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Heading into week eight of the 2009 Central Missouri Speedway season, two-time and defending track champion Aaron Marrant, of Orrick, has raced his way to the top of the standings in the ‘Mighty’ Modified division.
Marrant has racked up four top-five finishes in six points-scoring events this season with a best finish of third along the way. He is a six-time feature winner at the speedway over the last few years and one of the most consistent drivers at the front of the field each week.
Concordia’s ‘Movin’ Dave Meyer was the 1995 CMS Late Model Champion, but has yet to claim a title in the modified division at CMS during the Walls’ time frame as track owners. Meyer now finds himself in the thick of the battle for the crown just eight points behind Marrant in second place; he has already picked up one feature win this season.
Another driver who has yet to claim a modified CMS title is Basehor, Kan. driver, Tim Karrick, who also has driven to one feature race win so far this season and is just four points behind Meyer in third. Only 12 points separate the top three in the current standings.
Last week’s winner, Jason Thompson of Concordia, has closed in on the lead trio and now sits fourth, one rung ahead of fifth-running James McMillin of Warrensburg.
Even fewer points separate the top three drivers in the ULMA Late Model division. Another two-time track champion currently occupies the lead position, as Kevin ‘the Kid’ Coyne of Kingsville holds onto a three-point lead over a fast closing Randy Ainsworth of Excelsior Springs.
Coyne has amassed two top-five finishes since late model racing returned to CMS. Ainsworth seems to improve each and every week and has now moved into second in the standings, one spot ahead of another driver steadily climbing the standings.
Warrensburg driver Jon Binning scored his best finish of the year last weekend by driving to a second-place finish, and now holds down the third position, just six markers behind the point leader.
Odessa’s Steve Clancy moves into the overall top five after his third-place run last week while Jefferson City driver Robbie Test clings onto the fifth spot heading into this week’s action. Last weekend, 21 late models were on hand at the speedway.
In 2007, Brian ‘Back in Black’ Johnson raced his way to 10 feature victories and it appears he may be shooting for that marker again this season. Last weekend, he comfortably took his third feature win of the year and widened his championship points lead on his fellow competitors.
By virtue of several strong finishes this year, Michael Mullins of Kingsville holds down second in the current standings. Mullins has been one of the most consistent runners at CMS this year in any division. Last year’s champion, Nic Bennett of Oak Grove, has kept the front two in sight and sits third overall. Two-time feature winner this season, Chad Eickleberry rebounded with a solid top-five run last weekend and sits fourth in the overall standings, one position ahead of long-time CMS racer John Ebert of Bates City.
Big car counts and close-quartered racing have been the order of the day for the B-Modified racers at CMS this year. The youth movement continues to ride high in the standings as Jacob Ebert of Oak Grove again leads another week ahead of his fellow racers thanks largely in part to his two wins and five top five finishes.
Ethan Isaacs, who drives a car he built himself as his high school senior class project, has closed to within 18 points of the leader and currently resides in second position.
Forty-something driver Brian ‘Ziggy’ Ziegler leads the ‘grey beards’ in the standings and occupies third position with five top-five finishes to his credit. Chris Brockway of Warrensburg has already picked up a feature win this season and has now climbed to fourth overall one spot ahead of Orrick driver Michael King, who rounds out the top five.
Another weekly race program is on tap at CMS in all four divisions Saturday. General admission for adults is $10, Seniors 65 and up, Military and College Students w/I.D. pay just $8, kids ages 6 to 12 are admitted for $6, and children 5 and under are free. Race fans permanently confined to wheelchairs get in absolutely free at CMS every week.
Grandstand admission begins at 5 p.m., with Hot Laps at 7. Racing gets underway a half-hour later.