Photo Gallery: O’Neil Wins $10,002 Grant Junghans Memorial Triumph

Jake O’Neil celebrates with crew members and family after winning the 3rd Annual Grant Junghans Memorial on Friday, Au. 17, at the Lakeside Speedway in Kansas City, Kansas.

As drivers and fans alike celebrated the life of one of the most popular dirt track racers of all time, Friday’s 3rd Annual Grant Junghans Memorial at the Lakeside Speedway gave the fans a night to remember. In the 32-lap feature, Jake O’Neil came away with the biggest win of his career by holding off Johnny Scott—the toughest USMTS competitor so far this season.

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In the 32-lap feature co-sanctioned by the USMTS and USRA, Jake O’Neil came away with the biggest win of his career by holding off Johnny Scott—the toughest USMTS competitor so far this season.

Lance Town took the initial lead in the race with Cade Dillard, Mark Schafman and Scott in tow.

With four laps in the books, Scott snuck underneath Town to lead the fifth circuit with Dillard following into second one lap later.

Lucas Schott, who won the inaugural Grant Junghans Memorial two years ago, slipped by Dillard the next time around with O’Neil following him into third on lap 8.

Two laps later, O’Neil got around Schott in the first turn and then disposed of Scott in the next corner to snag the top spot away in just 10 laps after rolling off 13th on the 30-car grid.

Scott never let O’Neil get away, and hounded him for the next 10 laps as the lead pair picked their way through heavy lapped traffic, finally finding a run off of turn four to lead lap 21.

But it was a short-lived reign as O’Neil’s line around the outside of a lapped car was quicker than Scott’s inside line and O’Neil was back in front at the end of lap 22.

Schott narrowed the gap between himself and the two leaders in the closing laps, but could not mount a challenge as O’Neil stayed clear of trouble and kept Scott behind him the final 10 laps to take home a $10,002 payday.

Jake O’Neil celebrates after winning the 3rd Annual Grant Junghans Memorial powered by Spike Hardcore Energy on Friday, Aug. 17, a the Lakeside Speedway in Kansas City, Kansas.

“You have no idea (what the money mean),” said O’Neil, who had to rent a truck to get up and down the road last week when his hauler broke down. “I don’t even know what to say really.

“Grant was riding with us tonight. This was my number one race of the year I wanted to go to, even if I didn’t race at all, and for sure the one I wanted to win. Coming here I didn’t think we really had a chance but thank God I talked with Jimmy Owens on the phone and he gave me a few ideas, and I’ll tell you what, that guy he builds a hell of a race car.”

Scott and Schott settled for second and third, respectively, with Terry Phillips and Dillard rounding out the top five.

Tyler Wolff was sixth, defending race winner Rodney Sanders grinded out a seventh-place finish, Town held on for eighth, Stormy Scott nabbed the ninth spot and Dereck Ramirez claimed tenth place a the checkers.

To learn more about the United States Modified Touring Series, visit www.usmts.com online or call 515-832-7944.

From left to right: Grant Junghans’s father and mother Greg and Pat Jughans, winner Jake O’Neil, runner-up Johnny Scott, third-place finisher Lucas Schott and fourth-place finishers Terry Phillips.

OFFICIAL RESULTS: United States Modified Touring Series
3rd Annual Grant Junghans Memorial. Lakeside Speedway, Kansas City, Kan.
Friday, Aug. 17, 2018

SIMPSON PERFORMANCE PRODUCTS HEAT RACE #1 (8 laps): 1. (1) 75 Terry Phillips, Springfield, Mo., 2. (2) 3b Nic Bidinger, Perry, Kan., 3. (4) 88 Chad Wheeler, Muskogee, Okla., 4. (6) 2s Stormy Scott, Las Cruces, N.M., 5. (3) 3366 Ryan Gillmore, Springfield, Mo., 6. (7) 70 Aaron Marrant, Richmond, Mo., 7. (8) G17 Fito Gallardo, Las Cruces, N.M., 8. (5) 8c Chris Clark, Jackson, Wyo.

FAST SHAFTS HEAT RACE #2 (8 laps): 1. (1) 97 Cade Dillard, Robeline, La., 2. (3) 69 Lucas Schott, Chatfield, Minn., 3. (4) 20 Rodney Sanders, Happy, Texas, 4. (8) 21x Travis Saurer, Elizabeth, Minn., 5. (7) 27L Trevor Latham, Rogers, Ark., 6. (6) 15 Dennie Gieber, Frankston, Texas, 7. (5) 20rt Ricky Thornton Jr., Chandler, Ariz., 8. (2) 19sb Lance Mari, Imperial, Calif.

