BELLS, Texas—Chris Brown picked up his third United States Modified Touring Series win of the season and first since February as the mighty Modifieds of the USMTS Casey’s Cup Series powered by Swan Energy invaded the Grayson County Speedway in Bells, Texas, for the first time.
Starting fifth on the 27-car grid, the 35-year-old from Spring, Texas, quickly found his way to the front and drove underneath nine-time USMTS national champion Kelly Shryock to take the lead as they completed the fifth lap.
Midway through the race, Stormy Scott and Rodney Sanders—the two hottest drivers on the circuit this year with a combined 19 wins—clawed their way into the second and third spots, but neither was able to rattle Brown.
A racy bullring with an ever-changing surface and two caution flags—the last of which collected six cars on lap 23 of the 40-lapper—were no help to Brown’s pursuers as he turned flawless lap after flawless lap to edge Scott by three car-lengths at the finish line.
“I saw Stormy on that last caution, I saw him roll up to the high side in (turns) one and two,” Brown revealed in victory lane. “I noticed we were pushing up a bunch of moisture up there off the exit so I figured somebody was going to try and get up there and carry momentum in that line.
“I was really parking it on the bottom, so once I saw that I said ‘Well, I’ve got to pick up the pace and carry a little more corner speed, that way it would offset what they were picking up in the middle.”
Sanders was a close third behind Scott while Sybesma Graphics Pole Award winner Clyde Dunn Jr. got around Shryock late in the race to claim the fourth spot.
Johnny Scott came from the 19th starting spot to finish sixth and earned the Mesilla Valley Transportation Hard Charger Award.
Kevin Sustaire secured the seventh spot, Trevor Egbert earned an eighth-place paycheck, polesitter and local favorite B.J. Baze nabbed ninth and Cade Dillard came from 23rd to finish tenth.
The win, worth $2,000, was the tenth of Brown’s USMTS career but it would never have happened if not for a phone call made by Grayson County Speedway promoter James Craig just one day earlier.
As of Wednesday morning, the USMTS Modifieds had never competed at the Grayson County Speedway, and there were no plans to do so in 2014, but a war with Mother Nature can produce strange coalitions.
Heavy rainfall peppered North Texas for most of this week, causing flooding in many areas. Steady showers dropped a little more than a half-inch of rain at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport on Sunday, while areas to the south and southwest were drenched with up to eight inches of rain, forcing evacuations and stranding motorists.
In what has been one of the driest years on record for the region, the moisture was a welcome addition to many local residents, but not for race fans who had circled this week’s string of USMTS events in the Dallas and Waco regions on their calendars many weeks ago.
The wet weather on Sunday and Monday forced track officials at the Heart O’ Texas Speedway in Elm Mott to cancel Tuesday night’s scheduled event, and then more rain into Tuesday and Wednesday caused the plug to be pulled on Wednesday’s event at the Devil’s Bowl Speedway in Mesquite and the USMTS debut at the Mountain Creek Speedway in Grand Prairie on Thursday.
It was shortly after noon on Wednesday when USMTS boss Todd Staley heard his phone rang. On the other end of the call was Grayson County Speedway promoter James Craig. Less than an hour later, the racers had a place to race the next night, and the fans had a place to watch them.
“We’ve been dry as a bone here,” Craig said. “Our weekly car count is really good and our fan support is fantastic, so we felt like this is something we could pull off and offer them a great show to be a part of.”
Twenty years ago, getting the word out this fast would have been impossible. But through the miracle of email, text messaging and social media outlets such as Facebook and Twitter, thousands—if not millions—of people can get the message in no time.
Three more nights of racing in the S&S Fishing & Rental Southern Region remain this week to wrap up the ‘Dozens Days of Dirt’ with stops at the Superbowl Speedway in Greenville on Friday; Southern Oklahoma Speedway in Ardmore, Okla., on Saturday; and Outlaw Motorsports Park in Oktaha, Okla., on Sunday.
