Dirt track racing has been at the mercy of Mother Nature so far this season.
Each week drivers are having to keep tabs on the weather and seeing what track may provide the best bet for racing.
Sedalia native Terry Schultz, driver of the No. 90 USRA Modified, has had to travel several hours just to find racing this season, even going to Humboldt Speedway in Kansas, which is about a three-hour trip.
“It’s been terrible,” Schultz said. “You never know when you’re going to race or where you’re going to race. … It’s just been pretty ridiculous.”
Even with all the rainouts, Schultz said he’s been able to race in about 75 percent of the number of races he’d normally have at this time of year.
Schultz frequently runs at Central Missouri Speedway in Warrensburg because it’s the closest trace for him to race a USRA modified event.
CMS is in its second year of re-opening, but the track has been closed more often than not this season.
“For our closest track, this is probably the least place we’ve been,” Schultz said
Lucas Oil Speedway in Wheatland, Lakeside in Kansas City, I-35 Speedway in Winston and Callaway Raceway in Fulton have all been on the schedule for Schultz this season.
He does compete at these tracks anyway because he earns USRA points at them, but he’s not able to cut down the travel with all the cancellations at CMS.
“It’s terrible,” Schultz said. “We’ve been having to travel. You just can’t get a rhythm going.”
Saturday nights at CMS have become quiet this summer with rain saturating the track and even filling up the entire infield with water, making it look like more of a fishing destination than a place for speed.
Once again, Saturday’s races were in danger of being cancelled like so many before them. The grounds had mostly dried up before driver started pulling through the gate Saturday, but it became a muddy mess once again as rain began to fall around 6:30 p.m., when drivers were taking the track to get hot laps started.
Before the rain started to fall, Schultz was optimistic that he’d race.
“We’re looking at it, but I think we’re OK,” he said.
On a night that was scheduled to have two makeup races, rain had arrived to spoil the party.
The delay lasted several hours, but the CMS crew was determined to get the racing in.
The makeup races weren’t finished until after 11 p.m., which is later than a regular weekly show may last.
After the two makeup features completed, the regularly scheduled races began and lasted into the early morning hours.
The wait was worth it for Schultz, who won both USRA modified features, picking up his first two CMS wins of the season and wins four and five overall.
Sedalia’s Steve Twenter earned a sixth-place finish in the regularly scheduled modified feature.
La Monte’s Cody Frazon worked his way from a ninth starting spot in the B-Modified race to take third.
Sedalia’s Ernie Walker started sixth and took seventh.
Troy Turley, of Knob Noster, took second in the street stock race. Sedalia’s Kevin Perkins, Knob Noster’s Joshua Guy, Windsor’s John Prevete and Otterville’s Clayton Campbell took ninth through 12th.
Windsor’s Roger Detherage took sixth in pure stocks.
CMS is scheduled to host its weekly program this coming Saturday, which will feature a $1,500 to win USRA Modified feature.