Terry Phillips Finds Pot Of Gold At Mason City Motor Speedway

Image credit: Buck Monson

One week ago, Terry Phillips surpassed the two-year anniversary of his last United States Modified Touring Series win. After Sunday night’s race at the Mason City Motor Speedway, there won’t be a third. Phillips experienced his share of bad luck during the winless streak, but Sunday night a little good fortune came in the direction of the 52-year-old veteran from Springfield, Mo., when race leader Johnny Scott suffered a flat tire with eight laps to go. When opportunity knocked, Phillips kicked open the door and pulled away from the pack over the last few laps to notch his 25th career USMTS victory—his first since Aug. 5, 2016.

Scott, on the other hand, was well on his way to scoring his third straight win of the weekend and extend his points lead in the USMTS Hunt for the Casey’s Cup powered by Summit before misfortune struck on lap 17. While it’s been a dream season for Scott, it’s been a nightmare for Phillips. But what better time than the 7th Annual Diamond Jo Casino “All-In 77” to turn his luck around?

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

OFFICIAL RESULTS
United States Modified Touring Series. 7th Annual Diamond Jo Casino “All-In 77”
Mason City Motor Speedway, Mason City, Iowa. Sunday, Aug. 12, 2018

SIMPSON PERFORMANCE PRODUCTS HEAT RACE #1 (8 laps): 1. (1) 69 Lucas Schott, Chatfield, Minn., 2. (3) 1st Johnny Scott, Cameron, Mo., 3. (5) 07 Cory Crapser, Chippewa Falls, Wis., 4. (4) 0 Jake O’Neil (R), Tucson, Ariz., 5. (7) 20 Rodney Sanders, Happy, Texas, 6. (2) 19sb Lance Mari (R), Imperial, Calif., 7. (6) 65D Dustin Brown, Thornton, Iowa, 8. (8) 32 D.J. Shannon (R), Merced, Calif.

FAST SHAFTS HEAT RACE #2 (8 laps): 1. (4) 75 Terry Phillips, Springfield, Mo., 2. (1) 33z Zack VanderBeek, New Sharon, Iowa, 3. (2) 4r Dereck Ramirez, Woodward, Okla., 4. (5) 2s Stormy Scott, Las Cruces, N.M., 5. (6) 23 Adam Kates, Tonganoxie, Kan., 6. (7) 91 Joe Duvall, Claremore, Okla., 7. (3) 8c Chris Clark, Jackson, Wyo.

CASEY’S GENERAL STORES “A” MAIN (25 laps): 1. (3) 75 Terry Phillips, Springfield, Mo., GRT/Durham, 25, $2875., 2. (6) 69 Lucas Schott, Chatfield, Minn., MBCustoms/Hill, 25, $1850., 3. (9) 20 Rodney Sanders, Happy, Texas, MBCustoms/Hatfield, 25, $1325., 4. (1) 33z Zack VanderBeek, New Sharon, Iowa, VanderBuilt/Stoen, 25, $1020., 5. (5) 4r Dereck Ramirez, Woodward, Okla., Hughes/Cornett, 25, $915., 6. (4) 1st Johnny Scott, Cameron, Mo., VanderBuilt/Hill, 25, $810., 7. (8) 2s Stormy Scott, Las Cruces, N.M., VanderBuilt/Mullins, 25, $755., 8. (7) 07 Cory Crapser, Chippewa Falls, Wis., MBCustoms/Troy’s, 25, $400., 9. (11) 91 Joe Duvall, Claremore, Okla., MBCustoms/ChevPerf, 25, $675., 10. (10) 23 Adam Kates, Tonganoxie, Kan., LG2/Speedway, 25, $550., 11. (13) 65D Dustin Brown, Thornton, Iowa, Skyrocket/ASI, 25, $225., 12. (14) 8c Chris Clark, Jackson, Wyo., GRT/ChevPerf, 25, $300., 13. (12) 19sb Lance Mari (R), Imperial, Calif., MRT/Yeoman, 16, $275., 14. (2) 0 Jake O’Neil (R), Tucson, Ariz., LG2/Cornett, 3, $545., 15. (15) 32 D.J. Shannon (R), Merced, Calif., LG2/ChevPerf, 0, $250.

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

Lap Leaders: VanderBeek 1-7, J. Scott 8-17, Phillips 18-25.

Total Laps Led: J. Scott 10, Phillips 8, VanderBeek 7.

Margin of Victory: 2.406 seconds.

Time of Race: 18 minutes, 20.066 seconds (5 cautions).

Provisional Starters: none.

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