After suffering the 1st rain-out of the season last Saturday night, the 2014 Monster Energy Chase for the NASCAR Championship picks back-up this Saturday Night at the “High-Banks” of the Lebanon I-44 Speedway. All 5 of the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series classes competing in track, state and national point chases will be in action as Caddy Shack Golf Cars of Camdenton will be headlining the event.
The O’Reilly Auto Parts Pro Late Models will be looking for their 4th different feature winner in as many races. Current point leader, 15 year old Kaleb Allison, heads a very tight field including previous winner “The Stoutland Rocket” Little JC Newell. The current NASCAR Missouri State Point leader Austin “Grasshopper” Fullerton of Chelsea, Oklahoma along with points runner-up Kyle Donahue of Wildwood, Missouri will look to close the tight points gap this weekend. Brennon Willard of Lebanon, Springfield’s Jimmy Vanzandt along with veteran drivers Jim Reeves and Steve Holt and a host of others as a large field is expected. Opening night winner Allison leads the track standing with a 12 point advantage over Kyle Donahue who competes in his rookie year and 14 points over Fullerton.
Budweiser Modified most recent winner during the Mercy Masters of the Pro’s 144, Stephen Counterman heads another talented field of drivers as 4 different winners in 4 features have highlighted the Ground Pounders of the Ozarks. Counterman, David Bates, Tim Swearengin, and Ricky Icenhower have all visited victory lane so far with Counterman leading the point standings over Lebanon’s Chris Johnson by 29 points and Veteran Terry Taylor by 38 with a lot of racing still yet this season while Richard Lewis and Tim Swearengin complete the top 5.
The Monster Energy Sportsman are back in action this week with Nixa’s Toby Harden the new point leader after stopping Paul Jepson’s 2 race win streak. The 6 point advantage keeps things interesting while veteran JC Newell completes the top 3 and is close to visiting the winners circle. Rumors of several new cars being completed with the down time the last couple of weeks make expectations for a couple of new drivers for this event.
The Keyser Manufacturing Road Warriors have had 2 different winners out of 3 features so far. Neosho’s Geoff Ledford was the most recent winner while also taking the win on opening night. Exeter’s Carl Harlow sets on top of the standings with a 45 point lead over Fair Grove’s Les Mallard. Harlow has been at the front of the pack each night keeping the tough field honest as the competition keeps getting closer each race night. Cassville’s Mike Funcannon is close to getting a feature win as he sets 3rd in the standings while Ledford holds 4th with Lebanon drivers Tony Johnson and Mike Juergensen completing the top 6.
Becoming a very popular class, the entry level Coca-Cola Chargers have seen plenty of great racing throughout the pack as 2 names have been taking home the trophies. Current point leader Jordan Nesbitt of Lebanon had his 2 race winning streak broke During the Mercy Masters of the Pro’s as opening night winner Jason Walls of St. James grabbed the checkered for the second time. Each of these drivers have 2 wins a piece and only 11 points separate the duo as 18 year old lady driver Lauren Buhr of Neosho is only 58 behind the leaders. Rolla’s Ben White and defending champion Jimmy Poindexter complete the top 5 as 3 wide excitement is there each feature for this class in the form of John Hunn, Larry Hunter, Japheth Nisbett, Mark Glorfeld and Amanda Anderson and many others.
Gates will open at 5pm for the Budweiser “Wild Side” Tier Parking, where the family can grill and chill out while enjoying the action right below them as well as the Monster Energy Grandstands and Budweiser Party Deck. Racing to start at 6:30. The Grandstands also feature special seating where fans can stretch their legs in lawn chairs they bring from home while the Fan Deck offers specials all evening long and a self-service Concession Stand awaits the family with fresh grilled food.
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Current Point Standings
O’Reilly Auto Parts Late Models
1 – Kaleb Allison-Mexico 336
2 – Kyle Donahue-Wildwood 324
3 – Austin Fullerton-Chelsea, Okla. 322
4 – Brennon Willard-Lebanon 277
5 – JC (James) Newell-Stoutland 270
6 – Jim Reaves-Strafford 266
7 – Jimmy Vanzandt-Springfield 254
8 – Steve Holt-Strafford 254
9 – Austin Johnson-Inola, Okla. 247
10-Terry Limberopoulos-Cuba 218
1 – Stephen Counterman-Fair Grove 442
2 – Christopher Johnson-Lebanon 413
3 – Terry Taylor-Fair Grove 404
4 – Richard Lewis-Willard 385
5 – Tim Swearengin-Springfield 363
6 – David Bates-Fair Grove 319
7 – Ricky Icenhower-Fair Grove 308
8 – Mark Riddle-Springfield 261
9 – Brian Lewis-Willard 248
10-Christopher Kerperien-Lebanon 238
Keyser Manufacturing Road Warriors
1 – Carl Harlow-Exeter 358
2 – Les Mallard-Fair Grove 313
3 – Mike Funcannon-Cassville 287
4 – Geoffrey Ledford-Neosho 250
5 – Tony Johnson-Lebanon 248
6 – Michael Juergensen-Lebanon 239
7 – Riley Sharp-Fair Grove 212
8 – Nick Cherry-Springfield 190
9 – Gary Ball-Lebanon 162
10-Aaron Wilke-Bridgeton 84
Monster Energy Sportsman
1 – Toby Harden-Nixa 362
2 – Paul Jepsen-Rolla 356
3 – James Newell-Decaturville 317
4 – Jake Piel-Webster Grove 203
5 – Jimmy (James) Fohn-Eldrige 166
6 – Justin Blake-Lebanon 98
7 – Keith Buckley-Farmington 94
8 – Daron Fuqua-Mayetta, Kansas 92
1 – Jordan Nisbett-Lebanon 472
2 – Jason Walls-St. James 461
3 – Lauren Buhr-Neosho 414
4 – Ben White-Rolla 409
5 – Jimmy Poindexter-Willard 385
6 – John Hunn-Rolla 381
7 – Larry Hunter-Laquey 343
8 – Japheth Nisbett-Rolla 341
9 – Mark Glorfeld-Springfield 316
10-Amanda Anderson-Lebanon 277