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Phillips sweeps Junction Motor Speedway weekend

August 17th, 2016

McCool Junction, Nebraska – Austin Siebert led the field to the green tonight for the finale of the Lucas Oil MLRA King of the Hill event held this weekend at Junction Motor Speedway in McCool Junction, Nebraska. Friday’s winner Terry Phillips started on the outside pole and immediately jumped to the lead. For the second straight night he wired the field. Saturday’s $5,000 victory is the 111th of Phillips’ career with the MLRA.

“We always got confidence,” stated Phillips. “We just had a little bad luck and just wasn’t as good as double zero sometimes. I’ve been around this long enough to know if you get rolling and hopefully get a little luck on our side, we can get these cars a little faster.”

Tad Pospisil, in front of many of his fans put together his best finish with the MLRA this season in second. He moved ahead of Jesse Stovall for second, on a restart with 21 laps to go, in the main event. He hung there for the remainder of the race. Four out of his five finishes finishes were in the top ten, and of those, none were worse than seventh over the past week.

“It’s fun to race around our fans here in Nebraska, I’m wore out,” commented Pospisil following the feature. “I beat Jesse going down into one. We just had a good drive after that. I didn’t have anything for Phillips. I think my tire was going flat there at the end.”

Jesse Stovall ran third and wrapped up the week with four top three finishes. Ryan Gustin and Kyle Berck were fourth and fifth.

The series sill now sit idle the rest of the month prior to racing again over labor day weekend. It all fires back up Friday, September 2, at Lakeside Speedway in Kansas City, Kansas and Saturday, September 3, at Lucas Oil Speedway in Wheatland, Missouri.

For all of the latest news and information fans are encouraged to visit the series website at www.MLRARacing.com.

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Top IMCA Modified prize is cool $1,000 at Junction’s Spring Thaw special

March 18th, 2016

McCOOL JUNCTION, Neb.– Xtreme Motor Sports IMCA Modifieds will race for a cool $1,000 to win at the Mike Chapin Memorial Spring Thaw, at newly-sanctioned Junction Motor Speedway.

Qualifying for the Modifieds, IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars, IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks, Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods and Mach-1 Sport Compacts is Saturday, March 19. Last-chance qualifying and main events for all five divisions fill the Sunday, March 20 card.

The Modified feature is a Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot qualifying event. IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing National, regional and Allstar Performance State, but no local track points will be awarded.

Pit gates open at 11 a.m. and the grandstand opens at 2 p.m. Saturday. Hot laps are at 3 p.m. and racing starts at 4 p.m. On Sunday, gates open at 10 a.m. and the grandstand opens at 1 p.m., hot laps are at 2 p.m. and racing begins at 3 p.m.

Spectator admission both days is $15 for adults, $5 for kids ages 6-13 and free for five and under. Pit passes are $25 on Saturday and $30 on Sunday.

More information about the Mike Chapin Memorial Spring Thaw is available by calling
202 773-5538, extension 4.

The first night for track points at Junction Motor Speedway will be April 30.

Junction Motor Speedway switches sanction to IMCA

January 11th, 2016

McCOOL JUNCTION, Neb. ­– Junction Motor Speedway sports four IMCA divisions on Saturday race programs beginning this season.

Xtreme Motor Sports IMCA Modifieds, Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods, IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks and Mach-1 Sport Compacts will run weekly at McCool Junction, formerly NASCAR sanctioned.

“There are a lot of local IMCA cars that we’ll be able to share with other tracks,” explained promoter Delmar Friesen, citing sanctioned tracks in the area that run on Thursday, Friday and Sunday nights. “We didn’t have anyone around to share with when we were NASCAR. Probably 90 percent of the cars around here are IMCA.”

A test and tune session is now scheduled for April 2.

The tentative IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing point season at Junction Motor Speedway runs from April 30 through Sept. 3.

All four IMCA divisions take the place of classes that ran in 2015 at McCool Junction and will be on the card for a mid-August special..

“Most of the responses we’ve gotten (regarding the change in sanction) have been positive,” Friesen said. “The drivers are looking forward to having another track where they can race for IMCA points.”

Weekly Modified points earned at Junction Motor Speedway figure in IMCA’s Jet Racing Central Region. Hobby Stock points count in the Big Daddy Race Cars Northern Region.

A foot of dirt was added all the way around the 3/8-mile oval two years ago; Junction Motor Speedway opened in 2004.

Thompson Nearly Perfect At Junction Whelen All-American Series Division II-V Update

July 26th, 2014

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Dillon Thompson has a simple racing philosophy.

“I like to win everything,” Thompson said. “If we’re out there in hot laps, I like to pass cars. I’m real competitive. I always like to be the first one.” Fortunately for the 21-year-old from Hastings, Neb., he hasn’t had to deal with not being first much this year in his NASCAR Whelen All-American Series racing.

