• Local drivers prevail at Valley Speedway

  • Saturday was a good night for local drivers at Valley Speedway.

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  • Saturday was a good night for local drivers at Valley Speedway.
    Independence drivers won three of the four feature races in the regular racing card at the Grain Valley track.
    Independence’s Scotty Martin, just three days after making a run near the top in the first King of Kansas City event, captured a win in the USRA B-Mods feature.
    Martin grabbed the lead early in the 20-lap event and held it the rest of the way to beat out Jacob Ebert of Oak Grove for the win. Kameron Grindstaff of Independence also earned a top-10 finish, taking sixth.
    Martin also claimed a seventh-place finish in the USRA A-Mods feature, while Gunner Martin of Blue Springs was eighth. Dennis Elliott of Mount Ayr, Iowa, claimed the win.
    In the Outlaw Street Stocks feature, Jerry Schmidt of Independence grabbed the lead on the second restart and cruised to the win over Jeremy McConville of Pleasant Hill, erasing some bad luck earlier in the season. Oak Grove’s Brad Carrender (sixth) and Bobby Grove of Blue Springs (10th) also claimed top-10 finishes in the 18-car field.
    In the Dirt Demons feature, Jason Smith of Independence won a three-way battle with Grain Valley’s Joe Jester Jr. and Liberty’s Scott Snyder to claim the win. Theola Jones of Blue Springs took fifth in the 11-car field.
    On Friday, local driver Owen Evinger earned his second straight win in the 600cc Micro Sprints feature, beating out Tyler Nelson.
    Cody Baker of Lone Jack and Joshua Stephens of Buckner swapped leads in the Valley Sprints feature, but Baker eventually pulled away for the win. Chad Shields (fifth) and J.D. Black (seventh) of Grain Valley also claimed top-10 finishes in the 21-car field.
    Black also took third in the Valley Midgets feature, finishing behind Cody Ledger of Omaha, Neb., and Evan Pardo of Woodway, Kan. Grain Valley’s Todd McVay (sixth) and Independence’s Bill Allen (eighth) also finished in the top 10.
    Independence’s Dillon Raffurty challenged for the win in the Midwest Mod Lites feature but settled for third. Justin Kinderknecht of Salina, Kan., won.

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