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19th Annual Featherlite Fall Jamboree approaching fast Early entry deadline Monday

Thursday, September 7th, 2017

SPRING VALLEY, Minn. –The 19th Annual Featherlite Fall Jamboree gets underway Thursday, Sept. 21, at the Deer Creek Speedway in Spring Valley, Minn., where the world’s elite Modified and B-Mod drivers will be racing for three nights and nearly $150,000 in posted prize money.

Set for Thursday, Friday and Saturday, Sept. 21-23, fans will witness a complete program all three nights, with $5,000 going to the USMTS Modified winner on the first two nights while Saturday’s winner will pocket a cool $10,000. The Iron Man Challenge Out-Pace USRA B-Mods will battle for $750 to win Thursday, $1,000 to win Friday and $1,200 to win Saturday.

An open practice for all drivers will happen Wednesday, Sept. 20, from 6-9 p.m.

Thursday is the final event in the Hunt for the USMTS Casey’s Cup powered by S&S Fishing & Rental with the crowning of the 2017 USMTS national champion at the conclusion of the night’s main event. B-Mod drivers will earn points in both the Iron Man Challenge and Summit USRA Weekly Racing Series national points all three nights.

Saturday’s annual Modified Non-Qualifiers Race will dole out $2,000 to the winner prior to the $10,000-to-win championship race which will start a minimum of 30 cars three-wide on the high-banked 3/8-mile clay oval. The Non-Qualifiers Race will also have 30 cars on the track.

New for 2017, a second Non-Qualifiers Race for the Modifieds has been added to Thursday’s program which will pay $700 to win and no less than $100 to start for each of the 24 starters.

There will be a complete show each night. The top 15 in heat race passing points are locked into “A” Main each night with the top 8 redrawing for the first eight starting positions. An additional 15 drivers will advance from the “B” Mains.

RULES & PROCEDURES

Modifieds: USMTS rules apply. The top 15 in passing points each night are locked into “A” Main each night with the top-8 redrawing for position. Another 15 drivers will advance from “B” Mains to create a 30-car “A” Main each night. Saturday’s “A” Main will start three wide. The top 24 from Thursday’s “B” Mains and top 30 from Saturday’s “B” Mains not advancing to the “A” Main those nights are eligible for the Non-Qualifiers Race (complete redraw for starting spot both nights). USMTS points, provisionals and Top Dog Bonus will be Thursday only.

B-Mods: USRA rules apply. The top 15 in passing points each night are locked into the “A” Main each night with the top 8 redrawing for starting spots. An additional 15 drivers will advance from the “B” Mains to 30-car “A” Main each night. Iron Man Challenge and Summit USRA Weekly Racing Series national points will be awarded each night. USRA license not required. Midwest Mods permitted with some changes (call 515-832-6000).

Timms earns first career Lucas Oil MLRA victory in wild Larry Phillips Memorial at Lucas Oil Speedway

Sunday, September 3rd, 2017

WHEATLAND, Missouri – After a battle of attrition, Randy Timms was the man standing in victory lane at the conclusion of Saturday night’s wild Larry Phillips Memorial at Lucas Oil Speedway.  “Apparently it took some misfortune for my teammate, but we’ll take it any way we can get it,” Timms said after his first career Lucas Oil MLRA win.

Timms led only one lap – the final one – in winning a race named in honor of Larry Phillips, the five-time NASCAR Weekly Racing Series national champion. Timms, of Wheatland, Okla., earned $5,575 for the win.  Kris Jackson captured the night’s co-headliner, leading flag-to-flag in the Ozark Golf Cars USRA B-Mod main event.

Timms started 14th and, unlike many other contenders, stayed out of trouble in the 50-lap main event. This after teammate Jesse Stovall was on the cusp of victory, only to experience heartbreak.  Driving a car owned by Oklahoma racer Shannon Scott for the first time, Stovall had a sizeable lead when he slowed suddenly and pulled into the infield on lap 49 with a broke rear end.

