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Bulldogs, Spartans part of Lions Club All-Stars

Drivers and fans will gather at the Historic Half Mile

of the Missouri State Fair Speedway in Sedalia when

engines roar back to life for the annual State Fair Championships.

This year’s event takes place on Sunday, Aug. 21 with

ASCS Warrior Region 360 Sprint Cars, MLRA Super

Late Models, and the best of the best in area open-wheel

“A” Modified competition.

Last year, Austin Alumbaugh took the 360 Sprint Car

title while Kelly Boen claimed the MLRA Late Model

win with Dustin Boney driving to victory lane in the

Modifieds. This year, all three divisions race on one

night to see who will be crowned 2011 champions.

The Speedway Motors ASCS Warrior Region drivers

have battled all season long in pursuit of the first-ever

Warrior Region championship.

Brad Loyet leads the way with Randy Martin and Kyle

Bellm close behind. The rest of the Warrior Region top-

10 drivers include Mark Shirshekan, Jonathan Cornell,

Cody Baker, Josh Stephens, Tyler Blank, Alumbaugh,

and Evan Martin. Drivers from the nearby Sooner and

Midwest Regions for ASCS could also be competing.

The Lucas Oil MLRA super late model events this

year produced some exciting races and new faces running

near the front.

However, a familiar face leads the tour so far as Al

Purkey is in position to bring home yet another MLRA

title. Kyle Berck, John Anderson, Chad Simpson, and

Terry Phillips make up the rest of the top five.

The most wide-open championship crown up for

grabs will likely come from the Modified. Should Boney

return to defend his crown, he will certainly be a favorite,

but there will be plenty of Modified aces on hand

trying to prevent him from claiming his second championship.

Some drivers thought to be attending include past

champion Jim Moody, Jason Bodenhamer, Jim Moody,

Jason Thompson, Terry Schultz, Austin Siebert, and

multiple 2010 feature winner Chad Lyle.

Pit gates will open at 3 p.m. with admission gates

opening at 4:30. Hot laps take place at 5:30 with racing

getting under way at 6.

General Admission tickets are $18; Senior & Military,

$15; Kids 6-12, $8; Five and younger free; all pit passes

are $25.

The Blue team defense takes a break late in the second half trying to cool down on a very warm evening while the offense takes the field. From left, Carpenter, Southwick and Richmond’s Peyton Fields watch the action from the sidelines. Also selected for the game from the area were Ty Tweedie of Richmond and Jordyn Butler of Orrick. Butler was injured earlier in the week at practice and did not play. Proceeds from the game benefit the Missouri Lions Eye Research Foundation. The Lions Club game has raised nearly $200,000.

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