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Gustin puts gold star on near-perfect Featherlite Fall Jamboree weekend

Tuesday, September 26th, 2017

SPRING VALLEY, Minn. –Coming into the final night of the 19th Annual Featherlite Fall Jamboree Saturday, Ryan Gustin was on top of the Modified racing world.

Nothing changed by the end of the night, except for Gustin’s bank account which expanded by $13,000 after winning the main event at the Deer Creek Speedway for the second night in a row.

“I was just trying to ride there, man” Gustin said. “Stormy (Scott) was giving me all I wanted. I didn’t want to set any faster pace than that but I didn’t want to lose the lead either.”

The only time Gustin officially lost the lead was at the start of the 50-lap feature race. From the outside of the three-wide front row, Joe Duvall took control out of the gate while Gustin and polesitter Chris Henigan chased him around the high-banked 3/8-mile clay oval.

Duvall and Gustin raced door-to-door for five laps before Gustin edged in front to lead the sixth lap, and then Scott pulled even with Duvall two laps later to battle for second.

Chris Henigan (16), Ryan Gustin (19r) and Joe Duvall (91) lead the field to the green flag for the start of the 50-lap main event.

After a brief caution on lap 11, Scott used the short way around the race track to pull even with Gustin, who was churning the thin strip of dark dirt at the highest point of the racing surface.

While Dozens of drivers in the 31-car starting field swapped positions lap after lap, Gustin and Scott continued using their preferred lines in the turns and winding up right next to each other with every passing lap while Duvall waited in the wings.

With the top three checked out from the rest of the pack, the yellow flag waved for a second time on lap 24-just shy of the halfway mark-when USRA Modified national points leader Jason Cummins tagged the wall at the top of turn four.

Following another caution three laps later, the lead trio took off from the field again, but Zack VanderBeek was now up to sixth after starting 21st on the grid. He advanced to fifth on lap 29 and stole fourth away from 19-year-old Dustin Sorensen one lap later.

After turning the lead group into a four-car affair, VanderBeek slipped past Duvall for third but Gustin began to open up his lead over Scott, who began to put a cushion between himself and VanderBeek as well.

With eight laps to go, Gustin found the back of the field and a massive wall of traffic allowed Scott to catch and challenge him.

Gustin tried to squeeze between two back-markers on lap 44, but contact with his right rear side caused him to slow. Scott jumped on the opportunity, shot underneath the leader and pulled ahead down the back-stretch.

But as they raced wheel-to-wheel through the third turn, another caution slowed the action and gave everybody a chance to catch their breath. It also kept Gustin in front of Scott with a clear track ahead of him for the final five-lap dash to the checkred flag.

Before the cars could get up to speed on the restart, several cars checked up and resulted in Sorensen being smacked from behind and sending him into a spin.

Back under green, VanderBeek was able to sneak by Scott on his outside before returning to the low side of the track to challenge Gustin for the lead.

As he had most of the night, Gustin continued to zip around the high side with somebody peeking into his line of sight each lap. VanderBeek pulled next to Gustin on each of the final two circuits but Gustin was able to power to the finish line first with just three-tenths of a second to spare.

Gustin’s 94th career USMTS win paid $13,000 to expand his 2017 winnings to more than $170,000. It was his first-ever Saturday championship night win at the Featherlite Fall Jamboree.

“As long as I could see (Scott) and knew he wasn’t going to get up enough to clear me, we just rode and rode and rode,” Gustin recalled. “Then on like lap 39 the driver tried to give it away there and hit the concrete, but it all worked out.

“Zack was coming at the end, no doubt. We didn’t want no more laps.”

Only a runner-up finish to Cade Dillard on Thursday kept ‘The Reaper’ from matching Jason Hughes’ effort in 2015 when he swept all three nights of the biggest dirt Modified event on the planet.

For VanderBeek, it was another of his patented charges from deep in the field. He passed 11 cars Friday night to record a fifth-place finish and roared from the 21st starting spot to earn the runner-up honors Saturday.

“We gave her all we had, and we’ll take what we have,” VanderBeek said after the race. “We really put ourselves behind the eight-ball tonight and I though there’s no way I’m going to pass this caliber of cars, so we’re really happy with how we did.”

Scott was a close third and Hughes came to life late in the race to register a fourth-place finish. Duvall recorded the final spot in the top five.