EDELBROCK HEAT RACE #3 (8 laps): 1. (1) 4w Tyler Wolff, Fayetteville, Ark., 2. (8) 21t Lance Town, Wellsville, Kan., 3. (6) 96 R.C. Whitwell, Tucson, Ariz., 4. (5) 1k Tim Karrick, Basehor, Kan., 5. (2) 30 Tad Davis, Mount Hope, Kan., 6. (7) 3j Lewis Jackson, Wellsville, Kan., 7. (4) 23 Justin Rexwinkle, South Coffeyville, Okla., 8. (3) 16s Chad Lyle, Oak Grove, Mo.

MSD PERFORMANCE HEAT RACE #4 (8 laps): 1. (2) 68 Kerry Davis, Parkville, Mo., 2. (8) 4r Dereck Ramirez, Woodward, Okla., 3. (3) 90 Terry Schultz, Sedalia, Mo., 4. (7) 87 Darron Fuqua, Mayetta, Kan., 5. (5) 49j Jason Murray, Hartford, Iowa, 6. (6) 11n Gene Nicholas, Lowell, Ark., 7. (1) 07 Cory Crapser, Chippewa Falls, Wis., DQ – 12 Jason Hughes, Watts, Okla.

VP RACING FUELS HEAT RACE #5 (8 laps): 1. (5) 1st Johnny Scott, Cameron, Mo., 2. (1) 66t Tyler Schmidt, Easton, Kan., 3. (6) 91 Joe Duvall, Claremore, Okla., 4. (3) 12 Johnny Bone Jr., Pea Ridge, Ark., 5. (4) 111 Bumper Jones, Mesilla Park, N.M., 6. (8) 21 Austin Bonner, Elk City, Okla., 7. (7) 23 Adam Kates, Tonganoxie, Kan., 8. (2) 16 Austin Siebert, Grandview, Mo.

PRODUCTION JARS HEAT RACE #6 (8 laps): 1. (2) 34 Mark Schafman, Edwardsville, Kan., 2. (3) 33z Zack VanderBeek, New Sharon, Iowa, 3. (5) 0 Jake O’Neil, Tucson, Ariz., 4. (1) J17 Jake Gallardo, Las Cruces, N.M., 5. (7) 18jr Chase Sigg, Iola, Kan., 6. (4) 33 Danny Martin, Republic, Mo., 7. (8) 7D7 Kyle Covert, Topeka, Kan., 8. (6) 18j Dustin Johnson, Hampshire, Ill.

REAL RACING WHEELS “B” MAIN #1 (15 laps, top 9 advance): 1. (2) 0 Jake O’Neil, Tucson, Ariz., 2. (4) 87 Darron Fuqua, Mayetta, Kan., 3. (5) 2s Stormy Scott, Las Cruces, N.M., 4. (1) 3b Nic Bidinger, Perry, Kan., 5. (15) 16 Austin Siebert, Grandview, Mo., 6. (3) 88 Chad Wheeler, Muskogee, Okla., 7. (8) 3366 Ryan Gillmore, Springfield, Mo., 8. (7) 27L Trevor Latham, Rogers, Ark., 9. (6) 12 Johnny Bone Jr., Pea Ridge, Ark., 10. (10) 21 Austin Bonner, Elk City, Okla., MBCustoms/ChevPerf, $152., 11. (13) G17 Fito Gallardo, Las Cruces, N.M., LG2/ProPower, $152., 12. (11) 3j Lewis Jackson, Wellsville, Kan., Hoffman/Driskell, $152., 13. (14) 8c Chris Clark, Jackson, Wyo., GRT/PerfAuto, $152., 14. (9) 49j Jason Murray, Hartford, Iowa, JMRC/Tesar, $152., 15. (12) 11n Gene Nicholas, Lowell, Ark., Hughes/Kelly, $152., DNS – 20rt Ricky Thornton Jr., Chandler, Ariz., Jet/Mullins, $152., DNS – 07 Cory Crapser, Chippewa Falls, Wis., MBCustoms/Troy’s, $152., DNS – 16s Chad Lyle, Oak Grove, Mo., GRT/BME, $152.

