Phillips wins night #2 at USRA Modified Fall Nationals
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November 5, 2011  |  by Bryan Hulbert

LAS CRUCES, N.M. -- Night #2 of the USRA Modified Fall Nationals picked up a trio of new check-ins to bring the weekend total to 85 USRA RHS Modifieds at the Southern New Mexico Speedway with Chase Allen and Jimmy Ray earning the front row in Saturday night’s 40-lap preliminary feature event.

Allen took full advantage of his pole starting position, jumping to the lead over Ray with Stormy Scott jumping into third on the start. Working lap 5, the front three ran the same with Ray and Scott both working the top shelf as Allen worked right around the infield berm. Able to run down Allen on the high line, Ray put the hammer down and took over the top spot with 33 laps to run. Working on lap 8, however, Ray was not able to hold off Terry Phillips as the Andy’s Frozen Custard #75 rocked into the race lead after starting ninth on the field.

Pulling away to a huge advantage, Phillips went unchallenged, only contending with the occasional lapped car as the battle for second continued with Ray working on to keep Scott at bay. Racing past the halfway point, the lone caution of the contest came with 23 laps to run as Tucson’s Dana Fite spun to a stop in turn 4.

Back to green and the car on the move was Jason Cummins of New Richland, Minn. Restarting sixth after already fighting from 14th, Cummins beat everyone to the high line, jumping from sixth to third in less than a lap with Scott in his sites.

With less than 10 laps to go, Cummins was unable to make up any more ground on Scott as the battle on the track was for the fifth and final transfer spot into Sunday's main event. Running fifth, nine-time USMTS National Champion Kelly Shryock had his hands full as Allen worked on racing back into a transfer spot while Jeremy Payne continued his charge from the 16th starting spot.

As the final laps approached, slower traffic did not affect Phillips as he pulled to over a straight-away advantage to claim the win and the outside front row starting position on Sunday.

Scott pulled off second with Cummins and Ray taking third and fourth while defending event champion Rodney Sanders was able to steal away the fifth and final transfer spot into Sunday’s top starting rows.

So with the top 10 starting spots now locked in, the finale of the 2011 USRA Modified Fall Nationals is set for Sunday, Nov. 6.

Gates open at noon and racing begins at 2 p.m. Admission is just $12 with discounts for kids ages 11 to 15, members of the military, seniors, law enforcement personell and university students. Children 10 years and younger get in for free.

Sunday’s finale will be dedicated to raising money for the March of Dimes High Heels for High Hopes. The more fans in the stands, the more money we will be able to donate to the March of Dimes. For the first 500 general admission tickets sold, $1 from each ticket will be donated to the March of Dimes. After that, every ticket sold will see $2 donated until we reach 1,000 tickets sold. After we sell over 1,000 general admission tickets the Speedway will then donate half of every ticket to the March of Dimes.

In addition to donations from the front gate, everyone in the stands will have a chance to bid on one of the 10 drivers already locked into Sunday’s $10,000-to-win event. The highest bidder will win that driver as their choice to win the main event. After all bidding is complete, all the money raised will be put into one big pot and the person whose driver wins the race will get half of the total money raised with the other half going to the March of Dimes. Basically, if all the bids yield a total of $2,000, the winning driver's bidder will get $1,000 and the March of Dimes will get $1,000. Bidding will be open to everyone in attendance.

Live audio all weekend can be heard on Updates on the USRA Modified Fall Nationals will also be posted on the Southern New Mexico Speedway’s Facebook page throughout the weekend as well.

The Southern New Mexico Speedway is located 11 miles west of Las Cruces at the Southern New Mexico State Fairgrounds. Take exit 132 off I-10, turn left to Robert Larson Blvd., and then head west to the Speedway. For turn by turn directions, log onto

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12th Annual Mesilla Valley Transportation USRA Modified Fall Nationals
Southern New Mexico Speedway, Las Cruces, N.M.
Saturday, November 5, 2011


Heat #1: Chase Allen, Wayne Brooks, Dustin Hyde, Mike Petersilie, Chad Falco, Dickie Gorham, Kevin Clark, Jake Boles, Richard Johnson, Max Sadler.

