It’s All Joey Moughan With Sprint Invaders at Jacksonville!

Joey Moughan
Joey Moughan

From Bill W:

Joey Moughan won his second career Ideal Ready Mix Sprint Invaders feature at the Jacksonville Speedway in Jacksonville, Illinois. by leading from start to finish in a feature that went 25 laps without a caution. The win followed up a 410 triumph at the same location two weeks earlier, and paid the Springfield, Illinois driver $1,200.

Justin Parrish won the Green Chevrolet of Jacksonville Shake-Up Dash, and his roll of the die put Moughan outside row one for the feature. Joey had an oil filter send up a plume of smoke on the last lap of the dash, leaving the crowd in doubt that he would make repairs.

Before the feature could go a lap, contact involving several cars in turn four created a complete restart. Ryan Jamison and Korey Weyant made the most contact, with the latter having his left front tire come off the rim. He would continue in the event. Andy Huston was not as lucky, as serious damage on the backstretch ended his night.

Once the green was flown again, the race went non-stop. Joey Moughan shot out to a lead and continued to build on it. “I was lucky enough to get a good draw from the dash up front, and get out in some clean air,” he said. “The car was magnificent. It was one of the best I’ve driven here.”

About ten laps in, Moughan found rubber developing through the middle of the turns, and despite the track narrowing, made his way through lapped traffic in good order. His win came by 1/4 of a lap. “I started pushing a little bit, and it felt like the left rear tire was getting some drive,” he said. “I took the car through the middle and it was good, so that’s where I stayed. I didn’t know how close they were, I just didn’t want to make a mistake. I want to thank Jeff Hicks, Modern Paving and Scrap and everyone who helps on this car.”

At the halfway point, Moughan was chased by Donnie Steward, Kaley Gharst and Ben Wagoner. One lap later, Gharst and Wagoner worked their way into second and third. That would be where they finished. “The place to run early was definitely on the top,” said Gharst, who started sixth. “We got a good start. When I saw Steward trying to get high around a lap car, I was able to sneak under him for second.”

Wagoner’s third place run came in part because he found the rubber early on. “Starting on the outside really helped,”: he said. “I think we found the rubber before anyone else did, and we picked a couple off. I think we may have been faster than Kaley later on, but it was hard to pass. The way our year has gone, this was really good.”

Parrish, who did a nice job by winning the dash, held on to fourth, ahead of Steward. Matt Sutton, Bobby Mincer, Jim Moughan Jr., Jamison and Bret Tripplett rounded out the top ten.

Heats were won by Parrish, Gharst and Joey Moughan. Jordan Goldesberry had a right rear wheel hub break, sending the #65 sprint car upside down and scratched for the night. Josh Fisher also tipped over in his heat, but the team made repairs in time for him to start the main event.

Next up, the Ideal Ready Mix Sprint Invaders hit the Muscatine County Fair and the West Liberty Raceway in West Liberty, Iowa on Saturday, July 3.


Ideal Ready Mix 25-lap A main Finish (started): 1. 8H, Joey Moughan, Springfield, IL (2) 2. 14P, Kaley Gharst, Decatur, IL (6) 3. 84, Ben Wagoner, Emden, IL (3) 4. 4J, Justin Parrish, Oquawka, IL (4) 5. 16HD, Donnie Steward, West Burlington, IA (1) 6. 3, Matt Sutton, Macomb, IL (5) 7. 15, Bobby Mincer, Burlington, IA (10) 8. 1m, Jim Moughan Jr., Springfield, IL (7) 9. 51J, Ryan Jamison, Mediapolis, IA (9) 10. 22, Bret Tripplett, Middletown, IL (12) 11. 99w, Korey Weyant, Springfield, IL (8) 12. 53H, Matt Harms, Chillicothe, IL (13) 13. 3B, Brad Greer, Coulterville, IL (15) 14. 44, John Draper, Bryant, IL (14) 15. 61J, Jake Blackhurst, Mapleton, IL (17) 16. 38, Seth Wilke, Burlington, IA (11) 17. Jamie Lusher, Pekin, IL (18) 18. 83, Josh Fisher, Smithton, MO (19) 19. 40, Andy Huston, Roseville, IL (16) DNS – 65, Jordan Goldesberry, Springfield, IL. Lap Leader: Joey Moughan 1-25. Hard Charger: Kaley Gharst.

Golden Eagle Distributors – Budweiser of Burlington Heat Race #1 (8 laps, top two to Dash): 1. Justin Parrish (4) 2. Ben Wagoner (4) 3. Jim Moughan Jr. (1) 4. Bobby Mincer (6) 5. Matt Harms (7) 6. Andy Huston (3) 7. Josh Fisher (5)

Cole Implement of Media, IL Heat Race #2 (8 laps, top two to Dash): 1. Kaley Gharst (1) 2. Matt Sutton (3) 3. Korey Weyant (4) 4. Seth Wilke (5) 5. John Draper (2) 6. Jake Blackhurst (6) DNS – Jordan Goldesberry

Huston Land Improvement of Roseville, IL Heat Race #3 (8 laps, top five to feature, top two to Dash): 1. Joey Moughan (2) 2. Donnie Steward (4) 3. Ryan Jamison (1) 4. Bret Tripplett (3) 5. Brad Greer (6) 6. Jamie Lusher (5)

Green Chevrolet of Jacksonville Shake-Up Dash (6 laps): 1. Justin Parrish (2) 2. Matt Sutton (1) 3. Kaley Gharst (4) 4. Donnie Steward (6) 5. Joey Moughan (3) 6. Ben Wagoner (5)

Contingency Awards:

Rod End Supply: Ryan Jamison (61J), Andy Huston

Saldana Racing Products: Ryan Jamison

Weld Racing: Matt Harms

Hepfner Race Products: Korey Weyant

Brake Man: Jim Moughan Jr.