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Hughes rolls to Upper Iowa Speedway win

June 4th, 2017

DECORAH, Iowa — In search of his third straight USMTS National Championship and fourth overall, Jason Hughes rolled to his fifth victory of the season Sunday during the 10th Annual Nordic Nationals at the Upper Iowa Speedway.

Rolling off from the outside of the front row for the 40-lap main event, Hughes grabbed the lead from polesitter Tyler Wolff after one lap, and then held off a charging Zack VanderBeek over the final four laps to seize the $3,000 winner’s paycheck and notch the 151st USMTS win of his career.

It was also his second career triumph at the Decorah, Iowa, oval after winning here in 2011, and his late-race efforts kept VanderBeek from registering his fourth at the track.

Meanwhile, Saturday’s feature winner, Cade Dillard, took the third spot with Ryan Gustin and 15th-starting Stormy Scott close behind.

Not only did Scott earn the KSE Racing Products Hard Charger Award, but also garnered the Wehrs Machine & Racing Products “Trick Move” of the Race Award.

R.C. Whitwell, Travis Saurer, Jake Timm, Dereck Ramirez and Jacob Bleess completed the top ten.

The points battle in the RHRSwag.com Northern Region is as close as it gets. VanderBeek leads with 376 points while Hughes and Dillard are tied for second with 375. Whitwell sits fourth with 319 markers, followed by Timm (305), Saurer (292), Gustin (290), Bleess (277), Scott (276) and Kyle Prauner (259).

Action returns to the MSD Central Region presented by Summit Racing Equipment on Tuesday, June 6, when the series visits the Caney Valley Speedway in Caney, Kan.

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 brothers share Iron Man Challenge spotlight in Decorah

June 4th, 2017

DECORAH, Iowa — Brothers Mitch and Dan Hovden protected their home turf in Decorah, Iowa, on Sunday as they topped the Iron Man Challenge main events at the Upper Iowa Speedway during the 10th Annual Nordic Nationals presented by Weis GMC Buick. Defending Holley USRA Stock Car national champion Mitch Hovden scored a $600 wire-to-wire win, going mostly unchallenged until a late-race caution erased his advantage.

Unable to mount and challenge to the leader, Derek Green fought off Pete Solum and Matt Jones for the runner-up honors while Dillon Anderson secured the fifth spot. Danny Sacquitne, Troy Hansmeier, Danny Cole, Derek Dettmann and Jake Lampert rounded out the top ten.

Mitch Hovden won the Holley USRA Stock Car feature. In Out-Pace USRA B-Mod action, Dan Hovden trailed Jon Van Minsel at the line for the first lap before setting sail for the final 19 circuits around the 3/8-mile dirt oval along the banks of the Upper Iowa River to pocket the $600 top prize.

Hovden crossed the finish line more than four seconds ahead of Van Minsel, while Justin O’Brien raced from the tenth starting spot to take third at the finish. Kyle Anderson held off for Cole Denner for fourth. Fourteenth-starting Jason Schlangen, Trevor Fecht, Alex Williamson, Dustin Kruse and Casey Knutson completed the top ten.

Dan Hovden won the Out-Pace USRA B-Mod feature. In the USRA Hobby Stock nightcap, Summit USRA Weekly Racing Series national points leader Brady Link of Waukon held off former USRA Hobby Stock national champ Chris Hovden and Decorah’s Steve Larson for the win and $300 winner’s share of the purse.

Matt White was fourth and Paul Seabrooke claimed the fifth spot. 81 Josh Ludeking, Patrick McDermott, Steve Holthaus, Zac Smith and Brennan Welsh were sixth through tenth, respectively. Brady Link won the USRA Hobby Stock feature.

Four straight Iron Man Challenge shootouts are on tap for this week, beginning Thursday, June 1, at the Sioux Speedway in Sioux Center, Iowa. On Friday, the Rapid Speedway in Rock Rapids, Iowa, will host the first of two Iron Man Challenge events this season, and after a five-year hiatus, the Nobles County Speedway in Worthington, Minn., will be the venue for Saturday’s clash. Sunday, June 4, wraps up the four-day grind at the Mason City Motor Speedway in mason City, Iowa. To learn more about the USRA, visit www.usraracing.com or call 515-832-6000. You can also like USRA Racing on Facebook at www.facebook.com/usraracing, follow www.twitter.com/usraracing on Twitter and check out the USRA YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/usratv. Keep up to speed with everything USRA by joining our email list at www.usraracing.com/subscribe.

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Jones back on top in Upper Iowa Speedway thriller

May 16th, 2017

DECORAH, Iowa– Saturday night at the Upper Iowa Speedway, Dan Jones picked up one of the most exciting Holley USRA Stock Car feature races in recent memory during the Summit USRA Weekly Racing Series program presented by Kirchner Collision.

Jones started on the pole with Dillon Anderson to his outside, and for the entire main event distance the two never moved from those spots. For the last half of the race, the top five raced door to door and bumper to bumper without incident, but in the end it was Jones edging out Anderson at the finish line to score an emotional and popular win taht was a long time coming.

Jones, from Waterville, Iowa, lost the use of his legs after he broke his back in a logging accident in 2012.

