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VanderBeek doubles up at Casino Speedway

September 1st, 2016

WATERTOWN, S.D. — Six years and one month after topping the United States Modified Touring Series main event at the Casino Speedway, Zack VanderBeek returned to the winners circle here Sunday in the inaugural Sandy Benson Memorial. With a 52-lap feature race on tap for the 12th round of the 2016 Hunt for the USMTS Caseys Cup powered by S&S Fishing & Rental, a pair of hometown favorites filled the front row for the waving of the green flag.

Polesitter Brent Dutenhoffer grabbed the lead at the start while Morgan Ward whose father, Scott Ward, won the USMTS feature here in 2007 held strong on the outside while Mike Jergens followed Dutenhoffer around the bottom of the bullring. With six laps in the books, Jesse Sobbing gained control of the second spot and then followed Dutenhoffer as the duo drove away from the field.

Meanwhile, drivers swapped positions back and forth throughout the pack with each passing lap. Sobbing moved to the top of the speedway on lap 17 and snagged the lead from Dutenhoffer as they completed the 19th circuit.

Dutenhoffer regained the spot by a nose on lap 20 but Sobbing secured the spot the next time around. Meanwhile, VanderBeek had worked his way up to the leaders from the 11th starting spot and got by Sobbing to lead the 29th lap, but Sobbing again rebounded and took the low line and the lead away on lap 30.

With VanderBeek following in his tire tracks, Sobbing slipped lightly off the bottom groove on lap 36 and VanderBeek used the opportunity to pounce on the leader. When they reached the flagstand with 15 laps to go, VanderBeek was in control and that was the closest anybody got to The Z-Man again.

VanderBeek crossed the finish line buried in lapped traffic to pocket the $3,000 top prize and register the 35th win of his USMTS career one victory shy of Jon Tesch on the all-time wins list. Sobbing held on for his second runner-up effort in as many nights while Cade Dillard and Ricky Thornton Jr. matched VanderBeeks hard-charging effort by passing 10 cars to finish third and fourth, respectively.

Points leader Jason Hughes was fifth, while Rodney Sanders, Dutenhoffer, Stormy Scott, Jergens and Johnny Scott rounded out the top 10. Tesch, a two-time winner at his hometown track, won his heat race and wound up 12th in his first feature race since the 2014 Featherlite Fall Jamboree.

He and VanderBeek are now the only two-time winners of the Casino Speedway event. In the USMTS Caseys Cup points race, Hughes leads Dillard by 32 points (1661 to 1629) heading into a four-race Labor Day Weekend. Sobbing is third with 1598 markers, followed by Sanders (1591), VanderBeek (1541), Johnny Scott (1433), Joe Duvall (1357), Stormy Scott (1317), Dereck Ramirez (1308) and rookie points leader Brock Bauman (1267).

The action picks back up on Thursday, Sept. 1, at the Fairmont Raceway in Fairmont, Minn. To learn more about the United States Modified Touring Series, visit online or call 515-832-7944. You can also like us on Facebook at, follow us on Twitter at and Instagram at or subscribe to our YouTube channel at

Shryock the wizard in 7th Annual Team Electronics Summer Slam at Casino Speedway

June 12th, 2011

WATERTOWN, S.D. – The USMTS Casey’s General Stores National Tour powered by Swan Energy made their annual trek to the tight confines of the Casino Speedway Thursday night for the 7th Annual Team Electronics Summer Slam.

As was the case the previous six trips to the 3/8-mile clay oval in Watertown, S.D., Jon Tesch came into the event as a man on a mission with the hometown crowd cheering on the three-time track champion (1998, 2000, 2001).

A two-time winner of this event, Tesch was in good shape to go for his third title after drawing the outside of the front row for the start of the 40-lap WIX Filters “A” Main.

Much to the approval of the standing-room-only audience, Tesch jumped out front to lead the first three laps, but Chase Junghans found a faster way around Tesch’s former stomping grounds and grabbed the top spot on lap 4. The 18-year-old from Manhattan, Kan., quickly entered lapped traffic on the short bullring but maneuvered through the competition with a veteran-like smoothness.

By lap 23, nine-time USMTS National Champion Kelly Shryock had battled his way from the seventh starting spot and pulled alongside Junghans to contest for the lead. One lap later, Shryock took control and powered away from the field to score his 169th career USMTS victory and his first in seven tries at the Casino Speedway. Tesch got around Junghans in the late stages of the race but had to settle for the runner-up paycheck while Gustin also slipped past Junghans to finish third.

Defending Team Electronics Summer Slam champion Zack VanderBeek powered his unique pink-colored Susan G. Komen for the Cure machine to a fifth-place finish while Jason Krohn, Jason Grimes, 2009 event winner Al Hejna, Corey Dripps and Colt Mather rounded out the top ten finishers. The main event went the full 40 laps without a caution with 23 of the original 24 starters finishing the race.

