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September 5, 2020

Oberkramer rides high side to capture MLRA Ron Jenkins Memorial at Lucas Oil Speedway

Mason Oberkramer (93) outdueled Justin Duty (15) to pick up his first career Lucas Oil MLRA victory Saturday night, at the Ron Jenkins Memorial Presented by Rugged Radios at Lucas Oil Speedway. (GS Stanek Racing Photography)
WHEATLAND, MO. (Sept. 5, 2020) - Mason Oberkramer earned his first career Lucas Oil MLRA feature win Saturday night, picking up $6,000 for his triumph at the Ron Jenkins Memorial Presented by Rugged Radios at Lucas Oil Speedway.
Oberkramer, of Broseley, Missouri, took the lead with 11 laps remaining and then held on in sprint to the finish after a restart with two laps remaining.
"Man, it's been a long time coming for one of these," Oberkramer said. "I've been chasing this track for five years now. Gremlins get me every time. I'm so happy to finally land one."
Oberkramer prize included $1,000 in bonus money from Mary Jenkins, widow of Ron Jenkins who built the original Wheatland Raceway. The winner celebrated by doing dirt donuts in turn four as he approached victory lane.
The high side was the path to victory for Oberkramer, who made an outside pass of Justin Duty coming out of turn four on lap 29. Duty, who led the first 28 circuits, finished second with Chad Simpson third and MLRA points leader Payton Looney in fourth.
Oberkramer said some early contact damaged some sheet metal early in the race and his car became tough to drive, but came roaring to life over the final dozen or so laps.
"I have to thank my parents, my whole family, my friends who help at the shop and (teammate) Tony Jackson and his whole family," Oberkramer said. "Everything was just clicking tonight."
Duty started outside of row one and he got the jump as the race went green, and had up a 1.4-second lead over Oberkramer when caution for debris flew on lap 13. Simpson was running third, Aaron Marrant fourth and Looney fifth.
The top three battled it out as the race continued for a lengthy run of green-flag laps, until Oberkramer sailed around the outside of Duty to take the lead coming out of turn four to complete lap 29.
The high side of the track was a fast - but treacherous place - throughout the 40-lapper with little margin for error.
"Live or die, you know how that is," Oberkramer said of the high groove. "There was a thin line that'll make or break you. Dad was signaling me to the top and that's what I did. I had to get up there and get it done."
Oberkramer had a one-second lead as Duty and Simpson gave chase when a caution for Stovall's spin on lap 38 created drama. That set up the three leaders, fourth-running Looney, for a frantic two-lap shootout.
Oberkramer flawlessly handled the restart and went on to beat Duty by .593 seconds. Duty, of Happy Valley, Oregon, ran second for the second straight time in MLRA action.
"I didn't quite adjust enough," Duty said. "I should have just stayed up top and pounded away. I wasn't sure how long our tire was gonna last, but we had a real good car all night long, start to finish. Overall, I'm happy with second. Mason had a good car and we'll take second."
Simpson, who began the night 120 points behind Looney, called it a solid night overall.
"The race track was really fast tonight and I knew I needed to be up top and I couldn't steer as good as Mason could up there," Simpson said. "He was rolling good on top and got there quicker than I did.
"Mason dropped to the bottom a couple of times and made a lot of hay there, too. He probably had the better race car tonight. We'll work on our stuff and try to get better for tomorrow."
Marrant, a former Lucas Oil Speedway ULMA Late Model track champion, picked up the $500 Slick Mist fast-time award with a qualifying lap of 15.227 seconds. He started fourth in the feature and finished fifth.
The Lucas Oil MLRA is back in action on Sunday night at the Randolph County Speedway in Moberly.
Late pass sends Jackson to B-Mod win: Kris Jackson's fifth feature win of the Lucas Oil Speedway Ozark Golf Cars USRA B-Mod season was hard-earned, as he overcame a sub-par heat race that left him starting the feature 14th.
But Jackson, of Lebanon, quickly worked his way through the field and battled past Andy Bryant with four laps remaining for the lead. He cruised from there to prevail by 1.6 seconds.
