Dripps’ dry spell ends with dominating drive at Allison

ALLISON, Iowa (May 27) – Corey Dripps got stronger as the racing season wore on last year, ending the 2009 campaign with four straight top-five finishes and capturing a USRA Modified win in the 23rd Annual Musco Lighting Fall Challenge at the Southern Iowa Speedway.

If that holds true for 2010, the rest of his USMTS Casey’s General Stores National Tour might be in trouble.

Thursday night at the Highway 3 Raceway in Allison, Iowa, the 37-year-old from Waterloo, Iowa, was nearly perfect as he dominated his heat race, drew the pole for the main event and then led all 30 laps of the nightcap to pocket the $2,000 winner’s share of the purse.

The win was his first on the USMTS trail since an April Fools Day triumph at the Hancock County Speedway in Britt, Iowa, in 2005.

The second event of the Farm Boy BBQ Sauce Central States Region presented by Arnold Motor Supply saw 36 USMTS Modifieds from nine States check in for battle on a picture-perfect night for racing in the Hawkeye State.

When the green flag fell on the 30-lap main event, Dripps withstood an early challenge from Johnny Scott of Las Cruces, N.M., but Dripps expanded his advantage to ten car lengths over the first ten laps over the current DandyLand Farms Rookie of the Year points leader.

A caution flag on lap 11 kept the field within striking distance, but Dripps was flawless on the restart and powered away from the field. The second and final yellow flag waved with just four laps to go and erased Dripps’ full straight-away advantage, but once again he stretched out his lead after the restart and streaked beneath the checkered flags unchallenged.

Nine-time USMTS National Champion Kelly Shryock grabbed runner-up honors Thursday night while current Farm Boy BBQ Sauce Central States Region points leader Ryan Gustin clawed his way to a third-place finish after starting 13th on the 24-car grid.

Gustin passed Dripps on the final lap of the feature race to earn his first USMTS Casey’s General Stores National Tour win on Aug. 28, 2008, at the Highway 3 Raceway. A disqualification in his heat race Thursday night put the 19-year-old from Marshalltown, Iowa, at the rear of the Real Racing Wheels “B” Main, but he thrilled the crowd with a final-turn pass of Tommy Weder Jr. to take the checkers and earn a spot in the WIX Filters “A” Main.

Tommy Myer finished fourth in the main event with Al Hejna rounding out the top five at the flagstand. Sixth went to Jon Tesch, Scott held on for seventh, Ryan Dolan passed six cars to get to eighth, Dereck Ramirez was ninth and Steve Wetzstein completed the top ten.

Ryan Ruter earned the AFCO Pole Award after a last-lap pass to win the first heat race of the night. Although he redrew the eighth starting spot, Ruter was battling among the top five runners when mechanical woes ended his run with four laps left in the feature.

LIGHTS, CAMERA, ACTION …

Friday night will find the USMTS Casey’s General Stores National Tour at the Chateau Raceway in Lansing, Minn., for the 3rd Annual Guttormson Memorial. The 1/3-mile semi-banked clay oval always provides for exciting side-by-side racing from the drop of the first green flag to the final checkered flag.

Film crews will be on hand to record some promotional on-track action and fan footage for Dirt Knights – the upcoming dirt track racing docu-drama television series set to debut in January of 2011 on the VERSUS cable sports network. Dirt Knights is an on-going dramatic series of one-hour programs that will air twice a week for 13 weeks with each episode reaching more than 75 million households. The show will follow Dripps, Gustin, Hejna, Tesch and Mike Spaulding as they compete in the Hunt for the USMTS Casey’s General Stores National Championship.

Past winners at the Chateau Raceway include Jason Hughes, 2008 USMTS National Champion Tim Donlinger, 2007 USMTS National Champion Jason Krohn, Myer, Tesch, Shryock and Mike Chasteen. No driver has ever won two USMTS main events at the lightning-fast Lansing bullring.

Pits open at 5 p.m. and grandstand gates open at 5:30 with hot laps at 7 and racing to follow. Also racing Friday night will be IMCA Stock Cars, WISSOTA Street Stocks, WISSOTA Midwest Mods and Pure Stocks.

