SPRING VALLEY, Minn. — The old saying ‘Good things come to those who wait’ is one that Kelly Shryock can attest to after notching a wire-to-wire victory Friday night at the Deer Creek Speedway during Round 2 of the 15th annual Featherlite Fall Jamboree.
The 40-lap USMTS main event rolled onto the track shortly after midnight with Shryock on the pole and a $4,000 top prize up for grabs.
The nine-time USMTS National Champion immediately took command with Eric Pember, Jeremy Payne and newly-crowned USMTS National Champion Rodney Sanders in pursuit.
Shryock built a ten-car-length lead by lap nine when the race’s pace slowed for a caution flag when Sanders pulled to the top of turn 4 with mechanical issues. About five hours earlier, Sanders finished second to Ryan Gustin in the delayed Thursday night feature which opened the Friday night show.
Shortly after the restart, most of the field began to fall in line as the middle groove of the track started to blacken from the rubber built up after 417 laps previously run on the high-banked three-eighths-mile clay oval Friday night.
From that point forward, nobody could get close to Shryock as the Fertile, Iowa, veteran sailed into the winners circle to record his 180th career USMTS victory and his first at Deer Creek Speedway in 44 USMTS events here since May 26, 2007.
“It’s been a long time,” Shryock said in victory lane. “We’re not the biggest funded team but I’ll tell you there’s nobody works harder than our group. We just keep working and we’re not giving up.”
Shryock’s emotions got the better of him when USMTS announcer Lon Oelke reminded him that his late father and legendary racer, Bob Shryock, was looking down on him tonight.
“We had a little talk with him right before we went out,” Shryock added.
Shryock’s second win of the 2013 campaign was worth $4,000. It was his tenth overall USMTS win at ‘The Creek’ and his first at the Featherlite Fall Jamboree since opening night at the seventh annual event in 2005. He won the first-ever USMTS main event at the Deer Creek Speedway on May 25, 2002.
Pember’s career-best USMTS finish never happened as a flat tire on the final lap ended his strong run. His misfortune helped Payne notch a second-place finish to go with his fourth earlier in the night.