KANSAS CITY, Kan. – The United States Modified Touring Series invaded the Lakeside Speedway Friday night with Terry Phillips becoming the eighth different winner in 11 rounds of the Hunt for the USMTS Casey’s Cup.
When the series visited the historic Kansas City clay oval back in July, Jeremy Payne dominated the feature race, and early on it looked like he would repeat the feat.
Payne shot around polesitter Corey Dripps as the race got underway and tried to run away and hide from the field. A caution on the second lap, however, kept his pursuers nearby.
Running the high side just inches from the concrete wall, Rodney Sanders blasted around the outside of Payne to lead the seventh lap and then proceeded to pull away to a huge advantage.
With Sanders cruising, Phillips was embroiled in a battle behind the leader which also featured Ryan Gustin, Payne, Johnny Scott and Stormy Scott.
A late-race caution with 11 laps to go erased the ten-car-length lead for Sanders, and Phillips took advantage on the restart to snag the spot. In the next corner, Gustin, who started 13th, followed into the runner-up spot when Sanders polished the outside wall with his rear quarter panel.
Gustin kept Phillips in sight, but was unable to challenge the 47-year-old from Springfield, Mo., and had to settle for his second second-place finish in the last three races while Phillips notched his 16th career USMTS victory and the $5,000 top prize.
Sanders held on to register a third-place finish with Stormy Scott finishing fourth and Zack VanderBeek coming home with a top-five finish.
Steve Whiteaker Jr. raced from 19 on the 26-car starting grid to sixth and earned his third Mesilla Valley Transportation Hard Charger Award of the year. Payne, Jason Hughes, Johnny Scott and 25th-starting Dereck Ramirez completed the top 10 in the final rundown.