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May 23
Legit Speedway Park,
West Plains, MO
Sanction: Comp Cams Super Dirt Series (Missouri Hardwoods Back to the Future 50) - $10,000
Information provided by: Robert Holman (last updated May 24, 10:30 am)
Casebolt hangs on, wins $10,000 at West Plains
Missouri Hardwoods Back to the Future 50
  1. Steve Casebolt
  2. Payton Looney
  3. Kent Robinson
  4. Tony Jackson Jr.
  5. Billy Moyer
  6. Logan Martin
  7. Rick Rickman
  8. Timothy Culp
  9. Spencer Hughes
  10. Scott Crigler
  11. Brian Rickman
  12. Kyle Beard
  13. Drew Armstrong
  14. Terry Phillips
  15. Robert Baker
  16. Neil Baggett
  17. Jesse Stovall
  18. Mason Oberkramer
  19. B.J. Robinson
  20. Morgan Bagley
  21. Kaleb Stolba
  22. Jon Mitchell
  23. Tim Manville
  24. Joe Godsey
presented by
Mike Musslin
Steve Casebolt heads to a $10,000 victory at Legit Speedway Park.
What won the race: Surviving late-race challenges, Steve Casebolt of Richmond, Ind., raced to his first $10,000 victory in five seasons Saturday at Legit Speedway Park, leading all the way in the Missouri Hardwoods Back to the Future 50. Casebolt fought off fellow Hoosier Kent Robinson and home-state racer Payton Looney over the final five laps.
Key notes: Casebolt's previous five-figure payday came Feb. 6, 2015, in the World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Model Series opener at Georgia's Screven Motor Speedway. ... The Comp Cams Super Dirt Series completes the weekend doubleheader Sunday with a $4,000-to-win event postponed from Friday.
On the move: Rick Rickman of Columbus, Miss., started 16th and finished seventh.
Winner's sponsors: Casebolt’s Rocket Chassis has a Cornett Racing Engine and is sponsored by Sudz Car Wash, JE Pistons, BruceBilt Performance, VP Racing Fuels and Gotta Race.
Points chase: Heading into the weekend, Jesse Stovall (470 points) of Crane, Mo., led series points over Timothy Culp (460), Tyler Erb (400), B.J. Robinson (400) and Earl Pearson Jr. (390).
Current weather: Clear, 72°F
Car count: 49
Fast qualifier: Neil Baggett
Time: 15.426 seconds
Polesitter: Kent Robinson
Heat race winners: Kent Robinson, Tony Jackson Jr., Logan Martin, Steve Casebolt, Payton Looney, Billy Moyer
Consolation race winners: Robert Baker, Terry Phillips
Provisional starters: B.J. Robinson, Morgan Bagley
Next series race: May 24, Legit Speedway Park (West Plains, MO) $4,000
Editor's note: Results and race details are unofficial.
From staff and series reports

WEST PLAINS, Mo. — Steve Casebolt couldn’t have had a smoother drive the first 42 or so laps Saturday at Legit Speedway Park. But the last few laps for the Richmond, Ind., driver in the Missouri Hardwoods Back to the Future 50 couldn’t have been more nerve-wracking.

His hands full with fellow Hoosier Kent Robinson and home-state racer Payton Looney after the final restart, Casebolt admittedly said he was “going to do everything I could to win it,” and he did just that in running Robinson up the track then denying Looney’s late bid for a $10,000 victory, his first on the Comp Cams Super Dirt Series.

Winning for the first time in West Plains, Casebolt took the checkers a half-second in front of Looney while Robinson was further back in third. Tony Jackson Jr. of Lebanon, Mo., and Hall of Famer Billy Moyer of Batesville, Ark., rounded out the top five.

Casebolt was flawless from outside the front row with a lap-32 scrape with the slower Mason Oberkramer exiting turn four his only tense moment. But with the field bunched for cautions on laps 42 and 43, the leader was wary.

“I knew I’d messed up. I knew I’d protected the bottom too much. I was just a sitting duck on those restarts, man,” the 41-year-old Casebolt said. “When you’re racing for $10,000, I mean, I was going to do everything I could to win it. I didn’t want to wreck anybody, but I was going to block … I was just going to do everything to protect my position, and that’s what I did. I’m sure Kent’s probably a little bit ticked off at me, but we just needed this win so bad and we came down here to win. If the roles are reversed tomorrow, I’d expect him to do the same thing to me.”

Looney, the Republic, Mo., driver who held the second spot much of the race’s second half, wondering if a clash between Indiana drivers on lap 46 might give him the victory.

