Jake O’Neil Dominates USMTS Duel At Deer Creek Speedway

Jake O’Neil zeroed in on the lead at the drop of the green flag and proceeded to run away and hide from the field in Saturday’s caution-free 40-lap main event to cap the 15th Annual J&S JCB USMTS Labor Day Duel at the Deer Creek Speedway.

His career-first win at ‘The Creek’ was the eighth of his USMTS career and worth $3,000 to the 28-year-old from Tucson, Arizona. It ties him on the all-time wins list with Ryan Ruter, Tommy Weder Jr., Ricky Thornton Jr., and Brandon Davis, who finished third behind O’Neil in the main event and ended his three-race win streak at the track.

O’Neil shared the front row with polesitter Matt Leer and took off from the pack at the start. With no cautions to aid his pursuers, O’Neil built a lead of more than four seconds at one point in the race, eventually beating Tanner Mullens to the finish line by 1.228 seconds.

Behind Mullens, Davis passed seven cars to squeeze onto the podium while Leer held on for a career-best fourth-place finish before being disqualified in post-race technical inspections for an unapproved rev-limiting chip.

That moved Leer’s fellow Dairy State driver David Baxter into the fourth finishing position while defending Featherlite Fall Jamboree champ Jacob Bleess rounded out the top five.

Lucas Schott followed his fellow Chatfield resident in Sixth, Dereck Ramirez finished seventh and gained just two markers on points leader Rodney Sanders in Eighth. Zack VanderBeek nabbed the ninth spot and Jason Hughes rounded out the top 10.

More than any other racetrack in America, Saturday’s show was the 113th time the Summit USMTS National Championship fueled by Casey’s circled the Deer Creek Speedway, but due to an unpredictable 2020 season, it was also the longest hiatus from the high-banked 3/8-mile clay oval in Spring Valley, Minn., since the first race in 2002.

The series last competed here on September 21 of last year during the final night of the 21st Annual Featherlite Fall Jamboree. This year’s Jamboree kicks off in just 20 days on Friday, September 25. O’Neil is the 44th different driver to take home a USMTS trophy from the Deer Creek Speedway.

War in West Union

The high-speed roadshow stops at the Fayette County Speedway in West Union, Iowa, on Sunday for the 8th Annual USMTS War in West Union presented by Integra.

This will be the eighth visit by the USMTS since 2007 when Jason Krohn won the inaugural event here. Jake Neal picked up his first and only USMTS victory the following season, and Ryan Gustin won here in 2009.

Zack VanderBeek got the win in 2016 and Gustin became the first two-time winner of this event in 2017. Lucas Schott is the defending champion of the event.

For a second straight night, the Summit USMTS National Championship fueled by Casey’s will be joined by the Christie Door Company Iron Man Challenge built by Medieval Chassis featuring American Racer USRA Stock Cars and USRA B-Mods. Mensink Racing Products USRA Hobby Stocks will complete the four-class card.

The Fayette County Speedway is one of the oldest, continuously running racetracks in Iowa. In the 1930s, the Fayette County Fairgrounds was a horse track that circled just about the entire fairgrounds. The present pit area is the old backstretch for the former half-mile track.

In 1991, promoter Jerry Blue built the 3/8-mile track that is raced on today. The track is now operated by the Fayette County Ag Society Race Committee. Their goal is to provide the best racing show possible with 50/50 ticket proceeds going back into facility improvements including recently renovated women’s restrooms, updated concession stand, and the new grandstand walkway.

The Fayette County Speedway is a semi-banked 3/8-mile clay oval located 0.9 miles south of US 18 on SR 150, then 0.1 miles east on SR 56 (Vine St.). For more information, visit fayettecountyspeedway.net and follow the track on Facebook and Twitter.

Currently, the 2020 schedule for the Summit USMTS National Championship fueled by Casey’s is highlighted by 40 nights of racing at 25 unique dirt ovals for the 22nd season of competition 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
15th Annual J&S JCB USMTS Labor Day Duel presented by Eibach. Deer Creek Speedway, Spring Valley, Minn.
Saturday, Sept. 5, 2020.

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 advanced to the Casey’s “A” Main with the top-8 drawing for starting positions 1-8.

SIMPSON PERFORMANCE PRODUCTS HEAT RACE #1 (8 laps): 1. (2) 33 Joe Ludemann, Grand Meadow, Minn.; 2. (5) 0 Jake O’Neil, Tucson, Ariz.; 3. (6) 33Z Zack VanderBeek, New Sharon, Iowa; 4. (3) 65 Tyler Davis (R), Haysville, Kan.; 5. (7) 23K Darwyn Karau, Kasson, Minn.; 6. (4) 90 Ryan Wetzstein (R), West Concord, Minn.; 7. (8) 77 Jacob Stark (R), Austin, Minn.; 8. (1) 55 Cory Mahder, Elk Mound, Wis.

FAST SHAFTS HEAT RACE #2 (8 laps): 1. (2) 30 Matt Leer, Bruce, Wis.; 2. (3) 69 Lucas Schott, Chatfield, Minn.; 3. (4) 12 Jason Hughes, Watts, Okla.; 4. (6) 19 Dustin Sorensen, Rochester, Minn.; 5. (7) 23 Adam Kates, Tonganoxie, Kan.; 6. (5) 51W J.T. Wasmund (R), Pine Island, Minn.; 7. (8) 19SB Lance Mari, El Centro, Calif.; 8. (1) 91R Shawn Ryan, Waterloo, Iowa.

EDELBROCK HEAT RACE #3 (8 laps): 1. (2) 02 Tanner Mullens (R), Wichita, Kan.; 2. (3) 50III Brandon Davis, Hayfield, Minn.; 3. (5) 20 Rodney Sanders, Happy, Texas; 4. (1) 23B Brett Bumgardner, Hawkeye, Iowa; 5. (6) 4A Joel Alberts, Mantorville, Minn.; 6. (7) 209 Ron Ver Beek Oskaloosa, Iowa; 7. (4) 29H Joe Horgdal, Kasson, Minn.

MSD PERFORMANCE HEAT RACE #4 (8 laps): 1. (3) 21 Jacob Bleess, Chatfield, Minn.;  2. (6) 6 Casey Skyberg (R), Rapid City, S.D.; 3. (4) 15W Alex Williamson (R), Rushford, Minn.; 4. (7) 555 Ryan Ruter, Kanawha, Iowa; 5. (5) 8C Chris Clark, Jackson Hole, Wyo.; 6. (1) 31 Bill Stettner (R), Inver Grove Heights, Minn.; 7. (2) 777 Al Hejna, Clear Lake, Iowa.

VP RACING FUELS HEAT RACE #5 (8 laps): 1. (2) 35B David Baxter (R), Eau Claire, Wis.; 2. (4) 4R Dereck Ramirez, Woodward, Okla.; 3. (5) 75 Terry Phillips, Springfield, Mo.; 4. (6) 36K Jayden Larson (R), Mankato, Minn.; 5. (7) 13 Ryan Konkel, Winona, Minn.; 6. (3) 7J Corey Jones (R), Zimmerman, Minn.; 7. (1) 14M Brian Mahlstedt, Ionia, Iowa

REAL RACING WHEELS “B” MAIN #1 (12 laps, top 5 advance): 1. (1) 75 Terry Phillips, Springfield, Mo.; 2. (11) 29H Joe Horgdal, Mantorville, Minn.; 3. (8) 90 Ryan Wetzstein (R), West Concord, Minn.; 4. (4) 65 Tyler Davis (R), Haysville, Kan.; 5. (2) 15w Alex Williamson (R), Rushford, Minn.; 6. (10) 77 Jacob Stark (R), Austin, Minn., LG2/KSE, $75.; 7. (13) 91 Shawn Ryan, Waterloo, Iowa, DirtHustler/King, $75.; 8. (9) 31 Bill Stettner (R), Inver Grove Heights, Minn., Shaw/Adams, $75.; 9. (6) 13 Ryan Konkel (R), Winona, Minn., Longhorn/Krause, $75.; 10. (12) 14m Brian Mahlstedt (R), Ionia, Iowa, Hughes/LM, $75.; 11. (7) 8c Chris Clark, Jackson, Wyo., GRT/Cornett, $190.; 12. (3) 19 Dustin Sorensen, Rochester, Minn.; 13. (5) 23K Darwin Karau, Kasson, Minn., Killer/Flyin’J, $75.

