Utter Closes Out 2016 Campaign at Knoxville...
18, 2016) Utter Motorsports descended upon the historic
Knoxville Raceway in Knoxville, Iowa on September 15-17 for the
13th Annual 'Lucas Oil Late Model Knoxville Nationals.' The three-day
crown jewel event, which was sanctioned once again by the Lucas
Oil Late Model Dirt Series, drew 69 competitors to the sprawling
1/2-mile speedplant and things got underway in the Hawkeye State
with a pair of $7,000 to win preliminary showdowns.
On Thursday night, Jason Utter blew out his right rear tire in
his heat race and hit the wall, which forced him to scratch from
the remainder of the program. At Knoxville on Friday evening, Jason
unfortunately missed out on the 25-lap feature after running sixth
in his heat race and twentieth in the B-Main. When Saturday rolled
around at the Marion County fairgrounds complex, all eyes were fixated
on the $40,000 to win 'Lucas Oil Late Model Knoxville Nationals.'
The Columbus Junction, Iowa native finished nineteenth in the B-Main
and subsequently was unable to transfer into the 100-lapper, which
was won by Mike Marlar. Full results from the season finale for
the #31 team can be viewed online at www.lucasdirt.com.
Utter Back in Action in
Annual George Scheffler Memorial
28, 2016) Jason Utter and his #31 team continued
their 2016 campaign on Friday night, August 26 in the annual 'George
Scheffler Memorial' at Oshkosh Speedzone Raceway in Oshkosh, Wisconsin.
Jason posted the fourth quickest lap in his group during Corn Belt
Clash Super Late Model Series qualifying prior to running fifth
in his stacked heat race. After a win in his consolation event,
Jason wound up eighteenth in the final finishing order of the $8,000
to win headliner. Saturday's scheduled Corn Belt Clash stop at Plymouth
Dirt Track in Plymouth, Wisconsin was then washed out by inclement
weather. Full results from the 'George Scheffler Memorial' can be
viewed online at www.cornbeltclash.com.
Jason Utter Tackles West
Liberty and Deer Creek with MLRA
11, 2016) The Utter Motorsports team returned to
dirt-slinging action with the Lucas Oil MLRA Series in a pair of
lucrative mid-week battles on August 9-10 at West Liberty Raceway
in West Liberty, Iowa and Deer Creek Speedway in Spring Valley,
Minnesota. On Tuesday night at West Liberty, Jason Utter placed
third in his heat race and ultimately wound up fourteenth in the
final rundown of the $10,000 to win headliner. At Deer Creek in
a $5,000 to win show on Wednesday evening, Jason won his heat race
prior to slipping back to tenth at the finish of the 40-lapper.
Complete results from both venues can be accessed online at www.mlraracing.com.
Mechanical Problems During
Practice Nixes Silver Dollar Nats
24, 2016) The next event on the calendar for the
#31 team was a visit to I-80 Speedway in Greenwood, Nebraska on
July 22-23 for the 6th Annual 'Silver Dollar Nationals,' which was
co-sanctioned by the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series and Lucas
Oil MLRA Series and boasted a whopping $40,000 payday. The unique
format kicked off on Friday night with double heat races and passing
points set the lineup for Saturday's portion of the program. Unfortunately,
Jason Utter never made it to the weekend after terminal motor issues
during practice on Thursday evening cut short his 2016 'Silver Dollar
Nationals' experience. Full results from the crown jewel event,
which was won by Jonathan Davenport, can be accessed online at www.mlraracing.com.
Utter Tackles MLRA Foes
in Huge Tripleheader Weekend
5, 2016) Jason Utter and his #31 team invaded a
trio of different venues in the states of Iowa and Missouri with
the Lucas Oil MLRA Series from June 2-4 to vie for three separate
$3,000 winner's checks. On Thursday night at Southern Iowa Speedway
in Oskaloosa, Iowa, Jason finished sixth in his heat race and fifth
in his B-Main prior to passing nine competitors during the 30-lapper
en route to a respectable twelfth place showing. At Lee County Speedway
in Donnellson, Iowa on Friday evening, Jason ran sixth in his heat
race, third in his B-Main, and eighteenth in the 40-lap headliner.
In Saturday's weekend finale at Randolph County Raceway in Moberly,
Missouri, the Columbus Junction, Iowa ace placed fifth in heat race
action before knocking down an eleventh place performance in the
40-lap main event. Complete results from the tripleheader weekend
can be found by logging onto www.mlraracing.com.
Jason Utter Makes Stop
at Lee County Speedway...
6, 2016) With farming season in full tilt, Jason
Utter was able to make a stop on Thursday, May 5 to Lee County Speedway
in Donnellson, Iowa, as the Lucas Oil MLRA Series rolled into the
Hawkeye State to preside over a $3,000 to win shootout. Jason ran
fourth in heat race action and later started the 40-lap headliner
from the outside of the eighth row. The Columbus Junction, Iowa
native was then able to move forward a few spots during the A-Main
and eventually crossed underneath the checkers in the fourteenth
position. Full results from Donnellson can be accessed online at
Utter Opens 2016 Campaign
at Davenport & Burlington
17, 2016) Jason Utter and his #31 team kicked off
their 2016 racing season over the April 15-16 weekend in a pair
of MARS DIRTcar Series and Corn Belt Clash Late Model Series co-sanctioned
duels in their home state of Iowa. On Friday night at Davenport
Speedway in Davenport, Iowa, Jason ran fourth in his heat race prior
to picking off four competitors during the $5,000 to win main event
en route to a respectable twelfth place showing. At 34 Raceway in
West Burlington, Iowa on Saturday evening, the annual running of
the 'Slocum 50' took place and a $10,555 top prize was on the line.
Jason finished third in heat race action before claiming a strong
ninth place performance in the 50-lap headliner. Full results from
both contests can be found online at www.cornbeltclash.com.
Winning Races a Priority
for Utter as New MLRA Season Nears!
By Lyndal Scranton
(February 10, 2016) Jason Utter's 2015 dirt Late
Model season was rock solid, with a dozen top-five finishes and
16 top-10s in 31 starts. That consistency led to a career-best third-place
finish in the Lucas Oil Midwest Late Model Racing Association standings.
Certainly it was a year that many gladly would have embraced.
But as a new season nears, the Iowa corn farmer is willing to trade
some of that consistency for celebratory trips to victory lane.
"We're gonna try and win more races instead of trying to run
for points," Utter said earlier this week from his home in
Columbus Junction, Iowa.
Utter said "we came out all right" in evaluating last
season, but said he became a bit too conservative. "I kind
of got caught up in that points deal and I was content with running
second, third or fifth when I probably should have moved up the
track and got up on the cushion and let it hang out," Utter
added. "So I think we'll go for more wins this year."