Humboldt As Mullens Finds Fourth USMTS Victory
On the seventh day of the eighth month, the strangest
main event of what might be the strangest year ever
concluded with somebody who is no stranger to victory
lane in the 2020 Summit USMTS National Championship
fueled by Casey’s.
No matter how you look at it,
Tanner Mullens finding the finish line first in USMTS
action may be the “new normal” after he snagged his
fourth win in 17 starts Friday night. Meanwhile, the top
three points chasers all failed to crack the top ten for
the first time in 26 shows.
Four lead changes in
40 laps—including three different leaders in the final
seven laps—made for an exciting feature race for the
fans at the Humboldt Speedway and those watching the
14th Annual USMTS Summer Fling presented by VP Racing
Fuels live on RacinbDirt.TV.
The 52nd United
States Modified Touring Series main event held at ‘The
Hummer’ saw Darron Fuqua beat polesitter Kyle Thompson
to the flagstand to lead the opening lap over the 24-car
Plagued by six cautions, the first
occurred on the third lap when four-time series champ
Jason Hughes limped to a stop at the top of turn two.
Currently third in the standings, he was the first to
retire from the race and failed to score his series-best
14th win in Humboldt.
Fuqua, seeking his first
USMTS triumph, held the top spot for five laps before
Hunter Marriott blasted around the outside in turn two
to take control of the race.
Last year’s Grant
Junghans USMTS Rookie of the Year remained the leader as
he navigated lapped traffic like a veteran while Dereck
Ramirez gave chase. Ramirez, however, suddenly suffered
mechanical problems and exited the race on lap 31.
Marriott remained the leader for another two laps as
he enjoyed sparred with Tyler Wolff for control of the
event. Wolff finally took charge on lap 34 and Marriott
was out of the race one lap later with technical issues
of his own.
Another two laps went by before Wolff
slowed on the racing surface with a flat left rear tire,
bringing out the final caution of the race—but not the
last fender bender.
Tanner Mullens (02) battles with Dereck Ramirez early
in the main event.
A pass of Fuqua two laps
earlier for third place proved to be fruitful for
Mullens who assumed the lead for the restart with four
laps to go.
Fuqua, who never drifted farther back
than third throughout the race, could not muster the
strength to knock off Mullens though as the 27-year-old
from Wichita, Kansas, took the checkered flag with two
car lengths to spare over his fellow Sunflower state
It was the fourth win of the season
for Mullens whose breakthrough win came earlier this
spring at the Lucas Oil Speedway—the site of the next
USMTS race. He’s the 20th different driver to win at
Behind Fuqua at the finish line, Terry
Phillips was third after starting 11th on the grid. The
third Kansas racer in the top five, Tyler Davis finished
fourth while New Mexico long distance traveler Jake
Gallardo earned the FK Rod Ends Hard Charger Award by
passing ten cars to come home fifth.
officially one of the feature’s yellow flags, the
caution light shined on the final lap when Thursday
night’s winner, Rodney Sanders, looped his machine in
the final corner and was joined by six others in a
pileup that blocked the track from bottom to top.
It was the first time this year that Sanders did not
finish among the top ten.
Calvin Iverson pocketed
a sixth-place paycheck while Thompson, Cody Jolly,
Dustin Robinson and Carlos Ahumada Jr. rounded out the
top ten on the final score sheets.
Mist Show-Me Shootout Saturday: After a
spectacular mid-week show earlier this summer, the USMTS
makes its traditional August return to Lucas Oil
Speedway on Saturday for the 11th annual Slick Mist
Show-Me Shootout presented by Foley Equipment.
big night of action is on tap with $3,000 going to the
winner of the feature. Ozark Golf Cars USRA B-Mods,
O'Reilly Auto Parts Street Stocks and American Racer
will also compete, as well as the American Racer USRA
Stock Cars as a special guest class running in a
Tanner Mullens of Wichita,
Kansas, earned his first career USMTS feature win at
Lucas Oil Speedway on June 3, taking command when race
leader Terry Phillips suffered a mechanical issue with
four laps remaining. Phillips, who has 32 career USMTS
victories, is the only two-time winner of this event.
Dereck Ramirez earned the Show-Me Shootout victory
at Lucas Oil Speedway one year ago. Rodney Sanders won
this event in 2019 and Stormy Scott won a thriller here
in 2018 one year after the 2017 show was rained out.
