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2017 Schedule/Results

Keyser Manufacturing Wild West Shootout - Late Model
Sat-Sun, January 7-8, 2017

Arizona Speedway

San Tan Valley, AZ

Keyser Manufacturing Wild West Shootout - Late Model

 Finished 17th on Saturday
 Finished 6th on Sunday

 R.C. Whitwell and the Gressel Racing team kicked off the 2017 racing season in R.C.'s warm home state this weekend at the Arizona Speedway for the Keyser Manufacturing Wild West Shootout. On both Friday and Saturday, R.C. won his "B" Main to advance to the main event. He finished 17th the first night, and then raced from 21st to finish 6th on Sunday.
Keyser Manufacturing Wild West Shootout - USRA Modified
Sat-Sun, January 7-8, 2017

Arizona Speedway

San Tan Valley, AZ

Keyser Manufacturing Wild West Shootout - USRA Modified

 Finished 18th on Saturday
 Finished 24th on Sunday

 R.C. Whitwell and the Gressel Racing team kicked off the 2017 racing season in R.C.'s warm home state this weekend at the Arizona Speedway for the Keyser Manufacturing Wild West Shootout. On both Friday and Saturday, R.C. was running in the top three of the USRA Modified main event but suffered mechanical issues and did not finish.
Keyser Manufacturing Wild West Shootout - Late Model
Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Arizona Speedway

San Tan Valley, AZ

Keyser Manufacturing Wild West Shootout - Late Model

 Finished 14th in Main Event

 The Keyser Manufacturing Wild West Shootout continued Wednesday at the Arizona Speedway with R.C. Whitwell and the Gressel Racing team looking to keep improving on early season results. R.C. qualified sixth quick in his group and then finished fifth in his heat race to advance to the main event where he wound up 14th. The event wraps up with three days of racing on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
Keyser Manufacturing Wild West Shootout - USRA Modified
Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Arizona Speedway

San Tan Valley, AZ

Keyser Manufacturing Wild West Shootout - USRA Modified

 Finished 6th in Main Event

 The Keyser Manufacturing Wild West Shootout continued Wednesday at the Arizona Speedway with R.C. Whitwell and the Gressel Racing team looking to keep improving on early season results. After finishing third in his heat race, R.C. raced to a sixth-place finish in the 25-lap feature race after leading early on. The event wraps up with three days of racing on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
Keyser Manufacturing Wild West Shootout - Late Model
Friday, January 13, 2017

Arizona Speedway

San Tan Valley, AZ

Keyser Manufacturing Wild West Shootout - Late Model

 Finished 24th in Main Event

 On Friday, mechanical problems plagued the team all night. After coming from the back of his "B" Main, he started the "A" Main but dropped out early and finished 24th. The final two nights of the event were rained out.
Keyser Manufacturing Wild West Shootout - USRA Modified
Friday, January 13, 2017

Arizona Speedway

San Tan Valley, AZ

Keyser Manufacturing Wild West Shootout - USRA Modified

 Finished 2nd in Main Event

 On Friday, R.C. battled for the lead in the late stages and finished 2nd in the main event. The final two nights of the event were rained out.
Summit Racing USMTS Winter Speedweeks
Thu-Sat, February 9-11, 2017

Cotton Bowl Speedway

Paige, TX

Summit Racing USMTS Winter Speedweeks

 Finished 5th on Thursday
 Finished 7th on Friday
 Finished 3rd on Saturday

 It was a solid weekend for the Gressel Racing team as they invaded the Cotton Bowl Speedway in Paige, Texas, for the USMTS season opener. After racing through a "B" Main on Thursday, Ricky clawed his way to a fifth-place finish and then repeated the effort on Friday to get seventh. On Saturday, Ricky put together the best run of the weekend with a third-place finish in the 50-lap main event.
3rd Annual Event
Thu-Sat, February 16-18, 2017

Shady Oaks Speedway

Goliad, TX

3rd Annual Event

 Finished 1st on Thursday
 Finished 13th on Friday
 Finished 6th on Saturday

 The second week of the USMTS racing season took place at the Shady Oaks Speedway for a three-day affair. Ricky started off the night by finishing 2nd in his heat race and then rolled to a wire-to-wire victory from the outside of the second row in the main event. Friday night was not as kind. Ricky won his heat race and was battling Chris Brown for the lead in the feature race when the two made contact that resulted in the no. 20rt Hughes Chassis stopped in turn four. After the yellow flag, he was able to race back to finish 13th. On Saturday, he finished 2nd in his heat and then took 6th in the "A" Main after starting 11th.
Inaugural Event
Friday, February 24, 2017