REAL RACING WHEELS “B” MAIN #2 (12 laps, top 5 advance): 1. (1) 12 Jason Hughes, Watts, Okla.; 2. (3) 36k Jayden Larson (R), Mankato, Minn.; 3. (7) 209 Ron Ver Beek, Oskaloosa, Iowa.; 4. (6) 4a Joel Alberts, Kasson, Minn.; 5. (8) 51w J.T. Wasmund (R), Pine Island, Minn.; 6. (10) 19sb Lance Mari, Imperial, Calif., MRT/Yeoman, $90.; 7. (5) 23 Adam Kates, Tonganoxie, Kan.; 8. (2) 555 Ryan Ruter, Clear Lake, Iowa, Sidebiter/ChevPerf, $75.; 9. (4) 23b Brett Bumgardner, Hawkeye, Iowa, SSR/Midnight, $75.; 10. (9) 7J Cory Jones (R), Zimmerman, Minn., VanderBuilt/Tim’s, $90.; 11. (11) 777 Al Hejna, Clear Lake, Iowa, Rage/ChevPerf, $90.; 12. (12) 55 Cory Mahder, Elk Mound, Wis., MBCustoms/Power Line, $75.

CASEY’S “A” MAIN (40 laps):
1. (2) 0 Jake O’Neil, Tucson, Ariz., LG2/Cornett, 40, $3000.
2. (4) 02 Tanner Mullens (R), Wichita, Kan., Mullens/Mullens, 40, $1700.
3. (10) 50III Brandon Davis, Medford, Minn., Tri-Built/KSE, 40, $1100.
4. (3) 35B David Baxter (R), Eau Clare, Wis., Rocket/Baxter, 40, $800.
5. (6) 21 Jacob Bleess, Chatfield, Minn., VanderBuilt/KSE, 40, $800.
6. (9) 69 Lucas Schott, Chatfield, Minn., MBCustoms/Hill, 40, $700.
7. (7) 4r Dereck Ramirez, Woodward, Okla., Hughes/Cornett, 40, $650.
8. (12) 20 Rodney Sanders, Happy, Texas, MBCustoms/Hatfield, 40, $600.
9. (11) 33Z Zack VanderBeek, New Sharon, Iowa, VanderBuilt/Stoen, 40, $550.
10. (14) 12 Jason Hughes, Watts, Okla., Hughes/Mullins, 40, $500.
11. (13) 75 Terry Phillips, Springfield, Mo., GRT/Durham, 40, $450.
12. (24) 19 Dustin Sorensen, Rochester, Minn., MBCustoms/Action, 40, $425.
13. (22) 51W J.T. Wasmund (R), Pine Island, Minn., DirtDueler/Baiers, 40, $275.
14. (20) 4A Joel Alberts, Kasson, Minn., VanderBuilt/Stoen, 40, $350.
15. (15) 29H Joe Horgdal, Mantorville, Minn., Skyrocket/KSE, 39, $250.
16. (5) 6 Casey Skyberg (R), Rapid City, S.D., Lethal/Mullins, 40, $300.
17. (16) 36K Jayden Larson (R), Mankato, Minn., MBCustoms/Stoen, 40, $300.
18. (17) 90 Ryan Wetzstein (R), West Concord, Minn., MBCustoms/Stoen, 40, $250.
19. (8) 33 Joe Ludemann, Grand Meadow, Minn., LG2/Baiers, 38, $250.
20. (21) 15W Alex Williamson (R), Rushford, Minn., SSR/KSE, 25, $300.
21. (18) 209 Ron Ver Beek, Oskaloosa, Iowa, IROC/ChevPerf, 17, $250.
22. (19) 65 Tyler Davis (R), Haysville, Kan., Hughes/Mullins, 14, $300.
23. (23) 23 Adam Kates, Tonganoxie, Kan., Jet/Speedway, 0, $300.
DQ – (1) 30 Matt Leer, Bruce, Wis., MBCustoms/Stoen, 40, $300.

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

Lap Leader: O’Neil 1-40.
Total Laps Led: O’Neil 40.
Margin of Victory: 1.228 seconds.

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