Ryan Gustin Gets First MLRA LM Win
GREENWOOD, Neb. — With less than 10 starts in Lucas Oil MLRA competition, Ryan Gustin was poised to knock down a series win sooner rather than later.
To those who have watched him race up the ranks, his Friday night performance in the Alphabet Soup feature, at I-80 Speedway, comes as no surprise.
Gustin passed four cars in his heat race to earn the KRC Top Qualifier Award. However, he led only the opening lap before Tommy Weder Jr. got around him in the feature. Weder led the next 10 circuits, before Gustin passed him for good.
“I knew we had a good car right off the bat,” stated Gustin. “Once we got going, kind of reined him (Weder) back down and got in lapped traffic and used that to our advantage. I just tried not to look back.”
The pass for the win came on the twelfth lap and Gustin explained his simple approach.
“I was really good on the bottom down there in three and four. So you could really drive it in hard and all that moisture would catch you. I just drove ’er in there wide open,” Gustin said.
The race went caution free until Brunson Behning spun on lap 33 causing a slowdown. The final three-lap shootout reaffirmed the speed Gustin had in his race car. It also allowed Chris Simpson a shot at Tony Jackson Jr. for third, which he took by feet, at the line.
Gustin’s win gives him an automatic provisional in next month’s third annual Silver Dollar Nationals paying $27,000 to win.
Ryan Gustin, Tommy Weder Jr., Chris Simpson, Tony Jackson Jr., Chad Simpson, Travis Dickes, Terry Phillips, Kyle Berck, John Anderson, Denny Eckrich, Will Vaught, Mark Dotson, Jesse Stovall, Chase Junghans, Jason O’Brien, Dave Eckrich, Justin Zeitner, Brad Looney, Robbie Andersen, Justin Asplin, Justin Gregg, Doug Herrick, Kevin Sather, Andrew Kosiski, Dustin Walker, Brunson Behning, Leroy Johnson, Josh Most, Jake Meier, Bill Leighton.