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Matt Cooper charged from his outside front-row starting spot and led all the way in the 20-lap UMP Modified feature Saturday night at Kentucky Lake Motor Speedway. He won $1,500, more than twice the usual $700 payoff for the open-wheel main event. Cooper and Timmy Hall, who started third, drew alongside the pole starter at the outset and raced into the top two spots coming off Turn 2. Cooper gradually drew away, maintaining a lead of about two seconds to the finish despite encountering lapped traffic in the final five laps.

gustinA month ago Ryan Gustin announced his intentions on taking a break from his modified racing to concentrate on his late model endeavor. Shout out to all...."It's Going Well." "The Reaper" banked his second straight $3,000 win in as many days at 81 Speedway on Sunday night after taking the bank out of Dodge City following Saturday night's win.

Starting on the pole, Gustin quickly jumped out into the lead over fellow front row starter Brandon McCormick. Driving flawlessly on the bottom of the 3/8ths oval, Gustin quickly opened up a half stretch advantage early and as he began to approach lapped traffic for the first time on lap nine built a full stretch lead.

Marshalltown, Iowa’s Ryan Gustin proved to be the class of the field by wiring Saturday night’s 35-lap MARS vs. NCRA Border War feature event atop the 3/8-mile Dodge City Raceway Park clay oval.

Starting from the front row outside after earning a hard-fought heat race victory over Jesse Stovall and Kyle Berck, Gustin outgunned pole starter Justin Asplin for the lead at the drop of the green and led throughout. Six-time MARS champion Terry Phillips moved into second from the third starting position at the outset and closed in on Gustin’s rear bumper at the midway point. Gustin slipped away in the ensuing rounds only to have his lead erased when the race’s only caution appeared after 26 laps for a David Deetz spin in turn two.

“I was trying to save my tire there for a little while, I wanted to make sure I had enough to go good at the end,” Gustin explained of the early going. The two-time USMTS Modified champion had plenty left for the closing rounds, checking out on the restart and opening up a healthy advantage over the final nine circuits to secure his fourth career MARS DIRTcar series win aboard the Mullins-powered Gressel Racing No. 19r Rocket chassis.