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World of Outlaws Gopher 50
Deer Creek Speedway | Spring Valley, Minnesota
Friday, July 05, 2024
Race Recap  

BY A GOPHER HAIR: Ryan Gustin Edges Nick Hoffman to Win First Act of NAPA Gopher 50

Nick Hoffman has made a habit of thrilling fans with last lap passes this season and on Friday evening at Deer Creek Speedway Ryan Gustin took a page from his playbook.

During the first race of the NAPA Auto Parts Gopher 50 with the World of Outlaws CASE Construction Equipment Late Models – ran Friday evening after being postponed on Thursday – Gustin threw a “Hail Mary” slide job at Hoffman in the final corner and held a 0.009 second lead at the finish line to score his second win of the season.

The victory – the seventh of Gustin’s World of Outlaws career – came after a mixed bag of results since his first victory of the season in May.

“Anytime you’re standing up here in Victory Lane it makes you feel good,” Gustin said. “I love this place. It’s probably one of the places I have more laps than anyone. It feels good.”

Gustin started the 30-lap Feature fourth, with Shannon Babb next to him, 2022 Series champion Dennis Erb Jr. directly in front of him and Tyler Stevens, making his Series debut, on the pole.

When the race commenced, Stevens pulled away from the field while Babb moved up to second and Gustin fell to fifth. The field didn’t get much time to stretch their legs as a caution brought them back together on Lap 3.

All eyes turned to Nick Hoffman when the race restarted as the NOS Energy Drink No. 9 ripped around the top of Deer Creek Speedway, stealing third on Lap 5 and then second a lap later. Stevens’ healthy lead was spoiled in three laps with Hoffman on hyperdrive in the middle lane.

Ryan Gustin wins at Deer Creek Speedway
Ryan Gustin celebrates his first World of Outlaws win at Deer Creek Speedway / Emily Schwanke Photo

Knowing Hoffman had arrived, Stevens tried to make his car wide, switching lanes each corner. But when they got to Turn 3 on Lap 10, Hoffman dove under Stevens, propelling his car a few yards ahead of Stevens before sliding in front of him by the exit of the turn – a foreshadowing moment for the end of the race.

Once Hoffman finally found clean air, he gapped the field by over a second in less than two laps.

Behind him, a war was being waged for second through fifth. Gustin, Bobby Pierce and Shannon Babb looked like synchronized dancers running three-wide down the straights and sliding each other in the corners with precise rotations.

Gustin emerged the victor, pulling ahead of the two and passing Stevens for second on Lap 25. Pierce followed him through, getting by Stevens for third on the same lap.

They appeared to be out of time to catch Hoffman until two late-race cautions. One on Lap 26 brought the field back together and the last on Lap 28 set the stage for a photo finish.

With two laps to settle the fight, Pierce tried to end it in the first corner on the restart, diving under the front two, pulling even with Hoffman. But Hoffman and Gustin had the better momentum up top and drove back by him.

“It was a good racetrack for being a day race,” Pierce said. “They gave us something to race on and move around on. It was a fun race. I got to third there, got us in good position. I couldn’t go any further than that. I kind of stalled out at the end of the race.”

Once Pierce was no longer a threat, Gustin was able to put all his focus on Hoffman. With two laps to go, he was 0.7 seconds back. With one to go, 0.3 seconds back. He closed to Hoffman’s bumper down the backstretch and plotted the same move Hoffman used to take the lead earlier in the race.

Gustin stayed in the throttle upon entry, steering to the bottom of the track, launching his car ahead of Hoffman’s and giving himself enough room to slid up the track in front of him. Predicting the move, Hoffman cut underneath the No. 19R in the middle of the corner, leading to their drag race to the line.

“He got that top line rolling pretty well there,” Hoffman said. “Woulda, coulda, shoulda, if there was no caution, we’d probably win the race. But he was just better than I was at the end. He was able to slide me in (Turns) three and four. I was actually surprised I got back to him at the line. I had a run and dipped back down the hill. I heard him coming. I expected a slider coming, so I kind of crossed up and made sure I had a run. But it wasn’t quite big enough.”

