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The Future of Speednet

Sunday, January 22nd, 2017

Press Release:
Starting in February, will be replaced with a newly updated The new MyRacePass site will feature a litany of tools to help you promote your track or series, as well as provide fans and drivers a more direct spot to follow race results and standings.

MyRacePass – Lincoln, Nebraska – MyRacePass is proud to announce the future of the Speednet Direct website, As of spring 2017, the Speednet domain will redirect to MyRacePass, Once this occurs, the Speednet direct website will no longer be available, although the data itself will remain accessible from the new MyRacePass (MRP) website.This new site will preserve virtually all of the past Speednet data including results, stats, points, and schedules in addition to the MyRacePass data that has been accumulating since 2008.

Read full press release about all the exciting new changes here!
What does this mean for you?

* If you’re a Speednet user, and your website has a link to, this will need to be updated. We want to make sure your site doesn’t have any broken links!
* If your site has a Speednet program integration, you or your website creator should contact us at 402-302-2464.

What about Race Management?

* The Speednet race management program is being replaced by the new MyRacePass Race Management 2.0.
* We will include very limited support for Speednet in 2017, focusing our effort on our new 2.0 programming.
* You do have the option to continue to use Speednet, however, the price has increased. Your cost is a $396 subscription plus a $400 set-up fee.
* The cost for MyRacePass Race Managment 2.0 is just $396 per year. However, you get much more than just race management.

Next Steps

* DON’T WAIT! Call us today at 402-302-2464 to schedule a walk-through on the new Race Management 2.0 programming!
* Have your webmaster contact us regarding setting up your website Race Management 2.0 integration and the replacement link on your website.
* SUBSCRIPTIONS ARE PRO-RATED! The sooner you re-subscribe, the more money you’ll save!

What’s Included with a MyRacePass Subscription?

* Race Management 2.0 – We’ve learned from Speednet to bring you the best!
* Online Ticket Sales – Your events are important, we let you sell tickets online to ALL of them at no extra charge
* Online Single Order Apparel Sales – Easily sell apparel online with NO overhead,
inventory or hassles
* Online Registration – Allow your drivers to register for your events
* Fully-Integrated Website – Update your content quickly and easily
* MRP App – The newest tool coming from MRP in spring of 2017
* MRP Live – Integrate with your existing transponder system
* Power of the MRP Network – With thousands of drivers and millions of fans, we’ll help get you noticed!
* Discounts off Print Design – Banners, flyers, schedule cards, posters, and more!

Additional Resources

* Future of Speednet
- What YOU need to know!
* What’s Included with your MyRacePass subscription?

 - Race management & more!
* Trackside Internet
 - Get an Internet connection - anywhere!
* 1099 Information
 - How to be prepared for tax season!
* What current MyRacePass users have to say...
 - Hundreds of tracks nationwide use MRP!
* MRP Support Database
 - An online user manual for MRP!

Get Your Race Managment Ready for 2017 & Save Money! 402-302-2464

We will also be on hand at these remaining off-season events:
RPM Daytona

We look forward to meeting and working with you, The MyRacePass Team

Grant Junghans: The Best Race Ever Run

Monday, March 14th, 2016

MANHATTAN, Kan.– Every once in a while we are blessed with the presence of an individual who, through selfless acts of courage, inspire us to do remarkable things we never thought possible.

Its rarely on purpose. Instead, these people dont necessarily inspire through the words they say but rather by the super-human strength they show in bearing a cross most of us could never fathom carrying.

Grant Junghans was one of those people.

This past Saturday night while many of us were watching or competing in the sport we cherish, and celebrating the end of dirt track racings annual hibernation, Grant raced beneath the final checkered flag that all of us will someday take.

As evidence of his impact on the racing community and those with whom he crossed paths, news of his passing quickly circulated through social media, and by morning enough tears had fallen to soak every dirt track on the planet.

And while we mourn the loss of a great friend, great competitor and great teacher, we can rejoice in the lessons he taught us. Never give up and cherish every moment of your existence. We owe him that much.

