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From start to finish

Veteran driver Shryock leads wire to wire at Deer Creek

By Steve Webb

webb@postbulletin.com

Give Kelly Shryock a starting position up front in a stock car race and it's going to take a lot for anyone behind him to get past.

The Forest City, Iowa, driver drew the inside pole position Wednesday at the United States Modified Touring Series special at Deer Creek Speedway and then did what he does best.

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He stayed in front all the way to the checkered flag.

Blooming Prairie driver Tommy Myer, a local favorite who also runs all over the midwest in this series, had one chance to get past Shryock, but just couldn't pull it off.

The 40-lap feature race ran 37 laps without a caution flag. When the yellow finally flew and Myer got to restart right behind Shryock, there was a chance of a lead change.

"My car wasn't that good on the restart," said Myer. "That was my only opportunity and that was really where the groove was.

"Both of us race good together," Myer said.

In this race, the top eight qualifiers draw numbers in front of the grandstand just prior to the race. Myer drew No. 8, while Shryock was No. 1.

"It doesn't make any difference. It's not where you start, it's where you finish," said Myer.

Shryock said a long run like this was to his advantage when starting in front.

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"It was just one of those deals where we hit a good setup."

He was especially pleased because it ended a little string of bad luck in recent nights where he blew a couple of engines and didn't finish. It was his fifth feature win this season.

This was the 14th night of racing since June 3 in this current tour. It will conclude Saturday night in Worthington, take a short break, then resume with a race July 3 in Owatonna and July 4 in Cresco, Iowa. In all, the USMTS will run about 80 races this year.

President Todd Staley added a southern tour this year and started racing in January. But he said the midwest is where the serious racing fans are.

Considering this was a mid-week race, there was a good crowd on hand Wednesday at Deer Creek. Staley figured about 1,600, including the people in the pits. There were 50 Modified cars on hand, along with local drivers in the Super Stock and Midwest Modified classes.

The USMTS will be back at Deer Creek Aug. 30 as part of a Labor Day weekend that puts a race in Owatonna on Friday, Deer Creek Saturday and Kasson on Sunday. A similar race at Deer Creek on the Saturday of Memorial Day weekend drew a huge crowd, estimated at nearly 3,000.

The USMTS will then stage its Fall Jamboree at Deer Creek on Sept. 18, 19 and 20. That event is expected to draw cars from all over the country and will pay a total purse of close to $150,000.

In the Super Stock feature race Wednesday, it was Mark Wytaske of Austin getting the win. Bill Clemens of Chatfield was second.

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Jesse Frericks of Pine Island won the Midwest Modified feature. Jim Arnold of Rochester was second and Chad Herman of Eyota was third.

NOTES: Rochester's Mike Sorensen was third in his heat race, but was penalized two spots for sliding into another car and moved back to fifth… Todd; Scharkey of Kasson was second in his heat, but heat winner Jon Tesch of Watertown, S.D. was disqualified when his car didn't meet minimum weight requirements. That gave Scharkey first place…; The same thing happened in a Super Stock heat. Nick Herrick was awarded first place when winner Curt Meyer's car was too light…It; was fan appreciation night at Deer Creek.

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