Belleville Dirt Nationals to O’Neil
(June 11) —
The bar was set high on Friday during
the opening night of the Belleville Dirt Nationals, but
the drivers of the Summit USMTS National Championship
presented by RacinDirt stepped right over it and gave
the Belleville High Banks fans a USMTS Race of the Year
Hughes got the jump at the waving of
the green flag, but a caution on the second lap after
Sanders and Brown made contact slowed the field. Brown
tagged the rear while Sanders got his sport back.
Mullens battled door to door for the next five laps
before the yellow flag flew for a second time on lap
seven as O’Neil was making a move around the outside of
Two laps later, points leader Dustin
Sorensen was credited with causing the race’s third
caution with nine laps in the books and 41 to go in the
50-lap finale, and then a wild back-and-forth tussle
between Hughes and O’Neil came to a halt with a caution
on lap 16.
O’Neil tried over and over to find a
way around Hughes and then at the race’s halfway point,
O’Neil snuck by on the inside of turn 2, slid up in
front of Hughes in turn 3 and was the leader at the
flagstand to complete lap 25.
That’s when the yellow flag made it’s fifth appearance
when Dereck Ramirez came to a stop at the bottom of the
second corner, dropping him from fourth to last on the
Running eighth and looking for a
way to move forward, Grant Junghans USMTS Rookie of the
Year points leader Cayden Carter tagged the infield
tractor tire racing with teammate Zack VanderBeek.
VanderBeek continued while Carter called it quits
for the night.
That was the last caution of the
race, but it certainly wasn’t the last bit of drama.
Without cautions to keep clean air on the nose of
the leader, O’Neil looked like he was going to run away
and hide but Rodney Sanders kept him in his crosshairs.
Sanders got his opportunity on the final lap when
O’Neil scooted up the track in turn 1 after a nearly
disastrous squabble with a pair of lapped cars.
The four-time USMTS National Champion closed up on the
rear bumper of O’Neil but couldn’t make the pass, so
while O’Neil scored his fifth win of the season Sanders
extended his year-long-plus dry spell.
winless this year, Mullens recorded another solid
to-five finish as he took third in front of Darron Fuqua
while Hughes held on to round out the top five
Rookie racer Dylan Thornton scored his
career-best USMTS finish as he came home in sixth-place
with another rookie title chaser, Shane DeVolder, taking
seventh. Tyler Wolff and Terry Phillips took eighth and
ninth, respectively, and Sorensen bounced back to finish
The win was worth $10,000 to the
30-year-old from Tucson, Ariz. It was the 25th triumph
of his USMTS career.
The final event of the spring swing and second crown
jewel happens this Thursday, Friday and Saturday, June
16-18, with the 23rd Annual Masters at the Cedar Lake
Speedway in New Richmond, Wis.
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United States Modified Touring Series
Summit USMTS National Championship presented by
Belleville Dirt Nationals – Night 2 of 2
Belleville High Banks, Belleville, Kan.
June 11, 2022
position, starting position in parentheses, car number,
driver and hometown. Heat race lineups are determined
via group qualifying. The top 12 in heat race passing
points advance to the Summit Racing Equipment “A” Main.
SIMPSON PERFORMANCE PRODUCTS HEAT RACE #1 (8
1. (4) 44S Shane DeVolder, Pacifica,
2. (7) 33Z Zack VanderBeek, New Sharon, Iowa
3. (5) 55 Chris Kratzer, Wichita, Kan.
4. (8) 8C
Chris Clark, Jackson, Wyo.
5. (6) 007 Zach Nitsch,
6. (1) 56 Colton Horner, Houston, Texas
7. (3) 25C Cody Thompson, Sioux City, Iowa
8. (2) 4W
Tyler Wolff, Fayetteville, Ark.
SHAFTS HEAT RACE #2 (8 laps):
1. (1) 38T
Dylan Thornton, Santa Maria, Calif.
2. (2) 02 Tanner
Mullens, Wichita, Kan.
3. (4) 4R Dereck Ramirez,
4. (3) 75 Terry Phillips,
5. (5) 19SB Lance Mari, El Centro,
6. (7) 2G Brandon Givens, Wichita, Kan.
(8) 11B Justin Bussell, Imperial, Neb.
8. (6) 11N
Gene Nicholas, Lowell, Ark.
HEAT RACE #3 (8 laps):
1. (1) 20 Rodney
Sanders, Happy, Texas
2. (3) 12 Jason Hughes, Watts,
3. (4) 19 Dustin Sorensen, Rochester, Minn.
4. (7) 10C Cayden Carter, Oskaloosa, Iowa
5. (5) 15W
Kale Westover, Altus, Okla.
6. (8) 16 Austin Siebert,
7. (6) 65X Carlos Ahumada Jr., El
8. (2) 85 Jayson Good, Watertown, S.D.
MSD PERFORMANCE HEAT RACE #4 (8 laps):
1. (1) 21K Kyle Brown, Madrid, Iowa
2. (3) 0 Jake
O'Neil, Tucson, Ariz.
3. (2) 77 Steven Bowers Jr.,
4. (5) 87 Darron Fuqua, Mayetta, Kan.
5. (4) 60 Dan Ebert, Lake Shore, Minn.
6. (6) 21
Jacob Bleess, Chatfield, Minn.
7. (7) 3 Trey
Duensing, Byron, Neb.
8. (8) 22B Rick Beebe, Shawnee,
REAL RACING WHEELS “B” MAIN #1 (12
laps, top 5 advance):
1. (1) 77 Steven
Bowers Jr., Topeka, Kan.
