Second USMTS Triumph Happens At Deer Creek Speedway
Minn. (Sept. 3) —
Deer Creek Speedway is one of the few
places where fans feel let down when they witness just a
plain good race because the norm has become a field of
bloody noses in a cage match on the high-banked 3/8-mile
clay oval in the rolling hills of Spring Valley, Minn.
Such was the case once again Saturday night as the
Summit USMTS National Championship campaign invaded ‘The
Creek’ for the 17th Annual J&S JCB Fastrac 40—and left
every jaw on the floor for every pair of eyeballs
fortunate enough to see it for themselves whether in
person or on
With the competition narrowing
the points gap behind leader Dustin Sorensen of
Rochester, Minn., a stop at his hometown track where he
has won several times before was just what the doctor
The stage was set with the
second-generation racer starting the 42-lap feature from
the fourth position, but one spot ahead for the drop of
the green flag was Jim Chisholm—and he finished one spot
ahead when the pair crossed door-to-door beneath the
checkered flags about 20 minutes later.
cautions slowed the pace—one on lap 28 and another on
lap 33—but neither played a factor as Chisholm and
Sorensen raced virtually side by side the entire
With three USMTS rookie racers earning
the first three spots on the starting grid, Chisholm
made quick work of front-row starters Parker Hale and
Shane DeVolder to take the lead out of the gate.
As quickly as Chisholm took control, Sorensen moved up
to take second and began to challenge the 19-year-old
from Osage, Iowa, for the top spot. Sorensen got the
lead from the two-time USRA B-Mod national champ on the
ninth lap, but Chisholm came right back to reach the
flagstand first two laps later.
regained the lead with 14 circuits in the books and led
through lap 20 when Chisholm fired back again to lead at
the halfway mark.
Meanwhile, back-to-back event
winner Jake O’Neil was running third and could smell the
exhaust from behind the lead duo. Sorensen led again on
lap 23 and looked to have a solid line around the racing
surface, but Chisholm bounded back again and was the
leader at lap 35 as he, Sorensen and O’Neil were
three-wide entering the first corner.
Sorensen’s high-flying efforts along the outside wall of
the track, Chisholm held on to garner $10,000 and his
second USMTS victory of the year while Sorensen padded
his points lead with a runner-up paycheck.
margin of victory at the finish line was just 0.122
second and, rightfully so, each led for 21 laps during
the 42-lap race which saw seven lead changes between
Less than 24 hours after his win at the
Mississippi Thunder Speedway, O’Neil recorded a solid
third-place finish from his 11th starting spot while
Jacob Bleess got a much-needed top-five and held off
Rodney Sanders for fourth.
Zack VanderBeek, who
started 14th, came home sixth but 20th-starting Tanner
Mullens advanced 13 positions to finish seventh and earn
the FK Rod ends Hard Charger Award. Dan Ebert, Cayden
Carter and Darron Fuqua completed the top 10.
Sorensen’s runner-up finish gave him a little more
breathing room over Mullens, who now sits 68 markers out
of first place in the battle to become the 2022 Summit
USMTS National Champion.
After finishing 11th and 12th in Saturday’s main event,
Terry Phillips and Dereck Ramirez remain third and
fourth in the standings, but took a hit in their hopes
to claim the title with just seven races remaining.
Sanders sits fifth in points and VanderBeek is
sixth. Assuming Sorensen attends all seven of the final
shows, they are the last competitors mathematically
alive to win the crown and Leon Ramirez Memorial Trophy
which carries a $100,000 check with it.
Jason Hughes, O'Neil and Fuqua fill out the rest of the
top 10 spots in the Summit USMTS National Championship
presented by RacinDirt.
The series returns to the
Deer Creek Speedway for the 24th Annual USMTS
Featherlite Fall Jamboree on Thursday, Friday and
Saturday, Sept. 22-24.
Road show to West
Union on Sunday: The fast and furious Fayette
County Speedway in West Union, Iowa, host the Summit
USMTS National Championship on Sunday with the third
straight $10,000-to-win clash of the Labor Day Weekend.
The first War in West Union was waged Sept. 16,
2008, with Jake Neal garnering his first and last USMTS
triumph. Ryan Gustin won in 2009 but the series didn’t
return until 2016 with Zack VanderBeek coming out on
Gustin became the event’s only two-time
winner in 2017 and the last four winners were Lucas
Schott, Rodney Sanders, Terry Phillips and defending
USMTS national champ Dereck Ramirez.
USRA Stock Cars, USRA B-Mods and USRA Hobby Stocks will
also be in action battling for Summit USRA Weekly Racing
Series national points.
The pits will open at 3
p.m. with grandstands open at 4. Qualifying kicks off at
5:30 with the first green flag at 6.
