HUMBOLDT, Kan. – Friday night marked the lone stop for the Lucas Oil MLRA late models in Southeast Kansas at Humboldt Speedway and Ryan Gustin made sure it was his night to celebrate.
Gustin started on the pole after the redraw and drove to his second victory in as many races.
“I knew we were going to get in lapped traffic quick,” said Gustin of the initial laps. “I was trying to be a little patient there in the beginning till we go to him (Phillips). That’s when the race began. It was a good night for us.”
Terry Phillips fired from the outside pole and quickly jumped out front. He set a torrid pace early until he got hung up in lapped traffic. Gustin used a lap down car as a pick to take the lead and never looked back.
“He’s running good,” said Phillips of Gustin. “We both know this track. We run here in the mod quite a bit. I needed to be down I guess. I didn’t know that. I got snookered there.”
Behind the lead duo it was some distance back to the next group of cars. Dave Eckrich, Travis Dickes and Jesse Stovall were in close quarters for a good deal of the race. Eckrich got the best of the three car scrum and finished third, his best run of the season to date. Dickes and Stovall were fourth and fifth.
‘It’s getting better,” commented Eckrich of his season. “We’ve made some changes, and this car is coming alive.”
The win is Gustin’s third with the Lucas Oil MLRA. His victory breaks up the two race streak started by Stovall in the 2012 season.The 40 lap feature was contested caution free.
Ryan Gustin, Terry Phillips, Dave Eckrich, Travis Dickes, Jesse Stovall, Jason Krohn, Jeremy Payne, Chad Simpson, Tony Jackson Jr., Austin Siebert, Scott Lewis, Gary Gorby, Shannon Scott, Dillon Rupe, Zac Simmons, Eric Main, Brandon McCormick, Chance Bishop, Joseph Gorby, Jacob Magee, Kyle Beard, Ethan Young.