Saturday, November 18, 2017

Here Comes The USMTS HUNT!

DSC_1427 WINSTON, Mo. (Aug. 5) – After an epic opening night in the Hunt for the USMTS Casey’s Cup Friday night at the Batesville Motor Speedway, rain provided the buzzkill for the weekend and forced the cancellation of rounds 2 and 3 on Saturday and Sunday.

With a multitude of drivers challenging for this year’s title of USMTS national champion, the points battle is as wide open as the throttle on their machines will be this week when they embark on a four-day trek through Missouri, Kansas and Nebraska.

THURSDAY, AUG. 8 – I-35 SPEEDWAY, WINSTON, MO.

Action will kick off Thursday, Aug. 8, at the I-35 Speedway in Winston, Mo. After an eight-year hiatus, the USMTS returned to the track twice in 2011 and 2012 with Ryan Gustin taking two down two of those. Ron Ver Beek captured his first USMTS checkered flag in March last year while Johnny Scott won a ‘Hunt’ race on Aug. 25, 2011.

John Allen won the first event on March 29, 2002, and then Kelly Shryock cranked out three straight during that weekend and into October with John Van Den Berg winning the final race that year. Another doubleheader in 2003 was topped by Scott Drake and Mark Noble.

Also running will be the Iron Man Challenge featuring USRA B-Mods ($500 to win) and USRA Stock Cars ($750 to win). Gates will open at 5 p.m. with hot laps at 7 and racing at 7:30. Adults are $17, Juniors 13-16 are $10, kids 6-12 are $5 and children ages 5 and under get in for free. Pit passes are $35.

Fans can get coupons good for $2 off adult admission at Casey’s General Stores locations in Cameron, Gallatin and Maysville. Steve Whiteaker Jr. and his Cheetos-sponsored modified will be present for a meet ‘n’ greet at the Casey’s located at 405 Grand Ave. in Cameron from 12-2 p.m. Trevor Hunt and his Snickers-sponsored modified will be at the Casey’s located in Bethany at 4107 Miller St. from 12-2 p.m.

The I-35 Speedway is a 3/8-mile semi-banked dirt oval located 10 miles north of Cameron on SR 6 (exit 64). For more information, call the track at 660-749-5317 or visit www.i-35speedway.net online.

FRIDAY, AUG. 9 – HUMBOLDT SPEEDWAY, HUMBOLDT, KAN.

Friday will take the Best of the Best back to the Humboldt Speedway in Humboldt, Kan., for the 35th time at the Whitworth family’s 3/8-mile clay oval. Jason Hughes comes in with 10 wins in the 34 previous feature races, but Stormy Scott has been the hottest of late with four wins in his last six starts here.

Nine-time USMTS National Champion Kelly Shryock is a six-time winner at Humboldt while two-time defending USMTS National Champion Ryan Gustin has three wins, including the King of America III Modified Nationals back in March.

Johnny Bone Jr. won the first USMTS race at ‘The Hummer’ on June 28, 2000. He and Johnny Scott are both two-time main event winners while Tim Donlinger, Jason Krohn, Jon Tesch, Steve Holzkamper, Rodney Sanders, William Gould, Terry Phillips and Jeremy Payne each have one checkered flag to their credit.

Gates open at 5 p.m., hot laps begin at 7:30 and racing starts at 8 p.m. Also on the racing card will be B-Mods, Factory Stocks and Pure Stocks. Adults are $17, Juniors 13-16 are $10, kids 6-12 are $5 and children ages 5 and under get in for free. Pit passes are $35.

Fans can get coupons good for $2 off adult admission at Casey’s General Stores locations in Chanute, Iola and Yates Center. Trevor Hunt and his Snickers-sponsored modified will be present for a meet ‘n’ greet at the Casey’s location at 712 E. Madison Ave. in Iola from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Lucas Schott and his AMP Energy-sponsored modified will be at the Casey’s located at 220 W. Cherry in Chanute from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

The Humboldt Speedway is located 0.1 mile west of US 169 at the Humboldt exit, then 0.5 mile south, then 0.9 mile east. For more information call 620-431-2470 or visit them online at www.humboldtspeedway.com. You can also like Humboldt Speedway on Facebook at www.facebook.com/humboldtspeedway.

SATURDAY, AUG. 10 – LUCAS OIL SPEEDWAY, WHEATLAND, MO.

On Saturday night the Hunt for the USMTS Casey’s Cup will storm into the Lucas Oil Speedway for the 5th Annual Lucas Slick Mist Shoot-Out.

The Lucas Oil Speedway is considered by many to be the top dirt track in America. Located about an hour north of Springfield or an hour and a half east of Kansas City, the ‘Diamond of Dirt Tracks’ features 21 luxury suites, a giant high-definition jumbo screen, Musco Sports lighting, Bose stadium sound system, a kart track for all ages and the cleanest pits in dirt track racing.

Terry Phillips is the defending event champion. Ryan Gustin won here in 2011 and Jason Krohn was the winner in 2009. The 2006 event covered three days over the Fourth of July Weekend with Kelly Shryock taking two of the features and Jeremy Payne winning the other.

Factory Stocks and B-Mods will also be in action, along with the inaugural Battle of the Badges which will feature Missouri’s finest law enforcement officers racing to raise money for charity and for the title of “top cop.”

Gates open at 5 p.m., hot laps begin at 7 and racing starts at 7:30. Adult tickets are $20, seniors age 62 and older are $15, youth ages 6-15 are $5 and kids ages 5 and under are free. A family pass is also available for $40 and includes entry for two adults and three youth, a free go kart pass, two $2-off coupons for a $5 kids meal, 10% off any gift shop purchase and a half-off coupon for a funnel cake. Pit passes are $30.

