Eric Peterson, Published July 29 2010
NASCAR's Schrader wins USMTS feature at RRV Speedway
Schrader took first place in the United States Modified Tour Series “A” Main feature on the West Fargo dirt track before an estimated crowd of 2,700 fans.
“I feel like I just won an Outlaws show, especially coming from eight (position),” Schrader said. “I thought we were in trouble when we drew. The car was good. The car got better.”
The win was Schrader’s first victory in 36 starts on the USMTS circuit. Schrader showed his emotion when he jumped out of his car and was interviewed in front of the grandstand.
“I am frickin’ pumped up,” Schrader said over the public address system. “I love running with USMTS. It’s like World of Outlaws for Modifieds. They just put on a hell of a show, they have good racers. … We are frickin’ happy and thanks for having us.”
The 55-year-old Schrader passed the 19-year-old Ryan Gustin with seven laps remaining in the 40-lap feature. Schrader said he stayed in the middle groove and he cruised to victory from that point. Gustin had led a majority of the first 30 laps of the $2,000-to-win “A” Main feature. Gustin was the USMTS “A” Main feature winner on Tuesday night in Jefferson, S.D.
“The only reason we got up there is we run a different line than everybody in the middle,” Schrader said. “This is the series for the Modifieds. These are the guys if you are going to run a modified.”
Schrader cruised to victory in his heat race. Another NASCAR series driver, Kenny Wallace, finished fourth in that same heat, but breezed to victory in the first “B” feature. Wallace placed eighth in the “A” Main feature.
Prior to the races, two fans won a chance to ride a lap on the track in the back of the pace truck with the two Kennys.
Wallace tossed T-shirts into the crowd during an intermission break before he went underneath the stands to sign autographs.
“You fans are awesome. The race track is awesome,” said the 46-year-old Wallace over the PA system. “The track is wide and fast.”
The USMTS racing was the reason Jon Birdsell, who lives near Avon, Minn., drove about 130 miles to the West Fargo track.
Birdsell, however, did enjoy meeting with Wallace and Schrader in the pit area prior to the start of the races.
“They were very personable people,” said Birdsell, who has been a drag racer for 15 years. “Kenny Wallace was laughing and joking and having a grand old time down there. Schrader was a little bit more business, but both just great people.
“It brings them back down to the grass roots level. It’s not about being the NASCAR star. It’s about being Joe Blow from down the street coming to race with the local boys to see what you have for talent.”
Birdsell said he had been to the RRVS before, but Wednesday was the first time he has watched racing on the new three-eighths mile configuration.
“I kind of tickled pink to see what the new track is going to be like here,” Birdsell said. “It’s always been a great place to come to the races. I just want to see what it’s like with the short track, a lot bit more action compared to the old half-mile.”
Heat 1: 1, James Tandeski, West Fargo. 2, Clare Miller, Enderlin, N.D. 3, Randy Kollman, Carrington, N.D.
Heat 2: 1, Joe Potter, East Grand Forks, Minn. 2, Jim Geringer, Harwood, N.D. 3, Chris Ritter, Barnesville, Minn.
Feature: 1, Schulz. 2, Miller. 3, Ritter. 4, Randy Kollman. 5, Rusty Kollman, Sykeston, N.D.
Heat 1: 1, Ty Hanten, West Fargo. 2, Tim Veralrud, Horace, N.D. 3, Jamie Schulz, Harwood, N.D.
Heat 2: 1, Todd Carter, Lisbon, N.D. 2, Brian Bernotas, Dwight, N.D. 3, Tony Provinzino, Comstock, Minn.
Heat 3: 1, Terry Dale, Portland, N.D. 2, Jim Urseth, Lake Shore, Minn. 3, Dusty Peterson, Fargo.
Heat 4: 1, Scott Jacobson, Fargo. 2, Dave Shipley, West Fargo. 3, Bill Wadeson, Alice, N.D.
Feature: 1, Carter. 2, Bernotas. 3, Tammen. 4, Shipley. 5, Hanten.
Heat 1: 1, Zack VanderBeek, New Sharon, Iowa. 2, Kelly Shryock, Fertile, Iowa. 3, Ryan Gustin, Marshalltown, Iowa.
Heat 2: 1, Mike Hansen, Alton, Iowa. 2, Curt Myers, Cameron, Wis. 3, Mike Steensma, Luverne, Minn.
Heat 3: 1, Ryan Ruter, Kanawha, Iowa. 2, Blake Jegtvig, Hawley, Minn. 3, Mike Greseth, Harwood, N.D.
Heat 4: 1, Kenny Schrader, Concord, N.C. 2, Corey Dripps, Waterloo, Iowa. 3, Jim Mathieson, Sioux City, Iowa. 4, Kenny Wallace, Concord, N.C.
B feature 1: 1, Wallace. 2, Corky Thomas, Fargo. 3, Greseth.
B feature 2: 1, Jon Tesch, Watertown, S.D. 2, Steensma. 3, Chase Junghans, Manhattan, Kansas.
Feature: 1, Schrader. 2, Gustin. 3, Ruter. 4, Shryock. 5, Tesch. 8, Wallace.
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