Phillips Nets $10,000, Rain Has Final Say At USMTS Southern Nats

Photo by Seth Fritz.

Rain altered the start of the inaugural Summit USMTS Southern Nationals on Wednesday, pushing practice night to Thursday and making the three-day event a Friday-Saturday doubleheader. Rain returned to the Kennedale Speedway Park on Saturday night, just in time to shorten the Summit USMTS Southern Series main event and bring an end to the 20th Anniversary USMTS season about 43 laps early.

For Terry Phillips, however, it was a welcome $10,000 shower of cash after a good year for most but far below expectations of the Springfield, Missouri, veteran. After two rounds of qualifying heat races Friday night, Fort Worth’s George White sat on the pole for Saturday’s scheduled 60-lap affair with Phillips earning the outside of the front row by virtue of their passing points earned the previous night.

Phillips beat White to the first corner and took the lead while Dereck Ramirez followed into second one lap later. Several cautions dotted the first few laps. Meanwhile, reigning USMTS national champ and newly-crowned USMTS Southern Series champ Johnny Scott moved into the second position in just 12 laps after starting tenth.

Following a lap-17 restart, Scott snuck underneath Phillips but that was when the skies opened up and drivers were told to head to their pit area. The rain was thick, steady and poured down in buckets. Officials were forced to call off the remainder of the race, and with this being the final event of the season the running order became official and Phillips took home the winner’s share of the prize money.

Scott wound up second, Ramirez placed third, Clyde Dunn Jr. finished fourth and Bo Day was fifth when the rains came down. Kale Westover, Jack Sartain, Tyler Townsend, Jake Gallardo and 18th-starting Troy Taylor rounded out the top ten.

Saturday’s show closed the curtain on the 20th Anniversary season for the United States Modified Touring Series. The United States Modified Touring Series will celebrate the sponsors, crew members, drivers and their families at the annual USMTS Awards Banquet on Friday, Feb. 22, 2019, at the Ameristar Casino Hotel in Kansas City, Missouri.

To learn more about the United States Modified Touring Series, visit www.usmts.com online or call 515-832-7944.

OFFICIAL RESULTS:Summit USMTS Southern Series
Night 2 of 2, Kennedale Speedway Park, Kennedale, Texas. Saturday, Nov. 3, 2018

Showing finishing position, starting position in parentheses, car number, driver, hometown, laps completed and money won.

Last Chance Race #1 (15 laps, top 6 advance to inside row of “C” Main): 1. (5) 21k Kyle Brown, Madrid, Iowa, 15; 2. (1) 2c Chris Huckeba, Midlothian, Texas, 15; 3. (3) 6* Dillon Pike, Waxahachie, Texas, 15; 4. (10) 71m Chad Melton, Mineral Wells, Texas, 15; 5. (8) 84 Rodney White, Ector, Texas, 15; 6. (2) D25 David Tanner, Wichita Falls, Texas, 15; 7. (11) 24z Zane Ferrell, Hermitage, Ark., 15, $300; 8. (6) 405z Zachary Patterson, Yukon, Okla., 15, $275; 9. (12) 33 Danny Martin, Republic, Mo., 15, $250; 10. (4) 97j Charlie Thieme, Fort Worth, Texas, 15, $225; 11. (7) 54 Carlos Ahumada Sr., El Paso, Texas, 14, $220; 12. (9) 3 Tim Tharp, Las Cruces, N.M., 14, $215; DNS – 5 Jon Mitchell, Texarkana, Texas, 0, $0; DNS – 34n C.A. Nix, Lawton, Okla., 0, $0; DNS – 19sb Lance Mari, Imperial, Calif., 0, $0; DNS – 5c Brad Couch, Bossier City, La., 0, $0; DNS – 25d Donnie Shipp, Princeton, Texas, 0, $0.

