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Jason Hughes Wins at Fairmont; Sets Sights on $40,000 Nationals

September 6th, 2016

Westville, Oklahoma – The Labor Day weekend once again found Jason in victory lane in his Murphrey Oil Company #12 West Siloam Pawn/ Hughes Chassis/ Mullins Racing Engine Modified. He leads the latest USMTS
Hunt standings with just one event remaining.

Continuing his pursuit of excellence in the Hunt for the United States Modified Touring Series (USMTS) Casey’s Cup powered by S&S Fishing & Rental, Jason Hughes visited Fairmont Raceway (Fairmont, Minnesota) on Thursday night. Drawing 25 entries for the 9th annual KEVKO Summer Spectacular presented by State Bank of Fairmont and Bill & Sandy Johnson, Hughes started the night off with a heat race win giving him the 3rd-starting spot for the feature. Working his way into the lead by the second lap, Jason outran the field for the remaining 30 circuits to pick up his 15th win of the season, which came over Jesse Sobbing, Ricky Thornton Jr., Cade Dillard, and Josh Angst. Hughes pocketed a $3,000 payday for his triumph in the feature event.

On Friday night Jason traveled to Chateau Raceway (Lansing, Minnesota) for another $3,000-to-win A-Main. Logging a 6th-place finish in his heat, Jason edged his way into the A-Main with a 5th-place outing in his B-Main. Coming from the 22nd-starting spot, Hughes improved ten position in the 42-lapper posting a 12th- place finish.

The next stop brought 58 Open Wheel Modifieds to Deer Creek Speedway (Spring Valley, Minnesota) for the 11th annual Barclay Landscaping Labor Day Dual. Posting a 3rd-place finish in his heat race, Hughes transferred into the B-Main for another shot at the feature. Sending the Top 4 finishers to the finale, Jason scored a runner-up finish behind Cade Dillard giving him the 16th-starting position for the A-Main. Falling one spot short of a Top 5 finish, Hughes gained ten positions, recording a 6th-place outing.

Competing in the next to last stop in the Hunt for the USMTS Casey’s Cup, Jason visited Cresco Speedway (Cresco, Iowa) on Sunday for the 13th annual Cresco Bowl. Notching a runner-up finish behind Cade Dillard in his heat, Hughes rolled off 4th for the main event. With $3,000 on the line, Jason Hughes passed one car, posting a 3rd place finish behind Rodney Sanders and Cade Dillard with Zack VanderBeek and Jesse Sobbing rounding out the Top 5.

Jason holds a 10-point lead in The Hunt for the Casey’s Cup standings going into the final event in late September.

“It wasn’t quite the weekend that we had hoped, but it was still a pretty solid outing for us,” commented Hughes. “This is a similar situation that we were in last year heading into the finale at Deer Creek, so hopefully we can get the same result as last year and claim another championship.”

Complete results and the latest standings can be found atwww.USMTS.com .

Jason Hughes will make the trip to Wisconsin this weekend, September 7-10 to chase a $40,000 prize at Mississippi Thunder Speedway (Fountain City, Wisconsin) during the 5th annual Modified Nationals. The event opens with an open practice session on Wednesday evening. Thursday and Friday night will see preliminary action contested, while the event draws to a close with the mega finale on Saturday night. For full event details, please visitwww.MississippiThunder.com .

For more information on Jason Hughes, please visitwww.JasonHughes12.com .

USRA Iron Man Series laurels to Green, Boumeester at Fairmont

September 3rd, 2016

FAIRMONT, Minn. — Derek Green notched his second straight Holley USRA Stock Car win and Jared Boumeester captured his first in the Out-Pace USRA B-Mods as the Iron Man Challenge invaded the Fairmont Raceway Thursday.

Green, From Granada, Minn., took the lead away from Luke Sathoff on the seventh lap and paced the remaining 11 circuits around the big half-mile dirt oval to record his fourth victory of the 2016 campaign.

The win was worth $750.

Jesse Brown made a late-race pass of Sathoff to snare the runner-up paycheck while Andy Altenburg held off Steve Jackson for fourth.

Points leader Kyle Falck, Calvin Lange, Nathan Wood, Ned Kalis and Malcolm Teachout rounded out the top 10 finishers.

In the caution-free Out-Pace USRA B-Mod main event, Boumeester started fifth and took the lead on lap five.

Over the final 10 laps, the Waseca, Minn., racer pulled away from the pack and crossed beneath the checkered flag more than seven seconds ahead of runner-up Matthew Looft.

Sathoff finished third, Joey Lium was fourth and defending Iron Man champ Andy Bryant came from the 19th starting spot to finish fifth.

Dustin Wiederhoeft, Troy Gochanour, Dan Hovden, Dustin Kruse and points leader Cole Denner completed the top 10.

The Iron Man Series featuring Holley USRA Stock Cars and Out-Pace USRA B-Mods will join the USMTS Modifieds for two more events this Labor Day Weekend.

On Saturday, the Iron Man Series takes on the Deer Creek Speedway in Spring Valley, Minn., and the Labor Day Weekend swing wraps up on Sunday at the Cresco Speedway in Cresco, 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.

Hughes hunting USMTS title, takes Fairmont feature

September 3rd, 2016

FAIRMONT, Minn — Jason Hughes took a big step toward defending his USMTS crown Thursday with a victory at the Fairmont Raceway in Round 13 of the Hunt for the USMTS Caseys Cup powered by S&S Fishing & Rental.

The defending USMTS national champ from Watts, Okla., trailed Josh Angst for the first lap around the Martin County Fairgrounds half-mile oval, but took control on the second lap and then survived a late-race caution to secure his third win in The Hunt.

His 146th career United States Modified Touring Series triumph was worth $3,000.

The races second caution waved with two laps to go and gave his pursuers a glimmer of hope.

Ricky Thornton Jr., who chased Hughes for most of the race, gave up the second spot on the final circuit to Jesse Sobbing who finished in the runner-up position for the third straight race while Thornton settled for third and his fifth consecutive top-five finish.

Cade Dillard was fourth and Angst held on for fifth while the remainder of the top 10 was filled by Zack VanderBeek, Ryan Ruter, Rodney Sanders, Dereck Ramirez and Johnny Scott.

In the USMTS Caseys Cup points battle, Hughes extended his advantage over Dillard to 48 points (1764 to 1716). Sobbing is close behind with 1693 markers , followed by Sanders (1667), VanderBeek (1622), Johnny Scott (1505), Joe Duvall(1423), Ramirez (1382), Brock Bauman (1325) and Stormy Scott (1317).

In the battle to become the Grant Junghans Rookie of the Year, the points standings are tight with Mike Jergens taking over the top spot for the first time this season after Thursdays show.

His lead is just three points (1519 to 1516) over Brock Bauman and Thornton is just another six points back with 1510 points while Cody Bauman is fourth with 1499 points.

Friday, Sept. 2, finds the USMTS touring titans at the Chateau Raceway in Lansing, Minn., with Out-Pace USRA B-Mods, Midwest Mods and Street Stocks completing the four-division card.

Earlier this summer, Lucas Schott picked up his second career USMTS victory when leader Zack VanderBeek blew a right rear tire with two laps to go.

Former track champion Brandon Davis is a three-time winner in USMTS competition here while Jason Hughes, Tommy Myer and Jon Tesch have each won twice. Other past winners include Kelly Shryock, Ryan Gustin, Rodney Sanders, Joey Jensen, Mike Sorensen, Jason Krohn, Tim Donlinger, Doug Hillson and Mike Chasteen, who captured the first event here on June 28, 2001.

Gates open at 5 p.m. and hot laps begin at 6:30 with racing to follow. General admission spectator tickets are $18 and kids ages 12 and under get in for free. Pit passes are $35. Race fans can find commemorative coupons good for $2 off adult tickets at Caseys General Stores locations in Austin and Blooming Prairie.

Mike Jergens and his Snickers USMTS Modified will be on hand for a meet n greet with fans at the Caseys General Store located at 1702 12th St. SW in Austin (about 8 miles from the track) from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Friday. To find the Caseys General Store nearest you, visit www.caseys.com.

The Chateau Raceway is located 5.0 miles north of Austin on US 218 to the Lansing Exit, then 1.3 miles east on CR 2, then 0.4 mile south on CR 25, then 0.3 mile east. For more information, call (507) 272-8906 or (507) 440-3680 and visit www.chateauraceway.net online.

On Saturday, the Hunt for the USMTS Caseys Cup invades the Deer Creek Speedway in Spring Valley, Minn., for the 11th Annual Barclay Landscaping Labor Day Dual, and the four-night Labor Day Weekend swing wraps up on Sunday at the Cresco Speedway in Cresco, Iowa, for the 13th Annual USMTS Cresco Bowl and the next-to-last event in the Hunt for the USMTS Caseys Cup powered by S&S Fishing & Rental.

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.

Rodney Sanders Has Up-and-Down Labor Day Weekend

September 11th, 2015

Happy, Texas – Rodney Sanders experienced a roller coaster of emotions in his Swan Energy #20 MB Customs/Geddes Racing Engine Open Wheel Modified over the holiday weekend in United States Modified Touring Series (USMTS) competition.

On Wednesday night Rodney Sanders started the five-night stand in the Hunt for the United States Modified Touring Series (USMTS) Casey’s Cup powered by S&S Fishing & Rental by traveling to Hamilton County Speedway (Webster City, Iowa). In a field of twenty-two Modifieds, Sanders transferred into the feature with a runner-up finish to Stormy Scott in his heat. With $3,000 on the line, Rodney registered a 6th place outing in the 30-lapper.

The following night brought Sanders to Fairmont Raceway (Fairmont, Minnesota) to a field of 30 Open Wheel Modifieds. Edging his way into the feature with a 4th place finish in his heat, Rodney notched the 15th place starting spot. Earning the hard charger award, Rodney Sanders improved ten spots in the 30-lap affair scoring a 5th place finish behind Jason Krohn, Jason Hughes, Jason Cummings, and Jesse Sobbing.

Friday night brought the USMTS followers to Chateau Raceway (Lansing, Minnesota) for the eleventh night of action in The Hunt for the Casey’s Cup. Improving four spots in his heat, Rodney transferred into the feature with a 4th place finish. After starting in 10th, Sanders received contact from another car, which sent him flipping upside down on lap 17. Coming out uninjured, Rodney logged only his second DNF of the 2015 campaign.

