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Jason Hughes keeps on winning. USMTS

Jason Hughes keeps on winning. USMTS


ARDMORE, Okla.-When the United States Modified Touring Series made its most recent appearance in September at the Featherlite Fall Jamboree, Jason Hughes left the Land of 10,000 Lakes with a sweep of all three nights and pocket full of cash.

A month and a half later, the veteran from Watts, Okla., showed no signs of slowing down Tuesday night as he dominated the main event at the Southern Oklahoma Speedway in Ardmore, Okla.

Hughes started on the front row but it was polesitter Dereck Ramirez taking charge when the green flag waved to start the 30-lap affair.

Four laps into the race, Hughes found his rhythm and found a way around Ramirez to claim the top spot. From there, the 2015 USMTS national champ held off his season-long nemesis, Rodney Sanders, to take home the $3,000 winner’s share of the prize money.

Sanders, who started fifth, settled for the runner-up spot after giving Hughes all he could handle. Behind them, a trio of 2015 newcomers-Mickey Lassiter, Tyler Wolff and Chadd Howell-rounded out the top five finishers.

Kyle Beard was the hard charger of the contest, coming from 14th to finish sixth. Ramirez held on for seventh, Randy Timms was eighth, Joe Duvall finished ninth and Lance Town completed the first ten to the finish line.

The fire-breathing USMTS Modifieds return to the Ark-La-Tex Speedway in Vivian, La., to tackle the 9th Annual USMTS Winter Nationals presented by YouDirt.com this Wednesday through Saturday, Nov. 4-7.

Weather permitting, the track will host practice night Wednesday from 6:30-9:30 p.m., and an entire team can get into the pits for one low price. Any vehicle pulling a race car will gain entrance for $50 and includes everybody in the tow vehicle. Those entering the pits without a race team are $20 for an arm band. Admission to the grandstands is free.

The on-track battles commence on Thursday and wrap up Saturday night. Thursday’s main event winner will earn $2,000 while Friday’s victor will pocket $3,000 and Saturday’s finale will award $4,000 to the winner.

Gates open at 4 p.m. with racing at 7 p.m. all three nights. Grandstand tickets are $15 on Thursday and Friday, and a seat for Saturday’s finale is $20. Kids ages 12 and under get in free all three days. Pit passes are $35 each night.

Factory Stocks and Limited Mods will also be competing all three days. Factory Stocks will pay $300 to win Thursday, $400 to win Friday and $500 to win Saturday. Limited Mods will pay $400, $500 and $600 to win, respectively. Pro Mods will round out the four-division card on Saturday with a $300 top prize up for grabs.

This will be the second time that the crown jewel event will be held at Gene Boyter’s 3/8-mile high-banked clay oval after staging the previous seven Winter Nationals at the Royal Purple Raceway in Baytown, Texas.

Racing on his home track, Chris Henigan has captured both of his USMTS wins here. In last year’s Winter Nationals trifecta, Cade Dillard posted his career-first USMTS victory on Thursday night, Rodney Sanders claimed Friday’s feature and nine-time USMTS national champ Kelly Shryock ended the season on a high note with a trip to the winner’s circle on Saturday.

The Ark-La-Tex Speedway is located 0.6 mile south of SR 2 on SR 1, then 0.7 mile west on Airport Rd., then 2.2 miles south on Boyter Lane Rd. For race day information, call the track hotline at 318-375-3470 or click www.arklatexspeedway.net to visit them online.

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 or subscribe to our YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/usmtstv.

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OFFICIAL RESULTS
United States Modified Touring Series (USMTS)
Southern Oklahoma Speedway, Ardmore, Okla.
Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2015

Showing finishing position, starting position in parentheses, car number, driver, hometown, chassis/engine builder, laps completed and money won. The top 12 drivers in passing points accumulated in the heat races were locked into the “A” Main, with the top 8 re-drawing for starting positions 1-8.

MSD HEAT RACE #1 (8 laps):
1. (3) 4w Tyler Wolff, Fayetteville, Ark.
2. (4) 4r Dereck Ramirez, Woodward, Okla.
3. (7) 17 Travis Penrod, Davis, Okla.
4. (2) 5 Jackie Watterson, Sulphur, Okla.
5. (6) B29 Tammy Mitchell, Pea Ridge, Ark.
6. (1) 22 James Esmond, Sapulpa, Okla.
7. (8) 86 Kyle Beard, Truman, Ark.
8. (5) 55h Buddy Honaker, Davis, Okla.
9. (9) 07 Brandon Jessen, Ardmore, Okla.

