Zach VanderBeek Turns In 50th Win At The Ark-La-Tex Speedway

Zack VanderBeek trailed Joe Duvall for the first 200 feet of Friday’s main event at the 8th Annual USMTS Cajun Clash presented by JE Pistons, but the rest of the 40-lapper belonged to ‘The Z-Man’ and he notched his first win at the Ark-La-Tex Speedway in the series’ 16th trip to the high-banked red dirt oval.

With points leader Rodney Sanders breathing down his neck in heavy lapped traffic, a couple of late-race cautions offered nothing more than hope as VanderBeek never faltered and never relinquished the top spot en route to his second triumph of the season with the Summit USMTS National Championship fueled by Casey’s.

“These guys behind me—they’re tough, man. They’re on their game,” VanderBeek said about the yellow flags that slowed the pace in the late stages of the feature. “We were good a couple of years ago when we built these cars and everybody kind of stepped it up and we’ve got to keep going. “We tried some new stuff tonight and I think it’s going to be pretty promising so hopefully we can keep building on it.”

VanderBeek’s 50th USMTS Career Win

The win was worth $3,000 to the 36-year-old from New Sharon, Iowa. It was his 50th career win. His first happened July 23, 2005, at the Upper Iowa Speedway. While VanderBeek pulled away from the pack in the closing five laps, Sanders had his hands full with Brooks Strength who followed the three-time USMTS national champ to the checkered flag. Meanwhile, Cade Dillard—a three-time winner here—outdueled Duvall for the fourth spot. Tyler Wolff, Dereck Ramirez, Jason Hughes, Justin Whitehead, and Casey Skyberg rounded out the top ten.

Zack VanderBeek (33Z) and Joe Duvall (91) battle side by side on the opening lap of Friday night’s feature race.

Currently, the 2020 schedule for the Summit USMTS National Championship fueled by Casey’s is highlighted by 40 nights of racing at 25 unique dirt ovals for the 22nd season of competition for the world’s Best of the Best in dirt modified racing. To connect with the USMTS check out USMTS.com.

OFFICIAL RESULTS:

United States Modified Touring Series. 8th Annual USMTS Cajun Clash. Ark-La-Tex Speedway, Vivian, Louisiana. Friday, Sept. 11, 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 drawing for starting positions 1-8.

SIMPSON PERFORMANCE PRODUCTS HEAT RACE #1 (8 laps): 1. (2) 4R Dereck Ramirez, Woodward, Okla.; 2. (9) 20 Rodney Sanders, Happy, Texas; 3. (1) 2G Kenny Gaddis, Diana, Texas; 4. (3) 12 Jason Hughes, Watts, Okla.; 5. (4) 55 Nathan Hagar (R), Adair, Okla.; 6. (5) 65 Tyler Davis (R), Haysville, Kan.; 7. (7) G17 Fito Gallardo, Las Cruces, N.M.; 8. (8) 8X Wesley Summers, Wellington, Mo.; 9. (6) 20T Brent Tidwell (R), Harleton, Texas.

FAST SHAFTS HEAT RACE #2 (8 laps): 1. (8) 91 Joe Duvall, Claremore, Okla.; 2. (9) 444 Brooks Strength (R), Raymond, Miss.; 3. (2) A1 Phil Dixon, Crosby, Texas; 4. (3) 8 Jeremy Vaughn, Pocola, Okla.; 5. (6) 15J Jason Webb (R), McKinney, Texas; 6. (4) J17 Jake Gallardo, Las Cruces, N.M.; 7. (7) 3C Colby Collins (R), Waskom, Texas; 8. (1) 503 Jason Miles (R), Glenwood, Ark.; 9. (5) 13J James McCreery (R), Midlothian, Texas.

EDELBROCK HEAT RACE #3 (8 laps): 1. (1) 6 Casey Skyberg (R), Rapid City, S.D.; 2. (3) 23 Adam Kates, Tonganoxie, Kan.; 3. (5) 16 Chris Henigan, Marshall, Texas; 4. (7) 211 Chase Hatton (R), De Berry, Texas; 5. (4) 21W David Winslett, Bossier City, La.; 6. (2) 109 Jamie Hibbs, Choctaw, Okla.; 7. (6) 7 Sean Gaddis, Diana, Texas; 8. (8) 51 Lucas Gibbs (R), Udall, Kan.

MSD PERFORMANCE HEAT RACE #4 (8 laps): 1. (1) 4W Tyler Wolff, Fayetteville, Ark.; 2. (7) 12T Tyler Townsend, Diana, Texas; 3. (8) 36J Justin Whitehead (R), Texarkana, Texas; 4. (6) 5 Jon Mitchell, Texarkana, Texas; 5. (5) 56 Broc Bowen (R), Fannin, Texas; 6. (4) 75 Terry Phillips, Springfield, Mo.; 7. (3) 31M Travis Mosley (R), Batesville, Ark.; 8. (2) 14T Triston Dycus, Maypearl, Texas.

VP RACING FUELS HEAT RACE #5 (8 laps): 1. (3) 33Z Zack VanderBeek, New Sharon, Iowa; 2. (5) 97 Cade Dillard, Robeline, La.; 3. (1) 47 Jack Sartain, Terrell, Texas; 4. (2) 12J Jason Ingalls, Longview, Texas; 5. (6) 10C Tye Clampitt (R), Henderson, Texas; 6. (8) 8T Dustin Hyde, Texarkana, Texas; 7. (4) 2¢ Chris Huckeba, Midlothian, Texas; 8. (7) 02 Tanner Mullens (R), Wichita, Kan.

