Sorenson Wires USMTS At Chateau
LANSING, Minn. – Mike Sorensen started first and finished first Friday night in winning the caution-free 40-lap Swan Energy “A” Main as the Hunt for the USMTS Casey’s Cup continued at Chateau Raceway.
Recently “un-retired” Tommy Myer – a two-time USMTS winner at the third-mile bullring – chased the leader the entire distance and was able to cut the deficit in half near the end of the race when Sorensen encountered lapped cars, but it was too little too late as Sorensen took a six-car-length cushion to a $3,000 payday.
For Sorensen, it was his first USMTS victory at the Chateau Raceway just a half-hour from his home in Rochester, Minn., and made him the 11th different winner in 13 trips here for the United States Modified Touring Series.
The dominating win also made the 46-year-old the ninth different winner in eleven events during the Hunt for the USMTS Casey’s Cup. Seven races remain, culminating with three nights during the Featherlite Fall Jamboree, Sept. 20-22.
Behind Myer, local favorite Todd Scharkey took third while Adam “Dirt Track Hustle” Hensel finished fourth. Johnny Scott finished fifth while his twin brother, Stormy Scott, came from 14th on the grid to finish sixth.
Dereck Ramirez was seventh Jeremy Payne grabbed eighth, Jason Hughes took ninth and Joey Jensen rounded out the top 10 in the main event.
Defending USMTS national champion Ryan Gustin and Rodney Sanders have swapped the top spot in the points standings four times during ‘The Hunt,’ but both drivers struggled Friday night on a track where passing was at a premium. Sanders finished 14th – one spot ahead of Gustin – and shaved two points off of Gustin’s points lead. The advantage is now a mere five markers with seven events remaining.