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Dillard doubles up in USMTS debut at Jackson Motor Speedway

March 1st, 2017

BYRAM, Miss.– Cade Dillard grabbed the lead from Trevor Egbert just short of the halfway mark, and then cruised to his second straight Summit Racing USMTS Winter Speedweeks victory Friday night at the Jackson Motor Speedway in Byram, Miss.

Dillard, who captured last Saturday’s finale at the Shady Oaks Speedway, hounded Egbert for the first 18 circuits before using a pair of lapped cars to dive underneath the leader and take control.

From there, the 25-year-old from Robeline, La., went unchallenged the final 22 laps to pocket the $3,000 top prize and his 12th career USMTS triumph.

Tenth-starting Chris Brown continued his early-season surge and came home with the runner-up paycheck, Stormy Scott bested points leader Jason Hughes for third and Egbert held on for a top-five finish.

Zack VanderBeek passed a dozen drivers en route to a sixth-place finish, Travis Saurer went from 14th to seventh, Joe Duvall was eighth, R.C. Whitwell raced to ninth from the 22nd starting spot and Jon Mitchell completed the top 10.

A rain delay put a halt to the racing action at the semi-banked 1/4-mile dirt oval, but the Jackson Motor Speedway track crew kept after the racing surface and racing resumed for the remaining feature races shortly after midnight.

Friday’s event was the first ever for the USMTS at the track with and 47 entries from 14 states in attendance.

Up next, the Whynot Motorsports Park in Meridian, Miss., rolls out the red carpet at the historic House of Hook for another $3,000-to-win event on Saturday night.

Pits gates open at 12 noon and grandstands opening at 3 p.m. Hot laps begin at 5 p.m. and the first heat race gets the green flag at 6 p.m. Spectator admission is $20 for adults, $10 for kids ages 6-12 and free for children ages 5 and under. Pit passes are $35 for adults, $15 for kids ages 6-12 and free for children 5 and under.

A full racing card is slated with the rugged USMTS road warriors being joined by Limited Mods, Nesmith Crate Late Models, Nesmith Street Stocks, Nesmith Late Model Sportsmans, Factory Stocks and Hot Shots/Stingers.

The Holiday Inn in Meridian is the Official Host Hotel of Whynot Motorsports Park. Located at 100 N. Frontage Rd. in Meridian, call (601) 693-0160 and ask for the Whynot Motorsports Park Rate of $83 per night.

The Whynot Motorsports Park is a semi-banked 3/10-mile dirt oval located at 4773 JW Reynolds Road in Meridian, Mississippi 39301 (intersection of JW Reynolds Rd. and Old Hwy. 19 Southeast). For questions please call Phillip Hathcock at (205) 965-3070 or Rodney Wing at (601) 527-0084. The tracks website can be found at www.whynotmotorsportspark.com. You can also follow them on Facebook at www.facebook.com/whynotmotorsportspark, Twitter at www.twitter.com/Whynotracing1 and Instagram at www.instagram.com/whynot_motorsports_park.

On Sunday, the best race in the country can be found at the Greenville Speedway in Greenville, Miss.

Pit gates open at 1 p.m. and grandstands open at 4, followed by hot laps and racing at approximately 5:30 p.m. Adult spectator admission is $20, kids ages 6-14 are $5 and children 5 and under get in for free. Pit passes are $35.

In addition to the USMTS Modifieds, fans will see Super Lates, Nesmith Crate Late Models, Pure Streets and Limited Mods in action at thefastest track in the south.”

The Greenville Speedway in a semi-banked 1/4-mile gumbo clay oval. If you’re coming from Greenwood on Hwy. 82, take a left on Raceway Rd., which is the first red light as you enter Greenville (track is located on the left). If coming from Arkansas, take a right on Raceway Rd., which is the last red light leaving Greenville (track is located on the left). For more information call (662) 822-7071 or (662) 822-2662 or visit www.greenvillespeedway.net. You can also follow them on Facebook at www.facebook.com/Greenville-Speedway-216033642998.

For fans unable to attend this weekend, all three shows including every lap of every division will be broadcast live on www.RacinDirt.com.

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. Keep up to speed with everything USMTS by joining our email list at www.usmts.com/subscribe.

Offseason preparation has Jackson optimistic for season ahead

February 28th, 2017

Wheatland, Missouri- Tony Jackson Jr. has been burning the candle at both ends lately. New cars and more engines than ever, a day at the track in Wisconsin, a sellout of his street stock business and a brand new crew chief highlight his last few months. “I’m sure ready to get racing,” said Jackson from his race shop earlier this week. “This is without the question the most prepared I have ever been heading into a season.”

Jackson is eyeing a calendar full of race dates and will run the majority of the Lucas Oil MLRA tour like previous seasons. The 2013 series champion has nothing but good things to say about the events on the schedule this season. “It’s a really good schedule this year,” Jackson elaborated. “I like running at all the tracks on the schedule, there’s not even one where I would like to shy away from. It should be a great year.”

New to the team are three MB Customs Race Cars, built by Jimmy and Chris Mars, from Menomonie, Wisconsin. The five race ready power plants come by way of Cornett Racing Engines. “I’ve been in several cars the last few years and this time around I was really looking for something that not everybody else in the pits was unloading,” said Jackson. “I also wanted to be back on Integra Shocks. Those are kind of just home to me. This deal came about, and I couldn’t be happier.”

About a month ago Jackson and Mars were able to get away and spend a day testing at Mississippi Thunder Speedway in Fountain City, Wisconsin. He felt comfortable right off the bat and his lap times were in line with Mars right out of the trailer. The past couple of seasons he has also established himself as a force in the street stock world, building some of the most successful cars in the country. Gone are the jigs and related components. When asked about the decision, he was very matter of fact.

“I think I proved what we needed to with those cars. I felt like that success came at a cost to my racing, and it had to go. For me to race the way we need to, I couldn’t continue building those cars.” Also new is Tony Allen, a highly respected veteran Dirt Late Model Crew Chief. Allen was looking for a spot to land when Jason Papich sold his operation at the end of the year. Jackson provided him the opportunity to remain in the midwest.

Allen joins Dustin Atkinson and Jeff Morgan. Atkinson works full time for TJR and specializes in sheet metal and body work. Morgan handles tire duty in the evenings, and is occasionally at the track to help as well.”I think it’s important to set realistic goals heading into the season,” Jackson offered. “This year I’d really like to win ten races. I’ve had a few years better and several worse. We’re extremely prepared, with folks like Jim and Vicki O’Dell on board, and also Raymond Merrill, who is planning to race a bunch with us this season. I can’t thank them and all of our sponsors enough for their help.” The first weekend of racing for the Lucas Oil MLRA is just under two months away. It will again originate from the Kosiski family’s I-80 Speedway in Greenwood, Nebraska, March 31, and April 1. The Spring Meltdown will pay $2,000 and $3,000 to win respectively.

For all of the latest news and information fans are encouraged to visit the series website at www.MLRARacing.com. Fans may also “like” the Lucas Oil MLRA Facebook page by clicking www.Facebook.com/lucasoilmlra or follow us on Twitter at www.Twitter.com/MLRA.

Midwest Sheet Metal bringing spoiler program to MLRA

February 27th, 2017

Wheatland, Missouri – Lucas Oil MLRA Officials are pleased to welcome back Springfield, Missouri based Midwest Sheet Metal, in a larger capacity. For the coming season Midwest Sheet Metal will present the “MLRA Point Leader Spoiler Challenge.”

The current point leader heading into every event will carry a special fluorescent yellow spoiler built by Midwest Sheet Metal. The spoiler will carry the Midwest Sheet Metal logo on both side supports of each spoiler. The driver leaving each event with the points lead will also receive a $25 product certificate. The 2017 series champion will pocket an additional $500 from Midwest Sheet Metal at the year end awards banquet.

“Racing has become a big part of what we do at Midwest Sheet Metal,” commented owner Chris Davis.”We’ve been involved with Lucas Oil for several years now, and are thrilled to extend our partnership even further. The spoilers look really neat and will stand out well on the track.”

In addition to stocking virtually any color of aluminum for race car bodies, Midwest Sheet Metal offers body components, bracing kits, spoilers and custom fabrication. They also boast a full machine shop with a CNC mill on site. Midwest Sheet Metal has become a leader in the metal industry with a large inventory of stainless and carbon steel, to go along with aluminum.

Midwest Sheet Metal will also be presenting the “Midwest Sheet Metal Show Me Challenge” at the Show Me 100 on Saturday, May 27. This race annually has been packed with excitement. The race’s winner will get the opportunity to take the $2,500 check or start at the tail of the prestigious Show Me 100 main event. Annually this has been an incredibly exciting feature, with every winner thus far electing to roll onto the main event. Previous winners include Mike Marlar, Tommy Weder Jr., Chris Simpson and Bobby Pierce. On three of the four occasions the winner has finished the main event inside of the top ten.