Dereck Ramirez was sixth, Lucas Schott passed a dozen drivers en route to a seventh-place finish, Bobby Malchus earned an eighth-place paycheck, 23rd-starting Jake Timm was ninth and Brad Waits, who claimed the final transfer spot into the main event when the third- and fourth-place cars tangled in the final corner, clawed his way to tenth.

In the annual Non-Qualifiers Race, Jon Mitchell of Texarkana, Texas, bested a field of 30 drivers to claim the $2000 top prize. Jacob Bleess was closing fast, but ran out of laps and had to settle for the runner-up finish. Brandon Aggen, Manuel Williams Jr. and Keith Tourville completed the top five.

Jon Mitchell won the Non-Qualifiers Race–a race that Ryan Gustin won in 2008.

Claim those vacation days and make plans to attend the 20th Annual Featherlite Fall Jamboree on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, Sept. 20-22, 2018.

One more event remains on the 2017 calendar for the USMTS as the series wraps up the seaslon on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, Nov. 2-4, at the 81 Speedway in Park City, Kan.

For USRA Modifieds, several tracks are still hosting top-notch weekly events while other big events are on the horizon, not the least of which takes place Thursday, Friday and Saturday, Oct. 12-14, at the I-35 Speedway in Winston, Mo., for the 4th Annual Summit USRA Nationals.

One week later, Oct. 20-22, the Southern New Mexico Speedway in Las Cruces, N.M., hosts the 18th Annual Rancho Milagro USRA Fall Nationals with USRA Modifieds racing for $20,000 to win.

To learn more about the USRA, visit www.usraracing.com or call (515) 832-6000. You can also like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/usraracing, follow us at www.twitter.com/usraracing on Twitter and check out our YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/usratv.

To learn more about the United States Modified Touring Series, visit www.usmts.com online or call 515-832-7944. You can also like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/usmts, follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/usmts and Instagram at www.instagram.com/usmts or subscribe to our YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/usmtstv. Keep up to speed with everything USMTS by joining our email list at www.usmts.com/subscribe.

19th Annual Featherlite Fall Jamboree approaching fast Early entry deadline Monday

Thursday, September 7th, 2017

SPRING VALLEY, Minn. –The 19th Annual Featherlite Fall Jamboree gets underway Thursday, Sept. 21, at the Deer Creek Speedway in Spring Valley, Minn., where the world’s elite Modified and B-Mod drivers will be racing for three nights and nearly $150,000 in posted prize money.

Set for Thursday, Friday and Saturday, Sept. 21-23, fans will witness a complete program all three nights, with $5,000 going to the USMTS Modified winner on the first two nights while Saturday’s winner will pocket a cool $10,000. The Iron Man Challenge Out-Pace USRA B-Mods will battle for $750 to win Thursday, $1,000 to win Friday and $1,200 to win Saturday.

An open practice for all drivers will happen Wednesday, Sept. 20, from 6-9 p.m.

Thursday is the final event in the Hunt for the USMTS Casey’s Cup powered by S&S Fishing & Rental with the crowning of the 2017 USMTS national champion at the conclusion of the night’s main event. B-Mod drivers will earn points in both the Iron Man Challenge and Summit USRA Weekly Racing Series national points all three nights.

Saturday’s annual Modified Non-Qualifiers Race will dole out $2,000 to the winner prior to the $10,000-to-win championship race which will start a minimum of 30 cars three-wide on the high-banked 3/8-mile clay oval. The Non-Qualifiers Race will also have 30 cars on the track.

New for 2017, a second Non-Qualifiers Race for the Modifieds has been added to Thursday’s program which will pay $700 to win and no less than $100 to start for each of the 24 starters.

There will be a complete show each night. The top 15 in heat race passing points are locked into “A” Main each night with the top 8 redrawing for the first eight starting positions. An additional 15 drivers will advance from the “B” Mains.

RULES & PROCEDURES

Modifieds: USMTS rules apply. The top 15 in passing points each night are locked into “A” Main each night with the top-8 redrawing for position. Another 15 drivers will advance from “B” Mains to create a 30-car “A” Main each night. Saturday’s “A” Main will start three wide. The top 24 from Thursday’s “B” Mains and top 30 from Saturday’s “B” Mains not advancing to the “A” Main those nights are eligible for the Non-Qualifiers Race (complete redraw for starting spot both nights). USMTS points, provisionals and Top Dog Bonus will be Thursday only.

