Gustin Garners 100th USMTS Victory At Dallas County Speedway

The United States Modified Touring Series invaded the Dallas County Speedway in Urbana, Missouri., for the first time Thursday for the inaugural Bullring Bash presented by Hooker Harness, and a record crowd was on hand to witness Ryan Gustin beat Dereck Ramirez to the finish line by a whisker.

“That was one heck of a race,” Gustin said in victory lane. “I thought he (Ramirez) took it away from us, but we gave each other a lane and always race each other clean.” The win was the 100th of Gustin’s USMTS career.

“I wasn’t sure we were going to get number 100 this year or not,” Gustin said after posting his first top-ten finish since the Silver Dollar Nationals nearly one month ago. “It’s a milestone, man, and it feels good. Looking forward to tomorrow.”

The winner—along with everybody else who competed in the wild 40-lap main event on the tiny, slightly-banked quarter-mile—never had a moment to rest as action was constant from the front of the field back.

From the pole position, Terry Phillips took charge at the drop of the green flag and ran the low line while Gustin churned the loose clay lining the long way around the track. The lead duo found the back of the pack by lap 12 and Gustin was able to squeak by to lead for the first time on lap 18 just before a caution flag waved and let everybody catch their breath.

Phillips continued to challenge Gustin for the lead for the next 10 laps until the two made contact in turn 4 and Phillips wound up smacking a yuke tire neat the exit of the corner.

Another yellow flag waved as Phillips saw his night come to an end, and on the restart Marriott followed Gustin but Ramirez stuck his nose underneath and claimed the second position.

The final 10 laps were intense as Gustin and Ramirez raced wheel-to-wheel lap after lap while four more cautions slowed the pace.

The final caution waved with three laps to go, and Ramirez edged in front of Gustin at the flagstand to lead lap 38 and again the next time around as they drag-raced beneath USMTS flagman Ryne Staley’s white flag.

The pair exited the final corner door to door as they raced to the checkered. Despite sending a shower of sparks off of the front-stretch concrete wall, Gustin nipped Ramirez by less than five one-hundredths of a second.

“This is a small deal, it’s elbows up,” Gustin added. “It doesn’t matter what you do to your car, you just have to get up on the wheel at these small little places and get after it.” The win was worth $2,500 to the 28-year-old from Marshalltown, Iowa.

For Ramirez, it was his fifth runner-up finish in seven races during the Casey’s Hunt for the USMTS National Championship while Marriott, Rodney Sanders and Dean Wille completed the top five.

Jake O’Neil, Jason Pursley, Terry Schultz, Stephen Muilenburg and hometown favorite Colson Kirk rounded out the top 10. To connect with the United States Modified Touring Series, visit usmts.com.

OFFICIAL RESULTS: United States Modified Touring Series. Inaugural Bullring Bash
Dallas County Speedway, Urbana, Missouri. Thursday, Aug, 15, 2019

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

SIMPSON PERFORMANCE PRODUCTS HEAT RACE #1 (8 laps): 1. (4) 19r Ryan Gustin, Marshalltown, Iowa., 2. (3) 90 Terry Schultz, Sedalia, Mo., 3. (2) 5 Colson Kirk (R), Urbana, Mo., 4. (6) 20 Rodney Sanders, Happy, Texas., 5. (5) 16 Austin Siebert, Grandview, Mo., 6. (1) 73 Mark Simon (R), Buffalo, Mo., 7. (7) 0 Jake O’Neil, Tucson, Ariz., 8. (8) 8c Chris Clark, Jackson, Wyo.

FAST SHAFTS HEAT RACE #2 (8 laps): 1. (1) 62 Hunter Marriott (R), Brookfield, Mo., 2. (4) 17 Mike Striegel (R), Wheatland, Mo., 3. (7) 75 Terry Phillips, Springfield, Mo., 4. (2) 73 Mickey Burrell, Fair Grove, Mo., 5. (6) 4w Tyler Wolff, Fayetteville, Ark., 6. (5) 19sb Lance Mari, Imperial, Calif., 7. (3) 21x Travis Saurer, Elizabeth, Minn., 8. (8) 9 Jimmy Ray, Las Cruces, N.M.

EDELBROCK HEAT RACE #3 (8 laps): 1. (3) 4r Dereck Ramirez, Woodward, Okla., 2. (1) 33 Stephen Muilenburg, Sparta, Mo., 3. (2) 38c Jason Pursley, Hermitage, Mo., 4. (4) 68m Dean Wille, Warrensburg, Mo., 5. (6) 91 Joe Duvall, Claremore, Okla., 6. (5) 91x Greg Skaggs, Broken Arrow, Okla., 7. (7) 23 Adam Kates, Tonganoxie, Kan., 8. (8) 31 Ed Griggs (R), Pleasant Hill, Mo.