“Chris Davis has done so much for racing in our area and beyond,” said Lucas Oil MLRA Series Director Dan Robinson. “We’re thrilled to continue our partnership and excited to see how these new spoilers look on the track!”

The first weekend of racing for the Lucas Oil MLRA is less than two months away. It will again originate from the Kosiski family’s I-80 Speedway in Greenwood, Nebraska, March 31, and April 1. The Spring Meltdown will pay $2,000 and $3,000 to win respectively.

For all of the latest news and information fans are encouraged to visit the series website at www.MLRARacing.com.

Fans may also “like” the Lucas Oil MLRA Facebook page by clicking www.Facebook.com/lucasoilmlra or follow us on Twitter at www.Twitter.com/MLRA.

Racing, chili and charity: Stop by and see Lucas Oil Speedway staff at Sertoma Chili Cook Off

February 26th, 2017

Wheatland, Missouri- Come out and join the Lucas Oil Speedway staff this Saturday at one of the Ozarks’ biggest fundraisers, the 36th annual Sertoma Chili Cook Off.

Lucas Oil Speedway will be located in booths 66 and 67 at the Expo Center, 636 E. St. Louis, in downtown Springfield. The Lucas team will be among more than 70 teams serving up chili and competing for votes in the “People’s Choice” category of the event. Unlimited chili sampling is included in the ticket price, which is $15 in advance and $18 at the door. Parties of 30 or more can get tickets for $12 per person by contacting Angie Doke of Lucas Oil Speedway at (417) 399-5090 or from Laurie Looney at Harbell’s Grill and Sports Bar – site of the Lucas Oil Speedway/Lucas Oil MLRA Watch Party at noon Sunday.

There also will be schedules for the 2017 Big Adventure RV Weekly Racing Series season and the special events at the track, along with prize giveaways that include a set of General Admission season passes. Raffle tickets for the passes are 11 tickets for $10 and $20 for an arm’s length. The raffle winner of the passes will be drawn at Sunday’s Watch Party at Harbell’s.

“Lucas Oil Speedway is proud to be a part of one of the largest fundraisers for children’s charities of the year,” Lucas Oil Speedway General Manager Dan Robinson said. “This also is a fun opportunity for our fans to come out and see our staff, talk racing, get info on the upcoming season and taste some of our fabulous chili.” The Sertoma Chili Cook Off runs from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. and also includes two stages with some of the area’s best bands and musicians. Sertoma is one of the oldest service clubs in the United States and is a non-profit organization. Proceeds from the Chili Cook Off go toward the Springfield Boys and Girls Clubs. For more information on tickets and the complete schedule, go to SertomaChiliCookoff.com.

The 2017 Lucas Oil Speedway season begins with the Big Adventure RV Weekly Racing Series opener on April 8, followed by the 4th annual Lucas Oil MLRA Spring Nationals on April 14-15. Here is the complete schedule for 2017. For complete Lucas Oil Speedway event information, archived stories, ticket info and schedule information for the season, visit lucasoilspeedway.com. Three-day passes for the 25th annual Show-Me 100 Presented by ProtecttheHarvest.com are now on sale.

Lucas Oil Speedway is located at Highways 83 and 54 in Wheatland, Missouri. A campground with shower and bathroom facilities is also available. With it’s entrance located just outside the pit gate this sprawling scenic camping facility will continue to enhance the racing experience at the Diamond of Dirt Tracks. Click www.LucasOilSpeedway.com for more information and detailed directions to the speedway or call the Track Hotline at (417) 282-5984.

In addition, fans can get social with Lucas Oil Speedway by following @LucasSpeedway on Twitter, clicking “Like” at www.facebook.com/LucasOilSpeedway and on www.youtube.com/LucasOilSpeedway.

The Lucas Oil Speedway Big Adventure RV Weekly Racing Series opens on April 8.

Jason Hughes Hustles to Shady Oaks Win; Mississippi Trip Next

February 24th, 2017

Hughes parked his Henryetta Ford #12 Hughes Chassis/ Mullins Racing Engine Modified in victory lane with the United States Modified Touring Series.

Jason Hughes made the trip to Shady Oaks Speedway (Goliad, Texas) on Thursday for the second weekend of action for the United States Modified Touring Series (USMTS) Southern Region. Drawing 31 entries, Jason edged his
way into the opening night feature with a 3rd-place finish in his heat. Rolling off 9th for the A-Main, Hughes improved two spots in the 30-lapper to place 7th at the checkered flag.

The following night starting on the pole of his heat, Jason cruised to an 8-lap heat race win, positioning him 4th on the starting grid for the feature. Battling with Ricky Thornton Jr. for the top spot in the opening laps, Hughes inherited the lead on lap-14 after Thornton Jr. and another competitor tangled, causing Thornton Jr. to spin. Holding the field at bay for the remaining 21 circuits, Jason Hughes charged to his second victory of the season with Ryan Gustin, Travis Saurer, Cade Dillard, and Johnny Scott rounding out the Top 5.

For the final night of the Summit Racing Southern Region presented by Production Jars tripleheader, Hughes logged a 6th-place outing in his heat, which relegated him to the B-Main. Sending the Top 5 to the finale, Jason landed a runner-up finish behind Tyler Wolff, which locked his spot into the $4,000-to-win feature. Passing nine cars in the 40-lap affair, Jason Hughes reeled in a 7th-place finish.

Jason continues to sit atop the latest USMTS point standings. Complete results and the latest standings can be found at www.USMTS.com.

This coming weekend Hughes Motorsports will trek to the state of Mississippi for a tripleheader through the Magnolia State. Action opens on Friday evening at Jackson Motor Speedway (Byram, Mississippi) before moving to Whynot Motorsports Park (Meridian, Mississippi) on Saturday night. The weekend draws to a close on Sunday evening at Greenville Speedway (Greenville, Mississippi). The historic weekend marks the first time that the USMTS has sanctioned events in Mississippi. For more information on the event, please visit www.USMTS.com .

Jason Hughes would like to thank his sponsors including Henryetta Ford,

Tail Tackle, AFCO Brakes, West Siloam Pawn, Murphrey Oil Company, Gressel Racing, Hughes Racing Chassis, Mullins Race Engines, D and G Directional Drilling, 45 Pipeline Services, JRI Shocks, Hanson Tire Service, Braka Operating, Sunoco Race Fuels, Mert’s Truck Center, SAEF Custom Finishing, Wheeler Metals Rainbow Graphics, Hooker Harness, Quarter Master, Beyea Custom Headers, Ultra-Shield Race Products, MB Machine & Tool, T&D Machine Products, Callies, Quick Car Racing Products, Dan Olson Racing Products, FSR Radiators & Racing Products, Tiger Rear Ends, Driven Racing Oil, Sweet Mfg, Real Racing Wheels, Rod End Supply, and MSRMafia.com Marketing Services.

For more information on Jason Hughes, please visit www.JasonHughes12.com .

Sheppard Wins in Dramatic Fashion at Bubba Raceway Park

February 23rd, 2017

OCALA, FL – The former Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Rookie of the Year, Brandon Sheppard took the lead on the final lap from Scott Bloomquist to win Sunday night’s Lucas Oil Winter Nationals – presented by GEICO at Bubba Raceway Park. The exciting finish brought the packed grandstand to its feet as Sheppard charged from his 11th starting spot to take the win.

Bloomquist finished in second, followed by Dennis Erb Jr. in the Vomac Trucking, Clements Racing Engines, Black Diamond Chassis. Earl Pearson Jr. came home fourth in the Dunn-Benson Ford, Larry Wallace Racing Engines, Longhorn Chassis. Frank Heckenast Jr. completed the top five in the St. Louis-U-Pic-A-Part, Capital Race Car. Sheppard ended the Georgia-Florida Speedweeks with his second win in the Mark Richards Racing, Valvoline, Seubert Calf Ranches, Gunter’s Honey, Sallack Well Services, Sunoco, Durham-powered Rocket House Car.

In Lucas Oil Victory Lane for the sixth time in his career, the 24-year-old racer was at a loss for words; “Anytime you can pass Scott [Bloomquist] for the lead, it’s pretty big. He is probably one of the greatest in our sport. I guess you could say it was an honor to pass him on the last lap for the win.” “It was crazy out there. Turns three and four and down the front stretch were pretty slippery. You had to make sure you hit the little bit of brown on the bottom of three and four,” said Sheppard.

“The caution with two laps to go, let us pack the top of one and two and made it so we could roll around on the top better. Scott was running on the top before that caution come out. I kind of expected him to go to the top and then he went to the bottom on the restart. I guess I just grinned a little bit and got on the gas and went right by him on the outside.”

At the start of the race Josh Richards and Bloomquist led the field to the green flag. Bloomquist led the first lap and Richards took over the point on lap two. Richards then started to receive heavy pressure from Don O’Neal who had moved by Bloomquist into second place.

