Phillips Finds Success In Silver Dollar Nationals Opener

(Tyler Rinken photo)

Terry Phillips notched his second victory of the season Friday when the Summit USMTS National Championship fueled by Casey’s kicked off the 10th Annual Imperial Tile Silver Dollar Nationals at the I-80 Speedway in Greenwood, Nebraska.

Phillips grabbed the lead from polesitter Joe Duvall of Claremore, Okla., with just two laps complete and went unchallenged the last 28 laps to score his first USMTS win at the I-80 Speedway since capturing the Silver Dollar Nationals crown in 2012.

It was the 32nd career USMTS win for the 54-year-old from Springfield, Mo., leaving him 11th on the all-time wins list and one victory behind Jason Krohn.

No driver has dominated this event like defending series champ and current points leader Rodney Sanders but the ace from Happy, Texas, came up one spot short of capturing his 11th feature win in 17 starts at the I-80 Speedway.

Sanders held off Brookfield, Missouri’s Hunter Marriott, who was seeking back-to-back wins after pocketing the winner’s share of the prize money on Tuesday at the Southern Iowa Speedway in Oskaloosa, Iowa.

Jake Timm of Winona, Minn., came from seventh to finish fourth and four-time USMTS national champion Jason Hughes of Watts, Okla., sped from tenth on the starting grid to collect a fifth-place paycheck in the 30-lapper.

Zack VanderBeek, Dereck Ramirez, Jake O’Neil, Tanner Mullens, and Casey Skyberg rounded out the top ten.

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OFFICIAL RESULTS: United States Modified Touring Series, 10th Annual Imperial Tile Silver Dollar Nationals – Night 1 of 2. I-80 Speedway, Greenwood, Nebraska. Friday, July 24, 2020

Showing finishing position, starting position in parentheses, car number, driver, hometown, chassis/engine builder and laps completed. The top 12 in heat race passing points advanced to the Casey’s “A” Main with the top 8 redrawing for starting positions 1-8.

SIMPSON PERFORMANCE PRODUCTS HEAT RACE #1 (8 laps): 1. (1) 62 Hunter Marriott, Brookfield, Mo.; 2. (3) 75 Terry Phillips, Springfield, Mo.; 3. (2) 07 Cory Crapser, Chippewa Falls, Wis.; 4. (6) 23 Adam Kates, Tonganoxie, Kan.; 5. (5) 4W Tyler Wolff, Fayetteville, Ark.; 6. (9) 191 Jason Roe (R), Wichita, Kan.; 7. (8) R21 Ryan Schaffer, Corning, Iowa; 8. (4) 85D Mark Dotson, Cameron, Mo.; 9. (7) 777 Al Hejna, Clear Lake, Iowa.

FAST SHAFTS HEAT RACE #2 (8 laps): 1. (1) 91 Joe Duvall, Claremore, Okla.; 2. (2) 65 Tyler Davis (R), Haysville, Kan.; 3. (4) 49JR Jake Timm, Winona, Minn.; 4. (3) 02 Tanner Mullens (R), Wichita, Kan.; 5. (6) 27X Calvin Iverson (R), Eleva, Wis.; 6. (5) 7 Justin Gregg, Hastings, Neb.; 7. (7) 2G Brandon Givens (R), Wichita, Kan.; 8. (8) 6 Casey Skyberg (R), Rapid City, S.D.; 9. (9) 8C Chris Clark, Jackson, Wyo.

EDELBROCK HEAT RACE #3 (8 laps): 1. (1) 20 Rodney Sanders, Happy, Texas; 2. (2) 33Z Zack VanderBeek, New Sharon, Iowa; 3. (3) 12 Jason Hughes, Watts, Okla.; 4. (7) 4R Dereck Ramirez, Woodward, Okla.; 5. (4) 0 Jake O’Neil, Tucson, Ariz.; 6. (6) 20JR Chase Rudolf (R), Norwalk, Iowa; 7. (8) 29 Dennis Elliott, Mt. Ayr, Iowa; 8. (5) 11N Gene Nicholas, Lowell, Ark.; 9. (9) 57 Duke Erickson (R), Sioux Falls, S.D.

