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VanderBeek rolls to runner-up finish at Jackson

VanderBeek rolls to runner-up finish at Jackson

On a rough race track, Zack started and finished third in his heat race. In the main event, he started 12th and worked his way to the front for a runner-up finish. Up next is the 7th Annual USMTS Cajun Clash at the Ark-La-Tex Speedway in Vivian, La.

Rodney Sanders saw the green flag and then proceeded to pounce on the competition Friday night at the Jackson Motor Speedway, scoring a $3,000 victory.

The two-time USMTS National Champion held a comfortable lead for most of the 30-lap main event, but a caution with two laps remaining gave hard-charging Zack VanderBeek a shot at the leader. Nevertheless, Sanders held on for the win while VanderBeek finished second at the 1/4-mile dirt oval for the second year in a row.

Last year VanderBeek inherited the win after apparent winner Lucas Lee was disqualified during post-race technical inspections. This time around ‘The Z-Man’ wasn’t as lucky and had to settle for a runner-up paycheck behind ‘The Sandman.’

Terry Phillips and Logan Robertson each took turns chasing Sanders with Phillips eventually claiming the third-place finish while Robertson followed Timothy Culp across the finish line in the fifth spot.

Joe Duvall came from the 14th starting position to finish sixth, Lance Walker passed ten cars in his USMTS debut to claim seventh, Zane Ferrell earned eighth place, Jeremy Idom nabbed ninth and new Grant Junghans USMTS Rookie of the Year points leader Mike Striegel rounded out the top ten.

With his 87th career USMTS triumph, Sanders took command in the USMTS National Championship points standings as well as the Summit USMTS Southern Series powered by MSD.

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OFFICIAL RESULTS

United States Modified Touring Series
Casey’s General Stores USMTS National Championship
Summit USMTS Southern Series powered by MSD
Jackson Motor Speedway, Byram, Miss.
3rd Annual Event
Friday, April 5, 2019

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 Summit Racing Equipment “A” Main with the top 8 redrawing for the first 8 starting spots.

SIMPSON PERFORMANCE PRODUCTS HEAT RACE #1 (8 laps):
1. (3) 7h Spencer Hughes, Meridian, Miss.
2. (1) 75 Terry Phillips, Springfield, Mo.
3. (7) 20 Rodney Sanders, Happy, Texas.
4. (2) 3 Chad Shivers, Prentiss, Miss.
5. (5) 187 Kenny Hollingsworth, Carthage, Miss.
6. (4) 246 Jade Luzenberg, Saucier, Miss.
7. (6) 127 Matt Clark, Ellisville, Miss.

FAST SHAFTS HEAT RACE #2 (8 laps):
1. (6) C8 Timothy Culp, Prattsville, Ark.
2. (2) 9 Bryan Powell, Magee, Miss.
3. (1) L88 Jarrod May, Magee, Miss.
4. (5) 25L Lance Walker, Morton, Miss.
5. (4) 10w Hunter Wilbanks, Lakeland, Tenn.
6. (3) 7 Bryan Foy, Lacombe, La.
DNS – 23 Adam Kates, Tonganoxie, Kan.

EDELBROCK HEAT RACE #3 (8 laps):
1. (3) 008 Greg Hollingsworth, Lawrence, Miss.
2. (6) 13 Jeremy Idom, Hattiesburg, Miss.
3. (2) 3h Toby Hodge, Pulaski, Miss.
4. (4) 23c Charles Sibley, Livingston, La.
5. (1) 14 Ben Davis, Poplarville, Miss.
6. (7) 18 Heath Williams, Prentiss, Miss.
7. (5) 55 Nathan Hagar, Adair, Okla.

VP RACING FUELS HEAT RACE #4 (8 laps):
1. (2) 23 Logan Robertson, Shamrock, Texas.
2. (1) 17 Mike Striegel, Wheatland, Mo.
3. (3) 33z Zack VanderBeek, New Sharon, Iowa.
4. (6) 19r Ryan Gustin, Marshalltown, Iowa.
5. (4) 91 Joe Duvall, Claremore, Okla.
6. (5) 24z Zane Ferrell, Hermitage, Ark.

REAL RACING WHEELS “B” MAIN #1 (8 laps, top 5 advance):
1. (2) 3 Chad Shivers, Prentiss, Miss.
2. (1) 19r Ryan Gustin, Marshalltown, Iowa.
3. (8) 55 Nathan Hagar, Adair, Okla.
4. (4) 14 Ben Davis, Poplarville, Miss.
5. (3) 187 Kenny Hollingsworth, Carthage, Miss.
6. (7) 127 Matt Clark, Ellisville, Miss., DirtWorks/Mike’s, $75.
7. (6) 7 Bryan Foy, Lacombe, La., Trak-Star/Mullins, $90.
8. (5) 18 Heath Williams, Prentiss, Miss., GRT/ChevPerf, $75.

REAL RACING WHEELS “B” MAIN #2 (8 laps, top 5 advance):
1. (4) 91 Joe Duvall, Claremore, Okla.
2. (6) 24z Zane Ferrell, Hermitage, Ark.
3. (1) 25L Lance Walker, Morton, Miss.
4. (3) 10w Hunter Wilbanks, Lakeland, Tenn.
5. (2) 23c Charles Sibley, Livingston, La.
6. (5) 246 Jade Luzenberg, Saucier, Miss., Hughes/TimsBuilt, $75.
DNS – 23 Adam Kates, Tonganoxie, Kan., LG2/Speedway, $90.