As Richards and O’Neal exited off turn four on lap 20, a car spun directly into front of them, leaving those two drivers with nowhere to go and they came to a halt with heavy damage to both cars. Richards went pit-side and made repairs to re-join the field on the tail while O’Neal was done for the night.

Bloomquist inherited the lead, which he held until a caution with two laps to go for a slowing car in turn two, which bunched the field for a green-white-checker finish. Erb, who had been all over Bloomquist in the final five laps of the race charged to the bottom trying to get by Bloomquist as Sheppard swung out wide and went by both to take the win.

Bloomquist crossed the line in second even though it wasn’t the result he was looking for. “We were pushing badly at the end, especially in three and four. The tire was starting to give-up a little bit. The crew guys pointed to get to the bottom on the restart. I didn’t expect him [Sheppard] to get a run like that, and the car didn’t feel as good at the end, it was just one of those things. We had a good race and I am sure that everybody enjoyed watching that one.”

Erb took third, and commented on his podium finish, “We had a good car all night long. From the time we hot lapped, qualified, ran the heat, this car stayed good and to be running up front near the end, we are real pleased with that. We worked on this car all week-long and finally brought it out tonight, we made a lot of changes on this car, but at least we are going in the right direction.”

Completing the top ten were Tim McCreadie, Chub Frank, Boom Briggs, Jonathan Davenport, and Josh Richards.

Dillard thrills Shady Oaks Speedway spectators

February 22nd, 2017

GOLIAD, Texas — The Shady Oaks Speedway saved the best for last with a barnburner 40-lap main event Saturday to close the curtain on the second of five Summit Racing USMTS Winter Speedweeks tripleheader weekends.

Several drivers took their shots, but in the end it was Cade Dillard of Robeline, La., claiming his first win of the season and 11th of his USMTS career.

Johnny Scott was the Sybesma Graphics Pole Award winner and led the first lap his third time at the front of the pack in the seasons first six races but Travis Saurer gained the top spot the next time around the 3/8-mile dirt oval.

Scott got it back two laps later, but Saurer was back in front again to lead lap 5 and Dillard followed into second on lap 8 after a hearty three-way battle at the front of the field.

Meanwhile, Ryan Gustin was closing in on the leaders and Rodney Sanders, who started 13th, was also narrowing the gap by using the low line around the racing surface.

Saurer held serve for the next 17 laps but after a couple of side-by-side laps with Dillard, relinquished control to “The Thriller.”

Dillard remained out front but Gustin and Sanders were both in hot pursuit and closing the gap before the race’s first caution waved on lap 29.

After another brief caution one lap later, Dillard led the field back to the green flag and then proceeded to pull away over the final ten laps to secure the $4,000 top prize.

Gustin held off Sanders to claim the runner-up spot, Zack VanderBeek moved up three spots to finish fourth and Scott beat Thornton to the flagstand by a bumper to get fifth-place money.

Friday night’s winner, Jason Hughes, was seventh, Saurer finished eighth, Chris Brown nabbed the ninth position and Joe Duvall rounded out the top 10 finishers.

The series treks into Mississippi for the first time next weekend, beginning at the Jackson Motor Speedway in Byram on Friday, Feb. 24, followed by the Whynot Motorsports Park in Meridian on Saturday, Feb. 25, and Greenville Speedway on Sunday, Feb. 26.

Each show pays $3,000 to the main event winner.

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. Keep up to speed with everything USMTS by joining our email list at www.usmts.com/subscribe.

USMTS @ Shady Oaks Speedway, 2/16-18/17

February 21st, 2017

Goliad, TX., Friday the USMTS Road Warriors returned for a second night of racing on the 3/8 mile track along with the Limited Modifieds and Pure Stocks. Last night fans were treated to a good night of racing that saw 50 cars in action on a surface that slicked off throughout the night. Both features saw battles for the lead with the Limited Modified race decided in the final laps.

Thursday night saw Ricky Thornton jr., using the high side, take home the victory in the $2,000 to win feature event. Thornton led green to checkers in the 31-lap(last lap caution) event holding off Stormy Scott and Ryan Gustin. That was his first win since joining the Gressel Racing team and the 200th of his career. Tonight the pay out jumps up a grand with tonight’s winner grabbing a $3,000 payday.

Shane Hoefling worked past race-long leader Edward Oakes in the final laps to take the $400 up for grabs to win the Limited Modified feature. Hoefling used the high groove to make his way up to the front passing Oakes with two to go. Friday’s payday ramps up a $100 for the winner while the Pure Stocks come in and shoot for a $400 top prize of their own.

Hughes Inherits Lead, Carries it to Checkers

Jason Hughes(Watts,Okla.) was in the right place at the right during Friday nights 35-lap USMTS main event. Hughes had just gotten past Travis Saurer for third when Ricky Thornton and Chris Brown made contact battling for the lead. Both were put at the tail giving Hughes the point on the restart.

Hughes, in his West Siloam Pawn, Redtail Tackle, Murphrey Oil Co., Larry Carburetors, Allstar Performance, Pig-n-Out, McCartney Welding, Cates Recycling, Maxima Oil, Rainbow Graphics, Eastside Cafe, JRI Shocks, Mullins powered, Hughes Chassis had team mate, Ryan Gustin at arms length, the remainder of the race as he motored to the checkers.

With the fog rolling in the 24-car USMTS feature roared to life with Thornton getting the jump on polesitter, Brown into turn 1. Brown fell in line second on the hammer-down, heavy track with Hughes and Saurer side by side and Steve Whiteaker jr. in fifth. Cade Dillard got along side Whiteaker with Gustin looking on. Adam Cates went over the turn 3-4 hill for a caution on lap 4.

On the restart Hughes, Whiteaker and Dillard were three wide when a multi-car tangle quickly slowed the action. Saurer challenged Brown on the restart with Hughes and Whiteaker side by side for fourth. Hughes held off Whiteaker who now had Gustin at his door. Gustin got the spot a lap later followed by Dillard. At lap 10 Thornton and Brown were starting to check out.

Brown turned up the heat on Thornton getting good looks off turn 2 while Hughes got by Saurer for third. Brown and Thornton got together in turn 4 to bring out a lap 13 caution sending them both to the back. This gave the lead to start lap 14 to Hughes with Gustin getting second from Saurer on the restart trailed by Dillard, Whiteaker and Johnny Scott.

After a quick caution for Tyler Wolff, the Whiteaker/Dillard duel continued. At halfway it was Hughes, Gustin, Saurer, Dillard and Whiteaker in the top five when Brown looped it in turn 4. As the lead trio got away, Dillard and Whiteaker were at it again. J. Scott joined the fight getting by Whiteaker and along side Dillard with Stormy Scott now hounding Whiteaker.

S. Scott got by Whiteaker and Dillard as Dillard fell back, but recovered to retake fourth. As the laps clicked off Saurer gave Gustin a look for third while the Scott twins swapped position. As the lead duo crept away, Dillard was challenging Saurer for third while J. Scott closed in. Hughes held a couple car lengths on Gustin as the white flag waved with the Hughes Racing team mates coming across the line for the one-two finish.

Louden Launches in Limited Modified Main

Shiner’s Vince Louden ran away with the 25-lap Limited Modified feature win. After a good side by side battle for the lead with Garrett Higgins for the first five laps, Louden got the spot and began to motor away. On a couple restarts Louden launched himself away from Johnny Torres and built huge leads, at one point a full straightaway.

A late caution rebunched the field with five to go and again Louden got out from the pack and went on to the win in the Louden Motorsports, Rock Motors, Extreme Graphics, 41 Shocks, Pat Foreman Racing Heads, Parks Machine, IRP Chassis.

On the initial start of the 22-car Limited Modified feature Higgins got the lead off of turn 2, but Cody Beddoe had problems in turn 1 for a complete restart. This time Higgings and Tanner Whitmire stayed side by side nearly the entire lap with Higgins getting the edge by a nose. A four-car melee brought the action to a crawl again on lap 1.

Once back to green it Louden getting along side Higgins with it too close to call on lap 2, while Torres got third from Whitmire. Higgins led lap 3 by a bumper, but Louden hung tough. Lap 4 saw Louden get the nose out front and he finally secured the spot on lap 5. Torres took second from Higgins on lap 7 who slowed and pulled off.

Louden had just gotten a big advantage on Torres who had a gap to Whitmire, Lawrence Mikulencak and Dustin Butcher. All that changed when David Schurry went around in turns 3-4. On the restart Butcher jumped L. Mikulencak for fourth and was along side Whitmire for third. Shane Hoefling, who started near the back had moved up to battle with L. Mikulencak for fifth.

At the midway point Louden was again easing away from Torres, Butcher, Whitmite and L. Mikulencak. Butchers night ended when he slowed and pulled to the infield. Whitmire also began to fade giving up spots to L. Mikulencak, Hoefling, Marcus Mikulencak and Mickey Helms. With five to go Louden had a full straightaway on Torres, L. Mikulencak and Hoefling.

