Dotson drives to
first USMTS win at Kennedale
KENNEDALE, Texas (March
2)--After losing two of the
weekend's three events, the Summit
USMTS Southern Series powered by
Production Jars invaded the
Kennedale Speedway Park on Friday
for the third round of the Summit
USMTS Winter Speedweeks, and the wet
Texas week finished off with a
fantastic finish for the history
After scoring the most
heat race passing points, Clyde Dunn
Jr. redrew the pole position for the
start of the 40-lap Summit Racing
Equipment "A" Main but after
catching a rut in the first turn a
flat tire sent him to the pits along
with two others as caution waved off
the initial start.
Junghans USMTS Rookie of the Year
contender Ethan Dotson of
Bakersfield, Calif., set the pace
for the restart and pulled out to a
sizeable lead with two-time USMTS
national champ Rodney Sanders in
Lapped traffic came into
play with eight laps in the books,
and Sanders used it to his advantage
to squeeze underneath Dotson and
grab the lead while Jack Sartain,
Kevin Rutherford and 17th-starting
Cade Dillard filling the rest of the
first five spots.
stretched his lead over the next ten
laps and began to put drivers
running among the top ten a lap
Meanwhile, Dunn had
worked his way back up to eighth
after restarting the race at the
rear of the pack but suffered a
second flat tire and exited the
20 down, officials cut the distance
to 35 laps due to the rough
conditions, but Dotson was reeling
in Sanders and pulled even as the
pair streaked beneath the white
Sanders went low
entering the final corner while
Dotson scraped the mud off the
outside concrete wall. Sanders slid
up as he exited turn four as Dotson
crossed over underneath.
Coming to the checkered flag, it
looked as if a photo-finish was
inevitable but Sanders suddenly
slowed-a victim of a broken
transmission-as Dotson scooted
underneath and crossed the finish
line first to score his first USMTS
"No way I ever
thought we could get a win this
early on, this is awesome," Dotson
told USMTS announcer Chris Stepan in
victory lane after just his third
career USMTS start. "I wish my
family could be here for his. Dad,
we did it."
turned 19 in January, is travelling
with Joe Duvall and crew chief Scott
Drake this season, Both drivers are
utilizing a Chevrolet Performance
CT-525 crate engine.
thank Joe and Scott enough for
giving me this opportunity and their
priceless feedback," he added. "When
Rodney got by me I just wanted to
stay with him. I saw him slow there
at the end and I crossed him over
and was just able to get by.
"This is just awesome."
the race shortened to 35 laps,
Sanders was able to get the
runner-up paycheck with Dillard
charging to the third spot. Another
rookie, Zane Ferrell, finished
fourth and Johnny Scott passed 15
cars en route to a fifth-place
Bonner, Mitchell, Bryan Rowland and
Bobby Malchus rounded out the top
The 9th Annual Summit
USMTS Winter Speedweeks continues
this Friday, Saturday and Sunday,
March 9-11, when the USMTS invades
three of the fastest dirt tracks in
Mississippi for a two-fer featuring
the Summit USMTS Southern Series and
USMTS Hunt for the Casey's Cup.
The titanic tripleheader gets
started Friday at the historic
Jackson Motor Speedway in Byram with
gates opening at 5:30 and racing at
7:30 with Crate Late Models,
Sportmans and Factory Stocks also on
Then on Saturday
the touring titans of the USMTS
bring the boom to the "House of
Hook" at the Whynot Motorsports Park
in Meridian with racing at 6:30 and
six big divisions of racing.
The action reaches a boiling point
on Sunday as the meanest machines in
America make their maiden voyage to
the legendary Magnolia Motor
Speedway in Columbus for a
wheel-to-wheel showdown at "The Mag"
with four classes in action and the
green flag waving at 5:15.
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United States Modified Touring
Summit USMTS Southern
Series powered by Production Jars
9th Annual Summit USMTS Winter
Speedweeks presented by MSD
Performance - Round 3 of 6
Kennedale Speedway Park, Kennedale,
Friday, March 2, 2018
Showing finishing position,
starting position in parentheses,
car number, driver, hometown,
chassis/engine builder, laps
completed and money won.
PRODUCTS HEAT RACE #1 (8 laps):
1. (2) 20 Rodney Sanders,
2. (3) 21
Austin Bonner, Elk City, Okla.