Friday night’s event at the Superbowl Speedway will also feature Limited Mods and Factory Stocks. Gates open at 6 p.m. with hot laps at 6:30 and racing at 7. Adult grandstand tickets are $15, kids ages 7-11 and seniors are $10 and children 6 and under get in for free. Pit passes are $30.
The Superbowl Speedway is a quarter-mile semi-banked clay oval located 5.0 miles south of Greenville on SR 34, then west on FM 1903. For more information call 903-883-2504, like them on Facebook at www.facebook.com/superbowlspeedway or visit them online at www.superbowlspeedway.com.
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United States Modified Touring Series
USMTS Casey’s Cup powered by Swan Energy – S&S Fishing & Rental Southern Region presented by Day Motor Sports
Grayson County Speedway, Bells, Texas
Thursday, June 26, 2014
Showing finishing position, starting position in parentheses, car number, driver, hometown, chassis/engine builder, laps completed and money won. The top 12 drivers in passing points accumulated in the heat races were locked into the “A” Main, with the top 8 re-drawing for starting positions 1-8.
C&R RACING HEAT RACE #1 (8 laps):
1. (2) 19b B.J. Baze (R), Sherman, Texas.
2. (3) 21 Chris Brown, Spring, Texas.
3. (8) 3 Kelly Shryock, Fertile, Iowa.
4. (7) 1 Shawn Stephenson, Howe, Texas.
5. (6) 97 Cade Dillard (R), Robeline, La.
6. (5) 18s Cody Smith, Kaufman, Texas.
7. (4) 9a Kirk Acord, Mansfield, Texas.
8. (1) 2sx Bryan Rowland, Woodward, Okla.
JRi SHOCKS HEAT RACE #2 (8 laps):
1. (2) 88r A.J. Vasquez (R), Westland, Mich.
2. (6) 78 Trevor Egbert, Salado, Texas.
3. (4) 2 Grant Junghans, Manhattan, Kan.
4. (5) 87 John Webb, Pauls Valley, Okla.
5. (8) 24 Sean Jones, Mansfield, Texas.
6. (1) 21g Joe Gomez, Blue Ridge, Texas.
7. (3) 18 Shawn Sandegren, Little Elm, Texas.
8. (7) 2 Shane Clement, Bonham, Texas.
EDELBROCK HEAT RACE #3 (8 laps):
1. (1) 22d Daniel Hilsabeck, Waukee, Iowa.
2. (3) L1 Larry Clevenger, Greenwood, La.
3. (6) 20 Rodney Sanders, Happy, Texas.
4. (2) 89c Steve Whiteaker Jr., Corpus Christi, Texas.
5. (5) 91 Joe Duvall, Claremore, Okla.
6. (7) 75 Patrick Daniel (R), Wills Point, Texas.
7. (8) E26 Dallas Everett (R), Beebe, Ark.
8. (4) 10k Gene Keel, Princeton, Texas.
PBM PERFORMANCE PRODUCTS HEAT RACE #4 (8 laps):
1. (1) 2s Stormy Scott, Las Cruces, N.M.
2. (2) 71 Philip Houston, Odessa, Texas.
3. (4) 303 Chase Jupe (R), Waco, Texas.
4. (5) 7x Chris Dawson, Lubbock, Texas.
5. (7) 14x Josh Landers, Princeton, Texas.
6. (3) 7d Austin Theiss (R), Hockley, Texas.
7. (6) 14t Tristan Dycus, Waxahachie, Texas.
8. (8) 4m Bobby Malchus, Red Oak, Texas.
DAY MOTOR SPORTS HEAT RACE #5 (8 laps):
1. (4) 88xxx Clyde Dunn Jr., Sunnyvale, Texas.
2. (2) J17 Jake Gallardo (R), Las Cruces, N.M.
3. (1) 71k Kevin Sustaire, Emery, Texas.
4. (6) 4r Dereck Ramirez, Woodward, Okla.
