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O’Neil zeroes in on first USMTS win at Canyon Speedway Park

Saturday, April 21st, 2018

PEORIA, Ariz.–Racing against the best of the best, Jake O’Neil was one of the best with a third-place finish on Friday, but Saturday night there was nobody better from start to finish as he dominated the 40-lap USMTS Hunt for the Casey’s Cup main event at the Canyon Speedway Park.

“We haven’t run a lot of USMTS races, but we feel like we’ve been pretty good at times,” O’Neil said in victory lane after claiming the first USMTS victory of his career. “It feels pretty good to get one and to do it here in Arizona.”

Leading from the drop of the green flag to checkers, O’Neil wasn’t just dominant in the feature race. He ran down Friday’s night’s winner, Johnny Scott, to win Fast Shafts Heat Race #2 and sat atop the heat race passing points going into the night cap.

The 25-year-old from Tucson proceeded to draw the pole position and then marched away from the field to claim the $3,000 first-place money by pounding his #0 machine on the high side of the 3/8-mile clay oval.

“I felt consistent enough to be able to run that top. I just kind of feel bad for my equipment, it got kind of abused. That was pretty tough.”

Two cautions in the first eight laps allowed the field to close back in on O’Neil, and then a third and final caution just past the halfway point wiped out a sizeable lead again.

But O’Neil was up to the challenge each time and drove away from eventual runner-up Ricky Thornton Jr. on each restart. In the series’ first venture into the Copper State, the pair rewarded their fans with an Arizona pilot one-two finish.

While O’Neil was checked out, the battles for position behind him were stellar. Scott followed Thornton to the stripe in third while Lucas Schott came from 13th on the grid to take fourth in front of 11th-starting Terry Phillips.

Dereck Ramirez finished sixth after starting 16th and earned the FK Rod Ends Hard Charger Award. Zack VanderBeek held on for seventh, Rodney Sanders rebounded from a pit stop on lap eight to grab eighth and Fito Gallardo fended off fellow Las Cruces, N.M., racer Stormy Scott for ninth.

In the USMTS Hunt for the Casey’s Cup points, Johnny Scott maintains the top spot but O’Neil closed the gap to just 13 points (427 to 414) with his clean sweep Saturday. Ramirez sits third with 403 markers, followed by Schott (392), Sanders (365), Stormy Scott (364), Phillips (356), VanderBeek (353), Jake Timm (341) and Logan Robertson (295).

The mud-slinging masters of dirt modified racing return to the Southern New Mexico Speedway this Friday, Saturday and Sunday, April 20-22, for the Rancho Milagro Short Track Shootout. This will be the one and only stop of the 2018 campaign at the Las Cruces, N.M., oval-and possibly the last ever before the new Vado Speedway Park opens in the near future.

Presented by Premier Waste Services, Barnett Harley-Davidson, G3 Fitness, S&S Fishing & Rental and Torco Race Fuels, fans will see the best of the best of both worlds as the blockbuster is both a USMTS Hunt for the Casey’s Cup national series race and a Summit USMTS Southern Series event.

Louisiana’s Cade Dillard has yet to win a USMTS main event this year, but he sits atop the national standings and is just two points behind Las Cruces native Johnny Scott in the southern points battle.

Dereck Ramirez, Jason Krohn, Johnny Scott and last week’s King of America VIII winner Lucas Schott fill the top five positions in this year’s fight for the $50,000-to-win USMTS national championship.

In the Summit USMTS Southern Series, USMTS rookie Ethan Dotson of Bakersfield, Calif., picked up his career-first win in February, and trails Johnny Scott and Dillard in the points chase entering the Short Track Shootout while two-time USMTS national champ Rodney Sanders and Ramirez rounded out the south’s top five.

Other hungry checkered flag chasers expected for the Rancho Milagro Short Track Shootout include “Big Daddy” Joe Duvall, Zack VanderBeek, Jake O’Neil, Terry Phillips, Logan Robertson, Bryan Rowland, Zane Ferrell and the other half of the twin Scott brothers duo, Stormy Scott.