Zack VanderBeek, Johnny Scott, Ryan Gustin, Jeremy
Payne, Jason Krohn and Kelly Shryock have also won with
the USMTS at the “Diamond of Dirt Tracks.”
Lucas Oil Speedway is a 3/8-mile semi-banked clay oval
located 0.2 mile south of US 54 on SR 83, then east. The
physical address is 18842 Speedway Dr, Wheatland, MO
65779. A campground with shower and bathroom facilities
is also available. With its entrance located just
outside the pit gate this sprawling scenic camping
facility will continue to enhance the racing experience
at the Diamond of Dirt Tracks.
luxury suites, HD Jumbo-Tron screen, stadium-style Musco
Sports Lighting, a Bose Sound System, go-kart slick
track, the Diamond Bar, Track Treasures Gift Shop, the
best track food in the country and paved pits are a few
of the spectacular amenities setting the Diamond of Dirt
Gates open at 4 p.m. with hot laps at 6:30
and racing at 7:05. Admission for adults (16+) is $20
while seniors (62+) and military get in for $17. Youth
(6-15) are $10 and kids 5 and under are free. A family
pass is only $40. Pit passes are $40.
regular ticket options, fans have the "Beat the Heat and
Get a Suite" opportunity with individual tickets $40.
Spectators can sit in air-conditioned comfort or view
the action from seats outside, overlooking the front
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any event at Lucas Oil Speedway, contact Admissions
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22nd season of competition for the world’s Best of the
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United States Modified
Summit USMTS National Championship
fueled by Casey’s
14th Annual Summer Fling presented
by VP Racing Fuels
Humboldt Speedway, Humboldt, Kan.
Friday, Aug. 7, 2020
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.
PERFORMANCE PRODUCTS HEAT RACE #1 (8 laps):
1. (1) 4R Dereck Ramirez, Woodward, Okla.
2. (7) 4w
Tyler Wolff, Fayetteville, Ark.
3. (5) 27X Calvin
Iverson (R), Eleva, Wis.
4. (8) 75 Terry Phillips,
5. (3) 20 Rodney Sanders, Happy,
6. (9) 10W Hunter Wilbanks (R), Lakeland,
7. (4) 8C Chris Clark, Jackson, Wyo.
R63 Riley Whitworth (R), Humboldt, Kan.
9. (2) 55
Nathan Hagar (R), Adair, Okla.
SHAFTS HEAT RACE #2 (8 laps):
1. (1) 62
Hunter Marriott, Brookfield, Mo.
2. (6) 87 Darron
Fuqua, Mayetta, Kan.
3. (3) G17 Fito Gallardo, Las
4. (7) 12 Jason Hughes, Watts, Okla.
5. (8) 00 Cody Jolly (R), Jasper, Mo.
6. (2) G3
Brendon Gemmill (R), Goddard, Kan.
7. (5) 11N Gene
Nicholas, Lowell, Ark.
8. (4) 7 Treyton Gann (R),
Ponca City, Okla.
9. (9) 227 Chase Domer, Nevada, Mo.
EDELBROCK HEAT RACE #3 (8 laps):
1. (1) 292 Kyle Thompson, Joplin, Mo.
2. (3) 16
Austin Siebert, Grandview, Mo.
3. (9) 65T Tyler Davis
(R), Haysville, Kan.
4. (4) J17 Jake Gallardo, Las
5. (2) 9D8 Paden Phillips, Chanute, Kan.
6. (8) 27 Dave Cain, Corcoran, Minn.
7. (6) 18JR
Chase Sigg, Iola, Kan.
8. (5) 88R A.J. Vasquez,
Garden City, Mich.
9. (7) 23 Adam Kates, Tonganoxie,
MSD PERFORMANCE HEAT RACE #4 (8
1. (2) 6 Casey Skyberg (R), Rapid
2. (6) 02 Tanner Mullens (R), Wichita,
3. (3) 91 Joe Duvall, Claremore, Okla.
65X Carlos Ahumada Jr., Canutillo, Texas.
5. (1) 90
Terry Schultz, Sedalia, Mo.
6. (4) 10 Dustin Robinson
(R), Post, Texas.
7. (5) 38C Jason Pursley,
8. (8) 2G Brandon Givens (R), Wichita,
9. (9) 33Z Zack VanderBeek, New Sharon, Iowa.
