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Gustin banks $50,000 in Masters triumph
NEW RICHMOND, Wis. (June 18) — The King of America expanded his ruling territory Sunday afternoon.
Ryan Gustin took home the biggest paycheck of his racing career following a dominating victory in The Masters main event at the Cedar Lake Speedway, collecting $50,000 following a 70-lap affair that took nearly 14 hours to complete.
Gustin jumped in front of polesitter Josh Angst when the green flag waved on Saturday night, and cruised around the high side of the high banks for the first 24 laps when the yellow flag waved for Stormy Scott’s backwards-facing machine in turn three.
Before racing could resume, however, rain began to pummel the high-banked 3/8-mile dirt oval near New Richmond, Wis., and after an hour-long holding pattern the final 46 laps were postponed to 11 a.m. Sunday morning.
Twenty-one of the original 26 starters resumed action Sunday morning with Gustin leading Angst, Rodney Sanders, Cade Dillard and Jimmy Mars to the green flag.
Sanders got by Angst on the opening lap and proceeded to chase ‘The Reaper’ around the high side of the racing surface. Meanwhile, several nail-biting battles were going on behind them between Angst and Cade Dillard for third and area legend and late model icon Jimmy Mars and Jake Hartung for fifth.
The second caution of the race and first of the new day happened on lap 42 when Terry Phillips and Cory Mahder collided at the top of turn two just as the leaders were beginning to navigate lapped traffic.
Jimmy Mars slipped past both Angst and Dillard on the restart as Angst jumped the cushion and fell back several spots. Dillard and Hartung fought hard for fourth while Johnny Scott and Zack VanderBeek battled for the sixth spot.
The front-runners caught the back of the pack again on lap 53, but another caution gave Gustin another clear track ahead for the final 17-lap dash to the finish. On the restart, Dillard hopped the cushion in the first turn and was unable to regroup, spinning to a stop and forcing a fourth and final slow-down of the race.
Back under green, VanderBeek flexed his muscle as Thursday night’s RHRSwag.com USMTS Northern Region feature winner squirted between three cars and jumped from sixth to third on the 54th orbit.
While Sanders and VanderBeek traded blows for the second position, Gustin continued to pound the cushion and sailed uncontested over the final 16 circuits to claim the checkered flag and etch his name on yet another USMTS crown jewel event.
“I sure didn’t get a lot of sleep last night,” Gustin said as he was being showered with champagne by family and friends. “Man, this car was sure awesome. The track was up-on-the-wheel and pretty top dominant. It was really treacherous up there. You just had to be careful not to get over the cushion, which I did a couple of times.”
The $50,000 victory today was the biggest of his career.
Back in March, the 26-year-old from Marshalltown, Iowa, claimed his second King of America triumph-the only two-time winner of the event-and can complete the dirt modified grand slam with a win this September at the 19th Annual Featherlite Fall Jamboree.
Since joining the Hughes Racing Chassis stable last fall, he’s also claimed a big-money win at the Southern New Mexico Speedway and another at the Chisholm Trail Showdown at the 81 Speedway. To say the partnership has been a success is an understatement.
“To be able to drive for a guy like Jason Hughes is unbelievable,” Gustin added. “Growing up watching him race he was one of my heroes. I can never thank him enough for everything he’s done for me.”
Gustin is chasing his third USMTS national championship this season. Hughes is after his fourth, and third in a row.
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