Thornton Conquers "The Cage"
Twenty-six days of silence was broken Thursday night when the USMTS Casey’s Cup powered by S&S Fishing & Rental invaded the Atchison County Raceway and refired the engines for the 2nd Annual “Cage Match.”
The Scott brothers—Johnny and Stormy—filled the front row for the start of the 50-lap MSD Central Region main event, and Stormy Scott jumped out to lead the first 13 laps until the race’s first caution flag waved for a slowing car with a flat tire.
But Stormy Scott had a flat tire of his own. He ducked into the pits under caution and never returned to rejoin the field, giving Johnny Scott the point for the restart.
With Cade Dillard and Chase Junghans tucked in behind, Rodney Sanders snuck into third on lap 14 and the top four reeled off another six 12-second orbits around the high-banked 1/5-mile oval until the next yellow waved with 20 laps complete.
At the halfway mark, Johnny Scott continued to lead Dillard around the high side of the track with Sanders, Ricky Thornton Jr. and Josh Blumer filling the rest of the top five spots.
Hard contact on the short back-stretch between Sanders, Darron Fuqua and Dereck Ramirez. Although the green flag remained out, the incident caused crippling to the Modifieds of Sanders and Ramirez.
With the laps winding down, Thornton began to search around the middle of the track and found a spot to slide up in front of Johnny Scott to lead the 45th circuit, but Thornton crawled over the cushion two laps later and allowed Scott to regain the position.
Thornton again got by Scott on lap 48 which saw the final caution come out to set up a two-lap, green-white-checkered dash to the finish.
While Thornton cruised the final two laps to register the victory, 10th-starting Zack VanderBeek nudged in front of Scott to take the runner-up position while Joe Duvall, who started 15th, wrestled fourth away from Dillard in the final two laps.
Fuqua rolled the top side to beat Dillard to the finish line for fifth, Tyler Wolff snagged seventh, Kyle Prauner earned an eighth-place paycheck in his USMTS debut with fellow Nebraska racer Mike Densberger ninth and Sanders rounding out the top 10.
Thornton took a $3,000 payoff back to the Gressel Racing pit for his fourth triumph of the 2017 campaign.
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Weekly Winners 4/11/17 - 4/17/17
Tyler Erb – Magnolia Motor Speedway
Derek Doll – Tyler County Speedway
Rodney Sanders – Lucas Oil Speedway
Jack Sullivan – I-30 Speedway
David Payne – Tri-County Racetrack
James Dennis – Skyline Speedway (pictured)
Matt Dooley – Senoia Raceway
Will Vaught – Lucas Oil Speedway
Tanner English – Winchester Raceway Park
Trent Elliott – Coos Bay Speedway
Mark Newton – Senoia Raceway
Logan Roberson – Potomac Speedway
Ashton Winger – Senoia Raceway
Tyler Bare – Virginia Motor Speedway
Jeff Strunk – Big Diamond Speedway
Austin Horton – Senoia Raceway
Max Blair – Stateline Speedway
Devin Moran – Moler Raceway Park
Jason Trammell – Tazewell Speedway
Matt Guererri – Canandaigua Motorsports Park
Brandon Walsh - Legit Speedway
Justin Zeitner - Adams County Speedway
Mike Tanner - I-35 Speedway
Vaught Scores Victory at Lucas Oil MLRA Spring Nationals
Wheatland, Missouri (April 14, 2017) - Will Vaught made the most of a late-race restart to grab a season-opening win Friday night as the 4th annual Lucas Oil MLRA Fall Nationals began at Lucas Oil Speedway.
"It's pretty sweet," Vaught said after getting past Tony Jackson Jr., with five laps remaining and going on to capture the $2,000 feature on night one of the doubleheader presented by RacingJunk.com.
Other feature winners on the opening night of the weekend doubleheader were Jon Sheets (Pitts Homes USRA Modifieds) and Burl Woods (Big O Tires Street Stocks).
Vaught, of Crane, took home the win with Springfield veteran Terry Phillips second and Lebanon's Jackson settling for third after being in control most of the way.
Jackson passed MLRA rookie Payton Looney, who started on the pole, for the lead on lap five. He maintained it until the race's lone caution waved, when Jackson teammate Raymond Merrill spun in turn four.
That set up a five-lap shootout to the finish with Jackson leading Vaught, Looney, Phillips and Rodney Sanders to the restart.
