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Sikeston Drag Strip owner Ray Poirier, far right, congratulates Rob Sample after his first Super Pro win on Saturday night
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Here are results from races around Southeast Missouri over the weekend.


SIKESTON - Here are the Sikeston Drag Strip results from Saturday.

Super Pro

Rob Sample posts his first win of the season with a 5.06 dial. He ran 6.13 at 78 mph. His reaction time was .521. Runner up Gary Summers red lit, giving Sample the automatic win. Gary ran 5.33 on a 5.31 dial at 127 mph.

Pro Class

David Brown won with a 6.09 dial. He ran 6.13 at 112 mph. His reaction time was .538. Rick James was runner up with a 6.93 dial. He ran 6.97 at 99 mph. His reaction time was .550.


Jeff Hays, better known as "Lunch Money" won with a 8.16 dial. He ran 8.18 at 83 mph. His reaction time was .531. Second place went to Josh Ames. He ran 7.74 on a 7.71 dial at 89 mph. His reaction time was .614.

Saturday night will feature "World's Greatest Wheel Stander."


SIKESTON - The Mara Midgets invaded the Bootheel of Missouri this past Saturday night at the SEMO Motor Speedway and put on an outstanding show for all the fans in attendance. The night belonged to Tim Siner, who drove his midget to victory lane followed by Steve Knepper. A total of 24 midgets entered for the first midget show ever in the history of the Speedway and they did give the fans something to talk about for some time.

"I felt we had the best motorsport show of any track running in Southeast Missouri this past Saturday night and we are very proud of the performance the Mara Midgets put on for our fans and we at SEMO want to say thank you to the Midwest Auto Racing Association for a job well done," according to Jerry Wolsey, general manager of the Speedway.

The Mara Midgets will return back to SEMO Motor Speedway on July 13 with the Midwest Lightening Series Sprints of the U.S. Outlaw Mini Sprint Association. Also Busch Grand National and Winston Cup driver Mike Wallace will stop in at SEMO for a visit with all the fans that evening.


BENTON -- The KFVS 12 Winged Sprint found Todd Rowland, Daron Clayton and Jay Landolt racing for the top-position much of the feature event with Rowland coming out on top in the end.

Rowland started on the pole and moved to the lead at the start. He led for the first 13 laps before being passed by Clayton. Rowland would fall back from the leader and then eventual gain ground once Clayton reached heavy lapped traffic. The 14r sprinter of Rowland dashed for the lead several times before taking over the spot on the 22 lap. The Jackson racer would lead the final circuits for the win. After moving around Rowland on the 13th lap Clayton looked as though he would be in charge for the rest of the event; as Rowland fell back several car-lengths. Clayton diced his way through lapped traffic as Rowland picked out the best lane on the track. After leading for nine laps, Clayton couldn't hold off the charge of Rowland. The youngster finished the night in second.

Third place finisher Jay Landolt, making his first appearance in the Joe Reddick Racing #12 sprinter, moved from his sixth starting position to finish third. Landolt passed Clayton for second on the first lap and held the position for eight laps.

Shawn King ironed out his new chassis after junking one in the World of Outlaw Gumout race to finish fourth with former track champion Scott Simion finishing fifth.

It was a record setting night in the Pure Street feature event as Cline Myers Jr. earned his eighth consecutive feature win. The win broke the old mark set in 1997 by Keith Brugger with seven.

Myers Jr. and Jeff Beeson started on the front row of the feature event and Beeson quickly took the lead. Beeson led the first six laps until he was passed by Danny Hampton for the top spot.

Beeson, Myers Jr. and Hampton all put on a fierce battle up front with the fourth position also being highly contested with Dietrich Bollinger, Jason Mueller and Derek Despain vying for the position.

In the end Myers Jr. made the pass on the 14th circuit to cruise to his eighth win on the year with Hampton settling in for second, Bollinger marched his way to third and Beeson and Mueller rounding out the final five.

Garrett Moll and Wesley Short of Scott City topped the field of Motorsports Unlimited Cruisers to pick up their first victory on the season.

Jason Guardian and Daniel Hancock led the first five laps with Rodney Hurst and Edert Bowen battling them for the top position. Moll and Short moved into second on the fourth lap and fought with the leaders for the leaders.