Race fans can pick up $2-off grandstand admission coupons on race day at Casey's General Store locations in Austin, Mantorville, Owatonna, Rochester, Stewartville and West Concord.

The Chateau Raceway is located 5.0 miles north of Austin on US 218 to the Lansing exit, then 1.3 miles eat on CR 2, then 0.4 mile south on CR 25, then 0.3 mile east . For more info, call 507-391-2486 or 507-433-4578 on raceday or visit www.chateauraceway.net.

On Saturday, it's the first of five occasions this season that the touring titans tackle the popular Deer Creek Speedway in Spring Valley, Minn. Set your TIVO or DVR to record the Indy 500 and World 600 because the best racing on Sunday will be at the Dodge County Speedway in Kasson, Minn., for the 9th Annual Stars & Stripes Shootout.

To learn more about the United States Modified Touring Series, visit www.usmts.com online or call 515-832-7944. You can also follow the USMTS on Facebook, MySpace and Twitter.

= = = = = = = = = = = = = = =

OFFICIAL RESULTS
USMTS Casey’s General Stores National Tour - Farm Boy BBQ Sauce Central States Region presented by Arnold Motor Supply
9th Annual Butler County Spring Clash
Highway 3 Raceway, Allison, Iowa
Thursday, May 27, 2010

Showing finishing position, starting position in parentheses, car number, driver, hometown, chassis/engine builder, laps completed, reason out (if any) and money won. The top 12 drivers in passing points accumulated in the heat races are locked into the “A” Main, with the top 8 re-drawing for starting positions 1-8.

ISKY RACING CAMS HEAT RACE #1 (8 laps):
1. (5) 555 Ryan Ruter, Kanawha, Iowa.
2. (2) 65 Tommy Myer, Blooming Prairie, Minn.
3. (1) 33z Zack VanderBeek, New Sharon, Iowa.
4. (6) 02 Tommy Weder Jr., Woodward, Okla.
5. (8) 5 Steve Holzkamper, Gentry, Ark.
6. (4) 11 Ryan Peckham (R), Corning, Iowa.
7. (7) 20L Zach Less (R), Hopkinton, Iowa.
8. (9) 26 Dan Fetters, Montour, Iowa.
9. (3) 19r Ryan Gustin, Marshalltown, Iowa.

NEW VISION GRAPHICS HEAT RACE #2 (8 laps):
1. (2) 31 Corey Dripps, Waterloo, Iowa.
2. (1) 12 Mark Elliott (R), Webster City, Iowa.
3. (4) 8 Colt Mather, Webster, Iowa.
4. (6) 7 Ryan Dolan, Lisbon, Iowa.
5. (3) 85d Mark Dotson, Cameron, Mo.
6. (7) 7k Jason Krohn, Slayton, Minn.
7. (8) 12h Mike Hansen, Alton, Iowa.
8. (9) 7m Michael Darnall (R), West Union, Iowa.
9. (5) 88d Matt Dotson (R), Sturgeon, Mo.

SCHOENFELD HEADERS HEAT RACE #3 (8 laps):
1. (1) 1st Johnny Scott (R), Las Cruces, N.M.
2. (3) 4r Dereck Ramirez, Woodward, Okla.
3. (6) 7 Al Hejna, Clear Lake, Iowa.
4. (5) 111 Bumper Jones, Mesilla Park, N.M.
5. (4) 26p Kevin Pittman, Waterloo, Iowa.
6. (8) 18 Chase Junghans, Manhattan, Kan.
7. (7) 27m Mark Schulte, Delhi, Iowa.
8. (2) 8x Scott Olson, Blairsburg, Iowa.
9. (9) 20 Rodney Sanders, Happy, Texas.

EIBACH SPRINGS HEAT RACE #4 (8 laps):1. (1) 3 Kelly Shryock, Fertile, Iowa.
2. (2) 55d Nick Deal (R), Walnut, Iowa.
3. (7) 14 Jon Tesch, Watertown, S.D.
4. (5) 90 Steve Wetzstein, West Concord, Minn.
5. (3) 71 Troy Cordes, Raymond, Iowa.
6. (6) Z3 Mike Albertsen, Audubon, Iowa.
7. (8) 72 Doug Hillson, Blooming Prairie, Minn.
8. (9) 35 Jeff Schluetter, New Hampton, Iowa.
9. (4) 40 Scott Dickey, Packwood, Iowa.

