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Jason Hughes Pushes Win Total to Lucky #13; The Hunt Continues

August 21st, 2016

Westville, Oklahoma – Jason Hughes increased his 2016-win tally to 13 on Saturday night in his Murphrey Oil Company #12 West Siloam Pawn/ Hughes Chassis/ Mullins Racing Engine Modified.

After three consecutive rain-outs, the United States Modified Touring Series (USMTS) resumed at Ogilvie Raceway (Ogilvie, Minnesota) on Saturday night for the fourth round of The Hunt for the USMTS Casey’s Cup powered by S&S Fishing & Rental. In a field of 32 entries, Jason gained five positions in his heat landing a runner-up finish behind Johnny Scott. His heat race performance came at an expense though as the team was forced to change power plants before the start of the feature.

Via his heat race performance Hughes transferred into the main event with the 7th-starting spot, and he worked his way into the lead by lap 31. Holding off the field for the remaining 11 laps, Jason Hughes captured his 13th victory of the season and a $3,000 payday. Jesse Sobbing, Johnny Scott, Rodney Sanders, and Cade Dillard trailed Hughes across the finish line in the 42-lapper.

“It was a little choppy in places, but with all the rain they’ve had up here the track was in pretty good shape,” Hughes said in Widow Wax Victory Lane. “It’s a real nice place and we love coming here to race.”

On Sunday night the USMTS followers headed to Mason City Motor Speedway (Mason City, Iowa) for another $3,000-to-win A-Main. Improving four spots in his heat, Jason posted a 3rd-place finish giving him the pole position for the main event. Hanging on to a Top 5 finish, Hughes posted a 5th-place finish behind Cade Dillard, Rodney Sanders, Zack VanderBeek, and Johnny Scott.

Jason is currently leading The Hunt for the Casey’s Cup with five races completed.

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

The Hunt for the USMTS Casey’s Cup resumes this weekend with a four-race swing. Action opens on Thursday evening at Adams County Speedway (Corning, Iowa) before shifting to Lakeside Speedway (Kansas City, Kansas) on Friday night for the inaugural $10,000-to-win, Grant Junghans Memorial. Saturday night’s action will be contested at Salina Highbanks Speedway (Pryor Creek, Oklahoma), while the weekend will draw to a close on Sunday night at 81 Speedway (Park City, Kansas). For more information on the events, please visit www.USMTS.com .

Jason Hughes would like to thank his sponsors including Cates Recycling, Pig-N-Out, Murphrey Oil Company Inc., Red Tail Tackle, AFCO Brakes, West Siloam Pawn, Murphrey Oil Company, Gressel Racing, Hughes Racing Chassis, Mullins Race Engines, D and G Directional Drilling, 45 Pipeline Services, JRI Shocks, 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, 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 .

Dillard tops USMTS Titan Pro 32 at Mason City Motor Speedway

August 20th, 2016

MASON CITY, Iowa — Since the Hunt for the USMTS Caseys Cup began ten days ago, Cade Dillard has been in the hunt for a win every night, and he finally bagged his trophy Sunday at the Mason City Motor Speedway.

Dillard took the lead from Jason Hughes when his car got upset on lap 11, and then paced the final 21 laps uncontested to make himself the fifth different winner in the first five races in the Hunt for the USMTS Caseys Cup powered by S&S Fishing & Rental.

It was Dillards sixth United States Modified Touring Series feature win since claiming top rookie honors in 2014, and his effort Sunday evening was worth $3,000.

In a reversal of the finish in the opening round of The Hunt, Rodney Sanders finished second behind Dillard while Zack VanderBeek scooted by 13 competitors to garner the third spot.

Johnny Scott, who started on the outside of Hughes on the front row of the Titan Pro 32, held off the defending USMTS national champ for fourth.

Sixteenth-starting Brad Dierks, USRA Modified national points leader Josh Angst and Scott Drake were sixth, seventh and eighth, respectively, while Grant Junghans Rookie of the Year contenders Mike Jergens and Jacob Bleess completed the top 10.

The Hunt for the USMTS Caseys Cup powered by S&S Fishing & Rental rolls on Thursday, Aug. 18, at the Adams County Speedway in Corning, Iowa, for the first of four straight $3,000-to-win shows.

On Friday, Aug. 19, the biggest one-day event in the history of dirt modified racing will take place at the Lakeside Speedway in Kansas City, Kan., for the Grant Junghans Memorial and a $10,200 payday to the winner out of a total purse of more than $100,000.

The Salina Highbanks Speedway in Pryor Creek, Okla., hosts the USMTS on Saturday, Aug. 20, and the four-night swing wraps up Sunday, Aug. 21, at the 81 Speedway in Park City, 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.

Falck, Schlangen dial up USRA Iron Man Series wins at Mason City Motor Speedway

May 27th, 2016

MASON CITY, Iowa — Kyle Falck and Jason Schlangen shared the spotlight Thursday night as main event victors in the USRA Iron Man Series event at the Mason City Motor Speedway.

Falck, from Decorah, held off Derek Green in a late-race battle to claim Thursdays Holley USRA Stock Car feature. Jesse Brown, Steve Jackson and Phil Holtz rounded out the top five finishers in the $750-to-win race.In the Out-Pace USRA B-Mod feature, Crescos Jason Schlangen stayed perfect at Mason City Motor Speedway.

The feature winner in Sunday nights season opener here, Schlangen had to navigate heavy lapped traffic late in Thursdays feature to hold off a hard-charging Dan Hovden.

Kyle Anderson was third, fourth went to Ben Moudry and Kylie Kath charged from the 19th starting spot to secure fifth place.

Both classes will be in action again on Saturday when action moves to the Deer Creek Speedway in Spring Valley, Minn., and Sunday at the Upper Iowa Speedway in Decorah, 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.

Sanders decimates USMTS field in Mason City

May 27th, 2016

MASON CITY, Iowa — Mother Nature spared the Mason City Motor Speedway Thursday evening, but Rodney Sanders wasn’t as kind to his fellow USMTS competitors during the All In 30 presented by Diamond Jo Casino.

