His Turn Atop USMTS Podium at RPM Speedway
(Sept. 9) —
Taking turns being interviewed in
victory lane after a main event win with the Summit
USMTS National Championship fueled by Casey’s, Dereck
Ramirez took his turn Thursday following a wire-to-wire
effort at the RPM Speedway in Crandall, Texas.
an electrifying points battle between himself and Jake
O’Neil, Ramirez wears the Wrisco Points Leader spoiler
with his 19th career win while O’Neil settled for an
Ramirez got a good start and outraced
polesitter Jason Ingalls to lead the opening lap while
Lucas Schott followed into the runner-up spot the next
time around with Tyler Wolff trading slide jobs with
Ingalls for third.
Meanwhile, defending series
champ Rodney Sanders advanced from 20th to 10th in the
running order just five laps into the race while
countless two- and three-wide battles dotted the
Despite the top
contenders continually dealing with lapped traffic, the
race’s first caution didn’t occur until six laps to go
when Sanders, Chris Kratzer, Clyde Dunn Jr. and Brandon
Givens were stopped and facing the wrong way between
turns three and four.
Sanders—who came into the
program third in the standings behind O’Neil and
Ramirez—left the track on the hook of a tow truck,
damaging his hopes of a fifth USMTS title.
his two-second breathing room extinguished, Ramirez led
Wolff, Schott, Ingalls and Carlos Ahumada Jr. back to
the green flag for the restart.
Ramirez was tentative heading into the corner after a
late restart at the Fayette County Speedway in West
Union, Iowa, which allowed Wolff to slide into the lead
briefly before Ramirez regrouped and regained the top
Thursday night, Ramirez put his lesson
learned into action and kept Wolff and Schott at bay
before driving off to claim the checkered flag and
$5,000 top prize.
Ramirez, who scored his fifth
win of the season, has swapped appearances with O’Neil
for the last six races. O’Neil won August 6, September 4
and September 8. Ramirez was the winner August 7,
September 5 and September 9 (tonight).
also edged one spot ahead of O’Neil on the all-time wins
list too, now leading O’Neil 19 to 18. The one common
denominator for both drivers is the Cornett-powered
engines under their hoods.
Ahumada was fourth
while Tanner Mullens advanced from 16th on the starting
grid to finish fifth and earn the FK Rod Ends Hard
Nathan Smith, Dan Ebert, O'Neil,
Ingalls and Dunn rounded out the top 10. Sanders was
scored in 22nd on the final score sheets.
note, Terry Phillips was a top-five contender for the
second straight night but mechanical woes left him near
the bottom of the finishing order again. His 23rd-place
finish makes him the first driver among the top 10 in
points to be mathematically eliminated from contention
for the USMTS national championship.
Bayou Bound: Two of the eight points nights
remaining will be settled with a doubleheader of
$10,000-to-win clashes Friday and Saturday when the
series returns to Bayou country after rain thwarted the
pair of shows in April.
On Friday, the place to
be is the Ark-La-Tex Speedway in Vivian, La., for the
9th Annual Cajun Clash. The pits open at 3 p.m.,
grandstands open at 5, hot laps begin at 7:30 and racing
will get underway at approximately 8 p.m.
VanderBeek notched his first win at the Ark-La-Tex
Speedway last September in the 16th trip for the USMTS
to Gene Boyter’s popular venue. It was his 50th career
Cade Dillard’s three wins here in his home
state leads all drivers while two-time winners Chris
Henigan and 2018 USMTS National Champion Johnny Scott
are the only other racers with multiple titles.
Jake Gallardo’s only USMTS triumph came here five years
ago and Kelly Shryock’s 2014 victory was his 184th and
final triumph with the USMTS.
Ryan Gustin, Stormy Scott, Rodney Sanders and Jason
Hughes have won here once each, and Duke Whiseant’s only
USMTS victory happened in the series debut here on June
The Ark-La-Tex Speedway is a 3/8-mile
high-banked red clay oval located 0.6 mile south of SR 2
on SR 1, then 0.7 mile west on Airport Rd., then 2.2
miles south on Boyter Lane Rd. (ESR). The physical
address is 13119 Boyter Ln, Vivian, LA 71082. For more
information visit http://www.arklatexspeedway.com/.
In addition to the USMTS Modifieds, Factory Stocks
($700 to win), Limited Mods ($700 to win), Pro-Mods
($400 to win) and Four-Cylinders ($300 to win) will also
be on the card. There is no entry fee or transponder
rental costs for support classes.
four-headed monster concludes Saturday with the series
debut at Dylan Scott’s Revolution Park (The Rev) in
Monroe, La. The pits are slated to open at 2 p.m. and
grandstand gates swing open at 4,. Hot laps and
qualifying get going at 6 with the first green flag to
be unfurled at 6:30.
Also running will be Crate
Late Models, Limited Modifieds ($1,500 to win), Factory
Stocks and Pro-Mods.
