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After a two-year hiatus, the USMTS Casey’s General Stores National Tour returned to the Lucas Oil Speedway in Wheatland, Mo., Saturday with a huge crowd of enthusiastic fans on hand to see the Best of the Best in Modified racing at the Best of the Best in dirt track facilities.

Early on in Saturday night's 35-lap Sunoco "A" Main, it became evident that the winner would likely be Jason. The question, however, was which one.

Local favorite and regular Lucas Oil Speedway competitor Jason Pursley got the jump on polesitter Jason Krohn at the start of the contest and pulled out to a ten-car-length lead over the first five laps while Chad Wheeler came up to challenge Krohn for second with Jason Hughes in fourth.

Krohn was able to hold the runner-up spot while Hughes muscled his way past Wheeler for third on lap 8 and set his sights on the 2007 USMTS National Champion.

Hughes wrestled second place from Krohn on lap 15 then quickly narrowed the distance between himself and Pursley, pulling up to the leader's rear bumper three laps later.

As the lead duo completed lap 19, Pursley bobbled ever so slightly entering the first turn. Hughes pounced on the opportunity and motored by Pursley to take the lead. Krohn slipped underneath Pursley in the next corner while Wheeler was battling with Timms for fourth.

Over the next 10 laps, Hughes built a lead of nearly a full straight-away and appeared to be on his way to a seventh USMTS Casey’s General Stores National Tour victory this season. But with five laps to go, a right rear flat tire ended his run while Krohn inherited the position.

Pursley stayed close but was unable to mount a challenge for the lead as Krohn went on to win his second main event of the season and pocket the $2,000 top prize.

The battle for third ended with Wheeler and Timms making contact in turn 4 with the finish line just a few feet away. While Wheeler spun and never made it to the checkered flag, Timms continued on to cross the line third but was later penalized to the next position behind 20th-finishing Wheeler.

The beneficiary of the final-lap melee between the two drivers from Oklahoma was Kelly Shryock, who was fifth entering the final turn but wound up with a third-place paycheck. John Allen finished fourth and Dustin Boney rounded out the top-5 finishers.

Sixth through tenth, respectively, went to Johnny Bone Jr., Jon Tesch, Bryan Rowland, Tate Cole and Johnny Fennewald.

Despite winding up 23rd in the main event, Hughes was able to hang on to a slight points lead in the Bear Tire Mo-Kan Region. He leads Rodney Sanders by a mere 12 points (965 to 953) with Shryock just another two points back in third. Zack VanderBeek is fourth with 934, followed by Boney (884), Bone (858), Rowland (819), Dereck Ramirez (817), Tesch (797) and Scott Green (782).

Whether or not this represents the final rankings for the Bear Tire Mo-Kan Region is still up in the air. Several weeks ago, an event at the Midway Speedway in Lebanon, Mo., was rained-out after completion of heat races. If the event cannot be completed prior to the start of The Hunt for the USMTS Casey's General Stores National Championship on Aug. 11, the points will be final and Hughes will be crowned the champion of the region. Otherwise, the make-up show will serve as the final points race in a tight battle for the title.

USMTS officials are still working with Midway Speedway officials to find a suitable date to complete the unfinished business.

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Saturday's event closed the curtain on a busy month of June and kicked off a nearly four-week "summer vacation" for USMTS officials, drivers and crew members. The series will return to action on Thursday, July 23, at the Fayette County Speedway in West Union, Iowa, followed by the inaugural Dirt Nationals at the historic Elko Speedway in Elko, Minn., on Friday and Saturday, July 24-25.

To learn more about the United States Modified Touring Series, call the headquarters at (515) 832-7944 or visit www.usmts.com <http://www.usmts.com> online for the latest news and information from the USMTS.

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OFFICIAL RESULTS
USMTS Casey’s General Stores National Tour (Bear Tire Mo-Kan Region)
2nd “Diamond of Dirt Tracks” Modified Nationals
Lucas Oil Speedway, Wheatland, Mo.
Saturday, June 27, 2009

Showing finishing position, car number, driver, hometown and starting position in parentheses. The top 12 drivers in passing points accumulated in the heat races are locked into the Sunoco “A” Main, with the top 8 re-drawing for starting positions 1-8.

ISKY RACING CAMS HEAT RACE #1 (8 laps):
1. 98 - John Allen -- Chanute, KS (1)
2. 65 - Tommy Myer -- Blooming Prairie, MN (2)
3. 5t - Randy Timms -- Wheatland, OK (10)
4. 89 - Tate Cole -- Muskogee, OK (4)
5. 9 - Dean Hensler -- Springfield, MO (5)
6. 15 - Richard Payne -- Jefferson City, MO (3)
7. 292 - Bobby Allen -- Canton, IL (8)
8. 18 - Chase Junghans -- Manhattan, KS (6)
9. 8 - Scott Chism -- Stockton, MO (7) DNF
10. 5 - Colson Kirk -- Urbana, MO (9) DNF