When the 26-year-old from Happy, Texas, streaked beneath the checkered flag at the end of the 32-lap Caseys General Stores A Main, it was more than eight seconds before runner-Up Jason Hughes followed suit. And against a stout field featuring the Best of the Best in the sport, the 2013 and 2014 USMTS national champion lapped all but seven cars in a dominating effort.

“I saw a bunch of guys that run well right in front of us,” Sanders said. “Ifigured Hughes was probably there, but I didn’t know who else would be there.”

Fact of the matter, nobody was close.

Sanders is no stranger to rim-riding around the high side of a dirt track, but it’s been a missing element for many years at the North Iowa Fairgrounds facility.

First-year promoter Al Hejna along with his son-in-law, Ryne Staley, and USMTS founder Todd Staley took over the promotional duties here shortly after the end of the 2015 season which was ended abruptly due to low car count and miserable fan turnout.

Fixing the neglected racing surface was a primary objective from day one, and the former I-35 Speedway re-opened as Mason City Motor Speedway just four days ago to a packed house and full pits with two- and three-wide racing.

Thursdays show was more of the same despite what looked to be an easy bet on a rain-out early on.

“They’ve done a lot of work to it, and for the better,” Sanders added. “With all the rain they had and how good the track was considering that, I’m sure there will be more specials here.”

Nothing could keep Sanders out of Widow Wax Victory Lane on Thursday not even the weather. For Sanders though it did rain hundred-dollar bills (30 of them to be exact).

Hughes, who came into the contest as the RealTruck.com Northern Region points leader, finished ahead of Johnny Scott, Lucas Schott and Masen Big Eagle in the main event. Cade Dillard raced from 14th to sixth to claim the KSE Racing Products Hard Charger Award, Jesse Sobbing placed seventh and Ryan Ruter was eighth.

Dan Ebert and Ricky Thornton Jr. finished one lap down to the leader in ninth and tenth, respectively. The 9th Annual Guttormson Memorial takes place on Friday at the Chateau Raceway in Lansing, Minn.

Out-Pace USRA B-Mods, Midwest Modifieds and Pure Stocks will round Fridays card at the always-exciting semi-banked 1/3-mile gumbo clay oval. Pits open at 5 p.m., grandstands open at 5:30 and hot laps begin at 6:30 with racing to follow.

Race fans can find discount coupons good for $2 off adult grandstand admission at Caseys General Stores locations in Austin, Blooming Prairie and Stewartville. To find the location nearest you, visit www.caseys.com.

The Chateau Raceway is a 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 507-272-8906 or 507-440-3680 and check out www.chateauraceway.net online.

On Saturday, the fast fun moves to the Deer Creek Speedway in Spring Valley, Minn., for the 14th Annual Minnesota Spring Challenge presented by A&A Electrical & Underground, and then on Sunday the 9th Annual Donnybrook in Decorah takes place at the Upper Iowa Speedway in Decorah, Iowa.

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.

Non-Wing Sprint Race Into I-35 Speedway on Lake Road Warehouse Night at the Races!!!

September 10th, 2015

We invite all drivers and fans to join us at I-35 Speedway for Lake Road Warehouse Night at the Races as Non-Wing Sprints will be in action along with USRA Modifieds, USRA B-Modifieds, USRA Stock Cars, Grand Nationals, Hobby Stock and E-Modified. Racing is always exciting with entertainment for the entire family, delicious concessions, friendly beer shack, Kaster souvenir shack, funnel cake stand, and Trackside Bar and Grill. Let’s don’t forget the addition of the picnic table area for your dining convenience as Mike and Kyle Johnson are always improving the facility. Intermission will see “Junk in the Trunk” this week so contestants can show off their twerking skills to some chosen music. We will also be giving away a couple more bicycles donated by Roger Conger that two lucky kids will take home. We would like to thank Roger Conger for the donations!!! We would also like to thank Gordman’s and Bob Reber for all the goodies we gave to the kids last week!

Upcoming events include a “Nickel Drop” on September 19th for the kids sponsored by “Team Dough Boys” (Ed Noll Racing #15 B-Modified) along with donations from the drivers. Also on Sept. 19th we will again be joined by the Midwest Lightning Sprints on Casey’s General Store Night at the Races. September 26th we will be Rod End Supply Night at the Race and again we will see the always entertaining Midwest Lightning Sprints. October the 10th will be a date to mark on the calendar as I-35 Speedway presents the Open Wheel Nationals (Show-Me Spectacular), then on 10/24/2015 we will crown our Champions on McCarthy Auto Group Night at the Races!

Remember I-35 Speedway Awards Banquet will be held at Cameron Community Center 11/14/2015 as tickets are only $25 and can be purchased at the front gate. Awards will be given and K and C DJ Services will keep us dancing the night away. Song choices can be made at the beer shack on any race night! Let’s have some fun as we relax after a long exciting season of racing and celebrate our Champions!

Hughes scoots to USMTS Casey’s Cup Series win in Mason City

June 14th, 2013

MASON CITY, Iowa – Jason Hughes walked away with a healthy $5,050 paycheck Tuesday night as he captured the 4th Annual USMTS Battle of Cerro Gordo presented by Ruter Farms and Schukei Chevrolet at the I-35 Speedway in Mason City, Iowa.

Polesitter Ryan Ruter, who captured the inaugural USMTS Casey’s Cup Series event at the Northern Iowa Fairgrounds in 2009, set a blistering pace early on and led the first 11 laps of the 30-lap main event.

Hughes, however, worked his way to the front from the second row and passed Ruter for the lead as they completed lap 12. Ruter regained control the next time around, but Hughes powered back into the top spot with 14 laps complete.

The 2010 USMTS national champion maintained control over the final 16 circuits to record his second win of the season and 113th of his career.

Last Friday night’s winner, Rodney Sanders, made it interesting at the end as he came up about one car length short of victory after fending off Ryan Gustin for the runner-up spot.

Stormy Scott captured the fourth spot while Zack VanderBeek took fifth. The two drivers top the Farm Boy BBQ Sauce Northern Region presented by Day Motor Sports, with Scott holding a 21-point advantage over ‘The Z-Man.’

Ruter slipped to sixth in the final rundown, followed by Lucas Schott, Dereck Ramirez, Eric Dailey and Corey Dripps, who captured the Mesilla Valley Transportation Hard Charger Award after passing 11 competitors en route to a tenth-place finish.

Up next, the mud-slinging USMTS Modifieds will make a pair of first-ever visits to the Amsoil Speedway in Superior, Wis., on Wednesday, June 12, and the Eagle Valley Speedway in Jim Falls, Wis., on Thursday, June 13. On Friday and Saturday, June 14-15, the USMTS Modifieds join the UMP Late Models “Hell Tour” at the Cedar Lake Speedway in New Richmond, Wis., for two nights during the 15th Annual Masters.

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

Karl Performance Hawkeye Dirt Tour travels to I-35 Speedway on Memorial Day

May 25th, 2013

MASON CITY, Iowa – The Karl Performance Hawkeye Dirt Tour presented by XSAN makes its traditional Memorial Day appearance at I-35 Speedway with a $1,000 to win event.

Touring IMCA Xtreme Motor Sports Modifieds headline the Monday, May 27 program in Mason City. IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars race for $750 to win and both IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks and Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods contend for top prizes of $500. IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing National, regional, Allstar Performance State and local track points will be awarded in all four divisions.

Pit gates open at 4 p.m. and the grandstand opens at 5 p.m. The drivers’ meeting is at 5:45 p.m. and racing follows 6 p.m. hot laps.

Spectator admission is $15 for adults, $5 for kids ages 6-12 and free for youngsters five and under free. A family pass is $40. Pit passes are $30.

I-35 also hosts the Skip Rose/Charlie Hart Memorial on Sunday, May 26 with the Modified winner taking home $2,500. Second place pays $1,000, third is good for $700 and fourth is worth $600.

The Charlie Hart was postponed because of inclement weather last Sunday. Stocks also race for $750 to win, Hobbies and Northern SportMods for $500 to win on Sunday. First place for the Mach-1 Sport Compacts pays $100.

Both Modified features are 2013 Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot qualifying races.

More information is available about the Mason City events is available by calling 641 424-6515.

The first three Hawkeye Dirt Tour races held at I-35 have resulted in different winners: Richie Gustin of Gilman in 2010, Josh Ruby of Lakota in 2011 and Mike Hansen of Alton last year.

Cayden Carter of Oskaloosa was the winner when the 2013 series opened on May 7 at Benton County Speedway in Vinton. The May 16 show at Clay County Fairgrounds Speedway in Spencer was lost to inclement weather.

A dozen dates are on the tour schedule this year. Point standings will be based on drivers’ 10 best finishes.

Guss bests I-35 field to score second straight Deery win

July 14th, 2012

MASON CITY, Iowa – Different track, same results.

Ray Guss Jr. led all 35 laps in winning Wednesday’s Deery Brothers Summer Series feature at I-35 Speedway, repeating the plot from his IMCA Late Model tour the night before at West Liberty Raceway.

A lap 14 restart gave Jeff Aikey the high line opportunity to pass Justin Kay for second. He chased the leader into lapped traffic on the 26th circuit but lost ground in his pursuit when Guss got a couple cars between them.

Guss sped to the $2,000 win, taking his third Deery checkers of the season by six car lengths. Aikey, Kay, Denny Eckrich and point leader Mike Murphy Jr. completed the top five.

Murphy did not start his heat, started the feature from the 22nd spot and earned hard charger honors by advancing 17 positions. Darrel DeFrance ran sixth and won the $250 Sunoco Race Fuels feature qualifier drawing. Guss had matched Curt Martin with his career 25th Deery win Tuesday at West Liberty. He’s now tied with Mark Burgtorf for second on the all-time tour wins list. Aikey leads that department with 56 career checkers.

Next up on the Deery schedule is another $2,000 to win show on Sunday, July 15 at Dubuque Fairgrounds Speedway. Pit gates open at 4:30 p.m., the grandstand opens at 5:30 p.m. and hot laps are at 6:30 p.m. with racing to follow.

The series headlines the Hershel Roberts Memorial program at Quad City Speedway in East Moline, Ill., on Wednesday, July 18.

West Liberty, I-35 events next for Deery Brothers Summer Series

July 7th, 2012

WEST LIBERTY, Iowa – A pair of mid-week events are next for the Deery Brothers Sum­mer Series, as drivers following the IMCA Late Model tour embark on a stretch of four races over the course of nine days.

The series makes its second visit of the season to West Liberty Raceway on Tuesday, July 10, then travels to I-35 Speedway in Mason City on Wednesday, July 11. Both events pay $2,000 to win and a minimum of $250 to start.

Two-time defending Deery champion Ray Guss Jr. of Milan, Ill., was the winner of the April 21 show at West Liberty. Jeff Aikey of Waterloo has won three of the last four features at I-35, the most recent of those events held in 2009.

Pit gates at West Liberty open at 4:30 p.m. and the grandstand opens at 5:30 p.m. Hot laps are at 6:30 p.m. with racing to follow. Grandstand admission is $16 for adults, $13 for seniors, $10 for students and free for kids 12 and un­der.

I-35 opens the gates at 5 p.m. and the grandstand at 5:30 p.m. Racing follows 7 p.m. hot laps. Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods are also on the card, running for $750 to win and all applica­ble points.

Spectator admission is $15 for adults and $5 for kids ages 6-12. Youngsters five and under get in free.

Pit passes each night are $25.

The series is at Dubuque Fairgrounds Speedway on Sunday, July 15 and at Quad City Speedway in East Moline, Ill., on Wednesday, July 18, for the second annual Hershel Roberts Memorial.

Mike Murphy Jr. of Colona, Ill., now has an 11-point edge over Aikey in the point race. Darrel De­France of Marshalltown will extend his perfect attendance streak to 395 events when the green flag flies at West Liberty.

Six different winners cruise into victory lane at I-35 Speedway!

