Thursday, November 23, 2017

Dillard doubles up in USMTS North Texas Nationals

Cade Dillard stays Red Hot with the USMTS. Mike Petty Photo

Cade Dillard stays Red Hot with the USMTS. Mike Petty Photo

GREENVILLE, Texas (May 5) — Cade Dillard captured his second straight United States Modified Touring Series win Thursday night in dominating fashion during the 2nd Annual North Texas Nationals at the Superbowl Speedway.

With the event postponed last week because of weather, the 24-year old from Robeline, La., had to wait one week to nab his fourth career USMTS victory and first in the Lone Star State.

Following a first-lap, first-corner melee that collected no fewer than nine race cars, Grant Junghans Memorial USMTS Rookie of the Year contender Tyler Wolff led the opening circuit to record his first-ever lap at the leader of a USMTS event.

But Wolff’s stint was short-lived as fifth-starting Jesse Sobbing muscled his way into the lead on lap 2 with Dillard following in his tire tracks into second place.

For the next 16 laps, the duo raced virtually side by side around the semi-banked 3/8-mile dirt oval before Dillard was finally able to secure the position with 17 laps in the books.

Once out front, the 2014 rookie titlist sailed away from the pack and crossed the finish line with a full straight-away advantage at the end of 42 green flag laps

Last year’s top rookie and winner of the race prior to Dillard’s most recent triumph, Sobbing held on for a solid runner-up result while veteran Scott Drake traded in his crew chief gloves for driver gloves and earned a third-place finish in Joe Duvall’s Club 91 back-up machine.

Rodney Sanders started 13th, climbed into the top five early on, went to the back of the field midway through the race and then clawed his way around the outside to get back to fourth at the end.

Dereck Ramirez started 17th and earned the KSE Racing Products Hard Charger Award with his fifth-place effort while Jason Hughes. Max Thomas, Bobby Malchus, Wolff and rookie points leader Brock Bauman rounded out the top 10.

With his $3,000 victory, Dillard moved into second behind Hughes in the Production Jars Southern Region presented by Day Motor Sports points battle. Despite missing the event, Ryan Gustin and Zack VanderBeek held on to their third- and fourth-place rankings while Sobbing remains fifth in the standings with two races remaining in the region.

Friday finds the fire-breathing USMTS fighter pilots at the Lubbock Speedway in Lubbock, Texas, for the second time in series history. The first occasion came more than six years ago when Hughes took the win during his run toward his first USMTS national championship.

Spectator tickets are $20, kids ages 6-12 are $5 and children 5 and under get in for free. Pit passes are $35. The pit gate opens at 4 p.m., grandstands open at 5, hot laps begin at 7:30 and racing starts at 8.

Joining the USMTS on the card will be Southern Sports Mods, Stock Cars and Street Stocks.

The Lubbock Speedway is a high-banked 1/3-mile dirt oval located south of Lubbock on I-27 to 114th St., then 1.5 miles east. For more information, call (806) 782-5160 or check them out online at www.lubbockspeedway.com.

The swing wraps up Saturday, May 7, with the 7th Annual Amarillo Ambush at the Route 66 Motor Speedway in Amarillo, Texas.

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.

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OFFICIAL RESULTS
United States Modified Touring Series
USMTS Casey’s Cup Series powered by S&S Fishing & Rental – Production Jars Southern Region presented by Day Motor Sports
2nd Annual North Texas Nationals
Superbowl Speedway, Greenville, Texas
Thursday, May 5, 2016

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. (4) 4w Tyler Wolff (R), Fayetteville, Ark.
2. (1) 9 Kevin Rutherford (R), Flower Mound, Texas.
3. (6) 91 Joe Duvall, Claremore, Okla.
4. (5) 8 Max Thomas, Quinlan, Texas.
5. (3) 00 Masen Big Eagle, Manor, Sask., Canada.
6. (2) 5 Daniel Tarkington (R), Checotah, Okla.
7. (8) 94 Colton McDonald, Natchitoches, La.
8. (7) 74 Jasen Hammond, Graham, Texas.

FAST SHAFTS HEAT RACE #2 (8 laps):
1. (1) 75 Patrick Daniel, Wills Point, Texas.
2. (6) 97 Cade Dillard, Robeline, La.
3. (2) 6 Brock Bauman (R), Eureka, Ill.
4. (3) 20 Rodney Sanders, Happy, Texas.
5. (8) 4r Dereck Ramirez, Woodward, Okla.
6. (5) 4m Bobby Malchus, Red Oak, Texas.
7. (4) 11x Wesley Veal, Princeton, Texas.
8. (7) 103 J.C. Howell (R), Maybank, Texas.

