ABERDEEN, S.D. – Corey Dripps of Waterloo, Iowa, grabbed the checkered flag Friday night as the USMTS Casey’s General Stores National Tour powered by Swan Energy invaded the Brown County Speedway in Aberdeen, S.D.
Polesitter Ryan Gustin took charge at the drop of the green flag in Friday’s feature
race and led the first 30 laps before trouble found the winningest driver this season with just ten laps remaining in the WIX Filters “A” Main.
While maneuvering through lapped traffic, Gustin closed in on Cody Sholpp to put the Canadian youngster a lap down. But before Gustin could make his move, the engine in Scholpp’s machine went up in smoke and Gustin made hard contact.
The result was Gustin’s night ending in the pit area while Dripps inherited the lead for the restart. Dripps was flawless over the final ten circuits and sailed to his first win since August of last year and a $2,000 pay day.
Jason Krohn recorded the runner-up finish with Jason Grimes third, Ryan Ruter fourth and Kelly Shryock finishing fifth. Sixth through tenth were 17th-starting Zack VanderBeek, Scott Ward, Al Hejna, Rodney Sanders and Mike Stearns.
Two 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 Jamestown Speedway in Jamestown, N.D., on Saturday night.
Shryock captured the first two events at Jamestown in 2003 and 2004 en route to his fifth and sixth USMTS titles, while Hughes was the winner in 2005. After a ten-year hiatus, the series returned to Don Gumke’s high-banked quarter-mile clay oval last year with Jason Krohn getting the victory.
Pits open at 4 p.m., grandstands open at 5 and racing starts at 7 p.m. Also on the racing card will be Hornets, Bombers, Street Stocks and Midwest Mods presented by Jamestown Implement. The Jamestown Speedway is located 4.5 miles north of I-94 (exit 258) on US 281, then 0.8 mile east on 27th St., then south (at the Stutsman County Fairgrounds). For more information, call 605-8320-7749 or visit www.jamestownspeedway.com online. Race day info is available by calling 701-251-2897.
USMTS SUMMER SPEEDWEEKS:
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 www.usmts.com online or call 515-832-7944. You can also follow the USMTS on Facebook, MySpace, Twitter and YouTube.