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After Completion of Unprecedented 2020 Season CMS Looks Ahead to 2021

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After Completion of Unprecedented 2020 Season CMS Looks Ahead to 2021

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(Warrensburg, Missouri) For some, putting a lid on the 2020 Central Missouri Speedway (CMS) season last weekend could not get here soon enough, but for others the season ended too quickly! Either way, everyone can agree that 2020 turned out to be an interesting year for multiple reasons.

Delays and restrictions related to the pandemic changed the schedule on multiple occasions; however, this did not stop the drivers from putting on some of the best racing we have seen in recent memory at CMS and the crowd counts were very respectable all the way through the season.
 
All total, 396 different drivers competed at CMS in 2020 in the track’s weekly racing and special-event programs. These drivers came from nine different states and 176 different hometowns.
 
CMS recognized season champions and drivers finishing top ten in points at a post-race event last weekend hosted by 28-year promoters Earl and Susan Walls. Dean Wille collected his first-ever A-Mod championship at the speedway over a pair of former champions, Terry Schultz, and Gunner Martin. Wille took one main event win as eight different drivers collected A-Main victories. A-Mod Final Standings.

Pos.No.DRIVER’S NAME & HOMETOWNPoints
168-Dean Wille, Warrensburg822
290-Terry Schultz, Sedalia758
375-Gunner Martin, Sugar Creek754
414-Kameron Grindstaff, Independence678
522h-Dustin Hodges, Centralia576
67-Anthony Tanner, Topeka KS570
717-Rod Cordon, Independence558
888-Jimmy Dowell, Boonville437
91k-Tim Karrick, Basehor KS436
1016s-Kevin Blackburn, Fulton411

 
In the Street Stock Final Standings, Aaron Poe collected his first-ever championship by a comfortable margin over Jay Prevete and 14-time champion John Brooks. Poe was one of six drivers to collect a victory this year but was the only driver to win multiple main events as he captured eight victories.

Pos.No.DRIVER’S NAME & HOMETOWNPoints
145-Aaron Poe, Warrensburg656
225xxx-Jay Prevete, Windsor525
327-John Brooks, Warrensburg521
410-Marc Carter, Warrensburg432
512v-Nathan Vaughn, Sedalia428
6254-Dallas White, Centerview387
783k-Denny Fitzpatrick, Warrensburg372
804-Cody Frazon, LaMonte362
929-Bronson Wicker, Sedalia360
30c-Clayton Campbell, Otterville360

 
Jacob Ebert added a fifth B-Mod title to his growing driver profile. Along the way, Ebert picked up two victories during a year in which eight different drivers collected feature wins. Patrick Royalty captured five victories, the most of any driver this season and finished second overall with Jeremy Lile with one victory in third.

Pos.No.DRIVER’S NAME & HOMETOWNPoints
194-Jacob Ebert, Oak Grove822
249-Patrick Royalty, Kansas City KS777
305-Jeremy Lile. Higginsville745
461-Sturgis Streeter, Hoyt KS728
588-Derek Nevels, Corder607
614-Sebastian Wolfenbarger, Blue Springs506
727d-Larry Drake, Osceola502
803b-Chris Brockway, Warrensburg479
92-Rick Anderson, Slater454
1012c-Steve Clancy, Odessa451

 
Although 2020 served as the final year for the Mod-Lites as a weekly race class as announced above, the big story throughout the year was once again the dominating performance of Dillon Raffurty, who collected his fourth-straight track championship in a year that he collected 13 total victories. Just four drivers captured feature wins, with Justin Kinderknecht, David Raffurty, and Donnie Dannar also collecting wins.

Pos.No.DRIVER’S NAME & HOMETOWNPoints
146-Dillon Raffurty, Kansas City859
264-David Raffurty, Kansas City788
3171-Donnie Dannar, Lone Jack760
441-Mike Raffurty, Kansas City743
54k-Garrett Stonum, Lawson721
698-Jeff Raffurty, Holt698
73-Nathan Wolfe, Lee’s Summit658
834-Tyler Furrell, Belton633
975-Justin Raffurty, Kansas City628
1073-Tony Kerr, Kansas City609

 
Last year the season championship was a heartbreaker for upstart Spencer Reiff of Kansas City in the Pure Stock division but 2021 had a much different outcome as he collected his first-ever CMS track championship over Jonathan Evans and James Mirts. Eight drivers found their way to victory lane this season. Reiff collected two main-event wins during his championship year.

