Gustin Grinds Out USMTS Victory At Creek County Speedway

Photo Credit: Tyler Rinken

Ryan Gustin roped himself a rugged victory Sunday night when the USMTS invaded the Creek County Speedway for the 2nd Annual Bullring Badass presented by Bravado Wireless, AmeriFlex Hose & Accessories, Pizza Express and Duvall Electric.

Following up last year’s inaugural event where fans were treated to a caution-free 40-lap barnburner, another epic battle in the tight confines of the 35-year-old quarter-mile dirt oval produced another 40 circuits of rush hour traffic.

“It was elbows up, no doubt,” said Gustin, who rode into the USMTS winners circle for the first time since the final night of the Featherlite Fall Jamboree on Sept. 23, 2017. “I broke something in the left front there and, man, that thing was tight on entry.

“I didn’t want no more laps, that’s for sure. I was wore out and the car didn’t want no more either.”

Unfortunately for USMTS national points leader Rodney Sanders, his tire only had 30 laps in it. In the heat of a three-way tussle between himself, Dereck Ramirez and Gustin, Sanders slowed on the exit of turn 2 which allowed Ramirez and Gustin to scoot past while Sanders came to a stop in the next corner.

Following the caution flag with ten laps remaining, Ramirez was able to nose in front of Gustin to lead lap 31, but ‘The Reaper’ came storming back on the high side to take the lead for good with eight to go.

Photo Credit: Tyler Rinken

From there, Gustin rode the dangerous but faster high line to the checkered flag with Jake O’Neil advancing to claim the runner-up spot while Ramirez held strong in third.

With last year’s winless season and a rash of mechanical woes since March of 2019, the win was just what the doctor ordered for the two-time USMTS National Champion.

“We’ve just had some tough luck you know; That’s how it goes,” said Gustin, who unveiled his new livery last weekend with new sponsor Spike Hardcore Energy. “We can’t be having any more failures or anything going on, so we have to stay on top of our maintenance program.”

It was Gustin’s 95th career triumph—third on the USMTS all-time wins list.

“Hopefully maybe Cedar Lake on Saturday is 100,” Gustin added, referencing the 20th Annual Masters, June 13-15. With seven features races on tap between now and then, anything is possible with cooperation from racing gremlins and Mother Nature. To learn more about the United States Modified Touring Series, visit USMTS.com or call (515) 832-7944.

OFFICIAL RESULTS: MSD Performance USMTS Mid-American Series. 2nd Annual Bullring Badass presented by Duvall Electric. Creek County Speedway, Kellyville, Oklahoma. Sunday, June 2, 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 with the top 8 redrawing for the first 8 starting spots.

HEAT RACE #1 (8 laps): 1. (5) 20 Rodney Sanders, Happy, Texas. 2. (1) 62 Hunter Marriott (R), Brookfield, Mo. 3. (3) 12 Jason Hughes, Watts, Okla. 4. (2) 127 Andy Morris, Fort Gibson, Okla. 5. (7) 20e James Esmond (R), Sapulpa, Okla. 6. (4) 39 Ho Dean (R), Tulsa, Okla. 7. (6) 7e Jim Estes (R), Glenpool, Okla. DNS – 96jr Jon Herring, Woodward, Okla.

HEAT RACE #2 (8 laps): 1. (3) 4r Dereck Ramirez, Woodward, Okla. 2. (1) 91 Joe Duvall, Claremore, Okla. 3. (6) 91x Randy Timms, Wheatland, Okla. 4. (4) 19sb Lance Mari, Imperial, Calif. 5. (7) 75 Terry Phillips, Springfield, Mo. 6. (2) 64 Chris Miles (R), Bristow, Okla. 7. (5) 24 Justin Cartwright (R), Sperry, Okla.

HEAT RACE #3 (8 laps): 1. (1) 75L Kyle Ledford (R), Greenwood, Ark. 2. (6) 65 Tyler Davis, Haysville, Kan. 3. (3) 15 Kale Westover (R), Blair, Okla. 4. (7) 19r Ryan Gustin, Marshalltown, Iowa. 5. (4) 152 Chad Davis, Tulsa, Okla. 6. (5) 157 Mark Shipman (R), Grandview, Texas. 7. (2) 3g Scott Glover (R), Hackett, Ark.

HEAT RACE #4 (8 laps): 1. (4) 0 Jake O’Neil, Tucson, Ariz. 2. (1) 4w Tyler Wolff, Fayetteville, Ark. 3. (3) 75w Joe Wright (R), Beggs, Okla. 4. (5) 92 Bradley Busch (R), Mena, Ark. 5. (6) 17 Brandon Dean (R), Sapulpa, Okla. 6. (7) 17 Mike Striegel (R), Wheatland, Mo. 7. (2) 23 Adam Kates, Tonganoxie, Kan.