REAL RACING WHEELS “B” MAIN #2 (15 laps, top 9 advance): 1. (3) 20 Rodney Sanders, Happy, Texas, 2. (6) J17 Jake Gallardo, Las Cruces, N.M., 3. (1) 66t Tyler Schmidt, Easton, Kan., 4. (4) 90 Terry Schultz, Sedalia, Mo., 5. (2) 21x Travis Saurer, Elizabeth, Minn., 6. (10) 70 Aaron Marrant, Richmond, Mo., 7. (16) 19sb Lance Mari, Imperial, Calif., 8. (9) 111 Bumper Jones, Mesilla Park, N.M., 9. (5) 1k Tim Karrick, Basehor, Kan., 10. (8) 30 Tad Davis, Mount Hope, Kan., GRT/Mullins, $152., 11. (11) 15 Dennie Gieber, Frankston, Texas, GRT/AMS, $152., 12. (13) 7D7 Kyle Covert, Topeka, Kan., GRT/Meinholdt, $152., 13. (14) 23 Justin Rexwinkle, South Coffeyville, Okla., JRC/Outlaw, $152., 14. (7) 18jr Chase Sigg, Iola, Kan., GRT/Sigg, $152., 15. (12) 33 Danny Martin, Republic, Mo., Hoffman/ChevPerf, $152., 16. (15) 23 Adam Kates, Tonganoxie, Kan., LG2/Speedway, $152., 17. (17) 18j Dustin Johnson, Hampshire, Ill., MBCustoms/Sput’s, $152., DNS – 12 Jason Hughes, Watts, Okla., Hughes/Mullins, $152.

SPIKE HARDCORE ENERGY “A” MAIN (32 laps): 1. (13) 0 Jake O’Neil, Tucson, Ariz., LG2/Cornett, 32, $10,002., 2. (6) 1st Johnny Scott, Cameron, Mo., VanderBuilt/Hill, 32, $5222., 3. (9) 69 Lucas Schott, Chatfield, Minn., MBCustoms/Hill, 32, $4302., 4. (5) 75 Terry Phillips, Springfield, Mo., GRT/Durham, 32, $3402., 5. (2) 97 Cade Dillard, Robeline, La., MBCustoms/ASI, 32, $3002., 6. (8) 4w Tyler Wolff, Fayetteville, Ark., MBCustoms/Hatfield, 32, $2502., 7. (14) 20 Rodney Sanders, Happy, Texas, MBCustoms/Hatfield, 32, $2202., 8. (1) 21t Lance Town, Wellsville, Kan., MBCustoms/Driskell, 32, $2002., 9. (17) 2s Stormy Scott, Las Cruces, N.M., VanderBuilt/Mullins, 32, $1802., 10. (7) 4r Dereck Ramirez, Woodward, Okla., Hughes/Cornett, 32, $1602., 11. (22) 21x Travis Saurer, Elizabeth, Minn., MBCustoms/PerfAuto, 32, $1502., 12. (11) 96t R.C. Whitwell, Tucson, Ariz., Victory/Mullins, 32, $1402., 13. (12) 91 Joe Duvall, Claremore, Okla., MBCustoms/ChevPerf, 32, $1302., 14. (27) 27L Trevor Latham, Rogers, Ark., Hughes/BCD, 32, $1292., 15. (18) 66t Tyler Schmidt, Easton, Kan., Hughes/Mullins, 32, $1282., 16. (3) 34 Mark Schafman, Edwardsville, Kan., Schweizer/Yeoman, 32, $1272., 17. (20) 90 Terry Schultz, Sedalia, Mo., Hughes/Mullins, 32, $1262., 18. (10) 33z Zack VanderBeek, New Sharon, Iowa, VanderBuilt/Sput’s, 31, $1252., 19. (21) 16 Austin Siebert, Grandview, Mo., MBCustoms/Durham, 31, $1242., 20. (25) 3366 Ryan Gillmore, Springfield, Mo., Hoffman/ChevPerf, 31, $1232., 21. (16) J17 Jake Gallardo, Las Cruces, N.M., LG2/ProPower, 31, $1222., 22. (29) 12 Johnny Bone Jr., Pea Ridge, Ark., Shaw/Yeoman, 31, $1212., 23. (19) 3b Nic Bidinger, Perry, Kan., GRT/Siebert, 22, $1202., 24. (23) 88 Chad Wheeler, Muskogee, Okla., MBCustoms/Durham, 21, $1202., 25. (15) 87 Darron Fuqua, Mayetta, Kan., MBCustoms/Driskell, 20, $1202., 26. (30) 1k Tim Karrick, Basehor, Kan., VanderBuilt/Millert, 19, $1202., 27. (28) 111 Bumper Jones, Mesilla Park, N.M., GRT/Sput’s, 9, $1202., 28. (4) 68 Kerry Davis, Parkville, Mo., GRT/Sput’s, 4, $1202., 29. (26) 19sb Lance Mari, Imperial, Calif., MRT/Yeoman, 2, $1202., 30. (24) 70 Aaron Marrant, Richmond, Mo., GRT/Burlington, 2, $1202.

Lap Leaders: Town 1-4, J. Scott 5-9, O’Neil 10-20, J. Scott 21, O’Neil 22-32.

Total Laps Led: O’Neil 22, J. Scott 6, Town 4.

Margin of Victory: 1.056 seconds.

Time of Race: 14 minutes, 56.112 seconds (1 caution).

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