FAST SHAFTS HEAT RACE #2 (8 laps):
1. (1) 7d John Webb, Pauls Valley, Okla.
2. (2) 91 Joe Duvall, Claremore, Okla.
3. (7) 34 Mickey Lassiter, Piedmont, Okla.
4. (3) 14x Josh Landers, Princeton, Texas.
5. (4) 18s Cody Smith, Kaufman, Texas.
6. (8) 47 Jack Sartain, Terrell, Texas.
7. (9) 9 Kevin Rutherford, Flower Mound, Texas.
8. (6) 14 Travis Bragg, Duncan, Okla.
9. (5) 71w Harold Winton Jr., Waurika, Okla.

EDELBROCK HEAT RACE #3 (8 laps):
1. (1) 20 Rodney Sanders, Happy, Texas.
2. (2) 5t Randy Timms, Wheatland, Okla.
3. (5) 66x Mike Dillard, McKinney, Texas.
4. (6) 11x Wesley Veal, Princeton, Texas.
5. (8) 85 Thomas Tillison Jr., Wellston, Okla.
6. (7) 68 Brandon Watson, Denison, Texas.
7. (3) 871 Cale Westover, Tuttle, Okla.
8. (9) D25 David Tanner, Wichita Falls, Texas.
9. (4) 1j J.C. Howell, Mabank, Texas.

PBM PERFORMANCE PRODUCTS HEAT RACE #4 (8 laps):
1. (1) 21t Lance Town, Louisburg, Kan.
2. (8) 12 Jason Hughes, Watts, Okla.
3. (3) 49 Chadd Howell, Waurika, Okla.
4. (4) 33z Zack VanderBeek, New Sharon, Iowa.
5. (7) 30 Chase Allen, Midlothian, Texas.
6. (5) 3 Sam Cox, Flower Mound, Texas.
7. (6) W71 Harold Winton Sr., Waurika, Okla.
8. (2) 74 Jason Sartain, Royse City, Texas.
9. (9) C5jr Edward Bayouth, Sapulpa, Okla.

REAL RACING WHEELS “B” MAIN #1 (12 laps, top 6 advance):
1. (1) 11x Wesley Veal, Princeton, Texas.
2. (3) 33z Zack VanderBeek, New Sharon, Iowa.
3. (8) 871 Cale Westover, Tuttle, Okla.
4. (10) 14 Travis Bragg, Duncan, Okla.
5. (11) 07 Brandon Jessen, Ardmore, Okla.
6. (2) 5 Jackie Watterson, Sulphur, Okla.
7. (4) B29 Tammy Mitchell, Pea Ridge, Ark., Hoffman/BMS, $75.
8. (6) 22 James Esmond, Sapulpa, Okla., DirtWorks/, $75.
9. (7) 9 Kevin Rutherford, Flower Mound, Texas, Shaw/Barr, $75.
10. (5) 47 Jack Sartain, Terrell, Texas, /, $75.
11. (9) D25 David Tanner, Wichita Falls, Texas, /, $75.
DNS – 1j J.C. Howell, Mabank, Texas, /, $75.

REAL RACING WHEELS “B” MAIN #2 (12 laps, top 6 advance):
1. (6) 86 Kyle Beard, Truman, Ark.
2. (1) 85 Thomas Tillison Jr., Wellston, Okla.
3. (3) 18s Cody Smith, Kaufman, Texas.
4. (5) 3 Sam Cox, Flower Mound, Texas.
5. (2) 14x Josh Landers, Princeton, Texas.
6. (4) 68 Brandon Watson, Denison, Texas.
7. (8) 55h Buddy Honaker, Davis, Okla., Hughes/Wells, $75.
8. (7) W71 Harold Winton Sr., Waurika, Okla., /, $75.
9. (10) 71w Harold Winton Jr., Waurika, Okla., /, $75.
10. (9) 74 Jason Sartain, Royse City, Texas, /, $75.
11. (11) C5jr Edward Bayouth, Sapulpa, Okla., Shaw/, $75.
DNS – 30 Chase Allen, Midlothian, Texas, CAM/Herring, $75.

