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“A-TRAIN” KEEPS A ROLLIN’ WITH WILD WEDNESDAY NIGHT WIN AT OSKY

 

OSKALOOSA, Iowa (Aug. 5) – Al Hejna won his second USMTS Casey’s General Stores National Tour event in as many nights Wednesday in a thrilling 35-lap Sunoco “A” Main at the Southern Iowa Speedway in Oskaloosa, Iowa, that saw five lead changes among five drivers, including Hejna's three-wide pass for the lead with just three laps remaining.

 

For the second time in five races, DandyLand Farms Rookie of the Year contender Chase Junghans drew the pole for the main event. Unlike ten days ago at the Elko Speedway when his career-first pole ended with a crash before the end of the first lap, Junghans jumped out front at the drop of the green flag ahead of outside front row starter Zack VanderBeek.

 

Three early-race cautions kept the field bunched tightly for the first three laps. On the third restart, VanderBeek used his experience at the Mahaska County Half-Mile Monster to take over the lead on lap 4. Three laps later, Kelly Shryock edged in front of VanderBeek to lead the seventh lap.

 

The next dozen laps were nothing short of amazing as Shryock and VanderBeek jockeyed for supremacy in every turn and raced door to door down each straight-away. Meanwhile, the rest of the pack was swapping spots, trading slide-jobs and using every inch of the wide half-mile clay oval.

 

Ryan Gustin joined in the battle for the lead on lap 18, then overtook both VanderBeek and Shryock with a high-side move on lap 21. Looking to score his third win in seven starts, Gustin continued to fend off the challenges of Shryock for the next six laps, while Hejna slipped by VanderBeek for third.

 

The yellow flag flew on lap 27 to set up a three-lap shoot-out for the win. When the green flag dropped, Gustin powered into the first turn and laid claim to the high line while Shryock dipped down to take command of the low line in his quest for a 12th career USMTS win at Osky.

 

That left the door wide open for Hejna, who found a faster way around the track in the middle groove and made it a three-wide tussle for the lead as the trio exited turn 2. By the time they reached turn 3, Hejna was in control with Shryock locking down the second spot.

 

Another caution with two laps to go gave the field a final one-mile stretch to settle the score. Hejna was too much on the restart, however, as he cruised the final distance to score his sixth USMTS Casey’s General Stores National Tour victory of the season and pocket the accompanying $2,000 winner's share of the purse.

 

Wednesday's Southern Iowa Challenge presented by MUSCO Lighting was the 29th USMTS Casey’s General Stores National Tour race at the Southern Iowa Speedway since 2002, but the career-first win at the Oskaloosa speedplant for the “A-Train”.

 

Tommy Myer, who started 15th, found himself sitting fifth on the final restart but made the best of the late-race caution with some crowd-pleasing moves on the final lap to overtake Shryock for the runner-up finish. VanderBeek held on for fourth wile defending Southern Iowa Speedway track champion Colt Mather rounded out the top-5 finishers.

 

Jon Tesch came from 17th on the starting grid to finish sixth with a last-lap pass of Gustin, who wound up back where he started in seventh. Ryan Dolan grabbed eighth-place prize money ahead of Corey Dripps, who made the most of his 21st-place provisional starting spot. Kevin Blackburn's first show with the USMTS Modifieds in 2009 resulted in a tenth-place finish.

 

The Central States Region points standings has VanderBeek at the top with 571 points, followed by Tesch (542), Shryock (535), Gustin (518), Hejna (496), Dolan (458), Dripps (440), Myer (433), Dereck Ramirez (420) and Dean Mahlstedt (414).

 

THURSDAY THUNDER ...

 

The USMTS steamroller treks to the Knox County Fairgrounds in Knoxville, Ill., for the 10th Annual UPS Store Illinois Challenge featuring the Ed Sheckler Memorial race tomorrow (Thursday, Aug. 6).

 

The event is held during the Knox County Fair, and has grown into a fan-favorite Central States Region tilt. The annual fair-time event has been a standing-room-only extravaganza since its inception thanks to dozens of sponsors, a supportive community and the hard work of former USMTS Marketing Director Ed Sheckler, who passed away on Dec. 5, 2006 after a battle with cancer.

 

This year's main event will again pay honor to the late great USMTS ambassador with the Ed Sheckler Memorial Race.