SUMMIT RACING EQUIPMENT “A” MAIN (30 laps):
1. (4) 20 Rodney Sanders, Happy, Texas, MBCustoms/Hatfield, 30, $3000.
2. (12) 33z Zack VanderBeek, New Sharon, Iowa, VanderBuilt/Stoen, 30, $1700.
3. (7) 75 Terry Phillips, Springfield, Mo., GRT/Hatfield, 30, $1100.
4. (5) C8 Timothy Culp, Prattsville, Ark., Shaw/ChevPerf, 30, $800.
5. (2) 23 Logan Robertson, Shamrock, Texas, MBCustoms/Hatfield, 30, $700.
6. (14) 91 Joe Duvall, Claremore, Okla., MBCustoms/ChevPerf, 30, $650.
7. (18) 25L Lance Walker, Morton, Miss., GRT/Wall2Wall, 30, $500.
8. (16) 24z Zane Ferrell, Hermitage, Ark., MBCustoms/ASI, 30, $550.
9. (6) 13 Jeremy Idom, Hattiesburg, Miss., Rage/Mitchell, 30, $350.
10. (9) 17 Mike Striegel, Wheatland, Mo., GRT/ChevPerf, 30, $450.
11. (17) 55 Nathan Hagar, Adair, Okla., Shaw/BlueDiamond, 30, $425.
12. (20) 10w Hunter Wilbanks, Lakeland, Tenn., MBCustoms/Mullins, 30, $275.
13. (22) 23c Charles Sibley, Livingston, La., GRT/Wall2Wall, 30, $250.
14. (1) 008 Greg Hollingsworth, Lawrence, Miss., GRT/ChevPerf, 28, $225.
15. (10) L88 Jarrod May, Magee, Miss., Hughes/Wall2Wall, 28, $225.
16. (11) 3h Toby Hodge, Pulaski, Miss., GRT/Brown, 27, $300.
17. (3) 7h Spencer Hughes, Meridian, Miss., Lethal/Mullins, 25, $300.
18. (21) 187 Kenny Hollingsworth, Carthage, Miss., Chase/Barker, 25, $225.
19. (8) 9 Bryan Powell, Magee, Miss., GRT/Mullins, 16, $225.
20. (13) 3 Chad Shivers, Prentiss, Miss., Hughes/Mullins, 15, $300.
21. (19) 14 Ben Davis, Poplarville, Miss., Davis/Smiley’s, 10, $225.
22. (15) 19r Ryan Gustin, Marshalltown, Iowa, Hughes/TriStar, 0, $300.

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

Lap Leader: Sanders 1-30.
Total Laps Led: Sanders 30.
Margin of Victory: 0.712 second.
Time of Race: 32 minutes, 39.875 seconds (4 cautions).
Provisional Starters: none.
Eibach Spring Forward Award: Walker (advanced 10 positions).
FK Rod Ends Hard Charger: Walker (started 18th, finished 7th).
Entries: 27.
Next Race: Thursday-Saturday, April 11-13, Ark-La-Tex Speedway, Vivian, La.
USMTS National Championship Points: Sanders 325, Phillips 319, Duvall 318, VanderBeek 309, Striegel 267, Gustin 257, Ricky Thornton Jr. 253, Darron Fuqua 245, Brady Gerdes 241, Kates 240.
Summit USMTS Southern Series Points: Sanders 103, VanderBeek 95, Phillips 91, Culp 87, Robertson 84, Duvall 81, Walker 78, Ferrell 76, Idom 74, Striegel 72.
Grant Junghans USMTS Rookie of the Year Points: Striegel 267, Hagar 220, Mike McKinney 206, Hunter Marriott 205, Carlos Ahumada Jr. 195.
USMTS Engine Builder of the Year Points: Stoen 17, Hatfield 15, ChevPerf 15, Mullins 13, Driskell 9.
USMTS Manufacturers Championship Points: MBCustom 19, GRT 14, Lethal 13, VanderBuilt 12, Hughes 11.

Contingency Awards:
American Racer – Williams.
Beyea Custom Headers – Robertson.
Bryke Racing – May.
BSB Manufacturing – Davis.
Champ Pans – Robertson.
Deatherage Opticians – Wilbanks.
E3 Spark Plugs – Phillips.
Edelbrock – G. Hollingsworth.
Eibach – Walker.
Fast Shafts – Culp.
FK Rod Ends – Walker.
Forty9 Designs – G. Hollingsworth, Powell.
Hooker Harness – Sibley.
Hyperco – Duvall.
Integra Racing Shocks & Springs – K. Hollingsworth.
Jerovetz Motorsports Racing Parts – Hodge.
K1 RaceGear by Ryan Bowers Motorsports – Clark.
Keyser Manufacturing – Striegel.
KSE Racing Products – Idom.
Maxima Racing Oils – Sanders.
Mesilla Valley Transportation – TBD.
Out-Pace Racing Products – Hodge.
PEM Racing Gears & Drivetrain – Idom.
QA1 – Phillips.
RacerWebsite.com – Williams.
Real Racing Wheels – Clark, Foy, Williams, Luzenberg, Kates.
Simpson Performance Products – Hughes.
Swift Springs – Sanders, Walker.
Sybesma Graphics – G. Hollingsworth.
Tire Demon – Hagar.
VP Racing Fuels – Sanders.
Wilwood Disc Brakes – Walker.

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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.

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