Its safe to say that no better race has ever been run than the 27-lapper Grant Junghans just completed.

All of us at the USMTS employees, officials, competitors, sponsors and fans will miss you, Grant. Our deepest sympathies are with Grants family and close friends. To his parents, thank you for bringing him into this world and sharing him with us.

Information regarding memorials, funeral arrangements and more will be announced in due time. Meanwhile, you can learn more about Grant on his website at or his Facebook page at

Junghans won’t let cancer keep him down by Jason Feldman, Rochester Post-Bulletin, July 25, 2014

It’s difficult to know who or what is in the tougher position: Grant Junghans or the cancer that still lives in his body.

As hard as that cancer has tried to take down the 25-year-old from Manhattan, Kan., he has fought back at it even harder. And after all he has been through over the past four-and-a-half years, the safe money should be bet on Junghans to win the battle.

He’s feeling at his best these days when he’s back behind the wheel of his No. 2 Shop Quik Modified. That’s where he can focus all of his energy on what he loves most.

Junghans is one of approximately 90 drivers participating in the 4th Annual World Modified Dirt Track Championship at Deer Creek Speedway this week.

“I’m just happy to be up here to race,” he said during Wednesday night’s practice session. “A realistic goal this week would be to make the show. I’d love to do that, especially since I’ve been struggling a little this season and I’ve had hard times here; I’ve never really run all that well here.”

Junghans raced frequently at Deer Creek as a teenager and into his early 20s, often with the United States Modified Touring Series.

In recent years, Junghans’ trips to the Rochester area haven’t been for fun; they’ve been for survival.

He was first diagnosed with cancer in February of 2010 when he felt a small knot in his shoulder, about the size of a pea. He had surgery at a hospital near his home in Kansas to remove the lump, but his doctors there immediately ordered him to see a specialist.

Junghans came to the Mayo Clinic, where doctors put him on chemotherapy for most of the spring and summer of 2010. In December of that year, he returned to Mayo for a routine checkup only to learn the cancer had spread to his lymph nodes and into his chest, requiring another surgery.

The cancer has never completely left his body.

It came back with a fury a year ago.

“Last July I had another surgery up here,” Junghans said. “There were two spots on my brain thatthey had cut me open and pull out. It wasn’t healing right, so they had to do it again in December. After that, I didn’t feel up to doing much of anything for a while. I just sat around the house and didn’t move.”

In late January, Junghans finally felt up to hitting the road, not to race, but to watch his younger brother, Chase, race in Arizona. Chase, 21, is in his rookie season with the World of Outlaws Late Model Series. He finished 11th in the Gopher 50 at Deer Creek on July 13.

“He’s living his dream and I’m really happy for him,” Grant said.

In a way, Grant is back to living his dream. He’s not racing full-time “there are some other (cancer) spots here and there on my body that the doctors are keeping an eye on,” he said — but enough to keep his spirits up.
“I’ve been feeling pretty good this summer. They’ve got me pretty well cleared up,” said Junghans, whose next scheduled checkup at the Mayo Clinic is in August, then he’ll return to Deer Creek in September for the Featherlite Fall Jamboree. “I’m out here having fun and that’s all that matters.”

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

Jason Hughes Wins at Chateau; Takes USMTS Hunt Point Lead

Thursday, September 10th, 2015

Westville, Oklahoma – Jason Hughes claimed his third win of the 2015 Hunt for the United States Modified Touring Series (USMTS) Casey’s Cup in his #12 Red Tail Tackle/Hughes Chassis/ Mullins Racing Engine Open Wheel Modified over the holiday weekend. In doing so he also assumed control of the top spot in the standings.

Jason Hughes returned to action on Wednesday by visiting Hamilton County Speedway (Webster City, Iowa) for the next round of the Hunt for the United States Modified Touring Series (USMTS) Casey’s Cup. Drawing twenty-two Open Wheel Modifieds, Jason cruised to a heat race win. Starting in 8th for the feature event, Hughes captured a 5th place finish behind Jesse Sobbing, Johnny Scott, Dan Ebert, and Cory Crapser.

