Ramirez Prevails in Mod Mania Finale
MASON CITY, Iowa (July 30)--Dereck Ramirez has four wins
in this year’s Summit USMTS National Championship fueled
by Casey’s. Two have occurred at the Mason City Motor
Speedway including Thursday night’s win in the Mod Mania
Starting fourth on the grid, Ramirez
stalked Lucas Schott and Rodney Sanders for most of the
40-lap main event while the lead pair jousted for the
lead, but a yellow flag on lap 23 opened the door for
Ramirez and he happily stepped in to take control a few
“I knew the bottom was going to clean
off at the end there, it just took a while,” Ramirez
revealed in victory lane. “When we got that long green
flag everybody was throwing the dust out there, and on
that restart, I knew it’d clean back up so I just stayed
Sybesma Graphics Pole Award winner
Lucas Schott jumped out to lead the first 19 laps with
Sanders chasing him around the 1/3-mile dirt oval.
Sanders edged in front to lead the 19th lap but Schott
reclaimed the lead the next time around.
Following a caution on lap 23 for a tangle between
top-five contenders Tanner Mullens and Alex Williamson,
Sanders again wrestled the lead away from Schott with 24
circuits in the books.
Looking for his seventh
win of the season and a chance to expand his series
points lead, Sanders stayed around the high side of the
racing surface while Ramirez used the shortest route to
get by Schott for second.
After a couple of
side-by-side orbits, Ramirez took the led for good on
“Rodney was struggling. He was probably
the better car but he just didn’t get down there fast
enough,” said Ramirez who turned in a pair of
head-scratching 11th-place finishes the previous two
“I did a little different thing to the
car tonight. I talked to Jimmy (Owens) a little bit and
he helped out, and the two guys over here (referring to
crew members Johnny Overgaard and Marco Costa) we went
to work and figured a little bit of something out.”
The fourth win of the 2020 campaign for the
33-year-old from Woodward, Oklahoma, was the 12th USMTS
triumph of his career and worth $4,000.
Meanwhile, Schott’s bid for back-to-back wins came up
one spot and 0.567 second short as he settled for the
runner-up paycheck with Sanders following in third.
Terry Phillips keeps moving forward and improved
eight spots Thursday night to claim fourth and the FK
Rod Ends Hard Charger Award. Hunter Marriott was fifth.
Completing the top ten were Jake Timm, Chase Rudolf
(his first USMTS top ten), Joe Duvall, four-time USMTS
national champion Jason Hughes and newlywed Zack
In the Summit USMTS National
Championship fueled by Casey’s standings, Sanders leads
Ramirez by 114 points (2149 to 2035), followed by Hughes
(1915), Marriott (1761), VanderBeek (1741), Tyler Davis
(1679), Calvin Iverson (1658), Phillips (1491), Casey
Skyberg (1490) and Adam Kates (1398).
a slim 21-point advantage over Iverson in the Grant
Junghans USMTS Rookie of the Year standings with
Skyberg, Tanner Mullens and Nathan Hagar completing the
top five in rookie points heading into an August 6-8
Up next: The
tireless touring USMTS titans embark on a three-night
excursion to three unique racetracks next Thursday,
Friday and Saturday, August 6-8.
going Thursday at the 81 Speedway in Park City, Kansas,
followed by the 14th Annual USMTS Summer Fling at the
Humboldt Speedway in Humboldt, Kansas, on Friday. The
weekend concludes Saturday with the 11th Annual USMTS
Slick Mist Show-Me Shootout presented by Foley Equipment
at the Lucas Oil Speedway in Wheatland, Missouri.
Mod Wars canceled: Earlier today,
officials from the Ogilvie Raceway canceled of the
inaugural $10,000-to-win USMTS Mod Wars event scheduled
for August 13-15.
General Manager Nate Fischer
said that the staff was hopeful COVID-19-related
restrictions in Minnesota would loosen up enough for to
allow them to make this a successful event.
“Unfortunately, it’s not going to work this year, he
said. “We want to again thank everyone for continuing to
support us and racing in Minnesota. We are beyond
grateful and look forward to hosting many more fun and
safe events this summer.”
