Finds USMTS Bounty in Fayette County
WEST UNION, Iowa (Sept. 6)—Terry
Phillips dug deep when he had to and muscled his way to
victory Sunday in the 8th Annual USMTS War in West Union
presented by Integra at the Fayette County Speedway.
The 54-year-old ace from Springfield, Mo., took his
familiar red No. 75 GRT Modified to the top side of the
semi-banked 3/8-mile clay oval with six laps complete
and powered around early leader Zack VanderBeek to make
the winning pass.
VanderBeek, who won this event in 2016, held the
point through the first two of three cautions. The first
happened on lap three when points leader Rodney Sanders
lost control in turn four. Mirroring his bobble, Jake
O’Neil made the same mistake three laps later.
Running in the top five at the time, both were lucky to
avoid contact but were relegated to the back of the
field for their respective restarts.
shot past VanderBeek when the green flag reappeared, but
‘The Z-Man’ battled back and stayed close but Phillips
was eventually able to seize control for good on the
The yellow flag waved for the final
time on lap 10 with the final 30 circuits staying green
and full throttle.
excursions for position were happening behind Phillips
as he reached lapped traffic for the first time on the
22nd lap. This allowed Tanner Mullens, who got by
VanderBeek on lap 14, to narrow the gap between himself
and the race leader.
After a near run-in with a
back-marker that allowed Mullens to pull to Phillips’
rear bumper, the leader quickly navigated through the
traffic and increased his advantage over Mullens. He was
never challenged again as he sped away to the 33rd main
event win of his career with the Summit USMTS National
Championship fueled by Casey’s.
The win tied him
with Jason Krohn for 10th on the all-time USMTS wins
list. Krohn won the first USMTS feature contested in
West Union, Iowa, in 2007. That event, however, was held
at the long-since-closed Echo Valley Speedway across
“The track had some character in it but it
was a pretty good racetrack. You could run both lanes
and that’s all we ask for,” Phillips said in victory
lane. “Congratulations to these guys that prepare this
track—I know it rained a bunch.
“There’s a little
bit of mud here—a little Mother Nature on it—but that’s
While Phillips put the $2,500 winner’s
check in his pocket, Mullens crossed the finish line
second while VanderBeek held on for a solid third-place
Although their original sixth and tenth
starting positions won’t tell the whole story on paper,
Sanders and O’Neil kept the fans entertained and their
fellow competitors frustrated with a pair of impressive
runs from the back of the pack after their earlier
Sanders was all the way back up to
fourth just past the halfway point, but a trio of fast
machines ahead of him and no more yellow flags left him
there at the checkered flag.
was right there with Sanders and bounded back to
complete the top five. Californian Lance Mari had his
best effort of the year with a sixth-place finish while
Jason Hughes, Lucas Schott, Dereck Ramirez and J.D.
Auringer rounded out the top 10.
Louisiana-Texas tripleheader in crosshairs:
Delayed nearly five months due to the pandemic panic,
the series will finally embark on a three-race adventure
through Louisiana and Texas next Friday, Saturday and
Sunday, Sept. 11-13.
Friday finds the
fire-breathing USMTS freaks at the Ark-La-Tex Speedway
in Vivian, La., for the 8th Annual USMTS Cajun Clash
presented by JE Pistons.
From there, it’s about a
40-minute commute to the Boothill Speedway in Greenwood,
La., for Saturday’s 5th Annual USMTS I-20 Showdown
presented by Champ Pans.
After a three-hour
westbound drive on Sunday, the swing reaches the
checkered flag at the RPM Speedway in Crandall, Texas,
for the 2nd Annual USMTS North Texas Nationals presented
by Penske Racing Shocks.
nears completion: With the recent cancellation
of the Southern Dirt Track Championship at the Texas
Motor Speedway Dirt Track, the USMTS lost another stop
due to COVID-19. Now, following the Sept. 11-13
tripleheader through Louisiana and Texas, just two
events and five nights of action remain.
victim of the China-born virus that invaded America, the
22nd Annual Featherlite Fall Jamboree presented by
Chevrolet Performance has been shortened to two days
instead of three. The mega-event takes place Friday and
Saturday, Sept. 25-26, at the Deer Creek Speedway in
Spring Valley, Minn.
The 2020 USMTS national
champion will emerge from the 2nd Annual Summit Southern
Nationals presented by Super Clean at the RPM Speedway
in Crandall, Texas, on Thursday, Friday and Saturday,
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
8th Annual USMTS War
in West Union presented by Integra
Speedway, West Union, Iowa
Sunday, Sept. 6, 2020
Showing finishing position, starting position in
parentheses, car number, driver, hometown,
chassis/engine builder and laps completed. All drivers
advanced to the Casey’s “A” Main and lined up by passing
points earned in the heat races with the top-8 drawing
for starting positions 1-8.
PERFORMANCE PRODUCTS HEAT RACE #1 (8 laps):
1. (2) 75 Terry Phillips, Springfield, Mo.
2. (3) 20
Rodney Sanders, Happy, Texas
3. (1) 4R Dereck
Ramirez, Woodward, Okla.
4. (6) 0 Jake O'Neil,
5. (4) 6 Casey Skyberg (R), Rapid City,
6. (5) 23B Brett Bumgardner, Hawkeye, Iowa
(8) 15W Alex Williamson (R), Rushford, Minn.
29H Joe Horgdal, Kasson, Minn.
SHAFTS HEAT RACE #2 (8 laps):
1. (3) 02
Tanner Mullens (R), Wichita, Kan.