“I didn’t even know Jesse left the track,” Timms said. “I thought we were racing for second. When we came off four and I saw (a lapped car) in front of me, I looked up and was like, ‘holy crap, did we just win this?’ I was rolling around and saw 5 (his car number) on the scoreboard. I was like, ‘what happened?’”  When Stovall broke, Billy Moyer Jr., inherited the lead coming to the white flag. But Moyer slid too high in turn two on the final lap and Timms drove past.

Rodney Sanders, after starting 24th, also got past Moyer and finished second. Moyer wound up third with MLRA points leader Terry Phillips finishing fourth. “Randy did a heck of a job. Congrats to him,” Moyer said. “He was doing a good job and Rodney did a heck of a job. I have a good car here. The driver made an error. Completely, 100 percent my fault. We took the white and I saw the 5 (Timms) and the lap before, I knew he was right on me.

“When Stovall broke, it made me drive a little harder I guess and I was better. The lap I messed up, I kind of went in too soft. It’s all my fault. If I’d have run it in there like the lap Stovall broke, I’d have been fine.” The eventful feature saw only 10 of the 24 starters still running at the finish.

Payton Looney used a strong start from his outside front row starting position to beat J.C. Wyman take the lead on lap one. The 23-year-old, in his first race since rebuilding his car from an accident a week earlier, set a blistering pace in opening a half-straightaway lead in the early going. Stovall got past Wyman and into second by lap 12 and began to reel in Looney, who had to battle lapped traffic. When Looney got too high and into the cushion in turn two on lap 18, Stovall pounced and grabbed the lead.

Those two, along with third-place Logan Martin, put on a thrilling battle over the next three laps until the race’s third caution bunched the field. Looney and Martin made contact on lap 24, coming out of turn four, with Martin getting the worst end. A winner of his first MLRA feature on Friday at Lakeside Speedway, Martin drove to the pits.

Just as Stovall seemed to open a comfortable lead, Looney rejuvenated his chances and was closing in. But Looney again slid high, into the loose dirt in turn two, and popped the wall to end his night on lap 31. Stovall charged to a comfortable lead over Timms when the race’s eighth caution, on lap 39, brought Timms, Moyer Jr., and Sanders into contention.

Stovall, who returned this week after missing some races due to a concussion suffered in a July accident at I-80 Speedway, appeared to be a clear winner. But it was not to be. The race’s purse, ending in the No. 75 was a tribute to Larry Phillips’ iconic car number. The family of Bob Brown, a promoter at the Springfield Fairgrounds Speedway when Phillips was dominant, contributed an additional $500 to the feature winner.

Jackson captures B-Mod win: Kris Jackson of Lebanon, Mo., led all the way to win the 30-lap Ozark Golf Cars USRA B-Mod feature, taking home $1,075. Jackson, from his outside row two position, split front-row starters Justin Pike and Ricky Watkins just after the drop of the green and had the lead coming out of turn two on the opening lap.

The third caution of the race, on lap five, bunched the field. But the race went caution-free the rest of the way with Jackson, expertly working his way through lapped traffic in the second half of the race, pulling away to win by a straightaway’s margin over Randy Zimmerman of Fort Scott, Kan. Jackson said the victory was special because he grew up watching Larry Phillips pile up victories at Lebanon I-44 Speedway.

“I’m from Lebanon and I very seldom missed a Saturday night race growing up as a kid,” Jackson said. “I remember him paddling their butts over and over again. To be honest, I didn’t like him because he was so fast. That’s the only reason I didn’t like him. “But I have an unbelievable respect for that man, for what he’s done for racing in this area.”

Jake Richards of Lansing, Kan., finished third with Donald Jackson of Lebanon, Mo., in fourth and Ryan Gillmore of Springfield, Mo., fifth. Drag Boat finals Sunday: The 7th annual Diamond Drag Boat Nationals on Lake Lucas wrap up on Sunday.

