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Sanders collects opening night checkers at USMTS Cajun Clash

Sanders collects opening night checkers at USMTS Cajun Clash


The fans in attendance at the Ark-La-Tex Speedway and those watching live on RacinDirt.com witnessed a barn-burner of a main event Thursday to kick off the 7th Annual USMTS Cajun Clash, but Rodney Sanders missed out on all of the excitement going on behind him.

After disposing of polesitter Lucas Schott on the first lap, Sanders raced out to a big lead and stayed there for 33 laps before the first caution of the race with seven to go erased his advantage.

Despite a charging Cade Dillard, Schott, Ryan Gustin and Zack VanderBeek right behind, the Casey’s General Stores USMTS National Championship points leader never faltered and, in fact, survived another caution with five laps remaining to garner his second straight Summit USMTS Southern Series victory.

Early in the race, Dillard and Gustin put on a whale of a battle for the third spot with Dillard eventually able to secure the position and then getting by Schott with 13 laps to go.

But event with the pair of late-race cautions, Dillard—the defending Cajun Clash champ—was unable to reel in Sanders and a final-lap drive came up about a car-length short.

Schott held off VanderBeek and Gustin for the third position while Carlos Ahumada Jr., Terry Phillips, Hunter Marriott, Jason Hughes and Dereck Ramirez completed the top 10.

Another complete show of qualifying heat races and main events is on tap for Friday and Saturday for the USMTS Modifieds as well as the USRA Factory Stocks and USRA Limited Mods.

On Friday, the pits open at 2 p.m., grandstands open at 5, drivers meeting at 6:30 and racing at 7 p.m. On Saturday, the pits open at 2 p.m., grandstands open at 4:30, drivers meeting at 5:30 and racing at 6 p.m. sharp.

The Ark-La-Tex Speedway is located 0.6 mile south of SR 2 on SR 1, then 0.7 mile west on Airport Rd., then 2.2 miles south on Boyter Lane Rd. For race day information, call the track hotline at (318) 375-3470 or check out arklatexspeedway.net to visit them online.

For those unable to attend in person, all of the action in all three classes will be brought to you live and in living color on the World Wide Web from the fine folks at RacinDirt.com.

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OFFICIAL RESULTS
United States Modified Touring Series
Casey’s General Stores USMTS National Championship powered by Summit
Summit USMTS Southern Series powered by MSD
7th Annual Cajun Clash presented by Horseshoe Bossier City – Night 1 of 3
Ark-La-Tex Speedway, Vivian, La.
Thursday, April 11, 2019

Showing finishing position, starting position in parentheses, car number, driver, hometown, chassis/engine builder, laps completed and money won. The top 12 in heat race passing points advance to the Summit Racing Equipment “A” Main with the top 8 redrawing for the first 8 starting spots.

SIMPSON PERFORMANCE PRODUCTS HEAT RACE #1 (8 laps):
1. (3) 69 Lucas Schott, Chatfield, Minn.
2. (6) 20 Rodney Sanders, Happy, Texas.
3. (2) 4m Bobby Malchus, Red Oak, Texas.
4. (5) 10 Tye Clampitt (R), Henderson, Texas.
5. (7) 2g Kenny Gaddis, Diana, Texas.
6. (9) 21 David Winslett, Bossier City, La.
7. (1) 11n Gene Nicholas, Lowell, Ark.
8. (4) 8¢ Colby O'Neal (R), Midlothian, Texas.
9. (8) 55 Nathan Hagar (R), Adair, Okla.

FAST SHAFTS HEAT RACE #2 (8 laps):
1. (3) 12 Jason Hughes, Watts, Okla.
2. (1) 75 Terry Phillips, Springfield, Mo.
3. (4) 20 Michael Easley (R), Keithville, La.
4. (7) 12 Jason Ingalls, Longview, Texas.
5. (5) J17 Jake Gallardo, Las Cruces, N.M.
6. (9) 24 Manuel Williams Sr. (R), Fouke, Ark.
7. (6) 4w Tyler Wolff, Fayetteville, Ark.
8. (2) 62 Hunter Marriott (R), Brookfield, Mo.
9. (8) 6* Dillon Pike, Waxahachie, Texas.

