Payne Makes Big Gains At Salina

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Jeremy Payne scored the win on Saturday at Salinas Highbanks Speedway. (USMTS photo)
Jeremy Payne scored the win on Saturday at Salinas Highbanks Speedway. (USMTS photo)
Jeremy Payne scored the win on Saturday at Salinas Highbanks Speedway. (USMTS photo)

PRYOR CREEK, Okla. – Jeremy Payne scored his first win of the Hunt for the USMTS Casey’s Cup Saturday night as the United States Modified Touring Series invaded the Salina Highbanks Speedway.

Payne, who started on the outside of the front row, took command at the drop of the green flag and kept points leader Rodney Sanders at bay for the duration of the caution-free 35-lapper.

The win, worth $3,000, was the 19 career USMTS victory for the 28-year-old from Springfield, Mo.

Meanwhile, Sanders netted his second runner-up finish in as many nights to extend his points lead in his quest to join Kelly Shryock and Ryan Gustin as back-to-back USMTS national champions.

Zack VanderBeek, however, is not letting Sanders get comfortable as ‘The Z-Man’ kept the title fight tight with a third-place finish Saturday night-his 12th top-10 finish in his last 12 starts.

Stormy Scott came from 14th to claim the fourth spot and earned the Mesilla Valley Transportation Hard Charger Award. Terry Phillips, who started next to Scott on the 24-car grid, was fifth.

Dereck Ramirez scored a sixth-place finish driving Bryan Rowland’s machine, Jason Krohn was seventh, Cade Dillard wound up eighth, Shryock nabbed ninth and John Allen rounded out the top 10.

The finish:

Jeremy Payne, Rodney Sanders,  Zack VanderBeek, Stormy Scott, Terry Phillips, Dereck Ramirez, Jason Krohn,  Cade Dillard, Kelly Shryock, John Allen,  Chad Wheeler, Johnny Scott,  Jesse Stovall,  Joe Duvall, Daniel Hilsabeck, Austin Siebert, Jared Russell,  Jeremy Rasmussen, Paul Cates, Lance Town, Thomas Tillison Jr., Gene Nicholas, Johnny Bone Jr.,  Grant Junghans

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