The twelfth night of action in the Hunt of the Casey’s Cup brought Sanders to Deer Creek Speedway (Spring Valley, Minnesota) on Saturday evening. With forty-four Open Wheel Modifies signed in on Saturday night, Rodney recorded a 6th place outing in his heat sending him into the B-Main. Transferring into the feature with a 3rd place finish in his B-Main, Sanders earned the 17th start position for the 40-lapper, A-Main. Battling for a $3,000 payday, Rodney charged through the field advancing eleven spots scoring a 6th place finish.

Wrapping up the busy weekend, Rodney headed to Cresco Speedway (Cresco, Iowa) on Sunday night for the $3,000 to win Casey’s General Stores A-Main. Finishing 2nd in his heat to Casey Arneson, Sanders earned the 6th place starting spot for the feature. Working to regain the points lead in The Hunt for the USMTS Casey’s Cup, Rodney Sanders rebounded from his bad luck to capture his 23rd win of the season with Jason Hughes, Casey Arneson, Jesse Sobbing, and Ryan Gustin completing the top five.

“This five-day stretch proved to be quite the experience,” commented Sanders. “The whole situation at Chateau was very disappointing from multiple angles. However, our team kept digging and didn’t give up, so I have to thank them for getting me back on track. We’ll now head to the Fall Jamboree in a couple of weeks to try and claim this third title.”

Rodney is in second in the latest USMTS Hunt of the Casey’s Cup Standings, just two points removed from the top spot, which is held by Jason Hughes. For more results from these events, please visit www.USMTS.com .

The team will not race anywhere this weekend. The next scheduled race for Rodney is September 17th-19th with the 9th Annual IMCA World Nationals at Marshalltown Speedway (Marshalltown, Iowa). For more information on the $10,000-to-win event, please visit www.MarshalltownSpeedway.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 www.RodneySandersRacing.net

Bryant repeats, first for Tietz in Holley Iron Man Series action at Fairmont

September 6th, 2015

FAIRMONT, Minn.-A first-time and a repeat winner celebrated in victory lane Thursday when the Holley Iron Man Series visited the Fairmont Raceway. Ken Tietz of Belle Plaine, Minn., cruised to victory in the USRA Stock Car main event with Nathan Wood holding off Shawn Peter for the runner-up spot. Kyle Falck and Mitch Hovden were fourth and fifth.

Points leader Tom Schmitt challenged Tietz throughout the first half of the feature, but retired with engine trouble on lap 13. The win was worth $750 to Tietz. In USRA B-Mod action, young Andy Bryant of Fort Scott, Kan., pocketed the $600 top prize with his fourth Holley Iron Man Series win of the 2015 campaign.

Jared Boumeester was second, points leader Dakota Foster claimed the third spot, Randy Winter finished fourth and Marlin Kracht completed the top 5. The USRA Stock Cars will take a couple of nights off while the Holley Iron Man Series USRA B-Mods pick up the pace on Saturday at the Deer Creek Speedway. The Labor Day Weekend of events will conclude at the Cresco Speedway in Cresco, Iowa, on Sunday with both classes back on the ticket.

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.

Five USMTS blockbusters fill Labor Day Weekend

September 2nd, 2015

WEBSTER CITY, Iowa–Five gargantuan events are on tap this week for the United States Modified touring Series with more than $15,000 posted for the winners and more than $100,000 in overall prize money up for grabs as the Hunt for
the USMTS Casey’s Cup powered by S&S Fishing & Rental inches closer to crowning a champion.

Rodney Sanders leads the title chase as the 24-year-old from Happy, Texas, seeks his third straight USMTS National Championship and a $100,000 payday if he can pull it off.

Fans can also expect to see Ryan Gustin, Jason Hughes, Jesse Sobbing, Stormy Scott, Zack VanderBeek, Dereck Ramirez, Johnny Scott, Brent Larson, Cade Dillard, Casey Arneson, Joe Duvall, Daniel Hilsabeck, Philip Houston, Cory Crapser, Grant Junghans, Ben Kates, Dan Ebert, Jesse Glenz, Eric Pember, Chris Oertel, Joey Jensen, Pat Graham and many more.

The next show for the monster modifieds of the USMTS will happen this Wednesday, Sept. 2, at the historic Hamilton County Speedway in Webster City, Iowa the first of five straight nights of racing to celebrate the Labor Day Weekend.

Also competing will be the wildly popular Holley Iron Man Series featuring USRA Stock Cars and USRA B-Mods with gates opening at 5 p.m., hot laps at 7 and racing at 7:15 p.m.

Adults 16 and older are $18, youth ages 6-15 are $5 and children 5 and under get in for free. Pit passes are $35. Fans can get coupons good for $2 off adult admission at Casey’s General Stores locations in Dayton, Dows, Eagle Grove, Fort Dodge, Iowa Falls, Jewell and Webster City.

Cory Crapser and his No. 07 Oreos/Sour Patch Kids machine will be greeting fans in person at 1300 2nd St. in Webster City from 12-2 p.m. Cade Dillard and his No. 97 Snickers machine will be greeting fans at 700 Superior St. in Webster City from 12-2 p.m. Tune your radio to KQWC 95.7 FM to hear live broadcasts from Dillardds appearance.

The Hamilton County Speedway is a 1/2-mile semi-banked dirt oval located off of US 20 at exit 140, then 1.2 miles north, then 0.5 mile east on Bank St., then 0.4 mile south on Bluff St. For more information call (515) 832-1443 or check out www.hamiltoncospeedway.com online.

On Thursday, Sept. 3, the series moves to the legendary Fairmont Raceway in Fairmont, Minn., with the Holley Iron Man Series featuring USRA Stock Cars and USRA B-Mods back on the ticket for a second straight night. Gates open at 5 p.m., hot laps start at 7 and racing begins at 7:15 p.m.

General admission for ages 13 and older is $18, youth ages 6-12 are $5 and children 5 and under are free. Pit passes are $35. Fans can get coupons good for $2 off adult general admission at Casey’s General Stores locations in Fairmont, Sherburn, Trimont, Truman, Welcome, Winnebago and Armstrong in Iowa.

Joe Big Daddy Duvall and his No. 91 AMP Energy machine will be greeting fans at 202 E. Blue Earth in Fairmont from 12-2 p.m. Listen to KFMC 106.5 FM to hear live broadcasts from the appearance.

The Fairmont Raceway is a 1/2-mile high-banked dirt oval located 1.0 mile south of I-90 (exit 99) on N. Bixby Rd. (CR 39). For more information call (507) 382-4531 or (507) 382-4531 or visit www.fairmontraceway.com online.

The Chateau Raceway in Lansing, Minn., hosts the USMTS on Friday, Sept. 4, for their traditional standing-room-only stint with hot laps at 6:30 p.m. and races to follow.

Midwest Mods, Street Stocks, USRA B-Mods, Pure Stocks and Hornets will also be on the racing card.

Fans can get coupons good for $2 off adult general admission at Casey’s General Stores locations in Austin and Blooming Prairie. Cory Crapser and his No. 07 Oreos/Sour Patch Kids machine will be greeting fans at 1702 12th St. SW in Austin from 12-2 p.m. Tune your radio to KAUS 1480 AM to hear live broadcasts from Crapsers appearance.

The Chateau Raceway is a 1/3-mile semi-banked gumbo clay oval located 5.0 miles north of Austin on US 218 to the Lansing Exit, then 1.3 miles east on CR 2, then 0.4 mile south on CR 25, then 0.3 mile east. For more information call (507) 391-2486 or (507) 433-4578 or visit www.chateauraceway.net.

Saturday, Sept. 5, will find the ground-pounding USMTS goliaths back at the illustrious Deer Creek Speedway in Spring Valley, Minn., for the last time before the 17th Annual Featherlite Fall Jamboree here on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, Sept. 24-26.

The Holley Iron Man Series is back in action with the USRA B-Mods sharing the spotlight with Wissota Super Stocks, Midwest Mods and Street Stocks, plus Slingshots on the Button Buck Speedway.

The pits open at 2 p.m. and the spectator gates swing open at 4 p.m. Hot laps begin at 5:30 with the first green flag at 6 p.m.

Adults are $20 and kids ages 12 and under are $5. Pit passes are $30. Fans can get coupons good for $2 off adult general admission at Casey’s General Stores locations in Preston, Rochester, Stewartville and Lime Springs in Iowa.

Cory Crapser and his No. 07 Oreos/Sour Patch Kids machine will be greeting fans at 605 S. Main St. in Stewartville from 12-2 p.m. Listen to KWWK 96.5 FM to hear live broadcasts from Crapsers appearance.

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

The five-night swing wraps up on Sunday, Sept. 6, at the Cresco Speedway in Cresco, Iowa, with the Holley Iron Man Series featuring USRA Stock Cars and USRA B-Mods joining the USMTS Modifieds once again, plus USRA Hobby Stocks to round out the four-class card.

Hot laps begin at 6 p.m. with racing to follow.

Tickets are $17 for adults 18 years old and up, $10 for youth ages 13-17 and admission is free for children 12 years of age and under. Pit passes are $30 per person. Fans can get coupons good for $2 off adult general admission at Casey’s General Stores locations in Cresco, Decorah, Lime Springs, Ossian, New Hampton and Waukon.

Cade Dillard and his No. 97 Snickers machine will be greeting fans at 601 2nd Ave. SW in Cresco from 12-2 p.m. Listen to KCZE 95.1 FM to hear live broadcasts from Dillards appearance.

The Cresco Speedway is located 2 blocks north of SR 9 on SW 7th. Race day info is available by calling (563) 547-3400 or at www.mhcfair.com.

Ricky Weiss Wins Again; Four Race NLRA Weekend Next

June 26th, 2015

Headingly, Manitoba, Canada – Ricky Weiss enjoyed another solid weekend in his Derrick’s Sandblasting #7 Bloomquist Chassis/Pro Power Racing Engine Late Model, which included an inaugural win at Rapid Speedway.

On Wednesday night Ricky Weiss traveled to Fairmont Raceway (Fairmont, Minnesota) to take part in the OneMain WISSOTA Challenge Series. Competing against a field of fifteen Super Late Models, Weiss suffered a broken drive shaft on the last lap of his heat, giving him the last starting spot in the A-Main. Battling for the $2,000 payday, Ricky worked his way through the field to advance seven positons as he captured an 8th place finish.

