The 2016 version of the Benton County Speedway special for Xtreme Motor Sports IMCA Modifieds had plenty of that, though, as Gustin outran Todd Shute and the 21st starting Hunter Marriott for the Sunday night victory at Vinton.
The 22nd annual event played out before a very full grandstand with a total car count of more than 130, including 47 Modifieds. Total purse for the holiday weekend event was more than $30,000.
Other winners during the Hogan were Damon Murty and Ben Chapman, who pocketed $1,000 for IMCA Sunoco Stock Car and Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMod wins, respectively, and Benji Irvine, who earned $750 for his IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stock win.
Gustin drew the pole for the Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot qualifier and led the first 11 laps before Shute slipped past on the lower line. The front pair got into lapped traffic just before Mike Jergens slowed in the first set of turns to bring out the first caution of the contest on lap 20.
Shute was scored first when the race was halted for a five-minute pitstop at halfway. Corey Dripps was quick to pass Gustin for second after the race restarted and had the lead by lap 30.
He was pulling away from Gustin in what looked to be turning into a two-car battle before brake issues began settling in and forced Dripps to fall back.
Gustin resumed his place up front, holding on through the late restart to win ahead of Shute, Marriott, Auringer and Dripps.
Cayden Carter, another former race winner, started 24th and finished sixth.
Murty led the last 14 of 20 laps in a Stock Car feature slowed by a single early caution. Jeff Mueller was right behind while Modified regular Kyle Brown did double duty with a third-place finish.
After drawing the pole, Chapman ran second early on before regaining the lead and beating Tony Olson and Matt Petrezelka to the checkers in the Northern SportMod 18-lapper.
Irvine was scored first on each of the 16 Hobby Stock laps. Nathan Ballard ran no more than a couple car lengths behind at any point and third went to Bill Bonnett.