Phillips Pockets $10,000 At Lakeside
KANSAS CITY, Kan. – Terry Phillips took the lead when the green flag waved and crossed the finish line 50 laps later with a nearly five-second cushion over runner-up Jeremy Payne as he dominated the non-stop main event Saturday night at the inaugural Sunflower Showdown presented by Kenny’s Tile at the Lakeside Speedway.
Phillips, who collected $5,000 in August when he won the Hunt for the USMTS Casey’s Cup race here, left the historic four-tenths-mile clay oval with $10,000 this time.
The main event began with Phillips on the pole with USRA Modified national points leader Matt Dotson and Thursday’s “A” Qualifier winner Jeremy Payne sharing the front row for the three-wide start.
Phillips beat the field to the first turn, and by the fifth lap had a ten-car-length advantage over his former teammate, Payne.
While the 47-year-old racer from Springfield, Mo., dominated out front, the battle for positions behind him was nothing less than spectacular.
Payne built up a big advantage over his nearest competitor early on, but had to fight off Stormy Scott over the final five laps to keep the $6,000 runner-up prize.
Scott finished third, but unfortunately was disqualified during post-race technical inspection for an engine setback infraction.
That moved nine-time USMTS national champ Kelly Shryock up to third in the final rundown.
He came out on top in a wild four-car battle over the last ten laps with reigning USMTS national champion Rodney Sanders and 2011-12 titlist Ryan Gustin rounding out the top 5.
Sixth through tenth in the finale were 2010 USMTS national champion Jason Hughes, Zack VanderBeek, defending USRA Modified national champion Brandon Davis, 2013 USMTS Rookie of the Year Trevor Hunt and Dotson.