victory after Lee's setback
at Jackson Motor Speedway
BYRAM, Miss. (March 9)--The
meanest modifieds on the planet
converged on the Jackson Motor
Speedway Friday for round 4 of the
9th Annual Summit USMTS Winter
Speedweeks presented by MSD
Performance and a dual event with
the Summit USMTS Southern Series and
USMTS Hunt for the Casey's Cup
Graphics Pole Award winner Stormy
Scott of Las Cruces, N.M., grabbed
the lead at the the start but
Tennessee's Lucas Lee used the high
line around the 3/8-mile dirt oval
to steal the top spot away on the
fourth lap with 2016 USRA Modified
national champion Lucas Schott,
Arizona's Jake O'Neil and four-time
and defending USMTS national
champion Jason Hughes following in
their tire tracks.
half of the race was riddled with
yellow flags. The fourth flew for
Hughes on lap 10 , and he did not
return to finish the last 40 laps.
Two-time USMTS national champ Rodney
Sanders slowed on lap 16 to bring
out the fifth caution and did not
Jason Krohn of
Slayton, Minn., pulled to the
infield on lap 20, leaving no former
national champs in the field. The
seventh caution waved on lap 22 for
Scott who has yet to complete a main
continued to pound the cushion with
Schott, VanderBeek and chasing the
leader around the high side until
the eighth caution waved with eight
16th-starting and fourth-running
Terry Phillips left the track with a
flat tire and when the green flag
returned VanderBeek powered in front
of Schott to control second place.
Lee and VanderBeek separated
themselves from the pack and finally
reached lapped traffic with 10 laps
to go with Cade Dillard entering the
picture when a stray bumper in turn
one forced the race's final caution
with eight laps remaining.
From there, VanderBeek shadowed Lee
around the race track but Lee was
able to hold back the challenges and
appeared destined for his
career-first USMTS win, but after
taking the checkered flag first he
was disqualified during post-race
technical inspections for an engine
glory gave the victory to
VanderBeek, along with the $3,000
winner's share of the prize money.
"We were kind of just right
there with Lucas Lee but he had a
pretty good car," VanderBeek said
during his delayed victory speech.
"Unfortunately, there's rules and
you've got to follow them and it
sucks, but we all have to take that
plunge if we have that happen to
It was VanderBeek's 43rd
career USMTS triumph, jumping him
one spot ahead of Tommy Myer to
sixth on the all-time wins list and
one behind Stormy Scott's 44 wins.
Schott finished with a runner-up
effort and Dillard climbed from 13th
to third in the contest. Johnny
Scott was fourth and Jake O'Neil
rounded out the top five. Sixth
through tenth, respectively, were
Jake Timm, Paul Niznik, Dereck
Ramirez, Ethan Dotson and Logan
last year's inaugural visit to the
Whynot Motorsports Park in Meridian,
Miss., where the series will return
on Saturday, March 10, as the
touring titans of the USMTS bring
the boom to the "House of Hook" in
Meridian with six racing divisions
NeSmith Crate Late
Models, NeSmith Late Model
Sportsmans, NeSmith Street Stocks,
Factory Stocks and Hot Shots round
out the program with pit gates
opening at 1 p.m., grandstands open
at 3, hot lap at 6 and racing at
Adults are $20 to get
in the grandstands, kids age 6-12
are $10. Pit passes are $35 for
adults, $15 for kids ages 6-12.
Children 5 and under get in for free
on both sides of the fence.
The Whynot Motorsports Park is a
semi-banked 3/10-mile dirt oval
located at the intersection of JW
Reynolds Rd. and Old Hwy. 19
Southeast (4773 JW Reynolds Rd.,
Meridian, MS 39301). For questions
please call Phillip Hathcock at
(205) 965-3070 or Rodney Wing at
(601) 527-0084. The track's website
can be found at
You can also like them on Facebook
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The action reaches a boiling
point on Sunday, March 11, as the
meanest machines in America make
their maiden voyage to the legendary
Magnolia Motor Speedway in Columbus
for a wheel-to-wheel showdown at
"The Mag" with four classes in
action including 604 Crate Late
Models, 602 Crate Late Models and
The pit gate
opens at 1 p.m. and spectator gates
open at 3. Hot laps start at 4:45
and the green flag waves at 5:15.
Grandstand tickets are $20 for
adults, $15 for seniors and
military, $10 for juniors ages 11-16
and kids ages 10 and under are free.
