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VanderBeek collects victory after Lee’s setback at Jackson Motor Speedway

VanderBeek collects victory after Lee’s setback at Jackson Motor Speedway

The meanest modifieds on the planet converged on the Jackson Motor Speedway Friday for round 4 of the 9th Annual Summit USMTS Winter Speedweeks presented by MSD Performance and a dual event with the Summit USMTS Southern Series and USMTS Hunt for the Casey’s Cup national tour.

Sybesma Graphics Pole Award winner Stormy Scott of Las Cruces, N.M., grabbed the lead at the the start but Tennessee’s Lucas Lee used the high line around the 3/8-mile dirt oval to steal the top spot away on the fourth lap with 2016 USRA Modified national champion Lucas Schott, Arizona’s Jake O’Neil and four-time and defending USMTS national champion Jason Hughes following in their tire tracks.

The first half of the race was riddled with yellow flags. The fourth flew for Hughes on lap 10 , and he did not return to finish the last 40 laps. Two-time USMTS national champ Rodney Sanders slowed on lap 16 to bring out the fifth caution and did not return either.

Jason Krohn of Slayton, Minn., pulled to the infield on lap 20, leaving no former national champs in the field. The seventh caution waved on lap 22 for Scott who has yet to complete a main event.

Meanwhile, Lee continued to pound the cushion with Schott, VanderBeek and chasing the leader around the high side until the eighth caution waved with eight laps remaining.

Under yellow, 16th-starting and fourth-running Terry Phillips left the track with a flat tire and when the green flag returned VanderBeek powered in front of Schott to control second place.

Lee and VanderBeek separated themselves from the pack and finally reached lapped traffic with 10 laps to go with Cade Dillard entering the picture when a stray bumper in turn one forced the race’s final caution with eight laps remaining.

From there, VanderBeek shadowed Lee around the race track but Lee was able to hold back the challenges and appeared destined for his career-first USMTS win, but after taking the checkered flag first he was disqualified during post-race technical inspections for an engine setback violation.

Lee’s lost glory gave the victory to VanderBeek, along with the $3,000 winner’s share of the prize money.

“We were kind of just right there with Lucas Lee but he had a pretty good car,” VanderBeek said during his delayed victory speech. “Unfortunately, there’s rules and you’ve got to follow them and it sucks, but we all have to take that plunge if we have that happen to us.”

It was VanderBeek’s 43rd career USMTS triumph, jumping him one spot ahead of Tommy Myer to sixth on the all-time wins list and one behind Stormy Scott’s 44 wins.

Schott finished with a runner-up effort and Dillard climbed from 13th to third in the contest. Johnny Scott was fourth and Jake O’Neil rounded out the top five. Sixth through tenth, respectively, were Jake Timm, Paul Niznik, Dereck Ramirez, Ethan Dotson and Logan Robertson.

Dillard captured last year’s inaugural visit to the Whynot Motorsports Park in Meridian, Miss., where the series will return on Saturday, March 10, as the touring titans of the USMTS bring the boom to the “House of Hook” in Meridian with six racing divisions on tap.

NeSmith Crate Late Models, NeSmith Late Model Sportsmans, NeSmith Street Stocks, Factory Stocks and Hot Shots round out the program with pit gates opening at 1 p.m., grandstands open at 3, hot lap at 6 and racing at 6:30.

Adults are $20 to get in the grandstands, kids age 6-12 are $10. Pit passes are $35 for adults, $15 for kids ages 6-12. Children 5 and under get in for free on both sides of the fence.

The Whynot Motorsports Park is a semi-banked 3/10-mile dirt oval located at the intersection of JW Reynolds Rd. and Old Hwy. 19 Southeast (4773 JW Reynolds Rd., Meridian, MS 39301). For questions please call Phillip Hathcock at (205) 965-3070 or Rodney Wing at (601) 527-0084. The track’s website can be found at www.whynotmotorsportspark.com. You can also like them on Facebook at www.facebook.com/whynotmotorsportspark, follow on Twitter at www.twitter.com/Whynotracing1 and see them on Instagram at www.instagram.com/whynot_motorsports_park.

The action reaches a boiling point on Sunday, March 11, 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 including 604 Crate Late Models, 602 Crate Late Models and Factory Stocks.

