Gustin Rolls To Third Straight USMTS Win At West Texas Raceway

Only Mother Nature has been able to stop Ryan Gustin this week as ‘The Reaper’ reeled off his third straight Summit USMTS Southern Series win in five days Friday night at the West Texas Raceway.

After winning last Sunday at the Creek County Speedway to break a dry spell of more than a year, Gustin won Tuesday’s event at the Superbowl Speedway before the shows on Tuesday and Wednesday were rained out.

An opening-lap caution moved Gustin from the third starting spot to the outside of the front row for the start of the 40-lap main event, but it was 2015 USRA Modified National Champion Jake Gallardo jumping out from the pole position to lead lap 1.

Gallardo ran a smooth race up front but Gustin was able to overpower the Las Cruces, N.M., racer on lap 12 and went unchallenged the remaining 28 circuits to claim the $3,000 winner’s share of the prize money.

Jake O’Neil scooted past Gallardo for second but Dereck Ramirez blew by both and secured the second spot for another top-five result while O’Neill, Gallardo and Terry Phillips were the rest of the first five to reach the checkered flag.

Hunter Marriott and Rodney Sanders each passed eight cars to finish sixth and seventh, respectively, but Marriott garnered the FK Rod Ends Hard Charger Award by virtue of his higher finish position.

Fito Gallardo held on for eighth ahead of Joe Duvall, who rebounded from the opening-lap incident to score a ninth-place paycheck. Meanwhile, Logan Robertson returned to the racetrack after destroying his previous ride last month and finishing tenth at the 3/8-mile high-banked clay oval.

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OFFICIAL RESULTS: United States Modified Touring Series. Summit USMTS Southern Series.
West Texas Raceway, Lubbock, Texas. Friday, June 7, 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.

SIMPSON PERFORMANCE PRODUCTS HEAT RACE #1 (8 laps): 1. (4) 91 Joe Duvall, Claremore, Okla. 2. (5) J41 Monte Bolton, Wilson, Texas. 3. (2) 23 Adam Kates, Tonganoxie, Kan. 4. (3) 65x Carlos Ahumada Jr., El Paso, Texas. 5. (8) 10 Dustin Robinson (R), Post, Texas. 6. (6) 75 Alan Sharpensteen, Amarillo, Texas. 7. (9) 23g Jim Gress, Amarillo, Texas. 8. (1) 66 Ty Page, New Home, Texas. 9. (7) 54 Carlos Ahumada Sr., El Paso, Texas.

FAST SHAFTS HEAT RACE #2 (8 laps): 1. (6) 0 Jake O’Neil, Tucson, Ariz. 2. (1) G17 Fito Gallardo, Las Cruces, N.M. 3. (4) 41h Eric Hughes (R), Odessa, Texas. 4. (7) 23L Logan Robertson, Shamrock, Texas. 5. (8) D25 David Tanner, Wichita Falls, Texas. 6. (2) 59 Kelly Allen, Sweetwater, Texas. 7. (3) 49 Vince Ogle, Lubbock, Texas. 8. (5) 80 David Yanacsek (R), Amarillo, Texas. 9. (9) 9 Jimmy Ray, Las Cruces, N.M.

EDELBROCK HEAT RACE #3 (8 laps): 1. (1) 15 Kale Westover (R), Blair, Okla. 2. (6) 75 Terry Phillips, Springfield, Mo. 3. (4) 71 Philip Houston, Odessa, Texas. 4. (5) 44f Fred Wojtek (R), Blackwell, Texas. 5. (3) 62 Hunter Marriott (R), Brookfield, Mo. 6. (7) 20 Rodney Sanders, Happy, Texas. 7. (2) 77 Ronnie Yanacsek (R), Amarillo, Texas. 8. (8) 88r A.J. Vasquez, Garden City, Mich. 9. (9) 7x Chris Dawson, Lubbock, Texas.

WRISCO HEAT RACE #4 (8 laps): 1. (2) 4r Dereck Ramirez, Woodward, Okla. 2. (4) 19r Ryan Gustin, Marshalltown, Iowa. 3. (6) J17 Jake Gallardo, Las Cruces, N.M. 4. (1) 511 Cory Williams (R), Slaton, Texas. 5. (7) 19sb Lance Mari, Imperial, Calif. 6. (5) 11 Kade Ogle (R), Lubbock, Texas. 7. (8) 2 Greg Jenkins (R), Hobbs, N.M. 8. (3) 2x Gene Weaver, Amarillo, Texas