It wasn’t big enough by 0.09 seconds as that’s all Gustin needed to edge him for the win.

“It was a heck of a race,” Gustin said. “Anytime you get to race with them guys is really fun… All in all, it was really fun. Obviously, a good race with Nick. He’s a clean racer. When you’re out there throwing sliders and bouncing off the fence, it’s always entertaining. I’m sure the fans loved it.”

The victory also places Gustin as one of the top points earners for the event, which will lock the top-16 points earners between Friday’s two Features into Saturday’s $50,000-to-win finale.

And while Hoffman didn’t get the win, his second-place finish has him currently tied with Brandon Sheppard, who finished 17th, for the Series championship points lead.

Dirt King Simulator Hottest Hot Lap: Tyler Bruening
Simpson Quick Time Award: Ryan Gustin
Heat Race Winners: Ryan Gustin, Dennis Erb Jr., Shannon Babb, Tyler Stevens
Last Chance Showdown Winner: Billy Moyer Sr.
Bilstein Pole Award: Tyler Stevens
Fox Factory Hard Charger: Tyler Erb

UP NEXT: The World of Outlaws CASE Construction Equipment Late Models return to action on Friday, July 5, at Deer Creek Speedway for Friday’s originally scheduled portion of the NAPA Auto Parts Gopher 50. Tickets are available at the track.

If you can’t make it to Deer Creek Speedway, you can watch every lap live on DIRTVision.

CASE Late Mode Feature (30 Laps): 1. 19R-Ryan Gustin[4]; 2. 9-Nick Hoffman[6]; 3. 32-Bobby Pierce[5]; 4. 28-Dennis Erb Jr[2]; 5. 25-Chad Simpson[12]; 6. 18-Shannon Babb[3]; 7. 16-Tyler Bruening[8]; 8. 1-Tyler Erb[20]; 9. 2-Tyler Stevens[1]; 10. B1-Brent Larson[16]; 11. 49-Jake Timm[9]; 12. 97-Cade Dillard[11]; 13. 3S-Brian Shirley[18]; 14. 55C-Chad Mahder[13]; 15. 18C-Chase Junghans[10]; 16. 40B-Kyle Bronson[14]; 17. B5-Brandon Sheppard[7]; 18. 21-Billy Moyer Sr[17]; 19. 22*-Max McLaughlin[23]; 20. 76-Blair Nothdurft[19]; 21. 97JR-Cody Overton[21]; 22. 20TC-Tristan Chamberlain[24]; 23. 19-Dustin Sorensen[15]; 24. 29-Keith Hammett[22]