The pit gate opens at 1 p.m. and spectator gates open at 3. Hot laps start at 4:45 and the green flag waves at 5:15. Grandstand tickets are $20 for adults, $15 for seniors and military, $10 for juniors ages 11-16 and kids ages 10 and under are free.

The Magnolia Motor Speedway is a 3/8-mile dirt oval located near the intersection of US 82 and US 45 (take the Macon/Meridian exit off US 82). The track’s website is www.magnoliadirt.com.

For fans unable to attend the action in person on Sunday, every lap of every division will be broadcast live on www.RacinDirt.com. There will be no live broadcast on Saturday.

To learn more about the United States Modified Touring Series, visit www.usmts.com online or call 515-832-7944. You can also like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/usmts, follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/usmts and Instagram at www.instagram.com/usmts or subscribe to our YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/usmtstv. Keep up to speed with everything USMTS by joining our email list at www.usmts.com/subscribe.

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OFFICIAL RESULTS
United States Modified Touring Series
USMTS Hunt for the Casey’s Cup powered by S&S Fishing & Rental
Summit USMTS Southern Series powered by Production Jars
9th Annual Summit USMTS Winter Speedweeks presented by MSD Performance – Round 4 of 6
Jackson Motor Speedway, Byram, Miss.
Friday, March 9, 2018

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 advance to the Casey’s General Stores “A” Main with the top 8 redrawing for the first 8 starting spots.

SIMPSON PERFORMANCE PRODUCTS HEAT RACE #1 (8 laps):
1. (5) 2S Stormy Scott, Las Cruces, N.M.
2. (2) 4r Dereck Ramirez, Woodward, Okla.
3. (4) 23 Logan Robertson, Shamrock, Texas.
4. (7) 7k Jason Krohn, Slayton, Minn.
5. (6) 75 Terry Phillips, Springfield, Mo.
6. (8) 9 Ken Schrader, Concord, N.C.
7. (9) 20 Rodney Sanders, Worthington, Minn.
8. (3) 8 Bradley Rose, Magee, Miss.
9. (1) 12t Race Taylor, Utica, Miss.

FAST SHAFTS HEAT RACE #2 (8 laps):
1. (2) 33z Zack VanderBeek, New Sharon, Iowa.
2. (1) 97 Cade Dillard, Robeline, La.
3. (7) 71 Philip Houston, Odessa, Texas.
4. (5) 65 Carlos Ahumada Jr. (R), Canutillo, Texas.
5. (4) 20r Bryan Rowland, Woodward, Okla.
6. (9) 20t Bailey Rowland, Woodward, Okla.
7. (6) 4v Billy Vogel, West Fargo, N.D.
8. (3) 112 Mike Jarrell, Ellsville, Miss.
9. (8) 71 Jessie Hoskins (R), Longdale, Okla.

EDELBROCK HEAT RACE #3 (8 laps):
1. (4) 0 Jake O'Neil (R), Tucson, Ariz.
2. (3) 42 Paul Niznik, Medford, Wis.
3. (6) 49jr Jake Timm, Winona, Minn.
4. (1) 21 Austin Bonner, Elk City, Okla.
5. (5) 11 Spencer Hughes, Meridian, Miss.
6. (2) 3 Toby Hodge, Pulaski, Miss.
7. (8) 24z Zane Ferrell (R), Hermitage, Ark.
8. (7) 83 Blake Carrier, Amite, La.

SUMMIT RACING EQUIPMENT HEAT RACE #4 (8 laps):
1. (2) 69 Lucas Schott, Chatfield, Minn.
2. (7) 1st Johnny Scott, Cameron, Mo.
3. (5) 174 Ethan Dotson (R), Bakersfield, Calif.
4. (3) 34 Ben Stephens, Sumrall, Miss.
5. (1) 37r Kyle Rutkoski, Eight Mile, Ala.
6. (8) 25 Justin McRee, Cottondale, Ala.
7. (4) 9 Bryan Powell, Magee, Miss.
8. (6) 5a Timothy Culp, Prattsville, Ark.

