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Rocket too light, Reaper gets loot in Chisholm Trail Showdown

November 11th, 2016

PARK CITY, Kan. — Polesitter Rodney Sanders crossed the finish line first in Saturdays main event, but it was Ryan Gustin who took home the $5,000 Chisholm Trail Showdown winners paycheck at the 81 Speedway.

Sanders started on the pole and led all 50 laps of the feature race, but after rolling over the scales under the minimum weight The Rocket was disqualified and The Reaper was awarded the win.

Gustin, who started sixth on the grid, made it a clean sweep of the event by topping the $1,000-to-win B-Mod feature race prior to the USMTS Modified finale.

He also won Friday nights B-Mod race on the heels of capturing both the qualifying feature and main event in the S&S Fishing & Rental USRA Fall Nationals two weeks ago at the Southern New Mexico Speedway in Las Cruces, N.M.

Dereck Ramirez moved up to pocket the $2,500 runner-up paycheck Saturday, with Terry Phillips, R.C. Whitwell and Zack VanderBeek completing the top five.

Austin Siebert, 16th-starting Joe Duvall, Shaun Peterson, Dan Powers and Scott Green rounded out the top 10.

Peterson earned hard charger honors by passing 34 cars in the feature races. After starting 18th in the C Main and 17th in the B Main before earning the 20th starting spot in the A Main and finishing in the eighth spot.

In the B-Mod main event, Travis Johnson of Enid, Okla., finished second to Gustin for the second straight night. Kip Hughes, 14th-starting Stephen Muilenburg and Mike Roach finished third, fourth and fifth, respectively.

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.

Sanders, McAninch fill front row for inaugural Chisholm Trail Showdown

November 8th, 2016

PARK CITY, Kan.– Following ten intense qualifying heat races on Friday night, Rodney Sanders and Ryan McAninch earned front-row starting spots for Saturdays $5,000-to-win main event of the inaugural Chisholm Trail Showdown at the 81 Speedway.

Sanders bested all drivers in combined points from his two qualifying heats, winning his first from the fourth starting spot and doing it again from sixth in his second attempt.

The two-time United States Modified Touring Series national champ from Happy, Texas, will be joined on the front row Saturday by local favorite McAninch, who earned his berth by winning his first heat race from the pole and then charging from ninth to second in his other qualifying event.

Twelve drivers locked themselves into Saturdays feature race.

Kenny Sweet and Thomas Tillison Jr. will fill the second row, with Dereck Ramirez, Dan Powers, Ryan Gustin, Brian Franz, Austin Siebert, Terry Phillips, Zack VanderBeek and Marc Hurd filling the rest of the first six rows.

Tyler Davis will fire off from the front row of Saturday nights Real Racing Wheels B Main.

Gustin, who won the USMTS Hunt race here in August, capped off Friday nights program with a $600 win in the 20-lap B-Mod main event.

Travis Johnson, who started 13th on the grid, claimed the runner-up spot with veteran Stephen Muilenburg, Jeffery Kaup and Dylan Allen rounding out the top five.

The inaugural Chisholm Trail Showdown continues Saturday at the Park City, Kan., facility, with gates opening at 3 p.m. and racing at 7 p.m.

USMTS Modifieds will compete in an alphabet soup of main events leading up to the $5,000-to-win, $5000-to-start main event. B-Mods will run a complete show of heat races and feature races with a top prize of $1,000 up for grabs.

Spectator tickets are $20, seniors are $15, kids get in for $5 and children 5 and under get in for free. Pit passes will be $35.

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The 81 Speedway is located north of Wichita on I-135 to exit 16, then 0.7 mile west on 77th St. For more information call 316-755-1781 or visit www.race81speedway.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.

Format adjusted for Chisholm Trail Showdown

November 5th, 2016

PARK CITY, Kan. — Officials from the United States Modified Touring Series and 81 Speedway have announced some changes to this weekends inaugural Chisholm Trail Showdown at the Park City, Kan., facility.

Originally slated for this Thursday, Friday and Saturday, the event will now be a two-day show on Friday and Saturday with a $5,000 top payout for Modifieds and reduced pit pass and grandstand prices.

With all the great events that took place in September and October, we set this deal up a little more than a month ago to give racers and fans one last big show before another long winter kicks in,” said USMTS president Todd Staley. “A solid list of pre-entries has already come in, but we were hearing from just as many drivers that previously planned vacation time, travel plans and so forth made it impossible to attend, so we have made a few changes to hopefully make it a big show that more drivers and fans can be a part of.”

The co-sanctioned event for NCRA and USMTS Modifieds will see drivers battle in two heat races Friday with the winner of each heat pocketing $100. Points will be added together with the top 12 advancing to Saturdays $5,000-to-win main event.

B-Mods will run a complete show of heat races and main events both nights. Fridays winner will earn $600 and Saturdays feature race will pay $1,000 to win.

Entry fees cover both nights and have been reduced to $100 for Modifieds and B-Mods remain at $50. Grandstands ticket and pit pass prices have also been reduced.

Spectator tickets on Friday are $15 for adults, $10 for seniors and $5 for kids ages 6-10. On Saturday, adult tickets are $20, seniors are $15 and kids get in for $5. Children 5 and under get in for free both days. Pit passes will be $35 each night.

Gates open at 3 p.m. with racing at 7 p.m. each day.

Thursday will be a practice night from 6-9 p.m. with free admission to the grandstands and $20 pit passes.

Modified drivers who have pre-entered will get $50 of their early entry fee returned, or a full refund will be offered for drivers unable to attend.

The revised payout is as follows:

MODIFIED PAYOUTS: Saturday A Main 1. $5000, 2. $2500, 3. $1700, 4. $1250, 5. $1000, 6. $875, 7. $750, 8. $675, 9. $600, 10. $575, 11. $550, 12. $540, 13. $530, 14. $525, 15. $520, 16. $515, 17. $510, 18. $505, 19-24. $500; B Main Non-Qualifiers $250; C Main Non-Qualifiers $150; Last Chance Non-Qualifiers $100. Friday night heat race winners $100 each.

B-MOD PAYOUTS: Friday 1. $600, 2. $450, 3. $350, 4. $300, 5. $250, 6. $200, 7. $175, 8. $150, 9. $130, 10. $110, 11. $100, 12. $90, 13. $85, 14. $80, 15. $75, 16. $70, 17. $65, 18-24. $60, Non-Qualifiers $30; Saturday – 1. $1000, 2. $600, 3. $450, 4. $350, 5. $300, 6. $250, 7. $200, 8. $175, 9. $150, 10. $140, 11. $130, 12. $120, 13. $110, 14. $100, 15. $90, 16. $85, 17. $80, 18-24. $75, Non-Qualifiers $30.

MODIFIED RULES: This is a special event is sanctioned by the United States Modified Touring Series (USMTS). No USMTS points will be awarded. Draw for heat race starting spot ends 15 minutes before hot laps. RACEceivers and AMB transponders are mandatory and available for rent or purchase at USMTS trailer. See complete rules at www.usmts.com. Modifieds must conform to USMTS, USRA or NCRA rules and may not mix and match rules packages. Modifieds that are legal under Wissota or IMCA rules are also welcome. Tires allowed in the Modifieds are the NCRA Hoosier, American Racer KK-704 or Hoosier G60. Must conform to your tire rule with the class you race weekly.

B-MOD RULES: Most B-Mods rules packages are acceptable and are invited to race. Southern Sport Mods are welcome to race with their rules package and must be on the stamped H500 tire (nothing else needs to be changed in that rules package). USRA and IMCA-type B-Mods are welcome to come and run under your current rules package with no mixing and matching of rulebooks. Any Wissota-type cars are welcome and will be the same as the King of America race. Only tires allowed for this event for the B-Mods are the H500, Hoosier G60 and American Racer KK-704. USRA rules can be found on the USRA website at www.usraracing.com. Those that ran weekly at 81 Speedway in the Rookie division will need to pick a sanction and run that rules package.

Event organizers announced that a $10,000-to-win Chisholm Trail Showdown will take place in April 2017.

The 81 Speedway is located north of Wichita on I-135 to exit 16, then 0.7 mile west on 77th St. For more information call 316-755-1781 or visit www.race81speedway.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.

Halloween deadline for USMTS Chisholm Trail Showdown early entries

November 2nd, 2016

PARK CITY, Kan. — Halloween was the final day for drivers to get registered early for this weekends inaugural USMTS Chisholm Trail Showdown at the 81 Speedway in Park City, Kan.

The 2016 season finale for the United States Modified Touring Series, which began the second week of February, comes to a thrilling conclusion this Thursday through Saturday, Nov. 3-5, with a $10,000 top prize up for grabs.

The event will pit the best of the best of the USMTS and National Championship Racing Association (NCRA) Modifieds, plus B-Mods on the popular semi-banked 3/8-mile dirt oval just outside of Wichita.

The early entry fee for Modifieds is $150 and B-Mods are $50 for all three days. Beginning Nov. 1, the price doubles for both classes. Call (515) 832-7944 to get entered today, or download the entry form at www.usmts.com/downloads.

The format is like the King of America held each March. Modified drivers will run four heat races from four different starting positions on Thursday and Friday. USMTS passing points will be combined using the best three of four efforts with the top 12 drivers in overall points locked into the first six rows of Saturdays
A Main. The next 12 drivers will be locked into Saturdays B Main, the next 12 into the C Main and so forth.

Saturdays main event winner will walk away with no less than $10,000 while every starter in the championship feature gets at least $1,000. B-Mods will share the spotlight with a complete program of heat and feature races
each night. The winner Thursday gets $600, Friday nights winner will earn $1,000 and the winner Saturday will go home with $1,500.

An open practice will be held Wednesday, Nov. 2, from 7-10 p.m. Pit passes are $20 and admission to the grandstands is free for all spectators.

On Thursday, Friday and Saturday, gates open at 3 p.m. with racing at 7 p.m. each day. Spectator tickets on Thursday and Friday are $20 for adults, $18 for seniors and $5 for kids ages 6-10. On Saturday, adult tickets are $25, seniors are $23 and kids get in for $10. Three-day passes are $55 for adults and $50 for seniors.
Children 5 and under get in for free all three days.

Pit passes are $40 each night or $110 for a three-day pit pass.

Special three-day discount tickets are available now by calling the 81 Speedway at (316) 755-1781.

The USMTS has circled the 81 Speedway eight times previously, with six different drivers picking up wins. Jeremy Payne won in 2013 and again in 2015, and Rodney Sanders picked up a win in both the 2014 and 2015 campaigns.

Three-time USMTS national Jason Hughes champion topped the first visit to C. Ray Halls speedplant back in 2008. While Hughes announced that he will not be at the Chisholm Trail Showdown event, Ryan Gustin is slated to be behind the wheel of the familiar yellow and blue #12 Hughes Chassis.

Gustin, who won the USMTS Hunt for the Caseys Cup event here in August, drove Hughes car to a win in last weekends USRA Fall Nationals at the Southern New Mexico Speedway in Las Cruces, N.M.

Stormy Scott finished second to Gustin in that race, and picked up a USMTS victory at the 81 Speedway during the 2014 season. Cade Dillard won here back on June 9.

MODIFIED PAYOUTS: Saturday A Main 1. $10,000, 2. $5000, 3. $4000, 4. $3000, 5. $2500, 6. $2000, 7. $1750, 8. $1500, 9. $1250, 10. $1200, 11. $1150, 12. $1100, 13. $1075, 14. $1050, 15. $1025, 16-26. $1000; B Main 1-14. advance, 15-24. $600; C Main 1-12. advance, 13-24. $400; Last Chance Races 1-6. advance, 7-24. $250.

B-MOD PAYOUTS: Thursday 1. $600, 2. $450, 3. $350, 4. $300, 5. $250, 6. $200, 7. $175, 8. $150, 9. $130, 10. $110, 11. $100, 12. $90, 13. $85, 14. $80, 15. $75, 16. $70, 17. $65, 18-24. $60, Tow $30; Friday – 1. $1000, 2. $600, 3. $450, 4. $350, 5. $300, 6. $250, 7. $200, 8. $175, 9. $150, 10. $140, 11. $130, 12.
$120, 13. $110, 14. $100, 15. $90, 16. $85, 17. $80, 18-24. $75, Tow $30; Saturday 1. $1500, 2. $800, 3. $600, 4. $500, 5. $400, 6. $350, 7. $300, 8. $250, 9. $200, 10. $170, 11. $160, 12. $150, 13. $140, 14. $130, 15. $125, 16. $120, 17. $115, 18. $110, 19. $105, 20-24. $100, Tow $75.

MODIFIED RULES: This is a special event is sanctioned by the United States Modified Touring Series (USMTS). No USMTS points will be awarded. Draw for heat race starting spot ends 15 minutes before hot laps. RACEceivers and AMB transponders are mandatory and available for rent or purchase at USMTS trailer. See complete rules at
www.usmts.com. Modifieds must conform to USMTS, USRA or NCRA rules and may not mix and match rules packages. Modifieds that are legal under Wissota or IMCA rules are also welcome. Tires allowed in the Modifieds are the NCRA Hoosier, American Racer KK-704 or Hoosier G60. Must conform to your tire rule with the class you race
weekly.

B-MOD RULES: Most B-Mods rules packages are acceptable and are invited to race. Southern Sport Mods are welcome to race with their rules package and must be on the stamped H500 tire (nothing else needs to be changed in that rules package). USRA and IMCA-type B-Mods are welcome to come and run under your current rules package with no mixing and matching of rulebooks. Any Wissota-type cars are welcome and will be the same as the King of America race. Only tires allowed for this event for the B-Mods are the H500, Hoosier G60 and American Racer KK-704. USRA rules can be found on the USRA website at www.usraracing.com. Those that ran weekly at 81 Speedway in the Rookie division will need to pick a sanction and run that rules package.

The 81 Speedway is located north of Wichita on I-135 to exit 16, then 0.7 mile west on 77th St. For more information call 316-755-1781 or visit www.race81speedway.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.

USMTS $10,000-to-win finale Nov. 3-5 at 81 Speedway

November 1st, 2016

PARK CITY, Kan.– The 2016 racing season for the USMTS, which began the second week of February, comes to a thrilling conclusion next Thursday-Saturday, Nov. 3-5, with the inaugural $10,000-to-win Chisholm Trail Showdown at the 81 Speedway in Park City, Kan.

The event will pit the best of the best of the United States Modified Touring Series and the National Championship Racing Association (NCRA). Saturdays main event winners will walk away with no less than $10,000 while every starter in the championship feature gets at least $1,000.

The format is like the King of America held each March. Modified drivers will run four heat races from four different starting positions on Thursday and Friday. USMTS passing points will be combined using the best three of four efforts with the top 12 drivers in overall points locked into the first six rows of Saturdays A Main. The next 12 drivers will be locked into Saturdays B Main, the next 12 into the C Main and so forth.

B-Mods will share the spotlight with a complete program of heat and feature races each night. The winner Thursday gets $600, Friday nights winner will earn $1,000 and the winner Saturday will go home with $1,500.

An open practice will be held Wednesday, Nov. 2, from 7-10 p.m. Pit passes are $20 and admission to the grandstands is free for all spectators.

On Thursday, Friday and Saturday, gates open at 3 p.m. with racing at 7 p.m. each day. Spectator tickets on Thursday and Friday are $20 for adults, $18 for seniors and $5 for kids ages 6-10. On Saturday, adult tickets are $25, seniors are $23 and kids get in for $10. Three-day passes are $55 for adults and $50 for seniors. Children 5 and under get in for free all three days.

Pit passes are $40 each night or $110 for a three-day pit pass.

Special three-day discount tickets are available now by calling the 81 Speedway at (316) 755-1781.

The USMTS has circled the 81 Speedway eight times previously, with six different drivers picking up wins. Jeremy Payne won in 2013 and again in 2015, and Rodney Sanders picked up a win in both the 2014 and 2015 campaigns.

Three-time USMTS national Jason Hughes champion topped the first visit to C. Ray Halls speedplant back in 2008. While Hughes announced that he will not be at the Chisholm Trail Showdown event, Ryan Gustin is slated to be behind the wheel of the familiar yellow and blue #12 Hughes Chassis.

Gustin, who won the USMTS Hunt for the Caseys Cup event here in August, drove Hughes car to a win in last weekends USRA Fall Nationals at the Southern New Mexico Speedway in Las Cruces, N.M.

Stormy Scott finished second to Gustin in that race, and picked up a USMTS victory at the 81 Speedway during the 2014 season. Cade Dillard won here back on June 9.

Drivers are encouraged to enter early to save money. Early entry for Modifieds is $150 and B-Mods are $50 for all three days. Beginning Nov. 1, the price doubles for both classes. Call (515) 832-7944 to eget entered today, or download the entry form at www.usmts.com/downloads.

MODIFIED PAYOUTS: Saturday A Main 1. $10,000, 2. $5000, 3. $4000, 4. $3000, 5. $2500, 6. $2000, 7. $1750, 8. $1500, 9. $1250, 10. $1200, 11. $1150, 12. $1100, 13. $1075, 14. $1050, 15. $1025, 16-26. $1000; “B” Main – 1-14. advance, 15-24. $600; C Main 1-12. advance, 13-24. $400; Last Chance Races – 1-6. advance, 7-24. $250.

B-MOD PAYOUTS: Thursday 1. $600, 2. $450, 3. $350, 4. $300, 5. $250, 6. $200, 7. $175, 8. $150, 9. $130, 10. $110, 11. $100, 12. $90, 13. $85, 14. $80, 15. $75, 16. $70, 17. $65, 18-24. $60, Tow $30; Friday 1. $1000, 2. $600, 3. $450, 4. $350, 5. $300, 6. $250, 7. $200, 8. $175, 9. $150, 10. $140, 11. $130, 12. $120, 13. $110, 14. $100, 15. $90, 16. $85, 17. $80, 18-24. $75, Tow $30; Saturday 1. $1500, 2. $800, 3. $600, 4. $500, 5. $400, 6. $350, 7. $300, 8. $250, 9. $200, 10. $170, 11. $160, 12. $150, 13. $140, 14. $130, 15. $125, 16. $120, 17. $115, 18. $110, 19. $105, 20-24. $100, Tow $75.

MODIFIED RULES: This is a special event is sanctioned by the United States Modified Touring Series (USMTS). No USMTS points will be awarded. Draw for heat race starting spot ends 15 minutes before hot laps. RACEceivers and AMB transponders are mandatory and available for rent or purchase at USMTS trailer. See complete rules at www.usmts.com. Modifieds must conform to USMTS, USRA or NCRA rules and may not mix and match rules packages. Modifieds that are legal under Wissota or IMCA rules are also welcome. Tires allowed in the Modifieds are the NCRA Hoosier, American Racer KK-704 or Hoosier G60. Must conform to your tire rule with the class you race weekly.

B-MOD RULES: Most B-Mods rules packages are acceptable and are invited to race. Southern Sport Mods are welcome to race with their rules package and must be on the stamped H500 tire (nothing else needs to be changed in that rules package). USRA and IMCA-type B-Mods are welcome to come and run under your current rules package with no mixing and matching of rulebooks. Any Wissota-type cars are welcome and will be the same as the King of America race. Only tires allowed for this event for the B-Mods are the H500, Hoosier G60 and American Racer KK-704. USRA rules can be found on the USRA website at www.usraracing.com. Those that ran weekly at 81 Speedway in the Rookie division will need to pick a sanction and run that rules package.