B-Mods: USRA rules apply. The top 15 in passing points each night are locked into the “A” Main each night with the top 8 redrawing for starting spots. An additional 15 drivers will advance from the “B” Mains to 30-car “A” Main each night. Iron Man Challenge and Summit USRA Weekly Racing Series national points will be awarded each night. USRA license not required. Midwest Mods permitted with some changes (call 515-832-6000).

Timms earns first career Lucas Oil MLRA victory in wild Larry Phillips Memorial at Lucas Oil Speedway

Sunday, September 3rd, 2017

WHEATLAND, Missouri – After a battle of attrition, Randy Timms was the man standing in victory lane at the conclusion of Saturday night’s wild Larry Phillips Memorial at Lucas Oil Speedway.  “Apparently it took some misfortune for my teammate, but we’ll take it any way we can get it,” Timms said after his first career Lucas Oil MLRA win.

Timms led only one lap – the final one – in winning a race named in honor of Larry Phillips, the five-time NASCAR Weekly Racing Series national champion. Timms, of Wheatland, Okla., earned $5,575 for the win.  Kris Jackson captured the night’s co-headliner, leading flag-to-flag in the Ozark Golf Cars USRA B-Mod main event.

Timms started 14th and, unlike many other contenders, stayed out of trouble in the 50-lap main event. This after teammate Jesse Stovall was on the cusp of victory, only to experience heartbreak.  Driving a car owned by Oklahoma racer Shannon Scott for the first time, Stovall had a sizeable lead when he slowed suddenly and pulled into the infield on lap 49 with a broke rear end.

“I didn’t even know Jesse left the track,” Timms said. “I thought we were racing for second. When we came off four and I saw (a lapped car) in front of me, I looked up and was like, ‘holy crap, did we just win this?’ I was rolling around and saw 5 (his car number) on the scoreboard. I was like, ‘what happened?’”  When Stovall broke, Billy Moyer Jr., inherited the lead coming to the white flag. But Moyer slid too high in turn two on the final lap and Timms drove past.

Rodney Sanders, after starting 24th, also got past Moyer and finished second. Moyer wound up third with MLRA points leader Terry Phillips finishing fourth. “Randy did a heck of a job. Congrats to him,” Moyer said. “He was doing a good job and Rodney did a heck of a job. I have a good car here. The driver made an error. Completely, 100 percent my fault. We took the white and I saw the 5 (Timms) and the lap before, I knew he was right on me.

“When Stovall broke, it made me drive a little harder I guess and I was better. The lap I messed up, I kind of went in too soft. It’s all my fault. If I’d have run it in there like the lap Stovall broke, I’d have been fine.” The eventful feature saw only 10 of the 24 starters still running at the finish.

Payton Looney used a strong start from his outside front row starting position to beat J.C. Wyman take the lead on lap one. The 23-year-old, in his first race since rebuilding his car from an accident a week earlier, set a blistering pace in opening a half-straightaway lead in the early going. Stovall got past Wyman and into second by lap 12 and began to reel in Looney, who had to battle lapped traffic. When Looney got too high and into the cushion in turn two on lap 18, Stovall pounced and grabbed the lead.

Those two, along with third-place Logan Martin, put on a thrilling battle over the next three laps until the race’s third caution bunched the field. Looney and Martin made contact on lap 24, coming out of turn four, with Martin getting the worst end. A winner of his first MLRA feature on Friday at Lakeside Speedway, Martin drove to the pits.

Just as Stovall seemed to open a comfortable lead, Looney rejuvenated his chances and was closing in. But Looney again slid high, into the loose dirt in turn two, and popped the wall to end his night on lap 31. Stovall charged to a comfortable lead over Timms when the race’s eighth caution, on lap 39, brought Timms, Moyer Jr., and Sanders into contention.

Stovall, who returned this week after missing some races due to a concussion suffered in a July accident at I-80 Speedway, appeared to be a clear winner. But it was not to be. The race’s purse, ending in the No. 75 was a tribute to Larry Phillips’ iconic car number. The family of Bob Brown, a promoter at the Springfield Fairgrounds Speedway when Phillips was dominant, contributed an additional $500 to the feature winner.

Jackson captures B-Mod win: Kris Jackson of Lebanon, Mo., led all the way to win the 30-lap Ozark Golf Cars USRA B-Mod feature, taking home $1,075. Jackson, from his outside row two position, split front-row starters Justin Pike and Ricky Watkins just after the drop of the green and had the lead coming out of turn two on the opening lap.