5. (3) 1st Johnny Scott, Las Cruces, N.M.
6. (7) 5* Casey Penn, Shreveport, La.
7. (5) 68 Brandon Watson (R), Denison, Texas.
8. (8) 5 Tanner Houston (R), Odessa, Texas.
REAL RACING WHEELS “B” MAIN #1 (15 laps, top 6 advance):
1. (3) 4r Dereck Ramirez, Woodward, Okla.
2. (1) 2 Grant Junghans, Manhattan, Kan.
3. (4) 7x Chris Dawson, Lubbock, Texas.
4. (7) 1st Johnny Scott, Las Cruces, N.M.
5. (5) 89c Steve Whiteaker Jr., Corpus Christi, Texas.
6. (6) 97 Cade Dillard (R), Robeline, La.
7. (10) E26 Dallas Everett (R), Beebe, Ark., GRT/Kuntz, $90.
8. (8) 5* Casey Penn, Shreveport, La., Hughes/Mullins, $90.
9. (9) 21g Joe Gomez, Blue Ridge, Texas.
10. (2) 1 Shawn Stephenson, Howe, Texas, Hughes/Wornhor, $75.
11. (13) 2 Shane Clement, Bonham, Texas, $75.
12. (14) 4m Bobby Malchus, Red Oak, Texas.
13. (12) 68 Brandon Watson (R), Denison, Texas.
14. (11) 18 Shawn Sandegren, Little Elm, Texas, Shaw/NPT, $75.
REAL RACING WHEELS “B” MAIN #2 (15 laps, top 6 advance):
1. (1) 303 Chase Jupe (R), Waco, Texas.
2. (2) 71k Kevin Sustaire, Emery, Texas.
3. (4) 24 Sean Jones, Mansfield, Texas.
4. (8) 18s Cody Smith, Kaufman, Texas.
5. (11) 14t Tristan Dycus, Waxahachie, Texas.
6. (12) 2sx Bryan Rowland, Woodward, Okla.
7. (5) 14x Josh Landers, Princeton, Texas, DirtWorks/MachineWorks, $75.
8. (14) 5 Tanner Houston (R), Odessa, Texas, LG2/PPE, $90.
9. (10) 9a Kirk Acord, Mansfield, Texas, Shaw/GBM, $75.
10. (9) 7d Austin Theiss (R), Hockley, Texas, LG2/Durham, $90.
11. (3) 87 John Webb, Pauls Valley, Okla., DirtWorks/Mullins, $90.
12. (6) 91 Joe Duvall, Claremore, Okla., MBCustom/Mullins, $90.
13. (7) 75 Patrick Daniel (R), Wills Point, Texas, LG2/Daniel, $90.
14. (13) 10k Gene Keel, Princeton, Texas, $75.
DOUBLE H BANDS “A” MAIN (40 laps):
1. (5) 21 Chris Brown, Spring, Texas, LG2/Durham, 40, $2000.
2. (6) 2s Stormy Scott, Las Cruces, N.M., LG2/ProPower, 40, $1500.
3. (10) 20 Rodney Sanders, Happy, Texas, MBCustom/Geddes, 40, $1000.
4. (7) 88xxx Clyde Dunn Jr., Sunnyvale, Texas, MBCustom/Mullins, 40, $900.
5. (2) 3 Kelly Shryock, Fertile, Iowa, Skyrocket/ASI, 40, $800.
6. (19) 1st Johnny Scott, Las Cruces, N.M., Ramirez/Cornett, 40, $700.
7. (16) 71k Kevin Sustaire, Emery, Texas, CAM/MachineWorks, 40, $650.
8. (4) 78 Trevor Egbert, Salado, Texas, Hughes/Sput’s, 40, $600.
9. (1) 19b B.J. Baze (R), Sherman, Texas, Shaw/Wornhor, 40, $550.
10. (23) 97 Cade Dillard (R), Robeline, La., LG2/105, 40, $500.