B Mains

REAL RACING WHEELS “B” MAIN #1 (12 laps, top 6 advance): 1. (3) 5 Jon Mitchell, Texarkana, Texas; 2. (5) 15J Jason Webb (R), McKinney, Texas; 3. (9) G17 Fito Gallardo, Las Cruces, N.M.; 4. (1) 211 Chase Hatton (R), De Berry, Texas; 5. (8) 65 Tyler Davis (R), Haysville, Kan.; 6. (4) 8 Jeremy Vaughn, Pocola, Okla.; 7. (13) 14T Triston Dycus, Maypearl, Texas; 8. (11) 2¢ Chris Huckeba, Midlothian, Texas, MBCustoms/Mullins.; 9. (6) 55 Nathan Hagar (R), Adair, Okla., GRT/ChevPerf.; 10. (7) 56 Broc Bowen (R), Fannin, Texas, MBCustoms/Fletcher.; 11. (10) 7 Sean Gaddis, Diana, Texas, MBCustoms/PTS.; 12. (12) 503 Jason Miles (R), Glenwood, Ark., Shaw/Kuntz.; 13. (14) 20T Brent Tidwell (R), Harleton, Texas, IRP/.; 14. (2) A1 Phil Dixon, Crosby, Texas, Elite/CB.; DNS – 109 Jamie Hibbs, Choctaw, Okla., MBCustoms/Stoen.

REAL RACING WHEELS “B” MAIN #2 (12 laps, top 6 advance): 1. (1) 2G Kenny Gaddis, Diana, Texas; 2. (4) 12J Jason Ingalls, Longview, Texas; 3. (3) 12 Jason Hughes, Watts, Okla.; 4. (9) 75 Terry Phillips, Springfield, Mo.; 5. (11) 31M Travis Mosley (R), Batesville, Ark.; 6. (7) 8T Dustin Hyde, Texarkana, Texas; 7. (12) 8X Wesley Summers, Wellington, Mo., GRT/Hess.; 8. (13) 13J James McCreery (R), Midlothian, Texas, MBCustoms/Wells.; 9. (10) 3C Colby Collins (R), Waskom, Texas, DirtWorks/EZ1.; 10. (5) 10C Tye Clampitt (R), Henderson, Texas, GRT/Sput’s.; 11. (8) J17 Jake Gallardo, Las Cruces, N.M.; 12. (2) 47 Jack Sartain, Terrell, Texas, IRP/Sartain.; 13. (6) 21W David Winslett, Bossier City, La., GRT/TwinCity.; DNS – 51 Lucas Gibbs (R), Udall, Kan., MBCustoms/Bailey.; DNS – 02 Tanner Mullens (R), Wichita, Kan., Mullens/Mullens.

CASEY’S “A” MAIN (40 laps):
1. (2) 33Z Zack VanderBeek, New Sharon, Iowa, VanderBuilt/Stoen, 40.
2. (6) 20 Rodney Sanders, Happy, Texas, MBCustoms/Hatfield, 40.
3. (4) 444 Brooks Strength (R), Raymond, Miss., MBCustoms/Stoen, 40.
4. (7) 97 Cade Dillard, Robeline, La., MBCustoms/Stoen, 40.
5. (1) 91 Joe Duvall, Claremore, Okla., MBCustoms/BMS, 40.
6. (9) 4W Tyler Wolff, Fayetteville, Ark., MBCustoms/ECE, 40.
7. (5) 4R Dereck Ramirez, Woodward, Okla., Hughes/Cornett, 40.
8. (18) 12 Jason Hughes, Watts, Okla., Hughes/Mullins, 40.
9. (10) 36J Justin Whitehead (R), Texarkana, Texas, IRP/ChevPerf, 40.
10. (3) 6 Casey Skyberg (R), Rapid City, S.D., Lethal/Mullins, 40.
11. (8) 12T Tyler Townsend, Diana, Texas, Lethal/ChevPerf, 40.
12. (15) 15J Jason Webb (R), McKinney, Texas, VanderBuilt/Wornhor, 40.
13. (12) 16 Chris Henigan, Marshall, Texas, GRT/Stoen, 40.
14. (14) 2G Kenny Gaddis, Diana, Texas, MBCustoms/PTS, 40.
15. (21) 65 Tyler Davis (R), Haysville, Kan., Hughes/Mullins, 40.
16. (20) 75 Terry Phillips, Springfield, Mo., GRT/Durham, 40.
17. (24) 8T Dustin Hyde, Texarkana, Texas, IRP/ChevPerf, 40.
18. (19) 211 Chase Hatton (R), De Berry, Texas, IRP/F-1, 40.
19. (13) 5 Jon Mitchell, Texarkana, Texas, MBCustoms/Stoen, 33.
20. (22) 31M Travis Mosley (R), Batesville, Ark., Shaw/Mullins, 29.
21. (25) J17 Jake Gallardo, Las Cruces, N.M., GR2/ProPower, 25.
22. (17) G17 Fito Gallardo, Las Cruces, N.M., GR2/ProPower, 23.
23. (11) 23 Adam Kates, Tonganoxie, Kan., Jet/Speedway, 23.
24. (23) 8 Jeremy Vaughn, Pocola, Okla., Hughes/BMS, 19.
25. (16) 12J Jason Ingalls, Longview, Texas, IRP/Shipley, 12.
26. (26) 14T Triston Dycus, Maypearl, Texas, GRT/Wells, 7.

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

Lap Leader: VanderBeek 1-40. Total Laps Led: VanderBeek 40.
Margin of Victory: 1.483 seconds. Time of Race: 17 minutes, 54.95 seconds (2 cautions).
FK Rod Ends Hard Charger: Hughes (started 18th, finished 8th).
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