“I definitely thought they were going to run each other into the fence over there out of (turn) two, and I really thought about running (Casebolt) in the fence out of (turn) four to the checkers,” Looney said with a laugh. “But, I mean, I don’t want to win like that. But kudos to him and K-Rob, and (fourth-place finisher) Tony (Jackson) ran me clean there when I got underneath him.

“I thought the racetrack was just pretty well over with and then Steve kind of went in there on that restart and kind of parked it, and I just kind of parked it with him. I wasn’t going to give up the bottom, and K-Rob kind of, with some experience, you know he outschooled us both there and rolled to the top. I really think I had the best car, but we collected $5,000 and we’re racing and there’s people here to watch it, so that’s pretty exciting.”

Bloomington, Ind.’s Robinson figured jumping to the high side on the final restart was his only hope.

“I had to do something, put on a little bit of a show,” he said. “I mean, honestly, my car wasn’t all that good. I just really killed that right-front tire there early and was struggling. On that last restart, I just thought I’d go up there (in the high groove) and try it. I knew I’d get a couple of good laps and I knew they were signalling (Casebolt to go) up, and if I just would’ve been 2 or 3 feet further (up), it would’ve been a different story. I think the best race car won.

“I thought I might be able to have a chance to win (when he pulled alongside Casebolt and was just a tick behind at the flagstand). I was hoping if I had only about two laps to get up there and the front straightaway and back straightaway started rubbering, so I knew I had to (stay in that groove). Just came up a little short, just part of it.”

Casebolt was relieved to repel the last-ditch efforts after cruising for so many caution-free laps.

“Those guys have nothing to lose. We go down in there, and I’m just trying to protect that bottom and stay in the rubber (groove) or whatever,” he said. “Those guys, they’re going to runs second or third, whatever, they can charge that top, they can do anything they need to do. I’d have looked like a real dummy if I’d have charged the top and four of them would’ve drove underneath of me.

“I just really did not know what to do on those last restarts. I don’t know how much of a lead I had before that, but I have a feeling that those yellows were the only way those guys were going to beat me.”

Notes: Jesse Stovall drew a lap-42 caution when he gave up the 11th spot but getting into the wall … On lap 43, shuffing at the turn-four exit sent eighth-running Neil Baggett’s car around and into the infield. … Stovall’s retirement helped reigning series champion Timothy Culp of Prattsville, Ark., move into the Comp Cams tour points lead. … Series competitors go back at it Sunday for a $4,000 winner’s purse at West Plains.

Preliminary results:

Feature lineup

Row 1: Kent Robinson, Steve Casebolt
Row 2: Tony Jackson Jr., Payton Looney
Row 3: Logan Martin, Billy Moyer
Row 4: Neil Baggett, Tim Manville
Row 5: Timothy Culp, Mason Oberkramer
Row 6: Spencer Hughes, Scott Crigler
Row 7: Brian Rickman, Jon Mitchell
Row 8: Jesse Stovall, Rick Rickman
Row 9: Drew Armstrong, Kyle Beard
Row 10: Robert Baker, Terry Phillips
Row 11: Kaleb Stolba, Joe Godsey
Row 12: B.J. Robinson, Morgan Bagley

Consolation results

(12 laps; top two transfer)

First consolation: Robert Baker, Kaleb Stolba, Michael Arnold, Hunter Rasdon, Chris Jones, Raymond Merrill, Steve Stultz, Jason Papich, Brennon Willard, Morgan Bagley, Brent McKinnon, Haydon Ross, David Payne, Bobby Prosise, Jon Driskill. Scratched: Matthew Tribble.

Second consolation: Terry Phillips, Joe Godsey, Gordy Gundaker, Bobby Pierce, B.J. Robinson, Colton Horner, Mike Spatola, Joey Smith, Hunter Gilmore, Chad Mallett, Charlie Cole, Terry Henson, Travis Ashley, Robbie Starnes. Scratched: Robby Moore.

Heat race results

(Eight laps; top three transfer)

First heat: Kent Robinson, Neil Baggett, Brian Rickman, Robert Baker, Michael Arnold, Steve Stultz, Morgan Bagley, Jason Papich.

Second heat: Tony Jackson Jr., Timothy Culp, Jesse Stovall, Kaleb Stolba, David Payne, Matthew Tribble, Brent McKinnon, Brennon Willard.

Third heat: Logan Martin, Spencer Hughes, Drew Armstrong, Hunter Rasdon, Chris Jones, Raymond Merrill, Hayden Ross, Bobby Prosise.

Fourth heat: Steve Casebolt, Tim Manville, Jon Mitchell, Terry Phillips, Bobby Pierce, Chad Mallett, Joey Smith, Charlie Cole.

