Scott maneuvers to Thursday night win at World Modified Dirt Track Championship presented by Hanson Tire Service

USMTS - United States Modified Touring SeriesSPRING VALLEY, Minn. (July 26) — Stormy Scott has shown a penchant for stepping up his game when the stakes are high, and Thursday night at the Deer Creek Speedway he came through again with a thrilling victory during the second qualifying night at the 2nd Annual World Modified Dirt Track Championship.

Having to qualify through a “B” Main and starting more than halfway back in a field stacked with talent from top to bottom, Scott wasn’t much more than an afterthought prior to the start of the 35-lap main event. But soon after the green flag waved, he served notice that he would not be left out of the party.

Ryan Ruter scored the maximum points possible in his qualifying session and his heat race, which put him on the pole for the feature race. Using the shortest route around the high-banked 3/8-mile oval, Ruter paced the first three laps but Rodney Sanders rode the high line into the lead as they completed the fourth lap.

Sanders continued his charge with Ruter trailing when the first of three cautions slowed the action on lap 12. By this time, Scott was up to sixth from his 17th starting spot.

The yellow flag waved again on lap 14 but the restart looked quite different than the previous. In just two laps, Randy Timms claimed second place with Jon Tesch riding in third and Scott sitting fourth.

Just two laps later, Scott raced side by side with Sanders for the lead, and then completed the pass on lap 17 just as the caution reared it’s ugly head again, but this time with ‘The New Mexico Nightmare’ in charge.

Scott continued to run low on the track but Timms was running even lower when he snagged the top spot away with seven laps to go. But shortly thereafter, thick lapped traffic clogged the same line and Scott used the predicament to pounce on last year’s Thursday night winner at the WMDTC.

As they exited turn 2, Timms was slowed by a back-marker while Scott instead slid up and split two lapped cars to power in front of Timms and cross beneath the flagstand with the lead again on lap 33.

Timms was unable to recover and Scott raced to his fifth victory of the season under the USMTS banner.

His first win of the season – and his career – came in March on the first qualifying night of the King of America II Modified Nationals. His second triumph two nights later in the $15,000-to-win finale at the Humboldt (Kan.) Speedway. He switched teams last month and promptly won his first night out with Rowland Racing.

Now the 22-year-old from Las Cruces, N.M., will be one of the favorites going into Saturday night’s $25,000-to-win finale.

Dereck Ramirez got by Timms on the next-to-last lap and scored the most points of any driver on Thursday night, assuring himself a spot in the championship race. Sanders held on for a fourth-place finish while Jon Tesch was fifth. Jeremy Payne came from 16 to sixth at the checkered flag.

The top 6 finishers were also the top 6 points earners, and are locked into Saturday night’s main event.

Zack VanderBeek finished seventh in his debut behind the wheel of a Hughes Racing Chassis. Brandon Davis turned his night around by charging from 21st on the starting grid to eighth at the finish while Dan Bohr clawed his way from 25th to ninth. Tommy Weder Jr., driving a Jason Hughes backup car, rounded out the top 10.

Action continues on Friday as nearly 60 drivers are expected to utilize their “mulligans” and take another shot at qualifying for 50-lap WMDTC feature race on Saturday.

Group time trials with a green-white-checkered format will be staged, along with heat races and main events with drivers earning points for their performances in each. The top 6 points earners will join the 12 best from the first two nights and earn one of 18 guaranteed starting spots in Saturday’s finale.

Any driver who has purchased a “mulligan” may forfeit their points on Wednesday or Thursday and attempt to qualify again on Friday if their first night did not turn out as hoped. Any new drivers arriving to compete just two days are also eligible.

Saturday’s program will feature an “alphabet soup” of main events that will culminate with a 31-car starting field in the championship race. Even if a driver has some tough luck during the first three nights of qualifying, he or she still has the chance to climb the ladder of main events on Saturday to earn a spot in the finale.

The 31st starting spot will be auctioned off prior to the start of the race. In last year’s auction, event sponsor Randy Eastvold of Hanson Tire Service won the bidding contest and selected 2007 USMTS National Champion Jason Krohn as the bonus starter.

Nearly $100,000 has been earmarked for Saturday’s championship main event alone, with a total purse of more than $160,000 posted for the four-day extravaganza.

Grandstand gates open at 4 p.m. and hot laps begin at 6:30 on Friday. All times are one hour earlier on Saturday. Tickets are $25 for adults on Friday and $35 on Saturday. Kids ages 12 and under are $10 each day.

Wissota Midwest Mods joined the action the next two nights, racing for $600 to win Friday and a $700 top prize on Saturday night.

