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Jason Hughes Hustles to Shady Oaks Win; Mississippi Trip Next

February 24th, 2017

Hughes parked his Henryetta Ford #12 Hughes Chassis/ Mullins Racing Engine Modified in victory lane with the United States Modified Touring Series.

Jason Hughes made the trip to Shady Oaks Speedway (Goliad, Texas) on Thursday for the second weekend of action for the United States Modified Touring Series (USMTS) Southern Region. Drawing 31 entries, Jason edged his
way into the opening night feature with a 3rd-place finish in his heat. Rolling off 9th for the A-Main, Hughes improved two spots in the 30-lapper to place 7th at the checkered flag.

The following night starting on the pole of his heat, Jason cruised to an 8-lap heat race win, positioning him 4th on the starting grid for the feature. Battling with Ricky Thornton Jr. for the top spot in the opening laps, Hughes inherited the lead on lap-14 after Thornton Jr. and another competitor tangled, causing Thornton Jr. to spin. Holding the field at bay for the remaining 21 circuits, Jason Hughes charged to his second victory of the season with Ryan Gustin, Travis Saurer, Cade Dillard, and Johnny Scott rounding out the Top 5.

For the final night of the Summit Racing Southern Region presented by Production Jars tripleheader, Hughes logged a 6th-place outing in his heat, which relegated him to the B-Main. Sending the Top 5 to the finale, Jason landed a runner-up finish behind Tyler Wolff, which locked his spot into the $4,000-to-win feature. Passing nine cars in the 40-lap affair, Jason Hughes reeled in a 7th-place finish.

Jason continues to sit atop the latest USMTS point standings. Complete results and the latest standings can be found at www.USMTS.com.

This coming weekend Hughes Motorsports will trek to the state of Mississippi for a tripleheader through the Magnolia State. Action opens on Friday evening at Jackson Motor Speedway (Byram, Mississippi) before moving to Whynot Motorsports Park (Meridian, Mississippi) on Saturday night. The weekend draws to a close on Sunday evening at Greenville Speedway (Greenville, Mississippi). The historic weekend marks the first time that the USMTS has sanctioned events in Mississippi. For more information on the event, please visit www.USMTS.com .

Jason Hughes would like to thank his sponsors including Henryetta Ford,

Tail Tackle, AFCO Brakes, West Siloam Pawn, Murphrey Oil Company, Gressel Racing, Hughes Racing Chassis, Mullins Race Engines, D and G Directional Drilling, 45 Pipeline Services, JRI Shocks, Hanson Tire Service, Braka Operating, Sunoco Race Fuels, Mert’s Truck Center, SAEF Custom Finishing, Wheeler Metals Rainbow Graphics, Hooker Harness, Quarter Master, Beyea Custom Headers, Ultra-Shield Race Products, MB Machine & Tool, T&D Machine Products, Callies, Quick Car Racing Products, Dan Olson Racing Products, FSR Radiators & Racing Products, Tiger Rear Ends, Driven Racing Oil, Sweet Mfg, Real Racing Wheels, Rod End Supply, and MSRMafia.com Marketing Services.

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

Dillard thrills Shady Oaks Speedway spectators

February 22nd, 2017

GOLIAD, Texas — The Shady Oaks Speedway saved the best for last with a barnburner 40-lap main event Saturday to close the curtain on the second of five Summit Racing USMTS Winter Speedweeks tripleheader weekends.

Several drivers took their shots, but in the end it was Cade Dillard of Robeline, La., claiming his first win of the season and 11th of his USMTS career.

Johnny Scott was the Sybesma Graphics Pole Award winner and led the first lap his third time at the front of the pack in the seasons first six races but Travis Saurer gained the top spot the next time around the 3/8-mile dirt oval.

Scott got it back two laps later, but Saurer was back in front again to lead lap 5 and Dillard followed into second on lap 8 after a hearty three-way battle at the front of the field.

Meanwhile, Ryan Gustin was closing in on the leaders and Rodney Sanders, who started 13th, was also narrowing the gap by using the low line around the racing surface.

Saurer held serve for the next 17 laps but after a couple of side-by-side laps with Dillard, relinquished control to “The Thriller.”

Dillard remained out front but Gustin and Sanders were both in hot pursuit and closing the gap before the race’s first caution waved on lap 29.

After another brief caution one lap later, Dillard led the field back to the green flag and then proceeded to pull away over the final ten laps to secure the $4,000 top prize.

Gustin held off Sanders to claim the runner-up spot, Zack VanderBeek moved up three spots to finish fourth and Scott beat Thornton to the flagstand by a bumper to get fifth-place money.

Friday night’s winner, Jason Hughes, was seventh, Saurer finished eighth, Chris Brown nabbed the ninth position and Joe Duvall rounded out the top 10 finishers.

The series treks into Mississippi for the first time next weekend, beginning at the Jackson Motor Speedway in Byram on Friday, Feb. 24, followed by the Whynot Motorsports Park in Meridian on Saturday, Feb. 25, and Greenville Speedway on Sunday, Feb. 26.

Each show pays $3,000 to the main event winner.

To learn more about the United States Modified Touring Series, visit www.usmts.com online or call 515-832-7944. You can also like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/usmts, follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/usmts and Instagram at www.instagram.com/usmts or subscribe to our YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/usmtstv. Keep up to speed with everything USMTS by joining our email list at www.usmts.com/subscribe.

Hughes cuts through fog at Shady Oaks Speedway

February 19th, 2017

GOLIAD, Texas — Jason Hughes was in the right place at the right time, and a familiar place at the end of the 35-lap USMTS main event Friday night at the Shady Oaks Speedway.

With fog thickening above the 3/8-mile dirt oval, Ricky Thornton Jr. jumped out to the early lead over Chris Brown while Hughes battled Travis Saurer for third.

Winners of the last two features, Thornton and Brown battled up front for the first dozen laps when Thornton glided over the back-stretch berm which allowed Brown to pull alongside as they entered the third turn.

Racing for the same real estate as the top of the corner, the lead duo made contact which resulted in Thornton sliding to a stop at the top of turn four and the second yellow flag of the race.

Officials sent both drivers to the tail for the restart, and that gave Hughes who had passed Saurer for third one lap earlier the lead for the next green flag.

Ryan Gustin powered into the runner-up spot on the restart and gave chase to his car owner and teammate for the remaining 22 circuits, but Hughes never offered up a mistake for The Reaper to pounce.

Hughes cruised the rest of the way to claim the $3,000 winner’s share of the purse, register his 148th career USMTS victory and become the first two-time winner this season.

“It was a lot of luck tonight,” said Hughes. “The way the track was you had to start up front to get qualified. We were just trying to keep our cars clean and not wreck. I passed Travis there at the right time and inherited that lead. I hated it for Ricky, but I’ll take it anyway.

It’s an educated guess as to what you try at a track. Once you think you know it all, then you’re in trouble. You do what you think the car needs and hopefully hit it. I don’t know if I had anything for them if they hadn’t gotten together.”

Meanwhile, Gustin followed Hughes to the finish line to claim the second spot with Saurer nabbing third to increase his lead in the Grant Junghans USMTS Rookie of the Year points.

Cade Dillard finished fourth while the Scott brothers Johnny and Stormy were fifth and sixth. R.C. Whitwell was seventh, Rodney Sanders raced from 16th to finish eighth, Steve Whiteaker Jr. was ninth and Philip Houston rounded out the top 10.

Thornton and Brown rebounded to finish 13th and 15th, respectively.

On Saturday, pit gates open at 3 p.m., grandstands open at 4:30, hot laps begin at 6:15 and racing starts at 6:30. Adult tickets are $20, kids ages 11-15 are $10 and children 10 and under are free. Pit passes are $40.

A $4,000 paycheck awaits the USMTS main event winner, the Limited Mod winner gets $600 and Pure Stocks are racing for $400.

Can’t be there in person? Watch all three days live at www.racindirt.com/live.

The Shady Oaks Speedway is located 4.0 miles north of Goliad on US 183, then 3.0 miles east on FM 622. To learn more, check out their website at www.shadyoakspeedway.com.

To learn more about the United States Modified Touring Series, visit www.usmts.com online or call 515-832-7944. You can also like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/usmts, follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/usmts and Instagram at www.instagram.com/usmts or subscribe to our YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/usmtstv. Keep up to speed with everything USMTS by joining our email list at www.usmts.com/subscribe.

USMTS @ Shady Oaks Speedway, 2/16-18/17

February 21st, 2017

Goliad, TX., Friday the USMTS Road Warriors returned for a second night of racing on the 3/8 mile track along with the Limited Modifieds and Pure Stocks. Last night fans were treated to a good night of racing that saw 50 cars in action on a surface that slicked off throughout the night. Both features saw battles for the lead with the Limited Modified race decided in the final laps.

Thursday night saw Ricky Thornton jr., using the high side, take home the victory in the $2,000 to win feature event. Thornton led green to checkers in the 31-lap(last lap caution) event holding off Stormy Scott and Ryan Gustin. That was his first win since joining the Gressel Racing team and the 200th of his career. Tonight the pay out jumps up a grand with tonight’s winner grabbing a $3,000 payday.

Shane Hoefling worked past race-long leader Edward Oakes in the final laps to take the $400 up for grabs to win the Limited Modified feature. Hoefling used the high groove to make his way up to the front passing Oakes with two to go. Friday’s payday ramps up a $100 for the winner while the Pure Stocks come in and shoot for a $400 top prize of their own.

Hughes Inherits Lead, Carries it to Checkers

Jason Hughes(Watts,Okla.) was in the right place at the right during Friday nights 35-lap USMTS main event. Hughes had just gotten past Travis Saurer for third when Ricky Thornton and Chris Brown made contact battling for the lead. Both were put at the tail giving Hughes the point on the restart.

Hughes, in his West Siloam Pawn, Redtail Tackle, Murphrey Oil Co., Larry Carburetors, Allstar Performance, Pig-n-Out, McCartney Welding, Cates Recycling, Maxima Oil, Rainbow Graphics, Eastside Cafe, JRI Shocks, Mullins powered, Hughes Chassis had team mate, Ryan Gustin at arms length, the remainder of the race as he motored to the checkers.

With the fog rolling in the 24-car USMTS feature roared to life with Thornton getting the jump on polesitter, Brown into turn 1. Brown fell in line second on the hammer-down, heavy track with Hughes and Saurer side by side and Steve Whiteaker jr. in fifth. Cade Dillard got along side Whiteaker with Gustin looking on. Adam Cates went over the turn 3-4 hill for a caution on lap 4.

On the restart Hughes, Whiteaker and Dillard were three wide when a multi-car tangle quickly slowed the action. Saurer challenged Brown on the restart with Hughes and Whiteaker side by side for fourth. Hughes held off Whiteaker who now had Gustin at his door. Gustin got the spot a lap later followed by Dillard. At lap 10 Thornton and Brown were starting to check out.

Brown turned up the heat on Thornton getting good looks off turn 2 while Hughes got by Saurer for third. Brown and Thornton got together in turn 4 to bring out a lap 13 caution sending them both to the back. This gave the lead to start lap 14 to Hughes with Gustin getting second from Saurer on the restart trailed by Dillard, Whiteaker and Johnny Scott.

After a quick caution for Tyler Wolff, the Whiteaker/Dillard duel continued. At halfway it was Hughes, Gustin, Saurer, Dillard and Whiteaker in the top five when Brown looped it in turn 4. As the lead trio got away, Dillard and Whiteaker were at it again. J. Scott joined the fight getting by Whiteaker and along side Dillard with Stormy Scott now hounding Whiteaker.

S. Scott got by Whiteaker and Dillard as Dillard fell back, but recovered to retake fourth. As the laps clicked off Saurer gave Gustin a look for third while the Scott twins swapped position. As the lead duo crept away, Dillard was challenging Saurer for third while J. Scott closed in. Hughes held a couple car lengths on Gustin as the white flag waved with the Hughes Racing team mates coming across the line for the one-two finish.

Louden Launches in Limited Modified Main

Shiner’s Vince Louden ran away with the 25-lap Limited Modified feature win. After a good side by side battle for the lead with Garrett Higgins for the first five laps, Louden got the spot and began to motor away. On a couple restarts Louden launched himself away from Johnny Torres and built huge leads, at one point a full straightaway.

A late caution rebunched the field with five to go and again Louden got out from the pack and went on to the win in the Louden Motorsports, Rock Motors, Extreme Graphics, 41 Shocks, Pat Foreman Racing Heads, Parks Machine, IRP Chassis.

On the initial start of the 22-car Limited Modified feature Higgins got the lead off of turn 2, but Cody Beddoe had problems in turn 1 for a complete restart. This time Higgings and Tanner Whitmire stayed side by side nearly the entire lap with Higgins getting the edge by a nose. A four-car melee brought the action to a crawl again on lap 1.

Once back to green it Louden getting along side Higgins with it too close to call on lap 2, while Torres got third from Whitmire. Higgins led lap 3 by a bumper, but Louden hung tough. Lap 4 saw Louden get the nose out front and he finally secured the spot on lap 5. Torres took second from Higgins on lap 7 who slowed and pulled off.

Louden had just gotten a big advantage on Torres who had a gap to Whitmire, Lawrence Mikulencak and Dustin Butcher. All that changed when David Schurry went around in turns 3-4. On the restart Butcher jumped L. Mikulencak for fourth and was along side Whitmire for third. Shane Hoefling, who started near the back had moved up to battle with L. Mikulencak for fifth.

At the midway point Louden was again easing away from Torres, Butcher, Whitmite and L. Mikulencak. Butchers night ended when he slowed and pulled to the infield. Whitmire also began to fade giving up spots to L. Mikulencak, Hoefling, Marcus Mikulencak and Mickey Helms. With five to go Louden had a full straightaway on Torres, L. Mikulencak and Hoefling.

Tyler Box went around in turn 4 for a lap 25 caution. On green Louden didn’t waste any time quickly rebuilding his margin on Torres while L. Mikulencak and Hoefling ran wheel to wheel. That duo kept it up for three laps before Hoefling finally got the spot. Up front it was Louden, now on cruise control, continuing to pull away from Torres at the checkers

Snow Falls in Pure Stock Winners Circle

The 20-lap Pure Stock feature came down to a last lap battle between Joseph Snow(Cuero) and race-long leader Cecil McCreary. Snow, who made his way into the top three early, caught McCreary with two to go. As they slugged it out to the finish it was Snow eking out the win in his Army, Chevy.

As the 22-car Pure Stock field took the green McCreary and Brice Baros did a little rubbing with McCreary getting the lead. Josh Sewell moved into second with Baros third, Jack Kirby fourth and Daniel Preston fifth. After a quick caution for debris Kirby took over third with Daniel Waer and Snow getting by Barosas well.

After a caution for Mason Casteneda, Sewell half spun on the restart collecting Waer. This moved Snow, Baros and Monty Chamberlain into the top five behind McCreary and Kirby coming to halfway. Kirby slipped up on lap giving up second to Snow. Baros also went off track with Chuck Perry and Cheyloh Flanagan picking up spots.

With five to go Kirby fell off the pace while Snow was closing in on McCreary for the lead. Coming to the last two laps Snow turned up the heat while Perry and Colt Beaver, who came out the B-main, got by Flanagan for fourth and fifth. As the leaders took the white flag it was anyone’s race. Coming to the line it was Snow getting the hard earned victory.

Racing continues Saturday night with pit gates opening at 3:00pm, spectator gates at 4:30pm. Hot laps begin at 6:15pm and racing starts at 6:30pm. For more info visit www.shadyoakspeedway. com or their facebook page www.facebook.com/ShadyOaksSpeedway

Or visit www.usmts.com or their facebook page www.facebook.com/usmts to follow the series.

Thornton fourth winner in four races, snares USMTS opener at Shady Oaks Speedway

February 18th, 2017

GOLIAD, Texas — The fourth race of the season for the USMTS produced a fourth different winner as Ricky Thornton Jr. rolled to a wire-to-wire victory at the Shady Oaks Speedway in Goliad, Texas.

Starting from the outside of the second row, Thornton wasted no time getting to the front and made it three wide with polesitter Chris Brown and Mickey Lassiter entering the first turn.

Stormy Scott followed to the inside down the back-stretch and slid into second behind Thornton as they completed the first lap.

The first four laps were plagued by five cautions, but the field rattled off 20 straight laps after that with Ryan Gustin, Stormy Scott, Johnny Scott and Chris Brown chasing Thornton around the big 3/8-mile dirt oval.

The yellow flag flew with five laps to go, and again as the white flag was waving to set up a green-white-checkered finish, but each time Thornton was up to the task and paced Stormy Scott to the finish line to notch his second career USMTS triumph.

Brown, who fell back as far as sixth during the 30-lapper, clawed his way back to a third-place finish while Gustin nipped Johnny Scott as the finish line to take the fourth spot.

Racing from 18th on the starting grid to sixth at the checkered flag, Travis Saurer earned the KSE Racing Products Hard Charger Award with Jason Hughes, Tyler Wolff, Cade Dillard and Dereck Ramirez rounding out the top 10.

Two more nights remain at the Shady Oaks Speedway.