Coupons worth $2 off adult admission for Saturday’s event will be available Saturday at the Casey’s General Store in Wheatland, located just two blocks from the track entrance. Lucas Schott and his AMP Energy-sponsored modified will be at Casey’s from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. to meet ‘n’ greet fans.

The Lucas Oil Speedway is a 3/8-mile semi-banked clay oval located 0.2 mile south of US 54 on SR 83, then east. Visit www.lucasoilspeedway.com for more information or call the track hotline at 417-282-5984.

SUNDAY, AUG. 11 – I-80 SPEEDWAY, GREENWOOD, NEB.

The four-day swing will wrap up on Sunday, Aug. 11, at the I-80 Speedway in Greenwood, Neb., where just last month the USMTS Modifieds joined the Lucas Oil Late Models for an historic Silver Dollar Nationals that saw Rodney Sanders sweep both nights of action.

Terry Phillips, Jason Hughes, Jeremy Payne and Kelly Shryock have also tasted victory at the 4/10-mile high-banked clay oval in the two previous Silver Dollar Nationals. Back in 2005, Tommy Myer garnered an emotional win in the USMTS debut here, just ten days after suffering a bruised pelvis in a multi-car crash at the Deer Creek Speedway.

Also racing will be B-Mods, Hobby Stocks and Hornets. Pit gates open at 3 p.m., grandstands open at 4:30 and racing kicks off at 5:55. Grandstand admission is $17 for adults and $5 for juniors ages 6-12 with children 5 and under admitted free. Pit passes will be $35.

Coupons worth $2 off adult admission will be available Sunday at Casey’s General Store locations in Ashland, Eagle, La Vista, Lincoln and Waverly. Trevor Hunt and his Snickers-sponsored modified will be present for a meet ‘n’ greet at the Casey’s location 108 S. 14th St. in Ashland from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

The I-80 Speedway is located one block north of Interstate 80 at exit 420, halfway between Lincoln and Omaha. For more information, visit www.i-80speedway.com or call 402-342-3453.

CASEY’S CUP POINTS STANDINGS:
1. 1st Johnny Scott, Las Cruces, N.M. … 177
2. 2s Stormy Scott, Las Cruces, N.M. … 171
3. 12 Jason Hughes, Watts, Okla. … 170
4. 3 Kelly Shryock, Fertile, Iowa … 163
5. 33z Zack VanderBeek, New Sharon, Iowa … 159
6. 20 Rodney Sanders, Happy, Texas … 143
7. 186 Jeremy Payne, Springfield, Mo. … 130
8. 99h Trevor Hunt, Kearney, Mo. … 129
9. 01 Joey Galloway, Manor, Sask., Canada … 125
10. 85 Thomas Tillison Jr., Wellston, Okla. … 118
11. 21 Chris Brown, Spring, Texas … 117
12. 4r Dereck Ramirez, Woodward, Okla. … 104
13. 69 Lucas Schott, Chatfield, Minn. … 100
14. 00 Masen Big Eagle, Manor, Sask., Canada … 97
15. 89 Steve Whiteaker Jr., Corpus Christi, Texas … 86
16. 22d Daniel Hilsabeck, Adel, Iowa … 80
17. 36 Jeff Conner, Panora, Iowa … 67
18. 91 Joe Duvall, Chelsea, Okla. … 60
19. 19r Ryan Gustin, Marshalltown, Iowa … 59
20. 5* Casey Penn, Shreveport, La. … 56
21. V2 Joey Jensen, Forest Lake, Minn. … 34
22. 88xxx Clyde Dunn Jr., Sunnyvale, Texas … 28
23. 31 Corey Dripps, Waterloo, Iowa … 26
23. 16 Austin Siebert, Grandview, Mo. … 26
25. 7 Ron Jones, Princeton, Minn. … 25
26. 71 Philip Houston, Odessa, Texas … 24
27. 1k Pat Graham, Ames, Iowa … 23
28. 22b Rick Beebe, Shawnee, Kan. … 13.

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 or check out our YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/usmtstv.

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USMTS OFFICIAL SPONSORS: American Racer Racing Tires, AMP Energy, Casey’s General Stores, Cheetos, COMP CamsĀ®, Day Motor Sports, Intercomp, KEVKO Oil Pans & Components, New Vision Graphics, Nitroquest, RACEceiver, RacinDirt.com, Snickers.

USMTS PARTICIPATING SPONSORS: 4s Motorsports, Allgayer Inc., Arbor Masters, ASi Racewear, BRODIX Cylinder Heads, Erson Cams, Farm Boy BBQ Sauce, FVP, Integra Racing Shocks & Springs, Intensitee Custom Racewear, Lecolift, Mesilla Valley Transportation, Olympic Fire Protection, Ramirez Motorsports, Ruter Farms, Something Inked, United Cellular Services.

USMTS CONTINGENCY SPONSORS: AERO Race Wheels, AFCO Racing Products, Bell Racing Helmets, Beyea Custom Headers, BSB Manufacturing, Champ Pans, CPD Racing Tools, Crane Cams, Dominator Race Products, Edelbrock, Eibach Springs, Fast Shafts, FK Rod Ends, Forty9 Designs, Fuel Safe, Genesis Racing Shocks, GRT Race Cars, Hooker Harness, JRi Shocks, Keyser Manufacturing, KSE Racing Products, Marsh Racing Wheels, MSD Ignition, PBM Performance Products, Power Lift Racing Products, Quarter Master, Real Racing Wheels, Sybesma Graphics, Tiger Rear Ends, VP Racing Fuels.

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