Deer Creek Speedway Night 1 podium
Nick Hoffman (left), Ryan Gustin (middle) and Bobby Pierce (right) / Emily Schwanke Photo
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Feature Results
14+319RRyan Gustin 300.00020Running150$7,000
26+49Nick Hoffman 30-0.0099Running146$3,500
35+232Bobby Pierce 30-1.4101Running144$3,000
42-228Dennis Erb Jr30-1.666Running142$2,500
512+725Chad Simpson 30-1.685Running140$2,300
63-318Shannon Babb 30-2.496Running138$2,100
78+116Tyler Bruening 30-4.179Running136$2,000
820+121Tyler Erb 30-4.381Running134$1,900
91-82 30-4.474Running132$1,800
1016+6B1Brent Larson 30-4.890Running130$1,700
119-249Jake Timm 30-5.237Running128$1,600
1211-197Cade Dillard 30-5.552Running126$1,500
1318+53SBrian Shirley 30-5.966Running124$1,400
1413-155CChad Mahder 30-6.201Running122$1,300
1510-518CChase Junghans 30-6.343Running120$1,200
1614-240BKyle Bronson 30-6.746Running118$1,100
177-10B5Brandon Sheppard 30-7.153Running116$1,000
1817-121Billy Moyer Sr30-7.817Running114$900
1923+422*Max McLaughlin 30-8.373Running112$0
2019-176Blair Nothdurft 30-8.514Running110$850
2121097JRCody Overton 30-8.806Running108$850
2224+220TCTristan Chamberlain 30-10.345Running106$0
2315-819Dustin Sorensen 25-5 LapsRunning104$850
2422-229 24-6 LapsRunning104$850
FOX Factory Hard Charger: Tyler Erb
Heat 1 Results
Pos.Start+/-#DriverLaps CompletedBehindLaps LedStatus
11019RRyan Gustin 00.000Running
2209Nick Hoffman 0-0.310Running
33049Jake Timm 0-2.842Running
46+255CChad Mahder 0-3.824Running
55021Billy Moyer Sr0-4.512Running
64-276Blair Nothdurft 0-5.809Running
78+129 0-6.681Running
87-177Jordan Yaggy 0-8.767Running
Heat 2 Results
Pos.Start+/-#DriverLaps CompletedBehindLaps LedStatus
13+228Dennis Erb Jr00.000Running
21-116Tyler Bruening 0-0.114Running
34+197Cade Dillard 0-1.213Running
42-219Dustin Sorensen 0-2.187Running
56+111HLance Hofer 0-2.317Running
65-143 0-3.213Running
77022*Max McLaughlin 0-3.228Running
88020TCTristan Chamberlain 0-4.876Running
Heat 3 Results
Pos.Start+/-#DriverLaps CompletedBehindLaps LedStatus
11018Shannon Babb 00.000Running
220B5Brandon Sheppard 0-2.014Running
33018CChase Junghans 0-2.878Running
44040BKyle Bronson 0-4.007Running
56+13SBrian Shirley 0-5.923Running
65-11Tyler Erb 0-6.799Running
77042Johnathan Huston 0-8.767Running
88019J 0-8.767Running
Heat 4 Results
Pos.Start+/-#DriverLaps CompletedBehindLaps LedStatus
1102 00.000Running
22032Bobby Pierce 0-1.642Running
36+325Chad Simpson 0-2.959Running
43-1B1Brent Larson 0-4.666Running
54-197JRCody Overton 0-5.548Running
67+135Parker Foster 0-8.720Running
75-214WDustin Walker 0-9.123Running
Qualifying Flight 1 Results
1619RRyan Gustin Marshalltown, IA15.6460.000
2216Tyler Bruening Decorah, IA15.711-0.065
339Nick Hoffman Mooresville, NC15.774-0.128
4819Dustin Sorensen Rochester, MN15.953-0.307
5149Jake Timm Winona, MN16.020-0.374
61328Dennis Erb JrCarpentersville, IL16.082-0.436
7776Blair Nothdurft Renner, SD16.085-0.439
8997Cade Dillard Robeline, LA16.138-0.492
91221Billy Moyer SrBatesville, AR16.180-0.534
10543 , 16.331-0.685
111555CChad Mahder Bloomer, WI16.364-0.718
121411HLance Hofer Cochrane, WI16.377-0.731
131177Jordan Yaggy Rochester, MN16.410-0.764
141022*Max McLaughlin , 16.506-0.860
15429 , 16.555-0.909
161620TCTristan Chamberlain Richmond, IN16.671-1.025
Qualifying Flight 2 Results
1718Shannon Babb Moweaqua, IL16.3840.000
222 , 16.425-0.041
313B5Brandon Sheppard New Berlin, IL16.542-0.158
4832Bobby Pierce Oakwood, IL16.556-0.172
5518CChase Junghans Manhattan, KS16.570-0.186
61B1Brent Larson Lake Elmo, MN16.652-0.268
7640BKyle Bronson Brandon, FL16.661-0.277
81497JRCody Overton Evans, GA16.687-0.303
9111Tyler Erb New Waverly, TX16.792-0.408
10314WDustin Walker Polk, MO16.833-0.449
1193SBrian Shirley Chatham, IL16.868-0.484
12425Chad Simpson Mt. Vernon, IA17.071-0.687
131242Johnathan Huston Columbus Junction, IA17.194-0.810
141035Parker Foster Winona, MN17.220-0.836
151519J , 17.220-0.836
Hot Laps Results
1216Tyler Bruening Decorah, IA14.7080.000
239Nick Hoffman Mooresville, NC14.883-0.175
3149Jake Timm Winona, MN15.042-0.334
41022*Max McLaughlin , 15.042-0.334
5619RRyan Gustin Marshalltown, IA15.081-0.373
6776Blair Nothdurft Renner, SD15.180-0.472
7543 , 15.266-0.558
81221Billy Moyer SrBatesville, AR15.291-0.583
9997Cade Dillard Robeline, LA15.356-0.648
102025Chad Simpson Mt. Vernon, IA15.420-0.712
1129B5Brandon Sheppard New Berlin, IL15.460-0.752
121328Dennis Erb JrCarpentersville, IL15.488-0.780
132240BKyle Bronson Brandon, FL15.490-0.782
141411HLance Hofer Cochrane, WI15.511-0.803
151555CChad Mahder Bloomer, WI15.556-0.848
161177Jordan Yaggy Rochester, MN15.653-0.945
17253SBrian Shirley Chatham, IL15.653-0.945
182432Bobby Pierce Oakwood, IL15.665-0.957
19182 , 15.728-1.020
201620TCTristan Chamberlain Richmond, IN15.749-1.041
212318Shannon Babb Moweaqua, IL15.813-1.105
2217B1Brent Larson Lake Elmo, MN15.912-1.204
233097JRCody Overton Evans, GA15.984-1.276
24271Tyler Erb New Waverly, TX16.068-1.360
251914WDustin Walker Polk, MO16.183-1.475
262842Johnathan Huston Columbus Junction, IA16.492-1.784
273119J , 16.553-1.845
282635Parker Foster Winona, MN16.609-1.901
29819Dustin Sorensen Rochester, MN16.609-1.901
302118CChase Junghans Manhattan, KS16.609-1.901
31429 , 16.609-1.901
DIRTVision Highlights  
Event Info  