Driving in the Hobby Stock Division at Nebraska’s Junction Motor Speedway, Thompson has collected 10 wins in 11 starts. The only race he didn’t win, he had just taken the lead with two laps remaining when he got a flat tire on the white-flag lap and limped home with a fifth-place finish.

Thompson has been driving a Hobby Stock for eight years. He’d occasionally run Junction, and when the non-NASCAR track he was running last year shut down, he moved over to full-time.

“We’d never really had good luck (at Junction) so we really didn’t know how it was going to go this year,” said Thompson. “I think it’s one of the most competitive classes there is. It’s always close racing and fast cars. It’s just a lot of fun.”

The .375-mile semi-banked oval is one of seven NASCAR Whelen All-American Series tracks that compete on a dirt surface. The others are Nebraska’s I-80 Speedway in Omaha, Iowa’s Adams County Speedway in Corning, Ohio’s Limaland Motorsports Park in Lima, Wisconsin’s Cedar Lake Speedway in New Richmond, Oklahoma’s Salinas Highbanks Speedway, and Pennsylvania’s Grandview Speedway in Bechtesville.

The NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Division II-V Championship program determines support division national championships. The four national champions will receive a trophy and a trip to the series national awards event. In addition, the top-three dirt and top-three asphalt drivers in each division will be invited to the series awards event.

At season’s end, drivers in Divisions II-V will be ranked by their best 14 NASCAR point race results. The season concludes September 21.

The NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Championship Division II-V leaders this week include:

* Division II: 1. Jared Umbenhauer, Grandview Speedway, Bechtelsville, Pa.; 2. Jesse Dennis, I-80 Speedway, Greenwood, Neb., Adams County Speedway, Corning, Iowa; 3. Ryan Robertson, Bowman Gray Stadium, Winston-Salem, N.C.; 4. Brett Kressley, Grandview; 5. Taylor Branch, Bowman Gray.

* Division III: 1. Jerod Weston, I-80, Adams County; 2. John Ketron, Kingsport (Tenn.) Speedway, Lonesome Pine Raceway, Coeburn, Va.; 3. Blain Petersen, I-80, Adams County; 4. Jon Plowman, I-80, Adams County; 5. Josh Galvin, Waterford (Conn.) Speedbowl.

* Division IV: 1. Corey Kyer, Columbus (Ohio) Motor Speedway; 2. Brad Derry, Adams County, I-80; 3. Garrett Denton, Waterford, Thompson; 5. Jimmy Mcelfresh, Kil-Kare, Columbus; 5. AJ Sanders Jr., Bowman Gray, Caraway.

* Division V: 1. Brian King, Anderson (S.C.) Motor Speedway, Greenville (S.C.) Pickens Speedway; 2. Donavan Beacham, Anderson, Greenville; 3. Chris Harvell, Greenville, Anderson; 4. C.J. Huitt Jr., Greenville, Anderson; 5. Brady Walsh, Salia (Okla.) Highbanks Speedway.

Thompson ranks 37th in Division IV. He holds a 57-point lead over Katie Renschler and 58 over David Dembowski at Junction. He’s been so successful, the track has offered an addition $100 for any driver that can beat him.

“It feels good if people are coming to try to beat me,” said Thompson. “It adds a little pressure, But I think it’s a lot of fun. It’s pretty cool.”

Thompson works at a concrete plant in Hastings, but is working on his car nearly every night with his friends and family. He took up racing after his father, starting in go-karts on dirt before moving to a 4-cylinder class when he was 13. He started in the Hobby Stock division when he was 14. With three brothers and two sisters, and friends, Thompson has plenty of support in his racing endeavor.

“They never miss a race,” Thompson said. “They’re always there. At the race track. At the shop.

“I’ve got a couple buddies that I work with on the car. And my family. It takes all of us to be as good as we are.”

Junction runs its NASCAR Whelen All-American Series on Saturday nights, and often the Hobby Stock division runs twice in the program. That doesn’t mean Thompson takes it easy in the first feature for the second. In fact, the one race he didn’t win, he bounced back to end the night in Victory Lane after the second race.

“It’s been an awesome year,” Thompson said.

Under the NASCAR point structure in Divisions I-V, drivers receive two points for every car they finish ahead of in an event, up to 18 cars. Three bonus points will be awarded to a race winner with a single-digit starting position and five bonus points will be awarded to a race winner with a double-digit starting position.

Drivers must be NASCAR-licensed and cars will be verified for display of required series sponsor decals to be eligible for NASCAR points and awards.

Tracy Hines Finishes in the Top-Four Both Nights in Nebraska

May 6th, 2014

NEW CASTLE, Ind.–It’s often said that consistency wins championships. That same mantra also puts drives in contention for race wins, which ultimately leads to a strong showing in the point standings. The start of the 2014 campaign has certainly been a consistent one for veteran Tracy Hines as he has racked up eight top-five finishes in 11 starts in the three USAC National series. With the Amsoil USAC National Sprint Car Series, he has five top-five finishes in eight races, adding third- and fourth-place showings to his tally this past weekend in Nebraska.

