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Rodney Sanders Visits Valley Victory Lane; Set for Busy Week

August 12th, 2016

Happy, Texas – Rodney Sanders started the Hunt for the USMTS Championship with a bang by piloting his Wichita Tank Racing #20 MB Customs/Hatfield Racing Engine Modified to the opening round win on Thursday evening at Valley Speedway.

“We are in a bit of a point’s hole to start the Hunt so I knew it was important to get off to a good start,” said Sanders. “The win definitely helped, but now we have to give it a 110% every night if we are going to
have a chance at our third championship.”

Kicking off The Hunt with the United States Modified Tour Series (USMTS) powered by S&S Fishing & Rental, Rodney Sanders invaded Valley Speedway (Grain Valley, Missouri) on Thursday night. In a field of 31 entries,
Sanders gained four spots in his heat, recording a 2nd-place finish. Earning the pole position for the feature, Rodney cruised to his 10th win of the season, which over Cade Dillard, Jesse Sobbing, Jason Hughes, and Stormy Scott. Sanders picked up a $3,000 payday for his triumph in the 42-lap A-Main.

On Friday night The Hunt headed to Humboldt Speedway (Humboldt, Kansas) for another $3,000-to-win A-Main. Gaining four positions in his heat race, Sanders landed a runner-up finish behind Jeremy Payne, setting him up with the 6th-starting position for the feature. Losing one spot in the 42-lapper, Rodney registered a 7th place outing.

The following night brought the USMTS followers to Lucas Oil Speedway (Wheatland, Missouri) for the 7th Annual Slick Mist Show-Me Shootout. After logging a 4th-place outing in his heat, Sanders transferred into the B-Main for another shot at the feature. Sending the top six to the finale, Rodney scored a runner-up finish behind Jeremy Payne, giving him the 16th-starting spot for the main event. Storming through the field ten positions, Rodney Sanders reeled in a 6th-place finish in the main event.

Sunday night’s scheduled event at Monett Speedway fell victim to rain.

For more results from these events, please visit www.USMTS.com .

The upcoming week will be a pivotal one for Sanders as he seeks another USMTS title. Five races are scheduled with action opening on Wednesday evening at AMSOIL Speedway (Superior, Wisconsin). Thursday night takes the team Red Cedar Speedway (Menomonie, Wisconsin) before seeing action shift to Mississippi Thunder Speedway (Fountain City, Wisconsin) on Friday evening. The weekend is wrapped up with a Saturday evening at Ogilvie Raceway (Ogilvie, Minnesota) a Sunday night visit to Mason City Motor Speedway (Mason City, Iowa). For more information on the events, please visit www.USMTS.com .

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

Sanders victorious in The Valley as the Hunt for the USMTS Caseys Cup gets off to titanic start

August 6th, 2016

GRAIN VALLEY, Mo.– The Hunt for the USMTS Casey’s Cup powered by S&S Fishing & Rental kicked off Thursday at the Valley Speedway with Rodney Sanders edging Cade Dillard for the win in an epic main event.
One year ago, Sanders came into The Hunt as the points leader but found himself on his roof in his heat race. He bounced back to score a top-five finish in the feature race that night, but came up one spot short of winning his third straight USMTS title and a $100,000 payday.

In Thursdays 42-lap nightcap, Sanders held off Cade Dillard and Jesse Sobbing for the win with Dillards low side move in the final turn coming up a few feet short at the finish line.

Dillard had an even better shot at taking the lead six laps earlier when he was able to slide up in front of The Rocket in turn four, but Sanders shot back underneath Dillard to regain the spot entering the next turn. The win was worth $3,000 and the 72nd of Sanders career.

Sobbing, who briefly edged out Dillard for second midway through the race, settled for third while Jason Hughes fought back from an early-race incident to finish.

Similar to Sanders last year, Hughes came into the night as the points leader and
averted disaster early in the feature when Ricky Thornton Jr. lost the handle on his machine and collected Hughes, Ryan Gustin and Masen Big Eagle. Hughes was forced to restart at the tail of the field but clawed his way past 17 cars to earn a top-five finish and minimize the damage in the points battle.

Stormy Scott completed the top five Thursday night while Terry Phillips, Cody Bauman, Mike Densberger, 23rd-starting Zack VanderBeek and Lance Town rounded out the top 10.

Densberger, who started 19th, earned the KSE Racing Products Hard Charger Award in his first-ever start in the Hunt for the USMTS Casey’s Cup.

With his runner-up finish, Dillard moved into the points lead with Hughes five points back in second. Sobbing is third, Sanders jumped up to fourth and Bauman sits fifth in the standings after the first of 22 championship events.

On Friday, the series rolls into the Humboldt Speedway in Humboldt, Kan., for another $3,000-to-win blockbuster. Gates open at 6 p.m., hot laps are at 7:30 and racing begins at 8 p.m.

Tickets are $20 for adults, $5 for youth ages 6-12 and kids 5 and under get in for free. Pit passes are $35.

Race fans can pick up $2-off coupons toward adult grandstand admission at Casey’s General Stores locations in Chanute, Fredonia, Iola, Neodesha and Yates Center.

From 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Cody Bauman and his Sour Patch Kids USMTS Modified will be available for a meet ‘n’ greet at the Casey’s General Store located at 712 E. Madison Ave. in Iola while Mike Jergens and his Snickers-sponsored mount will be at the Casey’s at 220 W. Cherry in Chanute during the same time.

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.

Green flag ready to wave for 2016 Hunt for the USMTS Casey’s Cup

August 4th, 2016

GRAIN VALLEY, Mo. — The 2016 season for the United States Modified Touring Series kicked off 175 days ago in South Texas, and 32 rugged road warriors will embark on the annual crusade in pursuit of the most lucrative title in all of dirt modified racing.

With a USMTS national championship and $25,000 in their crosshairs, racers are readying for the Hunt for the USMTS Caseys Cup powered by S&S Fishing & Rental which begins this Thursday, Aug. 4, at the Valley Speedway in Grain Valley, Mo., for the first of four straight nights of racing to begin the championship chase.

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

2016 HUNT FOR THE USMTS CASEYS CUP SCHEDULE:
Thursday, Aug. 4, Valley Speedway, Grain Valley, Mo.
Friday, Aug. 5, Humboldt Speedway, Humboldt, Kan.
Saturday, Aug. 6, Lucas Oil Speedway, Wheatland, Mo.
Sunday, Aug. 7, Monett Speedway, Monett, Mo.
Wednesday, Aug. 10, Amsoil Speedway, Superior, Wis.
Thursday, Aug. 11, Red Cedar Speedway, Menomonie, Wis.
Friday, Aug. 12, Mississippi Thunder Speedway, Fountain City, Wis.
Saturday, Aug. 13, Ogilvie Raceway, Ogilvie, Minn.
Sunday, Aug. 14, Mason City Motor Speedway, Mason City, Iowa
Thursday, Aug. 18, Adams County Speedway, Corning, Iowa
Friday, Aug. 19 – Lakeside Speedway, Kansas City, Kan.
Saturday, Aug. 20, Salina Highbanks Speedway, Pryor Creek, Okla.
Sunday, Aug. 21, 81 Speedway, Park City, Kan.
Thursday, Aug. 25, Hamilton County Speedway, Webster City, Iowa
Friday, Aug. 26, Rapid Speedway, Rock Rapids, Iowa
Saturday, Aug. 27, Park Jefferson Speedway – Jefferson, S.D.
Sunday, Aug. 28, Casino Speedway, Watertown, S.D.
Thursday, Sept. 1, Fairmont Raceway, Fairmont, Minn.
Friday, Sept. 2, Chateau Raceway, Lansing, Minn.
Saturday, Sept. 3, Deer Creek Speedway, Spring Valley, Minn.
Sunday, Sept. 4, Cresco Speedway, Cresco, Iowa
Thursday, Sept. 22, Deer Creek Speedway, Spring Valley, Minn.

Twenty-nine drivers from 12 states and three carrying the Canadian flag have earned a chance at becoming the 2016 USMTS National Champion by virtue of finishing in the top 15 in points or having perfect attendance in one or more of three regions.

Each of the 32 title hunters have a legitimate shot to pocket the $25,000 prize that goes with being the undisputed heavyweight champion of the dirt modified world.

The Hunt for the USMTS Caseys Cup powered by S&S Fishing & Rental is comprised of 22 events, with the first 21 spanning 32 days at 21 different race track in seven different states from Aug. 4 through Sept. 4.

When the checkered flag drops on opening night of the Featherlite Fall Jamboree on Thursday, Sept. 22, at the Deer Creek Speedway in Spring Valley, Minn., the USMTS will crown its 18th national champion.

After sweeping all three regional titles this year, Jason Hughes comes into The Hunt as the points leader as he seeks to defend his title from one year ago and garner his third crown overall.

Hughes brings a slim three-point advantage over Cade Dillard and just seven markers ahead of Jesse Sobbing. Dillard, who captured the 2014 USMTS rookie title, finished second to Hughes in each region while last years top rookie, Sobbing, finished third in two regions and fourth in the other.

The Bash Bros Cody and Brock Bauman enter The Hunt separated by just two points in fourth and fifth, while their battle at the top of the Grant Junghans Rookie of the Year points remains tight as well.

Joe Duvall, two-time USMTS national champ Rodney Sanders, Dereck Ramirez, Zack VanderBeek and Johnny Scott complete the top 10 in points entering Thursdays showdown in The Valley.

While the 2016 Hunt for the USMTS Caseys Cup will award $25,000 to the champion, all licensed drivers competing in all of the Hunt races are guaranteed at least $2,000 in year-end points fund money whether they are battling for points or not.

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

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

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

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

While chasing his third straight title and a $100,000 payoff, Sanders was unable to match the strength of Hughes during the Hunt as he went on to claim his second title.

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

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

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

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

PROVISIONALS: All licensed drivers in The Hunt are guaranteed two provisionals. An additional provisional is earned after the tenth event, and another after 20 races are complete. Again, the driver must maintain perfect attendance to remain eligible.

Celebrating its 18th season in 2016, the United States Modified Touring Series is the most popular dirt modified series in the world. Attracting the most talented and popular drivers in North America, the fan-friendly format and exciting show produces an enthusiastic and loyal fan base. When it comes to a touring series that features the Best of the Best in dirt modified racing, the USMTS has no equal.

With the USMTS, every night is an all-star race; and those stars shine even brighter during the Hunt for the USMTS Casey’s 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.