VP RACING FUELS HEAT RACE #5 (8 laps):
1. (1) 12 Lucas Lee, Paris, Tenn.
2. (3) 91 Joe Duvall, Claremore, Okla.
3. (4) 1m Curt Myers, Cameron, Wis.
4. (8) 23 Adam Kates, Tonganoxie, Kan.
5. (6) 211 Chase Hatton, DeBerry, Texas.
6. (2) 8c Chris Clark, Jackson, Wyo.
7. (5) 12 Jason Ingalls, Longview, Texas.
8. (7) 51 R.J. Otto, Statesville, N.C.

SWIFT SPRINGS HEAT RACE #6 (8 laps):
1. (4) 12 Jason Hughes, Watts, Okla.
2. (2) 10w Hunter Wilbanks, Lakeland, Tenn.
3. (3) 14r Riley Brown, Hattiesburg, Miss.
4. (8) 4b Cory Bruggeman (R), Stillwater, Minn.
5. (6) 4 Bo Day (R), Greenville, Texas.
6. (1) 19 Brooks Strength, Raymond, Miss.
7. (5) 7 Bryan Foy (R), Lacombe, La.
8. (7) 23c Charles Sibley, Livingston, La.

REAL RACING WHEELS “B” MAIN #1 (12 laps, top 4 advance):
1. (1) 97 Cade Dillard, Robeline, La.
2. (5) 75 Terry Phillips, Springfield, Mo.
3. (9) 20 Rodney Sanders, Worthington, Minn.
4. (4) 65 Carlos Ahumada Jr. (R), Canutillo, Texas.
5. (8) 3 Toby Hodge, Pulaski, Miss.
6. (10) 8 Bradley Rose, Magee, Miss., Shaw/Wall2Wall, $75.
7. (11) 5a Timothy Culp, Prattsville, Ark., GRT/Sput’s, $75.
8. (12) 12t Race Taylor, Utica, Miss., Shaw/Barker, $75.
9. (3) 1m Curt Myers, Cameron, Wis., Hughes/Sput’s, $90.
10. (7) 37r Kyle Rutkoski, Eight Mile, Ala., Shaw/EMS, $75.
11. (2) 23 Adam Kates, Tonganoxie, Kan., VanderBuilt/Speedway, $90.
12. (6) 20t Bailey Rowland, Woodward, Okla., BlackWidow/ProPower, $75.
DNS – 9 Bryan Powell, Magee, Miss., Hughes/Mullins, $75.

REAL RACING WHEELS “B” MAIN #2 (12 laps, top 4 advance):
1. (3) 7k Jason Krohn, Slayton, Minn.
2. (2) 4b Cory Bruggeman (R), Stillwater, Minn.
3. (6) 20r Bryan Rowland, Woodward, Okla.
4. (1) 10w Hunter Wilbanks, Lakeland, Tenn.
5. (4) 21 Austin Bonner, Elk City, Okla.
6. (5) 211 Chase Hatton, DeBerry, Texas., IRP/F1, $75.
7. (7) 8c Chris Clark, Jackson, Wyo., GRT/Clark, $90.
8. (9) 112 Mike Jarrell, Ellsville, Miss., Harris/Jarrell, $75.
9. (10) 51 R.J. Otto, Statesville, N.C., Lethal/Jackson, $75.
10. (8) 24z Zane Ferrell (R), Hermitage, Ark.
DNS –9 Ken Schrader, Concord, N.C., Lethal/Mullins, $90.
DNS – 12 Jason Ingalls, Longview, Texas, IRP/PTS, $90.
DNS – 71 Jessie Hoskins (R), Longdale, Okla., Longhorn/Mullins, $90.

REAL RACING WHEELS “B” MAIN #3 (12 laps, top 4 advance):
1. (1) 174 Ethan Dotson (R), Bakersfield, Calif.
2. (3) 14r Riley Brown, Hattiesburg, Miss.
3. (8) 4v Billy Vogel, West Fargo, N.D.
4. (2) 23 Logan Robertson, Shamrock, Texas.
5. (4) 34 Ben Stephens, Sumrall, Miss., Elite/Mullins, $75.
6. (5) 4 Bo Day (R), Greenville, Texas.
7. (6) 11 Spencer Hughes, Meridian, Miss., GRT/Brown, $75.
8. (11) 23c Charles Sibley, Livingston, La., GRT/Wall2Wall, $75.
9. (10) 83 Blake Carrier, Amite, La., Pierce/Carrier, $75.
10. (9) 7 Bryan Foy (R), Lacombe, La., Lethal/Mullins, $90.
11. (7) 19 Brooks Strength, Raymond, Miss., Hughes/Mullins, $75.
DNS – 25 Justin McRee, Cottondale, Ala., Hughes/MRE, $75.