May 31st, 2012

Winston Mo.-Thats right I said six. The Midwest Lightning Sprints joined the action tonight for AIS night at I-35 Speedway. Six new drivers tasted victory lane tonight as 92 cars packed the pits. The final checkered flag fell at 10:36p.m.

Tonight was a little different as we started out with the IMCA Stock Cars. Thomas Roberts (Kidder) became the first driver to win in two classes this season as he picked up his first win in the Stock Cars. Roberts had a great battle to the end with Bruce Fair and Dean Wray. Fair (Trenton) finished a season best second place followed by Gene Stigall (Winston), Bennie Turner (Smithville) and Josh Steele (St. Joseph). Steele went from tenth to fifth to win the hard charger.

Mike Taylor Jr. (Kansas City) pulled his 11T hotrod into victory lane for the first time in 2012 picking up the win in the “Border War” Grand National division. Taylor had to hold off the likes of three time feature winner Bud Wilson (Trenton), two time feature winner Jason Anderson (Kansas City), former track champion Travis Walker (Cameron) and Rick Steele (St. Joseph). Bud Wilson went from ninth to second to win the hard charger.

Tom Brown (Lincoln, Nebraska) led wire to wire in the Midwest Lightning Sprints tonight as they had a green to checkered run. Brown was followed by Bobby Layne (Kansas City), Ken Billings (Kansas City), M.K. Billings (Kansas City) and Travis
Alexander.

Clint Baker (Meadville) held off a hard running Randy Ainsworth at the line to win his first IMCA SportMod feature of the season. Ainsworth (Excelsior Springs) the feature winner from last week gave Baker a look on the inside as they came out of four but Baker was able to hold him off. Mike Tanner (Kansas City) finished third, Brad Whitney (Trenton) was fourth and the winner of the extra cash donated by A To Z Billboards, and fifth went to Casey Schroff (Bethany). Dustin Miller had a long drive from twenty-fourth to eighth for the hard charger.

Lee Farmer (Bethany) pulled out his “Gravedigger” car and pulled out the win in the IMCA Hobby Stocks. Farmer was on a mission tonight as he drove the wheels off his car and pick up his second win in two nights, his first this season at I-35. Scott Treadwell (Trenton) had another impressive run in second, Billie Hoover (Stewartsville) finally shaking those mechanical woes finished third, Alex Anderson (Trenton) had a great run in fourth and Desmond Theel (Belton) with his best run came home fifth. Farmer went from seventh to first to win the hard charger.

“Mr. Excitement” Jim Cameron (Cameron) picked up his first win of the season in the IMCA Modifieds. Cameron took the lead on lap two and set sail on the field. Cory Wray (Jamesport) finally had a good run finishing second and had a few shots at
Cameron on restarts but Cameron was not going to be denied. Buz Kaster (Kansas City) was third in only his second start of the season, JJ Baumli (Lathrop) had a good run in fourth and last weeks winner Hunter Marriott (Brookfield) was fifth. Jeff Marriott went from nineteenth to sixth to win the hard charger.

Next week is CARB night at I-35 Speedway all CARB members receive free admission to the grandstands. As the degrees begin to climb so does the racing action at I-35 Speedway!

Hansen handles IMCA Hawkeye Dirt Tour foes at I-35

May 31st, 2012

MASON CITY, Iowa – The heavyweights of the JR Motorsports Hawkeye Dirt Tour slugged it out on Memorial Day and the first driver to the finish line at I-35 Speedway was Mike Hansen.

Holding off a tenacious J.J. Wise over the last half of the 30-lapper, Hansen earned $1,000 for the win and put his name on the ballot for the Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational this September.

Wise ended his night in second, just a car length off the pace. Levi Nielsen, Brad Dirks and Jeremy Mills, the Sunday winner at Mason City and highest finishing Fuel The Thunder driver, completed the top five.

Shane Monson improved a dozen spots and Rob Rose as a plus 13 on the night to finish sixth and seventh, respectively.

Mark Schulte led early from his outside row one start. Hansen took the initial green from fifth and was side-by-side with Schulte before the fifth lap was scored.

They’d trade the lead on each of the next two circuits; yellow flags came out on both the ninth and 10th laps and Hansen took charge following the second restart while Schulte got shuffled out of the top five.

Nielsen, Dirks and Wise were running close behind Hansen when what proved to be the final caution came out on lay 14. Hansen, Wise and Dirks pulled away before Nielsen worked his way into third.

Wise caught up with Hansen at the 20-lap mark, showing his nose before Hansen motored away again.

Game to the finish, Wise was right behind Hansen when the white flag came out. Mills made a strong run of his own late in the contest to crack the top five.

Forty-three cars were in Mason City for the second of 13 events on the 2012 HDT slate.

Up next is the Tuesday, June 5 show when filming for the Fuel The Thunder documentaries resumes at Hamilton County Speedway in Webster City. Pit gates open at 4:30 p.m. and the grandstand opens at 5 p.m. Hot laps start at 6 p.m. with racing to follow.

Shryock tames USMTS Casey’s Cup Series at Mason City

May 26th, 2012

MASON CITY, Iowa – Kelly Shryock of Fertile, Iowa, topped the 30-lap main event Wednesday night as the USMTS Casey’s Cup Series invaded the I-35 Speedway in Mason City, Iowa.

Steve Wetzstein took the early lead from the outside of the front row with polesitter Stormy Scott dropping in behind while 2009 event winner Ryan Ruter settled into the third spot. Mechanical problems sidelined Scott with five laps complete, and Ruter snuck by Wetzstein one lap later to assume the lead.

By lap 13, Shryock was up to second from his sixth starting spot and maneuvered by Ruter to lead the 14th lap.

The race’s sixth and final caution waved on lap 16, and from there Shryock coasted to his second win overall this season and first in the USMTS Casey’s Cup Series. His 178th career USMTS victory was worth $2,000.

Bryan Rowland netted his best finish of the season with a second-place results, points leader Rodney Sanders was third, Jon Tesch came home in fourth and J.J. Wise completed the top 5 finishers. Sixth through tenth were Eric Dailey, Kurt Krauskopf, Brandon Beckendorf, 1x Cody Erickson and Bob Gierke.