Baumans, Duvall, Jergens comprise 2016 Casey’s Crew

August 3rd, 2016

WEBSTER CITY, Iowa– Four United States Modified Touring Series competitors will comprise the Casey’s Crew during this year’s Hunt for the USMTS Casey’s Cup powered by S&S Fishing & Rental.

Each driver will carry an associate sponsorship from Casey’s General Stores during the championship series and primary sponsorship from one of three popular brands available in Casey’s General Store locations across America.

Grant Junghans Rookie of the Year contenders Brock and Cody Bauman of Eureka, Ill., will double-team the Sour Patch Kids cars for this year’s Hunt campaign. The “Bash Bros” have not missed a race this season, and although they are in just their first full season with the USMTS they have garnered a huge following on social media for their colorful and unique photos and videos promoting their team and sponsors.

Sour Patch Kids were originally sold as Mars Men in the 1970s but the in the mid-1980s the name was changed to Sour Patch Kids. Pick up some Sour Patch Kids today at your local Casey’s General Stores and visit them online at www.sourpatch.com to learn more.

Joe Duvall of Claremore, Okla.., will be sporting the AMP livery again this year, along with teammate Scott Drake on a limited basis. This will be Duvall’s second straight year representing AMP Energy the Official Energy Drink of the USMTS and third year competing in the Hunt.

“Big Daddy” is the owner of Duvall Electric, and cut his racing teeth nearly 20 years ago competing in the world of flat track motorcycle racing, competing alongside legendary riders such as Chris Carr, Scott Parker and Joe Kopp.

Duvall, 43, eventually turned his sights toward dirt modified racing. He captured the 2010 NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Oklahoma State Championship while racing at the Salina Highbanks Speedway and Outlaw Motor Speedway, where he is a two-time track champ.

AMP Energy’s full line-up of innovative products provide a kick of energy to match anything the day brings. So tell Monday morning to bring it on, Friday night to wait up for you, and everything in-between to be ready. You’re on your way. Get yourself some AMP Energy at Casey’s General Stores and visit them online at www.ampenergy.com to learn more.

Drake has raced a limited schedule this season and qualified for ‘The Hunt’ through the Production Jars Southern Region. He has won several USMTS races over his career, and has been the crew chief on Duvall’s Club 91 machine for the past two seasons.

Mike Jergens of Plover, Iowa, has shown the MSD Central Region drivers that he is a force to be reckoned with this season. Jergens came on board with the series this year and has had success at several races, including a top 10 finish at the King of America VI Modified Nationals. Jergens is gearing up for ‘The Hunt’ and will be sporting the Snickers wrap this season.

Snickers is the world’s biggest selling candy bar. simple as that. Crammed with peanuts, caramel and nougat then coated with milk chocolate, Snickers quickly became one of the planets favorite treats after its introduction in 1930. And it is still at the top, 75 years later. Pick up a Snickers today at Casey’s General Stores and visit them online at www.snickers.com to learn more.

Throughout the Hunt, race fans will have opportunities to see the cars, meet the drivers, grab some free product samples and pick up $2-off admission coupons at the Casey’s General Stores locations during the Hunt.

A first in motorsports, the unique partnership between the USMTS and Casey’s General Stores directly benefits competitors through sponsorship of their teams. In addition to financial support from each sponsor, all three Caseys Crew teams will utilize a custom driver suit courtesy of LEAF Racewear and each racecar will be colorful and professionally detailed with a colorful wrap from Forty9 Designs and five1seven Designs.

Drivers in the Casey’s Crew are selected based on several criteria including, but not limited to, accomplishments both inside and outside of the cockpit, popularity among both fans and fellow competitors and the ability to represent themselves, the USMTS and Casey’s General Stores and their participating brands in a positive manner.

Be sure to stop by Casey’s General Store before and after the races for all your supplies and needs. And don’t forget to pick up your $2-off general admission coupons which are available on race day at most events during The Hunt.

To learn more about Casey’s General Stores or to find the location nearest you, visit them online at www.caseys.com.

2016 HUNT FOR THE USMTS CASEY’S CUP POWERED BY S&S FISHING & RENTAL
Thursday, Aug. 4, Valley Speedway, Grain Valley, Mo.
Friday, Aug. 5, Humboldt Speedway, Humboldt, Kan.
Saturday, Aug. 6, Lucas Oil Speedway, Wheatland, Mo.
Sunday, Aug. 7, Monett Speedway, Monett, Mo.
Wednesday, Aug. 10, Amsoil Speedway, Superior, Wis.
Thursday, Aug. 11, Red Cedar Speedway, Menomonie, Wis.
Friday, Aug. 12, Mississippi Thunder Speedway, Fountain City, Wis.
Saturday, Aug. 13, Ogilvie Raceway, Ogilvie, Minn.
Sunday, Aug. 14, Mason City Motor Speedway, Mason City, Iowa
Thursday, Aug. 18, Adams County Speedway, Corning, Iowa
Friday, Aug. 19 Lakeside Speedway, Kansas City, Kan.
Saturday, Aug. 20, Salina Highbanks Speedway, Pryor Creek, Okla.
Sunday, Aug. 21, Tri-State Speedway, Pocola, Okla.
Thursday, Aug. 25, Hamilton County Speedway, Webster City, Iowa
Friday, Aug. 26, Rapid Speedway, Rock Rapids, Iowa
Saturday, Aug. 27, Park Jefferson Speedway – Jefferson, S.D.
Sunday, Aug. 28, Casino Speedway, Watertown, S.D.
Thursday, Sept. 1, Fairmont Raceway, Fairmont, Minn.
Friday, Sept. 2, Chateau Raceway, Lansing, Minn.
Saturday, Sept. 3, Deer Creek Speedway, Spring Valley, Minn.
Sunday, Sept. 4, Cresco Speedway, Cresco, Iowa
Thursday, Sept. 22, Deer Creek Speedway, Spring Valley, Minn.

At the end of the Hunt on Sept. 22 after the first night of the 18th Annual Featherlite Fall Jamboree, the 2016 USMTS national champion will be crowned and earn $25,000.

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.

First of nine races in eleven days for USMTS begins Wednesday at Valley Speedway

June 18th, 2015

GRAIN VALLEY, Mo.-Fresh off a five-race stretch through Iowa, Minnesota and Wisconsin, the USMTS Caseys Cup powered by S&S Fishing & Rental heads south this week for nine events over the course of eleven days.

Action heats back up on Wednesday, June 17, at the Valley Speedway in Grain Valley, Mo., for the first of two events in the MSD Central Region presented by Day Motor Sports.

The pit gate will open at 5 p.m., spectator gates open at 6, hot laps begin at 7 and racing commences at 7:30.

Adult general admission tickets are $16, seniors and members of the military get in for $14 and reserved seating is $18 with all kids tickets just $5. Tickets to the party deck are $20 and pit passes are $35.

Race fans can get discount coupons good for $2 off adult general admission at Casey’s General Stores locations in Blue Springs, Buckner, Grain Valley, Independence, Lee Summit and Oak Grove on race day.

In addition to the fire-breathing USMTS Modifieds, the Holley Iron Man Series featuring USRA B-Mods will also be on the racing card.

Mufflers are required for all classes at the Valley Speedway, with a maximum of 95 decibels allowed at 100 feet.

The Valley Speedway is a semi-banked 1/3-mile dirt oval located off of I-70 at exit 24, then 0.9 mile south on Buckner-Tarnsey Rd. (Main St.), then 0.4 mile east on Old US 40 (Hwy AA).

For more information call 816-349-9893 or visit www.valleyspeedway.com online. You can also like Valley Speedway on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ValleySpeedway and follow them on Twitter at www.twitter.com/ValleySpeedway (@valleyspeedway).

On Thursday, June 18, the popular 81 Speedway located just outside of Wichita, Kan., will host a clash between the USMTS vs. NCRA Modifieds for a One Night Stand at the Playground of Power.

Gates open at 5:30 p.m. and race time is 7:30 with NCRA Mod Lite Series joining the evenings line-up.

General admission is $15 for ages 11 and older. Children ages 6-10 are $5.

Last year, defending track champion Joe Adams of Enid, Okla., had the field covered until late in the race when the drive shaft came off of his machine. Despite many of the top drivers in the area competing here each week at 81 Speedway, in the numerous visits made to the speedway by the USMTS teams a local driver has never won the main event. Could it happen this year?

Race fans can get discount coupons good for $2 off adult general admission at Casey’s General Stores locations in Derby, Haysville, Maize, Newton, Rose Hill, Valley Center and Wichita on race day.

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

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

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

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

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

Holley Iron Man Series schedule features 31 dates for USRA Stock Cars and USRA B-Mods

February 14th, 2015

WEBSTER CITY, Iowa–The 2015 racing season will be the sixth for the Holley Iron Man Series, and the biggest and boldest schedule yet is in place for the popular series featuring USRA Stock Cars and USRA B-Mods.

A combination of exciting, new venues and familiar facilities highlight the 2014 campaign which boasts 31 dates at 16 of the finest dirt ovals in Kansas, Iowa, Minnesota and Missouri.

The Holley Iron Man Series will run in conjunction with the United States Modified Touring Series at most events, including the season-opening tripleheader at the Caney (Kan.) Valley Speedway on Friday, March 20; Humboldt (Kan.) Speedway on Saturday, March 21; and I-35 Speedway in Winston, Mo, on Sunday, March 22.

Two weeks later, USRA B-Mods will share the spotlight all three days at the King of America V presented by Chix Gear Racewear back at the Humboldt Speedway, March 26-28. The event pays $500 to win Thursday, $2,000 to win Friday and $1,000 to win Saturday.

For the second straight year, the season finale for both divisions will take place at the 2nd Annual USRA National Championships slated for Oct. 15-17 at the Lakeside Speedway in Kansas City, Kan.

Overall, there are 21 nights of racing for the USRA Stock Cars and 29 shows for the USRA B-Mods. Points for the Holley Iron Man Series will include the best 16 finishes for USRA Stock Cars and best 20 finishes for USRA B-Mods.

Both classes will be in action on 20 nights during the 2015 campaign. USRA B-Mods will fly solo at nine events and USRA Stock Cars have two dates to themselves.