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United States Modified
Summit USMTS National Championship
presented by RacinDirt
17th Annual J&S JCB Fastrac 40
Deer Creek Speedway, Spring Valley, Minn.
Sept. 3, 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. (2) 49 Jake Timm, Winona, Minn.
2. (4) 19 Dustin Sorensen, Rochester, Minn.
65X Carlos Ahumada Jr., El Paso, Texas
4. (5) 99L
Steve Lavasseur, River Falls, Wis.
5. (8) 24 Brandon
Dolman, Alexandria, Minn.
6. (1) 21X Travis Saurer,
7. (7) 23K Darwin Karau, Kasson,
8. (9) 12M Nick Murgic, Rosemount, Minn.
(6) 45 Nick Stroupe, Iron Station, N.C.
FAST SHAFTS HEAT RACE #2 (8 laps):
1. (2) 20
Rodney Sanders, Happy, Texas
2. (1) 2G Brandon
Givens, Wichita, Kan.
4. (4) 02 Tanner Mullens,
5. (5) 4A Joel Alberts, Mantorville,
6. (7) 98D Mitchel Madery, Kasson, Minn.
(9) 77 Jacob Stark, Austin, Minn.
8. (8) 30 Dalton
Kirk, Edgerton, Kan.
9. (3) 51W J.T. Wasmund, Pine
EDELBROCK HEAT RACE #3 (8
1. (1) 28 Parker Hale, Grand Meadow,
2. (5) 21 Jacob Bleess, Chatfield, Minn.
(3) 4R Dereck Ramirez, Woodward, Okla.
4. (2) 94JR
John Doelle, Arcadia, Wis.
5. (8) 15W Alex
Williamson, Rushford, Minn.
6. (6) 56 Colton Horner,
7. (4) 12 Jason Hughes, Watts, Okla.
8. (9) 29H Joe Horgdal, Mantorville, Minn.
9. (7) 96
Taton Hansen, Spicer, Minn.
PERFORMANCE HEAT RACE #4 (8 laps):
1. (1) 60
Dan Ebert, Lake Shore, Minn.
2. (3) 44S Shane
DeVolder, Pacifica, Calif.
3. (4) 33Z Zack
VanderBeek, New Sharon, Iowa
4. (5) 38T Dylan
Thornton, Santa Maria, Calif.
5. (8) 4 Jeremy Nelson,
6. (2) 55H A.J. Hoff, Mantorville,
7. (7) 21K Kyle Brown, Madrid, Iowa
8C Chris Clark, Jackson, Wyo.
DNS – 50III Brandon
Davis, Hayfield, Minn.
VP RACING FUELS
HEAT RACE #5 (8 laps):
1. (2) 24C Jim
Chisholm, Osage, Iowa
2. (3) 75 Terry Phillips,
3. (1) 95 Keith Foss, Winona, Minn.
4. (5) 10C Cayden Carter, Oskaloosa, Iowa
5. (4) 87
Darron Fuqua, Mayetta, Kan.
6. (6) 19SB Lance Mari,
El Centro, Calif.
7. (7) 1A Dwaine Hanson, Lakefield,
8. (8) 209 Ron Ver Beek, Oskaloosa, Iowa
REAL RACING WHEELS “B” MAIN #1 (15 laps, top
1. (1) 4R Dereck Ramirez,
2. (2) 95 Keith Foss, Winona, Minn.
3. (3) 4 Jeremy Nelson, Alexandria, Minn.
4. (5) 94JR
John Doelle, Arcadia, Wis.
5. (4) 38T Dylan Thornton,
Santa Maria, Calif.
6. (9) 56 Colton Horner, Houston,
7. (6) 15W Alex Williamson, Rushford, Minn.
8. (7) 4A Joel Alberts, Mantorville, Minn.
29H Joe Horgdal, Mantorville, Minn.
10. (15) 96 Taton
Hansen, Spicer, Minn.
11. (8) 55H A.J. Hoff,
12. (14) 8C Chris Clark, Jackson,
13. (11) 23K Darwin Karau, Kasson, Minn.
(10) 77 Jacob Stark, Austin, Minn.
15. (12) 1A Dwaine
Hanson, Lakefield, Minn.
DNS – 51W J.T. Wasmund, Pine
REAL RACING WHEELS “B” MAIN
#2 (15 laps, top 6 advance):
1. (1) 33Z Zack
VanderBeek, New Sharon, Iowa
2. (4) 10C Cayden
Carter, Oskaloosa, Iowa
3. (6) 87 Darron Fuqua,
4. (2) 02 Tanner Mullens, Wichita, Kan.
5. (8) 21X Travis Saurer, Elizabeth, Minn.