The next stop on the OneMain WISSOTA Challenge Series was Redwood Speedway (Redwood Falls, Minnesota) on Thursday night. With a stronger field of nineteen Super Late Models, Ricky Weiss earned a chance at the $2,000 A-main with a 9th place starting spot. Weiss worked his way through the field to gain five positions en route to a 4th place finish behind Don Shaw, Lance Matthees, and Donny Schatz with Jeff Provinzino rounding out the top five.

Continuing on the OneMain WISSOTA Challenge Series, Ricky made the trip to Rapid Speedway (Rock Rapids, Iowa) on Friday night. With a car count of twenty-three Super Late Models, Weiss captured three wins on the evening. After placing 1st in his heat and dash, Ricky Weiss went on to score the $2,000 payday, ousting Chad Becker, Brian Diede, Don Shaw, and Jeff Wildung in the feature event. The victory gave Ricky his eighth win on the 2015 season.

Ricky is currently leading the latest WISSOTA Challenge Series standings. For more results from these events please visit www.Wissota.org.

To conclude the busy weekend, Ricky Weiss visited Greenbush Race Park (Greenbush, Minnesota) for a Northern Late Model Racing Association (NLRA) event on Saturday evening. With 20 Super Late Models on hand for the $1,100 to win show, Weiss scored a heat race victory, transferring him to the A-Main. Ricky landed a 2nd place finish in the feature behind Brad Seng with Dustin Strand, Cody Skytland, and Shane Edginton rounding out the top five. For full results please visit www.NLRA.org.

Ricky Weiss is now prepared for a four-race weekend in Minnesota with the Northern Late Model Racing Association, which will span June 24th-27th. Action opens on Wednesday and Thursday with a pair of Northern Late Model Racing Association (NLRA) events at Norman County Raceway (Ada, Minnesota). Friday night will take the team to I-94 Speedway (Fergus Falls, Minnesota) before drawing to a close on Saturday evening at Viking Speedway (Alexandria, Minnesota). Each event will pay $1,100-to-win. For more information on these events, please visit www.NLRA.org .

Ricky Weiss would like to thank his marketing partners and sponsors including Derrick’s Sandblasting. A.I.E. Bell Mobility, Hands On Excavating Inc., Forest Flying Services, Keewaitn Truck Service, J&C Trucking, Cousins Farms, Turk Enterprises, Eibach Springs, Metalz In Motion, Wulff Pumps, New Vision Graphics, Vic Hill Racing Engines, Schaeffer Oil, and MSRMafia.com Marketing Services.

For more information on Ricky Weiss please visit his website at www.WeissRacing7.com .

Dailey is surprise winner in Fairmont Redline Racing Parts North Star Series feature

July 11th, 2014

FAIRMONT, Minn. – Eric Dailey became the surprise winner of a rain-shortened Redline Racing Parts North Star Series feature for IMCA Xtreme Motor Sports Modifieds Friday at Fairmont Raceway. He’d started fifth and was up to third before lining up on the outside for a lap five restart. He slowly reeled in Jeff Ignaszewski and then Roger Nielsen for the lead and was still in front when rain forced an early end half way through the scheduled 20-lapper.

“I just came around and there were the double checkers,” Dailey said. The victory was his division-leading sixth in the series and tour career third at Fairmont. Nielsen, Ignaszewski, Jay Noteboom and Josh Rogotzke rounded out the top five. Noteboom raced to fourth from 12th starting.

Dan Mackenthun won for the third time in his tour career in the IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars. Justin Remus paced the Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods, Cory Probst was best in the IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stock main and Nate Coopman collected the Mach-1 Sport Compact checkers. Mackenthun only led one lap but it was the most important one. He went from fourth to the Stock Car lead in the first turn when frontrunners Jake Masters and Ken Tietz got together, driving past Trent Schroeder as well.

The feature had been red-flagged to set up the green, white, checkered finish. Tietz, Jim Larson, Schroeder and Luke Sathoff completed the top five. Remus won for the first time in his North Star Series career after starting fourth and taking over the lead three laps into the Northern SportMods’ 15-lapper.

He had a straightaway lead before a caution wiped out that big advantage with five to go. Nick Dieter advanced nine positions to second. Lyle Sathoff was third, Dalton Sathoff was fourth and Dan Paplow ended in fifth.

Backed by a one-woman pit crew – his mom, Sandy – Probst sped to his division-leading seventh Hobby Stock win after passing Malik Sampson with three trips around the track remaining. Sampson finished second after starting outside the fifth row. Jamie Songer, Justin Luinenburg and Trevor Holm were next to the checkers. Probst had also won the May 9 North Star feature at Fairmont.

Coopman continued his North Star success by winning from the third row. The victory was his series career 18th and 28th of the season. Rounding out the top five were Jay DeVries, Stephanie Forsberg, Jordan Rogotzke and Terry Blowers.

Redline Racing Parts North Star Series is at Fairmont on the Fourth

July 3rd, 2014

FAIRMONT, Minn.– A holiday show is next for the Redline Racing Parts North Star Series this Friday, July 4 at Fairmont Raceway.

IMCA Xtreme Motor Sports Modifieds, IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars, Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods, IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks and Mach-1 Sport Compacts are on the track for the fifth of 10 tour dates this season. Pit gates open at 5 p.m. and the grandstand opens at 5:30 p.m. on Independence Day at Fairmont. Racing follows 7 p.m. hot laps.

Spectator admission is $12 for adults and free for students 18 and under. Pit passes are $25.

More information about the Fairmont date is available by calling 507 382-4531 and on Facebook.

Jay Noteboom won the most recent Modified series feature and leads the point standings in that division.

Two-time North Star winners include point leaders Jim Larson in the Stocks and Justin Luinenburg in the Hobbies. Nick Johansen was won the last two Northern SportMod features and is now second in the standings to Matthew Looft.

Nate Coopman has won all four Sport Compact tour outings this season.

Schmitt, Bleess find Fairmont’s winners circle in wild Iron Man Challenge event

June 7th, 2014

FAIRMONT, Minn-Tom Schmitt (USRA Stock Cars) and Jacob Bleess (USRA B-Mods) navigated their way through a pair of wild and crazy Iron Man Challenge features and into the winners circle Thursday night at the Fairmont Raceway.

Bleess, who started sixth in the $500-to-win USRA B-Mod 18-lap main event, worked his way into the second spot behind early leader Matthew Looft at the midway point of the race and then snagged the lead on lap 14.

From there, the young gun from Chatfield, Minn., opened up a three-car-length lead that he kept until the checkered flag waved and earned his second Iron Man victory of the season. Looft held on for the runner-up paycheck and held off Aaron Krohn, with Dustin Wiederhoeft and defending USRA B-Mod Iron Man champion Cory Crapser rounding out the top five.

Independence, Iowa’s Tom Schmitt started on the pole for the $750-to-win USRA Stock Car 20-lapper, but the road to victory lane was anything but easy for the two-time USRA Stock Car national champ. Schmitt led the opening circuit, but gave way to Todd Staley on the second lap around the big half-mile Martin County Fairgrounds dirt oval.

The USMTS and USRA boss was in charge for three laps until Schmitt maneuvered back into the lead on the fifth lap.

While nearly every driver on the track swapped positions throughout the field for the duration of the race, Schmitt continued to keep his pursuers at bay until Luke Sathoff of Jackson found his way past the 2012 Iron Man titlist with four laps to go.

Things got interesting when the yellow flag waved on lap 18, setting up a two-lap dash to the finish. On the restart, Schmitt again took control, but a small blanket could have covered the top four as they raced fender to fender for the win.

Refusing to be denied, Schmitt held on to post his fourth Iron Man victory of the 2014 campaign, with Sathoff, defending Iron Man champ Mitch Hovden, Staley and Shawn Peter completing the top five.

Each of the top six crossed the finish line within less than one second of each other. Schmitt’s margin of victory over Sathoff was less than five-one-hundredths of a second.

From Fairmont, head west and a little bit south on Friday and you’ll find both divisions dishing up the dirt again with the USMTS Modifieds at the Rapid Speedway in Rock Rapids, Iowa, for the track’s 2014 season opener with $750 and $600 to win, respectively, for the USRA Stock Cars and USRA B-Mods.

This will be the first race for new promoter Dereck Van Der Brink, so this is a perfect opportunity for fans and drivers to come out and support a fellow racer who is investing his time and money to keep the lights on at this historic track. Gates open at 5:00 with hot laps at 7:00 and the first green flag at 7:30. Adult grandstand tickets are $17, kids ages 6-12 are $5 and children 5 and under get in for free. Pit passes are $35.

USRA Hobby Stocks and Rapid Speedway’s Sportsman division round out the five-class card.

The Rapid Speedway is a semi-banked 3/8-mile dirt oval located 0.5 mile east of US 75 on SR 9, then 0.5 mile south on South Tama St. (400 S. Tama St., Rock Rapids, IA 51246). For more information call (712) 470-1850 or (712) 472-3742 or visit www.rockrapidsspeedway.com online.

The final night of this week’s swing will be for the USRA B-Mods at the I-90 Speedway in Hartford, S.D., with a $600 top prize up for grabs while USRA Stock Car drivers have the night off from Iron Man competition.

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.

Sanders does it again, collects 25th career USMTS win at Fairmont

June 7th, 2014

FAIRMONT, Minn.-Rodney Sanders did it again Thursday night, winning his second main event in as many nights and claiming his seventh USMTS Casey’s Cup powered by Swan Energy feature win of the 2014 campaign.

Despite pressure for most of the race from Stormy Scott and a late challenge from Zack VanderBeek, Sanders parlayed his front row starting spot into a wire-to-wire victory to collect the $2,000 winner’s share of the prize money.

Dereck Ramirez gave chase for the first ten laps until Scott claimed the second spot and went after the leader.

Meanwhile, Zack VanderBeek was slicing his way to the front from his 17th starting position, moving ahead of Kelly Shryock for fourth on lap 14, and then Ramirez for second on lap 20.

With two laps to go in the 30-lapper, VanderBeek edged in front of Scott but ran out of time and laps as he followed two car lengths behind Sanders as they crossed the finish line.

Scott and Shryock held on for third and fourth while Daniel Hilsabeck got by Ramirez with two laps remaining to claim the fifth spot.