The following night brought Hughes to Fairmont Raceway (Fairmont, Minnesota) to compete in the tenth night of action in the Hunt for the Casey’s Cup. Bagging another heat race win in a solid field of thirty entries, Jason transferred into the feature with a 7th place starting position. Competing for a $3,000 payday, Hughes landed a runner-up finish to Jason Krohn with Jason Cummings, Jesse Sobbing, and Rodney Sanders rounding out the top five.

With thirty-three Open Wheel Modifieds signed in for battle on Friday night at Chateau Raceway (Lansing, Minnesota), Jason Hughes scored a heat race win, transferring him into the Hunt for the Casey’s Cup feature event. Coming from the 4th starting spot, Hughes bagged his 8th victory on the season. Capturing a $3,000 payday, Stormy Scott, Ryan Gustin, Daniel Hilsabeck, and Jason Cummins trailed Hughes to the finish line.

On Saturday night Jason made the trip to Deer Creek Speedway (Spring Valley, Minnesota) for night #12 of the Hunt for the Casey’s Cup. Gaining three spots in his heat race, Jason scored a runner-up finish to Ben Kates. With a pole position starting spot for the feature, Jason led early before slipping to a 3rd place outing behind race winner, Jason Krohn, and Zack VanderBeek with Dereck Ramirez and Joe Duvall completing the top five.

Wrapping up the busy five-day stint in the USMTS, Jason Hughes headed to Cresco Speedway (Cresco, Iowa) on Sunday night. Logging a 2nd place finish in his heat, Hughes earned the 4th starting spot for the 35-lap feature. Battling for another $3,500 in the Casey’s General Stores A-Main, Hughes bagged a runner-up finish to Rodney Sanders with Casey Arneson, Jesse Sobbing, and Ryan Gustin trailing them to the finish line.

Jason has taken the lead in the latest USMTS Hunt for the Casey’s Cup standings with just three events remaining on the docket. Complete results from these events and the latest series’ standings can be found at .

“The ball is definitely in our court now, and if we just perform our best each night, then we’ll have a good chance to win our second championship,” said Hughes. “Rodney (Sanders) had some bad luck there, and we have to do everything we can at the Fall Jamboree to make sure we don’t experience our own bad luck.”

While the USMTS will be idle this weekend, Hughes plans to race somewhere. However, he hasn’t locked his plans down yet, so please check for the latest team plans.

Jason Hughes would like to thank his sponsors including Cates Recycling, Pig-N-Out, Red Tail Tackle, AFCO Brakes, West Siloam Pawn, 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 Marketing Services.

Budzo Racing Finds Victory Lane at Luxemburg Speedway

Wednesday, July 29th, 2015

Coming off a weekend of getting the car back in the right direction, we looked to improve upon our setup with a weekend of racing at Luxemburg Speedway on Friday night, and at Thunderhill Raceway on Sunday night.

On Friday, I was in a little bit of a tangle in the heat race, but was able to finish in an invert spot with only sheet metal damage to the car. Making the invert would set us up with a 4th place starting position in the
night’s feature.

At the start, I looked to jump to the front as quickly as I could, and went through the middle of Bill Edler and Cody Rass to jump to the 3rd spot. Again I would make a pass through the middle to challenge Rass for the early lead when a caution flag flew. That would set me up with my choice of lane on the restart, and I chose the outside lane to try to grab the lead. I would successfully take the lead on lap 3, and ran the outside until another caution flag flew on lap 6.

I chose to run the bottom groove of the track after the restart, and hit my marks for the final 14 laps to capture the feature win. The win was our 2nd win at Luxemburg on the season, and our 3rd win overall in 2015.

It was also a great night for my sister Michelle, as she was finally victorious in the night’s Powderpuff event.

