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Vandekamp Victorious for 43rd Time at CLS in Midwest Modified

By Greg Parent - Image by Vince Petersen, 06/16/17, 10:00PM CDT


The Friday night program at the Masters started with some light rain, but the weather improved and the second night saw 61 USMTS modifeds along with 21 NASCAR Midwest mods in action.  The NASCAR Midwest Modifieds were added to the program on Friday and Saturday, running three heats and a feature each night.  Jason Vandekamp picked up his 43rd career CLS feature win in this division, as he led the entire 20 lap distance from his outside front row starting spot.

Heat race wins in the NASCAR Midwest Modifieds saw Vandekamp, Jason Gross and Michael Truscott lead the way.  Using the standard draw/redraw format, young Corey Jones drew the pole position for the feature with Vandekamp lining up outside of him.  With the all-time CLS feature winner on the front row, it was a forgone conclusion who stood the best chance of parking it in Victory Lane.  Three cautions slowed the pace, but after 20 laps of green flag racing Vandekamp concluded his sweep for the evening and took home the $500 top prize.  Grant Southworth passed Jones for second on lap 13 following the third and final caution period.  Jones turned in a solid run for third.  Eric Lamm and Paul Niznik rounded out the top five.  Completing the top ten finishers was Truscott, Gross, Nick Ayotte, Matt Kelley and Jeremy Kerzman.

The Midwest mods return for another full program on Saturday night.  Congrats to Winona, Minnesota's Josh Angst for a couple of strong USMTS heat race performances and his 12 lap fast dash victory.  The win put Angst on the pole for the big $50,000-to-win 70 lap main event.  The USMTS and CLS agreed to start the 70 lap feature race three wide.  Ryan Gustin will go from the middle front row starting spot while Rodney Sanders will roll off from the outside front row.  Come on out and enjoy an evening of USMTS modified racing action at CLS for the final night of the 2017 edition of the Masters.

Nbr Driver Finish Start City/State
16 Jason Vandekamp 1 2 Scandia, Mn
35 Grant Southworth 2 5 Bloomer, Wi
7j Corey Jones 3 1 Zimmerman, Mn
88 Eric Lamm 4 6 Zimmerman, Mn
7P Paul Niznik 5 3 Medford, Wi
22t Michael Truscott 6 7 Chippewa Falls, Wi
91 Jason Gross 7 4 Osceola, Wi
04n Nick Ayotte 8 9 St Paul, Mn
0K Matt Kelley 9 11 Columbus, Mn
14x Jeremy Kerzman 10 12 Grey Eagle, Mn
18m Mason McEvers 11 15 Grantsburg, Wi
97G Jared Gorka 12 14 Deer Park, Wi
290 Ryan Wetzstein 13 10 West Concord, Mn
63jr Brady Larson 14 17 Amery, Wi
61 Andrea Keeney 15 20 Ridgeland, Wi
1b Brady Jokinen 16 16 Mellen, Wi
48 Cole Kelley 17 21 New Richmond, Wi
621 Colin Chaschuk 18 18 Neebing, On
15 Eric Gadach 19 13 Deer Park, Wi
63 Patrick Kelley 20 19 St. Paul, Mn
44xxx Randy Klein 21 8 Lisbon, Nd