The Magnolia Motor Speedway is a
3/8-mile dirt oval located near the
intersection of US 82 and US 45
(take the Macon/Meridian exit off US
82). The track's website is
fans unable to attend the action in
person this weekend, all three
shows-including every lap of every
division-will be broadcast live on
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United States Modified Touring
USMTS Hunt for the Casey's
Cup powered by S&S Fishing & Rental
Summit USMTS Southern Series powered
by Production Jars
Summit USMTS Winter Speedweeks
presented by MSD Performance - Round
4 of 6
Jackson Motor Speedway,
Friday, March 9,
finishing position, starting
position in parentheses, car number,
driver, hometown, chassis/engine
builder, laps completed and money
won. The top 12 in heat race passing
points advance to the Casey's
General Stores "A" Main with the top
8 redrawing for the first 8 starting
PERFORMANCE PRODUCTS HEAT RACE #1 (8
1. (5) 2S Stormy
Scott, Las Cruces, N.M.
2. (2) 4R
Dereck Ramirez, Woodward, Okla.
3. (4) 23 Logan Robertson, Shamrock,
4. (7) 7K Jason Krohn,
5. (6) 75 Terry
Phillips, Springfield, Mo.
9 Ken Schrader, Concord, N.C.
(9) 20 Rodney Sanders, Worthington,
8. (3) 8 Bradley Rose,
9. (1) 12T Race
Taylor, Utica, Miss.
FAST SHAFTS HEAT RACE #2 (8 laps):
1. (2) 33Z Zack VanderBeek, New
2. (1) 97 Cade
Dillard, Robeline, La.
3. (7) 71
Philip Houston, Odessa, Texas.
(5) 65 Carlos Ahumada Jr. (R),
5. (4) 20R
Bryan Rowland, Woodward, Okla.
(9) 20T Bailey Rowland, Woodward,
7. (6) 4V Billy Vogel, West
8. (3) 112 Mike
Jarrell, Ellsville, Miss.
71 Jessie Hoskins (R), Longdale,
RACE #3 (8 laps):
0 Jake O'Neil (R), Tucson, Ariz.
2. (3) 42 Paul Niznik, Medford, Wis.
3. (6) 49JR Jake Timm, Winona, Minn.
4. (1) 21 Austin Bonner, Elk City,
5. (5) 11 Spencer Hughes,
6. (2) 3 Toby
Hodge, Pulaski, Miss.
7. (8) 24Z
Zane Ferrell (R), Hermitage, Ark.
8. (7) 83 Blake Carrier, Amite, La.
SUMMIT RACING EQUIPMENT
HEAT RACE #4 (8 laps):
1. (2) 69 Lucas Schott, Chatfield,
2. (7) 1st Johnny Scott,
3. (5) 174 Ethan
Dotson (R), Bakersfield, Calif.
4. (3) 34 Ben Stephens, Sumrall,
5. (1) 37R Kyle Rutkoski,
Eight Mile, Ala.
6. (8) CBR25
Justin McRee, Cottondale, Ala.
(4) 9 Bryan Powell, Magee, Miss.
8. (6) 5A Timothy Culp, Prattsville,
VP RACING FUELS
HEAT RACE #5 (8 laps):
1. (1) 12 Lucas Lee, Paris, Tenn.
2. (3) 91 Joe Duvall, Claremore,
3. (4) 1M Curt Myers,
4. (8) 23 Adam
Kates, Tonganoxie, Kan.
211 Chase Hatton, DeBerry, Texas.
6. (2) 8C Chris Clark, Jackson, Wyo.
7. (5) 12 Jason Ingalls, Longview,
8. (7) 51 R.J. Otto,
SWIFT SPRINGS HEAT RACE #6 (8 laps):
1. (4) 12 Jason Hughes, Watts, Okla.
2. (2) 10W Hunter Wilbanks,
3. (3) 14R Riley
Brown, Hattiesburg, Miss.
4B Cory Bruggeman (R), Stillwater,
5. (6) 4 Bo Day (R),
6. (1) 19
Brooks Strength, Raymond, Miss.
7. (5) 7 Bryan Foy (R), Lacombe, La.
8. (7) 23C Charles Sibley,
RACING WHEELS "B" MAIN #1 (12 laps,
top 4 advance):
97 Cade Dillard, Robeline, La.
(5) 75 Terry Phillips, Springfield,
3. (9) 20 Rodney Sanders,
4. (4) 65
Carlos Ahumada Jr. (R), Canutillo,
5. (8) 3 Toby Hodge,
6. (10) 8 Bradley
Rose, Magee, Miss., Shaw/Wall2Wall,
7. (11) 5A Timothy Culp,
Prattsville, Ark., GRT/Sput's, $75.
