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Scott conquers King of America II Modified Nationals

April 1st, 2012

HUMBOLDT, Kan. – Stormy Scott parlayed a perfect preliminary night on Wednesday into a storybook ending Saturday night as he captured the checkered flag in the King of America II Modified Nationals at the Humboldt Speedway and took the $15,000 top prize back home to Las Cruces, N.M. With the best overall points total after three days of qualifying, Scott started the 75-lap main event from the pole position, but it was Friday’s preliminary winner – Terry Phillips – who seized command at the drop of the green flag.

While Phillips set the pace, Scott shadowed him around the 3/8-mile clay oval for the opening circuits with brief cautions on the laps 4 and 15 slowed the action and kept the rest of the field within striking distance of the leaders.
However, as drivers were getting ready to take the green flag to restart the race, Phillips headed for the pit area – a victim of a broken brake rotor.

Scott took over the reigns for the restart and quickly distanced himself from his pursuers, but the race’s third caution waved with 23 laps down just as Scott was catching the back of the pack. Thursday’s winner William Gould, defending USMTS National Champion Ryan Gustin, defending USRA Modified National Champion Johnny Bone Jr., Zack VanderBeek, Jason Hughes, Steven Whiteaker Jr., Ryan Ruter, defending King of America winner Kelly Shryock and Jon Tesch filled out the rest of the top 10 as the race went back to green.

Again Scott shot out to a big lead as a flurry of drivers swapped positions behind him, but none were able to close the gap until VanderBeek secured second from Gustin with 18 laps to go and started chipping away at the leader’s advantage.
With time running out and the margin too large to overcome, VanderBeek got the break he needed when the race’s final caution occurred with four laps remaining when Gould suffered mechanical troubles in turn 2.

On the restart, ‘The Z-Man’ hugged the bottom of the track while Scott continued to chew away at the middle. Scott held off VanderBeek at the line to complete lap 72, but as they crossed the line to complete the 73rd lap, VanderBeek edged Scott by a bumper at the flagstand. But Scott was not rattled and fought back the next time around to nip VanderBeek at the stripe as they streaked beneath the white flag. One lap later, Scott crossed the finish line first with about a car-length to spare to score the biggest win of his career.

VanderBeek settled for the runner-up spot and the $8,000 that accompanied it while Tesch clawed his way from 21st to claim the third spot and a $5,000 payday. Gustin held off MLRA Late Model Series champ John Anderson for the fourth spot and the winner’s twin brother, Johnny Scott, bounced back from a spin on lap 4 to snare the sixth position. Bone, Hughes, Shryock and Whiteaker rounded out the top 10 finishers.

Each of the 30 starters in the Swan Energy “A” Main pocketed a minimum of $1,500. USMTS Casey’s Cup points leader Rodney Sanders won the Allen’s Automotive “D” Main from the pole, and then passed 25 cars in the next two main events to earn his way into the main event. But after 65 laps of racing, Sanders’ machine suffered mechanical failure during the parade lap and did not complete a lap, ending his hard-charging effort through three feature races.

A total of 90 cars and drivers from 12 different states competed over the four days at the popular bullring in Humboldt, Kan. After a two-week hiatus, the USMTS Casey’s Cup Series jumps back into battle for a four-night, four-track tour through Missouri and Oklahoma. The stint begins with a rain-postponed event at the LA Raceway in La Monte, Mo., on Thursday, April 19. On Friday, April 20, the series moves to the Valley Speedway in Grain Valley, Mo., and then on to the Salina Highbanks Speedway in Salina, Okla., on Saturday, April 21. The swing ends at the Monett Speedway in Monett, Mo., on Sunday, April 22.

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.

Drake returns to Humboldt winners circle

March 31st, 2012

HUMBOLDT, Kan. – Scott Drake of Joplin, Mo., backed up his win Thursday with a wire-to-wire triumph in the USRA B-Mod main event Friday night at the Humboldt Speedway. Drake, who came from the seventh row to win one night earlier, started outside the front row this time and cruised to an easy win over Shawn Strong.

It was the second straight runner-up finish for Strong after winning Wednesday night’s feature race. The win was worth $500 to Drake for his third win at Humboldt this season. Steven Muilenburg finished third, Nick Newton was fourth and South Dakota’s Tyler Johnson rounded out the top 5. Ben Kates, Dustin Daniels, Clint Potter, Bobby Maggard and Jack Simmons completed the top 10.

Action continues Saturday at ‘The Hummer’ with the USRA B-Mods racing for $1,000 to win and national points in the American USRA Weekly Racing Series. Pit gates open at 2:00, grandstands open at 4:00, hot laps start at 5:30 and racing action kicks off at 6:00.

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.

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.

Gould gets in done on River’s Edge Scrap Management Qualifying Night at King of America II

March 30th, 2012

HUMBOLDT, Kan. – On Wednesday night, New Mexico’s Stormy Scott became a first-time USMTS winner as he brought home the victory on opening night at the King of America II Modified Nationals.

Twenty-four hours later, William Gould added his name to the most elite club in all of open-wheel dirt modified racing as the Sooner State speedster grabbed his career first USMTS main event win on River’s Edge Scrap Management Qualifying Night at the Humboldt Speedway.

After a 15th-place finish Wednesday night, the 39-year-old from Calera, Okla., rolled the dice and used his ‘mulligan’ to try and better his qualifying effort Thursday.

The gamble paid off as he led the final 17 circuits of the 35-lap main event to earn himself a spot in Saturday’s $15,000-to-win championship race. While Scott led every lap in dominating Wednesday’s feature, the first 18 laps of Thursday’s nightcap were anything but boring with Ryan Ruter stealing the lead away from polesitter Corey Dripps on the first lap.

Dripps battled back on the high side of the 3/8-mile clay oval and wrestled the lead away from Ruter on lap 8. Meanwhile, Gould came along with Dripps as the top three runners separated themselves from the rest of the pack.

Using the middle groove, Gould nipped Dripps at the line to lead lap 14 with Ruter making it three-wide in the next turn. Dripps regained the advantage the next time around, but Gould fought back once again to be scored as the leader on lap 16.

Still racing side by side, Dripps regained the top spot for the next two laps but appeared to lose control of his machine as the leaders raced out of turn 4 to complete lap 19. The result was Dripps spinning to bring out the race’s first and only caution.

On the restart, Gould looked like a sitting duck with Ruter, defending USRA Modified National Champion Johnny Bone Jr., defending USMTS National Champion Ryan Gustin, Steven Whiteaker Jr., Mike Steensma, 11-time Humboldt winner Jason Hughes and Dereck Ramirez on his tail for the restart.

Unphased by the restart, Gould pulled out to a two car-length lead over Ruter. Two laps later, Bone and Gustin slipped by Ruter to take second and third with Gould in their crosshairs.

But neither driver was able to make up any ground on Gould.

Gustin got by Bone to take the runner-up finish, with Steensma and Whiteaker coming home fourth and fifth. Sixth through tenth were Mark Dotson, Ruter, Ramirez, Jon Tesch and Johnny Scott.

For Tesch, it was an impressive rebound from a disappointing “B” Main earlier where he and Scott had battled for the lead for 11 laps before contact with Rodney Sanders on lap 12 sent both drivers to the rear of the field.

As the fastest overall qualifier in group time trials, Tesch earned a provisional start in the “A” Main and made the best of it, racing from 27th on the starting grid to ninth at the finish with just one caution to aid his effort.

Along with Gould, five other drivers – Gustin, Bone, Steensma, Whiteaker and Dotson – also assured themselves a spot among the first 18 starters in Saturday’s big dance.

Action continues at ‘The Hummer’ on Friday for Schwab’s Tinker Shop Qualifying Night. Group time trials will once again kick off the program, followed by heat races and main events with drivers earning points for their performances in each. The top six points earners Friday night will each earn one of 18 guaranteed starting spots in Saturday’s championship race.

Saturday’s program will feature an “alphabet soup” of main events that will culminate with a 30-car starting field for the championship race that will feature a three-wide start. Even if a driver has some tough luck during qualifying, he or she still has the chance to climb the ladder of main events on Saturday to earn a spot in the finale.

Nearly $80,000 has been earmarked for Saturday’s “A” Main alone, with a total purse of more than $130,000 posted for the four-day extravaganza.

USRA B-Mods will be part of the event too, racing for a stout purse and national points in the American USRA Weekly Racing Series. Tomorrow’s feature will pay $500 to win with a $1,000 top prize earmarked for Saturday’s winner. USRA rules will apply except that B-Mods must utilize a solid pull bar.

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.

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.

Scott perfect on Allen’s Automotive Qualifying Night at King of America II

March 29th, 2012

HUMBOLDT, Kan. – Stormy Scott didn’t just win his career-first USMTS Modified feature Wednesday night at the Humboldt Speedway, he simply overwhelmed the entire field and guaranteed himself the pole position for Saturday’s $15,000-to-win
main event here at the King of America II Modified Nationals.

Dubbed “The New Mexico Nightmare,” Scott’s performance will certainly keep the competition from getting some shut-eye as they work to figure out a way to catch the driver from Las Cruces three days from now.

The night began with group time trials where Scott recorded fast time among his fellow heat race competitors, putting him sixth on the grid for his eight-lap heat race.

After winning his heat, he earned the most passing points to garner the pole position for the 35-lap Allen’s Automotive “A” Main Qualifier and that was as close as anybody would get.

Three cautions kept the pack nearby early on, but each restart saw Scott storm out to a huge lead, taking the checkers with more than two seconds to spare over defending King of America winner and nine-time USMTS National Champion Kelly Shryock.

2010 USMTS National Champion Jason Hughes – winner of 11 USMTS feature races at the 3/8-mile clay oval – came from the 13th starting spot to finish third, with 2007 USMTS National Champion Jason Krohn fourth and Zack VanderBeek fifth.

Rick Beebe, Bryan Rowland, Al Hejna, Jacob Gallardo and Jeremy Payne completed the top 10.

While Scott earned the most points possible with his sweep of the night’s festivities, five other drivers – Shryock, VanderBeek, Beebe, Hughes and Krohn – also locked themselves into one of the first 18 starting spots in Saturday’s finale.

Action continues at ‘The Hummer’ on Thursday for River’s Edge Scrap Management Qualifying Night. Group time trials will once again kick off the program, followed by heat races and main events with drivers earning points for their performances in each. The top six points earners tomorrow and Friday night will each earn one of 18 guaranteed starting spots in Saturday’s championship race.

Saturday’s program will feature an “alphabet soup” of main events that will culminate with a 30-car starting field for the championship race that will feature a three-wide start. Even if a driver has some tough luck during qualifying, he or she still has the chance to climb the ladder of main events on Saturday to earn a spot in the finale.

Nearly $80,000 has been earmarked for Saturday’s “A” Main alone, with a total purse of more than $130,000 posted for the four-day extravaganza.

USRA B-Mods will be part of the event too, racing for a stout purse and national points in the American USRA Weekly Racing Series. Shawn Strong captured Wednesday night’s race to pocket the $300 top prize. The next three nights will pay $400, $500 and $1,000 to win, respectively. USRA rules will apply except that B-Mods must utilize a solid pull bar.

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.

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.

King of America II Modified Nationals kicks off Wednesday

March 28th, 2012

HUMBOLDT, Kan. — America’s toughest and most talented open-wheel dirt Modified drivers are headed for Humboldt, Kan., for the King of America II Modified Nationals as the historic Humboldt Speedway hosts the $15,000-to-win, $1,500-to-start event this Wednesday through Saturday, March 28-31.

Nearly $80,000 has been earmarked for Saturday’s “A” Main alone, with a total purse of more than $130,000 posted for the four-day extravaganza.

The inaugural running of the extravaganza took place this past October, and fans were treated to four nights of extraordinary close action that culminated with a 75-lap championship main event won by nine-time USMTS National Champion Kelly Shryock.

The qualifying features on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday each ended with a pass for the lead during the last five laps of the race.

While officials decided to move the show to March this time around, the program will feature the same one-of-a-kind format that was utilized for the October race.

