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Enfinger conquers Springfield Mile Dirt

August 23rd, 2017

SPRINGFIELD, Ill.– With a weekend away from his NASCAR Camping World Truck Series duties, Grant Enfinger opted for an ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards adventure at the Illinois State Fairgrounds mile dirt and turned it into a storybook ending.

Enfinger, in the Allgaier Motorsports-prepared 16 car, fought off ARCA championship leader Austin Theriault to win the Herr’s Potato Chips 100 Sunday afternoon, then toasted his crew chief, Springfield’s own Kelly Kovski in Victory Lane while the locals roared with approval.

“Everybody knows how special this is,” said Enfinger. “We’ve all been rooting for Kelly (Kovski). Next year I’ll be on the box and he’ll be out here.”

Kovski is still mending after being a struck by a race car that had careened off the track. Kovski crew-chiefed for Enfinger through much of his ARCA days in cars fielded out of Allgaier’s Springfield race shop.

Enfinger, the 2015 ARCA national champion, won back-to-back ARCA races on the DuQuoin dirt but this was his first at Springfield.

“This is huge for me, especially to do it here in Springfield. The Allgaiers helped me throughout my career. We’ve been such close friends for so long. They all gave me a hand when I was coming up…this is very special for me.”

Enfinger slipped under Christian Eckes for the lead on lap 63 of the 100-lap/100-mile race and stretched his lead to 10 lengths. But once Theriault got to second, the Fort Kent, Maine driver reeled in Enfinger over the closing laps, especially during the last five when they were bumper to bumper.

“We gave it all we had at the end,” Enfinger continued. “We used up a little too much early on. Austin (Theriault) did everything right. He was better than us at the end…we just had track position.”

Over the last few laps, Theriault got to Enfinger’s bumper and tapped it slightly a couple times without upsetting Enfinger’s line. In short, Theriault could have moved him, but didn’t. He settled for second a length back in the Ken Schrader Racing 52 car.

“Every once in a while we were getting a better run off the corner,” said Theriault. “We probably could have tapped him out of the way but coming home second in my first dirt track start is not a bad day.”

In fact it was a great day for Theriault who, not only increased his championship points lead, but started the day by winning the General Tire Pole Award. Not too bad for his first time on dirt.

“It was quite a thing for a pavement guy to come here and get the pole. I’m proud of the effort from all these guys on this Ken Schrader Racing team. We were too tight at first but got the car pretty neutral for the end. I wasn’t too sure coming in, but now I’m excited to get back to the dirt in a couple weeks.”

Tyler Dippel survived a wild day and finished a well-earned third in the No. 33 Win-Tron Racing Toyota.

“I was having a blast out there…this thing was a rocket,” said Dippel. “We got in two wrecks and the handling went away but we still finished third. Just want to thank all the guys at Win-Tron Racing for giving me such a great car.”

Sheldon Creed, who got freight-trained at the end, fought back to finish fourth in the Mason Mitchell Motorsports 78 Chevrolet. It was Creed’s first start on dirt in an ARCA car.

“We got caught up on the outside and fell back to eighth,” said Creed. “That’s just me learning. The car really came to life at the end. I just gotta thank Mason Mitchell Motorsports…you gotta feel pretty good about this.”

Shane Lee, also making his dirt track debut, finished fifth in the No. 22 Big Tine Ford.
“Pretty good day out there…I really enjoyed it,” said Lee. “We’ll just take what we learned here and take it there (DuQuoin).”

Theriault led the first 32 laps before Enfinger took control for the next 13 laps. Then Enfinger pitted, handing the lead to local favorite AJ Fike who led the next 15 laps. Eckes then raced underneath Fike for the lead before Enfinger took the lead (from Eckes) for good on the 63rd lap.

Seven cautions slowed the race continuously for a variety of spins and wall bangers. There was also one red flag for a four-car pile-up in turns three and four involving Riley Herbst, Brad Smith, Mark Meunier and Alex Clubb. Herbst, Smith and Meunier were evaluated and released. Clubb, conscious and alert, was transported to a local hospital for further evaluation.

Eckes, Tyler Speer, Fike, Will Kimmel and Dalton Sargeant completed the top-10, respectively.

The ARCA Racing Series travels next to Road America for the Road America ARCA 100 Sunday, August 27.

Silver Crown Start Kings Make Way to Springfield for Saturday’s Bettenhausen 100

August 19th, 2017

In the long, storied history of the USAC Silver Crown Champ Cars, three drivers have made more starts than any other: Brian Tyler, Russ Gamester and Dave Darland. All three intend to extend their record at this Saturday’s “Bettenhausen 100″ at the Illinois State Fairgrounds in Springfield.

Tyler, Gamester and Darland stand above all other drivers with 191, 190 and 189 Silver Crown starts, respectively. Quite impressive considering the fact that there have been just 409 races run since the series inception in 1971, meaning that this trio have appeared at nearly half of all the series events ever run. Only USAC Director of Communications Dick Jordan has more Silver Crown appearances than these three at 407.

It’s a true testament to the drive and desire these three greats possess after piling up start-after-start wins and championships in a variety of series. The fire still burns within each of them to compete at the highest level in USAC’s premier division where they remain ultra-competitive to this day as they return to Springfield where each have reached the pinnacle.

Tyler, a Mount Pleasant, North Carolina resident, has the most starts at 191 and his 17 career series wins are third all-time. A full-time competitor for many years, Tyler competes on the classic one-mile dirt ovals of Springfield, Du Quoin and Indy each year and is always a thrill to witness with his numerous back-to-the-front performances, with Springfield wins coming from starting positions of 21st (2004), 16th (2005) and 14th (2011).

