guss3000may26After enjoying a long run at the front early on, Ray Guss Jr. needed to pass Jason Rauen twice in the last two laps to win the Memorial Day Deery Brothers Summer Series feature at Boone Speedway. Guss started on the pole and led the first 30 of 40 laps in the IMCA Late Model tour main event Monday evening. Rauen caught up in traffic however and made his move to the front when Guss was slowed by a lapped car on the lower line on the 31st circuit. The yellow light came on as the Rauen and Guss were coming to the white flag. They’d swap the lead after the restart before a slight bobble by Rauen opened the door again for Guss on the final lap. Once in front, Guss went to the higher line and sped to the $3,000 checkers. Four of his 30 career series wins have now come at Boone.

nicely7555may25After three days of racing it all culminated in a huge twenty car, fifty-five lap main event for the Renegades of Dirt Modified Tour “Let It Ride 55″ led to the green by Rich Michael Jr. and Tyler Nicely. With the wave of the green the biggest dirt modified event in the Eastern U.S. was underway, Nicely grabbed the early point…a position the youngster never relinquished. Ischua, NY’s Rich Michael Jr. pressured the Owensboro native for the entire race and with a late race caution bunching the field RMJ would duel side by side with Nicely throughout the remaining five laps but would finish in 2nd by just 0.600 seconds at the stripe.

Tyler Nicely’s win marks his second on the tour in 2014 and his biggest career accomplishment at just the age of twenty. A remarkable win for the ‘Bluegrass State’ hot shoe who will cherish the title and grace the past winners forever. The slot machine, check, $7,555 dollars, and family awaited him in Arizona Sport Shirts ‘Victory Lane’ where the emotional Nicely showed just how meaningful it is to win on the tour and a race of this magnitude. “This is unbelievable” stated Nicely. “None of this would be possible without the support of my family and crew, my sponsors, Nick Hoffman and Elite Chassis, the Renegades of Dirt, just everyone that helps on the car we can’t thank them enough” added Tyler. “I saw Rich diving to my inside but I just held my line and it was enough…Wow, this is a huge win for us” concluded Nicely.

sprague1500may23Andy Sprague endured several late race cautions to take home the Michigan Dirt Cup Allstar Performance Modified Tour win at Mt. Pleasant Speedway on Friday, May 23rd in front of a packed house.

Rich Robinson Jr. and Jeff Erickson Jr. led the field to green with Robinson seizing control out of turn 2. Robinson would control the first half of the event holding off several challenges until Andy Sprague, who started seventh, worked his way past for the lead.

Once out front Sprague would never relinquish control of the top spot as several drivers battled behind him for position. Several late cautions marred what was a fantastic race with Sprague holding on to take the $1,500 victory.

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.