A big congratulations to Ryan Gustin for winning his 90th USMTS on Hypercoils coil-over springs!
Gustin notches 90th USMTS win at Fairmont
AUGUST 31, 2017 by Jeff Nun. When Zack VanderBeek broke down on lap 14 Thursday night at the Fairmont Raceway, Ryan Gustin inherited the lead and that’s where ‘The Reaper’ remained for the final 11 laps as he picked up his third win during the USMTS Hunt for the Casey’s Cup powered by S&S Fishing & Rental and 90th of his United States Modified Touring Series career.
While a broken fan blade thwarted VanderBeek’s chance for his first win during The Hunt, flat tires were the culprit for many of the other competitors.
Tyler Wolff suffered a flat tire on lap 8, and Dereck Ramirez had the same problem while running second behind VanderBeek. Cade Dillard was also a victim of worn out rubber.
While Dillard could only climb back to 11th and Ramirez settled for a 14th-place finish, Wolff had a spectacular run from the rear of the field.
Restarting 22nd with 18 orbits to go, Wolff found something a car-width higher than the lane preferred by the others and clawed his way to a fourth-place finish after nipping Stormy Scott for position on the final lap.
While Gustin earned $4,500 for a day’s work, R.C. Whitwell crossed the finish line second in front of points leader Jason Hughes.
Scott started 15th and finished fifth, 14th-starting Pat Graham was sixth, Ricky Thornton Jr. finished seventh after starting 11th, eighth went to 17th-starting Jake Timm, Philip Houston nabbed ninth from the 18th starting spot and Cory Crapser advanced two positions to complete the top 10.
The series heads to the Fayette County Speedway in West Union, Iowa, on Friday for the fifth visit by the USMTS since 2007 when Jason Krohn won the inaugural event there.
Jake Neal picked up his first and only USMTS victory the following year, and Gustin won here in 2009.
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