With his fifth win of the season, Shryock padded his lead at the top of the Farm Boy BBQ Sauce Great Plains Region points standings to 18 markers ahead of Tesch (460 to 442), Gustin remains third but slid back slightly with 421 points. VanderBeek sits fourth with 386, followed by Grimes (383), Mather (367), Junghans (362), Rodney Sanders (351), Dripps (350) and Krohn (347).

Three more events in the Farm Boy BBQ Sauce Great Plains Region are on tap as the rugged USMTS road warriors continue their grueling stretch of 17 races over the course of 19 days during Summer Speedweeks with a return to the Brown County Speedway in Aberdeen, S.D., on Friday night.

Race fans can pick up coupons good for $2 off adult general admission at the Casey’s General Stores locations in Aberdeen on Friday. To find the location nearest you, check out

The Brown County Speedway is a 1/3-mile high-banked clay oval located on the east edge of Aberdeen on US 12, then 1.9 miles north on CR 19 (at the Brown County Fairgrounds). For more information, call 605-725-8887 or check them out at on the World Wide Web.

Sun Jun 12 . Nobles County Speedway, Worthington, Minn.
Mon Jun 13 . Mineral City Speedway, Fort Dodge, Iowa
Tue Jun 14 . Fairmont Raceway, Fairmont, Minn.
Wed Jun 15 . Cresco Speedway, Cresco, Iowa
Thu Jun 16 . Central Wisconsin Raceway, Unity, Wis.
Fri Jun 17 . Cedar Lake Speedway, New Richmond, Wis.
Sat Jun 18 . Cedar Lake Speedway, New Richmond, Wis.
Tue Jun 21 . I-35 Speedway, Mason City, Iowa
Wed Jun 22 . Buena Vista Raceway, Alta, Iowa
Thu Jun 23 . Park Jefferson Speedway, Jefferson, S.D.
Fri Jun 24 . Rapid Speedway, Rock Rapids, Iowa
Sat Jun 25 . North Central Speedway, Brainerd, Minn.

Each event will pay $2,000 to the winner of the main event, with more than $200,000 in total prize money up for grabs during the three-week adventure.

After a chaotic month of June, drivers will get a vacation of nearly three weeks before picking up the throttle again on Wednesday, July 13, at the Deer Creek Speedway in Spring Valley, Minn., where the USMTS Casey’s General Stores National Tour powered by Swan Energy will join the World of Outlaws Late Model Series for the first time at the legendary NAPA Gopher 50.

To learn more about the United States Modified Touring Series, visit online or call 515-832-7944. You can also follow the USMTS on Facebook, MySpace, Twitter and YouTube.


July 1st, 2008

Such was the case for Jon Tesch Thursday night at the Casino Speedway in his hometown of Watertown, S.D.

Tesch, a three-time track champion (1998, 2000-01) at Casino Speedway, captured the O’Reilly USMTS National Tour main event two years ago at the 3/8-mile clay oval but spun out on the first lap of the Holley “A” Main last year
and wound up last in front of family, friends and sponsors. Another Watertown racer, Scott Ward, won the race.

Tesch was in the spotlight again Thursday, but this time he shined brightly.

After starting ninth, Tesch chased down race-long leader Kelly Shryock on lap 33, then paced the final seven laps to send the standing-room-only Casino Speedway crowd into a frenzy with his late-race pass and narrow victory in the
4th Annual Team Electronics Summer Slam. The win was worth $2,000 to Tesch, who became a first-time father less than two months ago and turned 32 years old last week.

Shryock, who is still looking for his first win at the Casino Speedway, settled for the runner-up paycheck while Jason Hughes took home third-place money. Al Hejna was fourth and Zack VanderBeek rounded out the top-5

Sixth through tenth, respectively, went to Tommy Weder Jr., Dereck Ramirez, Corey Dripps, Brandon Kenny and Watertown’s Chad Williamson.

Last year’s winner, Ward finished in the 12th spot – one lap down to Tesch.

With the win, Tesch also narrowed the gap in the Great Plains Region points standings, but still trails Shryock (637 points) and VanderBeek (620) with 586 markers. Weder is fourth with 538 points, followed by Kenny (535), Hejna
(528), Ramirez (501), Scott Green (482), defending O’Reilly USMTS National Champion Krohn (451) and Bryan Rowland (436).

The action continues tomorrow (Friday, June 27) as the O’Reilly USMTS National Tour invades the Rapid Speedway in Rock Rapids, Iowa. Race fans can pick up $2-off discount coupons at the Casey’s General Store location at 709 1st
Ave. in Rock Rapids. Zack VanderBeek and his Cheetos/Casey’s General Stores #33z Skyrocket Modified will be on hand to meet and greet fans at Casey’s from 1 to 3 p.m.