Tyler Box went around in turn 4 for a lap 25 caution. On green Louden didn’t waste any time quickly rebuilding his margin on Torres while L. Mikulencak and Hoefling ran wheel to wheel. That duo kept it up for three laps before Hoefling finally got the spot. Up front it was Louden, now on cruise control, continuing to pull away from Torres at the checkers

Snow Falls in Pure Stock Winners Circle

The 20-lap Pure Stock feature came down to a last lap battle between Joseph Snow(Cuero) and race-long leader Cecil McCreary. Snow, who made his way into the top three early, caught McCreary with two to go. As they slugged it out to the finish it was Snow eking out the win in his Army, Chevy.

As the 22-car Pure Stock field took the green McCreary and Brice Baros did a little rubbing with McCreary getting the lead. Josh Sewell moved into second with Baros third, Jack Kirby fourth and Daniel Preston fifth. After a quick caution for debris Kirby took over third with Daniel Waer and Snow getting by Barosas well.

After a caution for Mason Casteneda, Sewell half spun on the restart collecting Waer. This moved Snow, Baros and Monty Chamberlain into the top five behind McCreary and Kirby coming to halfway. Kirby slipped up on lap giving up second to Snow. Baros also went off track with Chuck Perry and Cheyloh Flanagan picking up spots.

With five to go Kirby fell off the pace while Snow was closing in on McCreary for the lead. Coming to the last two laps Snow turned up the heat while Perry and Colt Beaver, who came out the B-main, got by Flanagan for fourth and fifth. As the leaders took the white flag it was anyone’s race. Coming to the line it was Snow getting the hard earned victory.

Racing continues Saturday night with pit gates opening at 3:00pm, spectator gates at 4:30pm. Hot laps begin at 6:15pm and racing starts at 6:30pm. For more info visit www.shadyoakspeedway. com or their facebook page www.facebook.com/ShadyOaksSpeedway

Or visit www.usmts.com or their facebook page www.facebook.com/usmts to follow the series.

Dave Darland Winds “Steve Stroud Memorial” at Canyon Speedway

February 20th, 2017

Charging from eleventh, “The People’s Champion” Dave Darland (Lincoln, Indiana) took command from Stevie Sussex on the twenty-first lap and claimed the “Steve Stroud Memorial” at Canyon Speedway Park. For Darland, last Saturday’s $3,500 Sands Chevrolet USAC SouthWest Sprint Car victory was also a personal triumph in winning the race that honors friend and sponsor. “Chargin” Charles Davis Jr., hard charger R.J. Johnson, Sussex, and Shon Deskins rounded out the top-five drivers.

Racing Charlotte Aragon’s #99 Yelp / Beaver Stripes J&J, Dave Darland steadily made his way forward in the 30-lap main event. By lap twenty, the former USAC National Champion was secure in third and executed a brilliant turn one “slide job” to take second. Still on the charge, Darland shot low into third corner underneath the leader Sussex and slid into the lead. From there, “The People’s Champion” was not to be denied and sped to the season opener’s checkered flags. Earlier in the program, Darland ran third in his heat race and ranked eleventh in passing points.

“Chargin” Charles Davis Jr. (Buckeye, Arizona) pressured Sussex for the lead early in the race but had to settle for second at Canyon Speedway Park. Driving the Massey Motorsports’ #50 RSS Industries / Rod End Supply RSS, Davis won the night’s first heat race sponsored by Crawford Auto Repair and placed fifth in passing points. The five-time Arizona sprint car champion left the “Steve Stroud Memorial” as the series point leader.

R.J. Johnson (Laveen, Arizona) earned the night’s MAJ1K “hard charger / best passing job” honors with a third place run from seventeenth. Piloting Bobby Martin’s #51 Martin Family Auto Museum / Pecon Builders Sherman, Johnson scored eighth in his heat race after mechanical issues seemed to end his night. R.J’s crew went to work and the four-time series champion rebounded to win the night’s All Things Surplus Semi-Main after starting seventh. The four-time series champion heads to the March 9th and 10th Las Vegas “Showdown” ranked fourth in the standings.

Stevie Sussex (Tempe, Arizona) led the first twenty laps before scoring fourth in the “Steve Stroud Memorial.” Racing Bob Price’s #4 Team AZ Racing / RSS Industries entry, Sussex won the night’s Crawford Auto Repair Heat Race #2 and ranked sixth in passing points. Heading to Las Vegas, the 2015 “Outlaw Showdown” winner is currently third in the point chase.

Shon Deskins (Waddell, Arizona) raced from eighth to score fifth in the season opener. Driving his #20 Spike Chassis / Simpson Racing entry, Deskins finished fourth in his heat race and placed eighth in overall passing points. The veteran driver left Canyon Speedway Park ranked sixth in championship points.

“The Bull” Tye Mihocko (Peoria, Arizona) earned the night’s Beaver Stripes Passing Master Award over the 25-car field. Piloting the family owned #5 Property Solutions by Dave Wilson / Futuristic Designs Spike, Mihocko ran third in his heat race and finished eleventh in the main event. At press time, “The Bull” will head to The Dirt Track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway ranked ninth in the point standings.

Ronnie Clark (Tucson, Arizona) returned to USAC SouthWest competition and won the night’s Interstate Truck Bodies Third Heat Race. Racing the family owned #6 RCM / Performance Engines Ellis, Clark ranked second in passing points and scored nineteenth at the checkered flags. Ronnie left the “Steve Stroud Memorial” sitting fourteenth in chase for the championship.

After a break in the schedule, the Sands Chevrolet USAC SouthWest Sprint Cars will travel to The Dirt Track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on March 9th and 10th. Co-sanctioned with the USAC West Coast Sprints, the “Outlaw Showdown” will also feature the World of Outlaws Sprint Cars and IMCA Modifieds. For more event information, visit the track’s website at www.lvms.com/dirt or call 702.644.4444.

The USAC SouthWest Sprint Car Series thanks All Things Surplus, AME Electric, Aragon Racing, Arizona Motorsports Promotions, Beaver Stripes, Canyon Speedway Park, Crawford Auto Repair, Interstate Truck Bodies, Jason Rominger, Kyle Larson, Larry H. Miller Chrysler Jeep, MAJ1K, Property Solutions by Dave Wilson, Ron’s Lawn Service, Southern New Mexico Speedway, T&K Repair, Team AZ and everyone else that made the Steve Stroud Memorial a special event.

For more information on the Sands Chevrolet USAC SouthWest Sprint Car Series, visit www.southwestsprintcars.com, www.usacracing.com, or follow the series on Facebook.

Hughes cuts through fog at Shady Oaks Speedway

February 19th, 2017

GOLIAD, Texas — Jason Hughes was in the right place at the right time, and a familiar place at the end of the 35-lap USMTS main event Friday night at the Shady Oaks Speedway.

With fog thickening above the 3/8-mile dirt oval, Ricky Thornton Jr. jumped out to the early lead over Chris Brown while Hughes battled Travis Saurer for third.

Winners of the last two features, Thornton and Brown battled up front for the first dozen laps when Thornton glided over the back-stretch berm which allowed Brown to pull alongside as they entered the third turn.

Racing for the same real estate as the top of the corner, the lead duo made contact which resulted in Thornton sliding to a stop at the top of turn four and the second yellow flag of the race.

Officials sent both drivers to the tail for the restart, and that gave Hughes who had passed Saurer for third one lap earlier the lead for the next green flag.

Ryan Gustin powered into the runner-up spot on the restart and gave chase to his car owner and teammate for the remaining 22 circuits, but Hughes never offered up a mistake for The Reaper to pounce.

Hughes cruised the rest of the way to claim the $3,000 winner’s share of the purse, register his 148th career USMTS victory and become the first two-time winner this season.

“It was a lot of luck tonight,” said Hughes. “The way the track was you had to start up front to get qualified. We were just trying to keep our cars clean and not wreck. I passed Travis there at the right time and inherited that lead. I hated it for Ricky, but I’ll take it anyway.

It’s an educated guess as to what you try at a track. Once you think you know it all, then you’re in trouble. You do what you think the car needs and hopefully hit it. I don’t know if I had anything for them if they hadn’t gotten together.”

Meanwhile, Gustin followed Hughes to the finish line to claim the second spot with Saurer nabbing third to increase his lead in the Grant Junghans USMTS Rookie of the Year points.

Cade Dillard finished fourth while the Scott brothers Johnny and Stormy were fifth and sixth. R.C. Whitwell was seventh, Rodney Sanders raced from 16th to finish eighth, Steve Whiteaker Jr. was ninth and Philip Houston rounded out the top 10.

Thornton and Brown rebounded to finish 13th and 15th, respectively.

On Saturday, pit gates open at 3 p.m., grandstands open at 4:30, hot laps begin at 6:15 and racing starts at 6:30. Adult tickets are $20, kids ages 11-15 are $10 and children 10 and under are free. Pit passes are $40.