REAL RACING WHEELS “B” MAIN #1 (10 laps, top
1. (1) 65X Carlos Ahumada Jr.,
2. (3) J17 Jake Gallardo, Las
3. (4) 20 Rodney Sanders, Happy, Texas.
4. (2) 91 Joe Duvall, Claremore, Okla.
5. (6) G3
Brendon Gemmill (R), Goddard, Kan.
6. (5) 90 Terry
Schultz, Sedalia, Mo., MBCustoms/Mullins.
7. (11) 55
Nathan Hagar (R), Adair, Okla.
8. (7) 8C Chris Clark,
Jackson, Wyo., GRT/Cornett.
9. (8) 18JR Chase Sigg,
Iola, Kan., MBCustoms/Sigg.
10. (10) 88R A.J.
Vasquez, Garden City, Mich., Hughes/Farris.
R63 Riley Whitworth (R), Humboldt, Kan., GRT/.
(12) 23 Adam Kates, Tonganoxie, Kan.
RACING WHEELS “B” MAIN #2 (10 laps, top 5 advance):
1. (1) G17 Fito Gallardo, Las Cruces, N.M.
2. (2) 00
Cody Jolly (R), Jasper, Mo.
3. (6) 10 Dustin Robinson
(R), Post, Texas.
4. (4) 9D8 Paden Phillips, Chanute,
5. (12) 33Z Zack VanderBeek, New Sharon, Iowa.
6. (5) 27 Dave Cain, Corcoran, Minn., MBCustoms/KSE.
7. (10) 2G Brandon Givens (R), Wichita, Kan.,
8. (3) 10W Hunter Wilbanks (R),
Lakeland, Tenn., MBCustoms/Christian.
9. (9) 7
Treyton Gann (R), Ponca City, Okla., Skyrocket/Stoen.
11. (7) 11N Gene Nicholas, Lowell, Ark., Hughes/Kelly.
12. (11) 227 Chase Domer, Nevada, Mo., GRT/Schultz.
13. (8) 38C Jason Pursley, Hermitage, Mo., GRT/Midstate.
CASEY’S “A” MAIN (40 laps):
(6) 02 Tanner Mullens (R), Wichita, Kan.,
2. (2) 87 Darron Fuqua, Mayetta,
Kan., MBCustoms/Driskell, 40.
3. (11) 75 Terry
Phillips, Springfield, Mo., GRT/Durham, 40.
65T Tyler Davis (R), Haysville, Kan., Hughes/Mullins,
5. (15) J17 Jake Gallardo, Las Cruces, N.M.,
6. (10) 27X Calvin Iverson (R),
Eleva, Wis., MBCustoms/Tim’s, 40.
7. (1) 292 Kyle
Thompson, Joplin, Mo., Shaw/Yeoman, 40.
8. (16) 00
Cody Jolly (R), Jasper, Mo., MBCustoms/Yeoman, 40.
(18) 10 Dustin Robinson (R), Post, Texas, CAM/OFI, 40.
10. (13) 65X Carlos Ahumada Jr., Canutillo, Texas,
11. (14) G17 Fito Gallardo, Las Cruces,
N.M., GR2/ProPower, 40.
12. (23) 23 Adam Kates,
Tonganoxie, Kan., Jet/Speedway, 40.
13. (9) 16 Austin
Siebert, Grandview, Mo., MBCustoms/Durham, 40.
(17) 20 Rodney Sanders, Happy, Texas,
15. (5) 4W Tyler Wolff,
Fayetteville, Ark., MBCustoms/Hill, 36.
16. (4) 62
Hunter Marriott, Brookfield, Mo., Rage/KSE, 35.
(19) 91 Joe Duvall, Claremore, Okla., MBCustoms/BMS, 33.
18. (8) 6 Casey Skyberg (R), Rapid City, S.D.,
19. (3) 4R Dereck Ramirez,
Woodward, Okla., Hughes/Cornett, 31.
20. (20) 9D8
Paden Phillips, Chanute, Kan., BillsBuilt/Crane, 30.
21. (21) G3 Brendon Gemmill (R), Goddard, Kan.,
22. (22) 33Z Zack VanderBeek,
New Sharon, Iowa, VanderBuilt/Stoen, 14.
23. (24) 55
Nathan Hagar (R), Adair, Okla., GRT/ChevPerf, 5.
(12) 12 Jason Hughes, Watts, Okla., Hughes/Mullins, 3.
