In his 100th career World of Outlaws CASE Construction Late Model Series start ‘The Reaper’ Ryan Gustin sailed to a victory at the Marion Center Speedway. Friday night’s event was the first of a two-race weekend for the tour.
The Rocket Chassis driver from Marshalltown, Iowa earned $10,000 from the track located in Marion Center, Pennsylvania in a race shown live by DirtVision.com.
A total of 51 cars were signed in for competition
Group A Results- 1. Mike Norris(15.018), 2. Brandon Sheppard, 3. Gordy Gundaker, 4. Bump Hedman, 5. Kyle Bronson, 6. Doug Eck, 7. Alex Ferree, 8. Todd Cooney
Group B Results- 1. Doug Drown(15.406), 2. Brian Shirley, 3. Nick Hoffman, 4. Shane Clanton, 5. Ryan Montgomery, 6. Ryan Gustin, 7. Colton Flinner, 8. Bobby Pierce
Heat 1 Results: 1. Mike Norris, 2. Alex Ferree, 3. Jon Lee
Heat 2 Results: 1. Brandon Sheppard, 2. Kyle Bronson, 3. Logan Zarin
Heat 3 Results: 1. Gordy Gundaker, 2. Chris Madden, 3. Levi Yetter
Heat 4 Results: 1. Doug Drown, 2. Shane Clanton, 3. Colton Flinner
Heat 5 Results: 1. Ryan Montgomery, 2. Brian Shirley, 3. Bobby Pierce
Heat 6 Results: 1. Ryan Gustin, 2. Nick Hoffman, 3. Gregg Satterlee
Last Chance Showdown 1 Finish: 1. Chub Frank, 2. Kyle Hardy
Last Chance Showdown 2 Finish: 1. Johnny Scott, 2. Cade Dillard
Last Chance Showdown 3 Finish: 1. Brent Larson, 2. Tanner engish
Redraw Results: 1. Ryan Montgomery, 2. Mike Norris, 3. Gordy Gundaker, 4. Ryan Gustin, 5. Brandon Sheppard, 6. Doug Drown
Feature Re-cap: At the start of the 40-lap feature it was Montgomery who shot to the lead with Norris, Gundaker, Gustin and Drown trailing. Gustin passed Gundaker for third on the second lap. Further back, Sheppard rose to sixth after falling back early.
Gustin took the runner-up position from Norris on lap 4 just before a caution flag waved on lap 5. On the restart, Clanton bolted to fourth. Meanwhile, at the front of the field, Gustin wrested the lead from Montgomery on lap 8.
Clanton continued to rise on lap 11 when he moved to second passing Montgomery. Ahead of the pack, Gustin was pulling away building a lead of 2.5 seconds. Hoffman grabbed fourth on lap 15 as he passed Norris. Sheppard then entered the top-5 on lap 18 but Norris would fight back.
Lap 21 saw Sheppard burst into fourth then to third two laps later. Gustin had built a lead of four seconds by lap 26 until a yellow flag for Frank and Drown negated his advantage.
At the time of caution, Gustin led Clanton, Sheppard, Hoffman and Gundaker. On the restart, Sheppard drove to second while Gundaker took fourth. Gustin quickly built his lead back up to 1.5 seconds but a lap 32 caution for a mishap involving Bronson and Erb car took that advantage away.
After just one lap of green flag action, a multi-car incident that saw Montgomery end up on his roof. All involved were reported to be okay.
On the lap 33 restart, Clanton and Sheppard battled for second but Gustin would again pull away from the pack and drive on to the victory.
Feature Results: 1. Ryan Gustin, 2. Shane Clanton, 3. Brandon Sheppard, 4. Nick Hoffman, 5. Bobby Pierce, 6. Tanner English, 7. Gregg Satterlee, 8. Gordy Gundaker, 9. Chris Madden, 10. Kyle Hardy, 11. Johnny Scott, 12. Chub Frank, 13. Kyle Bronson, 14. Dennis Erb Jr., 15. Jon Lee, 16. Logan Martin, 17. Doug Drown, 18. Brent Larson, 19. Brian Shirley, 20. Cade Dillard, 21. Alex Ferree, 22. Logan Zarin, 23. Todd Cooney, 24. John Weaver, 25. Levi Yetter, 26. Dustin Walker, 27.Mike Norris, 28. Ryan Montgomery, 29. Colton Flinner
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