Summit USRA Weekly Racing Series national points battles heat up as end draws near
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October 19, 2017

Just a handful of events remain in this year’s Summit USRA Weekly Racing Series national points battles, and titles are up for grabs in nearly every division.

In the USRA Modified division, Jason Cummins of New Richland, Minn., holds the top spot over C.A. Nix of Lawton, Okla., and Dustin Sorensen of Rochester, Minn., who raced against Cummins every Saturday night at the Deer Creek Speedway, followed by Ryan Middaugh of Fulton, Mo., and Trevor Latham of Rogers, Ark.

Cummins, who also won the title in 2010, has registered 20 main event wins as he looks to keep the trophy in the Gopher State, following Lucas Schott’s championship in 2016. Another Minnesota racer, Brad Waits, is currently the only two-time USRA Modified national champ since national points were awarded beginning in 2005.

USRA Modified national points through Oct. 15:

1. 71 Jason Cummins, New Richland, Minn. ... 4417
2. 34n C.A. Nix, Lawton, Okla. ... 4347
3. 19 Dustin Sorensen, Rochester, Minn. ... 4236
4. 21 Ryan Middaugh, Fulton, Mo. ... 4233
5. 27 Trevor Latham, Rogers, Ark. ... 4202
6. G17 Fito Gallardo, Las Cruces, N.M. ... 4166
7. 21 Jackie Dalton, Carthage, Mo. ... 4139
8. 29 Dennis Elliott, Mount Ayr, Iowa ... 4129
9. 111 Bumper Jones, Mesilla Park, N.M. ... 4128
10. 99 Josh Angst, Winona, Minn. ... 4121
Complete Standings...

Decorah, Iowa’s Mitch Hovden is the most decorated driver in USRA history. Gunning for his third staright and fifth overall Holley USRA Stock Car national championship, Hovden’s margin of error shrunk this past weekend when Elijah Zevenbergen Ocheyeden, Iowa, scored a win and a runner-up finish at the Summit USRA Nationals.

Brett Heeter of Kansas City, Kan., lurks in third on the strength of his 20 feature wins this season while Jaime Torres of Las Cruces, N.M., and another 20-time winner, Dean Wray of Jamesport, Mo., are fourth and fifth.

Holley USRA Stock Car national points through Oct. 15:

1. 15 Mitch Hovden, Decorah, Iowa ... 4429
2. 66z Elijah Zevenbergen, Ocheyeden, Iowa ... 4397
3. 05 Brett Heeter, Kansas City, Kan. ... 4275
4. 44jt Jaime Torres, Las Cruces, N.M. ... 4250
5. 77 Dean Wray, Jamesport, Mo. ... 4246
6. 07 Donavon Flores, Las Cruces, N.M. ... 4218
7. 32 Derek Green, Granada, Minn. ... 4171
8. 5 Luke Sathoff, Jackson, Minn. ... 4127
9. 97 Lynn Panos, Calmar, Iowa ... 4125
10. 33 Kevin Donlan, Decorah, Iowa ... 4075
Complete Standings...

Last year’s Summit USRA Nationals had a major impact on the points battle in the Out-Pace USRA B-Mods, and last week’s event at the I-35 Speedway helped propel Ryan Gillmore of Springfield, Mo., into the points lead over 2015 national champ Andy Bryant of Fort Scott, Kan.

Dan Hovden of Decorah, Iowa, who sat atop the standings one week ago, is now third but not far behind the top two. Jake Richards of Lansing, Kan., is fourth and Kris Jackson of Lebanon, Mo., holds down the fifth spot.

Out-Pace USRA B-Mod national points through Oct. 15:

1. 66 Ryan Gillmore, Springfield, Mo. ... 4524
2. 28 Andy Bryant, Fort Scott, Kan. ... 4508
3. 16d Dan Hovden, Decorah, Iowa ... 4499
4. 17j Jake Richards, Lansing, Kan. ... 4402
5. 65 Kris Jackson, Lebanon, Mo. ... 4366
6. 85 Ben Moudry, Hastings, Minn. ... 4357
7. 6 Dustin Kruse, Brandon, S.D. ... 4306
8. 39 Steve Muilenburg, Sparta, Mo. ... 4296
9. 24c Jim Chisholm, Osage, Iowa ... 4263
10. 99 Brad Smith, Belton, Mo. ... 4250
Complete Standings...