The two-time USAC National Sprint Car champion made his Springfield debut in 1997 behind the wheel of the TOMAX Racing No. 73 (14th place finish) and has since then gathered a total of 15 starts at the Illinois State Fairgrounds. On Saturday, Tyler will drive the No. 12, owned by Robert Galas, a mechanic on the car owned by the Delrose-Holt team that won the 1983 Springfield race with driver Gary Bettenhausen.

Peru, Indiana’s Russ Gamester has made 23 USAC Silver Crown starts at Springfield, more than any other active driver. The 1989 USAC National Midget champion made his “Bettenhausen 100″ debut that very same year, finishing 24th at the controls of the Mataka Brothers’ brightly-colored No. 3N1.

Since that day 28 years ago, Gamester has racked up a single win in 1998 among his six overall victories with the series. Like Tyler, Gamester aims to make his first start of the season in his GRP No. 51 at Springfield where, in the late 1990s/early 2000s, he was a perennial front runner: 2nd in 1997, 1st in 1998, 4th in 1999 and 3rd in 2001.

With most any statistic in USAC’s record book, more than likely the name Dave Darland will be on the tip of your tongue. Earlier this year, the Lincoln, Indiana native was inducted into the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame. There’s no question that, one day, he will be inducted into the National Midget Hall of Fame and if there ever becomes a Silver Crown Hall of Fame, Darland may very well be a first-ballot inductee with 14 wins (tied for 6th all-time) and a championship in 1997.

Darland made his first Springfield start in 1991, finishing 33rd in Frank Faurote’s No. 99. From 1996 through 2004, the USAC Triple Crown champ hit his stride in Galen Fox’s No. 56, finishing in the top-6 in nine straight years, including 100-mile victories in 1997, 1999 and 2003. A second-place finish in the 1998 race to Gamester was the only thing that prevented him from becoming just the second driver to win the “Bettenhausen 100″ three years in a row (Chuck Gurney in 1989-90-91).

One-hundred-mile races at Springfield come down those who can manage their equipment throughout the afternoon, yet maintain the pace to be up front and strike when the time arrives. Brian Tyler, Russ Gamester and Dave Darland have been masters of their trade for nearly three-decades now. When Saturday rolls around and one of these three are in the hunt, there’s a good chance they might be able to get the job done. After all, we’ve seen each of them get the job done time and time again.


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Supersized Silver Crown Car Count Expected at Springfield Saturday

August 17th, 2017

Five past “Bettenhausen 100″ winners headline the expected list of entrants for this Saturday’s 81st appearance of champ car racing at the Illinois State Fairgrounds in Springfield.

Kody Swanson leads the USAC Silver Crown Champ Car Series presented by TRAXXAS standings coming into the Springfield Mile August 19. Swanson arrives as the winner of the two most recent editions of the “Bettenhausen 100″ in 2014 and 2015. Swanson picked up his third win of the season last Saturday night on the Salem (Ind.) Speedway high-banked paved oval. His 18th win moved the Kingsburg, Calif. native into sole possession of second on the series’ all-time win list ahead of Brian Tyler.

Four of Tyler’s 17 career Silver Crown victories came at the “Bettenhausen 100″ in 2004, 2005, 2008 and 2011. The Pleasant Garden, North Carolina resident will wheel a car for Illinois owner Robert Galas.

Three-time “Bettenhausen 100″ winner Dave Darland is sixth on USAC’s Silver Crown win list with 14 wins, three of which came at Springfield in 1997, 1999 and 2003 for car owner Galen Fox. This Saturday, he and Phillips Motorsports, who’ve scored 17 USAC National Sprint Car wins together, shoot for their first Silver Crown victory as a team.

Darland’s potential three-race win streak at Springfield was denied in 1998 by Peru, Indiana’s Russ Gamester who, at 190 Silver Crown starts, is second all-time – one behind leader Tyler and one ahead of Darland. The 1989 USAC National Midget champ owns victories in all three USAC national divisions throughout his decorated racing career as he guns for Springfield win number two in the familiar red No. 51.

Among the Illini contingent is two-time “Bettenhausen 100″ winner A.J. Fike, who won in back-to-back years in 2012 and 2013. The Galesburg driver will be pulling double-duty this weekend at Springfield aboard the RFMS Racing No. 3 Silver Crown car on Saturday and his ARCA Stock Car ride on Sunday.

Fike is among 11 Illinois natives expected to compete Saturday on the Mile, including defending Silver Crown champion Chris Windom of Canton, Illinois and northern Illinois car owner Gene Kazmark, who are both looking for their first triumphs at Springfield. Windom won the last series race held in Illinois on Labor Day Weekend 2016 at the Du Quoin (Ill.) State Fairgrounds, but has yet to win at Springfield.

The same story goes for Elkhart’s Chris Urish and Benton’s Shane Cockrum as well. Urish (2013) and Cockrum (2014 & 2015) have both won at the one-mile neighbor to the south in Du Quoin, but seek their firsts at Springfield. Shane Cottle, originally from Illinois, but now residing in Kokomo, Ind., has a Du Quoin win on his resume, but Springfield has eluded him thus far.

Though, not hailing from Illinois, Germantown, Tennessee’s Jeff Swindell has won on both the Indy and Du Quoin one-mile dirt ovals in his career. The third jewel of a Triple Crown of sorts awaits the veteran driver of Mark Swanson’s No. 21.

Additional Illinois entries include series veterans Terry Babb (Decatur), J.C. Bland (Springfield), Patrick Bruns (Champaign), Zach Daum (Pocahontas), Patrick Lawson (Edwardsville), Joey Moughan (Springfield), David Shain (Sullivan) and Korey Weyant (Springfield).

USAC champions taking their shot at a first Springfield win this Saturday are Tucson, Arizona’s Jerry Coons, Jr., a 2008 Silver Crown titlist; five-time USAC/CRA AMSOIL Sprint Car champ Damion Gardner of Concord, California and two-time USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car champion Brady Bacon.

