First USMTS Win in Summit Southern Nationals Opener at
Sartain survived a wild 35-lap main event Thursday to
claim his first victory with the Summit USMTS National
Championship fueled by Casey’s as the RPM Speedway in
Crandall, Texas, kicked off the 3rd Annual Summit
You knew it was going to be a
wild night when Sartain and Bobby Malchus both came from
dead last to win the first two heat races—it was a sign
of things to come in the feature race that saw four
different leaders and eight lead changes.
the outside of the front row, Malchus snagged the lead
from polesitter Bo Day when the green flag waved over
the sticky fast bullring but Day was able to wrestle the
lead away two laps later.
Day, who captured his
first USMTS victory on March 6 at the nearby Big O
Speedway in Ennis, remained the leader through lap five
when the front-end of Fito Gallardo’s racecar washed out
and launched him into the left front of Day.
Before another lap could be completed, caution waved for
an infield tractor tire that found its way onto the
racing surface. Back under green, damage to Day’s
machine caused him to spin in front of the field in the
first turn to end his night.
Gallardo assumed the
lead with Sartain, Malchus, Jason Hughes and Cody
Leonard giving chase. Sartain briefly inched ahead of
Gallardo to lead lap 8 but the 2015 USRA Modified
national champ sped back by Sartain to regain the spot
with nine laps complete.
Heavy lapped traffic
greeted the leaders on lap 12 and Gallardo was able to
put some distance between himself and Sartain for a few
laps before they were nose-to-tail again at the race’s
halfway point when Gallardo nearly stopped in turn four
to keep from spinning.
As he maneuvered between
two tire barriers, Sartain shot past to lead Gallardo at
the flagstand. Gallardo fought back to the inside as
they raced out of turn three but Sartain shut the door
when they reached the third turn.
around Gallardo the next lap and proceeded to reel in
Sartain as the laps wound down. He was glued to
Sartain’s bumper for several laps when Sartain’s IRP
Race Car got upset in turn four coming to complete lap
33 of 35.
Taking advantage of the opening,
Leonard shot underneath and took the lead away with two
laps remaining. Sartain, who competed at the RPM
Speedway all season long, backed his racecar into the
cushion in turn one and launched across turn two,
crossing over Leonard and regaining the top spot.
Sartain was back in front when they reached the
white flag and kept it low and slow the final lap to
secure the $2,000 top prize while Leonard settled for
the runner-up position.
Gallardo emerged on the
final lap to make it a three-way race for the win and
wound up third with 2020 track champion Clyde Dunn Jr.
finishing fourth after starting 12th.
held on to take fifth while Philip Houston, Hughes,
Brooks Strength, Chris Henigan and Terry Phillips, who
started 25th using a provisional, rounded out the top
Unable to finish the race, Rodney Sanders
finished 21st on the final score sheet but officially
clinched the 2020 USMTS national championship while
Dereck Ramirez, who also dropped out of the race and
finished 19th, secured the second spot in the final
More to come Friday and Saturday:
The RPM Speedway in Crandall, Texas, will host
two more nights of the Summit Southern Nationals on
Friday and Saturday with a complete program of
qualifying heat races and feature events both nights.
USMTS drivers will battle for a $2,000 top prize
Friday and Saturday’s championship finale pays $5,000 to
win. Meanwhile, Sunoco USRA Factory Stocks will be
competing for $1,250 to win Friday and $1,500 to win
Saturday while USRA Limited Mods are gunning for $1,700
to win both nights courtesy of Blackwell Construction.
Blackwell will also be auctioning off a race-ready
Limited Mod to be given away Saturday night. Tickets
will be sold in the grandstands and pits Friday and
Saturday and are only $10 per ticket.
join the card Friday and Saturday.
The pits open
at 2:00 p.m., the drivers meeting starts at 5:30 and
racing gets underway at 6:00 both days. However, if the
high temperature is more than 70 degrees, all times are
one half-hour later that day.
Every lap in every
division every night will be broadcast live at
The RPM Speedway is a 1/4-mile
semi-banked dirt oval located southeast of Crandall on
US 175 E to CR 4106 (Bud Stoy Rd. exit) to the
intersection of CR 4104. The physical address is 1267 Co
Rd 4106, Crandall, TX 75114.
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Modified Touring Series
Summit USMTS National
Championship fueled by Casey’s
3rd Annual Summit
Southern Nationals – Night 1 of 3
Thursday, November 5, 2020
Showing finishing position, starting position in
parentheses, car number, driver, hometown,
chassis/engine builder, money won 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
PRODUCTS HEAT RACE #1 (8 laps):
1. (9) 47
Jack Sartain, Terrell, Texas.
2. (2) 20 Rodney
Sanders, Happy, Texas.
3. (3) 65 Tyler Davis (R),
4. (8) 88XXX Clyde Dunn Jr.,
5. (7) J17 Jake Gallardo, Las
6. (4) 21 David Winslett, Bossier City,
7. (6) M5 Dustin Mooney (R), Mesquite, Texas.
