Phillips Fends Off Ramirez For USMTS Triumph At Lake Ozark Speedway

Terry Phillips earned a hard-fought USMTS victory Friday night at the end of the road to redemption, which was about 60 miles long and stretched from Urbana to Eldon in his home state of Missouri.

After leading the first half of Thursday’s main event at the Dallas County Speedway, Phillips collided with a tractor tire after he and eventual winner Ryan Gustin banged wheels in the corner.

Friday’s show, presented by PEM Racing Gears & Drivetrain, offered up a whole new set of challenges with a much larger racetrack and a hammer-down surface made possible by rain that fell on the Lake Ozark Speedway throughout the previous night and into the morning.

Like the night before, Phillips started on the front row for the feature and took the lead at the drop of the green flag, but this time he led the first and second halves of the feature.

Dereck Ramirez, who finished second the previous night by less than a bumper, challenged Phillips throughout the entire 25-lap distance Friday night but was forced to settle for his sixth runner-up paycheck in the last eight races.

Defending Lake Ozark Speedway USRA Modified track champion Ryan Middaugh came from eighth to finish third right behind the lead duo, while Tyler Wolff bested Joe Duvall after a spirited battle for the fourth spot.

USMTS national points leader Rodney Sanders was running third when a flat left rear tire brought out the race’s only caution flag and sent ‘The Sandman’ to the tail of the field for the restart.

Sanders clawed his way back to a sixth-place finish during the final 16 laps while Hunter Marriott, 11th-starting Terry Schultz, 13th-starting Colson Kirk, and 18th-starting Mike Striegel rounded out the top 10.

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OFFICIAL RESULTS: United States Modified Touring Series.  Lake Ozark Speedway, Eldon, Missouri. Friday, Aug. 16, 2019.

Showing finishing position, starting position in parentheses, car number, driver, hometown, chassis/engine builder, laps completed and money won. All drivers advance to the Casey’s General Stores “A” Main with the top 8 in passing points redrawing for starting position.

SIMPSON PERFORMANCE PRODUCTS HEAT RACE #1 (8 laps): 1. (3) 21 Ryan Middaugh (R), Fulton, Mo., 2. (5) 4w Tyler Wolff, Fayetteville, Ark., 3. (2) 16 Austin Siebert, Grandview, Mo., 4. (1) 9 Jimmy Ray, Las Cruces, N.M., 5. (7) 90 Terry Schultz, Sedalia, Mo., 6. (7) D25 David Tanner, Wichita Falls, Texas., 7. (4) 0 Jake O’Neil, Tucson, Ariz., DNS – 19r Ryan Gustin, Marshalltown, Iowa.

FAST SHAFTS HEAT RACE #2 (8 laps): 1. (1) 91 Greg Skaggs, Broken Arrow, Okla., 2. (5) 75 Terry Phillips, Springfield, Mo., 3. (6) 91 Joe Duvall, Claremore, Okla., 4. (4) 21x Travis Saurer, Elizabeth, Minn., 5. (3) 53r Ronnie Woods (R), Mexico, Mo., 6. (2) 8c Chris Clark, Jackson, Wyo., 7. (7) 27t Bob Test (R), Jefferson City, Mo., DNS – 23 Adam Kates, Tonganoxie, Kan.

EDELBROCK HEAT RACE #3 (8 laps): 1. (1) 62 Hunter Marriott (R), Brookfield, Mo., 2. (6) 20 Rodney Sanders, Happy, Texas., 3. (4) 4r Dereck Ramirez, Woodward, Okla., 4. (2) 5 Colson Kirk (R), Urbana, Mo., 5. (3) 19sb Lance Mari, Imperial, Calif., 6. (5) 17 Mike Striegel (R), Wheatland, Mo., 7. (7) 22h Dustin Hodges (R), Centralia, Mo.

CASEY’S GENERAL STORES “A” MAIN (25 laps):
1. (2) 75 Terry Phillips, Springfield, Mo., GRT/Durham, 25, $3000., 2. (1) 4r Dereck Ramirez, Woodward, Okla., Hughes/Cornett, 25, $1700., 3. (8) 21 Ryan Middaugh (R), Fulton, Mo., GRT/Creason, 25, $1000., 4. (7) 4w Tyler Wolff, Fayetteville, Ark., MBCustoms/Hill, 25, $800., 5. (5) 91 Joe Duvall, Claremore, Okla., MBCustoms/Hill, 25, $700., 6. (6) 20 Rodney Sanders, Happy, Texas, MBCustoms/Hatfield, 25, $650., 7. (3) 62 Hunter Marriott (R), Brookfield, Mo., Rage/KSE, 25, $600., 8. (11) 90 Terry Schultz, Sedalia, Mo., Hughes/Mullins, 25, $375., 9. (13) 5 Colson Kirk (R), Urbana, Mo., Hughes/Dickens, 25, $350., 10. (18) 17 Mike Striegel (R), Wheatland, Mo., GRT/Eagle, 25, $450., 11. (20) 0 Jake O’Neil, Tucson, Ariz., LG2/Cornett, 25, $525., 12. (15) 19sb Lance Mari, Imperial, Calif., MRT/Yeoman, 25, $400., 13. (9) 16 Austin Siebert, Grandview, Mo., MBCustoms/Durham, 25, $375., 14. (12) 9 Jimmy Ray, Las Cruces, N.M., AOS/AOS, 25, $350., 15. (21) 22h Dustin Hodges (R), Centralia, Mo., VanderBuilt/Crane, 25, $325., 16. (10) 21x Travis Saurer, Elizabeth, Minn., MBCustoms/ChevPerf, 25, $300., 17. (14) 53r Ronnie Woods (R), Mexico, Mo., GRT/Creason, 25, $225., 18. (16) D25 David Tanner, Wichita Falls, Texas, WFRC/KPE, 24, $225., 19. (17) 8c Chris Clark, Jackson, Wyo., GRT/Cornett, 24, $300., 20. (4) 91 Greg Skaggs, Broken Arrow, Okla., Rage/ChevPerf, 14, $225., 21. (19) 27t Bob Test (R), Jefferson City, Mo., Shaw/Creason, 14, $225., DNS – 19r Ryan Gustin, Marshalltown, Iowa, Hughes/TriStar, 0, $90., DNS – 23 Adam Kates, Tonganoxie, Kan., Jet/Speedway, 0, $90.

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

Lap Leader: Phillips 1-25.

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