PARK CITY, Kan. – A month ago Ryan Gustin announced his intentions to take a break from his modified racing to concentrate on his late model endeavor.
After this weekend’s performance he may have got it all figured out.
Gustin led Sunday’s NCRA/MARS co-sanctioned late-model feature wire to wire and was never challenged in claiming feature victory Sunday night at 81 Speedway en route to becoming the Border Wars champion. Gustin also won Saturday’s feature at Dodge City (Kan.) Raceway Park.
Starting on the pole for the 30-lap, $3,000 to win feature, Gustin quickly jumped out into the lead over fellow front row starter Brandon McCormick. Driving flawlessly on the bottom of the three-eighths mile oval, Gustin quickly opened up a half stretch advantage early and as he began to approach lapped traffic for the first time on lap nine built a full stretch lead.
While Gustin, aboard the No. 19r Mullins Race Engines-powered Rocket chassis, made quick work of lapped traffic, McCormick and Jesse Stovall had a brief battle for the runner up position with McCormick finally taking control for good near the races midway point.
The victory was Gustin’s third with the NCRA and fifth with the MARS DIRTcar Series. With a total of 65 laps run between Saturday’s event at Dodge City Raceway Park and Sunday’s show at 81 Speedway, Gustin led every lap.
McCormick would finish second Sunday, followed by Stovall, Bill Leighton and Tony Jackson Jr. The three heat races for the twenty car field were won by McCormick, Leighton and Gustin.
Travis Johnson won the companion NCRA Sport Mod feature.
Ryan Gustin, Brandon McCormick, Jesse Stovall, Bill Leighton, Tony Jackson Jr., Terry Phillips, Chris Kratzer, Justin Asplin, Jeremy Payne, Kyle Berck, Tommy Weder Jr., Leroy Johnson, Gary Gorby, Jeremy Petty, David Dietz, Jacob McGee, Wylan Petrie, Garrett Alberson, Kasey Beckham, Bill Leighton Sr.