Currently, the 2020
schedule for the Summit USMTS National Championship
fueled by Casey’s is highlighted by 44 nights of racing
at 27 unique dirt ovals for the 22nd season of
competition for the world’s Best of the Best in dirt
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United States Modified
Summit USMTS National Championship
fueled by Casey’s
Mod Mania presented by Wrisco –
Night 3 of 3
Mason City Motor Speedway in Mason City,
Thursday, July 30, 2020
Showing finishing position, starting position in
parentheses, car number, driver, hometown,
chassis/engine builder and laps completed. The top 12 in
heat race passing points advanced to the Casey’s “A”
Main with the top-8 drawing for starting positions 1-8.
SIMPSON PERFORMANCE PRODUCTS HEAT RACE #1 (8
1. (1) 44 Adam Hensel, Baldwin, Wis.
2. (2) 15W Alex Williamson (R), Rushford, Minn.
(5) 02 Tanner Mullens (R), Wichita, Kan.
4. (3) 10
Dustin Robinson (R), Post, Texas.
5. (4) 19SB Lance
Mari, El Centro, Calif.
6. (7) 33Z Zack VanderBeek,
New Sharon, Iowa
7. (6) 777 Al Hejna, Clear Lake,
FAST SHAFTS HEAT RACE #2 (8 laps):
1. (1) 91 Joe Duvall, Claremore, Okla.
2. (2) 20JR
Chase Rudolf (R), Norwalk, Iowa.
3. (4) 49JR Jake
Timm, Winona, Minn.
4. (3) 9 Ken Schrader, Dittmer,
5. (5) 65 Tyler Davis (R), Haysville, Kan.
(6) 21 Jacob Bleess, Chatfield, Minn.
7. (7) 29H Joe
Horgdal, Kasson, Minn.
RACE #3 (8 laps):
1. (3) 20 Rodney Sanders,
2. (1) 4R Dereck Ramirez, Woodward,
3. (2) 75 Terry Phillips, Springfield, Mo.
4. (5) 12 Jason Hughes, Watts, Okla.
5. (6) 6 Casey
Skyberg (R), Rapid City, S.D.
6. (4) 77 Ronnie
Yanacsek (R), Amarillo, Texas.
7. (7) 444 Brooks
Strength (R), Raymond, Miss.
PERFORMANCE HEAT RACE #4 (8 laps):
1. (2) 69
Lucas Schott, Chatfield, Minn.
2. (3) 62 Hunter
Marriott, Brookfield, Mo.
3. (4) 19 Dustin Sorensen,
4. (1) 23 Adam Kates, Tonganoxie,
5. (5) 71 Jason Cummins, New Richland, Minn.
6. (6) 27X Calvin Iverson (R), Eleva, Wis.
REAL RACING WHEELS “B” MAIN #1 (10 laps, top 5
1. (1) 12 Jason Hughes, Watts,
2. (5) 33Z Zack VanderBeek, New Sharon, Iowa.
3. (7) 777 Al Hejna, Clear Lake, Iowa.
4. (3) 6 Casey
Skyberg (R), Rapid City, S.D.
5. (4) 65 Tyler Davis
(R), Haysville, Kan.
6. (8) 444 Brooks Strength (R),
7. (2) 9 Ken Schrader, Dittmer, Mo.,
8. (6) 77 Ronnie Yanacsek (R),
Amarillo, Texas, Rocket/PPE.
WHEELS “B” MAIN #2 (10 laps, top 5 advance):
1. (1) 10 Dustin Robinson (R), Post, Texas
2. (5) 21
Jacob Bleess, Chatfield, Minn.
3. (3) 19SB Lance
Mari, El Centro, Calif.
4. (4) 71 Jason Cummins, New
5. (2) 23 Adam Kates, Tonganoxie,
6. (6) 27X Calvin Iverson (R), Eleva, Wis.
(7) 29H Joe Horgdal, Kasson, Minn., Killer/Baier’s.
CASEY’S “A” MAIN (40 laps):
(4) 4R Dereck Ramirez, Woodward, Okla., Hughes/Cornett,
2. (1) 69 Lucas Schott, Chatfield, Minn.,
3. (2) 20 Rodney Sanders, Happy,
Texas, MBCustoms/Hatfield, 40.
4. (12) 75 Terry
Phillips, Springfield, Mo., GRT/Durham, 40.
5. (8) 62
Hunter Marriott, Brookfield, Mo., Rage/KSE, 40.
