Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Corning kicks off four big nights this week for USMTS drivers and fans

Big Money is coming this week with the USMTS. Kenny South Photo.

Big Money is coming this week with the USMTS. Kenny South Photo.

CORNING, Iowa (Aug. 16) — The Hunt for the USMTS Casey’s Cup powered by S&S Fishing & Rental is back in action this Thursday-Sunday, Aug. 18-21, with four shows in three states that will cap the first half of the championship campaign.

The fun gets started on Thursday when Malvern Trust & Savings Bank presentes the return of the United States Modified Touring Series to the Adams County Speedway in Corning, Iowa, for the first time since 2010. Gates are slated to open at 5 p.m. with racing at 7 p.m.

Jason Krohn was the winner the last time the USMTS graced the historic half-mile black clay in the Southwest corner of the Hawkeye State. Jon Tesch captured the first-ever show at ACS in 2004. Other winners include Kelly Shryock, Zack VanderBeek, Ryan Ruter, Al Hejna, Tony Fraise and current points leader Jason Hughes.

Hobby Stocks and B-Mods will also be running for $1,000 to win in each class. Tickets are $20 for adults, $10 for youth and children net yet in sixth grade get in for free. A family pass is also available for $40 and is good for two adults and all kids in the household. Pit passes are $30.

On race day, fans can pick up $2-off coupons at Casey’s General Stores locations in Afton, Bedford, Corning, Creston, Griswold, Stanton and Villisca. To find the location nearest you, visit www.caseys.com.

Mike Jergens and his Snickers-sponsored USMTS Modified will be on hand for a meet ‘n’ greet with fans from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday at the Casey’s located at 600 Quincy in Corning.

The Adams County Speedway is a semi-banked half-mile clay oval located 1 mile north of US 34 on SR 148, then 1 block east on 12th St. (pit entrance use 13th St.). For more information, call (641) 322-4184 on race day or visit them online at www.acspeedway.com.

On Friday, Aug. 19, the biggest and richest one-day event in the history of dirt modified racing will take place when fans and the top drivers in the sport converge on the Lakeside Speedway in Kansas City, Kan., for the inaugural “Grant Junghans Memorial.”

More than $100,000 will be paid out to drivers on this night, including $10,002 to the win and more than $1,000 to start the main event.

As part of the Hunt for the USMTS Casey’s Cup powered by S&S Fishing & Rental, the Best of the Best in dirt modified racing will be on hand for this epic show, as well as many surprise entries from regional open-wheel favorites to dirt late model superstars.

Tow money will be a minimum of $152 for all drivers not making the 30-car feature race, but that’s just the tip of the iceberg. Extra money-lots of it-will be doled out to drivers finishing in pre-determined mystery positions, lap money, heat race bonuses, hard charger awards and a Long Tow Award with the following bonuses: 1. $500, 2. $400, 3. $300, 4. $200, 5. $200.

Not only are the Modifieds making more bank, but the payouts for the USRA Stock Cars and USRA B-Mods have also been expanded to $700 to win each class (no entry fee).

Pits open at 4:30 p.m., spectator gates open at 5, hot laps start at 7 and racing begins at 7:30.

General admission seating is $20 for adults, $8 for kids ages 7-12 and children 6 and under get in for free. Terrace parking is $23 for adults, $10 for kids ages 7-12 and children 6 and under get in for free (must have terrace voucher to purchase terrace ticket). Pit passes are $35 for ages 7+ and $10 for 6 and under.

Fans can save $2 off admission by picking up a commemorative discount coupon at Casey’s General Stores locations in Leavenworth, Lenexa, Platte City and Shawnee. To find the location nearest you, visit www.caseys.com.

Joe Duvall and his AMP Energy-sponsored USMTS Modified will be on hand for a meet ‘n’ greet with fans from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday at the Casey’s located at 13000 State Ave. in Kansas City.

The Lakeside Speedway is located 1.0 mile west of I-435 (exit 18) on SR 5 (northwest of Kansas City). For more information, call (913) 299-9206 or visit www.lakesidespeedway.net.

The Hunt for the USMTS Casey’s Cup treks south to the Salina Highbanks Speedway on Saturday, Aug. 20, for the “USMTS Salute to Veterans.” The event will also feature OCRS Sprint Cars, B-Mods, Grand Nationals and Pure Stocks.

