Sooner Late Model Series
Leonard picks up $3,000 Caney Valley Speedway victory in James House Memorial
John Rittenoure - CANEY, Kans. (August 26, 2023) - Kansas farmer Dusty Leonard sometimes has to miss some races to tend his 200-acre farm, especially during harvest season. Saturday Leonard harvested up a victory at Caney Valley Speedway.
Leonard picked up his fifth career Complete Well Testing Sooner Late Model Series presented by Hayden Ross Motorsports Foundation victory earning $3,000 in the 25-lap James House Memorial.
Leonard pressured early leader Darren Moses for several laps in the early going before finally racing into the lead with a high side pass on lap 8.
“I had to earn the lead about five times there,” Leonard said of his pass for the top spot. “We had a really good balance on the race car and we could move around in the middle of the race track and even down to the bottom. That made our night a lot easier.”
The key to getting the lead was patience and pressure.
“Making him rush and make a few mistakes, Leonard said of the key to getting by Moses. “We have a term, patiently aggressive, and we used the heck out of that tonight.”
Jacob Magee raced around Moses for second on lap 14 and closed on Leonard. But Leonard did not five Magee any opportunities to pass him.
“I was just trying to take care of the tires knowing we might have a couple of late restarts to take of,” Leonard said.
“I was watching for him. The track was starting to latch up and I figured his motor would eventually start to come in. I am thankful the race was 25 (laps) and not 35.”
Joseph Gorby took over third on lap 19 and tried to make it a three-car race, but settled for third at the finish. Moses fell to fourth and Jason Redman rounded out the top five.
Kip Hughes advanced nine spots to 8th earning him the Marks Machine Shop Hard Charger award.
Next event is August 12 make-up features plus a complete point show at Enid Speedway, September 9.
Complete Well Testing, Hayden Ross Motorsports Foundation
Sooner Late Model Series Results
Caney Valley Speedway, Caney, Kansas
August 26, 2023
Complete Well Testing A Feature 1 (25 Laps): 1. 7D-Dusty Leonard; 2. 10-Jacob Magee; 3. 9-Joseph Gorby; 4. 1M-Darren Moses; 5. 36-Jason Redman; 6. 71-Jim Body; 7. 7H-Brett Hansen; 8. 229-Kip Hughes; 9. 12-Cory Green; 10. B1-Dustin Bolster; 11. 95-Zach Nickell; 12. 65-Eric Brill; 13. 9XX-Dakota Dellinger; 14. 88S-Richard Shepler; 15. 10J-Lynn Jones; 16. 26-Adrien Hickman; 17. 36D-Mark Daye; 18. 27X-Ron Brown; 19. 1-Eddie Tidwell; 20. 12H-Justin Henson; 21. 25S-Shannon Phillips; 22. H1-Steve Hewitt Sr; 23. 078-Dustin Dixon; 24. (DNS) 7-Shayne Bailey; 25. (DNS) 66-Eli Ross
O’Reilly Auto Parts Heat 1 (10 Laps): 1. 1M-Darren Moses; 2. 7H-Brett Hansen; 3. 36-Jason Redman; 4. 12-Cory Green; 5. 229-Kip Hughes; 6. 27X-Ron Brown; 7. 7-Shayne Bailey
Gage Diamonds Heat 2 (10 Laps): 1. 9-Joseph Gorby; 2. 71-Jim Body; 3. B1-Dustin Bolster; 4. 88S-Richard Shepler; 5. 26-Adrien Hickman; 6. 66-Eli Ross
DesignOne Racewear Heat 3 (10 Laps): 1. 10-Jacob Magee; 2. 1-Eddie Tidwell; 3. 10J-Lynn Jones; 4. 95-Zach Nickell; 5. 25S-Shannon Phillips; 6. 12H-Justin Henson
Hayden Ross Motorsports Foundation Heat 4 (10 Laps): 1. 7D-Dusty Leonard; 2. 078-Dustin Dixon; 3. 36D-Mark Daye; 4. 65-Eric Brill; 5. 9XX-Dakota Dellinger; 6. H1-Steve Hewitt Sr
Lap Leaders: Darren Moses 1-7, Dusty Leonard 8-25.
Margin of Victory: 0.494
Marks Machine Shop Hard Charger: Kip Hughes +9
4/14 - Kip Hughes - Thunderbird Speedway
4/15 - Brett Hansen - Tulsa Speedway
4/29 - Brett Hansen - Monett Raceway
5/6 - Brett Hansen - Thunderbird Speedway
6/2 - Kip Hughes - Outlaw Motor Speedway
6/9 - Kip Hughes - Humboldt Speedway
6/10 - Kip Hughes - 81 Speedway
6/24 - Jace Parmley - Salina Highbanks Speedway
7/1 - Joseph Gorby - Enid Speedway
7/15 - Brett Hansen - Longdale Speedway
7/22 - Kip Hughes - Caney Valley Speedway
7/29 - Brett Hansen - Enid Speedway
8/19 - Joseph Gorby - Longdale Speedway
8/25 - Shayne Bailey - Tulsa Speedway
8/26 - Dusty Leonard - Caney Valley Speedway
Top 10 Standings: 1. Brett Hansen 6315; 2. Richard Shepler 5720; 3. Eli Ross, 5605; 3. Richard Shepler, 5000; 4. Joseph Gorby, 5405; 5. Eric Brill, 4730; 6. Dakota Dellinger, 4605; 7. Ron Brown, 4445; 8.; Kip Hughes, 4070; 9. Gary Lowe, 3685; 10. Steve Hewitt, Sr., 3575.
About Complete Well Testing
Based in Oklahoma, Complete Well Testing is a family owned and operated company specializing in hydrostatic tubing testing and EMI tubing scanning.
Hayden Ross Motorsports Foundation
Hayden Ross Motorsports Foundation goal is to help grow both high school, trade school and college programs to start and or develop a motorsports program, club, or organizations at their school as well as individual motorsports programs. HRMF will provide financial grants, equipment, expertise, scholarships, and educational opportunities for these organizations and individuals. This program will allow students to overcome the hurdle of entering motorsports due to the high costs and specialized experience needed to get started. This program will allow these students the opportunity to be part of a team with one overall goal of success on the track, including budgeting, marketing, mechanical skills, logistics, and team building efforts. All while honoring the life lost to early of Hayden Diesel Ross, #forever66.
Sooner Late Model Series
The Sooner Late Model Series was formed in 2016 by Enid Speedway co-promoter Mark Brill. Brill felt there was not many opportunities for late model competitors to race in Oklahoma and the Sooner Late Model Series was formed. Now the series has grown beyond the borders of Oklahoma with events held in the neighboring states of Kansas, Texas and Arkansas
Article Credit: John Rittenoure