11. (21) 89c Steve Whiteaker Jr., Corpus Christi, Texas, Hughes/Mullins, 40, $450.
12. (20) 18s Cody Smith, Kaufman, Texas, CAM/Mullins, 40, $425.
13. (3) 88r A.J. Vasquez (R), Westland, Mich., BMS/Farris, 40, $400.
14. (18) 24 Sean Jones, Mansfield, Texas, LG2/Brooks, 40, $250.
15. (17) 7x Chris Dawson, Lubbock, Texas, Sidebiter/ASI, 39, $350.
16. (27) 21g Joe Gomez, Blue Ridge, Texas, Hughes/Puyear, 39, $250.
17. (11) 71 Philip Houston, Odessa, Texas, Hughes/RoushYates, 31, $300.
18. (26) 68 Brandon Watson (R), Denison, Texas, GRT/Wornhor, 26, $300.
19. (13) 4r Dereck Ramirez, Woodward, Okla., Ramirez/Cornett, 23, $400.
20. (14) 303 Chase Jupe (R), Waco, Texas, Hughes/Centex, 23, $300.
21. (24) 2sx Bryan Rowland, Woodward, Okla., LG2/ProPower, 23, $300.
22. (25) 4m Bobby Malchus, Red Oak, Texas, Hughes/Wells, 23, $400.
23. (9) L1 Larry Clevenger, Greenwood, La., Skyrocket/PTS, 18, $300.
24. (8) 22d Daniel Hilsabeck, Waukee, Iowa, Hughes/Mullins, 16, $400.
25. (12) J17 Jake Gallardo (R), Las Cruces, N.M., CAM/Herring, 15, $400.
26. (15) 2 Grant Junghans, Manhattan, Kan., LG2/Sput’s, 10, $300.
27. (22) 14t Tristan Dycus, Waxahachie, Texas, GRT/Wells, 4, $300.
(R) = Rookie of the Year contender.
Lap Leaders: Shryock 1-4, Brown 5-40.
Total Laps Led: Brown 36, Shryock 4.
Margin of Victory: 0.833 second.
Provisional Starters: Malchus, Watson, Gomez (track).
Sybesma Graphics Pole Award: Dunn.
Mesilla Valley Transportation Hard Charger: J. Scott (started 19th, finished 6th).
Next Race: Friday, June 27, Superbowl Speedway, Greenville, Texas.
S&S Fishing & Rental Southern Region Points: S. Scott 837, Sanders 817, Shryock 720, J. Scott 706, Dillard 683, Dunn 638, Hilsabeck 621, Ramirez 590, Gallardo 590, Malchus 578.
Rookie of the Year Points: Gallardo 1733, Adam Penn 1036, Dillard 1028, Dylan Smith 966, Sprinkle 874.
COMP Cams Engine Builder of the Year Points: ProPower 294, Sput’s 279, Geddes 234, Mullins 179, ASI 133.
Tiger Quick Change Manufacturers Championship Points: LG2 313, MBCustom 279, Ramirez 254, GRT 221, Skyrocket 197.
American Racer – Theiss.
Beyea Custom Headers – Rowland.
Brass Monkey Racing Products – Watson.
C&R Racing – Baze.
Edelbrock – Hilsabeck.
FK Rod Ends – Dawson.
Forty9Designs.com – Jones, Ramirez.
Fuel Safe – J. Scott.
GRT Race Cars – Dycus.
Hooker Harness – Vasquez.
JRi Shocks – Vasquez.
KEVKO Oil Pans & Components – Baze.
Keyser Manufacturing – Dillard.
Marsh Racing Wheels – Junghans.
Mesilla Valley Transportation – J. Scott.
MSD Ignition – Brown, S. Scott.
PBM Performance Products – S. Scott, Brown.
Power Lift Racing Products – P. Houston.
Real Racing Wheels – all non-qualifiers.
Sybesma Graphics – Dunn.
VP Racing Fuels – Brown.
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