“I cut a tree down. I was topping it, cutting the branches off it and a tree fell from behind me and hit me. One that I hadn’t been cutting on or anything. The root system was bad on it, and I was in the wrong place at the wrong time,” Jones said.

Undaunted, Jones returned to the track the follwing season in a modified stock car equipped with a hand controls including a collapsible steering wheel. Saturday’s thrilling triumph was his first feature win since the accident nearly five years ago.

“He’s a fierce competitor. Always has been,” said Upper Iowa Speedway promoter Chuck Ihde.

Pete Solum finished third behind Jones and Anderson with defending Holley USRA Stock Car national champion Mitch Hovden in fourth and last year’s Iron Man Challenge champ, Kyle Falck rounding out the top five.

In other action, Decorah’s Dan Hovden held off Kyle Anderson for the victory in the Out-Pace USRA B-Mods and Scott Spilde bested Brady Link in the USRA Hobby Stock main event.

Dom Mueller went for a wild ride Saturday during the Out-Pace USRA B-Mod feature.

Racing continues at the Upper Iowa Speedway next Saturday, May 20, with another round of the Summit USRA Weekly Racing Series sponsored by CARQUEST of Waukon. The program will feature Holley USRA Stock Cars, Out-Pace USRA B-Mods and USRA Hobby Stocks, plus Hornets, 600 Mod-Lites and a special appearance by the USRA Late Models.

Admission is $12 for adults and kids ages 11 and under get in for free. Hot laps begin at 6 p.m. with racing at 6:30. The Upper Iowa Speedway is located at 900 E. Main St. in Decorah, Iowa, 1.8 miles east of U.S. Hwy. 52 on State Route 9, and 1.0 mile northwest on Montgomery St. (at the Winneshiek County Fairgrounds).

Visit www.upperiowaspeedway.com for more information or get social on Facebook at www.facebook.com/UpperIowaSpeedway.

VanderBeek celebrates USMTS victory in front of packed house at Upper Iowa Speedway

June 1st, 2016

DECORAH, Iowa — The United States Modified Touring Series finally beat Mother Nature, and the drivers and fans took advantage of the occasion to pack the Upper Iowa Speedway for the final RealTruck.com Northern Region event of the Memorial Day Weekend.

Ricky Thornton Jr. drew the pole for the 42-lap Caseys General Stores A Main and set sail early on around the 3/8-mile clay oval at the Decorah drivers defend home turf in USRA Iron Man Series go.

Two early cautions kept the field close behind and Zack VanderBeek took advantage on lap 11, snaring the lead from the Grant Junghans USMTS Rookie of the Year candidate.

Two laps later, Cade Dillard, who earned the most heat race passing points earlier in the program, followed into second, but Thornton fought back and the two traded the spot several times before Dillard settled in behind VanderBeek.

Meanwhile, the owners of the last three USMTS National Championship titles Jason Hughes and Rodney Sanders were making their way forward after starting side by side in the ninth row.

But nobody had anything for The Z-Man on Sunday, and the 31-year-old from New Sharon, Iowa, rolled to his fifth triumph of the 2016 campaign and 32nd of his USMTS career.

The $3,000 win was also his third at the Decorah, Iowa, facility where he earned his first-ever win in 2005.

Dillard held on to the runner-up spot while Thornton recorded his career-best finish in third. Lucas Schott and Johnny Scott came from 13th and 12th to finish fourth and fifth, respectively.

Sanders and Hughes passed 11 cars each, and wound up sixth and seventh. Jacob Bleess, Jesse Sobbing and Dan Ebert rounded out the top 10.

UP NEXT for the USMTS Caseys Cup powered by S&S Fishing & Rental is a pair of do-overs in Kansas and Oklahoma.

Postponed two weeks ago by rain, the 81 Speedway in Park City, Kan., hosts the Best of the Best on Thursday, June 9, and a doubleheader is slated at the Longdale Speedway in Longdale, Okla., on Friday and Saturday, June 10-11.

All three nights will award points in the MSD Central Region presented by Day Motor Sports.

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.

Decorah drivers defend home turf in USRA Iron Man Series go

June 1st, 2016

DECORAH, Iowa — Theres no place like home, and that never rang more true than it did Sunday evening when the USRA Iron Man Series invaded the Upper Iowa Speedway.

Decorah residents Mitch Hovden and Troy Hovey made the short drive home with the hardware during the 9th Annual Donnybrook in Decorah at the 3/8-mile clay oval on the Winneshiek County Fairgrounds.

With a standing-room-only audience looking on, Hovden swapped the lead on two occasions with Shay Curtin during the early stages of the Holley USRA Stock Car 25-lap feature.

Hovden a three-time Holley USRA Stock Car national champion outran fellow Decorah driver and current Iron Man Series points leader Kyle Falck during the final laps to secure the $750 victory.

Dan Jones came from 17th on the starting grid to finish third, and Lynn Panos snuck by Steve Jackson on the final lap to claim the fourth spot.

In Out-Pace USRA B-Mod action, Hovey the 2013 national champ snagged the lead at the drop of the green flag and fended off several challenges to grab a hard-earned $600 winners share of the prize money.

Another Decorah ace, Dan Hovden, finished about a half-car-length in arrears to Hovey to finish in the runner-up position.