The third caution of the race, on lap five, bunched the field. But the race went caution-free the rest of the way with Jackson, expertly working his way through lapped traffic in the second half of the race, pulling away to win by a straightaway’s margin over Randy Zimmerman of Fort Scott, Kan. Jackson said the victory was special because he grew up watching Larry Phillips pile up victories at Lebanon I-44 Speedway.

“I’m from Lebanon and I very seldom missed a Saturday night race growing up as a kid,” Jackson said. “I remember him paddling their butts over and over again. To be honest, I didn’t like him because he was so fast. That’s the only reason I didn’t like him. “But I have an unbelievable respect for that man, for what he’s done for racing in this area.”

Jake Richards of Lansing, Kan., finished third with Donald Jackson of Lebanon, Mo., in fourth and Ryan Gillmore of Springfield, Mo., fifth. Drag Boat finals Sunday: The 7th annual Diamond Drag Boat Nationals on Lake Lucas wrap up on Sunday.

Sunday schedule
8 a.m. – Spectator gates open
9 a.m. – Round 1 Eliminations (PM, PO)
9:30 a.m. – Round 1 Eliminations (TFH, TAH, TAF)
10:30 a.m. – Round 1 Eliminations (QE, PE, TE, ME, SE, RR, PWC, JR)
12:30 p.m. – Round 2 Eliminations (PM, PO)
1 p.m. – Round 2 Eliminations (TFH, TAH, TAF)
1:30 p.m. – Round 2 Eliminations (QE, PE, TE, ME, SE, RR, PWC, JR)
2:30 p.m. – Round 3 Eliminations (PM, PO)
2:45 p.m. – Round 3 Eliminations (JR, PWC, RR, SE, ME, TE, PE, QE)
3 p.m. – Final Round Eliminations (All Classes)

Sunday tickets
Adults GA/Pit Pass Combo (16 and up) – $25
Seniors (62 and up)/Military GA/Pit Pass Combo (62 and up) – $22
Youth GA/Pit Pass Combo (age 6 to 15) – $10
Kids GA/Pit Pass Combo (age 5 and under) – FREE
Family Pass GA/Pit Pass Combo $50 Includes Admission for 2 Adults and Up to 3 Kids Ages – (6-15)
Adult 3-Day GA/Pit Pass Combo – $50
Seniors (62 and up)/Military 3-Day GA/Pit Pass Combo – $44
Youth Ages (6-15) 3-Day GA/Pit Pass Combo – $20

Next on the dirt: The Lucas Oil Speedway dirt track will be quiet next weekend. Next up is the Lucas Oil Pro Pulling Nationals, Sept. 15-16.

For ticket information contact admissions director Nichole McMillan at (417) 282-5984 or via email at nichole@LucasOilSpeedway.com. For complete Lucas Oil Speedway event information, archived stories, ticket info and schedules, visit www.LucasOilSpeedway.com.

Lucas Oil Speedway is located at Highways 83 and 54 in Wheatland, Missouri. A campground with shower and bathroom facilities is also available. With its entrance located just outside the pit gate this sprawling scenic camping facility will continue to enhance the racing experience at the Diamond of Dirt Tracks.

Click www.LucasOilSpeedway.com for more information and detailed directions to the speedway or call the Track Hotline at (417) 282-5984.

In addition, fans can get social with Lucas Oil Speedway by following @LucasSpeedway on Twitter, clicking “Like” at www.facebook.com/LucasOilSpeedway and on www.youtube.com/LucasOilSpeedway.

Hughes triples up on hump day hullabaloo at Hamilton County Speedway

Sunday, August 27th, 2017

WEBSTER CITY, Iowa –Jason Hughes took another step toward winning his third straight United States Modified Touring Series national championship and fourth overall Wednesday with a victory at the Hamilton County Speedway in Webster City, Iowa.

Jake Timm led the first dozen circuits of the 35-lapper, but lapped traffic impeded his progress just enough to open the door for Hughes to slip in front and grab the lead on lap 13.

From there, the veteran from Watts, Okla., sailed to another $4,500 payday for his third straight win in the USMTS Hunt for the Casey’s Cup powered by S&S Fishing & Rental.

It was the eighth win of the 2017 season for Hughes and the 154th USMTS triumph of his career. He’s now 28 wins shy of tying Kelly Shryock on the all-time list.