Ione, California’s Justin Grant very well could follow Bacon as the next USAC National Sprint Car champ this season, but the current points leader still eyes his first Silver Crown win of any kind on Saturday.

The “Bettenhausen 100″ schedule begins at 7am when pit gates open. Grandstands open at 9am, drivers meeting at 9:30am, Silver Crown practice at 10am-11:10am, ProSource Qualifying at 11:30am, Silver Crown Qualifying Race at 12:30pm and the 100-lap main event at 2pm.

Advanced adult tickets are $25. Day of Race Adult 12 and older tickets are $30. Children 11 and under are $10. Pit passes are $35. Children pit passes (11 and under) are $20. Infield tickets for adults are $20.00. Children 6-11 are $5. Children under 5 are FREE!

Watch flag-to-flag coverage of the “Bettenhausen 100″ beginning a day after the event on http://www.Loudpedal.TV/.

Joe Gibbs Racing’s Riley Herbst gets lessons from a legend for ARCA dirt track debut on Springfield Mile

August 11th, 2017

TOLEDO, Ohio — If you’re going to seek advice, you might as well go see the experts. That’s what Joe Gibbs Racing’s Riley Herbst did the day after the Winchester ARCA 200. The 18-year-old Las Vegas, Nevada SCOTT Rookie of the Year contender shook off his disappointing day at Winchester Sunday with a little “play in the clay” stress-reliever Monday. Herbst traveled to Dresden, Ohio to visit with dirt late model legend Donnie Moran who offered up his 4/10ths-mile dirt track behind the shop. Herbst spent much of the day slinging mud over the cushion in a street stock in preparation for his ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards dirt track debut at the Illinois State Fairgrounds mile dirt in Springfield, coming Sunday, Aug. 20.

“It was a lot of fun,” said Herbst. “I loved it…it was dirty and dusty for sure.” Herbst also noted that the street stock he practiced in matched up nicely with the ARCA cars, especially in some key categories. “They’re actually very similar. The dirt street stock was 3100-lbs, compared to the ARCA car which is 3300. The street stock also had a narrow tire on it like we’ll be racing at Springfield. We were playing around on the cushion, but we did practice on the bottom, like we’ll be at Springfield. I think it helped a lot.”

Bill France 4 Crown championship at stake. There’s plenty at stake for Herbst on the famous Springfield Mile Dirt as he currently holds the lead in the prestigious Bill France 4 Crown championship, leading by 35 points over national championship leader Austin Theriault. And there’s that other thing…Herbst has never raced an ARCA car on a dirt track, but neither has Theriault.

The Bill France 4 Crown, a championship within the overall national championship, consists of four diverse and different tracks each season. This year’s Bill France 4 Crown includes the Fairgrounds Speedway Nashville short-track, Pocono Raceway (2.5 mile superspeedway), Illinois State Fairgrounds mile dirt and the Road America road course. Herbst won at Pocono and finished seventh at Nashville, giving him the advantage headed to Springfield. “The Bill France 4 Crown is a very honorable championship,” Herbst continued. “It’s a very prestigious award deep in history and significance. It’s very cool but we gotta get through the dirt first.”

In addition to gaining some valuable dirt track experience, Herbst got to hang out with Moran, who gained considerable fame after winning the Eldora Million dirt late model 100-lap race at Eldora Speedway in 2001.
“That was actually the coolest part…getting to hang out with Donnie Moran and his son for the day. We got to tour his shop, see the million dollar car and the million dollar check.” Herbst also sponged off Moran’s extensive knowledge and dirt track experience.

“He definitely helped me out on how to race on dirt, how to find the grip. He’s a legend…I was like a sponge, taking in all I can absorb.”

But, at the end of any day, and no matter how much advice Herbst gets from now until then, the best teacher will be 100 laps on the Springfield Mile Dirt. It sounds like Herbst is coming with a more realistic approach.

“I’m not too sure about the dirt…never done it. Yeah I’m a little timid…rather have another shot at Winchester. We had fresher tires than anyone else toward the end. If the trackbar mount didn’t break, we had a shot at the win.”
Herbst’s next shot at a win will be the Herr’s Potato Chips 100 on the Springfield Mile Dirt Sunday afternoon, Aug. 20, the third leg of the Bill France 4 Crown. The 2017 Bill France 4 Crown champion will be determined at Road America

Sunday Aug. 27, and officially crowned during the year-end championship awards banquet in December.
Davey Allison was the inaugural Bill France 4 Crown champion in 1984. Bill France 4 Crown champions over the years include Bobby Bowsher, Bob Keselowski, Tim Steele, Frank Kimmel, Jason Jarrett, Parker Kligerman, Chris Buescher, Grant Enfinger and Chase Briscoe, among many others. Kimmel is the all-time France 4 Crown champ with seven titles.

The Herr’s Potato Chips 100 will be the opening act for the Illinois State Fair’s final day Sunday, August 20. The day will start early, with practice at 9 a.m. and General Tire Pole Qualifying at 11. The Herr’s Potato Chips 100 is set to go green at 1:30 p.m. Sunday afternoon. The Herr’s Potato Chips 100 is Live on MAVTV, with Live Timing, Scoring and Chat at

Race fans will have the opportunity to “Save Big Money” on tickets to the Herr’s sponsored event at several Menards Stores across Illinois through Saturday, Aug. 19.

Closing out the 2017 Illinois State Fair Sunday will be Rock and Roll Hall of Famer John Mellencamp. Fans will need to purchase separate tickets for the Mellencamp concert.