A $4,000 paycheck awaits the USMTS main event winner, the Limited Mod winner gets $600 and Pure Stocks are racing for $400.

Can’t be there in person? Watch all three days live at www.racindirt.com/live.

The Shady Oaks Speedway is located 4.0 miles north of Goliad on US 183, then 3.0 miles east on FM 622. To learn more, check out their website at www.shadyoakspeedway.com.

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. Keep up to speed with everything USMTS by joining our email list at www.usmts.com/subscribe.

Thornton fourth winner in four races, snares USMTS opener at Shady Oaks Speedway

February 18th, 2017

GOLIAD, Texas — The fourth race of the season for the USMTS produced a fourth different winner as Ricky Thornton Jr. rolled to a wire-to-wire victory at the Shady Oaks Speedway in Goliad, Texas.

Starting from the outside of the second row, Thornton wasted no time getting to the front and made it three wide with polesitter Chris Brown and Mickey Lassiter entering the first turn.

Stormy Scott followed to the inside down the back-stretch and slid into second behind Thornton as they completed the first lap.

The first four laps were plagued by five cautions, but the field rattled off 20 straight laps after that with Ryan Gustin, Stormy Scott, Johnny Scott and Chris Brown chasing Thornton around the big 3/8-mile dirt oval.

The yellow flag flew with five laps to go, and again as the white flag was waving to set up a green-white-checkered finish, but each time Thornton was up to the task and paced Stormy Scott to the finish line to notch his second career USMTS triumph.

Brown, who fell back as far as sixth during the 30-lapper, clawed his way back to a third-place finish while Gustin nipped Johnny Scott as the finish line to take the fourth spot.

Racing from 18th on the starting grid to sixth at the checkered flag, Travis Saurer earned the KSE Racing Products Hard Charger Award with Jason Hughes, Tyler Wolff, Cade Dillard and Dereck Ramirez rounding out the top 10.

Two more nights remain at the Shady Oaks Speedway.

On Friday, pit gates open at 3 p.m., grandstands open at 5, hot laps begin at 7:15 and racing starts at 7:30. Adult tickets are $20, kids ages 11-15 are $10 and children 10 and under are free. Pit passes are $35. The USMTS feature winner will earn $3,000, Limited Mods battle for $500 to win and Pure Stocks get $400 to win.

On Saturday, pit gates open at 3 p.m., grandstands open at 4:30, hot laps begin at 6:15 and racing starts at 6:30. Adult tickets are $20, kids ages 11-15 are $10 and children 10 and under are free. Pit passes are $40. A $4,000 paycheck awaits the USMTS main event winner, the Limited Mod winner gets $600 and Pure Stocks are racing for $400.

Can’t be there in person? Watch all three days live at www.racindirt.com/live.

The Shady Oaks Speedway is located 4.0 miles north of Goliad on US 183, then 3.0 miles east on FM 622. To learn more, check out their website at www.shadyoakspeedway.com.

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. Keep up to speed with everything USMTS by joining our email list at www.usmts.com/subscribe.

USMTS slides into Goliad for Last Lap at Shady Oaks Speedway

February 18th, 2017

GOLIAD, Texas — This weeks USMTS event will be the final race ever at the Shady Oaks Speedway as the land has been sold and it will be permanently closed.

The Last Lap at Shady Oaks will be the final opportunity ever for drivers and fans to enjoy racing at this fantastic hidden gem.

Last year on opening night, the margin of victory was little more than a thin whisker as Rodney Sanders held off Jason Hughes in a duel of former USMTS national champions.

The current points leader in the USMTS Summit Racing Southern Region presented by Production Jars, Hughes has a win and two runner-ups, plus a third-, fourth- and a sixth-place finish in the six USMTS main events held at Shady Oaks.

His new teammate, Ryan Gustin, has a pair of wins, a pair of seconds and a third to his credit, and Cade Dillard is one of only six drivers to qualify for all six USMTS features at Shady Oaks including three straight third-place finishes here in 2016.

Dereck Ramirez has also tasted victory here, and Steven Whiteaker Jr. of nearby Corpus Christi captured the victory in the USMTS debut at the Shady Oaks Speedway in 2015.

An open practice is happening Wednesday night from 6-9 p.m. with free admission for spectators and $20 to get in the pits.

On Thursday, pit gates open at 3 p.m., grandstands open at 5:30, hot laps begin at 7:15 and racing starts at 7:30. Adult tickets are $15, kids ages 11-15 are $5 and children 10 and under are free. Pit passes are $35. A top prize of $2,000 goes to the USMTS winner with $400 to win Limited Mods.

On Friday, pit gates open at 3 p.m., grandstands open at 5, hot laps begin at 7:15 and racing starts at 7:30. Adult tickets are $20, kids ages 11-15 are $10 and children 10 and under are free. Pit passes are $35. The USMTS feature winner will earn $3,000, Limited Mods battle for $500 to win and Pure Stocks get $400 to win.

On Saturday, pit gates open at 3 p.m., grandstands open at 4:30, hot laps begin at 6:15 and racing starts at 6:30. Adult tickets are $20, kids ages 11-15 are $10 and children 10 and under are free. Pit passes are $40. A $4,000 paycheck awaits the USMTS main event winner, the Limited Mod winner gets $600 and Pure Stocks are racing for $400.

Can’t be there in person? Watch all three days live at www.racindirt.com/live.

The Best Western Plus Goliad Inn & Suites in Goliad, Texas, welcomes travelers as the Official Host Hotel for USMTS fans and teams, and is located just minutes from the track at 754 East Pearl St. in Goliad.

Race fans can get these following discounted rates for this weekend: King Standard $85.99, King Suite $90.99, Double Queens $95.99 or Two-Bed Suites $99.99, plus applicable taxes.

Call (361) 645-3100 today to book your stay, and remember to mention USMTS when making reservations. For more information about the Best Western Plus Goliad Inn & Suites, check them out online at https://www.bestwestern.com/en_US/book/hotel-details.44673.html and like them on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/BWGoliadInnSuitesGoliad.

The Shady Oaks Speedway is located 4.0 miles north of Goliad on US 183, then 3.0 miles east on FM 622. To learn more, check out their website at www.shadyoakspeedway.com.

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. Keep up to speed with everything USMTS by joining our email list at www.usmts.com/subscribe.

Atchison County Raceway to feature Holley USRA Stock Cars, Out-Pace USRA B-Mods on Saturday nights

February 17th, 2017

ATCHISON, Kan.. — Embarking on their sixth season of racing in 2017, the Atchison County Raceway in Atchison, Kan., will feature Holley USRA Stock Cars and Out-Pace USRA B-Mods as part of the weekly Saturday night program at “The Cage.”

Drivers competing at the fast, high-banked 1/5-mile dirt oval will earn track, regional and national points in the Summit Racing USRA Weekly Racing Series.

The Atchison County Raceway will be a part of the CP-Carrillo Mid-Central Region

Both classes competed during the Iron Man Challenge event last year, but will become a regular fixture at the popular speedplant for the first time this season.

E-Modifieds, Hobby Stocks, Sport Compacts and Kidz Modz will round out the six-division Saturday night card.

The track will host a pair of open practices on Saturday, April 15 and April 22, with a USMTS mega-show thrown in between on Thursday, April 20 before the season-opening event on Saturday, April 29.

Gates open at 5 p.m. with hot laps at 7:30 and racing at 8 p.m.

Promoter Phil Birkinshas Atchison County Raceway is located at 10548 Sedgewick Rd. in Atchison, Kan. To get there, just go two miles north of Atchison on Sedgewick Rd. (past 302nd St.).

For more information, call (913) 370-2520, visit them online at www.acraceway.com and like them on Facebook at www.facebook.com/Atchison-County-Raceway-400294506669315.

To learn more about the USRA, visit www.usraracing.com or call 515-832-6000. You can also like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/usraracing, follow us at www.twitter.com/usraracing on Twitter and check out our YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/usratv. Keep up to speed with everything USMTS by joining our email list at www.usraracing.com/subscribe.

Jason Hughes Claims Cotton Bowl Cash; Shady Oaks Next

February 17th, 2017

Jason Hughes Claims Cotton Bowl Cash; Shady Oaks Next by powering his Henryetta Ford #12 Hughes Chassis/ Mullins Racing Engine Modified to the $3,000 triumph with the USMTS on Friday evening at Cotton Bowl Speedway.

On Friday night Jason Hughes kicked off the 2017 campaign by traveling to Cotton Bowl Speedway (Paige, Texas) for the United States Modified Touring Series (USMTS) season-opener. In a field of 42 Open Wheel Modifieds, Jason secured his spot into the $2,000-to-win A-Main with a 3rd-place finish in his heat. Earning the 11th-starting position, Hughes improved two positions in the 40-lapper posting a 9th-place finish.