While the USMTS is the pinnacle of the dirt modified world, the Southern New Mexico Speedway has no equal when it comes to local and regional talent capable of stealing the big money.

Former USRA national champions Fito Gallardo and his son, Jake Gallardo, of Las Cruces will join Mesilla Park’s Bumper Jones and his father, Royal Jones, to take on the high-speed invaders. Other regulars expected include USMTS rookie-of-the-year contender Carlos Ahumada Jr. of El Paso, Christy Barnett, Jimmy Ray, Donavon Flores, Dustin Smith, Austin Adams, Terry Tipton, Zane DeVilbiss, Butch Reid Jr., Sherman Barnett, Max Sadler, Philip Houston and more.

Also on the racing card all three nights of the Rancho Milagro Short Track Shootout will be Anthony Sosa Roofing Late Models, Hacienda Carpet & Tile X-Mods, Casa Nissan Legends Cars and Sun Valley Hardware USRA Stock Cars.

The Modifieds will be co-sanctioned by the USRA and will earn Summit USRA Weekly Racing Series national, regional and track points all three nights along with Stock Cars and B-Mods (X-Mods).

An open practice is slated for Thursday, April 19, with gates opening at 5 p.m. and practice from 6-10 p.m. Pit passes are $25 (grandstands will be closed).

On Friday and Saturday, gates open at 5 p.m. with racing at 7 p.m. General admission is $12. A family pack is $30. Pit passes are are $40 (three-day pit pass $110). Kids ages 10 and under get in for free all three days.

On Sunday, gates open at 3 p.m. with racing at 5 p.m. General admission is $15, a family pack is $35 and pit passes are $40.

The Southern New Mexico Speedway is a high-banked 3/8-mile clay oval located 11 miles west of Las Cruces at the Southern New Mexico State Fairgrounds. Take exit 132, go left and take the frontage road south of I-10 heading west. For more information, call (575) 524-7913 or (505) 524-7913 or visit online. You can also check them out on Facebook at and follow on Twitter at

To learn more about the United States 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 Keep up to speed with everything USMTS by joining our email list at

Johnny Scott secures victory in USMTS debut at Canyon Speedway Park

Monday, April 16th, 2018

PEORIA, Ariz.–Johnny Scott notched his 33rd career USMTS victory Friday night as the USMTS Hunt for the Casey’s Cup powered by Summit invaded the Canyon Speedway Park for the series’ first trip into the state of Arizona.

Scott, who claimed the first two Summit USMTS Southern Series victories in Corpus Christi, Texas, back in February, grabbed the lead from polesitter Lance Mari with four laps complete and then held off a determined Rodney Sanders and rebounding Jake O’Neil during the final 31 circuits to earn the $3,000 winner’s share of the prize money.

The 28-year-old from Las Cruces, N.M., was relentless in picking off lapped cars while Sanders and O’Neil followed in his tire tracks. O’Neil followed Scott around Mari on lap 5 but nearly spun seven laps later, dropping back to fourth in the running order.

He clawed his way back to the front to challenge to front two cars and followed Scott and Sanders to the checkered flag with Stormy Scott and Bumper Jones rounding out the top five finishers.

After winning his Real Racing Wheels “B” Main, Stormy Scott started the main event from the 13th position and garnered both the Eibach Spring Forward Award and FK Rod Ends Hard Charger Award after advancing nine spots in the nightcap.

Ricky Thornton Jr., who started 15th, came home sixth with Dereck Ramirez seventh, Lucas Schott eighth, Jason Noll ninth in his USMTS debut and Terry Phillips in tenth place.

With the win, Johnny Scott assumed the top spot in the national series points standings heading into the second night of action in the “Showdown at Canyon.”

