Phillips Flies At Salina Highbanks
SALINA, Okla. — A crowd of more than 3,000 hungry race fans greeted the USMTS Modifieds Saturday as they made their first visit to the Salina Highbanks Speedway since 2004.
With 41 drivers on hand, they did not disappoint the packed house as veteran Terry Phillips and defending USMTS National Champion Ryan Gustin fought it out for 30 laps before Phillips emerged with his second win of the 2012 campaign.
Gustin drew the pole position for the start of the main event, but it was Phillips who took control at the drop of the green flag. With drivers being able to race high and low, ongoing battles for position went on throughout the field while the front row starters stole the race for the checkers.
Phillips led the first 15 laps before Gustin edged ahead to be scored the leader on lap 16. Phillips bounced back to regain control the next time around and passed the flagstand as the leader for the next 11 circuits.
With three laps to go, the relentless Gustin again wrestled the top spot away but Phillips powered back to the front and led the final two laps to pick up the winner’s trophy and the $2,000 top prize.
USMTS Casey’s Cup Series points leader Rodney Sanders finished third and notched his sixth top-5 finish of the season as he held off Jason Hughes and 12th-starting Randy Timms. Kenny Wallace took sixth, Stormy Scott was seventh and Jeremy Payne recorded an eighth-place finish.
Terry Phillips, Ryan Gustin, Rodney Sanders, Jason Hughes, Randy Timms, Kenny Wallace, Stormy Scott, Jeremy Payne, Bryan Rowland, Johnny Scott, Al Purkey, Thomas Tillison Jr., Ken Schrader, Travis Johnson, Brandon Davis, Chad Davis, Daniel Hilsabeck, Casey Penn, John Schwab, Dereck Ramirez, John Allen, Austin Siebert, Johnny Bone Jr., Joe Duvall, Bobby Malchus, Brian Williams, Justin Rexwinkle, Shannon Scott.