Jackson Motor Speedway

Byram, MS

Inaugural Event

 Finished 28th in Main Event

 Round 3 of USMTS Winter Speedweeks took the Gressel Racing team to the Jackson Motor Speedway in Byram, Miss. On Thursday, mechanical problems hampered the team all night long and Ricky settled for 28th in the main event after using a provisional to get in. On to the next one!
Inaugural Event
Saturday, February 25, 2017

Whynot Motorsports Park

Meridian, MS

Inaugural Event

 Finished 5th in Main Event

 Saturday at the Whynot Motorsports Park was a big improvement from Friday's debacle. A 3rd in his heat race earned Ricky the 11th starting spot in the "A" Main and he parlayed that into a top-five finish.
Inaugural Event
Sunday, February 26, 2017

Greenville Speedway

Greenville, MS

Inaugural Event

 Finished 1st in Main Event

 The final night in Mississippi took us to the Greenville Speedway. The night started off rough with a 4th place finish in the heat race, but it was enough to get the 12th starting slot in the main event. We need some new tin on the right side after Sunday night’s main event, but a $3,000 winner’s paycheck helped with the cost. Ricky dominated the race and finished with a 7-second win in the 40-lapper. And that included a caution with 7 laps to go!
6th Annual Cajun Clash
Thu-Sat, March 2-4, 2017

Ark-La-Tex Speedway

Vivian, LA

6th Annual Cajun Clash

 Finished 10th on Thursday
 Finished 4th on Friday
 Finished 2nd on Saturday

 Ricky and the Gressel Racing team pulled into Vivian, La., Thursday for the first of three nights at the Ark-La-Tex Speedway. On Thursday, Ricky scored a dominating heat race win to kick off the night, but handling problems had him hanging on for a 10th place finish in the feature race. Friday saw another heat race win and a steady 4th place finish in the main event. The weekend wrapped up on Saturday with Ricky racing from 8th to 3rd in his heat and grabbing the runner-up finish in the "A" Main.
5th Annual USMTS Production Jars Sooner Showdown
Thu-Sat, March 9-11, 2017

Southern Oklahoma Speedway

Ardmore, OK

5th Annual USMTS Production Jars Sooner Showdown

 Finished 1st on Thursday
 Finished 2nd on Friday
 Finished 8th on Saturday

 USMTS Winter Speedweeks wrapped up March 9-11 at the Southern Oklahoma Speedway in Ardmore, and it was another solid weekend for the Gressel Racing team. Ricky scored his third win of the season Thursday with a wire-to-wire victory, and then topped that off with a runner-up finish Friday and an 8th place paycheck on Saturday. The team sits second behind Cade Dillard after 15 of 21 events in the USMTS Southern Region points battle.
King of America VII Modified Nationals presented by Summit Racing
Thu-Sat, March 23-25, 2017

Humboldt Speedway

Humboldt, KS

King of America VII Modified Nationals presented by Summit Racing

 Finished 24th on Thursday
 Preliminary/Qualifying Night on Friday
 Finished 12th on Saturday


Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series
Fri-Sat, April 7-8, 2017

Batesville Motor Speedway

Locust Grove, AR

Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series

 Preliminary/Qualifying Night on Friday
 Did not qualify on Saturday

 It was close but no cigar for Ricky Thornton Jr. and the Gressel Racing team as they unloaded the dirt late model for the first time this season at the Bad Boy Mowers 98. In qualifying on Friday, Ricky came up one spot shy of advancing to the main event, and then on Saturday he finish fifth in the "B" Main but only the top four transferred.
Lucas Oil MLRA Late Models
Fri-Sat, April 14-15, 2017

Lucas Oil Speedway

Wheatland, MO

Lucas Oil MLRA Late Models

 Finished 22nd on Friday
 Did not qualify on Saturday


USMTS “Cage Match”
Thursday, April 20, 2017

Atchison County Raceway

Atchison, KS

USMTS “Cage Match”

