Rapid Speedway in USMTS Runaway
RAPIDS, Iowa (May 28) —
Jake O’Neil kicked off the
Memorial Day Weekend with the Summit USMTS National
Championship fueled by Casey’s by scoring a dominating
victory at the Rapid Speedway during the 13th Annual
USMTS Rapid Rumble presented by Real Racing Wheels.
O’Neil said had no idea how big his lead was, but
his competition and everybody watching the race knew he
was in a class all by himself.
“I don’t know,
man, I just was getting nervous and thought I kept
seeing a nose below me every once in a while and I just
I kept pushing harder and harder,” O’Neil said in
victory lane after taking the checkered flag more than
two seconds ahead of defending race winner Rodney
Following an opening-lap caution when
polesitter Trevor Anderson got turned around in the
first turn, O’Neil assumed the point and proceeded to
open a lead of nearly 10 seconds before the race’s
second and final yellow flag waved with just seven laps
The evaporated advantage offered no help
to O’Neil’s pursuers as he rolled to his first USMTS
victory of the 2021 campaign and a $10,000 paycheck.
“I tell you what, we accidentally found something
and after the heat race… it turned out to make the car
bad ass. I don't know what else to say. The car was
awesome and just I could run about anywhere I needed,”
O’Neil added. I kind of struggled with lapped cars and I
thought I was really starting to get kind of impatient
and making mistakes and I just had to grab me handful of
fuel over here and just hope for the best.”
his 11th career USMTS triumph, O’Neil became yet another
first-time winner at the 3/8-mile dirt oval located at
the Lyons County Fairgrounds in Rock Rapids, Iowa.
Only Sanders has multiple wins but finished in the
runner-up position Friday and came up short of notching
his fourth win here.
Lucas Schott wound up third
with Dan Ebert and 10th-starting Johnny Scott rounding
out the top five.
Grant Junghans USMTS Rookie of
the Year contender Will Krup turned in his best
performance of the season with a sixth-place effort
while Tyler Wolff advanced from 19th to seventh and
earned the FK Rod Ends Hard Charger Award.
Phillips held off Jason Hughes for eighth after a tussle
between the two veterans. Behind them, Jesse Glenz
recorded his first top-10 finish of the year.
Saturday show at The Creek: The
18th Annual USMTS Southern MN Spring Challenge presented
by Boomtest Well Service happens Saturday at the
legendary Deer Creek Speedway in Spring Valley, Minn.,
and the list of former USMTS winners here could serve as
dirt modified racing’s half of fame class.
Nine-time USMTS national champ Kelly Shryock won the
first-ever USMTS contest here in 2002 but his 10 career
wins at Deer Creek puts him second on the list behind
Jason Hughes, who has a series-best 14 victories here.
Rodney Sanders has also garnered 10 checkered flags
Ryan Gustin has seven wins while Tim
Donlinger and Terry Phillips each have five, along with
two-time USRA Modified national champ Brandon Davis.
Jason Cummins and Brad Waits have four apiece and three
wins are noted by Cade Dillard, Zack VanderBeek, Joey
Jensen and Jake O’Neil.
O’Neil is on a three-race
winning streak here after sweeping the Labor Day event
and both nights of the Featherlite Fall Jamboree in
September. The Memorial Day Weekend event last year fell
victim to the pandemic.
Two-time winners here
include Corey Dripps, Jason Krohn, Ryan Ruter, Stormy
Scott, Lucas Schott, Johnny Scott and Dustin Sorensen.
Drivers who have visited victory lane here one time
include Mark Noble, Steve Wetzstein, Darin Walker, Tony
Fraise, Dan Daniels, Chad Kinder, Mark Burgtorf, Brad
McEwan, Randy Timms, Dean Mahlstedt, Tommy Myer, Mike
Sorensen, Mike Spaulding, Dan Chapman, Les Duellman,
Mike Hejna, Steve Arpin, Jon Tesch, Jordan Grabouski,
Jeremy Payne, Craig Thatcher, Tommy Weder Jr., Dereck
Ramirez and 2019 Featherlite Fall Jamboree finale winner
General admission spectator tickets
for Saturday’s show are $30. Youth ages 12 and under are
$10. Pit passes are $40 or $25 for kids ages 6-15. Those
under 6 years old get free admission into the pits with
an accompanying adult.