Parker Kessel claimed third, Sam Wieben was fourth and Casey Knutson rounded out the top five finishers.

Crescos Scott Spilde triumphed in the USRA Hobby Stock feature race. Justin Hanson, Benji Irvine, Paul Seabrooke and Shawn Randall wound up second through fifth, respectively.

Four days from now, the USRA Iron Man Series is back in action with both classes competing Thursday, June 2, at the Sioux Speedway in Sioux Center, Iowa, and Friday, June 3, at the Rapid Speedway in Rock Rapids, Iowa.

To learn more about the USRA, visit www.usraracing.com or call 515-832-6000. You can also like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/usraracing, follow us at www.twitter.com/usraracing on Twitter and check out our YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/usratv.

Donlan, Hovden hometown victors in Upper Iowa Speedway Iron Man Challenge; Holthaus USRA Hobby Stock win is 163rd

October 2nd, 2014

DECORAH, Iowa-For the final time in the 2014 season, the Upper Iowa Speedway hosted both Season Championship Night and also welcomed the Iron Man Challenge for USRA Stock Cars and USRA B-Mods.

In the USRA Hobby Stock feature, points leader Steve Holthaus came into Saturday nights event with a comfortable lead of 46 points over Scott Spilde. The main event started off with a rocky start when multiple cars were collected in corners 1-2, bringing out the first of three cautions. On the restart, Jake Ludeking took over the top spot and began to work the low groove of the track. However, at the mid-race point, Adam Cline had worked his way up the field and started to challenge for the lead. Cline also brought Spilde and Holthaus with him. Cline was able to take over the top spot until his machine broke, handing the lead over to Holthaus.

A late-race caution with three laps to go set up a showdown for the final time in the 2014 season. Holthaus crossed first followed by Spilde, Josh Ludeking, Jesse Holzer and Brady Link for the final time in 2014. Holthaus, who added his 163rd career feature win feather to his hat, was also crowned track champion.

In the USRA B-Mod class, only 11 points separated track points leader Matt Jones and Dan Hovden. Junior Boyer made a rare visit to the Upper Iowa Speedway on Saturday night. He started on the front row of the feature and was quickly into a duel with Jones. Jones eventually took over the lead position near the mid-race point. Hovden, who started eighth, worked his way up through the field and found himself sitting in second with a late-race caution. Hovden took the lead from Jones on the restart and that was all that Hovden needed. He escaped the Upper Iowa Speedway with another victory to close out his 2014 season at the track.

Hovden was followed by Jones the 2014 track points champion in second. Chris Roney, Chris Weigert and Boyer. Kevin Donlan started his 2014 season on the lid of his USRA Stock Car on opening night at the Upper Iowa Speedway, but he finished his 2014 campaign in victory lane. Donlan started in the front row for the USRA Stock Car main event and led every lap of the race.

Going into Season Championship Night, Mitch Hovden led Kyle Falck by a mere two tallies. Falck went down mid -ace with a mechanical problem and was unable to get his machine back onto the track. Hovden took home second place followed by Dan Jones, Tom Schmitt and Dillon Anderson. Donlan claimed his first victory at the Upper Iowa Speedway in nearly two years and it was his first Iron Man Challenge win of the season too. Hovden was crowned track champion on Saturday night.

With next weekends USRA National Championships being the final Iron Man Challenge event of the year, Hovden slipped past Schmitt in the points standings by a single point.

The inaugural USRA National Championships take place Wednesday-Saturday, Oct. 1-4, at the Lakeside Speedway in Kansas City, Kan., and features all four USRA-sanctioned divisions in action. SLMR Late Models will also join the program on Friday and Saturday.

To learn more about the USRA, visit www.usraracing.com or call 515-832-6000. You can also like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/usraracing, follow us at www.twitter.com/usraracing on Twitter and check out our YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/usratv.

Liquid Nitro 600 Modified Touring Series Race at Upper Iowa Speedway

August 29th, 2014

DECORAH, IA. – Chris Eide broke a three-year winless drought to claim the first win of his career, while teammate Curt Luhmann officially won the inaugural Liquid Nitro 600 Mod Touring Series championship.

Eide started fourth, but clearly looked as if he had the car to beat all night. By lap eight, Eide overtook the lead from Jacob Steere in the No. 49 and never looked back. John Griffin followed him through to second place, but in just two laps, Eide had built a 10-carlength lead on Griffin.

A race that featured four-wide racing down the backstretch, a scary wreck involving driver of the 9F machine, John Hershberger, brought out the red flag after flipping nine times in the middle of turns one and two on lap 16 of the 25-lap feature. Fans and drivers alike were holding their breath as the minutes went by, but eventually Hershberger exited the car with nothing more than a bruised ego. Track safety workers were on the scene right away to help assist Hershberger out of his mangled car. Hershberger would be OK.

The following restart saw Chris Eide maintain his lead over a hungry pack of drivers attempting to win the season’s final race, and the rest of the race went caution-free. An elated Eide said in Victory Lane, “It’s an absolutely awesome feeling. I’ve been waiting for three years to finally be standing here in Victory Lane and it finally happened. There’s no better way to end the season than going out and getting the win.”

