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Gustin wins at Golden Triangle Raceway Park, moves to fourth all-time with 27th career USMTS win

 

Beaumont, Texas (March 18, 2011) – The 2011 campaign for the USMTS Casey’s General Stores National Tour powered by Swan Energy brought the dirt-churning open-wheel Modifieds to the Golden Triangle Raceway Park Friday night for the 5th Annual Texas Shootout.

 

The 40-lap main event featured several battles for position as drivers maneuvered around the tricky quarter-mile clay oval.

 

One position that was not in question, however, was the first one.

 

Twenty-year-old Ryan Gustin of Marshalltown, Iowa, was the winningest USMTS driver in 2010 with 16 victories and a runner-up finish in the final points.

 

Gustin left no doubts Friday night that he is the man to beat again as he notched his third win in five races to kick off the 2011 season and moved into sole possession of fourth in the all-time wins list with his 27th career triumph in USMTS competition.

 

Starting from the pole position, “The Reaper” kept the competition at the bay for the entire distance, defending his spot each time during four mid-race cautions.

 

The win was worth $2,000 and solidified his seat at the top of the points in the Southeast Region.

 

Last year’s Texas Shootout winner and defending USMTS National Champion Jason Hughes of Watts, Okla., was embroiled for most of the race in a battle with Sunnyville’s Clyde Dunn Jr., but Dunn experienced carburetor problems late in the race and faded to sixth while Hughes hung on for a second-place finish.

 

Rookie of the Year contender Keith Foss of Winona, Minn., continued his streak of early-season strong runs with a third-place finish ahead of AFCO Pole Award winner Johnny Scott of Las Cruces, N.M.

 

Coming from 17th on the starting grid, Shane Hebert of Lafayette, La., clawed his way to a fifth-place finish en route to earning the Mesilla Valley Transportation Hard Charger Award.

 

Behind Dunn, four other Lone Star State pilots rounded out the top-10 with Midlothian’s Chase Allen capturing the seventh spot, Rodney Sanders of Happy in eighth, P.J. Egbert of Copperas Cove taking ninth and McKinney racer Jared Webb scoring a tenth-place paycheck.

 

The action moves to the Gator Motorplex in Willis on Saturday for round 2 of the Texas Shootout and another $2,000-to-win contest. Topless Limited Modifieds will be racing for $1,000 to win, with Hobby Stocks, Street Stocks and Pure Stocks also on the menu.

 

For spectator comfort, bring your lawn chair or blanket and watch the races from the hill or the grandstands. And don’t forget to check out the sourdough burgers at the concession stand, along with $1 hot dogs and fountain drinks.

 

Hot laps begin at 5:30 p.m. and races will start at 6.

 

The Gator Motorplex is a high-banked 1/4-mile clay oval located off I-45 to Shepherd Hill at exit 98, then east, then 1.4 miles south on SR 75. The track's official website is online at www.gatormotorplex.net or call 936-588-6127 for more info.

 

Sunday finds the mud-slinging USMTS Modifieds back at the Royal Purple Raceway for the fog-postponed third and final day of the inaugural Texas Spring Nationals.

 

Ryan Gustin and John O Whittington each picked up wins back in February to kick off the 2011 racing season with 80 entries in the pit area.

 

Pits open at 3 p.m., grandstands gates open at 4 and racing kicks off at 6:30 p.m.

 

In addition to the USMTS Modifieds racing for $3,000 to win, Limited Modifieds will also be competing for a top prize of $1,000.

 

The Royal Purple Raceway is located just east of Houston on I-10 to exit 799, then 2.5 miles south on SH 99 (Grand Parkway), then 0.3 mile west on FM 565. For more information, call the track office at 281-383-7223 or visit www.royalpurpleraceway.com online.

 

To learn more about the United States Modified Touring Series, visit www.usmts.com online or call 515-832-7944. You can also follow the USMTS on Facebook, MySpace, Twitter and YouTube.