2015 Holley Iron Man Series Schedule:
Fri Mar 20 … Caney Valley Speedway, Caney, Kan. [Stock Cars, B-Mods]
Sat Mar 21 … Humboldt Speedway, Humboldt, Kan. [Stock Cars, B-Mods]
Sun Mar 22 … I-35 Speedway, Winston, Mo. [Stock Cars, B-Mods]
Thu-Sat Mar 26-28 … Humboldt Speedway, Humboldt, Kan. [B-Mods]
Fri May 1 … Lakeside Speedway, Kansas City, Kan. [Stock Cars, B-Mods]
Sat May 2 … Randolph County Speedway, Moberly, Mo. [B-Mods]
Thu May 21 … Crawford County Speedway, Denison, Iowa [Stock Cars, B-Mods]
Sat May 23 … Deer Creek Speedway, Spring Valley, Minn. [Stock Cars, B-Mods]
Sun May 24 … Upper Iowa Speedway, Decorah, Iowa [Stock Cars, B-Mods]
Thu Jun 4 … Sioux Speedway, Sioux Center, Iowa [Stock Cars, B-Mods]
Fri Jun 5 … Rapid Speedway, Rock Rapids, Iowa [Stock Cars, B-Mods]
Wed Jun 17 … Valley Speedway, Grain Valley, Mo. [B-Mods]
Thu Jul 2 … Cresco Speedway, Cresco, Iowa [Stock Cars, B-Mods]
Fri Jul 3 … Fayette County Speedway, West Union, Iowa [Stock Cars, B-Mods]
Tue Jul 21 … Rapid Speedway, Rock Rapids, Iowa [Stock Cars, B-Mods]
Sat Jul 25 … Deer Creek Speedway, Spring Valley, Minn. [Stock Cars]
Fri Aug 7 … Fayette County Speedway, West Union, Iowa [B-Mods]
Wed Sept 2 … Hamilton County Speedway, Webster City, Iowa [Stock Cars, B-Mods]
Thu Sept 3 … Fairmont Raceway, Fairmont, Minn. [Stock Cars, B-Mods]
Sat Sept 5 … Deer Creek Speedway, Spring Valley, Minn. [Stock Cars, B-Mods]
Sun Sept 6 … Cresco Speedway, Cresco, Iowa [Stock Cars, B-Mods]
Sat Sept 19 … Deer Creek Speedway, Spring Valley, Minn. [Stock Cars]
Thu-Sat Sept 24-26 … Deer Creek Speedway, Spring Valley, Minn. [B-Mods]
Sat Oct 3 … Upper Iowa Speedway, Decorah, Iowa [Stock Cars, B-Mods]
Thu-Sat Oct 15-17 … Lakeside Speedway Kansas City, Kan. [Stock Cars, B-Mods]

Both Holley Iron Man Series champions will earn $1,500 as part of the series points fund, plus numerous contingency awards from several generous USRA sponsors. The season-ending points fund for each class is as follows: 1. $1500, 2. $1000, 3. $800, 4. $600, 5. $500, 6. $400, 7. $300, 8. $250, 9. $225, 10. $200.

Each event pays a minimum of $750 to win for USRA Stock Cars and $600 to win for USRA B-Mods with the following minimum Holley Iron Man Series event payouts:

USRA Stock CarA Main 1. $750, 2. $550, 3. $450, 4. $375, 5. $325, 6. $280, 7. $250, 8. $220, 9. $190, 10. $170, 11. $150, 12. $140, 13. $130, 14. $125, 15. $120, 16. $115, 17. $110, 18. $105, 19-20. $100; Tow $75. (Entry fee: $30 licensed, $40 non-licensed).

USRA B-Mod A Main 1. $600, 2. $450, 3. $350, 4. $300, 5. $250, 6. $200, 7. $180, 8. $160, 9. $140, 10. $130, 11. $120, 12. $110, 13. $100, 14. $90, 15. $85, 16-20. $80; Tow $50. (Entry fee: $25 licensed, $35 non-licensed).

To be eligible for points funds, drivers must possess a valid USRA competitor license, utilize the American Racer KK704 tire on all four wheels and compete in at least half of the Holley Iron Man Series events for their division. Drivers in both classes also earn national points in the USRA Weekly Racing Series.

Two-time USRA Stock Car national champion Mitch Hovden of Decorah, Iowa, is the two-time defending Holley Iron Man Series USRA Stock Car champion. Other former champions include Tom Schmitt (2012), Mike Van Genderen (2011) and Nathan Wood (2010).

Cory Crapser of Chippewa Falls, Wis., captured his second straight Holley Iron Man Series title for the USRA B-Mods in 2014. Other former champions include Trevor Hunt (2012) and Cayden Carter (2011).

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.

Last-corner pass puts Shryock in Valley Speedway victory lane

August 25th, 2013

GRAIN VALLEY, Mo. – Snapping a 15-month dry spell, nine-time USMTS National Champion Kelly Shryock stole the feature win from Johnny Scott Thursday night in a thriller for the ages at the Valley Speedway.

Shryock started the 40-lap main event on the outside of the front row, but it was polesitter Steve Whiteaker Jr. who got the advantage at the drop of the green flag.

While Whiteaker worked the middle and bottom lanes, Shryock pounded the cushion on the high side of the 3/8-mile clay oval with Johnny Scott, Rodney Sanders and Jeremy Payne in hot pursuit.

Shryock beat Whiteaker to the stripe to lead the third lap, but Whiteaker battled back and regained the point at the end of the fourth lap.

One lap later, Shryock bobbled in the first turn and nearly lost control of his familiar #3 Skyrocket. By the time he was back up to speed, he found himself mired back in fourth place.

Using the same high line, Scott took control from Whiteaker on lap 6. Again Whiteaker fought back and snagged the lead for laps 8-10 before Scott took over for the final time with 11 laps in the books.

Three cautions throughout the middle of the race kept the field tightly bunched while Scott continued to out-duel Whiteaker with each passing lap. Meanwhile, Payne found his way into third and began to mix it up with the leaders while Shryock slid back as far as eighth place on lap 18.

Payne pressured Scott for the top spot for the middle-to-late portion of the race, but Whiteaker was able to get back around on a restart with 12 laps to go. The race’s final caution waved with six laps remaining and Shryock found himself back up to fourth for the final restart.

Shryock scooted underneath both Payne and Whiteaker in consecutive laps, and then pulled alongside Scott to challenge for the lead with three to go.

Scott held a two-car-length advantage over Shryock as they streaked below the white flag, and appeared to be on his way to his second win during the Hunt for the USMTS Casey’s Cup.

Shryock made up ground down the back-stretch and dove in low in turn 3. Halfway through the turn, Scott’s machine jumped over the cushion and he had to briefly lift off the gas pedal. It was enough for Shryock to inch ahead as they exited the final turn.

As they approached the finish line, Scott closed the gap and the two took the checkered flag in a dead heat. The naked eye may have missed it, but the transponders told the tale of the tape with Shryock taking the victory by two-one-thousandths of a second.

I can’t tell you how much this means, an elated Shryock said in victory lane. People don’t realize how much goes into this deal and how much work it takes to be on top of it night in and night out.

We went back to the shop this week and tore this thing apart. We had it on the jig and found a bunch of stuff we needed to fix, and we even threw some other things at it to try and make it work. It feels good to run good.

Thursday night’s triumph was the 179th of Shryock’s career and earned him a $3,200 paycheck for his efforts.

Scott, who came into the event as the points leader in the Hunt for the USMTS Casey’s Cup, was candid about the mistake that cost him the win, but satisfied with a good points night to keep himself atop the rankings.

I went into turn three pretty hard and just jumped the cushion, Scott admitted. Theres no two ways about it, I just messed up and Kelly was right there to take advantage. My hats off to those guys, though. They really needed this.

Payne, who has been in the redraw for eight of the ten Hunt races, drew the eighth starting spot for the sixth time but found his way onto the podium with a third-place result.

USRA Modified national points leader Terry Schultz held off Rodney Sanders for the fourth spot while Whiteaker, Chris Brown, Trevor Hunt, Terry Phillips and Tanner Mullens rounded out the top 10.

Although he started third, Phillips was involved in a caution on lap 3 and had to tag the tail of the field before clawing his way back to ninth in the end.

Similarly, Jason Hughes started 22nd on the 25-car grid and was battling for eighth on lap 27 when he was involved in a collision. He drove his way back to a 12th-place finish and earned the Mesilla Valley Transportation Hard Charger Award in the process.

In the Hunt for the USMTS Caseys Cup, Scott holds a 32-point advantage over Sanders (973 to 941) going into Round 11 of 18 on Friday night. Hughes remains third and Stormy Scott, who was the first driver out of the feature, is fourth. Payne is fifth, followed by Zack VanderBeek, Brown, Shryock, Dereck Ramirez and Hunt.

On Friday the series returns to the Lakeside Speedway for another barn-burner at the historic half-mile oval on the edge of the Missouri River. Gates will open at 4:00, hot laps start at 7:00 and the night’s first heat race gets the green flag at 7:30.

The Iron Man Challenge featuring USRA B-Mods will also be in action along with local Factory Stocks. Adults are $17, juniors ages 13-16 are $10, kids ages 6-12 are $5 and children ages 5 and under get in for free. Pit passes are $35.

Lucas Schott and his AMP Energy ride will be on hand for a meet & greet from 11:30-1:30 Friday at the Casey’s General Store located at 13000 State Ave. in Kansas City. At the same time, Trevor Hunt and his Snickers car will be at the Casey’s located at 112 Branch in Platte City, Mo.

The Lakeside Speedway is a 3/8-mile slightly-banked dirt oval located 1.0 mile west of I-435 (exit 18) on SR 5 (northwest of Kansas City, Kan.). The track hotline is 913-299-2040 or check out the track’s website at www.lakesidespeedway.net.

This week’s three-night swing wraps up at the Salina High Banks Speedway in Pryor Creek, Okla., on Saturday.

For those unfortunate souls unable to see it all in person, all three of this week’s events will be broadcast live via pay-per-view produced by RacinDirt.com. You don’t have to miss a single lap, visit www.RacinDirt.com and subscribe today.

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

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.

Daughters captures first Iron Man Challenge win at Valley Speedway

August 24th, 2013

GRAIN VALLEY, Mo.- Mason Daughters of Polo, Mo., captured his first Iron Man Challenge victory Thursday night in the 20-lap USRA B-Mod main event the Valley Speedway in Grain Valley, Mo.

