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Archive for May, 2018

Johnny Scott wins 11th Annual USMTS Nordic Nationals

Thursday, May 31st, 2018

DECORAH, Iowa–Johnny Scott vaulted to victory in a war of the VanderBuilts Sunday night at the Upper Iowa Speedway in Decorah, Iowa, leading the final 21 of 40 laps to score his second trophy in the USMTS Nordic Nationals presented by Weis Buick GMC.

Zack VanderBeek-the purveyor of the one-year-old VanderBuilt Race Cars chassis company-took off from the pole and set the pace for the first ten laps before Stormy Scott showed his fellow front-row-starting teammate a faster way around the 3/8-mile dirt oval.

Johnny Scott, who started third, steered his VanderBuilt around VanderBeek two laps later and began to pressure his elder twin brother, eventually powering by on the high side of turn two to take the lead for good just past the halfway mark.

The $2,850 triumph marked the 34th career USMTS feature win for Johnny Scott, breaking a tie with 2007 USMTS national champ Jason Krohn and leaving him two wins shy of tying Jon Tesch’s 36-win mark.

VanderBeek, who collected his first of 45 career wins here during his rookie campaign in 2005, wound up second Sunday night while Lucas Schott got by Stormy Scott for fourth.

Dereck Ramirez raced from 16th on the grid to finish fifth, earning both the Eibach Spring Forward Award and FK Rod Ends Hard Charger Award. Two-time USMTS national champion Rodney Sanders was sixth, Saturday’s winner Dustin Sorensen wound up seventh, points leader Jake O’Neil earned an eighth-place paycheck, Jacob Bleess advanced ten positions to claim ninth and and Josh Angst rounded out the top ten.

In the points battle that will pay the 2018 USMTS national champion a whopping $50,000 this year, O’Neil continues to sit at the top, clinging to a 21-point cushion (1286 to 1265) over Johnny Scott. Schott sits third with 1210 markers, followed by Stormy Scott (1199), Sanders (1198), VanderBeek (1185), Ramirez (1178), Terry Phillips (1138), Jake Timm (952) and Joe Duvall (924).

Johnny Scott (1st) makes the winning pass around the outside of his twin brother, Stormy Scott, during the USMTS main event on Sunday, May 27, at the Upper Iowa Speedway in Decorah, Iowa.

The USMTS Hunt for the Casey’s Cup powered by Summit returns to action Thursday, Friday and Saturday, June 7-9, for a three-night Sunflower State showdown. On Thursday, the series returns to the 81 Speedway in Park City, Kan., and then Friday finds the sultans of speed at the Dodge City Raceway Park in Dodge City, Kan., for the first time since 2004. The weekend wraps up on Sunday with the legion of zoom strafing the Salina Speedway in Salina, Kan., for the second straight season.

It all leads up to the Modified Masters and the second Crown Jewel event of the USMTS campaign on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, June 14-16, at the Cedar Lake Speedway in New Richmond, Wis.

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.

Hovden, Chisholm collect Iron Man Challenge laurels at Deer Creek Speedway

Thursday, May 31st, 2018
SPRING VALLEY, Minn.–Mitch Hovden and Jim Chisholm shared the spotlight Saturday night as the Iron Man Challenge charged into the Deer Creek Speedway in Spring Valley, Minn., for the 16th Annual A&A Electric Southern Minnesota Spring Challenge.
Hovden-a four-time national champion in the Holley USRA Stock Car division-enjoyed a belated victory celebration when apparent winner Kyle Falck was disqualified during post-race technical inspections and the $725 winner’s check was transferred from one Decorah, Iowa, driver to another.

Defending Iron Man Challenge champ Derek Green advanced to the runner-up spot while Shawn Peter, polesitter Brayden Gjere and 17th-starting Dillon Anderson completed the top five.

In Out-Pace USRA B-Mod action, Jim Chisholm of Osage, Iowa, earned a $1,000 payday for topping the other 46 competitors on hand and winning the main event on the 3/8-mile high-banked clay oval.

Dan Hovden, who started tenth, worked his way forward to finish second and jumped up three positions to grab the points lead.

Polesitter A.J. Zvorak, 17th-starting Alex Williamson and Sam Wieben were third, fourth and fifth, respectively.

Mitch Hovden won the Holley USRA Stock Car main event.
On Sunday, the 11th Annual Nordic Nationals presented by Weis Buick GMC takes place at the Upper Iowa Speedway in Decorah, Iowa, and will see the Iron Man Challenge featuring Holley USRA Stock Cars and Out-Pace USRA B-Mods plus Cook Racing Supplies USRA Hobby Stocks on the card.

