Snookers Ramirez in Unforgettable USMTS Finish at The
MONROE, La. (Sept. 11)
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On the 20th anniversary of the
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(The Rev) in Monroe, La., hosted the Summit Racing
Equipment “Never Forget 40” presented by Wrisco on
Saturday and the USMTS warriors delivered a finish that
will long be remembered.
multi-grooved clay oval provided three-wide racing all
night long—none closer than the final 100 feet of the
40-lap main event when Dustin Sorensen, Dereck Ramirez
and Tanner Mullens crossed the finish line with less
than two-tenths of a second separating the trio.
From the outside of the front row, Jake Timm set a
blistering pace early on as he led the first 24 laps
before a minor bobble opened the door for points leader
Dereck Ramirez to take the lead as they completed lap
After a wildly entertaining first half of the
race with Timm and Sorensen, Ramirez began to put a
little breathing room between himself and his chasers,
but the two closed the gap behind Ramirez in the late
stages and Mullens came with them as lapped traffic also
became a factor.
While Ramirez was smooth through
the upper middle portion of the racing surface, Sorensen
was aggressively pounding the moist cushion up top while
Mullens was taking the shortest way around the
The white flag waved
with a lapped car directly in front of Ramirez and he
was forced to choose a different line as the leaders
entered the final set of turns.
Like Timm earlier
when Ramirez took the lead, a minor miscue in the final
corner opened the door for Sorensen to cut back and pull
even with Ramirez while Mullens made it a three-way race
to the checkered flag running the bottom line.
the line, Sorensen edged Ramirez by a whisker and
Ramirez beat Mullens to the stripe by an even smaller
A jubilant Sorensen celebrated his
$10,000 triumph in victory lane with his crew and
parents, Mike and Elaine Sorensen. It was his second win
of the season and sixth career USMTS win—one better than
his crew chief and father who amassed five USMTS
trophies in his career.
While Ramirez had to
settle for a runner-up paycheck, he was able to pad his
points lead over his closest rivals for the title—Jake
O’Neil, who finished fifth, and Rodney Sanders who
dropped out of the race with mechanical troubles while
running in the top five.
Mullens and Timm were
third and fourth while Joe Duvall, Brooks Strength,
Terry Phillips, Jason Hughes and Tyler Wolff completed
the top 10.
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United States Modified
Summit USMTS National Championship
fueled by Casey’s
Summit Racing Equipment “Never
Forget 40” presented by Wrisco
Revolution Park (The
Rev), Monroe, La.
Saturday, Sept. 11, 2021
Showing 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.
SIMPSON PERFORMANCE PRODUCTS HEAT RACE #1 (8
1. (1) 4R Dereck Ramirez, Woodward,
2. (2) 49JR Jake Timm, Winona, Minn.
19 Dustin Sorensen, Rochester, Minn.
4. (3) 75 Terry
Phillips, Springfield, Mo.
5. (7) 65X Carlos Ahumada
Jr., El Paso, Texas
6. (8) 718 Tommy Cannon (R),
Denham Springs, La.
7. (6) 46 Jade Luzenberg (R),
8. (5) 65 Tyler Davis, Haysville, Kan.
9. (9) 19SB Lance Mari, El Centro, Calif.
19R Chris Kratzer (R), Wichita, Kan.
SHAFTS HEAT RACE #2 (8 laps):
1. (2) 97 Cade
Dillard, Robeline, La.
2. (4) 12 Jason Hughes, Watts,
3. (3) 91 Joe Duvall, Claremore, Okla.
(1) 2SS Mark Smith (R), Anthony, N.M.
5. (7) 02
Tanner Mullens, Wichita, Kan.
6. (6) 69 Lucas Schott,
7. (5) 56 Colton Horner (R),
8. (8) G17 Fito Gallardo, Las Cruces,
9. (9) 45 Chase Holland (R), Saucier, Miss.
EDELBROCK HEAT RACE #3 (8 laps):
1. (2) 88 Nathan Smith (R), Anthony, N.M.
2. (4) 0
Jake O'Neil, Tucson, Ariz.
3. (1) 2G Kenny Gaddis,
4. (3) 1M Curt Myers, Cameron, Wis.