On Saturday, the mud-chucking monsters of modified racing tear back into the semi-banked 3/8-mile clay oval in Peoria, Ariz., with another complete show that also includes Arizona Differential Northern Sport Mods, Desert Restorations Hobby Stocks, Dwarf Cars and Sport Compacts.

Gates open at 5 p.m. and the green flag waves at 7 p.m. General admission is $25 for adults while seniors (60+) and members of the military get in for $20. Kids ages 11 and under are free. Pit passes are $40 for adults, $20 for kids ages 7 to 11 or free for children ages 6 and under.

For those unable to be there in person, tune into to watch every lap of every race in every division live.

The Canyon Speedway Park is located 25 miles north of Phoenix on I-17 to exit 223-B, and then 6.8 miles west on SR 74, and then 0.2 mile south on N. Lake Pleasant Pkwy., and then 0.2 mile west on W. Carefree Hwy. (9777 W Carefree Hwy, Peoria, AZ 85383). For more information, check out or call (602) 258-7223.

To learn more about the United States 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 Keep up to speed with everything USMTS by joining our email list at

Maxima Racing Oils sweetens USMTS victory lane in 2018

Saturday, April 7th, 2018

SANTEE, Calif. (March 30)–After helping power Jason Hughes to three straight USMTS national championships, Maxima Racing Oils is bringing their products to every driver that visits USMTS victory lane in 2018.

“When you push as hard as we do, and can say we have had no oil issues in our engines, transmission, rear gears and everywhere else, we us Maxima,” Hughes said. “Why would you use anything else.”

As a first-time contingency sponsor with the USMTS, Maxima Racing Oils will be awarding a case of oil to the main event winner at every USMTS Hunt for the Casey’s Cup, Summit USMTS Southern Series and crown jewel event on the 2018 calendar.

“Maxima Racing Oils partnering with USMTS is a perfect fit for us,” said Gene Jones of Maxima Racing Oils. “Many of the racers have chosen to use Maxima Racing Oil products over the last couple of years for good reason. We have proven ourselves the to be a championship winning caliber manufacturer with a very comprehensive line of products.

“Maxima is proud to be a part of the USMTS series and its racers. Being able to support and give back to the racers through USMTS this year is great for everyone involved. We will look at other ways to contribute through our network of distributors and supporters of the series this year as well.”

Maxima Racing Oils formulates, develops, manufactures and distributes high performance oils, lubes and ancillary products. The essence of our brand is communicated through hundreds of championships with world class racers, tuners and teams who rely on Maxima for unsurpassed performance in high-stress conditions without fail.

Founded in 1979 and headquartered in Southern California, Maxima is recognized as one of the most coveted brands in the racing industry. Our market leading products are used in over 50 countries around the globe and include engine oils, suspension fluids, coolants, care products and accessories. These products represent our commitment to excellence and a passion for redefining what is possible.

Decades of active involvement in professional racing has led to powerful technology and a full array of market leading products. The company continues its heritage by playing an active role in the sport and racing communities. We strive to deliver superior quality for the recreational athlete or world champion. Your sport is our passion.

“What we have seen with the product has been great and believe that in the long run it will save the racers money on cost of oil per cycle time provided they have a good maintenance schedule that he recommends,” said Chad Mullins of Mullins Race Engines-a five-time USMTS Engine Builder of the Year.

For more information on Maxima Racing Oils, check out their website at You can also follow them on Twitter at and Instagram at, like their Facebook page at or call (619) 449-5000.

With a nearly four-week hiatus underway, the USMTS Hunt for the Casey’s Cup powered by Summit is back in action on Friday and Saturday, April 13-14, with the first-ever event in the Copper State at the Canyon Speedway Park in Peoria, Ariz. Both the national tour and Summit USMTS Southern Series will compete the following weekend, April 20-22, at the Southern New Mexico Speedway in Las Cruces, N.M., at the Rancho Milagro Short Track Shootout.