On Friday, pit gates open at 3 p.m., grandstands open at 5, hot laps begin at 7:15 and racing starts at 7:30. Adult tickets are $20, kids ages 11-15 are $10 and children 10 and under are free. Pit passes are $35. The USMTS feature winner will earn $3,000, Limited Mods battle for $500 to win and Pure Stocks get $400 to win.

On Saturday, pit gates open at 3 p.m., grandstands open at 4:30, hot laps begin at 6:15 and racing starts at 6:30. Adult tickets are $20, kids ages 11-15 are $10 and children 10 and under are free. Pit passes are $40. A $4,000 paycheck awaits the USMTS main event winner, the Limited Mod winner gets $600 and Pure Stocks are racing for $400.

Can’t be there in person? Watch all three days live at www.racindirt.com/live.

The Shady Oaks Speedway is located 4.0 miles north of Goliad on US 183, then 3.0 miles east on FM 622. To learn more, check out their website at www.shadyoakspeedway.com.

To learn more about the United States Modified Touring Series, visit www.usmts.com online or call 515-832-7944. You can also like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/usmts, follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/usmts and Instagram at www.instagram.com/usmts or subscribe to our YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/usmtstv. Keep up to speed with everything USMTS by joining our email list at www.usmts.com/subscribe.

USMTS slides into Goliad for Last Lap at Shady Oaks Speedway

February 18th, 2017

GOLIAD, Texas — This weeks USMTS event will be the final race ever at the Shady Oaks Speedway as the land has been sold and it will be permanently closed.

The Last Lap at Shady Oaks will be the final opportunity ever for drivers and fans to enjoy racing at this fantastic hidden gem.

Last year on opening night, the margin of victory was little more than a thin whisker as Rodney Sanders held off Jason Hughes in a duel of former USMTS national champions.

The current points leader in the USMTS Summit Racing Southern Region presented by Production Jars, Hughes has a win and two runner-ups, plus a third-, fourth- and a sixth-place finish in the six USMTS main events held at Shady Oaks.

His new teammate, Ryan Gustin, has a pair of wins, a pair of seconds and a third to his credit, and Cade Dillard is one of only six drivers to qualify for all six USMTS features at Shady Oaks including three straight third-place finishes here in 2016.

Dereck Ramirez has also tasted victory here, and Steven Whiteaker Jr. of nearby Corpus Christi captured the victory in the USMTS debut at the Shady Oaks Speedway in 2015.

An open practice is happening Wednesday night from 6-9 p.m. with free admission for spectators and $20 to get in the pits.

On Thursday, pit gates open at 3 p.m., grandstands open at 5:30, hot laps begin at 7:15 and racing starts at 7:30. Adult tickets are $15, kids ages 11-15 are $5 and children 10 and under are free. Pit passes are $35. A top prize of $2,000 goes to the USMTS winner with $400 to win Limited Mods.

On Friday, pit gates open at 3 p.m., grandstands open at 5, hot laps begin at 7:15 and racing starts at 7:30. Adult tickets are $20, kids ages 11-15 are $10 and children 10 and under are free. Pit passes are $35. The USMTS feature winner will earn $3,000, Limited Mods battle for $500 to win and Pure Stocks get $400 to win.

On Saturday, pit gates open at 3 p.m., grandstands open at 4:30, hot laps begin at 6:15 and racing starts at 6:30. Adult tickets are $20, kids ages 11-15 are $10 and children 10 and under are free. Pit passes are $40. A $4,000 paycheck awaits the USMTS main event winner, the Limited Mod winner gets $600 and Pure Stocks are racing for $400.

Can’t be there in person? Watch all three days live at www.racindirt.com/live.

The Best Western Plus Goliad Inn & Suites in Goliad, Texas, welcomes travelers as the Official Host Hotel for USMTS fans and teams, and is located just minutes from the track at 754 East Pearl St. in Goliad.

Race fans can get these following discounted rates for this weekend: King Standard $85.99, King Suite $90.99, Double Queens $95.99 or Two-Bed Suites $99.99, plus applicable taxes.

Call (361) 645-3100 today to book your stay, and remember to mention USMTS when making reservations. For more information about the Best Western Plus Goliad Inn & Suites, check them out online at https://www.bestwestern.com/en_US/book/hotel-details.44673.html and like them on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/BWGoliadInnSuitesGoliad.

The Shady Oaks Speedway is located 4.0 miles north of Goliad on US 183, then 3.0 miles east on FM 622. To learn more, check out their website at www.shadyoakspeedway.com.

To learn more about the United States Modified Touring Series, visit www.usmts.com online or call 515-832-7944. You can also like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/usmts, follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/usmts and Instagram at www.instagram.com/usmts or subscribe to our YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/usmtstv. Keep up to speed with everything USMTS by joining our email list at www.usmts.com/subscribe.

Jason Hughes Claims Cotton Bowl Cash; Shady Oaks Next

February 17th, 2017

Jason Hughes Claims Cotton Bowl Cash; Shady Oaks Next by powering his Henryetta Ford #12 Hughes Chassis/ Mullins Racing Engine Modified to the $3,000 triumph with the USMTS on Friday evening at Cotton Bowl Speedway.

On Friday night Jason Hughes kicked off the 2017 campaign by traveling to Cotton Bowl Speedway (Paige, Texas) for the United States Modified Touring Series (USMTS) season-opener. In a field of 42 Open Wheel Modifieds, Jason secured his spot into the $2,000-to-win A-Main with a 3rd-place finish in his heat. Earning the 11th-starting position, Hughes improved two positions in the 40-lapper posting a 9th-place finish.

Returning on Friday to do battle against a field of 41 cars, Hughes failed to make up much ground in his heat race as he would start deep in the field before only managing a 7th-place finish. Coming from the 7th-starting spot in his B-Main, Jason charged to a runner-up finish behind Cade Dillard, locking his spot into the show.

Rolling off 16th for the $3,000-to-win A-Main, Hughes wheeled his way into the lead in just the first 20 laps. Holding off the field for the remaining 20 circuits, Jason Hughes captured his first victory of the season topping Stormy Scott, Johnny Scott, Chris Brown, and R.C. Whitwell at the finish line.

Wrapping up the Summit Racing USMTS Southern Region event presented by Production Jars on Saturday night, Jason advanced four positions in his heat race, edging his way into the $4,000-to-win finale with a 3rd -place finish. Earning the 9th-starting position, Jason worked his way into a podium finish by the mid-point of the 50-lap finale. Battling his way through lap-traffic in the final laps, Jason Hughes notched a 2nd-place finish behind Chris Brown with Ricky Thornton Jr., Dereck Ramirez, and Zack VanderBeek rounding out the Top 5 teammate as we go up and down the road, and hopefully we can keep going like scored the $2,000 victory in the opening round.

Jason sits in first in the USMTS point standings after the completion of the first weekend. Complete results and the latest standings can be found at www.USMTS.com.

This coming weekend Hughes Motorsports will again find themselves in action in the state of Texas as they make the trip to Shady Oaks Speedway (Goliad, Texas) for another tripleheader of racing action. For more information on the event, please visit www.USMTS.com .

Jason Hughes would like to thank his sponsors including Henryetta Ford, Tail Tackle, AFCO Brakes, West Siloam Pawn, Murphrey Oil Company, Gressel Racing, Hughes Racing Chassis, Mullins Race Engines, D and G Directional Drilling, 45 Pipeline Services, JRI Shocks, Hanson Tire Service, Braka Operating, Sunoco Race Fuels, Mert’s Truck Center, SAEF Custom Finishing, Wheeler Metals Rainbow Graphics, Hooker Harness, Quarter Master, Beyea Custom Headers, Ultra-Shield Race Products, MB Machine & Tool, T&D Machine Products, Callies, Quick Car Racing Products, Dan Olson Racing Products, FSR Radiators & Racing Products, Tiger Rear Ends, Driven Racing Oil, Sweet Mfg, Real Racing Wheels, Rod End Supply, and MSRMafia.com Marketing Services.

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

Best Western Plus Goliad Inn & Suites is host hotel for USMTS event at Shady Oaks Speedway

February 16th, 2017

GOLIAD, Texas — The Best Western Plus Goliad Inn & Suites in Goliad, Texas, welcomes travelers as the Official Host Hotel for USMTS fans and teams when USMTS Summit Winter Speedweeks invades the Shady Oaks Speedway on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, Feb. 16-18.

Just a few minutes from the race track, the Best Western Plus Goliad Inn & Suites is located 754 East Pearl St. in Goliad. and is found in the heart of the Texas ranching areas with a number of local attractions including Coleto Creek, The Texas Mile and Tour de Goliad.

During your stay at Best Western Plus Goliad Inn & Suites, enjoy the hotel’s fitness center and outdoor pool, and every room is comes with a refrigerator, microwave, TV and all channels. Breakfast is on the house, and their complimentary meal includes stacks of waffles and eggs along with other breakfast favorites like pastries and fruits.

Other amenities include a business center, guest laundry, in-room movies, high-speed Internet access and Wi-Fi and much more.

Race fans can get these following discounted rates for this weekend: King Standard $85.99, King Suite $90.99, Double Queens $95.99 or Two-Bed Suites $99.99, plus applicable taxes.

Call (361) 645-3100 today to book your stay, and remember to mention USMTS when making reservations. For more information about the Best Western Plus Goliad Inn & Suites, check them out online at https://www.bestwestern.com/en_US/book/hotel-details.44673.html and like them on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/BWGoliadInnSuitesGoliad.

It was announced this week that this week’s USMTS event will be the final race ever at the Shady Oaks Speedway as the land has been sold and it will be permanently closed, so this will be a last opportunity for drivers and fans to enjoy racing at this fantastic hidden gem.

An open practice is happening Wednesday night from 6-9 p.m. with free admission for spectators and $20 to get in the pits.

On Thursday, pit gates open at 3 p.m., grandstands open at 5:30, hot laps begin at 7:15 and racing starts at 7:30. Adult tickets are $15, kids ages 11-15 are $5 and children 10 and under are free. Pit passes are $35. A top prize of $2,000 goes to the USMTS winner with $400 to win Limited Mods.

On Friday, pit gates open at 3 p.m., grandstands open at 5, hot laps begin at 7:15 and racing starts at 7:30. Adult tickets are $20, kids ages 11-15 are $10 and children 10 and under are free. Pit passes are $35. The USMTS feature winner will earn $3,000, Limited Mods battle for $500 to win and Pure Stocks get $400 to win.

On Saturday, pit gates open at 3 p.m., grandstands open at 4:30, hot laps begin at 6:15 and racing starts at 6:30. Adult tickets are $20, kids ages 11-15 are $10 and children 10 and under are free. Pit passes are $40. A $4,000 paycheck awaits the USMTS main event winner, the Limited Mod winner gets $600 and Pure Stocks are racing for $400.

The Shady Oaks Speedway is located 4.0 miles north of Goliad on US 183, then 3.0 miles east on FM 622. To learn more, check out their website at www.shadyoakspeedway.com.

To learn more about the United States Modified Touring Series, visit www.usmts.com online or call 515-832-7944. You can also like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/usmts, follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/usmts and Instagram at www.instagram.com/usmts or subscribe to our YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/usmtstv. Keep up to speed with everything USMTS by joining our email list at www.usmts.com/subscribe.

Heavy hitters headed to 5th Annual USMTS Cajun Clash presented by Horseshoe Bossier City

February 24th, 2016

VIVIAN, La.– The third round of USMTS Winter Speedweeks happens at the Ark-La-Tex Speedway this Thursday-Saturday, Feb. 25-27, for the 5th Annual USMTS Cajun Clash presented by Horseshoe Bossier City, and this one is shaping up to be the biggest one of the year so far.

And comparing this week’s show to the previous two weekends of racing in Texas, that’s saying a lot.

Four different winners captured the checkered flag in the previous six nights of racing to kick off the 2016 campaign for the USMTS Casey’s Cup powered by S&S Fishing & Rental, and the marquee list of drivers attending this week’s mega-event has gotten even more powerful.

On the strength of his two victories last Thursday and Saturday at the Heart O Texas Speedway, Iowa’s Zack VanderBeek comes into this week’s tripleheader as the points leader in the Production Jars Southern
Region powered by Day Motor Sports.

But the Z-Man’s lead is a mere three points over defending USMTS nationalchamp Jason Hughes, who captured the Saturday night finale on opening weekend at the Shady Oaks Speedway.

Close behind is Cade Dillard. The 2014 USMTS Rookie of the Year has yet to visit the winner’s circle in the first six events, but he’s finished no worse than seventh this season.

Ryan Gustin a two-time winner already this year sits fourth in the rankings, followed by Jesse Sobbing, Scott Drake, Ben Kates, Joe Duvall and Austin Arneson while Philip Houston and Bobby Malchus are tied for the tenth position.

Others chasing their first win of the season this weekend include Dereck Ramirez, Casey Arneson, Kyle Strickler, Steve Whiteaker Jr., rookie points leader Tyler Wolff, Brock and Cody Bauman, Johnny and Stormy Scott, Chase Jupe, Clyde Dunn Jr., Billy Vogel, Chadd Howell and Steve Miller.

Drivers expected to join the already stellar field competing in the Production Jars Southern Region include Todd Shute, Terry Phillips, Jeremy Payne, Fito and Jake Gallardo, Chris Brown, Austin Siebert and Rodney Sanders returning to the USMTS circuit after a week of racing late models in Florida.

As always, the Land of Three Wide high-banked clay oval boasts some of the nation’s toughest local competitors such as Jason Ingalls, Lucas Lee and Chris Henigan who captured both of his two career USMTS wins here.

In 2014, Cade Dillard posted his career-first USMTS victory on Thursday night during the 8th Annual Winter Nationals, Rodney Sanders claimed Friday’s feature and Kelly Shryock ended the season on a high note with a trip to the winner’s circle on Saturday. All three days of the ninth running of the event was rained out
this past November.

Other USMTS winners here include Hughes, Johnny Scott and Duke Whiseant.

Wednesday’s practice is from 6 to 9 p.m. with free admission to the grandstands and $20 pit passes.

Thursday’s racing program starts at 7 p.m. with $2,000 to win for USMTS Modifieds, $500 to win Limited Mods and $300 to win Factory Stocks. Grandstand tickets are $15 with kids ages 12 and under getting in for free. Pit passes are $35.

On Friday, the green flag unfurls at 7 p.m. with USMTS Modifieds competing for $3,000 to win while Limited Mods will battle for $600 to win and Factory Stocks $400 to win. Grandstand tickets are $20 with kids ages 12 and under getting in for free. Pit passes are $35.

Saturday’s finale at Gene Boyter’s popular high-banked oval gets started at 6 p.m. USMTS Modifieds will race for $4,000 to win with Limited Mods paying $700 to win, Factory Stocks $500 to win and Pro-Mods joining the card for $400 to win.

The Ark-La-Tex Speedway is located 0.6 mile south of SR 2 on SR 1, then 0.7 mile west on Airport Rd., then 2.2 miles south on Boyter Lane Rd. For race day information, call the track hotline at 318-375-3470 or click
www.arklatexspeedway.net to visit them online.

For unfortunate fans unable to make one or more of these blockbuster events, every lap of every race at every event during USMTS Winter Speedweeks will be broadcast live via pay-per-view at www.RacinDirt.comm/LiveVideo.

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

Hughes net $4,000 in USMTS finale at Shady Oaks Speedway

February 15th, 2016

GOLIAD, Texas– The USMTS Casey’s Cup powered by S&S Fishing & Rental put the wraps on opening weekend of USMTS Speedweeks Saturday at the Shady Oaks Speedway and Jason Hughes put a bow on a strong weekend with a $4,000 victory.

After starting eighth, Hughes quickly moved toward the front of the field and muscled his way around Zack VanderBeek for third on lap 6 before joining a three-way fight for the lead with Bobby Malchus and Thursday night’s winner, Rodney Sanders.

The defending USMTS national champ’s job got a lot easier on lap 10 after Sanders made hard contact with Malchus. The result of the skirmish saw Malchus spinning while Sanders sailed over the turn 3 embankment.

While Sanders retired to the pits, Malchus, by rule, was unfortunately relegated to the rear of the pack for the restart which Hughes had the honor of pacing.

Ryan Gustin inherited the second spot and Cade Dillard assumed third when the pack went back to green flag racing, but neither was ever able to mount a serious challenge to Hughes who sailed to his 134th career United States Modified Touring Series triumph.

Behind Gustin and Dillard, VanderBeek held on for a fourth-place paycheck while 13th-starting Jesse Sobbing rounded out the top five finishers. Sixth through tenth were Casey Arneson, Scott Drake, Cody Leonard, Joe Duvall and Steve Whiteaker Jr.

Duvall, who started next to Malchus on the front row, recovered from a lap-2 spin and clawed his way back to finish ninth, but Dillard went home with the KSE Hard Charger Award after passing 11 competitors from 14th on the starting grid.

After three events in the Production Jars Southern Region presented by Day Motor Sports, Hughes leads Dillard by one point (279 to 273) in the points standings. Gustin is third with 251 markers, followed by Sobbing (251), Duvall (248), VanderBeek (247), Drake (220), Tyler Wolff (211), Arneson (210) and Steve Whiteaker Jr. (207).