 

Past winners at the UPS Store Illinois Challenge include Bob Dominacki (2000), Willy Kraft (2001), Ron Schreiner (2002), Kelly Shryock (2003, 2006), Jason Hughes (2004, 2007), Al Hejna (2005) and Jason Krohn (2008).

 

Pit and grandstand gates will open at 4 p.m., hot laps begin at 7 and the first heat race is at 7:30.

 

The Knox County Fairgrounds features a slightly-banked 1/2-mile clay oval located south of I-74 (Exit 51) on the north side of Knoxville. For raceday information, call the track hotline at (309) 289-4806.

 

To learn more about the United States Modified Touring Series, call the headquarters at (515) 832-7944 or visit www.usmts.com online for the latest news and information from the USMTS.

 

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OFFICIAL RESULTS

USMTS Casey’s General Stores National Tour (Central States Region)

5th Annual Southern Iowa Challenge presented by MUSCO Lighting

Southern Iowa Speedway, Oskaloosa, Iowa

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

 

Showing finishing position, car number, driver, hometown and starting position in parentheses. The top 12 drivers in passing points accumulated in the heat races are locked into the Sunoco “A” Main, with the top 8 re-drawing for starting positions 1-8.

 

ISKY RACING CAMS HEAT RACE #1 (8 laps):

1. 19r - Ryan Gustin -- Marshalltown, IA (1)

2. 36 - Kenny Wallace -- Concord, NC (3)

3. 33z - Zack VanderBeek -- New Sharon, IA (6)

4. 47 - Josh Truman -- Indianola, IA (4)

5. 23b - Adam Bell -- Kalona, IA (5)

6. 20f - John Fellman -- Blue Grass, IA (2)

7. 13 - Matt Waugh -- Des Moines, IA (8)

8. J40 - Clayton Jensen -- Iowa City, IA (7)

 

NEW VISION GRAPHICS HEAT RACE #2 (8 laps):

1. 3 - Kelly Shryock -- Fertile, IA (2)

2. 18 - Chase Junghans -- Manhattan, KS (1)

3. 7 - Ryan Dolan -- Lisbon, IA (3)

4. 40 - Scott Dickey -- Packwood, IA (4)

5. 4r - Ron Ver Beek -- Oskaloosa, IA (5)

6. 2 - Grant Junghans -- Manhattan, KS (8)

7. 22 - Brandon Banks -- Washington, IA (6)

8. 00 - David Ott -- Ankeny, IA (7)

 

BRODIX HEAT RACE #3 (8 laps):

1. 8 - Colt Mather -- Webster, IA (1)

2. 26 - Kevin Blackburn -- Fulton, MO (2)

3. 17p - Brad Pinkerton -- New Sharon, IA (5)

4. 18 - Michael Long -- Quincy, IL (3)

5. 65 - Tommy Myer -- Blooming Prairie, MN (4)

6. 14 - Jon Tesch -- Watertown, SD (6)

7. 4r - Dereck Ramirez -- Woodward, OK (7)

8. 73 - Brad Moriarty -- Des Moines, IA (8)

 

AWESOME RACEWEAR HEAT RACE #4 (8 laps):

1. 29d - Brad Dierks -- Clarence, IA (7)

2. 7 - Al Hejna -- Clear Lake, IA (2)

3. 14j - Jake Neal -- Omaha, NE (5)

4. 94 - Steven Blattler -- Oskaloosa, IA (6)

5. 19 - Richie Gustin Jr. -- Gilman, IA (3)

6. 1k - Pat Graham -- Ames, IA (1)

7. 31 - Corey Dripps -- Waterloo, IA (8) DNF

8. 21m - Dean Mahlstedt -- Clear Lake, IA (4) DNF

 

REAL RACING WHEELS “B” MAIN #1 (10 laps, top 4 advance):

1. 94 - Steven Blattler -- Oskaloosa, IA (1)

2. 65 - Tommy Myer -- Blooming Prairie, MN (4)

3. 14 - Jon Tesch -- Watertown, SD (6)

4. 23b - Adam Bell -- Kalona, IA (3)

5. 2 - Grant Junghans -- Manhattan, KS (5)

6. 73 - Brad Moriarty -- Des Moines, IA (10)

7. J40 - Clayton Jensen -- Iowa City, IA (9)

8. 22 - Brandon Banks -- Washington, IA (8) DNF

9. 13 - Matt Waugh -- Des Moines, IA (7) DNF

10. 40 - Scott Dickey -- Packwood, IA (2) DNF

 