Rancho Milagro Bonus Bucks already padding wallets of USMTS competitors

August 8th, 2017

SPRINGFIELD, Mo–Forty-three USMTS regional points races were held at 33 dirt ovals in 12 states during the 2017 “playoff” season from Feb. 9 through July 22, setting the stage for the USMTS Hunt for the Casey’s Cup powered by S&S Fishing & Rental.

All main events during The Hunt award no less than $3,000 to the winner, but for the 28 drivers qualified for this year’s championship points chase, even more is possible thanks to Rancho Milagro.

The USMTS National Championship will consist of two or three regions where drivers earn points to qualify for The Hunt. Drivers qualifying through a single region will get a $1,000 bonus for winning a feature race during The Hunt (that’s $4,000 to win).

If a driver qualifies through two regions, the Rancho Milagro Bonus Bucks climb to $1,500 ($4,500 to win), and qualifying through all three regions earns you a $2,000 bonus, making a win during The Hunt worth $5,000.

Thursday night at the Springfield Raceway, Tyler Wolff won his first United States Modified Touring Series main event. By earning points toward the USMTS Hunt for the Casey’s Cup in two regions, his paycheck was boosted to $4,500.

Zack VanderBeek, Cade Dillard, Dereck Ramirez, Stormy Scott and Adam Kates are all racing for a $5,000 top prize during the USMTS Hunt for the Casey’s Cup.

A $4,500 payday awaits Ryan Gustin, Jason Hughes, Joe Duvall, R.C. Whitwell, Wolff, Travis Saurer, Ricky Thornton Jr. and Johnny Scott if they can get to victory lane.

Chris Brown, Jake Timm, Mike Densberger, Jacob Bleess, Curt Myers, Trevor Egbert, Cory Crapser, Chris Clark, Lucas Schott, Zane DeVilbiss, Cory Mahder, Austin Arneson, Kyle Prauner, Lance Town and Terry Phillips are each racing for $4,000 to win with the Rancho Milagro Bonus Bucks piled on.

Located in Taos, N.M., Rancho Milagro grow organic hay for dairies, operates a Mother Cow calf operation and is heavily involved in team roping. The group’s main ranch is called and Top of The World Ranch and the Healy Foundation funds multiple land and water issues in the region.

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Wolff draws first blood, opens USMTS Hunt for the Casey’s Cup with career-first win

August 7th, 2017

SPRINGFIELD, Mo.–The first feature race in the USMTS Hunt for the Casey’s Cup belongs to a first-time winner after Tyler Wolff laid down a dominating wire-to-wire win in Thursday’s caution-free 40-lapper at the Springfield Raceway.

Wolff, a Grant Junghans Rookie of the Year contender, was the class of the 45-car field from the first green to the final checkered flag of the night.

The 32-year-old from Fayetteville, Ark., earn the most passing points during qualifying heats, racing from seventh to finish a close second behind Rodney Sanders in Edelbrock Heat Race #3.

He was the first to redraw, drew the number one starting spot and then ran away and hid from the field to claim his first United States Modified Touring Series main event win-and effort worthy of $4,500.

“The car was awesome,” Wolff said. “We’ve been working on the car the last few weeks trying to get it honed in. We’ve been pretty close, but we’re pretty excited with the way the car handled.”

Jake Timm started the feature on Wolff’s right and kept pace for the first eight laps, but Wolff slowly began to distance himself from the field.

Wolff caught the back of the pack with a dozen laps in the books, and quickly disposed of two back-markers in his path to enlarge his advantage over Timm to more than a straight-away.

In addition to the normal $3,000 winner’s share of the prize money, Wolff added another $1,500 as part of the Rancho Milagro Bonus Bucks program.

Drivers qualifying for The Hunt through one of three regions will get a $1,000 bonus for winning a race during The Hunt (that’s $4,000 to win). If you qualify through two regions, the Rancho Milagro Bonus Bucks climb to $1,500 ($4,500 to win), and qualifying through all three regions earns you a $2,000 bonus, making a win during The Hunt worth $5,000.

With 12 laps remaining, Sanders eventually got by Timm for second but Wolff was long gone and took the checkered flag with Sanders following behind by more than five seconds on the Springfield, Mo., clay oval.

Ryan Gustin started 18th and found his rhythm halfway through the feature. He got around Timm with eight laps to go and settled for third behind Sanders at the finish line.

Jackie Dalton, the track’s points leader, claimed the fifth spot after starting 12th. Johnny Bone Jr., Dereck Ramirez, Chris Brown, Cade Dillard and Joe Duvall rounded out the top 10.

Zack VanderBeek, who came into the race as the USMTS points leader and had not finished outside of the top four in more than 20 races, struggled to a 13th-place finish.

The series moves to the Humboldt Speedway in Humboldt, Kan., on Friday. B-Modifieds, Street Stocks and Factory Stocks will also be running with gates opening at 5 p.m. and hot laps at 7:30. The green flag waves at 8 p.m.

Adult general admission tickets are $20, but fans can save $2 by picking up a coupon at Casey’s Geneal Stores locations in Chanute, Fredonia, Iola, Neodesha and Yates Center. Admission for kids ages 11-15 are $10 and children ages 10 and under get in for free. Pit passes are $35.

Curt Myers of Cameron, Wis., and his No. 1M Snickers machine will be at the Casey’s General Store at 712 East Madison Ave. in Iola from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Fans can get special “Hot Ticket” worth $5 off adult general admission directly from the Myers during his appearance.

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

It’s on to the state-of-the-art Lucas Oil Speedway in Wheatland, Mo., on Saturday before wrapping up the weekend on Sunday at the Monett Motor Speedway in Monett, Mo.

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VanderBeek leads pack into USMTS Hunt for the Casey’s Cup opener at Springfield

August 4th, 2017

SPRINGFIELD, Mo.–A whopping 23 races in 32 days lies ahead between now and Labor Day as the stars and cars of the United States Modified Touring Series embark on the USMTS Hunt for the Casey’s Cup powered by S&S Fishing & Rental this week.