The pit gate will open at
3 p.m. and grandstands open at 4. Hot laps start at 5:30
with qualifying and racing to follow at 6 p.m.
addition to the USMTS Modifieds racing for $10,000 to
win, sharing the spotlight will be Medieval USRA Stock
Cars, USRA B-Mods and Wissota Midwest Mods.
Deer Creek Speedway is a high-banked 3/8-mile clay oval
which sits on 60 acres with one of America’s most
popular state-of-the-art racing complexes and an
adjoining campground. The track is located 11.3 miles
south of I-90 at exit 209 on US 63 (0.7 mile north of SR
16). The physical address is 25262 US Hwy 63, Spring
Valley, MN 55975. For more information, call (507)
754-6107 or 877-327-7223 and check out
up in Winneshiek County: The Memorial Day
Weekend tripleheader wraps up Sunday with the 13th
Annual USMTS Nordic Nationals presented by PBM
Performance Products at the Upper Iowa Speedway in
Zack VanderBeek collected his
first of three USMTS wins at the Upper Iowa Speedway
during his rookie campaign in 2005. Gustin, Hughes,
Tesch, Al Hejna and Johnny Scott are two-time winners
here. Jake O'Neil won the last USMTS race in Decorah—his
first win here—in 2019. The 2020 running of the Nordic
Nationals fell victim to COVID-19 and rain doomed the
2015 and 2013 events.
General admission spectator
tickets for Friday’s show are $25. Seniors (62+) and
youth (12-16) get in for just $20. Kids (6-11) are $10.
Pit passes are $40 and kids (6-10) are $25. Those under
6 years old get in free of charge in the grandstands and
The pit gate will open at 2:00 p.m. and
grandstands open at 3:30. Hot laps start at 5:30 with
qualifying and racing to follow at 6. Driver
registration ends at 5 p.m. and the pit meeting
commences at 5:05.
In addition to the USMTS
Modifieds racing for $10,000 to win, sharing the
spotlight will be Medieval USRA Stock Cars, USRA B-Mods
and Mensink Racing Products USRA Hobby Stocks.
The Upper Iowa Speedway is a semi-banked 1/4-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 (900 E
Main St, Decorah, IA 52101). For more information, call
(563) 382-0711 or visit
If something keeps you
from attending a race this weekend, you can still watch
every lap of every division live at
racindirt.tv. We gotcha covered every night.
Taking dirt to a new level: The 2021
campaign for the Summit USMTS National Championship
fueled by Casey’s features 36 nights of racing with the
winners of those main events set to take home over
$300,000 in earnings from more than $1 million in prize
money earmarked for those shows.
the 36 race nights will pay at least $10,000 to win
while the other 10 carry a $5,000 top prize. And if that
weren’t enough, more than $230,000 is committed to the
top ten finishers in the 2021 points standings with a
record $70,000 reserved for the 2021 USMTS National
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United States Modified
Summit USMTS National Championship
fueled by Casey’s
13th Annual USMTS Rapid Rumble
presented by Real Racing Wheels
Rapid Speedway, Rock
Friday, May 28, 2021
Showing finishing position, starting position in
parentheses, car number, driver, hometown,
chassis/engine, laps completed and money won. The top 12
in heat race passing points advance to the Casey’s “A”
SIMPSON PERFORMANCE PRODUCTS
HEAT RACE #1 (8 laps):
1. (1) 60 Dan Ebert,
Lake Shore, Minn.
2. (2) 55 Cory Mahder, Elk Mound,
3. (4) 75 Terry Phillips, Springfield, Mo.
(3) 02 Tanner Mullens, Wichita, Kan.
5. (5) 85 Jayson
Good (R), Watertown, S.D.
6. (7) 18A Landon Atkinson,
Little Falls, Minn.
7. (6) 27 Don Gerritsen Jr., Rock
8. (8) 1J Matt Jeratowski (R), Madison,
FAST SHAFTS HEAT RACE #2 (8 laps):
1. (2) 12L Lucas Lee (R), Paris, Tenn.
2. (1) 20T
Trevor Anderson, Watertown, S.D.
3. (5) 1ST Johnny
Scott, Las Cruces, N.M.
4. (4) 12 Jason Hughes,
5. (3) 65X Carlos Ahumada Jr., El Paso,
6. (6) 87 Darron Fuqua, Mayetta, Kan.
57 Duke Erickson (R), Sioux Falls, S.D.
8. (9) 99
Nathan Hagar, Adair, Okla.