Drivers will qualify on Wednesday, Thursday or Friday, but may also purchase a “mulligan” that allows them to attempt to qualify a second day if they aren’t satisfied with their first attempt.

Group time trials will be staged each of the first three days, followed by heat races and main events with drivers earning points for their performances in each. The top six points earners each day will earn one of 18 guaranteed starting spots in Saturday’s championship race, with the highest overall points earner during the three days of qualifying garnering the pole for the big dance.

Saturday’s program will feature an “alphabet soup” of main events that will culminate with a 30-car starting field for the championship race that will feature a three-wide start. Even if a driver has some tough luck during qualifying, he or she still has the chance to climb the ladder of main events on Saturday to earn a spot in the finale.

Pre-entered drivers include John Allen, Josh Angst, Shad Badder, Brandon Ball, Brandon Beckendorf, Rick Beebe, Jim Body, Johnny Bone Jr., Steven Bowers Jr., Chris Brown, Mickey Burrell, Jeff Carpenter, Lucas Conley, Dan Daniels, Scott Daniels,
Brandon Davis, Mark Dotson, Corey Dripps, Joe Duvall, Dan Fetters, Justin Folk, Jordan Foster, Don Gerritsen Jr., Andy Gordon, Jordan Grabouski, Ryan Gustin, Al Hejna, T.J. Herndon, Daniel Hilsabeck, Jason Hughes, David Karst, Ron Keith, Jason Krohn, Shawn Langhover, Colt Mather, Jim Moody, Tanner Mullens, Rick Murcko, Jeremy Payne, Paden Phillips, Terry Phillips, Al Purkey, Jamie Ragland, Dereck Ramirez, Justin Rexwinkle, Bryan Rowland, Ryan Ruter, Rodney Sanders, Randy Sandvick, Kyle Schmidt, Tyler Schmidt, Lucas Schott, Jon Schwab, Johnny Scott, Stormy Scott, Lucas Shott, Kelly Shryock, Austin Siebert, Rodney Sigg, Jeff Stephens, Jon Tesch, Tyler Townsend, Zack VanderBeek, Mike Wedelstadt, Tommy Weder Jr., Jessy Willard and Randy Zimmerman.

USRA B-Mods will be part of the event each night too, racing for a stout purse and national points in the American USRA Weekly Racing Series. Each day will be a complete and separate show with $300, $400, $500 and $1,000 to win, respectively. USRA rules will apply except that B-Mods must utilize a solid pull bar.

General admission grandstand tickets are $20 on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday and $25 on Saturday; Kids tickets are $10 each night. Pit passes are $35 on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday and $40 on Saturday.

On Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, pit gates open at 3:00, grandstands open at 5:00, hot laps start at 6:30 and time trials begin at 7:00. On Saturday pit gates open at 2:00, grandstands open at 4:00, hot laps start at 5:30 and racing begins at 6:00.

Grandstand tickets on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday are $20 each while Saturday’s show is $25. All single-day tickets are general admission and will only be sold on the night of races.

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.

For camping, ATV and/or golf cart permits, call 620-473-3694.

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

Jason Hughes Claims Third Win of 2012 with Humboldt Triumph

March 19th, 2012

Westville, Oklahoma – Jason Hughes claimed his third win of the 2012 campaign over the weekend by powering his #12 West Siloam Pawn/Gressel Racing/Hughes/Mullins Race Engines Open Wheel Modified to the $2,000 win at Humboldt Speedway (Humboldt, Kansas).

After a one week break, Jason Hughes made a triumphant return to the cockpit of his #12 West Siloam Pawn/Gressel Racing/Hughes/Mullins Race Car on Friday night with a $2,000 win over a field of 73 competitors at Humboldt Speedway (Humboldt, Kansas). With a talent-laden field of cars on hand to get track time for the upcoming King of America Modified Nationals at the 1/4 mile oval, Jason began his night by advancing from the fifth starting spot to a second place finish in heat race action. His heat race performance allowed him to accumulate enough points to lock into the redraw for the feature.

Hughes would be the lucky recipient of the pole position in the redraw and was joined on the front row by Terry Phillips for the 40 lap affair. As the race went green Phillips bolted to the lead with Jason in tow. Hughes would bide his time until taking the lead on lap 22 and would lead the next nine circuits before Ryan Gustin slipped by for the lead. Jason would not give up though as he stalked Gustin for the lead, and as the field took the white flag Jason shot back to the top spot, and would go on to lead the final circuit to claim the win over Gustin, Rodney Sanders, Stormy Scott, and Zach VanderBeek. The win marked his third of the 2012 campaign.

Saturday night found Jason again entering a $2,000-to-win, Casey’s General USMTS event at Humboldt Speedway (Humboldt, Kansas). With 70 entries on hand, Jason passed two cars in his heat race to finish fourth, which left him running a b-main. In the b-main he advanced from his fifth starting spot to a second place finish, which earned him the 18th starting spot for the 40 lap feature. Against a talented field of competitors Hughes enjoyed a great run in the feature event as he passed twelve cars to finish in the sixth position behind race winner, Rodney Sanders, John Schwab, Johnny Scott, Terry Phillips, and Terry Schultz. For his effort he received the Mesilla Valley Transportation Hard Charger Award.

Full results from both nights are available at www.USMTS.com.

This weekend, March 23rd-24th, Jason will be back on the Casey’s General USMTS trail with a pair of events in the Show-Me state. On Friday night a $2,000-to-win event will be held at LA Raceway (La Monte, Missouri) before seeing the action shift north to I-35 Speedway (Winston, Missouri) on Saturday night for another $2,000-to-win program. Both events are Casey’s Cup Qualifiers, and Jason, who is currently second in the standings, will be looking to try and overtaking leader, Rodney Sanders, this weekend. For more information on the events, please visit www.USMTSRacing.com .

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

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Roberts finds Iron Man Challenge pot of gold at Humboldt Speedway

March 18th, 2012

HUMBOLDT, Kan. – The long haul to the Humboldt Speedway in Southern Kansas paid off for Nick Roberts as the youngster from Des Moines, Iowa, captured the 20-lap USRA B-Mod main event Saturday night in Round 2 of the Iron Man Challenge. After a 13th-place finish Friday night, Roberts used a strong heat race finish and some luck of the Irish on St. Patrick’s Day in drawing the outside of the front row for the main event.

He used it to his advantage as he held off Oklahoma’s Irish duo Ross McCartney and Chad McNamara to score the victory and pocket the $500 winner’s share of the purse. Shawn Strong came from 14th to finish fourth and local favorite Tim VanGotten rounded out the top 5 at the flagstand. Sixth went to Cresco, Iowa’s Jason Schlangen, seventh was Jeremy Chambers, Friday night’s winner Scott Drake was eighth, Nick Newton nabbed ninth and veteran Steve Muilenburg took tenth.

This weekend’s season opener for the Iron Man Challenge was the first venture into the Sunflower State for the series and the first USRA-sanctioned event for B-Mods at ‘The Hummer’ which will sanction the division as part of their weekly Friday night programs in 2012. Last season 367 tough-as-nails drivers took part in the Iron Man Challenge, including 237 different B-Mod drivers and 130 Stock Car competitors.

Both the USRA Stock Cars and USRA B-Mods will be in action next weekend when the Iron Man Challenge accompanies the USMTS Modifieds to the LA Raceway in La Monte, Mo., and the I-35 Speedway in Winston, Mo., on Friday and Saturday, March 23-24.

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.

Sanders corrals USMTS Casey’s Cup competitors at Humboldt

March 18th, 2012

HUMBOLDT, Kan. – Rodney Sanders rolled to his first USMTS Casey’s Cup Series win of the season Saturday night, rising to the top of a 70-car field of the nation’s best open-wheel dirt Modified drivers as they invaded the Humboldt Speedway for the second night of the 7th Annual Spring Fling @ The Bullring. Polesitter Nick Nevins jumped in front at the start of the 40-lap main event and led the first seven laps before Corey Dripps powered around the high side of the 1/3-mile clay oval to grab the top spot.

Mark Dotson entered the picture 14 laps later and challenged Dripps for the lead but the pair made contact that resulted in a caution, a flat tire for Dotson and both drivers tagging the rear of the field. Defending USMTS National Champion Ryan Gustin inherited the lead for the restart and proceeded to pace the pack through the next 12 laps with Sanders and John Schwab applying the pressure.

With seven laps to go, however, Gustin’s right rear tire went flat and ‘The Reaper’ found himself denied of the winners circle again after losing the lead to Jason Hughes with two laps remaining the night before. Sanders was there to take the reigns and 22-year-old from Happy, Texas, rolled into victory lane with his first win of the 2012 campaign and pocketed the $2,000 top prize. It was his sixth career USMTS victory and first ever at ‘The Hummer.’

Schwab, who started second, was still there at the end to score his career-best USMTS finish while Johnny Scott climbed from 12th on the starting grid to finish third with Terry Phillips and Terry Schultz rounding out the top 5. Sixth through tenth, respectively, went to Friday night winner Jason Hughes, Mike Sorensen, Rick Beebe, Jacob Dahle and Jeremy Payne.

While Gustin was awarded the Dominator Hard Luck Award for the night, Hughes bagged a bonus “Benjamin” by coming from 18th to 6th and earning the Mesilla Valley Transportation Hard Charger Award. Another pair of USMTS Casey’s Cup Series clashes are in store next weekend at the LA Raceway in La Monte, Mo., on Friday, March 23, and the I-35 Speedway in Winston, Mo., on Saturday, March 24. Both events will also have the Iron Man Challenge featuring USRA Stock Cars and B-Mods on the racing card.

The USMTS Modifieds return to the Humboldt Speedway in less than two weeks as the track will host the $15,000-to-win King of America II Modified Nationals, March 28-31. In all, Modified March Madness will see nearly $200,000 in cash being doled out during the month.

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.

Hughes topples 72-car field in USMTS Casey’s Cup triumph at Humboldt Speedway

March 17th, 2012

HUMBOLDT, Kan. – Jason Hughes ran down early leader Terry Phillips, lost the lead to Ryan Gustin and then fought back to regain the lead with two laps to go as he captured the 40-lap USMTS Casey’s Cup Series main event Friday night at the Humboldt Speedway in Humboldt, Kan.

Phillips, who came into the event as the points leader after winning the USMTS Casey’s Cup Series opener in Baytown, Texas, three weeks ago, snagged the lead from Hughes at the drop of the green flag and paced the field for the first half of the race before Hughes wrestled the lead away on lap 22.

Nine laps later, defending USMTS National Champion Ryan Gustin scooted past the 2010 titleist to gain the lead with ten laps remaining. But Hughes has become known for his late-race heroics at ‘The Hummer’ and the 37-year-old chassis builder from Watts, Okla., came roaring back to challenge Gustin with three laps remaining.

With the white flag waving in front of them, Hughes made his move to the outside of ‘The Reaper’ and edged ahead at the line.

Hughes proceeded to pull away in the final trip around Ron and Rhenda Whitworth’s high-banked 1/3-mile clay oval to record his 11th career victory in 25 USMTS shows at Humboldt.

The $2,000 triumph was also the 106th win of his USMTS career.

Gustin, who climbed from 12th on the starting grid, had to settle for his third runner-up finish in four starts this season as he continues to search for his first win of the 2012 campaign.

Rodney Sanders brought home a third-place finish, followed by Stormy Scott, Zack VanderBeek, Johnny Scott, Terry Schultz, Chris Brown, Mike Sorensen and Steven Bowers Jr. completing the top 10.

Seventy-two USMTS Modifieds filled the pit area Friday night, along with 33 USRA B-Mods competing in the companion Iron Man Challenge event topped by Scott Drake.

Modified March Madness continues at Humboldt on Saturday, with gates opening at 3 p.m. and racing getting underway at 5:30.

In addition to the USMTS Modifieds, the Iron Man Challenge for USRA B-Mods will be back in action plus local Humboldt Speedway 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 online.

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

Drake best in Iron Man Challenge debut at Humboldt

March 17th, 2012

HUMBOLDT, Kan. – Scott Drake of Joplin, Mo., picked up his first Iron Man Challenge checkered flag as he conquered a 33-car USRA B-Mod field at the Humboldt Speedway in Humboldt, Kan., Friday night.