8. (12) 12T Race Taylor, Utica,
Miss., Shaw/Barker, $75.
1M Curt Myers, Cameron, Wis.,
10. (7) 37R
Kyle Rutkoski, Eight Mile, Ala.,
11. (2) 23 Adam
Kates, Tonganoxie, Kan.,
(6) 20T Bailey Rowland, Woodward,
Okla., BlackWidow/ProPower, $75.
DNS - 9 Bryan Powell, Magee, Miss.,
REAL RACING WHEELS "B" MAIN #2 (12
laps, top 4 advance):
(3) 7K Jason Krohn, Slayton, Minn.
2. (2) 4B Cory Bruggeman (R),
3. (6) 20R
Bryan Rowland, Woodward, Okla.
(1) 10W Hunter Wilbanks, Lakeland,
5. (4) 21 Austin Bonner,
Elk City, Okla.
6. (5) 211 Chase
Hatton, DeBerry, Texas., IRP/F1,
7. (7) 8C Chris Clark,
Jackson, Wyo., GRT/Clark, $90.
(9) 112 Mike Jarrell, Ellsville,
Miss., Harris/Jarrell, $75.
(10) 51 R.J. Otto, Statesville,
N.C., Lethal/Jackson, $75.
(8) 24Z Zane Ferrell (R), Hermitage,
DNS - 9 Ken Schrader,
Concord, N.C., Lethal/Mullins, $90.
DNS - 12 Jason Ingalls, Longview,
Texas, IRP/PTS, $90.
DNS - 71
Jessie Hoskins (R), Longdale, Okla.,
REAL RACING WHEELS "B" MAIN
#3 (12 laps, top 4 advance):
1. (1) 174 Ethan Dotson (R),
2. (3) 14R
Riley Brown, Hattiesburg, Miss.
3. (8) 4V Billy Vogel, West Fargo,
4. (2) 23 Logan Robertson,
5. (4) 34 Ben
Stephens, Sumrall, Miss.,
6. (5) 4 Bo
Day (R), Greenville, Texas.
(6) 11 Spencer Hughes, Meridian,
Miss., GRT/Brown, $75.
23C Charles Sibley, Livingston, La.,
9. (10) 83
Blake Carrier, Amite, La.,
10. (9) 7
Bryan Foy (R), Lacombe, La.,
11. (7) 19
Brooks Strength, Raymond, Miss.,
DNS - CBR25
Justin McRee, Cottondale, Ala.,
SUMMIT RACING EQUIPMENT "A" MAIN (40
1. (5) 33z Zack
VanderBeek, New Sharon, Iowa,
VanderBuilt/Sput's, 40, $3000.
(6) 69 Lucas Schott, Chatfield,
Minn., MBCustoms/Hill, 40, $1600.
3. (13) 97 Cade Dillard, Robeline,
La., MBCustoms/Knowles, 40, $1300.
4. (8) 1st Johnny Scott, Cameron,
Mo., VanderBuilt/Durham, 40, $1100.
5. (4) 0 Jake O'Neil (R), Tucson,
Ariz., LG2/Cornett, 40, $700.
(11) 49jr Jake Timm, Winona, Minn.,
MBCustoms/Sput's, 40, $600.
(9) 42 Paul Niznik, Medford, Wis.,
Rocket/Niznik, 40, $500.
4r Dereck Ramirez, Woodward, Okla.,
Hughes/Cornett, 40, $450.
174 Ethan Dotson (R), Bakersfield,
Calif., MBCustoms/ChevPerf, 40,
10. (24) 23 Logan
Robertson, Shamrock, Texas,
MBCustoms/Knowles, 40, $600.
(20) 20r Bryan Rowland, Woodward,
Okla., BlackWidow/ProPower, 40,
12. (21) 4v Billy Vogel,
West Fargo, N.D., MBCustoms/Sput's,
13. (18) 14R Riley
Brown, Hattiesburg, Miss., /, 40,
14. (10) 91 Joe Duvall,
MBCustoms/ChevPerf, 40, $500.
(26) 21 Austin Bonner, Elk City,
Okla., MBCustoms/Karl, 40, $275.
16. (17) 4B Cory Bruggeman (R),
Stillwater, Minn., MBCustoms/Tim's,
17. (16) 75 Terry
Phillips, Springfield, Mo.,
GRT/Durham, 40, $275.
24z Zane Ferrell (R), Hermitage,
Ark., MBCustoms/ASI, 39, $475.
19. (22) 65 Carlos Ahumada Jr. (R),
Canutillo, Texas, GRT/BMS, 37, $275.