9. (7) 8C Chris Clark,
EDELBROCK HEAT RACE #3 (8
1. (1) 69 Lucas Schott, Chatfield,
2. (2) K19 Will Krup (R), Mt. Carmel, Ill.
3. (5) 19 Dustin Sorensen, Rochester, Minn.
4. (3) 21
Jacob Bleess, Chatfield, Minn.
5. (4) 89X Jesse Glenz
(R), Chippewa Falls, Wis.
6. (8) 4W Tyler Wolff,
7. (7) 25C Cody Thompson (R),
Sioux City, Iowa
8. (6) 19SB Lance Mari, El Centro,
9. (9) 22 Justin Voeltz, Hartford, S.D.
MSD PERFORMANCE HEAT RACE #4 (8 laps):
1. (1) 0 Jake O'Neil, Tucson, Ariz.
2. (4) 20 Rodney
Sanders, Happy, Texas
3. (2) 65 Tyler Davis,
4. (3) 4R Dereck Ramirez, Woodward,
5. (8) 444 Brooks Strength (R), Raymond, Miss.
6. (6) 2G Brandon Givens (R), Wichita, Kan.
7. (7) 14
Nick Schmidt, Baltic, S.D.
8. (5) 33Z Zack
VanderBeek, New Sharon, Iowa
9. (9) 1M Curt Myers,
REAL RACING WHEELS “B” MAIN
#1 (12 laps, top 5 advance):
1. (1) 12 Jason
Hughes, Watts, Okla.
2. (2) 21 Jacob Bleess,
3. (3) 444 Brooks Strength (R),
4. (5) 4W Tyler Wolff, Fayetteville,
5. (10) 19SB Lance Mari, El Centro, Calif.
(6) 87 Darron Fuqua, Mayetta, Kan.
7. (9) 99 Nathan
Hagar, Adair, Okla.
8. (7) 57 Duke Erickson (R),
Sioux Falls, S.D., Dominator/Hanson, $125.
9. (11) 8C
Chris Clark, Jackson, Wyo.
10. (8) 25C Cody Thompson
(R), Sioux City, Iowa, Harris/Chevrolet, $125.
(4) 65X Carlos Ahumada Jr., El Paso, Texas
1M Curt Myers, Cameron, Wis., Rage/Sput’s, $125.
REAL RACING WHEELS “B” MAIN #2 (12 laps, top 5
1. (1) 02 Tanner Mullens, Wichita,
2. (2) 4R Dereck Ramirez, Woodward, Okla.
(3) 89X Jesse Glenz (R), Chippewa Falls, Wis.
85 Jayson Good (R), Watertown, S.D.
5. (5) 18A Landon
Atkinson, Little Falls, Minn.
6. (7) 27 Don Gerritsen
Jr., Rock Rapids, Iowa, Skyrocket/HarryHeads, $125.
7. (6) 2G Brandon Givens (R), Wichita, Kan.,
8. (9) 1J Matt Jeratowski (R),
Madison, S.D., Shaw/Hanson, $125.
9. (8) 14 Nick
Schmidt, Baltic, S.D., LG2/Schmidt, $100.
10. (12) 83
Kylie Kath (R), Claremont, Minn., Pierce/OFI, $125.
11. (10) 33Z Zack VanderBeek, New Sharon, Iowa
(11) 22 Justin Voeltz, Hartford, S.D., Harris/CNC, $100.
CASEY’S “A” MAIN (40 laps):
(3) 0 Jake O'Neil, Tucson, Ariz., LG2/Cornett, 40,
2. (5) 20 Rodney Sanders, Happy, Texas,
MBCustoms/Hatfield, 40, $5000.
3. (7) 69 Lucas
Schott, Chatfield, Minn., MBCustoms/Stoen, 40, $3000.
4. (6) 60 Dan Ebert, Lake Shore, Minn., Lethal/Ebert,
5. (10) 1ST Johnny Scott, Las Cruces,
N.M., ElDorado/Mullins, 40, $1700.
6. (4) K19 Will
Krup (R), Mt. Carmel, Ill., MBCustoms/Mullins, 40,
7. (19) 4W Tyler Wolff, Fayetteville, Ark.,
MBCustoms/ECE, 40, $1200.
8. (9) 75 Terry Phillips,
Springfield, Mo., GRT/Durham, 40, $1000.