Matt Jones racked up three straight Out-Pace USRA B-Mod ctitles from the 2007 to 2009, but Dustin Gulbrandson of Sioux Falls, S.D., matched that feat with his third straight USRA Hobby Stock national championship last year. This year, Gulbradnson is once again in the driver’s seat as he looks to become the first-ever USRA driver to win four straight crowns.

Nashua, Iowa’s Matt White picked up his ninth feature win during last week’s Summit USRA Nationals to jump into second place while Brady Link of Waukon, Iowa, sits third with a division-best 12 wins under his belt this season. Chad Lonneman of Adrian, Minn., and Steve Larson of Decorah, Iowa, are fourth and fifth, respectively.

USRA Hobby Stock national points through Oct. 15:

1. 6 Dustin Gulbrandson, Sioux Falls, S.D. ... 4310
2. 83w Matt White, Nashua, Iowa ... 4253
3. 29 Brady Link, Waukon, Iowa ... 4237
4. 117L Chad Lonneman, Adrian, Minn. ... 4199
5. 22 Steve Larson, Decorah, Iowa ... 4085
6. 81 Josh Ludeking, Decorah, Iowa ... 3973
7. 07 Chris Hovden, Cresco, Iowa ... 3869
8. X Tyler Schlumbohm, Sioux Falls, S.D. ... 3769
9. 70 Steve Holthaus, Cresco, Iowa ... 3763
10. 22 Blake Arends, Little Rock, Iowa ... 3751
Complete Standings...

This coming weekend’s Fall Festival at the Mississippi Thunder Speeedway is the final event on the calendar for the USRA Late Models, and Lance Hofer of Cochrane, Wis., is sitting pretty to become the first-ever USRA Late Model national champion.

USRA Late Model national points through Oct. 15:

1. 11 Lance Hofer, Cochrane, Wis. ... 1563
2. 24 Justin Sass, Elgin, Minn. ... 1416
3. 33x Matt LaDuke, Cochrane, Wis. ... 1238
4. 13k Ryan Konkel, Winona, Minn. ... 1053
5. 1 Shaun Mann, Buffalo City, Wis. ... 991
6. 11x Derek Nelson, Ashland, Wis. ... 986
7. 33 Derek Sutton, Fountain City, Wis. ... 850
8. 88 Troy Langowski, Winona, Minn. ... 776
9. 42 Johnny Emerson, New Richmond, Wis. ... 723
10. 47 Jon Duffy, Winona, Minn. ... 630
Complete Standings...

In their first season as a USRA-sanctioned division, the USRA Tuners have been a steadily growing class with three race tracks—Fayette County Speedway, Mason City Motor Speedway and Nobles County Speedway—adding the division to their weekly programs.

With no more events on those track schedules, the USRA Tuner nationals points will see Kyle Balik of Fort Atchison, Iowa, fending off his brother Mitch Balik for the title. Steve Lane, Dylan Clinton and Ryan Bryant round out the top five.

USRA Tuner national points through Oct. 15:

1. 33 Kyle Balik, Fort Atkinson, Iowa ... 1693
2. 86 Mitch Balik, Fort Atkinson, Iowa ... 1567
3. 5L Steve Lane, Claremont, Iowa ... 1353
4. 18x Dylan Clinton, Elkader, Iowa ... 1150
5. 37 Ryan Bryant, Mason City, Iowa ... 1045
6. 5 Oliver Monson, Clear Lake, Iowa ... 1041
7. 15 Dakota Schroyer, McGregor, Iowa ... 1027
8. 57 Scott Espey, Alpha, Minn. ... 977
9. 71 Jamie Tapp, Austin, Minn. ... 972
10. 77 Dylan Schreier, Hadley, Minn. ... 782
Complete Standings...

With one track in the Southwest and a few special events in the region, the USRA Limited Mod division will see Jordan Eddleman of Kirtland, N.M., emerge as the class champion for the second straight season.