Round 2 of USMTS Winter Speedweeks moves to north to the Heart O Texas Speedway outside of Waco, Texas, for the 7th Annual Day Motor Sports Texas Spring Nationals next Thursday, Friday and Saturday, Feb. 18-20.

Three complete shows are in the works with Wednesday practice from 6-9 p.m. Grandstand admission is free and pit passes are $20.

On Thursday, racing begins at 7:30 p.m. with USMTS Modifieds battling for $2,000 to win and Limited Mods racing for $500 to win. Spectator admission is $15 for adults, kids ages 6-12 are $5 and 5 and under are free. Pit passes are $35.

Friday’s show will start at 8 p.m. with USMTS Modifieds racing for a $3,000 top prize while Limited Mods race for $600 to win and I-Stocks for $300 to win. Spectator admission is $15 for adults, kids ages 6-12 are $5 and 5 and under are free. Pit passes are $35

Saturday night will feature the same three classes with even bigger payouts. USMTS Modifieds will be going for $4,000 to win, Limited Mods $700 to win and I-Stocks $400 to win. Spectator admission is $20 for adults, kids ages 6-12 are $5 and 5 and under are free. Pit passes are $40.

The Heart O Texas Speedway is a semi-banked 1/3-mile clay oval just off of I-35 at exit 343 (FM 308), then 0.6 mile north on east frontage road. For more information, call 254-829-2294 or check out www.heartotexspeedway.com online.

USMTS Winter Speedweeks resumes at the Ark-La-Tex Speedway in Vivian, La., Feb. 25-27, and then wraps up at the Southern Oklahoma Speedway in Ardmore, Okla., March 3-5.

Each show will pay $2,000, $3,000 and $4,000 to win, respectively, and will comprise the first dozen events in the Production Jars Southern Region presented by Day Motor Sports. RacinDirt.com will carry the action live from all four events.

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

Sanders nips Hughes in spine-tingling USMTS opener at Shady Oaks Speedway

February 14th, 2016

GOLIAD, Texas — The United States Modified Touring Series kicked off its 18th season Thursday at the Shady Oaks Speedway in Goliad, Texas, with another fierce battle ending with a near photo-finish.

Rodney Sanders and Jason Hughes have captured the last three USMTS national championships, and the pair slugged it out in last year’s Hunt for the USMTS Casey’s Cup with Hughes scoring his second title in dramatic fashion.

Although they haven’t slugged it out for more than three months, Thursday’s 30-lap feature race wound up looking like a replay of last year’s highlight reel between the two.

The front row of the main event saw geographical opposites Casey Arneson of Fargo, N.D., and Steve Whiteaker Jr. of Corpus Christi, Texas, lead the 25-car field to the green. Arneson slid up in front of Whiteaker as they drove into the first turn, but Whiteaker crossed underneath Arneson to gain control of the race on lap 1.

The next time around the 3/8-mile dirt oval, Austin Arneson tucked in behind his brother and followed in Whiteaker’s tire tracks for the next dozen laps while Sanders, who started eighth, Cade Dillard and 12th-starting Hughes were on the charge and chasing the lead pack.

Dillard slipped underneath Sanders on lap 15, but Sanders returned the favor one lap later and then briefly raced three-wide with the Arneson brothers for second before securing the second spot with 18 laps complete.

The yellow flag made its first appearance of the 2016 campaign on lap 19 when Casey Arneson tagged the yoke tire on the inside of turn 4 and brought his strong run to an end early.

When the green flag returned, Whiteaker, Sanders and Austin Arneson powered through turn 2 side by side, but a tangle deep in the pack negated the start.

Whiteaker, who claimed last year’s season opener here, kept his advantage on the next start but Sanders was too strong and powered past the local favorite to lead the 22nd circuit.

Three laps later, Austin Arneson made contact with Whiteaker and Ryan Gustin, who had clawed his way into the top five from the eighth row, was forced to take evasive action and steer over the embankment to avoid a collision.

Both Whiteaker and Arneson found themselves at the rear of the field for the start of the final five-lap dash to the checkered flag while Gustin suffered damage from the maneuver and retired to the pit area.

Sanders nailed the restart and got a big jump on Dillard and Hughes, who found a fast line around the top of the racing surface to facilitate his late-race charge.

Hughes blew past Dillard with two laps to go and quickly pulled up to Sanders”s rear bumper as the duo raced to the white flag.

Sanders maintained the lead through the first corner while Hughes stayed tucked in behind as they raced down the back-stretch for the final time. With Sanders rolling around the inside, Hughes took the high line through the final set of turns and closed quickly on Sanders as they raced to the flagstand.

Crossing the finish line virtually side by side, Sanders was able to nip Hughes by a nose to claim the first USMTS checkered flag of the season and the $2,000 paycheck that accompanied it.

“The track was really good tonight,” said Sanders, who got the win in his first-ever visit to the Shady Oaks Speedway. “It’s a pretty tight track, but it races really well. At some tracks we go to we try to compare notes from like tracks, but we were in our own little world here.”

Hughes settled for second but he and crew chief Steve Karver appeared pleased with the result after struggling in their heat race.

Dillard held on for third while Joe Duvall made a late charge to claim the fourth spot ahead of Ben Kates. Tyler Wolff, Philip Houston, Zack VanderBeek, Brock Bauman and Jesse Sobbing rounded out the top ten in the season’s first points race in the Production Jars Southern Region presented by Day Motor Sports.

Friday night racing starts at 7:30 p.m. with drivers in the USMTS Casey’s Cup powered by S&S Fishing & Rental racing for $3,000 to win, Limited Mods going for $500 to win and Mod Lites racing for $300 to win. Grandstands are $20 for 13 and older with 12 and under free and pit passes $40.

On Saturday, the first heat race takes the green flag at 6 p.m. with USMTS Modifieds paying $4,000 to win, Limited Mods paying $650 to win, Mod Lites $400 to win and $400 to win for the Pure Stocks. Grandstand tickets are $20 for 13 and older with 12 and under free and pit passes $40.

For race fans unable to make the trip to the race track, point your browser to www.racindirt.com/livevideo to order the live broadcast covering every lap of every lap and more. New subscribers will also get a free month of RacinDirt.com’s On Demand video coverage and exclusive online content.

The Shady Oaks Speedway is located 4.0 miles north of Goliad on US 183, then 3.0 miles east on FM 622. To learn more, check out www.shadyoakspeedway.com, like them on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ShadyOaksSpeedway and follow them on Twitter at www.twitter.com/ShadyOaksGoliad.

USMTS Winter Speedweeks resumes at the Heart O’ Texas Speedway near Waco, Texas, Feb. 18-20. From there, it’s on to the Ark-La-Tex Speedway in Vivian, La., Feb. 25-27, and then wraps up at the Southern Oklahoma Speedway in Ardmore, Okla., March 3-5.

Each show will pay $2,000, $3,000 and $4,000 to win, respectively, and will comprise the first dozen events in the Production Jars Southern Region presented by Day Motor Sports. RacinDirt.com will carry the action live from all four events.

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

Gustin gets wire-to-wire USMTS win at Shady Oaks Speedway

February 13th, 2016

GOLIAD, Texas– Ryan Gustin led all 35 laps Friday night at the Shady Oaks Speedway to score his 72nd career United States Modified Touring Series victory.

The 2011-2012 USMTS national champion beat Joe Duvall to the first corner at the start of the race and never relinquished the top spot en route to collecting $3,000 for his effort.

Duvall stayed close to Gustin for the first ten laps before yielding the second position to Jesse Sobbing on lap 11 following a caution flag.

Sobbing hunted Gustin the rest of the distance but was never able to mount a serious challenge to The Reaper and had to settle for the runner-up finish ahead of Cade Dillard, Duvall and Zack VanderBeek, who came from the 14th starting spot and earned the KSE Hard Charger Award.

Jason Hughes was sixth, Casey Arneson finished seventh, Cody Leonard earned and eighth-place paycheck, Philip Houston claimed the ninth position and Scott Drake completed the top ten.

After two rounds, Dillard emerged as the points leader in the Production Jars Southern Region presented by Day Motor Sports. Hughes, Duvall, Sobbing and VanderBeek fill the next four slots.

On Saturday, the first heat race takes the green flag at 6 p.m. with USMTS Modifieds paying $4,000 to win, Limited Mods paying $650 to win, Mod Lites $400 to win and $400 to win for the Pure Stocks. Grandstand tickets are $20 for 13 and older with 12 and under free and pit passes $40.

For race fans unable to make the trip to the race track, point your browser to www.racindirt.com/livevideo to order the live broadcast covering every lap of every lap and more. New subscribers will also get a free month of RacinDirt.coms On Demand video coverage and exclusive online content.

The Shady Oaks Speedway is located 4.0 miles north of Goliad on US 183, then 3.0 miles east on FM 622. To learn more, check out www.shadyoakspeedway.com, like them on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ShadyOaksSpeedway and follow them on Twitter at www.twitter.com/ShadyOaksGoliad.

USMTS Winter Speedweeks resumes at the Heart O Texas Speedway near Waco, Texas, Feb. 18-20. From there, it’s on to the Ark-La-Tex Speedway in Vivian, La., Feb. 25-27, and then wraps up at the Southern Oklahoma Speedway in Ardmore, Okla., March 3-5.

Each show will pay $2,000, $3,000 and $4,000 to win, respectively, and will comprise the first dozen events in the Production Jars Southern Region presented by Day Motor Sports. RacinDirt.com will carry the action live from all four events.

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

USMTS Returns to Shady Oaks Speedway

February 13th, 2016

Goliad, Tx.- After a thrilling season opener for both USMTS and Shady Oaks Speedway Thursday night, could it get any more exciting?

Tonight’s USMTS purse ramps up the competition with $3,000 on the line for the winner as they battle on the 3/8 mile, semi-banked, dirt oval just outside of town. Limited Modified payday jumps up to $500 to win and the Mod-Lites join Fridays action.

All classes continue with full programs including heats, B-mains and feature events.

Last nights racing action treated fans to two hotly contested feature races highlighted by a side by side finish in USMTS and lead swapping in Limited Modifieds, Friday, it was time to do it all over again.

Thursday saw two former USMTS champions, Rodney Sanders and Jason Hughes, run wheel to wheel to the checkers. Sanders edged out Hughes by about 6-8 inches to snag the USMTS payday.

USMTS competition is so tough that the drivers that finished 1-2 were relegated to running a B-main in tonights events.

Steve Whiteaker jr. took home the hardware in Limited Modifieds after swapping the lead with Shane Hoefling for a couple laps near the midway point.

Gustin Goes Green to Checkers
Marshalltown, Iowas Ryan Gustin had to settle for a DNF in Thursday nights race, but tonight was a different story. Capitalizing on his front row starting spot, “The Reaper” went wire to wire in the 35-lap main event. Gustin was chased early by Joe Duvall the first third of the race.

Last years Rookie of the Year, Jesse Sobbing took up the challenge from there giving Gustin some good looks from time to time. Once they got into lapped traffic Gustin in the Gressel Racing, McCartney Welding Servive, Henryetta Ford, VP race Fuels, Mac Tools, LaJoie Seats, Midwest Sheet Metal, Eibach Springs, Integra Shocks, Fast Shafts, Schaeffer Oil, MSD, BSB, Wilwood, Larry Carburetors, Bayea, BMRS Lines, Mullins powered, Hughes Chassis was able to distance himself from the field.

As the 24-car field came to life Duvall was first into turn 1, but slid up in turn 2 giving Gustin the bottom. Gustin got the point coming off turn 2 with Duvall, Jake Timm, Cody Leonard and Sobbing in pursuit. The top ten sorted out by lap 3, with two and three wide battles in the pack. Ben Kates went around from that scramble to bring out yellow.

After another quick yellow, Duvall tried to dive under Gustin, to no avail, while Sobbing took fourth from Leonard. Philip Houston then got along side Leonard and snagged fifth a lap later. Up front Duvall was keeping the pressure on Gustin, but Gustin held steady.

Gustin had just began to inch away while Sobbing and Timm ran side by side for third. Timm would spin himself while trying to stay off Sobbing for a lap 10 caution. Sobbing got a good jump on the restart going past Duvall for second and looking low on Gustin, but with the momentum, Gustin held him off.

A freeway style stack saw several drivers hook bumpers, but all were able to continue even though a caution was called. Once back to green Sobbing and Cade Dillard tried get under Gustin, while Zack Vanderbeek and Duvall were side by side. That duo swapped fourth for several laps until Duvall got control of the spot.

Coming to the halfway point Sobbing again gave Gustin a good look low in turn 2 but couldn’t get by. At halfway it was Gustin, Sobbing, Dillard, Duvall and Vanderbeek still holding the top five. With the battle up front calmed, Jason Hughes, Rodney Sanders, Leonard and Casey Arneson battled for sixth.

As Gustin ran up on traffic, Hughes made his way to sixth while Sanders got seventh from C. Arneson. Gustin used his experience to dice through slower cars better than Sobbing could and increased his margin as the white flag waved leaving Gustin unchallenged at the checkers.

“Starting up front was a lot of it,” explained Gustin. “You have to have starting position when you race with these guys. There’s a lot of good racers and fast race cars. Starting in the back of a heat may not be a bad thing though when you get enough passing points and good redraw to start on the front. It definitely helps.”

“Unless you have someone trying to give you signals you never really know where you’re at when you start up front. You aren’t allowed to give signals in USMTS so you have to be on toes. You have to listen and watch and do your best to hold them off.”

“I saw a couple guys trying to dive under me a few times. I just tried to pick up my pace and to get away from them so they couldn’t try a slide job on me or something.”

“We only made minor changes from last night. We have our deal that we do and stay within our box. It always seems to work pretty well. It’s pretty close to what we won here with last year. There’s a couple little things we’ve done different and learned throughout last year. Overall it’s about the same racecar.”

“This track, to me, isn’t that much different than any other we race on. It’s a dirt circle. They’re not too different from each other. We enjoy coming down to this race track. They always seem to have a good surface on it. It’s a good time.”

“We’re going to jump back and forth between the Modified and Late Model again. I don’t think we’ll do either one full time. We’ve got two Late Models and two Modifieds so wherever we want to go, that’d where we’ll go.”

Oakes Outsnookers Jennings for Limited Modified Win
San Antonios Craig Oakes used a restart to get by JJ Jennings near midway in the 20-lap Limited Modified feature. Jennings secured the spot after a side by side battle with Dustin Robinson.

A series of caution set up the lap 8 restart that saw Oakes get under Jennings as green waved. Once out front, Oakes in his Uranium Energy Corperation, McMahan Welding Service, Performance Racing Products, Express Chassis checked out for the victory

Twenty-three Limited Modified took the green with Jenning And Robinson staying side by side. Robinson got the nose out front to lead lap 1. Robinson and Jennings continued to run wheel to wheel until lap 4 when Jennings got the spot. Oakes was inline third with Johnny Torres and Shane Hoefling in tow.

Chuck Perry found himself nosed into the front stretch wall for a lap 6 caution. It took several tries to get going again due to spins in the pack by Dustin Butcher, Ryan Doyon and Hoefling getting rooted out of fifth by Garrett Higgins after getting one more lap in.

Finally racing resumed with Oakes sticking the nose along side Jennings coming to green. Oakes held the bottom and was able to grab the lead on lap 8 while Jennings and Robinson resumed their fight, now for second. Oakes started to ease away coming to the crossed flags with Jennings, Robinson, Torres and Jason Hughes, piloting Steve Whiteaker jr.s car.

From there Oakes was able to begin to stretch out his margin over Jennings, who finally broke free of Robinson. With five laps to go Oakes had motored away to nearly a half straightaway advantage and was easily able to complete the run to the checkers.

Sexton Snags Mod-Lite Main
In a race that saw more spins than a Stevie Nix video Greg Sexton jr. was in the right spot at the right time to grab the win. Sexton and Geoffery Youngblood battled at the start for the top spot with Youngblood getting the point. The race was shortened due to time leaving a green, white, checker finish after multiple lap 6 cautions. On the restart, Youngblood had his car give up allowing Sexton to snag the lead and hold off Shane Clement the final lap for the victory.

Racing continues Saturday night at 6:00pm for the final night of USMTS, Limited Modifieds, Mod-Lites along with the Pure Stocks.

RacinDirt.com to carry live USMTS action from Shady Oaks Speedway

February 11th, 2016

GOLIAD, Texas — The long-awaited, much-anticipated season-opening event for the United States Modified Touring Series kicks off Thursday night at the Shady Oaks Speedway and RacinDirt.com will be there to bring the action into the living rooms of those who can’t be there.

The USMTS Casey’s Cup Series powered by S&S Fishing & Rental will open its 18th season at the 1/3-mile high-banked dirt oval in Goliad, Texas, for the first of four straight tripleheader weekend affairs for USMTS Winter Speedweeks 2016.

With bright sunny skies and temperatures in the 80s and upper 70s forecasted for all three days, fans are sure to see some incredible action once again from Shady Oaks Speedway.