The 81 Speedway is a semi-banked 3/8-mile dirt oval located north of Wichita on I-135 to exit 16, then 0.7 mile west on 77th St. For more information call 316-755-1781 or visit www.race81speedway.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.

Gustin goes to Widow Wax Victory Lane at 81 Speedway

August 24th, 2016

PARK CITY, Kan.– Sunday night at the 81 Speedway, Ryan Gustin took the lead on the second lap of the main event and then held on through a green-white-checkered finish to capture his sixth United States Modified Touring Series victory of 2016.

It was the first win during the Hunt for the USMTS Caseys Cup powered by S&S Fishing & Rental for the two-time USMTS national champion, and the 77th of his career.

Cade Dillard earned his series-best seventh Sybesma Graphics Pole Award during the fourth of five heat races for the 42 entries, and then redrew the number one spot to set the pace for the 42-lap feature.

The first lap ended with Dillard edging Gustin at the line by a nose with Brock Bauman tucked in tight behind the lead duo in third. The next time around Gustin blasted into the lead around the outside of Dillard and
he never trailed again, racing to a $3,000 payday.

Dillard stayed close behind Gustin until the races second yellow flag came out with 27 laps complete. While under caution, Dillards ignition system failed and he was forced to watch the remainder of the race from the pits.

Jason Hughes, who won the first USMTS race at C. Ray Halls speedplant in 2008, assumed the second spot but was never able to challenge Gustin for the lead. Even a final caution period with two laps remaining was no help to the current points leader as he used every trick in his bag to hold off Johnny Scott for the thrilling final two times around.

Jesse Sobbing and Zack VanderBeek were also in the mix with Hughes and Scott, finishing fourth and fifth, respectively, while Rodney Sanders rebounded from a second-lap flat tire to claw his way back to sixth.

VanderBeek, who finished fifth after starting 24th, garnered the KSE Racing Products Hard Charger Award.

Tanner Mullens, Joe Duvall, Scott Drake and Dan Powers completed the top ten.

With his runner-up finish and Dillards misfortune, Hughes was able to extend his points lead to 55 points (1319 to 1264) over Dillard. Sobbing leap-frogged back ahead of Sanders by three points (1236 to 1233) and VanderBeek is close behind with 1211 markers.

Johnny Scott, Duvall, Dereck Ramirez, Stormy Scott and Bauman round out the top 10.

The Hunt for the USMTS Caseys Cup powered by S&S Fishing & Rental marches on this Thursday, Aug. 25, at the Hamilton County Speedway in Webster City, Iowa, for the first of four straight nights of hardcore modified racing.

Friday, Aug. 26, the series heads to the Rapid Speedway in Rock Rapids, Iowa, and The Park Jefferson Speedway near Jefferson, S.D., is the location on Saturday, Aug. 27.

The swing wraps up Sunday, Aug. 28, with the return of the USMTS to the thrilling Casino Speedway in Watertown, S.D.

All four events will pay $3,000 to win.

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.

Dillard undeniable at 81 Speedway

June 12th, 2016

PARK CITY, Kan. — Cade Dillard raced to his third USMTS victory of the season Thursday night at the 81 Speedway, showing the rest of the 41-car field the fastest way around the 3/8-mile clay oval from start to finish.

After recording the quickest lap of the night during his heat race win, the 25-year-old from Robeline, La., drew the pole for the 42-lap main event and never looked back once the green flag appeared.

While Dillard set the pace the entire distance, the battles for positions behind him were fierce.

Two-time USMTS national champ Ryan Gustin blazed through the field from his 13th starting spot and was running down the leader when the yellow flag waved on lap 29.

Gustin stayed close after the restart, but Dillard never offered up a mistake to allow him an opportunity to get by.

Jesse Sobbing, who gave up the second spot to Gustin during the 25th lap, regained the position with six laps remaining and held on for the runner-up paycheck behind Dillards $3,000 triumph.

Zack VanderBeek, Gustin and Jeremy Payne all three former winners at the 81 Speedway finished third, fourth and fifth after starting the race from 12th, 13th and 14th on the grid, respectively.

Dereck Ramirez, Kenny Sweet, 15th-starting Mike Jergens, Ryan McAninch and multi-time NCRA champion Brian Franz, who started 27th, rounded out the top 10.

The fire-breathing USMTS speed freaks will be in action Friday and Saturday at the Longdale Speedway, which boasts 22-degree-tall straight-aways and 26 degrees of banking in the turns at the three-year-old facility in Longdale, Okla.

Originally slated to be $2,000 and $3,000-to-win shows, Fridays feature will be worth $3,000 to the winner while Saturdays main event will carry a $4,000 top prize thanks to a boost from Rancho Milagro in Taos, N.M.

Stormy Scott christened the new joint with a victory over a 42-car field in 2014, and his twin brother, Johnny Scott, was the winner when the series visited the facility last year.

Saturdays $4,000-to-win clash will be held in memory of Alyssa Ramirez, who lost her life in a tragic car accident near Woodward, Okla., on Jan. 29.

Pit gates will open at 4 p.m. with grandstands opening at 5:30, hot laps at 6:30 and opening ceremonies at 7:30 with heat races immediately following. Also on the card are IMCA Mods and Sport Mods.

Adult grandstand tickets are $15, seniors and military with ID are $12 and kids ages 6-12 get in for $5. Children 5 and under are admitted free of charge. Pit passes are $35.

The Longdale Speedway is located about 0.5 mile south of Longdale on SR 58. For more information, check out www.longdalespeedway.com or call 580-886-5375.

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.

Longdale, 81 Speedway USMTS shows postponed to June 9-11

May 24th, 2016

LONGDALE, Okla. — Due to the forecast calling for a high likelihood of rain and threatening weather on Sunday and Monday, officials at the Longdale Speedway, 81 Speedway and USMTS have pulled the plug on the next two events this weekend.

However, the series will return to the 81 Speedway on Thursday, June 9, and then head to Longdale for a two-day show on Friday and Saturday, June 10-11.

All three will be MSD Central Region event.

More details to follow…

Payne overpowers USMTS Hunters at 81 Speedway

August 9th, 2015

PARK CITY, Kan.”While many of the drivers in Thursdays opening event in the Hunt for the USMTS Casey’s Cup powered by S&S Fishing & Rental came looking to score valuable points in a quest to be the 2015 USMTS National Champion, Jeremy Payne showed up just looking for a win and some good money.

He got both.

After setting the tone early by scoring the most passing points among the 43 heat race competitors, Payne redrew fourth to start the 40-lap feature race and quickly moved into second to challenge early leader Brian Franz.

After stalking the multi-time NCRA champion for 27 laps, Payne finally made the pass for the lead and then fended off another final last-lap effort to get to the checkered flag first and record the 20th win of his career, but first of the 2015 campaign.

I knew I had a really good car and early I could run with him (Franz) but he kind of got away there,” Payne said. “His car was really good so I was kind of searching around and found a better line in (turns) one and two. I think he pushed one time when I had a good run, I got by him and that”s all she wrote.”

Payne got paid $3,000 for his efforts while Franz wasn’t as fortunate. Post-race technical inspections found the engine setback to be outside of the rulebook and Franz was disqualified, which moved 17th-starting Stormy Scott into the runner-up position.

Fourth-place finisher Ryan McAninch was also disqualified for a similar infraction, dropping him from fourth and jumping Jason Hughes, Rodney Sanders and Brent Larson into third, fourth and fifth, respectively.

Sanders’s journey to a top-five finish was a strange and hard-fought one and one that obviously was not part of the teams game plan to capture a third straight USMTS National Championship.

On the first lap of Fast Shafts Heat Race #2, Sanders and fellow front-row starter Jon Thompson bumped going into the first corner. By the time they reached turn 3, it was visibly clear that something was broken on Sanderss right front suspension, and before he could react the tire came off, slid underneath his racecar and catapulted his machine into the air.

He was unhurt in the rollover incident, and the team quickly prepared their back-up car for a last-place start in the second Real Racing Wheels B Main where he passed 15 cars en route to a fourth-place finish. He then advanced 16 spots in the A Main, and left the 81 Speedway as the points leader in the Hunt for the USMTS Caseys Cup powered by S&S Fishing & Rental.

Jesse Sobbing came into the event atop the points standings, but had a night that was about as long as that of Sanders, albeit he kept his MB Customs on all four wheels all night.

After being unable to advance in his heat race, the Rookie of the Year points leader fumbled a transfer spot with two laps to go in his B Main, forcing him to take a provisional in the main event. Sobbing climbed as high as tenth in the feature, but suffered engine trouble on the final lap and plummeted to 15th.

Jake Gallardo finished sixth in the A Main, with 19th-starting Grant Junghans seventh, Dereck Ramirez eighth, 28th-starting Dan Powers ninth and Tad Davis tenth.

With one down and 14 races to go in The Hunt, Sanders leads Sobbing by five points (177 to 172) with Ramirez in third with 159 markers. The rest of the top 10 spots are Junghans (154), Cade Dillard (134), Zack VanderBeek (130), Casey Arneson (126), Scott (124) and Hughes (119) while Larson, Houston and Duvall are in a three-way tie for tenth with 112 points.

Friday finds the mud-slinging USMTS machines at the Humboldt Speedway in Humboldt, Kan. Gates open at 6 p.m. and racing starts at 8. USRA B-Mods, Stock Cars and Pure Stocks will round out the five-division card.

The Humboldt Speedway is a 1/4-mile semi-banked clay oval located off of US 169 at the Humboldt exit, then 0.1 mile west, then 0.5 mile south, then 0.9 mile east on Georgia Rd. For more information check out www.humboldtspeedway.com.