Competing in his first Iron Man Challenge event in the debut for the series and the popular USRA-sanctioned division at Humboldt, the veteran racer wired the main event field for a $500 payday.

Minnesota’s Jacob Blaess was second, with Steven Muilenburg taking third, Jeremy Chambers in fourth and Jared Timmerman scoring a fifth-place finish.

Tim VanGotten, Jason Schlangen, Terry Bruner, Ross McCartney and Chad McNamara rounded out the top 10 finishers in the feature race.

Action returns to ‘The Hummer’ on Saturday night with gates opening at 3 p.m. and racing getting underway at 5:30.

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.

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.

Real Steel: USRA Iron Man Challenge in action Friday-Saturday at Humboldt Speedway

March 14th, 2012

HUMBOLDT, Kan. – The third season of the Iron Man Challenge will kick off the 2012 campaign this weekend as the USRA B-Mods join the USMTS Modifieds at the ’7th Annual Spring Fling @ The Bullring’ this Friday and Saturday, March 16-17, at the Humboldt Speedway in Humboldt, Kan.

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

This will be the first venture into the Sunflower State for the Iron Man Challenge and the first USRA-sanctioned event for B-Mods at ‘The Hummer’ which will sanction the division as part of their weekly Friday night programs in 2012.

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

Gates open at 5 p.m. on Friday with the first heat race at 7:30. On Saturday, gates open at 3 p.m. with racing getting underway at 5:30.

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 third season for the Iron Man Challenge boasts 26 dates at 13 popular dirt ovals in 6 states. On the calendar are 24 shows for USRA B-Mods and 16 for the full-fendered USRA Stock Cars. Both classes will race together on 14 nights while B-Mods will have 10 solo nights and Stock Cars will have 2 nights to themselves.

Both the Stock Cars and B-Mods will compete next weekend when the Iron Man Challenge accompanies the USMTS Modifieds to the LA Raceway in La Monte, Mo., and the I-35 Speedway in Winston, Mo., on Friday and Saturday, March 23-24.

2012 IRON MAN CHALLENGE SCHEDULE:

Fri Mar 16 … Humboldt Speedway, Humboldt, KS (B-Mods)
Sat Mar 17 … Humboldt Speedway, Humboldt, KS (B-Mods)
Fri Mar 23 … LA Raceway, La Monte, MO (B-Mods & Stock Cars)
Sat Mar 24 … I-35 Speedway, Winston, MO (B-Mods & Stock Cars)
Thu May 24 … Highway 3 Raceway, Allison, IA (B-Mods & Stock Cars)
Sat May 26 … Deer Creek Speedway, Spring Valley, MN (B-Mods & Stock Cars)
Wed Jun 27 … Mineral City Speedway, Fort Dodge, IA (B-Mods & Stock Cars)
Thu Jun 28 … Fairmont Raceway, Fairmont, MN (B-Mods)
Fri Jun 29 … Highway 3 Raceway, Allison, IA (B-Mods)
Sat Jun 30 … Upper Iowa Speedway, Decorah, IA (B-Mods)
Thu Jul 12 … I-35 Speedway, Winston, MO (B-Mods)
Fri Jul 13 … Lakeside Speedway, Kansas City, KS (B-Mods)
Thu Jul 19 … Interstate Speedway, Jefferson, SD (B-Mods)
Sun Jul 22 … Nobles County Speedway, Worthington, MN (B-Mods)
Thu Jul 26 … Deer Creek Speedway, Spring Valley, MN (Stock Cars)
Fri Aug 17 … Mississippi Thunder Speedway, Fountain City, WI (B-Mods & Stock Cars)
Sat Aug 18 … Upper Iowa Speedway, Decorah, IA (B-Mods & Stock Cars)
Sun Aug 19 … Nobles County Speedway, Worthington, MN (B-Mods & Stock Cars)
Sun Aug 26 … Huset’s Speedway, Brandon, SD (B-Mods)
Wed Aug 29 … Fairmont Raceway, Fairmont, MN (B-Mods & Stock Cars)
Thu Aug 30 … Highway 3 Raceway, Allison, IA (B-Mods & Stock Cars)
Sat Sep 15 … Deer Creek Speedway, Spring Valley, MN (Stock Cars)
Fri Oct 5 … Highway 3 Raceway, Allison, IA (B-Mods & Stock Cars)
Sat Oct 6 … Highway 3 Raceway, Allison, IA (B-Mods & Stock Cars)
Fri Oct 12 … Mineral City Speedway, Fort Dodge, IA (B-Mods & Stock Cars)
Sat Oct 13 … Mineral City Speedway, Fort Dodge, IA (B-Mods & Stock Cars)

The 2012 points champion will be determined by the best 12 finishes for B-Mods while Stock Cars will count their best 10 nights. 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.

All Iron Man Challenge events will also award USRA national points.

Iron Man Challenge Points Funds: 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.

USRA National Points Funds: 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 higher event purses, a piece-of-mind $100,000 insurance policy and an unmatched points fund for the competitors of grassroots racing. The cost of a USRA license is $100 for Stock Cars and $90 for B-Mods.

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.

Modified March Madness tips off with USMTS Casey’s Cup doubleheader at Humboldt Speedway

March 12th, 2012

HUMBOLDT, Kan. – You won’t see any free throws but you can expect to see plenty of dirt and mud being tossed when the USMTS road warriors kick off Modified March Madness with a pair of USMTS Casey’s Cup clashes at the Humboldt Speedway in
Humboldt, Kan., this Friday and Saturday, March 16-17.

The pair of $2,000-to-win contests are expected to draw a lot of added interest as the track will host the $15,000-to-win King of America II Modified Nationals less than two weeks later, March 28-31.

With 10 career wins in the 24 races held at ‘The Hummer,’ many fans will have 2010 USMTS National Champion Jason Hughes of Watts, Okla., at the top of their brackets but several other touring titans will also be favorites, including Kelly Shryock of Fertile, Iowa, who won last October’s inaugural King of America Modified Nationals at Ron and Rhenda Whitworth’s quarter-mile bullring.

Of course, picking 21-year-old Ryan Gustin of Marshalltown, Iowa, was the safest bet in motorsports in 2011 with his series-best 25 victories. The defending USMTS National Champion is hungry for his first checkered flag this season after a pair of runner-up finishes at the Royal Purple Raceway in Baytown, Texas, two weeks ago.

Defending American Racer USRA Weekly Racing Series National Champion Johnny Bone Jr. of Pea Ridge, Ark., has twice tasted victory at the Humboldt Speedway, including the first event held in 2000. Other former winners at the track include Jon Tesch, 2007 USMTS National Champion Jason Krohn, Johnny Scott, Steve Holzkamper and 2008 USMTS National Champion Tim Donlinger.

Others drivers already entered or expected to be on hand include current USMTS Casey’s Cup points leader Terry Phillips, Rodney Sanders, Mark Dotson, Stormy Scott , Dereck Ramirez, Randy Timms, Rick Beebe, Chase Junghans, Grant Junghans, John
Anderson, Bryan Rowland, Ron Keith, Mickey Burrell, Austin Siebert , Brandon Davis, Joe Duvall, Jeremy Payne and many more.

As is always the case, home court advantage is powerful and Humboldt boasts some of the toughest local competitors in the country. Justin ‘Whitey’ Folk is the defending track champion and will seek to defend his home turf along with Jesse Folk Jr., Scott Daniels, Brian Bolin, John Allen, Chris Deaton, Lucas Conley, Justin Rexwinkle, Dan Daniels and others.

Gates open at 5 p.m. on Friday with the first heat race at 7:30. On Saturday, gates open at 3 p.m. with racing getting underway at 5:30.

In addition to the USMTS Modifieds, both nights will feature the Iron Man Challenge for USRA B-Mods plus local Humboldt Speedway 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
online. Sandwiched between the this week’s events and the King of America II Modified Nationals at the end of the month will be two USMTS Casey’s Cup clashes at the LA Raceway in La Monte, Mo., on Friday, March 23, and the I-35 Speedway in Winston, Mo., on Saturday, March 24.

In all, Modified March Madness will see nearly $200,000 in cash being doled out to drivers, including a possible $23,000 for one driver if he or she can win them all. 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.

Tickets for King of America Modified Nationals II on sale Tuesday

January 1st, 2012

HUMBOLDT, Kan. — Race fans can start snatching up tickets for the King of America Modified Nationals II beginning this Tuesday, Jan. 3. The nation’s elite dirt Modified drivers are expected to descend again on the historic Humboldt Speedway in Humboldt, Kan., for the $15,000-to-win, $1,500-to-start event slated for Wednesday through Saturday, March 28-31.

Tickets may be purchased online at www.usmts.com or by calling 515-832-7944 beginning Tuesday. Four-day reserved tickets are $75. Single-day tickets on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday are $20 each while Saturday’s show is $25. All single-day tickets are general admission and will only be sold on the night of the races.

The inaugural running of the extravaganza took place a little more than 10 weeks ago, and fans were treated to four nights of extraordinary close action that culminated with a 75-lap championship main event won by nine-time USMTS National Champion Kelly Shryock.

The qualifying features on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday each ended with a pass for the lead during the last five laps of the race. While officials decided to move the show to March for this and future runnings of the event, the program will feature the same one-of-a-kind format that was utilized for the October race.

Drivers register to qualify on Wednesday, Thursday or Friday, but may also purchase a “mulligan” that allows them to attempt to qualify a second day if they aren’t satisfied with their result on their first day.

Group time trials will be staged each of the first three days, followed by heat races and main events with drivers earning points for their performances in each. The top-6 points earners each day will earn one of 18 guaranteed starting spots in Saturday’s championship race, with the highest overall points earner during the three days of qualifying garnering the pole for the big dance.

Saturday’s program will feature an “alphabet soup” of main events that will culminate with a 30-car starting field for the championship race that will feature a three-wide start. Even if a driver has some tough luck during qualifying, he or she still has the chance to climb the ladder of main events on Saturday to earn a spot in the finale.

Nearly $80,000 has been earmarked for Saturday’s “A” Main alone, with a total purse of more than $130,000 posted for the four-day extravaganza.

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.

B-Mods will also be a part of the event, racing for a stout purse too. Each day will be a complete and separate show with $300, $400, $500 and $1,000 to win on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, respectively.

Any B-Mod driver racing three or four nights will not have any entry fee – only pit passes – and may purchase a four-day pit pass for $125 (a savings of $20). Drivers only wanting to race the last two nights or Saturday night only will be charged a $75 entry fee.

Humboldt Speedway’s B-Mod rules will be used, and are very similar to USRA B-Mod rules. Drivers with rules questions are asked to call the track’s tech director Carl Flowers at 785-640-6104 or check out http://www.humboldtspeedway.com online for more information.

For camping, ATV and/or golf cart permits, call 620-473-3694.

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.

Shryock wears crown at King of America Modified Nationals

October 24th, 2011

HUMBOLDT, Kan. – Kelly Shryock owns nine titles and 176 career victories under the United States Modified Touring Series banner, and now you can officially call him “The King” of the dirt Modified racing world.

Saturday night at the Humboldt Speedway, the 46-year-old from Fertile, Iowa, waited patiently for the first 50 laps and then took control for the final 25 laps to win the inaugural King of America Modified Nationals.

After blowing an engine Wednesday, Shryock used his “mulligan” to re-qualify Friday night where he sped to a win and earned the outside front row for Saturday night’s $15,000-to-win main event.

But it was polesitter Mark Dotson of Cameron, Mo., who took command at the drop of the green flag Saturday night as 29 of the best drivers in the sport chased him around the popular 3/8-mile clay oval.

The race’s first caution came with 10 laps in the books. Back-to-back yellow flags followed with a four-car tangle on the restart and then another one lap later when seventh-running Rodney Sanders slowed on the track with mechanical problems.

Dotson fended off Shryock on each restart, but it was Jon Tesch who found the high side to his liking and powered around the outside of Dotson to lead the 13th lap. The Watertown, S.D., pilot came up on lapped traffic eight laps later as Shryock got
under Dotson to take over the second spot with Johnny Scott, Terry Phillips and Steven Whiteaker Jr. close behind.

