TERRY RICHARDS WINS HOCKETT/MCMILLIN MEMORIAL NIGHT 1 – KYLE CLARK HIGH POINT MAN

Wheatland, MO (September 20, 2018) – Change was in the air on Thursday night in Wheatland, Missouri as the POWRi Lucas Oil WAR Sprints League debuted a completely revamped format to kick off the eighth annual Jesse Hockett/Daniel McMillin Memorial at Lucas Oil Speedway. At the conclusion of the Mesilla Valley Transportation qualifying night, it was Denton, Nebraska’s Terry Richards standing in victory lane following his first-career triumph with the series, however, it was Sapulpa, Oklahoma’s Kyle Clark who used consistency all night to stand atop the point standings heading into Friday’s Rockwell Security qualifying night.

Ditching the old and outdated format that would have slated nine heat races and a B-Main for the 80+ car field, instead a group of 39 racers tackled the 3/8th-mile surface on Thursday to run the Mesilla Valley Transportation qualifying night. A program including four group qualifying sets, four heat races, three qualifiers, two B-Mains and a preliminary feature would be on the schedule.

Opening the night, it was Korey Weyant (15.246), Landon Simon (15.517), Chris Phillips (15.469) and Thomas Meseraull (15.659) topping the time sheets in their respective group qualifying sets. Heat race action saw wins go to Wesley Smith in Hinchman Racewear heat one, Clinton Boyles in Bell Racing USA heat two, Ryan Kitchen in Schure Built Suspension heat three and Kyle Clark in Wilwood Disc Brakes heat four. Moving onto a trio of qualifiers, it was Landon Simon taking High Side Design qualifier one, Mario Clouser scoring Indy Race Parts qualifier two and Ryan Kitchen winning Chalk Racing Stix qualifier three. A pair of B-Mains would transfer six more drivers into the feature as Chris Parkinson and Slater Helt led the way with B-Main wins.

Entering the preliminary feature as LRB, Inc. #HighPointMan, Ryan Kitchen would be slotted on the outside of the fourth row due to an eight-car inversion, allowing the front row to consist of Terry Richards and Wesley Smith. Taking the lead at the drop of the green flag, Richards of Denton, Nebraska put his No. 18 machine out front first. He was chased by Smith and Tyler Thomas in the opening laps while Thomas Meseraull jockeyed for the fourth spot with Mario Clouser and Kyle Clark.

As Richards held command out front, all eyes were on “T-Mez” Thomas Meseraull as he had charged from seventh-to-second in the opening six laps and was poised to challenge for the win and high point honors. Closing on Richards lap-after-lap, Meseraull presented his bid for the lead just shy of halfway when he pulled the Don Whitney Racing No. 00 even with Richards. Switching to the top of turns one and two while diamonding off turns three and four, Meseraull quickly gained an edge and snuck around the outside to lead lap 11.

His advantage was short-lived, however, as Richards remained calm, cool and collected, regained his composure, adjusted his line, and worked back by Meseraull on the 13th circuit. Pulling away with the lead, attention returned to Meseraull as he came under attack for the runner-up spot and was passed by Kyle Clark with just more than five to go. A stoppage coming to the white flag would bunch everyone up for a green-white-checkered finish, but mayhem would strike at the front of the field on the ensuing restart.

Driving it in deep and diving underneath Clark for the second spot, Meseraull made contact as his No. 00 went spinning to a stop. The heartbreaking blow ended Meseraull’s podium bid and potential high point man honors. The final restart would see Clark hounding Richards for eight straight corners, but it just wasn’t enough.

In the end, Denton, Nebraska’s Terry Richards led 23 of 25 laps, battled a relentless Thomas Meseraull and fended off a hard-charging Kyle Clark, as Richards scored the win in Thursday’s Mesilla Valley Transportation night at the Jesse Hockett/Daniel McMillin Memorial, which also marked his first-career victory with the POWRi Lucas Oil WAR Sprints League.

Rounding out the podium behind Richards was Kyle Clark of Oklahoma in the second position and Mario Clouser of Illinois in the third spot, who fell as low as 13th on lap two of a whirlwind feature. Closing out the top five on Thursday night was Landon Simon of Brownsburg, Indiana in fourth aboard his Mount Baker Vapor No. 24 and Tyler Thomas of Collinsville, Oklahoma in fifth aboard the Smith Motorsports No. 91 entry. Closing out the top ten was Chris Phillips in sixth, Ty Hulsey in seventh, Chris Parkinson in eighth, Slater Helt in ninth and Clinton Boyles in tenth.