On Thursday, the rugged USMTS road warriors head north to the Highway 3 Raceway for the 10th Annual USMTS Spring Clash and the first of three visits this season to the historic half-mile clay oval at the Butler County Fairgrounds in Allison, Iowa.

Colt Mather held off Ryan Gustin to capture his first and only USMTS victory last May in Allison, while Gustin returned to win the second stop in September. It was Gustin’s second career win at the Highway 3 Raceway since getting his first-ever win in 2008 at the age of 17.

Kelly Shryock has three wins at the facility and Kevin Pittman has two at the former Butler County Speedway. Other past winners at the Highway 3 Raceway include Corey Dripps, Jon Tesch, John Logue, Mike Sorensen, Johnny Saathoff, Ryan Ruter, Mark Noble, Mike Hejna and Tim Donlinger.

Also on the card will be the Industrial Material Surplus Iron Man Challenge featuring USRA Stock Cars and USRA B-Mods. Pit gates open at 4:00, grandstand gates open at 5:00 and hot laps begin at 6:00 with racing to follow.

Race fans can pick up $2-off coupons on race day at 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 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.

JR Motorsports Hawkeye Dirt Tour headlines Memorial Day show at I-35

May 22nd, 2012

MASON CITY, Iowa – What has become a holiday racing tradition returns to the Memo­rial Day schedule at I-35 Speedway, when the JR Motorsports Hawkeye Dirt Tour comes to town. IMCA Modifieds headline the Monday, May 28 event at Mason City, racing for $1,000 to win and a minimum of $150 to start their special series feature.

Also on the card are IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars, IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks and Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods. All applicable points will be awarded in the four sanctioned divisions.

Pit gates open at 4 p.m. and the grandstand opens at: 5 p.m. The drivers’ meeting is at 5:45 p.m. with hot laps at 6 p.m. and racing to follow. Spectator admission is $15 for adults, $5 for kids ages 6-12 and free for youngsters five and un­der. Pit passes are $25.

The Modified feature is a qualifying event for the Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot, as is Sun­day’s Skip Rose Memorial at I-35.

Questions about either event can be directed to 641 424-6515. The track website is www.I-35speedway.com.

Richie Gustin of Gilman was the winner when the Hawkeye Dirt Tour made its first appearance at Mason City in 2010. Josh Ruby of Lakota prevailed in the 2011 event.

Jeff Waterman of Quincy, Ill., one of the drivers featured in the Fuel The Thunder 2 series documen­tary, won the tour opener May 8 at Benton County Speedway and brings the point lead to Mason City.

I-35 Speedway releases ambitious 2012 Schedule.

December 23rd, 2011

A track owners job is never done even during the off season just ask I-35 Speedway owners Mike and Kyle Johnson. Not only did they run for seats on the C.A.R.B. board and win they also have been hard at work this offseason to ensure the fans get what they pay their hard earned dollar for at I-35 Speedway and thats the best entertainment around.

Not only will the USMTS open our season again but they have also mixed in two vintage classes, the Show-Me Vintage Racers and Midwest Outlaw Vintage Racers, the Midwest Lightning Sprints and there are some nights a few bands will perform. Mike Johnson has also made serveral renovations to the facility to make your experience one of the best at one of the premier facilities around.

Don’t forget coming up January, 21st 2012 will be our annual drivers meeting. the meeting is at the Smithville Mo. American Legion and begins at 10am. We would like to wish our entire racing family a happy and safe holiday season!!!

I-35 Speedway releases ambitious 2012 Schedule.

December 24th, 2011

A track owners job is never done even during the off season just ask I-35 Speedway owners Mike and Kyle Johnson. Not only did they run for seats on the C.A.R.B. board and win they also have been hard at work this offseason to ensure the fans get what they pay their hard earned dollar for at I-35 Speedway and thats the best entertainment around.

Not only will the USMTS open our season again but they have also mixed in two vintage classes, the Show-Me Vintage Racers and Midwest Outlaw Vintage Racers, the Midwest Lightning Sprints and there are some nights a few bands will perform. Mike Johnson has also made serveral renovations to the facility to make your experience one of the best at one of the premier facilities around.

Don’t forget coming up January, 21st 2012 will be our annual drivers meeting. the meeting is at the Smithville Mo. American Legion and begins at 10am. We would like to wish our entire racing family a happy and safe holiday season!!!

Clay County Engine Rebuilders open night at I-35 Speedway

September 8th, 2011

Every year while the IMCA Supernationals are occurring, I-35 Speedway strives to put on a show for our race fans and racers, even though IMCA points will not be earned. This Saturday night September 10th, like the previous four seasons, I-35 Speedway will have their non-points non-IMCA sanctioned open show.

Additionally, this year we added the Midwest Outlaw Vintage Racers. Open night doesn’t mean put on a wing or some other object on your racecar, it just means bring your track rules and come compete and have fun. This is a golden opportunity for those desiring to compete at the Show Me Spectacular to come test their cars and get them set up for the season ending show. For more information on the Show Me Spectacular please visit our website www.i-35speedway.net.

After this week there are still two IMCA nights drivers can earn points in the great point’s battles we have shaping up before Championship night on September 24th. Make plans to see our 2011 season ending McCarthy Auto Group Show Me Spectacular; $1,000 to win the Sport Mod/B-Mod division, $750 to win the Stock Car division and $500 to win the Hobby Stock division. This is a two day show that begins on Friday, September 30th and ends on Saturday, October 1st. Be sure to see all the action I-35 Speedway has left of the 2011 racing season!!

Third time not a charm, Mason City USMTS event canceled

July 21st, 2011

MASON CITY, Iowa- Twice the USMTS Casey’s General Stores National Tour powered by Swan Energy has been rained out at the I-35 Speedway in Mason City, Iowa. The event was rescheduled for July 19, but track officials have pulled the plug on
Tuesday’s impending show due to the continuing heat wave which is forecasted to bring temperatures in the upper 90s and a heat index of nearly 110 degrees.

A fourth attempt to get the show in will not be attempted this year.

