GRAIN VALLEY, Mo. — Kory Schudy used low-line precision through late-race dramatics to earn the throne as King of Kansas City with the Lucas Oil POWRi Wingless Auto Racing Sprint League at Valley Speedway Saturday night, notching his ninth career victory.
Soaring into the initial start would see the high-point qualifier and polesitting Cody Baker combat front-row companion Jack Wagner into the first pair of corners with Wagner gaining the early race lead in the first few laps as Baker, Schudy, Wesley Smith and Anthony Nicholson all battled in close contention for the front.
Slicing and dicing through the field with multiple lines of racing would witness Wagner leading until the mid-race point when Schudy would use inside momentum to grab first as Jack would spin trying to retake the lead in turn one.
Holding the pack of hungry WAR drivers at bay, Schudy would be the driver to beat as a late-developing high-line would nearly alter the outcome with Smith and Baker each going to the top in hopes of finding speed.
“When you’re leading like that it’s almost like you are a sitting duck up-front, I didn’t know that the top would come in as it did. I didn’t hear Wesley up there until it was almost too late, I knew it was close, feels good to win fun races like that,” Schudy said.
Finding the fastest running line, Schudy would hold the front of the field to notch his league-leading third win this season within POWRi WAR as Smith finished second, with Xavier Doney placing in the final podium position.
Feature (25 Laps): 1. 28-Kory Schudy; 2. 12-Wesley Smith; 3. 74-Xavier Doney; 4. 38-Cody Baker; 5. 16-Anthony Nicholson; 6. 77-Jack Wagner; 7. 2-Luke Howard; 8. 1JR-Steven Russell; 9. 73-Samuel Wagner; 10. 33-Bryson Smith; 11. 88-Chad Tye; 12. 41-Brad Wyatt; 13. 45-Jesse Bebee; 14. 88G-Garrett Hulsey; 15. 52-Dean Bowers; 16. B52-Blake Bowers; 17. 26-Zach Clark.