(5) 65 Carlos Ahumada Jr. (R),
4. (6) 14t
Triston Dycus, Waxahachie, Texas.
5. (8) 4m Bobby Malchus, Red Oak,
6. (7) 97 Cade Dillard,
7. (1) 56 Troy
Taylor, Midlothian, Texas.
19 Robert McKinney, Alvarado, Texas.
9. (9) 4r Dereck Ramirez, Woodward,
HEAT RACE #2 (8 laps):
1. (7) 88xxx Clyde Dunn Jr.,
2. (2) 24z Zane
Ferrell (R), Hermitage, Ark.
(4) 2s Stormy Scott, Las Cruces,
4. (1) 60 William Gould,
5. (3) 91 Joe
Duvall, Claremore, Okla.
52 John Gober, Poolville, Texas.
7. (9) 88r A.J. Vasquez (R), Garden
8. (6) 4 Bo Day (R),
9. (5) 23 Adam
Kates, Tonganoxie, Kan.
EDELBROCK HEAT RACE #3 (8
1. (5) 47 Jack
Sartain, Terrelll, Texas.
4v Billy Vogel, West Fargo, N.D.
3. (6) 71 Chad Melton, Mineral
4. (3) 130 Chase
Allen, Midlothian, Texas.
24M Manuel Williams II (R), Fouke,
6. (8) 151 Tommy Williams,
7. (2) 24
Manuel Williams Sr. (R), Fouke, Ark.
8. (4) A1 Phil Dixon, Crosby, Texas.
9. (9) 33f Jardin Fuller (R),
RACING FUELS HEAT RACE #4 (8 laps):
1. (1) 174 Ethan Dotson (R),
2. (2) 9
Kevin Rutherford, Flower Mound,
3. (3) 23 Logan Robertson,
4. (4) 20R Bryan
Rowland, Woodward, Okla.
5. (5) 5
Jon Mitchell, Texarkana, Texas.
6. (7) 75 Patrick Daniel, Wills
7. (8) 1st Johnny
Scott, Cameron, Mo.
8. (6) 57
Mark Shipman, Grandview, Texas.
9. (9) 20t Bailey Rowland, Woodward,
WHEELS "B" MAIN #1 (12 laps, top 5
1. (1) 14t
Triston Dycus, Waxahachie, Texas.
2. (2) 60 William Gould, Calera,
3. (6) 97 Cade Dillard,
4. (3) 20R Bryan
Rowland, Woodward, Okla.
91 Joe Duvall, Claremore, Okla.
6. (5) 52 John Gober, Poolville,
Texas, CAM/ChevPerf, $75.
A1 Phil Dixon, Crosby, Texas,
8. (8) 56 Troy
Taylor, Midlothian, Texas,
9. (9) 19 Robert
McKinney, Alvarado, Texas,
10. (7) 88r
A.J. Vasquez (R), Garden City,
Mich., Hughes/Farris, $90.
(11) 4r Dereck Ramirez, Woodward,
Okla., Hughes/Cornett, $0.
(12) 33f Jardin Fuller (R), Memphis,
Mo., Hughes/Mullins, $0.
REAL RACING WHEELS "B" MAIN
#2 (12 laps, top 5 advance):
1. (2) 130 Chase Allen, Midlothian,
2. (4) 5 Jon Mitchell,
3. (3) 24M
Manuel Williams II (R), Fouke, Ark.
4. (7) 1st Johnny Scott, Cameron,
5. (5) 151 Tommy Williams,
6. (12) 20t
Bailey Rowland, Woodward, Okla.,
23 Adam Kates, Tonganoxie, Kan.,
(10) 57 Mark Shipman, Grandview,
Texas, GRT/ChevPerf, $75.
75 Patrick Daniel, Wills Point,
Texas, LG2/Wells, $75.
10. (9) 4
Bo Day (R), Greenville, Texas.
11. (1) 4m Bobby Malchus, Red Oak,
12. (8) 24 Manuel Williams
Sr. (R), Fouke, Ark., Bandit/Kraft,
EQUIPMENT "A" MAIN (35 laps):
1. (2) 174 Ethan Dotson (R),
20 Rodney Sanders, Worthington,
Minn., MBCustoms/Hatfield, $1700.