Mike Stearns was seventh in his first United States Modified Touring Series start of the season, rookie Jeremy Houle passed six cars en route to an eight-place finish, Johnny Scott was ninth and Bryan Rowland rounded out the top ten.

While VanderBeek garnered his fifth Mesilla Valley Transportation Hard Charger Award of the year, Sanders recorded USMTS career win number 25 which broke a tie with VanderBeek.

Sanders is now tied with Johnny Scott on the all-time wins list and one behind Stormy Scott’s 26 checkered flags.

Just a short drive west and south of Fairmont, you’ll find the USMTS Modifieds dishing up the dirt again at the Rapid Speedway in Rock Rapids, Iowa, on Friday night for the tracks 2014 season opener.

This will be the first race for new promoter Dereck Van Der Brink, so this is a perfect opportunity for fans and drivers to come out and support a fellow racer who is investing his time and money to keep the lights on at this historic track.

Gates open at 5:00 with hot laps at 7:00 and the first green flag at 7:30.

Adult grandstand tickets are $17, kids ages 6-12 are $5 and children 5 and under get in for free. Pit passes are $35.

Fans can find $2-off coupons at Casey’s General Store locations in Hull, Rock Rapids, Sibley and Luverne, Minn.

The Iron Man Challenge featuring USRA Stock Cars and USRA B-Mods, plus USRA Hobby Stocks and Rapid Speedway’s Sportsman division round out the five-class card.

The Rapid Speedway is a semi-banked 3/8-mile dirt oval located 0.5 mile east of US 75 on SR 9, then 0.5 mile south on South Tama St. (400 S. Tama St., Rock Rapids, IA 51246). For more information call (712) 470-1850 or (712) 472-3742 or visit www.rockrapidsspeedway.com online.

Less than an hour east from Rock Rapids, the final night of this week’s swing will be Saturday for the debut of the USMTS at the I-90 Speedway in Hartford, S.D.

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.

Dailey delivers with late pass in Fairmont North Star show

May 15th, 2014

FAIRMONT, Minn. – Tenth starting Eric Dailey was first following a green, white, check­ered finish to the IMCA Xtreme Motor Sports Modified feature in Friday’s Redline Racing Parts North Star Series feature at Fairmont Raceway.

After running third much of the way, Dailey had slipped into second before getting caught in a multi-car tangle on the 25th and final circuit.

He went low and caught leader Josh Meyer on the final turn for the victory, his series career and division-leading fifth.

Meyer, Jay Noteboom, Roger Nielsen and Tad Reutzel completed the top five. Nielsen also ad­vanced nine positions while Reutzel was a plus seven spots.

Derek Green started on the pole and led all 15 times around the track in topping the IMCA Sunoco Stock Car main event. Devin Smith chased Green before ending a couple car lengths off the pace. Jim Larson advanced eight places to finish third.

Trent Schroeder was fourth and Andy Altenburg fifth.

In control from the initial start, Jared Boumeester took the Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMod checkers ahead of defending series champion Matt Looft.

Greg Sidles passed eight cars en route to third place. Jason Andrews was fourth and Justin Remus was fifth.

Their victories were series career first for both Green and Boumeester.

Cory Probst notched tour career win number six in the IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stock main event, ahead of Justin Luinenburg, Jamie Songer, Wes Jahnz and Jeff Senne.

Luinenburg was the hard charger after starting 12th. Songer and Jahnz both moved up seven spots.

Nate Coopman sped from outside row one to his series career 15th Mach-1 Sport Compact checkers. Terry Blowers, Jay DeVries, Alan Lahr and Kyle Ewert were next across the stripe.

May 9 show at Fairmont next for Redline Racing Parts North Star Series

May 8th, 2014

FAIRMONT, Minn. – The second installment of the 2014 Redline Racing Parts North Star Series takes five IMCA divisions to Fairmont Raceway this Friday, May 9.

IMCA Xtreme Motor Sports Modifieds race for $500 to win, plus a $100 hard charger award. Top prize for the IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars is $400, with $300 to win for both Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods and IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks. Mach-1 Sport Compacts vie for $75 to win.

In addition to special series points, IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing National, regional, Allstar Performance State and local track points will be awarded.

There is no entry fee or registration fee for North Star Series competitors. Pit passes are $25.

Spectator admission is $12 for adults and $6 for kids ages six to 12, with five and under free.

Pit gates and the grandstand both open at 5:30 p.m. Hot laps are at 7 p.m. with racing to follow.

Matt Looft and Nate Coopman swept Northern SportMod and Sport Compact features, respectively, at Fairmont en route to winning North Star Series titles last year.

Eric Dailey and Dwaine Hanson split the Modified victories. Stock Car winners were Dustin Larson and Al Thoms while Matt Hanson and Devin Smith were first to the checkers in the Hobby Stock series features at Fairmont.

The third of 10 tour dates is Sunday, June 1 at Redwood Speedway in Redwood Falls. The North Star Series headlines the holiday program on Friday, July 4 at Fairmont.

Fairmont’s fair special features $1,500 to win IMCA Modified race

August 16th, 2013

FAIRMONT, Minn. – IMCA Xtreme Motor Sports Modifieds will race for $1,500 on Friday, Aug. 16 at Fairmont Raceway, during the Martin County Fair. The 2014 Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot qualifier also pays $1,000 for second, $500 for third and a minimum of $150 to start.

IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars, IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks, Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods and Mach-1 Sport Compacts are also on the program; only the Modified portion of the show is draw/redraw.

All applicable IMCA points will be awarded in the five divisions. There is no entry fee. Pit passes are $25.
Grandstand admission is $12 for adults, $6 for kids ages 6-12 and fee for five and under.

Pit gates and the grandstand open at 5:30 p.m. Hot laps are at 7 p.m. with racing to follow. Event sponsors include Jason and Dori Prochniak, Owatonna; Timm’s Fiber Glass, Mankato; Dirt Track Racecars Inc. and Larry Loeschen, Estherville, Iowa; Dennis Becker Farms, Easton; Alliance Insurance, Mankato; Ben Hansen, Fairmont; and Poppies Fuel and Car Wash, Fairmont.

Iron Man Challenge checkers to Hovden, Hovey at Fairmont

May 27th, 2013

FAIRMONT, Minn. – For the first time in 2013, both the USRA Stock Cars and USRA B-Mods shared the spotlight in an Iron Man Challenge event and two new winners for 2013 emerged in victory lane Thursday night at the Fairmont Raceway.

In USRA Stock Car action, two-time defending USRA Stock Car national champion Mitch Hovden of Decorah, Iowa, captured the season-opening event for the too-tough-to-tame full-fendered class after a hard-fought battle late in the race with another former national champ, Tom Schmitt.

From the outside of the second row, Hovden grabbed the lead on the first lap and stayed there for 15 more laps before Schmitt, who started seventh, slipped past to take control.

Two laps later, Hovden muscled his way back into the top spot and remained there the final two laps to capture the win and take home the $750 winner’s share of the prize money.

Shawn Peter also got by Schmitt late in the contest to claim the runner-up finish while Brian Webb finished fourth and Kyle Falck fifth. Steve Jackson, ryan Goergen, Jake Ludeking, Dustin Wannarka and Brent Uecker rounded out the top 10.

Castalia, Iowa’s Troy Hovey continued his recent string of success with a wire to wire win in the USRA B-Mod 20-lap feature race.

The win was worth $500 to Hovey as Jacob Bleess scored a second-place finish ahead of Dan Wheeler, Corey Crapser and Jared Timmerman. Aaron Benson, Greg Sidles, Trevor Fecht, Dakota Foster and Randy Winter were sixth through tenth, respectively.

The next Iron Man Challenge event is next Saturday, May 25, at the Deer Creek Speedway in Spring Valley, Minn., and will feature both the USRA Stock Cars and USRA B-Mods running in conjunction with 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 beats Stormy Scott with final turn pass at Fairmont

May 26th, 2013

FAIRMONT, Minn. – The parents of Johnny and Stormy Scott can probably empathize with the parents of Peyton and Eli Manning, and the mix of emotions they feel when both sons take the field against each other in an NFL football game.

What looks like it may be a regular theme at USMTS Casey’s Cup Series events this year, the Scott brothers were at it once again and were the class of the field Thursday night from the drop of the green until the checkered flags waved at the Fairmont Raceway.

Last month at the West Siloam Speedway, Stormy Scott outdueled Johnny Scott to win the main event but the tables were turned Thursday night by the younger of the 23-year-old twins from Las Cruces, N.M. From the outside of the front row, Stormy Scott took command of the 30-lap feature race and proceeded to pace the next 29 laps.

However, he was hampered by lapped traffic over the final two laps and that was enough to let his younger sibling close the gap. Exiting the final turn on the final lap, the leader chose the high line but the lapped car ahead of him did too. This opened up the inside lane and Johnny Scott took advantage.

After nearly 15 miles of racing, Johnny Scott led only 300 feet of the contest but it was the final distance and earned him a $4,050 payday. Stormy Scott had to settle for a $1,500 runner-up paycheck while 2010 USMTS national champion Jason Hughes completed the top-3 podium.

Zack VanderBeek started and finished fourth and Lucas Schott was fifth. Joey Jensen, Steve Wetzstein, Kelly Shryock, Corey Dripps and Tommy Myer rounded out the top 10 in the first event staged in the Farm Boy BBQ Sauce Northern Region presented by Day Motor Sports.

Head east on I-90 on Friday and you’ll find the mighty USMTS Modifieds circling the Chateau Raceway in Lansing, Minn., for the 6th Annual Mike Guttormson Memorial presented by Tiny’s Body Shop and Powder Werks. Gates are scheduled to open at 5:30 with hot laps at 7:00 and racing to follow. Also on the card will be USRA B-Mods, WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds and Pure Stocks.

On race day, fans can pick up a discount card good for $2 off adult admission at Casey’s General Stores locations in Austin and Blooming Prairie.

The Chateau Raceway is a semi-banked one-third-mile gumbo clay oval located 5.0 miles north of Austin on US 218 (Lansing Exit), then 1.3 miles east on CR 2, then 0.4 mile south on CR 25, then 0.3 mile east on 266th St. For more information call 507-391-2486 or check out www.chateauraceway.net online.