Zack VanderBeek collected his first of three wins at the Upper Iowa Speedway during his rookie campaign in 2005. Jason Hughes, Jon Tesch, Al Hejna and Ryan Gustin are two-time winners here, and Johnny Scott has made one appearance in the Winneshiek County Fairgrounds winners circle.

The pit gate opens at 3 p.m., grandstands open at 4, hot laps start at 5:45 and the first heat race hits the track at 6. General admission is $20, juniors (ages 11-16) are $10 and kids ages 10 and under are free. Pit passes are $35.

Race fans can pick up coupons good for $2 off adult admission at Casey’s General Stores locations in Clermont, Decorah, Ossian, Postville, Waukon and West Union. To find the location nearest you, visit www.caseys.com.

The Upper Iowa Speedway is a semi-banked 1/4-mile dirt oval located 1.8 miles east of US 52 on SR 9, then 1.0 mile northwest on Montgomery St., then northeast on E. Main St. at the Winneshiek County Fairgrounds in Decorah, Iowa (900 E Main St, Decorah, IA 52101). For more information, call (563) 382-0711 or visit www.upperiowaspeedway.com online.

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

Sorensen electrifies Deer Creek Speedway crowd with career-first USMTS win

Wednesday, May 30th, 2018

SPRING VALLEY, Minn.–With 43 of the top dirt modified drivers in America rolling through the gates at the Deer Creek Speedway on Saturday, Dustin Sorensen led all 40 laps of the main event to register the first USMTS victory of his young career.

From the outside of the front row-and from the drop of the green flag-the 17-year-old pro hockey prospect from Rochester, Minn., led fellow Gopher State youngster Lucas Schott to the checkered flag in a repeat 1-2 finish of last Saturday’s USRA Modified feature during the North Star Nationals at the 3/8-mile high-banked clay oval in Spring Valley, Minn.

The USMTS Hunt for the Casey’s Cup win was worth $3,000 to Sorensen whose father, Mike Sorensen, has five career USMTS triumphs to his credit.

Schott, 21, held off a hard-charging Johnny Scott who clawed his way forward to finish third after starting 16th on the grid while Zack VanderBeek-who raced from 14th to third in last Saturday’s Summit USRA Weekly Racing Series event-started 14th again on Saturday and followed Scott across the finish line to claim fourth.

Two-time USMTS national champion Rodney Sanders has collected eight checkered flags at ‘The Creek’ during his short career, but settled for a fifth-place finish in Saturday’s nightcap for the 16th Annual A&A Electric Southern Minnesota Spring Challenge.

Terry Phillips, Stormy Scott, 25th-starting Jake O’Neil, Cory Crapser and Dereck Ramirez rounded out the top 10.

Dustin Sorensen (19) had to fight off several challenges from Lucas Schott (69) to capture Saturday night’s USMTS win.

On Sunday, the 11th Annual Nordic Nationals presented by Weis Buick GMC takes place at the Upper Iowa Speedway in Decorah, Iowa, and will see the Iron Man Challenge featuring Holley USRA Stock Cars and Out-Pace USRA B-Mods plus Cook Racing Supplies USRA Hobby Stocks on the card.

Zack VanderBeek collected his first of three wins at the Upper Iowa Speedway during his rookie campaign in 2005. Jason Hughes, Jon Tesch, Al Hejna and Ryan Gustin are two-time winners here, and Johnny Scott has made one appearance in the Winneshiek County Fairgrounds winners circle.

The pit gate opens at 3 p.m., grandstands open at 4, hot laps start at 5:45 and the first heat race hits the track at 6. General admission is $20, juniors (ages 11-16) are $10 and kids ages 10 and under are free. Pit passes are $35.

Race fans can pick up coupons good for $2 off adult admission at Casey’s General Stores locations in Clermont, Decorah, Ossian, Postville, Waukon and West Union. To find the location nearest you, visit www.caseys.com.

The Upper Iowa Speedway is a semi-banked 1/4-mile dirt oval located 1.8 miles east of US 52 on SR 9, then 1.0 mile northwest on Montgomery St., then northeast on E. Main St. at the Winneshiek County Fairgrounds in Decorah, Iowa (900 E Main St, Decorah, IA 52101). For more information, call (563) 382-0711 or visit www.upperiowaspeedway.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.