On Wednesday the USMTS Modifieds make their way to the Southern Iowa Speedway in Oskaloosa, Iowa, during the Southern Iowa Fair, and on Thursday will move 45 miles to the south with this year’s only stop at the Davis County Fairgrounds in Bloomfield, Iowa, and the final points race in the Arnold Motor Supply Central States Region.

The programs on Wednesday and Thursday will also showcase the Iron Man Challenge featuring USRA Karl Chevrolet Stock Cars and USRA Karl Performance Parts B-Mods.

On Friday and Saturday, July 21-22, all eyes point to the inaugural Silver Dollar Nationals at the I-80 Speedway in Greenwood, Neb., for a two-day event during the $25,000-to-win Late Model show that will close the curtain on the Farm Boy BBQ Sauce
Great Plains Region.

The blockbuster event that everybody has been waiting for happens the following Wednesday through Saturday, July 27-30, as more than 150 drivers are expected to descend on the Deer Creek Speedway for the inaugural $20,000-to-win World Modified Dirt Track Championship presented by Hanson Tire Service.

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.

I-35 Speedway rained out, postponed to July 19

July 15th, 2011

MASON CITY, Iowa – After a well-deserved vacation of nearly three weeks, the USMTS Casey’s General Stores National Tour powered by Swan Energy was set to embark on a busy second-half of July tonight, but Mother Nature decided to extend that vacation by one more day.

The event slated for Tuesday, July 12, at the I-35 Speedway in Mason City, Iowa, has been rained out and postponed until next Tuesday, July 19.

The show was originally slated for June 21 but, like several other shows last month, was a victim of wet weather then too.

On Wednesday the series moves to the Deer Creek Speedway in Spring Valley, Minn., for the prestigious NAPA Gopher 50 featuring the World of Outlaws Late Model Series. This will be a must-see show and the first time that the USMTS Modifieds and World of Outlaws have shared the spotlight on the same night.

On Thursday the campaign moves 40 miles to the west with a stop at the Chateau Raceway in Lansing, Minn., and then on to the Mississippi Thunder Speedway in Fountain City, Wis., on Friday night before returning to wrap up some unfinished business at the Cedar Lake Speedway in New Richmond, Wis., on Saturday, July 16, for the final race in the Yeager Machine Upper Midwest Region.

All races next week will pay a minimum $2,000 to win and $250 to start the main event.

Action heads back to the I-35 Speedway on Tuesday where fans are hoping the third time’s a charm, and then the USMTS stars and cars will compete at the Southern Iowa Speedway in Oskaloosa, Iowa, on Wednesday, July 20, during the Southern Iowa Fair before moving 45 miles to the south with this year’s only stop at the Davis County Fairgrounds in Bloomfield, Iowa, and the final points race in the Arnold Motor Supply Central States Region on Thursday.

On Friday and Saturday, July 21-22, all eyes point to the inaugural Silver Dollar Nationals at the I-80 Speedway in Greenwood, Neb., for a two-day event during the $25,000-to-win Late Model show and two complete shows for the USMTS drivers and fans that will close the curtain on the Farm Boy BBQ Sauce Great Plains Region and set the final group of drivers to qualify for this year’s Hunt for the USMTS Casey’s General Stores National Championship powered by Swan Energy.

The race that everybody has been waiting for happens the following Wednesday-Saturday, July 27-30, as more than 150 drivers are expected to descend on the Deer Creek Speedway for the inaugural World Modified Dirt Track Championship
presented by Hanson Tire Service.

The most-talked-about event in dirt track racing will see one lucky and talented driver leave the Land of 10,000 Lakes a lot richer. In addition to the whopping $20,000 going to the winner, each of the 30 main event qualifiers will pocket a minimum of $1,500.

I-35 Speedway set for Tuesday, kicks off ‘Dozen Dirty Days’ for USMTS teams

July 10th, 2011

MASON CITY, Iowa — After a well-deserved vacation of nearly three weeks, the USMTS Casey’s General Stores National Tour powered by Swan Energy is set to embark on a busy second-half of July beginning this Tuesday, July 12, at the I-35 Speedway in Mason City, Iowa.

A ‘Dozen Dirty Days’ of racing are on tap during the final half of July. The event at Joe Ringsdorf’s I-35 Speedway was originally slated for June 21 but, like several other shows last month, was a victim of wet weather.

This will be the third straight year the series has invaded the North Iowa Fairgrounds. Ryan Ruter captured the inaugural event in 2009 while Mike Steensma won his career-first USMTS feature in last year’s standing-room-only tilt.

Also running on Tuesday night will be B-Mods. With just two classes on the card drivers and fans can expect a smooth, fast show.

Gates open at 5 p.m. with hot laps at 7 and racing at 7:30. The I-35 Speedway is semi-banked half-mile clay oval located off of I-35 at exit 194, then 5.1 miles east on SR 122 (at the North Iowa Fairgrounds). For more information, call the track hotline at 641-424-6515 or visit www.i-35speedway.com online.

July is traditionally a rest-and-relax month for the USMTS drivers, but after several rain-outs and a few cancellations the USMTS Casey’s General Stores National Tour powered by Swan Energy will be very busy in July.

On Wednesday the series moves to the Deer Creek Speedway in Spring Valley, Minn., for the prestigious NAPA Gopher 50 featuring the World of Outlaws Late Model Series. This will be a must-see show and the first time that the USMTS Modifieds and World of Outlaws have shared the spotlight on the same night.

On Thursday the campaign moves 40 miles to the west with a stop at the Chateau Raceway in Lansing, Minn., and then on to the Mississippi Thunder Speedway in Fountain City, Wis., on Friday night before returning to wrap up some unfinished business at the Cedar Lake Speedway in New Richmond, Wis., on Saturday, July 16, for the final race in the Yeager Machine Upper Midwest Region.

All races next week will pay a minimum $2,000 to win and $250 to start the main event.

The following weekend the USMTS Casey’s General Stores National Tour powered by Swan Energy will compete at the Southern Iowa Speedway in Oskaloosa, Iowa, on Wednesday, July 20, during the Southern Iowa Fair, and on Thursday will move 45 miles to the south with this year’s only stop at the Davis County Fairgrounds in Bloomfield, Iowa, and the final points race in the Arnold Motor Supply Central States Region.