The Deer Creek Speedway sits on 60 acres of scenic rural rolling hills with one of America’s most popular state-of-the-art racing complexes and a busy modern campground. The 3/8-mile high-banked clay oval is located 11.3 miles south of I-90 (exit 209) on US 63 (0.7 mile north of SR 16) in Spring Valley, Minn. For more info, call toll-free 877-DCS-RACE or 507-346-2342 on raceday or visit www.deercreekspeedway.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 like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ustmts and follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/usmts.

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OFFICIAL RESULTS
United States Modified Touring Series
2nd Annual World Modified Dirt Track Championship presented by Hanson Tire Service – Night 2 of 4
Deer Creek Speedway, Spring Valley, Minn.
Thursday, July 26, 2012

Showing finishing position, starting position in parentheses, car number, driver, hometown, chassis/engine builder, reason out (if any) and laps completed. The top 16 drivers in passing points accumulated in the heat races are locked into the “A” Main.

HEAT RACE #1 (8 laps):
1. (6) 555 Ryan Ruter, Kanawha, Iowa.
2. (3) 5t Randy Timms, Wheatland, Okla.
3. (5) 41 Mark Teske, Spring Valley, Minn.
4. (4) 68 J.J. Wise, Manly, Iowa.
5. (1) 61 Bruce Hanford, Davenport, Iowa.
6. (2) 8 Bobby Swanson, Kasson, Minn.
7. (7) 50w Andrew Wiste, Adams, Minn.
8. (10) 88t Terry Timmerman, Spring Valley, Minn.
9. (8) 1k Pat Graham, Ames, Iowa.
10. (9) 29d Brad Dierks, Clarence, Iowa.

HEAT RACE #2 (8 laps):
1. (1) 31 Corey Dripps, Waterloo, Iowa.
2. (3) 20z Zack VanderBeek, New Sharon, Iowa.
3. (4) 49jr Jake Timm, Winona, Minn.
4. (7) 431 Mike Gibson, Star Prairie, Wis.
5. (9) 6m Ted Marrs, Bethel, Minn.
6. (6) 66 Dan Bohr, Decorah, Iowa.
7. (5) 5 Brandon Beckendorf, Danube, Minn.
8. (8) 23k Darwin Karau, Kasson, Minn.
9. (2) E26 Dallas Everett, Beebe, Ark.
10. (10) 24 Brad Waits, Rochester, Minn.

HEAT RACE #3 (8 laps):
1. (4) 12 Tommy Weder Jr., Woodward, Okla.
2. (1) 11 Ryan Peckham, Corning, Iowa.
3. (3) 85 Thomas Tillison Jr., Wellston, Okla.
4. (2) 00 Robby Bunkelman, Abbotsford, Wis.
5. (6) 21 Chris Brown, Spring, Texas.
6. (5) 01 Brandon Aggen, Rushmore, Minn.
7. (8) J17 Jacob Gallardo, Las Cruces, N.M.
8. (7) 43 Luke Schilling, Granton, Wis.
9. (9) 86 David McClain, Potosi, Wis.
10. (10) 24 Jeff Lien, Mora, Minn.

HEAT RACE #4 (8 laps):
1. (1) 4r Dereck Ramirez, Woodward, Okla.
2. (4) 33x Adam Hensel, Baldwin, Wis.
3. (3) 186 Jeremy Payne, Springfield, Mo.
4. (2) 29h Joe Horgdal, Kasson, Minn.
5. (6) 10 Mike Steensma, Luverne, Minn.
6. (9) 61 Timothy Culp, West Monroe, La.
7. (8) 52 Jason Thoennes, Garfield, Minn.
8. (5) 75g Jordan Grabouski, Beatrice, Neb.
9. (7) 96 Greg Jensen, Albert Lea, Minn.
DNS – 0 Les Duellman, Winona, Minn.

HEAT RACE #5 (8 laps):
1. (1) 20 Rodney Sanders, Happy, Texas.
2. (2) 99 Josh Angst, Winona, Minn.
3. (6) 14 Jon Tesch, Watertown, S.D.
4. (4) 20s Stormy Scott, Las Cruces, N.M.
5. (5) 19r Ryan Gustin, Marshalltown, Iowa.
6. (7) 50iii Brandon Davis, Medford, Minn.
7. (3) 89 Eric Pember, Pittsville, Wis.
8. (8) 60 Kurt Krauskopf, Decorah, Iowa.
9. (10) 76x Troy Hovey, Castalia, Iowa.
10. (9) 1L Brad Loveday, Fort Frances, Ont., Canada.

