The Hyperco team congratulates Ryan Gustin on another USMTS win on Hypercoils Suspension Springs!
Gustin Ambushes USMTS Posse in Amarillo
After just barely making the cut for the main event in his heat race, Ryan Gustin rallied from the 11th starting spot to register his 81st career USMTS victory Saturday night during the 8th Annual Amarillo Ambush at the Route 66 Motor Speedway.
Gustin’s teammate, Jason Hughes, garnered the Sybesma Graphics Pole Award and set the pace for the first dozen trips around the 3/8-mile high-banked clay oval outside of Amarillo, Texas.
Lapped traffic played havoc with Hughes early on which allowed Stormy Scott to quickly close the gap and challenge the three-time USMTS national champ for the lead.
As they completed lap 12, Scott edged even with Hughes at the flagstand. With Scott to his inside, Hughes went upstairs to try and dispose of the troublesome back-marker.
Sliding up in front of the leader, Hughes made contact that sent the lapped car spinning into the path of Scott. The melee, which also collected Chris Brown, sent Hughes to the rear of the field, Scott to the infield and Brown to the point for the restart.
Gustin, who sat seventh before the caution, inherited the fifth spot and immediately blasted into third after the restart. ‘The Reaper’ sped past R.C. Whitwell three laps later and set his sights on Brown.
With 18 laps in the books, Gustin pulled alongside Brown coming out of turn four. He took the lead on lap 20 only to have Brown regain the advantage for the next two laps.
After a side-by-side battle that lasted nearly ten laps, Gustin pulled in front for good on lap 23 and proceeded to pull away over the final 17 laps to collect the $3,000 top prize.
Brown, meanwhile, had his hands full with Whitwell over the final ten laps, eventually settling for third behind the current Grant Junghans Rookie of the Year points leader.
After posting a season-best fourth-place finish one day earlier in Lubbock, Texas, Joe ‘Big Daddy’ Duvall climbed nine spots to repeat the feat Saturday night and earn the Wehrs Machine & Racing Products “Trick Move” of the Race Award.
Austin Bonner finished fifth for his career-best finish in USMTS competition, and Zane DeVilbiss passed 14 cars en route to a sixth-place finish and the KSE Racing Products Hard Charger Award.
Dereck Ramirez wound up seventh, Hughes clawed his way back to salvage an eighth-place finish, local veteran Dee Gossett nabbed the ninth spot and Zack VanderBeek rounded out the top ten at the finish line.
Despite a disappointing 11th-place result, Cade Dillard remains atop the points standings as the series heads into the home stretch for the Summit Racing Southern Region presented by Production Jars.
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