Stevens shines at Heart O’ Texas with the Red River Mod Tour

Tyler Stevens Victory Lane

By Mike Spieker

ELM MOTT, Texas (May 27, 2018) – Tyler Stevens raced to the win on night two of the Red River Modified Tour at Heart O’ Texas Speedway on Sunday. Matt Guillaume and Colin Deming brought the field to the green flag for the 25-lap main event.

Guillaume grabbed the early lead as Deming slid into second. Eighth place starter, Kevin Sustaire quickly moved into the third spot.

Two and three wide racing was seen throughout the pack in the early stages. On lap seven, Sustaire, Chase Allen and Drew Armstrong were racing three wide for third when Armstrong and Allen made contact in turn three.

At the same time, the first of several cautions were displayed for a separate incident. Allen was forced to retire from the event early while Armstrong went to the pits and returned to the restart at the tail of the field.

On the ensuing restart, Deming and Sustaire were fighting for the runner-up spot when they made contact in turn four, which sent Deming spinning to a spot. The caution was called on Deming and he was sent to the rear.

Near the midway point, a great battle for the lead broke out up front. Guillaume, Sustaire and Stevens went three wide for the race lead down the backstretch on lap 10. Guillaume was able to fend off the challenge to remain in the lead as a caution reset the field on lap 11.

As the race resumed, Stevens jumped into second over Sustaire and set his sights on Guillaume. The following circuit, Stevens dove to the inside of Guillaume and completed a textbook slide job with 11 laps remaining.

Stevens opened up a four car length lead and Guillaume and Sustaire continued to battle for second.

A late race caution set up a green-white-checkered finish with Sustaire and Guillaume lined up in second and third, respectively. Stevens got a great start off turn four and ran the final two trips around the high-banked quarter-mile dirt oval unchallenged as the cruised to the win.

“I made a lap or two [on the high side] before we caught a caution and I felt a little grip. I knew nobody had been running up there so I thought there might be a little traction left. I ran up there a couple times and finally I got a good enough run to where I could slide [Guillaume] in three and four,” explained Stevens of his pass for the lead and, ultimately, the win. “It was fun racing. I had a blast.”

Eric Tomlinson sits atop the Red River Mod Tour points. Sustaire and Stevens are tied for second, just one point back. Jeffrey Abbey is two points out of the lead in fourth. Chris Elliott rounds out the top five, seven points out of the lead.

RESULTS:

Feature (25 Laps): 1. 2-Tyler Stevens, [4]; 2. 71K-Kevin Sustaire, [8]; 3. 50-Matt Guillaume, [2]; 4. 45T-Eric Tomlinson, [7]; 5. 71-Chad Melton, [11]; 6. 11J-Justin Radcliff, [3]; 7. 37-Jeffrey Abbey, [15]; 8. 5-Kevin Green, [5]; 9. 911-Josh McGaha, [23]; 10. 915-Chris Elliott, [20]; 11. 44-Fred Wojtek, [9]; 12. 128-Cory Davis, [13]; 13. 9-William McGuire, [19]; 14. 3C-Colin Deming, [1]; 15. 94-Chris Morris, [10]; 16. 65-Erik Miles, [24]; 17. 7G-David Goode, [25]; 18. 15W-Dennie Gieber, [21]; 19. 60-William Gould, [17]; 20. 7-Clay Money, [22]; 21. 87X-Justin McCoy, [18]; 22. 11-Matt Martin, [14]; 23. 01A-Drew Armstrong, [6]; 24. 91-JP Dowell, [16]; 25. 130-Chase Allen, [12]

B Feature 1 (12 Laps): 1. 44-Fred Wojtek, [1]; 2. 128-Cory Davis, [3]; 3. 60-William Gould, [5]; 4. 15W-Dennie Gieber, [7]; 5. 27D-Mark Carrell, [4]; 6. 21R-Riley Simmons, [8]; 7. 37H-Garrett Higgins, [6]; 8. 711-Larry Adams, [12]; 9. 9H-Brint Hartwick, [2]; 10. 19M-Mike Moore, [9]; 11. 811-Brent Gilliam, [10]; 12. 13-Jerry Frydrych, [11]