“B” MAIN #1 (15 laps, top 7 advance):
1. (3) 20s Stormy Scott, Las Cruces, N.M.
2. (4) 10 Mike Steensma, Luverne, Minn.
3. (6) 50iii Brandon Davis, Medford, Minn.
4. (5) 61 Bruce Hanford, Davenport, Iowa.
5. (7) 66 Dan Bohr, Decorah, Iowa.
6. (10) 89 Eric Pember, Pittsville, Wis.
7. (12) 75g Jordan Grabouski, Beatrice, Neb.
8. (2) 00 Robby Bunkelman, Abbotsford, Wis., Skyrocket/Tim’s.
9. (9) 50w Andrew Wiste, Adams, Minn., Hughes/Premier.
10. (1) 6m Ted Marrs, Bethel, Minn., Frederick/Homerun.
11. (11) 23k Darwin Karau, Kasson, Minn., Killer/Flyin’J.
12. (8) J17 Jacob Gallardo, Las Cruces, N.M., GRC/BMS.
13. (13) 76x Troy Hovey, Castalia, Iowa, Rage/Brunner.
14. (14) 96 Greg Jensen, Albert Lea, Minn., Skyrocket/KSE.
DNS – E26 Dallas Everett, Beebe, Ark., Shaw/Kuntz.
DNS – 24 Brad Waits, Rochester, Minn., Waits/ASi.
DNS – 0 Les Duellman, Winona, Minn., DirtDueler/KSE.

“B” MAIN #2 (15 laps, top 7 advance):
1. (1) 68 J.J. Wise, Manly, Iowa.
2. (5) 19r Ryan Gustin, Marshalltown, Iowa.
3. (3) 21 Chris Brown, Spring, Texas.
4. (6) 8 Bobby Swanson, Kasson, Minn.
5. (9) 5 Brandon Beckendorf, Danube, Minn.
6. (8) 52 Jason Thoennes, Garfield, Minn.
7. (2) 29h Joe Horgdal, Kasson, Minn.
8. (4) 61 Timothy Culp, West Monroe, La., Skyrocket/Sput’s.
9. (12) 60 Kurt Krauskopf, Decorah, Iowa, Skyrocket/Sput’s.
10. (7) 01 Brandon Aggen, Rushmore, Minn., Skyrocket/Sput’s.
11. (11) 43 Luke Schilling, Granton, Wis., J-Car/B&B.
12. (13) 1k Pat Graham, Ames, Iowa, Victory/JRM.
13. (14) 86 David McClain, Potosi, Wis., Skyrocket/Sperry.
14. (16) 24 Jeff Lien, Mora, Minn., Matrix/Mullins.
15. (15) 29d Brad Dierks, Clarence, Iowa, Shaw/Sperry.
16. (10) 88t Terry Timmerman, Spring Valley, Minn., Skyrocket/Dean.
DNS – 1L Brad Loveday, Fort Frances, Ont., Canada, GRT/Mullins.

“A” MAIN (35 laps):
1. (17) 20s Stormy Scott, Las Cruces, N.M., Hughes/ProPower, 35.
2. (4) 4r Dereck Ramirez, Woodward, Okla., Hughes/ProPower, 35.
3. (7) 5t Randy Timms, Wheatland, Okla., Hughes/Geddes, 35.
4. (5) 20 Rodney Sanders, Happy, Texas, Hughes/Geddes, 35.
5. (9) 14 Jon Tesch, Watertown, S.D., GRT/Sput’s, 35.
6. (16) 186 Jeremy Payne, Springfield, Mo., GRT/RoushYates, 35.
7. (8) 20z Zack VanderBeek, New Sharon, Iowa, Hughes/ProPower, 35.
8. (21) 50iii Brandon Davis, Medford, Minn., BC/KSE, 35.
9. (25) 66 Dan Bohr, Decorah, Iowa, GRT/Sput’s, 35.
10. (2) 12 Tommy Weder Jr., Woodward, Okla., Hughes/Mullins, 35.
11. (29) 75g Jordan Grabouski, Beatrice, Neb., GRT/Hatfield, 35.
12. (3) 31 Corey Dripps, Waterloo, Iowa, BC/ProPower, 35.
13. (12) 41 Mark Teske, Spring Valley, Minn., LG2/Vankirk, 35.
14. (1) 555 Ryan Ruter, Kanawha, Iowa, Sidebiter/Sput’s, 35.
15. (24) 8 Bobby Swanson, Kasson, Minn., Skyrocket/Sput’s, 35.
16. (15) 85 Thomas Tillison Jr., Wellston, Okla., Hughes/Geddes, 35.
17. (13) 49jr Jake Timm, Winona, Minn., GRT/BuckBuilt, 35.
18. (22) 21 Chris Brown, Spring, Texas, Skyrocket/RoushYates, 35.
19. (20) 19r Ryan Gustin, Marshalltown, Iowa, Hughes/Mullins, 35.
20. (27) 89 Eric Pember, Pittsville, Wis., LG2/Mullins, 35.
21. (18) 68 J.J. Wise, Manly, Iowa, Skyrocket/KSE, 35.
22. (11) 99 Josh Angst, Winona, Minn., Skyrocket/Sput’s, 35.
23. (6) 33x Adam Hensel, Baldwin, Wis., Rocket/Malcuit, 35.
24. (19) 10 Mike Steensma, Luverne, Minn., Hughes/Sput’s, 35.
25. (30) 29h Joe Horgdal, Kasson, Minn., Killer/Flyin’J, 34.
26. (10) 11 Ryan Peckham, Corning, Iowa, IROC/PerfAuto, 34.
27. (14) 431 Mike Gibson, Star Prairie, Wis., Matrix/Tim’s, 34.
28. (23) 61 Bruce Hanford, Davenport, Iowa, Skyrocket/AutoRon’s, 34.
29. (28) 52 Jason Thoennes, Garfield, Minn., MasterSbilt/Sower, 34.
30. (26) 5 Brandon Beckendorf, Danube, Minn., Skyrocket/Sput’s, mechanical, 17.