Race fans can get discount coupons good for $2 off adult general admission at Casey’s General Stores locations in Chanute, Fredonia, Iola, Neodesha and Yates Center. Cade Dillard and his No. 97 Snickers machine will be greeting fans in person at the 712 E. Madison Ave. location in Iola from 12-2 p.m. Cory Crapser and his No. 07 Oreos/Sour Patch Kids machine will be greeting fans in person at the 220 W. Cherry location in Chanute from 12-2 p.m. Tune your radio to KIKS 101.5 FM to hear live broadcasts from Crapsers appearance.

The weekend continues Saturday at the Lucas Oil Speedway in Wheatland, Mo., and wraps up Sunday at the Monett Speedway in Monett, Mo.

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 or subscribe to our YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/usmtstv.

Four mammoth shows open Hunt for the USMTS Caseys Cup

August 7th, 2015

WICHITA, Kan.–It seems like we just got started, but believe it or not the end of the 17th season for the United States Modified Touring Series is on the horizon, and by the end of the approaching weekend the Hunt for the USMTS
Casey’s Cup powered by S&S Fishing & Rental will be more than a quarter complete.

If it’s true that time flies when you’re having fun, then this weekend should go by in a blink of an eye.

Four colossal clashes in Americas heartland are on tap to kick off the run to become the 2015 USMTS National Champion, and the excitement begins Thursday, Aug. 6, at the 81 Speedway in Park City, Kan.

On Friday, the series heads back to the Humboldt Speedway in Humboldt, Kan., and then travels east to the state-of-the-art Lucas Oil Speedway on Saturday. The four-night swing wraps up Sunday at the Monett Speedway in Monett, Mo.

THURSDAY, AUG. 6 – 81 SPEEDWAY, PARK CITY, KAN.

Times: Gates Open 5:30; Racing 7:30.
Tickets: Adults $18. Kids 6-10 $5.
Support Class: NCRA Mod Lites.
Track Configuration: 3/8-Mile Semi-Banked Dirt Oval.
Directions: North of Wichita on I-135 to exit 16, then 0.7 mile west on 77th St.
Website: www.race81speedway.com.

Past Winners at 81 Speedway: Rodney Sanders (2), Stormy Scott, Jeremy Payne, Jason Hughes. Notes: Race fans can get discount coupons good for $2 off adult general admission at Casey’s General Stores locations in Derby, Haysville, Maize, Newton, Rose Hill, Valley Center and Wichita on race day. Joe Duvall and his No. 91 AMP Energy machine will be greeting fans in person at the at 3520 N. Woodlawn Blvd. location in Wichita from 12-2 p.m. Tune your radio to KFDI 101.3 FM to hear live broadcasts from Duvalls appearance.

FRIDAY, AUG. 7 & HUMBOLDT SPEEDWAY, HUMBOLDT, KAN.

Times: Pits Open 5:00; Gates Open 6:00; Hot Laps 7:30; Racing 8:00.
Tickets: Adults $18; Kids 6-12 $5; Pit Pass $35.
Support Classes: USRA B-Mods, Stock Cars, Pure Stocks.
Track Configuration: 1/4-Mile Semi-Banked Clay Oval.
Directions: US 169 to Humboldt exit, then 0.1 mile west, then 0.5 mile south, then
0.9 mile east.
Website: www.humboldtspeedway.com.

Past Winners at Humboldt Speedway: Jason Hughes (11), Stormy Scott (5), Kelly
Shryock (5), Rodney Sanders (4), Ryan Gustin (3), Jason Krohn (2), Johnny Scott (2),
Johnny Bone Jr. (2), Jon Tesch, Steve Holzkamper, William Gould, Terry Phillips,
Jeremy Payne, Tim Donlinger.

Notes: Race fans can get discount coupons good for $2 off adult general admission at Casey’s General Stores locations in Chanute, Fredonia, Iola, Neodesha and Yates Center on race day. Cade Dillard and his No. 97 Snickers machine will be greeting fans in person at the 712 E. Madison Ave. location in Iola from 12-2 p.m. Cory Crapser and his No. 07 Oreos/Sour Patch Kids machine will be greeting fans in person it the 220 W. Cherry location in Chanute from 12-2 p.m. Tune your radio to KIKS 101.5 FM to hear live broadcasts from Crapsers appearance.

SATURDAY, AUG. 8 – LUCAS OIL SPEEDWAY, WHEATLAND, MO.

Times: Gates Open 5:00; Hot Laps 7:00; Racing 7:30.
Tickets: Adults $20, Seniors $15, Youth 6-15 $5; Family Pass $40; Pit Pass $30.
Support Classes: USRA B-Mods, Factory Stocks.
Track Configuration: 3/8-Mile Semi-Banked Dirt Oval.
Directions: Three blocks south of US 54 on SR 83, then east.
Website: www.lucasoilspeedway.com.

Past Winners at Lucas Oil Speedway: Terry Phillips (2), Jeremy Payne, Ryan Gustin, Jason Krohn. Notes: Race fans can get discount coupons good for $2 off adult general admission at Casey’s General Stores locations in Hermitage, Osceola, Warsaw, Weaubleau and Wheatland on race day. Joe Duvall and his No. 91 AMP Energy machine will be greeting
fans in person at the 310 E. Hwy 54 location in Wheatland from 12-2 p.m. Tune your radio to KWTO 560 AM to hear live broadcasts from the appearance.

SUNDAY, AUG. 9 MONETT SPEEDWAY, MONETT, MO.

Times: Gates Open 5:00; Hot Laps 7:00; Racing 7:30. Tickets: Adults $20, Juniors 12-15 $5. Support Classes: USRA B-Mods, Midwest Mods, Pure Stocks and Pro 4s. Track Configuration: 3/8-Mile Semi-Banked Red Clay Oval. Directions: North One mile east of SR 37 on US 60, then north on Chapel Dr.

Website: www.monettspeedway.net. Past Winners at Monett Speedway: Ryan Gustin (3), Terry Phillips (3), Johnny Bone Jr. (2), Jason Hughes (2), Kelly Shryock (2), Rodney Sanders, Mark Noble, George White. Notes: Race fans can get discount coupons good for $2 off adult general admission at Casey’s General Stores locations in Aurora, Monett, Mt. Vernon, Pierce City and Sarcoxie on race day. Cade Dillard and his No. 97 Snickers machine will be greeting fans in person at the Caseys General Store located at 728 U.S. Hwy. 60 West in Monett from 12-2 p.m. Tune your radio to KAMO 94.3 FM to hear live broadcasts from the appearance.

Thirty-nine drivers have earned a chance at becoming the 2015 USMTS National Champion by virtue of finishing in the top 15 in points or having perfect attendance in one or more of four regions. Each of the 39 drivers qualified for The Hunt have a legitimate shot to pocket the $20,000 prize that goes with being the undisputed heavyweight champion of the dirt modified world.

When the checkered flag drops on opening night of the Featherlite Fall Jamboree on Thursday, Sept. 24, at the Deer Creek Speedway in Spring Valley, Minn., the tireless USMTS touring titans will have 15 more races under their belts and the USMTS will crown its 17th national champion.

Of course any dirt modified driver desiring to lock horns with the Best of the Best can enter, compete and possibly win a USMTS event during The Hunt but just one of the 39 names below will be embellished on the 2015 USMTS National Champion’s trophy.

Jesse Sobbing enters the Hunt for the USMTS Caseys Cup atop the points standings. Consistency along with perfect attendance in all four regions has earned the 33-year-old driver of the Home Pride No. 99 MB Customs top billing. Although the Rookie of the Year points leader has just one win, he has recorded a top-five finish in nearly 40% of the 37 events to date.

Not far behind, however, is two-time defending USMTS National Champion Rodney Sanders of Happy, Texas, who has 14 wins in those same 37 contests. At just 25 years of age, The Sandman is fourth on the all-time USMTS career wins list and, by virtue of his three regional points titles, is the lone driver eligible for a $100,000 payday if he can capture his third straight crown.

For anybody but Sanders, the 2015 Hunt for the USMTS Caseys Cup powered by S&S Fishing & Rental will award $20,000 to the champion. Furthermore, any driver competing in all 15 of the $3,000-to-win events during The Hunt is guaranteed a minimum of $1,000 from the year-end points fund.

Proving that any driver who qualifies for ‘The Hunt’ is capable of winning the title, Jason Krohn captured the 2007 title after entering the first event with just seven points and ranked 18th in the standings. He became just the second driver to wear the USMTS crown, dethroning Kelly Shryock who had captured all eight previous titles from 1999-2006.

Similarly, Tim Donlinger found himself outside of the top-10 after the first two races of the 2008 championship crusade. He won the third event, but was only seventh in the rankings with 11 races to go. He went on to upset Shryock for the 2008 title, sealing the deal with a thrilling victory on the final night of the Featherlite Fall Jamboree.

Despite winning just two races all season, Shryock went on to claim his ninth USMTS National Championship in 2009 by just 33 points, beating out an 18-year-old up-and-comer named Ryan Gustin.

Jason Hughes finally secured his first USMTS National Championship in 2010 while Gustin settled for runner-up honors again, but The Reaper roared back in 2011 to claim his first title, and then did it again in 2012 to join Shryock as the only other multi-time champion before Sanders duplicated the feat in 2013-2014.

