Jake O’Neil zeroed in on the lead at the drop of the
green flag and proceeded to run away and hide from the
field in Saturday’s caution-free 40-lap main event to
cap the 15th Annual J&S JCB USMTS Labor Day Duel at the
Deer Creek Speedway.
Dominates USMTS Duel at Deer Creek
His career-first win at ‘The
Creek’ was the eighth of his USMTS career and worth
$3,000 to the 28-year-old from Tucson, Arizona. It ties
him on the all-time wins list with Ryan Ruter, Tommy
Weder Jr., Ricky Thornton Jr. and Brandon Davis, who
finished third behind O’Neil in the main event and ended
his three-race win streak at the track.
shared the front row with polesitter Matt Leer and took
off from the pack at the start. With no cautions to aid
his pursuers, O’Neil built a lead of more than four
seconds at one point in the race, eventually beating
Tanner Mullens to the finish line by 1.228 seconds.
Behind Mullens, Davis passed seven cars to squeeze
onto the podium while Leer held on for a career-best
fourth-place finish before being disqualified in
post-race technical inspections for an unapproved
That moved Leer’s fellow Dairy
State driver David Baxter into the fourth finishing
position while defending Featherlite Fall Jamboree champ
Jacob Bleess rounded out the top five.
Schott followed his fellow Chatfield resident in sixth,
Dereck Ramirez finished seventh and gained just two
markers on points leader Rodney Sanders in eighth. Zack
VanderBeek nabbed the ninth spot and Jason Hughes
rounded out the top 10.
More than any other
racetrack in America, Saturday’s show was the 113th time
the Summit USMTS National Championship fueled by Casey’s
circled the Deer Creek Speedway, but due to an
unpredictable 2020 season it was also the longest hiatus
from the high-banked 3/8-mile clay oval in Spring
Valley, Minn., since the first race in 2002.
series last competed here September 21 of last year
during the final night of the 21st annual Featherlite
Fall Jamboree. This year’s Jamboree kicks off in just 20
days on Friday, September 25.
O’Neil is the 44th
different driver to take home a USMTS trophy from the
Deer Creek Speedway.
War in West Union:
The high-speed road show stops at the Fayette
County Speedway in West Union, Iowa, on Sunday for the
8th Annual USMTS War in West Union presented by Integra.
This will be the eighth visit by the USMTS since
2007 when Jason Krohn won the inaugural event here. Jake
Neal picked up his first and only USMTS victory the
following season, and Ryan Gustin won here in 2009.
Zack VanderBeek got the win in 2016 and Gustin
became the first two-time winner of this event in 2017.
Lucas Schott is the defending champion of the event.
For a second straight night, the Summit USMTS
National Championship fueled by Casey’s will be joined
by the Christie Door Company Iron Man Challenge built by
Medieval Chassis featuring American Racer USRA Stock
Cars and USRA B-Mods. Mensink Racing Products USRA Hobby
Stocks will complete the four-class card.
Fayette County Speedway is one of the oldest,
continuously running racetracks in Iowa. In the 1930s,
the Fayette County Fairgrounds was a horse track that
circled just about the entire fairgrounds. The present
pit area is the old back stretch for the former
In 1991, promoter Jerry Blue
built the 3/8-mile track that is raced on today. The
track is now operated by the Fayette County Ag Society
Race Committee. Their goal is to provide the best racing
show possible with 50/50 ticket proceeds going back into
facility improvements including recently renovated
women’s restrooms, updated concession stand and the new
The Fayette County Speedway
is a semi-banked 3/8-mile clay oval located 0.9 mile
south of US 18 on SR 150, then 0.1 mile east on SR 56
For more information, visit
fayettecountyspeedway.net and follow the track on
Currently, the 2020 schedule for the
Summit USMTS National Championship fueled by Casey’s is
highlighted by 40 nights of racing at 25 unique dirt
ovals for the 22nd season of competition for the world’s
Best of the Best in dirt modified racing.
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Modified Touring Series
Summit USMTS National
Championship fueled by Casey’s
15th Annual J&S JCB
USMTS Labor Day Duel presented by Eibach
Speedway, Spring Valley, Minn.
Saturday, Sept. 5,
Showing 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
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. (2) 33 Joe Ludemann, Grand Meadow, Minn.
2. (5) 0
Jake O'Neil, Tucson, Ariz.
3. (6) 33Z Zack
VanderBeek, New Sharon, Iowa
4. (3) 65 Tyler Davis
(R), Haysville, Kan.
5. (7) 23K Darwyn Karau, Kasson,
6. (4) 90 Ryan Wetzstein (R), West Concord,
7. (8) 77 Jacob Stark (R), Austin, Minn.
(1) 55 Cory Mahder, Elk Mound, Wis.
SHAFTS HEAT RACE #2 (8 laps):
1. (2) 30 Matt
Leer, Bruce, Wis.