To learn more about the United States 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 Keep up to speed with everything USMTS by joining our email list at

Summit Racing Equipment USRA Frost Busters set for April 5-7

Tuesday, April 3rd, 2018

WICHITA, Kan.—Don’t be an April’s fool. Get out and see something cool when the Summit USRA Frost Busters heat up three exciting dirt ovals in Kansas and Missouri on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, April 5-7.

A trio of events are on tap for featuring USRA Modifieds, Holley USRA Stock Cars presented by Medieval Chassis and Out-Pace USRA B-Mods, beginning at the 81 Speedway in Wichita, Kan., on Thursday, April 5 with the first heat race slated for 7:30 p.m.

Built in 1954 on the outskirts of Wichita, the facility opened as Robbins Speedway and operated on Sunday nights for four years before it was sold to Wichita businessman O.L. Douglas in 1958, who changed the name to its present 81 Speedway.

Five years later, the track was sold to Bill Hall of Newton, and in 1971 he turned the daily operations over to his son, Charles (known to most as C. Ray Hall). The 2018 season will be his 47th year as the head man in charge of daily operations.

The 81 Speedway is located north of Wichita on I-135 to exit 16, then 0.7 mile west on 77th St. (7700 N. Broadway, Park City, KS 67219). For more information call 316-755-1781 or visit online.

Friday, April 6, takes the tour to the Lakeside Speedway in Kansas City, Kan. The pit gate opens at 4:30 p.m., grandstands open at 5, hot laps begin at 6:45 and racing starts at 7:30 p.m.

The track originally opened in 1955 at 92nd and Leavenworth Road in Kansas City, but three deaths during the 1956 racing season forced its closure. Five years later, Lakeside Speedway opened under new management in 1961 and continued at the Leavenworth Road location through 1988 when developers for The Woodlands dog and horse racing track purchased the property.

Lakeside Speedway then moved to its present location at 5615 Wolcott Drive in Kansas City, Kan. The move enabled not only construction of modern grandstands, suites and a press box, but also provided room for an adjacent campground for racing fans. From 1989 to 1999, the facility operated as a half-mile asphalt track.

In 2000, Lakeside Speedway was again under new management and the racing surface was converted to a semi-banked 3/8-mile dirt track, which continues to be the configuration today. Don and Donna Marrs purchased the facility from Marc Olson in 2012, and will operate the famed facility again in 2018 for the sixth consecutive season with Pete Howey managing the day-to-day operations.

The Lakeside Speedway is located 1.0 mile west of I-435 (exit 18) on SR 5 (5615 Wolcott Dr., Kansas City, KS 66109). For more information, call (913) 299-9206 or visit online.

The tripleheader weekend will wrap up on Saturday, April 7, at the I-35 Speedway in Winston, Mo. The pit gate opens at 4:30 p.m., grandstands open at 5, hot laps begin at 6:30 and the green flag waves at 7 p.m.

Owned by Mike and Kyle Johnson, the I-35 Speedway was built in 1994 and purchased by the Johnsons in late 2007. With 24 degrees of banking in the corners, the track hosts weekly racing events from March through October, including USRA Modifieds, Holley USRA Stock Cars, Out-Pace USRA B-Mods and more.

Camping is available in the overnight park area, and concessions are located throughout the facility and includes a funnel cake room, beer shack and the full-service Trackside Bar & Grill, where you can enjoy a delicious meal overlooking turns one and two of the racetrack.

The I-35 Speedway is a semi-banked 3/8-mile dirt oval located 10 miles north of Cameron on SR 6 at exit 64 (13141 SR 6, Winston, MO 64689). For more information, call 660-749-5317 or check them out at online.

Each show will pay $1,500 to win and $150 to start for Modifieds. Stock Cars and B-Mods will battle for $1,000 to win and $125 to start all three nights.

There will be a complete show each night with competitors in all three classes drawing for heat race starting spots. Feature lineups will be determined by heat race passing points with the top eight redrawing for first four rows of the main event each night.