World of Outlaws Gopher 50
Friday, July 05, 2024
Deer Creek Speedway
25262 Highway 63
Spring Valley, Minnesota 55975 

Event Description
The World of Outlaws celebrate Independence Day Weekend in Minnesota for the Gopher 50, July 4-6! Saturday night's Feature will pay $50,000-to-win.

Series Racing
World of Outlaws Late Model Series

To Win Amount

Event Schedule

Pit Gates Open: 2:30 PM
Grandstand Gates Open: 3:00 PM
Hot Laps: 6:30 PM
With Racing to Follow

*All times Central

Event Hashtag

Ticket Options  
Ticket Phone
(877) 327-7223

Options And Prices

Adult General Admission: $40
Kids General Admission (12 & Under): $15

Grandstand Type

Family Section Location

Handicapped Seating Location
North Grandstands

Pit Pass Price

Adult Pit Pass: $50
Student Pit Pass (6-15): $25

Pit Age Requirement

Pit Gate Location
south side of track

Parking Cost

Handicapped Parking Location
Front Gate

Camping Availability
electric hookup, onsite, sanitary facility, showers, waste services

Camping Cost

Frequently Asked Questions  
To Win Amount

Type of Grandstand

Stadium Seating
ok to bring in

Handicapped Seating
North Grandstands

Handicapped Parking
Front Gate

Pit Age Limit

Pit Gate Location
south side of track

Personal Coolers


Alcohol Sales
no alcohol

Smoking Policy

Family Section

Parking Cost

Camping Availability
electric hookup, onsite, sanitary facility, showers, waste services

Camping Cost

Track Info  

Deer Creek Speedway
25262 Highway 63
Spring Valley, Minnesota 55975 

Track Phone
(507) 754-6107

Ticket Phone
(877) 327-7223

Track Email
[email protected]

Track Size

Late Model Track Record
13.900 seconds by Tim Fuller on 7/3/14

Closest Airport

Other Airport

Pit Gate Location
south side of track

Track Map
Competitor Info  
Competitor Downloads

Tire Rules
Left Front Tire: Open (Hoosier Only)
Left Rear & Right Front Tire: Hoosier (90) W30, (90) NLMT3
Right Rear Tire: Hoosier (92) W30, (92) NLMT3, (92) NLMT4
**Grooving & Siping will be allowed**

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