Bo Knows Big O, Bags Career First USMTS Win

Image Credit: Tyler Rinken.

The track’s surface was smooth and fast at the Big O Speedway on Friday night, and Bo Day was the smoothest and fastest of all as he powered to his career-first USMTS victory on the opening night of the 10th Annual USMTS Texas Spring Nationals.

A second-place finish behind Dereck Ramirez in Fast Shafts Heat Race #2 allowed the 32-year-old from nearby Greenville, Texas, to just squeak into the redraw for the main event.

“Big Daddy” Joe Duvall claimed the Sybesma Graphics Pole Award while Day started the 40-lap feature race alongside in the front row with both locked in on capturing their first USMTS victory.

Day led Duvall by a nose to complete the first lap and then pulled away slightly over the next few laps while Duvall tussled with Ramirez for Second.

While the track was sticky-fast thanks to the heavy rainfall Wednesday night that forced officials to cancel practice and Thursday’s program, the drivers raced hard and clean.

When the yellow flag waved for a second time on lap 6, a pair of former USMTS national champions—Jason Hughes and Rodney Sanders—were already looking to break into the top five after rolling off 15th and 17th on the grid.

After the restart, the race remained green through lap 14 with Day continuing to set a blistering pace over Ramirez, Duvall, and Tyler Davis while Sanders, Zack VanderBeek Casey Skyberg, Tyler Wolff, and Hughes followed close behind.

While under caution, VanderBeek suddenly ducked into the pits and Wolff followed him soon thereafter. After changing a flat tire, Wolff returned to action but VanderBeek never resurfaced.

A fourth and final caution on lap 28 set up a dozen-lap dash to the finish. Despite a valiant effort by Ramirez to make a last-lap pass around the outside, Day slammed the door shut and streaked beneath the checkered flag with his first triumph versus the Best of the Best.

He pocketed $3,000 for his efforts.

“I’m just happy. We worked our butts off for this one for sure,” Day said in victory lane. “I knew (Ramirez) was there and I knew I had to block on the last lap. I figured he was going to go to the top so just played a little blocking game.”

Despite having a great finish in second, it was another second-best for Ramirez who had 11 runner-up finishes in 2019 and already has two in the first four races of 2020.

Duvall exorcised some demons that haunted lat weekend’s trio of USMTS lid-lifters and finished third while Hughes and Davis were credited with fourth and fifth, respectively.

Sanders wound up sixth, Wolff rebounded to finish seventh, eighth went to 18th-starting Hunter Marriott, Philip Houston made the most of his provisional starting spot and roared from 23rd to ninth, and Kevin Sustaire finished right where he started in tenth.

The 2020 schedule for the Summit USMTS National Championship fueled by Casey’s is highlighted by 58 nights of racing at 33 unique dirt ovals as part of the 22nd season for the world’s Best of the Best in dirt modified racing. To connect with the USMTS check out USMTS.com.

OFFICIAL RESULTS: United States Modified Touring Series. 10th Annual USMTS Texas Spring Nationals – Night 1 of 2
Big O Speedway, Ennis, Texas. Friday, March 6, 2020

Showing finishing position, starting position in parentheses, car number, driver, hometown and chassis/engine builder. The top 12 in heat race passing points advance to the Casey’s “A” Main.

SIMPSON PERFORMANCE PRODUCTS HEAT RACE #1 (8 laps): 1. (1) 91 Joe Duvall, Claremore, Okla., 2. (6) 211 Chase Hatton (R), De Berry, Texas, 3. (4) 2G Brandon Givens (R), Wichita, Kan., 4. (7) 88XXX Clyde Dunn Jr., Rockwall, Texas, 5. (3) 9 Kevin Rutherford, Flower Mound, Texas, 6. (5) 71 Philip Houston, Odessa, Texas, 7. (2) 19C Chad Guest (R), Waxahachie, Texas, 8. (8) 28 Wendall Bolden (R), Greenville, Texas.

FAST SHAFTS HEAT RACE #2 (8 laps): 1. (2) 4R Dereck Ramirez, Woodward, Okla., 2. (3) 4 Bo Day (R), Greenville, Texas, 3. (4) 6 Casey Skyberg (R), Rapid City, S.D., 4. (6) 16 Chris Henigan, Marshall, Texas, 5. (7) 20 Rodney Sanders, Happy, Texas, 6. (5) D25 David Tanner, Wichita Falls, Texas, 7. (8) 54 Carlos Ahumada Sr., El Paso, Texas, 8. (1) 55 Nathan Hagar (R), Adair, Okla.

EDELBROCK HEAT RACE #3 (8 laps): 1. (2) 15J Jason Webb (R), McKinney, Texas, 2. (1) 65X Carlos Ahumada Jr., El Paso, Texas, 3. (3) 4W Tyler Wolff, Fayetteville, Ark., 4. (6) 21 Jacob Bleess, Chatfield, Minn., 5. (5) 12 Jason Hughes, Watts, Okla., 6. (7) 23 Adam Kates, Tonganoxie, Kan., 7. (8) 21W David Winslett, Bossier City, La., 8. (4) 00 Cody Jolly (R), Jasper, Mo.

