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Sanders leaves Lubbock with 68th USMTS victory

Another winners circle pic for Rodney Sanders. J Been Photo

Another winners circle pic for Rodney Sanders. J Been Photo

LUBBOCK, Texas (May 6) — Rodney Sanders took control at the waving of the green flag and led all 37 laps Friday night at the Lubbock Speedway to score his fourth United States Modified Touring Series victory of the season and 68th of his USMTS career.

The win was worth $3.000 to the 26-year-old two-time USMTS national champion as he held off another two-time champ, Jason Hughes, who won the only other USMTS event in Lubbock on May 2, 2010.

Jesse Sobbing netted his fifth straight top-five finish with a third-place effort Friday while Dereck Ramirez finished fourth and Cade Dillard wound up fifth to snap his two-race win streak.

Jeremy Gossett was sixth, Philip Houston secured the seventh spot, veteran Dee Gossett earned an eighth-place paycheck and Scott Drake held off his boss/teammate, Joe Duvall, for ninth.

This tripleheader weekend wraps up Saturday with the 7th Annual Amarillo Ambush at the Route 66 Motor Speedway in Amarillo, Texas, where past USMTS events have played out in front of standing-room-only crowds.

Hometown favorite Sanders captured the inaugural event in 2010 and added a second trophy to his case in last year’s stop. Other winners here include Kelly Shryock, Hughes, Randy Timms and Stormy Scott, who won back-to-back races in 2013-2014.

The Route 66 Motor Speedway is a popular racing destination for drivers and fans in the Texas panhandle. The facility has a seating for 4,000 race fans plus handicapped parking, stadium lighting, full concessions and several luxurious V.I.P. booths.

For race teams, the racing surface at Bill Worthen’s speedplant is a generous 75 feet wide in the turns with 20 degrees of banking, and 65 feet wide down the straight-aways with five degrees of banking. The pits have concrete pads available with lighting and water.

The pit gate opens at 4 p.m. and spectator gates open at 6 p.m. with hot laps at 6:30 and racing at 7. General admission is $15. Pit passes are $30.

Street Stocks, Limited Late Models and Sport Mods will also compete.

The Route 66 Motor Speedway is a 3/8-mile high-banked clay oval located 1.5 miles south of I-40 at exit 75 on Lakeside Dr. in Amarillo. For more information, call the track office at (806) 383-0375 or (806) 335-3478 for race day updates. The track’s website is www.route66motorspeedway.com.

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 powered by S&S Fishing & Rental – Production Jars Southern Region presented by Day Motor Sports
Lubbock Speedway, Lubbock, Texas
Friday, May 6, 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. (1) 12 Jason Hughes, Watts, Okla.
2. (3) J41 Monte Bolton, Wolfforth, Texas.
3. (6) 89 Jeremy Gossett, Amarillo, Texas.
4. (2) 91 Joe Duvall, Claremore, Okla.
5. (4) 9 Kevin Rutherford (R), Flower Mound, Texas.
6. (8) 44 Austin Junod, Lubbock, Texas.
7. (7) 58c Garrett Durrett, Aspermont, Texas.
8. (5) 6 Brock Bauman (R), Eureka, Ill.
9. (9) 10 Dustin Robinson, Post, Texas.

FAST SHAFTS HEAT RACE #2 (8 laps):
1. (3) 20 Rodney Sanders, Happy, Texas.
2. (4) 97 Cade Dillard, Robeline, La.
3. (1) 01 Joey Galloway, Manor, Sask., Canada.
4. (2) 101 Butch Reid, Carlsbad, N.M.
5. (8) 99x Triston Sikes, Hobbs, N.M.
6. (7) 26 Austin Huskey, Lubbock, Texas.
7. (6) 31 Neal DeBord, Amarillo, Texas.
8. (5) 47x Knick Stewart, Amarillo, Texas.