Fifth heat: Payton Looney, Mason Oberkramer, Rick Rickman, Joe Godsey, Robby Moore, Robbie Starnes, Mike Spatola, Hunter Gilmore.

Sixth heat: Billy Moyer, Scott Crigler, Kyle Beard, B.J. Robinson, Travis Ashley, Gordy Gundaker, Colton Horner, Terry Henson.

Time trials (unofficial)

Group A
Driver (car no.), hometown
Neil Baggett (21x), Columbus, Miss., 15.426
Tony Jackson Jr. (56), Lebanon, Mo., 15.576
Spencer Hughes (11), Meridian, Miss., 15.735
Kent Robinson (7R), Bloomington, Ind., 15.746
Timothy Culp (C8), Prattsville, Ark., 15.770
Logan Martin (36), West Plains, Mo., 15.814
Robert Baker (71), Bryant, Ark., 15.910
Kaleb Stolba (33s), Willow Springs, Mo., 15.915
Drew Armstrong (11j), Alexander, Ark., 15.975
Michael Arnold (4),  Hattiesburg, Miss., 15.994
Jesse Stovall (00), Billlings, Mo., 16.039
Hunter Rasdon (R5), Jonesboro, Ark., 16.156
Brian Rickman (90), Columbus, Miss., 16.205
Matthew Tribble (40), Pocahontas, Ark., 16.244
Raymond Merrill (12m), Sallisaw, Okla., 16.249
Steve Stultz (78s), Peoria, Ariz., 16.270
Brent McKinnon (26M), Carlyle, Ill., 16.276
Chris Jones (91j), Neelyville, Mo., 16.307
Jason Papich (91P), Nipomo, Calif., 16.401
Brennon Willard (3w), Lebanon, MO., 16.443
Hayden Ross (66), Muskogee, Okla., 16.554
Morgan Bagley (14m), Longview, Texas, 16.665
David Payne (7), Ward, Ark., 16.863
Bobby Prosise (14jr), Neelyville,Mo., 17.026
Jon Driskill (88), Bentonville, Ark., 17.037
Group B
Steve Casebolt (C9), Richmond, Ind., 15.592
Payton Looney (15), Republic, Mo., 15.631
Billy Moyer (21), Batesville, Ark., 15.685
Tim Manville (33), Highland, Ill., 15.826
Rick Rickman (86), Columbus, Miss., 15.862
Scott Crigler (12), Alton, MO., 15.897
Jon Mitchell (5), Texarkana, Texas, 15.939
Mason Oberkramer (93), Broseley, Mo., 15.971
Hunter Gilmore (14), Neelyville, Mo., 15.975
Kyle Beard (86), Trumann, Ark., 15.979
Terry Phillips (75), Springfield, Mo., 15.998
Joe Godsey (14G), Bedford, Ind., 16.098
B.J. Robinson (1), Haughton, La., 16.137
Joey Smith (13), Paloma, Mo., 16.150
Robby Moore (66), Broseley, Mo., 16.159
Colton Horner (56jr), Katy, Texas, 16.203
Gordy Gundaker (11), St. Charles, Mo., 16.224
Chad Mallett (92), Greenbrier, Ark., 16.230
Mike Spatola (89), Manhattan, Ill., 16.234
Travis Ashley (997), Batesville, Ark., 16.237
Bobby Pierce (32), Oakwood, Ill., 16.238
Robbie Starnes (25), Baytown, Texas, 16.361
Terry Henson (T2), North Little Rock, Ark., 16.529
Charlie Cole (2), Wynne, Ark., 16.771

Saturday's schedule

3 p.m. - Pits cleared and gates open
4 p.m. - Grandstands open
6 p.m. - Hot laps
- Hobby stock
- Super Late Models
- Modifieds
- Super stock
- Limited Late Models
- Super stock
- CCSDS Late Model time trials
Heat races
- Hobby stock
- Super Late Models
- Modifieds
- Limited Late Models
- Super stock
Consolation races
- Hobby stock
- Super Late Models
- Modifieds
- Limited Late Models
- Super stock
Main events
- Hobby stock (20 laps)
- Super Late Models (50 laps)
- Modifieds (40 laps)
- Limited Late Models (30 laps)
- Super stock (40 laps)

Feature lineup

Row 1: Robinson, Casebolt
Row 2: Jackson, Looney
Row 3: Martin, Moyer
Row 4: Baggett, Manville
Row 5: Culp, Oberkramer
Row 6: Hughes, Crigler
Row 7: B. Rickman, Mitchell
Row 8: Stovall, R. Rickman
Row 9: Armstrong, Beard
Row 10: Baker, Phillips
Row 11: Stolba, Godsey
Row 12: Robinson, Bagley

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