BYRAM, Miss.– Cade Dillard grabbed the lead from Trevor Egbert just short of the halfway mark, and then cruised to his second straight Summit Racing USMTS Winter Speedweeks victory Friday night at the Jackson Motor Speedway in Byram, Miss.
Dillard, who captured last Saturday’s finale at the Shady Oaks Speedway, hounded Egbert for the first 18 circuits before using a pair of lapped cars to dive underneath the leader and take control.
From there, the 25-year-old from Robeline, La., went unchallenged the final 22 laps to pocket the $3,000 top prize and his 12th career USMTS triumph.
Tenth-starting Chris Brown continued his early-season surge and came home with the runner-up paycheck, Stormy Scott bested points leader Jason Hughes for third and Egbert held on for a top-five finish.
Zack VanderBeek passed a dozen drivers en route to a sixth-place finish, Travis Saurer went from 14th to seventh, Joe Duvall was eighth, R.C. Whitwell raced to ninth from the 22nd starting spot and Jon Mitchell completed the top 10.
A rain delay put a halt to the racing action at the semi-banked 1/4-mile dirt oval, but the Jackson Motor Speedway track crew kept after the racing surface and racing resumed for the remaining feature races shortly after midnight.
Friday’s event was the first ever for the USMTS at the track with and 47 entries from 14 states in attendance.
Up next, the Whynot Motorsports Park in Meridian, Miss., rolls out the red carpet at the historic House of Hook for another $3,000-to-win event on Saturday night.
Pits gates open at 12 noon and grandstands opening at 3 p.m. Hot laps begin at 5 p.m. and the first heat race gets the green flag at 6 p.m. Spectator admission is $20 for adults, $10 for kids ages 6-12 and free for children ages 5 and under. Pit passes are $35 for adults, $15 for kids ages 6-12 and free for children 5 and under.
A full racing card is slated with the rugged USMTS road warriors being joined by Limited Mods, Nesmith Crate Late Models, Nesmith Street Stocks, Nesmith Late Model Sportsmans, Factory Stocks and Hot Shots/Stingers.
The Holiday Inn in Meridian is the Official Host Hotel of Whynot Motorsports Park. Located at 100 N. Frontage Rd. in Meridian, call (601) 693-0160 and ask for the Whynot Motorsports Park Rate of $83 per night.
The Whynot Motorsports Park is a semi-banked 3/10-mile dirt oval located at 4773 JW Reynolds Road in Meridian, Mississippi 39301 (intersection of JW Reynolds Rd. and Old Hwy. 19 Southeast). For questions please call Phillip Hathcock at (205) 965-3070 or Rodney Wing at (601) 527-0084. The tracks website can be found at www.whynotmotorsportspark.com. You can also follow them on Facebook at www.facebook.com/whynotmotorsportspark, Twitter at www.twitter.com/Whynotracing1 and Instagram at www.instagram.com/whynot_motorsports_park.
On Sunday, the best race in the country can be found at the Greenville Speedway in Greenville, Miss.
Pit gates open at 1 p.m. and grandstands open at 4, followed by hot laps and racing at approximately 5:30 p.m. Adult spectator admission is $20, kids ages 6-14 are $5 and children 5 and under get in for free. Pit passes are $35.
In addition to the USMTS Modifieds, fans will see Super Lates, Nesmith Crate Late Models, Pure Streets and Limited Mods in action at thefastest track in the south.”
The Greenville Speedway in a semi-banked 1/4-mile gumbo clay oval. If you’re coming from Greenwood on Hwy. 82, take a left on Raceway Rd., which is the first red light as you enter Greenville (track is located on the left). If coming from Arkansas, take a right on Raceway Rd., which is the last red light leaving Greenville (track is located on the left). For more information call (662) 822-7071 or (662) 822-2662 or visit www.greenvillespeedway.net. You can also follow them on Facebook at www.facebook.com/Greenville-Speedway-216033642998.
For fans unable to attend this weekend, all three shows including every lap of every division will be broadcast live on www.RacinDirt.com.
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