3. (17) 97 Cade Dillard, Robeline,
La., MBCustoms/Knowles, $1200.
(5) 24z Zane Ferrell (R), Hermitage,
Ark., MBCustoms/ASI, $1000.
(20) 1st Johnny Scott, Cameron, Mo.,
9 Kevin Rutherford, Flower Mound,
Texas, MBCustoms/ASI, $700.
(6) 21 Austin Bonner, Elk City,
Okla., MBCustoms/Karl, $600.
(16) 5 Jon Mitchell, Texarkana,
Texas, MBCustoms/Sput's, $500.
(19) 20R Bryan Rowland, Woodward,
Okla., BlackWidow/ProPower, $450.
10. (23) 4m Bobby Malchus, Red Oak,
Texas, Rocket/Wells, $400.
(7) 47 Jack Sartain, Terrelll,
Texas, BillsBuilt/3D, $325.
(1) 88xxx Clyde Dunn Jr., Rockwall,
Texas, MBCustoms/Mullins, $350.
13. (10) 65 Carlos Ahumada Jr. (R),
Canutillo, Texas, GRT/BMS, $325.
14. (21) 91 Joe Duvall, Claremore,
Okla., MBCustoms/ChevPerf, $300.
15. (8) 71 Chad Melton, Mineral
Wells, Texas, Harris/ChevPerf, $250.
16. (24) 4 Bo Day (R), Greenville,
Texas, MBCustoms/Mullins, $300.
17. (13) 14t Triston Dycus,
Waxahachie, Texas, GRT/Wells, $250.
18. (3) 4v Billy Vogel, West Fargo,
N.D., MBCustoms/Durham, $300.
(12) 23 Logan Robertson, Shamrock,
Texas, MBCustoms/Knowles, $300.
20. (22) 151 Tommy Williams,
Mansfield, Texas, Hughes/Herring,
21. (18) 24M Manuel
Williams II (R), Fouke, Ark.,
22. (11) 2s
Stormy Scott, Las Cruces, N.M.,
(15) 60 William Gould, Calera,
Okla., GRC/BMS, $250.
130 Chase Allen, Midlothian, Texas,
Grant Junghans USMTS Rookie of the
Lap Leaders: Dotson 1-8,
Sanders 9-34, Dotson 35.
Total Laps Led: Sanders 26,
Victory: 0.781 second.
Time of Race: 17
minutes, 27.451 seconds (2
Starters: Malchus, Day.
Eibach Spring Forward Award:
J. Scott (advanced 19
FK Rod Ends
Hard Charger: J. Scott
(started 20th, finished 5th).
Next Race: Friday,
March 9, Jackson Motor Speedway,
Southern Series Points: J.
Scott 288, Dillard 277, Dotson 268,
Sanders 248, Duvall 235, Mitchell
235, Ferrell 223, Ahumada 218, Bryan
Rowland 216, Robertson 204.
Grant Junghans USMTS Rookie
of the Year Points: Dotson
268, Ferrell 223, Ahumada 218, Day
188, M. Williams II 184.
USMTS Engine Builder of the Year
Points: Durham 26, Knowles
25, ChevPerf 25, Hatfield 17, Sput's
VanderBuilt 29, MBCustoms 28, GRT
18, BlackWidow 18, Hughes 17.
American Racer - Sartain.
Custom Headers - Dycus.
Manufacturing - M. Williams II.
Deatherage Opticians - Dunn.
Spark Plugs - Dillard.
Eibach - J. Scott.
Fast Shafts - Dunn.
FK Rod Ends -
Forty9 Designs -
GRT Race Cars
Hooker Harness -
Integra Shocks & Springs
Racing Parts - Melton.
Manufacturing - Malchus.
Racing Products - Bryan Rowland.
Maxima Racing Oils - Dotson.
Mesilla Valley Transportation -
Out-Pace Racing Products -
QA1 - Dunn.
RacerWebsite.com - Vasquez.
Racing Wheels - all non-qualifiers.
Simpson Performance Products -
Swift Springs - Dotson,
Sybesma Graphics - Dunn.
Tire Demon - Sartain.
Fuels - Dotson.
Wehrs Machine &
Racing Products - Dotson.
Disc Brakes - Bonner.
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