The fourth and final night of the Memorial Day Weekend swing happens Saturday, May 25, with the first visit this season to the Deer Creek Speedway in Spring Valley, Minn., for the 11th Annual A&A Electric and Underground Spring Challenge. Also on the racing card will be the Iron Man Challenge featuring USRA Stock Cars and USRA B-Mods. Gates open at 3:00 with racing at 6:00.

On race day, fans can pick up a discount card good for $2 off adult admission at Casey’s General Stores locations in Preston and Stewartville, as well as Cresco and Riceville in Iowa.

The Deer Creek Speedway is a high-banked three-eighths-mile clay oval located 11.3 miles south of I-90 (exit 209) on SR 16, then 0.7 mile north on US 63. For more information call 507-754-6107 or visit www.deercreekspeedway.com on the World Wide Web.

To find the Casey’s General Store nearest your route to the racetrack, visit www.caseys.com.

To learn more about the United States Modified Touring Series, visit www.usmts.com online or call 515-832-7944. You can also like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/usmts, follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/usmts or check out our YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/USMTSTV.

Fairmont, Arlington dates this weekend for Redline Racing Parts North Star Series

May 8th, 2013

FAIRMONT, Minn. – Dates at Fairmont Raceway and at Arlington Raceway this weekend get the Redline Racing Parts North Star Series off to a fast start.

Fairmont hosts the Friday, May 10 opener for IMCA Xtreme Motor Sports Modifieds, IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars, IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks, Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods and Mach-1 Sport Compacts.

The same five divisions are in action on Saturday, May 11 at Arlington. That show was postponed from May 4 because of inclement weather.

Pit gates open at 5 p.m. and the grandstand opens at 5:30 p.m. at Fairmont. Hot laps are at 7 p.m. with racing to follow.

Grandstand admission is $12 for adults, $6 for kids ages 6-12 and free for five and under. Pit passes are $25, plus a $20 car registration fee.

Arlington opens the gates at 2:30 p.m. and starts go-kart races at 4 p.m. Grandstand seating for the North Star Show opens at 5 p.m., hot laps are at 6 p.m. and racing is at 7 p.m.

Spectator admission is $11 for adults, $5 for kids ages 6-12 and free for five and under. A family pack (two adults and three kids up to age 14) runs $30. Pit passes are $25.

The first North Star Series date at Jackson Speedway was rescheduled from May 11 to June 1.

Schmitt, Bonnstetter fetch USRA Iron Man Challenge victories at Fairmont Raceway

September 1st, 2012

FAIRMONT, Minn.- The Industrial Material Surplus USRA Iron Man Challenge returned to action Wednesday night at the Fairmont Raceway with Tom Schmitt scoring a convincing win in the USRA Stock Cars and Josh Bonnstetter collecting his second Iron Man trophy in the USRA B-Mods.

For Schmitt, it was his first Iron Man Challenge victory and added $1,000 to his checkbook. The Independence, Iowa, speedster remains the points leader, but gained just five points on Steve Jackson who finished second to Schmitt in the main event and trails him by just 39 markers in the standings.

It was a fitting finish setting up a fitting battle for the championship between Schmitt – a two-time USRA Stock Car national champion and career wins leader in the division – against Jackson, who won five Super Nationals features and two national championships with IMCA before moving up to the USRA Stock Cars four years ago.

Kyle Falck finished third in Wednesday’s race with 2010 USRA Stock Car national champion Tory Reicks fourth and Jackson’s Luke Sathoff in fifth. Dustin Wannarka, Danny Cole, Andy Altenberg, Malcolm Teachout and Mike Mauer rounded out the top 10
at the checkered flag. On Thursday, June 28, mechanical woes relegated Josh Bonnstetter of Slayton, Minn., to a last-place finish when the USRA B-Mods last invaded the Fairmont Raceway. He turned that frown upside down Wednesday night with a hard-fought win and $700 pay day.

Charging from the ninth starting spot, Steve Bents came home in the runner-up spot with Tad Reutzel taking third, Dan Tenold fourth and title contender Jared Timmerman finishing fifth after starting in the 12th spot. Fairmont’s Kyle Steuber, last year’s Iron Man points runner-up Matt Lettow, Dustin Phillip, Jake Simpson and Trevor Fecht finished sixth through tenth, respectively. Two more big events remain this Labor Day Weekend featuring both the USRA Stock Cars
and USRA B-Mods.

The tripleheader continues Thursday night at the Jackson Speedway in Jackson, Minn., where USRA Stock Cars will again be racing for $1,000 to win and USRA B-Mods go for $700 to win. Gates open at 5 p.m. with hot laps at 7 and racing at 7:30 both nights.

The Jackson Speedway is a semi-banked half-mile gumbo clay oval located 0.25 mile south of I-90 (exit 73) on US 71, then 1.0 mile east on CR 38, then 1.0 mile south on CR 51. For more information call 507-841-1957 or visit www.jacksonspeedway.com online.

On Sunday, Sept. 2, the Iron Man Challenge takes the spotlight at the Cresco Speedway in Cresco, Iowa. USRA Stock Cars will compete for $700 to win while USRA B-Mod main event winner will pocket $500. Also on the card will be the Cornbelt
Clash Late Models and USRA Hobby Stocks. Hot laps begin at 6 p.m. with racing to follow.

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.

Romping Ruter roars in USMTS ‘Hunt’ feature at Fairmont

August 31st, 2012

FAIRMONT, Minn. – Ryan Ruter was unstoppable Wednesday night as the United States Modified Touring Series invaded the Fairmont Raceway for the first of five straight nights of racing and the Hunt for the USMTS Casey’s Cup reached the halfway point in the 18-race campaign.

Driving the #555 Sidebiter Chassis, the 28-year-old from Kanawha, Iowa, took the lead on the first lap from the outside of the front row and then led all 35 circuits to record his second feature win of the 2012 season and seventh of his career.

The win was worth $3,000 and completed a perfect night after winning his heat race and earning the most AFCO Passing Points among the 32-car field.

Within four laps around the big Martin County Fairgrounds half-mile oval, Ruter had nearly a half-straight-away advantage over Johnny Scott, but a caution flag on lap 5 erased the separation.

Ruter was gone again when the green flag returned. Meanwhile, Jason Hughes slipped by Scott on the restart while Zack VanderBeek, Kelly Shryock and Jason Krohn waged a three-car battle behind the wheel of their brand new race cars.

A late-race yellow flag gave Ruter’s chasers some false hope as he pulled away once again on the restart. Hughes narrowed the gap in the closing laps but crossed the finish line three car-lengths behind Ruter in second.

Scott nipped Shryock at the stripe for third while VanderBeek held on to a fifth-place finish ahead of Krohn. Defending USMTS national champion and new father Ryan Gustin wound up seventh, Stormy Scott came from 25th to nab the eighth spot, Jeremy Payne was ninth and points leader Rodney Sanders took tenth – his 27th top-10finish in 28 starts.

The USMTS teams head just 30 miles east on I-90 Thursday to compete at the Jackson Speedway for the first time since the 2010 season. The Iron Man Challenge featuring USRA Stock Cars and USRA B-Mods will also be in action with gates opening at 5 p.m., hot laps at 7 and racing at 7:30. Al Hejna and his #7 Snickers Modified will be at the Casey’s General Store at 603 3rd St. in Jackson from 12-2 p.m. on Thursday. While you’re there, pick up $2-off grandstand tickets for that night’s show.

The Jackson Speedway is a semi-banked half-mile gumbo clay oval located 0.25 mile south of I-90 (exit 73) on US 71, then 1.0 mile east on CR 38, then 1.0 mile south on CR 51. For more information call 507-841-1957 or visit www.jacksonspeedway.com online.

The five-race Labor Day Weekend swing through Minnesota moves to the Chateau Raceway in Lansing on Friday, Deer Creek Speedway in Spring Valley on Saturday and wraps up Sunday at the Dodge County Speedway in Kasson.

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.

Three Labor Day Weekend events ahead for Iron Man Challenge featuring USRA Stock Cars and B-Mods

August 30th, 2012

FAIRMONT, Minn – The Industrial Material Surplus Iron Man Challenge returns to action with three big events this Labor Day Weekend featuring both the USRA Stock Cars and USRA B-Mods on the ticket all three nights.

The tripleheader begins Wednesday, Aug. 29, at the Fairmont Raceway in Fairmont, Minn., and then heads 30 miles east on I-90 to the Jackson Speedway in Jackson, Minn., on Thursday.

Promoters Gary Jacobsen and Jon McCorkell have teamed up to offer fans a special $25 ticket to attend both shows. The $25 two-day pass will be available at the ticket window in Fairmont.

As part of this blockbuster, USRA Stock Cars will be racing for $1,000 to win and USRA B-Mods go for $700 to win each night. Gates open at 5 p.m. with hot laps at 7 and racing at 7:30 both nights.

The Fairmont Raceway is a high-banked half-mile dirt oval located 1.0 mile south of I-90 (exit 99) on CR 39. For more information call 507-235-6996 or visit www.fairmontraceway.com online.

The Jackson Speedway is a semi-banked half-mile gumbo clay oval located 0.25 mile south of I-90 (exit 73) on US 71, then 1.0 mile east on CR 38, then 1.0 mile south on CR 51. For more information call 507-841-1957 or visit www.jacksonspeedway.com online.

On Sunday, Sept. 2, the Iron Man Challenge takes the spotlight at the Cresco Speedway in Cresco, Iowa. USRA Stock Cars will compete for $700 to win while USRA B-Mod main event winner will pocket $500.

Also on the racing card will be the Cornbelt Clash Late Models and USRA Hobby Stocks. Hot laps begin at 6 p.m. with racing to follow.

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.

USMTS ‘Hunters’ hit the road for five-race Labor Day Weekend

August 30th, 2012

FAIRMONT, Minn. – Less than halfway through the 18-race Hunt for the USMTS Casey’s Cup, the battle to become the next USMTS champion heats up this week as the drivers and teams hit the road for five days of guts and glory during the Labor Day Weekend.

Rodney Sanders of Happy, Texas, has used his 4 wins, 23 top-fives and 27 top-ten finishes in 28 starts to surpass Ryan Gustin in the USMTS Casey’s Cup Series points standings. Now a father of a new baby boy as of Friday, Gustin is just 14 points behind Sanders while Stormy Scott lurks in third.

Fourth through tenth in the rankings are Jason Hughes, Johnny Scott, Bryan Rowland, Zack VanderBeek, Jeremy Payne, Dereck Ramirez and nine-time USMTS national champion Kelly Shryock.