Sunday schedule
8 a.m. – Spectator gates open
9 a.m. – Round 1 Eliminations (PM, PO)
9:30 a.m. – Round 1 Eliminations (TFH, TAH, TAF)
10:30 a.m. – Round 1 Eliminations (QE, PE, TE, ME, SE, RR, PWC, JR)
12:30 p.m. – Round 2 Eliminations (PM, PO)
1 p.m. – Round 2 Eliminations (TFH, TAH, TAF)
1:30 p.m. – Round 2 Eliminations (QE, PE, TE, ME, SE, RR, PWC, JR)
2:30 p.m. – Round 3 Eliminations (PM, PO)
2:45 p.m. – Round 3 Eliminations (JR, PWC, RR, SE, ME, TE, PE, QE)
3 p.m. – Final Round Eliminations (All Classes)

Sunday tickets
Adults GA/Pit Pass Combo (16 and up) – $25
Seniors (62 and up)/Military GA/Pit Pass Combo (62 and up) – $22
Youth GA/Pit Pass Combo (age 6 to 15) – $10
Kids GA/Pit Pass Combo (age 5 and under) – FREE
Family Pass GA/Pit Pass Combo $50 Includes Admission for 2 Adults and Up to 3 Kids Ages – (6-15)
Adult 3-Day GA/Pit Pass Combo – $50
Seniors (62 and up)/Military 3-Day GA/Pit Pass Combo – $44
Youth Ages (6-15) 3-Day GA/Pit Pass Combo – $20

Next on the dirt: The Lucas Oil Speedway dirt track will be quiet next weekend. Next up is the Lucas Oil Pro Pulling Nationals, Sept. 15-16.

For ticket information contact admissions director Nichole McMillan at (417) 282-5984 or via email at nichole@LucasOilSpeedway.com. For complete Lucas Oil Speedway event information, archived stories, ticket info and schedules, visit www.LucasOilSpeedway.com.

Lucas Oil Speedway is located at Highways 83 and 54 in Wheatland, Missouri. A campground with shower and bathroom facilities is also available. With its 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.

Hughes triples up on hump day hullabaloo at Hamilton County Speedway

Sunday, August 27th, 2017

WEBSTER CITY, Iowa –Jason Hughes took another step toward winning his third straight United States Modified Touring Series national championship and fourth overall Wednesday with a victory at the Hamilton County Speedway in Webster City, Iowa.

Jake Timm led the first dozen circuits of the 35-lapper, but lapped traffic impeded his progress just enough to open the door for Hughes to slip in front and grab the lead on lap 13.

From there, the veteran from Watts, Okla., sailed to another $4,500 payday for his third straight win in the USMTS Hunt for the Casey’s Cup powered by S&S Fishing & Rental.

It was the eighth win of the 2017 season for Hughes and the 154th USMTS triumph of his career. He’s now 28 wins shy of tying Kelly Shryock on the all-time list.

Hughes’ teammate, Ryan Gustin, got by Timm on lap 17 but could never mount a serious challenge for the top spot.

Jake O’Neil followed Timm across the finish line in fourth to record his career-best finish in USMTS competition while Cade Dillard advanced from 10th on the starting grid to claim the fifth spot.

Dereck Ramirez, Ricky Thornton Jr., Adam Kates, Cory Crapser and R.C. Whitwell rounded out the top 10.

Things heat up Thursday as USMTS Hunt for the Casey’s Cup invades Worthington, Minn., for the biggest dirt track race of the year at the Nobles County Speedway. The Iron Man Challenge featuring Holley USRA Stock Cars and Out-Pace USRA B-Mods will also be in action, plus USRA Hobby Stocks too.

This will mark the seventh visit to NCS by the USMTS. Gustin won the most recent race here back in 2012, and is the only two-time winner of this event. Other past winners include Jason Krohn, Rodney Sanders, Jon Tesch and Kelly Shryock.

The pits open at 4 p.m. and spectator gates open at 5 with hot laps at 7 and racing at 7:30. Adult admission is $20, juniors ages 11-15 are $10 and kids ages 10 and under get in for free. Pit passes are $35.

Coupons good for $2 off adult admission are available at Casey’s General Stores locations in Fulda, Windom and Worthington, plus Arnolds Park, George, Okoboji, Sibley and Spirit Lake in Iowa. To find the location nearest you, visit www.caseys.com.