Gates open at 5 p.m. and races start at 7. General admission is $20 for adults, $15 for seniors, $10 for kids and free for all active military and veterans. Please call for V.I.P. seating availability.

Discount coupons good for $2 off adult general admission re available on race day at Casey’s General Stores locations in Wagoner and Tahlequah, as well as Siloam Springs on the Arkansas side of the border. To find the location nearest you, visit www.caseys.com.

Brock Bauman and his Sour Patch Kids-sponsored USMTS Modified will be on hand for a meet ‘n’ greet with fans from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the Casey’s located at 100 W. Main St. in Adair.

Discount coupons good for $2 off adult general admission re available on race day at Casey’s General Stores locations in Wagoner and Tahlequah, as well as Siloam Springs on the Arkansas side of the border. To find the location nearest you, visit www.caseys.com.

The Salina Highbanks Speedway is located 7 miles east of Pryor on SR 20. For more information, visit the website at www.salinahighbanksspeedway.com or call 918-434-7223.

Then on Sunday, Aug. 21, the series returns to the popular 81 Speedway in Park City, Kan.

In the seven previous trips to C. Ray Hall’s facility, Jeremy Payne and Rodney Sanders each have two wins while Cade Dillard got his first here a little more than two months ago on June 9. Stormy Scott won the 2014 ‘Hunt’ race here and current points leader Jason Hughes captured the inaugural event in 2008.

The NCRA Mod Lites will join the traveling USMTS titans with gates opening at 5 p.m. and race time at 7. Fans can find $2 discount coupons at Bumper To Bumper Auto Parts in El Dorado and Newton, Garnett Auto locations in Wichita and Derby, plus Stephens Auto Parts in Hutchinson.

Joe Duvall and his AMP Energy-sponsored USMTS Modified will be on hand for a meet ‘n’ greet with fans from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the Casey’s located at 3520 N. Woodlawn Blvd. in Wichita.

The 81 Speedway is located north of Wichita on I-135 to exit 16, then 0.7 miles west on 77th St. in Park City. For more race and ticket information contact the 81 Speedway office (316) 755-1781 or check out their website at www.race81speedway.com.

Defending USMTS national champion Jason Hughes leads the points battle after three rounds as he seeks his third title and a sweep of all three regions and The Hunt in 2016.

2016 HUNT FOR THE USMTS CASEY’S CUP POINTS:
(top 20 after 5 of 18 events)
1. 12 Jason Hughes, Watts, Okla. … 1039 (1 win)
2. 97 Cade Dillard, Robeline, La. … 1013 (1 win)
3. 20 Rodney Sanders, Happy, Texas … 984 (1 win)
4. 99 Jesse Sobbing, Malvern, Iowa … 974
5. 33z Zack VanderBeek, New Sharon, Iowa … 945 (1 win)
6. 1st Johnny Scott, Las Cruces, N.M. … 903
7. 91 Joe Duvall, Claremore, Okla. … 887
8. 4 Cody Bauman, Eureka, Ill. … 874
9. 4r Dereck Ramirez, Woodward, Okla. … 867
10. 6 Brock Bauman, Eureka, Ill. … 847
11. 2s Stormy Scott, Arroyo Hondo, N.M. … 845
12. 81 Mike Densberger, Lincoln, Neb. … 841
13. 37 Mike Jergens, Plover, Iowa … 837
14. 21t Lance Town, Louisburg, Kan. … 824
15. 22d Daniel Hilsabeck, Adel, Iowa … 781
15. 99 Jett Big Eagle, Manor, Sask., Canada … 781
17. 00 Masen Big Eagle, Manor, Sask., Canada … 773
18. 19r Ryan Gustin, MArshalltown, Iowa … 759
19. 12d Scott Drake, Joplin, Mo. … 679
20. 02 Tanner Mullens, Wichita, Kan. … 674
Other winner:
75 Terry Phillips, Springfield, Mo. (1 win)

2016 HUNT FOR THE USMTS CASEY’S CUP SCHEDULE:
Thursday, Aug. 4, Valley Speedway, Grain Valley, Mo. (winner: Rodney Sanders)
Friday, Aug. 5, Humboldt Speedway, Humboldt, Kan. (winner: Terry Phillips)
Saturday, Aug. 6, Lucas Oil Speedway, Wheatland, Mo. (winner: Zack VanderBeek)
Sunday, Aug. 7, Monett Speedway, Monett, Mo. (rained out)
Wednesday, Aug. 10, Amsoil Speedway, Superior, Wis. (rained out)
Thursday, Aug. 11, Red Cedar Speedway, Menomonie, Wis. (rained out)
Friday, Aug. 12, Mississippi Thunder Speedway, Fountain City, Wis. (rained out)
Saturday, Aug. 13, Ogilvie Raceway, Ogilvie, Minn. (winner: Jason Hughes)
Sunday, Aug. 14, Mason City Motor Speedway, Mason City, Iowa (winner: Cade Dillard)
Thursday, Aug. 18, Adams County Speedway, Corning, Iowa ($3,000 to win)
Friday, Aug. 19 – Lakeside Speedway, Kansas City, Kan. ($10,002 to win)
Saturday, Aug. 20, Salina Highbanks Speedway, Pryor Creek, Okla. ($3,000 to win)
Sunday, Aug. 21, 81 Speedway, Park City, Kan. ($3,000 to win)
Thursday, Aug. 25, Hamilton County Speedway, Webster City, Iowa ($3,000 to win)
Friday, Aug. 26, Rapid Speedway, Rock Rapids, Iowa ($3,000 to win)
Saturday, Aug. 27, Park Jefferson Speedway – Jefferson, S.D. ($3,000 to win)
Sunday, Aug. 28, Casino Speedway, Watertown, S.D. ($3,000 to win)
Thursday, Sept. 1, Fairmont Raceway, Fairmont, Minn. ($3,000 to win)
Friday, Sept. 2, Chateau Raceway, Lansing, Minn. ($3,000 to win)
Saturday, Sept. 3, Deer Creek Speedway, Spring Valley, Minn. ($3,000 to win)
Sunday, Sept. 4, Cresco Speedway, Cresco, Iowa ($3,000 to win)
Thursday, Sept. 22, Deer Creek Speedway, Spring Valley, Minn. ($5,000 to win)

When the checkered flag drops on opening night of the Featherlite Fall Jamboree on Thursday, Sept. 22, at the Deer Creek Speedway in Spring Valley, Minn., the USMTS will crown it’s 18th national champion., and that driver will earn a $25,000 prize that goes with being the undisputed heavyweight champion of the dirt modified world.

To learn more about the United States Modified Touring Series, visit www.usmts.com online or call 515-832-7944. You can also like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/usmts, follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/usmts and Instagram at www.instagram.com/usmts or subscribe to our YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/usmtstv.

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USMTS OFFICIAL SPONSORS: Alpinestars, American Racer Racing Tires, Argo Manufacturing, Casey’s General Stores, Chix Gear Racewear, COMP Cams, CP-Carrillo, Day Motor Sports, Deatherage Opticians, Fast Shafts, Intercomp, Jerovetz Motorsports Shock Service, Kevko Oil Pans & Components, KSE Racing Products, Leaf Racewear & Safety Equipment, Malvern Trust & Savings Bank, MSD, RacerWebsite.com, RacinDirt.com, RealTruck.com, S&S Fishing & Rental, The Joie of Seating, VP Racing Fuels.

USMTS PARTICIPATING SPONSORS: AMP Energy Drink, Arizona Sport Shirts, ASi Racewear, Brodix Cylinder Heads, Duvall Electric, ElbowsUp.com, Erson Cams, I-29 Trailer Sales, Mesilla Valley Transportation, Oreo, Production Jars, Rivers Edge Scrap Management, Snickers, Sour Patch Kids, YouDirt.com.

USMTS CONTINGENCY SPONSORS: AFCO Racing Products, Allstar Performance, Bell Helmets, Beyea Custom Headers, BSB Manufacturing, Driven Racing Oil, Edelbrock, Eibach Springs, FK Rod Ends, Forty9 Designs, Fuel Safe Racing Cells, Genesis Racing Shocks, GRT Race Cars, Holley Performance Products, Hooker Custom Harness, Integra Shocks & Springs, Keyser Manufacturing, Midwest Sheet Metal, Out-Pace Racing Products, PBM Performance Products, QA1 Precision Products, Quarter Master, Real Racing Wheels, Sybesma Graphics, Wehrs Machine & Racing Products, Wilwood Engineering.

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