REAL RACING WHEELS “B” MAIN (10 laps, all starters advance): 1. (2) 20JR Chase Rudolf (R), Norwalk, Iowa; 2. (1) 7 Justin Gregg, Hastings, Neb.; 3. (3) R21 Ryan Schaffer, Corning, Iowa; 4. (4) 29 Dennis Elliott, Mt. Ayr, Iowa; 5. (6) 85D Mark Dotson, Cameron, Mo.; 6. (7) 6 Casey Skyberg (R), Rapid City, S.D.; 7. (5) 2G Brandon Givens (R), Wichita, Kan.; 8. (9) 777 Al Hejna, Clear Lake, Iowa; 9. (11) 57 Duke Erickson (R), Sioux Falls, S.D.; DNS – 8C Chris Clark, Jackson, Wyo., GRT/Cornett.; DNS – 11N Gene Nicholas, Lowell, Ark., Hughes/Kelly.

CASEY’S “A” MAIN (30 laps): 1. (5) 75 Terry Phillips, Springfield, Mo., GRT/Durham, 30.; 2. (4) 20 Rodney Sanders, Happy, Texas, MBCustoms/Hatfield, 30.; 3. (2) 62 Hunter Marriott, Brookfield, Mo., Rage/KSE, 30.; 4. (7) 49JR Jake Timm, Winona, Minn., MBCustoms/OFI, 30.; 5. (10) 12 Jason Hughes, Watts, Okla., Hughes/Mullins, 30.; 6. (6) 33Z Zack VanderBeek, New Sharon, Iowa, VanderBuilt/Stoen, 30.; 7. (8) 4R Dereck Ramirez, Woodward, Okla., Hughes/Cornett, 30.; 8. (16) 0 Jake O’Neil, Tucson, Ariz., LG2/Cornett, 30.; 9. (12) 02 Tanner Mullens (R), Wichita, Kan., Mullens/Mullens, 30.; 10. (22) 6 Casey Skyberg (R), Rapid City, S.D., Lethal/Mullins, 30.; 11. (3) 65 Tyler Davis (R), Haysville, Kan., Hughes/Mullins, 30.; 12. (1) 91 Joe Duvall, Claremore, Okla., MBCustoms/BMS, 30.; 13. (21) 85D Mark Dotson, Cameron, Mo., MBCustoms/KSE, 30.; 14. (15) 4W Tyler Wolff, Fayetteville, Ark., MBCustoms/Hill, 30.; 15. (11) 23 Adam Kates, Tonganoxie, Kan., Jet/Speedway, 30.; 16. (13) 27X Calvin Iverson (R), Eleva, Wis., MBCustoms/Tim’s, 30.; 17. (19) R21 Ryan Schaffer, Corning, Iowa, LG2/Mullins, 30.; 18. (20) 29 Dennis Elliott, Mt. Ayr, Iowa, MBCustoms/Elliott, 30.; 19. (23) 2G Brandon Givens (R), Wichita, Kan., Hughes/Mullins, 30.; 20. (17) 20JR Chase Rudolf (R), Norwalk, Iowa, Rage/KSE, 30.; 22. (9) 07 Cory Crapser, Chippewa Falls, Wis., VanderBuilt/OFI, 20.; 23. (18) 7 Justin Gregg, Hastings, Neb., RedRocket/Kennedy, 16.; 24. (14) 191 Jason Roe (R), Wichita, Kan., /, 9.; 25. (24) 777 Al Hejna, Clear Lake, Iowa, Rage/ChevPerf, 8.

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

Lap Leaders: Duvall 1-2, Phillips 3-35.

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