CORNING, Iowa- His hometown of Robeline, La., may be half a world away, but Cade Dillard has certainly taken a liking to the State of Iowa. With a dominating performance Thursday night at the Adams County Speedway in Corning, Iowa, the 25-year-old notched his second straight win in the Hunt for the USMTS Caseys Cup powered by S&S Fishing & Rental and seventh of his career three of which have happened in the Hawkeye State.
Dillard started the 32-lap main event on the outside of polesitter Jason Hughes and immediately took control of the race. Rodney Sanders slipped into second two laps later but could not keep up with the streaking Dillard. In fact, by lap 12, Dillard was ducking into turn three as Hughes was exiting turn two in third.
The track prep crew gave drivers a smooth, multi-lane track, but lapped traffic was hairy for Dillard as Sanders closed the gap in the late stages of the contest. The first and only caution flag waved with five laps to go, but it was no help to his pursuers as Dillard sailed away to secure the $3,000 top prize.
Behind him, however, the action was hot and heavy the final five times around the big half-mile. Zack VanderBeek, who tussled with Hughes for most of the race, snuck past both Hughes and Sanders one lap after the restart but was unable to track down Dillard and settled for the runner-up finish.
Jesse Sobbing also slipped by Sanders for third, and Hughes held off Johnny Scott for fifth. Jesse Dennis, 23rd-starting Stormy Scott, Masen Big Eagle and Dereck Ramirez rounded out the top 10.
More than 100 drivers are entered for the biggest and richest one-day event in the history of dirt modified racing on Friday when fans and the top drivers in the sport converge on the Lakeside Speedway in Kansas City for the inaugural Grant Junghans Memorial presented by BriggsAuto.com. More than $100,000 will be paid out to drivers on this night, including $10,002 to the winner of the United States Modified Touring Series main event.
As part of the Hunt for the USMTS Caseys Cup powered by S&S Fishing & Rental, the Best of the Best in dirt modified racing will be on hand for this epic show, as well as many surprise entries from regional open-wheel favorites to dirt late model superstars such as former World of Outlaws Late Model Series champion Shane Clanton and Grant Junghans brother, Chase Junghans.
The racing world lost one of its finest ambassadors this past March, and the Grant Junghans Memorial race will be an opportunity for his fans, family, friends and fellow competitors to remember the good times and racing memories shared in his 27 years with us. Heres the official payout for the inaugural Grant Junghans Memorial main event: 1. $10,002, 2. $8002, 3. $5502, 4. $4502, 5. $4002, 6. $3502, 7. $3002, 8. $2502, 9. $2202, 10. $2002, 11. $1802, 12. $1902, 13. $1602, 14. $1502, 15. $1402, 16. $1302, 17. $1202, 18. $1172, 19. $1162, 20. $1152, 21. $1142, 22. $1532, 23. $1122, 24. $1112, 25-30. $1102.
Tow money will be a minimum of $152 for all drivers not making the 30-car feature race, but thats just the tip of the iceberg. Extra money lots of it will be doled out to drivers finishing in pre-determined mystery positions, lap money, heat race bonuses, hard charger awards and a Long Tow Award with the following bonuses: 1. $500, 2. $400, 3. $300, 4. $200, 5. $200.
More than $100,000 will find its way into the pockets of competitors at the Grant Junghans Memorial on Friday, Aug. 19, at the lakeside Speedway. Not only are the Modifieds making more bank, but the payouts for the USRA Stock Cars and USRA B-Mods have also been expanded: 1. $700, 2. $500, 3. $400, 4. $350, 5. $300, 6. $270, 7. $250, 8. $220, 9. $200, 10. $180, 11. $160, 12. $150, 13. $140, 14. $130, 15. $125, 16. $120, 17. $115, 18. $110, 19. $105, 20. $100 to start. There’s no entry fee for support classes, just pit passes.
The Junghans family will be selling special event shirts with proceeds going to childrens cancer research. The Kosiski family and I-80 Speedway in Greenwood, Neb., which hosted another unforgettable Silver Dollar Nationals last month, will award a $1,002 bonus to the leader of the second lap of Fridays main event.
Simpson Race Products will be giving away a $600 head and neck restraint system to one driver on this night, AFCO Racing Products will be giving away a $200 gift certificate to every A Main qualifier and KEVKO Oil Pans & Components will be awarding a new oil pan ($600 value) to one lucky driver.
Deatherage Opticians will be handing out a $50 gift certificate off the purchase of a pair of Oakley sunglasses to every driver participating in the Grant Junghans Memorial, Show-Me Synthetics will be giving out a case of oil to the winner and Pit Stop Catering will be handing out some BBQ sauce.
RacerWebsite.com will be donating $22 to the familys charity for every current RacerWebsite.com client in attendance, and $222 for every new customer that comes on board between now and the last race in The Hunt on Sept. 22.
Jesse and Brandi Sobbing will be supplying treats for a kids Candy Dash during the night, and the Southern New Mexico Speedway will award a free entry to the USRA Fall Nationals ($250 value) to the second-place finishing car in the main event.
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