(R) = Grant
Junghans USMTS Rookie of the Year contender
1-5, Marriott 6-33, Wolff 34-36, Mullens 37-40.
Total Laps Led: Marriott 28, Fuqua 5,
Mullens 4, Wolff 3.
Margin of Victory:
Time of Race:
26 minutes, 59.526 seconds (6 cautions).
Provisional Starters: Kates, Hagar.
Eibach Spring Forward Award: T. Phillips
(advanced 12 positions).
FK Rod Ends Hard
Charger: J. Gallardo (started 15th, finished
Race: Saturday, Aug. 8, Lucas Oil Speedway,
Summit USMTS National
Championship fueled by Casey’s Points: Sanders
2314, Ramirez 2188, Hughes 2052, Marriott 1898,
VanderBeek 1878, Davis 1832, Iverson 1794, T. Phillips
1673, Skyberg 1608, Kates 1524.
Junghans USMTS Rookie of the Year Points: Davis
1730, Iverson 1684, Skyberg 1513, Mullens 1495, Hagar
Jobbers Warehouse Supply USMTS
Manufacturers Championship Points: MBCustoms
229, Hughes 215, GRT 151, VanderBuilt 149, Rage 135.
Compstar/JE Pistons USMTS Engine Builder of the
Year Points: Hatfield 192, Cornett 169, Mullins
157, Stoen 141, KSE 128.
American Racer – Nicholas.
Custom Headers – Davis.
BigDeal Car Care – Mullens.
Bryke Racing – Wolff.
BSB Manufacturing – Gemmill.
Champ Pans – J. Gallardo.
Deatherage Opticians –
Edelbrock – Thompson.
Eibach – T. Phillips.
Fast Shafts – Marriott.
FK Rod Ends – J. Gallardo.
Forty9 Designs – Sanders, Ramirez.
Hooker Harness –
Integra Racing Shocks & Springs –
Jerovetz Motorsports Racing Parts – Duvall.
K1 RaceGear by Ryan Bowers Motorsports – Schultz.
Keyser Manufacturing – Ahumada.
KSE Racing Products –
Maxima Racing Oils – Mullens.
Racing Shocks – Siebert.
PEM Racing Gears &
Drivetrain – Hughes.
QA1 – Wolff.
Simpson Performance Products – Ramirez.
Spyder High Performance Filters – Iverson.
Racing Equipment – Domer, Gemmill, Vasquez.
Clean – Mullens.
Swift Springs – Mullens, P.
Sybesma Graphics – Thompson.
VP Racing Fuels – Mullens.
Machine & Racing Products – Whitworth.
Brakes – Thompson.
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Tires, Casey’s, Chevrolet Performance, Compstar
Performance Engine Components by Callies, CP-Carrillo,
Dirt Draft, Eibach, Fast Shafts, FK Rod Ends, Intercomp,
Jerovetz Motorsports Racing Parts, K1 RaceGear by Ryan
Bowers Motorsports, KS Engineering, KSE Racing Products,
Malvern Bank, Mesilla Valley Transportation, MSD
Performance, MTN DEW Zero Sugar, MyRacePass, Nitroquest
Media, PEM Racing Gears & Drivetrain, RacinDirt.com,
Snickers, Summit Racing Equipment, Super Clean, VP
Racing Fuels, Wrisco Industries.
PARTICIPATING SPONSORS: Boubin Tire & Automotive, Brodix
Cylinder Heads, Duvall Electric, Eagle Moon Farm, JE
Pistons, Miller Welders, PBM Performance Products,
Rancho Milagro Racing, Rivers Edge Scrap Management,
Tony Moro Powder Coat, Top of the World Ranch,
USMTS CONTINGENCY SPONSORS:
Racing Products, Allstar Performance, Beyea Headers,
BigDeal Car Care, Brown & Miller Racing Solutions, Bryke
Racing, BSB Manufacturing, Champ Pans, Deatherage
Opticians, Edelbrock, Forty9 Designs, Genesis Racing
Shocks, Hooker Harness, Integra Racing Shocks and
Springs, Keyser Manufacturing, Maxima Racing Oils,
Penske Racing Shocks, QA1, RacerWebsite.com, Real Racing
Wheels, Simpson Performance Products, Swift Springs,
Sybesma Graphics, Tire Demon, Wehrs Machine & Race
Products, Wilwood Racing.
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