Curt Myers of Cameron, Wis., driver of the No. 1M Snickers USMTS Modified, will appear at the Casey’s General Store located at 1704 Oxford St. in Worthington from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Fans can get a special $5 ‘Hot Ticket’ directly from Myers during his appearance.

The Nobles County Speedway is a semi-banked 3/8-mile dirt oval located just off of I-90 at exit 43, then 0.4 mile south on SR 59, then 0.4 mile west on Oxford St., then 0.2 mile north on McMullan ((1600 Stower Dr., Worthington, MN 56187). For more information, call (507) 227-4540 or (507) 220-3511 or check out www.noblescountyspeedway.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.

Wood, Thornton share Iron Man Challenge spotlight at Pepsi Scotland County Speedway

Sunday, August 20th, 2017

MEMPHIS, Mo. –Both Nathan Wood and Ricky Thornton Jr. left the Pepsi Scotland County Speedway $1,000 richer than when they arrived Thursday night after capturing the feature wins for the Iron Man Challenge.

Wood, who won the very first Iron Man crown in 2010 and was the 2006 USRA Hobby Stock national champion, came from the fifth starting position and took the lead out of the gate.

From there, the Sigourney, Iowa, racer held off a furious charge from Dereck Green over the last half of the race to notch the victory for the Holley USRA Stock Cars.

Jason Cook, Todd Staley and Jesse Brown completed the top five.

In the 20-lap Out-Pace USRA B-Mod main event, polesitter Galen Hassler paced the first 11 circuits before Ricky Thornton Jr. took command and went on to claim the victory.

Driving for Mike Tanner Racing from the ninth starting spot, Thornton took the win ahead of Brayton Carter while Curtis VanDerWal rebounded from an early-race spin to garner the third spot.

Hassler held on for fourth and Carter VanDenBerg rounding out the top five.

The Iron Man Challenge returns to action next week with four straight nights of racing for both the Holley USRA Stock Cars and Out-Pace USRA B-Mods sharing the spotlight with the USMTS Modifieds:

Wednesday, Aug. 23 – Hamilton County Speedway, Webster City, Iowa
Thursday, Aug. 24 – Nobles County Speedway, Worthington, Minn.
Friday, Aug. 25 – Rapid Speedway, Rock Rapids, Iowa
Saturday, Aug. 26 – Park Jefferson Speedway, Jefferson, S.D.

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

Schutt leads all the way for featured Street Stocks win on Ozarks Food Harvest Night at Lucas Oil Speedway

Monday, July 31st, 2017

WHEATLAND, Missouri – Brian Schutt led all 25 laps to capture the Big O Tires Street Stocks feature Saturday night in the program headliner at Lucas Oil Speedway.

But the flag-to-flag triumph was anything but a comfortable drive for the veteran from Lebanon, Mo.

“I’ll tell you what, I don’t get that nervous that much any more, but this place made me nervous tonight,” Schutt said after his second feature victory of the season earned him the $500 winner’s check.

“It’s about the hardest place in the country to get around and to figure out,” Schutt added. “You really have to be on our toes to get the set-up right to get around this place.”

Other feature winners on Ozarks Food Harvest Night, Presented by KOLR 10 and Z 27 included Eric Turner (Pitts Homes USRA Modified), Kris Jackson (Ozark Golf Cars USRA B-Mods) and Todd Shute (Warsaw Auto Marine & RV ULMA Late Models).

Schutt started outside front row and led throughout, with Darrin Crisler moving into second on lap three. The two stayed that way, comfortably in front of the rest of the field, until a caution on lap 21 when Ted Welschmeyer slowed in turn one.

That bunched the field and set up a four-lap shootout with Kenny Carroll in third and James Flood fourth. The race went green for two laps until Josh Halbrook spun to bring out one more yellow and set them up, in the same running order, for a two-lap sprint.

Schutt was able to hang on for his second win of the season with Crisler finishing second, Flood third and Marc Carter fourth.