Other top names in the world of open-wheel dirt Modified racing expected this weekend include Daniel Hilsabeck, Jason Cummins, Al Hejna, Corey Dripps, Jason Krohn, Austin Siebert, Jon Tesch, Joey Jensen, Ryan Ruter, Mike Steensma , Doug
Hillson, Mark Noble, Jason Miller, Adam Hensel, Pat Graham, Dean Mahlstedt, Brandon Beckendorf, Willy Kraft, Dan Bohr, Josh Angst, Eric Dailey, Steve Wetzstein, Mark Teske, Lucas Schott, Nate Wasmund, Jimmy Broszeit, Bob Timm, Jake Timm, Brandon Davis, Mike Sorensen and more.

Each of the five events in Southern Minnesota along I-90 will carry a $3,000 top prize for the winner of the Swan Energy “A” Main.

The swing begins Wednesday, Aug. 29, at the Fairmont Raceway and then heads to the Jackson Speedway. Promoters Gary Jacobsen and Jon McCorkell have teamed up to offer fans a special $25 ticket to attend both shows. The $25 two-day pass will be available at the ticket window in Fairmont.

As part of this blockbuster doubleheader, the Iron Man Challenge featuring USRA Stock Cars and USRA B-Mods will compete both nights with Stock Cars racing for $1,000 to win and B-Mods for $700 to win each night. Gates open at 5 p.m. with hot
laps at 7 and racing at 7:30 both nights.

Jeremy Payne and his #186 SLAP Energy Modified will be at the Casey’s General Store located at 2237 State St. in Fairmont from 12-2 p.m. Wednesday. Coupons good for $2 off admission can be found in Fairmont Welcome, Trimont and Truman locations.

The Fairmont Raceway is a high-banked half-mile dirt oval located 1.0 mile south of I-90 (exit 99) on CR 39. For more information call 507-235-6996 or visit www.fairmontraceway.com online.

Al Hejna and his #7 Snickers Modified will be at the Casey’s General Store at 603 3rd St. in Jackson from 12-2 p.m. on Thursday. While you’re there, pick up $2-off grandstand tickets for that night’s show.

The Jackson Speedway is a semi-banked half-mile gumbo clay oval located 0.25 mile south of I-90 (exit 73) on US 71, then 1.0 mile east on CR 38, then 1.0 mile south on CR 51. For more information call 507-841-1957 or visit www.jacksonspeedway.com online.

Friday will find the series at Darin Toot’s Chateau Raceway in Lansing, Minn., for the 7th Annual Cedar River Race where the 1/3-mile semi-banked clay oval always provides for exciting side-by-side racing from the drop of the first green flag to the final checkered flag.

Gates open at 5 p.m. with hot laps at 7 and racing at 7:30. Also racing Friday night will be WISSOTA Midwest Mods, Street Stocks and Pure Stocks.

Al Hejna will gain be meeting and greeting fans from 12-2 p.m. at the 1702 12th St. SW Casey’s General Store in Austin on Friday. Coupons good for $2 off admission can be found in Austin, Blooming Prairie and Mantorville locations.

The Chateau Raceway is located 5.0 miles north of Austin on US 218 to the Lansing exit, then 1.3 miles eat on CR 2, then 0.4 mile south on CR 25, then 0.3 mile east . For more info, call 507-391-2486 or 507-433-4578 on raceday or visit www.chateauraceway.net.

On Saturday, Sept. 1, the USMTS Modifieds will tackle the popular Deer Creek Speedway in Spring Valley for the 8th Annual BP Labor Day Duel presented by Baudoin Oil. The event will pit the Best of the Best Modified drivers in the nation against arguably the toughest field of weekly racers on the planet.

In addition, the Cornbelt Clash Late Models will be racing. Midwest Mods and Street Stocks will round out the racing card. Grandstands gates open at 3 p.m. with $1 beer, pop and hot dogs available from 3-4 p.m. Races start at 5.

Fans can meet and greet Jason Cummins and see his #71 Cheetos Modified from 12-2 p.m. Saturday at the Casey’s General Store located at 875 Hwy. 52 N in Preston. Coupons good for $2 off admission can be found in Austin, Blooming Prairie,
Owatonna, Rochester and Stewartville locations.

The Deer Creek Speedway is located 11.3 miles south of I-90 (exit 209) on US 63 (0.7 mile north of SR 16). For more info, call toll-free 877-DCS-RACE or 507-346-2342 on raceday or visit www.deercreekspeedway.com online.

On the fifth day, Sunday will be anything but a time for relaxing as a full program of events is on tap at the Dodge County Speedway. Sunday’s 11th Annual Kasson Klash will be the 29th occasion that the USMTS Modifieds have taken the green flag at the Kasson speedplant.

Gates open at 4 p.m. and hot laps are at 5:30 with racing at 6 p.m. B-Mods and Street Stocks are also on tap for Sunday’s show. Jeremy Payne will be at the Casey’s General Store located at 214 State St N in West Concord from 12-2 p.m. Sunday. Coupons good for $2 off admission can be found in Owatonna, West Concord and Zumbrota locations.

The Dodge County Speedway is located 1.1 mile north of US 14 on SR 57 (at the Dodge County Fairgrounds). For more info, call 507-634-4281 or visit www.dodgecountyspeedway.com online.

To find the Casey’s General Stores location nearest you, visit www.caseys.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/ustmts and follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/usmts.

USMTS announces changes, additions to upcoming calendar

August 23rd, 2012

WEBSTER CITY, Iowa – During the recent five-race, five-track swing through Iowa, Minnesota and Wisconsin for rounds 5-9 in the Hunt for the USMTS Casey’s Cup, series and track officials were able to finalize plans and have three important
announcements about upcoming events over the next three weeks.

The events scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 25, at the Red River Valley Speedway and Sunday, Aug. 26, at the Huset’s Speedway have been taken off the schedule. USMTS officials received word last week that the Huset’s event was being canceled, which
left a single one-day show in West Fargo, N.D. After conferring with Red River Valley Speedway promoter Donny Schatz, it was decided that in the interest of the travelling teams that the show at RRVS would reluctantly be canceled. Plans to
return to the state-of-the-art facility in 2013 are in the works.

The Hunt for the USMTS Casey’s Cup event at the Ogilvie Raceway in Ogilvie, Minn., last Wednesday, Aug. 15, was halted by rain just prior to the main event for the USMTS Modifieds. This event will be completed on Friday, Sept. 7, prior to the
running of the USMTS National Finals event that weekend. Therefore, fans attending the Friday night show will get to see double features. The show on Saturday, Sept. 8, will be the final event on the USMTS National Championship Series campaign and will end with the crowning of the 2012 USMTS national champion. This year’s champ gets a cool $30,000.

With a gap in the schedule next Thursday, Aug. 30, the announcement was made on Sunday that the Jackson Speedway in Jackson, Minn., would pick up the date to host the Hunt for the USMTS Casey’s Cup Series. The event will be part of a doubleheader with the Fairmont Raceway on Wednesday, Aug. 29, which is located just 30 miles west of Jackson in Fairmont, Minn. Both shows will include the Iron Man Challenge featuring USRA Stock Cars and USRA B-Mods. Fans can get a two-day ticket for both shows for just $25 by emailing fairmontraceway@yahoo.com. Two-day tickets can also be purchased this Friday at Fairmont or Saturday at Jackson during their regular weekly shows, or next Wednesday at the Fairmont USMTS event.

The remaining 2012 schedule for the United States Modified Touring Series is as follows:

Wed Aug 29 … Fairmont Raceway, Fairmont, Minn., 4th Annual USMTS Event. [H]
Thu Aug 30 … Jackson Speedway, Jackson, Minn., 7th Annual USMTS Event. [H]
Fri Aug 31 … Chateau Raceway, Lansing, Minn., 6th Annual USMTS Cedar River Race. [H]
Sat Sep 1 … Deer Creek Speedway, Spring Valley, Minn. 7th Annual BP Labor Day Dual presented by Baudoin Oil Co. [H]
Sun Sep 2 … Dodge County Speedway, Kasson, Minn., 11th Annual USMTS Kasson Klash. [H]
Fri-Sat Sep 7-8 … Ogilvie Raceway, Ogilvie, Minn., Inaugural USMTS National Finals. [H] [N]
Sun Sep 9 … Granite City Speedway, Sauk Rapids, Minn., Inaugural USMTS Event. [N]
Thu-Sat Sep 20-22 … Deer Creek Speedway, Spring Valley, Minn., 14th Annual Featherlite Fall Jamboree. [H]
Thu-Sat Nov 15-17 … Royal Purple Raceway, Baytown, Texas, 6th Annual USMTS Winter Nationals. [S]

[H] = Hunt for the USMTS Casey’s Cup
[N] = USMTS National Championship Series
[S] = Special event, non-points race

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.

Droste’s hot streak continues with third Iron Man Challenge win Thursday at Fairmont

June 1st, 2012

FAIRMONT, Minn. – After two feature races in 48 hours, Tyler Droste has his second Industrial Material Surplus Iron Man Challenge victory after leading wire to wire at the Fairmont Raceway Thursday night.

The 16-year-old from Waterloo, Iowa, grabbed the lead from polesitter Jason Fisher at the start of the 18-lap USRA B-Mod main event, and then rolled to his third Iron Man win of the season.

A caution with six laps to go gave points leader Trevor Hunt a shot at the leader, but the 13-year-old was not able to muster a challenge to Droste who pocketed $500 for the win.

Ben Kates got by Hunt with four laps remaining, but Hunt battled back to reclaim the runner-up spot while Kates settled for a third-place finish ahead of Fisher and Nick Johansen.

Competing in their first Iron Man Challenge events of the 2012 campaign, Cullen Deruyder, Dustin Phillip, Dan Tenold, Tad Reutzel and Tyler Heetland finished sixth through tenth.

The Industrial Material Surplus Iron Man Challenge featuring USRA B-Mods will be in action Friday at the Highway 3 Raceway in Allison, Iowa, and wrap up the weekend on Saturday at the Upper Iowa Speedway in Decorah, Iowa.

Both events will pay $500 to win.