8. (5) 71M Chad Melton, Mineral Wells, Texas.
1H Brad Bracey (R), Mabank, Texas.
SHAFTS HEAT RACE #2 (8 laps):
1. (9) 4M
Bobby Malchus, Maypearl, Texas.
2. (4) 99 Jeff
Needham (R), Ennis, Texas.
3. (1) 71 Philip Houston,
4. (2) 6 Casey Skyberg (R), Rapid
5. (6) 65X Carlos Ahumada Jr., Canutillo,
6. (7) 2G Brandon Givens (R), Wichita, Kan.
7. (3) 77 Ronnie Yanacsek (R), Amarillo, Texas.
(5) 8 Wesley Summers, Odessa, Mo.
9. (8) 82 Max Eddie
Thomas, Wills Point, Texas.
HEAT RACE #3 (8 laps):
1. (4) G17 Fito
Gallardo, Las Cruces, N.M.
2. (6) 88R A.J. Vasquez,
Garden City, Mich.
3. (3) 15G Dennie Gieber,
4. (7) 02 Tanner Mullens (R),
5. (1) 64 Casey Fowler (R), Grand
6. (5) 56 Broc Bowen (R), Fannin,
7. (9) 37H Neil Manchester (R), Magnolia,
8. (2) 503 Jason Miles (R), Glenwood, Ark.
9. (8) 13J James McCreery (R), Midlothian, Texas.
MSD PERFORMANCE HEAT RACE #4 (8 laps):
1. (2) 12 Jason Hughes, Watts, Okla.
2. (6) 4R Dereck
Ramirez, Woodward, Okla..
3. (1) 91 Joe Duvall,
4. (7) 15 Kale Westover, Blair,
5. (9) 24 Manuel Williams II (R), Fouke, Ark.
6. (5) 12 Lucas Lee, Paris, Tenn.
7. (3) 75 Terry
Phillips, Springfield, Mo.
8. (4) 75 Patrick Daniel
(R), Wills Point, Texas.
9. (8) 4R Kevin Rowland,
VP RACING FUELS HEAT RACE
#5 (8 laps):
1. (4) 12 Cody Leonard (R),
2. (1) 444 Brooks Strength (R),
3. (8) 4 Bo Day (R), Caddo Mills,
4. (2) 16 Chris Henigan, Marshall, Texas.
5. (7) K9 Dustin Hyde, Texarkana, Texas.
6. (3) D25
David Tanner, Wichita Falls, Texas.
7. (6) 8 Skip
O'Neal, Midlothian, Texas.
8. (5) 12 Jason Ingalls,
REAL RACING WHEELS “B”
MAIN #1 (15 laps, top 6 advance):
1. (2) 65
Tyler Davis (R), Haysville, Kan.
2. (1) 02 Tanner
Mullens (R), Wichita, Kan.
3. (4) 24 Manuel Williams
II (R), Fouke, Ark.
4. (3) 15G Dennie Gieber,
5. (5) 16 Chris Henigan, Marshall,
6. (6) K9 Dustin Hyde, Texarkana, Texas.
(14) 75 Patrick Daniel (R), Wills Point, Texas,
8. (8) 21 David Winslett, Bossier
City, La., GRT/TwinCity, $50.
9. (9) 12 Lucas Lee,
Paris, Tenn., Hughes/Mullins, $50.
10. (12) 8 Skip
O'Neal, Midlothian, Texas, Rocket/Wells, $50.
(15) 1H Brad Bracey (R), Mabank, Texas, GRT/Shoulders,
12. (10) 37H Neil Manchester (R), Magnolia,
Texas, BillsBuilt/AARE, $50.
13. (13) 8 Wesley
Summers, Odessa, Mo., GRT/Hess, $50.
14. (7) 64 Casey
Fowler (R), Grand Salina, Texas, MBCustoms/Kraft, $50.
15. (16) 13J James McCreery (R), Midlothian, Texas,
16. (11) 77 Ronnie Yanacsek
(R), Amarillo, Texas, Rocket/PPE, $50.
REAL RACING WHEELS “B” MAIN #2 (10 laps, top 6 advance):
1. (2) 71 Philip Houston, Odessa, Texas.
2. (1) 15
Kale Westover, Blair, Okla.
3. (3) 91 Joe Duvall,
4. (6) 65X Carlos Ahumada Jr.,
5. (10) M5 Dustin Mooney (R),
6. (15) 82 Max Eddie Thomas, Wills
7. (7) 2G Brandon Givens (R), Wichita,
Kan., Hughes/Mullins, $50.
8. (12) 71M Chad Melton,
Mineral Wells, Texas, Harris/Mullins, $50.
503 Jason Miles (R), Glenwood, Ark., Shaw/Kuntz, $50.
10. (4) 6 Casey Skyberg (R), Rapid City, S.D.
37H Scooter Manchester (R), Houston, Texas.