Four big shows highlight opening weekend of The Hunt, beginning this Thursday, Aug. 1, at the Springfield Raceway in Springfield, Mo. The series moves to the Humboldt Speedway in Humboldt, Kan., on Friday, and then it’s on to the state-of-the-art Lucas Oil Speedway in Wheatland, Mo., on Saturday, Aug, 5, before wrapping up with Round 4 on Sunday, Aug. 6, at the Monett Motor Speedway in Monett, Mo.

The USMTS road warriors are headed north the next two weeks, starting with a 747-mile trek from Monett, Mo., to the Brown County Speedway in Aberdeen, S.D., for a $3,200-to-win race on Wednesday, Aug. 9. On Thursday, Aug. 10, drivers will head east to the Red Cedar Speedway in Menomonie, Wis., and then north to the Amsoil Speedway in Superior, Wis., on Friday, Aug. 11, followed by a return to the Ogilvie Raceway in Ogilvie, Minn., on Saturday, Aug. 12.

Week two concludes on Sunday, Aug. 13, at the Mason City Motor Speedway in Mason City, Iowa, which will feature two main events with the conclusion of the rain-shortened feature from June 11 after the regular program for the night is complete.

Drivers will get Monday and Tuesday off before racing resumes at the Hamilton County Speedway in Webster City, Iowa, for the Boone River Bayou races that will see racing Tuesday and Wednesday, Aug. 15-16. The Iron Man Challenge featuring Holley USRA Stock Cars, Out-Pace USRA B-Mods and USRA Hobby Stocks will compete on Tuesday and the USMTS joins the Stock Cars and B-Mods for the party on Wednesday with all three main events awarding at least $3,000 to the winner.

Thursday, Aug. 17, will take the series back to the Scotland County Speedway in Memphis, Mo., for the first time since 2006, and then on Friday, Aug. 18, the Grant Junghans Memorial takes place at the Lakeside Speedway in Kansas City, Kan., with a top prize of $10,002 at stake again this year.

On Saturday, Aug. 19, the annual Salute to the Troops event happens at the Salina Highbanks Speedway in Pryor Creek, Okla., and we’ll finish up this swing on Sunday, Aug. 20, at the 81 Speedway in Park City, Kan.

After a little rest for the wicked USMTS wheelmen, we’re back at it on Thursday, Aug. 24, at the Nobles County Speedway in Worthington, Minn., followed by another quick trip to Rapid Speedway in Rock Rapids, Iowa, on Friday, Aug. 25. From there, action moves to the Park Jefferson Speedway in Jefferson, S.D., on Saturday, Aug. 26, and the third week of The Hunt stops at the Casino Speedway in Watertown, S.D., for the Sandy Benson Memorial on Sunday, Aug. 27.

The crowning of the 19th USMTS national champion is getting close as the final weekend of racing will kick back off on Wednesday, Aug. 30, at the Kossuth County Speedway in Algona, Iowa, and then Thursday, Aug. 31, at the Fairmont Raceway in Fairmont, Minn.

We roll into September at the Fayette County Speedway in West Union, Iowa, on Friday, Sept. 1. It’s back to the Deer Creek Speedway in Spring Valley, Minn., on Saturday, Sept. 2, and we finish up Labor Day Weekend on Sunday, Sept. 3, at the Cresco Speedway in Cresco, Iowa.

The final USMTS points race of 2017 happens back at the Deer Creek Speedway on Thursday, Sept. 21, for opening night of the 19th Annual Featherlite Fall Jamboree.


Aug. 3, Springfield Raceway, Springfield, Mo. ($3,000 to win)
Aug. 4, Humboldt Speedway, Humboldt, Kan. ($3,000 to win)
Aug. 5, Lucas Oil Speedway, Wheatland, Mo. ($3,000 to win)
Aug. 6, Monett Speedway, Monett, Mo. ($3,000 to win)
Aug. 9, Brown County Speedway, Aberdeen, S.D. ($3,200 to win)
Aug. 10, Red Cedar Speedway, Menomonie, Wis. ($3,000 to win)
Aug. 11, Amsoil Speedway, Superior, Wis. ($3,000 to win)
Aug. 12, Ogilvie Raceway, Ogilvie, Minn. ($3,000 to win)
Aug. 13, Mason City Motor Speedway, Mason City, Iowa ($3,000 to win)
Aug. 16, Hamilton County Speedway, Webster City, Iowa ($3,000 to win)
Aug. 17, Scotland County Speedway, Memphis, Mo. ($3,000 to win)
Aug. 18, Lakeside Speedway, Kansas City, Kan. ($10,002 to win)
Aug. 19, Salina Highbanks Speedway, Pryor Creek, Okla. ($3,000 to win)
Aug. 20, 81 Speedway, Park City, Kan. ($3,000 to win)
Aug. 24, Nobles County Speedway, Worthington, Minn. ($3,000 to win)
Aug. 25, Rapid Speedway, Rock Rapids, Iowa ($3,000 to win)
Aug. 26, Park Jefferson Speedway, Jefferson, S.D. ($3,000 to win)
Aug. 27, Casino Speedway, Watertown, S.D. ($3,000 to win)
Aug. 30, Kossuth County Speedway, Algona, Iowa ($3,000 to win)
Aug. 31, Fairmont Raceway, Fairmont, Minn. ($3,000 to win)
Sept. 1, Fayette County Speedway, West Union, Iowa ($3,000 to win)
Sept. 2, Deer Creek Speedway, Spring Valley, Minn. ($3,000 to win)
Sept. 3, Cresco Speedway, Cresco, Iowa ($3,000 to win)
Sept. 21, Deer Creek Speedway, Spring Valley, Minn. ($5,000 to win)

At the conclusion of The Hunt on Thursday, Sept. 21, following the first night of the 19th Annual Featherlite Fall Jamboree, the 2017 USMTS national champion will be crowned and earn $26,000 for his or her efforts.