After trailing polesitter Jake Richards for the first four laps, Daughters maneuvered into the lead on lap 5 and remained there over the final 15 laps to bag the $500 top prize at the 3/8-mile clay oval.

Points leader Cory Crapser padded his advantage over second-place Dan Wheeler as the two finished second and third, respectively, with USRA B-Mod national points leader Troy Hovey finishing fourth while Richards held on for fifth.

Chad Staus, Dakota Foster, Curtis Berry, David Pierce and Jason Park rounded out the top 10.

Crapser continues to lead the Iron Man Challenge points for the USRA B-Mods over Wheeler, Jared Timmerman, Hovey, Foster, Jacob Bleess, Richards, Daughters, Steve Goodman and Shawn Strong.

The next Iron Man Challenge race for the USRA B-Mods takes place Friday night at the Lakeside Speedway, Kansas City, Kan., as they joined the USMTS Modifieds for the second night in a row.

Gates will open at 4:00, hot laps start at 7:00 and the night’s first heat race gets the green flag at 7:30. Local Factory Stocks will also be in action.

Adults grandstand tickets are $17, juniors ages 13-16 are $10, kids 6-12 are $5 and children ages 5 and under get in for free. Pit passes are $35.

The Lakeside Speedway is a 3/8-mile slightly-banked dirt oval located 1.0 mile west of I-435 (exit 18) on SR 5 (northwest of Kansas City, Kan.). The track hotline is 913-299-2040 or check out the track’s website at www.lakesidespeedway.net.

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Watch USMTS and USRA B-Mods live from Valley, Lakeside and Salina Highbanks

August 23rd, 2013

KANSAS CITY, Kan. -All three of this week’s events in the Hunt for the USMTS Casey’s Cup will be carried live at www.RacinDirt.tv.

The high-powered USMTS Modifieds visit the Valley Speedway in Grain Valley, Mo., on Thursday; Lakeside Speedway in Kansas City, Kan., on Friday; and Salina Highbanks Speedway in Pryor Creek, Okla., on Saturday.

The trio of mega-events will be produced by RacinDirt.com, which brought the World Modified Dirt Track Championship live to viewers in July. Not only will you get every lap of every race every night, but RacinDirt.com has you covered with pre-race interviews, special features and more.

In addition to the USMTS Modifieds, coverage will include the Iron Man Challenge for USRA B-Mods on Thursday at Valley and Friday at Lakeside. The fast and unpredictable OCRS Sprint Cars will be part of the show on Saturday at Salina. Subscribers will witness a complete program each day.

If you cant be at the track this week, you don’t have to miss a single lap. Visit www.RacinDirt.tv and account, get hooked up and tune in live this week and watch from the comfort of your living room. Subscriptions are $19.95 for each show. All major credit cards and PayPal are accepted.

Coverage will begin around 6:30 p.m. each night.

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Valley, Lakeside, Salina Highbanks await Hunt for the USMTS Caseys Cup

August 22nd, 2013

KANSAS CITY, Mo.– Three venues in Missouri, Kansas and Oklahoma are on deck in the Hunt for the USMTS Casey’s Cup this week with the tightest points battle at this point in the 15-year history of the United States Modified Touring
Series.

The high-powered USMTS dirt modifieds visit the Valley Speedway in Grain Valley, Mo., on Thursday, Aug. 22, and then race 43 miles east on Friday, Aug. 23, for the season’s second of six nights this season at the Lakeside Speedway in Kansas City, Kan. The tripleheader wraps up on Saturday, Aug. 24, at the Salina Highbanks Speedway in Pryor Creek, Okla.

All three events will pay $3,000 to win with a $2,000-to-win bonus up for grabs to any driver taking part in the Big Dog Buy-In program that is open to any entrant. Action will kick off this Thursday, at the Valley Speedway for the only appearance of the season for the USMTS Modifieds. This event was rained out back in April, and bonus money has been put up by promoter Dennis Shrout for local drivers to come out and support this event.

Joining the racing card will be the Iron Man Challenge featuring USRA B-Mods with gates opening at 6:00, hot laps at 7:00 and racing to follow. Mufflers are required at this event.

General admission adult tickets are $16, reserved seats are $18 and seating on the party deck is $20. Kids ages 6-12 years of age are $5 and children under 6 get in for free. Pit passes are $30. On race day, fans can pick up $2-off coupons at Caseys General Stores locations in Grain Valley, Oak Grove and Blue Springs.

Trevor Hunt and his Snickers-sponsored machine will be on hand for a meet &’n greet from 11:30-1:30 Thursday at the Casey&s General Store located at 101 S. Buckner-Tarsney Rd. in Grain Valley (just a few blocks from the racetrack).

The Valley Speedway is located 0.9 mile south of I-70 (exit 24) on Main St. (Buckner-Tarnsey Rd.), then 0.4 mile east on Old US 40. For more information, call 816-229-2222 or visit www.valleyspeedway.com online.

On Friday the Hunt for the USMTS Caseys Cup returns to the Lakeside Speedway for another barn-burner at the historic half-mile oval on the edge of the Missouri River.

Last year, the USMTS made its maiden voyage here and the got a classic battle that ended with Ryan Gustin claiming the victory en route to his second straight USMTS National Championship. Earlier this season, Jeremy Payne emerged with the victory in the &Clash of the Titans event.

Gates will open at 4:00, hot laps start at 7:00 and the nights first heat race gets the green flag at 7:30. The Iron Man Challenge featuring USRA B-Mods will also be in action along with local Factory Stocks. Adults are $17, juniors ages 13-16 are $10, kids ages 6-12 are $5 and children ages 5 and under get in for free. Pit passes are $35.

Lucas Schott and his AMP Energy ride will be on hand for a meet & greet from 11:30-1:30 Friday at the Caseys General Store located at 13000 State Ave. in Kansas City. At the same time, Trevor Hunt and his Snickers car will be at the Caseys located at 112 Branch in Platte City, Mo.

The Lakeside Speedway is a 3/8-mile slightly-banked dirt oval located 1.0 mile west of I-435 (exit 18) on SR 5 (northwest of Kansas City, Kan.). The track hotline is 913-299-2040 or check out the tracks website at www.lakesidespeedway.net.

On Saturday, the popular Salina Highbanks Speedway near Pryor Creek, Okla., will host another sure-to-thrill blockbuster. Ryan Gustin and Terry Phillips picked up wins here last season while Stormy Scott walked away with the hardware most recently in April. Jason Hughes was the winner when the USMTS made an appearance in 2004.

The Salute to Veterans Night will also feature the highly unpredictable sprint cars of the Oil Capital Racing Series as track salutes the service veterans that have served our country with pride and honor. Dale Settle will parachute into the racetrack during pre-race ceremonies and there will also be a fly over by Paul Mackey and the Warbirds.

Gates open at 5:00 with hot laps at 6:30 and racing at 7:00. Fans can choose to view the racing from the grandstand bleachers, the upper deck beer garden, the full service “Finish Line Bar & Grill or from one of the special VIP suites. Tickets for adults are $20, kids ages 5-12 are $10 and children ages 4 and under are free. A Family Ticket is also available for $45. VIP seating is $35 or a seat in the beer garden is $25. Pit passes are $35 for adults and $25 for kids.

The Salina Highbanks Speedway is located 7 miles east of Pryor on SR 20. For more information, visit the website at www.salinahighbanksspeedway.com or call 918-434-7223.

For those unfortunate souls unable to see it all in person, all three of this weeks events will be broadcast live via pay-per-view produced by RacinDirt.com. You dont have to miss a single lap, visit www.RacinDirt.com and subscribe today.

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

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

USMTS Casey’s Cup Series ready for Show-Me State swing May 16-18

May 10th, 2013

GRAIN VALLEY, Mo. – One week from today, the stars and cars of the United States Modified Touring Series will be back on the road again making sweet music at three unique dirt tracks in the Show-Me State.

The next event on the calendar for the USMTS Casey’s Cup Series is Thursday, May 16, at the Valley Speedway in Grain Valley, Mo., where drivers, fans and event organizers are hoping the third time’s the charm after two weather-related
postponements in March and April.

This will be the fourth to “The Valley” in the past three seasons. Jason Hughes won the inaugural contest at the 1/3-mile semi-banked dirt oval on April 17, 2011. Defending USMTS national champion Ryan Gustin captured a victory last April while
Chris Brown netted a win in June.

Grandstand gates open Thursday evening at 5:00 with hot laps at 7:00 and racing at 7:30. The Iron Man Challenge for USRA B-Mods will also join the program. A limited number of coupons good for $2 off adult grandstand admission will be
available on race day at Casey’s General Stores locations in Blue Springs and Grain Valley while supplies last.

The Valley Speedway is located 0.9 mile south of I-70 (exit 24) on Main St. (Buckner-Tarnsey Rd.), then 0.4 mile east on Old US 40. For more information, call 816-229-2222 or visit www.valleyspeedway.com online.

On Friday, May 17, the mighty USMTS Modifieds return to the LA Raceway in La Monte, Mo., for the series’ tenth visit to Mike & Carol White’s 3/8-mile clay oval near Whiteman Air Force Base.

Hughes has recorded three of his 111 career wins here, including the most recent event one year ago where he came out on top of a wild battle with Stormy Scott, who had won at the same track just three weeks earlier.

Four of the nine previous main events at the LA Raceway have gone green to checkered without a caution. Jeremy Payne is a two-time winner here, and one-time winners include Kelly Shryock, Grant Junghans and Rodney Sanders, who won his career-first USMTS race here.

Gates open at 4:00, hot laps begin at 6:45 and racing starts at 7:15 for the Schwab’s Tinker Shop Show-Me Shootout. Also on the card will be Iron Man Challenge featuring USRA B-Mods.

On race day, fans can pick up a coupon good for $2 off adult grandstand admission at Casey’s General Stores locations in Knob Noster, La Monte and Sedalia while supplies last.

The LA Raceway is a located 3.5 miles west of SR 127 on Hwy Y. For more information, check out www.laraceway.com online.

Saturday, May 18, will take the tireless USMTS touring titans to the historic West Plains Motor Speedway. Mother Nature thwarted the series debut here in 2011, but fans finally got their due last spring and witnessed nine-time USMTS national
champion Kelly Shryock take down his 177th career USMTS triumph.

The West Plains Motor Speedway is a 100-acre motorsports facility with an exciting 3/8-mile red clay oval surrounded by seating that will accommodate more than 12,000 fans. Fans can enjoy the action from their choice of molded contour seating, ground level bleachers or high-rise stadium style seating.