Racing action will kick off at 7 p.m. on Thursday night. USMTS Modifieds will be racing for $2,000 to win and Limited Mods paying $400 to win. Grandstand prices are $15 for ages 13 and up with kids 12 and under free and pit passes will be $35.

Friday night racing starts at 7:30 p.m. with USMTS Modifieds racing for $3,000 to win, Limited Mods going for $500 to win and Mod Lites racing for $300 to win. Grandstands are $20 for 13 and older with 12 and under free and pit passes $40.

On Saturday, the first heat race takes the green flag at 6 p.m. with USMTS Modifieds paying $4,000 to win, Limited Mods paying $650 to win, Mod Lites $400 to win and $400 to win for the Pure Stocks. Grandstand tickets are $20 for 13 and older with 12 and under free and pit passes $40.

When the dust had settled one year ago, it was Steve Whiteaker Jr., Dereck Ramirez and Ryan Gustin claiming the first three checkered flags of the season. Others expected Thursday night are Austin and Casey Arneson, Brock and Cody Bauman, Zane DeVilbiss, Cade Dillard, Joe Duvall, Daniel Hilsabeck, Philip Houston, Jason Hughes, Ben Kates, Cody Leonard, Bobby Malchus, Rodney Sanders, Johnny and Stormy Scott, Jesse Sobbing, Kyle Strickler, Ricky Thornton Jr., Jake Timm, Lance Town, Zack VanderBeek, Billy Vogel, Tyler Wolff and more.

For race fans unable to make the trip but hungry to see their first USMTS race of the season, point your browser to www.racindirt.com/livevideo to order the pay-per-view broadcast of the 2015 season lid-lifter. New subscribers will also get a free month of RacinDirt.com’s On Demand video coverage and exclusive online content.

The popular South Texas dirt track owned and operated by Bobby & Rosemary Stacy and Keith Stacy is located 4.0 miles north of Goliad on US 183, then 3.0 miles east on FM 622. To learn more, check out www.shadyoakspeedway.com, like them on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ShadyOaksSpeedway and follow them on Twitter at www.twitter.com/ShadyOaksGoliad.

USMTS Winter Speedweeks resumes at the Heart O Texas Speedway near Waco, Texas, Feb. 18-20. From there, it’s on to the Ark-La-Tex Speedway in Vivian, La., Feb. 25-27, and then wraps up at the Southern Oklahoma Speedway in Ardmore, Okla., March 3-5.

Each show will pay $2,000, $3,000 and $4,000 to win, respectively, and will comprise the first dozen events in the expanded 17-race USMTS Production Jars Southern Region presented by Day Motor Sports.

RacinDirt.com will carry the action live from all four events.

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

Home Pride Motorsports, Harris Auto Racing alliance formed; Sobbing seeks USMTS success in 2016

January 11th, 2016

OMAHA, Neb. — Jesse Sobbing has a history of speaking softly, but carrying a big right foot. However, the 2015 USMTS Rookie of the Year and his Home Pride Motorsports team are planning to make a lot of noise in 2016.

Despite a strong season last year that would be the envy of most drivers in the dirt modified realm, the final body of work was in the neighborhood of expectations for a first-year run but fell short of the standard of living the team is accustomed.

Heading into his second full season of United States Modified Touring Series competition, Sobbing and the Home Pride Motorsports team are utilizing a go-where-they-ain’t, road-less-traveled approach and forming a new alliance with long-time chassis manufacturer Harris Auto Racing of Boone, Iowa.

“With our new partnership with Harris Auto Racing, we intend to grow as a team together while continuing to expect nothing but the best from ourselves on and off the racetrack,” said Luke Cochran, owner of Home Pride Motorsports.

According to Cochran, the team will be running Harris Auto Racing chassis in all four of their dirt modified ventures, including their USMTS cars, to provide research and development for Harris while also offering feedback and support for their other customers.

“Harris has a full-sized, smart staff with great technology and know-how behind them,” Cochran added. We’re confident in their ability to build a top-flight race car, and there no question we’ve got one of the
best there is behind the wheel at making them go fast.

“Jesse Sobbing may not be in a class by himself, but the class he’s in doesn’t take very long to call roll.”

The strategy for Harris Auto Racing is simple: gain valuable feedback from the Home Pride Motorsports team and build brand awareness back to where it used to be in the open modified market.

“We are very excited to welcome Home Pride Motorsports and Jesse Sobbing to Team Harris this year, said Kyle Brown, President of Harris Auto Racing. “The level of passion and determination Jesse brings to the table along with Luke Cochran and Home Pride’s support and our chassis and components, is a winning combination.

“Jesse will be a contender at every USMTS event as well as the Hunt for the points title. This partnership will help put Harris Auto Racing back on top in the chassis manufacturer spotlight in the USMTS.”

Harris celebrated its 30th anniversary in 2015 and has multiple national titles in IMCA, UMP and USMTS competition. They’ve always had a strong reputation for putting out a top quality product as well as unmatched technical service, Brown added.

Home Pride Motorsports will also the Western Iowa and Eastern Nebraska dealer for Boone, Iowa-based Harris Auto Racing cars as well.

Home Pride the premier roofing and home repair company in the region was founded by Cochran in 1985. Cochran started racing in 1988, winning numerous races and championships, and fielded two cars in the former United States Modified Series (USMS) in 1997.

Since then, Home Pride has been a recognizable brand with sponsorship of drivers, teams, race tracks and events, touring series and more.

In addition to Sobbings ventures in the dirt modified world, Home Pride Motorsports also supports Jack Dover one of the premier 360 sprint car drivers in the nation.

In addition to dominating the USMTS Rookie of the Year points in 2015, Sobbing steered his No. 99 machine to two main event wins during the season and a fourth-place finish in the final USMTS standings.

Prior to that, Sobbing’s résumé included 17 individual track championships, three IMCA national titles three NASCAR national and divisional titles and hundreds of victories in both weekly and high-profile dirt modified feature races.

In addition to the switch to a new chassis, Cochran also announced Tuesday that Sobbing’s dirt modified in USMTS competition will be utilizing LS 525 crate engines provided by Friesen Chevrolet.

“We’ll be doing things a little differently from the rest of the herd,” Cochran added, “but you can rest assured we’ll be working every minute of every day to be at the front of the pack when the checkers fly. Home Pride and Harris… we facilitate success.”

Home Pride Motorsports is made possible by support from Friesen Chevrolet, Speedway Graphics, Malvern Trust & Savings Bank, AERO Race Wheels, AFCO Racing Products, NAPA Auto Parts of Glenwood, O Golds C.B. Shop and Marriott Enterprises.

Opening weekend for the 18th season of USMTS competition takes place Thursday, Friday and Saturday, Feb. 11-13, at the Shady Oaks Speedway in Goliad, Texas, followed by tripleheader weekends at the Heart O Texas Speedway near Waco, Texas, Feb. 18-20; Ark-La-Tex Speedway in Vivian, La., Feb. 25-27; and Southern Oklahoma Speedway in Ardmore, Okla., March 3-5.

Each show will pay $2,000, $3,000 and $4,000 to win, respectively, and will comprise the first dozen events in the expanded 17-race Production Jars Southern Region presented by Day Motor Sports.

For more information about Home Pride Companies, call 402-689-4040 or visit www.homepride.net. You can also find Home Pride and Home Pride Motorsports on Facebook.

For more information about Harris Auto Racing, call 515-432-6972. You can check out their website at www.harrisautoracing.com or like them on Facebook at www.facebook.com/harrisautoracing.

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

The fail-safe New Years resolution: USMTS Winter Speedweeks

January 5th, 2016

GOLIAD, Texas -For drivers with a USMTS feature win or perhaps even a championship on their New Years resolution checklist, the chance to make good on that goal happens in just a little more than a month at USMTS Winter Speedweeks.

The USMTS Caseys Cup powered by S&S Fishing & Rental will launch in February with a foursome of three-day shows in Texas, Louisiana and Oklahoma to kick off the biggest of the big campaigns for the United States Modified Touring Series.

Opening weekend for the 18th season featuring the Best of the Best in dirt modified racing takes place Thursday, Friday and Saturday, Feb. 11-13, at the Shady Oaks Speedway in Goliad, Texas, followed by tripleheader weekends at the Heart O Texas Speedway near Waco, Texas, Feb. 18-20; Ark-La-Tex Speedway in Vivian, La., Feb. 25-27; and Southern Oklahoma Speedway in Ardmore, Okla., March 3-5.

Each show will pay $2,000, $3,000 and $4,000 to win, respectively, and will comprise the first dozen events in the expanded 17-race Production Jars Southern Region presented by Day Motor Sports.

SHADY OAKS SPEEDWAY, GOLIDAD, TX FEB. 11-13, 2016

Last year, the South Texas Speedway in Corpus Christi, Texas, was forced to cancel the season opener less than a week before the green flag due to heavy rainfall in the area which caused the concrete wall in turn 3 to collapse. Hours later, the promoters at the Shady Oaks Speedway jumped in and the three-day event had a new home.

When the dust had settled it was Steve Whiteaker Jr., Dereck Ramirez and Ryan Gustin claiming the first three checkered flags of the 2015 season.

The Shady Oaks Speedway is located 4.0 miles north of Goliad on US 183, then 3.0 miles east on FM 622. To learn more, check out their website at www.shadyoakspeedway.com.

HEART O TEXAS SPEEDWAY, ELM MOTT, TX FEB. 18-20, 2016

Rodney Sanders claimed the win on June 23, 2015, when the USMTS last invaded the Heart O’ Texas Speedway. Prior to that, checkered flags have waved for Johnny Scott, Mike Sorensen and Ryan Gustin while Mother Nature has claimed three shows at the wicked oval outside of Waco.

The Heart O Texas Speedway is a semi-banked 1/3-mile clay oval just off of I-35 at exit 343 (FM 308), then 0.6 mile north on east frontage road. For more information, call 254-829-2294 or check out www.heartotexspeedway.com online.

ARK-LA-TEX SPEEDWAY, VIVIAN, LA FEB. 25-27, 2016

Racing on his home track, Chris Henigan has captured both of his two career USMTS wins here. In 2014, Cade Dillard posted his career-first USMTS victory on Thursday night during the 8th Annual Winter Nationals, Rodney Sanders claimed Fridays feature and nine-time USMTS national champion Kelly Shryock ended the season on a high note with a trip to the winners circle on Saturday. All three days of the ninth running of the event was rained out this past November.

The Ark-La-Tex Speedway is located 0.6 mile south of SR 2 on SR 1, then 0.7 mile west on Airport Rd., then 2.2 miles south on Boyter Lane Rd. For race day information, call the track hotline at 318-375-3470 or click www.arklatexspeedway.net to visit them online.

SOUTHERN OKLAHOMA SPEEDWAY, ARDMORE, OK MARCH 3-5, 2016

Jason Hughes was the winner in 2008 and 2009 at the former Lake Country Speedway, and picked up the most recent win here this past November to cap off his 2015 USMTS national championship season. Rodney Sanders and Stormy Scott each have three wins in Ardmore, Ryan Gustin has two and visiting victory lane once each are Johnny Scott, Thomas Tillison Jr. and Triston Dycus.

The Southern Oklahoma Speedway is a semi-banked 3/8-mile clay oval located 0.7 mile east of I-35 (exit 29) on US 70, then 1.8 miles south on US 77. For more information, call 405-627-1766 or click www.southernoklahomaspeedway.com to visit the track’s official website.

USMTS WINTER SPEEDWEEKS PAYOUTS:

Day 1: Licensed 1. $2000, 2. $1500, 3. $1000, 4. $800, 5. $700, 6. $650, 7. $600, 8. $550, 9. $500, 10. $450, 11. $425, 12. $400, 13. $375, 15. $350, 16. $325, 17-24. $300, Tow $80; Non-Licensed – 1. $2000, 2. $1200, 3. $800, 4. $700, 5. $550, 6. $500, 7. $450, 8. $400, 9. $350, 10. $300, 11. $250, 12-24. $200, Tow $60.

Day 2: Licensed 1. $3000, 2. $1700, 3. $1200, 4. $1000, 5. $800, 6. $700, 7. $650, 8. $600, 9. $550, 10. $500, 11. $450, 12. $425, 13. $400, 14. $375, 15. $350, 16-24. $325, Tow $90; Non-Licensed – 1. $3000, 2. $1500, 3. $1000, 4. $800, 5. $600, 6. $500, 7. $450, 8. $400, 9. $350, 10. $300, 11-24. $250, Tow $70.

Day 3: Licensed 1. $4000, 2. $2700, 3. $1800, 4. $1200, 5. $900, 6. $800, 7. $700, 8. $650, 9. $600, 10. $550, 11. $500, 12. $450, 13. $425, 14. $400, 15. $375, 16-24. $350, Tow $100; Non-Licensed – 1. $4000, 2. $2500, 3. $1400, 4. $1000, 5. $700, 6. $600, 7. $500, 8. $450, 9. $400, 10. $350, 11. $325, 12-24. $300, Tow $80.

RULES & PROCEDURES: All USMTS rules apply. Draw for heat race starting spot ends 15 minutes before hot laps. Qualifying will be done by heat race passing points and B Mains. RACEceivers and AMB transponders are mandatory and available for rent or purchase at USMTS trailer. See complete rules at www.usmts.com/rules.

LICENSES: There is no requirement to purchase a USMTS license to compete in any USMTS event. However, benefits enjoyed by licensed drivers includes higher event purses and bonus payouts, increased tow money, discounted entry fees, points fund eligibility, increased media recognition, a personalized driver profile page on the USMTS website and more. Drivers can download the USMTS license application at www.usmts.com/downloads.

ENTRY FEES: Early entry fee for each event is $100 for Thursday, $110 for Friday and $135 for Saturday (each day $10 less for licensed drivers). Early entries must be received or post-marked no less than one week prior to the date of the event. Late or at-the-track entry for all drivers is $110 on Thursday, $125 on Friday and $150 for Saturday. Enter any of the four events for $250 but entry must be received by the USMTS no later than Jan. 31 (no grace period). Download the entry form at www.usmts.com/downloads/entry-forms.

PROVISIONALS: Beginning with the third event in the region, provisionals will be awarded at each event to the top two drivers in regional points that fail to qualify for the A Main and have perfect attendance in the region. Driver is eligible for two provisionals in each region, with a third provisional added after ten events. Hosting racetrack reserves the right to add additional provisionals, but no A Main points will be awarded to track provisionals.

Revise your New Years resolutions. Instead of another diet that wont work or helping your spouse around the house, make this years goal to attend the USMTS Winter Speedweeks. Keep watching this news source for forthcoming information regarding times, ticket prices and support classes for each event.

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

Dakota Heinaman parks in victory lane Shady Oaks Classic

July 31st, 2015

Goliad, TX.,- Like many Texas tracks, Shady Oaks Speedway has suffered through several rain outs including one for the ASCS Gulf South Series Sprint Cars. When Shady Oaks asked to reschedule the event ASCS officials wanted a two-day show. So, much like earlier in the year when SOS picked up a dropped USMTS show, they again stepped up to bring the racers and fans a multi-day ASCS Sprint Car show.

The ASCS Gulf South Series always shows up with strong contingent of drivers including current points leader Kevin Ramey. Defending champion, Channin Tankersley holds down the second spot with multi-time series champ, Ray Allen Kulhanek third.

Along with the Sprint Cars the local Limited Modifieds, Econo-Mods and Pure Stocks filled the Friday night show card. The Friday night local class portion of the event would be a non-points race.

All classes would qualify through heats for their respective A-mains. The ASCS Sprint Cars use a passing points system taking the top 8 in passing points and redrawing for starting positions.

Kulhanek Conquers Shady Oaks Sprints
Conroe’s Ray Allen Kulhanek was king of the ASCS Sprint Cars taking home the preliminary night win. After showing his hand in the heat scoring the most passing points, Kulhanek redrew the pole for the 20-car main event. Kulhanek easily jumped out front but was quickly run down by defending Gulf South Series champ, Channin Tankersley.

And the fight was on. After the three-wide salute to the fans the field roared to life with Kulhanek leading into turn 1 chased by Tommy Bryant, Zane Lawrence, Tankersley and Jacob Lucas. Kulhanek began to motor away, while Tankersley got by Lawrence for third. Current points leader, Kevin Ramey took hit, literally and figuratively, on lap 3 when he looped it and got tagged by Beau Smith. Ramey tried to return later in the event, but was sent back to the pits.

On the restart Tankersley picked off Bryant for second and was able to close up on Kulhanek when Cody Stacy spun for a lap 5 caution. The green wasn’t out long when Harry Yerrington went around in turn 4. On the restart Tankersley drove in low into turns 1-2, but Kulhanek had the run off the top to hold on. Behind them it was three wide for sixth.

Lucas then got by Lawrence for fourth, but got out of shape, did a 360 in turn 4, kept it rolling, didn’t get hit and only lost about 5 spots. On another start after Dustyn Welch slid off the turn 4 hill, Tankersley got a better run off turn 2, but was unable to complete the pass on Kulhanek.