EDELBROCK HEAT RACE #3 (8 laps):
1. (1) 71 Philip Houston, Odessa, Texas.
2. (2) 10 Dee Gossett, Amarillo, Texas.
3. (8) 99 Jesse Sobbing, Malvern, Iowa.
4. (3) 75 Alan Sharpensteen, Amarillo, Texas.
5. (7) 00 Masen Big Eagle, Manor, Sask., Canada.
6. (4) 2x Gene Weaver, Amarillo, Texas.
7. (5) 88r A.J. Vasquez (R), Garden City, Mich.
8. (6) D25 David Tanner (R), Wichita Falls, Texas.

HEAT RACE #4 (8 laps):
1. (2) 12d Scott Drake, Joplin, Mo.
2. (3) 4r Dereck Ramirez, Woodward, Okla.
3. (1) 4 Cody Bauman (R), Eureka, Ill.
4. (4) 28 Cory Davis, Eunice, N.M.
5. (7) 7x Chris Dawson, Lubbock, Texas.
6. (8) 99 Jett Big Eagle (R), Manor, Sask., Canada.
7. (6) 4w Tyler Wolff (R), Fayetteville, Ark.
8. (5) 123 Logan Robertson (R), Shamrock, Texas.

REAL RACING WHEELS “B” MAIN #1 (12 laps, top 5 advance):
1. (4) 7x Chris Dawson, Lubbock, Texas.
2. (1) 99x Triston Sikes, Hobbs, N.M.
3. (3) 28 Cory Davis, Eunice, N.M.
4. (2) 101 Butch Reid, Carlsbad, N.M.
5. (7) 58c Garrett Durrett, Aspermont, Texas.
6. (5) 44 Austin Junod, Lubbock, Texas.
7. (6) 26 Austin Huskey, Lubbock, Texas, Shaw/Dubose, $75.
8. (10) D25 David Tanner (R), Wichita Falls, Texas, /, $90.
9. (11) 10 Dustin Robinson, Post, Texas, GRT/ASI, $75.
10. (8) 88r A.J. Vasquez (R), Garden City, Mich., LG2/Farris, $90.
11. (9) 6 Brock Bauman (R), Eureka, Ill.

REAL RACING WHEELS “B” MAIN #2 (12 laps, top 5 advance):
1. (1) 91 Joe Duvall, Claremore, Okla.
2. (6) 2x Gene Weaver, Amarillo, Texas.
3. (2) 75 Alan Sharpensteen, Amarillo, Texas.
4. (4) 9 Kevin Rutherford (R), Flower Mound, Texas.
5. (3) 00 Masen Big Eagle, Manor, Sask., Canada.
6. (5) 99 Jett Big Eagle (R), Manor, Sask., Canada, GRT/ProPower, $90.
7. (10) 123 Logan Robertson (R), Shamrock, Texas, Hughes/PPE, $90.
8. (7) 31 Neal DeBord, Amarillo, Texas, BillsBuilt/Blevins, $75.
9. (9) 47x Knick Stewart, Amarillo, Texas, D&M/Herring, $75.
10. (8) 4w Tyler Wolff (R), Fayetteville, Ark.