EDELBROCK HEAT RACE #3 (8 laps):
1. (1) 99 Jesse Sobbing, Malvern, Iowa.
2. (4) 12d Scott Drake, Joplin, Mo.
3. (3) 4 Cody Bauman (R), Eureka, Ill.
4. (5) 88xxx Clyde Dunn Jr., Rockwall, Texas.
5. (8) 34 Michael Walker (R), Alvarado, Texas.
6. (7) 01 Colby Smith, Greenville, Texas.
7. (2) 01 Joey Galloway, Manor, Sask., Canada.
8. (6) 99 Jett Big Eagle (R), Manor, Sask., Canada.

HEAT RACE #4 (8 laps):
1. (1) 121 Bobby Ruffin (R), Crandall, Texas.
2. (4) 12 Jason Hughes, Watts, Okla.
3. (2) 717 George Egbert IV, Salado, Texas.
4. (3) 14t Triston Dycus, Waxahachie, Texas.
5. (6) 71 Philip Houston, Odessa, Texas.
6. (7) 5a Josh Beckham, Choudrant, La.
7. (5) 68 Brandon Watson (R), Denison, Texas.

REAL RACING WHEELS “B” MAIN #1 (12 laps, top 5 advance):
1. (3) 20 Rodney Sanders, Happy, Texas.
2. (1) 8 Max Thomas, Quinlan, Texas.
3. (2) 4r Dereck Ramirez, Woodward, Okla.
4. (5) 01 Colby Smith, Greenville, Texas.
5. (4) 71 Philip Houston, Odessa, Texas.
6. (8) 01 Joey Galloway, Manor, Sask., Canada, GRT/ProPower, $90.
7. (7) 94 Colton McDonald, Natchitoches, La., LG2/Yeoman, $75.
8. (6) 5 Daniel Tarkington (R), Checotah, Okla., Hughes/BMS, $90.
9. (10) 99 Jett Big Eagle (R), Manor, Sask., Canada, GRT/ProPower, $90.
10. (9) 74 Jasen Hammond, Graham, Texas, MBCustom/Schwanke, $75.

REAL RACING WHEELS “B” MAIN #2 (12 laps, top 5 advance):
1. (1) 88xxx Clyde Dunn Jr., Rockwall, Texas.
2. (2) 34 Michael Walker (R), Alvarado, Texas.
3. (5) 5a Josh Beckham, Choudrant, La.
4. (7) 11x Wesley Veal, Princeton, Texas.
5. (4) 00 Masen Big Eagle, Manor, Sask., Canada.
6. (8) 68 Brandon Watson (R), Denison, Texas.
7. (6) 4m Bobby Malchus, Red Oak, Texas.
8. (3) 14t Triston Dycus, Waxahachie, Texas, GRT/Wells, $90.
9. (9) 103 J.C. Howell (R), Maybank, Texas, Smiley’s/Wells, $90.

CASEY’S GENERAL STORES “A” MAIN (42 laps):
1. (2) 97 Cade Dillard, Robeline, La., MBCustom/ASI, 42, $3000.
2. (5) 99 Jesse Sobbing, Malvern, Iowa, Harris/GMPP, 42, $1700.
3. (4) 12d Scott Drake, Joplin, Mo., MBCustom/GMPP, 42, $1200.
4. (13) 20 Rodney Sanders, Happy, Texas, MBCustom/Geddes, 42, $1000.
5. (17) 4r Dereck Ramirez, Woodward, Okla., LG2/Cornett, 42, $900.
6. (6) 12 Jason Hughes, Watts, Okla., Hughes/Mullins, 42, $800.
7. (15) 8 Max Thomas, Quinlan, Texas, IRP/Shoulders, 42, $600.
8. (23) 4m Bobby Malchus, Red Oak, Texas, Rocket/LRE, 42, $650.
9. (3) 4w Tyler Wolff (R), Fayetteville, Ark., MBCustom/Hatfield, 42, $600.
10. (10) 6 Brock Bauman (R), Eureka, Ill., GRT/Mullins, 42, $550.
11. (24) 68 Brandon Watson (R), Denison, Texas, GRT/Wornhor, 42, $500.
12. (18) 5a Josh Beckham, Choudrant, La., GRT/Sput’s, 41, $375.
13. (12) 717 George Egbert IV, Salado, Texas, MBCustom/Mullins, 41, $425.
14. (11) 4 Cody Bauman (R), Eureka, Ill., GRT/Mullins, 38, $400.
15. (22) 00 Masen Big Eagle, Manor, Sask., Canada, GRT/Tim’s, 34, $375.
16. (9) 9 Kevin Rutherford (R), Flower Mound, Texas, Shaw/Wes, 34, $350.
17. (7) 75 Patrick Daniel, Wills Point, Texas, LG2/Wells, 25, $250.
18. (1) 121 Bobby Ruffin (R), Crandall, Texas, LG2/M&M, 23, $300.
19. (14) 88xxx Clyde Dunn Jr., Rockwall, Texas, MBCustom/Mullins, 22, $300.
20. (16) 34 Michael Walker (R), Alvarado, Texas, Kraft/ProPower, 20, $300.
21. (21) 71 Philip Houston, Odessa, Texas, MBCustom/Geddes, 13, $300.
22. (20) 11x Wesley Veal, Princeton, Texas, Shaw/Wornhor, 6, $300.
23. (8) 91 Joe Duvall, Claremore, Okla., MBCustom/Wornhor, 0, $400.
24. (19) 01 Colby Smith, Greenville, Texas, MBCustom/Wells, 0, $250.