 

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OFFICIAL RESULTS

USMTS Casey’s General Stores National Tour powered by Swan Energy

5th Annual Texas Shootout

Golden Triangle Raceway Park, Beaumont, Texas.

Friday, March 18, 2011

 

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

 

ISKY RACING CAMS HEAT RACE #1 (8 laps):1. (4) 1st Johnny Scott, Las Cruces, N.M.

2. (2) 10 Aaron Jorden ®, Benton, La.

3. (6) 156 Steve Pugh ®, Anderson, Texas.

4. (1) 76 Jesse Manning ®, Brazoria, Texas.

5. (9) 3 Kelly Shryock, Fertile, Iowa.

6. (3) 17 Scott Adair, Santa Fe, Texas.

7. (7) 56 David Horner, Houston, Texas.

8. (8) 76 Jeff Rowland ®, Pauls Valley, Okla.

9. (5) 18s Cody Smith, Kaufman, Texas.

 

NEW VISION GRAPHICS HEAT RACE #2 (8 laps):1. (3) 15 Jared Webb ®, McKinney, Texas.

2. (4) 88xxx Clyde Dunn Jr. ®, Sunnyville, Texas.

3. (5) 23 Howard Willis, Dayton, Texas.

4. (2) A1 Phil Dixon, Crosby, Texas.

5. (1) 69 Lucas Schott ®, Chatfield, Minn.

6. (6) 88xx Bobby Malchus, Red Oak, Texas.

7. (7) 9n Brent Nicholas ®, Baytown, Texas.

8. (8) 71h Philip Houston ®, Odessa, Texas.

9. (9) 89 Steven Whiteaker Jr., Corpus Christi, Texas.

 

EIBACH SPRINGS HEAT RACE #3 (8 laps):1. (1) 9 Jimmy Ray ®, Las Cruces, N.M.

2. (4) 4r Dereck Ramirez, Woodward, Okla.

3. (7) 12 Jason Hughes, Watts, Okla.

4. (8) 1 T.J. Herndon ®, Atwood, Tenn.

5. (6) 34 Ben Stephens ®, Hattiesburg, Miss.

6. (9) 955 Robert Metz Jr. ®, Lumberton, Texas.

7. (3) 21 Troy Seidl ®, Magnolia, Texas.

8. (5) 22b Rick Beebe, Shawnee, Kan.

9. (2) 7x Rory Jordan, Victoria, Texas.

 

PBM PERFORMANCE PRODUCTS HEAT RACE #4 (8 laps):1. (2) 19r Ryan Gustin, Marshalltown, Iowa.

2. (1) 5t Randy Timms, Wheatland, Okla.

3. (5) 5w John O Whittington, Vidor, Texas.

4. (4) 87 John Webb ®, Pauls Valley, Okla.

5. (7) 02 Tommy Weder Jr., Woodward, Okla.

6. (9) 211 Richie Ginn ®, Baton Rouge, La.

7. (6) 15g Bubba Gates ®, Santa Fe, Texas.

8. (3) 20r Bryan Rowland, Woodward, Okla.

9. (8) 51 Tracy Denby Jr., Vidor, Texas.

 

HEAT RACE #5 (8 laps):1. (1) 95 Keith Foss ®, Winona, Minn.

2. (3) 20 Rodney Sanders, Happy, Texas.

3. (5) 30 Chase Allen, Midlothian, Texas.

4. (6) 707 P.J. Egbert ®, Copperas Cove, Texas.

5. (9) 9 Shane Hebert, Lafayette, La.

6. (7) 12c Corey Babbitt, Channelview, Texas.

7. (8) 25 Donny Wyble, Beaumont, Texas.

8. (2) 68 Danny Barringer, Lufkin, Texas.

9. (4) 22 Tracy Denby Sr., Vidor, Texas.

 

REAL RACING WHEELS “B” MAIN #1 (15 laps, top 7 advance):1. (2) 30 Chase Allen, Midlothian, Texas.

2. (3) 707 P.J. Egbert ®, Copperas Cove, Texas.