The two former champions then put on a driving clinic with Kulhanek better on the bottom of turns 3-4 and Tankersley closing back on the bottom of turns 1-2 while Kulhanek used momentum off the top. In the closing laps the lead duo ran up on traffic giving Tankersley one more shot only to get bogged down himself.

Kulhanek was able to get a bit of breathing room the final two laps to grab the victory in the David and Beverly Miller owned, Millers RV Park, Oilfield Equipment & Manufacturing, Texas Rotating & Equipment, Frazier & Son, Snap Graphics, 41 Shocks, Engler Injectors, Butler Built Seats, Simpson Race Products, Manvel Motorsports, Hoosier Tire, DRT Racing Engines, J&J Chassis.

“We were lucky enough to draw the pole,” said Kulhanek. “I didn’t think it was going to be real good at the beginning of the night. We drew dead last for the heat race. Getting past a lot of cars and getting ourselves in the redraw is always a big key. You want to be in those top four rows. I really think if we hadn’t drawn the pole we probably wouldn’t have won tonight.”

“I didn’t really feel very comfortable out there(in front). I felt real loose in turns 1-2. When you’re leading the race and have led the whole thing you’re never sure if any other grooves are coming in. I try to pay extra close attention to the track and watch for any other grooves. I knew in (turns) 1-2 the bottom wasn’t that good for my car. You definitely wanted to keep your momentum there.”

“Channin(Tankersley) got under me on the one restart and the next lap I made a move for the bottom one time thinking he’d go there again and maybe I could slow him and give myself a little gap. After that, I went back up top there and used the bottom in (turns) 3-4. I was really good in (turns) 3-4. I think they set their car up tighter, to run the bottom, than mine was. I wasn’t tight enough to run the bottom in turns 1-2, but I was perfect in turns 3-4.”

“I generally don’t worry about points until mid-season,” added the multi-time series champ. “This season I’ve kind of worried about it. We started off bad, had a couple DNF’s, and didn’t even make one of the shows. Everyone’s going to have at least one bad night and you hope that will help even it out. It was definitely a good night to make up points with Kevin(Ramey) having a DNF. It will shake the game up for the rest of the season.”

“I’m just going sit back here tomorrow night and do my maintenance, mount some new tires and watch the track all night long. Probably run the same thing I did tonight. I really liked the way the car felt. I know a couple things I could have done to make the car a little better in turns 1-2 that wouldn’t hurt me in (turns) 3-4. I’ve got a good idea what to do, but I think we’ll have a different track tomorrow. I’m just going to sit, watch the track and make the right decisions.”

Oakes Outrun Limited Modified Field
As the 17-car Limited Modified feature rolled to green it was Tom Grothues, from the pole leading into turn 1 trailed by Craig Oakes, Michael Gay, Marcus Mikulencak and Ryan Doyon. Grothues and Oakes began to pull away early from Gay, Mikulencak, Doyon and Mickey Helms.

Caution waved on lap 6 after a multi-car tangle in turn 4 left Larry Jernigan and Roly Rodriguez sitting in the corner. On the restart Grothues slid a bit high in turn 1 giving Oakes an opening. Oakes got along side Grothues while Helms went past Doyon. Oakes and Grothues continued to battle on lap 7 until Oakes secured the spot on lap 8.

Rodriguez expired his motor on lap 8 to bring out a yellow. As Oakes took off, Gay tried Grothues for second while Helms and Mikulencak battled for fourth. At halfway it was Oakes, Grothues, Gay, Helms and Doyon after Mikulencak took a side trip through the infield and fell back to seventh.

Oakes began to pull ahead of Grothues, Gay and Helms, who had a gap back to Johnny Torres, Doyon and Mikulencak. Oakes increased his advantage as Grothues and Gay slugged it out for second. A late yellow on lap 16 re-bunched the pack after Eddy Ross and Trice Hermes got hooked and slid to the infield.

As green waved again Oakes got away with Helms getting past Gay and Grothues fading. As laps wound down, Oakes, from San Antonio, in the Performance Racing Products, All In Designs, Swenson Racing Products, Engines by CB, Hughes by 89 Motorsports Chassis, held a comfortable margin to the flag.

Walters Wins Erratic E-mod main
In a race that struggled to get laps in and was called on time, Jerry Walters(Corpus Christi) took home the win. Whether it was nerves, lack of track experience or running right after the ASCS Sprint Cars had rubbered up the track, the scheduled event was cut to handful of laps due to an overload of cautions.

An auspicious start was an omen of what was to come after Eric Ramos stalled in turn 4 coming to green. Pole sitter Miguel Mendoza took the lead early but had trouble taking off on a restart and got shoved around. This handed the lead to Walters who had worked his way up from his row five start. As green and white waved, Walters held off Zachary Calhoun for the victory.

Heinaman Hustles to Pure Stock Payday
Young Dakota Heinaman(Lindale) pulled off the win in the 20-lap Pure Stock feature leading every lap but the first. Logan Schunka jumped out front at the start of the 16-car event, but gave way to Heinaman after a brief door to door battle. Lonnie Koehne quickly charged up through the pack to catch Heinaman at halfway.

Koehne got along side Heinaman on lap 11, but a yellow waved after Jamie Dear got turned by Mark Bundren ending that fight. On the restart Schunka got back by Koehne for second. As they battled for the spot this gave Heinaman the chance to ease away. As the white waved, Heinaman had about a five car length advantage taking the checkers unchallenged.

Racing continues Saturday night with a second night of ASCS Gulf South Sprint Cars, plus Limited Late Models, Limited Modifieds, Street Stocks and Pure Stocks. For more info go to www.shadyoakspeedway.com or visit their facebook page.

Shady Oaks Classic, presented by Outlaw Off-road of Texas, Victoria Harley Davidson and First National Bank of Goliad @ Shady Oaks Speedway

July 30th, 2015

Goliad, TX.,-After an exciting Friday night of racing that saw Ray Allen Kulhanek take home the ASCS Gulf South Sprint Series win, it was time for round two of the Shady Oaks Classic. Friday action also had Craig Oakes(Limited Modifieds), Jerry Walters(Econo-Mods) and Dakota Heinaman(Pure Stocks) score victories.

Along with the second night of ASCS Sprint Car racing, the local Limited Late Models, Limited Modifieds, Street Stocks and Pure Stocks all saw action on the 1/3 mile, semi-banked, clay oval. Also included was a special Econo-Mod “Throwdown” sponsored by raceontexas.com.

McNeil Motors to ASCS Main
Michael McNeil(Alvin) scored the flag to flag ASCS Sprint Car win holding off some stiff competition. McNeil, who drew the pole, had the top 3 in Gulf South points right on his tail as the 18-car field roared to life. McNeil beat the pole sitter Channin Tankersley into turn 1 with Kevin Ramey getting by for second, Tommy Bryant, Tankersley and
Michael Lang falling in line.

As Bryant pressured Ramey for second, McNeil began to stretch out his advantage. Yellow waved on lap 5 when Dustyn Welch went over the turn 3-4 hill. On the restart Tankersley gave McNeil a look low while last nights winner Ray Allen Kulhanek took fifth from Lang. A half lap later Lang found himself looking the wrong way for a quick caution.

Back under green again, the top five got away clean with Dustin Gates and Beau Smith wheel to wheel for sixth. Kulhanek reeled in Bryant with the two side by side for fourth. At the crossed flags the top five had spread out with McNeil, Tankersley, Ramey, Bryant and Kulhanek holding the spots.

As the lead duo ran up on traffic, Tankersley closed the gap with the two leaders sandwiching the lapped car of Greg Rilat, three wide. Tankersley lost ground in that corner but made one last charge as the laps wound down. Again McNeil was able to work traffic better and as the white flag waved held a comfortable margin taking the win in the
Shamrock Marine, Texan Powdercoating, M4 Motorsports, Left Turn Productions, Motor Mike powered, Maxim Chassis.

“It’s been a while since we’ve won so I’m just happy to be here.”, said McNeil. “It was a great race track. The track was really racy. I appreciate all the fans coming out tonight. You guys are awesome.”

“We have 35 nights on that motor. We’re scheduled to put in a new for the next two races. It’s tired, but a good set up and some decent driving, we had a good night. Had a good starting spot and draw.”

“Drawing the pole was a big help. Channin(Tankersley), Kevin(Ramey) and Ray(Allen Kulhanek) are tough competitors. They’re tough to beat every night. We got a good start and never looked back. I saw Channin show his nose a couple times in (turns) 1-2. I knew he was there. You can’t make any mistakes with him there.”

“It’s always in the back of your mind wondering if someone has found a better line when you’re out leading. You just try to hit your marks, not make any mistakes and get through lapped traffic as quick as possible.”

Jennings Jousts with Oakes in Limited Modified Main
Corpus Christi’s JJ Jennings made the pole position pay off in the 20-lap Limited Modified main. Jennings would go wire to wire for the Saturday night sweep of the heat and feature. Much like the heat race, Jennings had Friday night’s winner Craig Oakes on his tail, showing him the nose on occasion throughout the event.

As green waved on the 20-car field Jennings beat Bo Beckner into turn 1 for the lead. Oakes got in line second with Beckner, Marcus Mikulencak and Broc Bowen sorting out the top five. Beckner, Mikulencak and Bowen tried three wide for third with Bowen getting by Mikulencak for fourth. Bowen had just gotten along side Beckner when the yellow flew.

On the restart Beckner tried Oakes on the outside but Jacob Burnett, Tyler Box, Michele Pesek, Randy Bennett and Chris Shafer tangled at the back of the pack. The next restart saw Oakes show Jennings the nose in turn 1 while Bowen was able to get past Beckner for third. Lap 7 saw Oakes give Jennings another look low in turn 4.

Beckner slipped in the corner giving the spot to Mikulencak with Chase Sanchez and Eddy Ross following as yellow waved for a quick spin by Burnett. The restart was short lived as James Lee tangled with Pesek and Tom Grothues with Lee sent to the tail. Once under green the top 3 of Jennings, Oakes and Bowen broke away coming to halfway with
Beckner and Eric Floyd in the top five.

As rash of caution set up a final two lap shootout to the finish that saw Oakes again trying to find an opening under Jennings while Beckner and Bowen ran wheel to wheel for third. Jennings in G&M Oilfield Services, Ace Transmission, Swenson Racing Products, 89 Motorsports, P&K Services, Extreme powered Western Flyer Chassis held Oakes off for the victory.

“I saw Craig(Oakes) was there,” replied Jennings. “We started getting those green flag runs and I’d see him down there on the bottom. When we had that one caution I decided it was time for me to start rolling the bottom and take away his line. It seemed like a couple more laps he could have gotten by.”

“Starting in the front you’re kind of a sitting duck. You have the guys behind you searching around. Obviously Craig found something good around the tires. Once I got down there the car felt way better. I knew if I hugged the tires that I was sitting pretty good.”

“We don’t change much from track to track. The gear, maybe a shock but it’s pretty much the same thing. I really didn’t change anything from the last race in Edna. The corners here are totally different. (Turns) 1-2 are more sweeping corners where (turns) 3-4 is a tight corner, more like Edna.”

“We’ve had a tough year. Lots of torn up parts. We’re down to our old body from last year. Finally to roll into the trailer with no work to do, I don’t know what I’ll do with myself. Our next big races will probably be at TMS dirt Track and then Ark-La-Tex when Usmts comes back down here.”

Rachui Races to E-Mod
Throwdown win The 10-lap Econo-Mod Throwdown, sponsored by by raceontexas.com, got off to a wild start when the field wadded up on the front stretch under the flag stand. Nathan Rachui led the next start into turn 1 followed by Mason Casteneda, David Grobe, Pat Flanagan and Amelia Perez. Miguel Mendoza jr. quickly began picking off spots after drawing a last row starting spot.

With Casteneda pressuring N. Rachui for the lead, Mendoza jr. took over fourth after Flanagan pulled off at the midway point. Perez and Jordon Sandoval got together for a mid-race caution after contact with James Lee who was sent to the tail. On the restart Mendoza jr. got by Grobe for third, then Casteneda for second. N. Rachui held off Mendoza jr. the final lap to take home the win.

Hesler Handed Limited Late Model Honors

In the final race of a long night, Andrew Hesler(San Antonio) was awarded the Limited Late Model win after tempers flared. Landon Farquar got out front early trailed by Ron Sprayue, John Owens, Gary Hunter and Aaron Leddy. Farquar had built several leads until a lap 12 caution brought the field together again.

Sprayue got inside Farquar to get the lead after running door to door on the back stretch. As Farquar tried to duck under Sprayue coming off turn 4 Farquar got into Sprayue’s quarter panel. Sprayue half spun, took a trip through the infield going airborne over a tractor tire and caught Farquar going into to turn 3. Sprayue speared Farquar sending him around bringing out the caution.

Both were shown the black flag, both refused to heed it and stopped on the front straight. Sprayue exited his car after tossing the steering wheel and confronted Farquar, who stayed in his car. Security was called in and order, on the track, was restored. Track officials decided to throw the checkers as the remainder of the field went by under yellow giving Hesler in the Development Systems International, Kraft Fitness, Clayton Homes, Spank CTS, Murray Global, 8g-Diddy Motorsports, Clear Tech Solutions, Suspension Concepts of San Antonio, five1seven Designs, Chevy the victory.

Oakes Outruns Street Stock Field
Edward Oakes(San Antonio) went wire to wire in the 20-lap Street Stock feature making it look easy. Of course it wasn’t. Oakes quicklygrabbed the lead as the 14-car field took the green pursued by Frank Okruhlik, Rene Mares, Jason Fitch and Kenneth Densman. Fitch worked his way up to second before the first caution for a blown engine and fire in Jarrod Stepanski’s car.

Back to green and Oakes quickly pulled away as they came to halfway with Fitch, Okruhlik, Jarrett Barber and Michael Moseley in the top five. The three-car battle for sixth ended up tangling on front stretch for a caution. Fitch gave Oakes his best look on the restart, but Oakes held him off and was able to ease away to the checkers in the Zarbocks Automotive, Performance Racing Products, All In Designs, Swenson Racing Products, Best Engines, Express Chassis.

Koehne King of Pure Stocks
In a race that saw the early leaders have some sort of trouble during the 20-lap event, Lonnie Koehne ended up in the Winners Circle. It was an exciting start as 23-cars took the green for the Pure Stock feature. Last nights winner Dakota Heinaman charged up to go three wide with Jamie Dear and Wesley Maurer. It was Maurer coming to the line leading with Heinaman, Dear, Mason Casteneda and Chris Holle in pursuit.

Heinaman got along side Maurer on lap 2 and was able get the top spot on lap 3. Maurer had problems and began to fade giving way to Johnny Westfall for third. It was three wide on lap 4 for fourth between Maurer, Holle and Koehne who took the spot. Up front Dear was getting by Heinaman to lead lap 8.

After a quick yellow for a car over the turn 3 hill things got real interesting. On the restart Westfall got into Heinaman sending him around. Heinaman got his spot back with Westfall hitting the tail. On the next restart Heinaman and Koehne slugged it out for second trading some paint before Koehne got the spot. Koehne then began putting some heat on Dear for the lead looking high on the back stretch.

Jon Hutchinson had his something break with Casteneda and Westfall spinning in the fluid. Koehne used the high side again as green waved again to get by Dear, who then pitted. Heinaman was next to fall off the pace and pit. The new top five showed Koehne, Logan Schunka, Daniel Waer, Holle and Cheryl Gray in the top five with Koehne holding a good lead. Koehne was able to hold that advantage to the checkers.

Racing continues at Shady Oaks Speedway, August 8th for a make up race. For complete schedule visit www.shadyoakspeedway.com or their facebook page.

Austin Arneson claims first USMTS regional crown of 2015, lone man standing in hunt for $150,000 pot of gold

March 21st, 2015

FARGO, N.D–They say there’s a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow, but for Austin Arneson there could be a pot of gold waiting for him at the end of the Hunt for the USMTS Casey’s Cup powered by S&S Fishing & Rental.

The 23-year-old from Fargo, N.D., earned $5,000 for winning the MVT Gulf Coast Border Region presented by Day Motor Sports, but that could be just one small step toward a possible $150,000 payday if he can pull off the nearly impossible.

Arneson was impressive during the first eleven races of the 2015 campaign, and making it even more remarkable is the fact that he’s a genuine rookie in United States Modified Touring Series competition, having raced just a handful of
shows last season.

He picked up his career-first USMTS win on the third night of the season-opener at the Shady Oaks Speedway in Goliad, Texas, and snagged a couple more wins the following week at the El Paso Speedway Park.

But despite winning three of the first eight events, Arneson led two-time winner Dereck Ramirez by just six points entering the regions final three-race swing at the Southern New Mexico Speedway in Las Cruces, N.M.

Ramirez flipped the points after the first night but Arneson charged back on the second night to rebuild a 28-point lead over Ramirez going into the final race. On the last day, Jason Hughes was eliminated from title contention when Arneson took the green flag in his heat race while Ramirez saw his hopes dashed when he was the first driver to drop out of the main event.

Arneson finished 13th to win the regional points title and the accompanying $5,000.