On-site camping is available free of charge with clean restrooms, showers, water fill and a dump station for motor homes. Full service food and souvenir concessions are conveniently located within the facility along with acres of free parking.

Gates open Saturday evening at 5:00 with hot laps at 7:00 and racing at 7:30. Also in action will be USRA B-Mods, Hobby Stocks, Super Stocks and Crate Late Models.

On race day, fans can pick up a coupon good for $2 off adult grandstand admission at Casey’s General Stores locations in West Plains.

The West Plains Motor Speedway is located 6 miles south of West Plains on US 63. For more information, call the track office at 417-522-9891 or 417-257-2112 on race day. The track’s website can be found at www.westplainsdirt.com.

All three events will award valuable points in the USMTS Arbor Masters Central Region presented by Day Motor Sports.

The “Big Dog Buy-In” will be in effect each night to create a possible $12,000 weekend payoff for one driver. Each race pays $2,000 to win, but the Big Dog Buy-In allows any driver to gamble an extra $100 at the time of registration to compete for an extra $2,000 cash for taking the win. In 12 events this season, a gambler has won the main event 11 times.

Entry forms for USMTS competitors are available online at www.usmts.com/downloads/entry-forms.

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.

USRA Iron Man Challenge kicks off 2013 campaign March 8-9 at Humboldt, Grain Valley

February 19th, 2013

HUMBOLDT, Kan. – The fourth season of the USRA Iron Man Challenge will kick off the 2013 campaign as the USRA B-Mods join the USMTS Modifieds at the Humboldt Speedway in Humboldt, Kan., on Friday, March 8, and the Valley Speedway in Grain Valley, Mo., on Saturday, March 9.

Both events will pay $500 to win and $75 to start the main event, with the USRA B-Mods sharing the spotlight with the USMTS Modifieds both nights.

USRA B-Mod drivers return to Humboldt two weeks later to compete all three nights during the King of America III Modified Nationals on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, March 21-23.

The fourth season for the USRA Iron Man Challenge featuring USRA Stock Cars and USRA B-Mods boasts 24 dates at 11 of the finest dirt ovals in Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri and South Dakota.

Both classes will be in action on 11 of those nights, USRA B-Mods will fly solo at 11 events and USRA Stock Cars have three dates to themselves. Last season 360 tough-as-nails pilots took part in the Iron Man Challenge, including 86 USRA Stock Car drivers and 274 USRA B-Mod competitors.

The Iron Man Challenge will run in conjunction with the USMTS Modifieds at all but two events. It will be a Great American, all-USRA affair on the Fourth of July at the Upper Iowa Speedway in Decorah, Iowa, and the USRA Stock Cars visit the Deer Creek Speedway in Spring Valley, Minn., for the fourth and final time in 2013 when they share the race card with the World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series on Saturday, Sept. 14.

USRA Stock Cars open their 2013 campaign the following weekend, March 29-30, at the LA Raceway in La Monte, Mo., on Friday and I-35 Speedway in Winston, Mo., on Saturday. Both nights will also feature USRA B-Mods along with the USMTS Modifieds. Points will be determined by the best fifteen (15) finishes for USRA B-Mods and best 10 finishes for USRA Stock Cars. To be eligible for points funds, drivers must possess a valid USRA license, utilize the American Racer KK704 racing tire on all four wheels and compete in at least half of the events for their division. Licensed USRA drivers in both classes will also earn national points in the USRA Weekly Racing Series.

Both Iron Man Challenge champions in 2013 will earn $1,500 as part of the series points fund, plus numerous contingency awards from the many generous USRA sponsors.

Tom Schmitt of Independence, Iowa, is the defending USRA Iron Man Challenge champion in the USRA Stock Car class and Trevor Hunt of Kearney, Mo., was the 2012 titlist in the USRA B-Mod division.

The Humboldt Speedway is a located 0.1 mile west of US 169 at the Humboldt exit, then 0.5 mile south, then 0.9 mile east on Georgia Rd. For more information call 620-431-2470 (office) or 620-473-3694 (track) or visit www.humboldtspeedway.com
online.

The I-35 Speedway is located 10 miles north of Cameron on SR 6 (exit 64). For more information, call the track at 660-749-5317 or visit www.i-35speedway.net online. 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.

Saturday night’s alright for USRA B-Mods at Valley Speedway

December 22nd, 2012

GRAIN VALLEY, Mo.- Officials at the Valley Speedway in Grain Valley, Mo., have announced that their B-Mod division will be sanctioned by the United States Racing Association beginning with the 2013 racing season as part of the track’s weekly Saturday night racing program.

“Based on the feedback from drivers and fans, it’s just a natural to sanction the USRA B-Mods at Valley Speedway,” said the track’s promoter, Dennis Shrout. “We look forward to having them be a part of our Saturday night line-up next year.”

Drivers in the USRA Modified division will compete for a points fund worth up to $1,500 at season’s end to the track champion plus multiple contingency awards for several drivers in the class. A $10,000 cash award awaits the USRA Modified national champion in the USRA Weekly Racing Series.

USRA B-Mod competitors will see a track points fund that pays the champion $500 with $2,000 earmarked for the national champion. Dean Wille of Warrensburg, Mo., is the defending USRA Modified track champion and also finished fifth in the national rankings. The Iron Man Challenge series for USRA B-Mods made two stops at “The Valley” in 2012 with Brad Smith of Belton, Mo., taking the checkers in both events. Opening night is tentatively set for April 13.

The Valley Speedway presents a racing season packed with action and excitement for family friendly entertainment. Friday night programs at the track features several open-wheel divisions, while Saturday night’s will find USRA Modifieds and USRA B-Mods joined by Street Stocks and Dirt Demons.

The track is a 1/3-mile semi-banked dirt oval located 0.9 mile south of I-70 (exit 24) on Main St. (Buckner-Tarnsey Rd.), then 0.4 mile east on Old US 40 in Grain Valley, Mo. For more information, call 816-229-2222 or visit www.valleyspeedway.com online.

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Smith scores second Iron Man Challenge trophy at Valley Speedway

August 11th, 2012

GRAIN VALLEY, Mo. – Brad Smith of Belton, Mo., mirrored his winning effort in June as he wheeled his USRA B-Mod to a second straight Industrial Material Surplus Iron Man Challenge victory at the Valley Speedway in Grain Valley, Mo.,
Thursday night.

Polesitter Jacob Ebert of Oak Grove, Mo., took control at the drop of the green flag and paced a wild, three-car battle for the first seven laps between himself, Smith and Mike Higley of Tecumseh, Kan.

Smith finally found a way around the outside of Ebert and claimed the top spot with eight laps in the books. From there, Smith broke away and led the final 12 laps to the checkered flag while the other two continued their heated battle all the way to the finish line with Higley getting the runner-up paycheck at the end of 20 orbits.

The win was worth $500 to Smith, who also captured the Iron Man trophy when the series joined the USMTS Modifieds last month at the Lakeside Speedway in Kansas City, Kan.

Cody Brill of Harrisonville, Mo., took fourth and points leader Trevor Hunt of Liberty, Mo., came from 14th on the starting grid to round out the top 5 finishers.

Sixth through tenth, respectively, were Bryan Montgomery, Jared Timmerman, Ralph Reuscher, Allen Bush and Brad Montgomery.

The Industrial Material Surplus Iron Man Challenge returns to action on Friday, Aug. 17, at the Mississippi Thunder Speedway in Fountain City, Wis., with both USRA Stock Cars and USRA B-Mods on the card.

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 draws first blood, captures opening event in Hunt for the USMTS Casey’s Cup

August 11th, 2012

GRAIN VALLEY, Mo. – Defending USMTS national champion Ryan Gustin of Marshalltown, Iowa, fired the first shot in this year’s Hunt for the USMTS Casey’s Cup powered by Swan Energy with a convincing victory Thursday night at the Valley
Speedway in Grain Valley, Mo.

Starting third in the 40-lap main event, Gustin passed Randy Timms in the first turn after the drop of the green flag and then powered around the outside of polesitter Kelly Shryock as they came to the flagstand to complete the first lap.

Meanwhile, Shad Badder got by Timms for third while the rest of the field began to sort it out. While Shryock chased Gustin around the fast 3/8-mile clay oval, Terry Phillips moved up from his sixth starting spot to make it a three-car battle for the next position.

Three cautions during the first half of the race helped Shryock stay within striking distance, but Gustin was flawless on each restart and maintained a four- to six-car-length cushion throughout. Phillips disposed of Badder with 13 laps complete and Timms wrestled the runner-up spot away from Shryock on lap 16.

With Gustin weaving his way through lapped traffic, the race’s final caution waved with three laps to go but the late-race yellow flag offered no assistance to Gustin’s pursuers. The rest of the top five were embroiled in their own battles to the finish line while ‘The Reaper’ sailed away to his 13th win this year.

Gustin’s 60th career USMTS triumph was worth $3,000 and put the 21-year-old on top in the USMTS Casey’s Cup Series points standings after the first of 17 scheduled events in the Hunt for the USMTS Casey’s Cup.

Phillips used the final restart to work his way around Timms and collect the runner-up paycheck while Jason Hughes claimed the fourth spot. Johnny Scott finished fifth after starting 22nd and earned the Mesilla Valley Transportation Hard Charger Award.

Shryock slipped to sixth in the final three-lap sprint. Rodney Sanders, Dereck Ramirez, Zack VanderBeek and 17th-starting Jeremy Payne rounded out the top 10 finishers.

On Friday, the Hunt for the USMTS Casey’s Cup ventures to Ron and Rhenda Whitworth’s popular Humboldt Speedway in Humboldt, Kan. Stormy Scott has two wins at ‘The Hummer’ this season including the King of America II Modified Nationals in March. He returned to the winner’s circle on June 22 in his first night driving for Rowland Racing.

Al Hejna and his Snickers-sponsored ride will be on hand to greet fans and sign autographs Friday at the Casey’s General Store located at 712 E. Madison Ave. in Iola from 12-2 p.m. Race fans can get $2-off coupons at Casey’s locations in
Chanute, Iola and Yates Center. To find the location nearest you, check out www.caseys.com.

Gates open at 5:30 p.m. with hot laps at 7:30 and the first heat race at 8 p.m. Also on the racing card will be USRA B-Mods, Factory Stocks and Pure Stocks.