On Saturday, we looked to hold onto our points lead at Thunderhill. A 4th place finish in the heat race set us up 9th on the starting grid for the feature. Early on, it was a struggle to find a path through traffic, and I was forced to go to the outside to try to make some headway. By the time I got through, it took too much time to catch up to the front half of the field.

A lone caution flag flew with 2 laps to go, and I was just barely edged out at the line by Josh Lambert for the 6th position. With my finish, coupled by Jarred VanLaanen’s feature win, we are now only leading by 1 point heading into Wednesday night’s Door County Fair race.

Aside from running on Wednesday at Thunderhill, we will also be running at Luxemburg on Friday night. Remember to check out Budzo Racing on the web at, on Facebook at, on Twitter at, on YouTube at and on Instagram at

Stoops Freightliner Redbud 300 Next For Matt Hall

Friday, July 17th, 2015

Newport, Michigan: The ARCA/CRA Super Series Powered by JEGS is one of the toughest touring series’ in the country. Something that is not lost on 2015 Rookie of the Year title contender, Matt Hall. While sitting place overall in the points standings, he’s also third in the chase for the 2015 freshman title behind Grant Quinlan and Hunter Baize, both of who also are one and two in the overall points standings. While Hall knows he has work to do catch the two teenagers, he knows a golden opportunity awaits in one of the biggest races of the season.

The Stoops Freightliner Redbud 300 is set for Saturday, July 18th at the fast 1/4 (0.250) mile high-banked paved oval of Anderson Speedway (IN) in Anderson, Indiana. This event is also the second race within the JEGS/CRA $100,000 Super Late Model Triple Crown Series. A fact that Hall knows too well. The 22-year-old knows that a solid finish, perhaps a top five would propel his season into the right direction moving forward.

“Well after a disappointing trip to Columbus we are looking ahead to Anderson where we struggled a bit after having a rough first outing at Toledo and then jumping right into Anderson with a borrowed motor and not fully prepared.” Explained the Newport, Michigan driver. “After testing and working more with Kyle Jones Racing (KJR) we have learned something’s that did shed some light after having a pretty good car at Columbus leading up to qualifying before the race got rained out.” He added.

In his last race at Anderson, back on April 26th in the Madison County Community Health Centers 125, he qualified 11th and would finish 15th after contact with another car damaged his machine and he was forced to pit multiple times for repairs. “We found speed at Anderson back in April, but it was just too late in the weekend. We feel that we will be much better when we unload on Thursday for practice and leading into Saturday for our first start in the Redbud.”

He then added; “We have been constantly looking for ways to improve our program and it seems things are changing for the better. If we can keep our nose clean for 300 laps I believe the results will follow when heading to a track like Anderson.” Hall explained. “After sitting out the first Triple Crown series race at Berlin and then getting rained out at Columbus I am anxious to get back behind the wheel.” He ended.

Five races into the 2015 campaign, Hall is sitting sixth overall in points and third in the rookie of the year title chase. He scored his first top 10 finish of the season at Illiana Motor Speedway (IN) on Memorial Day Monday, May 25th in the ARCA/CRA portion of the Calypso Lemonade Chicagoland Shootout. Four of the five races he’s taken the green flag in have resulted in at least a top 15 finish.

For the remainder of the 2015 racing season, Hall’s black and yellow #04 Matt Hall Motorsports / Kyle Jones Racing / Chevrolet SS will carry sponsorship decals and support from Schall Automotive as well as LMC Electric, Matrix Paint Systems, Embroidered Images, Kyle Jones Racing & Shocks, Wicked Motorsports, Rook Motorsports, Port City Racecars and M.P.H. Promotions.

For more information about Matt Hall Motorsports and to inquire about additional sponsorship opportunities for the rest of the 2015 racing season, please call Car Owner / Father, Kenny Hall at: 1 (734) 341-6939. You can also go the Facebook Fan Page by going to: and searching for “Matt Hall Motorsports”. Also on Twitter at: