Wednesday, February 21, 2018

One-of-a-kind quilt to be auctioned at Featherlite Fall Jamboree to support fan’s fight

usmts_logoSPRING VALLEY, Minn.-Fans at this year’s Featherlite Fall Jamboree will have the opportunity to take home a one-of-a-kind piece of history while at the same time helping a young race fan who is fighting a rare disease.

An auction will be held at the Featherlite Fall Jamboree where attendees will have the chance to bid on an original high-quality quilt that is woven together with shirts from the USMTS and several drivers who compete with the series.

Several autographs adorn this beautiful piece of artwork, but best of all the proceeds from the sale will directly benefit Taylor Christine Samuelson, who is battling Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome (EDS).

EDS is an inherited connective tissue disorder caused by a defect in the structure, production or processing of collagen or proteins that interact with collagen. There is no cure for EDS, and treatment is supportive, including close monitoring of the digestive, excretory and particularly the cardiovascular systems.

Occupational and physical therapy, bracing and corrective surgery may help with the frequent injuries and pain that tend to develop in certain types of EDS, although extra caution and special practices are advised to prevent permanent damage.

EDS is a chronic pain disease, with patients suffering daily.

Taylor’s parents are Jon and Christel Samuelson from Dalton, Minnesota. Taylor has had multiple surgeries to deal with everything from ear troubles to lymphangiomas, knee surgery and sural neurectomy.

She has ongoing issues with severe body aches and dislocations resulting in doctors wanting to fuse her joints and a multitude of tests on pretty much every body system.

To learn more about EDS and how you can help, visit online. Supporters at the Featherlite Fall Jamboree will also have the ability to donate directly to Taylor’s fight, even if they don’t bid on or win the quilt.

The 17th Annual Featherlite Fall Jamboree is set for Thursday-Saturday, September 24-26, at the Deer Creek Speedway in Spring Valley, Minn.

Fans will witness a complete program all three nights. On Thursday, the United States Modified Touring Series competes in the final points race of the year with the final round of the Hunt for the USMTS Casey’s Cup powered by S&S Fishing & Rental and the crowning of the 2015 USMTS National Champion.

Drivers will be shooting for a $5,000 top prize each of the first two nights with a whopping $10,000 winner’s share on Saturday night, plus the annual Non-Qualifiers Race which doles out $2,000 to the winner of the race.

Saturday’s championship race will start a minimum of 30 cars three-wide while the Non-Qualifiers Race which also have 30 cars on the track.

The Holley Iron Man Series featuring USRA B-Mods will share the spotlight all three nights.

Friday and Saturday’s shows will be sanctioned by the United States Racing Association with valuable USRA national points on the line for both USRA Modified and USRA B-Mod competitors.

If witnessing the “who’s who” of dirt modified racing circling the high-banked Deer Creek Speedway clay oval at nearly 100 mph, this event right up your alley.

Ron Jones was the champion of the inaugural event in 1999. Since then, the list of Featherlite Fall Jamboree champions include Johnny Saathoff, Willy Kraft, Mark Noble, Dan Daniels, Kelly Shryock, Chad Kinder, Dean Mahlstedt, Tim Donlinger, Terry Phillips, Joey Jensen, Rodney Sanders and Jason Hughes.

Hughes is the only driver to win Saturday’s finale more than once.

Sanders is the defending champion of the event and two-time defending USMTS National Champion. He will enter Thursday’s race with hopes of a third title-one that would reward him with a $100,000 payday at the season-ending awards banquet.

But Hughes comes in atop the points, clinging to a four-point cushion over Sanders and a $20,000 payday to win the title. Whichever driver finishes ahead of the other on Thursday night will likely wear the coveted USMTS National Champion’s crown for 2015.

Early bird race fans can get a free preview of the action and drivers will get their chance to make final adjustments to their machines with an open practice from 6-9 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 23.

There will be a complete show each night. The top 15 in heat race passing points are locked into “A” Main each night with the top 8 redrawing for the first eight starting positions. An additional 15 drivers will advance from the “B” Mains to the “A” Main. On Saturday, the top 30 finishers in the Modified “B” Mains not advancing to the “A” Main will compete in the Non-Qualifiers Race with a complete redraw for starting spots.

Fan may purchase tickets online at or by calling toll-free 877-DCS-RACE.

For fans unable to attend the 17th Annual Featherlite Fall Jamboree in person, the entire event from the first lap of the first heat until the last checkered flag waves will be broadcast live via pay-per-view by Expect dozens of driver interviews, profiles, special features, instant replay and more. Visit for ordering information.

The Deer Creek Speedway is a high-banked 3/8-mile clay oval which sits on 60 acres with one of America’s most popular state-of-the-art racing complexes and an adjoining campground. For track or campground info, call 507-346-2342 or email

To learn more about the USRA, visit or call 515-832-6000. You can also like us on Facebook at, follow us at on Twitter and check out our YouTube channel at

To learn more about the United States Modified Touring Series, visit online or call 515-832-7944. You can also like us on Facebook at, follow us on Twitter at or subscribe to our YouTube channel at

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USMTS OFFICIAL SPONSORS: American Racer Racing Tires, Casey’s General Stores, Chix Gear Racewear, COMP Cams, Day Motor Sports, Deatherage Opticians, Farm Boy BBQ Sauce, Fast Shafts, Intercomp, KEVKO Oil Pans & Components, Malvern Trust & Savings Bank, MSD, Nitroquest Media Group, RACEceiver,, S&S Fishing & Rental, VP Racing Fuels.

USMTS PARTICIPATING SPONSORS: Arizona Sport Shirts, ASi Racewear, BRODIX Cylinder Heads, Double H Bands, Duvall Electric,, Integra Racing Shocks & Springs, Mesilla Valley Transportation, Olympic Fire Protection, Rivers Edge Scrap Management, Schwab’s Tinker Shop, UMotors Motorsports & Marine, Velocita-USA.

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