REAL RACING WHEELS “B” MAIN #1 (12 laps, top 6 advance):
1. (11) 19r Ryan Gustin, Marshalltown, Iowa.
2. (1) 02 Tommy Weder Jr., Woodward, Okla.
3. (4) 26p Kevin Pittman, Waterloo, Iowa.
4. (3) 5 Steve Holzkamper, Gentry, Ark.
5. (7) 12h Mike Hansen, Alton, Iowa.
6. (5) 18 Chase Junghans, Manhattan, Kan.
7. (2) 111 Bumper Jones, Mesilla Park, N.M., $90.
8. (10) 35 Jeff Schluetter, New Hampton, Iowa, $90.
9. (9) 26 Dan Fetters, Montour, Iowa, $75.
10. (8) 20L Zach Less (R), Hopkinton, Iowa, $90.
11. (6) 11 Ryan Peckham (R), Corning, Iowa, $90.
12. (12) 20 Rodney Sanders, Happy, Texas, $90.

REAL RACING WHEELS “B” MAIN #2 (12 laps, top 6 advance):1. (1) 7 Ryan Dolan, Lisbon, Iowa.
2. (2) 90 Steve Wetzstein, West Concord, Minn.
3. (5) 7k Jason Krohn, Slayton, Minn.
4. (3) 85d Mark Dotson, Cameron, Mo.
5. (4) 71 Troy Cordes, Raymond, Iowa.
6. (8) 27m Mark Schulte, Delhi, Iowa.
7. (7) 72 Doug Hillson, Blooming Prairie, Minn., $90.
8. (9) 7m Michael Darnall (R), West Union, Iowa, $90.
9. (11) 88d Matt Dotson (R), Sturgeon, Mo., $90.
10. (6) Z3 Mike Albertsen, Audubon, Iowa, $90.
11. (10) 8x Scott Olson, Blairsburg, Iowa, $75.
12. (12) 40 Scott Dickey, Packwood, Iowa, $90.

WIX FILTERS “A” MAIN (30 laps):
1. (1) 31 Corey Dripps, Waterloo, Iowa, BC/AEM, 30, $2000.
2. (6) 3 Kelly Shryock, Fertile, Iowa, Skyrocket/ProPower, 30, $1500.
3. (13) 19r Ryan Gustin, Marshalltown, Iowa, Hughes/Mullins, 30, $1000.
4. (7) 65 Tommy Myer, Blooming Prairie, Minn., GRT/Sput’s, 30, $900.
5. (4) 7 Al Hejna, Clear Lake, Iowa, Harris/JR, 30, $800.
6. (5) 14 Jon Tesch, Watertown, S.D., Ramirez/Sput’s, 30, $700.
7. (2) 1st Johnny Scott (R), Las Cruces, N.M., Hughes/ASI, 30, $650.
8. (14) 7 Ryan Dolan, Lisbon, Iowa, Shaw/Sperry, 30, $600.
9. (3) 4r Dereck Ramirez, Woodward, Okla., Ramirez/Sput’s, 30, $550.
10. (16) 90 Steve Wetzstein, West Concord, Minn., Skyrocket/Sput’s, 30, $500.
11. (17) 26p Kevin Pittman, Waterloo, Iowa, Victory/AEM, 30, $450.
12. (18) 7k Jason Krohn, Slayton, Minn., Skyrocket/Sput’s, 30, $425.
13. (24) 27m Mark Schulte, Delhi, Iowa, GRT/Grove, 30, $400.
14. (10) 55d Nick Deal (R), Walnut, Iowa, Harris/WAM, 30, $375.
15. (20) 85d Mark Dotson, Cameron, Mo., GRT/KSE, 30, $350.
16. (19) 5 Steve Holzkamper, Gentry, Ark., TRE/Shinook, 30, $300.
17. (11) 8 Colt Mather, Webster, Iowa, Skyrocket/Sput’s, 30, $300.
18. (22) 71 Troy Cordes, Raymond, Iowa, Kraft/Sperry, 30, $300.
19. (12) 33z Zack VanderBeek, New Sharon, Iowa, Skyrocket/Sput’s, 30, $300.
20. (9) 12 Mark Elliott (R), Webster City, Iowa, Harris/Sput’s, 30, $300.
21. (8) 555 Ryan Ruter, Kanawha, Iowa, Sidebiter/KSE, 26, mechanical, $300.
22. (15) 02 Tommy Weder Jr., Woodward, Okla., Hughes/Clements, 11, mechanical, $300.
23. (23) 18 Chase Junghans, Manhattan, Kan., Hughes/Sput’s, 4, mechanical, $300.
24. (21) 12h Mike Hansen, Alton, Iowa, GRT/PerfOnly, 3, spindle, $300.