Modified nightly payout: 1. $1500, 2. $1000, 3. $700, 4. $600, 5. $500, 6. $400, 7. $300, 8. $250, 9. $225, 10. $200, 11. $190, 12. $180, 13. $170, 14. $165, 15. $160, 16. $155, $150 to start, $100 tow.

Stock Car and B-Mod nightly payout: 1. $1000, 2. $650, 3. $550, 4. $450, 5. $375, 6. $300, 7. $250, 8. $225, 9. $200, 10. $175, 11. $150, 12. $140, 13. $135, 14. $130, $125 to start, $80 tow.

In addition to a load of cold hard cash in each class, Summit USRA Weekly Racing Series national and regional points will be awarded all three nights, and Iron Man Challenge points will be awarded for Stock Cars and B-Mods all three nights.

Drivers are encouraged to pre-enter. The early entry fee is $75 per night or $100 per night at the gate for Modifieds. The early entry fee is $50 per night or $75 per night at the gate for Stock Cars and B-Mods. For complete rules and to pre-enter for this event, download the entry form at

To learn more about the USRA, visit or call (515) 832-6000. You can also like us on Facebook at, follow us on Twitter at and check out our YouTube channel at Keep up to speed with everything USRA by joining our email list at

Tickets on sale, rooms available for USMTS awards banquet

Tuesday, December 5th, 2017

KANSAS CITY, Mo.-The United States Modified Touring Series will celebrate the sponsors, crew members, drivers and their families at the annual USMTS awards banquet on Saturday, Jan. 27, at the Ameristar Casino Hotel in Kansas City, Mo.

Headlining the honorees, Jason Hughes of Watts, Okla., will be celebrated for capturing the 2017 USMTS National Championship-his third straight and fourth overall-following a wild USMTS Hunt for the Casey’s Cup powered by S&S Fishing & Rental.

A record crowd of nearly 300 people attended last year’s gala, and this year’s party will once again be a joint effort for both the USMTS and United States Racing Association (USRA). Fans and members of the media are invited to attend too.

Individual tickets are $40 each and are on sale now by calling the USMTS offices at (515) 832-7944 during normal business hours. The deadline to order tickets is Jan. 12.

Those attending this year’s celebration are encouraged to reserve their rooms as soon as possible to take advantage of huge savings. For reservations, call the Ameristar Casino Hotel at (816) 414-7435 and request the discounted room rate for “US Modified Touring” using code SCUSMA8.

In addition to the awards ceremony, the evening’s meal will feature a luxurious and plentiful selection of fine food, plus a huge dessert bar. A cash bar will also be available.

The Ameristar Casino Hotel is an entertainment hub that offers something for everyone with huge casino floors, nine restaurants ranging from casual to fine dining, a luxury hotel, 18 movie screens, supervised child care and more.

Located just east of downtown Kansas City, the property features the largest casino and the most games in the Kansas City area, as well as one of the largest poker rooms in the Midwest. The property includes a 140,000 square-foot casino, seven dining venues, live entertainment in several venues featuring local and regional acts, an 18-screen movie theater and more.

The AAA-rated three-diamond full-service 184-room hotel includes 36 mini and 12 king suites. All rooms feature luxury furnishings, plasma-screen televisions, one king-sized or two queen-sized beds, mini refrigerators and in-room safes. Each king suite contains a bar, an in-room dining area and custom artwork. Non-smoking and wheelchair accessible rooms are available.

The awards banquet will be held inside the Star Pavilion. With more than 12,000 square feet of function space, the Star Pavilion serves a multitude of events including corporate meetings, training seminars, trade shows, social receptions and live performances. The list of entertainers who have appeared on stage could go on forever.

Situated on 183-acres immediately east of the Interstate 435 Missouri River bridge (at 210 Highway), Ameristar Casino Hotel is only seven miles east of downtown Kansas City.

For more information, check out

To learn more about the United States 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 Keep up to speed with everything USMTS by joining our email list at