Returning on Friday to do battle against a field of 41 cars, Hughes failed to make up much ground in his heat race as he would start deep in the field before only managing a 7th-place finish. Coming from the 7th-starting spot in his B-Main, Jason charged to a runner-up finish behind Cade Dillard, locking his spot into the show.

Rolling off 16th for the $3,000-to-win A-Main, Hughes wheeled his way into the lead in just the first 20 laps. Holding off the field for the remaining 20 circuits, Jason Hughes captured his first victory of the season topping Stormy Scott, Johnny Scott, Chris Brown, and R.C. Whitwell at the finish line.

Wrapping up the Summit Racing USMTS Southern Region event presented by Production Jars on Saturday night, Jason advanced four positions in his heat race, edging his way into the $4,000-to-win finale with a 3rd -place finish. Earning the 9th-starting position, Jason worked his way into a podium finish by the mid-point of the 50-lap finale. Battling his way through lap-traffic in the final laps, Jason Hughes notched a 2nd-place finish behind Chris Brown with Ricky Thornton Jr., Dereck Ramirez, and Zack VanderBeek rounding out the Top 5 teammate as we go up and down the road, and hopefully we can keep going like scored the $2,000 victory in the opening round.

Jason sits in first in the USMTS point standings after the completion of the first weekend. Complete results and the latest standings can be found at www.USMTS.com.

This coming weekend Hughes Motorsports will again find themselves in action in the state of Texas as they make the trip to Shady Oaks Speedway (Goliad, Texas) for another tripleheader of racing action. For more information on the event, please visit www.USMTS.com .

Jason Hughes would like to thank his sponsors including Henryetta Ford, Tail Tackle, AFCO Brakes, West Siloam Pawn, Murphrey Oil Company, Gressel Racing, Hughes Racing Chassis, Mullins Race Engines, D and G Directional Drilling, 45 Pipeline Services, JRI Shocks, Hanson Tire Service, Braka Operating, Sunoco Race Fuels, Mert’s Truck Center, SAEF Custom Finishing, Wheeler Metals Rainbow Graphics, Hooker Harness, Quarter Master, Beyea Custom Headers, Ultra-Shield Race Products, MB Machine & Tool, T&D Machine Products, Callies, Quick Car Racing Products, Dan Olson Racing Products, FSR Radiators & Racing Products, Tiger Rear Ends, Driven Racing Oil, Sweet Mfg, Real Racing Wheels, Rod End Supply, and MSRMafia.com Marketing Services.

For more information on Jason Hughes, please visit www.JasonHughes12.com .

Best Western Plus Goliad Inn & Suites is host hotel for USMTS event at Shady Oaks Speedway

February 16th, 2017

GOLIAD, Texas — The Best Western Plus Goliad Inn & Suites in Goliad, Texas, welcomes travelers as the Official Host Hotel for USMTS fans and teams when USMTS Summit Winter Speedweeks invades the Shady Oaks Speedway on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, Feb. 16-18.

Just a few minutes from the race track, the Best Western Plus Goliad Inn & Suites is located 754 East Pearl St. in Goliad. and is found in the heart of the Texas ranching areas with a number of local attractions including Coleto Creek, The Texas Mile and Tour de Goliad.

During your stay at Best Western Plus Goliad Inn & Suites, enjoy the hotel’s fitness center and outdoor pool, and every room is comes with a refrigerator, microwave, TV and all channels. Breakfast is on the house, and their complimentary meal includes stacks of waffles and eggs along with other breakfast favorites like pastries and fruits.

Other amenities include a business center, guest laundry, in-room movies, high-speed Internet access and Wi-Fi and much more.

Race fans can get these following discounted rates for this weekend: King Standard $85.99, King Suite $90.99, Double Queens $95.99 or Two-Bed Suites $99.99, plus applicable taxes.

Call (361) 645-3100 today to book your stay, and remember to mention USMTS when making reservations. For more information about the Best Western Plus Goliad Inn & Suites, check them out online at https://www.bestwestern.com/en_US/book/hotel-details.44673.html and like them on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/BWGoliadInnSuitesGoliad.

It was announced this week that this week’s USMTS event will be the final race ever at the Shady Oaks Speedway as the land has been sold and it will be permanently closed, so this will be a last opportunity for drivers and fans to enjoy racing at this fantastic hidden gem.

An open practice is happening Wednesday night from 6-9 p.m. with free admission for spectators and $20 to get in the pits.

On Thursday, pit gates open at 3 p.m., grandstands open at 5:30, hot laps begin at 7:15 and racing starts at 7:30. Adult tickets are $15, kids ages 11-15 are $5 and children 10 and under are free. Pit passes are $35. A top prize of $2,000 goes to the USMTS winner with $400 to win Limited Mods.

On Friday, pit gates open at 3 p.m., grandstands open at 5, hot laps begin at 7:15 and racing starts at 7:30. Adult tickets are $20, kids ages 11-15 are $10 and children 10 and under are free. Pit passes are $35. The USMTS feature winner will earn $3,000, Limited Mods battle for $500 to win and Pure Stocks get $400 to win.

On Saturday, pit gates open at 3 p.m., grandstands open at 4:30, hot laps begin at 6:15 and racing starts at 6:30. Adult tickets are $20, kids ages 11-15 are $10 and children 10 and under are free. Pit passes are $40. A $4,000 paycheck awaits the USMTS main event winner, the Limited Mod winner gets $600 and Pure Stocks are racing for $400.

The Shady Oaks Speedway is located 4.0 miles north of Goliad on US 183, then 3.0 miles east on FM 622. To learn more, check out their website at www.shadyoakspeedway.com.

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. Keep up to speed with everything USMTS by joining our email list at www.usmts.com/subscribe.

Brown captures Cotton Bowl Speedway thriller

February 16th, 2017

PAIGE, Texas — The USMTS capped off the inaugural visit to the Cotton Bowl Speedway on Saturday with a wild feature race and nail-biting finish that saw Chris Brown become the third different winner of the 2017 campaign.

Polesitter Dereck Ramirez jumped out to the lead at the start of the 50-lap Summit Racing Southern Region A Main and led the first 33 laps before finally succumbing to the repeated challenges launched by Johnny Scott.

Scott led the next six laps before the first caution waved when Ryan Gustin’s thrilling charge to the front ended with a flat right rear tire while battling Brown for the third position.

Friday night’s winner, Jason Hughes, found himself sitting fourth as the field went back to green but the race was slowed again one lap later when Scott slowed, forcing another caution before exiting the race.

The next restart saw Ramirez regain control after a three-wide fight for the lead with Brown and Hughes.

Brown, however, muscled his way past Ramirez around the high side of the track and then shot past Hughes to claim the lead with eight laps to go. From there, Brown made his machine as wide as possible and was able to hold off Hughes for a $4,000 victory.

“The race track was perfect,” Brown stated. “The top three of us were right there in a group, and I know a couple times I saw Gustin peeking in there underneath, so it had to be a heck of a show for all the top cars to be right there.

“Right now the amount of talent following this southern series is just insane.”

The win was the 11th of Brown’s USMTS career, breaking a tie with Cade Dillard and Mike Chasteen on the all-time wins list.

Hughes had to settle for second after another impressive drive through the field while Ricky Thornton Jr. flew from 14th on the starting grid to third at the finish line to garner the KSE Racing Products Hard Charger Award.

Ramirez held on for a fourth-place finish, Zack VanderBeek came from 10th to get fifth and Cade Dillard came from 11th to get sixth.

Stormy Scott was seventh, Rodney Sanders steered an MB Custom out of Joe Duvall’s stable to an eighth-place finish, Tyler Wolff took ninth and Duvall earned the final spot inside the top ten.

With three shows in the books, Hughes leads the points in the Summit Racing Southern Region presented by Production Jars with an eight-point advantage (272 to 264) over Stormy Scott.

SHADY OAKS SWAN SONG UP NEXT

Another Lone Star State tripleheader takes place in five days at the Shady Oaks Speedway in Goliad, Texas, Thursday-Saturday, Feb. 16-18.

It was announced this week that the upcoming USMTS event will be the final race ever held at the Shady Oaks Speedway as the land has been sold and it will be permanently closed, so this will be a last opportunity for drivers and fans to enjoy racing at this fantastic hidden gem,

An open practice is happening Wednesday night from 6-9 p.m. with free admission for spectators and $20 to get in the pits.

On Thursday, pit gates open at 3 p.m., grandstands open at 5:30, hot laps begin at 7:15 and racing starts at 7:30. Adult tickets are $15, kids ages 11-15 are $5 and children 10 and under are free. Pit passes are $35. A top prize of $2,000 goes to the USMTS winner with $400 to win Limited Mods.

On Friday, pit gates open at 3 p.m., grandstands open at 5, hot laps begin at 7:15 and racing starts at 7:30. Adult tickets are $20, kids ages 11-15 are $10 and children 10 and under are free. Pit passes are $35. The USMTS feature winner will earn $3,000, Limited Mods battle for $500 to win and Pure Stocks get $400 to win.