CASEY’S GENERAL STORES “A” MAIN (37 laps):
1. (1) 20 Rodney Sanders, Happy, Texas, MBCustom/Geddes, 37, $3000.
2. (2) 12 Jason Hughes, Watts, Okla., Hughes/Mullins, 37, $1700.
3. (4) 99 Jesse Sobbing, Malvern, Iowa, Harris/GMPP, 37, $1200.
4. (3) 4r Dereck Ramirez, Woodward, Okla., LG2/Cornett, 37, $1000.
5. (8) 97 Cade Dillard, Robeline, La., MBCustom/ASI, 37, $900.
6. (9) 89 Jeremy Gossett, Amarillo, Texas, MBCustom/Carroll’s, 37, $700.
7. (5) 71 Philip Houston, Odessa, Texas, MBCustom/Geddes, 37, $700.
8. (10) 10 Dee Gossett, Amarillo, Texas, GRT/Carroll’s, 37, $550.
9. (6) 12d Scott Drake, Joplin, Mo., MBCustom/GMPP, 37, $600.
10. (14) 91 Joe Duvall, Claremore, Okla., MBCustom/Wornhor, 37, $550.
11. (7) J41 Monte Bolton, Wolfforth, Texas, LG2/Sput’s, 37, $500.
12. (12) 4 Cody Bauman (R), Eureka, Ill., GRT/Mullins, 37, $450.
13. (11) 01 Joey Galloway, Manor, Sask., Canada, GRT/ProPower, 37, $425.
14. (23) 4w Tyler Wolff (R), Fayetteville, Ark., MBCustom/Hatfield, 37, $400.
15. (18) 75 Alan Sharpensteen, Amarillo, Texas, SRP/PPE, 37, $300.
16. (24) 6 Brock Bauman (R), Eureka, Ill., GRT/Mullins, 36, $350.
17. (16) 2x Gene Weaver, Amarillo, Texas, GRT/PPE, 36, $325.
18. (13) 7x Chris Dawson, Lubbock, Texas, Sidebiter/ASI, 36, $300.
19. (20) 9 Kevin Rutherford (R), Flower Mound, Texas, Shaw/Wes, 36, $300.
20. (25) 44 Austin Junod, Lubbock, Texas, Hughes/Fletcher, 36, $250.
21. (19) 101 Butch Reid, Carlsbad, N.M., LG2/Lunsford, 36, $250.
22. (15) 99x Triston Sikes, Hobbs, N.M., Skyrocket/PPE, 36, $250.
23. (17) 28 Cory Davis, Eunice, N.M., BeakBuilt/BigJohn’s, 33, $250.
24. (21) 58c Garrett Durrett, Aspermont, Texas, MBCustom/Mullens, 13, $300.
25. (22) 00 Masen Big Eagle, Manor, Sask., Canada, GRT/Tim’s, 4, $300.

(R) = Rookie of the Year contender.

Lap Leader: Sanders 1-37.
Total Laps Led: Sanders 37.
Provisional Starters: Wolff, B. Bauman, Junod (track).
Sybesma Graphics Pole Award: Sanders.
KSE Racing Products Hard Charger: Duvall (started 14th, finished 10th).
Entries: 33.
Next Race: Saturday, May 7, Route 66 Motor Speedway, Amarillo, Texas.
Production Jars Southern Region Points: Hughes 1256, Dillard 1183, Ryan Gustin 1039, Sobbing 1010, Zack VanderBeek 974, Sanders 955, Drake 907, Duvall 859, Austin Arneson 811, Houston 811.
Rookie of the Year Points: B. Bauman 964, C. Bauman 909, Wolff 902, Billy Vogel 661, Todd Shute 621.
COMP Cams Engine Builder of the Year Points: Mullins 159, Geddes 137, Sput’s 108, Durham 101, GMPP 88.
Manufacturers Championship Points: Hughes 156, MBCustoms 153, LG2 132, Harris 111, GRT 98.

Contingency Awards:
Allstar Performance – D. Gossett.
American Racer – C. Bauman.
Bell Helmets – Weaver.
Beyea Custom Headers – Dillard.
BSB Manufacturing – Reid.
Day Motor Sports – Davis, Durrett.
Deatherage Opticians – Junod.
Edelbrock – Houston.
Eibach Springs – C. Bauman.
Fast Shafts – Sanders.
FK Rod Ends – Sharpensteen.
Forty9Designs.com – Wolff, Rutherford.
Fuel Safe – J. Gossett.
GRT Race Cars – D. Robinson.
Hooker Harness – Galloway.
Integra Shocks & Springs – Dawson.
Jerovetz Motorsports Shock Service – B. Bauman.
Kevko Oil Pans & Components – Drake.
Keyser Manufacturing – Duvall.
KSE Racing Products – Duvall.
Midwest Sheet Metal – J. Big Eagle.
MSD – Hughes, Sanders.
Out-Pace Racing Products – B. Bauman.
PBM Performance Products – Sobbing.
QA1 – Wolff.
Real Racing Wheels – non-qualifiers.
Sybesma Graphics – Sanders.
VP Racing Fuels – Sanders.
Wehrs Machine & Racing Products – Bolton.
Wilwood Engineering – Houston.

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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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