KANSAS CITY, Kan. – A hurt engine in his heat race forced Terry Phillips’s crew to change the powerplant prior to the USMTS main event Friday night at the Lakeside Speedway and the driver paid them back by winning the feature race.
Points leader Rodney Sanders drew the pole for the 35-lapper and jumped out to a big lead in the first six laps before the race’s first caution slowed the pace and brought the field back together for a bumper-to-bumper restart.
Back under green, Phillips disposed of Jeremy Payne for second and set his sights on Sanders. Three laps later he blasted around the outside of Sanders and won the race to the flagstand to complete lap 10.
For the next 25 laps, Sanders remained in Phillips’s shadow but was never able to make a move, and Phillips led Sanders to the checkered flag with a car-length to spare.
The 20th career United States Modified Touring Series triumph for Phillips and third during the first eleven races in the Hunt for the USMTS Casey’s Cup netted the Springfield, Mo., veteran a cool $3,000.
Payne dropped back to fourth late in the race but nipped track points leader Nic Bidinger for third with a last-lap last-corner pass while Jason Krohn followed close behind in fifth.
Terry Phillips, Rodney Sanders, Jeremy Payne, Nic Bidinger, Jason Krohn, Austin Siebert, Stormy Scott, Zack VanderBeek, Darron Fuqua, Kerry Davis, Jordan Grabouski, Kelly Shryock, Joe Duvall, Tim Karrick, Mark Schafman, Lance Town, Johnny Scott, Jared Stiens, Jake Gallardo, Daniel Hilsabeck, Trevor Hunt, Dereck Ramirez, John Allen, Rick Beebe.