Last Chance Race #2 (12 laps, top 6 advance to outside row of “C” Main): 1. (3) 60 William Gould, Calera, Okla., 12; 2. (1) 71 Philip Houston, Odessa, Texas, 12; 3. (5) 56x Charlie Smith, Forney, Texas, 12; 4. (2) 1h Jerad Herring, Vidor, Texas, 12; 5. (6) 1p Mark Patterson, Merkel, Texas, 12; 6. (8) 34 Michael Walker, Alvarado, Texas, 12; 7. (10) 17 Jason Sartain, Royse City, Texas, 12, $300; 8. (7) 48 Danny Patterson, Merkel, Texas, 12, $275; 9. (4) 8 Skip O’Neal, Midlothian, Texas, 12, $250; 10. (9) USA1 Chris Hawkins, Neosho, Mo., 11, $225; DNS – 20 Brent Cidwell, Harleton, Texas, 0, $0; DNS – 51x Danny Florence, McKinney, Texas, 0, $0; DNS – 11 Spencer Hughes, Meridian, Miss., 0, $0; DNS – 33z Zack VanderBeek, New Sharon, Iowa, 0, $0; DNS – 16 Austin Siebert, Grandview, Mo., 0, $0; DNS – 151 Tommy Williams Jr., Mansfield, Texas, 0, $0; DNS – 82 Max Eddie Thomas, Quinlan, Texas, 0, $0;

“C” Main (20 laps, top 12 advance to “B” Main): 1. (2) 911 Josh McGaha, Abilene, Texas, 20; 2. (11) 21k Kyle Brown, Madrid, Iowa, 20; 3. (5) 23 Logan Robertson, Shamrock, Texas, 20; 4. (4) 91 Joe Duvall, Claremore, Okla., 20; 5. (1) 74 Bobby Ruffin, Crandall, Texas, 20; 6. (12) 60 William Gould, Calera, Okla., 20; 7. (8) 20 Rodney Sanders, Happy, Texas, 20; 8. (10) 16 Chris Henigan, Marshall, Texas, 20; 9. (7) 65x Carlos Ahumada Jr., Canutillo, Texas, 20; 10. (3) 130 Chase Allen, Midlothian, Texas, 20; 11. (22) 34 Michael Walker, Alvarado, Texas, 20; 12. (9) 1 Shawn Stephenson, Howe, Texas, 20; 13. (14) 71 Philip Houston, Odessa, Texas, 20, $400; 14. (13) 2c Chris Huckeba, Midlothian, Texas, 20, $375; 15. (16) 56x Charlie Smith, Forney, Texas, 20, $350; 16. (18) 1h Jerad Herring, Vidor, Texas, 20, $325; 17. (21) D25 David Tanner, Wichita Falls, Texas, 20, $300; 18. (6) 57 Mark Shipman, Grandview, Texas, 20, $300; 19. (20) 1p Mark Patterson, Merkel, Texas, 20, $300; 20. (15) 6* Dillon Pike, Waxahachie, Texas, 18, $300; 21. (17) 71m Chad Melton, Mineral Wells, Texas, 15, $300; 22. (19) 84 Rodney White, Ector, Texas, 7, $300; DNS – 19c Chad Guest, Waxahachie, Texas, 0, $0; DNS – 21 Joe Gomez, Blue Ridge, Texas, 0, $0.