The next 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 flawless in USMTS National Championship tilt at Fairmont

June 30th, 2012

FAIRMONT, Minn. – Defending USMTS National Champion Ryan Gustin of Marshalltown, Iowa, sailed to a $4,000 payday Thursday night as he led wire to wire to capture the main event at the Fairmont Raceway.

From the time his Gressel Racing team unloaded his Hughes Chassis from the hauler, Gustin’s night went about as perfect as he could have asked for. Coming from third to win Eibach Springs Heat Race #3, Gustin earned the most passing points which allowed him to draw first in the redraw among the top 8 qualifiers. ‘The Reaper’ drew the pole, and then went on to lead all 35 laps of the Swan Energy “A” Main.

When the race’s first and only caution waved on lap 6, Gustin’s lead was already half the length of a straight-away at the big half-mile oval. Back under green, Gustin powered away again while Rodney Sanders blasted by Jason Hughes to take over second place. From there, the duo put distance between them and the rest of the pack but Sanders was never able to mount a serious challenge to Gustin’s lead.

Meanwhile, Terry Phillips found his way into the top 5 from the 12th starting spot and got around Hughes with 10 laps to go. Phillips then slipped by Sanders in the final turn to garner the runner-up finish at the checkered flag with Hughes close behind in fourth and Mike Sorensen following in the fifth position. Sixth through tenth were Zack VanderBeek, Stormy Scott, Ryan Ruter, Kelly Shryock and Clayton Wagamon.

While Sanders is tied atop the USMTS Casey’s Cup Series standings, Gustin now holds a 57-point advantage over Sanders in the USMTS National Championship Series points. Hughes sits third, followed by Stormy Scott, Shryock, Johnny Scott, Chase Junghans, Jason Krohn, Dereck Ramirez and Chris Brown.

A driver’s best 20 finishes will determine the final rankings where the 2012 USMTS National Champion will earn a record $30,000.

With three races complete in the five-race summer kick-off swing, the series invades the Highway 3 Raceway in Allison, Iowa, on Friday for another $4,000-to-win battle. Also on the racing card will be the Iron Man Challenge for USRA B-Mods, plus USRA Stock Cars and USRA Hobby Stocks. Grandstand gates open at 5:00 and hot laps begin at 6:30 with racing to follow.

The Highway 3 Raceway is a 1/2-mile semi-banked clay oval located 0.3 miles north of SR 3 on S. Main St. (at the Butler County Fairgrounds). For more information, call 515-297-1691 or 319-267-9977 on race day. Check out www.highway3raceway.com online to learn more.

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.

Noteboom is IMCA Modified winner, car count tops 100 for Powder Werks North Star Series opener at Fairmont

June 13th, 2012

FAIRMONT, Minn.– Jay Noteboom used a top side restart to take the lead and run away with the IMCA Modified feature win Friday night, in the inaugural Powder Werks North Star Series event at Fairmont Raceway.

A specialist at winning IMCA series events – and championships – Noteboom took the checkers ahead of “B” qualifiers Eric Dailey and Mike Hansen. Roger Nielsen and Tim Pessek rounded out the top five.

Thirty-one Modifieds checked in and the car count topped 100 for the five touring IMCA divisions. A large crowd was on hand to see defending national champions Devin Smith and Nate Coopman re­main undefeated at the big half-mile this season in the IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks and Mach-1 Sport Compacts, respectively.

Dustin Larson followed up last week’s victory by again taking the top honors in the IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars and Tad Reutzel picked up the hardware in a hard-fought Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMod battle.

Fairmont Raceway veteran and Modified legend Mark Noble drew the pole for the Yeager Imple­ment Night program. Outside front row starter Josh Ruby took the lead and set the early pace with Noteboom coming on strong.

After a couple of back-to-back cautions with Ruby sitting alone in the front, Noteboom opted for the second row outside restart spot and used the top side to catch and pass Ruby.

Once in the lead, Noteboom wasn’t challenged but the racing was hotly contested behind him as Dailey and Hansen charged toward the front from their 19th and 15th starting spots, respectively.

A late-race yellow in the 20-lapper resulted in a green, white, checkered finish but Dailey didn’t get the shot he wanted to pass Noteboom.

Larson drew the pole position for the Stock Car feature and maintained the number one spot the entire race with Derek Green following a close second for the entire 15 laps.

The battle from third on back was where the action was with Jim Larson and Don Killen both racing from the fifth row. The two got together while challenging for fifth resulting in both cars going to the trailers before the finish.

Meanwhile the top two spots remained unchanged as Dustin Larson took the checkers followed by Green, Luke Sathoff, Andy Altenburg and 13th starting Dustin Wannarka.

The Hobby Stock feature was dominated by Iowa cars with Josh Peters and John Briggs battling for the top spot early on as Smith was moving forward from his sixth row starting spot.

It was only a matter of time before Smith would work past both of them to take the lead and run away with the win. The rest of the top five was Briggs, Peters, Guy Kimpton and Justin Luinen­burg.

The SportMod feature was a dandy as Mathew Looft, Josh Bonnstetter and Reutzel duked it out.

Bonnstetter took the early lead but Looft had his car working on the bottom to drive into the lead. Bonnstetter then found some bite on the top of turns three and four to regain the front spot.

With a late race caution bunching the field back up, Reutzel took advantage of the restart and grabbed the lead for his second Fairmont feature win of the year, taking the checkers ahead of Looft, Greg Sidles, Dustin Philipp and Ben Ruby.

Coopman looked good as usual in sweeping the Sport Compact action. Aaron Betz took runner-up honors in both the heat and feature. The rest of the top five for the main event was Jason Bolte, Terry Blowers and Megan Lappegard.

The second of 10 Powder Werks North Star Series dates is Saturday, June 16 at Jackson Speed­way. Pit gates open at 4 p.m., the grandstand opens at 5 p.m. and hot laps are at 6:30 p.m., with racing to follow.

First Powder Werks North Star Series features this Friday at Fairmont

June 7th, 2012

FAIRMONT, Minn. – Five drivers will secure their place in IMCA history this Friday, June 8, at Fairmont Raceway.

Opening night for the inaugural Powder Werks North Star Series sees first-ever tour winners in the IMCA Modified, IMCA Sunoco Stock Car, IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stock, Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMod and Mach-1 Sport Compact divisions.

Pit gates open at 5 p.m. and the grandstand opens at 5:30 p.m. Hot laps are at 7 p.m. with racing to follow. Spectator admission is $10 for adults, $9 for seniors, $5 for kids ages 6-12 and free for five and under. Pit passes are $25.

More information about the Friday program is available by calling 507 236-3732 and at the track website, www.fairmontraceway.com.

The North Star Series is the first IMCA tour to feature five sanctioned divisions. Title sponsor Powder Werks of Lake Crystal provides $6,500 to be paid in post-season point funds.

Round two of the 10-date tour is Saturday, June 16 at Jackson Speedway.

IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing National, regional, Allstar Performance State, local track and special series points will be given at each event.

Reutzel, Christopher win first Iron Man Challenge features at Fairmont

September 3rd, 2011

FAIRMONT, Minn- The Iron Man Challenge made its maiden voyage to the Fairmont Raceway Wednesday night with two new winners sharing the spotlight in victory lane.

Tad Reutzel of Burt, Iowa, passed points leader Matt Lettow with two laps to go and went on to capture his first Iron Man trophy in the USRA Karl Performance Parts B-Mods.

Lettow, who led from the start from the pole position, had to settle for the runner-up spot but earned some quality points as he looks to sew up the title tomorrow night in Allison, Iowa.

Fairmont’s Kyle Steuber finished third and Cullen De Ruyter of Ruthton came from ninth to finish in the fourth spot while Jason Fisher of Lakefield wound up fifth.

Matthew Looft, Brandon Hare, Parker Hale, Brian Schrage and Dan Paplow rounded out the top-10 finishers.

Making his tenth Iron Man start, Hare’s seventh-place finish was his worst finish of the campaign and trails Lettow by 17 points heading into the season finale Thursday. Cayden Carter is another nine points back in third, and all three drivers have the door open to take the title.

With fifth-place being his lowest finish of the season, only a top-4 result will help Lettow increase his advantage as points are awarded based on a driver’s 10 best nights.

If Lettow wins or finishes second Thursday night, Hare is mathematically eliminated. However, if Lettow finishes third or worse, Hare can win the championship with a victory . if Lettow finishes fourth, Hare can win the championship with a runner-up finish . if Lettow finishes fifth or worse, Hare can win the championship with a third-place finish while a fourth-place finish would result in a tie with Lettow holding the tie-breaker advantage based on top-5 finishes for the season (both have two wins).

The scenarios become even more confusing when factoring Carter into the mix. The youngster from Oskaloosa, Iowa, trails Lettow by 26 markers but can increase his points total by as much as 48 with a win. A trip to victory lane or a runner-up finish by Carter Thursday night gives him the crown regardless of what Lettow or Hare does.

While Lettow came close to wiring the field in the B-Mod main event, Dan Christopher pulled it off in the USRA Karl Chevrolet Stock Car feature race.

Starting from the outside of the front row, the driver from Decorah, Iowa, maneuvered flawlessly around the Fairmont oval to take home the $700 winner’s share of the purse while the rest of the field fought it out for the rest of the positions. Ken Tietz of Belle Plaine scored runner-up honors, Derek Green of Granada finished third in his first Iron Man Challenge appearance and fellow Granada pilot Malcolm Teachout crossed the finish line fourth.

Points leader Mike Van Genderen of Newton, Iowa, had to rebound from an early-race problem and clawed his way back to a fifth-place finish while Tory Reicks, Dan Thate, Chris Ullrich, Kyle Falck and Jason Minnehan rounded out the top 10. Like Lettow in the B-Mods, Van Genderen has ten top-5 finishes this season, so a Wednesday’s fifth place did not increase his points total. However, his nearest challenger, Kevin Donlan, made his tenth start his worst with an 18th-place finish – his first outside of the top 5 this year.

Van Genderen leads Donlan by 35 markers, and ‘The Flying Dutchman’ can sew up the championship by finishing first or second in Thursday’s finale. However, a win by Donlan coupled with Van Genderen winding up third or worse gives Donlan the 2011 Iron Man Challenge crown . if Van Genderen is no better than fourth when the checkered flag waves tomorrow, Donlan can take the title with a runner-up result while a third-place finish for Donlan creates a tie with Van Genderen holding the tiebreaker advantage based on season-long top-5 finishes (both drivers have three wins).