NEW VISION GRAPHICS HEAT RACE #2 (8 laps):
1. 3 - Kelly Shryock -- Fertile, IA (2)
2. 20r - Bryan Rowland -- Woodward, OK (4)
3. 14 - Jon Tesch -- Watertown, SD (7)
4. 4r - Dereck Ramirez -- Woodward, OK (1)
5. 2 - Grant Junghans -- Manhattan, KS (9)
6. 15 - Nathan Mayes -- Springdale, AR (8)
7. 18t - Tony Fatino -- Wheatland, MO (3)
8. 88d - Rusty Dukes -- Fair Grove, MO (6)
9. B29 - Tammy Mitchell -- Pea Ridge, AR (5) DNF

BRODIX HEAT RACE #3 (8 laps):
1. 88 - Chad Wheeler -- Muskogee, OK (2)
2. 22 - Dustin Boney -- Tonganoxie, KS (3)
3. 12b - Johnny Bone Jr. -- Pea Ridge, AR (1)
4. 98 - Jeff Cutshaw -- Cross Timbers, MO (8)
5. 11 - Brandon Morton -- Coweta, OK (4)
6. 13 - Aaron Poe -- Warrensburg, MO (5)
7. 25 - Scotty Roberts -- Columbia, MO (7)
8. 31j - Jeremy Rasmussen -- Bentonville, AR (6)
9. 20 - Rodney Sanders -- Happy, TX (9) DNS

AWESOME RACEWEAR HEAT RACE #4 (8 laps):
1. 7k - Jason Krohn -- Slayton, MN (2)
2. 21 - Johnny Fennewald -- Appleton City, MO
3. 14 - Shawn Nations -- Macks Creek, MO (3)
4. 33z - Zack VanderBeek -- New Sharon, IA (6)
5. 8S - John Sheets -- Nevada, MO (5)
6. 55 - Terry Kirk -- Urbana, MO (4)
7. 21m - Steven Martin -- Ozark, MO (9)
8. 12v - Nathan Vaughn -- Lincoln, MO (7)
9. 66 - Darryl Turner -- Columbia, MO (8) DNF

INTERCOMP HEAT RACE #5 (8 laps):
1. 12 - Jason Hughes -- Westville, OK (2)
2. 10p - Jason Pursley -- Hermitage, MO (5)
3. 25 - Scott Green -- Derby, KS (1)
4. 24d - Donnie Fellers -- Wheatland, MO (6)
5. 4g - Gary Clark -- Walker, MO (7)
6. 1k - Pat Graham -- Ames, IA (3)
7. 66t - Tyler Schmidt -- Easton, KS (4)
8. 42 - Daulton Greven -- Bolivar, MO (8)
9. 8 - Wesley Summers -- Wellington, MO (9)

REAL RACING WHEELS “B” MAIN #1 (15 laps, top 5 advance):
1. 33z - Zack VanderBeek -- New Sharon, IA (3)
2. 14 - Shawn Nations -- Macks Creek, MO (2)
3. 20 - Rodney Sanders -- Happy, TX (16)
4. 98 - Jeff Cutshaw -- Cross Timbers, MO (1)
5. 2 - Grant Junghans -- Manhattan, KS (4)
6. 4r - Dereck Ramirez -- Woodward, OK (5)
7. 9 - Dean Hensler -- Springfield, MO (6)
8. 21m - Steven Martin -- Ozark, MO (10)
9. 55 - Terry Kirk -- Urbana, MO (9)
10. 8S - John Sheets -- Nevada, MO (7)
11. 88d - Rusty Dukes -- Fair Grove, MO (13)
12. 18t - Tony Fatino -- Wheatland, MO (11)
13. 8 - Scott Chism -- Stockton, MO (15)
14. 66t - Tyler Schmidt -- Easton, KS (12)
15. 8 - Wesley Summers -- Wellington, MO (17)
16. 15 - Richard Payne -- Jefferson City, MO (8) DNS
17. 12v - Nathan Vaughn -- Lincoln, MO (14) DNS

REAL RACING WHEELS “B” MAIN #2 (15 laps, top 5 advance):
1. 12b - Johnny Bone Jr. -- Pea Ridge, AR (1)
2. 89 - Tate Cole -- Muskogee, OK (4)
3. 4g - Gary Clark -- Walker, MO (5)
4. 25 - Scotty Roberts -- Columbia, MO (11)
5. 13 - Aaron Poe -- Warrensburg, MO (8)
6. 15 - Nathan Mayes -- Springdale, AR (7)
7. 25 - Scott Green -- Derby, KS (2)
8. 18 - Chase Junghans -- Manhattan, KS (12)
9. 31j - Jeremy Rasmussen -- Bentonville, AR (13)
10. 42 - Daulton Greven -- Bolivar, MO (14)
11. 1k - Pat Graham -- Ames, IA (9)
12. 11 - Brandon Morton -- Coweta, OK (6)
13. 5 - Colson Kirk -- Urbana, MO (17)
14. 292 - Bobby Allen -- Canton, IL (10) DNF
15. B29 - Tammy Mitchell -- Pea Ridge, AR (15) DNF
16. 24d - Donnie Fellers -- Wheatland, MO (3) DNF
17. 66 - Darryl Turner -- Columbia, MO (16) DNS

