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Fear The Reaper: Gustin Flashes to Night 4 DIRTcar Nationals by UNOH Victory

Ryan Gustin
Ryan Gustin

Barberville, FL – Feb. 11, 2011 – Ryan Gustin made the most memorable pass of the 40th DIRTcar Nationals by University of Northwestern Ohio on Friday night went he went around NASCAR veteran Ken Schrader in the final corner to claim his first ever DIRTcar Nationals win .

Affectionately known as “The Reaper” to his hometown fans in Marshalltown, Iowa, Gustin was no doubt a dark shadow over Schrader late in the race. First he pulled ahead for a moment with five laps to go before making his race-winning move to the outside of Schrader in turn 3 of the lightning fast Volusia Speedway Park on the final circuit.

“When you can go door-to-door with one of the best in the business that’s exciting,” said an exuberant Gustin in victory lane.

Gustin’s win came just a night removed from nearly trumping another NASCAR star falling just short of Clint Bowyer on Thursday night.

Defending DIRTcar Nationals by UNOH UMP Modified champion Dave Hess Jr. of Waterford, Pa., had his strongest outing of the week by finishing third. Bobby Kitchen of Columbus, Ohio, was fourth while Scotty Orr of Columbia City, Ind., round out the top five.

Saturday night’s events will kick off the Third Annual Gator Championship, the nation’s only 3-day, $5,000-to-win DIRTcar UMP Modified race.

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DIRTcar Nationals by University of Northwestern Ohio; DIRTcar UMP Modifieds; Volusia Speedway Park; Feb. 11, 2011

A-main (20 laps) – 1. Ryan Gustin; 2. Ken Schrader; 3. Dave Hess Jr; 4. Bobby Kitchen; 5. Scotty Orr; 6. Corey Conley; 7. Richie Tosh; 8. Michael Long; 9. Devin Gilpin; 10. Duane Dale; 11. Ty Dillon; 12. Bob Broking; 13. Todd Sherman; 14. Gary Cook Jr; 15. Peyton Taylor; 16. Andy Strait; 17. Brett Korves; 18. Kody Weisner; 19. Justin Coulter; 20. David McWilliams; 21. Nick Hoffman; 22. Ryan Gifford; 23. Joey Jensen; 24. Dale Mathison; 25. Jeff Matthews; 26. Austin Dillon; 27. Jon Henry

Qualifying Group 1 1. Chad Kinder; 2. Kyle Bronson; 3. Scotty Orr; 4. Carl McKinney; 5. Bobby Regot; 6. Andy Strait; 7. Tony Anderson; 8. Randle Sweeney; 9. Stan Beadles; 10. Joey Jensen; 11. Mike Wilson; 12. Ronnie Chance; 13. Jim Shipman; 14. Cory Hupp

Qualifying Group 2 1. Corey Conley; 2. Jon Henry; 3. Nate Carruth; 4. Ryan Gifford; 5. James Smith; 6. Michael Long; 7. Richie Tosh; 8. Gary Cook Jr; 9. Lawrence Oconnor; 10. Jeff Thomas; 11. Gavin Landers; 12. John Boyd; 13. Jason Davis

Qualifying Group 3 – 1. Ryan Gustin; 2. Bobby Kitchen; 3. Dale Mathison; 4. Buzzie Reutimann; 5. Evan Taylor; 6. Jason MIller; 7. Chris Puskas; 8. Justin Matson; 9. Jamie Lomax; 10. Terry Hansen; 11. Bryce Jewel; 12. Nick Hoffman; 13. Bill Keeler

Qualifying Group 4 – 1. Ken Schrader; 2. Kody Weisner; 3. Duane Dale; 4. Todd Sherman; 5. Kent Corbin; 6. Bob Broking; 7. Mike Spatola; 8. Todd Neiheiser; 9. Garrett Stewart; 10. Dave Baldwin; 11. Dave Jamison; 12. Brandon Smith; 13. Riley Emmel

Qualifying Group 5 – 1. Dave Hess Jr; 2. Jeff Matthews; 3. Justin Coulter; 4. Trista Stevenson; 5. David McWilliams; 6. Brett Korves; 7. Pat McVicker; 8. Dave Wietholder; 9. Bob Gierke; 10. Jeremy Kerzman; 11. Justin Elmer; 12. Kevin Davis; 13. Eric Elmer

