As Lucas Oil Speedway roared back into action after a 28-day break Saturday, June 8, Kris Jackson made it a memorable evening with a doubleheader sweep.
Jackson won a pair of USRA B-Mod features Saturday night, holding off Andy Bryant both in the headliner of the Big Adventure RV Weekly Racing Series program and a makeup feature from a rainout on May 11, according to a Lucas Oil news release.
A total of 107 cars, including 52 B-Mods, checked into the pits.
Other feature winners were Kaeden Cornell (Warsaw Marine & RV ULMA Late Models), Toby Ott (O'Reilly Auto Parts Street Stocks) and Tyler Wolff (Pitts Homes USRA Modifieds), according to the release.
It was the first racing at the speedway since May 11. A major storm on May 20 forced cancellation of the 27th annual Show-Me 100.
"I have to thank all my guys and the Lucas Oil staff for working their butts off to get this place race ready again," Jackson said in the release.
After winning the makeup feature at the start of the night, Jackson of Lebanon set out to make it a sweep. He led the first 12 laps before relinquishing the lead to Bryant on the next circuit. A caution flag turned the running order back to the previous lap.
"(Bryant) just passed me. He was fast tonight," Jackson said in the release. "When the caution flew, I knew the top five hadn't gone underneath the flag stand and I thought, 'Man, I'm gonna get that spot back.'
Those two dueled throughout the night, according to the release. That duel continued on the restart as the two pulled away from the others, setting the state for a side-by-side battle over the final few laps, according to the release.
Jackson weaved through lapped traffic to hold off Bryant for the second 1-2 finish of the night. Clint Johnson was third, and JC Morton finished fourth, according to the release.
The makeup B-Mod feature kicked off the action, and Jackson, starting from the pole, set a blazing pace in opening up a sizable lead until a lap-11 caution bunched the field, according to the release. He reclaimed command after a restart and was three laps from the win when another caution wiped out his comfortable lead. It proved no problem for Jackson, who went on to claim the win with Bryant second and Tim Van Gotten in third.
Cornell pulls away for ULMA Late Model win
Kaeden Cornell led the final 12 laps in cruising to a dominating win in the ULMA feature.
"I have to thank God. I'm a blessed young man," Cornell said in the release. "Thanks to you guys for being here."
Cole Henson started on the front row and led the first eight laps, setting a fast pace before hitting the wall while in lapped traffic to bring out a yellow flag and give the lead to Shane Essary, according to the release.
On the restart, Cornell slid past Essary and into the lead. Just one lap later, another caution slowed the action with Essary in second.
The final 11 laps clicked off caution-free and Cornell pulled away for a 2.88-second victory margin over Johnny Fennewald, with Essary fishing third and Aaron Marrant fourth. It was Cornell's second straight feature win, according to the release.
Ott wires Street Stocks field
Season points leader Toby Ott of Wheatland went wire-to-wire, leading all 20 laps to grab the Street Stocks feature.
Ott set a blistering pace, opening up nearly a four-second lead over James Flood and Johnny Coats when a caution waved on lap 14. Sticking to an effective line around the bottom groove, Ott quickly regained command and went on to prevail by 1.57 seconds.
It was Ott's second win of the season and fifth top-four finish in five feature starts.
"Everything was working really good out there. The track came to my liking," Ott said in the release. "The best thing I could find out there was to keep it right on the bottom."
Flood finished second with Coats third and Aaron Poe in fourth.
Wolff becomes two-time USRA Modified winner
Third-starting Tyler Wolff took over the lead on lap four and paced the remainder of the 20-lap USRA Modified feature.
Nic Bidinger was second, and Robbie Reed came third.
"I was just trying to hit my marks," Wolff said in the release, following his second win in the event. "We re-did the car this week, trying to kind of get it back to where we were at last year.
Jason Pursley and season points leader Chase Domer had battled for third when they spun to bring out a caution on lap eight, according to the release.
The Big Adventure Weekly Racing Series is back in action next Saturday night as the Bolivar Herald-Free Press, along with Lamar Advertising, presents the Mid-Season Championships. Look for discount coupons in this issue of the Bolivar Herald-Free Press. The O'Reilly Auto Parts Street Stocks will headline the program with a 25-lap, $750-to-win main event. Gates open at 4 p.m. with hot laps at 6:30 and racing at 7:05.