As the leaders exited turn 4 to complete laps 38, Shryock snuck underneath Tesch to gain the lead for the first time, but the ‘Wizard of Watertown’ scrambled to regain the point the next time around while Dotson and Scott were glued to the bumper of
the lead pair.

Soon, Phillips and Gustin also closed in as the top 6 were within two seconds of each other. With lapped traffic in play and the lower groove beginning to get faster, Shryock found his way by Tesch on lap 50. Scott and Phillips also found their way by Tesch before the yellow flag appeared again lap 58 when Dotson and Gustin got together and ended their hopes for victory.

Shryock was undeterred and kept Scott behind him for the next 10 laps before the fifth and final caution occurred with seven laps remaining. Once again, however, Shryock was flawless on the restart and won going away to claim the $15,000 top prize and the crown at the King of America Modified Nationals.

Scott, who won Thursday’s qualifying feature, finished 1.022 seconds behind Shryock in second, with last month’s Featherlite Fall Jamboree winner, Terry Phillips coming home in third ahead of Tesch and Whiteaker.

Ryan Ruter advanced six positions to finish sixth, Jeremy Payne snared seventh-place money, Randy Timms earned an eighth-place finish, Dereck Ramirez nabbed ninth and Brian Bolin rounded out the top 10 at the finish line.

Each of the 30 main event starters pocketed at least $1,500 and Ramirez picked up an extra $1,000 from Hanson Tire Service by earning the hard charger award.

John Schwab earned the $500 Roadrunner Trucking Passmaster bonus for passing a total of 23 cars during his run from the “E” Main to the “C” Main.

In the accompanying 20-lap B-Mod feature race, Scott Drake collected the $1,000 winner’s share of the prize money.

A packed house was on hand for Saturday’s blockbuster finale, but if you missed this year’s event you won’t have long to wait to see the next one. Officials announced tonight that the 2nd annual King of America will be held here at the Humboldt Speedway during the third or fourth weekend in March in 2012.

The inaugural King of America Modified Nationals was made possible by several great sponsors including Allen’s Automotive, Casey’s General Stores, Hanson Tire Service, River’s Edge Scrap Management, Roadrunner Trucking, Schwab’s Tinker Shop and Swan Energy.

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.

Shryock makes most of mulligan, wins Friday qualifier to earn front row start in King of America Modified Nationals finale

October 22nd, 2011

HUMBOLDT, Kan. – If Saturday’s King of America Modified Nationals finale is anything like the qualifying features the last three nights, Humboldt Speedway fans are in for a legendary battle that will be talked about for years to come.

On Friday, Schwab’s Tinker Shop Qualifying Night produced the third straight qualifying feature of the week that came down to the wire with a pass for the lead in the closing laps.

Ryan Gustin passed Terry Phillips with three laps to go on win Wednesday’s race, and Johnny Scott got by Jon Tesch for the lead just four laps from the finish to win on Thursday. Kelly Shryock did one better, snagging the lead from Brian Bolin with the white flag blowing in the breeze and then checking out during a green-white-checkered finish to take the win in Friday’s feature race.

Like Tesch on Thursday, Mark Dotson posted the fastest lap in his qualifying group during time trials, came from the sixth position to win his heat race and then took control of the 35-lap main event at the drop of the green flag.

But one lap after the race’s first caution on lap 7, Bolin scooted by on the inside to take away the top spot from Dotson. From there, Bolin set sail and built a six-car-length advantage over Dotson during the next five laps.

Shryock, who started seventh, methodically worked his way forward and moved around Dotson to take away second place on lap 12. By lap 20, Bolin still maintained a comfortable cushion over Shryock while Steven Whiteaker Jr. was third and beginning to pressure the nine-time USMTS National Champion.

With 22 laps complete, Shryock abandoned the low side of the track to test the darkened middle groove where Whiteaker was gaining ground. Liking his new line, Shryock quickly closed the gap between himself and Bolin.

Pulling alongside of Bolin as they drifted into turn 3, Shryock powered off the fourth turn and led the race for the first time as the white flag waved. Before the lap could be completed, however, the yellow flag appeared to set up a green-white-checkered finish.

The caution only delayed the inevitable as Shryock motored away to take the win — the 175th of his United States Modified Touring Series win.

But the caution was an unwelcome sight for Bolin, who dropped the runner-up spot to Whiteaker on the restart. At the finish line, Dotson nipped Bolin by a bumper to score a third place finish while Johnny Fennewald rounded out the top 5 finishers.

Stormy Scott started 14th but climbed to a sixth-place finish, Tommy Weder Jr. took seventh, Chase Junghans earned the eighth spot after starting 19th, Jeff Cutshaw nabbed ninth and Thomas Tillison Jr. completed the top 10.

What a difference a bumper makes. By beating Bolin to the stripe, Dotson earned enough extra points to put him on the pole for Saturday’s 75-lap, $15,000-to-win King of America Modified Nationals championship race. Shryock’s efforts earned him the outside front row tomorrow night.

Tesch will start on the inside of the second row with Whiteaker to his right. Bolin, Fennewald and Weder also earned berths in Saturday’s finale.

The top 6 in points earned through time trials, heat races and main events locked themselves into Saturday’s “A” Main Championship, along with the top 6 from Wednesday and Thursday.

All other drivers will start one of several “alphabet soup” main events on Saturday. The driver that advances the most positions throughout Saturday’s main events will earn an extra $500.

Nearly $80,000 has been earmarked for Saturday’s “A” Main alone, with a total purse of more than $130,000 posted for the four-day extravaganza. Each of the 30 drivers in the championship race will earn a minimum of $1,500.

B-Mods will also be a part of the event for the fourth straight night, racing for a stout $1,000 to win and $75 to start the “A” Main.

Pit gates open at 2 p.m., grandstands open at 3 and racing starts at 6 p.m.

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.

The inaugural King of America Modified Nationals is made possible by several great sponsors including Allen’s Automotive, Casey’s General Stores, River’s Edge Scrap Management, Schwab’s Tinker Shop and Swan Energy.

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.

Scott scores with late-race charge on Schwab’s Tinker Shop Qualifying Night at King of America Modified Nationals

October 23rd, 2011

HUMBOLDT, Kan. – Jon Tesch was having a perfect night Thursday at the Humboldt Speedway. He posted the fastest lap in his qualifying group during time trials, came from the sixth position to win his heat race and then took control in the main event where he led 26 laps.

The problem here is that the race was 30 laps long.

Johnny Scott, on the other hand, was the fourth quickest in his ten-car qualifying group, finished and started third in his heat race and then began the “A” Main Qualifier from deep in the field in 12th.

But Scott was unfazed as he blistered the field on his way to the front and passed Tesch with four laps to go to win the main event on Schwab’s Tinker Shop Qualifying Night and put himself in good position to vie for Saturday night’s $15,000 top prize
at the inaugural King of America Modified Nationals.

From the pole position, Tesch took command at the drop of the green flag with Rodney Sanders and Lucas Schott giving chase. Meanwhile, Scott’s charge through the pack was already ignited as he was already up to seventh when the race’s first yellow flag waved on lap 4.

After the restart, Sanders was able to pull alongside the leader with eight laps complete but Tesch was able to hold him off while Randy Timms and Humboldt resident Scott Daniels slipped past Schott for third and fourth.

By lap 13, the top 3 had put a full straight-away between themselves and the rest of the pack. Scott passed Ryan Ruter for fifth on lap 15 and then got by Daniels two laps later and quickly narrowed the gap between himself and the lead trio.

With 21 circuits complete, Scott got around Timms for third. Sanders was his next conquest two laps later and Tesch watched helplessly as the 21-year-old from Las Cruces, N.M., roared by on the outside with 26 laps in the books.

The second and final caution came out the next time around, but the hope it offered was short-lived as Scott ran away and hid over the final three laps and won with a cushion of more than two seconds.

The caution was a welcome sight to Johnny Bone Jr., however, as he powered past Sanders with two laps to go and wrestled the runner-up spot away from Tesch as they came to the white flag.

Despite dropping another spot to Sanders on the final lap and finishing fourth, Tesch’s all-night effort garnered him the most points during the program to earn a guaranteed berth in Saturday’s finale.

Timms came home fifth behind Scott, Bone, Sanders and Tesch while local favorite John Allen had the best night of all drivers using a mulligan and finished sixth. Seventh through tenth were Ruter, Dereck Ramirez, Chase Junghans and Joe Duvall.

Adding to the impressiveness of his feat was the fact that Scott was sitting behind the wheel of Jason Hughes’ backup car for the first time. It was a familiar scene for the fans who have watched Hughes wheel his familiar #12 Modified into victory lane nine times here during the last decade.

For Scott, it was his eighth career USMTS triumph and his second at ‘The Hummer.’ In his other win here on Aug. 13 last year, Scott snagged the lead away from Ramirez with four laps to go.

The top 6 in points earned through time trials, heat races and main events are locked into Saturday’s “A” Main Championship. All other drivers will start one of several “alphabet soup” main events on Saturday unless the driver purchased a mulligan which allows the driver to forfeit tonight’s points and try to qualify again on Friday.

Tesch topped all points-earners Thursday night with Sanders, Scott, Timms, Ruter and Allen tallying the next five highest totals to earn guaranteed berths in Saturday’s historic King of America Modified Nationals main event with a $15,000 top prize and a minimum of $1,500 to start the 75-lap championship race.

The ‘Wizard of Watertown’ also leads all qualifiers over the first two nights and is currently in solid position to start on the pole Saturday unless somebody can eclipse his points total tomorrow night.

Action continues with Swan Energy Qualifying Night on Friday. Time trials begin at 7 p.m.

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.

The inaugural King of America Modified Nationals is made possible by several great sponsors including Allen’s Automotive, Casey’s General Stores, River’s Edge Scrap Management, Schwab’s Tinker Shop and Swan Energy.

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.

Gustin celebrates victory on Allen’s Automotive Qualifying Night at King of America Modified Nationals

October 20th, 2011

HUMBOLDT, Kan.- Four days after celebrating his 21st birthday, Ryan Gustin was the man of honor again Wednesday night after he thrilled the Humboldt Speedway fans with a late-race pass of Terry Phillips to score the win on Allen’s Automotive Qualifying Night at the inaugural King of America Modified Nationals.

While it ended on a high note, the program got off to a rough start for the 2011 USMTS National Champion. After turning just the 24th fastest lap among 39 drivers in time trials, Gustin started on the pole for his heat race but quickly dropped to second behind Phillips and then relinquished the runner-up spot to eight-time and reigning track champion Justin “Whitey” Folk on the final lap.

In the feature race, however, ‘The Reaper’ was on his game.

Terry Schultz started on the pole for the 30-lap main event and paced the first four laps before Phillips blasted into the lead. One lap later, Phillips’ teammate Jeremy Payne followed in his mentor’s tracks and into second place.

Meanwhile, Gustin and Jason Hughes were making their way to the front of the field from their 12th and 13th starting spots, respectively. With ten laps in the books, the pair of Hughes Chassis drivers were fifth and sixth behind Johnny Fennewald and
Schultz, while and fellow front row starter Tim Setzer battled to fend off Corey Dripps and Zack VanderBeek for sixth place.

Gustin dispatched Schultz for the fourth spot with 18 laps down, while Phillips and Payne had checked out and were weaving their way through lapped traffic.

But one lap later, Don Crnkovich smacked the front stretch wall which sent him into the right side of Fennewald’s machine as he attempted to put Crnkovich a lap down. The collision disabled Fennewald’s steering and sent him hard into the turn 1 concrete wall to bring out the race’s first and only caution flag.

With the field bunched up tight for the final 11 laps, Phillips pulled away when the green flag returned. Gustin put his right rear tire on the cushion and powered by Payne for second place while Hughes drove around the outside of Schultz for fourth.

With nine laps remaining, Hughes found himself scraping against the wall in turn 3 while Schultz, VanderBeek and Setzer all moved past to put Hughes back to seventh with time running out.