5. (5) 4W Tyler Wolff, Fayetteville, Ark.
6. (9) 12T
Race Taylor (R), Leland, Miss.
7. (7) 85 Jayson Good
(R), Watertown, S.D.
8. (6) 33Z Zack VanderBeek, New
9. (8) 38T T.J. Tolleson (R), Bevins,
MSD PERFORMANCE HEAT RACE #4 (8
1. (1) J17 Jake Gallardo, Las Cruces,
2. (2) 20 Rodney Sanders, Happy, Texas
60 Dan Ebert, Lake Shore, Minn.
4. (4) 51W J.T.
Wasmund (R), Pine Island, Minn.
5. (7) 369 Bart
Taylor (R), Sheridan, Wyo.
6. (8) 444 Brooks Strength
(R), Raymond, Miss.
7. (6) 2G Brandon Givens (R),
8. (5) 7 Sean Gaddis, Diana, Texas
9. (9) 8C Chris Clark, Jackson, Wyo.
RACING WHEELS “B” MAIN #1 (12 laps, top 5 advance):
1. (2) 1M Curt Myers, Cameron, Wis.
2. (3) 65X Carlos
Ahumada Jr., El Paso, Texas
3. (1) 51W J.T. Wasmund
(R), Pine Island, Minn.
4. (6) 444 Brooks Strength
(R), Raymond, Miss.
5. (5) 4W Tyler Wolff,
6. (4) 369 Bart Taylor (R),
Sheridan, Wyo., VanderBuilt/Tim's, $125.
7. (11) 19SB
Lance Mari, El Centro, Calif.
8. (7) 46 Jade
Luzenberg (R), Saucier, Miss., MBCustoms/Mullins, $125.
9. (9) 65 Tyler Davis, Haysville, Kan.
10. (12) 38T
T.J. Tolleson (R), Bevins, Texas, $100.
11. (8) 85
Jayson Good (R), Watertown, S.D., MBCustoms/Tim's, $125.
12. (13) 19R Chris Kratzer (R), Wichita, Kan.,
13. (10) 33Z Zack VanderBeek,
New Sharon, Iowa, VanderBuilt/Stoen, $125.
REAL RACING WHEELS “B” MAIN #2 (12 laps, top 5
1. (1) 75 Terry Phillips,
2. (3) 02 Tanner Mullens, Wichita,
3. (2) 2SS Mark Smith (R), Anthony, N.M.
(5) 718 Tommy Cannon (R), Denham Springs, La.
69 Lucas Schott, Chatfield, Minn.
6. (7) 56 Colton
Horner (R), Houston, Texas, MBCustoms/Durham, $125.
7. (9) G17 Fito Gallardo, Las Cruces, N.M., GR2/Hill,
8. (11) 45 Chase Holland (R), Saucier, Miss.,
9. (4) 12T Race Taylor
(R), Leland, Miss., Shaw/Barker, $100.
10. (10) 7
Sean Gaddis, Diana, Texas, MBCustoms/PTS, $125.
(8) 2G Brandon Givens (R), Wichita, Kan.,
12. (12) 8C Chris Clark,
SUMMIT RACING EQUIPMENT “A”
MAIN (40 laps):
1. (9) 19 Dustin Sorensen,
Rochester, Minn., MBCustoms/Action, 40, $10,000.
(6) 4R Dereck Ramirez, Woodward, Okla., Hughes/Cornett,
3. (16) 02 Tanner Mullens, Wichita, Kan.,
Mullens/Mullens, 40, $3100.
4. (2) 49JR Jake Timm,
Winona, Minn., MBCustoms/OFI, 40, $2000.
5. (4) 0
Jake O'Neil, Tucson, Ariz., LG2/Cornett, 40, $1700.
6. (10) 91 Joe Duvall, Claremore, Okla.,
MBCustoms/Stoen, 40, $1500.
7. (19) 444 Brooks
Strength (R), Raymond, Miss., MBCustoms/Stoen, 40,
8. (14) 75 Terry Phillips, Springfield, Mo.,
GRT/Durham, 40, $1000.