(R) = Rookie of the Year contender.

Lap Leaders: Wolff 1, Sobbing 2-17, Dillard 18-42.
Total Laps Led: Dillard 25, Sobbing 16, Wolff 1.
Margin of Victory: 3.750 seconds.
Provisional Starters: Malchus, Watson.
Time of Race: 31 minutes, 4.418 seconds (5 cautions).
KSE Racing Products Hard Charger: Ramirez (started 17th, finished 5th).
Sybesma Graphics Pole Award: Wolff.
Entries: 31.
Next Race: Friday, May 6, Lubbock Speedway, Lubbock, Texas.
Production Jars Southern Region Points: Hughes 1161, Dillard 1099, Ryan Gustin 1039, Zack VanderBeek 974, Sobbing 919, Sanders 852, Drake 833, Austin Arneson 811, Malchus 796, Duvall 787.
Rookie of the Year Points: B. Bauman 904, C. Bauman 841, Wolff 838, Billy Vogel 661, Todd Shute 621.
COMP Cams Engine Builder of the Year Points: Mullins 150, Geddes 127, Sput’s 105, Durham 101, GMPP 80.
Manufacturers Championship Points: Hughes 147, MBCustoms 143, LG2 125, Harris 103, GRT 92.

Contingency Awards:
Allstar Performance – Malchus.
American Racer – Sanders.
Bell Helmets – Daniel.
Beyea Custom Headers – Ramirez.
BSB Manufacturing – Houston.
Day Motor Sports – Duvall, Smith.
Deatherage Opticians – Walker.
Edelbrock – Sobbing.
Eibach Springs – Beckham.
Fast Shafts – Daniel.
FK Rod Ends – M. Big Eagle.
Forty9 Designs – C. Bauman, Dunn.
Fuel Safe – Hughes.
GRT Race Cars – Beckham.
Hooker Harness – Egbert.
Integra Shocks & Springs – Ruffin.
Jerovetz Motorsports Shock Service – Rutherford.
Kevko Oil Pans & Components – Wolff.
Keyser Manufacturing – B. Bauman.
KSE Racing Products – Ramirez.
Midwest Sheet Metal – Duvall.
MSD – Wolff, Dillard.
Out-Pace Racing Products – Rutherford.
PBM Performance Products – Drake.
QA1 – Dunn.
Real Racing Wheels – non-qualifiers.
Sybesma Graphics – Wolff.
VP Racing Fuels – Dillard.
Wehrs Machine & Racing Products – Watson.
Wilwood Engineering – Thomas.

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USMTS OFFICIAL SPONSORS: American Racer Racing Tires, Argo Manufacturing, Casey’s General Stores, Chix Gear Racewear, COMP Cams, CP-Carrillo, Day Motor Sports, Deatherage Opticians, Fast Shafts, Intercomp, Jerovetz Motorsports Shock Service, Kevko Oil Pans & Components, KSE Racing Products, Leaf Racewear & Safety Equipment, Malvern Trust & Savings Bank, MSD, RacerWebsite.com, RacinDirt.com, RealTruck.com, S&S Fishing & Rental, The Joie of Seating, VP Racing Fuels.

USMTS PARTICIPATING SPONSORS: AMP Energy Drink, Arizona Sport Shirts, ASi Racewear, Brodix Cylinder Heads, Duvall Electric, ElbowsUp.com, Erson Cams, I-29 Trailer Sales, Mesilla Valley Transportation, Oreo, Production Jars, Rivers Edge Scrap Management, Snickers, Sour Patch Kids, YouDirt.com.

USMTS CONTINGENCY SPONSORS: AFCO Racing Products, Allstar Performance, Bell Helmets, Beyea Custom Headers, BSB Manufacturing, Driven Racing Oil, Edelbrock, Eibach Springs, FK Rod Ends, Forty9 Designs, Fuel Safe Racing Cells, Genesis Racing Shocks, GRT Race Cars, Holley Performance Products, Hooker Custom Harness, Integra Shocks & Springs, Keyser Manufacturing, Midwest Sheet Metal, Out-Pace Racing Products, PBM Performance Products, QA1 Precision Products, Quarter Master, Real Racing Wheels, Sybesma Graphics, Wehrs Machine & Racing Products, Wilwood Engineering.

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