With six laps to go, Phillips again encountered lapped traffic and Gustin began to chip away at his advantage. Looking for a line around a lapped car with four laps remaining, Phillips took to the high side while Gustin snagged the abandoned low line.

Phillips crossed under the flagstand with Gustin glued to his bumper and just three laps to go. Diving low under a lapped car in the first turn, Gustin went back to the high line with a lapped car of his own to contend with. The group exited turn 2 four-abreast with Gustin splitting the lapped cars and Phillips trying to find traction on the bottom.

This time Gustin had the advantage as the 28th lap clicked off. Phillips closed back in on Gustin over the final two laps, but a final surge in the final corner came up short as Gustin streaked beneath the checkered flag with the right side of his wrinkled spoiler dangling off the rear of the car, Phillips a car length behind and Payne close behind in third.

The win was Gustin’s series-best 23rd USMTS triumph of the year, and the 48th of his young career.

VanderBeek maneuvered his way to a fourth-place finish and Hughes recovered to take the fifth spot. Schultz and Setzer held on for sixth and seventh, respectively, with Dripps, John Allen and Shad Badder completing the top 10.

The top 6 in points earned through time trials, heat races and main events are locked into Saturday’s “A” Main Championship. All other drivers will start one of several “alphabet soup” main events on Saturday unless the driver purchased a mulligan which allows the driver to forfeit tonight’s points and try to qualify again on Thursday or Friday.

Phillips topped all points-earners Friday night with Payne, VanderBeek, Gustin, Schultz and Hughes tallying the next five highest totals to earn guaranteed berths in Saturday’s historic King of America Modified Nationals main event with a $15,000 top prize and a minimum of $1,500 to start the 75-lap championship race.

Action continues with River’s Edge Scrap Management Qualifying Night on Thursday. Time trials begin at 7 p.m.

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.

The inaugural King of America Modified Nationals is made possible by several great sponsors including Allen’s Automotive, Casey’s General Stores, River’s Edge Scrap Management, Schwab’s Tinker Shop and Swan Energy.

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.

Big bucks, B-Mods added to King of America Modified Nationals

October 16th, 2011

HUMBOLDT, Kan. — Due to the overwhelming response from drivers and fans for next week’s inaugural King of America Modified Nationals, Humboldt Speedway officials have announced that B-Mods will also be a part of the event next Wednesday-Saturday, Oct. 19-22.

Joining the $15,000-to-win event for the USMTS Modifieds, the B-Mod drivers will be racing for a stout purse themselves, with the following main event purses posted each night:

Wednesday: 1. $300, 2. $200, 3. $150, 4. $120, 5. $100, 6. $90, 7. $80, 8. $70, 9. $65, 10. $60, 11. $55, 12. $50 to start, Tow $35.

Thursday: 1. $400, 2. $300, 3. $200, 4. $150, 5. $120, 6. $100, 7. $90, 8. $80, 9. $70, 10. $65, 11. $60, 12. $55, 13. $50 to start, Tow $35.

Friday: 1. $500, 2. $350, 3. $250, 4. $200, 5. $170, 6. $150, 7. $120, 8. $100, 9. $90, 10. $80, 11. $75, 12. $70, 13. $65, 14. $60, 15. $55, 16. $50 to start, Tow $35.

Saturday: 1. $1000, 2. $700, 3. $500, 4. $400, 5. $300, 6. $250, 7. $200, 8. $170, 9. $150, 10. $120, 11. $100, 12. $90, 13. $80, 14. $75, Tow $40.

Any B-Mod driver racing three or four nights will not have any entry fee – only pit passes – and may purchase a four-day pit pass for $125 (a savings of $20). Drivers only wanting to race the last two nights or Saturday night only will be charged a
$75 entry fee.

Humboldt Speedway’s B-Mod rules will be used, and are very similar to USRA B-Mod rules (must run solid pull bar, for instance). Drivers with rules questions are asked to call the track’s tech director Carl Flowers at 785-640-6104 or check out
http://www.humboldtspeedway.com/Emods-Rules.html online.

Sanctioned by the United States Modified Touring Series, the one-of-a-kind blockbuster event is expected to attract the biggest names in open wheel dirt modified racing, and many of the sport’s most talented drivers are already pre-entered.

Reserved seating tickets are still available for fans wanting to lay claim to the best seats in the house when the Humboldt Speedway in Humboldt, Kan., hosts the inaugural King of America Modified Nationals, Wednesday through Saturday, Oct.
19-22.

Four-day reserved tickets are on sale now for $75 by calling 515-832-7944. Orders received by Tuesday, Oct. 11, will be mailed the same day. After Tuesday, reserved tickets purchased by phone will be available for pick up at the Will Call window on the day of the event.

Grandstand tickets on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday are $20 each while Saturday’s show is $25. All single-day tickets are general admission and will only be sold on the night of races.

For camping, ATV and/or golf cart permits, call 620-473-3694 or e-mail rwhitworth@cableone.net.

With a whopping $15,000 going to Saturday night’s feature winner and each of the main event qualifiers pocketing a minimum $1,500, the King of America Modified Nationals is the richest dirt track race in the history of the Sunshine State.

The program will be similar to the World Modified Dirt Track Championship that was held at the end of July at the Deer Creek Speedway in Spring Valley, Minn., with a few different twists and format changes from the successful show that drew more than 150 entries.

Drivers register to qualify on Wednesday, Thursday or Friday, but may also purchase a “mulligan” that allows them to attempt to qualify a second day if they aren’t satisfied with their result on their first day. Mulligans are an additional $100, must be purchased at the time of entry and are non-refundable.

Group time trials will be staged each of the three days along with heat races and main events with drivers earning points for their performances in each. The top-6 points earners each day will earn one of 18 guaranteed starting spots in Saturday’s championship main event, with the highest overall points earner during the three days of qualifying garnering the pole for the big dance.

Saturday’s program will feature an “alphabet soup” of main events that will culminate with a 30-car starting field for the championship race that will feature a three-wide start. Even if a driver has some tough luck during qualifying, he or she still has the chance to climb the ladder of main events on Saturday to earn a spot in the finale.

The driver that advances the most positions throughout Saturday’s main events will earn an extra $500.

Nearly $80,000 has been earmarked for Saturday’s “A” Main alone, with a total purse of more than $130,000 posted for the four-day extravaganza.

SATURDAY’S PAYOFF

“A” Main: 1. $15,000, 2. $8000, 3. $5000, 4. $4000, 5. $3000, 6. $2500, 7. $2200, 8. $2000, 9. $1800, 10. $1700, 11. $1675, 12. $1650, 13. $1625, 14. $1600, 15. $1575, 16. $1550, 17. $1540, 18. $1530, 19. $1520, 20. $1510, 21-30. $1500.

“B” Main: 1. Transfer, 2. Transfer, 3. Transfer, 4. Transfer, 5. Transfer, 6. Transfer, 7. Transfer, 8. Transfer, 9. Transfer, 10. Transfer, 11. Transfer, 12. Transfer, 13. $1000, 14. $800, 15. $750, 16. $700, 17. $700, 18. $700, 19. $700, 20. $700, 21. $700, 22. $700, 23. $700, 24. $700, 25. $700, 26. $700, 27. $700, 28. $700.

“C” Main: 1. Transfer, 2. Transfer, 3. Transfer, 4. Transfer, 5. Transfer, 6. Transfer, 7. Transfer, 8. Transfer, 9. Transfer, 10. Transfer, 11. $675, 12. $650, 13. $625, 14. $600, 15. $600, 16. $600, 17. $600, 18. $600, 19. $600, 20. $600, 21. $600, 22. $600, 23. $600, 24. $600.

“D” Main: 1. Transfer, 2. Transfer, 3. Transfer, 4. Transfer, 5. Transfer, 6. Transfer, 7. $575, 8. $550, 9. $525, 10. $500, 11. $500, 12. $500, 13. $500, 14. $500, 15. $500, 16. $500, 17. $500, 18. $500, 19. $500, 20. $500, 21. $500, 22. $500, 23. $500, 24. $500.

“E” Main: 1. Transfer, 2. Transfer, 3. Transfer, 4. Transfer, 5. Transfer, 6. Transfer, 7. $475, 8. $450, 9. $450, 10. $450, 11. $450, 12. $450, 13. $450, 14. $450, 15. $450, 16. $450, 17. $450, 18. $450, 19. $450, 20. $450, 21. $450, 22. $450, 23. $450, 24. $450.

“F” Main: 1. Transfer, 2. Transfer, 3. Transfer, 4. Transfer, 5. Transfer, 6. Transfer, 7. $425, 8. $400, 9. $400, 10. $400, 11. $400, 12. $400, 13. $400, 14. $400, 15. $400, 16. $400, 17. $400, 18. $400, 19. $400, 20. $400, 21. $400, 22. $400, 23. $400, 24. $400.

“G” Main: 1. Transfer, 2. Transfer, 3. Transfer, 4. Transfer, 5. Transfer, 6. Transfer, 7. $375, 8. $350, 9. $350, 10. $350, 11. $350, 12. $350, 13. $350, 14. $350, 15. $350, 16. $350, 17. $350, 18. $350, 19. $350, 20. $350, 21. $350, 22. $350, 23. $350, 24. $350.

“H” Main: 1. Transfer, 2. Transfer, 3. Transfer, 4. Transfer, 5. Transfer, 6. Transfer, 7. $325, 8. $300, 9. $300, 10. $300, 11. $300, 12. $300, 13. $300, 14. $300, 15. $300, 16. $300, 17. $300, 18. $300, 19. $300, 20. $300, 21. $300, 22.
$300, 23. $300, 24. $300.

The entry form is available online at http://www.usmts.com/Documents/entry_20111019-22.pdf. Mail your completed entry form to P.O. Box 905, Webster City, IA 50595 or fax to 515-832-7958. You can also register by calling the USMTS headquarters at 515-832-7944.

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.

The inaugural King of America Modified Nationals is made possible by several great sponsors including Allen’s Automotive, Casey’s General Stores, River’s Edge Scrap Management, Schwab’s Tinker Shop and Swan Energy.

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.

Reserved seats still available for inaugural King of America Modified Nationals

October 11th, 2011

HUMBOLDT, Kan.– Reserved seating tickets are still available for fans wanting to lay claim to the best seats in the house when the Humboldt Speedway in Humboldt, Kan., hosts the inaugural King of America Modified Nationals, Wednesday through Saturday, Oct. 19-22.

Sanctioned by the United States Modified Touring Series, the one-of-a-kind blockbuster event is expected to attract the biggest names in open wheel dirt modified racing, and many of the sport’s most talented drivers are already pre-entered.

Four-day reserved tickets are on sale now for $75 by calling 515-832-7944. Orders received by Tuesday, Oct. 11, will be mailed the same day. After Tuesday, reserved tickets purchased by phone will be available for pick up at the Will Call window on the day of the event.

Grandstand tickets on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday are $20 each while Saturday’s show is $25. All single-day tickets are general admission and will only be sold on the night of races.

For camping, ATV and/or golf cart permits, call 620-473-3694 or e-mail rwhitworth@cableone.net.

With a whopping $15,000 going to Saturday night’s feature winner and each of the main event qualifiers pocketing a minimum $1,500, the King of America Modified Nationals is the richest dirt track race in the history of the Sunshine State. The program will be similar to the World Modified Dirt Track Championship that was held at the end of July at the Deer Creek Speedway in Spring Valley, Minn., with a few different twists and format changes from the successful show that drew more than 150 entries.

Drivers register to qualify on Wednesday, Thursday or Friday, but may also purchase a “mulligan” that allows them to attempt to qualify a second day if they aren’t satisfied with their result on their first day. Mulligans are an additional $100, must be purchased at the time of entry and are non-refundable.

Group time trials will be staged each of the three days along with heat races and main events with drivers earning points for their performances in each. The top-6 points earners each day will earn one of 18 guaranteed starting spots in Saturday’s championship main event, with the highest overall points earner during the three days of qualifying garnering the pole for the big dance.

Saturday’s program will feature an “alphabet soup” of main events that will culminate with a 30-car starting field for the championship race that will feature a three-wide start. Even if a driver has some tough luck during qualifying, he or she still has the chance to climb the ladder of main events on Saturday to earn a spot in the finale.

