The State Fair’s only race August 23 last year at Missouri State-Fair Speedway was a big statement to bring back racing in Sedalia, sparking a 7-race series at the speedway. This series started Sunday with the “Spring Fling” event at the historic Half-Mile.
Before that night, it had been three years since the last race, and now it is back for more. Event promoter Gerry Olson, who organized the August race, is the man in charge of bringing the series to Sedalia.
“People never expected to see another race here,” Olson said, “Now that we have the first race here, we were able to put a season of races.”
Brian Brown, driver of the No. 21 car, finished third in the sprint car feature. He said he was excited to be back in Sedalia.
The ASCS Warrior Sprint Cars were not the only ones in attendance. They were preceded by the MLRA Late Models.
The Late Models had two features on Sunday with the A-Main and B-Main features. The top six finishers in the B-Main feature were admitted to the A-Main feature. Brandon McCormick was the top finisher in the B-Main. McCormick finished 20th out of the twenty-four A-Main feature field.
The MLRA A-Main feature was headlined by the pole-position winner Justin Asplin in the No. 77a car, but he would finish 19th overall as Billy Moyer Jr. won the A-Main feature.
Moyer said he was glad to get a win.
“Anytime you are able to get a checkered flag, it is awesome” Moyer said. “You feel good.”
Brandon Hanks out of Burlison, Tennessee, driver of the No. 84 car, won the ASCS Sprint Car feature race for his second victory of the season.
Hanks stated that “we had a great car and we were able to take advantage. It builds more momentum” for the rest of the season.
No. 38 Cody Baker had the pole-position going into the ASCS Sprint Cars feature.
Baker said he was “pretty excited” for the pole-position, but was involved in a wreck on lap nine.
“Pretty big race, a lot of fast guys” Baker said before the race. “It is always a good thing when you can keep up and pass them back and keep up with them.”
The ASCS Sprint Cars will be back in Sedalia on May 20 and MLRA Late Models are scheduled for July 7.