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Ramirez rumbles to Rock Rapids USMTS Hunt win

August 28th, 2017

ROCK RAPIDS, Iowa –Fans witnessed a classic back-and-forth feature race fight Friday night at the Rapid Speedway that ended with Dereck Ramirez scoring his first United States Modified Touring Series victory since Feb. 13, 2015.

From the inside of the second row, Rodney Sanders got off to a strong start and led the first six laps before Ramirez, who started next to Sanders in the 40-lap main event, inched ahead to lead the seventh lap.

Ramirez continued to set the pace for the next 17 times around the 3/8-mile clay oval in Rock Rapids, Iowa, but it wasn’t without several challenges from Sanders as both drivers used every inch of the racing surface.

Sanders regained control of the race with 24 laps down, but Ramirez battled back and wrestled the lead away for good on lap 30, leading the final 10 orbits to score his fifth career win and first of the 2017 campaign in his 60th start this season.

Although he was first to the finish line, the win was anything but easy for Ramirez. Here, the top four exit turn two nearly four-wide on the final lap of the main event.

Along with a $2,000 bonus from Rancho Milagro, the win was worth $5,000 to the 30-year-old from Woodward, Okla.-his first during the USMTS Hunt for the Casey’s Cup powered by S&S Fishing & Rental.

Ryan Gustin got around Sanders late in the contest to claim the runner-up paycheck in Friday’s 7th Annual USMTS Rapid Rumble presented by Casey’s General Stores while last year’s winner, Cade Dillard came from the 10th starting spot to register a fourth-place finish.

Stormy Scott, who sits second in the points battle, finished fifth while current points leader and two-time defending USMTS national champion Jason Hughes was sixth. Curt Myers, Cory Crapser, USMTS legend Jon Tesch and Grant Junghans Rookie of the Year points leader R.C. Whitwell completed the top 10 in the main event just before rain began to fall on the speedway.

Nineteenth-starting Zane DeVilbiss finished 11th and scored the KSE Racing Products Hard Charger Award while Ramirez added the Wehrs Machine & Racing Products Trick Move of the Race Award to his nightly grab.

The Park Jefferson Speedway in Jefferson, S.D., hosts the 8th Annual USMTS River City Rumble presented by B&B Salvage on Saturday with the high-flying action of the USMTS Modifieds plus the Iron Man Challenge featuring Holley USRA Stock Cars and Out-Pace USRA B-Mods and the lightning-fast Nebraska 360 Sprint Car Series vs. MSTS Sprint Cars also in action.

Pits open at 4 p.m. and spectator gates open at 5 with hot laps at 6:30 and the first green flag slated to wave at approximately 7:15. Tickets are $25 for adults, $20 for seniors age 70 and up or $12 for youth ages 6-16. Children under 6 get in for free. A seat in the suite is $12 in addition to your grandstand ticket. Pit passes are $35.

Coupons good for $2 off adult admission available at Casey’s General Stores locations in Elk Point and Vermillion plus Akron, Le Mars, Merrill, Moville, Sergeant Bluff and Sioux City in Iowa, as well as South Sioux City in Nebraska. To find the location nearest you, visit

Ricky Thornton Jr. and his Double Stuf Oreo USMTS Modified will meet and greet fans from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Casey’s General Store located at 1313 River Dr. in North Sioux City, S.D. Fans can get a special $5 ‘Hot Ticket’ coupon (while supplies last) directly from Thornton during his appearance.

The Park Jefferson Speedway is a semi-banked 4/10-mile dirt oval located off of I-29 at exit 4, then 0.2 mile east to SR 105, then 1.8 miles north (48426 332nd St., North Sioux City, SD 57049). For more information call (712) 202-5540 or visit

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

Familiar faces find victory lane at Rapid Speedway

June 4th, 2017

ROCK RAPIDS, Iowa– It was a night of checkers or wreckers for many drivers on a hot Friday night as the Iron Man Challenge featuring Holley USRA Stock Cars and Out-Pace USRA B-Mods invaded the Rapid Speedway to take on the track regulars. There were season-high car counts in both classes with 26 entries in each.