The driver that advances the most positions throughout Saturday’s main events will earn an extra $500.

Nearly $80,000 has been earmarked for Saturday’s “A” Main alone, with a total purse of more than $130,000 posted for the four-day extravaganza.

SATURDAY’S PAYOFF

“A” Main: 1. $15,000, 2. $8000, 3. $5000, 4. $4000, 5. $3000, 6. $2500, 7. $2200, 8. $2000, 9. $1800, 10. $1700, 11. $1675, 12. $1650, 13. $1625, 14. $1600, 15. $1575, 16. $1550, 17. $1540, 18. $1530, 19. $1520, 20. $1510, 21-30. $1500.

“B” Main: 1. Transfer, 2. Transfer, 3. Transfer, 4. Transfer, 5. Transfer, 6. Transfer, 7. Transfer, 8. Transfer, 9. Transfer, 10. Transfer, 11. Transfer, 12. Transfer, 13. $1000, 14. $800, 15. $750, 16. $700, 17. $700, 18. $700, 19. $700, 20. $700, 21. $700, 22. $700, 23. $700, 24. $700, 25. $700, 26. $700, 27. $700, 28. $700.

“C” Main: 1. Transfer, 2. Transfer, 3. Transfer, 4. Transfer, 5. Transfer, 6. Transfer, 7. Transfer, 8. Transfer, 9. Transfer, 10. Transfer, 11. $675, 12. $650, 13. $625, 14. $600, 15. $600, 16. $600, 17. $600, 18. $600, 19. $600, 20. $600, 21. $600, 22. $600, 23. $600, 24. $600.

“D” Main: 1. Transfer, 2. Transfer, 3. Transfer, 4. Transfer, 5. Transfer, 6. Transfer, 7. $575, 8. $550, 9. $525, 10. $500, 11. $500, 12. $500, 13. $500, 14. $500, 15. $500, 16. $500, 17. $500, 18. $500, 19. $500, 20. $500, 21. $500, 22. $500, 23. $500, 24. $500.

“E” Main: 1. Transfer, 2. Transfer, 3. Transfer, 4. Transfer, 5. Transfer, 6. Transfer, 7. $475, 8. $450, 9. $450, 10. $450, 11. $450, 12. $450, 13. $450, 14. $450, 15. $450, 16. $450, 17. $450, 18. $450, 19. $450, 20. $450, 21. $450, 22. $450, 23. $450, 24. $450.

“F” Main: 1. Transfer, 2. Transfer, 3. Transfer, 4. Transfer, 5. Transfer, 6. Transfer, 7. $425, 8. $400, 9. $400, 10. $400, 11. $400, 12. $400, 13. $400, 14. $400, 15. $400, 16. $400, 17. $400, 18. $400, 19. $400, 20. $400, 21. $400, 22. $400, 23. $400, 24. $400.

“G” Main: 1. Transfer, 2. Transfer, 3. Transfer, 4. Transfer, 5. Transfer, 6. Transfer, 7. $375, 8. $350, 9. $350, 10. $350, 11. $350, 12. $350, 13. $350, 14. $350, 15. $350, 16. $350, 17. $350, 18. $350, 19. $350, 20. $350, 21. $350, 22. $350, 23. $350, 24. $350.

“H” Main: 1. Transfer, 2. Transfer, 3. Transfer, 4. Transfer, 5. Transfer, 6. Transfer, 7. $325, 8. $300, 9. $300, 10. $300, 11. $300, 12. $300, 13. $300, 14. $300, 15. $300, 16. $300, 17. $300, 18. $300, 19. $300, 20. $300, 21. $300, 22. $300, 23. $300, 24. $300.

The entry form is available online at http://www.usmts.com/Documents/entry_20111019-22.pdf. Mail your completed entry form to P.O. Box 905, Webster City, IA 50595 or fax to 515-832-7958. You can also register by calling the USMTS headquarters at 515-832-7944.

Event officials also announced that B-Mods will also be running all four days. Humboldt Speedway’s B-Mod rules will be used, and drivers with questions are asked to call the track’s tech director Carl Flowers at 785-640-6104.

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.

The inaugural King of America Modified Nationals is made possible by several great sponsors including Allen’s Automotive, Casey’s General Stores, River’s Edge Scrap Management, Schwab’s Tinker Shop and Swan Energy.

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.

Early entry deadline Oct. 3 for King of America Modified Nationals

October 2nd, 2011

HUMBOLDT, Kan.– The Humboldt Speedway in Humboldt, Kan., will host the inaugural King of America Modified Nationals, Wednesday through Saturday, Oct. 19-22, with a whopping $15,000 going to the winner and each of the main event
qualifiers pocketing a minimum $1,500.

Sanctioned by the United States Modified Touring Series, the one-of-a-kind blockbuster event is expected to attract the biggest names in open wheel dirt modified racing, and many of the sport’s most talented drivers are already pre-entered.

Early entry for drivers is just $250, but ends this Monday, Oct. 3, at 5 p.m. Central Time so drivers are encouraged to call, fax or email their entry as soon as possible to get registered for the best price.

The entry form is available online at http://www.usmts.com/Documents/entry_20111019-22.pdf. Mail your completed entry form to P.O. Box 905, Webster City, IA 50595 or fax to 515-832-7958. You can also register by calling the USMTS headquarters at 515-832-7944.

After Monday, the entry fee increases to $300. At the pit gate on race day, the price goes to $400.

The program will be similar to the World Modified Dirt Track Championship that was held at the end of July at the Deer Creek Speedway in Spring Valley, Minn., with a few different twists and format changes from the successful show that drew more than 150 entries.

Drivers register to qualify on Wednesday, Thursday or Friday, but may also purchase a “mulligan” that allows them to attempt to qualify a second day if they aren’t satisfied with their result on their first day. Mulligans are an additional $100, must be purchased at the time of entry and are non-refundable.

Group time trials will be staged each of the three days along with heat races and main events with drivers earning points for their performances in each. The top-6 points earners each day will earn one of 18 guaranteed starting spots in Saturday’s
championship main event, with the highest overall points earner during the three days of qualifying garnering the pole for the big dance.

Saturday’s program will feature an “alphabet soup” of main events that will culminate with a 30-car starting field for the championship race that will feature a three-wide start. Even if a driver has some tough luck during qualifying, he or she still has the chance to climb the ladder of main events on Saturday to earn a spot in the finale.

The driver that advances the most positions throughout Saturday’s main events will earn an extra $500.

Modifieds will be the only class running during this event.

Nearly $80,000 has been earmarked for Saturday’s “A” Main alone, with a total purse of more than $130,000 posted for the four-day extravaganza.

SATURDAY’S PAYOFF

“A” Main: 1. $15,000, 2. $8000, 3. $5000, 4. $4000, 5. $3000, 6. $2500, 7. $2200, 8. $2000, 9. $1800, 10. $1700, 11. $1675, 12. $1650, 13. $1625, 14. $1600, 15. $1575, 16. $1550, 17. $1540, 18. $1530, 19. $1520, 20. $1510, 21-30. $1500.

“B” Main: 1. Transfer, 2. Transfer, 3. Transfer, 4. Transfer, 5. Transfer, 6. Transfer, 7. Transfer, 8. Transfer, 9. Transfer, 10. Transfer, 11. Transfer, 12. Transfer, 13. $1000, 14. $800, 15. $750, 16. $700, 17. $700, 18. $700, 19. $700, 20. $700, 21. $700, 22. $700, 23. $700, 24. $700, 25. $700, 26. $700, 27. $700, 28. $700.

“C” Main: 1. Transfer, 2. Transfer, 3. Transfer, 4. Transfer, 5. Transfer, 6. Transfer, 7. Transfer, 8. Transfer, 9. Transfer, 10. Transfer, 11. $675, 12. $650, 13. $625, 14. $600, 15. $600, 16. $600, 17. $600, 18. $600, 19. $600, 20. $600, 21. $600, 22. $600, 23. $600, 24. $600.

“D” Main: 1. Transfer, 2. Transfer, 3. Transfer, 4. Transfer, 5. Transfer, 6. Transfer, 7. $575, 8. $550, 9. $525, 10. $500, 11. $500, 12. $500, 13. $500, 14. $500, 15. $500, 16. $500, 17. $500, 18. $500, 19. $500, 20. $500, 21. $500, 22. $500, 23. $500, 24. $500.

“E” Main: 1. Transfer, 2. Transfer, 3. Transfer, 4. Transfer, 5. Transfer, 6. Transfer, 7. $475, 8. $450, 9. $450, 10. $450, 11. $450, 12. $450, 13. $450, 14. $450, 15. $450, 16. $450, 17. $450, 18. $450, 19. $450, 20. $450, 21. $450, 22. $450, 23. $450, 24. $450.

“F” Main: 1. Transfer, 2. Transfer, 3. Transfer, 4. Transfer, 5. Transfer, 6. Transfer, 7. $425, 8. $400, 9. $400, 10. $400, 11. $400, 12. $400, 13. $400, 14. $400, 15. $400, 16. $400, 17. $400, 18. $400, 19. $400, 20. $400, 21. $400, 22. $400, 23. $400, 24. $400.

“G” Main: 1. Transfer, 2. Transfer, 3. Transfer, 4. Transfer, 5. Transfer, 6. Transfer, 7. $375, 8. $350, 9. $350, 10. $350, 11. $350, 12. $350, 13. $350, 14. $350, 15. $350, 16. $350, 17. $350, 18. $350, 19. $350, 20. $350, 21. $350, 22. $350, 23. $350, 24. $350.

“H” Main: 1. Transfer, 2. Transfer, 3. Transfer, 4. Transfer, 5. Transfer, 6. Transfer, 7. $325, 8. $300, 9. $300, 10. $300, 11. $300, 12. $300, 13. $300, 14. $300, 15. $300, 16. $300, 17. $300, 18. $300, 19. $300, 20. $300, 21. $300, 22. $300, 23. $300, 24. $300.

Grandstand seats still remain for this historic event. For ticket information, call 515-832-7944 or email sarah@usmts.com.

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.

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.

Hughes hauls in ‘Hunt’ hardware at Humboldt

September 17th, 2011

HUMBOLDT, Kan. — The Hunt for the USMTS Casey’s General Stores National Championship powered by Swan Energy kicked off a four-night trek through three states Thursday with a rain-postponed event at the Humboldt Speedway.

Six months ago, Jason Hughes used a last-lap pass to beat Kelly Shryock to the checkered flag at ‘The Hummer’ but on Thursday, the defending USMTS National Champion took the lead just before the halfway point in the feature race and then ran away and hid during final 22 laps to score his 104th career USMTS victory.

Just like he did in March, Hughes struggled in his heat race and had to win the second Real Racing Wheels “B” Main to earn a spot in the 40-lap WIX Filters “A” Main. Starting 13th on the 27-car grid, Hughes quickly made his way to the front of the field in the main event.

Polesitter Randy Zimmerman led the first dozen circuits before relinquishing the top spot to Dustin Boney. Three laps later, Hughes squirted between Zimmerman and Shryock to gain second place and then ran down Boney to take the lead away with 19 laps complete. From there, Hughes cruised to the finish line to collect the $2,000 winner’s share of the prize money. More than three seconds later, Shryock streaked beneath the flagstand in the runner-up spot with Ryan Gustin, Jeremy Payne and Dereck Ramirez rounding out the top five finishers.

Ramirez maneuvered his way through the field and into the top five from the 24th starting spot and earned the Mesilla Valley Transportation Hard Charger Award. Sixth through tenth were Boney, Al Hejna, Scott Daniels, Johnny Bone Jr. and Ryan Whitworth.

Thursday’s race was the 20th USMTS event held at the Humboldt Speedway, and the win was the fifth for Hughes in the last seven stops at the 3/8-mile bullring – his ninth overall dating back to his first win here on June 6, 2001. It was also Hughes’ fourth win during ‘The Hunt’ and his eleventh of the 2011 racing season. His move up the rankings in the points standings was minimal, however, as the two drivers he is chasing – Gustin and Shryock – finished second and third in Thursday’s night’s feature.