B MAIN #1 (10 laps, top 5 advance): 1. (2) 127 Andy Morris, Fort Gibson, Okla. 2. (1) 75w Joe Wright (R), Beggs, Okla. 3. (5) 17 Mike Striegel (R), Wheatland, Mo. 4. (4) 17 Brandon Dean (R), Sapulpa, Okla. 5. (3) 20e James Esmond (R), Sapulpa, Okla. 6. (8) 3g Scott Glover (R), Hackett, Ark. 7. (6) 64 Chris Miles (R), Bristow, Okla., D&M/Miles, $175. 8. (7) 7e Jim Estes (R), Glenpool, Okla., Skyrocket/Estes, $75. 9. (9) 96jr Jon Herring, Woodward, Okla., Hughes/Sput’s, $90.

B MAIN #2 (10 laps, top 5 advance): 1. (2) 19sb Lance Mari, Imperial, Calif. 2. (3) 75 Terry Phillips, Springfield, Mo. 3. (4) 152 Chad Davis, Tulsa, Okla. 4. (8) 23 Adam Kates, Tonganoxie, Kan. 5. (5) 39 Ho Dean (R), Tulsa, Okla. 6. (1) 92 Bradley Busch (R), Mena, Ark., Shaw/Bush, $175. 7. (7) 24 Justin Cartwright (R), Sperry, Okla., Hughes/U-Save, $75. 8. (6) 157 Mark Shipman (R), Grandview, Texas.

A MAIN (40 laps): 1. (10) 19r Ryan Gustin, Marshalltown, Iowa, Hughes/TriStar, 40, $4340. 2. (7) 0 Jake O’Neil, Tucson, Ariz., LG2/Cornett, 40, $1790. 3. (3) 4r Dereck Ramirez, Woodward, Okla., Hughes/Cornett, 40, $1890. 4. (16) 75 Terry Phillips, Springfield, Mo., GRT/Durham, 40, $1200. 5. (17) 17 Mike Striegel (R), Wheatland, Mo., GRT/Driskell, 40, $700. 6. (4) 91x Randy Timms, Wheatland, Okla., MBCustoms/ChevPerf, 40, $480. 7. (18) 152 Chad Davis, Tulsa, Okla., RaceCraft/BMS, 40, $350.
8. (6) 62 Hunter Marriott (R), Brookfield, Mo., Rage/KSE, 40, $500. 9. (2) 20 Rodney Sanders, Happy, Texas, MBCustoms/Hatfield, 40, $2000. 10. (5) 75L Kyle Ledford (R), Greenwood, Ark., Extreme/C&C, 40, $250. 11. (1) 65 Tyler Davis, Haysville, Kan., Hughes/Hatfield, 40, $625. 12. (12) 15 Kale Westover (R), Blair, Okla., WesternFlyer/Knowles, 40, $350. 13. (14) 19sb Lance Mari, Imperial, Calif., MRT/Yeoman, 40, $325. 14. (19) 17 Brandon Dean (R), Sapulpa, Okla., Skyrocket/Warrior, 40, $200. 15. (22) 39 Ho Dean (R), Tulsa, Okla., Hughes/Warrior, 40, $200. 16. (21) 20e James Esmond (R), Sapulpa, Okla., Xtreme/DSO, 40, $200. 17. (23) 3g Scott Glover (R), Hackett, Ark., Extreme/C&C, 39, $200. 18. (9) 4w Tyler Wolff, Fayetteville, Ark., MBCustoms/Hill, 34, $250. 19. (8) 91 Joe Duvall, Claremore, Okla., MBCustoms/ChevPerf, 34, $250. 20. (13) 127 Andy Morris, Fort Gibson, Okla., GRT/BMS, 23, $200. 21. (20) 23 Adam Kates, Tonganoxie, Kan., LG2/Speedway, 22, $250. 22. (15) 75w Joe Wright (R), Beggs, Okla., RaceCraft/Wright, 21, $200. 23. (11) 12 Jason Hughes, Watts, Okla., Hughes/Mullins, 21, $250. 24. (24) 157 Mark Shipman (R), Grandview, Texas, CAM/ChevPerf, 19, $250.

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

Lap Leaders: Sanders 1-30, Ramirez 31, Gustin 32-40.
Total Laps Led: Sanders 30, Gustin 9, Ramirez 1.

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