“I knew I had to hang around him, and I knew if he didn’t get too far ahead and I didn’t get too far back he’d have the points deal,” Arneson said. “I don’t know what happened to Dereck; I just saw him go into the infield there. It sucks because everybody kind of wants a close finish for the deal, but we”re happy to get it and we’ll just go from
here.”

In the final MVT Gulf Coast Border Region standings, Arneson bested Ramirez by 44 markers. Third through tenth in the final regional rankings were Jesse Sobbing, Philip Houston, Cade Dillard, Jason Hughes, Zack VanderBeek, Jake Gallardo, Daniel Hilsabeck and Grant Junghans.

Arneson is now the sole competitor with the opportunity to walk away $150,000 richer from the season-ending USMTS awards banquet. All he has to do now is win three more regional titles, and then win the Hunt for the USMTS Casey’s Cup powered by S&S Fishing & Rental while becoming the 2015 USMTS National Championship.

Each of the four USMTS regional champions will earn $5,000 while the winner of the Hunt for the USMTS Casey’s Cup powered by S&S Fishing & Rental and subsequent USMTS National Champion will earn $20,000.

That’s $40,000 to win all four regions and “The Hunt,” but for any driver who can complete such an unheard of feat, there’s a $110,000 bonus to make the champion’s check an incredible $150,000.

There’s also bonuses in place if the USMTS National Champion can win multiple regions. If a driver can win three regions and “The Hunt” that driver gets a $50,000 bonus to make his take-home pay $100,000 for the feat. Win two
regions and “The Hunt” and you”ll walk away with $50,000, including a $30,000 bonus.)

Arneson also leads the USMTS Rookie of the Year standings over Sobbing and his
younger brother, Casey Arneson.

WHAT’S ON TAP?

The Best of the Best modified drivers in this solar system will be orbiting a pair of dirt ovals in Kansas and Missouri this weekend as the USMTS Casey’s Cup Series powered by S&S Fishing & Rental kick off action in the ultra-tough MSD Central Region presented by Day Motor Sports.

With the track still burning hot from this past weekends B-Mod Nationals, Saturdays “USMTS Spring Fling @ The Bullring” will be the 39th occasion that the Humboldt Speedway has hosted the fire-breathing USMTS Modifieds.

Johnny Bone Jr. won the first-ever race here on June 28, 2000, and also captured a second win eight years later, but nobody has come close to matching the success of Jason Hughes at “The Hummer.”

The 2010 USMTS National Champion has ten wins at Humboldt since 2001, but has not been to victory lane here since 2012 (13 feature races ago).

Kelly Shryock has five wins while Sanders and Stormy Scott have four wins apiece. Ryan Gustin has three checkers to his credit, Jason Krohn and Johnny Scott have two wins to their credit and one win each have been scored by Tim Donlinger, Jon Tesch, Steve Holzkamper, William Gould, Terry Phillips and Jeremy Payne.

Along with the Holley Iron Man Series featuring USRA Stock Cars and USRA B-Mods, local Pure Stocks will also be in action. Gates open at 5 p.m. with hot laps at 7 and racing at 7:30. Tickets are $17, kids ages 6-12 are $5 and children 5 and under get in for free with a paid adult. Pit passes are $35.

Saturdays show will also be available to watch at home with live pay-per-view action provided by RacinDirt.com. Check out www.RacinDirt.com for ordering information.

The Humboldt Speedway is a semi-banked 1/4-mile clay oval located off of US 169 to the Humboldt exit, then 0.1 mile west, then 0.5 mile south, then 0.9 mile east. For more information call 620-431-2470 or 620-473-3694. You can also visit www.humboldtspeedway.com or get social at www.facebook.com/thehumboldtspeedway.

The weekend wraps up at the I-35 Speedway in Winston, Mo., on Sunday, March 22. The USMTS visited the former Winston Speedway seven times between 2002-03, and returned six more times between 2011-14.

Shryock has three wins here and Gustin has two. John Allen, John Van Den Berg, Scott Drake, Mark Noble, Johnny Scott, Ron Ver Beek, Stormy Scott and Sanders each have one win.

Pit gates open at 3 p.m. this Sunday with grandstands opening at 4 p.m., hot laps at 5:30 and racing at 6 p.m. Adult tickets are $18, kids ages 6-12 are $5 and those under 6 years old get in for free. Pit passes are $35.

The I-35 Speedway is a semi-banked 3/8-mile dirt oval located 10 miles north of Cameron on SR 6 (Exit 64). For more information call 660-749-5317 or check out their website at www.i-35speedway.net. You can also like the track on Facebook at www.facebook.com/pages/I-35-Speedway-Winston/182581628549406.

The mega-popular Holley Iron Man Series featuring USRA Stock Cars and USRA B-Mods will share the spotlight both days during the Modified March Madness swing.

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Dereck Ramirez Tops Shady Oaks Action for $3k; Royal Purple Next

February 23rd, 2015

Woodward, Oklahoma – Dereck Ramirez was at the right place at the right time and powered his Ramirez Motorsports #4r LG2 by Owens/Cornett Racing Engine Open Wheel Modified to the $3,000 win on Friday night at Shady Oaks Speedway (Goliad, Texas) in the United States Modified Touring Series (USMTS) event.

“It was a pretty good race track early,” said Ramirez. “You could run the bottom or the top. Then all the stuff on the bottom was blowing up to the top. You just had to be there at the end.” He concluded by saying, “I feel bad for Johnny (Scott). He had the best car. I’ll take it; a win’s a win. I really didn’t have anything for him at the end.”

In the right place at the right time, Ramirez took down the main event win for his first United States Modified Touring Series (USMTS) victory since back-to-back triumphs in the USMTS Winter Nationals at the Royal Purple Raceway (Baytown, Texas). Ramirez pocketed $3,000 for his efforts and ended a dry spell dating back to Nov. 19th, 2011.

In preliminary action, a fourth to second run in his heat race would earn Dereck a spot in the redraw where he was the recipient of the fourth starting spot for the 35-lap finale. Pole-sitter, Zack VanderBeek jumped out front at the drop of the green flag and paced the first seventeen laps around the 1/3-mile oval before eighth-starting Johnny Scott muscled ahead to lead lap eighteen.

Scott maintained control for the next fourteen laps until a terminal failure sidelined him with just three laps remaining in the 35-lapper. Ramirez inherited the lead and held off Ryan Gustin and Jason Hughes in the closing laps en route to victory. Zack VanderBeek and Phillip Houston rounded out the top five finishers.

Ramirez opened the weekend on Thursday night with a fourth place, while mechanical issues sidelined him early in Saturday’s finale.

Complete results from the events are available at www.USMTS.com .

This weekend, February 19th-21st, the team is in action at Royal Purple Raceway (Baytown, Texas) in a trio of USMTS events. For more information on the events, please visit www.USMTS.com .

Dereck Ramirez and Ramirez Motorsports would like to thank all of their sponsors and supporters including Koda Services, Boom-Test Well Service, Power Rig, Widow Wax, Ohlins Shocks, Cornett Racing Engines, West Oak Production Services, Midwest Refrigeration, Red Bone Fishing and Rental, VP Racing Fuels, LG2 by Owens, and MSRMafia.com Marketing Services.

For the latest information on Dereck Ramirez, please visit www.DereckRamirez.com .

Ryan ‘The Reaper’ Gustin takes the Checkers in the USMTS Modified Feature

February 19th, 2015

Goliad, TX.– A Valentines Day special concluded the big three-day USMTS weekend that already had two drivers snagging USMTS victories in the previous two shows.(Steve Whiteaker jr. and Dereck Ramirez) In the support classes, JJ Jennings and Shane Hoefling won in the Limited Modifieds, while Mike Trigg and Edward Oakes took home honors in the Street Stocks.

To call the weekend a success would probably be an understatement for a show that took place on short notice, on a track that many of the USMTS regulars had never even seen before, let alone turned a lap on.

Drivers had two different surfaces to race on, with a dry slick track on Thursday night and heavier track Friday. This kept the crews on their toes watching conditions and making changes throughout the weekend.

Gustin Grabs USMTS Gold Becoming the third different winner in the three nights, Ryan Gustin(Marshalltown, Ia.) showed he still could wheel a USMTS Modified. The former USMTS Champion, who has also been running Late Models during the 2014 season, improved his position each night finding his way to Saturday nights Winners Circle.

Gustin got past polesitter, and early leader Adam Penn on lap 3, then had rookie Austin Arneson on his tail throughout the the 40-lapper. Gustin’s only challenge seemed to be the rear brakes that would glow red on long runs. A late restart gave A. Arneson and Cade Dillard one last shot, but it was Gustin going unchallenged to the checkers.

As the 24-car USMTS Modified blasted to the green flag, Penn was first into turn 1 with Gustin on the high side. Penn held the lead on lap 1 trailed by Gustin, Johnny Scott, Dillard and A. Arneson. Gustin got along side Penn on lap 2 with Scott, Dillard and A, Arneson going three wide and trading some paint.

The lead duo were still wheel to wheel on lap 2 as A, Arneson secured third. Gustin inched ahead to lead lap 3 by a nose. The caution waved on lap 4 for Scott, who jumped the infield berm and spun in turn 4. Last nights winner, Dereck Ramirez would pit under the yellow.

On the restart A. Arneson got by Penn for second while Dillard had Jake Gallardo along side fighting for fourth. A. Arneson gave Gustin a little tap in turn 2 on lap 5. A. Arneson lost ground and gave second back to Penn with Gallardo following to third. A. Arneson quickly regained his lost spots, but Gustin was inching away.

Dillard got around Penn for fourth while Thursdays winner, Steve Whiteaker jr. and Jesse Sobbing were swapping eighth. Lap 17 saw Jason Hughes jump the cushion in turn 2 giving positions to Sobbing and Whiteaker. Gustin ran up on traffic coming to halfway with his brakes getting hot. At halfway it was Gustin, A. Arneson, Gallardo, Dillard and
Philip Houston getting by Penn for fifth.

Gustin still held a good advantage over A. Arneson as they cleared some slower cars on lap 25. Penn, and the lapped car of Rory Jordan, tangled on lap 28 sending both around on the front stretch. Gallardo gave up third under yellow going to the hot pits and Gustin was able to cool his brakes. As green waved again Gustin, A. Arneson and Dillard were three wide in turn 1, but sorted out quickly.

With ten to go Gustin had about a five car edge on A. Arneson while Houston and Sobbing exchanged slide jobs for fifth. As the laps wound down Hughes got along side Dillard with Houston and Sobbing side by side and Jimmy Ray, Whiteaker and Daniel Hilsabeck three wide for seventh. Gustin’s brakes were again bright red with five to go and A.
Arneson making up a couple car lengths.

Donovan Lodge looped his ride on lap 38 setting up a final shootout to the checkers. Gustin quickly got away from the pack as A. Arneson held off Dillard for second. At the line it was Gustin in the Gressel Racing, McCartney Welding Service, Henryetta Ford, Sybesma Graphics, Eibach Springs, Integra Shocks, Larry’s Carburetors, VP Race Fuels, Mullins powered, Hughes Racing Chassis, by a few car lengths.

“It’s been a real good weekend,” exclaimed Gustin. “We’re just trying to learn this new car, on a track we’ve never been to before. A win, a second and a third, we’ll take that any day. Starting up front helps a lot, especially on tonight’s track. It kind of got one lane there in (turns) 3-4. I’d much rather have that, than have it get rough about halfway through. We’re really happy with it.”

“On a new car and new track you probably try to find the gear you want first thing. You eyeball the track and take an educated guess and adjust from there. The right front spring and shock is really important too. These cars are on the right front pretty hard and right side tires. You’ve got a lot of traction and have to be able to turn too.”

“This is the first time I’ve driven one of his(Jason Hughes) new cars. He’s been in his a couple years now. We’ve shared a lot of information back and forth. You can see that we’ve both been really fast.”

“We’re going to do both the Modified and Late Model this year. Mainly the Late Model and some of the bigger Modified shows.”

Jennings Rebounds for Limited Modified Weekend Double After winning Thursday night, then spinning himself out on Friday night, Corpus Christi’s JJ Jennings went from hero to zero and back to hero. But the win wasn’t easy. Jennings who jumped out front on lap 1 had Fridays victor Shane Hoefling on his tail throughout the 20-lap feature. In the final laps the duo ran up on traffic with Hoefling giving Jennings his best shot. Jennings cut through the slower cars
while Hoefling ended up spinning through the infield, recovering to salvage fourth.

On the initial start Jennings beat Hoefling into turn 1 as the 19-car field fired off. Trouble in the back of the pack brought the yellow back out for a complete restart. Jennings again out-raced Hoefling into the first turn with Vince Louden, Eddy Ross and Roly Rodriguez in pursuit. As Jennings and Hoefling began to ease ahead, Dean Hollier got into Bo Beckner sending him around and Hollier to the pits.

On the restart Michael Maraschick got by Rodriguez and Louden for third. Beckner and Dustin Butcher closed in on Louden making a three car scrap for fifth. Coming to the crossed flags Jennings and Hoefling had checked out, with Maraschick, Rodriguez and Beckner rounding out the top five. Beckner and Rodriguez continued to swap the spot.

With five to go Hoefling changed his line, moving up a lane, as he and Jennings approached the back of the field. Hoefling was able to show Jennings the nose on lap 18 as they went three wide around Bill Pittaway. Hoefling sailed it off into turns 3-4 on the final lap, but lost it leaving Jennings in the Skip & Cheryl Gray owned, Big Dog Racing, Grays Recycling, ASI powered, Express by 89 Motorsports Chassis to take the checkers.

“This weekend’s been hero or zero,” replied Jennings. “Tonight I was the hero again. This makes up for spinning myself last night. We come to run in the top three or four every night. The track was heavy last night. Once I see that I already hate it. I got hit in the heat and feature, then spun. I hate seeing stuff get torn up on a heavy track and that’s usually what you get. I’m glad it was dried up tonight and look forward to the March race here.”

“I really didn’t hear Shane(Hoefling) back there until about two or three to go. Once we got up to those lapped cars he drove up along side. I didn’t know how that was going to go. Bill Pittaway was on the bottom and I was going outside of him one way or the other. I know anytime I race with Shane I have to be on my game. He’ll drive you as clean as you drive him and you never have to worry about getting run over.”

“I have to thank Skip and Cheryl(Gray) for giving me the chance to drive this car. I’m glad the Stacy’s had this race and I’m ready for Baytown next week. We’ll be taking my car there. We have a brand new motor and the front end geometry is different, brand new body and wrap, so we’re pretty excited.”

Oakes Scores Street Stock Double The 10-lap Street Stock feature looked like it might pit the two previous winners head to head at the start. Mike Trigg led the pack into turn 1, but it was Oakes off turn 2 taking the lead. Trigg slipped back on the somewhat greasy track after a light misting of water following the USMTS B-mains. This put Marcus Mikulencak up to second followed by Johnny Torres and Tony Blankenship.

Trigg and Torres would tangle on lap 2 ending Triggs night, with Torres retiring after the restart. Oakes would distance himself from the pack in the Performance Racing Products, Express Chassis, Chevy from there going on the take the victory unchallenged.

Scott breaks, Ramirez takes USMTS win at Shady Oaks Speedway

February 18th, 2015

GOLIAD, Texas–Dereck Ramirez was in the right place at the right time Friday night and took down the main event win at the Shady Oaks Speedway as the USMTS Caseys Cup Series powered by S&S Fishing & Rental completed Round 2 of the MVT Gulf Coast Border Region presented by Day Motor Sports.

The 28-year-old from Woodward, Okla., was trailing leader Johnny Scott when a crippled engine sidelined Scott with just three laps remaining in the 35-lapper.

In registering his first win since back-to-back triumphs in the USMTS Winter Nationals at the Royal Purple Raceway in Baytown, Texas, Ramirez pocketed $3,000 and ended a dry spell dating back to Nov. 19, 2011.

Polesitter Zack VanderBeek of New Sharon, Iowa, jumped out front at the drop of the green flag and paced the first 17 laps around the 1/3-mile semi-banked clay oval before eighth-starting Scott muscled ahead to lead lap 18.

Scott maintained control for the next 14 laps until mechanical woes ended his night three laps short of the checkered flag.

Ramirez then had to hold off two-time USMTS National Champion Ryan Gustin and 2010 USMTS National Champion Jason Hughes to garner the first-place trophy.

“It was a pretty good race track early,” said Ramirez. “You could run the bottom or the top. Then all the stuff on the bottom was blowing up to the top. You just had to be there at the end.

“I feel bad for Johnny. He had the best car. I’ll take it; a wins a win. I really didn’t have anything for him at the end.”

Hughes, who took a provisional to start the feature race and then went to the back again after changing two flat tires early in the contest, quietly worked his way through the field while tenth-starting Gustin also charged toward the front.

VanderBeek recorded his second top-five finish of the weekend in fourth while Philip Houston passed nine cars on his way to finishing fifth.

Cade Dillard, Jake Gallardo, Grant Junghans, Adam Penn and rookie contender Casey Arneson rounded out the top ten.

Round 3 of the inaugural USMTS event at the Shady Oaks Speedway happens Saturday, and the show gets underway at 6 p.m. Central Time.

