Next Event
  • [4/25]81 Speedway (Park City, KS)
  • [4/26]Kansas State Fairgrounds (Hutchinson, KS)
  • [4/27]Longdale Speedway (Longdale, OK)

VanderBeek sidelined, finishes 14th at King of America IX

VanderBeek sidelined, finishes 14th at King of America IX
Zack is interviewed by Pat Graham for the live broadcast on RacinDirt.com after winning his heat race on Friday.

Ricky Thornton Jr. wrestled the lead away from Kyle Strickler on lap 19 and proceeded to thrive and survive for the final 31 laps to earn a $12,000 payday and claim the crown of dirt modified racing’s King of America.

Rain throughout the early morning hours created havoc for crews at the Humboldt Speedway and resulted in an extremely fast yet uncharacteristically rough racing surface.

Thornton, however, found the fastest and smoothest way around the quarter-mile bullring.

“We knew the track was going to have a lot of character,” Thornton said following his eighth career USMTS triumph. “I was kind of just trying to bide my time early and then we kept going and going and I'm like ‘Man, they're going to cut this. I gotta go.’

At 50 laps in distance, it was the shortest distance for a King of America main event which three times has been a 100-lapper, but with a dozen caution flags for one thing or another, it wasn’t the shortest on the time clock.

“We actually passed a lot of good cars there before they broke, so that was kind of cool for me,” Thornton added. “I know we didn't have as many cars finish as we would like but we definitely had a good run getting through the field there.

“Last year we actually ran a crate motor and i ran out of gas coming to the checkered so this year we brought an open motor thanks to Jason Beaulieu. We knew we weren’t going to run out of fuel this year.”

Polesitter Ryan Gustin shot to the lead at the drop of the green flag and paced the first eight laps before Strickler snuck by on the inside. Two laps later, Gustin’s car began to belch white smoke from underneath the hood and poured fluid onto the track entering turn one.

While Gustin was out of the race, seven others behind him were collected in a slippery melee. Along with ‘The Reaper,’ only Travis Sauer was unable to continue.

Soon after the restart, Strickler had his hands full with former USMTS national champs Jason Hughes and Rodney Sanders, but Thornton was charging to the front and disposed of Sanders on lap 16 and then Hughes began to suffer a mechanical breakdown as Thornton sped past him and Strickler on the same orbit.

Strickler fought back as he and Thornton swapped several intense slide-jobs, but Thornton finally settled into a rhythm and pulled away from the field for his first USMTS win since Aug. 17, 2017, in Memphis, Mo., behind the wheel of the Oreo-sponsored machine.

Hughes, defending race winner Lucas Schott and 2016 King of America winner Zack VanderBeek went pit side between laps 19 and 35 while Strickler dropped out on lap 41 with a damaged fuel cell which had gone empty. Sanders dropped out one lap later in the tenth finishing position.

“We didn’t put a new body on because we figured we were going to tear some stuff up here,” Thornton declared after winning the main event by 5.847 seconds. “We’re not here to win a beauty contest. We’re here to win a feature.

“We finally got us a crown jewel with the USMTS.”

As a promoter’s choice provisional starter, defending Summit USRA Weekly Racing Series national champion Darron Fuqua claimed the runner-up spot after starting 26th with Brady Gerdes and ‘Big Daddy’ Joe Duvall following close behind in third and fourth.

Meanwhile, an undesirable weekend wound up with a delightful finish for Kenny Wallace. After advancing out of the Mesilla Valley Transportation “C” Main and then garnering the final transfer spot in the G-Style Transport “B” Main, the former NASCAR superstar nursed a race car with a bent chassis home in fifth after rolling off 24th on the grid. His effort earned him both the Eibach Spring Forward Award for passing the most cars throughout the three days (28 total) and FK Rod Ends Hard Charger for passing the most cars in the main event.

Tyler Davis finished in the sixth position, 25th-starting Terry Phillips rebounded from his roll-over the previous night and finished seventh, R.C. Whitwell raced from 22nd to eighth and Chad Lyle, ninth, was the last car running at the checkered flag.

Drivers raced in two heat races on Thursday and two on Friday with each driver’s best three efforts counting toward Saturday’s feature lineups. The top 12 in passing points from the first two nights were locked into Saturday’s championship with the remainder of the field coming from Saturday’s “B” Mains, “C” Mains and Last Chance races.