SUMMIT RACING EQUIPMENT “A” MAIN (40 laps):
1. (5) 33z Zack VanderBeek, New Sharon, Iowa, VanderBuilt/Sput’s, 40, $3000.
2. (6) 69 Lucas Schott, Chatfield, Minn., MBCustoms/Hill, 40, $1600.
3. (13) 97 Cade Dillard, Robeline, La., MBCustoms/Knowles, 40, $1300.
4. (8) 1st Johnny Scott, Cameron, Mo., VanderBuilt/Durham, 40, $1100.
5. (4) 0 Jake O'Neil (R), Tucson, Ariz., LG2/Cornett, 40, $700.
6. (11) 49jr Jake Timm, Winona, Minn., MBCustoms/Sput’s, 40, $600.
7. (9) 42 Paul Niznik, Medford, Wis., Rocket/Niznik, 40, $500.
8. (12) 4r Dereck Ramirez, Woodward, Okla., Hughes/Cornett, 40, $450.
9. (15) 174 Ethan Dotson (R), Bakersfield, Calif., MBCustoms/ChevPerf, 40, $625.
10. (24) 23 Logan Robertson, Shamrock, Texas, MBCustoms/Knowles, 40, $600.
11. (20) 20r Bryan Rowland, Woodward, Okla., BlackWidow/ProPower, 40, $575.
12. (21) 4v Billy Vogel, West Fargo, N.D., MBCustoms/Sput’s, 40, $350.
13. (18) 14r Riley Brown, Hattiesburg, Miss., Shaw/Brown, 40, $250.
14. (10) 91 Joe Duvall, Claremore, Okla., MBCustoms/ChevPerf, 40, $500.
15. (26) 21 Austin Bonner, Elk City, Okla., MBCustoms/Karl, 40, $275.
16. (17) 4b Cory Bruggeman (R), Stillwater, Minn., MBCustoms/Tim’s, 40, $275.
17. (16) 75 Terry Phillips, Springfield, Mo., GRT/Durham, 40, $275.
18. (25) 24z Zane Ferrell (R), Hermitage, Ark., MBCustoms/ASI, 39, $475.
19. (22) 65x Carlos Ahumada Jr. (R), Canutillo, Texas, GRT/BMS, 37, $275.
20. (28) 3 Toby Hodge, Pulaski, Miss., GRT/Brown, 28, $225.
21. (1) 2s Stormy Scott, Las Cruces, N.M., VanderBuilt/Mullins, 21, $275.
22. (14) 7k Jason Krohn, Slayton, Minn., MBCustoms/Sput’s, 18, $275.
23. (23) 10w Hunter Wilbanks, Lakeland, Tenn., Brucebilt/Mullins, 16, $225.
24. (27) 4 Bo Day (R), Greenville, Texas, MBCustoms/Mullins, 16, $275.
25. (19) 20 Rodney Sanders, Worthington, Minn., MBCustoms/Hatfield, 16, $475.
26. (7) 71 Philip Houston, Odessa, Texas, MBCustoms/KPE, 15, $275.
27. (3) 12 Jason Hughes, Watts, Okla., Hughes/Mullins, 12, $275.
DQ – (2) 12 Lucas Lee, Paris, Tenn., Brucebilt/KMF, 40, $225.