 Finished 1st in Main Event


6th Annual Rumble on the River
Friday, April 21, 2017

Lakeside Speedway

Kansas City, KS

6th Annual Rumble on the River

 Finished 2nd in Main Event


9th Annual USMTS Missouri Meltdown
Saturday, April 22, 2017

I-35 Speedway

Winston, MO

9th Annual USMTS Missouri Meltdown

 Finished 1st in Main Event


Lucas Oil MLRA Late Models
Thursday, May 4, 2017

Lee County Speedway

Donnellson, IA

Lucas Oil MLRA Late Models

 Finished 17th in Main Event

 On the first of three nights of Lucas Oil MLRA action in Iowa, Ricky finished fourth in his heat race and 17th in the main event at the Lee County Speedway in Donnellson.
Lucas Oil MLRA Late Models
Friday, May 5, 2017

Davenport Speedway

Davenport, IA

Lucas Oil MLRA Late Models

 Finished 11th in Main Event


Lucas Oil MLRA Late Models
Saturday, May 6, 2017

Independence Motor Speedway

Independence, IA

Lucas Oil MLRA Late Models

 Finished 7th in Main Event

 Ricky finished third in his heat race Saturday at the Independence Motor Speedway, and then rallied for a seventh-place finish in the Lucas Oil MLRA feature race.
MARS DIRTcar Series
Saturday, May 20, 2017

Longdale Speedway

Longdale, OK

MARS DIRTcar Series

 Finished 16th in Main Event

 Tonight was Tanner's first night in the late model. He started 3rd in his heat and finished 3rd. In the feature he started 7th and was up to 5th, cut a right rear tire and had to go to the back. We restarted 19th and were back up to 5th and cut another right rear tire.
Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series
Tuesday, May 23, 2017

I-80 Speedway

Greenwood, NE

Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series

 Did not qualify for Main Event

 Tanner finished 6th in his heat race, and then finished 5th in the first "B" Main.
25th Annual Lucas Oil Show-Me 100
Thu-Sun, May 25-28, 2017

Lucas Oil Speedway

Wheatland, MO

25th Annual Lucas Oil Show-Me 100

 Did not qualify on Thursday
 Did not qualify on Friday
 Preliminary/Qualifying Night on Saturday
 Did not qualify on Sunday

 On Thursday, Tanner finished 8th in his heat race and 9th in his "B" Main. On Friday, he finished 10th in his heat and 11th in his "B" Main. Weather pushed Saturday's show to Sunday and the team did not start the "B" Main.
NASCAR Modifieds
Friday, June 2, 2017

Humboldt Speedway

Humboldt, KS

NASCAR Modifieds

 Finished 2nd in Main Event


USRA Modifieds
Saturday, June 3, 2017

Central Missouri Speedway

Warrensburg, MO

USRA Modifieds

 Finished 1st in Main Event


3rd Annual USMTS Event
Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Caney Valley Speedway

Caney, KS

3rd Annual USMTS Event

 Finished 12th in Main Event

 Tuesday night at the Caney Valley Speedway. Tanner finished third in his heat race and then won his "B" Main to earn a spot in the 40-lap main event. After starting 14th, Tyler came home with a 12th-place finish.
6th Annual Summit Showdown in the Playground
Wednesday, June 7, 2017

81 Speedway

Park City, KS

6th Annual Summit Showdown in the Playground

 Finished 20th in Main Event

 Wednesday night at the 81 Speedway in Tyler's hometown of Wichita, he finished fourth in his heat and fifth in his "B" Main to earn the 22nd starting spot in the 40-lap main event. Only able to finish about half the distance, he pulled off with a 20th-place finish.
Inaugural USMTS Event
Thursday, June 8, 2017

Salina Speedway

Salina, KS

Inaugural USMTS Event

 Finished 6th in Main Event

 Tanner finished third in his heat race and then raced from tenth on the starting grid to sixth at the finish of the 40-lap main event.
7th Annual Malvern Bank Duals
Saturday, June 10, 2017

Adams County Speedway

Corning, IA

7th Annual Malvern Bank Duals



2nd Annual Diamond Jo Casino “All-In 77”
Sunday, June 11, 2017

Mason City Motor Speedway

Mason City, IA

2nd Annual Diamond Jo Casino “All-In 77”



Prelude to the Modified Masters
Thursday, June 15, 2017

Cedar Lake Speedway

New Richmond, WI

Prelude to the Modified Masters

 Did not qualify for Main Event

 After starting on the pole in his heat race, Tanner slipped to a fourth-place finish. In his "B" Main, he started sixth and finished seventh.
Modified Masters
Fri-Sat, June 16-17, 2017

Cedar Lake Speedway

New Richmond, WI

Modified Masters

 Preliminary/Qualifying Night on Friday
 Did not qualify on Saturday


Modifieds
Friday, July 7, 2017

Thunderbird Speedway

Muskogee, OK

Modifieds

 Finished 20th in Main Event

 Joe finished third in his heat race but dropped out early in the main event and was credited with 20th place.
Sooner Modified Series
Saturday, July 8, 2017