9. (8) 12 Jason Hughes, Watts,
Okla., Hughes/Mullins, 40, $900.
10. (21) 4W Tyler
Wolff, Fayetteville, Ark., MBCustoms/ECE, 40, $850.
11. (22) 69 Lucas Schott, Chatfield, Minn.,
MBCustoms/Stoen, 40, $800.
12. (13) 1M Curt Myers,
Cameron, Wis., Rage/Sput's, 40, $775.
13. (20) 718
Tommy Cannon (R), Denham Springs, La., Hughes/ECE, 40,
14. (11) 60 Dan Ebert, Lake Shore, Minn.,
Lethal/Ebert, 40, $740.
15. (18) 2SS Mark Smith (R),
Anthony, N.M., MBCustoms/Mullins, 40, $735.
65 Tyler Davis, Haysville, Kan., Hughes/Mullins, 39,
17. (12) 2G Kenny Gaddis, Diana, Texas,
MBCustoms/PTS, 39, $725.
18. (25) 8C Chris Clark,
Jackson, Wyo., Hughes/Cornett, 39, $145.
19. (7) J17
Jake Gallardo, Las Cruces, N.M., GR2/Mullins, 37, $715.
20. (24) 19SB Lance Mari, El Centro, Calif., MRT/Yeoman,
21. (3) 20 Rodney Sanders, Happy, Texas,
MBCustoms/Hatfield, 27, $705.
22. (1) 97 Cade
Dillard, Robeline, La., MBCustoms/Stoen, 12, $700.
23. (5) 88 Nathan Smith (R), Anthony, N.M.,
MBCustoms/Mullins, 12, $700.
24. (17) 51W J.T.
Wasmund (R), Pine Island, Minn., GRT/Baier's, 12, $700.
25. (15) 65X Carlos Ahumada Jr., El Paso, Texas,
Hughes/BMS, 8, $700.
(R) = Grant Junghans
USMTS Rookie of the Year contender
Lap Leaders: Timm 1-24, Ramirez 25-39, Sorensen
Total Laps Led: Timm 24, Ramirez
15, Sorensen 1.
Margin of Victory:
Time of Race: 21
minutes, 46.258 seconds (4 cautions).
Provisional Starters: Davis, Mari.
Emergency Provisionals: Clark.
Rod Ends Hard Charger: Mullens (started 16th,
Next Race: Friday, Sept. 24, Deer Creek
Speedway, Spring Valley, Minn.
National Championship fueled by Casey’s Points:
Ramirez 2409, O'Neil 2358, Sanders 2279, Mullens 2270,
Schott 2133, Wolff 2090, Sorensen 2076, Phillips 1963,
Hughes 1959, Ebert 1958.
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 241, Hughes 221, LG2 207,
Mullens 181, Lethal 162.
Engine Builder of the Year Points: Cornett 241,
Hatfield 172, Stoen 168, Mullens 157, Mullins 128.
Racer – Timm.
Beyea Custom Headers – Timm.
Car Care – Sorensen, Wolff.
Bryke Racing – M. Smith.
BSB Manufacturing – Sanders.
Champ Pans – O’Neil.
Deatherage Opticians – Ebert.
Edelbrock – N. Smith.
Eibach – Mullens.
Fast Shafts – Dillard.
Ends – Mullens.
Hooker Harness – Myers.
Racing Shocks & Springs – J. Gallardo.
Motorsports Racing Parts – Clark.
K1 RaceGear by Ryan
Bowers Motorsports – B. Taylor.
KS Engineering – Schott.
Products – Hughes.
Maxima Racing Oils – Sorensen.
Penske Racing Shocks – Cannon.
PEM Racing Gears &
Drivetrain – Holland.
QA1 – Sorensen.
Race Ranch –
Mike Sorensen (Sorensen).
Simpson Performance Products – Ramirez.
Summit Racing Equipment – Hughes, Mullens, O’Neil,
Super Clean – Sorensen.
Swift Springs –
Sybesma Graphics – Dillard.
Demon – VanderBeek.
VP Racing Fuels – Sorensen.
Wehrs Machine & Racing Products – Holland.
Disc Brakes – Strength.
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