On Friday and Saturday, July 21-22, all eyes point to the inaugural Silver Dollar Nationals at the I-80 Speedway in Greenwood, Neb., for a two-day event during the $25,000-to-win Late Model show and two complete shows for the USMTS drivers and fans that will close the curtain on the Farm Boy BBQ Sauce Great Plains Region and set the final group of drivers to qualify for this year’s Hunt for the USMTS Casey’s General Stores National Championship powered by Swan Energy.

The race that everybody has been waiting for happens the following Wednesday-Saturday, July 27-30, as more than 150 drivers are expected to descend on the Deer Creek Speedway for the inaugural World Modified Dirt Track Championship presented by Hanson Tire Service.

The most-talked-about event in dirt track racing will see one lucky and talented driver leave the Land of 10,000 Lakes a lot richer. In addition to the whopping $20,000 going to the winner, each of the 30 main event qualifiers will pocket a minimum of $1,500.

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.

Shocker Chassis Super Six Showdown and Double IMCA Hobby Stock Features on tap this Saturday!!!

June 9th, 2011

The first Super Six Showdown will be held this Saturday, June 11th presented by Shocker Chassis. The six drivers voted in by the fans are Clay Hale, Wes Bestgen, Paige Leppin, Blake Peeler, Chris Wright and Jeff Stotts. The three alternates are Duke Jacobs, JJ Baumli and Mike Tanner.

Shocker Chassis has put up $200 and the driver who wins could come away with either $150 or $100. A fan will be selected at random, that fan automatically pockets $50 and that fan picks one driver who they think will win. If the driver they picked
wins the driver walks away with $100 and the fan with $100. However should an unpicked driver win then that driver goes home with $150 and the fan still has their $50.

Also this weekend we will run our makeup IMCA Hobby Stock Feature. Last weekend saw Greg Keuhn get win number four on the season, can he go two for two this weekend? He’ll have to deal with a very fast and skilled field of cars if he hopes to add to his points lead.

Who will be the first Super Six Showdown Champion of 2011 and who will walk away with IMCA Hobby Stock feature win honors? Only one way to find out…Be at I-35 Speedway this weekend!!!

Phillip Wilson I-35 Speedway Announcer/PR

Dittemore claims first career win and the Anderson brothers storm victory lane at I-35 Speedway!

May 30th, 2011

The night started out with the IMCA Stock Car make up feature from last week. Derrick Iddings from Daviess County Farm Bureau in Gallatin Missouri put up an extra $100 for a Stock Car driver to win both features tonight. Winston Missouri driver Gene Stigall captured the first feature, that put him on track to win the bonus money. Stigall was followed across the line by Kevin Anderson, Thomas Roberts, Josh Steele and David Powell. Shane Florence won the hard charger award.

The second Stock Car feature was a role reversal with Kevin Anderson holding off Gene Stigal to capture his first win of 2011. Stigall held on to second followed by Jeff Dixon, Brad Whitney in a borrowed car, and Jake Cameron. Anderson had a good battle early with numerous drivers before motoring away to win by a straightaway. Stigall had to come through the field for second but finished one spot away from the bonus. Brad Whitney after losing the motor in his machine borrowed Bennie Turners car and won the hard charger award.

In the Grand Nationals Jason Anderson, brother of Kevin Anderson also picked up his first win of the year. On the start Anderson started to go backwards but a caution came out before a lap got in the books so the had to double them up and try it again. Anderson got a much better restart that go around and had a good battle with Mike Taylor Jr. before eventually pulling away to the win. Dean Wray right on his back bumper ran out of time and finished second with Travis Walker, Mike Ryun and Taylor Jr. rounding out the top five. Walker making his return to I-35 did win the hard charger award.

St. Joesph driver Brad Dittemore picked up his first career feature win in the IMCA Sport Mod division. Dittemore had a good battle with Nick Hanes before Hanes lost the spring out of his car. Chris Wright worked his way up to second to battle Dittemore for the final few laps. Wright finished second, Jeremy Pittsenbarger who had the lead for a while finished third, Hanes fourth and Anthony Asher fifth. Dale Hess went from 20th-6th for the hard charger.

Cory Wray won his first IMCA Modified feature of the season. Early on Wray had a battle with John Crews before Crews lost the pull bar on his 12c machine. Bud Wilson came up through the field for second followed by Shay Woods, Todd Wilson and Colby Dixon. Woods came from his sixteenth place starting spot to win the hard charger.

Trenton Missouri IMCA Hobby Stock driver Greg Keuhn picked up win number three in the fifth race of the season. He had a hard fought battle with David Willey, Matthew Lance and Lee Farmer before he motored away. Mike Youngs, Adam Reeter, Jeremy Turner and Alex Anderson had good runs with top 5 finishes. Keuhn started n inth on the grid and captured the hard charger.

Show up next week and vote for your favorite Sport Mod driver to get them entered in our first Super Six Showdown of 2011 sponsered by Shocker Chassis!!! Full results and points standing can be viewed at www.speednetdirect.com

Vern Jackson Takes HDT Point Lead into I35 Memorial Day

May 29th, 2011

(Mason City, IA) – - The All Stars of the JR Motorsports Hawkeye Dirt Tour for IMCA Modifieds are coming to the I-35 Speedway in Mason City, IA. The HDT River City Classic is set for Memorial Day (Monday, May 30, 2011) at the fast half-mile. Vern Jackson holds the point lead heading into the HDT’s second race of the 2011 season. IMCA Modifieds will race for $1,000 to win and $150 to start the HDT A-Main. The HDT River City Classic is also a 2011 Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot qualifying event. IMCA National, Regional, and State points will also be awarded.

The modified car entry fee is $50. The HDT Membership (one time annual fee) is $40, and a driver is allowed to compete at one HDT event each year without paying the annual membership. Log onto www.DirtTour.com for complete details.