2. (3) 69 Lucas Schott, Chatfield,
3. (4) 12 Jason Hughes, Watts, Okla.
19 Dustin Sorensen, Rochester, Minn.
5. (7) 23 Adam
Kates, Tonganoxie, Kan.
6. (5) 51W J.T. Wasmund (R),
Pine Island, Minn.
7. (8) 19SB Lance Mari, El Centro,
8. (1) 91R Shawn Ryan, Waterloo, Iowa
EDELBROCK HEAT RACE #3 (8 laps):
(2) 02 Tanner Mullens (R), Wichita, Kan.
2. (3) 50III
Brandon Davis, Hayfield, Minn.
3. (5) 20 Rodney
Sanders, Happy, Texas
4. (1) 23B Brett Bumgardner,
5. (6) 4A Joel Alberts, Mantorville,
6. (7) 209 Ron Ver Beek Oskaloosa, Iowa
(4) 29H Joe Horgdal, Kasson, Minn.
PERFORMANCE HEAT RACE #4 (8 laps):
1. (3) 21
Jacob Bleess, Chatfield, Minn.
2. (6) 6 Casey Skyberg
(R), Rapid City, S.D.
3. (4) 15W Alex Williamson (R),
4. (7) 555 Ryan Ruter, Kanawha, Iowa
5. (5) 8C Chris Clark, Jackson Hole, Wyo.
6. (1) 31
Bill Stettner (R), Inver Grove Heights, Minn.
777 Al Hejna, Clear Lake, Iowa
FUELS HEAT RACE #5 (8 laps):
1. (2) 35B
David Baxter (R), Eau Claire, Wis.
2. (4) 4R Dereck
Ramirez, Woodward, Okla.
3. (5) 75 Terry Phillips,
4. (6) 36K Jayden Larson (R),
5. (7) 13 Ryan Konkel, Winona, Minn.
6. (3) 7J Corey Jones (R), Zimmerman, Minn.
14M Brian Mahlstedt, Ionia, Iowa
RACING WHEELS “B” MAIN #1 (12 laps, top 5 advance):
1. (1) 75 Terry Phillips, Springfield, Mo.
29H Joe Horgdal, Mantorville, Minn.
3. (8) 90 Ryan
Wetzstein (R), West Concord, Minn.
4. (4) 65 Tyler
Davis (R), Haysville, Kan.
5. (2) 15w Alex Williamson
(R), Rushford, Minn.
6. (10) 77 Jacob Stark (R),
Austin, Minn., LG2/KSE, $75.
7. (13) 91 Shawn Ryan,
Waterloo, Iowa, DirtHustler/King, $75.
8. (9) 31 Bill
Stettner (R), Inver Grove Heights, Minn., Shaw/Adams,
9. (6) 13 Ryan Konkel (R), Winona, Minn.,
10. (12) 14m Brian Mahlstedt
(R), Ionia, Iowa, Hughes/LM, $75.
11. (7) 8c Chris
Clark, Jackson, Wyo., GRT/Cornett, $190.
12. (3) 19
Dustin Sorensen, Rochester, Minn.
13. (5) 23K Darwin
Karau, Kasson, Minn., Killer/Flyin’J, $75.
REAL RACING WHEELS “B” MAIN #2 (12 laps, top 5
1. (1) 12 Jason Hughes, Watts,
2. (3) 36k Jayden Larson (R), Mankato, Minn.
3. (7) 209 Ron Ver Beek, Oskaloosa, Iowa.
4. (6) 4a
Joel Alberts, Kasson, Minn.
5. (8) 51w J.T. Wasmund
(R), Pine Island, Minn.
6. (10) 19sb Lance Mari,
Imperial, Calif., MRT/Yeoman, $90.
7. (5) 23 Adam
Kates, Tonganoxie, Kan.
8. (2) 555 Ryan Ruter, Clear
Lake, Iowa, Sidebiter/ChevPerf, $75.
9. (4) 23b Brett
Bumgardner, Hawkeye, Iowa, SSR/Midnight, $75.
7J Cory Jones (R), Zimmerman, Minn., VanderBuilt/Tim’s,
11. (11) 777 Al Hejna, Clear Lake, Iowa,
12. (12) 55 Cory Mahder, Elk
Mound, Wis., MBCustoms/Power Line, $75.
CASEY’S “A” MAIN (40 laps):
1. (2) 0 Jake
O'Neil, Tucson, Ariz., LG2/Cornett, 40, $3000.
02 Tanner Mullens (R), Wichita, Kan., Mullens/Mullens,
3. (10) 50III Brandon Davis, Medford,
Minn., Tri-Built/KSE, 40, $1100.
4. (3) 35B David
Baxter (R), Eau Clare, Wis., Rocket/Baxter, 40, $800.
5. (6) 21 Jacob Bleess, Chatfield, Minn.,
VanderBuilt/KSE, 40, $800.
6. (9) 69 Lucas Schott,
Chatfield, Minn., MBCustoms/Hill, 40, $700.