(R) = Grant Junghans USMTS Rookie of the Year contender

Lap Leaders: S. Scott 1-3, Lee 4-40.
Total Laps Led: Lee 37, S. Scott 3.
Margin of Victory: 1.101 seconds.
Time of Race: 36 minutes, 40.548 seconds (9 cautions).
Provisional Starters: Ferrell, Bonner, Day, Hodge (track).
Eibach Spring Forward Award: Vogel (advanced 14 positions).
FK Rod Ends Hard Charger: Robertson (started 24th, finished 10th).
Entries: 50.
Next Race: Saturday, March 10, Whynot Motorsports Park, Meridian, Miss.
USMTS Hunt for the Casey’s Cup Points: VanderBeek 101, Schott 95, Dillard 91, J. Scott 87, O'Neil 84, Timm 81, Niznik 78, Ramirez 76, Dotson 74, Robertson 72.
Summit USMTS Southern Series Points: J. Scott 375, Dillard 368, Dotson 342, Duvall 299, Sanders 298, Bryan Rowland 286, Ramirez 279, Ferrell 279, Robertson 276, Ahumada 273.
Grant Junghans USMTS Rookie of the Year Points: Dotson 342, Ferrell 279, Ahumada 273, Day 238, Manuel Williams II 184.
USMTS Engine Builder of the Year Points: Durham 33, Knowles 33, ChevPerf 29, Sput’s 24, Hatfield 18.
USMTS Manufacturers Championship Points: VanderBuilt 39, MBCustoms 37, BlackWidow 23, Hughes 23, Rocket 22.

Contingency Awards:
American Racer – Sanders.
Beyea Custom Headers – Phillips.
BSB Manufacturing – S. Scott.
Champ Pans – O'Neil.
Deatherage Opticians – Vogel.
E3 Spark Plugs – Dillard.
Edelbrock – O’Neil.
Eibach – Vogel.
Fast Shafts – VanderBeek.
FK Rod Ends – Robertson.
Forty9 Designs – Duvall, Ahumada.
GRT Race Cars – Clark.
Hooker Harness – Brown.
Integra Shocks & Springs – Ferrell.
Jerovetz Motorsports Racing Parts – Bonner.
Keyser Manufacturing – Robertson.
KSE Racing Products – Dotson.
Maxima Racing Oils – Schott.
Mesilla Valley Transportation – Clark.
Out-Pace Racing Products – Bruggeman.
QA1 – VanderBeek.
RacerWebsite.com – Sanders.
Real Racing Wheels – all non-qualifiers.
Simpson Performance Products – S. Scott.
Swift Springs – VanderBeek, Brown.
Sybesma Graphics – S. Scott.
Tire Demon – Rowland.
VP Racing Fuels – Schott.
Wehrs Machine & Racing Products – VanderBeek.
Wilwood Disc Brakes – Niznik.

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USMTS OFFICIAL SPONSORS: Alpinestars, American Racer Racing Tires, Argo Manufacturing, Casey’s General Stores, Chevrolet Performance, CP-Carrillo, Deatherage Opticians, Eibach Springs, Fast Shafts, Intercomp, Jerovetz Motorsports Racing Parts, KSE Racing Products, Leaf Racewear & Safety Equipment, Malvern Bank, Mesilla Valley Transportation, MSD Performance, Nitroquest Media, Pace Performance, RacinDirt.com, S&S Fishing & Rental, Summit Racing Equipment, VP Racing Fuels.

USMTS PARTICIPATING SPONSORS: Arizona Sport Shirts, ASi Racewear, Boubin Tire & Automotive, Brodix Cylinder Heads, Duvall Electric, Eagle Moon Farm, ElbowsUp.com, Evolution Powersports, Oreo Cookies, PBM Performance Products, Production Jars, Rancho Milagro Racing, River’s Edge Scrap Management, Snickers, Spike Hardcore Energy, Top of the World Ranch, YouDirt.com.

USMTS CONTINGENCY SPONSORS: 905 Ink, AFCO Racing Products, Allstar Performance, Alpine Stars, Beyea Custom Headers, Brown & Miller Racing Solutions, BSB Manufacturing, Edelbrock, FK Rod Ends, Forty9 Designs, Genesis Racing Shocks, GRT Race Cars, Holley Performance Products, Hooker Harness, Integra Shocks & Springs, Keyser Manufacturing, Maxima Racing Oils, Mr. Gasket, Out-Pace Racing Products, QA1, RacerWebsite.com, Real Racing Wheels, RHRSwag.com, Simpson Performance Products, Swift Springs, Sybesma Graphics, Tire Demon, Wehrs Machine & Race Products, Wilwood Disc Brakes.

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