With the split preliminary format, drivers are fighting for points every time they hit the race track, from hot laps/group qualifying all the way until the feature. Following the first preliminary night, it is Kyle Clark sitting atop the points with 233 markers. Closing out the top ten is Landon Simon (227), Terry Richards (219), Mario Clouser (215), Chris Phillips (209), Ty Hulsey (209), Tyler Thomas (208), Chris Parkinson (203), Slater Helt (199) and Clinton Boyles (196).

Action resumes tomorrow, Friday, September 21st with a whole new field of competitors taking on the Lucas Oil Speedway as part of Rockwell Security qualifying night at the Jesse Hockett/Daniel McMillin Memorial. Following the conclusion of Friday’s program, points will be calculated and the top 12 will lock-in for Saturday’s main event, point-getters 13th-44th will split into two B-Mains and point-getters 45th-84th will split into two C-Mains.

Group Qualifying Session One (3 Laps):
1. 99-Korey Weyant (15.246); 2. 56-Mitchell Davis (15.319); 3. 12-Wesley Smith (15.470); 4. 9B-Casey Baker (15.673); 5. 6-Mario Clouser (15.677); 6. 28-Brandon Mattox (15.826); 7. 65-Chris Parkinson (16.122); 8. 18-Terry Richards (16.245); 9. 82-Vinny Ward (16.652); 10. 13-Brad Ryan (17.149).

Group Qualifying Session Two (3 Laps):
1. 24-Landon Simon (15.517); 2. 7R-JD Black (15.677); 3. 94L-Clinton Boyles (15.744); 4. 41-Brad Wyatt (15.809); 5. 24H-Ty Hulsey (15.862); 6. 2H-Luke Howard (15.899); 7. 4F-Chad Frewaldt (15.915); 8. 31K-Dylan Kadous (15.923); 9. 27S-Tom Sires (15.675); 10. 82C-Christie Thomason (17.116).

Group Qualifying Session Three (3 Laps):
1. 6X-Chris Phillips (15.469); 2. 21X-Carson Short (15.748); 3. 78-Rob Caho (15.909); 4. 22S-Slater Helt (16.083); 5. 21-Ryan Kitchen (16.122); 6. 20-Steve Thomas (16.131); 7. 30-Ryan Kent (16.690); 8. 96-Taylor Peterson (16.831); 9. 36-Kevin Reed (16.984); 10. 11-Frank Rogers (17.276).

Group Qualifying Session Four (3 Laps):
1. 00-Thomas Meseraull (15.659); 2. 91-Tyler Thomas (15.957); 3. 77K-Katlynn Leer (16.032); 4. 9$-Kyle Clark (16.315); 5. 20G-Noah Gass (16.357); 6. 77-Jack Wagner (16.537); 7. 4-Braydon Cromwell (16.956); 8. 31W-Casey Wills (16.963); 9. 67-Jonathan Hughes (16.999).

Hinchman Racewear Heat One (8 Laps):
1. 12-Wesley Smith (2); 2. 99-Korey Weyant (4); 3. 28-Brandon Mattox (6); 4. 6-Mario Clouser (5); 5. 65-Chris Parkinson (7); 6. 18-Terry Richards (8); 7. 56-Mitchell Davis (3); 8. 13-Brad Ryan (10); 9. 9B-Casey Baker (1); 10. 82-Vinny Ward (9).

Bell Racing USA Heat Two (8 Laps):
1. 94L-Clinton Boyles (2); 2. 24H-Ty Hulsey (5); 3. 24-Landon Simon (4); 4. 31K-Dylan Kadous (8); 5. 2H-Luke Howard (6); 6. 7R-JD Black (3); 7. 27S-Tom Sires (9); 8. 82C-Christie Thomason (10); 9. 4F-Chad Frewaldt (7); 10. 41-Brad Wyatt (1).

Schure Built Suspension Heat Three (8 Laps):
1. 21-Ryan Kitchen (4); 2. 6X-Chris Phillips (3); 3. 78-Rob Caho (2); 4. 20-Steve Thomas (5); 5. 22S-Slater Helt (1); 6. 30-Ryan Kent (6); 7. 36-Kevin Reed (8); 8. 96-Taylor Peterson (7); 9. 11-Frank Rogers (9); 10. 21X-Carson Short (DNS).

Wilwood Disc Brakes Heat Four (8 Laps):
1. 9$-Kyle Clark (1); 2. 00-Thomas Meseraull (4); 3. 91-Tyler Thomas (3); 4. 77K-Katlynn Leer (2); 5. 20G-Noah Gass (5); 6. 31W-Casey Wills (8); 7. 67-Jonathan Hughes (9); 8. 77-Jack Wagner (6); 9. 4-Braydon Cromwell (7).