REAL RACING WHEELS “B” MAIN #2 (10 laps, top 4 advance):

1. 18 - Michael Long -- Quincy, IL (2)

2. 47 - Josh Truman -- Indianola, IA (1)

3. 19 - Richie Gustin Jr. -- Gilman, IA (4)

4. 4r - Ron Ver Beek -- Oskaloosa, IA (3)

5. 4r - Dereck Ramirez -- Woodward, OK (8)

6. 1k - Pat Graham -- Ames, IA (6)

7. 20f - John Fellman -- Blue Grass, IA (5)

8. 00 - David Ott -- Ankeny, IA (9)

9. 31 - Corey Dripps -- Waterloo, IA (7) DNS

10. 21m - Dean Mahlstedt -- Clear Lake, IA (10) DNS

 

SUNOCO “A” MAIN (35 laps):

1. 7 - Al Hejna -- Clear Lake, IA (9)

2. 65 - Tommy Myer -- Blooming Prairie, MN (15)

3. 3 - Kelly Shryock -- Fertile, IA (5)

4. 33z - Zack VanderBeek -- New Sharon, IA (2)

5. 8 - Colt Mather -- Webster, IA (8)

6. 14 - Jon Tesch -- Watertown, SD (17)

7. 19r - Ryan Gustin -- Marshalltown, IA (7)

8. 7 - Ryan Dolan -- Lisbon, IA (12)

9. 31 - Corey Dripps -- Waterloo, IA (21)

10. 26 - Kevin Blackburn -- Fulton, MO (4)

11. 18 - Chase Junghans -- Manhattan, KS (1)

12. 18 - Michael Long -- Quincy, IL (14)

13. 4r - Dereck Ramirez -- Woodward, OK (22)

14. 4r - Ron Ver Beek -- Oskaloosa, IA (20)

15. 47 - Josh Truman -- Indianola, IA (16)

16. 36 - Kenny Wallace -- Concord, NC (3)

17. 20f - John Fellman -- Blue Grass, IA (24)

18. 14j - Jake Neal -- Omaha, NE (11)

19. 17p - Brad Pinkerton -- New Sharon, IA (10) DNF

20. 23b - Adam Bell -- Kalona, IA (19) DNF

21. 22 - Brandon Banks -- Washington, IA (23) DNF

22. 19 - Richie Gustin Jr. -- Gilman, IA (18) DNF

23. 29d - Brad Dierks -- Clarence, IA (6) DNF

24. 94 - Steven Blattler -- Oskaloosa, IA (13) DNF

 

Lap Leaders: C. Junghans 1-3, VanderBeek 4-6, Shryock 7-20, Ryan Gustin 21-27, Hejna 28-30.

Total Laps Led: Shryock 14, Ryan Gustin 7, C. Junghans 3, VanderBeek 3, Hejna 3.

AFCO Pole Winner: Dierks.

Provisional Starters: Dripps, Ramirez, Banks (track), Fellman (track).

PBM Performance Products Hard Charger: Myer (started 15th, finished 2nd).

Next Race: Thursday, Aug. 6, Knox County Fairgrounds, Knoxville, Ill. (Central States Region).

Central States Region Points: VanderBeek 571, Tesch 542, Shryock 535, Ryan Gustin 518, Hejna 496, Dolan 458, Dripps 440, Myer 433, Ramirez 420, Mahlstedt 414.

DandyLand Farms Rookie of the Year Points: G. Junghans 536, Mike Hansen 441, C. Junghans 234, Mike Albertsen 212, Rich Lewerke 201.

COMP Cams Engine Builder of the Year Points: Sput’s 320, Mullins 213, ASI 164, JR 162, Pro Power 120.

Chassis Builders Championship Points: Skyrocket 308, Ramirez 275, Hughes 238, GRT 171, Harris 163.

 

Contingency Awards:

AFCO Racing Products – Dierks.

American Racer – Truman.

Isky Racing Cams – Shryock.

KSE Racing Products – Mather.

PBM Performance Products – Myer.

Marsh Racing Wheels – Blattler.

Nitroquest – Shryock.

Out-Pace Racing Products – C. Junghans.

Quarter Master – Hejna, Dolan.

QuickTime Performance Parts – Ryan Gustin.

Real Racing Wheels – Moriarty, Graham.

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