That was the opportunity Vaught needed. Jackson slipped high in turn two and Vaught slid underneath to take the lead with Phillips also going past and into second. That's the way it stayed until the finish with Vaught earning his second career win at Lucas Oil Speedway, following up a win in the Larry Phillips Memorial last September.
"He over drove the corner a little bit and we got by him," said Vaught, who was making his season debut. He's been overseeing his children's quarter-midget racing with daughter Mallory (5) and Maddox (7) winning on Lucas' "slick track" behind the main grandstand a week ago.
"Both of them won last week and we got the win tonight. It's pretty special," Vaught said. "We'll have to improve (Saturday night) because Tony probably had the best car. But he was in the wrong place at the wrong time and we compensated."
A dejected Jackson said he wasn't sure what happened on the re-start, though he suspected that a new right-rear tire rule played a factor and he didn't have enough heat in the rubber when the race returned to green.
"That's a part of it," Jackson said of the untimely caution.
Phillips was more upbeat, driving from a 12th starting position to the runner-up spot.
"The way the night started, it wasn't looking too sporty," Phillips said. "To be able to drive up through there with all these good cars, we'll take it."
Sanders finished fourth and reigning MLRA Series champion Jesse Stovall was fifth.
For additional news visit www.lucasoilspeedway.com
Photo courtesy of www.lucasoilspeedway.com/ Kenny Shaw
Guererri Claims Canandaigua Sportsman In Photo Finish
CANANDAIGUA, NY…..A crisp and clear evening greeted racers and fans as Canandaigua Motorsports Park opened the 2017 racing season with the first of two nights of action on the VP Racing Fuels Opening Weekend, and for Matt Guerierri, the opening night result was perfect, as he nabbed his 3rd career Sportsman win in the night’s 25-lap Sportsman feature.
Weekly Winners 4/4/17 - 4/10/17
Eric Stanton – Boone Speedway & Benton County Speedway
Thomas Meseraull – Lincoln Park Speedway
Brian Mullen – Fairmont Raceway
Mike Lupfer – Port Royal Speedway
Derek Green – Fairmont Raceway
Matt Dooley – Senoia Raceway
C.S. Fitzgerald – Eastside Speedway
James McNeil – Gulf Coast Speedway
Tad Davis – Humboldt Speedway
Ashton Winger – Senoia Raceway
Brian Shirley – Peoria Speedway
Jimmy Mars – Cedar Lake Speedway
Kenny Collins – I-75 Raceway (pictured)
Duane Howard – Bridgeport Speedway
Kyle Bronson – East Bay Raceway Park
Trent Ivey – Cherokee Speedway
Devin Moran – Midway Speedway
Tyler Clem – Bubba Raceway Park
Trent Ivey Takes FUEL Series Win
GAFFNEY — What a difference a week can make, or six days to be more accurate.
Trent Ivey, 22, of Union, rolled to an impressive win Saturday night at Cherokee Speedway. The second-generation racer dominated the season opener for the FUEL Racing Series and earned $3,000 for his efforts along with claiming his first career victory on the tour.
Finishing second was Furman Parton of Union Mills, N.C. Completing the top five were Matt Long of Concord, N.C., Steve Banal of Rock Hill, and Bryan Mullis of Rock Hill.
It was Ivey’s third win in a row at the legendary dirt track in as many weeks. Ivey’s team debuted a brand new Mastersbilt race car for the event, one that took them less than a week to construct.
“Last Sunday night this car was a bare chassis with just the interior decking in it,” Ivey said. “My dad (Petey Ivey), Skee (Nichols), Rick (Alman), and myself worked our tails off getting it ready. We put the same setup under it that we have under the other car, so we knew pretty much what we would be starting with. All we did tonight was change the right front shock before the feature.”
Ivey made his presence known immediately in hot laps, flat-footing the new car all the way around the track. Then in time-trial qualifying, he set fast time among 17 entrants with a lap of 15.808 seconds.
At the drop of the green to start the main event, Parton swept ahead of Ivey exiting the second corner to take the lead. However, a multi-car crash in Turn 4 brought out the yellow, nullifying the start.
On the second attempt to start the race, Ivey muscled his way out front, slamming the door on the other challengers off of Turn 2 and set sail on a course that eventually ended with the checkered flag in his hand.
Along the way he had to dodge a couple of bullets. One being a few near-misses with slower cars as he attempted to put them a lap down. The second being a power steering system failure with five laps to go.