7. (7) 4r
Dereck Ramirez, Woodward, Okla., Hughes/Cornett, 40,
8. (12) 20 Rodney Sanders, Happy, Texas,
MBCustoms/Hatfield, 40, $600.
9. (11) 33Z Zack
VanderBeek, New Sharon, Iowa, VanderBuilt/Stoen, 40,
10. (14) 12 Jason Hughes, Watts, Okla.,
Hughes/Mullins, 40, $500.
11. (13) 75 Terry Phillips,
Springfield, Mo., GRT/Durham, 40, $450.
12. (24) 19
Dustin Sorensen, Rochester, Minn., MBCustoms/Action, 40,
13. (22) 51W J.T. Wasmund (R), Pine Island,
Minn., DirtDueler/Baiers, 40, $275.
14. (20) 4A Joel
Alberts, Kasson, Minn., VanderBuilt/Stoen, 40, $350.
15. (15) 29H Joe Horgdal, Mantorville, Minn.,
Skyrocket/KSE, 39, $250.
16. (5) 6 Casey Skyberg (R),
Rapid City, S.D., Lethal/Mullins, 40, $300.
36K Jayden Larson (R), Mankato, Minn., MBCustoms/Stoen,
18. (17) 90 Ryan Wetzstein (R), West
Concord, Minn., MBCustoms/Stoen, 40, $250.
19. (8) 33
Joe Ludemann, Grand Meadow, Minn., LG2/Baiers, 38, $250.
20. (21) 15W Alex Williamson (R), Rushford, Minn.,
SSR/KSE, 25, $300.
21. (18) 209 Ron Ver Beek,
Oskaloosa, Iowa, IROC/ChevPerf, 17, $250.
22. (19) 65
Tyler Davis (R), Haysville, Kan., Hughes/Mullins, 14,
23. (23) 23 Adam Kates, Tonganoxie, Kan.,
Jet/Speedway, 0, $300.
DQ – (1) 30 Matt Leer, Bruce,
Wis., MBCustoms/Stoen, 40, $300.
(R) = Grant
Junghans USMTS Rookie of the Year contender
Total Laps Led: O’Neil 40.
Margin of Victory: 1.228 seconds.
Time of Race: 11 minutes, 46.051 seconds (no
Eibach Spring Forward Award:
Wasmund (advanced 11 positions).
FK Rod Ends
Hard Charger: Wasmund (started 22nd, finished
Race: Sunday, Sept. 6, Fayette County Speedway,
West Union, Iowa.
Summit USMTS National
Championship fueled by Casey’s Points: Sanders
2764, Ramirez 2615, Hughes 2469, VanderBeek 2206, Davis
2125, Phillips 2090, Hunter Marriott 1976, Skyberg 1926,
Mullens 1916, Calvin Iverson 1850.
Junghans USMTS Rookie of the Year Points:
Mullens 1916, Davis 1755, Calvin Iverson 1684, Skyberg
1570, Nathan Hagar 1069.
Supply USMTS Manufacturers Championship Points:
MBCustoms 269, Hughes 253, GRT 186, VanderBuilt 166,
Compstar/JE Pistons USMTS Engine
Builder of the Year Points: Hatfield 230,
Cornett 209, Mullins 188, Stoen 163, Mullens 153.
Racer – Williamson.
Beyea Custom Headers – Baxter.
BigDeal Car Care – O’Neil, Williamson.
Bryke Racing –
BSB Manufacturing – Ver Beek.
Deatherage Opticians – Sorensen.
Edelbrock – Mullens.
Eibach – Wasmund.
FK Rod Ends – Wasmund.
Forty9 Designs –
Hooker Harness – Phillips.
Integra Racing Shocks & Springs – Wetzstein.
Motorsports Racing Parts – Larson.
K1 RaceGear by
Ryan Bowers Motorsports – Stark.
KSE Racing Products – VanderBeek.
Racing Oils – O’Neil.
Mesilla Valley Transportation –
PEM Racing Gears & Drivetrain – Ver Beek.
Penske Racing Shocks – Wasmund.
QA1 – Hughes.
RacerWebsite.com – Mari.
Simpson Performance Products
Spyder High Performance Filters – Schott.
Summit Racing Equipment – Alberts, Karau, Ver Beek.
Super Clean – O’Neil.
Swift Springs – O’Neil, Davis.
Sybesma Graphics – Leer.
Tire Demon – Davis.
Racing Fuels – O’Neil.
Wehrs Machine & Racing
Products – Karau.
Wilwood Disc Brakes – Ramirez.
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Chevrolet Performance, Compstar Performance Engine
Components by Callies, CP-Carrillo, Dirt Draft, Eibach,
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Motorsports, KS Engineering, KSE Racing Products,
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Performance, MTN DEW Zero Sugar, MyRacePass, Nitroquest
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Rancho Milagro Racing, Rivers Edge Scrap Management,
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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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