Bryant, of Fort Scott, Kansas, started on the pole and beat outside-starting McCowan to the lead as those two ran 1-2 though eight laps. Meanwhile, speedway season champion Jackson worked his way from 14th all the way up to third by lap eight.
Jackson got around McCowan two laps later and was one second behind Bryant when a lap 16 caution bunched the leaders for a restart with nine to go.
After working the inside line as Bryant rode the high groove. Jackson finally took the lead completing lap 21 after Bryant went slightly above the cushion in turn four.
"Andy is one of the top-notch competitors around the top of a race track," Jackson said. "I knew, as hard as he was running, if I could show him my nose enough that maybe I could push him over the (cushion's) edge. I didn't really know, but I was trying.
"Man, 14th to first in a field like that, is pretty neat. That's good for (USRA) national points."
JC Newell finished third with JC Morton fourth and Ryan Gillmore fifth.
Carver earns Street Stocks win: Taylor Carver certainly has stamped himself as one to watch at next month's Big Buck 50 Presented by Whitetail Trophy Hunt.
Carver, of Lockesburg in far southwest Arkansas, dropped in for his second win of the season in the O'Reilly Auto Parts Street Stocks main event. Carver beat James Flood by just one one second after dominating the majority of the race before a late caution.
"We came up here trying to get ready for the Big Buck," Carver said of the $10,000-to-win Street Stocks event, Oct. 1-3. "I guess this is the last (Street Stocks) race here until then. We'll be back for that race, for sure."
Carver opened a five-second lead by lap 12 over Fennewald and Frank Escamila. The margin was more than six seconds when a lap 19 caution wiped away that margin and brought Flood onto his bumper for the restart. Flood pressured but could not pull alongside over the final laps.
Johnny Fennewald wound up third with Bob Barnett fourth.
Lucas Oil Speedway results (September 5, 2020)
Lucas Oil MLRA Ron Jenkins Memorial Presented by Rugged Radios
A Feature - 1. 93-Mason Oberkramer[3]; 2. 15-Justin Duty[2]; 3. 25-Chad Simpson[5]; 4. 15L-Payton Looney[8]; 5. 1X-Aaron Marrant[4]; 6. 22-Daniel Hilsabeck[7]; 7. 65J-Tony Jackson Jr[10]; 8. 58-Jeremiah Hurst[6]; 9. 15F-Jeremy Conaway[12]; 10. 3W-Brennon Willard[24]; 11. 91T-Tony Toste[11]; 12. 31C-Cole Henson[22]; 13. (DNF) 00-Jesse Stovall[9]; 14. (DNF) 59-Garrett Alberson[18]; 15. (DNF) 14M-Reid Millard[20]; 16. (DNF) 12-Scott Crigler[15]; 17. (DNF) 91P-Jason Papich[13]; 18. (DNF) 9G-Joseph Gorby[1]; 19. (DNF) 50-Kaeden Cornell[14]; 20. (DNF) 1-NIck Whitehead[19]; 21. (DNF) 65-Jon Binning[23]; 22. (DNF) 43G-Jeremy Grady[21]; 23. (DNF) 3X-Skip Frey[17]; 24. (DNF) 29B-Blonde Bomber Mitchell[16]
