Phillips Finds Success In Silver Dollar Nationals Opener

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Terry Phillips in victory lane Friday night at I-80 Speedway. (Tyler Rinken Photo)
Terry Phillips in victory lane Friday night at I-80 Speedway. (Tyler Rinken Photo)

GREENWOOD, Neb. – Terry Phillips notched his second victory of the season Friday when the Summit USMTS National Championship fueled by Casey’s kicked off the 10th Annual Imperial Tile Silver Dollar Nationals at the I-80 Speedway.

Phillips grabbed the lead from polesitter Joe Duvall with just two laps complete and went unchallenged the last 28 laps to score his first USMTS win at the I-80 Speedway since capturing the Silver Dollar Nationals crown in 2012.

It was the 32nd career USMTS win for the 54-year-old from Springfield, Mo., leaving him 11th on the all-time wins list and one victory behind Jason Krohn.

No driver has dominated this event like defending series champ and current points leader Rodney Sanders but the ace from Happy, Texas, came up one spot short of capturing his 11th feature win in 17 starts at the I-80 Speedway.

Sanders held off Hunter Marriott, who was seeking back-to-back wins after pocketing the winner’s share of the prize money on Tuesday at the Southern Iowa Speedway in Oskaloosa, Iowa.

Jake Timm came from seventh to finish fourth and four-time USMTS national champion Jason Hughes sped from tenth on the starting grid to collect a fifth-place paycheck in the 30-lapper.

The finish:

Terry Phillips, Rodney Sanders, Hunter Marriott, Jake Timm, Jason Hughes, Zack VanderBeek, Dereck Ramirez, Jake O’Neil, Tanner Mullens, Casey Skyberg, Tyler Davis, Joe Duvall, Mark Dotson, Tyler Wolff, Adam Kates, Calvin Iverson, Ryan Schaffer, Dennis Elliott, Brandon Givens, Chase Rudolf, Duke Erickson, Cory Crapser, Justin Gregg, Jason Roe, Al Hejna.