This year’s 24-race grind will take place in seven states throughout America’s heartland and will pay the champion $26,000 for his efforts. With 29 competitors earning points to kick off The Hunt, every driver that runs all of the races during the championship chase will take home at least $2,200 in points fund money. More than $100,000 in points fund cash is up for grabs, and that’s on top of more than $450,000 that will be doled out in prize money during The Hunt races.

The USMTS National Championship consists of three regions where drivers earn points to qualify for the USMTS Hunt for the Casey’s Cup. There are three ways to qualify for The Hunt: (1) The driver finishing first place in the region points will earn 20 points, second-place finishers will earn 19 points and so forth descending to 6 points for the 15th-place finisher; (2) Any driver with perfect attendance in a region will earn 10 points; (3) Drivers with a 20-race USMTS license will earn 10 points after competing in 20 regional events. The combined total shall be used to calculate the base points for each driver to begin The Hunt. Once all events in each region are complete and base points have been set, the USMTS points system will be used during The Hunt to determine the final USMTS points standings.

During The Hunt, points will be awarded in the “A” Main as follows: 1st – 100 points, 2nd – 95 points, 3rd – 91 points, 4th – 87 points, 5th – 84 points, 6th – 81 points, 7th – 78 points, 8th – 76 points, 9th – 74 points, 10th – 72 points, 11th – 70 points, 12th – 68 points, 13th – 66 points, 14th – 64 points, 15th – 62 points, 16th – 60 points, 17th – 58 points, 18th – 56 points, 19th – 55 points, 20th – 54 points, 21st – 53 points, 22nd – 52 points, 23rd – 51 points. All other drivers that start the “A” Main and finish below 23rd are awarded 50 points. All drivers that fail to qualify for the “A” Main are awarded 45 points. Each driver that leads at least one lap in the “A” Main earns one bonus point, and the driver that leads the most laps in the “A” Main earns two bonus points (tie goes to the highest-finishing driver).

In addition to possessing a valid USMTS license, drivers must also meet other eligibility requirements to earn points in an event, including, but not limited to, utilizing American Racer KK704 tires on all four wheels, and displaying the USMTS logo decal and certain mandatory sponsor decals.

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

Crapser, Myers, Thornton comprise Casey’s Crew for 2017 USMTS Hunt for the Casey’s Cup

August 2nd, 2017

WEBSTER CITY, Iowa –Casey’s General Stores and the United States Modified Touring Series are celebrating the tenth year of their partnership in 2017, and for the tenth straight season three USMTS competitors will comprise the Casey’s Crew during this year’s Hunt for the USMTS Casey’s Cup powered by S&S Fishing & Rental.

Cory Crapser, Curt Myers and Ricky Thornton Jr. will each carry an associate sponsorship from Casey’s General Stores during the championship series, and primary sponsorship from one of three popular brands available in thousands of Casey’s General Store locations across America.

Myers of Cameron, Wis., will be piloting the Snickers-sponsored car this year. Myers, who finished fifth in the 2010 USMTS rookie points, has competed in Wissota Super Stocks for the past several seasons but returned to the cockpit of a Modified this year. The driver of the No. 1M GRT Race Cars chassis focused on the Northern Region where he placed ninth in the final standings.

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

Crapser, driver of the No. 07 MB Customs machine, will be enjoying a second season in the Casey’s Crew. The Chippewa Falls, Wis., driver will be representing new Mountain Dew Spiked Lemonade. Crapser was a Casey’s Crew driver two years ago and won his first USMTS feature at the Rapid Speedway in Rock Rapids, Iowa, that year.

Mountain Dew Spiked Lemonade and Raspberry Lemonade take the refreshing flavor of a cool glass of lemonade to the next level and charge it up with a shot of prickly pear cactus juice. Pick up a 16-ounce can of Mountain Dew Spiked Lemonade today at Casey’s General Stores and visit them online at to learn more.

The third driver in the Casey’s Crew for 2017 is last year’s Grant Junghans Rookie of the Year Award winner, Ricky Thornton Jr. of Chandler, Ariz. His No. 20RT Larry Shaw Race Cars Modified will sport the livery for Double Stuf Oreo. He already has multiple wins this season, and hopes to add a USMTS national title to his glowing resume before October.

Oreo is Milk’s Favorite Cookie™. The classic cookie you know and love, Oreo has become the best-selling cookie in the United States since its introduction in 1912. Pick up some Double Stuf Oreos today at Casey’s General Stores and visit them online at to learn more.

Each driver will appear at several Casey’s General Store locations near the tracks that the USMTS will visit during The Hunt, and will be handing out samples and coupons to fans during radio remotes from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at most stores.