Curt Luhmann, when asked about what it means to be the inaugural champion of the series, said, “It means we had fun! That’s the biggest thing with this series. I just tried my best every weekend, and consistency was the key for us this year. I’ve completed everything I can accomplish this year, and it feels good. As for tonight, it was awesome to see my teammate and good friend Chris in Victory Lane. Those guys work so hard over there, they deserve it.”

Liquid Nitro 600 Mod Touring Series

July 12th, 2014

DECORAH, IA. – Jason Bakkum unexpectedly found himself holding the winner’s trophy Thursday night at Upper Iowa Speedway, redeeming himself after blowing a motor in his last visit to Upper Iowa.

In a race that saw four out of the top five drivers record their best finish of the season, there was plenty to talk about at the water cooler the next day.

Joe Provinzino was the first to take the checkered flag, but he refused to let his motor get claimed, resulting in a disqualification, moving everyone up one position in the finishing order.

Bakkum, who won his heat race, started fourth and had a strong piece all night said, “We gave it everything we had tonight, and kinda got lucky there, but we’ll take it. We were in a position to get lucky, and it just worked out. We’ll take wins any day.”

Provinzino, on the other hand, was frustrated with the ruling, because it meant he would not be racing the following night in Fountain City on the Fourth of July, and claims there is nothing illegal about the motor.

Eli Hershberger was awarded a runner-up finish, continuing his hot streak. “I’m very happy with a second-place run. Towards the end, I was able to run the bottom, and we got better as the race progressed.”

For Jacob Steere, it was a completely different approach than the aforementioned Hershberger. “We were able to run the top, right where I like it, and so we were able to stay out of the way of most of the wrecks and get a solid finish.”

Brody Willett in the No. 111 had a season-best fourth-place run after starting 13th. Also turning heads was Joel Luhmann in the No. 21 machine. He started 18th in the field of 24 and drove all the way to fifth, also a season-best

Iron Man Challenge checkers for Decorahs Hovdens at Upper Iowa Speedway

May 29th, 2014

DECORAH, Iowa – Dan Hovden won the USRA B-Mod main event and Mitch Hovden captured the USRA Stock Car feature at the Upper Iowa Speedway to give hometown Decorah drivers a sweep of the Iron Man Challenge on Sunday night.

Dan Hovden started eighth in the 20-lapper for the USRA B-Mods and quickly worked his way to the front, taking the lead on lap 5 and never looking back. Matt Jones a three-time USRA B-Mod national champion (2007-09)– was close behind in second, followed by 2010-11 back-to-back champ Brandon Hare in third. Alex Williamson and Kyle Anderson rounded out the top five while sixth through tenth went to 20th-starting Jacob Bleess, polesitter Parker Kessel, Iron Man points leader Dan Wheeler, Casey Knutson and Ben Moudry.

In USRA Stock Car action, two-time national champ and defending Iron Man titlist Mitch Hovden ran down early leader Danny Sacquitne on the ninth lap and then paced the final eleven circuits for his first Iron Man win of the 2014 campaign.

Less than a half-car-length back, fellow Decorah driver Kyle Falck had to settle for the runner-up paycheck with Kevin Donlan, Dan Jones and Sacquitne completing the top five. Points leader Tom Schmitt, Brian Webb, Derek Dettmann, Dillon Anderson and Pete Solum wound up sixth through tenth, respectively.

Nine days from now, the Iron Man Challenge featuring USRA Stock Cars and USRA B-Mods resumes with the first event at the Marshalltown Speedway in Marshalltown, Iowa, on Tuesday, June 3, for a triple-threat treat that also features the USMTS Modifieds.

To learn more about the USRA, visit www.usraracing.com or call 515-832-6000. You can also like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/usraracing, follow us at www.twitter.com/usraracing on Twitter and check out our YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/usratv.

Johnny Scott back in USMTS winners circle at Upper Iowa Speedway

May 29th, 2014

DECORAH, Iowa -Johnny Scott found a way around Kelly Shryock with five laps to go and found his way back to victory lane Sunday night as the USMTS Caseys Cup powered by Swan Energy put the wraps on a memorable Memorial Day Weekend at the Upper Iowa Speedway.

Shryock, who earned the Sybesma Graphics Pole Award earlier in the program, set sail at the start of the 40-lap main event with Todd Scharkey, Zack VanderBeek and Scott in tow.

VanderBeek got by Scharkey for second on lap 3 and Scott followed into third one lap later as the lead trio took off on a three-car battle that lasted the rest of the race.

Back-to-back cautions with six laps to go slowed the action and Scott went searching on the high side when the field went back to green.

Relegated to the outside line for the restart, the 24-year-old from Las Cruces, N.M., found the top of the track to his liking and he blasted in front of VanderBeek on the restart.

One lap later, Scott powered around the outside of Shryock in turn 4 and took the lead for the first time and for good as they completed lap 35.

The win, worth $2,000, was Scotts first since winning at the Superbowl Speedway in Greenville, Texas, on March 20, and the 25 victory of his United States Modified Touring Series career.

VanderBeek, who has 24 lifelong wins to his credit, followed Scotts lead and jumped to the outside of Shryock, nipping the nine-time USMTS national champion by a bumpers length at the flagstand for second place.