REAL RACING WHEELS “B” MAIN #1 (12 laps, top 5 advance): 1. (1) 23 Adam Kates, Tonganoxie, Kan. 2. (5) 20 Rodney Sanders, Happy, Texas. 3. (2) 10 Dustin Robinson, Post, Texas. 4. (10) 88r A.J. Vasquez, Garden City, Mich. 5. (4) 19sb Lance Mari, Imperial, Calif. 6. (12) 7x Chris Dawson, Lubbock, Texas., Sidebiter/ASI, $75. 7. (7) 23g Jim Gress (R), Amarillo, Texas., GRT/McCabe, $75. 8. (9) 66 Ty Page (R), New Home, Texas., Lethal/Dubose, $75. 9. (6) 59 Kelly Allen (R), Sweetwater, Texas., IRP/Hertel, $75. 10. (8) 49 Vince Ogle (R), Lubbock, Texas., Hughes/Herring, $75. 11. (3) 65x Carlos Ahumada Jr. (R), El Paso, Texas. 12. (11) 54 Carlos Ahumada Sr., El Paso, Texas., LG2/BMS, $75.

REAL RACING WHEELS “B” MAIN #2 (12 laps, top 5 advance): 1. (4) 62 Hunter Marriott, Brookfield, Mo. 2. (1) 44f Fred Wojtek, Blackwell, Texas. 3. (2) D25 David Tanner, Wichita Falls, Texas. 4. (10) 2x Gene Weaver, Amarillo, Texas. 5. (3) 511 Cory Williams, Slaton, Texas. 6. (11) 9 Jimmy Ray, Las Cruces, N.M. 7. (6) 11 Kade Ogle, Lubbock, Texas., Shaw/, $75. 8. (5) 75 Alan Sharpensteen, Amarillo, Texas., SRP/Budlong, $75. 9. (7) 2 Greg Jenkins, Hobbs, N.M., Shaw/Jenkins, $75. 10. (8) 77 Ronnie Yanacsek, Amarillo, Texas., Rocket/PPE, $75. 11. (9) 80 David Yanacsek, Amarillo, Texas., Rocket/PPE, $75

SUMMIT RACING EQUIPMENT “A” MAIN (40 laps): 1. (3) 19r Ryan Gustin, Marshalltown, Iowa, Hughes/TriStar, 40, $3000. 2. (7) 4r Dereck Ramirez, Woodward, Okla., Hughes/Cornett, 40, $1700. 3. (5) 0 Jake O’Neil, Tucson, Ariz., LG2/Cornett, 40, $1100. 4. (1) J17 Jake Gallardo, Las Cruces, N.M., GR2/ProPower, 40, $800. 5. (8) 75 Terry Phillips, Springfield, Mo., GRT/Durham, 40, $700. 6. (14) 62 Hunter Marriott, Brookfield, Mo., Rage/KSE, 40, $750. 7. (15) 20 Rodney Sanders, Happy, Texas, MBCustoms/Hatfield, 40, $600. 8. (9) G17 Fito Gallardo, Las Cruces, N.M., GR2/ProPower, 40, $550. 9. (4) 91 Joe Duvall, Claremore, Okla., MBCustoms/ChevPerf, 40, $500. 10. (12) 23L Logan Robertson, Shamrock, Texas, Victory/Hatfield, 40, $450. 11. (19) 88r A.J. Vasquez, Garden City, Mich., Hughes/Farris, 40, $300. 12. (16) 44f Fred Wojtek, Blackwell, Texas, GRT/Winger, 39, $275. 13. (11) 71 Philip Houston, Odessa, Texas, MBCustoms/KPE, 39, $375. 14. (23) 65x Carlos Ahumada Jr., El Paso, Texas, GRT/BMS, 39, $350. 15. (10) 41h Eric Hughes, Odessa, Texas, Shaw/Spreen, 39, $225. 16. (6) J41 Monte Bolton, Wilson, Texas, Lethal/Sput’s, 39, $225. 17. (21) 19sb Lance Mari, Imperial, Calif., MRT/Yeoman, 39, $300. 18. (24) 9 Jimmy Ray, Las Cruces, N.M., AOS/AOS, 39, $300. 19. (18) D25 David Tanner, Wichita Falls, Texas, MBCustoms/Geddes, 26, $225. 20. (17) 10 Dustin Robinson, Post, Texas, CAM/ASI, 24, $225. 21. (22) 511 Cory Williams, Slaton, Texas, CAM/Shipley, 22, $225. 22. (13) 23 Adam Kates, Tonganoxie, Kan., LG2/Speedway, 15, $300. 23. (20) 2x Gene Weaver, Amarillo, Texas, GRT/PPE, 8, $225. 24. (2) 15 Kale Westover, Blair, Okla., WesternFlyer/Knowles, 0, $300.

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

Lap Leaders: J. Gallardo 1-11, Gustin 12-40.
Total Laps Led: Gustin 29, J. Gallardo 11.

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