CASEY’S GENERAL STORES “A” MAIN (30 laps):
1. (2) 12 Jason Hughes, Watts, Okla., Hughes/Mullins, 30, $3000.
2. (5) 20 Rodney Sanders, Happy, Texas, MBCustom/Geddes, 30, $1500.
3. (4) 34 Mickey Lassiter, Piedmont, Okla., GRT/Sput’s, 30, $1000.
4. (7) 4w Tyler Wolff, Fayetteville, Ark., MBCustom/Hatfield, 30, $800.
5. (12) 49 Chadd Howell, Waurika, Okla., Shaw/KPE, 30, $700.
6. (14) 86 Kyle Beard, Truman, Ark., /, 30, $600.
7. (1) 4r Dereck Ramirez, Woodward, Okla., LG2/Cornett, 30, $500.
8. (10) 5t Randy Timms, Wheatland, Okla., MBCustom/Geddes, 30, $450.
9. (9) 91 Joe Duvall, Claremore, Okla., MBCustom/Wornhor, 30, $400.
10. (3) 21t Lance Town, Louisburg, Kan., Phoenix/Driskell, 30, $350.
11. (11) 66x Mike Dillard, McKinney, Texas, GRT/Wornhor, 30, $300.
12. (19) 14 Travis Bragg, Duncan, Okla., Shaw/VRE, 29, $290.
13. (8) 7d John Webb, Pauls Valley, Okla., GRT/Wegner, 29, $280.
14. (6) 17 Travis Penrod, Davis, Okla., BillsBuilt/Wells, 29, $270.
15. (18) 18s Cody Smith, Kaufman, Texas, Smith/Mullins, 29, $260.
16. (20) 3 Sam Cox, Flower Mound, Texas, /, 29, $250.
17. (16) 85 Thomas Tillison Jr., Wellston, Okla., Hughes/Geddes, 20, $250.
18. (23) 5 Jackie Watterson, Sulphur, Okla., /, 20, $250.
19. (13) 11x Wesley Veal, Princeton, Texas, Shaw/Wornhor, 12, $250.
20. (15) 33z Zack VanderBeek, New Sharon, Iowa, LG2/Sput’s, 12, $250.
21. (24) 68 Brandon Watson, Denison, Texas, GRT/Wornhor, 10, $250.
22. (17) 871 Cale Westover, Tuttle, Okla., /, 10, $250.
23. (22) 14x Josh Landers, Princeton, Texas, Pierce/MachineWorks, 4, $250.
24. (21) 07 Brandon Jessen, Ardmore, Okla., /, 4, $250.

Lap Leaders: Ramirez 1-4, Hughes 5-30.
Total Laps Led: Hughes 26, Ramirez 4.
Margin of Victory: 0.054 second.
Provisional Starters: none.
Sybesma Graphics Pole Award: Hughes.
Hard Charger: Beard (started 14th, finished 6th).
Entries: 36.
Next Race: Nov. 5-7, Ark-La-Tex Speedway, Vivian, La.

Contingency Awards:
AERO Race Wheels – Jessen.
Allstar Performance – Timms.
American Racer – not awarded.
Beyea Custom Headers – Howell.
BSB Manufacturing – Watson.
Chix Gear Racewear – Lassiter.
Deatherage Opticians – Lassiter.
Edelbrock – Sanders.
Eibach Springs – Bragg.
Fast Shafts – Webb.
FK Rod Ends – Smith.
Forty9Designs.com – Penrod, Veal.
Fuel Safe – Beard.
GRT Race Cars – Lassiter.
Hooker Harness – Webb.
KEVKO Oil Pans & Components – Duvall.
Keyser Manufacturing – Town.
KSE Racing Products – Webb.
Marsh Racing Wheels – Landers.
Midwest Sheet Metal – VanderBeek.
MSD Ignition – Wolff, Hughes.
PBM Performance Products – Town, Hughes.
QA1 – Town.
R2C Performance Products – Sanders.
Real Racing Wheels – all non-qualifiers.
Sybesma Graphics – Hughes.
Tilton Engineering – Wolff.
VP Racing Fuels – Hughes.
Wehrs Machine & Racing Products – Dillard.
Wilwood Disc Brakes – Ramirez.

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USMTS OFFICIAL SPONSORS: American Racer Racing Tires, Casey’s General Stores, Chix Gear Racewear, COMP Cams, Day Motor Sports, Deatherage Opticians, Farm Boy BBQ Sauce, Fast Shafts, Intercomp, KEVKO Oil Pans & Components, Malvern Trust & Savings Bank, MSD, Nitroquest Media Group, RACEceiver, RacinDirt.com, S&S Fishing & Rental, VP Racing Fuels.

USMTS PARTICIPATING SPONSORS: Arizona Sport Shirts, ASi Racewear, BRODIX Cylinder Heads, Double H Bands, Duvall Electric, ElbowsUp.com, Integra Racing Shocks & Springs, Mesilla Valley Transportation, Olympic Fire Protection, Rivers Edge Scrap Management, Schwab’s Tinker Shop, UMotors Motorsports & Marine, Velocita-USA.

USMTS CONTINGENCY SPONSORS: AERO Race Wheels, AFCO Racing Products, Allstar Performance, Bell Racing Helmets, Beyea Custom Headers, BSB Manufacturing, CPD Racing Tools, Crane Cams, Driven Racing Oil, Edelbrock, Eibach Springs, FK Rod Ends, Forty9 Designs, Fuel Safe, Genesis Racing Shocks, GRT Race Cars, Holley Performance, Hooker Custom Harness, JRi Shocks, Keyser Manufacturing, KSE Racing Products, Marsh Racing Wheels, Midwest Sheet Metal, PBM Performance Products, QA1 Precision Products, Quarter Master, R2C Performance, Real Racing Wheels, Simpson Performance Products, Sybesma Graphics, Tilton Engineering, Wehrs Machine & Racing Products, Wilwood Disc Brakes.

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