SPRING VALLEY, Minn.—Lucas Schott picked a good night to score his first-ever United States Modified Touring Series victory.
Starting on the pole for Friday’s 40-lap main event at the Deer Creek Speedway during the second night of the 16th Annual Featherlite Fall Jamboree, the 18-year-old from nearby Chatfield, Minn., dominated the race and led every lap en route to a $7,500 payday.
Five years after he made his USMTS debut as a 13-year-old rookie, ‘Cool Hand Luke’ showed the poise of a seasoned veteran as he churned the cushion from start to finish while navigating lapped traffic and watching a huge lead evaporate with two mid-race cautions.
Not only was it a great night for Schott, it was also a powerful showing for the local aces as Gopher State racers swept the top five positions.
Jay Ihrke, driving a back-up car owned by Steve Wetzstein, got around Brandon Beckendorf following the race’s second and final caution on lap 20 and followed Schott to the finish line to record a runner-up result.
Brandon Davis started 11th on the 30-car grid and found his way through the field to score a third-place finish ahead of Brady Gerdes and Beckendorf.
The only driver in the top 10 with a Featherlite Fall Jamboree win on his résumé, Terry Phillips passed ten cars en route to a sixth-place finish while Keith Foss, Wetzstein, Austin Arneson and Jesse Glenz completed the first ten to the checkered flag.
Schott’s win also gave Hughes Racing Chassis its first USMTS triumph of the season, and his earnings to bolstered by a $2,500 bonus from Widow Wax.
While Thursday night’s main event was a showcase of the most dominant USMTS drivers this season, Friday was a 180-degree turnaround. Of the top 10 in the final USMTS points in 2014, Zack VanderBeek’s 12th-place finish was the best.
While battling mid-pack halfway through the feature, reigning USMTS national champion Rodney Sanders was involved in a two-car tangle that sent him to the pits with a last-place finish.
America’s undisputed marquee mega-event for modifieds—the 16th Annual Featherlite Fall Jamboree—wraps up tomorrow (Saturday) night with another complete program of USMTS/USRA Modifieds ($10,000 to win) and the Iron Man Challenge featuring USRA B-Mods ($1,000 to win).
On Saturday, the annual Fall Jamboree Bean Bag Tournament begins at 12 noon near the campground. The pit gate opens at 2 p.m., spectator gates open at 4 p.m. and the first green flag waves at 6 p.m. General admission adult grandstand tickets are $30 and kids ages 12 and younger are just $10.
Thirty cars will take the green flag to start the main event in both classes on all three nights. Modified drivers who don’t make their way into Saturday’s championship finale will have a chance at one of 30 spots in the Non-Qualifiers Race which carries a $2,000 top prize and pays $400 to start.
As always, a delicious hot breakfast will be served each morning by the Bear Creek Lutheran Church in the hospitality area from 8-11 a.m.
For fans unable to attend the 16th Annual Featherlite Fall Jamboree in person, the entire event from the first lap of the first heat until the last checkered flag waves will be broadcast live via pay-per-view by RacinDirt.com. Visit www.racindirt.com for ordering information, or check them out on Facebook at www.facebook.com/racindirt.
The Deer Creek Speedway is a high-banked 3/8-mile clay oval which sits on 60 acres with one of America’s most popular state-of-the-art racing complexes and an adjoining campground. For track or campground info, call 507-346-2342 or email[email protected].
To learn more about the United States Modified Touring Series, visit www.usmts.comonline or call 515-832-7944. You can also like us on Facebook atwww.facebook.com/usmts, follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/usmts or check out our YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/usmtstv.
-USMTS Press Release. Photo Credit: Buck Monson
FEATHERLITE TRAILERS “A” MAIN (40 laps):
1. (1) 69 Lucas Schott, Chatfield, Minn., Hughes/Sput’s, 40, $7500.
2. (4) 96 Jay Ihrke, Dover, Minn., Fegers/Sput’s, 40, $4000.
3. (11) 50iii Brandon Davis, Medford, Minn., MBCustom/KSE, 40, $2500.
4. (3) 2x Brady Gerdes, Villard, Minn., GRT/Sput’s, 40, $2000.
5. (2) 5 Brandon Beckendorf, Danube, Minn., Skyrocket/Sput’s, 40, $1500.
6. (16) 75 Terry Phillips, Springfield, Mo., GRT/Hatfield, 40, $1200.
7. (7) 95 Keith Foss, Winona, Minn., Skyrocket/Grove, 40, $1000.
8. (20) 90 Steve Wetzstein, West Concord, Minn., Skyrocket/Sput’s, 40, $1400.
9. (13) 10 Austin Arneson, Fargo, N.D., MasterSbilt/Mullins, 40, $800.
10. (8) 7x Jesse Glenz, Cadott, Wis., MBCustom/Tim’s, 40, $750.
11. (14) 91 Craig Thatcher, Knapp, Wis., GRT/TriStar, 40, $700.
12. (19) 33z Zack VanderBeek, New Sharon, Iowa, LG2/Sput’s, 40, $650.
13. (21) 2s Stormy Scott, Las Cruces, N.M., LG2/ProPower, 40, $625.
14. (18) 88d Matt Dotson, Hallsville, Mo., Hughes/BMS, 40, $600.
15. (15) 71 Jason Cummins, New Richland, Minn., Sidebiter/Sput’s, 40, $575.
16. (25) 186 Jeremy Payne, Springfield, Mo., GRT/Durham, 40, $550.
17. (17) 1* Adam Penn, Shreveport, La., Hughes/Mullins, 40, $550.
18. (27) 65 Tommy Myer, Blooming Prairie, Minn., Ramirez/Sput’s, 40, $550.
19. (9) 52w Nate Wasmund, Rochester, Minn., LG2/Action, 40, $550.
20. (30) 00 Robby Bunkelman, Abbotsford, Wis., GRT/Baxter, 40, $550.
21. (22) 3 Kelly Shryock, Fertile, Iowa, Skyrocket/ASI, 40, $550.
22. (29) 91 Joe Duvall, Claremore, Okla., MBCustom/Mullins, 39, $550.
23. (28) 4a Joel Alberts, Mantorville, Minn., GRT/Action, 39, $550.
24. (6) 1k Pat Graham, Ames, Iowa, Skyrocket/Karl, 39, $550.
25. (10) 90 Terry Schultz, Sedalia, Mo., Hughes/Mullins, 31, $550.
26. (12) V2 Joey Jensen, Harris, Minn., SSR/Tim’s, 24, $550.
27. (23) 68 Kerry Davis, Parkville, Mo., GRT/Sput’s, 21, $550.
28. (24) 110 Jason Miller, Osceola, Wis., GRT/Anderson, 20, $550.
29. (5) IOU1 Brent Larson, Lake Elmo, Minn., Shaw/Tim’s, 19, $550.
30. (26) 20 Rodney Sanders, Happy, Texas, MBCustom/Geddes, 19, $550.