Rain ruins Fountain City plans

Wednesday, May 30th, 2018

FOUNTAIN CITY, Wis.–With eyes on a big night of racing Friday night, heavy rain moved in during the day and forced officials to cancel the USMTS Hunt for the Casey’s Cup event at the Mississippi Thunder Speedway in Fountain City, Wis.

Action now moves to Saturday where it’s gonna be another colossal clash at the high-banked Deer Creek Speedway in Spring Valley, Minn., for the 16th Annual A&A Electric Southern Minnesota Spring Challenge.

Defending USMTS national champ Jason Hughes has a series-best 14 career victories at ‘The Creek.’ Kelly Shryock won the first-ever USMTS feature here on May 25, 2002, and is second on the all-time wins list with 10 while Rodney Sanders has collected eight checkered flags and Ryan Gustin has seven, including three of the last four during four nights last September.

Tim Donlinger and Terry Phillips have five wins each. Ryan Gustin, Jason Cummins and Brad Waits have four apiece. Cade Dillard, Zack VanderBeek, Joey Jensen and Brandon Davis have each won three times. Two-time winners include Corey Dripps, Jason Krohn, Ryan Ruter, Stormy Scott and Lucas Schott. Drivers who have visited Deer Creek Speedway’s victory lane one time include Mark Noble, Steve Wetzstein, Darin Walker, Tony Fraise, Dan Daniels, Chad Kinder, Mark Burgtorf, Brad McEwan, Randy Timms, Dean Mahlstedt, Tommy Myer, Mike Sorensen, Mike Spaulding, Dan Chapman, Les Duellman, Mike Hejna, Steve Arpin, Jon Tesch, Jordan Grabouski, Jeremy Payne, Craig Thatcher and Tommy Weder Jr.

The pit gate opens at 2 p.m. and grandstands open at 2:30. Slingshots race at 3 on Button Buck Speedway. Hot laps begin at 5:30 and racing starts at 6 p.m.

The USMTS Modifieds will share the spotlight with the Iron Man Challenge featuring Holley USRA Stock Cars and Out-Pace USRA B-Mods plus Wissota Midwest Mods. Adult general admission tickets are $20 and kids ages 12 and under get in for $5.

Race fans can pick up coupons good for $2 off adult admission at Casey’s General Stores locations in Austin, Blooming Prairie, Dodge Center, Hayfield, Mantorville, Oronoco, Preston, Rochester, Spring Valley and Stewartville plus stores in Cresco, Lime Springs, Osage, Riceville and St. Ansgar, Iowa. To find the location nearest you, visit www.caseys.com.

The Deer Creek Speedway is a 3/8-mile high-banked clay oval is located 11.3 miles south of I-90 (exit 209) on US 63 or 0.7 mile north of SR 16 in Spring Valley, Minn. (25262 US Hwy 63, Spring Valley, MN 55975). For more info, call 877-327-7223 or (507) 346-2342 on race day or visit www.deercreekspeedway.com online.

On Sunday, the 11th Annual Nordic Nationals presented by Weis Buick GMC takes place at the Upper Iowa Speedway in Decorah, Iowa, and will see the Iron Man Challenge featuring Holley USRA Stock Cars and Out-Pace USRA B-Mods plus USRA Hobby Stocks on the card.

Zack VanderBeek collected his first of three wins at the Upper Iowa Speedway during his rookie campaign in 2005. Jason Hughes, Jon Tesch, Al Hejna and Ryan Gustin are two-time winners here, and Johnny Scott has made one appearance in the Winneshiek County Fairgrounds winners circle.

The pit gate opens at 3 p.m., grandstands open at 4, hot laps start at 5:45 and the first heat race hits the track at 6. General admission is $20, juniors (ages 11-16) are $10 and kids ages 10 and under are free. Pit passes are $35.

Race fans can pick up coupons good for $2 off adult admission at Casey’s General Stores locations in Clermont, Decorah, Ossian, Postville, Waukon and West Union. To find the location nearest you, visit www.caseys.com.

The Upper Iowa Speedway is a semi-banked 1/4-mile dirt oval located 1.8 miles east of US 52 on SR 9, then 1.0 mile northwest on Montgomery St., then northeast on E. Main St. at the Winneshiek County Fairgrounds in Decorah, Iowa (900 E Main St, Decorah, IA 52101). For more information, call (563) 382-0711 or visit www.upperiowaspeedway.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.

