Brings Home Diaper Money in USMTS Nail-Biter in Webster
WEBSTER CITY, Iowa
a baby boy due any day now, Denise Mullens stayed home
in Wichita, Kan., Saturday night but was able to watch
RacinDirt.TV as her husband, Tanner Mullens,
performed a last-lap labor-inducing pass for the win at
the Karl Chevrolet Hamilton County Speedway in Webster
It was just one year and two days ago
that Tanner Mullens captured his career-first victory
with the Summit USMTS National Championship fueled by
Casey’s at the age of 27.
Tonight’s win in the
15th Annual USMTS Webster City Wrangler presented by
BigDeal Car Care was worth $10,000—a nice gift with less
than an hour remaining on his wife’s birthday.
Tanner Mullens set himself up for success by earning the
Sybesma Graphics Pole Award and led the opening lap of
the 35-lap feature at the historic half-mile clay oval,
but the hottest driver on tour right now, Tyler Wolff,
took control on the second lap.
From there, Wolff
was in charge for the next 33 circuits while non-stop
action and drama kept the competitors racing in spurts
as a season-high ten cautions kept the field within
striking distance of the leader.
was trying to find victory lane for the first time in
2021, Jake O’Neil was hunting his third checkered flag
in nine days. The pair fought tooth-and-nail for most of
the race while Wolff was consistently able to pull away
on each restart after a brief challenge each time.
Three of the yellow flags waved for two of the top
three in the points battle. Rodney Sanders, who worked
his way up to fourth got into turn three too hot and
tagged the left rear of Mullens, sending the defending
USMTS national champ spinning while Mullens carried on.
Then, with just two laps remaining, the right rear tire
exploded on Sanders’ machine, dropping him from the race
O’Neil was battling Mullens and chasing
Wolff when his right rear tire went flat, causing him to
pit for replacement rubber. He found his way back to
13th by the time the checkered flag waved 13 laps later.
After winning two features and leading the points
battle early on, the gremlins have hitched a ride with
Terry Phillips and stayed with hm again tonight. Riding
in the top 10, mechanical woes sidelined the veteran
racer on lap nine and he was paid for 26th place.
Meanwhile up front, Mullens began to reel in Wolff
with five laps to go. Both were using the high line
around the racetrack but Wolff was churning the cushion
while Mullens was slightly lower and wheeling his ride
through the smooth dark area.
Riding his rear
bumper the final two laps, Wolff bobbled slightly in
turn two as the pair were racing on the final lap. That
created an opportunity for Mullens to dive low and slide
up in front of Wolff in turn three.
never an issue with clearing the leader as Wolff got
sucked into the heavy high side and grazed the guardrail
while Mullens cruised by and led the final few hundred
feet to score his fifth career win which tied him on the
all-time wins list with Mike Sorensen, Dustin Sorensen
and Greg Skaggs.
“I knew that’s probably the last
chance I was going to get there and he kind of pushed
down here (pointing at turn two) and I got beside him
and I figured ‘What the hell, if I hit the fence I hit
“We’ve been struggling really bad so
it feels good to finally get a win… My wife back home,
it’s her birthday so that’s a good day to win.”
Although Wolff was unable to notch his second win in
three nights, he did hang on for his second runner-up
finish in the same time span. Lucas Schott,
q8th-starting Dustin Sorensen and Brooks Strength
followed in the rest of the top-five spots.
was a big boost in the points for Dereck Ramirez who
came in on top and will expand his advantage with a
sixth-place finish. Meanwhile, Kyle Brown clawed his way
from 23rd on the starting grid to finish seventh and
claimed the FK Rod Ends Hard Charger Award.
Four-time USMTS national champ Jason Hughes passed nine
cars to finish eighth, Zack VanderBeek started and
finished ninth and Landon Atkinson rounded out the top
Masters up next: In less
than two weeks, the Summit USMTS National Championship
fueled by Casey’s returns to the Cedar Lake Speedway in
New Richmond, Wis., June 18-19, for the 22nd Annual
Masters with $5,000 to win Friday and $10,000 to win
Thursday will feature USRA Modifieds
racing for $3,000 to win. CLS Late Models and USRA Late
Models will be competing in complete shows all three
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.
Twenty-six of 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 Champion.
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United States Modified
Summit USMTS National Championship
fueled by Casey’s
15th Annual USMTS Webster City
Wrangler presented by BigDeal Car Care
Hamilton County Speedway, Webster City, Iowa
Saturday, June 5, 2021
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” Main.
SIMPSON PERFORMANCE PRODUCTS HEAT RACE #1 (8
1. (2) 20 Rodney Sanders, Happy,
2. (4) 18A Landon Atkinson, Little Falls, Minn.
3. (1) 12L Lucas Lee (R), Paris, Tenn.
4. (3) 75
Terry Phillips, Springfield, Mo.
5. (7) 00J J.D.
Auringer, Waterloo, Iowa
6. (8) 41 Nate Hughes,
Webster City, Iowa
7. (6) 21N Ben Nading (R), Ankeny,
8. (5) 91 Joe Duvall, Claremore, Okla.