Alex Wiertzma jumped out to lead lap one of the USRA Hobby Stock feature, and the next lap the problems began for Cory Kelderman as he spun, collecting five more cars. Every car involved was able to continue in the race. Dustin Gulbrandson restarted second, but didn’t stay there long as he grabbed the lead from Wiertzma. Tracy Halouska spun a lap later mid-pack and was slammed into by James Adams, ending both of their nights.

The first red flag of the race, and second of the night, came out on the next restart after Brian Hoing and Dylan Vanden Top made contact, sending Hoing into the tractor tires coming out of turn four. Remarkably, Hoing was able to continue after the hard hit. A couple restarts later brought the third red flag of the night. Kelderman’s day got much worse after he spun up the track on the front stretch, leaving Nick Brady with nowhere to go but into Kelderman’s car. Kelderman went upside down, sending Brady’s car up in the air, landing on top of the upside down racecar of Kelderman. Kelderman walked into the ambulance for tests, but was released from the ambulance several minutes later.

After one more caution, officials called for a green-white-checkered finish. Gulbrandson was able to hold off the strong field behind him to pick up his second victory of the season at Rapid Speedway. Brady Klaassen charged from the 13th starting position to take home second place. Wiertzma held on for third, Chad Lonneman was fourth and Blake Arends rounded out the top five.

Dustin Gulbrandson won the USRA Hobby Stock feature.

The final features saw only two yellow flags between the two.

The Out-Pace USRA B-Mods opened up their feature with a wonderful battle between former Iron Man and USRA national champ Andy Bryant and Rapid Speedway regular Chris Huisman. Bryant was able to lead each lap at the line around the top line of the track, while Huisman hugged the bottom of the track. The only caution came early in the race when Brian Mahlstedt suffered mechanical issues, leaving debris on the track.

A few laps after the following restart is when Tyler Johnson found his groove around the middle and high side of the track, picking off drivers one by one the rest of the race. Johnson was able to beat Huisman by a nose to finish second in the feature, but nobody had anything for Bryant. Bryant picked up his first win of the season at Rapid Speedway in his first appearance.

Andy Bryant won the Out-Pace USRA B-Mod feature.

Johnson, Huisman, Dave Kennedy and Dan Hovden rounded out the top five.

Twenty cars took the green flag for the Holley USRA Stock Car feature. Elijah Zevenbergen was looking to go back-to-back in the Iron Man Challenge after picking up the win Thursday at the Sioux Speedway, and he had a great starting spot to do so. Zevenbergen took his front row starting spot to the lead on the opening lap over Scott Overgaard.

The only caution of the race came early for a flat tire on the Luke Sathoff racecar. The caution did not slow Zevenbergen as he continued his dominance in the division. Derek Green and Overgaard went back and forth for second place for many laps, but neither of them had anything for Zevenbergen, who has started this season at Rapid Speedway with four straight victories.

Elijah Zevenbergen won the Holley USRA Stock Car feature.

Overgaard picked up his fourth straight top-four finish to begin the season coming home second on Friday. Green, Steve Jackson and Randy Brands rounded out the top five.

Along with the Summit USRA Weekly Racing Series program, the Tailgator’s Late Model Street Stocks will make their second visit of the season next Friday, June 9, at the Rapid Speedway. Tickets are $10 for adults with hot laps beginning at 7 p.m. The Rapid Speedway is a 3/8-mile dirt oval located at the famed fairgrounds in Rock Rapids, Iowa. With a racing surface that is 80-feet wide, this place breeds three-wide racing.

On Saturday, the Nobles County Speedway in Worthington, Minn., will host the Iron Man Challenge for the first of two occasions in 2017. The track returned to weekly Saturday night racing under the USRA banner this season after a five-year hiatus

Saturday’s show will include Holley USRA Stock Cars, Out-Pace USRA B-Mods, USRA Hobby Stocks and Sportsmans. Gates open at 5:30 and hot laps start at 7:00 with racing to follow. General admission is $11, kids ages 9-15 are $6 and children ages 8 and under get in for free. Pit passes are $30 for competitors or $25 for non-competitors.

The Nobles County Speedway is located at 1600 Stower Dr. in Worthington, Minn. To get there, drive 0.4 mile south of I-90 (Exit 43) on SR 59, then 0.4 miles west on Oxford St., then 0.2 mile north on McMullan (Pioneer Village). For more information, call (507) 227-4540 or (507) 220-3511 or visit online.

