After setting a new track record on Shasta Speedway’s one-third mile oval, 2020 North State Modified champion Kyle Tellstrom of Ukiah took the lead away from Dustin DeRosier of Cloverdale on a lap 31 restart, and led the second half of the 60 lapper to lay claim to the 2021 season opener of the North State Modiied Series, presented by Protect the Harvest.
The previous track record of 16.230 was held by Scott Winters of Tracy. The top five qualifiers turned laps under that time including Tellstrom (16.064 NTR), Winters (16.100), Cameron Austin (16.123), Ian Elliott (16.160) and Randy Houston (16.166.)
Tellstrom drew the number six to set up the line-up for the main event which put DeRosier and Houston in the front row, Elliott and Austin in row two, and Winters and Tellstrom in row three. DeRosier pulled out in front at the drop of the green flag with Elliott driving under Houston for second. Winters swapped places with Austin on lap four, and the following round Tellstrom drove under Austin for fifth.
Houston gave Elliott a shot in the rear on lap 11, but Elliott did not falter and retained second place.
Simi Tour developed mechanical problems and dropped out on lap 17 as the field ran nose-to-tail. Next it was Houston whose car failed, forcing him to the pits on lap 21. This put Winters in third behind DeRosier and Elliott. Four rounds later Winter’s car lost power and stalled on the back stretch. At the same time Darrin Sullivan’s car quit, stalling out on the front stretch to bring out the first yellow flag. Winters got his car going again, but Sullivan’s run was over.
Elliott was on the outside of DeRosier for the restart where DeRosier once again shot out in front and Tellstrom dove under Elliott for second. The race was slowed again at the half-way mark for a spin by Foryst Souza, driving the Sal Lopez #02. At the same time Austin retired his car to the pits.
When racing resumed, Tellstrom and DeRosier ran side-by-side, but it was Tellstrom out in front by a nose when the race was slowed again when Rich Cobb and Charlie Collins touched, causing Collins to spin in turn four.
DeRosier lost ground in the outside lane on the restart allowing Winters and Elliott to take over second and third. The final caution came on lap 37 for another Souza spin. With only 11 laps to go DeRosier’s car developed problems and he drove it to the pits. The final laps Winters and Tellstrom ran bumper-to-bumper, and at the Sunoco checkered flag it was Tellstrom, Winters, Elliott, Keith Bloom, PJ Pedroncelli, Collins, Mike Neilson, Cobb, Souza, and Kylei Keown.
DeRosier was the $100 winner of the Lucas Oil Dash for Cash. Cobb finished second to collect $50. DeRosier and Cobb also took home the Scribner jugs. The Naake Shocks Hard Charger award went to Keith Bloom for passing the most cars.
The next stop for the North State Modified Series will be May 8 at Madera (CA) Speedway. The Lucas Oil tow money program will go to the top 15 drivers who attend this race.
The North State Modified Series is presented by: Protect the Harvest, Lucas Oil, Sullivan Construction and Masonry, Hoosier Tire West, Sunoco Race Fuels, Naake Suspension, Five Star Bodies, Racer Bling, Mark & Sharon Baldwin, Scribner Plastics, O’Reilly Auto Parts, Mort Houston, McMurray & Sons Roofing and Frank’s Radios.
Kyle Tellstrom (16.064 NTR), Scott Winters (16.100), Cameron Austin (16.123), Ian Elliott (16.160), Randy Houston (16.166), Dustin DeRosier (16.253), Darrin Sullivan (16.253), Charlie Collins (16.289), PJ Pedroncelli (16.311), Rich Cobb (16.431), Foryst Souza (16.453), Keith Bloom (16.498), Kylei Keown (16.619), Simi Tour (16.730), Mike Neilson (16.759), John Baker (N/T)
LUCAS OIL DASH FOR CASH:
Dustin DeRosier, Rich Cobb, Randy Houston, Kyle Tellstrom, Cameron Austin, Scott Winters
PROTECT the HARVEST FEATURE EVENT:
Kyle Tellstrom, Scott Winters, Ian Elliott, Keith Bloom, PJ Pedroncelli, Charlie Collins, Mike Neilson, Rich Cobb, Foryst Souza, Kylei Keown, Dustin DeRosier, Cameron Austin, Darrin Sullivan, Randy Houston, Simi Tour, John Baker