VIVIAN, La. — Cade Dillard cemented himself as the hottest dirt modified driver in the world Saturday night at the Ark-La-Tex Speedway with a wire-to-wire win on the final night of the 6th Annual USMTS Cajun Clash presented by Horseshoe Bossier City.

 

Leading the field to the green flag from the pole, Dillard survived two cautions and a late-race charge from Ricky Thornton Jr. to collect the $4,000 winner’s share of the prize money for his fifth main event win of the season.

 

“Honestly, it feels like a dream just to be able to race with these guys let alone to be able to have success like we’ve had here lately,” Dillard said. “To make it happen here in my home state with my family all here, that’s way bigger than any trophy or check.”

 

Dillard, who makes his home in Robeline, La., paced all 50 laps around the high-banked 3/8-mile clay oval in nearby Vivian to register his 15th career USMTS triumph-his 10th win in his last 27 starts dating back to last year’s Hunt for the USMTS Casey’s Cup powered by S&S Fishing & Rental.

 

Thornton roped the runner-up finish while Chris Brown bested Ryan Gustin for third after a heated wheel-banging battle for the final podium spot over the final five laps, and Terry Phillips garnered the fifth position.

 

Jason Hughes, Zack VanderBeek, 22nd-starting Dereck Ramirez, Chris Henigan and Travis Saurer rounded out the top 10.

 

Dillard extended his points lead in the Summit Racing USMTS Southern Region presented by Production Jars to 78 points (1077 to 999) over Brown. Hughes is third with 992 markers, followed by Thornton (990), Gustin (986), Stormy Scott (934), VanderBeek (905), Saurer (898), Ramirez (887) and Johnny Scott (869), who was the first driver to drop out of the main event Saturday for the second straight night after winning Thursday night’s Cajun Clash opener.

 

The fifth and final weekend of the 2017 Summit Racing USMTS Winter Speedweeks happens next Thursday, Friday and Saturday, March 9-11, at the Southern Oklahoma Speedway in Ardmore, Okla., for the 5th Annual Sooner Showdown presented by Production Jars.

 

The pit gate opens at 2 p.m., spectator gates open at 5 and kids ages 10 and under get in for free all three days.

 

On Thursday, hot laps start at 7 p.m. and racing begins at 7:30. General admission is $15 and youth ages 11-16 are $5. Pit passes are $35 each. Limited Mods will join the USMTS ($2,000 to win) on the race card.

 

On Friday, hot laps start at 7 p.m. and racing begins at 7:30. General admission is $20 and youth ages 11-16 are $10. Pit passes are $35 each. Econo Mods will join the program with the Limited Mods and USMTS racing for $3,000 to win.

 

On Saturday, hot laps start at 6 p.m. and racing begins at 6:30. General admission is $20 and youth ages 11-16 are $10. Pit passes are $40 each. Econo Mods, Limited Mods and the $4,000-to-win USMTS finale make-up the program.

 

An open practice is slated for Wednesday, March 8, from 6-9 p.m. with free admission to the grandstands and $20 pit passes.

 

“A” MAIN (50 laps):
1. (1) 97 Cade Dillard, Robeline, La., MBCustom/ASI, 50, $4000.
2. () 20rt Ricky Thornton Jr., Chandler, Ariz., Hughes/Mullins, 50, $2200.
3. (9) 21 Chris Brown, Spring, Texas, MBCustom/Durham, 50, $1500.
4. (14) 19r Ryan Gustin, Marshalltown, Iowa, Hughes/Mullins, 50, $1000.
5. () 75 Terry Phillips, Springfield, Mo., GRT/Durham, 50, $800.
6. () 12 Jason Hughes, Watts, Okla., Hughes/Mullins, 50, $700.
7. () 33z Zack VanderBeek, New Sharon, Iowa, VanderBuilt/Sput’s, 50, $600.
8. (22) 4r Dereck Ramirez, Woodward, Okla., LG2/Cornett, 50, $550.
9. () 16 Chris Henigan, Marshall, Texas, MBCustom/Sput’s, 50, $500.
10. () 1s Travis Saurer (R), Elizabeth, Minn., MBCustom/Dakota, 50, $450.
11. (23) 4w Tyler Wolff (R), Fayetteville, Ark., MBCustom/Hatfield, 50, $400.
12. (13) 21 David Winslett, Bossier City, La., GRT/TwinCity, 50, $375.
13. (18) 10 Tye Clampitt, Henderson, Texas, GRT/Sput’s, 50, $250.
14. (2) 91 Joe Duvall, Claremore, Okla., MBCustom/Sput’s, 50, $325.
15. (20) 5 Jon Mitchell, Texarkana, Texas, MBCustom/CB, 50, $300.
16. (16) 6x Kyle Pleasant, Natchitoches, La., MBCustom/Hatfield, 50, $300.
17. (12) 4 Billy Vogel (R), West Fargo, N.D., LG2/Durham, 50, $300.
18. (11) 23 Adam Kates (R), Tonganoxie, Kan., LG2/Speedway, 50, $300.
19. (15) 2s Stormy Scott, Las Cruces, N.M., GRT/Mullins, 41, $400.
20. (21) 85 Thomas Tillison Jr., Wellston, Okla., Hughes/Geddes, 40, $300.
21. (19) 91 R.C. Whitwell (R), Tucson, Ariz., GRT/GMPP, 39, $300.
22. (10) 78 Trevor Egbert, Salado, Texas, GRT/Mullins, 23, $300.
23. (24) A1 Phil Dixon, Crosby, Texas, Elite/Durham, 21, $300.
24. (17) 1st Johnny Scott, Las Cruces, N.M., GRT/Durham, 16, $400.

 

-USMTS Press Release

-Photo Credit: Trenton Berry/RacinDirt.com

Dillard Red Hot in Home State Win