Wyatt Burks News & Media Gallery
Burks Wins Heats, Takes Second in Night One at the Hockett Memorial; Finishes in Top 5 on Night 3
It’s just another night at the dirt track. And just another podium for S&L’s Wyatt Burks. Except this was at the “Diamond of the Dirt Tracks” for the Lucas Oil Speedway at the POWRi Hockett/McMillan Memorial Sprint Car Race and the field was huge. After winning his heat race, Wyatt raced first or second in the entire feature race after lap 1, eventually becoming the runner up in the A-Main Wingless 410 Feature shown live on FloRacing. It is Burks’ 10th podium in his last 13 regional races. In the grand finale two nights later, Burks started 4th (second outside) and battled early by taking the lead, but three separate caution stoppages lowed the field to gain ground. Eventually, Burks finished fifth. Coming up, current MWRA Points Leader returns Saturday to the friendly confines of Valley Speedway with a chance to win his second MRWA championship in just three years.
Next up: September 24th at Valley Speedway, Grain Valley, Mo.
Red-hot Wyatt Burks challenges MWRA Field at Holiday Weekend Twin Bill in Missouri
Current 2022 Points leader Wyatt Burks returned to MWRA Racing action at the Osborn and Bethany race tracks, seeking to maintain his lead that he’s held most of the summer. Mission accomplished. Burks was in a dog-fight Friday after starting in the pole for the feature. He ended up finishing 4th which broke his streak of six straight top three finishes (and seven out of the last 8), but he would redeem himself two nights later. This time starting 5th in the feature Burks hard-charged toward the front and finished second at Bethany Speedway. It was his 9th podium finish in his last 12 regional races. Overall, he maintains a 140 point lead in the season-long MWRA points chase.
Next up: the 12th annual ASCS-WAR Jesse Hockett-Daniel McMillin Memorial at Lucas Oil Speedway in Wheatland, MO – Sept. 15-17
Burks Captures another Podium, Takes 3rd at POWRi Sprints at Warrensburg (8/27)
Wyatt Burks continued his torrid pace at Central Missouri Speedway on Sat. Aug, 27 in Warrensburg, MO. Coming off two wins the prior weekend Burks and his S&L 410 wingless racer took third place in the POWRi WAR Sprint series race, making his sixth straight podium in as many races. The top 3 finish also moved him into the top 10 in the POWRi points race, currently sitting 9th despite only seven POWRi total starts this season.
Burks Stays Red Hot, Makes Clean Sweep in Iowa and SD
With a week’s rest after winning the Weld Memorial at Lakeside and finishing on the podium the next night at Nevada, Wyatt Burks and S&L Racing travelled to Iowa and South Dakota for races on Aug. 20 and 21. He did not disappoint, winning back-to-back nights at Shelby Co Speedway (Harlan, IA) on Saturday and Sunday night at New Raceway Park in Jefferson, SD. On Saturday, Wyatt dominated winning his heat and taking the checkered flag in the feature. On Sunday he started third, but was the champ – again — when the feature concluded. Wyatt in his S&L 410 non-winged 11w Rumsey Special has now won three of his last four races, and five on the 2022 season.
Next Up: Burks returns to POWRi Lucas Oil WAR Sprint Car Series action at Central Missouri Speedway in Warrensburg, MO, Aug. 27
Burks Reigns Supreme at Weld Memorial at Lakeside in KCK
Flyin’ Wyatt Burks raced again to two more podium finishes this past weekend, taking the victory at the Weld Memorial Friday night at Lakeside in Kansas City, Kansas, and garnering third place the next night at Nevada (MO) Speedway. The Friday night feature race in front a packed house with dozens of S&L employees and families at Lakeside was not without major drama. Burks started in the second outside position but quickly knifed past the leaders on the first lap only to have a great start stunted when another driver flipped over the back wall with less than two laps completed. There would be two more stoppages because of flipped cars, but Burks surged past and stayed in control for the last 20 laps – despite a strong challenge from veteran Cody Baker.
Burks and Baker ran 1-2 for nearly 15 laps when the two began to lap some of the field. In a congested turn, Baker tailed right behind Burks and made minor contact. As they entered turn 1 on Lap 20, Baker spun out and hit the wall and his night was done. Burks dominated the last 5 laps and took home his second ever Weld title, and his third win this season. Burks extended his MWRA points lead with the win and his podium finish, third, the following night at Nevada Speedway. To get more on the wild race Friday, read Ray Cunningham’s recap here, and watch Wyatt post-race interview at the S&L FB page.