9. (13) 12
Jason Hughes, Watts, Okla., Hughes/Mullins, 40, $900.
10. (18) 89X Jesse Glenz (R), Chippewa Falls, Wis.,
MBCustoms/KSE, 40, $850.
11. (14) 02 Tanner Mullens,
Wichita, Kan., Mullens/Mullens, 40, $800.
12. (16) 4R
Dereck Ramirez, Woodward, Okla., Hughes/Cornett, 40,
13. (11) 19 Dustin Sorensen, Rochester, Minn.,
MBCustoms/Action, 40, $750.
14. (15) 21 Jacob Bleess,
Chatfield, Minn., VanderBuilt/KSE, 40, $740.
18A Landon Atkinson, Little Falls, Minn., Lethal/Sower,
16. (12) 65 Tyler Davis, Haysville, Kan.,
Hughes/Mullins, 40, $730.
17. (23) 33Z Zack
VanderBeek, New Sharon, Iowa, VanderBuilt/Stoen, 40,
18. (17) 444 Brooks Strength (R), Raymond,
Miss., MBCustoms/Stoen, 40, $720.
19. (1) 20T Trevor
Anderson, Watertown, S.D., Arrow/Victory, 40, $715.
20. (8) 12L Lucas Lee (R), Paris, Tenn., Hughes/Mullins,
21. (20) 85 Jayson Good (R), Watertown,
S.D., MBCustoms/Tim’s, 40, $705.
22. (25) 65X Carlos
Ahumada Jr., El Paso, Texas, Hughes/BMS, 40, $125.
23. (26) 8C Chris Clark, Jackson, Wyo., Hughes/Cornett,
24. (2) 55 Cory Mahder, Elk Mound, Wis.,
Lethal/PPM, 32, $700.
25. (24) 87 Darron Fuqua,
Mayetta, Kan., MBCustoms/Driskell, 20, $700.
19SB Lance Mari, El Centro, Calif., MRT/Yeoman, 16,
27. (27) 99 Nathan Hagar, Adair, Okla.,
Hughes/Chevrolet, 9, $125.
Total Laps Led: O’Neil
Margin of Victory: 2.078
Time of Race: 18 minutes,
51.494 seconds (2 cautions).
Starters: VanderBeek, Fuqua, Ahumada
(emergency), Clark (emergency), Hagar (emergency).
FK Rod Ends Hard Charger: Wolff
(started 19th, finished 7th).
Next Race: Saturday, May 29,
Deer Creek Speedway, Spring Valley, Minn.
Summit USMTS National Championship fueled by Casey’s
Points: Ramirez 769, Sanders 746, Phillips 735,
O'Neil 727, Schott 690, Ebert 682, Mullens 679, Wolff
653, Hughes 642, Scott 631.
USMTS Rookie of the Year Points: Strength 496,
Glenz 482, Krup 427, Lee 410, Good 403.
Miller Welders USMTS Manufacturers Championship Points:
MBCustoms 76, Hughes 74, Lethal 64, GRT 60, LG2 58.
Compstar USMTS Engine Builder of the Year
Points: Cornett 77, Durham 58, Hatfield 57,
Stoen 56, Mullins 48.
American Racer – Kath.
Beyea Custom Headers – Ebert.
BigDeal Car Care – O’Neil, Scott.
Bryke Racing –
BSB Manufacturing – Good.
Champ Pans –
Deatherage Opticians – Bleess.
Eibach – Wolff.
Fast Shafts – Lee.
Rod Ends – Wolff.
Hooker Harness – Ramirez.
Integra Racing Shocks & Springs – Anderson.
Motorsports Racing Parts – Strength.
K1 RaceGear by
Ryan Bowers Motorsports – Gerritsen.
Manufacturing – Glenz.
KS Engineering – Mullens.
KSE Racing Products – Hughes.
Maxima Racing Oils –
Mesilla Valley Transportation – Ahumada.
Penske Racing Shocks – Sorensen.
PEM Racing Gears &
Drivetrain – Davis.
QA1 – Phillips.
RacerWebsite.com – Myers.
Products – Ebert.
Summit Racing Equipment – Atkinson,
Erickson, Gerritsen, Schmidt, Thompson.
Super Clean –
Swift Springs – O’Neil, Erickson.
Graphics – Anderson.
Tire Demon – Myers.
Fuels – O’Neil.
Wehrs Machine & Racing Products –
Wilwood Disc Brakes – Wolff.
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