Scotland County Speedway is well known among dirt track racers and fans. A couple local drivers did their part this past weekend to put Memphis on the map for the modified racing circuit. Cousins Jerad and Jardin Fuller and the Fuller Racing team traveled to Wheatland, MO for the Show-Me 100 racing extravaganza at Lucas Oil Speedway.
The duo were among more than 70 modified racers from across the United States to battle for the $1,200 top prize in the Pitt Homes USRA Modified Feature on Saturday night.
It was part of the 26th Annual Lucas Oil Show-Me 100 presented by ProtectThe Harvest.com, featuring a late model prize of $30,000.
Racing action opened on Thursday, May 24th with seven heat races featuring 8-10 modifieds.
Jardin Fuller took to the track first in the 33F car, but managed just a sixth place finish in the first heat race. Jerad Fuller fared much better, punching his ticket to the feature event with a third place run in Heat #6, racking up enough passing points in the process to earn the #16 starting spot. The 33F car battled to a fifth place finish in the first of three B mains, that allowed the top 3 finishers to advance to form up to a 30 car main event.
Jerad Fuller moved the #9 car up toward the front of the pack in the 20-lap feature before ultimately settling for 12th place.
“He had a very good run considering there were almost 70 cars,” said teammate Jardin Fuller. “He had it up to 8th in the feature but the car faded a little at the end. Still a great night for him all around.”
Friday night saw both Memphis drivers qualify for the main event, with Jardin earning the #14 spot and Jerad in the 15th starting position based on passing points.
The #33F car was able to move up just one position in the main event, with Jardin finishing in 13th spot. Jerad had to settle for 18th, after being forced to spin to miss a collision with another car.
“We both set up for a nice slick track since we went out after the late model feature,” said Jardin. “It was actually a tacky kind of slimy surface, so we were off. But, we still ran pretty decent all things considered.”
Saturday night’s main event was set based on passing points from the two opening nights’ rounds of racing. Jerad was locked into a main starting spot of 12th with Jardin in the final guaranteed spot at #16, allowing them to bypass two grueling B mains held Saturday prior to the finals.
Mechanical issues cost both local drivers in the final run of the weekend. The #33F car lost a left rear tire about halfway through the 30-lap run, forcing Jardin off the track. The #9 car again was working toward the front of the pack, making it into eight spot before breaking the right rear shock, dropping Jerad back to a 12th place finish.
Darron Fuqua of Mayetta, KS, took the checkered flag for the second time over the weekend. He also finished first on Thursday night. RC Whitwell of Tucson, AZ finished second followed by Jason Hughes of Watts, OK in third.
The Fuller Race team is sponsored by Lewis Seed, Pepsi, J&J AG, RPM Signs and Shirts, Off Road Tire, God Inspired Tee’s, Oberholtzer Plumbing, Fuzion Graphics, MFA Agri-Service, and Hughes Racing Chassis.