Now in it’s 21st season, the United States Modified Touring Series will continue with the Casey’s General Stores USMTS National Championship invades three of the fastest dirt tracks in Mississippi featuring the Summit USMTS Southern Series powered by MSD.

The titanic tripleheader gets started Friday, April 5, at the historic Jackson Motor Speedway in Byram, Miss., followed by a Saturday night fight at the Whynot Motorsports Park in Meridian. After the date at the ‘House of Hook,’ the action reaches a boiling point on Sunday, April 7, 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.”

To learn more about the United States Modified Touring Series, visit USMTS.com or call (515) 832-7944. You can also like the USMTS on Facebook, visit us on Instagram, follow us on Twitter, connect with us on LinkedIn and watch us on YouTube. Keep up to speed with everything USMTS and subscribe to the USMTS e-Newsletter.

= = = = = = = = = = = = = = =

OFFICIAL RESULTS
United States Modified Touring Series
Casey’s General Stores USMTS National Championship powered by Summit – USMTS Mid-American Series
King of America IX Modified Nationals powered by Summit Racing Equipment – Night 3 of 3
Humboldt Speedway, Humboldt, Kan.
Saturday, March 23, 2019

Showing finishing position, starting position in parentheses, car number, driver, hometown, sponsor/chassis/engine builder, laps completed and money won.

REAL RACING WHEELS LAST CHANCE RACE #1 (10 laps, top 6 advance):
1. (1) 75 Tad Davis, Mount Hope, Kan., 10.
2. (5) 20 Trevor Anderson, Watertown, S.D., 10.
3. (6) 18jr Chase Sigg, Iola, Kan., 10.
4. (10) 32 D.J. Shannon, Merced, Calif., 10.
5. (3) 07 Cory Crapser, Chippewa Falls, Wis., 10.
6. (2) 23k Adam Kates, Tonganoxie, Kan., 10.
7. (4) 44x Adam Hensel, Baldwin, Wis., Kirkpatrick Law Office/DirtDueler/OFI, 10, $300.
8. (8) 71iii Jim Body III, Diamond, Mo., Body’s Truck Repair/Shaw/Yeoman, $300, 7, $300.
9. (9) 61 Logan Rogers, Freeport, Ill., Out-Pace Racing Products/GRT/Zanker, $300, 6, $300.
10. (7) 50 Aaron Holtan, Newfolden, Minn., Ericco Manufacturing/MasterSbilt/Breeschoten, 5, $300.
DNS – 49j Jason Murray, Hartford, Iowa, Jake Murray Race Cars/JMRC/Tesar, $200.
DNS – 111 Bumper Jones, Mesilla Park, N.M., Mesilla Valley Transportation/GRT/Stoen, $300.
DNS – 32 Jesse Young, Warner, S.D., Young Farms/MasterSbilt/Sturdy, $200.
DNS – 21 Jacob Bleess, Chatfield, Minn., Kevko/VanderBuilt/KSE, $300.
DNS – 8c Richard Mueller, Jackson, Wyo., Carquest/Harris/ChevPerf, $200.
DNS – 55 Nathan Hagar, Adair, Okla., Bryke Racing/Shaw/BlueDiamond, $200.
DNS – 15 Dale Proctor, Hector, Ark., Taylor Oil/GRT/Yeoman, $200.
DNS – 144 Ethan Dotson, Bakersfield, Calif., Buckeye Welding Supply/GRT/ChevPerf, $200.

REAL RACING WHEELS LAST CHANCE RACE #2 (10 laps, top 6 advance):
1. (3) 1m Curt Myers, Cameron, Wis., 12.
2. (1) 9d8 Paden Phillips, Chanute, Kan., 12.
3. (7) 17 Mike Striegel, Wheatland, Mo., 12.
4. (8) 40 Jessy Willard, Prescott, Kan., 12.
5. (9) 26g Ryan Gierke, Villard, Minn., 12.
6. (6) 25 Scott Green, Derby, Kan., 12.
7. (5) 292 Kyle Thompson, Joplin, Mo., National Repair Center/Shaw/Yeoman, 12, $300.
8. (2) 42 Paul Niznik, Medford, Wis., Bennett Equipment Repair/Rocket/Niznik, 12, $300.
9. (11) 3 Arne Anderson, Watertown, S.D., Dakota Builders/Arrow/Sturdy, 12, $300.
10. (4) 22h Dustin Hodges, Centralia, Mo., Sorrel's Auto & Truck Parts/VanderBuilt/Crane, 12, $300.
11. (10) 13x McKenzie Gerdes, Villard, Minn., Villard Implement/SSR/Stoen, 12, $300.
12. (12) 75 Terry Phillips, Springfield, Mo., 12.
DNS – 89 A.J Diemel, Elk Mound, Wis., White City Glass/MBCustom/KSE, 0, $200.
DNS – 34 Noah Daspit, Kiln, Miss., Southern Medical Services/Hughes/Wall-2-Wall, 0, $200.
DNS – 30 Matt Leer, Bruce, Wis., Rosebud Rentals/MBCustom/Stoen, 0, $200.
DNS – 24h Mike Harrison, Highland, Ill., AggressiveSTL.com/Impressive/Dargie, 0, $200.
DNS – 7 Willie Gammill, Siloam Springs, Ark., Advanced Energy/Hughes/Mullins, 0, $200.
DNS – 2g Brandon Givens, Wichita, Kan., Gressel Racing/Hughes/Mullins, 0, $200.

