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Gustin rocks Plymouth, thwarts VanderBeek sweep of USMTS Badgerland Summer Shootout

PLYMOUTH, Wis. -Friday’s United States Modified Touring Series show at the Plymouth Dirt Track put the wraps on the four-day Badgerland Summer Shootout presented by Prestige Custom Cabinetry, and Ryan Gustin’s 84th career USMTS victory ended Zack VanderBeek’s Dairy State dominance.

Gustin, who started fourth on the main event grid, chased polesitter Cory Mahder for the first 12 orbits around the 1/3-mile clay oval in Plymouth, Wis., before wrestling the top spot away and cruising the final 28 laps for a $3,000 paycheck.

Meanwhile, VanderBeek was unable to overcome a deep draw in his heat race and rolled off from the outside of the sixth row for the start of the Casey’s General Stores “A” Main.

VanderBeek, who won the previous three nights during the Eastern Wisconsin swing and the last four features in the RHRSwag.com USMTS Northern Region presented by Summit Racing Equipment, broke into the top five by the eighth lap and got by Mahder on lap 14 for second place.

But even with a couple of cautions over the final 26 laps to keep ‘The Reaper’ in his cross-hairs, VanderBeek was unable to match Gustin’s speed and had to settle for the runner-up honors behind the 26-year-old from Marshalltown, Iowa.

Gustin took the checkered flag with a three-second cushion over VanderBeek while Cade Dillard netted his third third-place finish in four nights.

Eventual winner Ryan Gustin (19r) holds off Zack VanderBeek (33z) during a restart.

Mahder–a candidate for the Grant Junghans Rookie of the Year Award–matched his career-best USMTS finish with a fourth-place finish for the second night in a row, and defending Summit UDRA Weekly Racing Series USRA Modified national champ Lucas Schott raced from 11th to fifth in the 40-lapper.

Dereck Ramirez, Jake Timm, Stormy Scott, Cory Crapser and Curt Myers rounded out the top 10.

Thanks to Prestige Custom Cabinetry, local drivers battled for a special points fund during the four-night stretch. Menasha’s T.J. Smith took home the $1,000 top prize and Kyle Kudick of Two Rivers pocketed $700 for his second-place finish.

More than $70,000 was doled out among 47 different competitors during the four trips to four tracks within three hours of each other. With three wins and a second-place finish, VanderBeek took the biggest cut, cashing out $10,700 for four days of work.

Silver Dollar Nationals next: The final event in the month of July will be the 7th Annual Silver Dollar Nationals at the I-80 Speedway in Greenwood, Neb., for a two-day, $10,000-to-win show on Friday and Saturday, July 21-22.

The MSD Central Region event will end the regional points battles for the 2017 campaign. The Casey’s General Stores Hunt for the USMTS National Championship is next, beginning Thursday, Aug. 3, at the Springfield Raceway in Springfield, Mo.

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