USRA Limited Mod national points through Oct. 15:

1. 11x Jordan Eddleman, Kirtland, N.M. ... 840
2. 32 John Hank Jr., Aztec, N.M., ... 809
3. 5y Brittany Yates, Albuquerque, N.M. ... 629
4. 9L Sergio Luengas, Farmington, N.M. ... 519
5. 57 Travis Montgomery, La Plata, N.M. ... 466
6. 0 Jeramy Hughes, Farmington, N.M. ... 281
7. 21 Allen Palmer, Farmington, N.M. ... 250
8. 21 Luke McCormick, Aztec, N.M. ... 210
9. 42 Dustin Hale, Mancos, Colo. ... 207
10. 25 J.C. Yates, Albuquerque, N.M. ... 175
Complete Standings...

The following race tracks and divisions are scheduled to host Summit USRA Weekly Racing Series events through the final weekend of October:

Friday, Oct. 20
Caney Valley Speedway, Caney, Kan. (Out-Pace USRA B-Mods).
Central Missouri Speedway, Warrensburg, Mo. (Out-Pace USRA B-Mods).
Devil’s Bowl Speedway, Mesquite, Texas (USRA Modifieds).
Mississippi Thunder Speedway, Fountain City, Wis. (USRA Modifieds, Holley USRA Stock Cars, USRA Late Models, Out-Pace USRA B-Mods, USRA Hobby Stocks).
Southern New Mexico Speedway, Las Cruces, N.M. (USRA Modifieds, Holley USRA Stock Cars, Out-Pace USRA B-Mods).

Saturday, Oct. 21
Caney Valley Speedway, Caney, Kan. (Out-Pace USRA B-Mods).
Central Missouri Speedway, Warrensburg, Mo. (Out-Pace USRA B-Mods).
I-35 Speedway, Winston, Mo. (USRA Modifieds, Holley USRA Stock Cars, Out-Pace USRA B-Mods).
Midway Speedway, Lebanon, Mo. (Out-Pace USRA B-Mods).
Mississippi Thunder Speedway, Fountain City, Wis. (USRA Modifieds, Holley USRA Stock Cars, USRA Late Models, Out-Pace USRA B-Mods, USRA Hobby Stocks).
Southern New Mexico Speedway, Las Cruces, N.M. (USRA Modifieds, Holley USRA Stock Cars, Out-Pace USRA B-Mods).
Superbowl Speedway, Greenville, Texas (USRA Modifieds).
Valley Speedway, Grain Valley, Mo. (Out-Pace USRA B-Mods).

Sunday, Oct. 22
Caney Valley Speedway, Caney, Kan. (Out-Pace USRA B-Mods).
Southern New Mexico Speedway, Las Cruces, N.M. (USRA Modifieds, Holley USRA Stock Cars, Out-Pace USRA B-Mods).

Friday, Oct. 27
Hamilton County Speedway, Webster City, Iowa (USRA Modifieds, Holley USRA Stock Cars, Out-Pace USRA B-Mods, USRA Hobby Stocks).
Southern Oklahoma Speedway, Ardmore, Okla. (USRA Modifieds).

Saturday, Oct. 28
Hamilton County Speedway, Webster City, Iowa (USRA Modifieds, Holley USRA Stock Cars, Out-Pace USRA B-Mods, USRA Hobby Stocks).
I-35 Speedway, Winston, Mo. (USRA Modifieds, Holley USRA Stock Cars, Out-Pace USRA B-Mods).
Southern Oklahoma Speedway, Ardmore, Okla. (USRA Modifieds).
Springfield Raceway, Springfield, Mo. (USRA Modifieds, Out-Pace USRA B-Mods).
Valley Speedway, Grain Valley, Mo. (Out-Pace USRA B-Mods).

Click here to see the full schedule of upcoming Summit USRA Weekly Racing Series events.

Drivers competing in a USRA-sanctioned event are eligible to earn national and track points at the racetrack where the points were earned for that class. National points will be awarded to each driver based on his/her best twenty (20) points nights in class from Jan. 7 through Oct. 29. Track points may include all events at that racetrack.

Summit USRA Weekly Racing Series national champions and final points will be announced the first week of November after final results have been submitted and audited.

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