July 23, 2022….. Anderson, CA
Defending North State Modified Series champion Scott Winters of Tracy took the lead away from Cloverdale’s Dustin DeRosier on lap 36 of the 60 lap “Sunoco Race Fuels 60” feature event and drove to his first NSMS season victory at Shasta Speedway Saturday night in his Kramer/Ferrari Farms #24 special.
After clocking in quickest at 16.246 seconds and winning the O’Reilly Auto Parts fast time award, Winters drew the number 6 chip setting the stage for a six car invert. Lakeport’s Cameron Austin was second quick at 16.418, Keith Bloom of Anderson clocked in at 16.501, and Sacramento driver Jason Philpot was next with a 16.541 second laps.
Lakeport’s Ian Elliott was fifth at 16.595, and DeRosier turned 16.679 putting them both on the front row for the start of the main event. DeRosier and Elliott ran side-by-side for the first three rounds before DeRosier got up enough speed to clear Elliott. The tight pack prevented Elliott from pulling back into line allowing both Bloom and Austin to dive under Elliott for second and third.
Winters charged from his sixth place starting berth to fifth, and as soon as the pack settled into single file, Winters took his mount to the high side and drove around Elliott for fourth and set his sights on Austin. He continued his outside run, passing Austin on lap 23 and inched by Bloom on 25.
By this time DeRosier had put a healthy distance between his car and the rest of the field. The lapping process slowed the leader down slightly as Winters continued to play catch-up. By the half-way mark, Winter caught DeRosier and started looking for a way around. At the same time Austin drove under Bloom for third.
Lap 35 saw Winters pull along side of DeRosier where he completed the outside pass for the lead on 36. With only 10 laps to go Austin caught and passed DeRosier for second. The non-stop race only took 22 minutes to complete with Winter the happy winner over Austin, DeRosier, Bloom, Elliott, Philpot, Richie Potts and Rich Cobb. Orion Mosher, Rick Avila and John Baker were next across the finish line. Winters was named the O’Reilly’s Hard Charger driver of the event.
Potts was the $100 winner in the Dash for Cash with Philpot the $50 second place finisher. The Naake Suspension certificate went to Ian Elliott, and the Scribner jugs went home with Avila and Mosher. Recipients of the Frank’s Radio certificates were Winters, Avila and Philpot.
The next outing for the North State Modified Series will be at central valley’s Madera Speedway on August 6. This event will be televised and shown on MAV-TV, and is the only time NSMS competes at Madera in 2022.
The North State Modified Series would not be possible without the support of Anderson Logging of Fort Bragg, Hoosier Tire West, Sunoco Race Fuels, Naake Suspension, Mark & Sharon Baldwin, Ray Elliott, Doyce Eaton, Scribner Plastics, Mort Houston, McMurray & Sons Roofing, and Frank’s Radios.