Marriott Dominant In USMTS Stint At Tri-State Speedway

Hunter Marriott (center) won the USMTS feature on Saturday, June 1, at the Tri-State Speedway in Pocola, Okla. Dereck Ramirez, left, finished second and Terry Phillips, right, was third. (Photo Credit: Tyler Rinken)

Two runner-up finishes to close out Memorial Day Weekend with the USMTS was a prelude to things to come as Hunter Marriott improved to first place Saturday night at the Tri-State Speedway to claim his second career win in his rookie season.

The 27-year-old shared the front row on the main event starting grid with two-time USMTS National Champion Ryan Gustin, who led the opening lap from the Sybesma Graphics Pole Position.

Undaunted, Marriott battled back to steal the lead from ‘The Reaper’ one lap later. He never relinquished the top spot again despite six caution flags that kept the field within striking distance.

MSD Performance USMTS Mid-American Series points leader Dereck Ramirez came closest to producing a challenge for the lead but fell short by four car-lengths in the end after coming from 15th.

(Photo Credit: Tyler Rinken)

Terry Phillips rebounded from a mid-race skirmish to snag the third spot from Hughes late in the race while 13th-starting Rodney Sanders rounded out the top five finishers.

Mike Striegel earned both the FK Rod Ends Hard Charger and Eibach Spring Forward Awards for his run from 22nd at the drop of the green flag to sixth at the finish line 35 laps later.

Jake O’Neil wound up seventh, followed by a trio of Arkansas pilots: Kyle Ledford, Trevor Latham and Tyler Wolff. To learn more about the United States Modified Touring Series, visit USMTS.com or call (515) 832-7944.

OFFICIAL RESULTS: United States Modified Touring Series. MSD Performance USMTS Mid-American Series. 6th Annual USMTS Event presented by Champ Pans. Tri-State Speedway, Pocola, Oklahoma.  Saturday, June 1, 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. (2) 96t R.C. Whitwell, Tucson, Ariz. 2. (5) 62 Hunter Marriott (R), Brookfield, Mo. 3. (3) 12 Jason Hughes, Watts, Okla. 4. (6) 17h Brent Holman, Springdale, Ark. 5. (8) 27L Trevor Latham (R), Rogers, Ark. 6. (9) 91 Joe Duvall, Claremore, Okla. 7. (1) 12 Johnny Bone Jr., Pea Ridge, Ark. 8. (4) 75L Kyle Ledford (R), Greenwood, Ark. 9. (7) 3g Scott Glover (R), Hackett, Ark.

HEAT RACE #2 (8 laps): 1. (1) 19r Ryan Gustin, Marshalltown, Iowa. 2. (8) 0 Jake O’Neil, Tucson, Ariz. 3. (2) 7 Daniel Franklin (R), Berryville, Ark. 4. (3) 10h Randall Henson, Alma, Ark. 5. (4) 23 Adam Kates, Tonganoxie, Kan. 6. (9) 8 Jeremy Vaughn (R), Pocola, Okla. 7. (6) 7d Jake Davis (R), Hackett, Ark. 8. (7) 17 Mike Striegel (R), Wheatland, Mo. 9. (5) 19sb Lance Mari, Imperial, Calif.

HEAT RACE #3 (8 laps): 1. (1) 4w Tyler Wolff, Fayetteville, Ark. 2. (2) 75 Terry Phillips, Springfield, Mo. 3. (4) 26 Brian Williams, Fayetteville, Ark. 4. (3) 20 Rodney Sanders, Happy, Texas. 5. (5) 4r Dereck Ramirez, Woodward, Okla. 6. (8) 15 George Martin, Fort Smith, Ark. 7. (7) 11n Gene Nicholas, Lowell, Ark. 8. (9) 30x Larry Bratti (R), Springdale, Ark. 9. (6) 29b James White (R), Mena, Ark.