2. (3) 60 Dan Ebert, Lake
3. (2) 75 Terry Phillips, Springfield,
4. (4) 19SB Lance Mari, El Centro, Calif.
(6) 4W Tyler Wolff, Fayetteville, Ark.
6. (9) 65X
Carlos Ahumada Jr., El Paso, Texas
7. (8) 25C Cody
Thompson, Sioux City, Iowa
8. (7) 56 Colton Horner,
9. (10) 11N Gene Nicholas, Lowell,
10. (5) 16 Austin Siebert, Grandview, Mo.
REAL RACING WHEELS “B” MAIN #2 (12 laps, top
1. (2) 87 Darron Fuqua, Mayetta,
2. (1) 10C Cayden Carter, Oskaloosa, Iowa
(4) 15W Kale Westover, Altus, Okla.
4. (6) 21 Jacob
Bleess, Chatfield, Minn.
5. (9) 85 Jayson Good,
6. (8) 3 Trey Duensing, Byron, Neb.
7. (3) 007 Zach Nitsch, Delia, Kan.
8. (10) 22B Rick
Beebe, Shawnee, Kan.
9. (7) 11B Justin Bussell,
10. (5) 2G Brandon Givens, Wichita,
SUMMIT RACING EQUIPMENT “A” MAIN (50
1. (4) 0 Jake O'Neil, Tucson, Ariz.
2. (6) 20 Rodney Sanders, Happy, Texas
3. (2) 02
Tanner Mullens, Wichita, Kan.
4. (14) 87 Darron
Fuqua, Mayetta, Kan.
5. (1) 12 Jason Hughes, Watts,
6. (7) 38T Dylan Thornton, Santa Maria, Calif.
7. (3) 44S Shane DeVolder, Pacifica, Calif.
4W Tyler Wolff, Fayetteville, Ark.
9. (17) 75 Terry
Phillips, Springfield, Mo.
10. (10) 19 Dustin
Sorensen, Rochester, Minn.
11. (5) 33Z Zack
VanderBeek, New Sharon, Iowa
12. (15) 60 Dan Ebert,
Lake Shore, Minn.
13. (18) 15W Kale Westover, Altus,
14. (9) 4R Dereck Ramirez, Woodward, Okla.
15. (8) 21K Kyle Brown, Madrid, Iowa
16. (22) 85
Jayson Good, Watertown, S.D.
17. (24) 2G Brandon
Givens, Wichita, Kan.
18. (19) 19SB Lance Mari, El
19. (20) 21 Jacob Bleess, Chatfield,
20. (16) 10C Cayden Carter, Oskaloosa, Iowa
21. (12) 8C Chris Clark, Jackson, Wyo.
22. (23) 65X
Carlos Ahumada Jr., El Paso, Texas
23. (13) 77 Steven
Bowers Jr., Topeka, Kan.
24. (11) 55 Chris Kratzer,
Hughes 1-24, O’Neil 25-50.
Total Laps Led:
O’Neil 26, Hughes 24.
Victory: 0.352 second.
Time of Race:
24 minutes, 26.446 seconds (6 cautions).
Provisional Starters: Ahumada, Givens.
FK Rod Ends Hard Charger: Wolff
(started 21st, finished 8th).
Next Race: June 16-18, Cedar
Lake Speedway, New Richmond, Wis.
USMTS National Championship Points: TBD.
Grant Junghans USMTS Rookie of the Year Points:
Miller Welders USMTS Manufacturers
Championship Points: TBD.
Compstar/JE Pistons USMTS Engine Builder of the Year
American Racer – Sorensen.
Custom Headers – Fuqua.
BigDeal Car Care – O’Neil,
Bryke Racing – Brown.
BSB Manufacturing –
Champ Pans – Hughes.
Deatherage Opticians –
Edelbrock – Sanders.
Fast Shafts –
FK Rod Ends – Wolff.
Hooker Harness –
Integra Racing Shocks & Springs – Bleess.
Keyser Manufacturing – Sorensen.
KS Engineering –
KSE Racing Products – Phillips.
Hambelton Ford Racing – Sanders.
Midwest Wrap Co. –
MSD Performance – Brown.
Shocks – Westover.
PEM Racing Gears & Drivetrain –
QA1 – Brown.
RacerWebsite.com – O’Neil.
Simpson Performance Products – DeVolder.
Racing Equipment – Ahumada, Bowers, Ebert, Siebert.
Super Clean – O’Neil.
Swift Springs – Ramirez,
Sybesma Graphics – Hughes.
Demon – Siebert.
VP Racing Fuels – O’Neil.
Machine & Racing Products – Bussell.
Brakes – Ramirez.
USMTS OFFICIAL SPONSORS: American
Racer Racing Tires, Beyea
Performance, Compstar, Fast
Rod Ends, Intercomp, K1
RaceGear by Ryan Bowers Motorsports, KS
Racing Products, Malvern
Valley Transportation, MSD
Racing Gears & Drivetrain, RacinDirt, Summit
Racing Equipment, Super
Racing Fuels, Wrisco
Tire & Automotive, Brodix
Cylinder Heads, DAY
Hambelton Racing, Midwest
Wrap Co., Miller
Performance Products, Rancho
Milagro Racing, RHRSwag.com, S&S
Fishing & Rental, Salty's
BBQ & Catering, YouDirt.com.
USMTS CONTINGENCY SPONSORS: AFCO
Racing Products, Allstar
Car Care, Bryke
Opticians, Edelbrock, Hooker
Racing Shocks and Springs, JE
Racing Shocks, Performance
Bodies & Parts, QA1, RacerWebsite.com, Real
Racing Wheels, Simpson
Performance Products, Swift
Machine & Racing Products, Wilwood
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