Fans who attended the hobby stock race at Thunder Hill Speedway in Mayetta, Kansas, on Saturday, August 27, 2016, saw Atchison County, Missouri, driver Ryan Sutter win a track championship. Ryan, a 20 year-old Rock Port, Missouri, racer originally from rural Westboro, Missouri, is in his sixth year of racing.
A track championship is earned by points. The points are a season long battle, the higher you finish in each race the more points you gain. Ryan explains, “I led the points all year, but going into the last night I needed to finish at least 8th if the guy in 2nd won the race. There was a 5 car battle for the lead including me and the guy in 2nd. I knew I had some breathing room so I backed out to avoid any issues. He ended up winning the race and I finished 6th, which was good enough to clinch the points championship.”
Ryan said that his racing season would not have been a success without his parents (Kevin and Shelli Sutter of rural Westboro), “especially my dad, who not only helps me get the car ready, but comes to the track every week as my pit crew and crew chief.” He also wanted to recognize: “Lea’ for allowing me the time it takes to get the car ready every week; my sister and brother-in-law for their continuing support; my grandparents for making the drive down to watch nearly every week; and all my sponsors including Millennium Chiropractic Clinic, Mo Valley Ag, Peregrine Crop Ins. LLC, Gavilon, McLaren Seeds, Keim Farm Equipment, Quality Auto, Bill Smith Trucking, Martin Realty, King’s Auto Supply, and Vic’s Taxidermy. It wouldn’t be possible without them.”