Up for grabs is a $4,000 paycheck to win Saturdays main event. Limited Mods and Street Stocks will serve as support classes.

Spectator tickets are $20 and pit passes are $40. Kids ages 12 and under get into the grandstands free, and kids ages 6 and under get into the pits free. Tickets will be available for purchase at the track.

For race fans unable to make the trip to the Shady Oaks Speedway, point your browser to www.racindirt.com/livevideo to order the pay-per-view broadcast. Every pay-per-view customer will also get a free month of RacinDirt.coms On Demand video coverage free of charge (new subscribers only).

The Shady Oaks Speedway owned and operated by Bobby & Rosemary Stacy and Keith Stacy is located 4.0 miles north of Goliad on US 183, then 3.0 miles east on FM 622. To learn more, check out www.shadyoakspeedway.com, like them on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ShadyOaksSpeedway and follow them on Twitter at www.twitter.com/ShadyOaksGoliad.

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USMTS Modified winner Dereck Ramirez taking the checkers Friday night

February 18th, 2015

Goliad, TX– After a successful opening night that saw local driver, Steve Whiteaker jr.(Corpus Christi) take home the USMTS Modified win, Shady Oaks Speedway hosted round two of the three day show on the 1/3 mile, semi-banked clay oval. JJ Jennings(Corpus Christi) scored in the Limited Modified feature and the Street Stock victory went to Mike Trigg(Helotes).

Neither of Thursday nights winners were able to repeat on Friday. Whiteaker broke a pulley off the motor in heat race action, Jennings spun himself out in the feature and Trigg got mired in traffic early and couldn’t run down the leaders.

The track once again looked to be in great shape as the super-fast USMTS Modifieds pounded their way around the banking. The smooth, fast surface made for some close racing in the USMTS main event that saw numerous lead changes.
All classes qualified through a series of heats, and B-mains to set the fields for the nights A-main events. Several new drivers and teams made the trip adding to the fields in each class.

Right Place, Right Time for Ramirez Dereck Ramirez(Woodward, Ok.) admitted it was Johnny Scotts race to win. But as we all know racing luck can be very fickle at times. Such was the case for Scott, as he broke a push rod while leading and only two laps to go. This put Ramirez, who had run up front all night, out front for the final two laps on the restart. Ramirez then had to hold off Ryan Gustin and Jason Hughes to grab the win and $3,000 payday.

As the 24-car USMTS Modified field thundered into turn 1 it was Zack VanderBeek beating Rory Jordan into turn 1. Behind VanderBeek it was three wide for second and four wide for fifth as they tried to sort themselves out. When they did it was Jake Gallardo, Ramirez, Jordan and Austin Arneson in the top five.

It didn’t take long for the action to pick up again with Gallardo and Ramirez side by side. Ramirez got the spot and looked under VanderBeek for the lead. Ramirez put a ‘slider’ on VanderBeek who crossed over and held the spot. They were wheel to wheel again for the lead when Brock Bauman went around for a lap 4 caution.

Ramirez again took a peek low on VanderBeek while Scott got by A. Arneson for fourth followed by Cade Dillard. A. Arneson then took a trip over the turn 1 hill to bring out a lap 7 caution. Once back to green, Gallardo retook second from Ramirez while Scott and Dillard swapped fourth. Dillard secured the spot and went around Ramirez for third leaving him side by side with Scott.

Dillard continued his run trying to go around Gallardo for second. Scott saw the chance to get by Dillard on lap 12, then Gallardo two laps later for second. Scott then closed on VanderBeek as they approached halfway. Coming to the crossed flags it was Scott getting the lead, VanderBeek, Gallardo, Ramirez and Dillard in the top five.

While all this was going on, Jason Hughes, who took a provisional then went to the back again after changing two flats, was quietly up into the top ten. Scott was on a rail motoring out to a full straightaway lead as Ramirez snagged third from Gallardo. The yellow waved on lap 28 for a spin by Lance Town in turn 4 erasing Scotts huge advantage.

Ramirez picked off VanderBeek on the restart with Dillard trying to follow along. Yellow quickly came back out when Jesse Sobbing got into Gallardo and went around in turn 1. On the restart, Scott, Ramirez and Dillard got away clean, but Town looped it again for another caution.

Finally back under green and as Scott got ahead Ramirez and Dillard were door to door, literally, fighting for second. Unable to get by low, Dillard then tried the high side, but lost ground. This gave Hughes and Gustin the opening to pull along side, three abreast, for fourth until debris in turn 4 brought the yellow out.

Dillard tried a run up high on Gustin once the green waved, but Gustin held him off and took third from Gallardo in the process. This opened up a spot for Hughes to get past Gallardo for fourth. Gustin had again built a good lead over Ramirez now, while VanderBeek, Dillard and Gallardo went three wide for fifth.

Just as the flagman picked up the white and checkered flags for two to go, Scott pulled up on the back stretch and rolled slowly into turns 3-4. This would put Ramirez out front for the final two circuits, but with Gustin and Hughes on his tail. Ramirez got clear quickly in the Boom Test Well Service, Koda Services, Red Bone Fishing & Rental, Raw Truck Wash, Widow Wax, Ohlin Shocks, Power Rig, Midwest Refrigeration, Cornett Race Engines, Ramirez Motorsports, LG2 by Owens Chassis to take the victory.

“It was a pretty good race track early,” said Ramirez. “You could run the bottom or the top. Then all the stuff on the bottom was blowing up to the top. You just had to be there at the end. I feel bad for Johnny(Scott), he was leading a broke a push rod with two to go. He had the best car. I’ll take it, a win’s a win. I really didn’t have anything for him at the end.”

“They made the track a little better tonight. The heats weren’t so great, they were pretty much hammer down. But it made for good racing in the feature. The top five had a good battle for the lead most of the race. They’re working on the track, trying to make it better, that’s all you can ask.”

“When you’re leading you’re kind of a sitting duck. You can run the same line the whole and they can find something behind you that you don’t know is there. All you do at the end of the race is say that you hit your marks and if they passed me, they passed me. It does get kind of nerve wracking when you know it’s Ryan(Gustin) and Jason(Hughes) behind you. They’re two of the best in the business.”

Hoefling Hustles in Limited Modified Main After finishing in the top five Thursday night, Shane Hoefling(Meyersville) took his home track advantage and turned it into a win. Hoefling, Eddy Ross and Bo Beckner slugged it out on lap 1 before Hoefling secured the top spot on lap 2. From there Hoefling built a huge lead over Dustin Butcher and Ross before a lap caution rebunched the field. Once back to green, Hoefling eased away to take home the victory.

As green waved on the 23-car Limited Modified starting field Hoefling, Ross and Beckner were three wide coming off turn 2. Ross and Hoefling stayed side by side at the line with Hoefling getting the edge on lap 1. Ross, Beckner, Butcher and Nick Hardcastle fell in line as the pack sorted out. Beckner looped his ride coming off turn 2 giving up third and bringing out a caution.

On the restart, Butcher got past Ross for second, while Craig Oakes and Hardcastle were side by side for fourth. Hoefling then began pulling away, to a three quarter straightaway margin coming to halfway trailed by Butcher, Ross, Oakes and Hardcastle. Ross, Oakes and Hardcastle then began their own little battle and closed in on Butcher at the same time.

With five to go, Hardcastle got back by Oakes for fourth, then Ross for third as they nose to tail for second through fifth. Hector Aguirre had trouble in turn 4 bringing out a lap 18 yellow setting up a dash to the checkers. Hoefling, in the API Pipe & Supply, McDowell Refrigeration, WW Bodies, Phoenix Motorsports, A’s Oil Field, Protech, Extreme Racing Engines, Hughes by 89 Motorsports Chassis, wasted little time inching away from the field to grab the victory.

“Consistency”, exclaimed Hoefling. “Of course having a good racecar underneath you never hurts. 89 Motorsports builds a fine Hughes Chassis. The track changed a little bit from last and a good starting position always helps.”

“I passed a lapped car low early and I knew that might be a better part of the track. I didn’t want to give anything away so I stayed up high. On a restart I did go to the bottom and it was definitely faster.”

“We try to keep a very neutral and simple set up on our car. That way if you do to change you have different directions to go. Then we may change a little stagger or shocks, maybe a spring. I started racing here when I was 17 years old, so this is kind of ‘my house.’”

Oakes OK in Street Stocks Edward Oakes, driving a Limited Modified chassis converted to a Street Stock, took the Friday night winning both the heat and feature. Oakes beat Tony Blankenship into turn one of the 15-lap event and never looked back. Following Blankenship were Johnny Torres, Brad Hayes and last nights winner, Mike Trigg. Trigg got by Hayes, then Torres near mid-race for third, but by then Oakes, in the Performance Racing Products, Express Chassis, Chevy, was long gone on his way to the checkers.

Whiteaker made in the shade, conquers USMTS opener at Shady Oaks Speedway

February 17th, 2015

GOLIAD, Texas—Two weeks ago when the United States Modified Touring Series season opener was canceled at the South Texas Speedway, the commute for Corpus Christi’s Steve Whiteaker Jr. went from a few blocks to more than 80 miles when the event moved to the Shady Oaks Speedway in Goliad, Texas.

But the best part of the trip for Whiteaker was the 30 laps around the 1/3-mile clay oval in Thursday night’s lid-lifter for the USMTS Casey’s Cup Series powered by S&S Fishing & Rental.

After nipping polesitter Daniel Hilsabeck to lead the first lap, Whiteaker held on to the top spot through a pair of mid-race cautions and drove away from two former USMTS national champions en route to a $2,000 payday.

“Pretty much the last thing I wanted to do was win without my dad being here, but he’s not here tonight,” Whiteaker said in victory lane. “He’ll be here tomorrow night so hopefully we can do it again when he’s here to see it.”

Rookie of the Year contender Jesse Sobbing of Glenwood, Iowa, moved into second on lap 4 and chase Whiteaker until the race’s first caution on lap 11 when 2010 USMTS National Champion Jason Hughes of Watts, Okla., snuck by Sobbing on the restart.

Hughes was unable to run down Whiteaker, and even with the aid of a second and final yellow flag on lap 18 had to watch as Whiteaker pulled away over the final ten circuits to pick up his second career USMTS win and first since breaking through in June 2009 at the I-30 Speedway in Little Rock, Ark.

“I’m sure glad Jason didn’t get around me because I probably would’ve had to spin him or something,” Whiteaker said with a smile. “He’s won a bunch of these things and they don’t come very often for me, so I would have done about anything it took to win it.”

Not only did the victory end a nearly six-year dry spell for the 26-year-old, but it also erased a sour taste in his mouth from last year’s season-opening event in Corpus Christi where he led the first 21 laps only to lost the lead to Jason Krohn following a caution and eventually settle for a second-place finish in front of his home crowd.

Hughes opened his 2015 campaign with a runner-up finish while 2010-11 USMTS National Champion Ryan Gustin of Marshalltown, Iowa, finished third after starting 11th on the 24-car grid.

Dereck Ramirez was fourth and Zack VanderBeek finished fifth. Sixth through tenth went to Sobbing, Ben Kates, Johnny Scott, Philip Houston and Adam Penn. Heat race checkers waved for Whiteaker, Sobbing, Shane Sprinkle and Ramirez. The
Real Racing Wheels “B” Mains were won by Lance Town and Scott.

Round 2 of the inaugural USMTS event at the Shady Oaks Speedway happens Friday night with the first heat race getting the green flag at 7 p.m. Central Time. Saturday’s show gets underway at 6 p.m.

A $3,000 paycheck waits Friday’s feature winner with $4,000 to win up for grabs in Saturday’s main event. Limited Mods and Street Stocks will serve as support classes both nights.

Spectator tickets are $20 and pit passes are $40 each night. Kids ages 12 and under get into the grandstands free of charge each night, and kids ages 6 and under get into the pits for free each day. Tickets will be available for purchase at the track.

For race fans unable to make the trip but hungry to see their first USMTS race of the season, point your browser to www.racindirt.com/livevideo to order the pay-per-view broadcast. Every pay-per-view customer will also get a free month of RacinDirt.com’s On Demand video coverage free of charge (new subscribers only).

The Mesilla Valley Transportation Road Warrior program will award drivers who compete in all of the MVT Gulf Coast Border Region events with a possible provisional starting spot at three huge events: King of America V presented by Chix Gear Racewear, March 26-28, at the Humboldt (Kan.) Speedway; 5th Annual World Modified Dirt Track Championship, July 23-25, at the Deer Creek Speedway in Spring Valley, Minn.; and the 16th Annual Fall Nationals, Oct. 22-24, at the Southern New Mexico Speedway in Las Cruces, N.M.

Each of these events pays a minimum of $900 to start the championship main event, and the provisional starters will be selected randomly from all drivers in attendance at those events who also had perfect attendance in the MVT Gulf Coast Border Region.

The popular South Texas dirt track owned and operated by Bobby & Rosemary Stacy and Keith Stacy is located 4.0 miles north of Goliad on US 183, then 3.0 miles east on FM 622. To learn more, check out www.shadyoakspeedway.com, like them on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ShadyOaksSpeedway and follow them on Twitter at www.twitter.com/ShadyOaksGoliad.

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

USMTS Modified winner Steve Whiteaker jr gets by Cody Leonard in hot laps

February 13th, 2015

Goliad, TX– Just when it looked like south Texas would lose the United States Modified Touring Series season opener, Shady Oaks Speedway stepped up. With less than two weeks notice, SOS and the Stacy family took on its biggest challenge picking up a race originally scheduled for Corpus Christi’s South Texas Speedway, who had to cancel after rain washed out part of their retaining wall.

USMTS Promoter, Todd Staley was left with a decision on where to transfer the race to Shady Oaks or two other out of state tracks. The Stacy’s took on the task and with the help of sponsors, plus some marketing advice from NASCAR Promoter Humpy Wheeler, they pulled it together. Social media quickly picked up the buzz, #teamshadyoaks.

USMTS drivers and teams from all over rolled through the gates for the start of the tours points season. Seven states were represented in the ground pounding Modified division on the 1/3 mile, semi-banked, clay oval just north of town. Limited Modifieds and Street Stocks filled the support role with several out-of-town drivers in the Limited Modified class. All classes would run a complete show each night.

Whiteaker Wins One for Home Team Corpus Christi’s Steve Whiteaker jr. outran some of toughest Modified drivers in the country to take home the opening night win in the USMTS Modifieds. Whiteaker led all but the first lap coming from row two to get by Daniel Hilsabeck(Adel, Ia.) on the second circuit. Whiteaker had a brief mid-race challenge from Jason Hughes(Watts, Ok) but was able to pull out to a half straightaway lead as the race wound down to its conclusion.

Hilsabeck jumped out front going into turn 1 with Whiteaker up top followed by Jesse Sobbing, Adam Penn and Hughes. The lead duo were wheel to wheel at the line with Whiteaker getting the advantage on lap 2. Hughes made quick work of Penn for fourth, with Sobbing getting under Hilsabeck for second on lap 4.

Ryan Gustin and Dereck Ramirez were on a roll as they both picked off Penn, then Hilsabeck for fourth and fifth. Hughes was looking under Sobbing when yellow waved for a spin by Austin Arneson that saw Joe Duvall get out of shape trying to avoid him. On the restart Hughes got the pass on Sobbing for second, while Gustin got by Ramirez for fourth.

Coming to halfway it was Whiteaker by 5 car lengths over Hughes, Gustin getting third from Sobbing and Ramirez rounding out the top five. A. Arneson brought out another yellow looping his ride, this time, in turn 3. Hughes stuck his nose in under Whiteaker on the restart, but Whiteaker used the momentum off the top to hold the point.

Zack VanderBeek was on a late charge getting by Ben Kates for sixth, then Sobbing for fifth, with Philip Houston, Penn and Johnny Scott three wide for eighth. Whiteaker then began inching away from Hughes as the lap clicked off and held a good margin at the checkers in his D&SS Construction, Cottrell Racing, 89 Motorsports, WW Bodies, Nasty Cookers, Larry’s Carburetors, five1seven Designs, John Lieta Farms, Protech, KSG, Swenson Racing Products, Churchs Chicken, Mullins powered, GRT by Phillips.

“It took six years of practice,” joked Whiteaker. “That’s the last time we won a race here. The car has really felt good. We tried a couple of things last night, but not too much because I don’t have my regular rig with all my stuff in it. I’m kind of limited to what we have on the car. The car was good all night and good at Ark-La-Tex last weekend. I got a good start and into the lead early. The only car I ever saw was Jason(Hughes) ducking under me, so I picked up the pace.”

“Even with some experience here I don’t think I had any advantage. I really never ran here that much and the times that I did it was heavy with a cushion around the top. The Stacy’s really did an amazing job on the track tonight.”

“It always makes you a bit nervous when someone like Jason ducks under you. I’ve been watching him my whole life and he’s probably only ever made three mistakes. He’s phenomenal. You know he’s not going to make a mistake so you can’t make one. Then you have to hold him off. He preying on you, watching you and trying something different.”

“We won because we were fast. When you look at the results and see Hughes and Gustin behind you, it doesn’t get any better than that. Winning against those two is icing on the cake. They’re the best in the business.”