Rapid Speedway is a 3/8-mile semi-banked dirt oval located 0.5 mile east of US 75 on SR 9, then 0.5 mile south on South Tama St. (at the Lyons County Fairgrounds). For more information, call the track hotline at (712) 472-3742.

Friday’s race will be another Great Plains Region battle and the fifth of six straight nights of racing through Iowa, South Dakota and Minnesota:

Mon Jun 23 … Independence Motor Speedway, Independence, Iowa (winner: Shryock)
Tue Jun 24 … Buena Vista Raceway, Alta, Iowa (winner: Shryock)
Wed Jun 25 … Huset’s Speedway, Brandon, S.D. (winner: Hejna)
Thu Jun 26 … Casino Speedway, Watertown, S.D. (winner: Tesch)
Fri Jun 27 … Rapid Speedway, Rock Rapids, Iowa
Sat Jun 28 … Nobles County Speedway, Worthington, Minn.

Afterwards, the O’Reilly USMTS National Tour teams get a well-deserved Summer Break before returning to action on Tuesday, July 22, at the Adams County Speedway in Corning, Iowa, for the final stretch run to the Casey’s General
Stores Hunt for the USMTS National Championship.

The USMTS is celebrating its 10th Anniversary Season in 2008 with many special promotions to show thanks to the fans, drivers, team members, families and sponsors who have helped make the USMTS the premier dirt modified
series in the nation.

To learn more about the United States Modified Touring Series, call the headquarters at (515) 832-7944 or visit online for the latest news and information from the USMTS — America’s Hottest Ticket on Dirt.


June 23rd, 2007

Arment could smell victory Thursday night, but his quest was squashed as another local favorite found his way to the winners circle instead. After
leading 36 laps, Watertown’s Scott Ward slipped past Arment on the high side of the racetrack with two laps to go, then edged Arment at the finish to
score his first O’Reilly Auto Parts United States Modified Touring Series

Thursday’s victory in the 40-lap Holley “A” Main was Ward’s first with the
O’Reilly USMTS, and just his second top-10 finish in eight career starts.
His other was a 10th-place finish on June 16, 2005 during the inaugural
O’Reilly USMTS event at Casino Speedway.

After a tussle in the second heat race with Jason Hughes of Colcord, Okla.,
Ward found himself in the first Real Racing Wheels “B” Main, which he won to
give himself a 13th-place starting position in the main event. It took him
38 laps and several caution flags, but Ward’s persistence paid off with a
$2,000 paycheck while Arberdeen’s Arment settled for the runner-up finish.

Hughes, who failed to finish the second Real Racing Wheels “B” Main, had to
use a provisional to get into the main event, but he made the most of it by
passing 21 cars en route to a third-place finish. His teammate, Tommy Weder
Jr. of Colcord, Okla., finished fourth and Watertown’s Dustin Beebe place
fifth to give the locals three of the top-5 spots.

Al Hejna bounced back from an early-race mishap to finish sixth, while South
Dakota pilots Curt Kranz, Chad Becker, Joe Waba and Jay Triplett completed
the top-10 in front of a packed house at the 3/8-mile semi-banked oval.

The feature race saw just 10 of the 24 starters reach the checkered flag,
and many of the regular O’Reilly USMTS road warriors suffered wither
mechanical or mental breakdowns. Watertown’s Jon Tesch, a three-time past
champion at his hometown track, spun out on the first lap of the main event
and wound up 24th on the final score card. While running second with five
laps to go, Kelly Shryock slid off of turn 2 and ended his chance at a third
straight O’Reilly USMTS victory.

The most expensive night, however, belonged to Rookies Rockin’ Sports Bar
Rookie of the Year points leader Scott Green. After rolling his Hughes
Chassis in the second heat race, Green got out his back-up car and qualified
for the main event through the second Real Racing Wheels “B” Main. A tangle
in the Holley “A” Main ended his night early anyway, finishing 20th.

Up next, the rugged road warriors of the O’Reilly USMTS trek to the Rapid
Speedway in Rock Rapids, Iowa, on Friday for another $2,000-to-win Western
Region tilt. Gates open at 4:30 p.m., with hot laps at 7:00 and racing at
7:30. Rapid Speedway is a 3/8-mile semi-banked clay oval located 0.5 mile
east of US 75 on SR 9, then 0.5 mile south on South Tama St. (at the Lyons
County Fairgrounds). For raceday information, call (712) 472-3742 or visit online.

To learn more about the O’Reilly Auto Parts United States Modified Touring
Series, call the headquarters office at (515) 832-7944 or visit online.