2015 HUNT FOR THE USMTS CASEY’S CUP SCHEDULE:
Thursday, Aug. 6 … 81 Speedway, Park City, Kan. ($3,000 to win)
Friday, Aug. 7 … Humboldt Speedway, Humboldt, Kan. ($3,000 to win)
Saturday, Aug. 8 … Lucas Oil Speedway, Wheatland, Mo. ($3,000 to win)
Sunday, Aug. 9 … Monett Speedway, Monett, Mo. ($3,000 to win)
Thursday, Aug. 13 … Red Cedar Speedway, Menomonie, Wis. ($3,000 to win)
Friday, Aug. 14 … Mississippi Thunder Speedway, Fountain City, Wis. ($3,000 to win)
Saturday, Aug. 15 … Ogilvie Raceway, Ogilvie, Minn. ($3,000 to win)
Friday, Aug. 21 … Lakeside Speedway, Kansas City, Kan. ($3,000 to win)
Saturday, Aug. 22 … Salina Highbanks Speedway, Pryor Creek, Okla. ($3,000 to win)
Wednesday, Sept. 2 … Hamilton County Speedway, Webster City, Iowa ($3,000 to win)
Thursday, Sept. 3 … Fairmont Raceway, Fairmont, Minn. ($3,000 to win)
Friday, Sept. 4 … Chateau Raceway, Lansing, Minn. ($3,000 to win)
Saturday, Sept. 5 … Deer Creek Speedway, Spring Valley, Minn. ($3,000 to win)
Sunday, Sept. 6 … Cresco Speedway, Cresco, Iowa ($3,000 to win)
Thursday, Sept. 24 … Deer Creek Speedway, Spring Valley, Minn. ($5,000 to win)

HOW THEY GOT HERE: At each of the USMTS Caseys Cup Series regional events, drivers earned points toward the regional championship. The champion of each region received 20 points to begin The Hunt with second-place getting 24 points and so on back to the 15th-place finisher who got 6 points. All drivers with perfect attendance in the region also received 10 points toward their base points for The Hunt regardless of where they finished in the final standings. From here on out, the traditional USMTS points system is used for each event in the Hunt for the USMTS Caseys Cup.

USMTS POINTS SYSTEM: “A” Main Finish 1. 100 points, 2. 95 points, 3. 91 points, 4. 87 points, 5. 84 points, 6. 81 points, 7. 78 points, 8. 76 points, 9. 74 points, 10. 72 points, 11. 70 points, 12. 68 points, 13. 66 points, 14. 64 points, 15. 62 points, 16. 60 points, 17. 58 points, 18. 56 points, 19. 55 points, 20. 54 points, 21. 53 points, 22. 52 points, 23. 51 points; all other A Main starters earn 50 points while non-qualifiers get 45 points each. In addition, each driver who leads at least one A Main lap earns 1 point and the driver leading the most A Main laps earns another 2 points.

CASEY’S CREW: Cory Crapser, Cade Dillard and Joe Duvall will represent Caseys General Stores and their affiliated brands during each race of the Hunt for the USMTS Caseys Cup.

All three members of the Caseys Crew will have unique graphics for their machines, snazzy new branded driving suits, autograph cards and more. Plus, each driver will be making appearances at local Casey’s General Stores locations at various events.

Crapser will be driving the #07 GRT Chassis with sponsorship from Sour Patch Kids and Oreos. Dillard will represent Snickers with his #97 LG21 Chassis and Duvalls familiar #91 MB Customs Chassis will be carrying the AMP Energy logo and colors.

Be sure to stop by a Caseys General Store location before and after the races for all your supplies and needs, and remember to get your $2-off admission coupons available on race day at most events during The Hunt. Check out www.caseys.com for more information or to find the location nearest you.

TOP DOG BONUS: Beginning with Thursday’s kick-off at the 81 Speedway, all drivers ranked among the top-10 points in are guaranteed a minimum of $400 in earnings at each event. Each driver just maintain perfect attendance during the campaign to remain eligible.

PROVISIONALS: All drivers in The Hunt are guaranteed two provisionals for the first ten (10) races. One additional provisional is awardedafter the tenth event. Again, the driver must maintain perfect attendance to remain eligible.

Celebrating its 17th season in 2015, the United States Modified Touring Series is the fastest-growing and most popular dirt modified series in the world. Attracting the most talented and professional drivers in North America, the fan-friendly format and exciting show produces an enthusiastic and loyal fan base, and the USMTS routinely competes in front of capacity crowds. When it comes to a touring series that features the Best of the Best in dirt modified racing, the USMTS has no equal .. although plenty of imitators litter the landscape.

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 or subscribe to our YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/usmtstv.

Hunt for the USMTS Caseys Cup fires off Thursday at 81 Speedway

August 5th, 2015

WICHITA, Kan.–With 37 regional events behind them and 1,615 laps of main event battles under their belt, the rugged road warriors of the United States Modified Touring Series embark on their annual crusade in pursuit of the most lucrative title in all of dirt modified racing.

The Hunt for the USMTS Caseys Cup powered by S&S Fishing & Rental begins Thursday, Aug. 6, at the 81 Speedway near Wichita, Kan., for the first of four straight nights of racing to begin the championship chase.

On Friday, the series heads back to the Humboldt Speedway in Humboldt, Kan., and then travels east to the state-of-the-art Lucas Oil Speedway on Saturday. The four-night swing wraps up Sunday at the Monett Speedway in Monett, Mo.

Thirty-nine drivers have earned a chance at becoming the 2015 USMTS National Champion by virtue of finishing in the top 15 in points or having perfect attendance in one or more of four regions. Each of the 39 drivers qualified for The Hunt have a legitimate shot to pocket the $20,000 prize that goes with being the undisputed heavyweight champion of the dirt modified world.

When the checkered flag drops on opening night of the Featherlite Fall Jamboree on Thursday, Sept. 24, at the Deer Creek Speedway in Spring Valley, Minn., the tireless USMTS touring titans will have 15 more races under their belts and the USMTS will crown its 17th national champion.

Of course any dirt modified driver desiring to lock horns with the Best of the Best can enter, compete and possibly win a USMTS event during The Hunt, but just one of the 39 names below will be embellished on the 2015 USMTS National Champion trophy.

Jesse Sobbing enters the Hunt for the USMTS Caseys Cup atop the points standings. Consistency along with perfect attendance in all four regions has earned the 33-year-old driver of the Home Pride No. 99 MB Customs top billing. Although the Rookie of the Year points leader has just one win, he has recorded a top-five finish in nearly 40% of the 37 events to date.

Not far behind, however, is two-time defending USMTS National Champion Rodney Sanders of Happy, Texas, who has 14 wins in those same 37 contests. At just 25 years of age, The Sandman is fourth on the all-time USMTS career wins list and, by virtue of his three regional points titles, is the lone driver eligible for a $100,000 payday if he can capture his third straight crown.

For anybody but Sanders, the 2015 Hunt for the USMTS Caseys Cup powered by S&S Fishing & Rental will award $20,000 to the champion. Furthermore, any driver competing in all 15 of the $3,000-to-win events during The Hunt is guaranteed a minimum of $1,000 from the year-end points fund.

Proving that any driver who qualifies for The Hunt is capable of winning the title, Jason Krohn captured the 2007 title after entering the first event with just seven points and ranked 18th in the standings. He became just the second driver to wear the USMTS crown, dethroning Kelly Shryock who had captured all eight previous titles from 1999-2006.

Similarly, Tim Donlinger found himself outside of the top-10 after the first two races of the 2008 championship crusade. He won the third event, but was only seventh in the rankings with 11 races to go. He went on to upset Shryock for the 2008 title, sealing the deal with a thrilling victory on the final night of the Featherlite Fall Jamboree.

Despite winning just two races all season, Shryock went on to claim his ninth USMTS National Championship in 2009 by just 33 points, beating out an 18-year-old up-and-comer named Ryan Gustin.

Jason Hughes finally secured his first USMTS National Championship in 2010 while Gustin settled for runner-up honors again, but The Reaper roared back in 2011 to claim his first title, and then did it again in 2012 to join Shryock as the only other multi-time champion before Sanders duplicated the feat in 2013-2014.

2015 HUNT FOR THE USMTS CASEYS CUP SCHEDULE:
Thursday, Aug. 6 … 81 Speedway, Park City, Kan. ($3,000 to win)
Friday, Aug. 7 … Humboldt Speedway, Humboldt, Kan. ($3,000 to win)
Saturday, Aug. 8 … Lucas Oil Speedway, Wheatland, Mo. ($3,000 to win)
Sunday, Aug. 9 … Monett Speedway, Monett, Mo. ($3,000 to win)
Thursday, Aug. 13 … Red Cedar Speedway, Menomonie, Wis. ($3,000 to win)
Friday, Aug. 14 … Mississippi Thunder Speedway, Fountain City, Wis. ($3,000 to win)
Saturday, Aug. 15 … Ogilvie Raceway, Ogilvie, Minn. ($3,000 to win)
Friday, Aug. 21 … Lakeside Speedway, Kansas City, Kan. ($3,000 to win)
Saturday, Aug. 22 … Salina Highbanks Speedway, Pryor Creek, Okla. ($3,000 to win)
Wednesday, Sept. 2 … Hamilton County Speedway, Webster City, Iowa ($3,000 to win)
Thursday, Sept. 3 … Fairmont Raceway, Fairmont, Minn. ($3,000 to win)
Friday, Sept. 4 … Chateau Raceway, Lansing, Minn. ($3,000 to win)
Saturday, Sept. 5 … Deer Creek Speedway, Spring Valley, Minn. ($3,000 to win)
Sunday, Sept. 6 … Cresco Speedway, Cresco, Iowa ($3,000 to win)
Thursday, Sept. 24 … Deer Creek Speedway, Spring Valley, Minn. ($5,000 to win)

HOW THEY GOT HERE: At each of the USMTS Caseys Cup Series regional events, drivers earned points toward the regional championship. The champion of each region received 20 points to begin The Hunt with second-place getting 24 points and so on back to the 15th-place finisher who got 6 points. All drivers with perfect attendance in the region also received 10 points toward their base points for The Hunt regardless of where they finished in the final standings. From here on out, the traditional USMTS points system is used for each event in the Hunt for the USMTS Caseys Cup.