2. (1) 71C Troy
Cordes, Dunkerton, Iowa
3. (6) 12 Jason Hughes,
4. (4) 65 Tyler Davis (R), Haysville,
5. (7) 00J J.D. Auringer, Waterloo, Iowa
(5) 8C Chris Clark, Jackson Hole, Wyo.
7. (2) 14M
Brian Mahlstedt (R), Ionia, Iowa
EDELBROCK HEAT RACE #3 (8 laps):
1. (1) 33Z
Zack VanderBeek, New Sharon, Iowa
2. (6) 19SB Lance
Mari, El Centro, Calif.
3. (5) 69 Lucas Schott,
4. (2) 91 Shawn Ryan, Waterloo, Iowa
5. (3) 23 Adam Kates, Tonganoxie, Kan.
6. (7) 02 Cole
Denner (R), New Hampton, Iowa
7. (4) 21 Brennen Chipp
(R), Dunkerton, Iowa
CASEY’S “A” MAIN (40
1. (4) 75 Terry Phillips,
Springfield, Mo., GRT/Durham, 40.
2. (8) 02 Tanner
Mullens (R), Wichita, Kan., Mullens/Mullens, 40.
(1) 33Z Zack VanderBeek, New Sharon, Iowa,
4. (6) 20 Rodney Sanders,
Happy, Texas, MBCustoms/Hartfield, 40.
5. (10) 0 Jake
O'Neil, Tucson, Ariz., LG2/Cornett, 40.
6. (2) 19SB
Lance Mari, El Centro, Calif., MRT/Yeoman, 40.
12 Jason Hughes, Watts, Okla., Hughes/Mullins, 40.
(7) 69 Lucas Schott, Chatfield, Minn., MBCustoms/, 40.
9. (9) 4R Dereck Ramirez, Woodward, Okla.,
10. (13) 00J J.D. Auringer,
Waterloo, Iowa, Rage/KSE, 40.
11. (11) 65 Tyler Davis
(R), Haysville, Kan., Hughes/Mullins, 40.
15W Alex Williamson (R), Rushford, Minn., SSR/KSE, 40.
13. (22) 29H Joe Horgdal, Kasson, Minn., Skyrocket/KSE,
14. (14) 6 Casey Skyberg (R), Rapid City, S.D.,
15. (12) 91 Shawn Ryan, Waterloo,
Iowa, DirtHustler/King, 40.
16. (17) 23B Brett
Bumgardner, Hawkeye, Iowa, Hughes/Midnight, 40.
(18) 8C Chris Clark, Jackson Hole, Wyo., GRT/Cornett,
18. (21) 21 Brennen Chipp (R), Dunkerton, Iowa,
19. (5) 71C Troy Cordes, Dunkerton,
Iowa, Rage/OHB, 28.
20. (15) 23 Adam Kates,
Tonganoxie, Kan., Jet/Speedway, 11.
21. (16) 02 Cole
Denner (R), New Hampton, Iowa, Skyrocket/ChevPerf, 2.
DNS – 14M Brian Mahlstedt (R), Ionia, Iowa, Hughes/LM,
(R) = Grant Junghans USMTS Rookie of the
VanderBeek 1-6, Phillips 7-40.
Led: Phillips 34, VanderBeek 6.
Margin of Victory: 1.833 seconds.
Time of Race: 18 minutes, 20.079 seconds (2
Eibach Spring Forward Award:
Mullens (advanced 8 positions).
FK Rod Ends
Hard Charger: Horgdal (started 22nd, finished
Race: Friday, Sept. 21, Ark-La-Tex Speedway,
Summit USMTS National
Championship fueled by Casey’s Points: Sanders
2851, Ramirez 2689, Hughes 2547, VanderBeek 2298, Davis
2195, Phillips 2193, Mullens 2011, Skyberg 1990,
Marriott 1976, Kates 1881.
USMTS Rookie of the Year Points: Mullens 2011,
Davis 1767, Iverson 1684, Skyberg 1579, Hagar 1069.
Jobbers Warehouse Supply USMTS Manufacturers
Championship Points: MBCustoms 276, Hughes 257,
GRT 196, VanderBuilt 174, Mullens 173.
Compstar/JE Pistons USMTS Engine Builder of the Year
Points: Hatfield 237, Cornett 215, Mullins 192,
Stoen 171, Mullens 162.
American Racer – Horgdal.
Custom Headers – Sanders.
BigDeal Car Care –
Bryke Racing – Ryan.
Manufacturing – Denner.
Champ Pans – O’Neil.
Deatherage Opticians – Williamson.
Eibach – Mullens.
Fast Shafts –
FK Rod Ends – Horgdal.
Forty9 Designs –
Hooker Harness – Davis.
Racing Shocks & Springs – Chipp.
Racing Parts – Clark.
K1 RaceGear by Ryan Bowers
Motorsports – Mullens.
Keyser Manufacturing –
KSE Racing Products – Ramirez.
Racing Oils – Phillips.
PEM Racing Gears & Drivetrain
Penske Racing Shocks – Horgdal.
RacerWebsite.com – Williamson.
Performance Products – Phillips.
Performance Filters – Mari.
Summit Racing Equipment –
Auringer, Bumgardner, Denner.
Super Clean – Phillips.
Swift Springs – Phillips, Cordes.
Sybesma Graphics –
Tire Demon – Mahlstedt.
Fuels – Phillips.
Wehrs Machine & Racing Products –
Wilwood Disc Brakes – Hughes.
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USMTS OFFICIAL SPONSORS:
American Racer Racing 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
USMTS 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, YouDirt.com.
SPONSORS: AFCO 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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