5.24.14 USMTS Modifieds Results - Dirt Racing Report

5.24.14 USMTS Modifieds Results

SPRING VALLEY, Minn.—Brad Waits of Rochester, Minn., led all 40 laps of the caution-free United States Modified Touring Series main event Saturday night during the 12th Annual A&A Electric Minnesota Spring Challenge at the Deer Creek Speedway.

After earning the Sybesma Graphics Pole Award, the 2011 World Modified Dirt Track Championship winner took control at the drop of the green flag and maintained a four- to eight-car-length advantage over several challengers that swapped second place on several occasions.

Joel Alberts found his groove in the middle of the high-banked racing surface and moved ahead of Steve Wetzstein into the second spot on lap 3.

Soon after, Dereck Ramirez jumped underneath Alberts and the pair battled back and forth for nearly 20 laps, all the while keeping Waits within striking distance.

Meanwhile, Stormy Scott—and eight-time USMTS feature winner this season—was picking off cars at a rapid pace from his 14th starting spot, and moved in to join the battle for second at the midway point of the contest.

After muscling past Ramirez for third, Scott looked under Alberts for second but was unable to make the pass as the two raced virtually side by side the rest of the race.

With a surge in turns 1-2 on the final lap, Scott surged ahead of Alberts and was able to inch in front of him as they crossed the finish line about six car-lengths behind Waits and just in front of fourth-finishing Joey Jensen and Ramirez.

Kelly Shryock, Keith Foss, Jason Cummins, Eric Pember and Zack VanderBeek rounded out the top ten finishers.

Scott’s 12-car passing performance not only netted him his second Mesilla Valley Hard Charger Award in as many nights, but his last-lap pass for second also moved him into a first-place tie with Zack VanderBeek in the Farm Boy BBQ Sauce Northern Region points standings.

Although 24 of the original 26 starters finished the non-stop feature, the leaders never caught the back of the field and all 24 cars running at the end finished on the lead lap.

The USMTS Casey’s Cup powered by Swan Energy is back in action on Sunday at the Upper Iowa Speedway in Decorah, Iowa, for the final night of the Memorial Day Weekend swing.

Hot laps begin at 6 p.m. with racing to follow. Adult grandstand tickets are $17, kids ages 6-12 are $5 and children 5 and under get in for free. Pit passes are $35.

Adult ticketholders can pick up $2-off-admission coupons before race time at Casey’s General Stores locations in Cresco, Decorah, Freeport and Waukon. Visit www.caseys.com to find the location nearest you or on your route to the speedway.

The Upper Iowa Speedway is a semi-banked quarter-mile dirt oval located 1.8 miles east of US 52 on SR 9, then 1.0 mile northwest on Montgomery St., then northeast on E. Main St. (at the Winneshiek County Fairgrounds). For more information call 563-382-0711 or visit www.upperiowaspeedway.com online.

To learn more about the United States Modified Touring Series, visit www.usmts.com online or call 515-832-7944. You can also like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/usmts, follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/usmts or check out our YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/usmtstv.

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OFFICIAL RESULTS
United States Modified Touring Series
USMTS Casey’s Cup powered by Swan Energy – Farm Boy BBQ Sauce Northern Region presented by Day Motor Sports
12th Annual A&A Electric Minnesota Spring Challenge
Deer Creek Speedway, Spring Valley, Minn.
Saturday, May 24, 2014

Showing finishing position, starting position in parentheses, car number, driver, hometown, chassis/engine builder and money won. The top 12 drivers in passing points accumulated in the heat races are locked into the “A” Main, with the top 8 re-drawing for starting positions 1-8.

HEAT RACE WINNERS (8 laps):
Not available at this time.

JRi SHOCKS HEAT RACE #2 (8 laps):
Not available at this time.

EDELBROCK HEAT RACE #3 (8 laps):
Not available at this time.

PBM PERFORMANCE PRODUCTS HEAT RACE #4 (8 laps):
Not available at this time.

FARM BOY BBQ SAUCE RACE #5 (8 laps):
Not available at this time.

