The 25-year-old from New Sharon, Iowa, was the class of the field again at the high-banked 3/8-mile clay oval as he captured Friday night's main event on the second night of the 11th Annual Featherlite Fall Jamboree.
From start to finish, the “Z-Man” was solid as steel, racing from 13th to 2nd in his heat race to earn the AFCO Pole Award. The feat also gave VanderBeek a nearly insurmountable lead in the season-long AFCO Pole Award standings for the USMTS Casey's General Stores National Tour.
VanderBeek started the 40-lap Sunoco “A” Main from the sixth spot, but it was Ryan Gustin who catapulted from his outside second row starting slot to take the lead at the end of the first lap.
Gustin increased his advantage during the first 10 laps before VanderBeek powered his way into second and began reeling in the leader. By lap 17, VanderBeek was running side by side with Gustin and wrestled the top spot away as the pair completed lap 18.
Meanwhile, defending USMTS National Champion Tim Donlinger was making his way to the front of the pack from his 15th-place starting position. VanderBeek, however, increased his lead over the field to nearly a straight-away before a caution flag on lap 25 erased his advantage.
Although the yellow flag helped VanderBeek eliminate the hazard of thick lapped traffic ahead, the restart allowed Donlinger to close up and edge in front using the high side of the racetrack.
VanderBeek battled back and regained the lead on lap 28. Moments later, the red flag waved when Jason Hughes crashed hard into the turn 1 wall. Hughes was able to walk away unhurt after the hard hit, but his familiar #12 Hughes Chassis suffered extensive damage from the impact.
When the green flag was unfurled again, VanderBeek pulled away from Donlinger and paced the final 12 laps unchallenged to pocket the $4,000 winner's share of the purse.