20. (28) 3 Toby Hodge, Pulaski,
Miss., GRT/Brown, 28, $225.
(1) 2s Stormy Scott, Las Cruces,
N.M., VanderBuilt/Mullins, 21, $275.
22. (14) 7K Jason Krohn, Slayton,
Minn., MBCustoms/Sput's, 18, $275.
23. (23) 10W Hunter Wilbanks,
Lakeland, Tenn., Brucebilt/Mullins,
24. (27) 4 Bo Day (R),
MBCustoms/Mullins, 16, $275.
(19) 20 Rodney Sanders, Worthington,
Minn., MBCustoms/Hatfield, 16, $475.
26. (7) 71 Philip Houston, Odessa,
Texas, MBCustoms/KPE, 15, $275.
27. (3) 12 Jason Hughes, Watts,
Okla., Hughes/Mullins, 12, $275.
DQ - (2) 12 Lucas Lee, Paris, Tenn.,
Brucebilt/KMF, 40, $225.
= Grant Junghans USMTS Rookie of
the Year contender
Lap Leaders: S.
Scott 1-3, Lee 4-40.
Total Laps Led: Lee 37, S.
Victory: 1.101 seconds.
Time of Race: 36
minutes, 40.548 seconds (9
Starters: Ferrell, Bonner,
Day, Hodge (track).
Eibach Spring Forward Award:
Vogel (advanced 14
FK Rod Ends
Hard Charger: Robertson
(started 24th, finished 10th).
Saturday, March 10, Whynot
Motorsports Park, Meridian, Miss.
USMTS Hunt for the Casey's
Cup Points: .
Southern Series Points: .
Junghans USMTS Rookie of the Year
Engine Builder of the Year Points:
Championship Points: .
American Racer - Sanders.
Custom Headers - Phillips.
Manufacturing - S. Scott.
Pans - O'Neil.
Opticians - Vogel.
E3 Spark Plugs
Edelbrock - O'Neil.
Eibach - Vogel.
Fast Shafts -
FK Rod Ends -
Forty9 Designs -
GRT Race Cars -
Hooker Harness - Brown.
Integra Shocks & Springs - Ferrell.
Jerovetz Motorsports Racing Parts -
Keyser Manufacturing -
KSE Racing Products -
Maxima Racing Oils -
Transportation - Clark.
Racing Products - Bruggeman.
Real Racing Wheels - all
Performance Products - S. Scott.
Swift Springs - VanderBeek, Brown.
Sybesma Graphics - S. Scott.
Demon - Rowland.
VP Racing Fuels
Wehrs Machine &
Racing Products - VanderBeek.
Wilwood Disc Brakes - Niznik.
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Alpinestars, American Racer Racing
Tires, Argo Manufacturing, Casey's
General Stores, Chevrolet
Performance, CP-Carrillo, Deatherage
Opticians, Eibach Springs, Fast
Shafts, Intercomp, Jerovetz
Motorsports Racing Parts, KSE Racing
Products, Leaf Racewear & Safety
Equipment, Malvern Bank, Mesilla
Valley Transportation, MSD
Performance, Nitroquest Media, Pace
Performance, RacinDirt.com, S&S
Fishing & Rental, Summit Racing
Equipment, VP Racing Fuels.
USMTS PARTICIPATING SPONSORS:
Arizona Sport Shirts, ASi Racewear,
Boubin Tire & Automotive, Brodix
Cylinder Heads, Duvall Electric,
Eagle Moon Farm, ElbowsUp.com,
Evolution Powersports, Oreo Cookies,
PBM Performance Products, Production
Jars, Rancho Milagro Racing, River's
Edge Scrap Management, Snickers,
Spike Hardcore Energy, Top of the
World Ranch, YouDirt.com.
USMTS CONTINGENCY SPONSORS: 905 Ink,
AFCO Racing Products, Allstar
Performance, Alpine Stars, Beyea
Custom Headers, Brown & Miller
Racing Solutions, BSB Manufacturing,
Edelbrock, FK Rod Ends, Forty9
Designs, Genesis Racing Shocks, GRT
Race Cars, Holley Performance
Products, Hooker Harness, Integra
Shocks & Springs, Keyser
Manufacturing, Maxima Racing Oils,
Mr. Gasket, Out-Pace Racing
Products, QA1, RacerWebsite.com,
Real Racing Wheels, RHRSwag.com,
Simpson Performance Products, Swift
Springs, Sybesma Graphics, Tire
Demon, Wehrs Machine & Race
Products, Wilwood Disc Brakes.
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