Qualifying Group 6 – 1. Ty Dillon; 2. Austin Dillon; 3. Devin Gilpin; 4. Stormy Scott; 5. Peyton Taylor; 6. Terry Hull; 7. Kelby Simmons; 8. Mark Grosvenor; 9. Johnny Broking; 10. Jason Beaulieu; 11. Joe Carr; 12. Kip Hughes; 13. Gary Brooks

Heat 1 – 1. Scotty Orr; 2. Joey Jensen; 3. Andy Strait; 4. Carl McKinney; 5. Kyle Bronson; 6. Tony Anderson; 7. Ronnie Chance; 8. Jim Shipman; 9. Randle Sweeney; 10. Cory Hupp; 11. Mike Wilson; 12. Stan Beadles; 13. Chad Kinder; 14. Bobby Regot

Heat 2 – 1. Ryan Gifford; 2. Corey Conley; 3. Jon Henry; 4. Gary Cook Jr; 5. Richie Tosh; 6. Michael Long; 7. James Smith; 8. Gavin Landers; 9. Lawrence Oconnor; 10. Jeff Thomas; 11. John Boyd; DNS. Jason Davis; DQ. Nate Carruth

Heat 3 – 1. Dale Mathison; 2. Bobby Kitchen; 3. Nick Hoffman; 4. Jason MIller; 5. Chris Puskas; 6. Ryan Gustin; 7. Jamie Lomax; 8. Buzzie Reutimann; 9. Terry Hansen; 10. Evan Taylor; 11. Justin Matson; 12. Bill Keeler; 13. Bryce Jewel

Heat 4 – 1. Ken Schrader; 2. Duane Dale; 3. Todd Sherman; 4. Kody Weisner; 5. Bob Broking; 6. Mike Spatola; 7. Dave Baldwin; 8. Kent Corbin; 9. Dave Jamison; 10. Riley Emmel; 11. Garrett Stewart; 12. Todd Neiheiser; DNS. Brandon Smith

Heat 5 – 1. Jeff Matthews; 2. Dave Hess Jr; 3. Justin Coulter; 4. Brett Korves; 5. David McWilliams; 6. Dave Wietholder; 7. Bob Gierke; 8. Jeremy Kerzman; 9. Kevin Davis; 10. Trista Stevenson; 11. Eric Elmer; 12. Justin Elmer; 13. Pat McVicker

Heat 6 – 1. Devin Gilpin; 2. Austin Dillon; 3. Ty Dillon; 4. Peyton Taylor; 5. Jason Beaulieu; 6. Kelby Simmons; 7. Billy Smith; 8. Mark Grosvenor; 9. Johnny Broking; 10. Gary Brooks; 11. Stormy Scott; 12. Kip Hughes; DNS. Terry Hull; DNS. Joe Carr

B-main 1 – 1. Richie Tosh; 2. Gary Cook Jr; 3. Michael Long; 4. Carl McKinney; 5. Kyle Bronson; 6. Gavin Landers; 7. Nate Carruth; 8. Bobby Regot; 9. Tony Anderson; 10. Ronnie Chance; 11. Mike Wilson; 12. Jeff Thomas; 13. Lawrence Oconnor; 14. John Boyd; 15. Cory Hupp; 16. Randle Sweeney; 17. Jim Shipman; DNS. James Smith; DNS. Scotty Orr; DNS. Chad Kinder; DNS. Jason Davis

B-main 2 – 1. Ryan Gustin; 2. Kody Weisner; 3. Bob Broking; 4. Jamie Lomax; 5. Chris Puskas; 6. Dave Baldwin; 7. Mike Spatola; 8. Evan Taylor; 9. Buzzie Reutimann; 10. Garrett Stewart; 11. Terry Hansen; 12. Bill Keeler; 13. Jason MIller; 14. Dave Jamison; 15. Kent Corbin; 16. Riley Emmel; 17. Bryce Jewel; 18. Justin Matson; DNS. Todd Neiheiser; DNS. Brandon Smith

B-main 3 – 1. Peyton Taylor; 2. David McWilliams; 3. Brett Korves; 4. Stormy Scott; 5. Dave Wietholder; 6. Bob Gierke; 7. Kenny Wallace; 8. Trista Stevenson; 9. Kevin Davis; 10. Jeremy Kerzman; 11. Gary Brooks; 12. Eric Elmer; 13. Kelby Simmons; 14. Mark Grosvenor; 15. Johnny Broking; 16. Jason Beaulieu; DNS. Kip Hughes; DNS. Justin Elmer; DNS. Pat McVicker; DNS. Terry Hull; DNS. Joe Carr