With 15 races in the books and six more to go in this year’s Hunt for the USMTS Casey’s General Stores National Championship powered by Swan Energy, Gustin leads Shryock by 90 points (1446 to 1356), while Hughes is another 32 points behind in third. Jon Tesch is fourth with 1272 markers, followed by Johnny Scott (1212), Zack VanderBeek (1156), Boney (1119), Ramirez (1042), Rodney Sanders (1037) and Tommy Myer (1024).

The USMTS Modifieds will return to Humboldt in just a little more than a month when the nation’s elite drivers and teams gather for the inaugural King of America Modified Nationals, Wednesday-Saturday, Oct. 19-22. The winner will walk away with a $15,000 paycheck while each of the 30 main event starters will take home at least $1,500.

More information and entry forms are available on the USMTS website at www.usmts.com. On Friday, the Outlaw Motor Speedway near Muskogee, Okla., welcomes back the USMTS Modifieds for the second time in 2011. Hughes is a two-time winner at “The Outlaw” with a win in March last year as well as the inaugural event in 2003 while Tommy Myer captured the second night of action eight years ago.

Ryan Gustin made his debut with the Gressel Racing team last year at the Outlaw Motor Speedway and has since racked up the most wins of any driver during the last year, including June 11 last season when the track added that date just two days earlier after another track canceled their event in the eleventh hour. Factory Stocks, Pure Stocks, Grand Nationals and 360 Modifieds will also be in action. Gates open at 5:30 and racing begins at 8 p.m.

The Outlaw Motor Speedway is located southwest of Muskogee on I-40 to US 69, then 10 miles north to the Wainwright Exit, then 0.1 mile east. For more information call 918-687-9200 or visit www.outlawmotorspeedway.com online.

The series moves on to the Salina Highbanks Speedway in Salina, Okla., on Saturday and then wraps up the four-race weekend with its first-ever visit to the West Plains Motor Speedway in West Plains, Mo.

The 2011 USMTS National Champion will be crowned the following week during the 13th Annual Featherlite Fall Jamboree on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, Sept. 22-24, at the Deer Creek Speedway in Spring Valley, Minn.

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.

Final Four: Hunt heats up as USMTS blasts through three states in four nights this weekend

September 15th, 2011

HUMBULDT, Kan – The Hunt for the USMTS Casey’s General Stores National Championship powered by Swan Energy heats up this week as the titans of dirt modified racing travel to four racetracks in three states in a 100-hour stretch of September madness.

The most anticipated title fight in the 13-year history of the United States Modified Touring Series is in the home stretch as the USMTS Modifieds invade the Humboldt Speedway on Thursday, Outlaw Motor Speedway on Friday, Salina Highbanks Speedway on Saturday and West Plains Motor Speedway on Sunday.

The grueling three-state, four-race stretch precedes the 13th Annual Featherlite Fall Jamboree the following weekend where the 2011 USMTS National Champion will be crowned.

Ryan Gustin is one of the rising stars in dirt track racing and comes into this week’s campaign as the points leader. A runner-up in the final standings each of the last two seasons, Gustin is trying to fend off the last two USMTS National Champions – Kelly Shryock and Jason Hughes.

In 2009, Shryock captured his unprecedented ninth USMTS National Championship after a hard-fought points battle with Gustin, while Hughes turned in a stellar late-season performance last year to relegate Gustin to his second straight bridesmaid finish while Hughes claimed his first title.

Shryock has 174 career USMTS victories, Hughes owns 103 wins and Gustin has 47 main event triumphs. Between them, they are the three winningest drivers in USMTS history.

Other top names entered for this weekend’s showdowns include Jon Tesch, who is on a roll with two victories during the first 16 events during ‘The Hunt.’ The rest of the drivers currently ranked among the top 10 in points and looking to make a charge
are Johnny Scott, Zack VanderBeek, Dustin Boney, Tommy Myer, Rodney Sanders and Dereck Ramirez.

Fans can also expect to see fellow USMTS dirt merchants such as 2007 USMTS National Champion Jason Krohn, Al Hejna, 15-year-old phenom Lucas Schott, Rick Beebe, Corey Dripps, Bryan Rowland, Chase Junghans, Chris Spieker, Keith Foss, Colt Mather and others.

THURSDAY, SEPT. 15 – HUMBOLDT SPEEDWAY, HUMBOLDT, KAN.

Action kicks off on Thursday for the third visit of the season to Ron and Rhenda Whitworth’s Humboldt Speedway in Humboldt, Kan. The second visit last month was cut short by rain, and Thursday’s event takes its place.

Jason Hughes leads all USMTS drivers with eight career wins at Humboldt, including both ends of a doubleheader in March of last year and a last-lap pass of Shryock at ‘The Hummer’ this past March.

Shryock is a three-time winner at Humboldt and Johnny Bone Jr. has tasted victory twice, including the first event held in 2000. Other former winners include Tesch, Krohn, Scott, Gustin, Steve Holzkamper and Tim Donlinger.

Gates will open at 4:30 p.m. with the first heat race starting at 7 p.m.

B-Mods, Factory Stocks and Pure Stocks will also be on the racing card.

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.

FRIDAY, SEPT. 16 – OUTLAW MOTOR SPEEDWAY, MUSKOGEE, OKLA.

On Friday, the Outlaw Motor Speedway near Muskogee, Okla., welcomes back the USMTS Modifieds for the second time in 2011. Jason Hughes is a two-time winner at “The Outlaw” with a win in March last year as well as the inaugural event in 2003 while Tommy Myer captured the second night of action eight years ago.

Ryan Gustin made his debut with the Gressel Racing team last year at the Outlaw Motor Speedway and has since racked up the most wins of any driver during the last year, including June 11 last season when the track added that date just two days
earlier after another track canceled their event in the eleventh hour.

Gates open at 5:30 and racing begins at 8 p.m.

Factory Stocks, Pure Stocks, Grand Nationals and 360 Modifieds will also be in action.

The Outlaw Motor Speedway is located southwest of Muskogee on I-40 to US 69, then 10 miles north to the Wainwright Exit, then 0.1 mile east. For more information call 918-687-9200 or visit www.outlawmotorspeedway.com online.

SATURDAY, SEPT. 17 – SALINA HIGHBANKS SPEEDWAY, SALINA, OKLA.

Jason Hughes was the winner when the USMTS Modifieds made their only appearance at the Salina Highbanks Speedway on Aug. 27, 2004. The track was closed for more than five years, but new owner Bob Goins pumped new life (and a lot of money) into the facility and re-opened on April 2 to much fanfare.

The track has already held a World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series race earlier this year, and now welcomes the best of the best in dirt modified racing to the steep, lightning-fast clay oval.

Local favorites such as Joe Duvall, Mike Duvall, Ryan LaCoe, Brett Hansen, Mike Worblewski, Randy Frailey, Jeremy Rasmussen, Danny Womack, Roger Sawyer, Mark Cochran and others will be looking to keep the bulk of the prize money in the Sooner
State.

Saturday’s event will also feature four of the track’s regular weekly classes,
including Grand Nationals, 360 Modifieds, Factory Stocks and Pure Stocks.

Pit gates will open at 2 p.m., grandstands open at 5, hot laps begin at 6:30 and race time is 7 p.m.

Among the track’s great features is the Finish Line Bar & Grill, 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. Admission is $25 and the area can accommodate up to 80 race fans. The gift shop is stocked full of merchandise sure to please every race fan with tons of selections and designs for men, women and children.

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

SUNDAY, SEPT. 18 – WEST PLAINS MOTOR SPEEDWAY, WEST PLAINS, MO.

After an off-season that was busier than most tracks are during the height of the racing season, the new owners and management of the Salina Highbanks Speedway welcomed fans, drivers, crew members, sponsors and their families to the first night of weekly racing on April 2.

Thousands of hours and dollars later, dozens of renovations and upgrades have given the popular dirt track new life.

The West Plains Motor Speedway is a 100-acre motorsports facility with weekly racing action on Saturdays that features several exciting classes, including the popular USRA RHS Modifieds which boasts one of the highest weekly car counts for the division in the nation.

Drivers from West Plains such as track points leader Brandon Ball, Jason Hughes (same name, but not the same guy who has 103 career USMTS victories), Greg Hughes, Logan Martin, Josh Hughes, Matt Barry, Kyle Duke and Brian Judd are the drivers expected to battle to keep the bulk of the prize money in the Show-Me State.

Other locals to keep an eye on include veteran racers Rob and Stephen Muilenburg of Sparta, Scott Crigler of Alton, Rustin Miller of Houston and Carl Murphy of Caulfied.

And with a $2,000 bonus posted by track promoter Sonny Smith to any driver from Missouri or Arkansas taking the checkered flag this Sunday, fans can expect to see some heavy hitters like Terry Phillips and Jeremy Payne of Springfield, Austin Siebert of Grandview, Mark Dotson of Cameron, Mickey Burrell of Fair Grove, Terry Beckham of Webb City, Chad Lyle of Oak Grove and USRA RHS Modified national points leader Johnny Bone Jr. of Pea Ridge, Ark.

In addition to the $2,000 winner’s bonus, a $250 start bonus has also been posted for any local driver who has competed at the track at least six times during the 2011 season.

Presented by Mega Motorsports and Honda of West Plains, the event will also feature the Air Evac Lifeteam Weekly Racing Series classes featuring Crate Late Models, Reliable Chevrolet B-Mods, Super Stocks and Hobby Stocks.

Race time is 6 p.m.

Dustin Boney and his #22 Snickers Modified will be at the Casey’s General Store located at 100 Cherry St. in Allison from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. prior to the event. Fans can meet the driver, get an autograph or just check out the machine he’ll be wheeling that night at the West Plains Motor Speedway.

Motorsports enthusiasts are amazed at the power and excitement of racing on the 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.

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.

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.

Jason Hughes Begins The Hunt for Second Straight USMTS Title this Thursday

August 11th, 2011

Westville, Oklahoma – Jason Hughes is set to take his #12 West Siloam Pawn/Gressel Racing/Hughes/Mullins Race Engines Open Wheel Modified into battle as he prepares to defend the Casey’s General USMTS Hunt Title.

The 2011 edition of The Hunt was a dream come true for Hughes as he claimed his first Casey’s General USMTS title. Along the title chase, Hughes scored an impressive five wins, fifteen top five finishes, and sixteen top ten finishes in seventeen events. His pursuit of a second straight title begins this Thursday, August 11th at The Great American Dirt Track (Jetmore, Kansas) before concluding twenty-one events and a month and a half from now at Deer Creek Speedway (Spring Valley, Minnesota) during the 13th Annual Fall Jamboree.

The upcoming Casey’s General USMTS Hunt events include:

August 11th: The Great American Dirt Track (Jetmore, KS) – $2,000-to-win
August 12th: Humboldt Speedway (Humboldt, KS) – $2,000-to-win
August 13th: Lucas Oil Speedway (Wheatland, MO) – $2,000-to-win
August 14th: Monett Speedway (Monett, MO) – $2,000-to-win
August 17th: Ogilivie Raceway (Ogilivie, MN) – $2,000-to-win
August 18th: Rice Lake Speedway (Rice Lake, MN) – $2,000-to-win
August 19th: Mississippi Thunder Speedway (Fountain City, WI) -$2,000-to-win
August 20th: Hamilton County Speedway (Webster City, IA) – $2,000-to-win
August 21st: Noble County Speedway (Worthington, MN) – $2,000-to-win

Jason was last in action two weeks ago as he took part in the opener for the $20,000-to-win, World Modified Dirt Track Championship on Wednesday night, July 27th at Deer Creek Speedway (Spring Valley, Minnesota). In time trials, he was 13th fastest in the 53 car field to earn the fourth starting spot for his heat race. He would go on to pass one car on his way to a third place finish, which earned him the 14th starting spot for the main event. During the course of the feature he passed seven cars to finish in the seventh position. Hughes will next be in action on Saturday night in the final leg of the event.