Stormy Scott started 13th on the grid and climbed to a fourth-place finish to garner his third straight Mesilla Valley Transportation Hard Charger Award of the weekend.

Dereck Ramirez snagged the fifth spot while Bryan Rowland, Lucas Schott, 17th-starting Josh Angst, Jason Schlangen and Joey Jensen rounded out the top 10.

Next up for the Best of the Best will be a Tuesday, June 3, visit to the Marshalltown Speedway in Marshalltown, Iowa, with the Iron Man Challenge featuring USRA Stock Cars and USRA B-Mods joining the USMTS Modifieds on the high-banked bullrings racing card.

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.

Liquid Nitro 600 Modified Touring Series

May 21st, 2014

DECORAH, IA. — Under the threat of rain, Joe Provinzino captured the first checkered flag of the Liquid Nitro 600 Mod Touring Series season at Upper Iowa Speedway Saturday night.

The Chanhassen native led every lap of the feature event after starting on the pole.

“I was just riding out there,” said Provinzino. He certainly had the field covered, as he stretched his lead to a full straightaway before the midway point.

The race was clean and green until a late caution involving the second-place driver at the time, Jacob Bakkum, blew a motor and went up in flames.

The caution set up the race’s final restart with two laps remaining, and Provinzino once again scooted away, while Bob Cisewski and Don Werner battled for second.

Werner finished second in his No. 99 machine, followed by Bob Cisewski in the No. 40, with 16-year old Cole Denner finishing fourth in the 02, and rounding out the top five was Curt Luhmann, piloting the No. 8, respectively.

Assessing his night, Werner was “Overall, pretty happy with tonight,” and feels he is starting the season off on the right foot.
Third-place finisher Bob Cisewski was pleased with the level of trust he was able to place in the rookies, saying it was “a fun race, and everyone did a great job out there.”

20 cars showed up Saturday night, with 19 making the feature event. The lone driver who was unable to start was Brody Willett, after he sustained a broken rear axle in his heat race.

The season was scheduled to begin Friday night at Fayette County Speedway in West Union, Iowa, but it was called off due to rain.

There will not be a make-up date, shortening the season to 15 races.
Up next, the 600 mods will visit Mississippi Thunder Speedway in Fountain City, Wisconsin on May 23rd, with the green flag set to drop at 7 p.m.

Visit www.XcelChassisWest.com for the latest news, driver bios, and series information.

Tesch makes it two straight with USMTS win at Upper Iowa Speedway

August 19th, 2012

DECORAH, Iowa- Jon Tesch made it back-to-back wins with a wire-to-wire victory Saturday night as the Hunt for the USMTS Casey’s Cup invaded the Upper Iowa Speedway in Decorah, Iowa.

On the heels of scoring his first win in nearly a year Friday night, the 36-year-old rancher from Watertown, S.D., drew the pole position for the 40-lap Swan Energy “A” Main Saturday, and that was about as close anybody ever got.

Tesch took off like a rocket at the drop of the green flag with Rodney Sanders, Al Hejna and Joey Jensen trying to keep pace. Jensen got around Hejna on lap 2 and then the yellow flag waved two laps later when Bryan Rowland came to a stop atop turn, forcing Ryan Gustin over the embankment to avoid is slowing machine.

Caution returned moments after the restart when Daniel Hilsabeck, Jeremy Payne and Pat Graham collided in the fourth turn. On the next try, Tesch again squirted out to a big lead and built himself nearly a straight-away advantage by lap 12. Heavy lapped traffic slowed Tesch’s progress midway through the contest, allowing Sanders and Jensen to close the gap momentarily but unable to get close enough to offer a challenge for the lead.

With just two laps to go, the yellow flag waved for the third and final time when fourth-running Zack VanderBeek slowed on the track with a flat tire. Back under green, Tesch cruised the final two circuits to earn his second straight $3,000 triumph while Sanders and Jensen followed in second and third.

Hejna recorded his best result of the season with a fourth-place finish while 15th-starting Dereck Ramirez and 17th-starting Stormy Scott wound up fifth and sixth, respectively, after Johnny Scott exited the track with a flat tire on the final lap while battling for fifth.

Gustin held on for sixth, followed by Jason Hughes, Kelly Shryock and Jason Cummins rounding out the top 10. Mike Steensma finished 11th after starting 23rd and earned the Mesilla Valley Transportation Hard Charger Award.

The five-night, five-track trek in the Hunt for the USMTS Casey’s Cup concludes Sunday, Aug. 19, with a return trip to the Nobles County Speedway in Worthington, Minn., where Gustin picked up a win last month during a USMTS National Championship Series contest.

Jeremy Payne and his #186 SLAP Energy Drinks Modified will appear at the Casey’s General Stores located at 1704 Oxford in Worthington on Sunday from 12-2 p.m. Discount coupons good for $2 off adult admission are available at Casey’s General Stores locations in Fulda, Sibley and Worthington all day Sunday.

Sponsored by the Grain Exchange and Hickory Lodge Bar, gates open at 4 p.m. and hot laps begin at 5:30 with racing at 6 p.m. Also on the racing card will be the Iron Man Challenge for USRA Stock Cars and USRA B-Mods, plus USRA Hobby Stocks and Micro-Sprints.

