ELDON, Mo. – Driving from fourth to the lead by the second circuit, Kory Schudy rocketed to victory in the POWRi Lucas Oil WAR Sprint League Non-Wing Nationals at Lake Ozark Speedway Saturday evening.
With a six-car inversion drawn by high point man Korey Weyant, Lane Stone and Mario Clouser lead the field to the green flag. Scheduled for a 41-lap feature, the longest race in series history, drivers shuffled into position and bided their time as the action got underway.
Pacing the opening circuit, Stone led his first feature lap aboard his No. 73S machine while Schudy quickly maneuvered by third-starter Dylan Kadous and Clouser to move into second. Working a lane above Stone, Schudy rolled through the middle and crept right by Stone to narrowly lead the second lap by mere inches at the line.
A shocking lap three caution flew when Clouser looped his No. 31B in turn three, innocently collecting Kadous of Topeka, Kans. and last year’s championship runner-up, Quinton Benson, in the aftermath. While Benson re-fired and tagged the tail, both Clouser and Kadous saw their features come to an early heartbreaking end.
Going back to green, Kreisel and Weyant both shot by Stone for second and third as Schudy built a strong advantage out front. Schudy, Kreisel and Weyant eventually settled into their order while the back end of the top five saw plenty of shuffling with Ty Hulsey from tenth, Anthony Nicholson from 11th and Jonathan Cornell from 13th coming into the fray.
The second caution of the evening flew on lap 23 as Landon Simon, who was charging through the top ten from 16th, brought his No. 24 to a stop in turn four with an overheating motor. On the ensuing restart, Nicholson roared his No. 16 to life and drove by Weyant for the third position, bringing Smith and 15th-starter Wesley Smith with him.
Taking the final restart with 12 to go following a red flag for Lane Stone, Schudy again stormed away in command as Kreisel felt pressure from Nicholson and Smith for the second bid. Throughout the closing stages, Schudy would receive no challenge for the top spot as Smith stole the final podium spot from Nicholson.
When the checkered flag waved it was all about Schudy, who proved to the class of the field on Saturday night. Leading the final 40 of 41 laps, the Jon Sawyer Racing No. 28 pilot was untouchable in the Non-Wing Nationals finale, never seeing a serious challenge as he coasted to a $3,000 payday in his second POWRi Lucas Oil WAR Sprint League win.
Kreisel, the defending champion and current points leader, brought his No. 90 home with a second-place effort. Wesley Smith, who won Friday’s opener at Lake Ozark, followed his triumph with a hard-charging bid from 15th-to-third as he rounded out the podium.
1. 28-Kory Schudy (4); 2. 90-Riley Kreisel (5); 3. 12-Wesley Smith (15); 4. 16-Anthony Nicholson (11); 5. 11W-Wyatt Burks (17); 6. 24H-Ty Hulsey (10); 7. 65C-Jonathan Cornell (13); 8. 99-Korey Weyant (6); 9. 37-Brian Beebe (8); 10. 15B-Quinton Benson (12); 11. 65-Chris Parkinson (19); 12. 81A-Chris Morgan (7); 13. 24C-Craig Carroll (14); 14. 22S-Slater Helt (20); 15. 7R-JD Black (9); 16. 73S-Lane Stone (1); 17. 24-Landon Simon (16); 18. 2C-Zach Clark (18);19. 31B-Mario Clouser (2); 20. 31-Dylan Kadous (3).