B Feature - 1-NIck Whitehead[2]; 2. 14M-Reid Millard[3]; 3. 43G-Jeremy Grady[4]; 4. 31C-Cole Henson[1]; 5. 99M-Cliff Morrow[6]; 6. (DNF) 42-Jerry Morgan[9]; 7. (DNF) 1T-Tucker Cox[5]; 8. (DNF) 3W-Brennon Willard[7]; 9. (DNF) 65-Jon Binning[8]
Heat 1 - 1. 9G-Joseph Gorby[2]; 2. 1X-Aaron Marrant[1]; 3. 22-Daniel Hilsabeck[4]; 4. 65J-Tony Jackson Jr[3]; 5. 91P-Jason Papich[7]; 6. 29B-Blonde Bomber Mitchell[5]; 7. 31C-Cole Henson[9]; 8. 65-Jon Binning[6]; 9. 1T-Tucker Cox[8]
Heat 2 - 1. 15-Justin Duty[2]; 2. 25-Chad Simpson[1]; 3. 15L-Payton Looney[4]; 4. 91T-Tony Toste[3]; 5. 50-Kaeden Cornell[6]; 6. 3X-Skip Frey[5]; 7. 1-NIck Whitehead[9]; 8. 42-Jerry Morgan[8]; 9. 99M-Cliff Morrow[7]
Heat 3 - 1. 93-Mason Oberkramer[1]; 2. 58-Jeremiah Hurst[2]; 3. 00-Jesse Stovall[3]; 4. 15F-Jeremy Conaway[7]; 5. 12-Scott Crigler[4]; 6. 59-Garrett Alberson[6]; 7. 14M-Reid Millard[9]; 8. 43G-Jeremy Grady[8]; 9. (DNF) 3W-Brennon Willard[5]
Qualifying 1. 1X-Aaron Marrant, 00:15.227[16]; 2. 25-Chad Simpson, 00:15.298[23]; 3. 93-Mason Oberkramer, 00:15.305[21]; 4. 9G-Joseph Gorby, 00:15.341[20]; 5. 15-Justin Duty, 00:15.362[10]; 6. 58-Jeremiah Hurst, 00:15.407[9]; 7. 65J-Tony Jackson Jr, 00:15.451[17]; 8. 91T-Tony Toste, 00:15.511[15]; 9. 00-Jesse Stovall, 00:15.534[25]; 10. 22-Daniel Hilsabeck, 00:15.586[5]; 11. 15L-Payton Looney, 00:15.593[2]; 12. 12-Scott Crigler, 00:15.723[14]; 13. 29B-Blonde Bomber Mitchell, 00:15.757[19]; 14. 3X-Skip Frey, 00:15.798[11]; 15. 3W-Brennon Willard, 00:15.885[27]; 16. 65-Jon Binning, 00:15.926[12]; 17. 50-Kaeden Cornell, 00:16.072[4]; 18. 59-Garrett Alberson, 00:16.114[13]; 19. 91P-Jason Papich, 00:16.143[26]; 20. 99M-Cliff Morrow, 00:16.242[1]; 21. 15F-Jeremy Conaway, 00:16.290[7]; 22. 1T-Tucker Cox, 00:16.317[24]; 23. 42-Jerry Morgan, 00:16.487[6]; 24. 43G-Jeremy Grady, 00:16.515[3]; 25. 31C-Cole Henson, 00:16.574[22]; 26. 1-NIck Whitehead, 00:17.188[8]; 27. 14M-Reid Millard, 00:17.272[18]
Ozark Golf Cars USRA B-Mods
A Feature - 1. 65-Kris Jackson[14]; 2. 28-Andy Bryant[1]; 3. 83-JC Newell[11]; 4. 18-JC Morton[5]; 5. 66-Ryan Gillmore[9]; 6. 13-Cody Nivens[7]; 7. 8D-Dillon McCowan[2]; 8. 98K-Kenton Allen[8]; 9. 19-Michael Maggard[13]; 10. 15-Nick Drew[17]; 11. 57J-Dayton Pursley[21]; 12. 22-Brian McGowen[3]; 13. 58M-Jamie Mauk[18]; 14. 1K-Kyle Henning[23]; 15. 14T-Quentin Taylor[15]; 16. 21F-Hannah Frazee[10]; 17. 14J-Jacob Hodges[4]; 18. (DNF) 2B-Michael Bowers[24]; 19. (DNF) 24-Jerry Ellis[19]; 20. (DNF) 71-Jerry Brown[12]; 21. (DNF) 7G-Gabriel Hodges[16]; 22. (DNS) 30R-Rex Harris; 23. (DNS) 7J-Jake Richards; 24. (DNS) 51-Michael Stake
B Feature - 1. 15-Nick Drew[3]; 2. 58M-Jamie Mauk[2]; 3. 24-Jerry Ellis[5]; 4. 51-Michael Stake[1]; 5. 57J-Dayton Pursley[7]; 6. 30R-Rex Harris[6]; 7. 1K-Kyle Henning[15]; 8. 2B-Michael Bowers[12]; 9. 28B-Wesley Briggs[8]; 10. 54-Shawn Whitman[10]; 11. 0K-Jeffrey McNew[11]; 12. 10T-Sam McDaniel[9]; 13. 2-Hagen Stevenson[4]; 14. 4B-Brayton Skaggs[16]; 15. (DNS) 63-Lance Cox; 16. (DNS) 10G-Austin Greer; 17. (DNS) 7-Donald Presutti