The Nobles County Speedway is a 1/4-mile semi-banked clay oval located off of I-90 at Exit 43, then 0.4 mile south on SR 59, then 0.4 mile west on Oxford St., then 0.2 mile north on McMullan (Pioneer Village). For more information, call the track hotline at 507-360-3825 or check out www.noblescountyspeedway.net 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/ustmts and follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/usmts.

Iron Man Challenge heads to Decorah Saturday, Worthington Sunday; USRA Stock Cars and B-Mods in action both days

August 16th, 2012

DECORAH, Iowa – The Industrial Material Surplus Iron Man Challenge returns to action with a pair of events this Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 18-19, featuring both the USRA Stock Cars and USRA B-Mods on the ticket.

The Upper Iowa Speedway in Decorah, Iowa, will host the too-tough-to-tame series on Saturday, and then the drivers cross the border to battle at the Nobles County Speedway in Worthington, Minn., on Sunday.

Two-time USRA Stock Car national champion and current Iron Man points leader Tom Schmitt of Independence, Iowa, leads a stellar field of full-fendered machines and their lead-footed pilots into this weekend’s doubleheader.

In the high-flying USRA B-Mod ranks, 13-year-old Trevor Hunt of Liberty, Mo., leads the standings as he looks to repeat his win from earlier this season at the Upper Iowa Speedway. Stock Cars will be racing for $700 to win and $125 to start both nights while B-Mods will battle for $500 to win and $80 to take the green flag in the main event. The USMTS Modifieds will share the spotlight each night.

On Saturday, gates open at 5 p.m. and hot laps begin at 6:30 with racing to follow. Also on the racing card will be the Iron Man Challenge for USRA Stock Cars and USRA B-Mods.

The Upper Iowa Speedway is a 1/4-mile semi-banked clay 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). For day-of-race information, call the track hotline at 563-382-9984 or check out www.upperiowaspeedway.com online.

Sunday’s event will see gates open at 4 p.m. and hot laps begin at 5:30 with racing at 6 p.m. USRA Hobby Stocks and Micro-Sprints will also join the card.

The Nobles County Speedway is a 1/4-mile semi-banked clay oval located off of I-90 at Exit 43, then 0.4 mile south on SR 59, then 0.4 mile west on Oxford St., then 0.2 mile north on McMullan (Pioneer Village). For more information, call the track hotline at 507-360-3825 or check out www.noblescountyspeedway.net online.

The 2012 Industrial Material Surplus Iron Man Challenge points champion will be determined by the best 10 finishes for Stock Cars and best 12 finishes for the B-Mods. All Iron Man Challenge events will also award national points in the American Racer USRA Weekly Racing Series.

Hunt shoots down Iron Man foes at Upper Iowa Speedway

July 5th, 2012

DECORAH, Iowa -Trevor Hunt backed up his win on Friday at the Highway 3 Raceway with his second straight USRA B-Mod main event win Saturday night as the Industrial Material Surplus Iron Man Challenge invaded the Upper Iowa Speedway in Decorah, Iowa.

Polesitter Jeremy Schaufenbuel of New Hampton took the lead at the drop of the green flag, but Hunt powered around the outside to grab the top spot the next time around. The 13-year-old phenom from Liberty, Mo., set the pace for the next six laps, and then Schaufenbuel snuck back underneath to regain control on lap 9.

But Hunt again took charge on lap 11 and then outran Schaufenbuel over the final nine laps to secure the win and the $500 winner’s share of the prize money. Schaufenbuel held on for a runner-up finish with Ben Moudry of Cottage Grove, Minn.,
taking the third spot. Calmar’s Junior Boyer finished fourth and Brian Mahlstedt of Ionia wound up fifth.

Tyler Droste, who has three Iron Man victories to his credit, clawed his way to a sixth-place finish after starting 17th, while Jason Schlangen, Greg Mitchell, Austin Schrage and Trevor Fecht rounded out the top-10 finishers. The Industrial Material Surplus Iron Man Challenge featuring USRA B-Mods will be back in action on Thursday and Friday, July 12-13. Thursday will find the series at the I-35 Speedway in Winston, Mo., and then Friday at the Lakeside Speedway in Kansas City, Kan. Drivers will share the spotlght with the USMTS Modifieds at both events, with a $500 top prize up for grabs each night.

Although not an Iron Man event, a great field of USRA Stock Cars were on hand Saturday night at the Upper Iowa Speedway and the fans were treated to a great finish in the 20-lap main event. Kevin Donlan of Decorah took the lead from the pole position and continued to hold the lead until lap 16 when fellow Decorah driver Mitch Hovden found his way around the outside and took the lead.

From there, the defending USRA Stock Car National Champion held on to score a $300 victory while Donlan settled for the runner-up finish ahead of Matt Jones, Shay Curtin and Danny Cole. Lynn Panos, Tory Reicks, Pete Solum, Danny Sacquitne and Jake Ludeking rounded out the top 10.

The next Industrial Material Surplus Iron Man Challenge event featuring the USRA Stock Cars will be Thursday, July 26, at the Deer Creek Speedway in Spring Valley, Minn., when they will join the USMTS Modifieds at the 2nd Annual World Modified Dirt Track Championship presented by Hanson Tire Service.