Enid Speedway

Enid, OK

Sooner Modified Series

 Finished 20th in Main Event

 With Jake O'Neil behind the wheel, the Gressel Racing team won the Modified heat started 7th the main event. On the third, Jake was passing for 2nd before a broken brake line ended night.
Sooner Late Model Series
Saturday, July 8, 2017

Enid Speedway

Enid, OK

Sooner Late Model Series

 Finished 2nd in Main Event

 The Gressel Racing team had their first night in the Late Model with Jake O'Neil behind the wheel. He started 5th in the heat and finished 3rd.. After starting 11th in the main event, Jake ran 2nd.
Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series
Friday, July 14, 2017

Tri-City Speedway

Pontoon Beach, IL

Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series

 Did not qualify for Main Event

 The Gressel Racing team suffered a broken rear end in hot laps, so we were unable to start the heat race or main events. We move on to the Lucas Oil Speedway tomorrow night.
Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series - Diamond Nationals
Saturday, July 15, 2017

Lucas Oil Speedway

Wheatland, MO

Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series - Diamond Nationals

 Finished 8th in Main Event

 Jake had a great run for the Gressel Racing team Saturday night. He finished fifth in heat race and won his "B" Main, and then charged from 18th to 8th in the main event.
Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series - 7th Annual Silver Dollar Nationals
Fri-Sat, July 21-22, 2017

I-80 Speedway

Greenwood, NE

Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series - 7th Annual Silver Dollar Nationals

 Preliminary/Qualifying Night on Friday
 Did not qualify on Saturday

 On Friday, Jake steered the Gressel Racing late model to an 8th place finish in his first heat race and 4th in his second. In Saturday's 15-lap B-Main, Jake wound up 5th but only three advanced. In the Belt Bash Non-Qualifiers Race, he finished 6th after challenging for the lead early.
5th Annual USMTS Casey’s General Store Showdown
Thursday, August 3, 2017

Springfield Raceway

Springfield, MO

5th Annual USMTS Casey’s General Store Showdown

 Finished 18th in Main Event

 Jake started and finished 6th in his heat which relegated him to a "B" Main where he raced from 11th to 5th to earn a spot in the "A" Main. He finished 18th in the main event after starting 24th.
12th Annual USMTS Summit Racing Equipment Summer Fling @ The Bullring
Friday, August 4, 2017

Humboldt Speedway

Humboldt, KS

12th Annual USMTS Summit Racing Equipment Summer Fling @ The Bullring

 Finished 20th in Main Event

 Jake rolled to a third place finish in his heat race to lock himself into the 12th starting spot in the main event. Mechanical troubles plagued the Gressel Racing entry though and he was unable to finish, ending with a 20th place paycheck.
3rd Annual Event
Friday, August 11, 2017

Amsoil Speedway

Superior, WI

3rd Annual Event

 Finished 6th in Main Event

 Jake started and finished 4th in his heat race. He started 3rd and won the B-Main. In the feature he started 13th and finished 6th.
6th Annual Event presented by Roseville Midway Ford
Saturday, August 12, 2017

Ogilvie Raceway

Ogilvie, MN

6th Annual Event presented by Roseville Midway Ford

 Did not qualify for Main Event

 Jake started and finished 7th in his heat race. In the B-Main he started 8th and finished 6th.
6th Annual Dimaond Jo Casino Double Down 30s
Sunday, August 13, 2017

Mason City Motor Speedway

Mason City, IA

6th Annual Dimaond Jo Casino Double Down 30s

 Finished 18th in Main Event

 Jake started 7th and finished 5th in his heat race. In the B-Main he started 7th and finished 5th. In the feature he started 21st and finished 18th.
Pepsi Speedway USMTS Showdown presented by J&J Ag
Thursday, August 17, 2017

Scotland County Speedway

Memphis, MO

Pepsi Speedway USMTS Showdown presented by J&J Ag

 Finished 16th in Main Event

 In his heat race Jake started 4th and finished 5th. In the B-Main he started 4th and finished 2nd. In the feature he started and finished 16th after only finishing 33 of the 40 laps.
2nd Annual Grant Junghans Memorial
Friday, August 18, 2017