REAL RACING WHEELS “B” MAIN #1 (15 laps, top 6 advance):
1. (1) 91 Craig Thatcher, Knapp, Wis.
2. (6) 99 Josh Angst, Winona, Minn.
3. (3) 50iii Brandon Davis, Medford, Minn.
4. (2) IOU1 Brent Larson (R), Lake Elmo, Minn.
5. (5) 22d Daniel Hilsabeck, Waukee, Iowa.
6. (8) 69 Lucas Schott, Chatfield, Minn.
7. (9) 29h Joe Horgdal, Kasson, Minn., GRT/Action, $90.
8. (4) 33x Adam Hensel, Baldwin, Wis., MasterSbilt/Hill, $90.
9. (7) 20r Bryan Rowland, Woodward, Okla.
10. (10) 72 Doug Hillson, Blooming Prairie, Minn., Skyrocket/Sput’s, $90.
11. (11) 23k Darwin Karau, Kasson, Minn., Killer/Flyin’J, $90.
12. (13) 33 Joe Ludemann, Grand Meadow, Minn., Lazer/Grove, $75.
13. (12) 49 Jake Timm (R), Winona, Minn., DirtDueler/BuckBuilt, $90.
14. (14) 59 Bob Sammann (R), Winona, Minn., Hughes/KSE, $90.

REAL RACING WHEELS “B” MAIN #2 (15 laps, top 6 advance):
1. (3) 2s Stormy Scott, Las Cruces, N.M.
2. (4) 71 Jason Cummins, New Richland, Minn.
3. (2) 1st Johnny Scott, Las Cruces, N.M.
4. (1) 10 Austin Arneson (R), Fargo, N.D.
5. (5) 51 Chris Oertel, Marshfield, Wis.
6. (7) J17 Jake Gallardo (R), Las Cruces, N.M.
7. (9) 1k Pat Graham, Ames, Iowa, Skyrocket/Karl, $90.
8. (8) 89x Paul Harelstad (R), Bloomer, Wis., Hughes/Sput’s, $90.
9. (12) R Ron Ver Beek, Oskaloosa, Iowa, Skyrocket/Midstate, $75.
10. (6) 2 Casey Arneson (R), Fargo, N.D., MasterSbilt/Mullins, $90.
11. (11) 14w Clayton Wagamon, Blaine, Minn.
12. (10) 27 Don Gerritsen Jr., Rock Rapids, Iowa, Razor/HarryHeads, $90.
13. (14) 96 Greg Jensen, Albert Lea, Minn., BC/KSE, $90.
14. (13) 44 Alan Wagner (R), Orchard, Iowa, $90.

CASEY’S GENERAL STORES “A” MAIN (40 laps):
1. (1) 24 Brad Waits, Rochester, Minn., LG2/Baier’s, $2000.
2. (14) 2s Stormy Scott, Las Cruces, N.M., LG2/ProPower, $1500.
3. (4) 4a Joel Alberts, Mantorville, Minn., GRT/Action, $1000.
4. (5) V2 Joey Jensen, Harris, Minn., GRT/Tim’s, $900.
5. (3) 4r Dereck Ramirez, Woodward, Okla., Ramirez/ProPower, $800.
6. (7) 3 Kelly Shryock, Fertile, Iowa, Skyrocket/ASI, $700.
7. (6) 95 Keith Foss, Winona, Minn., Skyrocket/Grove, $650.
8. (16) 71 Jason Cummins, New Richland, Minn., GRT/Sput’s, $500.
9. (11) 89 Eric Pember, Pittsville, Wis., Hughes/Mullins, $550.
10. (12) 33z Zack VanderBeek, New Sharon, Iowa, LG2/Sput’s, $500.
11. (2) 90 Steve Wetzstein, West Concord, Minn., Skyrocket/Sput’s, $450.
12. (13) 91 Craig Thatcher, Knapp, Wis., GRT/TriStar, $425.
13. (17) 50iii Brandon Davis, Medford, Minn., GRT/KSE, $400.
14. (8) 52w Nate Wasmund, Rochester, Minn., GRT/Action, $375.
15. (26) 20r Bryan Rowland, Woodward, Okla., LG2/ProPower, $400.
16. (21) 22d Daniel Hilsabeck, Waukee, Iowa, Hughes/Mullins, $400.
17. (18) 1st Johnny Scott, Las Cruces, N.M., Ramirez/ProPower, $400.
18. (10) 02 Jacob Dahle, Morristown, Minn., Hughes/Sput’s, $300.
19. (20) 10 Austin Arneson (R), Fargo, N.D., MasterSbilt/Mullins, $300.
20. (23) 69 Lucas Schott, Chatfield, Minn., Hughes/Sput’s, $300.
21. (15) 99 Josh Angst, Winona, Minn., GRT/Sput’s, $300.
22. (19) IOU1 Brent Larson (R), Lake Elmo, Minn., Shaw/Tim’s, $300.
23. (9) 110 Jason Miller, Osceola, Wis., GRT/Anderson, $300.
24. (25) 14w Clayton Wagamon, Blaine, Minn., Hughes/Wagamon, $400.
25. (22) 51 Chris Oertel, Marshfield, Wis., GRT/Butch’s, $300.
26. (24) J17 Jake Gallardo (R), Las Cruces, N.M., LG2/AOS, $400.