The Humboldt Speedway is a located 0.1 mile west of US 169 at the Humboldt Exit, then 0.5 mile south, then 0.9 mile east on Georgia Rd. For more information call 620-431-2470 (office) or 620-473-3694 (track) or visit www.humboldtspeedway.com.

On Saturday, Aug. 11, it’s the much-anticipated return to the “Diamond of Dirt Tracks” as ‘The Hunt’ returns to the state-of-the-art Lucas Oil Speedway in Wheatland, Mo., for the 3rd Annual Lucas Slick Mist Show-Me Shootout. On Sunday, the
USMTS Modifieds make their 14th appearance at Randy Mooneyham’s Monett Speedway in Monett, Mo., for the 7th Annual USMTS Summer Shootout.

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.

Cummins, Hejna, Payne revealed as Casey’s Crew drivers for 2012 ‘Hunt’ campaign

July 24th, 2012

ANKENY, Iowa– Officials from the United States Modified Touring Series revealed today the drivers that will comprise the Casey’s Crew during the 2012 Hunt for the USMTS Casey’s Cup powered by Swan Energy.

While all three competitors come from different backgrounds and reside in three different states, each member of the trio has proven himself a threat to reach victory lane with the Best of the Best in open-wheel dirt modified racing.

This year’s Casey’s Crew drivers are Jason Cummins of New Richland, Minn.; Al Hejna of Clear Lake, Iowa; and Jeremy Payne of Springfield, Mo.

During the Hunt for the USMTS Casey’s Cup, each of the three competitors will carry an associate sponsorship from Casey’s General Stores (www.caseys.com), and primary sponsorship courtesy of three of the most popular brands available in every Casey’s General Store location

JASON CUMMINS

Cummins, who has primarily competed with the USMTS in the Southern Minnesota area, has just four career USMTS wins but each of them were big ones. His first came during the “Night of Victory” Shoot-Out held prior to the first night of the 2008 Featherlite Fall Jamboree. The 20-lap race featured 20 local, regional and national racing stars, including NASCAR’s Kevin Harvick.

The 32-year-old has also conquered a pair of preliminary night main events at the Jamboree – one in 2009 and again in 2011. He also won the opening night qualifying feature at last year’s inaugural World Modified Dirt Track Championship.
The latest conquest for the 2010 American Racer USRA Weekly Racing Series Modified National Champion came this past November when he took $10,000 from the Southern New Mexico Speedway in Las Cruces, N.M., after winning the USRA Modified Fall Nationals.

Cummins’ #71 Skyrocket Chassis is powered by Sput’s Racing Engines and will be sponsored by Cheetos – the Official Snack of the USMTS. Cheetos Snacks are the playfully mischievous cheesy crunch that add a little lighten-up moment to any day.
Proof positive, you simply can’t eat a Cheetos Snack without smiling. The Cheetos brand strives to provide consumers with fun times every step of the way. Pick up some Cheetos today at Casey’s General Stores check them out online at
www.cheetos.com.

AL HEJNA

The “A” Train has been one of the most popular drivers on the USMTS circuit since its inception in 1999, and was also one of the stars of the 2010 television docu-drama ‘Dirt Knights’ which featured six drivers as they competed in the Hunt for the USMTS Casey’s Cup.

This will be the second stint for the 49-year-old as a member of the prestigious Casey’s Crew. Hejna donned the Casey’s General Stores livery in the first campaign back in 2008. His last of 23 career victories came on Aug. 4, 2009, when he scored his fifth USMTS win of the season with a wire-to-wire performance at the Cresco (Iowa) Speedway to clinch the Yeager Machine Upper Midwest Region title.

Hejna operates Rookies Rockin’ Sports Bar and Sevens Restaurant & Steakhouse in Clear Lake along with his brother Mike – a former USMTS standout himself.

Hejna’s #7 BC Chassis powered by JR Motorsports will be sponsored by Snickers – the Official Candy Bar of the USMTS. Snickers is the world’s biggest selling candy bar . simple as that. Crammed with peanuts, caramel and nougat then coated with milk chocolate, Snickers quickly became one of the planet’s favorite treats after its introduction in 1930. And it is still at the top, 75 years later. Pick up a Snickers today at Casey’s General Stores and visit them online at www.snickers.com to learn more.

JEREMY PAYNE

“JP” originates from Tucson, Ariz., but in 2006 made his home in Springfield, Mo., where he currently resides. Now 26 years old, he started racing go-karts at the age of 8 and made the jump to open-wheel dirt modifieds when he was 16. One year later, he made the decision to leave home and pursue his dream of a full-time racing career.

In addition to six career USMTS victories that includes a ‘Hunt’ win at his hometown Springfield Raceway in 2009, Payne also has dozens of prestigious wins around the country in both Modifieds and Late Models.

After a successful six-year partnership, Payne decided to leave Terry Phillips Racing earlier this year to venture out on his own as he builds his open wheeled modified program.

Payne’s #186 GRT Chassis powered by RoushYates Engines will be sponsored by SLAP Energy – the Official Energy Drink of the USMTS. SLAP Energy drinks do not just give you long-lasting energy but are satisfying beverages as well. SLAP Energy simply tastes better than the competition. Check out all of the flavors in the two unique but very different categories, Tea+Energy and Sensation+Energy. Pick up some SLAP Energy today at Casey’s General Stores and get SLAP’d on the World Wide Web at www.slapdrinks.com.

ABOUT THE CASEY’S CREW

In what may be a first in motorsports, the partnership between the United States Modified Touring Series and Casey’s General Stores directly benefits competitors through sponsorship of their teams. Throughout the Hunt for the USMTS Casey’s Cup, fans can enjoy appearances by these drivers at local Casey’s General Stores locations, as well as related branded spin-off merchandise such as apparel, die-casts, autograph cards and more.

In addition to sponsorship dollars from their sponsor, each driver will utilize a new Awesome Race Suit (www.awesomeracesuits.com) and each racecar will be professionally detailed with the latest vehicle wrap technology from New Vision Graphics (www.newvisiongraphics.cc).

Drivers in the Casey’s Crew are selected based on several criteria including, but not limited to, accomplishments both inside and outside of the cockpit, popularity among both fans and fellow competitors and the ability to represent themselves, the USMTS and Casey’s General Stores and their participating vendors in a positive manner.

Casey’s General Stores (NASDAQ: CASY), currently owns and operates nearly 1,700 convenience stores in eleven Midwestern states – Arkansas, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa , Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma, South Dakota and Wisconsin – withtheir first store in Kentucky set to open . Casey’s General Stores supply quality self-service gasoline, made-from-scratch pizza & donuts, sandwiches, hot & cold beverages, grocery items, and a whole lot more. Most Casey’s operate in towns with populations of less than 5,000, and it’s in these same communities where the majority of USMTS fans, drivers and their families reside.

Through the years, Casey’s success has been attributed to our clean stores, restrooms, and the friendly employees who pride themselves in customer service. Casey’s customers have come to know that inside each store they will find dedicated, helpful, and well-trained employees, exceptional prepared food items, and a clean environment in which to shop.

To learn more about Casey’s General Stores, or to find the location nearest you, visit them online at www.caseys.com.

THE HUNT FOR THE USMTS CASEY’S CUP 2012 SCHEDULE

Aug. 9 … Valley Speedway, Grain Valley, Minn.
Aug. 10 … Humboldt Speedway, Humboldt, Kan.
Aug. 11 … Lucas Oil Speedway, Wheatland, Mo.
Aug. 12 … Monett Speedway, Monett, Mo.
Aug. 15 … Ogilvie Raceway, Ogilvie, Minn.
Aug. 16 … Rice Lake Speedway, Rice Lake, Wis.
Aug. 17 … Mississippi Thunder Speedway, Fountain City, Wis.
Aug. 18 … Upper Iowa Speedway, Decorah, Iowa
Aug. 19 … Nobles County Speedway, Worthington, Minn.
Aug. 29 … Fairmont Raceway, Fairmont, Minn.
Aug. 31 … Chateau Raceway, Lansing, Minn.
Sept. 1 … Deer Creek Speedway, Spring Valley, Minn.
Sept. 2 … Dodge County Speedway, Kasson, Minn.
Sept. 20-22 … Deer Creek Speedway, Spring Valley, Minn.

The Hunt for the USMTS Casey’s Cup currently has 16 events on tap with the possibility of two additional dates to be announced. Spanning 45 days, the champion will emerge at the conclusion of the 14th Annual Featherlite Fall Jamboree at the Deer Creek Speedway in Spring Valley, Minn., on Sept. 22. This year’s champion will pocket a whopping $15,000 for the series title.

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.

Smith first place in first USRA Industrial Material Surplus Iron Man Challenge start at Valley Speedway

June 26th, 2012

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Saturday, June 23, 2012
GRAIN VALLEY, Mo- Brad Smith of Belton, Mo., made his first start in the USRA Industrial Material Surplus Iron Man Challenge his first win Saturday at the Valley Speedway in Grain Valley, Mo.

Thirteen-year-old Trevor Hunt of Liberty, Mo., started on the pole and grabbed the lead at the start of the 20-lap USRA B-Mod main event, but two laps later Smith powered by to take over the top spot.

Unrattled, Hunt battled back to lead the sixth lap but it was Smith taking control again with 10 laps in the books.

From there, Smith was able to keep the series points leader at bay to collect his first Iron Man trophy and the $500 winner’s share of the purse.

Nick Newton of Kansas City, Kan., took home the third-place paycheck with Scotty Martin of Independence, Mo., holding off Gunner Martin of Blue Springs, Mo., for the fourth position.

Sixth through tenth, respectively, were Jared Timmerman, Jacob Ebert, Mark Evinger, Tom Johannsen and Adam Bush.

From here, the USRA Industrial Material Surplus Iron Man Challenge drivers will embark on a big swing through Northern Iowa and Southern Minnesota as they accompany the USMTS Modifieds to four of the five events next week.

The USRA Stock Cars will join the USRA B-Mods when they invade the Mineral City Speedway in Fort Dodge, Iowa, this Tuesday, June 26. After a day off, the USRA B-Mods will be in action Thursday, Friday and Saturday at the Fairmont (Minn.) Raceway, Highway 3 Raceway in Allison, Iowa, and Upper Iowa Speedway in Decorah, owa.

Each event will pay $500 to win for the USRA B-Mods while USRA Stock Cars battle for $700 to win Tuesday at the Mineral City Speedway.

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.