USMTS POINTS SYSTEM: “A” Main Finish 1. 100 points, 2. 95 points, 3. 91 points, 4. 87 points, 5. 84 points, 6. 81 points, 7. 78 points, 8. 76 points, 9. 74 points, 10. 72 points, 11. 70 points, 12. 68 points, 13. 66 points, 14. 64 points, 15. 62 points, 16. 60 points, 17. 58 points, 18. 56 points, 19. 55 points, 20. 54 points, 21. 53 points, 22. 52 points, 23. 51 points; all other A Main starters earn 50 points while non-qualifiers get 45 points each. In addition, each driver who leads at least one A Main lap earns 1 point and the driver leading the most A Main laps earns another 2 points.

CASEY’S CREW: Cory Crapser, Cade Dillard and Joe Duvall will represent Caseys General Stores and their affiliated brands during each race of the Hunt for the USMTS Caseys Cup. All three members of the Caseys Crew will have unique graphics for their machines, snazzy new branded driving suits, autograph cards and more. Plus, each driver will be making appearances at local Casey’s General Stores locations at various events.

Crapser will be driving the #07 GRT Chassis with sponsorship from Sour Patch Kids and Oreos. Dillard will represent Snickers with his #97 LG21 Chassis and Duvalls familiar #91 MB Customs Chassis will be carrying the AMP Energy logo and colors.

Be sure to stop by a Caseys General Store location before and after the races for all your supplies and needs, and remember to get your $2-off admission coupons available on race day at most events during The Hunt. Check out www.caseys.com for more information or to find the location nearest you.

TOP DOG BONUS: Beginning with Thursdays kick-off at the 81 Speedway, all drivers ranked among the top-10 points in are guaranteed a minimum of $400 in earnings at each event. Each driver must maintain perfect attendance during the campaign to remain eligible.

PROVISIONALS: All drivers in The Hunt are guaranteed two provisionals for the first ten (10) races. One additional provisional is awarded after the tenth event. Again, the driver must maintain perfect attendance to remain eligible.

Celebrating its 17th season in 2015, the United States Modified Touring Series is the fastest-growing and most popular dirt modified series in the world. Attracting the most talented and professional drivers in North America, the fan-friendly format and exciting show produces an enthusiastic and loyal fan base, and the USMTS routinely competes in front of capacity crowds. When it comes to a touring series that features the Best of the Best in dirt modified racing, the USMTS has no equal … although plenty of imitators litter the landscape.

Rodney Sanders Sweeps USMTS Weekend; Five-Day Run Next

June 26th, 2015

Happy, Texas -Rodney Sanders extended his current win streak to six over the weekend with three more triumphs aboard his #20 Swan Energy/MB Customs Open Wheel Modified.

Continuing on the United States Modified Tour Series (USMTS) schedule, Rodney Sanders made the trip to 81 Speedway (Park City, Kansas) on Thursday evening. Coming off three-straight wins in USMTS competition, Rodney continued his streak to advance three spots in his heat race to record a win. With a total field of 58 Open Wheel Modifieds, Rodney Sanders never looked back from his pole position starting spot in the finale to record his fourth straight feature win. Sanders picked up $3,000 for his efforts, ousting Johnny Scott, Ryan Gustin, Grant Junghans and Brian Franz in the 40-lap A-Main.

On Friday night Rodney continued action with the USMTS by making the trek to Red River Speedway (Wichita Falls, Texas). With another packed house of 36 Open Wheel Modifieds, Sanders landed the #20 Kimrad Transport Modified in
victory lane for the fifth straight night. Charging from 7th to 2nd in his heat, Rodney went on to lead every lap of the 40-lap Casey’s General Store A-Main. Jesse Sobbing, Dereck Ramirez, Triston Dycus and Johnny Scott completed the top five.

Rodney Sanders visited Route 66 Motor Speedway (Amarillo, Texas) on Saturday night in hopes of keeping his USMTS streak afloat with six wins. With a car count of 45 Open Wheel Modifieds, Sanders went on to lead every lap of his
heat and 40-lap feature to register his sixth straight win of the season. Recording yet another $3,000 payday, Rodney won his 12th Modified feature of the season with Dereck Ramirez, Steve Whiteaker Jr. Stormy Scott and Casey Arneson rounding out the top five.

“Just wow, that’s about all that I can say,” an elated Sanders commented after his sixth win. “There’s a tough field of drivers on this tour so any win is big, much less six in a row. With another busy stretch of racing in front of us, hopefully we can continue to win.”

For more results from these events, please visit http://www.usmts.com/zwww.USMTS.com.

The schedule will remain hectic this week, June 23rd-27th, with five USMTS events on the docket. Action opens on Tuesday evening at Heart O’ Texas Speedway (Elm Mott, Texas) before shifting to Devil’s Bowl Speedway (Mesquite, Texas) on Wednesday. Thursday evening takes the tour to East Texas Speedway (Petty, Texas) with Friday night slated for Southern Oklahoma Speedway (Ardmore, Oklahoma). The weekend draws to a close on Saturday evening at Lawton Speedway (Lawton, Oklahoma). For more information on the events, please visit http://www.USMTS.com

Rodney Sanders would like to thank all of his sponsors including Swan Energy, Kimrad Transport, S&S Fishing and Rental, Special Care, Outreachers Sustainable Solutions, Swan Racing, Geddes Race Engines, MB Customs, Alaron
Energy, B&L Satellite Rental, STSI, Integra Shocks, Keyser Manufacturing, C&R Radiators, Eibach Springs, Charter Oak Production Company, Palmer Painting, Beyea Headers, Five Star Shop Service, McDonald Oil Field
Services, KBC Graphics, D&G Contracting, FK Rod Ends, Fike’s Transmissions, Krohn Farms, Mars Race Cars, K&N Filters, Club 29 Race Cars, Real Racing Wheels, 87 Automotive, Wichita Tank Racing, Wehrs Machine, All-Star
Performance, Wilwood Breaks, Driven Race Oils, CMD Race Shocks, and MSRMafia.com Marketing Services.

For more information on Rodney Sanders, please visit http://www.RodneySandersRacing.net

Sanders scores fourth straight in USMTS invasion of 81 Speedway

June 20th, 2015

PARK CITY, Kan. One year ago when the United States Modified Touring Series invaded the 81 Speedway near Wichita, Kan., Rodney Sanders led the entire main event until a late-race caution nearly thwarted his victory celebration when Zack VanderBeek pulled ahead o the white flag lap only to have Sanders nip him at the line and preserve the win.

In Thursdays return of the USMTS Caseys Cup powered by S&S Fishing & Rental, there were no late cautions and no surprises, and Sanders walked away with his fourth straight USMTS victory after winning the final three shows last weekend.

After quickly climbing to the front after starting seventh, Johnny Scott pulled to within three car-lengths of Sanders early in the 40-lap race but was never able to mount a serious challenge for the lead.

With a swarm of lapped cars ahead of the leaders as they completed the 25th lap, it looked like Scott might get his opportunity to pounce. Instead, Sanders sliced his way through the back-markers like a hot knife through butter and left his chasers far behind to battle it out for bridesmaid honors.

“I saw (Franz) on the bottom there early, but I was kind of too free getting into the corner and too tight on the throttle to stay down there so I was just trying to keep my momentum up,” Sanders said in victory lane. “Once we got to lapped traffic, that bottom started working in and I could run down there a little bit and I was pretty good in lapped traffic so I was just hoping we wouldn’t get a late yellow because you know how those can change things.”

Two brief cautions slowed the pace early on, but there were no cautions late to hinder Sanderss charge or help his pursuers and he sailed to his 53rd career USMTS triumph and fourth $3,000 in six days.

With the win, the 25-year-old two-time defending USMTS National Champion from Happy, Texas, also solidified his spot atop the MSD Central Region points standings just four days after clinching the Farm Boy BBQ Sauce Northern Region title with one race still remaining.

Scott, who leads the Double H Bands Southern Region points going into Friday nights tilt at the Red River Speedway in Wichita Falls, Texas, held off Ryan Gustin for the runner-u paycheck while Grant Junghans finished fourth and multi-time NCRA champ Brian Franz completed the top five.

Joe Big Daddy Duvall won his Real Racing Wheels B Main and passed seven competitors to claim the sixth spot. Not to be outdone, VanderBeek roared to a seventh-place finish after taking the green flag from the 21st position. Jon Thompson, Dereck Ramirez and Lance Town rounded out the top 10.

The annual USMTS Southern Speedweek commences on Friday, June 19, at the Red River Speedway in Wichita Falls, Texas, for the first of seven events in nine days in the highly-competitive Double H Bands Southern Region.

This will be the first-ever event at the Red River Speedway for the 17-year-old United States Modified Touring Series. In addition to the $3,000-to-win USMTS event, a full race program featuring Sprint Cars, Limited Mods, Pro Stocks and Mini Stocks will also compete.

Pit gates will open up by 3 p.m. and the grandstand entrance opens at 5:30. Hot laps begin at 7:15 with racing to follow.

General admission is $17 for ages 12-64, kids ages 6-11 are just $5 and children 5 and under get in for free. Active military and seniors 65 and older get in for $12 with proper ID. Pit passes are $35.

The Red River Speedway is a state-of-the-art semi-banked 1/4-mile dirt oval located 3.5 miles west of Wichita Falls on Hwy 287. Take the FM 369 exit and then go north one mile. The track is on the right side of the road. For more information call 817-229-0287 or check out www.rrspeedway.com online.

With trips to the Route 66 Motor Speedway in Amarillo, Texas, on June 22; Heart O Texas Speedway near Waco, Texas, on June 23; Devils Bowl Speedway in Mesquite, Texas, on June 24; Mountain Creek Speedway in Grand Prairie, Texas, on June 25; and Southern Oklahoma Speedway in Ardmore, Okla., on June 26; the swing through the south wraps up on Saturday, June 27, at the historic Lawton Speedway in Lawton, Okla.

Nearly $40,000 has been earmarked for the winners from an overall purse of more than $250,000 for events during the month of June.

