July (By Tyson Graves)
The past two seasons has been a tough one on the Show Me 100 crown jewel event. In 2019 a big storm hit the Lucas Oil Speedway and pushed the running of the event back into later in the season. The same was true in 2020. The COVID-19 pandemic once again pushed the event back into July. This past year’s event would run in conjunction with the Diamond Nationals.
What is normally a three-night event was condensed into a one night for 2020. A great field of cars assembled at the Lucas Oil Speedway for the prestigious crown jewel of our sport. Payton Looney has been a rising star the past couple of years in the Midwest. Payton a Missouri native, has dreamed since a little boy of winning the Show Me 100.
Looney started on the pole of the 100-lap event. Early on he battled with Shannon Buckingham for the race lead. On lap 20 Payton took the lead for good. Payton cruised on to the career payday and biggest win of his young career. Kyle Strickler came home second and Shannon Buckingham third.
Payton was joined by his wife and son in victory lane for maybe the most emotional victory lane celebration I witnessed in person all year. Looney had a hard time comprehending what had just happened as he was interviewed after exiting the car. A rooftop celebration with his son made this a memorable moment of the 2020 season.
Photo: Ryan Roberts