3. (4) 9 Shane Hebert, Lafayette, La.

4. (6) 02 Tommy Weder Jr., Woodward, Okla.

5. (5) A1 Phil Dixon, Crosby, Texas.

6. (8) 69 Lucas Schott ®, Chatfield, Minn.

7. (7) 955 Robert Metz Jr. ®, Lumberton, Texas.

8. (14) 20r Bryan Rowland, Woodward, Okla., Hughes/ProPower, $80.

9. (11) 9n Brent Nicholas ®, Baytown, Texas, Hughes/CB, $80.

10. (10) 25 Donny Wyble, Beaumont, Texas.

11. (15) 18s Cody Smith, Kaufman, Texas, Hughes/Chase, $80.

12. (13) 71h Philip Houston ®, Odessa, Texas, SRP/JR, $80.

13. (12) 15g Bubba Gates ®, Santa Fe, Texas, GRT/XXXXX, $80.

14. (17) 22 Tracy Denby Sr., Vidor, Texas, XXXXX/XXXXX, $60.

15. (16) 7x Rory Jordan, Victoria, Texas, Hughes/Mullins, $80.

16. (9) 17 Scott Adair, Santa Fe, Texas, DirtWorks/Harris, $60.

17. (1) 23 Howard Willis, Dayton, Texas.

 

REAL RACING WHEELS “B” MAIN #2 (15 laps, top 7 advance):1. (1) 5w John O Whittington, Vidor, Texas.

2. (3) 3 Kelly Shryock, Fertile, Iowa.

3. (8) 12C Corey Babbitt, Channelview, Texas.

4. (15) 89 Steven Whiteaker Jr., Corpus Christi, Texas.

5. (5) 87 John Webb ®, Pauls Valley, Okla.

6. (13) 22b Rick Beebe, Shawnee, Kan.

7. (2) 1 T.J. Herndon ®, Atwood, Tenn.

8. (6) 34 Ben Stephens ®, Hattiesburg, Miss., Hughes/Mullins, $80.

9. (4) 76 Jesse Manning ®, Brazoria, Texas, Evolution/Hall, $80.

10. (11) 21 Troy Seidl ®, Magnolia, Texas, Skyrocket/Hovis, $80.

11. (14) 68 Danny Barringer, Lufkin, Texas, Skyrocket/Craft, $80.

12. (9) 88xx Bobby Malchus, Red Oak, Texas, Hughes/Wells, $80.

13. (12) 76 Jeff Rowland ®, Pauls Valley, Okla., Hughes/Boyd’s, $80.

14. (7) 211 Richie Ginn ®, Baton Rouge, La., Pierce/Wall2Wall, $80.

15. (10) 56 David Horner, Houston, Texas, Skyrocket/Sput’s, $80.

16. (16) 51 Tracy Denby Jr., Vidor, Texas, Skyrocket/Harris, $80.

 

“A” MAIN (40 laps):1. (1) 19r Ryan Gustin, Marshalltown, Iowa, Hughes/Mullins, 40, $2000.

2. (5) 12 Jason Hughes, Watts, Okla., Hughes/Mullins, 40, $1500.

3. (7) 95 Keith Foss ®, Winona, Minn., DirtDueller/Brink, 40, $1000.

4. (6) 1st Johnny Scott, Las Cruces, N.M., Hughes/ASI, 40, $800.

5. (17) 9 Shane Hebert, Lafayette, La., Hughes/ASI, 40, $800.

6. (4) 88xxx Clyde Dunn Jr. ®, Sunnyville, Texas, Hughes/Mullins, 40, $600.

7. (13) 30 Chase Allen, Midlothian, Texas, CAM/Allard, 40, $550.

8. (9) 20 Rodney Sanders, Happy, Texas, Hughes/Geddes, 40, $500.

9. (15) 707 P.J. Egbert ®, Copperas Cove, Texas, Hughes/Lingo, 40, $450.