(R) = Rookie of the Year contender.

Lap Leader: Waits 1-40.
Total Laps Led: Waits 40.
Provisional Starters: Wagamon, Rowland.
Sybesma Graphics Pole Award: Waits.
Mesilla Valley Transportation Hard Charger: S. Scott (started 14th, finished 2nd).
Next Race: Sunday, May 25, Upper Iowa Speedway, Decorah, Iowa.
Farm Boy BBQ Sauce Northern Region Points: VanderBeek 266 S. Scott 266 Ramirez 256 Shryock 236 Jensen 231 J. Scott 226 Hilsabeck 222 Wagamon 214 Rowland 204 Gallardo 190.
Rookie of the Year Points: Gallardo 1698 Adam Penn 1036 Cade Dillard 825 Dylan Smith 795 Shane Sprinkle 775.
COMP Cams Engine Builder of the Year Points: ProPower 212, Sput’s 199, Geddes 148, Mullins 127, AOS 109.
Manufacturers Championship Points: LG2 219, MBCustom 188, Ramirez 182, GRT 160, Hughes 131.

Contingency Awards:
American Racer – Gerritsen.
Beyea Custom Headers – Oertel.
Brass Monkey Racing Products – Dahle.
C&R Racing – Wetzstein.
Edelbrock – Waits.
FK Rod Ends – Rowland.
Forty9Designs.com – Wasmund, A. Arneson.
Fuel Safe – Shryock.
GRT Race Cars – Alberts.
Hooker Harness – Davis.
JRi Shocks – Wasmund.
KEVKO Oil Pans & Components – Pember.
Keyser Manufacturing – VanderBeek.
Marsh Racing Wheels – Oertel.
Mesilla Valley Transportation – S. Scott.
MSD Ignition – Waits, S. Scott.
PBM Performance Products – Jensen, Waits.
Power Lift Racing Products – J. Scott.
Real Racing Wheels – all non-qualifiers.
Sybesma Graphics – Waits.
VP Racing Fuels – Waits.

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USMTS OFFICIAL SPONSORS: American Racer Racing Tires, AMP Energy, Casey’s General Stores, Chix Gear, COMP Cams, Day Motor Sports, Farm Boy BBQ Sauce, Intercomp, KEVKO Oil Pans & Components, MSD, Nitroquest Media Group, RACEceiver, RacinDirt.com, Snickers, SpiderWeb Modular Storage Solutions, Swan Energy, VP Racing Fuels.

USMTS PARTICIPATING SPONSORS: Arizona Sport Shirts, ASi Racewear, BRODIX Cylinder Heads, Double H Bands, ElbowsUp.com, Erson Cams, Integra Racing Shocks & Springs, Major League Bowhunter, Mesilla Valley Transportation, New Vision Graphics, Olympic Fire Protection, Penn Transport, Road Runner Crane, Road Runner Trucking, S&S Fishing & Rental, United Cellular Services.

USMTS CONTINGENCY SPONSORS: AFCO Racing Products, Bell Racing Helmets, Beyea Custom Headers, Brass Monkey Racing Products, C&R Racing, CPD Racing Tools, Edelbrock, Fast Shafts, FK Rod Ends, Forty9 Designs, Fuel Safe, Genesis Racing Shocks, GRT Race Cars, Hooker Harness, JRi Shocks, Keyser Manufacturing, KSE Racing Products, Marsh Racing Wheels, PBM Performance Products, Power Lift Racing Products, Quarter Master, Real Racing Wheels, Sybesma Graphics, Tiger Rear Ends.

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