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 or subscribe to our YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/usmtstv

Stormy Scott bounces back for USMTS Hunt win at 81 Speedway

August 9th, 2014

PARK CITY, Kan.-After a rough start to the Hunt for the USMTS Caseys Cup last weekend, Stormy Scott bounced back Thursday night at the 81 Speedway to pick up his first win since in over a month and keep himself in the hunt for the USMTS national championship.

Scott started seventh on the 25-car grid but quickly asserted himself over the field and snagged the lead away from early race leader Joe Adams with five laps complete. From there, the 24-year-old from Las Cruces, N.M., paced the final 35 orbits to claim the $3,000 top prize and notch his 12th victory of the 2014 campaign. Moreover, his first trip to the winners circle since June 27 at the Superbowl Speedway in Greenville, Texas, kept his title hopes alive after falling as low as sixth in the standings last Saturday after entering Fridays race as the points leader.

By virtue of winning two regional points titles this year, Scott would earn a $40,000 paycheck for becoming the next USMTS national champion. All other drivers in the Hunt for the USMTS Caseys Cup are grappling for a $20,000 top prize. One of those other drivers, Rodney Sanders, failed to finish the main event for the first time since that same June 27 event. While battling among the top five in Thursdays feature, a battery failure sidelined the defending United States Modified Touring Series national champion just 10 laps into the race. Zack VanderBeek, who finished second to Sanders here earlier this summer, wound up with his second runner-up finish in as many tries at C. Ray Halls 3/8-mile oval in Park City, Kan.

Austin Siebert won the second Real Racing Wheels B Main from the seventh starting spot, and then clawed his way from 14th at the start to earn a third-place finish in the 40-lap nightcap en route to claiming the Mesilla Valley Transportation Hard Charger Award. Driving for Southern Oklahoma Speedway owner John Webb, Trucks Unlimited teammates Rick Beebe and Joe Duvall finished fourth and fifth, respectively, with Dereck Ramirez, Tyler Davis, Daniel Hilsabeck, rookie points leader Jake Gallardo and Paden Phillips rounding out the top 10. Sanders remains atop the points standings in the Hunt for the Caseys Cup with a 24-point cushion over Scott (438 to 414). VanderBeek is third with 408 markers, followed by Hilsabeck (375), Johnny Scott (371), Kelly Shryock (371), Ramirez (354), Duvall (350), Beebe (308) and Terry Phillips (295).

On Friday, the series makes its final trip to the Humboldt Speedway in Humboldt, Kan. Spectator gates will swing open at 5 p.m. and the first green flag will wave at 8 p.m. Also on the racing card will be USRA Stock Cars, USRA B-Mods and Pure Stocks.

John Allen and his #98 Sour Patch Kids/Oreo Modified will be at the Caseys General Store located at 220 W. Cherry in Chanute from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Daniel Hilsabeck, along with his #22D AMP Energy Drinks Modified, will be at the 712 E. Madison Ave. store in Iola from 11:30-1:30 as well. Race fans can pick up $2-off adult admission coupons at both stores throughout the day.

The Humboldt Speedway is a located 0.1 mile west of US 169 at the Humboldt Exit, then 0.5 mile south, then 0.9 mile east on Georgia Rd. For more information call 620-431-2470 or visit www.humboldtspeedway.com. For camping, ATV and/or golf cart permits call 620-473-3694.

Saturday will find the tireless USMTS touring titans at the Lucas Oil Speedway in Wheatland, Mo., for the 5th Annual Lucas Slick Mist Shootout and the four-race weekend wraps up on Sunday at the West Siloam Speedway near Colcord, Okla.

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 or check out our YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/usmtstv.

Rodney Sanders Shines Again in USMTS Four Race Swing

June 26th, 2014

Happy, Texas – Rodney Sanders pushed his 2014 win tally to fourteen over the weekend with yet another triumph in his #20 Swan Energy/MB Customs/Geddes Racing Engine Open Wheel Modified.

Rodney Sanders was back in victory lane with the United States Modified Touring Series (USMTS) on Thursday evening at 81 Speedway (Park City, Kansas). Sanders prevailed over Zack VanderBeek by eleven one-thousandths of a second in a finish that is sure to be talked about for years to come. Thirty competitors entered the event, and a heat race win once again sent Sanders to the redraw for the feature, where he received the second starting spot alongside Dallas Everett. From the outside front row, Sanders blasted to the race lead at the drop of the green flag. Rodney held a commanding lead out front until the race’s first yellow flag slowed the action on lap eighteen. Sanders fended off second running Zack VanderBeek through two more caution periods before the third and final yellow flag waved with three to go.

This time, Sanders couldn’t shake VanderBeek, and the two raced door-to-door with Sanders pounding the cushion around the 3/8 mile while VanderBeek ran low. A bobble by Sanders allowed VanderBeek to inch ahead at the white flag. The duo when wheel-to-wheel through the first turn and drag-raced down the back-stretch. VanderBeek exited turn four with about a half-car-length advantage, but Sanders held the momentum around the top as he took the checkered flag, nipping VanderBeek at the line for the $2,000 victory. Kelly Shryock, Thomas Tillison Jr., and Dylan Smith rounded out the top five finishers.

To go with his win Sanders opened the weekend with a third place finish at Valley Speedway (Grain Valley, Missouri) before ending the weekend on Friday and Saturday with runner-up efforts at Elk City Speedway (Elm Mott, Texas) and Route 66 Motor Speedway (Amarillo, Texas).

“The competition is so tough on this tour right now with guys like Zack (VanderBeek) and Stormy (Scott) really on top of their game so to get a win any night is a big deal for us,” said Sanders. “Obviously I would’ve liked to have stole another win or two, but finishing in the top three every night isn’t so bad either.

Complete results from the weekend are available at www.USMTS.com .

Sanders and Swan Energy Racing are digging in for another busy week of USMTS action that will see them taking part in six events in six days. The schedule is shown below:

June 26th: USMTS – Mountain Creek Speedway (Grand Prairie, Texas)
June 27th: USMTS – Superbowl Speedway (Greenville, Texas)
June 28th: USMTS – Southern Oklahoma Speedway (Ardmore, Oklahoma)
June 29th: USMTS Lakeside Speedway (Kansas City, Kansas)

Rodney Sanders would like to thank all of his sponsors including Swan Energy, Kimrad Transport, Special Care, Outreachers Sustainable Solutions, Swan Racing, Geddes Race Engines, MB Customs, Alaron Energy, B&L Satellite Rental, STSI, Integra Shocks, Keyser Manufacturing, C&R Radiators, Eibach Springs, Charter Oak Production Company, Palmer Painting, Beyea Headers, Five Star Shop Service, McDonald Oil Field Services, KBC Graphics, D&G Contracting, FK Rod Ends, Fike’s Transmissions, Krohn Farms, Mars Race Cars, K&N Filters, Club 29 Race Cars, Real Racing Wheels, 87 Automotive, Wichita Tank Racing, CMD Race Shocks, and MSRMafia.com Marketing Services.

For more information on Rodney Sanders, please visit www.RodneySandersRacing.net .

Sanders overcomes late caution, nips VanderBeek in 81 Speedway instant classic

June 22nd, 2014

PARK CITY, Kan.–In a classic fight to the finish that will be talked about for years to come, Rodney Sanders prevailed over Zack VanderBeek in Thursday nights 40 lap United States Modified Touring Series main event at the 81 Speedway.

By eleven one-thousandths of a second.

After losing the lead late in the race—and eventually the win to VanderBeek Wednesday night at the Valley Speedway, it was nearly déjà vu for Sanders Thursday night when a caution on lap 37 set up a three-lap mad dash to the checkers.

From the outside of the front row, Sanders blasted off at the drop of the green flag and disappeared from the field. Within seven laps, his lead over second-place Stormy Scott was nearly half of a lap and he reached lapped traffic before completing lap 10.

Without some help the other 23 main event starters didn’t have a prayer, but help arrived on lap 18 when the race’s first yellow flag slowed the action and put the field right back on Sanders rear bumper.

But now the field was without Scott, who was the cause of the caution when an overheating engine forced him to stop on the back-stretch. That opened the door for VanderBeek who inherited the second spot with nine-time USMTS national champion Kelly Shryock in third.

VanderBeek was able to stay close for a couple of laps but Sanders began to slowly rebuild his cushion until a second caution on lap 23 again silenced the roar of engines.

Again Sanders fended off VanderBeek for a handful of laps after the restart and then pulled away to a huge lead until Johnny Scott’s spin right in front of the leader forced the third and final caution with three to go.

This time, Sanders couldn’t shake VanderBeek and the two raced door to door with Sanders continuing to pound the cushion of C. Ray Halls 3/8-mile clay oval while VanderBeek ran low after unsuccessfully testing Sanders high line.

A bobble by Sanders perhaps his first of the race allowed Vanderbeek to inch ahead and lead the race for the first time as they streaked underneath the white flag.

The two went wheel to wheel through the first turn and drag-raced down the back-stretch into the final corner where Sanders nailed his mark harder and faster than any lap before.

VanderBeek exited turn 4 with about a half-car-length advantage, but the momentum from Sanders’ drive around the top propelled him around the outside as they took the checkered flag in a virtual dead heat with Sanders nipping VanderBeek at the line.

Tied at 26 apiece coming into the race, Sanders also edged ahead of VanderBeek on the USMTS career wins list with his $2,000 triumph and now leads his nemesis by a mere nine points in the Major League Bowhunter Central Region points standings.

Shryock fended off Tom Tillison Jr. for third and USMTS Rookie of the Year contender Dylan Smith continues to turn heads with his second top-five paycheck in as many nights.

Tanner Mullens, Dereck Ramirez, Kip Hughes, John Allen and five-time NCRA Modified champ Brian Franz rounded out the top 10.