On Saturday, pit gates open at 3 p.m., grandstands open at 4:30, hot laps begin at 6:15 and racing starts at 6:30. Adult tickets are $20, kids ages 11-15 are $10 and children 10 and under are free. Pit passes are $40. A $4,000 paycheck awaits the USMTS main event winner, the Limited Mod winner gets $600 and Pure Stocks are racing for $400.

The Shady Oaks Speedway is located 4.0 miles north of Goliad on US 183, then 3.0 miles east on FM 622. To learn more, check out their website at www.shadyoakspeedway.com.

After next week, the series treks into Mississippi for the first time at the Jackson Motor Speedway in Byram on Friday, Feb. 24; Whynot Motorsports Park in Meridian on Saturday, Feb. 25; and Greenville Speedway on Sunday, Feb. 26. The Ark-La-Tex Speedway in Vivian, La., hosts the 6th Annual Cajun Clash, March 2-4, and the five-week grind wraps up March 9-11 at the Southern Oklahoma Speedway in Ardmore.

Each three-day show will pay $2,000, $3,000 and $4,000 to win, respectively. The three events at three tracks in Mississippi will dole out $3,000 to win each night.

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. Keep up to speed with everything USMTS by joining our email list at www.usmts.com/subscribe.

USMTS Opener @ Cotton Bowl Speedway, 2/9-11/17

February 15th, 2017

Paige, TX., After an exciting opening night of racing that saw “The Reaper” Ryan Gustin go flag to flag for the win holding off a stout challenge near the end from Cade Dillard, it’s was time for another round of the USMTS ‘Road Warriors’ to do battle for $3,000 to win tonight. Gustin added to his impressive wins total, albeit the first win since teaming up with Jason Hughes, who holds a long line of credentials himself.

Last night also saw Johnny Torres take home the hardware in the Limited Modifieds, leading all but the first lap. Tonight the two classes are joined by the CBS Stock Cars for their first points race of the season.

While Thursday night was taken by the younger generation, Friday was a completely different story. Both the USMTS Modifieds and Limited Modifieds saw two of the most experienced guys take home checkers. Not just two regular guys, but two whose win totals probably exceed the entire pit area, combined.

Hughes Hustles to USMTS Honors

Jason Hughes(Watts, OKla.) showed the field and the crowd why he is a three-time USMTS champ. Start 16th? No Problem. Yep, that’s not a misprint. After a rather pedestrian heat race on a slick track Hughes was relegated to one of two B-mains. This worked to his advantage finding something to aid his run to the front in the
$3,000 to win A-main.

Hughes, who estimated his USMTS wins alone around 150, and 500-600 overall used a line no one else was. Quickly moving up into the top five before halfway, Hughes used a lap 19 restart going three wide with the Scott brothers, grabbing the lead on lap 21. From there he was able to ease away making his way through lapped traffic, in a lane all his own, to take the win by a good margin.

As the 26-car, 40-lap USMTS main took the green it was Travis Saurer up top getting into turn 1 first. Saurer led back to the line chased by RC Whitwell, Johnny Scott, Chris Brown and Stormy Scott. An early caution flew for Cade Dillard, who slowed, and got run over by Eddie Ingram. On the restart, J. Scott got second from Whitwell while his brother Stormy took fourth from Brown.

S. Scott then snagged third from Whitwell while Brown and Ricky Thornton swapped fifth. J. Scott then got by Saurer for the lead on lap 6. Saurer fought back getting the nose under J. Scott while S, Scott sat looking for a hole on both. J. Scott and Saurer were still dueling for the lead on lap 8 with Thornton getting fourth from
Whitwell and Hughes up to eighth passing Sean Jones.

J. Scott finally shook Saurer who was now along side S. Scott for second. Behind them Brown was taking fifth from Whitwell as Hughes picked up seventh from Philip Houston. Billy Vogel brought out a lap 11 caution with a spin in turn 4 that saw Ingram stop to miss. Back to green Brown got by Thornton for fourth with Hughes
following to fifth.

Saurer then began to fade giving up spots to Brown, then Hughes and Thornton. Hughes then took over third from Brown bringing Thornton along. Steve Whiteaker brought out a lap 17 yellow stopping in turn 2. Hughes capitalized on the restart grabbing second from S. Scott. Using the middle groove, Hughes tracked down J. Scott and got a caution on lap 19.

Once back to green coming to halfway it was J. Scott, Hughes, S. Scott, Brown and Whitwell in the top five. Hughes used the mid-line get by J. Scott on lap 21 followed by S. Scott to second. Last nights winner, Gustin was making his way forward taking seventh from Saurer. S. Scott then gave Hughes a couple tries low, while Brown was on J. Scott for third.

With eight to go the lead duo hit traffic. Hughes, using the middle, had no one in his way while S. Scott got bogged in slower cars. This allowed Hughes, in his West Siloam Pawn, Redtail Tackle, Murphrey Oil Co., Larry Carburetors, Allstar Performance, Pig-n-Out, McCartney Welding, Cates Recycling, Maxima Oil, Rainbow
Graphics, Eastside Cafe, JRI Shocks, Mullins powered, Hughes Chassis to ease away for the win.

“After the B-feature I knew I had a good car,” said Hughes. “I told them they might be in trouble, we’ve got a good racecar. I was expecting to move forward, but I didn’t know that I was going to win it. I found in the B-feature that I could go through the middle of the race track. I knew they’d either be on the top or bottom.
You just have to go where they aren’t.”

“The Scott’s were probably wondering where I came from when Todd(Staley) was running through the line up on that restart. I know, I’ve been in their shoes before thinking the same thing when I know someone has started way back in the field. They’re tough, so I doubt they were worried, but they knew they’d have to get up on
the wheel like I did.”

“We really didn’t change anything but add fuel to it. The heats were so slimy you pretty much finished where you started unless someone really messed up. In the B-main you could finally move around a bit and by feature time you could go where you wanted pretty good.”

“We know everything that we’re doing on these cars. With this team we come out with one of us wanting to win every night. So we work together to make that happen.”

“He(Lawrence) and I have been around a while. We have gotten our share of wins. I’ve got around 500-600 somewhere in that area. I never really kept track when I started. It’s just experience when you’ve been out here doing it this long. We’ve been through about everything and know where we messed up so we don’t do it again. If you learn from your mistake, you always get a little faster.”

Mikulencak Masters Limited Modified Main

Adding to old timers night, was Lawrence Mikulencak(Corpus Christi) who we jokingly guessed had about a bazillion wins in his career. After taking the heat race win, Mikulencak redrew the fourth starting spot in the 20-lap feature. After running wheel to wheel with Gabe Tucker for several laps, Mikulencak ran down early leader JJ Jennings near halfway. Mikulencak got by Jennings on lap 12, held off Jennings’ crossover move, and secured the lead on lap 13. From there he was able to put some distance on Jennings to grab the victory.

It took two tries to get the 24-car Limited Modified field under green as the first attempt saw a stack up in the back of the pack. Once under green it was Jennings jumping out front trailed by Tucker, L. Mikulencak, Johnny Torres and Ross McCartney. McCartney was challenged by Shane Hoefling and Marcus Mikulencak as they went three wide.

After an early caution Tucker and L. Mikulencak stayed side by side for second before L. Mikulnencak got the spot. His son, Marcus got past Hoefling for fifth while holding off Mickey Helms. Following a quick yellow the top three got away while Torres and McCartney fought for fourth. At halfway it was Jennings, L. Mikulencak, Tucker, McCartney and Torres in the top five.

L. Mikulencak got under Jennings in turn 1 with Jennings trying to crossover in turn 2, but fell in behind. McCartney, who was challenging Tucker for third, slipped and gave up a spot back to Torres. McCartney continued to slide losing positions to Hoefling, Mickey Helms and Don Painter.

With five to go L. Mikulencak was pulling away while Torres was getting past Tucker for third. L. Mikulencak had it on cruise control the final laps taking the win in his Ace Transmissions, Youngs Auto Repair, 3-D Landscaping, Swenson Racing Shocks, All in Designs, Mattress Firm, Texas Battery, Spreen Racing Engines, Frankenstein II Chassis.

“It’s been so long, this was a good win” replied Mikulencak. “My car was good. I felt like it was just a matter of time. I really wanted to take a little more time but Johnny(Torres) was putting the heat on me. It was time to go. My car was quite a bit better than theirs. I just had to get out in the clear where I could use the track the way I wanted.”

“I’ve run here once before. I came a few years ago trying out a crate motor. As a matter of fact I led that race till about two to go and JJ(Jennings) passed for the win. This was a good win for me to retaliate.”

“I think Jason(Hughes) heard that I won so he probably thought that an old guy could have a chance. I didn’t watch his feature, I was too tired to even walk up there. I heard he started sixteenth and ‘schooled’ them. With the way they call out numbers on restarts you can tell who’s coming and who’s going.”