Brown survives, wins USMTS National Championship Series event at Valley Speedway

June 26th, 2012

GRAIN VALLEY, Mo. – Chris Brown of Spring, Texas, led every lap of the Swan Energy “A” Main Saturday night at the Valley Speedway, but his second USMTS National Championship Series victory of the season was anything but easy.

After winning Beyea Custom Headers Heat Race #1, Brown earned the pole position via the redraw among the night’s top 8 qualifiers while 2010 USMTS National Champion Jason Hughes drew the outside front row for the start of the 50-lapper.

Brown edged Hughes by a bumper to lead the first lap, and then opened up a two-car-length advantage before the race’s first and only yellow flag waved on lap 3 when Brandon Davis and USRA Modified track points leader Dean Wille tangled in turn 3.

Back under green, Terry Phillips slipped underneath Hughes to take away second place and then set his sights on Brown. Over the next seven laps, Hughes had his hands full with Stormy Scott in a battle for third but a slide over the turn 3 embankment on lap 12 dropped him back to ninth and out of the hunt for the win.

Catching the rear of the field on lap 22, Brown struggled to find his way around a back-marker which allowed Phillips and Scott to close in tight on Brown’s rear bumper. Phillips attempted a pass on the low side, but Brown powered back ahead down the back-stretch and remained the leader near the midway point of the race.

Phillips had his own tussle with a lapped car on lap 28 which allowed Scott to move into the runner-up spot, but Phillips made the pass and regained the position from Scott with 30 circuits in the books.

With no cautions to bunch up the field, lapped traffic was thick and heavy for the leaders. Phillips used this to his advantage and slid underneath the leader on lap 36 but Brown again held his ground and paced Phillips to the start-finish line. Scott re-entered the picture with 10 laps to go as he raced in Phillips’ shadow while Phillips continued to search for a way around Brown. Five laps later, Scott used lapped cars to get by Phillips on the low side and take control of second place.

Looking to make it two straight wins for himself and his new team, Scott hugged the low groove while Brown continued to power low into the turns and slide up to his preferred high line around the fast 3/8-mile clay oval.

A blanket could have covered the top 3 as they got the white flag from USMTS flagman Ryne Staley with one final lapped car set to play a role in the outcome. Brown and Scott scooted underneath the slower car down the back-stretch but Phillips made contact with the left rear and barely escaped from what could have been a bad crash.

With Brown on the high side and Scott down low, the pair charged out of the final turn side by side with Brown getting the $4,000 winner’s share of the prize money by the length of his bumper (a 0.095 second margin of victory).

“It was a great race and a great race track,” Brown said in victory lane. “I wish I could have seen what was going on behind me because it had to be one heck of a race. “I saw Terry a couple of times and I saw Stormy about the time the white flag dropped – I actually thought it was Hughes down there. I was thinking, man, just hold on for one more lap.”

Brown held on to capture his first USMTS National Championship Series win since April 26 at the Rice Lake (Wis.) Speedway and his sixth career USMTS triumph. Scott, meanwhile, came up just short of his second straight night of late-race
heroics after a win Friday night at the Humboldt (Kan.) Speedway where he defeated Phillips by about the same margin he lost to Brown by tonight.

“Another great night, had good luck and the car was getting better and better as the race went on,” Scott told RacinDirt.com’s Sam Stoecklin after his runner-up finish. “Me and Terry and Chris Brown were fighting for the lead the last couple of laps . I thought I was going to get him but I’m happy with second, it’s been a great two nights.”

Phillips held on for a third-place finish while Rodney Sanders, who started 16th, made a late-race charge to earn the fourth spot and took home the Mesilla Valley Transportation Hard Charger Award.

Defending USMTS National Champion Ryan Gustin rounded out the top 5 finishers while Johnny Bone Jr., Chase Junghans, Jon Tesch, Dereck Ramirez and Johnny Scott were sixth through tenth, respectively.

After 48 hours to rest up and tighten all the bolts, the stars and cars of the United States Modified Touring Series go back to work on Tuesday, June 26, at the Mineral City Speedway in Fort Dodge, Iowa, for the first of five straight nights of racing with nearly $100,000 in prize money up for grabs during the summer swing.

On Wednesday, the series travels to the Deer Creek Speedway in Spring Valley, Minn., to make up a rained-out event from last month. Thursday will take the best open-wheel dirt modified pilots on the planet to the Fairmont Raceway in Fairmont, Minn., and then the action moves to the Highway 3 Raceway in Allison, Iowa, on Friday. The weekend wraps up with the popular “Donnybrook in Decorah” at the Upper Iowa Speedway in Decorah, Iowa, on Saturday night.

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.

Two dates for Iron Man Challenge USRA B-Mods penciled in at Valley Speedway

May 3rd, 2012

GRAIN VALLEY, Mo. – Officials at the United States Racing Association announced today that the Valley Speedway in Grain Valley, Mo., will host the Industrial Material Surplus Iron Man Challenge for USRA B-Mods on Saturday, June 23, and again on Thursday, Aug. 9.

Both events will pay $500 to win and $75 to start the main event.

The USRA B-Mods will race in conjunction with the USMTS Modifieds at both events. The June 23 show will be a USMTS National Championship Series event while the Aug. 9 stint will be part of the Hunt for the USMTS Casey’s Cup.

The third season for the Industrial Material Surplus Iron Man Challenge boasts 29 dates at 14 popular dirt ovals in 6 states. On the calendar are 27 shows for USRA B-Mods and 15 for the full-fendered USRA Stock Cars. Both classes will race together on 13 nights, USRA B-Mods will have 14 solo nights and Stock Cars will have 2 nights to themselves.

Last season 367 tough-as-nails drivers took part in the Iron Man Challenge, including 237 different USRA B-Mod drivers and 130 USRA Stock Car competitors.

Points will be determined by the best 12 finishes for USRA B-Mods and best 10 finishes for USRA Stock Cars. To be eligible for points funds, drivers must possess a valid USRA license, utilize the American Racer KK704 racing tire on all four wheels and compete in at least half of the events for their division. Licensed USRA drivers in both classes will also earn national points in the American Racer USRA Weekly Racing Series.

IRON MAN CHALLENGE POINTS FUND: USRA Stock Cars – 1. $2000, 2. $1500, 3. $1000, 4. $800, 5. $600, 6. $500, 7. $400, 8. $300, 9. $250, 10. $200; USRA B-Mods – 1. $1000, 2. $700, 3. $500, 4. $400, 5. $350, 6. $300, 7. $200, 8. $175, 9. $150, 10. $125.

AMERICAN RACER USRA WEEKLY RACING SERIES POINTS FUND: USRA Stock Cars – 1. $1500, 2. $1000, 3. $700, 4. $600, 5. $500, 6. $450, 7. $400, 8. $350, 9. $300, 10. $250; USRA B-Mods – 1. $2000, 2. $1500, 3. $1000, 4. $800, 5. $600, 6. $500, 7. $400, 8. $350, 9. $300, 10. $250.

There is no requirement to purchase a USRA license to compete in the Iron Man Challenge, but benefits enjoyed by licensed drivers include a piece-of-mind $100,000 insurance policy and a lucrative points fund. The cost of a USRA license is $100 for Stock Cars and $90 for B-Mods, which covers the driver for all USRA-sanctioned races during the 2012 season.

Next up, the Industrial Material Surplus Iron Man Challenge will be back in action for a doubleheader during the Memorial Day Weekend. On Thursday, May 24, the series heads to the Highway 3 Raceway in Allison, Iowa, and then on Saturday, May 26, it’s a trip to the Deer Creek Speedway in Spring Valley, Minn.

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 returns to winning ways in Grain Valley

April 22nd, 2012

GRAIN VALLEY, Mo. – Ryan Gustin rolled into victory lane for the first time in six months Friday night as the defending USMTS National Champion scored his first USMTS Casey’s Cup Series win of the 2012 campaign at the Valley Speedway.

After five runner-up finishes this year, the 21-year-old from Marshalltown, Iowa, was a man on a mission in the 40-lap main event, coming from tenth on the starting grid to overtake polesitter Ken Schrader for the lead with just ten laps in the books.

Determined not to settle for another bridesmaid result like he did last year here, Gustin used every inch of the racing surface to slice his way through lapped traffic while current points leader Rodney Sanders shadowed him in and out of the back-markers for the final 30 circuits.

A caution with four laps to go bunched the field for a final sprint to the finish, but ‘The Reaper’ was too tough to tame tonight as he roared away for a 1.680-second win over ‘The Rocket’ while Schrader held on for a third-place finish.

Kelly Shryock finished fourth while Stormy Scott saw his string of three straight wins end with a fifth-place paycheck. Sixth was Dereck Ramirez and Johnny Scott recovered from a next-to-last lap slide over the embankment while running third to claim the seventh spot. Rusty Griffaw, Bryan Rowland and Jeremy Payne rounded out the top ten.

Rowland, who hails from tornado-ravaged Woodward, Okla., passed twelve cars from his original starting position to earn the Mesilla Valley Transportation Hard Charger Award.

Gustin’s 49th career triumph was worth $2,000 and solidified his position on the all-time wins list behind Shryock (176 wins) and Jason Hughes (106).

His first win came less than four years ago on August 28, 2008, at the Highway 3 Raceway in Allison, Iowa. That win made him the youngest winner in USMTS history at 17 years, 10 months and 13 days old – a record that stands today.

His most recent win came during a preliminary qualifying night on October 19, 2011, at the Humboldt Speedway during the inaugural King of America Modified Nationals.

With his fifth top-five finish in six starts, Sanders remains the USMTS Casey’s Cup Series points leader by 11 markers over Stormy Scott, with Gustin, Hughes and Johnny Scott completing the top five in the rankings going into a showdown Saturday night at the Salina Highbanks Speedway in Salina, Okla.

Hughes was the winner when the USMTS Modifieds made their only appearance at Salina in 2004. Last year’s return of the USMTS Modifieds to the high-banked 3/8-mile clay oval fell to rain.

The Salina Highbanks Speedway has over 5,000 brand new general admission seats, 100 balcony bar seats and 200 VIP seats that are located in the five-star Finish Line Restaurant which gives fans access to the comfort of indoor climate, a full service bar and grill and great views of beautiful Lake Hudson while enjoying the racing action.

Support classes for Saturday’s show will be Pure Stocks, Factory Stocks, Grand Nationals and 360 Modifieds. Gates open at 5 p.m. with the first green flag waving at 7 p.m.