MESILLA VALLEY TRANSPORTATION “C” MAIN (20 laps, top 12 advance):
1. (1) 02 Tanner Mullens, Wichita, Kan., 20.
2. (3) 96t R.C. Whitwell, Tucson, Ariz., 20.
3. (2) 26 Shawn Fletcher, Brainerd, Minn., 20.
4. (7) 65x Carlos Ahumada Jr., Canutillo, Texas, 20.
5. (4) 10w Ward Imrie, Winnipeg, Man., Canada, 20.
6. (5) 36 Kenny Wallace, St. Louis, Mo., 20.
7. (14) 1m Curt Myers, Cameron, Wis., 20.
8. (8) 71 Jason Cummins, New Richland, Minn., 20.
9. (20) 40 Jessy Willard, Prescott, Kan., 20.
10. (6) 1k Tim Karrick, Basehor, Kan., 20.
11. (18) 17 Mike Striegel, Wheatland, Mo., 20.
12. (22) 25 Scott Green, Derby, Kan., 20.
13. (21) 23k Adam Kates, Tonganoxie, Kan., River's Edge Scrap Management/LG2/Speedway, 14, $600.
14. (15) 20 Trevor Anderson, Watertown, S.D., Dirt Track Supply/Arrow/Victory, 12, $400.
15. (19) 32 D.J. Shannon, Merced, Calif., Shannon Pump Co./LG2/ProPower, 12, $400.
16. (16) 9d8 Paden Phillips, Chanute, Kan., Phil’s Coins/BillsBuilt/KBS, 12, $400.
17. (10) 88 Randy Klein, Lisbon, N.D., City Side Collision/Hughes/Sower, 10, $400.
18. (9) 19 Dustin Sorensen, Rochester, Minn., Action Engineering/MBCustom/Action, 7, $400.
19. (11) 38c Jason Pursley, Hermitage, Mo., Tom Campbell Racing/GRT/Midstate, 7, $400.
20. (12) 16 Austin Siebert, Grandview, Mo., Kenny's Tile/MBCustom/Durham, 6, $400.
21. (13) 75 Tad Davis, Mount Hope, Kan., Flint Hills Stone/GRT/Mullins, 5, $400.
22. (17) 18jr Chase Sigg, Iola, Kan., Sigg Tire & Repair/GRT/Yeoman, 4, $400.
DNS – 07 Cory Crapser, Chippewa Falls, Wis., Southworth Chevrolet/VanderBuilt/Troy's, 0, $400.
DNS – 26g Ryan Gierke, Villard, Minn., Gierke Pro Pumping/SSR/Tim's, 0, $400.

