Cade Dillard wins his 7th USMTS victory of the season on Hypercoils. Congratulations!
Dillard Bounces Back at Deer Creek
Cade Dillard put the sour taste of Friday night’s late-race collapse in the rear view mirror Saturday night with the sweet taste of victory at the Deer Creek Speedway.
Dillard, who passed Josh Angst at the halfway point of the 40-lap main event, led the final 21 laps to score his seventh Casey’s USMTS National Tour victory of the season and first in the RHRSwag.com Northern Region presented by Summit Racing Equipment.
“We’ve been struggling here of late and we thought we had a pretty good car last night but just couldn’t seal the deal,” Dillard said in victory lane.
Jacob Bleess garnered the Sybesma Graphics Pole Award but it was Josh Angst who flexed his muscle first. The “Candy Man” grabbed the lead for the first two laps before Lucas Schott made it three-wide with Dillard and Angst to lead the third lap.
Two laps later, Angst regained the lead as the race’s first caution waved for John Doelle’s stalled machine in turn four.
Angst set a furious pace around the high side of the high-banked 3/8-mile clay oval for the next 14 laps with Dillard, Schott, Jason Hughes and Gustin in two around the top.
By lap 19, the leaders were dealing with heavy lapped traffic and Dillard took advantage, taking his first lead with 20 of 40 laps in the books.
“They were setting a pretty fast pace up there, one I wasn’t very comfortable with, and it was so crummy but you had to keep up or fall back,” Dillard added. “I got an opportunity to make a move in lapped traffic and took it. Luckily it worked out.”
Dillard took control and on lap 26 the second and final yellow flag waved when Angst and Schott made contact while racing through back-markers. The ensuing melee collected Ryan Gustin and sent both he and Angst to the pits while Schott rejoined the field at the back of the pack.
From there, Dillard kept Hughes at bay to cash the $3,000 winner’s paycheck and notch his 17th career USMTS triumph.
“Later on my car got pretty tight, so I was just clicking off laps and trying not to tear the wall down,” Dillard admitted.
Hughes finished about three car-lengths behind Dillard in second place while Zack VanderBeek knocked down his third straight top-three finish. Jake Timm used some late-race heroics to score fourth place and was presented with the Wehrs Machine & Racing Products “Trick Move” of the Race Award.
R.C. Whitwell was fifth and Dustin Sorensen raced from 21st on the starting grid to sixth at the checkered flag to earn the KSE Racing Products Hard Charger Award. Cory Mahder, Joey Jensen, Craig Thatcher and Tyler Wolff rounded out the top ten.
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