High Side Design Qualifier One (10 Laps):
1. 24-Landon Simon (4); 2. 91-Tyler Thomas (3); 3. 77K-Katlynn Leer (2); 4. 20-Steve Thomas (1); 5. 65-Chris Parkinson (7); 6. 99-Korey Weyant (6); 7. 30-Ryan Kent (9); 8. 13-Brad Ryan (11); 9. 9B-Casey Baker (10); 10. 94L-Clinton Boyles (5); 11. 56-Mitchell Davis (8); 12. 4-Braydon Cromwell (12); 13. 21X-Carson Short (DNS).

Indy Race Parts Qualifier Two (10 Laps):
1. 6-Mario Clouser (2); 2. 00-Thomas Meseraull (6); 3. 18-Terry Richards (8); 4. 28-Brandon Mattox (3); 5. 6X-Chris Phillips (5); 6. 24H-Ty Hulsey (4); 7. 96-Taylor Peterson (12); 8. 7R-JD Black (1); 9. 2H-Luke Howard (7); 10. 36-Kevin Reed (10); 11. 27S-Tom Sires (9); 12. 11-Frank Rogers (13), 13. 41-Brad Wyatt (11).

Chalk Racing Stix Qualifier Three (10 Laps):
1. 21-Ryan Kitchen (5); 2. 9$-Kyle Clark (4); 3. 31W-Casey Wills (8); 4. 22S-Slater Helt (1); 5. 12-Wesley Smith (6); 6. 31K-Dylan Kadous (2); 7. 78-Rob Caho (3); 8. 20G-Noah Gass (7); 9. 82-Vinny Ward (12); 10. 77-Jack Wagner (10); 11. 67-Jonathan Hughes (9); 12. 82C-Christie Thomason (11); 13. 4F-Chad Frewaldt (DNS).

Hoosier Tire B-Main One (10 Laps):
1. 65-Chris Parkinson (2); 2. 31K-Dylan Kadous (3); 3. 9B-Casey Baker (6); 4. 82-Vinny Ward (7); 5. 96-Taylor Peterson (4); 6. 41-Brad Wyatt (11); 7. 2H-Luke Howard (5); 8. 77-Jack Wagner (8); 9. 20-Steve Thomas (1); 10. 4-Braydon Cromwell (10); 11. 67-Jonathan Hughes (9); 12. 7R-JD Black (DNS); 13. 4F-Chad Frewaldt (DNS).

Speedway Motors B-Main Two (10 Laps):
1. 22S-Slater Helt (1); 2. 30-Ryan Kent (4); 3. 94L-Clinton Boyles (3); 4. 13-Brad Ryan (6); 5. 36-Kevin Reed (7); 6. 20G-Noah Gass (5); 7. 78-Rob Caho (2); 8. 27S-Tom Sires (8); 9. 11-Frank Rogers (10); 10. 82-Christie Thomason (9); 11. 56-Mitchell Davis (DNS); 12. 21X-Carson Short (DNS).

POWRi Lucas Oil WAR Sprints League Main Event (25 Laps):
1. 18-Terry Richards (1); 2. 9$-Kyle Clark (5); 3. 6-Mario Clouser (3); 4. 24-Landon Simon (6); 5. 91-Tyler Thomas (4); 6. 6X-Chris Phillips (10); 7. 24H-Ty Hulsey (14); 8. 65-Chris Parkinson (15); 9. 22S-Slater Helt (16); 10. 94L-Clinton Boyles (20); 11. 99-Korey Weyant (12); 12. 12-Wesley Smith (2); 13. 9B-Casey Baker (19); 14. 77K-Katlynn Leer (11); 15. 31K-Dylan Kadous (17); 16. 00-Thomas Meseraull (7); 17. 30-Ryan Kent (18); 18. 31W-Casey Wills (9); 19. 28-Brandon Mattox (13); 20. 21-Ryan Kitchen (8).
Lap Leader(s): Richards 1-10, Meseraull 11-12, Richards 13-25.
Hard Charger(s): Boyles +10.

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9/20/2018 at Lucas Oil Speedway – Wheatland, MO
Non-Winged Sprints: POWRi WAR Sprints
Non-Winged Sprints
POWRi WAR Sprints
A Feature
25 laps | 00:00:00
Pos Start Driver Hometown Car
1 1 Terry Richards Denton, NE 18
2 5 Kyle Clark Sapulpa, OK 9$
3 3 Mario Clouser Auburn, IL 6
4 6 Landon Simon Brownsburg, IN 24
5 4 Tyler Thomas Collinsville, OK 91
6 10 Chris Phillips Plainfield, IN 6P
7 14 Ty Hulsey Owasso, OK 24H
8 15 Chris Parkinson Gladstone, MO 65
9 16 Slater Helt Harrisonville, MO 22S
10 20 Clinton Boyles Greenwood, MO 94L

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