Pos.No.DRIVER’S NAME & HOMETOWNPoints
17-Spencer Reiff, Kansas City703
289-Jonathan Evans, Knob Noster680
339-James Mirts, Auxvasse655
428jr-Gale Harper, Warrensburg610
5m87-Mallory Stiffler, Holt KS581
62B-Brian Cox, Concordia530
730k-Cameron Kelly, Concordia462
84d-David Doelz, Warsaw444
914-Sandy Tanner, Topeka KS424
1038-Bobby Russell, Smithville418

Next season, fans will notice significant changes aesthetically, but also within the race program. During the fall and winter months, a new message center and scoreboard featuring the latest in LED technology is going to be installed on the southside of the property. The plan also calls for the message center to display a live feed from Westhold Timing and Scoring. The board’s dimensions are 10 x 20.

The large display will open several advertisement avenues for the track and further elevate the track’s already highly respected profile. Dean Wille and Gator Graphics along with CMS staff, and program writers at Vantage LED USA are currently planning for the installation to be successful.  

After a four-year run as a weekly car class, CMS has decided to amicably part ways with Mod-Lites. The news came on the heels of the track conducting surveys during the last half of the season of its fans and what classes they like to watch. Unfortunately, the Mod-Lite class finished last on each survey. Financials were also reviewed and led to the decision as did verbal feedback from fans to track owner Earl Walls. The track and the local representative for the Mod-Lites have agreed to watch for an opportunity to bring the class back as a guest class in the future. CMS would like to thank the Mod-Lites for their participation in the CMS Weekly Race Program and wish them the very best of luck at their new weekly home at Valley Speedway!

Just a few weeks removed from a successful outing over the Labor Day Weekend, the POWRi Lightning Sprints will compete at CMS once per month, tentatively on the second Saturday of each month. In addition, a Light Sprints Nationals race is being planned with the group’s local representative and CMS officials with details to be announced

Next year’s schedule features A-Mods, Street Stocks, B-Mods, and Pure Stocks as weekly racing championship divisions with the fifth class rotating on a guest-class basis. Special events for the 2021 season will feature the return of $5,000-to-win A-Mods over the Independence Day Holiday with additional summer holiday weekend specials for A-Mods and other classes on the Memorial and Labor Day weekends. The Walls have also once again announced the 24-or-more cars bonus will be in effect for next season. If 24 or more A-Mods check in by pill draw cutoff, a random draw will take place and the drivers will race for either $1,200 to win/$180 to start, or $1,500 to win and $200 to start. At CMS, A-Mods race for $1,000 to win and $160 to start every week no matter how many cars sign in. Opening night for 2021 is tentatively scheduled for April 17.

The Inaugural Big Bad B-Mod Blowout completed the season last week at CMS but as announced during the final night of the season, this event will move to Labor Day weekend in 2021. Additional details regarding the purse will come later but drivers should take note the three rounds of heat race format will remain intact on night one with C- and B-Mains along with the A-Main finale. In this format, drivers must compete in the rounds of heat races on night one to advance to the night two program! A special event shirt was designed for the 1st Annual Big Bad B-Mod Blowout and remains on sale. Those wishing to purchase the event shirt should message CMS on the CMS Facebook page at www.facebook.com/pages/Central-Missouri-Speedway with desired size. Only medium, large, and extra-large sizes remain at $15 each.

Plans are in the works for the return of wingless sprint cars and the Malvern Bank Super Late Models for 2021 for special events after successful special events in 2020. CMS will remain in contact with various series officials during the off-season to secure these race dates and will make announcements as details unfold. CMS officials have already been in contact with Lakeside Speedway, which runs on Friday nights in Kansas City, Kansas, for opportunities to pair up for exciting Friday and Saturday special-event weekends.  

For additional information regarding CMS, visit the track online at www.centralmissourispeedway.net. Prospective track business partners and advertises should reach out to the track via social media, through email at info@centralmissourispeedway.net, or call Susan Walls at 816.229.1338, no calls after 8 p.m. Follow CMS on Twitter @CMSgoing_green, find CMS on YouTube at CMS Going Green! Visit our website at www.centralmissourispeedway.net, or Like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/pages/Central-Missouri-Speedway. Sign up for our email groups by emailing info@centralmissourispeedway.net. Visit the CMS MyRacePass site at centralmissourispeedway.myracepass.com

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