“B” Main (20 laps, top 12 advance to “A” Main): 1. (4) 21w David Winslett, Bossier City, La., 20; 2. (6) 2s Stormy Scott, Las Cruces, N.M., 20; 3. (8) 12t Tyler Townsend, Diana, Texas, 20; 4. (13) 911 Josh McGaha, Abilene, Texas, 20; 5. (14) 21k Kyle Brown, Madrid, Iowa, 20; 6. (5) 56 Troy Taylor, Midlothian, Texas, 20; 7. (10) 50 Matt Guillaume, Haslet, Texas, 20; 8. (18) 60 William Gould, Calera, Okla., 20; 9. (9) 88r A.J. Vasquez, Garden City, Mich., 20; 10. (16) 91 Joe Duvall, Claremore, Okla., 20; 11. (21) 65x Carlos Ahumada Jr., Canutillo, Texas, 20; 12. (20) 16 Chris Henigan, Marshall, Texas, 20; 13. (23) 34 Michael Walker, Alvarado, Texas, 15, $600; 14. (11) G17 Fito Gallardo, Las Cruces, N.M., 15, $550; 15. (22) 130 Chase Allen, Midlothian, Texas, 15, $500; 16. (24) 1 Shawn Stephenson, Howe, Texas, 15, $475; 17. (15) 23 Logan Robertson, Shamrock, Texas, 15, $450; 18. (12) 29x Lance Plant, Kaufman, Texas, 12, $425; 19. (2) 14t Triston Dycus, Waxahachie, Texas, 6, $400; 20. (3) 4m Bobby Malchus, Red Oak, Texas, 5, $400; 21. (19) 20 Rodney Sanders, Happy, Texas, 5, $400; 22. (7) 78 Billy Jack Brutchin, Gladewater, Texas, 5, $400; 23. (17) 74 Bobby Ruffin, Crandall, Texas, 4, $400; 24. (1) 87 Justin McCoy, Grandview, Texas, 0, $400.

“A” Main (60 laps, rained out after 17 laps): 1. (2) 75 Terry Phillips, Springfield, Mo., 17, $10,000; 2. (10) 1st Johnny Scott, Las Cruces, N.M., 17, $5200; 3. (4) 4r Dereck Ramirez, Woodward, Okla., 17, $3300; 4. (6) 88xxx Clyde Dunn Jr., Rockwall, Texas, 17, $2000; 5. (5) 4d Bo Day, Greenville, Texas, 17, $1650; 6. (9) 15w Kale Westover, Blair, Okla., 17, $1200; 7. (3) 47 Jack Sartain, Terrell, Texas, 17, $1100; 8. (15) 12t Tyler Townsend, Diana, Texas, 17, $1000; 9. (12) J17 Jake Gallardo, Las Cruces, N.M., 17, $950; 10. (18) 56 Troy Taylor, Midlothian, Texas, 17, $900; 11. (20) 60 William Gould, Calera, Okla., 17, $875; 12. (25) 20 Rodney Sanders, Happy, Texas, 17, $850; 13. (22) 91 Joe Duvall, Claremore, Okla., 17, $840; 14. (17) 21k Kyle Brown, Madrid, Iowa, 17, $830; 15. (26) 23 Logan Robertson, Shamrock, Texas, 17, $825; 16. (21) 88r A.J. Vasquez, Garden City, Mich., 17, $820; 17. (11) 27s Marvin Skinner, Mansfield, Texas, 17, $815; 18. (16) 911 Josh McGaha, Abilene, Texas, 17, $810; 19. (7) 9 Kevin Rutherford, Flower Mound, Texas, 17, $805; 20. (1) 10 George White, Fort Worth, Texas, 14, $800; 21. (13) 21w David Winslett, Bossier City, La., 12, $800; 22. (24) 16 Chris Henigan, Marshall, Texas, 9, $800; 23. (8) 19r Ryan Gustin, Marshalltown, Iowa, 7, $800; 24. (14) 2s Stormy Scott, Las Cruces, N.M., 1, $800; 25. (19) 50 Matt Guillaume, Haslet, Texas, 1, $800; 26. (23) 65x Carlos Ahumada Jr., Canutillo, Texas, 1, $800.

  • Lap Leader: Phillips 1-17.
  • Total Laps Led: Phillips 17.
  • Margin of Victory: under caution.
  • Time of Race: 21 minutes, 2.388 seconds.
  • Provisional Starters: Sanders, Robertson.
  • Eibach Spring Forward Award: Brown (advanced 22 positions).
  • FK Rod Ends Hard Charger: Duvall (started 22nd, finished 13th).
  • Entries: 70.

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