To learn more about the USRA, visit www.usraracing.com or call 515-832-6000. You can also like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/usraracing or follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/usraracing.

Gustin dominates USMTS go at Decorah

July 4th, 2012

DECORAH, Iowa – Ryan Gustin put an exclamation point on a successful weekend with a dominating performance in the USMTS National Championship Series main event Saturday night at the Upper Iowa Speedway in Decorah, Iowa.

After seven of the top eight qualifiers redrew for their starting positions in the 40-lap Swan Energy “A” Main, Jason Hughes was left with the pole position for the start of the race.

The 2012 USMTS National Champion beat fellow front-row starter Jeremy Payne into the first turn to take command of the $4,000-to-win contest.

Four laps later, Jon Tesch and Zack VanderBeek had moved into the second and third spots behind Hughes and the lead trio opened up a ten-car-length gap over Payne, Ryan Ruter, Gustin and Mike Sorensen.

With all of the top ten runners utilizing the bottom and middle grooves of the racing surface, Gustin went to the high side in search of a faster line . and he found it.

The series points leader drove past Ruter and Payne in two laps, and then ran down the three front-runners by lap 10. Gustin blasted by Tesch on lap 12, edged in front of VanderBeek on lap 13 and then took the lead away from Hughes at the flagstand as they completed lap 15.

From that point on, ‘The Reaper’ sailed to his third USMTS National Championship Series win and fifth overall of the 2012 campaign as he lapped up to the 11th-place machine of Sorensen at the end of the caution-free feature.

VanderBeek slipped by Hughes on lap 20 and occasionally narrowed the gap between himself and Gustin in lapped traffic, but was never able to get close enough to mount a serious challenge and took home the runner-up paycheck at the track where he scored his career-first USMTS victory.

Tesch bested Payne for the third spot while Hughes slipped to fifth in the final rundown. Dereck Ramirez, Ruter, Chris Brown, Rodney Sanders and Kelly Shryock rounded out the top-10 finishers.

The USMTS Modifieds will be back in action next Friday and Saturday, July 6-7, for a pair of USMTS Casey’s Cup Series events at a pair of familiar venues. On Friday, the series invades the Chateau Raceway in Lansing, Minn., for the Mike Guttormson Memorial and then moves to the Deer Creek Speedway in Spring Valley, Minn., on Saturday for the 33rd Annual NAPA Gopher 50 where they will share the spotlight with the World of Outlaws Late Model Series.

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 and follow us on Twitter.

Jason Hughes Scores Second USMTS Hunt Win of 2011

September 1st, 2011

Westville, Oklahoma – Jason Hughes piloted his #12 West Siloam Pawn/Gressel Racing/Hughes/Mullins Race Engines Open Wheel Modified to his second triumph of the 2011 Casey’s General USMTS Hunt on Saturday night at Upper Iowa Speedway (Decorah, Iowa).

The team resumed their pursuit of the 2011 Casey’s General USMTS Hunt Championship on Thursday night at I-35 Speedway (Winston, Missouri) as a total of 29 cars signed in for battle. Jason began the night by finishing second in his heat race to lock into the ninth starting for the 40 lap, $2,000-to-win feature. In the main event Hughes would fail to make up much ground as he was able to manage only a tenth place finish.

Cedar County Speedway (Tipton, Iowa) was the next track on the docket for the Casey’s General USMTS tour as the competitors invaded the facility on Friday night. Forty Open Wheel modifieds entered the event, and after charging from the fifth starting spot to win his heat race, Hughes once again found himself in the redraw for the feature. After receiving the sixth starting spot for the main event, Jason would advance three spots to record a third place finish behind race winner, Johnny Scott, and Zack VanderBeek. It was another solid point’s night for Hughes in the driver point’s and manufacturer’s points.

Jason Hughes stormed to his second Casey’s General USMTS Open Wheel Modified Hunt feature win of 2011 on Saturday night at Upper Iowa Speedway (Decorah, Iowa). With twenty-six cars entered, Jason charged from his sixth starting spot to a third place finish in heat race action to transfer to the redraw for the feature, where he received the pole starting spot alongside Rick Beebe. As the 40 lap, $2,000-to-win race went green it was Hughes, who bolted to the lead. After a lap one caution the remainder of the event would go caution free as Jason cruised to the feature win, which came over Jon Tesch, Ryan Gustin, Zack VanderBeek, and Johnny Scott. The win was his twelfth overall of the 2011 season!

Jason continues to be fourth in the Casey’s General USMTS Hunt standings, and Hughes Race Cars continues to lead the Tiger Rear Ends Manufacturers points. Full results and the latest tour standings are available at www.USMTS.com.

The extended Labor Day weekend, August 31st-September 4th, will be a pivotal stretch in the pursuit of the 2011 Casey’s General USMTS Hunt title as five races will be held in five days as shown below:

September 1st: Highway 3 Raceway (Allison, IA) – $2,000-To-Win
September 2nd: Chateau Raceway (Lansing, MN) – $2,000-To-Win
September 3rd: Deer Creek Speedway (Spring Valley, MN) – $2,000-To-Win
September 4th: Dodge County Speedway (Kasson, MN) – $2,000-To-Win

For more information, please visit www.USMTS.com .