41A Thor Anderson (R), Rock Valley, Iowa
FAST SHAFTS HEAT RACE #2 (8 laps):
1. (2) 1M
Curt Myers, Cameron, Wis.
2. (3) 02 Tanner Mullens,
3. (6) 87 Darron Fuqua, Mayetta, Kan.
4. (7) 7II Al Hejna, Clear Lake, Iowa
5. (8) 211
Jesse Ely (R), Webster City, Iowa
6. (9) 369 Bart
Taylor (R), Sheridan, Wyo.
7. (4) K19 Will Krup (R),
Mt. Carmel, Ill.
8. (5) 12 Mark Elliott, Webster
9. (1) 8C Chris Clark, Jackson, Wyo.
EDELBROCK HEAT RACE #3 (8 laps):
1. (2) 89 Jesse Glenz (R), Chippewa Falls, Wis.
(3) 21 Jacob Bleess, Chatfield, Minn.
3. (4) 4R
Dereck Ramirez, Woodward, Okla.
4. (1) 85 Jayson Good
(R), Watertown, S.D.
5. (6) 1G Pat Graham, Ankeny,
6. (5) 15W Alex Williamson, Rushford, Minn.
7. (9) 65X Carlos Ahumada Jr., El Paso, Texas
3W Garett Wilson (R), Carlisle, Iowa
9. (7) 21K Kyle
Brown (R), Madrid, Iowa
HEAT RACE #4 (8 laps):
1. (2) 4W Tyler
Wolff, Fayetteville, Ark.
2. (3) 33Z Zack VanderBeek,
New Sharon, Iowa
3. (1) 65 Tyler Davis, Haysville,
4. (4) 19 Dustin Sorensen, Rochester, Minn.
5. (7) 2G Brandon Givens (R), Wichita, Kan.
19SB Lance Mari, El Centro, Calif.
7. (8) 57 Duke
Erickson, Sioux Falls, S.D.
8. (6) 5D Devon Havlik,
VP RACING FUELS HEAT RACE
#5 (8 laps):
1. (1) 69 Lucas Schott,
2. (2) 444 Brooks Strength (R),
3. (4) 0 Jake O'Neil, Tucson, Ariz.
4. (6) 12H Jason Hughes, Watts, Okla.
5. (5) 60 Dan
Ebert, Lake Shore, Minn.
6. (3) 16 Austin Siebert,
7. (7) 209 Ron Ver Beek, Oskaloosa,
8. (8) 99 Nathan Hagar, Adair, Okla.
REAL RACING WHEELS “B” MAIN #1 (12 laps, top 6
1. (1) 0 Jake O'Neil, Tucson,
2. (4) 75 Terry Phillips, Springfield, Mo.
3. (3) 12H Jason Hughes, Watts, Okla.
4. (2) 7II Al
Hejna, Clear Lake, Iowa
5. (5) 85 Jayson Good (R),
6. (13) 21K Kyle Brown (R), Madrid,
7. (8) 41 Nate Hughes, Webster City, Iowa,
8. (6) 2G Brandon Givens (R),
Wichita, Kan., Hughes/Mullins, $125.
9. (10) 65X
Carlos Ahumada Jr., El Paso, Texas
10. (7) 369 Bart
Taylor (R), Sheridan, Wyo., VanderBuilt/Tim’s, $125.
11. (12) 3W Garett Wilson (R), Carlisle, Iowa,
12. (14) 91 Joe Duvall,
Claremore, Okla., MBCustoms/Stoen, $125.
13. (16) 41A
Thor Anderson (R), Rock Valley, Iowa, GRT/Chevrolet,
14. (15) 99 Nathan Hagar, Adair, Okla.
(9) 15W Alex Williamson, Rushford, Minn., SSR/KSE, $125.
16. (11) 21N Ben Nading (R), Ankeny, Iowa,
REAL RACING WHEELS
“B” MAIN #2 (12 laps, top 6 advance):
65 Tyler Davis, Haysville, Kan.
2. (1) 12L Lucas Lee
(R), Paris, Tenn.
3. (3) 19 Dustin Sorensen,
4. (5) 00J J.D. Auringer, Waterloo,
5. (7) 60 Dan Ebert, Lake Shore, Minn.
1G Pat Graham, Ankeny, Iowa
7. (8) 16 Austin Siebert,
Grandview, Mo., MBCustoms/Durham, $125.
8. (9) 19SB
Lance Mari, El Centro, Calif.
9. (10) 57 Duke
Erickson, Sioux Falls, S.D., MBCustoms/Stoen, $100.
10. (13) 8C Chris Clark, Jackson, Wyo.
11. (12) 12
Mark Elliott, Webster City, Iowa, Harris/Chevrolet,
12. (11) 209 Ron Ver Beek, Oskaloosa, Iowa,
13. (4) 211 Jesse Ely (R),
Webster City, Iowa, GRT/KSE, $100.
DNS – 5D Devon
Havlik, Waterloo, Iowa, Sidebiter/Jono’s, $100.