Vern Jackson (Waterloo, IA) opened the 2011 HDT season with the win on May 10th at the Benton County Speedway. A regular at “The I,” Jackson already has one weekly win at I-35 Speedway. Young Gun Mitch Morris (Eldridge, IA) sits second in points followed by Ryan Dolan (Lisbon, IA). California native Kellen Chadwick (Oakley, CA) finds himself in the Hawkeye State this summer and also find himself in fourth place. Mark Elliott (Webster City, IA) rounds out the Top 5.

The 2010 HDT River City Classic winner Richie Gustin Jr. (Gilman, IA) returns to Mason City sixth in points. Rich Smith (Davenport IA), Scott Hogan (Vinton IA), Mike Burbridge (Delhi IA), and Ronn Lauritzen (Jesup IA) make up the back half of the Top 10.

Gates open at 4:00 PM. The HDT drivers meeting will take place at 5:30 PM. Hot laps are slated for 5:45 PM with the DirtTour.com Heat Races to follow.

The night before features another $1,000 to win IMCA Modified show at I-35 Speedway. The Skip Rose Memorial highlights the I-35 Speedway’s regular Sunday night program.

To learn more about the JR Motorsports Hawkeye Dirt Tour, rce fans can log onto www.DirtTour.com.

Skip Rose Memorial starts Memorial Weekend at I-35

May 25th, 2011

(MASON CITY, Iowa) – IMCA Modifieds chase a $1,000 top prize and all weekly divisions are in action when I-35 Speedway starts the Memorial Weekend with its annual Skip Rose Memorial on Sunday, May 29.

In addition to the 2011 Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot qualifying payout for the Modifieds, IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars, IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks and Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods all run for $500 to win and all applicable points.

Pit gates at Mason City open at 4 p.m. and the grandstand opens at 5 p.m. Hot laps are at 6 p.m. with racing to follow. Grandstand admission is $12 for adults, $5 for kids ages 6-12 and free for youngsters five and under. Pit passes are $25.

All four sanctioned divisions return to the track on Memorial Day Monday, May 30 when I-35 hosts the second installment of the JR Motorsports Hawkeye Dirt Tour. Questions about either event can be directed to 641 424-6515. The track website is
www.I-35speedway.com.

Shaw, Dixon, Kaster, Kuehn and Tanner all visit victory lane for second time in 2011!

May 4th, 2011

Darren Shaw, Mike Tanner, Jeff Dixon and Greg Kuehn won their second race in a row and throw in Buz Kaster who won his second in three races and we have all repeat winners in victory lane.

Mike Tanner of Kansas City started the night off by chasing down JJ Baumli and Paige Leppin to win his second feature in a row in the the IMCA Northern Sport Mods. Baumli held on to finish second with Chris Wright rebounding for third, Leppin was fourth and Jeff Stotts came through traffic for fifth.

Trenton Missouri’s Greg Kuehn found himself in the right place at the right time in the IMCA Hobby Stocks. Kuehn was running third behind David Willey and Mathew Lance when the two cars got hooked together and Kuehn drove around and captured his second win in a row. Billie Hoover came home second with Jeremy turner, Mich Ross and Adam Reeter rounding out the top 5.

KCK driver Buz Kaster was the only driver tonight who didn’t win two in a row but he did win opening night so that gives Buz his second win of 2011 in the Grand National division. Kaster chased down Jason Anderson and got by him coming out of turn two on the final lap to get the win. Anderson held on to second with Mike Ryun, Gene Claxton, Dean Wray rounding out the top 5.

Jamesport Mo’s Jeff Dixon has started 2011 out on fire. After winning last week he followed that up with a win tonight in the IMCA Stock Cars. Dixon held off opening night winner Brad Whitney for the entire 15 circuits around I-35 Speedway. Whitney was second, Jake Cameron third, Jon Boller III fourth and newcomer Robbie Merkle was fifth. Due to the Stock Cars going back to IMCA sanction they only have points for this week.

Darren Shaw of Kearney Missouri captured an emotional victory tonight, so emotional he couldn’t find the words to express himself in his post race interview. Before the races tonight one of Shaws sponsers and a long time track supporter went in the ICU. The only thing Shaw could say was this one’s for Chuck. Shaw chased down Colby Dixon to win his second race in a row in the IMCA Modifieds. Dave Bouzek, Bud Wilson and Steve Starmer were third, fourth and fifth.

Hard Charger for last week were Duke Jacobs, Wes Fuller, Mike Taylor Jr., and Steven Glenn. Tonights hard chargers were Chris Wright, Greg Kuehn, Buz Kaster, Jake Cameron and Darren Shaw.

You can see full results and up to date points standing by visiting www.speednetdirect.com

Join us next week for red hot IMCA and Grand National racing action at I-35 Speedway!

Gustin is $1,000 richer for I-35 victory in JR Motorsports Hawkeye Dirt Tour

June 6th, 2010

MASON CITY, Iowa – A three-car sprint to the finish tilted Richie Gustin’s way, in the Memorial Day installment of the JR
Motorsports Hawkeye Dirt Tour.

Gustin led the last 24 times around the track Monday night at I-35 Speedway for the $1,000 IMCA Modi fied tour triumph, eking out the win ahead of Ron Pope and Jay Noteboom.

While Pope stayed within shouting distance of first most of the way, Noteboom closed the gap on the front two in the waning laps. Gambling on a move to the higher line, Noteboom made it a three-wide battle going into the final set of turns.

The faster line would belong to Gustin, however, who took the checkers with Pope and Noteboom close behind. Max Corporon ran in the top five all night and bested Randy Havlik in the tussle for fourth.

Pope had drawn the pole start and led the first six circuits. Gustin had to make his way from 11th and avoid a couple multi-car
entanglements that reshaped the starting grid before the opening lap could be scored.

Gustin was already on the ballot for the 2010 Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational.

Forty-nine Modifieds were on hand for the Mason City show.

The third of 10 events in the inaugural series will be Tuesday, June 15 at the Fayette County Speedway. Pit gates at West Union open at 4 p.m., the grandstand opens at 5 p.m. and hot laps are at 6:45 p.m. with racing to follow.