“I felt like JJ or Johnny were going to be the two I had to beat. They’ve got good equipment, drive good and they run here a lot. I liked the line up so I could see what JJ was doing. I saw Johnny drive up inside before that caution. I knew where the track was good then and on the restart I knew I could get by Gabe(Tucker) and be able to get by JJ.”

“I didn’t do any changes. I rolled my car off the trailer and checked the tire pressures. I don’t run here to know how the track changes. I was good in the slimy hot laps and good in the heat. I haven’t touched it and may not change a thing.”

“This car is similar to my old car that you called the Frankenstein. I bent the rear clip on that one so we built a new one like it and cut up the old one. That car was too old to trust the roll cage or I could have rebuilt it. I’m sure you’ll come up with a new name for it.”

As the 15-lap CBS Stock Car feature took the green Andrew Bennett and Bryan Mayeux stayed side by side going into turn 1. Coming off turn 2 it was Danny Bennett shooting between to grab the lead quickly. D. Bennett then motored away from his son and Mayeux, who battled for second. Mayeux was able to get by A. Bennett while Drake Pruitt and Ed Hall played bumper tag. D. Bennett was untouchable as built a comfortable lead going on to take the checkers.

Racing continues Saturday night with pits opening at 3:00pm, Grandstands @ 4:00pm. Hot laps start at 6:10pm while the racing begins at 6:30pm. For more info visit the tracks website www.cottonbowlspeedway.com or their facebook page www.facebook.com/CottonBowlSpeedway.

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Hughes picks apart USMTS challengers at Cotton Bowl Speedway

February 15th, 2017

PAIGE, Texas — When Jason Hughes was asked last month at the USMTS awards banquet what the plans were for him and his new teammate, Ryan Gustin, his answer was win every race.

So far, so good.

After struggling to notch a top-ten finish in Thursday night’s Summit Racing Southern Region opener, the two-time defending USMTS national champion looked like Friday night’s show might be more of the same.

Both Hughes and Gustin finished near the back of their heat races, and then worked their way into the 40-lap main event through the Real Racing Wheels BMains.

Starting 16th and 21st, respectively, on the 26-car grid, the dynamic duo had their work cut out for them with a swarm of like-talented pilots standing in their way.

But like he has done many times before, everything clicked for Hughes when the big money was on the line.

The first half of the feature race was a dandy with Johnny Scott setting a torrid pace while his twin brother, Stormy Scott, and Travis Saurer battled back and forth for second place right behind him.

After methodically working his way to the front for the first half of the race, Hughes was third when the yellow flag waved with 20 laps complete.

On the restart, Johnny Scott went to the high side to take away the top line, but Hughes ducked underneath and passed both drivers to steal the lead.

From there it was all Hughes as he shrugged off a chasing Stormy Scott and pulled away to score his first win of the season and 147th of his USMTS career.

It’s a lot of work,” Hughes said of his night. “You start out in the back of a heat race and can’t pass, then you got to work your way up through a B but we had a really good race car.

“I’m looking forward to the rest of the year doing this with Ryan, and hopefully we can keep going like we are.”

Meanwhile, Stormy led Johnny to a Scott Brothers 2-3 finish while Chris Brown held off Sybesma Graphics Pole Award winner R.C. Whitwell for the fourth spot.

Gustin, who led every lap of Thursdays race, mirrored the passing performance of Hughes by passing 15 of his fellow competitors to finish sixth.

Ricky Thornton Jr. was seventh, Travis Saurer nailed another top-ten in eighth, Cade Dillard nabbed the ninth finishing position and Tyler Wolff rounded out the top ten at the flagstand.

Summit Racing USMTS Winter Speedweeks continues Saturday at the Cotton Bowl Speedway with a $4,000 top prize up for grabs.

Pits open at 3 p.m., grandstands open at 4, hot laps begin at 6:10 and racing starts
at 6:30.

General admission spectator tickets are $20. Youth ages 11-16 are $8 and kids ages 10 and under get in for free all three days. Pit passes are $40.

Limited Mods and CBS Stock Cars will join the card Saturday.

The Cotton Bowl Speedway is a 3/8-mile, high-banked clay oval located east of Paige at the intersection of US 290 and CR 202. For more information, call (512) 589-2738 or visit www.cottonbowlspeedway.com online.

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. Keep up to speed with everything USMTS by joining our email list at www.usmts.com/subscribe.

Gustin draws first blood, wins USMTS opener at Cotton Bowl Speedway

February 14th, 2017

PAIGE, Texas– Marshalltown, Iowa’s Ryan Gustin picked up where he left off last November and notched his second straight USMTS victory with a wire-to-wire triumph in Thursdays season opener at the Cotton Bowl Speedway.

The inaugural event for the United States Modified Touring Series at the two-year-old speedplant in Paige, Texas, was a gold-star battle of dirt modified firepower that saw four of the top ten main event finishers get there by passing ten or more cars.

Gustin, however, had just one competitor to get around and he did just that when he edged polesitter Travis Saurer of Elizabeth, Minn., at the flagstand to lead the opening circuit of the 40-lap feature race.

The two-time USMTS national champ rode the high line around dirt oval for the final 39 laps, surviving two cautions and several challenges from runner-up Cade Dillard of Robeline, La., to claim the $2,000 top prize and the initial points lead in the Summit Racing USMTS Southern Region presented by Production Jars.

“This thing was good,” Gustin said in victory lane. We’d take off there and be decent, and then try and back it down so I didnt hit the concrete. Hats off to Cade. He drove me clean.”

It was the 79th career USMTS win for The Reaper in his first race behind the wheel of a brand new Hughes Racing Chassis in his first race with new teammate Jason Hughes.

Dillard, who wound up three points behind Hughes in last years season-long title chase, finished two car-lengths behind Gustin to cash the second-place paycheck while Stormy Scott of Las Cruces, N.M., came on late in the race to finish third after starting 13th.

Debuting his brand new VanderBuilt Race Cars machine, New Sharon, Iowas Zack VanderBeek ran among the top five for most of the race and took fourth behind Scott while Ricky Thornton Jr. of Chandler, Ariz., came through a Real Racing Wheels B Main and finished fifth after starting 16th.

Saurer held on for a solid sixth-place finish, Dereck Ramirez started 19th and finished seventh to earn the KSE Racing Products Hard Charger Award, Johnny Scott earned the eighth spot, Hughes opened his USMTS national championship title defense with a ninth-place run and George Egbert IV rounded out the top ten from 22nd on the starting grid.

Two-time USMTS national champ Rodney Sanders was running third when he blew an engine on lap 26.

Action continues for a second night Friday with $3,000 on the line for the winner. Pits open at 4 p.m., grandstands open at 5, hot laps begin at 7:10 and racing starts at 7:30 p.m.

General admission spectator tickets are $20, youth ages 11-16 are $8 and kids ages 10 and under get in for free. Pit passes are $35. Limited Mods and CBS Stock Cars join the card Friday evening.

For those unable to attend in person, every lap of every race this weekend will be broadcast live by RacinDirt.com.

The Cotton Bowl Speedway is a 3/8-mile, high-banked clay oval located east of Paige at the intersection of US 290 and CR 202. For more information, call (512) 589-2738 or visit www.cottonbowlspeedway.com online.

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. Keep up to speed with everything USMTS by joining our email list at www.usmts.com/subscribe.

I-35 Speedway Press Release!

February 14th, 2017

More improvements, more teamwork between tracks, time ticking down, football season over, race season coming, yes, it is February and the days are getting longer and warmer, it will not be long and we will be racing at I-35 Speedway. Practice day is March 11 and opening night is March 18. Work continues with more and more improvements at the track, improvements which have been ongoing for years.

In seasons past the Trackside Bar and Grill was built, a wood floor was added to the cat walk, the pit shack was added, new lights added in the pits, new lights added to the track, and a picnic and camping area was added two years ago. The electronic sign along I-35 Speedway, which was completed this year, was four years in the making. Owners Mike and Kyle Johnson continuously plan and make improvements for the fans, racers, crews, and employees who make up the I-35 Speedway racing family.

The latest improvement is a wooden fence at the entrance to the track. The electronic sign, the pit expansion, and the new bleachers have all been accomplished this off season. Picnic tables will be distributed throughout the facility. Improvements are continuous.

As for the additional teamwork between tracks, as previously reported, US 36 Raceway and I-35 Speedway have introduced THE SHOOTOUT. The Shootout is a joint effort between I-35 Speedway and US 36 Raceway to crown a champion in the shared classes at both tracks (USRA A Mods, USRA Stock Cars, USRA B Mods, Pure Stocks, and E Mods). The Shootout requires a minimum of 75% participation at each of the tracks. Since this championship is based on the lowest score, those not attending the races will be awarded 50 points for each race that is missed until they become ineligible because they can no longer make 75% of the races.