The Rev is a 3/8-mile
semi-banked dirt oval located off I-20 east to exit 120,
then 0.6 mile south on Garrett Rd., then 2.4 miles east
to Frontage Rd., then east. The physical address is 8850
Frontage Rd, Monroe, LA 71202. For more information call
381-245-7665 or visit
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Taking dirt to a new level: The Summit USMTS
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main events set to take home over $300,000 in earnings
from more than $1 million in prize money earmarked for
the 2021 campaign.
Most main events pay at least
$10,000 to win while the others carry a $5,000 top prize
or more. And if that weren’t enough, more than $200,000
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United States Modified
Summit USMTS National Championship
fueled by Casey’s
RPM Speedway, Crandall, Texas
Thursday, Sept. 9, 2021
finishing position, starting position in parentheses,
car number, driver, hometown, laps completed and money
won. The top 12 in heat race passing points advance to
the Casey’s “A” Main.
PERFORMANCE PRODUCTS HEAT RACE #1 (8 laps):
1. (2) 75 Terry Phillips, Springfield, Mo.
2. (3) 4W
Tyler Wolff, Fayetteville, Ark.
3. (1) 8C Chris
Clark, Jackson, Wyo.
4. (4) 2SS Mark Smith (R),
5. (5) 12 Jason Hughes, Watts, Okla.
6. (6) 85 Jayson Good (R), Watertown, S.D.
7. (7) 65
Tyler Davis, Haysville, Kan.
8. (8) 22 Gregory
Muirhead (R), Mabank, Texas.
9. (9) 51W J.T. Wasmund
(R), Pine Island, Minn.
FAST SHAFTS HEAT
RACE #2 (8 laps):
1. (3) 4R Dereck Ramirez,
2. (1) 88 Nathan Smith (R), Anthony,
3. (2) 2G Brandon Givens (R), Wichita, Kan.
4. (4) 15 Dennie Gieber (R), Frankston, Texas.
1M Curt Myers, Cameron, Wis.
6. (5) 33Z Zack
VanderBeek, New Sharon, Iowa.
7. (7) 20 Rodney
Sanders, Happy, Texas.
8. (8) 6* Dillon Pike,
9. (9) 444 Brooks Strength (R),
EDELBROCK HEAT RACE #3 (8
1. (1) 69 Lucas Schott, Chatfield,
2. (2) 65X Carlos Ahumada Jr., El Paso, Texas.
3. (3) 8 Bobby Malchus, Red Oak, Texas.
4. (4) 88XXX
Clyde Dunn Jr., Rockwall, Texas.
5. (5) 0 Jake
O'Neil, Tucson, Ariz.
6. (7) 02 Tanner Mullens,
7. (6) 19SB Lance Mari, El Centro,
8. (8) 369 Bart Taylor (R), Sheridan, Wyo.
MSD PERFORMANCE HEAT RACE #4 (8 laps):
1. (2) 60 Dan Ebert, Lake Shore, Minn.
2. (3) 12
Jason Ingalls, Longview, Texas.
3. (1) 19R Chris
Kratzer (R), Wichita, Kan.
4. (4) 56 Colton Horner
(R), Houston, Texas.
5. (5) G17 Fito Gallardo, Las
6. (8) J17 Jake Gallardo, Las Cruces,
7. (6) 49JR Jake Timm, Winona, Minn.
REAL RACING WHEELS “B” MAIN #1 (12 laps, top 5
1. (2) 88XXX Clyde Dunn Jr.,
2. (4) 0 Jake O'Neil, Tucson, Ariz.
3. (3) 1M Curt Myers, Cameron, Wis.
4. (5) J17 Jake
Gallardo, Las Cruces, N.M.
5. (7) 65 Tyler Davis,
6. (6) 85 Jayson Good (R), Watertown,
7. (8) 19SB Lance Mari, El Centro, Calif.
(11) 51W J.T. Wasmund (R), Pine Island, Minn.,
9. (1) 2SS Mark Smith (R),
Anthony, N.M., MBCustoms/Mullins, $110.
10. (9) 22
Gregory Muirhead (R), Mabank, Texas, Hughes/Muirhead,
11. (10) 369 Bart Taylor (R), Sheridan, Wyo.,
WHEELS “B” MAIN #2 (12 laps, top 5 advance):
1. (2) 56 Colton Horner (R), Houston, Texas.
02 Tanner Mullens, Wichita, Kan.
3. (3) 12 Jason
Hughes, Watts, Okla.
4. (7) 20 Rodney Sanders, Happy,
5. (10) 19 Dustin Sorensen, Rochester, Minn.
6. (8) 49JR Jake Timm, Winona, Minn., MBCustoms/OFI,
7. (4) G17 Fito Gallardo, Las Cruces, N.M.,
8. (6) 33Z Zack VanderBeek, New
9. (9) 6* Dillon Pike, Waxahachie,
DQ – (1) 15 Dennie Gieber (R),
Frankston, Texas, GRT/AMS, $100.
DNS – 444 Brooks
Strength (R), Raymond, Miss., MBCustoms/Stoen, $110.
CASEY’S “A” MAIN (40 laps):
(2) 4R Dereck Ramirez, Woodward, Okla., Hughes/Cornett,
2. (3) 4W Tyler Wolff, Fayetteville, Ark.,
MBCustoms/ECE, 40, $3000.