Back-to-back instant classics by the drivers of the USMTS Caseys Cup powered by Swan Energy brought the crowd to their feet and left them wanting more.

They’ll get just that as it was announced earlier in the evening that the series will return to the 81 Speedway on Thursday, Aug. 7, as part of The Hunt for the USMTS Caseys National Championship.

The USMTS Modifieds roll into the Elk City Speedway in Elk City, Okla., on Friday night for a S&S Fishing & Rental Southern Region bout.

The Elk City Speedway is a 3/8-mile semi-banked clay oval located off of I-40 at Merrit Rd. (exit 34), then 0.5 mile north, then 0.5 mile west. For race and ticket information call 580-799-7572.

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 or check out our YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/usmtstv.

Payne picks up USMTS win at 81 Speedway

June 22nd, 2013

PARK CITY, Kan. – Jeremy Payne of Springfield, Mo., recorded his third win of the season and 14th of his career Thursday night when the United States Modified Touring Series returned to the 81 Speedway after a five-year absence. A big crowd was on hand for the event which featured no support classes . just 54 USMTS Modifieds and their pilots with the spotlight all to themselves.

From the front row, Stormy Scott of Las Cruces, N.M., jumped out to the early lead in the main event before Payne took control for good on the third lap. Scott gave chase the rest of the way but had to settle for a runner-up finish while
Payne pocketed the $4,000 first-place prize money and padded his points lead in the Arbor Masters Central Region presented by Day Motor Sports. Jason Hughes of Watts, Okla., who took home the winner’s trophy the last time the USMTS circled the 3/8-mile clay oval in 2008, took third while Mayetta’s Darron Fuqua passed six competitors en route to a career-best fourth-place finish and the Mesilla Valley Transportation Hard Charger Award.

Multi-time NCRA champ Brian Franz of Halstead was fifth while teammates Dereck Ramirez of Woodward, Okla., and Johnny Scott of Las Cruces, N.M., wound up sixth and seventh. Two-time defending USMTS national champion Ryan Gustin of Marshalltown, Iowa, slid off the track midway through the race, rejoined the field in 16th and then clawed his way back to an eighth-place finish.

Six days after winning the most recent USMTS Casey’s Cup Series event in Wisconsin, Rodney Sanders of Happy, Texas, nabbed ninth while New Sharon, Iowa’s Zack VanderBeek continued his string of strong finishes by rounding out the top 10.
The USMTS will pay its first-ever visit to the Liberal Fairgrounds Speedway in Liberal, Kan., on Friday for another Arbor Masters Central Region tilt.

Gates open at 5:30 with the first heat race slated to hit the track at 7:00. Stock Cars will also join the program. The Liberal Fairgrounds Speedway is a semi-banked 3/9-mile D-shaped dirt oval located at the west edge of Liberal to 8th St., then north on Stadium Ave. For more information call 316-624-3743.

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 or check out our YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/USMTSTV.

USMTS set for long-awaited return to 81 Speedway

June 16th, 2013

WICHITA, Kan. – Sometimes when fate closes a door, it also opens a window. Such was the case two weeks ago for the United States Modified Touring Series.

When the Great American Dirt Track in Jetmore, Kan., was forced to cancel the remainder of the 2013 season recently, it left a void in the USMTS Casey’s Cup Series schedule on Thursday, June 20-the first of four straight nights of racing in Kansas, Texas and Oklahoma.

Enter promoter C. Ray Hall and the 81 Speedway, where the USMTS Modifieds last visited in 2008.

“We put in calls to about three or four tracks regarding the June 20 date, but there aren’t too many promoters who have the resources to plug in a new date on their schedule at the last minute,” said USMTS President Todd Staley. “81 Speedway is different though. C. Ray has been in the business a long time and understands what it takes to put on a good show. He’s got an established track and a loyal fan base, so we’re both confident the fans and drivers will come out and support this show just like last time.”

When the USMTS last visited the 81 Speedway on Tuesday, Aug. 5, 2008, the largest crowd ever for a one-day USMTS event was on hand to watch Jason Hughes of Watts, Okla., pull off the win against a field of 59 competitors.

Although he led every lap of the 35-lapper, Hughes was shadowed throughout the event by Zack VanderBeek, then by five-time NCRA Modified Series champ Brian Franz, and then again by VanderBeek in the closing laps.

Built in 1954 on the outskirts of Wichita, the racetrack opened as Robbins Speedway and was a half-mile dirt oval. The speedway was sold in 1958 to Wichita businessman O.L. Douglas who changed the name to 81 Speedway.

Douglas kept the half-mile oval operating on Sunday nights for five years, then sold the speedway to Bill Hall. In 1971, he turned the daily operation of the speedway over to his son, Charles Ray Hall, known to most people as C. Ray.

C. Ray Hall is enjoying his 42nd year as the head man in charge of daily operations, and also manages the day-to-day happenings for his National Championship Racing Association (NCRA).

On Thursday, June 20, fans can expect to see the hottest open-wheel dirt Modified drivers in the nation circling the semi-banked 3/8-mile clay oval, including defending event winner Hughes and current USMTS Arbor Masters Central Region points leader Jeremy Payne of Springfield, Mo.

Other USMTS drivers expected for this event include twin brothers Stormy Scott and Johnny Scott of Las Cruces, N.M.; two-time defending USMTS national champion Ryan Gustin of Marshalltown, Iowa; nine-time USMTS national champion Kelly Shryock of Fertile, Iowa; Zack VanderBeek of New Sharon, Iowa; Rodney Sanders of Happy, Texas; Dereck Ramirez of Woodward, Okla.; 14-year-old rookie sensation Trevor Hunt of Kearney, Mo.; Canadian teammates Joey Galloway and Masen Big Eagle; Sooner State speedsters Thomas Tillison Jr. and Joe Duvall; area legend Rick Beebe of Shawnee and many more.

A tough contingent of local and regional aces will also have their eye on the $2,000 top prize, including current track and NCRA Modified Series points leader Marc Hurd, Dan Powers, Jason McGehee, Josh Lanterman, Kirby Robe, Tyler Davis, Joe Adams, Don Hodge, Brandon Miller and multi-time NCRA Modified Series champ Brian Franz

Gates will open at 5:30 with hot laps slated for 6:30 and racing at 7:30. Tickets are just $15 for spectators ages 11 and up, $5 for kids ages 6-10 and free for children under 6 years of age. Pit passes are $30.

The 81 Speedway is located north of Wichita on I-135 to exit 16, then 0.7 mile west on 77th St., and features Musco Sports Lighting and free camping (no hook-ups). For race day information, call the track hotline at (316) 755-1781 or visit www.81speedway.org 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 or check out our YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/USMTSTV.

HUGHES WIRES FIELD IN FIRST-EVER O’REILLY NCRA VS. USMTS MODIFIED SHOWDOWN

August 10th, 2008

Although he led every lap of the 35-lapper, Hughes was shadowed throughout
the event by Zack VanderBeek, then by five-time NCRA titleist Brian Franz,
then again by VanderBeek in the closing laps.

Franz, who captured the AFCO Pole Award after racing from tenth to first in
his heat race, started seventh in the Holley “A” Main, but clawed his way to
second by the 12th lap. While Hughes chewed away at the extreme high side of
the 3/8-mile clay oval, Franz hugged the bottom and challenged Hughes lap
after lap to the delight of the fans at the home track of the NCRA.

By lap 25, VanderBeek found his groove and moved in front of Franz to take
the runner-up spot, while Real Racing Wheels “B” Main transfers Jon Tesch,
Jason Krohn, Kelly Shryock and Tommy Weder Jr. battled it out behind them.

A caution with five laps to go bunched the field and gave VanderBeek one
last shot at Hughes, but this night belonged to the chassis builder from
Westville, Okla.

VanderBeek settled for second for the second straight night while Tesch came
from 18th to take third. Not to be outdone, Krohn turned his 21st starting
position into a fourth-place finish and collected the KSE Racing Products
Hard Charger Award.

John Allen stayed with the leaders the entire race and ended up fifth,
followed by 14th-starting Brandon Kenny, Weder, 15th-starting Shryock,
16th-starting NASCAR veteran Ken Schrader and current NCRA points leader
Marc Hurd, who thwarted a top-10 sweep by the USMTS invaders.

After a spectacular night, Franz slowly pulled into the pits as the white
flag waved and wound up a disappointing 19th on the final scorecard.

Two events remain in the Mo-Kan Region for the O’Reilly USMTS National Tour,
with Shryock comfortably out front of Tesch with a 957- to 874-point lead.
Hughes is third with 865 markers, followed by Allen (820), Kenny (736),
VanderBeek (734), Krohn (707), Justin Boney (706), Johnny Bone Jr. (694) and
Bryan Rowland (568).

UP NEXT:

Wednesday, Aug. 6 the O’Reilly USMTS heads two hours north to
Heartland Park Topeka for the next-to-last Mo-Kan Region race and the second
of five straight first-time venues for the United States Modified Touring
Series. The inaugural event will also featuring Ken Schrader and Kenny
Wallace for the third straight night, with pit gates opening at 4 p.m., hot
laps at 6:45 and the first heat race slated for 7:15.

Adults tickets are just $15, kids ages 6 through 12 are $5 and children 5
and under get in for free. Pit passes are $30. Race fans can pick up $2-off
discount coupons at all Casey’s General Stores locations in Carbondale and
Topeka.

Also on the racing card will be B-Mods and Hobby Stocks.

Heartland Park Topeka is a 3/8-mile semi-banked clay oval located 3.9 miles
south of I-335 (Kansas Turnpike) on Topeka Blvd. For race day information,
call (785) 274-0001 or visit www.hpt.com on the World Wide Web.

To learn more about the United States Modified Touring Series, call the
headquarters at (515) 832-7944 or visit www.usmts.com online for the latest
news and information from the USMTS – America’s Hottest Ticket on Dirt.