Jennings Jammin’ in Limited Modified Another Corpus Christi driver scored the victory in the 20-lap Limited Modified feature when JJ Jennings went wire to wire for the win. Jennings beat team mate Johnny Torres into turn 1 and never looked back. The beginning of the race saw all three Skip Gray cars up front before Shane Hoefling broke up the trio. Hoefling challenged Torres late, but no one had anything for Jennings as he cruised through traffic to the checkers.

Torres edged out front on the initial start but a spin by Dean Hollier quickly brought the yellow back out. On the second try Jennings, from the outside, beat Torres off the corner for the top spot. Torres fell in line second with Eddy Ross, Hoefling and Michael Maraschick in pursuit. Dustin Butcher moved past both Vince Louden and Maraschick for fifth.

Yellow waved on lap 1 for a spin by Broc Bowen in turn 4. Coming to green the back of the pack stacked up scattering those drivers and bringing the yellow right back out. Once back green, Hoefling was trying the high side of Ross while Louden and Maraschick swapped sixth. Hoefling completed the pass a lap later while Louden and Maraschick continued to slug it out until Maraschick took a side trip through the infield.

At halfway it was Jennings, Torres, Hoefling, Ross and Butcher in the top five. Jennings ran up on traffic, but wasn’t slowed while Hoefling ran down Torres. The duo were side by side on lap 12 with Torres holding the spot. Jennings had no trouble with slower cars increasing his advantage to the checkers in the Skip & Cheryl Gray owned, Big Dog Racing, Grays Recycling, ASI powered, Express by 89 Motorsports Chassis.

“This is the best track I’ve ever been on here,” said Jennings. “Running this track dry is the only way to go. I don’t know what everyone in the stands thought, but where I sat, it was damned good track. We got in lap traffic for a little bit and were able to miss those guys. Pretty much every one held their line.”

“I want to beat Johnny(Torres) as much as he wants to beat me. We don’t have any(team) orders. We got out there to race each other. Whoever came out of (turn) 2 got it, there’s no holding back. This is the same Express car I was in last year. All three of us ran good, so I know Skip’s happy.”

“We’ve got some competition here from Shane(Hoefling) and Vince Louden is always fast here. You can never count them out. We come to win every weekend whether its in my car or Skips car. Of course you may not do something dumb on the first night as you would the last night and end up working on the car all weekend.”

“Steve jr. has really helped me a lot on setting this car up. He’ll answer any question I’ve got and I appreciate everything he’s done. He will out-drive me any day of the week so I don’t think he’s got to worry about that. He’s done some stuff on my own car too.”

Trigg Tallies Street Stock Sweep After being out of the area for a while, Mike Trigg(Midland) made his way back to the south Winners Circle leading flag to flag in the 10-lap Street Stock feature. Trigg and Tony Blankenship ran door to door at the start, but Trigg motored away and went unchallenged to the victory in the Mac Tools, Willimack Insurance, Chevy.

Good things happen to those who race

February 16th, 2015

GOLIAD, Texas–Following a hearty practice session Wednesday night that saw dozens of drivers fine-tune their machines and test out a new facility on the schedule, the United States Modified Touring Series will kick off 2015 campaign at the Shady Oaks Speedway in Goliad, Texas, on Thursday night.

USMTS drivers taking a green flag Thursday night will get a leg up on the competition, and instantly join a fraternity of racers with a lot to look forward to in 2015.

The USMTS Caseys Cup Series powered by S&S Fishing & Rental will open its 17th season of showcasing the Best of the Best in dirt modified racing with the series making its first-ever trip to the 1/3-mile high-banked dirt oval for three thrilling nights on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, Feb. 12-14.

The first of four straight three-night affairs will open the MVT Gulf Coast Border Region presented by Day Motor Sports with $2,000 to win posted for Thursday night, $3,000 to Fridays feature winner and a whopping $4,000 to win Saturdays main event.

And in more ways than one, it pays to be on the track Thursday.

Each of the four USMTS regional champions will earn $5,000 while the USMTS National Champion and winner of the Hunt for the USMTS Casey’s Cup will earn $20,000.

That’s $40,000 to win all four regions and The Hunt, but for any driver who can complete such an unheard of feat, there’s a $110,000 bonus to make the champion’s check a an incredible $150,000.

There’s also bonuses for winning multiple regions and The Hunt:

Win 4 Regions + The Hunt = $150,000 (includes $110,000 bonus)
Win 3 Regions + The Hunt = $100,000 (includes $65,000 bonus)
Win 2 Regions + The Hunt = $50,000 (includes $30,000 bonus)

And there’s even more…

The USMTS and Mesilla Valley Transportation have teamed up to provide a pair of provisional starting positions at three huge events during the 2015 campaign.

Each driver who competes in all of the MVT Gulf Coast Border Region events will be eligible for one of two provisionals at this year’s King of America V presented by Chix Gear Racewear, March 26-28, at the Humboldt (Kan.) Speedway; 5th Annual World Modified Dirt Track Championship, July 23-25, at the Deer Creek Speedway in Spring Valley, Minn.; and the 16th Annual Fall Nationals, Oct. 22-24, at the Southern New Mexico Speedway in Las Cruces, N.M.

Each of these events pays a minimum of $900 to start the championship main event, and the provisional starters will be selected randomly from all drivers in attendance at those events who also had perfect attendance in the MVT Gulf Coast Border Region.

By the end of this Thursday’s main event at the Shady Oaks Speedway, everybody will know the names of those who are racing for a possible provisional at three of the biggest USMTS events of the year, as well as the players in the game for a possible season-ending paycheck of $150,000.

With sunny skies and temperatures in the upper 60s forecasted for all three days, racing starts at 7 p.m. on Thursday and Friday while Saturday’s show gets underway at 6 p.m.

Limited Mods and Street Stocks will serve as support classes all three nights.

Spectator tickets are $20 on Friday and Saturday, and just $15 on Thursday. Kids ages 12 and under get in for free each night. Pit passes are $35 Thursday and Friday, $40 on Saturday. Kids ages 6 and under get into the pits for free each day. Tickets will be available for purchase at the track.

The track will also host an open practice for all classes on Wednesday, Feb. 11. Tickets will be free in the grandstands and $20 in the pits for open practice.

For race fans unable to make the trip but hungry to see their first USMTS race of the season, point your browser to www.racindirt.com/livevideo to order the pay-per-view broadcast of the 2015 season lid-lifter. Every pay-per-view customer will also get a free month of RacinDirt.coms On Demand video coverage free of charge (new subscribers only).

The popular South Texas dirt track owned and operated by Bobby & Rosemary Stacy and Keith Stacy is located 4.0 miles north of Goliad on US 183, then 3.0 miles east on FM 622. To learn more, check out www.shadyoakspeedway.com, like them on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ShadyOaksSpeedway and follow them on Twitter at www.twitter.com/ShadyOaksGoliad.

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

RacinDirt.com to carry live USMTS action from Shady Oaks Speedway

February 13th, 2015

GOLIAD, Texas–The season-opening event for the United States Modified Touring Series will take place this weekend at the Shady Oaks Speedway in Goliad, Texas, and RacinDirt.com will be there to bring the action into the living rooms of those who cant.

The USMTS Caseys Cup Series powered by S&S Fishing & Rental will open its 17th season of showcasing the Best of the Best in dirt modified racing with the series making its first-ever trip to the 1/3-mile high-banked dirt oval for three thrilling nights on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, Feb. 12-14.

The first of four straight three-night affairs will open the MVT Gulf Coast Border Region presented by Day Motor Sports with $2,000 to win posted for Thursday night, $3,000 to Fridays feature winner and a whopping $4,000 to win Saturdays main event.

With sunny skies and temperatures in the upper 60s forecasted for all three days, racing starts at 7 p.m. on Thursday and Friday while Saturday’s show gets underway at 6 p.m.

Limited Mods and Street Stocks will serve as support classes all three nights.

Spectator tickets are $20 on Friday and Saturday, and just $15 on Thursday. Kids ages 12 and under get in for free each night. Pit passes are $35 Thursday and Friday, $40 on Saturday. Kids ages 6 and under get into the pits for free each day. Tickets will be available for purchase at the track.

The track will also host an open practice for all classes on Wednesday, Feb. 11. Tickets will be free in the grandstands and $20 in the pits for open practice.

For race fans unable to make the trip but hungry to see their first USMTS race of the season, point your browser to www.racindirt.com/livevideo to order the pay-per-view broadcast of the 2015 season lid-lifter. Every pay-per-view customer will also get a free month of RacinDirt.coms On Demand video coverage free of charge (new subscribers only).

The popular South Texas dirt track owned and operated by Bobby & Rosemary Stacy and Keith Stacy is located 4.0 miles north of Goliad on US 183, then 3.0 miles east on FM 622. To learn more, check out www.shadyoakspeedway.com, like them on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ShadyOaksSpeedway and follow them on Twitter at www.twitter.com/ShadyOaksGoliad.

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

Shady Oaks Speedway, USMTS partner for unprecedented season-opening venue change

February 8th, 2015

GOLIAD, Texas–Shady Oaks Speedway is proud to announce their season opener will be Feb. 12-14 featuring the well-respected and exciting United States Modified Touring Series (USMTS) at their track in Goliad, Texas.

This unprecedented move and inaugural race at the beautiful and historic speedway came just hours after the South Texas Speedway in Corpus Christi was forced to cancel the event due to a structural failure of the back wall caused by excessive rainfall.

“Everything happened very fast after South Texas Speedway was forced to cancel the event. We know it was a hard decision on their part, but the right one,” said Shady Oaks Speedway co-owner Bobby Stacy. “With the cancellation, we are given the opportunity to show the community of both racers and fans what an incredible facility we have and the ability to handle the influx of cars and fans that attend shows run by the USMTS. We are flattered and honored to be a part of this momentous decision, and we accept the challenge of pulling together a three day event in only nine days.”

Shady Oaks Speedway is nestled just six miles from the historic town of Goliad, just 30 miles away from Victoria and 1.5 hours east of San Antonio.

“We anticipate large crowds coming from one to two hours away for this race. The long range weather forecast looks perfect, and many fans are excited to get back to racing after a seasonal lull. Our track is like a huge gift, just waiting to be opened. Our facilities are immaculate, the track is being prepped as we speak, and we are stocking up on everything, and a few surprises and giveaways to treat our fans” new and long-time supporters” to a special Valentine’s Day weekend of incredibly fast racing,” said Shady Oaks co-owner Rosemary Stacy.

“The Support from the community has been overwhelming. We even have a hashtag (#teamshadyoaks and #packthehouse) on Facebook from loyal fans as far away as Corpus Christi,” said Kevin Stacy.

Rosemary Stacy reached out to Humpy Wheeler, veteran NASCAR promoter and now Chairman of Speedway Benefits a marketing alliance of 350 grassroots racetracks throughout North America that provides consultation and buying power for tracks such as Shady Oaks for advice.

“I believe in the power of grassroots racing, the fans, their passion and the ability for promoters and owners such as Bobby and Rosemary Stacy to do whatever it takes to treat fans to an incredible racing experience, no matter what the challenges,” said Wheeler. “We are pulling our resources together for marketing, exposure and tactical guidance to help the Stacys get the word out surrounding this momentous occasion.”

The USMTS will be making its first-ever trip to the 1/3-mile high-banked dirt oval for three thrilling nights on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, Feb. 12-14.

The first of four straight three-night affairs will open the MVT Gulf Coast Border Region presented by Day Motor Sports with $2,000 to win Thursday, $3,000 to win Friday and $4,000 to win Saturday.

Racing starts at 7 p.m. on Thursday and Friday. Saturday’s show gets underway at 6 p.m.

Spectator tickets are $20 on Friday and Saturday, and just $15 on Thursday. Kids ages 12 and under get in for free each night. Pit passes are $35 Thursday and Friday, $40 on Saturday. Kids ages 6 and under get into the pits for free each day. Tickets will be available for purchase at the track.

The track will also host an open practice on Wednesday, Feb. 11. Tickets will be free in the grandstands and $20 pits for open practice.

Limited Mods and Street Stocks will serve as support classes for the Shady Oaks Speedway event.

The popular South Texas dirt track is located 4.0 miles north of Goliad on US 183, then 3.0 miles east on FM 622. To learn more about the track, check out their website at www.shadyoakspeedway.com, like them on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ShadyOaksSpeedway and follow them on Twitter at www.twitter.com/ShadyOaksGoliad.

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

USMTS season opener moves to Shady Oaks Speedway

February 7th, 2015

GOLIAD, Texas — Officials at the South Texas Speedway were forced to cancel next week’s United States Modified Touring Series season opener Monday due to heavy rainfall in the area which caused much of the concrete wall in turn 3 to collapse, making the track surface unsafe for racing.

“It is with great sadness that we have to announce that South Texas Speedway is cancelling the USMTS show,” said the track’s promoter, Ken Hobbs. “The Corpus Christi area has been hit with a considerable amount of rain over the last couple of months. This rain has caused a structural failure of the back wall. South Texas Speedway is working to fix this problem as fast as possible but with rain forecasted again this week we will be unable to fix before February 12th. We appreciate the fans and USMTS drivers and crews for their support.”

Tuesday, however, another track in the Lone Star State stepped in and the USMTS Casey’s Cup Series powered by S&S Fishing & Rental lid-lifter will go on as planned at an alternate venue: Shady Oaks Speedway in Goliad, Texas.

“The promoters at Shady Oaks Speedway are all-in,” said USMTS President Todd Staley. “It is a risk to announce a new event just ten days before the gates open, but with modern-day technology such as email, text messaging and social media, we’re hopeful that the great fans in the great State of Texas come through again like they did last year.”

Last June, heavy rainfall in North Texas forced officials at the Heart O’Texas Speedway near Waco to cancel their USMTS event on June 26. It was shortly after noon on June 25 when Staley got a call from Grayson County Speedway promoter James Craig.

Less than an hour later, a deal was in place. Racers had a place to race and fans had a place to watch them. The result was an overflow crowd on hand to watch more than 40 of the nation’s best open-wheel dirt modified drivers.

Entering its 17th season of showcasing the Best of the Best in dirt modified racing, the USMTS will be making its first-ever trip to the 1/3-mile high-banked dirt oval for three thrilling nights on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, Feb. 12-14.

The first of four straight three-night affairs will open the MVT Gulf Coast Border Region presented by Day Motor Sports with $2,000 to win Thursday, $3,000 to win Friday and $4,000 to win Saturday.

The track will also host an open practice on Wednesday, Feb. 11.

Limited Mods and Street Stocks will serve as support classes for the Shady Oaks Speedway event.

The popular South Texas dirt track owned and operated by Bobby & Rosemary Stacy and Keith Stacy is located 4.0 miles north of Goliad on US 183, then 3.0 miles east on FM 622. To learn more about the track, check out their website at www.shadyoakspeedway.com, like them on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ShadyOaksSpeedway and follow them on Twitter at www.twitter.com/ShadyOaksGoliad.

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

Shady Oaks Speedway to kick off 2010 season with four-race Winter Series.

January 16th, 2010

Goliad, Tx.,- After a season of highs and lows, Goliad’s Shady Oaks Speedway looks to start 2010 with a bang, holding a four-race Winter Series on the 3/8 mile, semi-banked, clay oval. Two races are scheduled for January(16th, 30th), with two more events in February(20th, 27th).

 

After several years of dormancy The Scribellito family, from California, took over the helm of the nostalgic track, just north of Goliad, in 2008, with the grand opening in the spring of 2009. Early success among racers and fans, was dampened when track owner Jim Scribellito was seriously injured while participating in a grudge race driving his familiar #57 Dwarf Car. Wife and co- owner/promoter, Laurie stepped up and with help from Director of Competition, Brian McDevitt and crew, the track continued operation, with a huge benefit race to cap off the 2009 season drawing over 200 cars.

 

The opening race of the of the Winter Series will be hosted by special guest, Jim Scribellito, as he returns to the track after months of rehabilitation at a Houston hospital. The Modifieds and Limited Modifieds will headline the show, along with the Late Models, Super Stocks, Pure Stocks, Dwarf Cars and Farm Trucks.

 

In order to avoid the nightly winter chill, racing will start at 2:00PM, with pit gates opening at 12:00 and spectator stands available at 1:00pm. Modifieds will run under IMCA/UMP rules with $500 to win, while Limited Modifieds will use IMCA rules and run for $400 going to the winner. All other classes will run under “track” rules and race for the regular weekly purse.(Ex. Farm Trucks)
Point’s champions in all classes will be crowned at the end of the series.

 

Shady Oaks Speedway Winter Series Schedule
Jan. 16th, 2010…..2PM
Jan. 30th, 2010…..2PM
Feb. 20th, 2010…..2PM
Feb. 27th, 2010…..2PM
Pit Passes…..$25, Spectator…..$10(under 5 Free), Military/Seniors…..FREE

 

For more info/rules contact www.shadyoakspeedway.com Track phone….361-645-8353 E-mail…..info@shadyoakspeedway.com

 

Shady Oaks Speedway, 2185 FM 622, Goliad, Tx.,…..Approx. 1 mile east of 183 on FM 622
By J M Hallas