10. (3) 15 Jared Webb ®, McKinney, Texas, DirtWorks/Warner, 40, $425.

11. (12) 5t Randy Timms, Wheatland, Okla., Hughes/Mullins, 40, $400.

12. (2) 9 Jimmy Ray ®, Las Cruces, N.M., AOS/AOS, 40, $375.

13. (22) 87 John Webb ®, Pauls Valley, Okla., Hughes/Shoulders, 40, $350.

14. (16) 3 Kelly Shryock, Fertile, Iowa, Skyrocket/ProPower, 40, $400.

15. (28) 23 Howard Willis, Dayton, Texas, Evolution/CB, 40, $300.

16. (19) 02 Tommy Weder Jr., Woodward, Okla., Hughes/Mullins, 40, $300.

17. (11) 10 Aaron Jorden ®, Benton, La., Hughes/PTS, 40, $300.

18. (21) A1 Phil Dixon, Crosby, Texas, Fast1/Jackson, 40, $300.

19. (8) 4r Dereck Ramirez, Woodward, Okla., Ramirez/ProPower, 40, $400.

20. (20) 89 Steven Whiteaker Jr., Corpus Christi, Texas, Hughes/Mullins, 40, $300.

21. (18) 12c Corey Babbitt, Channelview, Texas, TRE/CAM, 28, crash, $300.

22. (27) 18s Cody Smith, Kaufman, Texas, Hughes/Chase, 28, crash, $400.

23. (24) 22b Rick Beebe, Shawnee, Kan., Hughes/Mullins, 28, crash, $300.

24. (14) 5w John O Whittington, Vidor, Texas, Pierce/CB, 26, mechanical, $400.

25. (29) 25 Donny Wyble, Beaumont, Texas, Pierce/Mullins, 22, tire, $200.

26. (10) 156 Steve Pugh ®, Anderson, Texas, Skyrocket/105, 16, mechanical, $300.

27. (25) 955 Robert Metz Jr. ®, Lumberton, Texas, Pierce/CB, 15, mechanical, $300.

28. (23) 69 Lucas Schott ®, Chatfield, Minn., Hughes/Action, 10, tire, $400.

29. (26) 1 T.J. Herndon ®, Atwood, Tenn., GRT/KMF, 6, mechanical, $400.

 

® = Rookie of the Year contender.

 

Integra Lap Leader: Gustin 1-40.

Total Laps Led: Gustin 40.

Margin of Victory: 1.090 seconds.

AFCO Pole Winner: Scott.

Mesilla Valley Transportation Hard Charger: Hebert (started 17th, finished 5th).

Ruter Farms Long Tow Award: Schott (1,179 miles).

Provisional Starters: Smith, Willis (track), Wyble (track).

Next Race: Saturday, March 19, Gator Motorplex, Willis, Texas.

Southeast Region Points: Gustin 287, Hughes 257, Shryock 243, Whittington 240, Dunn 204, Sanders 200, Timms 199, Hebert 198, Allen 194, Smith 193.

Rookie of the Year Points: J. Rowland 225, Jerry Standifer 201, Herndon 188, Foss 186, Schott 181.

COMP Cams Engine Builder of the Year Points: Mullins 45, ProPower 36, Sput’s 30, ASI 21, CB 19, Geddes 19.

Chassis Builders Championship Points: Hughes 48, Skyrocket 40, GRT 30, Pierce 19, Shaw 18.

 

Contingency Awards:American Racer – Babbitt.

Eibach Springs – Ray.

Forty9Designs.com – Scott, Egbert.

Hooker Harness – Ray.

Integra Racing Shocks & Springs – Gustin.

ISKY Racing Cams – Scott.

KSE Racing Products – Ramirez.

Marsh Racing Wheels – Herndon.

New Vision Graphics – Webb.

Nitroquest – Willis, Denby Jr.

Mesilla Valley Transportation – Hebert.

PBM Performance Products – Gustin.

Real Racing Wheels – B. Rowland, Stephens.

Ruter Farms – Schott.

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