B MAIN #1 (10 laps, top 5 advance): 1. (1) 20 Rodney Sanders, Happy, Texas. 2. (3) 4r Dereck Ramirez, Woodward, Okla. 3. (2) 8 Jeremy Vaughn (R), Pocola, Okla. 4. (6) 75L Kyle Ledford (R), Greenwood, Ark. 5. (4) 12 Johnny Bone Jr., Pea Ridge, Ark. 6. (5) 11n Gene Nicholas, Lowell, Ark. 7. (8) 29b James White (R), Mena, Ark. 8. (7) 3g Scott Glover (R), Hackett, Ark., Extreme/C&C, $75.

B MAIN #2 (10 laps, top 5 advance): 1. (1) 91 Joe Duvall, Claremore, Okla. 2. (4) 7d Jake Davis (R), Hackett, Ark. 3. (2) 23 Adam Kates, Tonganoxie, Kan. 4. (7) 19SsbLance Mari, Imperial, Calif. 5. (6) 17 Mike Striegel (R), Wheatland, Mo. 6. (5) 30x Larry Bratti (R), Springdale, Ark., TRE/Yeoman, $75. 7. (3) 15 George Martin, Fort Smith, Ark., MBCustoms/Bob’s, $75.

A MAIN (35 laps): 1. (2) 62 Hunter Marriott (R), Brookfield, Mo., Rage/KSE, 35, $3000. 2. (15) 4r Dereck Ramirez, Woodward, Okla., Hughes/Cornett, 35, $1700. 3. (8) 75 Terry Phillips, Springfield, Mo., GRT/Durham, 35, $1100. 4. (6) 12 Jason Hughes, Watts, Okla., Hughes/Mullins, 35, $900. 5. (13) 20 Rodney Sanders, Happy, Texas, MBCustoms/Hatfield, 35, $800. 6. (22) 17 Mike Striegel (R), Wheatland, Mo., GRT/Driskell, 35, $800. 7. (4) 0 Jake O’Neil, Tucson, Ariz., LG2/Cornett, 35, $650. 8. (19) 75L Kyle Ledford (R), Greenwood, Ark., Extreme/C&C, 35, $450. 9. (11) 27L Trevor Latham (R), Rogers, Ark., Hughes/BCD, 35, $400. 10. (7) 4w Tyler Wolff, Fayetteville, Ark., MBCustoms/Hill, 35, $500. 11. (10) 17h Brent Holman, Springdale, Ark., MBCustoms/Hatfield, 35, $325. 12. (12) 10h Randall Henson, Alma, Ark., Extreme/Mullins, 35, $300. 13. (9) 7 Daniel Franklin (R), Berryville, Ark., Shaw/Yeoman, 35, $275. 14. (14) 91 Joe Duvall, Claremore, Okla., MBCustoms/ChevPerf, 35, $375. 15. (17) 8 Jeremy Vaughn (R), Pocola, Okla., Hughes/BMS, 35, $350. 16. (3) 26 Brian Williams, Fayetteville, Ark., Hughes/Mullins, 30, $250. 17. (1) 19r Ryan Gustin, Marshalltown, Iowa, Hughes/TriStar, 26, $300. 18. (5) 96t R.C. Whitwell, Tucson, Ariz., Longhorn/Mullins, 26, $300. 19. (24) 29b James White (R), Mena, Ark., TRE/White, 20, $300. 20. (18) 23 Adam Kates, Tonganoxie, Kan., LG2/Speedway, 19, $300. 21. (16) 7d Jake Davis (R), Hackett, Ark., Shaw/Thomas, 13, $250. 22. (20) 19sb Lance Mari, Imperial, Calif., MRT/Yeoman, 11, $350. 23. (21) 12 Johnny Bone Jr., Pea Ridge, Ark., Shaw/Yeoman, 4, $300. 24. (23) 11n Gene Nicholas, Lowell, Ark., Hughes/Kelly, 4, $300.

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

Lap Leaders: Gustin 1, Marriott 2-35.
Total Laps Led: Marriott 34, Gustin 1.

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