K19 Will Krup (R), Mt. Carmel, Ill., MBCustoms/Mullins,
CASEY’S “A” MAIN (35 laps):
1. (1) 02 Tanner Mullens, Wichita, Kan.,
Mullens/Mullens, 35, $10,000
2. (2) 4W Tyler Wolff,
Fayetteville, Ark., MBCustoms/ECE, 35, $5000
69 Lucas Schott, Chatfield, Minn., MBCustoms/Stoen, 35,
4. (18) 19 Dustin Sorensen, Rochester, Minn.,
MBCustoms/Action, 35, $2000
5. (10) 444 Brooks
Strength (R), Raymond, Miss., MBCustoms/Stoen, 35, $1700
6. (12) 4R Dereck Ramirez, Woodward, Okla.,
Hughes/Cornett, 35, $1500
7. (23) 21 Kyle Brown (R),
Madrid, Iowa, Harris/Tesar, 35, $1200
8. (17) 12
Jason Hughes, Watts, Okla., Hughes/Mullins, 35, $1000
9. (9) 33Z Zack VanderBeek, New Sharon, Iowa,
VanderBuilt/Stoen, 35, $900
10. (6) 18A Landon
Atkinson, Little Falls, Minn., Lethal/Sower, 35, $850
11. (3) 89 Jesse Glenz (R), Chippewa Falls, Wis.,
MBCustoms/KSE, 35, $800
12. (4) 21 Jacob Bleess,
Chatfield, Minn., VanderBuilt/KSE, 35, $775
0 Jake O'Neil, Tucson, Ariz., LG2/Cornett, 35, $750
14. (5) 1M Curt Myers, Cameron, Wis., Rage/Sputs, 35,
15. (19) 7II Al Hejna, Clear Lake, Iowa,
Rage/Chevrolet, 35, $735
16. (25) 65X Carlos Ahumada
Jr., El Paso, Texas, Hughes/BMS, 35, $605
17. (14) 65
Tyler Davis, Haysville, Kan., Hughes/Mullins, 35, $725
18. (26) 19SB Lance Mari, El Centro, Calif., MRT/Yeoman,
19. (21) 85 Jayson Good (R), Watertown,
S.D., MBCustoms/Tim's, 35, $715
20. (24) 1G Pat
Graham, Ankeny, Iowa, Victory/Chevrolet, 35, $710
(28) 8C Chris Clark, Jackson, Wyo., Hughes/Cornett, 35,
22. (8) 20 Rodney Sanders, Happy, Texas,
MBCustoms/Hatfield, 34, $700
23. (11) 87 Darron
Fuqua, Mayetta, Kan., MBCustoms/Driskell, 23, $125
24. (20) 00 J.D. Auringer, Waterloo, Iowa, Rage/KSE, 16,
25. (16) 12L Lucas Lee (R), Paris, Tenn.,
Hughes/Mullins, 14, $125
26. (15) 75 Terry Phillips,
Springfield, Mo., GRT/Durham, 10, $125
27. (27) 99
Nathan Hagar, Adair, Okla., Hughes/Chevrolet, 9, $125
28. (22) 60 Dan Ebert, Lake Shore, Minn., Lethal/Ebert,
Lap Leaders: Mullens 1,
Wolff 2-34, Mullens 35.
Total Laps Led:
Wolff 33, Mullens 2.
Margin of Victory:
Time of Race:
31 minutes, 56.465 seconds (10 cautions).
Provisional Starters: Ahumada, Mari.
Emergency Provisionals: Hagar, Clark.
FK Rod Ends Hard Charger: Brown
(started 23rd, finished 7th).
Next Race: Friday-Saturday, June
18-19, Cedar Lake Speedway, New Richmond, Wis.
Summit USMTS National Championship fueled by
Casey’s Points: TBA.
USMTS Rookie of the Year Points: TBA.
Miller Welders USMTS Manufacturers Championship
Compstar USMTS Engine
Builder of the Year Points: TBA.
American Racer –
Beyea Custom Headers – Sorensen.
Car Care – Mullens.
Bryke Racing – Hejna.
Manufacturing – Clark.
Champ Pans – Strength.
Deatherage Opticians – Myers.
Edelbrock – Glenz.
Eibach – Brown.
Fast Shafts – Myers.
FK Rod Ends –
Hooker Harness – Bleess.
Shocks & Springs – Good.
Jerovetz Motorsports Racing
Parts – Mari.
K1 RaceGear by Ryan Bowers Motorsports
Keyser Manufacturing – Atkinson.
Engineering – Glenz.
KSE Racing Products –
Maxima Racing Oils – Mullens.
Racing Shocks – O’Neil.
PEM Racing Gears & Drivetrain
QA1 – Sorensen.
Simpson Performance Products – Sanders.
Summit Racing Equipment – Hejna, Sanders, Schott,
Super Clean – Mullens.
Springs – Mullens, Brown.
Sybesma Graphics – Mullens.
Tire Demon – Nading.
VP Racing Fuels – Mullens.
Wehrs Machine & Racing Products – Ely.
Brakes – Brown.
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