The Iron Man Challenge will wrap up the 2011 campaign on Thursday, Sept. 1, at the Highway 3 Raceway in Allison, Iowa.

Stock Cars will be racing for $700 to win and $125 to start while B-Mods will compete for a $500 top prize and $80 to start. Tow money for non-qualifiers will be $75 and $50, respectively. Stock Cars will have a $25 entry fee while the B-Mod entry fee is $15.

Tow money for non-qualifiers will be $75 and $50, respectively. Stock Cars will have a $25 entry fee while the B-Mod entry fee is $15.

What’s more, the Iron Man Challenge champions will merge from Thursday’s finale where the points fund for the Stock Cars carries a $2,000 top prize while the B-Mod champion will earn $700.

The USMTS Modifieds will round out the spectacular tripleheader of events.

Thursday’s event in Allison will kick off with spectator gates opening at 5 p.m. Hot laps begin at 6:30 and racing starts at 7. Race fans can pick up $2-off coupons on race day at the Casey’s General Stores locations in Allison, Cedar Falls, Nashua and Waverly.

The Highway 3 Raceway is located 0.3 miles north of SR 3 on S. Main St. (at the Butler County Fairgrounds). For more information, call 319-267-9977 or check out www.highway3raceway.com online.

Licensed USRA drivers in both classes also earn national points in the American Racer USRA Weekly Racing Series, and some tracks may also award track points.

Nineteen dates at fourteen dirt ovals in four states comprise the 2011 schedule for the second season of the Iron Man Challenge.

Licensed USRA drivers in both classes also earn national points in the American Racer USRA Weekly Racing Series, and some tracks may also award track points.

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

Hughes handles USMTS field at Fairmont

September 2nd, 2011

FAIRMONT, Minn. – Jason Hughes captured the 30-lap main event Wednesday night as the Hunt for the USMTS Casey’s General Stores National Championship powered by Swan Energy invaded the Fairmont Raceway in Fairmont, Minn. The defending USMTS National Champion had to fight off a couple of young guns during the contest, but the 37-year-old from Watts, Okla., prevailed in the end to pocket the $2,000 top prize and his third win of ‘The Hunt.’

Polesitter Chase Junghans of Manhattan, Kan., led the pack out of the gate to start the 25-car WIX Filters “A” Main. The 18-year-old driver held the point for four laps around the big half-mile clay oval at the Martin County Fairgrounds, but Hughes muscled his way into the lead to complete the fifth lap. Soon thereafter, points leader Ryan Gustin of Marshalltown, Iowa, moved into second and began reeling in the leader until a caution on lap 17 slowed the action and bunched the field for the final 13 laps.

Gustin, 20, used the restart to his advantage and nosed ahead to lead lap 19, but Hughes fought back and the pair crossed beneath the flagstand side by side with Hughes scored the leader of the 20th lap. While they raced door to door for the lead, the pack chasing them was embroiled in some battles of their own. Hughes was able to keep Gustin at bay for the remainder of the distance while Ryan Ruter nipped Jason Krohn by a bumper to take the third-place money. Fairmont regular Eric Dailey rounded out the top-5 finishers. Sixth through tenth were Dustin Boney, Kelly Shryock, Dereck Ramirez, Tommy Myer and Zack VanderBeek. Shryock earned the Mesilla Valley Transportation Hard Charger Award after passing nine cars in the feature.

Although Ramirez passed 17 cars, provisional starters are not eligible for the $100 cash award from the trucking giant of the Southwest.

The series kicks off the month of September tomorrow night with its second event of the season at the Highway 3 Raceway in Allison, Iowa.

Also on the racing card will be the season finale for the Iron Man Challenge featuring USRA Karl Chevrolet Stock Cars and USRA Karl Performance Parts B-Mods. Gates open at 5 p.m. and racing starts at 7. Dustin Boney and his #22 Snickers Modified will be at the Casey’s General Store located at 100 Cherry St. in Allison from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. prior to the event. Coupons good for $2 off adult admission will also be available at Casey’s in Cedar Falls, Nashua and Waverly. For more information, or to find the Casey’s nearest you, visit www.caseys.com.

The Highway 3 Raceway is located 0.3 miles north of SR 3 on S. Main St. (at the Butler County Fairgrounds). For more information, call 319-267-9977 or check out www.highway3raceway.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 follow the USMTS on Facebook, MySpace, Twitter and YouTube.

Fairmont, Allison tilts to decide Iron Man Challenge champions

August 31st, 2011

FAIRMONT, Minn. – A season-long struggle for supremacy will culminate this week with the final pair of events for the Iron Man Challenge featuring USRA Karl Chevrolet Stock Cars and USRA Karl Performance Parts B-Mods.

The tough-as-nails grassroots tour make its debut appearance at the Fairmont Raceway in Fairmont, Minn., this Wednesday, Aug. 31, before wrapping up the 2011 campaign on Thursday, Sept. 1, at the Highway 3 Raceway in Allison, Iowa.

Stock Cars will be racing for $700 to win and $125 to start each night while B-Mods will compete for a $500 top prize and $80 to start.

What’s more, the Iron Man Challenge champions will merge from Thursday’s finale where the points fund for the Stock Cars carries a $2,000 top prize while the B-Mod champion will earn $700.

The USMTS Modifieds will round out the spectacular tripleheader of events both nights.

Mike Van Genderen sits atop the Stock Car standings. Justin Temeyer is 46 points back in second and defending Iron Man Challenge titleist Nathan Wood is 65 markers from the lead. However, three-time winner Kevin Donlan is 91 points behind Van Genderen but has competed in just nine shows so far. With a solid top-5 finish in the next event, Donlan will become a factor in the points race.

Matt Lettow’s season-long lead is now only 15 points over Cayden Carter in the B-Mod title hunt while last year’s American Racer USRA Weekly Racing Series B-Mod National Champion Brandon Hare is 84 markers behind, but has competed in just nine events to date.

At Fairmont on Wednesday, pit gates open at 4 p.m., grandstands open at 5, hot laps are slated to begin at 7 and the first green flag waves at 7:30. Race fans can pick up $2-off admission coupons at both Casey’s General Stores locations in Fairmont.

The Fairmont Raceway is a high-banked half-mile dirt oval located 1.0 mile south of I-90 (Exit 99) on CR 39 (at the Martin County Fairgrounds). For more information call 515-295-5555 or 507-235-6996 on race day or visit www.fairmontraceway.com online.

Thursday’s event in Allison will kick off with spectator gates opening at 5 p.m. Hot laps begin at 6:30 and racing starts at 7. Race fans can pick up $2-off coupons on race day at the Casey’s General Stores locations in Allison, Cedar Falls, Nashua and Waverly.

The Highway 3 Raceway is located 0.3 miles north of SR 3 on S. Main St. (at the Butler County Fairgrounds). For more information, call 319-267-9977 or check out www.highway3raceway.com online.

At both venues this week, tow money for non-qualifiers will be $75 and $50, respectively. Stock Cars will have a $25 entry fee while the B-Mod entry fee is $15.

Licensed USRA drivers in both classes also earn national points in the American Racer USRA Weekly Racing Series, and some tracks may also award track points.

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

Fairmont USMTS show rained out

June 16th, 2011

FAIRMONT, Minn. – The USMTS Casey’s General Stores National Tour powered by Swan Energy event slated for Tuesday, June 14, at the Fairmont Raceway has been canceled due to rain. On Wednesday, the Cresco Speedway in Cresco, Iowa, for the 7th Annual Cresco Bowl and the first of four straight shows in the tough Yeager Machine Upper Midwest Region.

Pit gates open at 4 p.m. grandstands open at 5, hot laps begin at 7 and the first heat race gets the green flag at 7:30.

Rounding out the evening’s racing card will be the Iron Man Challenge for USRA Karl Chevrolet Stock Cars and USRA Karl Performance Parts B-Mods plus USRA Hobby Stocks competing for national points in the American Racer USRA Weekly Racing Series. On race day, fans can pick up coupons worth $2 off adult admission at Casey’s General Stores locations in Cresco, Decorah, New Hampton, Ossian and Riceville. Check out www.caseys.com for more information or to find the location nearest you.

The Cresco Speedway is a 4/10-mile semi-banked clay oval located 0.2 miles north of SR 9 on SW 7th (at the Howard County Fairgrounds). Day-of-the-race info is available by calling the track office at 563-547-3400. The Cresco Speedway is online at www.mhcfair.com/speedway.

USMTS SUMMER SPEEDWEEKS:
Thu Jun 16 . Central Wisconsin Raceway, Unity, Wis.
Fri Jun 17 . Cedar Lake Speedway, New Richmond, Wis.
Sat Jun 18 . Cedar Lake Speedway, New Richmond, Wis.
Tue Jun 21 . I-35 Speedway, Mason City, Iowa.
Wed Jun 22 . Buena Vista Raceway, Alta, Iowa.
Thu Jun 23 . Park Jefferson Speedway, Jefferson, S.D.
Fri Jun 24 . Rapid Speedway, Rock Rapids, Iowa.
Sat Jun 25 . North Central Speedway, Brainerd, Minn.

Each event will pay $2,000 to the winner of the main event, with more than $200,000 in total prize money up for grabs during the three-week adventure.

After a chaotic month of June, drivers will get a vacation of nearly three weeks before picking up the throttle again on Wednesday, July 13, at the Deer Creek Speedway in Spring Valley, Minn., where the USMTS Casey’s General Stores National Tour powered by Swan Energy will join the World of Outlaws Late Model Series for the first time at the legendary NAPA Gopher 50.

To learn more about the United States Modified Touring Series, visit www.usmts.com online or call 515-832-7944. You can also follow the USMTS on Facebook, MySpace, Twitter and YouTube.

USMTS show at Fairmont postponed to June 21

June 17th, 2010

FAIRMONT, MINN. – Rain has forced promoter Joe Ringsdorf and the USMTS to postpone Tuesday night’s show until next Monday, June 21.

Start times and prices remain the same, 305 Sprints will still be the support class and Kenny Wallace will be there too.

Up next for the USMTS Casey’s General Stores National Tour will be the Buena Vista Raceway in Alta, Iowa, on Wednesday, June 16.

To learn more about the United States Modified Touring Series, visit www.usmts.com online or call 515-832-7944. You can also follow the USMTS on Facebook, MySpace, Twitter and YouTube.