaker third. Coyne had a strong run to fourth, with Jon Binning fifth and Trace Westling rounding out the top six.