Lap Leaders: Ruter 1-3, Sanders 4-16, Scott 17-26, Timms 27-32, Scott 33-35.
Total Laps Led: Scott 13, Sanders 13, Timms 6, Ruter 3.
Margin of Victory: 1.502 seconds.
Hard Charger: Grabouski (started 29th, finished 11th).
Next Race: Friday-Saturday, July 27-28, Deer Creek Speedway.

Points Standings (after night 2 of 4):
1. Joey Jensen … 666.5 *
2. Mike Sorensen … 635 *
3. Jason Hughes … 629 *
4. Jason Cummins … 625 *
5. Lucas Schott … 611 *
6. Dereck Ramirez … 609 *
7. Stormy Scott … 597 *
8. Randy Timms … 596.5 *
9. Jon Tesch … 595.5 *
10. Bryan Rowland … 582 *
11. Rodney Sanders … 579 *
12. Jeremy Payne … 561 *
13. Kelly Shryock … 560
14. Zack VanderBeek … 556.5
15. Tommy Weder Jr. … 553.5
16. Ryan Ruter … 551.5
17. Dean Mahlstedt … 546.5
18. Nate Wasmund … 516.5
19. Mark Teske … 514
20. Dan Bohr … 514
21. T.J. Herndon … 505
22. Corey Dripps … 504
23. Richie Gustin … 494
24. Joel Alberts … 491
25. Adam Hensel … 485
26. Johnny Scott … 483.5
27. Jake Timm … 482.5
28. Jay Ihrke … 478.5
29. Eric Dailey … 478
30. Thomas Tillison Jr. … 476
31. Jordan Grabouski … 476
32. Chris Brown … 470.5
33. Brandon Davis … 465.5
34. Terry Phillips … 462
35. Josh Angst … 455
36. Ryan Gustin … 455
37. J.J. Wise … 451
38. Shane Hebert … 448.5
39. Jason Krohn … 447
40. Steve Whiteaker … 446
41. Bobby Swanson … 434
42. Lance Hofer … 431
43. Ryan Peckham … 430
44. Luke Driskell … 428
45. Joe Horgdahl … 426
46. Cole Queensland … 424
47. Mick Glenn … 415.5
48. Jimmy Broszeit … 413
49. Eric Pember … 413
50. Dan Fetters … 403
51. Don Gerritsen … 402
52. Jake Hartung … 401
53. Brandon Aggen … 400
54. Brandon Beckendorf … 398
55. Robby Bunkelman … 397
56. Mike Gibson … 393.5
57. Tommy Myer … 388
58. Mike Steensma … 387.5
59. Brandon Davis … 383
60. Bruce Hanford … 382
61. Chris Dawson … 370
62. Jason Miller … 366
63. Eddie Martin … 364
64. Brandon Hare … 362
65. Doug Hillson … 360
66. Dave Schoenberger … 347
67. Ted Marrs … 345
68. Andrew Wiste … 343
69. Al Hejna … 341
70. Bob Gierke … 338
71. Dallas Everett … 333
72. Jason Thoennes … 332.5
73. Luke Schilling … 330
74. Jake Gallardo … 328.5
75. Timothy Culp … 328.5
76. William Gould … 326
77. Fito Gallardo … 324
78. Kurt Krauskopf … 324
79. Daniel Hilsabeck … 320.5
80. Clayton Wagamon … 320.5
81. Darwin Karau … 320
82. Billy Steinberg … 319
83. Brian Craighead … 311
84. Les Duellman … 310
85. Pat Graham … 309
86. Paul Knauf … 307
87. Greg Jensen … 305
88. John Schulke … 301
89. David McClain … 297
90. Jeff Lien … 295
91. Terry Timmerman … 293
92. Troy Hovey … 288.5
93. Brad Dierks … 284
94. Brad Loveday … 280
95. Jeff Lien … 276
96. Brad Waits … 272

* = locked into Saturday’s “A” Main

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