MSD PERFORMANCE HEAT RACE #4 (8 laps): 1. (1) 33Z Zack VanderBeek, New Sharon, Iowa, 2. (4) 65 Tyler Davis, Haysville, Kan., 3. (3) 75 Terry Phillips, Springfield, Mo., 4. (8) 7 Shayne Bailey (R), Lathrop, Mo., 5. (2) 99 Jeff Needham (R), Rice, Texas, 6. (7) 4M Bobby Malchus, Red Oak, Texas, 7. (5) 5H Lance Hanson Jr. (R), Red Oak, Texas, 8. (6) 24 Rick Ortega (R), Las Cruces, N.M.

VP RACING FUELS HEAT RACE #5 (8 laps): 1. (2) 88R A.J. Vasquez, Garden City, Mich., 2. (1) 71K Kevin Sustaire, Emory, Texas, 3. (4) F2R Chris Reed (R), Rison, Ark., 4. (6) 62 Hunter Marriott, Brookfield, Mo., 5. (5) 12T Tyler Townsend, Diana, Texas, 6. (3) 27X Calvin Iverson (R), Eleva, Wis., 7. (7) 47 Jack Sartain, Terrell, Texas.

REAL RACING WHEELS “B” MAIN #1 (12 laps, top 5 advance): 1. (1) 6 Casey Skyberg (R), Rapid City, S.D., 2. (6) 12 Jason Hughes, Watts, Okla., 3. (5) 20 Rodney Sanders, Happy, Texas, 4. (2) 88XXX Clyde Dunn Jr., Rockwall, Texas, 5. (7) 12T Tyler Townsend, Diana, Texas, 6. (12) 47 Jack Sartain, Terrell, Texas, 7. (4) 21 Jacob Bleess, Chatfield, Minn., 8. (10) 54 Carlos Ahumada Sr., El Paso, Texas, 9. (8) 4M Bobby Malchus, Red Oak, Texas, 10. (9) D25 David Tanner, Wichita Falls, Texas, 11. (13) 55 Nathan Hagar (R), Adair, Okla., 12. (3) 75 Terry Phillips, Springfield, Mo., 13. (11) 19C Chad Guest (R), Waxahachie, Texas, 14. (14) 24 Rick Ortega (R), Las Cruces, N.M.

REAL RACING WHEELS “B” MAIN #2 (12 laps, top 5 advance): 1. (2) 4W Tyler Wolff, Fayetteville, Ark., 2. (10) 21W David Winslett, Bossier City, La., 3. (4) 62 Hunter Marriott, Brookfield, Mo., 4. (9) 27X Calvin Iverson (R), Eleva, Wis., 5. (1) F2R Chris Reed (R), Rison, Ark., 6. (3) 16 Chris Henigan, Marshall, Texas, 7. (8) 71 Philip Houston, Odessa, Texas, 8. (12) 28 Wendall Bolden (R), Greenville, Texas, 9. (11) 5H Lance Hanson Jr. (R), Red Oak, Texas, 10. (6) 99 Jeff Needham (R), Rice, Texas, 11. (7) 23 Adam Kates, Tonganoxie, Kan., 12. (13) 00 Cody Jolly (R), Jasper, Mo., 13. (5) 9 Kevin Rutherford, Flower Mound, Texas.

CASEY’S “A” MAIN (40 laps): 1. (2) 4 Bo Day (R), Greenville, Texas, 2. (3) 4R Dereck Ramirez, Woodward, Okla., 3. (1) 91 Joe Duvall, Claremore, Okla., 4. (15) 12 Jason Hughes, Watts, Okla., 5. (8) 65 Tyler Davis, Haysville, Kan., 6. (17) 20 Rodney Sanders, Happy, Texas, 7. (14) 4W Tyler Wolff, Fayetteville, Ark., 8. (18) 62 Hunter Marriott, Brookfield, Mo., 9. (23) 71 Philip Houston, Odessa, Texas, 10. (10) 71K Kevin Sustaire, Emory, Texas, 11. (19) 88XXX Clyde Dunn Jr., Rockwall, Texas, 12. (21) 12T Tyler Townsend, Diana, Texas, 13. (20) 27X Calvin Iverson (R), Eleva, Wis., 14. (7) 88R A.J. Vasquez, Garden City, Mich., 15. (13) 6 Casey Skyberg (R), Rapid City, S.D., 16. (22) F2R Chris Reed (R), Rison, Ark., 17. (11) 7 Shayne Bailey (R), Lathrop, Mo., 18. (24) 9 Kevin Rutherford, Flower Mound, Texas, 19. (6) 33Z Zack VanderBeek, New Sharon, Iowa, 20. (16) 21W David Winslett, Bossier City, La., 21. (9) 65X Carlos Ahumada Jr., El Paso, Texas, 22. (12) 2G Brandon Givens (R), Wichita, Kan., 23. (5) 15J Jason Webb (R), McKinney, Texas, 24. (4) 211 Chase Hatton (R), De Berry, Texas.

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