Next up: POWRi race action at Grain Valley Speedway, August 13
Burks Overcomes Motor Change, Back Row Start to Finish 3rd at I-35
Motor issues early in the evening precluded MWRA points leader Wyatt Burks from participating in the hot laps and early heats Saturday night in Winston, Missouri, at I-35 Speedway. The setback not only required his crew led by father Jeff Burks to change the motor before the feature, back it meant an unfamiliar back row start. But Burks really showed off his racing skill with his hardest charge of the year. After the 20 laps, it was Burks that raced to a podium finish, capturing third. Not only did he garner his second straight podium, but Burks was awarded the JD Lawson Media Hard Charger Award. With his second-straight podium finish, Burks remains in first place in the MWRA points chase.
Next up: Fri. Aug 5, MWRA action at Lakeside Speedway in Kansas City, Kan.
Burks Gets Podium Again; Takes 3rd at POWRi Sprints at Valley Speedway
Fresh off a top-half finish at the USAC National Sprint Car Championships, Wyatt Burks and his S&L Wingless 410 Rumsey Special returned to the friendly stomping grounds of at Valley Speedway for Lucas Oil POWRi Wingless Auto Racing Sprint League racing Friday and Saturday, July 15-16. Having reached the podium twice at Grain Valley twice this season in two races, Burks made it a hat trick with his third consecutive top 3 finish. Continuing his recent hard-charging theme, Burks earned 3rd place despite starting 8th after qualifying. The finish moved Burks to 6th in POWRi WAR Sprint points chase , while he remains the current points leader in theMWRA series where he splits his time.
Next up: MWRA Series Action July 23 at I-35 Speedway in Winston, MO.
Burks Finishes Top Half at USAC Nationals Grand Feature at Husets (07/10/22)
The very best of the best national 410 wingless sprint car drivers convened July 8-10, at Husets Speedway in Brandon, S.D., for the USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship. The weekend featured three nights of racing action, culminating in the 40-lap feature on Sunday night. S&L Driver Wyatt Burks fought early qualifying to earn a spot in the feature each night against the top racers from the United States. And each night, he demonstrated his skill by improving upon his start at the end of each feature.
Friday, he started 16th and finished 15th. On Saturday, he went from 21st to 16th. And on the grand finale Sunday, with an extra 10 laps (40 total), Wyatt was a hard charger finishing 11th after starting in the 18th position, earning him a place in the top half. Next up: POWRi WAR Sprint Car action at the Lawson Memorial/Thunder in the Valley July 15-16 as Wyatt Burks returns to Grain Valley, Missouri, where he has already tasted victory once this season.
Burks Picks Up Second Win of the Season at 81 Speedway (06/25/2022)
Flyin’ Wyatt Burks and his Smith & Loveless 410 Wingless Sprint reigned supreme in the USAC MWRA Series A Main Feature Saturday night at 81 Speedway in Wichita. It was second win of the season and yet another podium finish in keeping with his consistent 2022 performances. It was his ninth MWRA win all-time and his 23rd Sprint Car Race checkered flag in the las three plus seasons. Burks started the feature in 3rd before taking the win.
Burks Continues His Momentum In The POWRI War Sprints (05/28/2022 + 05/29/2022)
Rained out Friday in Eldon, Mo., S&L Racing’s Flyin’ Wyatt Burks was in action Saturday night at the same venue for the POWRi Lake Ozark Speedway Spring Sprint Car Race. Starting his heat in 6th, Wyatt moved to 2nd to qualify in a strong position for the feature, in which he finished 4th out of 27 total cars, just missing his third podium of the season. The next night, the S&L Racing Car traveled to California, MO and Double X Speedway for the Rocket Jesse Hockett POWRi Wingless Race. Burks started 13th I the feature and made a great run to 3rd position but eventually finished 6th after a car spun ahead of him in the last few laps. Next up: June 3-4 races at US36 Speedway (Osborn, MO) and Valley Speedway (Grain Valley, MO)
Burks Goes Strong at USAC Sprint Car National Championship Events (05/12/22 + 05/14/22)
Burks On the Podium Again at Valley Speedway (5/07/22)
Up Next: Turn around is short with racing starting up Thursday Night at the USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship coming to Lakeside Speedway in Kansas City, Kan.
Burks Takes First at Valley Speedway (4/16/22)
Burks Wins Again (6/4/21)
Osborn, Missouri (June 4, 2021)………Friday night at U.S. 36 Raceway, Topeka Kansas’ Wyatt Burks held off a stellar field of non-winged sprint car competitors to win his first USAC Wholesale Batteries Midwest Wingless Racing Association race of 2021.
Burks Earns 1st Place Finish (5/1/21)
By POWRi WAR PR (Odessa, MO) — Championship Night for the I-70 Motorsports Park Grand Re-Opening and the Lucas Oil POWRi Wingless Auto Racing Sprint League would not disappoint the packed house in attendance with outstanding action all over the well-prepared speed-factory outside of Odessa, Missouri as Wyatt Burks emerged victorious in the feature finale.