GOLIAD, Texas — Ryan Gustin led all 35 laps Friday night at the Shady Oaks Speedway to score his 72nd career United States Modified Touring Series victory.


The 2011-2012 USMTS national champion beat Joe Duvall to the first corner at the start of the race and never relinquished the top spot en route to collecting $3,000 for his effort. Duvall stayed close to Gustin for the first ten laps before yielding the second position to Jesse Sobbing on lap 11 following a caution flag.


Sobbing hunted Gustin the rest of the distance but was never able to mount a serious challenge to ‘The Reaper’ and had to settle for the runner-up finish ahead of Cade Dillard, Duvall and Zack VanderBeek, who came from the 14th starting spot and earned the KSE Hard Charger Award.


Jason Hughes was sixth, Casey Arneson finished seventh, Cody Leonard earned and eighth-place paycheck, Philip Houston claimed the ninth position and Scott Drake completed the top ten.


After two rounds, Dillard emerged as the points leader in the Production Jars Southern Region presented by Day Motor Sports. Hughes, Duvall, Sobbing and VanderBeek fill the next four slots.


On Saturday, the first heat race takes the green flag at 6 p.m. with USMTS Modifieds paying $4,000 to win, Limited Mods paying $650 to win, Mod Lites $400 to win and $400 to win for the Pure Stocks. Grandstand tickets are $20 for 13 and older with 12 and under free and pit passes $40.


For race fans unable to make the trip to the race track, point your browser to www.racindirt.com/livevideo to order the live broadcast covering every lap of every lap and more. New subscribers will also get a free month of RacinDirt.com’s On Demand video coverage and exclusive online content.


The Shady Oaks Speedway is located 4.0 miles north of Goliad on US 183, then 3.0 miles east on FM 622. To learn more, check out www.shadyoakspeedway.com, like them on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ShadyOaksSpeedway and follow them on Twitter at www.twitter.com/ShadyOaksGoliad.


USMTS Winter Speedweeks resumes at the Heart O’ Texas Speedway near Waco, Texas, Feb. 18-20. From there, it’s on to the Ark-La-Tex Speedway in Vivian, La., Feb. 25-27, and then wraps up at the Southern Oklahoma Speedway in Ardmore, Okla., March 3-5.


Each show will pay $2,000, $3,000 and $4,000 to win, respectively, and will comprise the first dozen events in the Production Jars Southern Region presented by Day Motor Sports. RacinDirt.com will carry the action live from all four events.


To learn more about the United States Modified Touring Series, visit www.usmts.com online or call 515-832-7944. You can also like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/usmts, follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/usmts and Instagram at www.instagram.com/usmts or subscribe to our YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/usmtstv.


-USMTS Press Release. Photo credit: Carey Akin

Gustin Goes Wire-to-Wire for USMTS Shady Oaks Win