(R) = DandyLand Farms Rookie of the Year contender.

WIX Filters Lap Leader: Dripps 1-30.
Total Laps Led: Dripps 30.
Margin of Victory: 0.910 second.
AFCO Pole Winner: Ruter.
PBM Performance Products Hard Charger: Schulte (started 24th, finished 13th).
Next Race: Friday, May 28, Chateau Raceway, Lansing, Minn.
Farm Boy BBQ Sauce Central States Region Points: Gustin 205, Hejna 188, Myer 179, Shryock 167, Scott 166, Wetzstein 162, Dolan 161, VanderBeek 154, Krohn 154, Dripps 153.
DandyLand Farms Rookie of the Year Points: Scott 420, Rick Beebe 248, Brandon Davis 225, Terry Schultz 199, Austin Siebert 198.
COMP Cams Engine Builder of the Year Points: Mullins 76, Sput’s 69, KSE 32, ASI 32, ProPower 32.
Chassis Builders Championship Points: Hughes 77, GRT 62, Skyrocket 62, Ramirez 47, TRE 36.

Contingency Awards:
Ai-Racing – Ramirez.
American Racer – Shryock.
Dart Machinery – Krohn.
Eibach Springs – Shryock.
Forty9Designs.com – Myer, Ramirez.
Hooker Harness – Schulte.
Isky Racing Cams – Ruter.
KSE Racing Products – Ruter.
Marsh Racing Wheels – Hansen.
Out-Pace Racing Products – Pittman.
PBM Performance Products – Schulte.
Quarter Master – Dripps, Dolan.
QuickTime – Scott.
Real Racing Wheels – Junghans, Schulte.
Schoenfeld Headers – Scott.
WIX Filters – Dripps.

= = = = = = = = = = = = = = =

USMTS TITLE SPONSORS: Casey’s General Stores, Castle Rock Recruiting.

USMTS OFFICIAL SPONSORS: American Racer Racing Tires, AwesomeRacesuits.com, GoPro, Intercomp, Karl Chevrolet, Kevko Oil Pans & Components, New Vision Graphics, Nitroquest, RACEceiver.

USMTS PARTICIPATING SPONSORS: Allstar Performance, Arnold Motor Supply, ASi Racewear, Bear Tire, Big Dog Chassis & Fabrication, BRODIX Cylinder Heads, Cagle Motorsports, DandyLand Farms, Day Motor Sports, Dirt Track Racing School, Dirthead.com, Falcon Wind Power, Farm Boy BBQ Sauce, Gressel Oil Field Service, Intensitee Custom Racewear, Just Say Yes, Karl Performance Parts, Olympic Fire Protection, Ramirez Race Cars, Ruter Farms, WIX Filters, Yeager Machine.

USMTS CONTINGENCY SPONSORS: AFCO Racing Products, Ai-Racing, Belleville Motorsports, ButlerBuilt Professional Seat Systems, COMP Cams, Dart Machinery, Dynatech Racing Exhaust, Eibach Springs, Fast Shafts, Forty9Designs.com, GRT Race Cars, Hooker Harness, Hypercoil Springs, Isky Racing Cams, KSE Racing Products, Marsh Racing Wheels, Out-Pace Racing Products, PBM Performance Products, Quarter Master, QuickTime Inc, Real Racing Wheels, RHS – Racing Head Service, Schoenfeld Headers, US Brake, Willy’s Carburetor & Dyno Shop, WIX Filters.