Heat #2: Jake O’Neil, Dana Fite, Alex Stanford, Philip Houston, Garrett Higgins, Holly Jones, Chris Sims, Danny Dozier, Roy Don Mason, Dusty Riggs.

Heat #3: Stormy Scott, Jake Gallardo, Tom Georges, Chase Junghans, Jay Rosales, Jesse Williamson, Mercedes Harris, Roger Owens, Alan Sharpensteen, Pat Carney.

Heat #4: Kelly Shryock, Larry Fears, Zane DeVilbiss, Ron Schreiner, Josh Cain, Rick Lovelady, Peyton Taylor, Richie Davis, John Calvert Jr., Travis Tipton.

Heat #5: Jimmy Ray, Jeremy Payne, Kellen Chadwick, Christy Georges, Jason Cummins, Kelly Gorham, Randy Brown, Rick Ortega, Zack VanderBeek, Greg Jelvik.

Heat #6: Terry Phillips, Brian Craighead, Randy Reeser, Toby Herring, Greg Jenkins, Grant Junghans, Donovan Ooley, Bo Martinez, Jeff Algayer.

Heat #7: Royal Jones, Bumper Jones, Rodney Sanders, Chad Ayers, Butch Reid Jr., James Flemming, Brett James, Ronnie Salas, A.J. Sharpensteen.

Heat #8: Hunter Rasdon, Bob Sikes, Terry Tipton, Tristan Sikes, Greg Jensen, Luke Driskell, Duane Murphy, Dan Lee, Robbie Chiles.

B-Main #1 (top 4 advance): Jason Cummins, Kellen Chadwick, Zack VanderBeek, Chase Junghans, Mike Petersilie, Jay Rosales, Larry Fears, Chris Sims, James Flemming, Danny Dozier, Bo Martinez, Kelly Gorham, Robbie Chiles, Pat Carney, Roy Don Mason, Jesse Williamson, Bob Sikes, Robbie Chiles, Greg Jenkins, Rick Ortega, Randy Brown, Jeff Algayer.

B-Main #2 (top 4 advance): Rodney Sanders, Ron Schreiner, Terry Tipton, Toby Herring, Grant Junghans, Philip Houston, Luke Driskell, Christy Georges, Tom Georges, Mercedes Harris, Greg Jensen, Chad Falco, Donovan Ooley, Brett James, Roger Owens, Ronnie Salas, Dan Lee, Alan Sharpensteen, Dennis Gates, Richard Johnson, Travis Tipton.

B-Main #3 (top 4 advance): Jeremy Payne, Josh Cain, Zane DeVilbiss, Dickie Gorham, Peyton Taylor, Holly Jones, Richie Davis, Brian Craighead, Butch Reid Jr., Garrett Higgins, Dusty Riggs, Max Sadler, Greg Jelvik, Duane Murphy, Jake Boles, Kevin Clark, A.J. Sharpensteen, Rick Lovelady, Alex Stanford, Chad Ayers, John Calvert Jr.

A-Main (40 laps, top 5 locked in to Sunday's main event): Terry Phillips, Stormy Scott, Jason Cummins, Jimmy Ray, Rodney Sanders, Kelly Shryock, Jeremy Payne, Chase Allen, Zane DeVilbiss, Wayne Brooks, Jake O’Neil, Hunter Rasdon, Dustin Hyde, Ron Schreiner, Jake Gallardo, Zack VanderBeek, Josh Cain, Royal Jones, Randy Reeser, Bumper Jones, Toby Herring, Terry Tipton, Dickie Gorham, Chase Junghans, Kellen Chadwick, Dana Fite.

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