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

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

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

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

Aug. 3 – Springfield Raceway, Springfield, Mo., ($3,000 to win)
Aug. 4 – Humboldt Speedway, Humboldt, Kan., ($3,000 to win)
Aug. 5 – Lucas Oil Speedway, Wheatland, Mo., ($3,000 to win)
Aug. 6 – Monett Speedway, Monett, Mo., ($3,000 to win)
Aug. 9 – Brown County Speedway, Aberdeen, S.D., ($3,200 to win)
Aug. 10 – Red Cedar Speedway, Menomonie, Wis., ($3,000 to win)
Aug. 11 – Amsoil Speedway, Superior, Wis., ($3,000 to win)
Aug. 12 – Ogilvie Raceway, Ogilvie, Minn., ($3,000 to win)
Aug. 13 – Mason City Motor Speedway, Mason City, Iowa, ($3,000 to win)
Aug. 16 – Hamilton County Speedway, Webster City, Iowa, ($3,000 to win)
Aug. 17 – Scotland County Speedway, Memphis, Mo., ($3,000 to win)
Aug. 18 – Lakeside Speedway, Kansas City, Kan., ($10,002 to win)
Aug. 19 – Salina Highbanks Speedway, Pryor Creek, Okla., ($3,000 to win)
Aug. 20 – 81 Speedway, Park City, Kan., ($3,000 to win)
Aug. 24 – Nobles County Speedway, Worthington, Minn., ($3,000 to win)
Aug. 25 – Rapid Speedway, Rock Rapids, Iowa, ($3,000 to win)
Aug. 26 – Park Jefferson Speedway, Jefferson, S.D., ($3,000 to win)
Aug. 27 – Casino Speedway, Watertown, S.D., ($3,000 to win)
Aug. 30 – Kossuth County Speedway, Algona, Iowa, ($3,000 to win)
Aug. 31 – Fairmont Raceway, Fairmont, Minn., ($3,000 to win)
Sept. 1 – Fayette County Speedway, West Union, Iowa, ($3,000 to win)
Sept. 2 – Deer Creek Speedway, Spring Valley, Minn., ($3,000 to win)
Sept. 3 – Cresco Speedway, Cresco, Iowa, ($3,000 to win)
Sept. 21 – Deer Creek Speedway, Spring Valley, Minn., ($5,000 to win)

At the conclusion of The Hunt on Thursday, Sept. 21, following the first night of the 19th Annual Featherlite Fall Jamboree, the 2017 USMTS national champion will be crowned and earn $26,000 for his or her efforts.

A whopping 23 races in 32 days lies ahead between now and Labor Day Weekend, with the opening weekend of The Hunt for the USMTS Casey’s Cup at the Springfield Raceway in Springfield, Mo., on Thursday, Aug. 3. The series moves to the Humboldt Speedway in Humboldt, Kan., on Friday, Aug. 4, and then the beautiful Lucas Oil Speedway in Wheatland, Mo., on Saturday, Aug, 5, before finishing up on Sunday, Aug. 6, at the Monett Motor Speedway in Monett, Mo.

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

Tony Jackson Jr. Closes 2014 with Turkey Bowl Triumph

December 4th, 2014

Lebanon, Missouri – Tony Jackson Jr. brought his 2014 season to a close on Saturday night with a $2,000 triumph in the annual Turkey Bowl at Springfield Raceway (Springfield, Missouri) in his TJR Motorsports #56 RLB Financial/Club 29/Cornett Super Late Model.

Twenty-five Super Late Models were on hand for the event, and a heat race win positioned Tony starting outside-front-row for the finale. In the main event, Jackson Jr. took control from race leader, Will Vaught in lap traffic just past the halfway mark, and held off Dustin Mooneyham for his first-ever victory at the 1/4 mile oval. Following Jackson Jr. and Mooneyham to the checkered flag were Jeff Roth, Shannon Scott, and Vaught.

“The track started taking some rubber, and then Vaught got hung up and lapped traffic, which allowed me to get the lead,” said Jackson Jr. “We were able to capitalize, and it’s great to end the season with a win.”

Full results from the event are available at

Tony ends the season with 7 wins, 23 top five finishes, and 36 top ten finishes.

Tony Jackson would to like to thank all of his marketing partners, which include Cornett Race Engines, RLB Financial, Club 29 Race Cars, Keyser Manufacturing, Integra Shocks, Eibach Springs, Phil Harris Motorsports, Tony Jackson Jr. Motorsports, Bill Frye Motorsports, R2C Performance, Longacre Racing Products, Champion Oil, Supermoon Graphics, Midwest Sheet Metal, Willard Quarries, Fast Shafts, AFCO Brake Systems, Simpson Race Products, Off Axis Paint, VP Heartland Fuels, Hoosier Tire Midwest, Performance Bodies, Butlerbuilt, KRC Power Steering, Lone Oak Printing, and MSR Mafia Marketing Services.

For more information on Tony Jackson Jr. Motorsports, please visit his official internet home at www.TonyJacksonJr.comas well as the team’s Facebook Fan Page at .

Modifieds under USRA banner at Springfield Raceway for fourth straight season in 2012

December 29th, 2011

SPRINGFIELD, Mo.- Officials have announced that the Springfield Raceway will be sanctioned for the fourth straight season in 2012 by the United States Racing Association for the Modified class after another very strong 2011 season.

“The A-Mods are our main event class for the weekly shows at Springfield, and have been for several seasons,” said track co-owner Jerry Hoffman. “USRA has really provided a good strong point fund along with other items in their program.”

Last season, Jackie Dalton of Carthage captured the 2011 Springfield Raceway track championship to mark his second title under the USRA banner in the last three seasons, and his fifth overall track championship.

For his efforts, Dalton took home a $1,500 points fund check from the track along with his 13th-place finish in the USRA Weekly Racing Series national standings grabbing him another $500 along with an American Racer championship jacket.

Track points runner-up Erik Maggard took home $900 just from running Springfield on a regular schedule as the top 10 in the USRA RHS Modifieds received points fund money.

The USRA system helps rewards tracks and drivers who run an inverted weekly system by awarding bonus points for your starting position to your finishing position along with car counts in the national standings based on your best 20 feature finishes. Pea Ridge, Ark., veteran Johnny Bone Jr. captured the national title worth over $10,000 in 2011. Bone made one appearance at Springfield and captured the Bordertown Casino Octoberfast event which was sanctioned by USRA.

This season, USRA national points are awarded for events from March 2 until Oct. 21, 2012.