SUNOCO “A” MAIN (35 laps):
1. 7k - Jason Krohn -- Slayton, MN (1)
2. 10p - Jason Pursley -- Hermitage, MO (2)
3. 3 - Kelly Shryock -- Fertile, IA (4)
4. 98 - John Allen -- Chanute, KS (8)
5. 22 - Dustin Boney -- Tonganoxie, KS (10)
6. 12b - Johnny Bone Jr. -- Pea Ridge, AR (14)
7. 14 - Jon Tesch -- Watertown, SD (9)
8. 20r - Bryan Rowland -- Woodward, OK (7)
9. 89 - Tate Cole -- Muskogee, OK (16)
10. 21 - Johnny Fennewald -- Appleton City, MO (12)
11. 33z - Zack VanderBeek -- New Sharon, IA (13)
12. 25 - Scott Green -- Derby, KS (24)
13. 20 - Rodney Sanders -- Happy, TX (17)
14. 4g - Gary Clark -- Walker, MO (18)
15. 25 - Scotty Roberts -- Columbia, MO (20)
16. 14 - Shawn Nations -- Macks Creek, MO (15)
17. 21m - Steven Martin -- Ozark, MO (26)
18. 2 - Grant Junghans -- Manhattan, KS (21)
19. 24d - Donnie Fellers -- Wheatland, MO (25)
20. 88 - Chad Wheeler -- Muskogee, OK (6) DNF
21. 5t - Randy Timms -- Wheatland, OK (5)
22. 65 - Tommy Myer -- Blooming Prairie, MN (11) DNF
23. 12 - Jason Hughes -- Westville, OK (3) DNF
24. 4r - Dereck Ramirez -- Woodward, OK (23) DNF
25. 13 - Aaron Poe -- Warrensburg, MO (22) DNF
26. 98 - Jeff Cutshaw -- Cross Timbers, MO (19) DNF

Lap Leaders: Pursley 1-19, Hughes 20-30, Krohn 31-35.
Total Laps Led: Pursley 19, Hughes 11, Krohn 5.
AFCO Pole Winner: Timms.
Provisional Starters: Ramirez, Green, Fellers (track), Martin (track).
PBM Performance Products Hard Charger: Bone (started 14th, finished 6th).
Next Race: Thursday, July 23, Fayette County Speedway, West Union, Iowa (Yeager Machine Upper Midwest Region).
Bear Tire Mo-Kan Region Points: Hughes 965, Sanders 953, Shryock 951, VanderBeek 934, Boney 884, Bone 858, Rowland 819, Ramirez 817, Tesch 797, Green 782.
DandyLand Farms Rookie of the Year Points: G. Junghans 392, Mike Hansen 322, Rich Lewerke 201, Mike Albertsen 193, Cole 174.
COMP Cams Engine Builder of the Year Points: Sput’s 256, Mullins 196, ASI 155, JR 124, AEM 79.
Chassis Builders Championship Points: Skyrocket 242, Ramirez 225, Hughes 211, GRT 130, Harris 120.

Contingency Awards:
AFCO Racing Products – Timms.
American Racer – Greven.
Isky Racing Cams – J. Allen.
KSE Racing Products – J. Allen.
PBM Performance Products – Bone.
Marsh Racing Wheels – Cutshaw.
Nitroquest – Shryock.
Out-Pace Racing Products – VanderBeek.
Quarter Master – Krohn, Rowland.
QuickTime Performance Parts – Tesch.
Real Racing Wheels – Ramirez, Timms.
Ruter Farms – Wheeler.

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USMTS TITLE SPONSOR: Casey’s General Stores.

USMTS OFFICIAL SPONSORS: American Racer Racing Tires, Awesome Racewear, AwesomeRaceSuits.com, BRODIX Cylinder Heads, COMP Cams, Intensitee Custom Racewear, Intercomp, Karl Chevrolet, KEVKO Oil Pans & Components, New Vision Graphics, Nitroquest, PBM Performance Products, Sunoco Race Fuels.

USMTS PARTICIPATING SPONSORS: ASi Racewear, Bear Tire, Big Dog Chassis & Fabrication, DandyLand Farms, Day Motor Sports, Diamond Oil Company, Dirthead.com, Gressel Oil Field Service, Just Say Yes, Ramirez Race Cars, Lone Star Super Gas, Olympic Fire Protection, Ruter Farms, WatchModsLive.com, Yeager Machine.

USMTS CONTINGENCY SPONSORS: AFCO Racing Products, ButlerBuilt Professional Seat Systems, Dynatech Racing Exhaust, Hyperco, ISKY Racing Cams, KSE Racing Products, Marsh Racing Wheels, Out-Pace Racing Products, Quarter Master, QuickTime Performance Race Parts, Real Racing Wheels, US Brake.

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