MASON CITY — In nearly two full years racing at Mason City Motor Speedway, Dustin Kruse has established himself as one of the most consistent drives in the B-Modifieds class. In doing so, he’s made the long drive from Bandon, South Dakota, well-worth the trip.
“We’re over by Rochester and race Saturday nights and Mason City is only 45 minutes out of the way (on the way home), and it pays so well here — if you finish in the top 5 it pays for your gas and your pit passes for both tracks for the weekend,” Kruse said.
Last Sunday, Kruse nailed down his second win on the half-mile track and first since Aug. 7, 2016 — nearly a year between wins.
His success on the track comes in with a chassis that’s built just a few minutes down the road by Ryan Ruter.
Kruse has been running a Ruter-built SideBiter chassis for about five years now, and he started with a new car at the beginning of this season. It wasn’t until a few weeks ago that a major change brought along some success for all the tracks he races on.
“I bought a brand new car in ‘16 from him and that one was really good, and then we ended up totaling it over at Deer Creek Speedway about a month and a half ago,” Kruse said. “For some reason when we got this car (the one he raced to a win Sunday night), it’s just been a top-3 car every night. We threw the same setup in it and it’s worked out.”
Kruse ran to second the week before in Mason City, was second on June 4, and has five top-five finishes in eight starts.
Sunday’s win was just a little more to smile about on a solid year on the track.
“Every win gets better and better and better,” Kruse said. “I still pump my fists every time and get out and celebrate.”
USMTS DOUBLE FEATURE: Rain ruined the last United States Modified Touring Series stop in Mason City, so the track will hold a double feature on Sunday. The main event is the Hunt for the USTMS Casey’s Cup, which will be run somewhere around the midway point of the program. The makeup feature will follow later in the night.
Stormy Scott was the points leader after the first two races entering Thursday night’s show in Menomonie, Wisconsin. Other heavy hitters scheduled to be in town Sunday in Mason City are Ryan Gustin, Cade Dillard, Tyler Wolff, Zack VanderBeek, Joe Duvall and Dereck Ramirez.
Stock Cars, B-Mods, Hobby Stocks and Tuners will also run. Hot laps start at 6 p.m. with heat races to follow.