6. (10) 12
Jason Hughes, Watts, Okla.
7. (5) 24 Brandon Dolman,
8. (7) 98D Mitchel Madery, Kasson,
9. (14) 209 Ron Ver Beek, Oskaloosa, Iowa
10. (12) 12M Nick Murgic, Rosemount, Minn.
30 Dalton Kirk, Edgerton, Kan.
12. (9) 19SB Lance
Mari, El Centro, Calif.
13. (3) 99L Steve Lavasseur,
River Falls, Wis.
14. (11) 21K Kyle Brown, Madrid,
DNS – 50III Brandon Davis, Hayfield, Minn.
DNS – 45 Nick Stroupe, Iron Station, N.C.
SUMMIT RACING EQUIPMENT “A” MAIN (42 laps):
1. (3) 24C Jim Chisholm, Osage, Iowa
2. (4) 19 Dustin
Sorensen, Rochester, Minn.
3. (11) 0 Jake O'Neil,
4. (6) 21 Jacob Bleess, Chatfield,
5. (8) 20 Rodney Sanders, Happy, Texas
(14) 33Z Zack VanderBeek, New Sharon, Iowa
7. (20) 02
Tanner Mullens, Wichita, Kan.
8. (7) 60 Dan Ebert,
Lake Shore, Minn.
9. (16) 10C Cayden Carter,
10. (18) 87 Darron Fuqua, Mayetta,
11. (9) 75 Terry Phillips, Springfield, Mo.
12. (13) 4R Dereck Ramirez, Woodward, Okla.
2G Brandon Givens, Wichita, Kan.
14. (19) 94JR John
Doelle, Arcadia, Wis.
15. (12) 65X Carlos Ahumada
Jr., El Paso, Texas
16. (1) 28 Parker Hale, Grand
17. (24) 12 Jason Hughes, Watts, Okla.
18. (21) 38T Dylan Thornton, Santa Maria, Calif.
(23) 56 Colton Horner, Houston, Texas
20. (26) 21K
Kyle Brown, Madrid, Iowa
21. (22) 21X Travis Saurer,
22. (15) 95 Keith Foss, Winona,
23. (25) 19SB Lance Mari, El Centro, Calif.
24. (2) 44S Shane DeVolder, Pacifica, Calif.
49 Jake Timm, Winona, Minn.
26. (17) 4 Jeremy Nelson,
Chisholm 1-8, Sorensen 9-10, Chisholm 11-13, Sorensen
14-20, Chisholm 21-22, Sorensen 23-34, Chisholm 35-42.
Total Laps Led: Chisholm 21, Sorensen
Margin of Victory: 0.122 second.
Time of Race: 20 minutes, 34.083
seconds (2 cautions).
FK Rod Ends Hard Charger:
Mullens (started 20th, finished 7th).
Sunday, Sept. 4, Fayette County Speedway, West Union,
Summit USMTS National Championship
Points: Sorensen 2592, Mullens 2524, Ramirez
2429, Phillips 2394, Sanders 2354, VanderBeek 2304,
Ebert 2199, Hughes 2194, O'Neil 2150, Fuqua 2025.
Grant Junghans USMTS Rookie of the Year Points:
Carter 2011, Brown 1820, DeVolder 1801,
Thornton 1735, Horner 1497.
USMTS Manufacturers Championship Points:
MBCustoms 261, Mullens 219, Hughes 207, VanderBuilt 185,
Compstar/JE Pistons USMTS Engine
Builder of the Year Points: Cornett 226, Action
195, Stoen 184, Mullens 170, Durham 155.
American Racer – Brown.
Beyea Custom Headers – Bleess.
BigDeal Car Care –
Bryke Racing – Ahumada.
Manufacturing – Saurer.
Champ Pans – Sanders.
Deatherage Opticians – Doelle.
Edelbrock – Hale.
Fast Shafts – Sanders.
FK Rod Ends – Mullens.
Hooker Harness – Ramirez.
Integra Racing Shocks &
Springs – Horner.
Keyser Manufacturing – Fuqua.
Engineering – Phillips.
KSE Racing Products – Carter.
Mel Hambelton Ford Racing – Sorensen.
Co. – Foss.
MSD Performance – Ebert.
Shocks – Givens.
PEM Racing Gears & Drivetrain –
QA1 – Timm.
RacerWebsite.com – Davis.
Simpson Performance Products – Timm.
Equipment – Davis, Madery, Saurer, Ver Beek.
Clean – Chisholm.
Swift Springs – Hughes, Chisholm,
Sybesma Graphics – Hale.
Tire Demon –
VP Racing Fuels – Chisholm.
& Racing Products – Hanson.
Wilwood Disc Brakes –
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