(10) 49JR Jake Timm, Winona, Minn., MBCustoms/OFI, 40.
7. (6) 20JR Chase Rudolf (R), Norwalk, Iowa, Rage/KSE,
8. (7) 91 Joe Duvall, Claremore, Okla.,
9. (13) 12 Jason Hughes, Watts,
Okla., Hughes/Mullins, 40.
10. (15) 33Z Zack
VanderBeek, New Sharon, Iowa, VanderBuilt/Stoen, 40.
11. (16) 21 Jacob Bleess, Chatfield, Minn.,
12. (24) 444 Brooks Strength
(R), Raymond, Miss., MBCustoms/Stoen, 40.
13. (11) 19
Dustin Sorensen, Rochester, Minn., MBCustoms/Action, 40.
14. (19) 6 Casey Skyberg (R), Rapid City, S.D.,
15. (23) 27X Calvin Iverson (R),
Eleva, Wis., MBCustoms/Tim’s, 40.
16. (22) 23 Adam
Kates, Tonganoxie, Kan., Jet/Speedway, 40.
19SB Lance Mari, El Centro, Calif., MRT/Yeoman, 40.
18. (20) 71 Jason Cummins, New Richland, Minn.,
19. (14) 10 Dustin Robinson (R),
Post, Texas, WFRC/ASI, 32.
20. (9) 02 Tanner Mullens
(R), Wichita, Kan., Mullens/Mullens, 26.
21. (17) 777
Al Hejna, Clear Lake, Iowa, Rage/ChevPerf, 24.
(5) 15W Alex Williamson (R), Rushford, Minn., SSR/KSE,
23. (21) 65 Tyler Davis (R), Haysville, Kan.,
DNS – 44 Adam Hensel, Baldwin,
Wis., DirtDueler/OFI, 0.
(R) = Grant Junghans
USMTS Rookie of the Year contender
Schott 1-18, Sanders 19, Schott 20-23, Sanders 24-25,
Total Laps Led:
Schott 22, Ramirez 15, Sanders 3.
Victory: 0.567 second.
Time of Race:
18 minutes, 29.295 seconds (2 cautions).
Provisional Starters: Iverson,
Eibach Spring Forward Award:
Strength (advanced 14 positions).
Rod Ends Hard Charger: Phillips (started 12th,
Next Race: Thursday, Aug. 6, 81
Speedway, Park City, Kan.
National Championship fueled by Casey’s Points:
Sanders 2149, Ramirez 2035, Hughes 1915, Marriott 1761,
VanderBeek 1741, Davis 1679, Iverson 1658, Phillips
1491, Skyberg 1490, Kates 1398.
Junghans USMTS Rookie of the Year Points: Davis
1679, Iverson 1658, Skyberg 1440, Mullens 1313, Nathan
Jobbers Warehouse Supply USMTS
Manufacturers Championship Points: MBCustoms
210, Hughes 199, VanderBuilt 141, GRT 135, Rage 128.
Compstar/JE Pistons USMTS Engine Builder of the
Year Points: Hatfield 181, Cornett 159, Mullins
143, Stoen 134, KSE 125.
American Racer – Bleess.
Custom Headers – Phillips.
BigDeal Car Care –
Bryke Racing – Iverson.
Champ Pans – Marriott.
Opticians – Strength.
Edelbrock – Sanders.
Fast Shafts – Duvall.
FK Rod Ends –
Forty9 Designs – Skyberg, Robinson.
Hooker Harness – Bleess.
Integra Racing Shocks &
Springs – Cummins.
Jerovetz Motorsports Racing Parts
K1 RaceGear by Ryan Bowers Motorsports –
Keyser Manufacturing – VanderBeek.
Racing Products – Hughes.
Maxima Racing Oils –
Penske Racing Shocks – Sorensen.
Racing Gears & Drivetrain – Kates.
QA1 – Sanders.
RacerWebsite.com – Strength.
Products – Hensel.
Spyder High Performance Filters –
Summit Racing Equipment – Sanders, Ramirez,
Super Clean – Ramirez.
Swift Springs –
Sybesma Graphics – Schott.
Demon – Williamson.
VP Racing Fuels – Ramirez.
Wehrs Machine & Racing Products – Cummins.
Disc Brakes – Rudolf.
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Performance, MTN DEW Zero Sugar, MyRacePass, Nitroquest
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