“The restart before the end I made a couple of mistakes and I thought, ‘I’m gonna have to get my stuff together here or I’m going to get passed,’ ” Schutt said. “You kind of get in a rhythm and a caution comes out and the tires cool down. It takes a couple of laps to get then fired back up again.

“It was real nerve-wracking there at the end.”

Toby Ott, the season points leader with five wins, spun ion lap two, bringing out the race’s first caution. That dropped Ott, running third at the time, all the way to 15th for the restart.

Ott rallied to finish fifth, preserving his season points lead with just two Big RV Adventure Weekly Racing Series programs remaining in 2017.

Turner earns USRA Modified win: After three second-place finishes this season, Eric Turner finally found his way to victory lane in the Pitts Homes USRA Modified feature.

Turne passed fellow Hermitage resident Jason Pursley with seven laps remaining and went on to hold off Pursley in the 20-lap main event. He said it was gratifying to prevail after being close so often in 2017.

“It’s an old car, but a new-to-us chassis,” said Turner, who was driving a Moyer Victory Circle car. “I just want to thank all the fans. We have a great crowd here tonight.”

Pursley made sure he would leave with his points lead – eight at the start of the night over Jason Pursley – with his runner-up finish. Nic Bidinger of Perry, Kan., was third and Cutshaw was fourth.

Jackson takes B Mods feature: Kris Jackson of Lebanon, Mo., inherited the lead when leader Andy Bryant suffered mechanical issues and went on to grab the Ozark Golf Cars USRA B-Mod feature win.

Bryant passed Kris Jackson on the outside coming out of turn four to complete lap four to take the lead. But his pursuit of a third straight feature win and fourth of the season ended on a lap eight restart when his car lost power in turn two.

That left it to Jackson and Strong to duel over the final 12 laps with Jackson riding the high side and Strong using the low groove. Jackson went on to win by about eight car lengths.

“I don’t know what Andy broke, but I hate it for him,” Jackson said. “He was really good tonight. He’s come a long way the last couple of years and my hat’s off to him. But, if you can’t finish, you can’t win. Tonight, it’s ours and we’re glad to be back in victory lane.”

It was Jackson’s third win at Lucas Oil Speedway this season, but first since May 13.

Mike Striegel finished third with David Hendrix in fourth.

Shute wins again in Late Models: Todd Shute’s dominance in the Warsaw Auto Marine & RV ULMA Late Model division continues as he captured a third straight feature victory.

Shute, of Des Moines, Iowa, lapped up to the seventh-place finisher in the 24-car lineup in a race that went caution-free. Johnny Fennewald was second, about a quarter-lap behind Shute and Jon Binning was third.

Shute started inside of row two and grapped the lead from Fennewald on lap five. He pulled away from there to keep his roll going in the car owned by Eddie and Sandy Young of Sedalia.

“When you’re gonna make the move on those guys, you have to make it right now,” Shute said, adding that he marveled at the big crowd.

“What a crowd. Every Saturday night the grandstands are pretty much full,” he said. “We appreciate you guys coming out to watch us try to put on a show for you.”

The Lucas Oil Speedway event is the largest one-day food drive of the year for Ozarks Food Harvest. The Springfield-based organization serves approximately 30,000 individuals per week, distributing 17 million meals annually through its network of 270 organizations and programs in 28 counties.

Totals for the 2017 drive were not immediately available, but fans donated 9,825 pounds of food last year at the speedway. Since the yearly event began in 2008, nearly 46,400 pounds of food had been collected at Lucas Oil Speedway, providing 38,600 meals to those in need.

More information about the Ozarks Food Harvest can be found at OzarksFoodHarvest.org.

Next up: The 8th annual USMTS Slick Mist Show-Me Shootout Presented by Foley Equipment rolls into Lucas Oil Speedway next Saturday, Aug. 5. It’s part of The Hunt for the USMTS Casey’s Cup as the stars of the United States Modified Touring Series make their only appearance of 2017 at the speedway. The Ozark Golf Cars USRA B-Mods and the Big O Tires Street Stocks will also be in action. Gates open at 5 p.m. with hot laps at 7 and racing at 7:35.