D25 David Tanner, Wichita Falls, Texas, Western
13. (8) 56 Broc Bowen (R), Fannin,
Texas, MBCustoms/Fletcher, $50.
14. (11) 75 Terry
Phillips, Springfield, Mo.
15. (16) 4R Kevin Rowland,
Forney, Texas, MBCustoms/, $50.
16. (14) 12 Jason
Ingalls, Longview, Texas, IRP/Shipley, $50.
J17 Jake Gallardo, Las Cruces, N.M., LG2/ProPower, $50.
SUMMIT RACING EQUIPMENT “A” MAIN (35laps):
1. (8) 47 Jack Sartain, Terrell, Texas, IRP/Sartain, 35,
2. (5) 12 Cody Leonard (R), Sinton, Texas,
Longhorn/Wells, 35, $1500.
3. (6) G17 Fito Gallardo,
Las Cruces, N.M., GRC/ProPower, 35, $1000.
88XXX Clyde Dunn Jr., Rockwall, Texas,
MBCustoms/Mullins, 35, $700.
5. (2) 4M Bobby Malchus,
Maypearl, Texas, MBCustoms/Wells, 35, $600.
71 Philip Houston, Odessa, Texas, MBCustoms/KPE, 35,
7. (4) 12 Jason Hughes, Watts, Okla.,
Hughes/Mullins, 35, $450.
8. (11) 444 Brooks Strength
(R), Raymond, Miss., MBCustoms/Stoen, 35, $400.
(21) 16 Chris Henigan, Marshall, Texas, GRT/Stoen, 35,
10. (25) 75 Terry Phillips, Springfield, Mo.,
GRT/Durham, 35, $325.
11. (20) 65X Carlos Ahumada
Jr., Canutillo, Texas, Hughes/BMS, 35, $300.
65 Tyler Davis (R), Haysville, Kan., Hughes/Mullins, 34,
13. (22) M5 Dustin Mooney (R), Mesquite, Texas,
/, 34, $250.
14. (17) 24 Manuel Williams II (R),
Fouke, Ark., Bandit/Craft, 34, $250.
15. (26) 6 Casey
Skyberg (R), Rapid City, S.D., Lethal/Mullins, 34, $250.
16. (9) 99 Jeff Needham (R), Ennis, Texas,
Skyrocket/Wells, 34, $250.
17. (16) 15 Kale Westover,
Blair, Okla. WesternFlyer/Knowles, 34, $250.
88R A.J. Vasquez, Garden City, Mich., Hughes/Farris, 32,
19. (3) 4R Dereck Ramirez, Woodward, Okla.,
Hughes/Cornett, 25, $250.
20. (19) 15G Dennie Gieber,
Frankston, Texas, GRT/AMS, 22, $250.
21. (10) 20
Rodney Sanders, Happy, Texas, MBCustoms/Hatfield, 20,
22. (15) 02 Tanner Mullens (R), Wichita, Kan.,
Mullens/Mullens, 12, $250.
23. (24) 82 Max Eddie
Thomas, Wills Point, Texas, IRP/Shoulders, 6, $250.
24. (1) 4 Bo Day (R), Caddo Mills, Texas,
MBCustoms/Mullins, 6, $250.
25. (18) 91 Joe Duvall,
Claremore, Okla., MBCustoms/BMS, 6, $250.
26. (23) K9
Dustin Hyde, Texarkana, Texas, IRP/ChevPerf, 6, $250.
(R) = Grant Junghans USMTS Rookie of the Year
Malchus 1-2, Day 3-5, F.
Gallardo 5-7, Sartain 8, F. Gallardo 9-17, Sartain
18-32, Leonard 33, Sartain 34-35.
Led: Sartain 18, F. Gallardo 12, Malchus 2, Day
2, Leonard 1.
Margin of Victory:
Time of Race: 14
minutes, 47.094 seconds ( caution).
Provisional Starters: Phillips, Skyberg.
Eibach Spring Forward Award: Mooney
(advanced 13 positions).
FK Rod Ends Hard
Charger: Henigan (started 21st, finished 9th).
November 6, RPM Speedway, Crandall, Texas.
Summit USMTS National Championship fueled by Casey’s
Points: Sanders 3372, Ramirez 3160, Hughes
2994, Zack VanderBeek 2725, Phillips 2627, Davis 2581,
Mullens 2439, Skyberg 2364, Duvall 2113, Adam Kates
Grant Junghans USMTS Rookie of the Year
Points: Mullens 2140, Davis 1795, Calvin
Iverson 1698, Skyberg 1628, Nathan Hagar 1265.
Jobbers Warehouse Supply USMTS Manufacturers
Championship Points: MBCustoms 326, Hughes 303,
GRT 226, VanderBuilt 207, Mullens 200.
Compstar/JE Pistons USMTS Engine Builder of the Year
Points: Hatfield 280, Cornett 261, Mullins 225,
Stoen 205, Mullens 185.
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