Heat 1 - 1. 14J-Jacob Hodges[4]; 2. 7J-Jake Richards[3]; 3. 22-Brian McGowen[11]; 4. 21F-Hannah Frazee[6]; 5. 71-Jerry Brown[9]; 6. 14T-Quentin Taylor[10]; 7. 2-Hagen Stevenson[8]; 8. 57J-Dayton Pursley[7]; 9. 0K-Jeffrey McNew[5]; 10. (DNF) 63-Lance Cox[2]; 11. (DNF) 1K-Kyle Henning[1]
Heat 2 - 1. 28-Andy Bryant[8]; 2. 13-Cody Nivens[2]; 3. 98K-Kenton Allen[5]; 4. 83-JC Newell[6]; 5. 7G-Gabriel Hodges[1]; 6. 19-Michael Maggard[11]; 7. 15-Nick Drew[9]; 8. 28B-Wesley Briggs[7]; 9. 10T-Sam McDaniel[10]; 10. (DNF) 10G-Austin Greer[4]; 11. (DNF) 4B-Brayton Skaggs[3]
Heat 3 - 1. 8D-Dillon McCowan[8]; 2. 18-JC Morton[6]; 3. 66-Ryan Gillmore[4]; 4. 65-Kris Jackson[2]; 5. 51-Michael Stake[3]; 6. 58M-Jamie Mauk[5]; 7. 24-Jerry Ellis[7]; 8. 30R-Rex Harris[9]; 9. 54-Shawn Whitman[10]; 10. 2B-Michael Bowers[1]; 11. (DNF) 7-Donald Presutti[11]
O'Reilly Auto Parts Street Stocks
A Feature -1. 40-Taylor Carver[2]; 2. 42-James Flood[3]; 3. 2J-Johnny Fennewald[1]; 4. 27-Bob Barnett[5]; 5. 74-Scott Stuart[7]; 6. 27OTT-Toby Ott[9]; 7. 7M-Scott Johnson[6]; 8. 67-Brandon Weide[8]; 9. 53-Danny O'Neal[10]; 10. (DNF) 73-Francisco Escamila[4]; 11. (DNF) 5-Christopher Sawyer[11]
Heat 1 - 1, Johnny Fennewald. 2, James Flood. 3, Bob Barnett, 4, Scott Stuart. 5, Toby Ott. 6, Chirstopher Sawyer.
Heat 2 - 1, Taylor Carver. 2, Francisco Escamilla. 3, Scott Johnson. 4, Brandon Weide. 5, Danny O'Neal.
Drag Boats continue on Sunday: The Diamond Drag Boat Nationals on Lake Lucas conclude on Sunday as the Kentucky Drag Boat Association and Southern Drag Boat Association co-sanction the event.
Spectator gates open at 8 a.m. with eliminations tentatively set to begin at 9 a.m.
For more information on the Southern Drag Boat Association visit and the Kentucky Drag Boat Association go to
Sunday Diamond Drag Boat Nationals admission:
Adults GA/Pit Pass Combo (16 and up) $25
Seniors(62 and up)/Military GA/Pit Pass Combo (62 and up) $22
Youth GA/Pit Pass Combo (age 6 to 15) $10
Kids GA/Pit Pass Combo (age 5 and under)   FREE
Family Pass GA/Pit Pass Comb - Includes Admission for 2 Adults and Up to 3 Kids Ages (6-15) $60
Youth Ages (6-15) 3-Day GA/Pit Pass Combo $20
*All tickets include access to Drag Boat pit area.
Hockett/McMillin Memorial next on the dirt: Action on the dirt track continues with the 10th annual Jesse Hockett/Daniel McMillin Memorial, Sept. 17-19. Full programs are set for each night as the stars of the Lucas Oil ASCS Sprint Car Series National Tour and POWRi Lucas Oil WAR Sprints will be in action.
For ticket questions or information for any event at Lucas Oil Speedway, contact Admissions Director Nichole McMillan at (417) 282-5984 or email her at for more information.
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