On Sunday, June 4, the historic Mason City Motor Speedway will host special appearance by the Iron Man Challenge featuring Holley USRA Stock Cars and Out-Pace USRA B-Mods, plus the Summit USRA Weekly Racing Series featuring Budweiser USRA Modifieds, USRA Hobby Stocks and Rookies Rockin’ USRA Tuners.

The pit gate will open at 4:00, grandstands open at 5:00 and hot laps begin at 6:00 with racing to follow. Tickets are $12 for general admission. Juniors ages 13-16, seniors 65 and older, members of the military and first responders with proper i.d. get in for $10. Kids 12 and under are free. Pit passes are $25.

The Mason City Motor Speedway is a half-mile clay oval located 5.1 miles east of I-35 at exit 194 on SR 122 (at the North Iowa Fairgrounds). For more information, call (641) 424-6515 or check out online.

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Sprint Cars return to Rooks County Speedway

August 17th, 2016

STOCKTON, KS—The 2016 racing season concluded at Rooks County Speedway in Stockton, KS, on Friday evening, August 12, with the United Rebel Sprint Series making their first ever appearance at the ½-mile oval. They were joined by the Bombers, Cruisers and Kansas Antique Racers.

Keefe Hemel of Cimarron led all 20 laps in the caution free URSS main event. Hemel took advantage of his outside pole starting spot to shoot to the lead at the drop of the green and never looked back. The ‘Hill City Hotshoe’ Jeff Radcliffe gave chase the entire distance but had to settle for the runner-up spot. John Webster was third, followed by heat race winners ‘Flyin’ Brian Herbert and Luke Cranston.

Kensington’s Jeromy Wagner did the same in the Bomber feature. Wagner led all 12 laps to make his was to victory lane. A caution with 2 laps to go set up a green-white-checkered finish but Wagner was able to hold off first heat winner Colton Pfeifer for the win. Rhett ‘The Rocket’ Kingsbury, Brett Henke and Spencer Hilbrink completed the top five. Wagner won the other heat race.

The Cruiser feature only went 4 laps due to attrition. Heat race winners Brian & Shaylon Holloway broke with half a lap to go and did not make the feature. Levi Ryan & Justin Yarmer took the lead on the opening lap, but they broke on lap 3, giving the lead and the win to Brett Henke & Travis Coop.

Chad Walen from Prior Lake (MN) is the 2011 Speedtalk MN asphalt driver of the year.

January 3rd, 2012

Chad had an incredible season racing at Raceway Park in Shakopee (MN), winning the Super Late Model Points Championship after finishing second the previous two years. He was 8 points behind defending Champion Adam Royle with three weeks remaining in the season but ended up winning the title by 11 points.

Chad scored six wins on the season at Raceway Park but said the reason for success was limiting the bad nights, “We didn’t have any mistakes this year, not one DNF.”

Chad was a crew member when his uncle Mel was a Champion at Raceway Park back in 1993-1995. Walen racing might be known as a throw-back team because they draw heavily on past experience. “We went back to what we knew back then, and the same stuff works today,” said Chad. He went from crew member to behind the wheel in 2001 driving a Modified, then moved to the Late Model division in 2005 with his father as the car owner.

Raceway park is a tight 1/4 mile track with the fast groove on the bottom but you still will see plenty of two-wide racing. “The only way you are going to win is to figure out that second groove, it’s where you’ve got to pass people” said Walen. The racing is not the only reason why Chad likes Raceway Park, “its a great family atmosphere” he said “the other competitors are really good, we get along and they help each other out.”

Even though Walen racing spent most of their time racing in Shakopee, they also won a race in September at Elko (MN) Speedway and travelled to La Crosse (WI) to compete in the Oktoberfest races. They also enjoyed travelling to Charlotte (NC) for the annual NASCAR Member track National awards banquet in December.

Chad mentioned that the plans are to come back and try win another championship at Raceway Park on Sundays and hit a few more shows on Saturday nights in 2012.

Speedtalk on 1360″ is a weekly MN motorsports radio show based out of Buffalo (MN) on KRWC 1360am.

Past reciepients of this award are:

2004 Dan Fredrickson
2009 Adam Royle
2010 Brent Kane
2011 Chad Walen