Jason Hughes would like to thank his sponsors including West Siloam Pawn, Gressel Racing, Hughes Racing Chassis, Road Runner Trucking, LLC, Mullins Race Engines, Integra Racing Shocks & Springs, Hanson Tire Service, Braka Operating, Sunoco Race Fuels, Mert’s Truck Center, SAEF Custom Finishing, Wheeler Metals Rainbow Graphics, Hooker Harness, Quarter Master, Beyea Custom Headers, Ultra-Shield Race Products, MB Machine & Tool, T&D Machine Products, Callies, Quick Car Racing Products, Dan Olson Racing Products, FSR Radiators & Racing Products, Tiger Rear Ends, Joe Gibbs Driven Racing Oil, Sweet Mfg, Real Racing Wheels, Rod End Supply, and MSRMafia.com Marketing Services.

For more information on Jason Hughes, please visit www.JasonHughes12.com .

Gustin Wins HDT at Upper Iowa

August 2nd, 2010

(Decorah, IA) – - Richie Gustin was the first to the checkered flag during the JR Motorsports Hawkeye Dirt Tour for IMCA Modifieds visit to the Upper Iowa Speedway. Despite two late race caution flags, Gustin was able to hold of the pack for the
win.

Ron Pope (Mason City, IA) and Mark Schulte (Delhi, IA) lead the field to the green of the Weis Buick 30 A-Main. Pope would lead the first lap. Schulte quickly found himself battling fourth place starter Richie Gustin (Gilman, IA) for second place.

Gustin passes Schulte for the lead Gustin Passes Schulte On lap three, Gustin would drop to the bottom of turn one and worked passed Schulte, and he was able to work underneath Pope to battle for the lead down the backstretch. Gustin would climb to the top of the scoring sheet by lap four. Schulte followed Gustin to slip by Pope for second.

Justin O’Brien (West Union, IA) moved into third and challenged Schulte for second. The two swapped positions lap after lap. While the two battled for second, Gustin began to open up a comfortable lead.

As the Weis Buick 30 A-Main reached the halfway point, the lead pack began to work through lapped traffic. Gustin was in command as he opened up a large lead over Schulte, O’Brien, and Vern Jackson (Waterloo, IA).

On lap twenty-three, O’Brien unfortunately got caught up in lapped traffic. Contacted with a lapped car caused him and that car to spin to a stop coming off of turn four.

The third and final caution hit the speedway on lap twenty-four setting up a dash for the $,1000 payday. Gustin pulled away from the field and grabbed his second JR Motorsports Hawkeye Dirt Tour win of the season.

Schulte and Jackson worked door-to-door trying to decided who would come home second, and Mike Jergens (Plover, IA) was right behind the battle for second. Schulte would edge Jackson for second. Jergens finished fourth.

Rich Smith (Davenport, IA) used the two late-race cautions to his advantage to parlay a fifth place finish.

Specialty Technologies Heat Race winners were Mike Jergens, Richie Gustin, and Vern Jackson.

With the win, Gustin picked up the $100 bonus award by Specialty Technologies for winning a heat race and the A-Main in the same night. Greg Cox (Altoona, IA) was awarded the RaceTechInfo.com Hardcharger bonus.

Next up for the HDT is a trip to the Hancock County Speedway and a chance at $3,000. It’s the annual “Night of 1,000 Stars” on Thursday, August 12, 2010.

To learn more about the JR Motorsports Hawkeye Dirt Tour, log onto the tour’s web site at www.DirtTour.com.

Upper Iowa Speedway to host July 29 JR Motorsports Hawkeye Dirt Tour show

July 26th, 2010

DECORAH, Iowa– IMCA Modifieds return to the northeast corner of the state next Thursday, July 29, when Upper Iowa Speedway hosts the sixth event of the JR Motorsports Hawkeye Dirt Tour.

The main event pays $1,000 to win and a minimum of $125 to start. Pit gates at Decorah open at 4 p.m. and the grandstand opens at 5 p.m. Hot laps are at 6:45 p.m. with racing to follow.

Grandstand admission is $12 for adults, with kids 11 and under admitted free. Pit passes are $25.

Rich Smith of Davenport is the new series point leader, after running sixth in the Tuesday night feature at Fayette County Speedway. Mike Jergens of Plover is now second, with Richie Gustin Jr. of Gilman, Josh Foster of Montrose and Mark Schulte of Delhi rounding out the top five.

Gustin is the top driver in point standings for IMCA’s ButlerBuilt North Central Region and is currently eighth in the national point
race. Jergens is the leading rookie contender in the region. Previous series point leader Foster won two of the first five tour events but was absent from the field at West Union because of injuries sustained in a non-racing accident.

Darin Duffy of Hazleton, Gustin and Jeff Waterman of Quincy, Ill. also own Hawkeye Dirt Tour trophies thus far.

IMCA national, regional and Allstar Performance State points will be awarded for the show at Decorah, where local stock car and hobby stock classes complete the Weis Buick sponsored program. More information about that event is available by calling 563 379-1979 and at thwww.upperiowaspeedway.com website.

All 10 Hawkeye Dirt Tour features this season are qualifying events for the 2011 Fast Shafts All-Star Invita tional ballot.