Hughes’ teammate, Ryan Gustin, got by Timm on lap 17 but could never mount a serious challenge for the top spot.

Jake O’Neil followed Timm across the finish line in fourth to record his career-best finish in USMTS competition while Cade Dillard advanced from 10th on the starting grid to claim the fifth spot.

Dereck Ramirez, Ricky Thornton Jr., Adam Kates, Cory Crapser and R.C. Whitwell rounded out the top 10.

Things heat up Thursday as USMTS Hunt for the Casey’s Cup invades Worthington, Minn., for the biggest dirt track race of the year at the Nobles County Speedway. The Iron Man Challenge featuring Holley USRA Stock Cars and Out-Pace USRA B-Mods will also be in action, plus USRA Hobby Stocks too.

This will mark the seventh visit to NCS by the USMTS. Gustin won the most recent race here back in 2012, and is the only two-time winner of this event. Other past winners include Jason Krohn, Rodney Sanders, Jon Tesch and Kelly Shryock.

The pits open at 4 p.m. and spectator gates open at 5 with hot laps at 7 and racing at 7:30. Adult admission is $20, juniors ages 11-15 are $10 and kids ages 10 and under get in for free. Pit passes are $35.

Coupons good for $2 off adult admission are available at Casey’s General Stores locations in Fulda, Windom and Worthington, plus Arnolds Park, George, Okoboji, Sibley and Spirit Lake in Iowa. To find the location nearest you, visit www.caseys.com.

Curt Myers of Cameron, Wis., driver of the No. 1M Snickers USMTS Modified, will appear at the Casey’s General Store located at 1704 Oxford St. in Worthington from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Fans can get a special $5 ‘Hot Ticket’ directly from Myers during his appearance.

The Nobles County Speedway is a semi-banked 3/8-mile dirt oval located just off of I-90 at exit 43, then 0.4 mile south on SR 59, then 0.4 mile west on Oxford St., then 0.2 mile north on McMullan ((1600 Stower Dr., Worthington, MN 56187). For more information, call (507) 227-4540 or (507) 220-3511 or check out www.noblescountyspeedway.com.

To learn more about the United States Modified Touring Series, visit www.usmts.com online or call 515-832-7944. You can also like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/usmts, follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/usmts and Instagram at www.instagram.com/usmts or subscribe to our YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/usmtstv. Keep up to speed with everything USMTS by joining our email list at www.usmts.com/subscribe.

Wood, Thornton share Iron Man Challenge spotlight at Pepsi Scotland County Speedway

Sunday, August 20th, 2017

MEMPHIS, Mo. –Both Nathan Wood and Ricky Thornton Jr. left the Pepsi Scotland County Speedway $1,000 richer than when they arrived Thursday night after capturing the feature wins for the Iron Man Challenge.

Wood, who won the very first Iron Man crown in 2010 and was the 2006 USRA Hobby Stock national champion, came from the fifth starting position and took the lead out of the gate.

From there, the Sigourney, Iowa, racer held off a furious charge from Dereck Green over the last half of the race to notch the victory for the Holley USRA Stock Cars.

Jason Cook, Todd Staley and Jesse Brown completed the top five.

In the 20-lap Out-Pace USRA B-Mod main event, polesitter Galen Hassler paced the first 11 circuits before Ricky Thornton Jr. took command and went on to claim the victory.

Driving for Mike Tanner Racing from the ninth starting spot, Thornton took the win ahead of Brayton Carter while Curtis VanDerWal rebounded from an early-race spin to garner the third spot.

Hassler held on for fourth and Carter VanDenBerg rounding out the top five.

The Iron Man Challenge returns to action next week with four straight nights of racing for both the Holley USRA Stock Cars and Out-Pace USRA B-Mods sharing the spotlight with the USMTS Modifieds:

Wednesday, Aug. 23 – Hamilton County Speedway, Webster City, Iowa
Thursday, Aug. 24 – Nobles County Speedway, Worthington, Minn.
Friday, Aug. 25 – Rapid Speedway, Rock Rapids, Iowa
Saturday, Aug. 26 – Park Jefferson Speedway, Jefferson, S.D.

To learn more about the USRA, visit www.usraracing.com or call 515-832-6000. You can also like USRA Racing on Facebook at www.facebook.com/usraracing, follow www.twitter.com/usraracing on Twitter and check out the USRA YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/usratv. Keep up to speed with everything USRA by joining our email list at www.usraracing.com/subscribe.