3. (4) 69 Lucas Schott,
Chatfield, Minn., MBCustoms/Stoen, 40, $2000.
65X Carlos Ahumada Jr., El Paso, Texas, Hughes/BMS, 40,
5. (16) 02 Tanner Mullens, Wichita, Kan.,
Mullens/Mullens, 40, $1100.
6. (6) 88 Nathan Smith
(R), Anthony, N.M., MBCustoms/Mullins, 40, $900.
(5) 60 Dan Ebert, Lake Shore, Minn., Lethal/Ebert, 40,
8. (15) 0 Jake O'Neil, Tucson, Ariz.,
LG2/Cornett, 40, $750.
9. (1) 12 Jason Ingalls,
Longview, Texas, IRP/Shipley, 40, $700.
88XXX Clyde Dunn Jr., Rockwall, Texas,
MBCustoms/Mullins, 40, $675.
11. (19) J17 Jake
Gallardo, Las Cruces, N.M., GR2/Mullins, 40, $650.
12. (22) 19 Dustin Sorensen, Rochester, Minn.,
MBCustoms/Action, 40, $625.
13. (18) 12 Jason Hughes,
Watts, Okla., Hughes/Mullins, 40, $600.
14. (10) 2G
Brandon Givens (R), Wichita, Kan., Hughes/Mullins, 40,
15. (12) 19R Chris Kratzer (R), Wichita, Kan.,
Hughes/Mullens, 40, $550.
16. (21) 65 Tyler Davis,
Haysville, Kan., Lethal/Mullins, 40, $540.
56 Colton Horner (R), Houston, Texas, MBCustoms/Durham,
18. (24) 85 Jayson Good (R), Watertown,
S.D., MBCustoms/Tim's, 40, $525.
19. (9) 8 Bobby
Malchus, Red Oak, Texas, MBCustoms/Wells, 40, $520.
20. (11) 8C Chris Clark, Jackson, Wyo., Hughes/Mullins,
21. (17) 1M Curt Myers, Cameron, Wis.,
Rage/Sput's, 37, $510.
22. (20) 20 Rodney Sanders,
Happy, Texas, MBCustoms/Hatfield, 34, $505.
75 Terry Phillips, Springfield, Mo., GRT/Durham, 34,
24. (23) 19SB Lance Mari, El Centro, Calif.,
MRT/Yeoman, 31, $500.
25. (25) 33Z Zack VanderBeek,
New Sharon, Iowa, VanderBuilt/Stoen, 5, $110.
= Grant Junghans USMTS Rookie of the Year contender
Lap Leader: Ramirez 1-40.
Total Laps Led: Ramirez 40.
Margin of Victory: 1.292 seconds.
Time of Race: 17 minutes, 9.495 seconds (1
FK Rod Ends Hard Charger:
Mullens (started 16th, finished 5th).
Friday, Sept. 10, Ark-La-Tex Speedway, Vivian, La.
Summit USMTS National Championship fueled by
Casey’s Points: Ramirez 2226, O'Neil 2214,
Sanders 2135, Mullens 2084, Schott 1997, Wolff 1956,
Sorensen 1899, Ebert 1838, Hughes 1815, Phillips 1784.
Grant Junghans USMTS Rookie of the Year Points:
Strength 1368, Good 1094, Givens 1044, Jesse Glenz 877,
Lucas Lee 713.
Miller Welders USMTS
Manufacturers Championship Points: MBCustoms
223, Hughes 205, LG2 197, Mullens 164, Lethal 154.
Compstar USMTS Engine Builder of the Year
Points: Cornett 225, Hatfield 163, Stoen 157,
Mullens 140, Mullins 121.
American Racer – VanderBeek.
Beyea Custom Headers – Ahumada.
BigDeal Car Care –
Bryke Racing – Kratzer.
Manufacturing – Myers.
Champ Pans – Mullens.
Deatherage Opticians – Givens.
Edelbrock – Ebert.
Eibach – Mullens.
Fast Shafts – Ramirez.
Ends – Mullens.
Hooker Harness – Sorensen.
Racing Shocks & Springs – Malchus.
Motorsports Racing Parts – Good.
K1 RaceGear by Ryan
Bowers Motorsports – Timm.
Keyser Manufacturing –
KS Engineering – J. Gallardo.
Products – Ingalls.
Maxima Racing Oils – Ramirez.
Penske Racing Shocks – Hughes.
PEM Racing Gears &
Drivetrain – Phillips.
QA1 – Horner.
Race Ranch –
Marco Costa (Ramirez).
RacerWebsite.com – Ramirez.
Simpson Performance Products – Phillips.
Racing Equipment – Dunn, Horner, Malchus, Ingalls.
Super Clean – Ramirez.
Swift Springs – Ramirez, Dunn.
Sybesma Graphics – Ingalls.
Tire Demon – Taylor.
VP Racing Fuels – Ramirez.
Wehrs Machine & Racing
Products – Pike.
Wilwood Disc Brakes – Ebert.
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