The Salina Highbanks Speedway is located 7 miles east of Pryor on SR 20. For reservations and ticket information, visit the website at www.salinahighbanksspeedway.com or call 918-434-7223.

The USMTS wraps up the four-race swing on Sunday at the Monett Speedway in Monett, Mo. All four events pay $2,000 to win and at least $250 to start.

Schrader and fellow NASCAR favorite Kenny Wallace will be in action again Saturday at Salina and Schrader joins the party Sunday too.

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.

Valley Speedway to fly USRA banner in 2012

January 9th, 2012

GRAIN VALLEY, Mo. – Officials at the Valley Speedway in Grain Valley, Mo., have announced that their Modified division will be sanctioned by the United States Racing Association beginning with the 2012 racing season as part of the track’s weekly Saturday night racing program.

“After careful consideration and looking at other options, Valley Speedway has decided to sanction our A Mod class with the USRA for the 2012 racing season,” said the track’s promoter Dennis Shrout. “We have looked at what the drivers have asked
and told us . this is what will be best for the track and teams.”

The Valley Speedway Modified rules were already very similar to that of the USRA RHS Modifieds, so changes will be few and far between for the track’s current roster of racers.

Drivers in the USRA RHS Modified division will compete for a points fund worth up to $1,500 at season’s end to the track champion plus multiple contingency awards for several drivers in the class, and a $10,000 top prize awaits the USRA RHS Modified national champion in the American Racer USRA Weekly Racing Series.

Tim Setzer of Archie, Mo., is the defending track champion in the Modified division, and was also track champion at the USRA-sanctioned Butler Motor Speedway during a shortened 2011 campaign.

In addition to the USRA RHS Modifieds, weekly Saturday programs features B-Mods, Street Stocks and Hobby Stocks. Test & Tune sessions are scheduled on March 3, 10 and 17, and the first regular weekly show taking place on Saturday, April 7, with ULMA Late Models also joining the action that night.

The Valley Speedway presents a racing season packed with action and excitement for family friendly entertainment. High profile drivers offer competitive shows and specialty classes add support to regional teams entering the racing sport.

The track is a 1/3-mile semi-banked dirt oval located 0.9 mile south of I-70 (exit 24) on Main St. (Buckner-Tarnsey Rd.), then 0.4 mile east on Old US 40 in Grain Valley, Mo. For more information, call 816-229-2222 or visit www.valleyspeedway.com online.

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.

USMTS debut at Valley Speedway postponed to Sunday; All systems go for Central Missouri Speedway on Saturday

April 17th, 2011

(GRAIN VALLEY, Mo) – Due to rain, the USMTS event scheduled for today (Friday, April 15) at the Valley Speedway has been
postponed until Sunday, April 17. Pit gates will open at 2 p.m., spectator gates open at 4 and hot laps will start at 5 with racing to follow.

The races for Saturday, April 16, at the Central Missouri Speedway are on as planned as the USMTS Casey’s General Stores National Tour powered by Swan Energy returns to action this weekend with a doubleheader of long-awaited debuts at a pair of Missouri’s most popular dirt-covered bullrings. Saturday night will find the USMTS Modifieds at the Central Missouri Speedway in Warrensburg for the first time in the series’ 13-year history, and Saturday the traveling road show takes on another new venue when America’s premier open-wheel modified teams and machines tackle the Valley Speedway in Grain Valley.

Both shows will serve as the season-opening programs for each speedplant and a $2,000 payday awaits the winner each night in the fourth and fifth events in the Schwab’s Tinker Shop Mo-Kan Region. At age 20, Ryan Gustin already is fourth on the USMTS all-time win list with 29 victories under is belt and “The Reaper” sits atop the points heading into this weekend’s Show-Me State blockbusters where more than 50 drivers are expected to be in attendance.

Others that fans can look forward to seeing in action include nine-time USMTS National Champion Kelly Shryock, defending USMTS National Champion Jason Hughes, Jon Tesch, Dustin Boney, Johnny Scott, Colt Mather, Zack VanderBeek, Rick Beebe, John Allen, Johnny Bone Jr., 2007 USMTS National Champion Jason Krohn, Tommy Myer, Rodney Sanders and many more. But with the caliber of local drivers at both facilities, it’s not going to be a walk in the park for the touring USMTS titans.

Central Missouri Speedway has long been recognized as the ‘Home of the Mighty Modifieds’ and this statement will never ring more true than this Saturday, April 16. Last year, Dustin Boney dominated at CMS with multiple feature wins including a $5,000 payday last July while Rick Beebe has traveled great distances in the early 2011 season competing with the USMTS and is another area driver expected to give the touring drivers a run for their money.

Additional “locals” to watch for include 2010 track champion Jason Thompson, Chad Lyle, Terry Schultz, Jason Bodenhamer, Mark Dotson and past CMS track champion Aaron Marrant. This weekend’s action also features Street Stocks racing for an
increased purse.

A reminder to fans and teams traveling to the track via Highway 13, there is a bypass currently in effect. Those who normally exit I-70 at the Higginsville Exit for Highway 13 South will need to make alternate route plans when heading to the track this weekend. The detour is clearly marked; additional information may be found at www.modot.org/tim. The Central Missouri Speedway is a 3/8-mile high-banked clay oval located 3.5 miles north of US 50 on SR 13 (at the junction of CR V). For more information, call 660-747-2166 or check out www.centralmissourispeedway.net on the World Wide Web.

On Sunday, pit gates will open at 2 p.m., spectator gates open at 4 and hot laps will start at 5 with racing to follow. Valley Speedway regulars expected to fight for the checkered flag on their home turf include Terry Schultz, Eddie Bray Jr., Kyle Westerhold, Scotty Martin, Buddy Benedict, Danny Barker, Kaleb Bray, Zachary Sanders, Jeremy Johnson, Jimmy Dowell and others. Midwest Outlaw Vintage Cars and Midwest Mod Lites will also be on the racing card.

Race fans can visit area Casey’s General Store locations and pick up a coupon good for $5 off one adult ticket to this event. Coupons marked for Friday, April 15, are still good for Sunday’s show. The Valley Speedway is a 1/3-mile semi-banked dirt oval located 0.9 mile south of I-70 (exit 24) on Main St. (Buckner-Tarnsey Rd.), then 0.4 mile east on Old US 40 in Grain Valley, Mo. For more information, call 816-229-2222 or visit www.valleyspeedway.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.

Bullring Mania: USMTS Debut at Valley Speedway, Central Missouri Speedway

April 15th, 2011

(GRAIN VALLEY, Mo.) The USMTS Casey’s General Stores National Tour powered by Swan Energy returns to action this Friday and Saturday, April 15-16, with a doubleheader of long-awaited debuts at a pair of Missouri’s most popular dirt-covered bullrings.

Friday night will find the USMTS Modifieds at the Valley Speedway in Grain Valley for the first time in the series’ 13-year history, and Saturday the traveling road show takes on another new venue when America’s premier open-wheel modified teams and machines tackle the Central Missouri Speedway in Warrensburg.

Both shows will serve as the season-opening programs for each speedplant and a $2,000 payday awaits the winner each night in the fourth and fifth events in the Schwab’s Tinker Shop Mo-Kan Region.

At age 20, Ryan Gustin already is fourth on the USMTS all-time win list with 29 victories under is belt and “The Reaper” sits atop the points heading into this weekend’s Show-Me State blockbusters where more than 50 drivers are expected to be in attendance.

Others that fans can look forward to seeing in action include nine-time USMTS National Champion Kelly Shryock, defending USMTS National Champion Jason Hughes, Jon Tesch, Dustin Boney, Johnny Scott, Colt Mather, Zack VanderBeek, Rick Beebe, John Allen, Johnny Bone Jr., 2007 USMTS National Champion Jason Krohn, Tommy Myer, Rodney Sanders and many more.

But with the caliber of local drivers at both the Valley Speedway and Central Missouri Speedway, it’s not going to be a walk in the park for the touring USMTS titans.

On Friday, pit gates open at 4 p.m. and the grandstand gates swing open at 5 p.m. For the early bird fans, the concessions will have “happy hour” from 5-6 p.m. with discounted food and beverages. Hot laps begin at 7 p.m. and the first heat starts at 7:30.

Valley Speedway regulars expected to fight for the checkered flag on their home turf include Terry Schultz, Eddie Bray Jr., Kyle Westerhold, Scotty Martin, Buddy Benedict, Danny Barker, Kaleb Bray, Zachary Sanders, Jeremy Johnson, Jimmy Dowell and others.

Midwest Outlaw Vintage Cars and Midwest Mod Lites will also be on the racing card.

Race fans can visit area Casey’s General Store locations and pick up a coupon good for $5 off one adult ticket to this event.

The Valley Speedway is a 1/3-mile semi-banked dirt oval located 0.9 mile south of I-70 (exit 24) on Main St. (Buckner-Tarnsey Rd.), then 0.4 mile east on Old US 40 in Grain Valley, Mo. For more information, call 816-229-2222 or visit www.valleyspeedway.com[1] online.

Central Missouri Speedway has long been recognized as the ‘Home of the Mighty Modifieds’ and this statement will never ring more true than this Saturday, April 16.

Last year, Dustin Boney dominated at CMS with multiple feature wins including a $5,000 payday last July while Rick Beebe has traveled great distances in the early 2011 season competing with the USMTS and is another area driver expected to give the touring drivers a run for their money.

Additional “locals” to watch for include 2010 track champion Jason Thompson, Chad Lyle, Terry Schultz, Jason Bodenhamer, Mark Dotson and past CMS track champion Aaron Marrant.

This weekend’s action also features Street Stocks racing for an increased purse.

A reminder to fans and teams traveling to the track via Highway 13, there is a bypass currently in effect. Those who normally exit I-70 at the Higginsville Exit for Highway 13 South will need to make alternate route plans when heading to the track this weekend. The detour is clearly marked; additional information may be found at www.modot.org/tim[2].

The Central Missouri Speedway is a 3/8-mile high-banked clay oval located 3.5 miles north of US 50 on SR 13 (at the junction of CR V). For more information, call 660-747-2166 or check out www.centralmissourispeedway.net[3] on the World Wide Web.

To learn more about the United States Modified Touring Series, visit www.usmts.com[4] online or call 515-832-7944. You can also follow the USMTS on Facebook, MySpace, Twitter and YouTube.