Moll and Short continued on with the lead as the former leaders of Gaurdian and Hancock fell victim to mechanical gremlins. Hurst and Bowen moved into second and then briefly took the lead. The two teams battled out for first for a couple laps before Moll and Short moved around Hurst and Bowen on the high for the lead and the win.

Third place went to Jason Holman and Brian Williams while the fourth place finishers were John Wyatt and Mike Wyatt. Chad Fulton and Derek Despain cruised home in the fifth place position.

Many fans think that Chris Hall's game plan is to lay back and wait for the end of the race to make a pursuit to the front. Several of the Sikeston racers wins have came in the final laps of the Miller Lite Modified feature events. Hall claims this is not his strategy, Hall noted it just seems to work out that way.

Danny Sissom and Jeff Parmer shared the front row starting position for the Miller Lite Modifieds. The two drivers exchanged the lead back and forth for the first eight laps of the feature before Sissom fell victim to a right front flat.

Parmer led the next four laps when the 66 car of Chris Hall went sliding around him on the 13th circuit for the lead. Hall led the remaining seven laps for the win.

Parmer finished second with John Barnett coming from the back of the pack, after suffering a flat tire on the fourth lap, to finish third. Matt James moved up four spots to finish fourth and Leo Kiefer ended his night in fifth place.


MALDEN -- For the fourth week out of the last five, Alan Rettig of Sikeston took top honors in the Late Model division at Malden. Rettig jumped out from the pole position and never trailed. Rettig pulled away to a 6 second win over a good field of challengers. Cary Conaway outdueled Billy James for second as the pair swapped the position back and forth throughout the race. Todd Hall picked up fourth, and Chris Moore made the long haul from Nesbit, MS to pick up his second top five finish in as many starts at the track.

Rettig's win extends his points lead over Keith Adamson to 34. Scott Gibbs is third, 12 back of Adamson.

Robert Powers took the lead on the fourth lap and picked up his third Modified Feature of the year. Greg King jumped out to the early lead from the pole with Powers right on his bumper. Powers got a good run into the front straight on lap four and took over the lead. Powers would build a modest lead during the race, only to be hounded the final two laps by Brad Buck. Powers edged Buck at the finish as the pair went side by side under the checkered flag. Claudie Cook saw more of the field than anyone as he had a bad start to the race and fell to 14th by the third lap, only to battle back and take third at the finish. Jeremy Conner has improved his position each of the past four weeks and picked up his first top five finish of the year. Shane Stephens grabbed fifth.

Brad Buck broke the tie with Claudie Cook to take a slim 2 point lead in the season standings. Larry Hull is 18 behind the leader in third.

Claudie Cook picked up his third feature win in the 27M Hobby Stock car in only 5 starts. Cook won an early duel with Ronnie Tilley and was never headed. Cook pulled away as Tilley and Steve Martin locked in a two lap side by side duel midway through the race. Martin would eventually win that contest. Tim Winchester took fourth in only his second start in the Hobby class, after moving the 30/30 car up from Pure Street. Joe Strop picked up his second top five finish of the year.

Martin holds a commanding 84 point lead over Cook and Jamie Robards, who are tied for the second spot.

Jared Wagster picked up his second consecutive and fourth Pure Street Feature of the year. Wagster grabbed the lead from the pole and left the field to work itself out. Nathan Rettig, Chuck Tilley, and Dietrich Bollinger battled three wide through the first two laps before settling into position. A lap 12 caution brought the field back together and made for a 3 lap dash to the finish. Wagster held off Rettig at the wire as the youngster had closed the rear bumper of the 007 car. Tilley held off Bollinger for third, breaking Bollinger's six week streak of top three finishes. Eric Lacey picked up his first top five of the year.

Wagster and Rettig sit tied atop the points standings. Bollinger is third, 10 back.

Spillman & Simpson went from green to checker for their first Cruiser Feature win of the year. Doublin & Stevenson hounded the leaders until the end, but could never make a passing move. Malone & Rice took third. Simpson & Donner piloted the 357 "Finally Friday" car to win the Cruiser Consolation.