B Feature 2 (12 Laps): 1. 94-Chris Morris, [1]; 2. 11-Matt Martin, [2]; 3. 87X-Justin McCoy, [4]; 4. 7-Clay Money, [8]; 5. 17-Cody Tidwell, [3]; 6. 52-John Gober, [10]; 7. 7G-David Goode, [7]; 8. 97J-Jeff Hoegh, [6]; 9. 14-Travis Bragg, [12]; 10. 260-Erik Thorne, [5]; 11. 87-Ryan Williams, [9]; (DNS) 52H-Jason Hunter,

B Feature 3 (12 Laps): 1. 71-Chad Melton, [1]; 2. 37-Jeffrey Abbey, [2]; 3. 9-William McGuire, [8]; 4. 911-Josh McGaha, [11]; 5. 02-Danny Rodgers, [4]; 6. 75R-Shawn Ritter, [6]; 7. 29*-TJ Lackey, [12]; 8. 27-Rodney Twardeski, [3]; 9. 87D-Dalton Knox, [9]; 10. 57S-Mark Shipman, [5]; 11. 89T-Danny Turner, [7]; 12. 48-Raymond McSpadden, [10]

B Feature 4 (12 Laps): 1. 130-Chase Allen, [2]; 2. 91-JP Dowell, [1]; 3. 915-Chris Elliott, [5]; 4. 65-Erik Miles, [4]; 5. 24B-Chris Bragg, [8]; 6. 15C-Chris Carroll, [6]; 7. 21-Joe Gomez, [3]; 8. 03-Treven Geter, [12]; 9. 86-Dillon Tindall, [11]; 10. 184-Chance Brown, [10]; 11. 19-Robert McKinney, [7]; 12. 15-Matt Lynch, [9]

Heat 1 (8 Laps): 1. 5-Kevin Green, [1]; 2. 44-Fred Wojtek, [2]; 3. 128-Cory Davis, [4]; 4. 60-William Gould, [7]; 5. 15W-Dennie Gieber, [5]; 6. 19M-Mike Moore, [3]; 7. 13-Jerry Frydrych, [6]

Heat 2 (8 Laps): 1. 2-Tyler Stevens, [2]; 2. 94-Chris Morris, [3]; 3. 17-Cody Tidwell, [6]; 4. 260-Erik Thorne, [5]; 5. 7G-David Goode, [4]; 6. 87-Ryan Williams, [7]; 7. 52H-Jason Hunter, [1]

Heat 3 (8 Laps): 1. 50-Matt Guillaume, [3]; 2. 71-Chad Melton, [5]; 3. 27-Rodney Twardeski, [4]; 4. 57S-Mark Shipman, [7]; 5. 89T-Danny Turner, [1]; 6. 87D-Dalton Knox, [6]; 7. 911-Josh McGaha, [2]

Heat 4 (8 Laps): 1. 71K-Kevin Sustaire, [2]; 2. 91-JP Dowell, [5]; 3. 21-Joe Gomez, [1]; 4. 915-Chris Elliott, [7]; 5. 19-Robert McKinney, [6]; 6. 15-Matt Lynch, [3]; 7. 86-Dillon Tindall, [4]

Heat 5 (8 Laps): 1. 45T-Eric Tomlinson, [6]; 2. 9H-Brint Hartwick, [1]; 3. 27D-Mark Carrell, [5]; 4. 37H-Garrett Higgins, [3]; 5. 21R-Riley Simmons, [4]; 6. 811-Brent Gilliam, [2]; 7. 711-Larry Adams, [7]

Heat 6 (8 Laps): 1. 3C-Colin Deming, [1]; 2. 11-Matt Martin, [3]; 3. 87X-Justin McCoy, [6]; 4. 97J-Jeff Hoegh, [5]; 5. 7-Clay Money, [7]; 6. 52-John Gober, [4]; 7. 14-Travis Bragg, [2]

Heat 7 (8 Laps): 1. 11J-Justin Radcliff, [2]; 2. 37-Jeffrey Abbey, [4]; 3. 02-Danny Rodgers, [1]; 4. 75R-Shawn Ritter, [5]; 5. 9-William McGuire, [7]; 6. 48-Raymond McSpadden, [3]; 7. 29*-TJ Lackey, [6]

Heat 8 (8 Laps): 1. 01A-Drew Armstrong, [3]; 2. 130-Chase Allen, [6]; 3. 65-Erik Miles, [7]; 4. 15C-Chris Carroll, [4]; 5. 24B-Chris Bragg, [5]; 6. 184-Chance Brown, [2]; 7. 03-Treven Geter, [1]

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