G-STYLE TRANSPORT “B” MAIN (20 laps, top 12 advance):
1. (1) 4w Tyler Wolff, Fayetteville, Ark., 20.
2. (2) 37 Kelly Estey, Kelly Lake, Minn., 20.
3. (7) 91 Joe Duvall, Justice, Okla., 20.
4. (6) 99 Josh Angst, Winona, Minn., 20.
5. (5) 96m Mike McKinney, Indianapolis, Ind., 20.
6. (13) 02 Tanner Mullens, Wichita, Kan., 20.
7. (3) 65 Tyler Davis, Derby, Kan., 20.
8. (8) 16s Chad Lyle, Oak Grove, Mo., 20.
9. (21) 40 Jessy Willard, Prescott, Kan., 20.
10. (14) 96t R.C. Whitwell, Tucson, Ariz., 20.
11. (19) 1m Curt Myers, Cameron, Wis., 20.
12. (18) 36 Kenny Wallace, St. Louis, Mo., 20.
13. (23) 17 Mike Striegel, Wheatland, Mo., ENS/MBCustom/ChevPerf, 20, $600.
14. (17) 10w Ward Imrie, Winnipeg, Man., Canada, K4 Equipment/MBCustoms/Millar, 20, $600.
15. (11) 49 Jake Timm, Winona, Minn., Hurco/MBCustom/OFI, 20, $600.
16. (20) 71 Jason Cummins, New Richland, Minn., The Dog Rescuer/Rocket/Baier's, 20, $600.
17. (22) 1k Tim Karrick, Basehor, Kan., McCarthy Auto Group/VanderBuilt/Millert, 20, $600.
18. (9) 87 Darron Fuqua, Mayetta, Kan., 20, $600.
19. (4) 90 Steve Wetzstein, West Concord, Minn., Select Milling/MBCustom/Stoen, 16, $600.
20. (24) 25 Scott Green, Derby, Kan., Waste Link/Hughes/Mullins, 11, $600.
21. (12) 44t Tanner Black, Otis, Kan., Buckeye Welding Supply/Hughes/ChevPerf, 11, $600.
22. (16) 65x Carlos Ahumada Jr., Canutillo, Texas, Hacienda Mechanical/GRT/BMS, 8, $600.
23. (10) 52 Jason Thoennes, Garfield, Minn., Diamond Buick GMC/MBCustom/Tim's, 6, $600.
24. (15 26 Shawn Fletcher, Brainerd, Minn., Fletcher Trucking/SSR/Wagamon, 0, $600.

SUMMIT RACING EQUIPMENT “A” MAIN (50 laps):
1. (5) 20rt Ricky Thornton Jr., Chandler, Ariz., Certified Inspection Service/Lethal/Mullins, 50, $12,000.
2. (26) 87 Darron Fuqua, Mayetta, Kan., Big Time Bail Bonds/MBCustom/Driskell, 50, $5000.
3. (12) 2x Brady Gerdes, Villard, Minn., Villard Implement/SSR/Stoen, 50, $3500.
4. (15) 91 Joe Duvall, Justice, Okla., Bravado Wireless/MBCustom/ChevPerf, 50, $2500.
5. (24) 36 Kenny Wallace, St. Louis, Mo., UNOH/Lethal/TRD, 50, $2000.
6. (19) 65 Tyler Davis, Derby, Kan., Freight Logistics/Hughes/Hatfield, 50, $1700.
7. (25) 75 Terry Phillips, Springfield, Mo., Andy's Frozen Custard/GRT/Hatfield, 50, $1500.
8. (22) 96t R.C. Whitwell, Tucson, Ariz., Hoskins Const./Longhorn/Mullins, 50, $1400.
9. (20) 16s Chad Lyle, Oak Grove, Mo., Bob Morton Ent./MBCustom/BME, 46, $1300.
10. (3) 20 Rodney Sanders, Happy, Texas, Swan Energy/MBCustom/Hatfield, 42, $1200.
11. (4) 2g Kyle Strickler, Mooresville, N.C., G-Style Transport/Longhorn/Baxter, 41, $1150.
12. (13) 4w Tyler Wolff, Fayetteville, Ark., ARMI Contracting/MBCustom/Hatfield, 39, $1125.
13. (18) 02 Tanner Mullens, Wichita, Kan., Mel Hambelton Ford/Mullens/Mullens, 38, $1100.
14. (8) 33z Zack VanderBeek, New Sharon, Iowa, Casey's General Stores/VanderBuilt/Stoen, 35, $1075.
15. (7) 4r Dereck Ramirez, Woodward, Okla., Boom-Test/Hughes/Cornett, 25, $1050.
16. (10) 69 Lucas Schott, Chatfield, Mo., Schott's Hardwood Floors/MBCustom/Stoen, 21,$1040 .
17. (6) 12 Jason Hughes, Watts, Okla., West Siloam Pawn/Hughes/Mullins, 19, $1030.
18. (17) 96m Mike McKinney, Indianapolis, Ind., Wheeler Metals/VanderBuilt/BMS, 17, $1025.
19. (9) 62 Hunter Marriott, Brookfield, Mo., Marriott Ent./Rage/KSE, 17, $1020.
20. (1) 19r Ryan Gustin, Marshalltown, Iowa, Tri Star Engines & Transmissions/Hughes/TriStar, 10, $1015.
21. (11) 21x Travis Saurer, Elizabeth, Minn., Merz Antique Guns/MBCustom/Dakota, 10, $1010.
22. (2) 0 Jake O'Neil, Tucson, Ariz., Red Eye Radiator/LG2/Cornett, 8, $1005.
23. (16) 99 Josh Angst, Winona, Minn., Culver's/MBCustom/Stoen, 6, $1000.
24. (14) 37 Kelly Estey, Kelly Lake, Minn., Superior Fuel/MasterSbilt/Tim's, 6, $1000.
25. (23) 1m Curt Myers, Cameron, Wis., Charissa Myers Jenkins Realty/Hughes/Stoen, 6, $1000.
26. (21) 40 Jessy Willard, Prescott, Kan., A-1 Lawn Care/MBCustom/Stoen, 3, $1000.