EDELBROCK HEAT RACE #3 (8 laps):
1. (3) 23 Logan Robertson, Shamrock, Texas.
2. (7) 16 Chris Henigan, Marshall, Texas.
3. (9) 65x Carlos Ahumada Jr. (R), El Paso, Texas.
4. (4) 12t Tyler Townsend, Diana, Texas.
5. (8) G17 Fito Gallardo, Las Cruces, N.M.
6. (6) 17 Mike Striegel (R), Wheatland, Mo.
7. (1) 31m Travis Mosley (R), Bearden, Ark.
8. (5) 91 Joe Duvall, Claremore, Okla.
9. (2) 34 Noah Daspit (R), Picayune, Miss.

MSD PERFORMANCE HEAT RACE #4 (8 laps):
1. (3) 97 Cade Dillard, Robeline, La.
2. (5) 33z Zack VanderBeek, New Sharon, Iowa.
3. (7) 4r Dereck Ramirez, Woodward, Okla.
4. (1) 24z Zane Ferrell (R), Hermitage, Ark.
5. (9) 24m Manuel Williams II (R), Fouke, Ark.
6. (2) C8 Timothy Culp, Prattsville, Ark.
7. (4) 10w Hunter Wilbanks (R), Lakeland, Tenn.
8. (8) 4 Bo Day (R), Greenville, Texas.
9. (6) 20t Brent Tidwell (R), Harleton, Texas.

VP RACING FUELS HEAT RACE #5 (8 laps):
1. (7) 19r Ryan Gustin, Marshalltown, Iowa.
2. (2) 5a Brandon Ball (R), Texarkana, La.
3. (3) 23 Adam Kates, Tonganoxie, Kan.
4. (4) 7 Sean Gaddis, Diana, Texas.
5. (8) 8 Skip O'Neal (R), Midlothian, Texas.
6. (6) 15 Kale Westover (R), Blair, Okla.
7. (5) 42 Paul Niznik, Medford, Wis.
8. (1) 8 Jeremy Vaughn (R), Pocola, Okla.

REAL RACING WHEELS “B” MAIN #1 (12 laps, top 6 advance):
1. (3) 24m Manuel Williams II (R), Fouke, Ark.
2. (2) 4m Bobby Malchus, Red Oak, Texas.
3. (13) 62 Hunter Marriott (R), Brookfield, Mo.
4. (4) G17 Fito Gallardo, Las Cruces, N.M.
5. (9) C8 Timothy Culp, Prattsville, Ark.
6. (7) 21 David Winslett, Bossier City, La.
7. (16) 34 Noah Daspit (R), Picayune, Miss., Hughes/Wall2Wall, $90.
8. (11) 31m Travis Mosley (R), Bearden, Ark., GRT/Mullins, $90.
9. (1) 20 Michael Easley (R), Keithville, La., GRT/Phillips, $75.
10. (8) J17 Jake Gallardo, Las Cruces, N.M., LG2/ProPower, $90.
11. (14) 4 Bo Day (R), Greenville, Texas., MBCustoms/Mullins, $90.
12. (12) 42 Paul Niznik, Medford, Wis., Rocket/Niznik, $90.
13. (10) 11n Gene Nicholas, Lowell, Ark., Hughes/Kelly, $90.
14. (5) 12t Tyler Townsend, Diana, Texas., MBCustoms/PTS, $90.
15. (6) 7 Sean Gaddis, Diana, Texas., MBCustoms/PTS, $90.
16. (15) 55 Nathan Hagar (R), Adair, Okla., Shaw/BlueDiamond, $90.