Sprints Invade Eagle Valley Speedway

Tuesday, May 29th, 2018

Jim Falls, Wisconsin– The Eagle Valley Speedway featured the UMSS Sprint Car Series with both winged and non-winged traditional sprint cars. They were joined by the WISSOTA Street Stocks, Pure Stocks, Midwest Modifieds, Super Stocks, and EVS Hornets. Feature winners included Brooke Tatnell, Cam Schaffer, Dylan Kromschroeder, Shane Halopka, Danny Richards, George Richards, and Chad Prissel.

The WISSOTA Super Stock heats were topped by Adam Soltis and Andy Miskowic as an impressive Dylan Kromschroeder drove from outside of the third row to his first career feature win. It was Wayne Dean early taking the lead from the pole position and looking stout out front. Kromschroeder worked his way to second quickly and first caught Dean, hounded him for a few laps, and then took the position. From there on out, he set sail into the night, stretching his advantage to the finish line as the Super Stocks ran a caution free event. Troy Fransway found his groove and was able to motor past Dean late in the race to earn the runner up position. Dean, Adam Soltis, and Kevin Hager rounded out the top five.

The WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds saw Shane Halopka, Nick Lindquist, and Calvin Iverson win heats as the feature took three tries to get under green initially. Once racing, Steve Hass took early command as Calvin Iverson drove from the third row into second and Shane Halopka used the high groove to secure third. On lap four, Iverson drove low under the leader and assumed the point and Halopka followed him into second. A yellow flag slowed the action, but under green it was Iverson leading again. However, one lap later, Halopka drove past in the higher groove and took control of the event.

By the halfway point, Gunnar Watkins took third and Bob Wood moved into fourth. It was Derek Haas on the move as he drove under Wood for fourth. A caution flag once again slowed the pace, but as the green flew again, Derek Hass continued his assault and took third from Watkins. At the checked flag, it was Halopka over Iverson with Hass, Watkins, and Wood finishing in the top five.

Now making it back to back to back weeks, Danny Richards scored his third consecutive sweep in the WISSOTA Street Stocks winning both the heat and feature. Jay Kesan won the other heat in the seven car. It took four tries to get under green, but once there, the Streeters drove the distance. Parker Anderson took the early lead, but by lap three, Richards had already motored from seventh to second. He was able to catch Anderson and after a fine side by side battle Richards eased out front at the halfway point. Anderson didn’t let Richards get away as he stayed close the rest of the race and finished in second. Several car lengths behind, Kesan finished third over Kyle Howland and Ron Hanestad.

Dominating once again, it was George Richards in the WISSOTA Pure Stocks ss he and Tyler Wahlstrom raced door to door early and Tucker Quinn followed in the shadows. Richards inched into the lead and Quinn followed into second and Wahlstrom moved to third. As the laps counted down, the top three extended away from fourth running Michael Grover who himself gapped fifth finishing Nicholas Hazelton. It was Wahlstrom and Richards winning heats earlier in the evening.

The EVS Hornet heats were topped by Chad Prissel and Jake Halterman as Halterman was interviewed as the feature winner after the event but failed post-race inspection. It was Halterman leading every lap as Prissel ran in second, followed by Dean Butler in third. After a brief caution, the front cars ran to the finished unchanged. It was Prissel scored officially as the winner over Butler. A three-car battle which was close at the finish line saw Armond Love in third, Jason Helgeson in fourth and Dan Prissel rounded out the top five.

The non-winged traditional sprint cars saw Cam Schafer use the pole position to take the lead and never look back as they reeled off 25 nonstop laps. Schaffer was flawless the entire distance as Brad Peterson bested Anna Hippe although she challenged for the position throughout the event and had pulled even with two laps remaining. Mike Mueller and Blake Anderson rounded out the top five. Schafer eared a sweep after winning an earlier heat as Hippe won the second heat.

The winged sprint cars were absolutely dominated by Brooke Tatnell as he once again, following up on his feature win from last year, was untouchable. Jamey Ogston and Chase Viebrock won their respective heats, but Tatnell had no issues come feature time. Second finishing Ryan Bowers was in turn two as the checkers dropped for Tatnell as Viebrock was scored in third. Ogston finished fourth over Lance Fassbender.

The Eagle Valley Speedway will return to racing action on Memorial Day, Monday, May 28, 2018, as Powder Plus sponsors the WISSOTA Street Stocks, Pure Stocks, Midwest Modifieds, Super Stocks, and EVS Hornets. There will be no Modifieds. Oium Well Drilling and Oium Black Top will once again give away one bicycle each for both a boy and a girl just as they do every race night at the Eagle Valley Speedway!