Lakeside Speedway

Kansas City, KS

2nd Annual Grant Junghans Memorial

 Finished 14th in Main Event

 In his heat race Jake started 7th and finished 2nd. In the feature he started 3rd and finished 14th.
5th Annual USMTS Salute To Our Veterans presented by Safe Insure Plus
Saturday, August 19, 2017

Salina Highbanks Speedway

Pryor Creek, OK

5th Annual USMTS Salute To Our Veterans presented by Safe Insure Plus

 Finished 17th in Main Event

 Jake started his heat in 9th and finished in 4th. He finished the feature in 17th after starting 11th.
5th Annual Event
Sunday, August 20, 2017

81 Speedway

Park City, KS

5th Annual Event

 Finished 14th in Main Event

 In his heat race Jake started and finished 8th. In the B Main he started in 13th and finished 4th. In the feature he started 20th and finished 14th.
USMTS Hunt for the Casey's Cup
Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Hamilton County Speedway

Webster City, IA

USMTS Hunt for the Casey's Cup

 Finished 4th in Main Event

 Jake started and finished his heat race in 2nd. He finished the feature in 4th after starting in 7th.
7th Annual USMTS Summer Slam presented by Pace Performance
Thursday, August 24, 2017

Nobles County Speedway

Worthington, MN

7th Annual USMTS Summer Slam presented by Pace Performance

 Finished 3rd in Main Event

 A fifth-place finish in his heat race saddled Jake with the 13th starting spot for the main event. Despite a tricky track to pass on, Jake clawed his way past ten cars to finish third and earned the Hard Charger Award.
7th Annual USMTS Rapid Rumble presented by Casey’s General Stores
Friday, August 25, 2017

Rapid Speedway

Rock Rapids, IA

7th Annual USMTS Rapid Rumble presented by Casey’s General Stores

 Finished 13th in Main Event

 Jake finished 5th in his heat race which put him 14th o the grid for the 40-lap main event. Mechanical problems with seven laps to go forced him out of the race in 13th place.
2nd Annual USMTS Sandy Benson Memorial
Sunday, August 27, 2017

Casino Speedway

Watertown, SD

2nd Annual USMTS Sandy Benson Memorial

 Finished 25th in Main Event

 After a dismal outing in his heat race, Jake bounced back to finish fourth in his B-Main and earn a spot in the main event. After starting 20th, mechanical woes knocked the team out after 18 laps.
2nd Annual USMTS Event presented by Beck’s and Scott Cook Construction
Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Kossuth County Speedway

Algona, IA

2nd Annual USMTS Event presented by Beck’s and Scott Cook Construction

 Finished 9th in Main Event


10th Annual USMTS Summer Spectacular
Thursday, August 31, 2017

Fairmont Raceway

Fairmont, MN

10th Annual USMTS Summer Spectacular

 Finished 19th in Main Event


5th Annual USMTS Karsyn’s Krusaders Night presented by Appliance Plus
Friday, September 1, 2017

Fayette County Speedway

West Union, IA

5th Annual USMTS Karsyn’s Krusaders Night presented by Appliance Plus

 Finished 10th in Main Event


12th Annual USMTS Labor Day Duel presented by Barclay Landscaping
Saturday, September 2, 2017

Deer Creek Speedway

Spring Valley, MN

12th Annual USMTS Labor Day Duel presented by Barclay Landscaping

 Finished 21st in Main Event


15th Annual USMTS Cresco Bowl
Sunday, September 3, 2017

Cresco Speedway

Cresco, IA

15th Annual USMTS Cresco Bowl

 Finished 15th in Main Event


Midwest Dirt Track Nationals
Fri-Sat, October 27-28, 2017

Thunderbird Speedway

Muskogee, OK

Midwest Dirt Track Nationals

 Preliminary/Qualifying Night on Friday
 Finished 18th on Saturday

 Zane DeVilbiss steered the Gressel Racing Modifieds for the first time this past weekend. He started off by nabbing a heat race win and finishing fourth in the dash. After starting fourth in Saturday's feature, mechanical problems struck the car and Zane finished 18th (DNF).
2nd Annual Park City Chisholm Trail Showdown
Fri-Sat, November 3-4, 2017

81 Speedway

Park City, KS

2nd Annual Park City Chisholm Trail Showdown

 Did not qualify on Friday
 Did not qualify on Saturday

 Zane DeVilbiss was once again behind the wheel of the Gressel Racing dirt modified this past weekend, but mechanical problems hampered the team both nights. On Friday, Zane finished eighth in both his heat race and “B” Main. On Saturday, he wound up ninth in his heat and 10th in his “B” Main.
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