Lap Leaders: Gustin 1-8, Strickler 9-18, Thornton 19-50.
Total Laps Led: Thornton 32, Strickler 10, Gustin 8.
Margin of Victory: 5.847 seconds.
Time of Race: 45 minutes, 44.150 seconds (12 cautions).
Provisional Starters: T. Phillips, Fuqua.
Eibach Spring Forward Award: Wallace (advanced 28 positions).
FK Rod Ends Hard Charger: Wallace (started 24th, finished 5th).
Entries: 72.
Next Race: Friday, April 5, Jackson Motor Speedway, Byram, Miss.

Contingency Awards:
Beyea Custom Headers – Mueller.
BSB Manufacturing – Saurer.
Champ Pans – Wallace.
Deatherage Opticians – Wolff.
E3 Spark Plugs – Gerdes.
Eibach – springforward.
FK Rod Ends – Wallace.
Forty9 Designs – VanderBeek, Marriott.
Hooker Harness – Mullens.
Integra Racing Shocks & Springs – McKinney.
Jerovetz Motorsports Racing Parts – Ramirez.
K1 RaceGear by Ryan Bowers Motorsports – Striegel.
Keyser Manufacturing – Sanders.
KSE Racing Products – Lyle.
Maxima Racing Oils – Thornton.
Out-Pace Racing Products – Schott.
PEM Racing Gears & Drivetrain – Hodges.
QA1 – Wolff.
Real Racing Wheels – all non-qualifiers.
Swift Springs – Thornton, T. Davis.
Sybesma Graphics – Gustin.
Tire Demon – Strickler.
VP Racing Fuels – Thornton.
Wilwood Disc Brakes – T. Phillips.

= = = = = = = = = = = = = = =

USMTS OFFICIAL SPONSORS: American Racer Racing Tires, Casey’s General Stores, Chevrolet Performance, CP-Carrillo, Deatherage Opticians, Eibach Springs, Fast Shafts, FK Rod Ends, Intercomp, Jerovetz Motorsports Racing Parts, K1 RaceGear by Ryan Bowers Motorsports, KSE Racing Products, Malvern Bank, Mesilla Valley Transportation, MSD, MyRacePass, Nitroquest Media, Pace Performance, PEM Racing Gears & Drivetrain, RacinDirt.com, Snickers, Spike Hardcore Energy, Summit Racing Equipment, VP Racing Fuels, Wrisco Industries.

USMTS PARTICIPATING SPONSORS: Arizona Sport Shirts, ASi Racewear, Boubin Tire & Automotive, Brodix Cylinder Heads, Duvall Electric, Eagle Moon Farm, Impact RaceGear, PBM Performance Products, RACEceiver, Rancho Milagro Racing, River’s Edge Scrap Management, Tony Moro Powder Coat, Top of the World Ranch, YouDirt.com.

USMTS CONTINGENCY SPONSORS: 905 Ink, AFCO Racing Products, Allstar Performance, Beyea Custom Headers, Brown & Miller Racing Solutions, Bryke Racing, BSB Manufacturing, Champ Pans, E3 Spark Plugs, Edelbrock, Forty9 Designs, Genesis Racing Shocks, Hooker Harness, Hyperco, Integra Racing Shocks and Springs, Keyser Manufacturing, Maxima Racing Oils, Out-Pace Racing Products, QA1, RacerWebsite.com, Real Racing Wheels, Simpson Performance Products, Swift Springs, Sybesma Graphics, Tire Demon, Wilwood Racing.

Fan Gear

2019 Zack VanderBeek Racing Shirts
2019 Zack VanderBeek Racing Shirts
See More

Featured Video

Follow on Facebook

Follow on Twitter