“With the USRA you can run your regular points shows and also sanction your season-ending or beginning events and try to help drivers get into the top 20 in the national standings,” added Hoffman. “Last season we had two of our area drivers receive national money as Jackie (Dalton) finished 13th and 2010 track champion Mitch Keeter grabbed the 18th place spot. We finished our regular track points chase the first week of September, but had a couple of late-season specials which helped
everyone out in trying to get into those final paying spots.”

Hoffman also noted that he is a strong proponent of the 8,000 RPM chip rule for the USRA RHS Modifieds.

“At Springfield we enforce it (the chip rule) very strong and it has made a big difference as everyone attempts to get a handle on the rising costs of A-Mods.” The Southwest Missouri area had several drivers in the national standings during 2011 and several more that were just outside the top 20.

Springfield Raceway is tentatively set to begin their 2012 season with the rained-out Turkey Classic on Saturday, March 10, featuring Late Models, USRA RHS Modifieds, B-Mods and Legends Cars. The regular season is slated to begin Saturday, April 21.

For more information on the Springfield Raceway visit the website at or contact Hoffman at 417-673-7426.

To learn more about the USRA, visit or call 515-832-6000. You can also follow the USRA on Facebook, MySpace and Twitter.

Larry Phillips Memorial this Saturday, September 18th at Springfield Raceway!

September 17th, 2010

Buckner, MO -The Larry Phillips Memorial takes center stage this Saturday, September 18th at Springfield Raceway as the Lucas Oil MLRA battles the MARS Dirt Car Series Late Models in head to head action at the venerable Springfield, Missouri oval. First Ballot Dirt Late Model Hall of Famer, Larry Phillips is considered by most to be the greatest racer of all time in the Springfield, Missouri area and lays claim to four MLRA Wins in his illustrious career.

With just eight points separating the top 3 drivers in the Lucas Oil MLRA Points Standings, the Springfield race could have serious championship ramifications as the action happens fast and furious at the 1/4 mile Southwest Missouri oval. Oxford, Iowa’s Dave Eckrich sits on top of the standings as the driver of the #58 Barry Wright Race Car holds a tiny four point lead over 6-time and defending MLRA Champion Al Purkey out of Coffeyville, Kansas. Purkey pilots a Hatfield powered Larry Shaw Race Car. Republic, Missouri fan favorite Brad Looney holds down the third spot in his GRT as he sits just four points behind Purkey. Omaha Nebraska’s Joe Kosiski occupies the fourth spot in his red Ford GT 500 schemed machine. Springfield, Missouri’s Terry Phillips, son of Larry the Legend rounds out the Top-5 after recently joining Scott Bloomquist as only the second Dirt Late Model Driver in history to score 100 series wins with the same series and will easily be the fan favorite to capture the win and the unique trophy that bears his father’s name this Saturday. 2008 Lucas Oil MLRA Champion John Anderson is sixth in the MLRA points standings
in his Greg Junghan owned MasterSbilt with Roush/Yates horsepower under the hood. Henderson, Colorado’s Human Highlight Reel, Kelly Boen resides in the seventh position in points after scoring 3 wins in a row recently at McCool Junction, Nebraska and
Sedalia, Missouri. Phillip’s “Team Custard” Teammate Jeremy Payne is eighth in his Hatfield powered GRT followed by 2010 Rookie of the Year contender Evan Hubert driving the Lucas Cattle Company/Rockstar Energy Drink sponsored MasterSbilt. Massena, Iowa’s Chris Speiker rounds out the Top-10 in points. For complete and updated Lucas Oil MLRA points standings please visit].

Pit gates will open at 3PM with Hot Laps set to start at 6:15 followed by racing at 7:15pm. Grandstand admission will be $20 for
Adults, Kids (6-12) are just $5 and race fans 5 and under are Free. Pit passes for the Larry Phillips Memorial will be $35. Support classes on Sept 18th will feature the Budweiser A-Mods, Reliable Chevrolet SportMods, Wheeler Metals Street Stocks and
the Legend Cars. For complete event info, please visit

Weather Woes Continue For USMTS Drivers and Fans with Lebanon Soaking

May 19th, 2009

LEBANON, MO.– USMTS fans and drivers just can’t seem to catch a break from the weather gods.

Six events are in the books this season for the USMTS Casey’s General Stores National Tour, but Mother Nature raised her count to eight Friday night with a rain-out at the Midway Speedway in Lebanon, Mo.

Throw in the USMTS Southern Series and the score is now 16 to 12 in favor of the good guys.

The skies opened up just after completion of the heat races Friday night. Heat wins went to Kelly Shryock, Brian Bolin, Rodney Sanders and Zack VanderBeek, with Shryock garnering the AFCO Pole Award by earning the most passing points.

USMTS and Midway Speedway officials are looking at available make-up dates down the road to complete the show.

Weather permitting (knock on wood, fingers crossed, etc.) the USMTS Casey’s General Stores National Tour makes its maiden voyage to the Springfield Raceway in Springfield, Mo., on Saturday night for a $2,000-to-win event in the rough-and-tumble Bear Tire Mo-Kan Region.

Pit gates will open at 3:30, grandstand gates open at 5:00, hot laps begin at 6:15 and the first heat race is slated to start at 7:00. Local Sport Mods and Legends Cars will join the racing action for Round 2 of the 6th Annual USMTS Missouri Nationals.

The Springfield Raceway is a 1/4-mile semi-banked clay oval located south of I-44 at Exit 75 to Kearney Hwy., then 1.0 mile west to Westgate Ave., then 0.3 mile south. For more information call 704-701-0904 or 417-863-0097 or check out on the World Wide Web.

On race day, fans can pick up $2-off discount coupons at all four Casey’s General Stores locations in Springfield. Check out for store locations.

To learn more about the United States Modified Touring Series, call the headquarters at (515) 832-7944 or visit online for the latest news and information from the USMTS.