REAL RACING WHEELS “B” MAIN #2 (12 laps, top 6 advance):
1. (1) 12 Jason Ingalls, Longview, Texas.
2. (2) 23 Adam Kates, Tonganoxie, Kan.
3. (10) 4w Tyler Wolff, Fayetteville, Ark.
4. (4) 8 Skip O'Neal (R), Midlothian, Texas.
5. (3) 10 Tye Clampitt (R), Henderson, Texas.
6. (5) 24z Zane Ferrell (R), Hermitage, Ark.
7. (13) 91 Joe Duvall, Claremore, Okla.
8. (11) 10w Hunter Wilbanks (R), Lakeland, Tenn., MBCustoms/Mullins, $90.
9. (8) 17 Mike Striegel (R), Wheatland, Mo.
10. (9) 15 Kale Westover (R), Blair, Okla., GRT/Knowles, $75.
11. (7) 24 Manuel Williams Sr. (R), Fouke, Ark., Bandit/Kraft, $75.
12. (16) 20t Brent Tidwell (R), Harleton, Texas., /, $75.
13. (14) 8 Jeremy Vaughn (R), Pocola, Okla., Hughes/BMS, $90.
14. (12) 8¢ Colby O'Neal (R), Midlothian, Texas., Rocket/Wells, $75.
15. (6) 2g Kenny Gaddis, Diana, Texas., MBCustoms/PTS, $90.
16. (15) 6* Dillon Pike, Waxahachie, Texas., Hughes/Allard, $75.

SUMMIT RACING EQUIPMENT “A” MAIN (40 laps):
1. (2) 20 Rodney Sanders, Happy, Texas, MBCustoms/Hatfield, $2500.
2. (8) 97 Cade Dillard, Robeline, La., MBCustoms/Knowles, $1200.
3. (1) 69 Lucas Schott, Chatfield, Minn., MBCustoms/Stoen, $1000.
4. (9) 33z Zack VanderBeek, New Sharon, Iowa, VanderBuilt/Stoen, $800.
5. (6) 19r Ryan Gustin, Marshalltown, Iowa, Hughes/TriStar, $700.
6. (4) 65x Carlos Ahumada Jr. (R), El Paso, Texas, GRT/BMS, $600.
7. (11) 75 Terry Phillips, Springfield, Mo., GRT/Hatfield, $550.
8. (17) 62 Hunter Marriott (R), Brookfield, Mo., Rage/KSE, $500.
9. (3) 12 Jason Hughes, Watts, Okla., Hughes/Mullins, $450.
10. (10) 4r Dereck Ramirez, Woodward, Okla., Hughes/Cornett, $400.
11. (16) 23 Adam Kates, Tonganoxie, Kan., LG2/Speedway, $375.
12. (21) C8 Timothy Culp, Prattsville, Ark., Shaw/ChevPerf, $350.
13. (14) 12 Jason Ingalls, Longview, Texas, IRP/PTS, $325.
14. (7) 23 Logan Robertson, Shamrock, Texas, MBCustoms/Hatfield, $300.
15. (25) 91 Joe Duvall, Claremore, Okla., MBCustoms/ChevPerf, $275.
16. (20) 8 Skip O'Neal (R), Midlothian, Texas, Rocket/Wells, $200.
17. (19) G17 Fito Gallardo, Las Cruces, N.M., GRC/ProPower, $250.
18. (26) 17 Mike Striegel (R), Wheatland, Mo., GRT/ChevPerf, $250.
19. (24) 24z Zane Ferrell (R), Hermitage, Ark., MBCustoms/ASI, $250.
20. (22) 10 Tye Clampitt (R), Henderson, Texas, GRT/Sput’s, $200.
21. (18) 4w Tyler Wolff, Fayetteville, Ark., MBCustoms/Hatfield, $250.
22. (13) 24m Manuel Williams II (R), Fouke, Ark., Bandit/Kraft, $200.
23. (15) 4m Bobby Malchus, Red Oak, Texas, Rocket/Wells, $250.
24. (23) 21 David Winslett, Bossier City, La., GRT/TwinCity, $250.
25. (12) 5a Brandon Ball (R), Texarkana, La., GRT/Best, $200.
26. (5) 16 Chris Henigan, Marshall, Texas, GRT/Stoen, $250.