REAL RACING WHEELS “B” MAIN #1 (10 laps, all advance): 1. (2) 73 Mark Simon (R), Buffalo, Mo., 2. (3) 19sb Lance Mari, Imperial, Calif., 3. (1) 16 Austin Siebert, Grandview, Mo., 4. (4) 91 Greg Skaggs, Broken Arrow, Okla., 5. (5) 0 Jake O’Neil, Tucson, Ariz., 6. (6) 21x Travis Saurer, Elizabeth, Minn., 7. (9) 9 Jimmy Ray, Las Cruces, N.M., 8. (10) 31 Ed Griggs (R), Pleasant Hill, Mo., 9. (8) 8c Chris Clark, Jackson, Wyo., 10. (7) 23 Adam Kates, Tonganoxie, Kan.

CASEY’S GENERAL STORES “A” MAIN (40 laps): 1. (4) 19r Ryan Gustin, Marshalltown, Iowa, Hughes/TriStar, 40, $2500.,
2. (8) 4r Dereck Ramirez, Woodward, Okla., Hughes/Cornett, 40, $1500., 3. (6) 62 Hunter Marriott (R), Brookfield, Mo., Rage/KSE, 40, $1000., 4. (10) 20 Rodney Sanders, Happy, Texas, MBCustoms/Hatfield, 40, $800., 5. (12) 68m Dean Willie, Warrensburg, Mo., Hughes/ChevPerf, 40, $500., 6. (19) 0 Jake O’Neil, Tucson, Ariz., LG2/Cornett, 40, $600., 7. (9) 38c Jason Pursley, Hermitage, Mo., GRT/Midstate, 40, $350., 8. (2) 90 Terry Schultz, Sedalia, Mo., Hughes/Mullins, 40, $300., 9. (3) 33 Stephen Muilenburg, Sparta, Mo., TRE/Eagle, 40, $275., 10. (7) 5 Colson Kirk (R), Urbana, Mo., Hughes/Dickens, 40, $250., 11. (20) 21x Travis Saurer, Elizabeth, Minn., MBCustoms/ChevPerf, 40, $375., 12. (5) 17 Mike Striegel (R), Wheatland, Mo., GRT/Driskell, 40, $350., 13. (11) 73 Mickey Burrell, Fair Grove, Mo., Shaw/BMS, 40, $200., 14. (15) 73 Mark Simon (R), Buffalo, Mo., Shaw/Eagle, 40, $200., 15. (14) 91 Joe Duvall, Claremore, Okla., MBCustoms/ChevPerf, 40, $275., 16. (23) 8c Chris Clark, Jackson, Wyo., GRT/Cornett, 40, $250., 17. (21) 9 Jimmy Ray, Las Cruces, N.M., AOS/AOS, 40, $250., 18. (18) 91x Greg Skaggs, Broken Arrow, Okla., Rage/ChevPerf, 35, $200., 19. (1) 75 Terry Phillips, Springfield, Mo., GRT/Durham, 29, $250., 20. (24) 23 Adam Kates, Tonganoxie, Kan., LG2/Speedway, 29, $250., 21. (16) 19sb Lance Mari, Imperial, Calif., MRT/Yeoman, 26, $250., 22. (17) 16 Austin Siebert, Grandview, Mo., MBCustoms/Durham, 26, $250., 23. (22) 31 Ed Griggs (R), Pleasant Hill, Mo., DirtWorks/ChevPerf, 26, $200., 24. (13) 4w Tyler Wolff, Fayetteville, Ark., MBCustoms/Hill, 25, $250.

(R) = Grant Junghans USMTS Rookie of the Year contender

Lap Leaders: Phillips 1-17, Gustin 18-37, Ramirez 38-39, Gustin 40.
Total Laps Led: Gustin 21, Phillips 17, Ramirez 2.

About the author

USMTS Admin

The United States Modified Touring Series (USMTS) is a fast growing and very popular open-wheel dirt Modified touring series in the United States.
Read My Articles

Dirt Track Racing delivered to your Inbox Weekly!

Build your own custom newsletter with the content you love from OneDirt, directly to your inbox, absolutely FREE!

Free WordPress Themes
ONEDIRT NEWSLETTER - SIGN UP FREE!

We will safeguard your e-mail and only send content you request.

OneDirt - Dirt Track Racing Magazine

We'll send you the most interesting Street Rod articles, news, car features, and videos every week.

OneDirt - Dirt Track Racing Magazine

ONEDIRT NEWSLETTER - SIGN UP FREE!

We will safeguard your e-mail and only send content you request.

OneDirt - Dirt Track Racing Magazine

Thank you for your subscription.

Subscribe to more FREE Online Magazines!

We think you might like...



Hot Rods & Muscle Cars

Diesel Army

Engine Tech

OneDirt - Dirt Track Racing Magazine

Thank you for your subscription.

Subscribe to more FREE Online Magazines!

We think you might like...

  • Hot Rods & Muscle Cars
  • Diesel Army
  • Engine Tech

OneDirt - Dirt Track Racing Magazine

Thank you for your subscription.

Thank you for your subscription.

OneDirt - Dirt Track Racing Magazine

Thank you for your subscription.

Thank you for your subscription.

Loading