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25th year Anniversary Race

Liquid & Powdercoat Finishes of KC
Race Results
Fri August 30, 2013

Valley Speedway
Grain Valley, MO

Valley Speedway hosted the 25th year Anniversary Race of The Liquid and Powdercoat Finishes of KC Midwest Lightning Sprints. It was also the John Heffernon Jr Memorial. There was a good enthusiastic crowd in the stands. The race track was prepared well and the drivers were chomping at the bit to get to racing. A BIG thank you goes out to our sponsors for 2013, Liquid and Powdercoat Finishes, McCarthy Chevrolet, Aeromotive, Layne Machine, Rod End Supply and Adams & Eaton Concrete Pumping.

Heat 1
1st b20 Tom Brown Lincoln, NE
2nd 49 Mike Trent Rocheport, MO
3rd 4 Beau Heavelow Independence, MO
4th 60e Mark Billings Columbia MO
5th z8 Zach Morehead Blue Springs, MO
6th 48m Rick Murcko Iola, KS
7th 86 Andy Bradley Bloomington, IN
8th 53 Greg Black Des Moines, IA
Tom and Greg brought the field down for the green. Greg had mechanical problems coming out of turn 2 and pulled into the infield in turn 4. Andy also had mechanical problems and turned to the infield. Mike would chase Tom with Beau and Mark battling for the 3rd spot. Beau and Mark would have a great battle back and forth for the position. Mike could not gain any ground on Tom. Tom would take the win, Mike 2nd and Beau would win his battle with Mark taking 3rd.

Heat 2
1st 39 Damon Fortune Terre Haute, IN
2nd 10 Drew Dorsett Monrovia, IN
3rd 44 Don Harvey Milford, NY
4th 71 Tony Layne KC, MO
5th 19 Barry Lamb Iola, KS
6th 15 Merrill Lamb Iola, KS
7th 15h Tony Hudlin Yates Center, KS
46 Dusty Murray Topeka, KS did not start
Damon and Drew brought the field down. Damon would take command and the lead. Drew gave chase. Tony and Merrill would battle for 3rd. Don would be waiting on an opening. Damon continued to lead with Drew right after him. Don would pick off Merrill and then work on Tony. The top 2 spots remained unchanged, Don had now gotten by Tony. Damon would take the win, Drew 2nd and Don 3rd.

Feature Start Pos.
1st 44 Don Harvey (6)​
2n 4 Beau Heavelow (5)
3rd 60e Mark Billings (3)
4th 49 Mike Trent (7)
5th 10 Drew Dorsett (8)
6th 71 Tony Layne (4)
7th 86 Andy Bradley (13)
8th 39 Damon Fortune (10)
9th 15 Merrill Lamb (12)
10th 53 Greg Black (15)
11th z8 Zach Morehead (1)
12th 48m Rick Murcko (11)
13th 15h Tony Hudlin (14)
14th 19 Barry Lamb (2)
15th b20 Tom Brown (9)
46 Dusty Murray did not start.
On the green flag, Zach and Barry raced from the front row. The rest of the field was fighting for position. Don had started his movement to the front. Lap 4 Tom got upside down in turn 4. He was taken to the hospital with a back injury. When the race resumed, Mark was leading with Beau on his bumper. Don was running third with Tony and Zach fighting for 4th and 5th with Mike on the move. Don would take care of Vardenafil on the next lap he would take the lead from Mark. Tony and Mike had gotten by Zach and were chasing the others. There was a lot of racing back thru the field. Mark and Beau would battle for the runner up spot. Beau would finally make the pass of Mark. Mike would get by Tony for 4th. Don would take the 25th Year Anniversary Race Win. Beau 2nd, Mark 3rd, Mike 4th and Drew 5th.

Don was awarded the Trophy and the check for $ 750. Don also was given a Seiko watch courtesy of Gary Joslyn of Joslyn Jewelry. Engler Tool and Machine gave $100 for the Hard Charger Award and it was given to Andy Bradley.

The Midwest Lighting Sprints next race is on Sat nite Sept 14th at I-35 Speedway in Winston, MO. The racing in the Liquid & Powdercoat Finishes Midwest Lightning Sprints is fiercely competitive. With low cost maintenance and motorcycle power, this is still the most economical way to go fast in a race car. These cars are 1 second a lap faster than an A Mod or a Late Model. New drivers/cars are coming out each week. We have drivers that have purchased new cars and have their good used cars for sale. Contact the midwestlightning for info.

Race Results I-35 Speedway – Sat Aug 17, 2013

After several hours or trial and error we finally got the HIGH fuel pressure mystery solved. I had to re-route the return line from the injectors to the tank. I blocked off the return that is in the motorcycle injection fuel rail. I teed off into the line from the pump to the injectors back thru the fuel regulator. That solved the problem. Obviously alcohol had finally corroded the preset regulator in the fuel rail and it was not working. The fuel pressure gauge should be buy Bactrim antibiotic online of fuel pressure. When I started working on it on Monday it read 100 lbs and it was increasing every time I ran the engine. Now we are back to 53 lbs. This fuel problem has been going on for a while. Now with the new engine in the car, I need to take it back down and have it dynoed to get the max hp/torque from adjusting the fuel curve and fuel pressure.

Mike Trent was the driver for the evening. As far as the chassis last nite, Mike said it was handling really well and with a lot of moisture in the track traction wasn’t a problem. Some areas on the track were wet slick and others tacky. We were as fast as the 1st and 2nd place cars, but just wasn’t able to make the pass. The top 5 or 6 cars are really evenly matched so a lot of times where you start is where you finish. Mike says it would be nice to start from the front row. He doesn’t think they could have passed him if he had gotten by them or started on the front row.
Heat 1

1st       01       Bobby Layne            KC, MO

2nd      10       Ken Brown               Grand Island, NE

3rd         7       Ken Billings             KC, MO

4th       12b    Rick Baxter               Nausha, IA

5th       13      Luke McGee              Eldorado Springs, MO

6th       10b    Luke Baxter               Nausha, IA



1st      71      Tony Layne                KC, MO

2nd     49     Mike Trent                  Rocheport, MO

3rd     51k    M K Billings               KC, MO

4th     53      Greg Black                 Des Moines, IA

5th     09w   Willie Wilkinson        Kearney, MO

6th   b20      Tom Brown                Lincoln, NE


Feature                                       Start Pos.

1st     01       Bobby Layne                1

2n      71      Tony Layne                   2

3rd     49      Mike Trent                     3

4th     51k    M K Billings                  6

5th     10       Ken Brown                   3

6th     10b     Luke Baxter                  9

7th     12b     Rick Baxter                 11

8th       7       Ken Billings                  5

9th     09w    Willie Wilkinson         10

10th   53      Greg Black                     8

11th   13       Luke McGee                  9

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