The team entered the final night of the inaugural World Modified Dirt Track Championship on Saturday night, July 30th at Deer Creek Speedway (Spring Valley, Minnesota). Via Wednesday night’s performance, Jason started 8th in the b-main. However, a flat tire on the first lap of the 25 lap event would force him pitside for fresh rubber. He would be able to rejoin the tail of the field, and went on to recover to a 12th place finish to earn the final transfer spot to the feature.

After starting 30th on the grid for the 50 lap feature, Hughes would pass 22 cars in the first 39 laps of the event to work his way up to the eighth spot. However, lap 40 would see a flat tire plague Hughes once again as he would be relegated pitside to a 20th place finish. Full results are available at www.USMTS.com.

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

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

Ben Shelton, Owner
MSR Mafia – www.MSRMafia.com

The Midsouth Racing Scene – www.MidSouthRacing.com

Dustin Boney Wins a Thriller in COMP Cams SMP Opener at Humboldt Speedway

July 17th, 2011

Humboldt, KS – The 2nd Annual COMP Cams SMP Speedweek opened on Friday night at Humboldt Speedway (Humboldt, Kansas) as Dustin Boney outdueled Johnny Bone Jr. and a field of 35 competitors representing four states to claim the $1,500 win.

Terry Beckham II of Webb City, Missouri started the night by blazing to the fastest time in qualifications to earn the MRW Racing Wheel Pole Qualifier Award. He was joined on the front row by Dustin Boney. Tim Karrick and Luke Driskell also set fast time in their respective groups to lock into the second row starting spots for the 30 lap feature.

As the race went green, Beckham shot to the lead with Boney, Karrick, Driskell, and Jess Folk Jr. in pursuit. As Beckham worked the low side, Boney set up for business on the cushion, and exiting turn four on lap two it would be Boney, who bolted to the lead.

Over the next several laps Boney would creep away from the field as a great battle began to rage behind Beckham II for third between Karrick, Folk Jr., and Johnny Bone Jr. The leaders would catch lap traffic by lap 11, and the event’s first caution flag would wave on lap 15 of the feature as Chance Bishop slowed in turn two.

As the race prepared to resume green flag conditions Boney maintained the lead with Beckham II, Folk Jr., Karrick, and Bone in tow. Folk Jr. would work past Beckham II for the second spot on the restart and would hold the position until Johnny Bone Jr. worked his way past Beckham II on lap 19 to take possession of the second spot. Over the next four laps, Bone Jr. would make a serious dent in Boney’s lead, and by the time that the caution flag flew for a driveshaft on the track on lap 23, Bone had pulled even with the leader.

The crowd eagerly anticipated the ensuing restart and remaining seven laps, and they wouldn’t be disappointed as Boney and Bone Jr. would battle side-by-side for the duration of the closing laps before Boney claimed the win by half a car length at the checkered flag over Bone Jr., Jess Folk Jr., Whitey Folk, and John Allen.

The RacingJunk.com first heat was won by Jess Folk Jr. with Whitey Folk winning the MRW Racing Wheels second heat. Johnny Bone Jr. claimed the B&B Racing Supply third heat, and Ryan Whitworth took top honors in the MSRMafia.com fourth heat. The Racing Header Service last chance qualifier was won by Justin Rexwinkle.

The 2nd Annual COMP Cams SMP Speedweek, will host its second event of the week on Saturday, July 16th at Brills Motor Speedway (Meeker, Oklahoma) with a $1,500 to win/$125 to start event. For more information, please visit www.SMPSeries.com.

The COMP Cams SMP Series would like to thank COMP Cams, Racing Head Service, RacingJunk.com, Lunati, Quarter Master, MRW, Klotz Synthetics, The Brake Man, MSRMafia.com Marketing Services, TRE By Bone, and B&B Racing Supply.

COMP Cams SMP Speedweek Presented By Racing Head Service

Late-race caution, last-lap heroics lift Hughes to Humboldt win

March 16th, 2011

HUMBOLDT, Kan.– In the eighteen USMTS events at the Humboldt Speedway prior to Saturday night, just three drivers have recorded multiple victories and those three have snagged two-thirds of the trophies taken home from the high-banked 3/8-mile dirt oval.

With an event record 69 cars and drivers signed in to do battle in front of a standing-room-only crowd Saturday night, the final laps of the 40-lap main event once again came down to the same trio of veterans slugging it out for bragging rights at the popular bullring.

John Webb of Pauls Valley, Okla., won his heat race, earned the most passing points during qualifying and drew the pole position for the start of the main event with rookie driver Cody Agler of nearby Emporia, Kan., sitting on the outside of the front row in just his second USMTS start.

The drop of the green flag saw Webb gain the advantage over Agler, but his time at the front of the field lasted just two laps as nine-time USMTS National Champion Kelly Shryock of Fertile, Iowa, blasted into the top spot during the third lap.

Agler got by Webb for second on the ninth lap, but by this time Shryock was already a straight-away ahead of his nearest challenger.

Just as Shryock began to work lapped traffic on lap 16, the yellow flag waved when Ryan Ruter’s tire came off of his machine and came to a rest on the racing surface, wiping out Shryock’s half-track lead over Agler.

On the restart, two-time Humboldt winner Johnny Bone Jr. of Pea Ridge, Ark., snuck underneath Agler to take over second place while Jason Hughes, who started 16th after winning the second Real Racing Wheels “B” Main, powered his way into third two laps later.

Meanwhile, Ryan Gustin was maneuvering his way to the front. Despite starting deep in the field in the 26th position, the 20-year-old from Marshalltown, Iowa, grabbed tenth from Colt Mather just past the halfway point of the race.

Back up front, Bone and Hughes continued to pursue the leader but Shryock added to his margin each lap and was a full straight-away ahead of Bone when the race’s final caution came out with just nine laps to go.

Seemingly poised to take down his fourth career win at “The Hummer,” Shryock got a strong start when the green flag waved while Hughes looked to the outside of Bone in the first turn following the restart.

Hughes got by Bone the next time around and it became obvious that Shryock was about to have his hands full with the defending USMTS National Champion.

With four laps to go, Hughes was able to pull alongside Shryock using the middle of the track while Shryock continued to utilize the low line that had kept him up front for the last 34 circuits.

With the fans now standing and cheering for one or the other, the two winningest drivers in USMTS history battled wheel to wheel for the final three laps in a scene that has been witnessed countless times, but never fails to amaze.

With the white flag waving in the chilly air, Hughes muscled his way past Shryock as they exited the fourth turn and came across the stripe to complete the next-to-last lap as the leader.

Shryock dove into the first corner and nosed ahead slightly before the pair of rival chassis builders drag-raced down the back-stretch.

They entered the final corner neck and neck, but Hughes was able to pull ahead of Shryock exiting the final turn and crossed beneath the checkered flags with three-tenths of a second advantage.

The win was worth $2,000 to Hughes and his first of the year. It was his eighth triumph overall at the Humboldt Speedway and the 94th of his USMTS career.

Despite having to settle for a disappointing runner-up finish, Shryock was dominant for most of the contest and scored his fourth straight top-five finish to open up the 2011 campaign.

Bone held on for third while Gustin climbed all the way to fourth and earned the Mesilla Valley Transportation Hard Charger Award. Jon Tesch rounded out the top five to put four different chassis manufacturers and four different engine builders into the first five spots.

Jason Krohn, Tommy Weder Jr., Chad Lyle and Rodney Sanders garnered the sixth through ninth spots, respectively, while Agler rounded out the top ten.

Up next for the USMTS Casey’s General Stores National Tour powered by Swan Energy is a three-race swing through Texas in and around Houston.

On Friday, March 18, the touring titans invade the Golden Triangle Raceway Park in Beaumont, then head to the Gator Motorplex in Willis on Saturday, March 19, for the second half of the 5th Annual Texas Shootout.

The weekend wraps up on Sunday, March 19, with the Texas Spring Nationals finale at the Royal Purple Raceway in Baytown. Originally scheduled for Feb. 20, the event was postponed by fog.

Friday and Saturday will carry a top prize of $2,000 while the winner on Sunday will walk away with $3,000.

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.

Gustin gives Gressel third trophy in ten tries with dominating performance at Humboldt

June 7th, 2010

HUMBOLDT, KAN. – In just his second trip to the Humboldt Speedway, Ryan Gustin notched his third USMTS Casey’s General Stores National Tour victory of the season Friday with a dominating performance at Ron and Rhenda Whitworth’s quarter-mile semi-banked clay in the southeast corner of the Sunflower State.

Friday night’s triumph helped the 19-year-old from Marshalltown, Iowa, exorcise some demons that have haunted him since his previous visit to ‘The Hummer’ last August during the Hunt for the USMTS Casey’s General Stores National Championship.

An early contender for the 2009 title, Gustin had to use a provisional starting spot to get into the main event after failing to qualify through his heat race or Real Racing Wheels “B” Main. One of the first drivers out of the race, he finished 24th while Kelly
Shryock grabbed the runner-up spot to earn 45 more points than Gustin. Fifteen races later, Shryock captured his ninth USMTS title while Gustin finished 33 points back in second.

Just days after the mud-slinging USMTS Modifieds wrapped up a doubleheader at Humboldt this past March, Gustin was named as a new driver for Gressel Racing. Since then, he has garnered three wins in 10 starts with his new team, and returned to Humboldt with a new attitude that helped him earn his 10th career USMTS win.

Dustin Boney grabbed the early lead in Friday night’s 40-lap WIX Filters “A” Main, but it took just two laps before Gustin wrestled the lead away and began to run off and hide from the field.

Meanwhile, Jason Hughes – winner of both nights at Humboldt back in March – was on a march to the front of the field from his 12th starting spot.

The third and final caution flag of the race waved with just two laps to go, wiping out Gustin’s huge lead and giving Hughes a chance at a three-peat. But with no lapped traffic in his sights, Gustin powered away to take the checkered flag comfortably ahead of Hughes.

Brian Bolin snared a third-place finish with 13th-starting Johnny Bone Jr. finishing fourth and 2007 USMTS National Champion Jason Krohn rounding out the top five at the finish line.

Sixth through tenth, respectively, went to Zack VanderBeek, Boney, Rodney Sanders, DandyLand Farms Rookie of the Year points leader Johnny Scott and AFCO Pole Award winner Jon Tesch.

Despite not getting his fifth win in six starts in the Falcon Wind Power Mo-Kan Region, Hughes padded his points lead enough to clinch the regional crown with one race remaining.

Bone is currently second in the Falcon Wind Power Mo-Kan Region standings with 493 points, followed by Shryock (490), Sanders (478), VanderBeek (426), Tesch (419), Bolin (414), Dereck Ramirez (401), Tommy Weder Jr. (378) and Tommy Myer (360).

The USMTS Modifieds will challenge the quick quarter-mile at the Springfield Raceway on Saturday night, June 5, for their only
scheduled appearance of the 2010 season and the final points race in the Falcon Wind Power Mo-Kan Region.

In their first appearance last season, Springfield’s Terry Phillips and Jason Hughes staged a classic wheel-to-wheel battle for the entire race with Phillips claiming the victory after taking the lead from teammate Jeremy Payne. Later in the season, Payne rebounded to win when the USMTS Casey’s General Stores National Tour returned to Springfield.

Drivers from Missouri, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Texas, Kansas, Minnesota, Iowa and surrounding states are expected to compete in blockbuster event at Jerry Hoffman’s speedplant.

Support classes will include Sport Mods, Legends Cars and Street Stocks as they compete in normal weekly points events. Pit gates will open at 4 p.m. with grandstand gates swinging open at 5. Hot laps are slated for 6:05 and racing is set to begin at 7 p.m.

On race day, fans can pick up $2-off discount coupons at all four Casey’s General Stores locations in Springfield. Check out www.caseys.com[1] to find the location nearest you.

The Springfield Raceway is a 1/4-mile semi-banked clay oval located south of I-44 at Exit 75 to Kearney Hwy., then 1.0 mile west to Westgate Ave., then 0.3 mile south. For more information call 417-673-7426 or 417-863-0097 on race day.

To learn more about the United States Modified Touring Series, visit www.usmts.com[2] online or call 515-832-7944. You can also follow the USMTS on Facebook, MySpace, Twitter and YouTube.