.Lap Leader: Sanders 1-40.
Total Laps Led: Sanders 40.
Margin of Victory: 0.403 second.
Time of Race: 16 minutes, 12.870 seconds (2 cautions).
Provisional Starters: Duvall, Striegel.
Eibach Spring Forward Award: Marriott (advanced 13 positions).
FK Rod Ends Hard Charger: Marriott (started 17th, finished 8th).
Entries: 44.
Next Race: Friday-Saturday, April 12-13, Ark-La-Tex Speedway.
USMTS National Championship Points: Sanders 428, Phillips 397, VanderBeek 396, Duvall 380, Gustin 341, Striegel 323, Kates 310, Schott 301, Ramirez 284, Hughes 282.
Summit USMTS Southern Series Points: Sanders 206, VanderBeek 182, Phillips 169, Culp 155, Robertson 148, Duvall 143, Gustin 136, Ferrell 131, Striegel 128, Hagar 115.
Grant Junghans USMTS Rookie of the Year Points: Striegel 323, Marriott 281, Ahumada 276, Hagar 265, Mike McKinney 206.
USMTS Engine Builder of the Year Points: TBD.
USMTS Manufacturers Championship Points: TBD.

Contingency Awards:
American Racer – Striegel.
Beyea Custom Headers – VanderBeek.
Bryke Racing – Duvall.
BSB Manufacturing – Wolff.
Champ Pans – Gustin.
Deatherage Opticians – Culp.
E3 Spark Plugs – Schott.
Edelbrock – Robertson.
Eibach – Marriott.
Fast Shafts – Hughes.
FK Rod Ends – Marriott.
Forty9 Designs – Robertson, Clampitt.
Hooker Harness – Ingalls.
Hyperco – Ahumada.
Integra Racing Shocks & Springs – Z. Ferrell.
Jerovetz Motorsports Racing Parts – Duvall.
K1 RaceGear by Ryan Bowers Motorsports – Daspit.
Keyser Manufacturing – Ramirez.
KSE Racing Products – Hughes.
Maxima Racing Oils – Sanders.
Mesilla Valley Transportation – Niznik.
Out-Pace Racing Products – S. O’Neal.
PEM Racing Gears & Drivetrain – Wolff.
QA1 – Gustin.
RacerWebsite.com – Williams Jr.
Real Racing Wheels – all non-qualifiers.
Simpson Performance Products – Schott.
Swift Springs – Sanders, Ingalls.
Sybesma Graphics – Schott.
Tire Demon – Kates.
VP Racing Fuels – Sanders.
Wilwood Disc Brakes – Phillips.

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USMTS OFFICIAL SPONSORS: American Racer Racing Tires, Casey’s General Stores, Chevrolet Performance, CP-Carrillo, Deatherage Opticians, Eibach Springs, Fast Shafts, FK Rod Ends, Intercomp, Jerovetz Motorsports Racing Parts, K1 RaceGear by Ryan Bowers Motorsports, KSE Racing Products, Malvern Bank, Mesilla Valley Transportation, MSD, MyRacePass, Nitroquest Media, Pace Performance, PEM Racing Gears & Drivetrain, RacinDirt.com, Snickers, Spike Hardcore Energy, Summit Racing Equipment, VP Racing Fuels, Wrisco Industries.

USMTS PARTICIPATING SPONSORS: Arizona Sport Shirts, ASi Racewear, Boubin Tire & Automotive, Brodix Cylinder Heads, Duvall Electric, Eagle Moon Farm, Impact RaceGear, PBM Performance Products, RACEceiver, Rancho Milagro Racing, River’s Edge Scrap Management, Tony Moro Powder Coat, Top of the World Ranch, YouDirt.com.

USMTS CONTINGENCY SPONSORS: 905 Ink, AFCO Racing Products, Allstar Performance, Beyea Custom Headers, Brown & Miller Racing Solutions, Bryke Racing, BSB Manufacturing, Champ Pans, E3 Spark Plugs, Edelbrock, Forty9 Designs, Genesis Racing Shocks, Hooker Harness, Hyperco, Integra Racing Shocks and Springs, Keyser Manufacturing, Maxima Racing Oils, Out-Pace Racing Products, QA1, RacerWebsite.com, Real Racing Wheels, Simpson Performance Products, Swift Springs, Sybesma Graphics, Tire Demon, Wilwood Racing.



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