Ingalls In Usmts Victory Lane At South Texas Speedway

Jason Ingalls levied a smackdown Saturday night at the South Texas Speedway and sped to his career-first checkered flag with the Summit USMTS National Championship fueled by Casey’s.

“This is top of the list,” Ingalls said when asked to rank this victory alongside his many others in a long, storied dirt track racing career. “These guys are the best in the country so to come out here and get a win like this is a dream come true.”

For the rest of the 24 main event starters, it was a wire-to-wire nightmare as the Longview, Texas, veteran set a blistering pace from start to finish en route to collecting $3,000 and his first USMTS winner’s check.

He didn’t just win. He won big.

With six laps to go, Ingalls lapped Ryan Slott who finished a career-best fifth while only completing 39 of the 40 scheduled laps. Just four cars were on the lead lap at the end of the contest.

Tyler Davis kept Ingalls within striking distance for most of the race, but lost a lot of ground in the final ten laps when Ingalls outmaneuvered him in heavy lapped traffic.

Another career best, however, Davis held off Philip Houston for second while four-time USMTS national champion Jason Hughes was fourth and the final driver on the lead lap in Saturday’s 4th Annual USMTS Sparkling City Nationals presented by Maxima Racing Oils.

Cade Dillard earned the FK Rod Ends Hard Charger Award with his run from 13th to sixth. Kevin Rutherford, Kevin Sustaire and Dereck Ramirez were seventh, eighth and ninth, respectively.

Friday’s winner Rodney Sanders struggled all night and settled for tenth. That, coupled with Hughes’ second straight fourth-place finish, leaves Sanders just one point ahead of Hughes, who won the first USMTS main event here on November 15, 2007.

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