In the second-ever event for the Amsoil USAC National Sprint Car Series at Eagle Raceway near Lincoln on Friday, May 2, Hines finished fourth aboard The Carolina Nut Company DRC. He followed that up by finishing on the podium in third, on Saturday, May 3, in the series debut at Junction Motor Speedway in McCool Junction.

At Junction Motor Speedway, Hines started fifth in the 30-lap main event. The race went green-to-checker without a single caution, in just over nine minutes. Hines charged into the second spot early in the race and was able to close in on the leader and eventual winner Hunter Schuerenberg in lapped traffic, but was not quite able to make the pass. The 2002 Amsoil USAC National Sprint Car Series champion would end up finishing third, which vaulted him to fourth in the series standings.

“We were really good early in the race, probably too good to be honest,” said Hines. “We ended up losing the bottom groove and that hurt us as the race went on. All in all, it was a good weekend. It’s a long way to tow out to Nebraska, so to come home with two solid finishes makes the trip worthwhile and the drive back home seem not quite as long.”

Hines turned in another strong effort in time trials at Junction Motor Speedway, stopping the clock second-fastest. He circled the three-eighths-mile in 16.323-seconds, which was only bettered by Brady Bacon. Hines lined up sixth in the second heat race and finished fourth, which put him fifth on the grid for the 30-lap main event.

The native of New Castle, Indiana, was fastest in time trials at Eagle Raceway, recording a lap of 13.462-seconds around the high-banked third-mile. He finished fourth in the first heat race after starting in the sixth spot. By way of the invert used to lineup the first three rows of the main event, Hines started sixth for the 30-lapper. He moved up to fourth in the early going and would maintain that position in the running order for the remainder of the A-Feature. A pair of cautions and one red flag period slowed the 30-lap contest.

Hines is currently fourth in points with the Amsoil USAC National Sprint Car Series, following the first eight races of the season. The next scheduled event for the series is the Tony Hulman Classic at the Terre Haute Action track in Indiana, on May 21.

The veteran driver is back in action next weekend with the Honda USAC National Midget Series in the Hut Hundred at Tri-City Speedway and the Belleville Bash at Belle-Claire Speedway, both in Illinois.

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Jackson Emerges in King of the Hill Finale

August 13th, 2013

McCool Junction, NE – There was no let down in action or excitement Saturday night at Junction Motor Speedway in McCool Junction, Nebraska, as the King of the Hill Shootout came to a close. Tony Jackson Jr. took the lead from Will Vaught
with twelve laps to go and rolled on to the checkers.

“We got took off there pretty good,” said Jackson. “We had a good race there with Jesse and Will for a while. We just kept working Will over and finally he made a mistake and I got past him. I knew it was a long race and I didn’t want to get my right rear tire too hot. I just lucked out and had a great night.”

Junction Motor Speedway’s weekly Late Model points leader, Jase Kaser was the night’s KRC Top Qualifier and started on the pole. Jesse Stovall set the pace early and led the first ten laps. Vaught then took over, for the middle portion of the race. A late yellow set up a single file restart with four laps to go. Terry Phillips jumped in front of Kyle Berck and grabbed third when the race went green.

The next Lucas Oil MLRA event will be held Saturday, August 31st at Lucas Oil Speedway in Wheatland, MO.

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The Lucas Oil MLRA (Midwest Latemodel Racing Association) sanctions regional Super Dirt Late Model touring series events in Missouri, Kansas, Nebraska, Oklahoma and Iowa.

For all the latest news and information on the Lucas Oil MLRA please visit us on the web at MLRARacing.com or by calling the series office at (417) 282 5984.

Ruter romps to USMTS Casey’s Cup Series win at Junction Motor Speedway

June 4th, 2012

McCOOL JUNCTION, Neb. – Ryan Ruter had a little luck during the drivers’ meeting Saturday at the Junction Motor Speedway when his draw number was selected among the other USMTS Casey’s Cup Series competitors for a free American Racer
racing tire. But Ruter and his #555 Sidebiter Chassis didn’t need any luck in the 30-lap Swan Energy “A” Main. Starting on the outside of the front row, the 28-year-old from Kanawha, Iowa, instantly took control of the event and went unchallenged to the checkered flag. “The car was perfect tonight,” Ruter said in victory lane. “There’s been a pretty
good cushion the last few times we’ve been here, so I thought that would be the fast way around tonight.”

Last year, Ruter looked like he was on his way to victory here but a late-race caution erased his lead and Jon Tesch raced by and on to victory while Ruter settled for a runner-up finish.

Fittingly, Ruter’s margin of victory at the finish line was 5.557 seconds over runner-up Jason Krohn, who made a strong move at the start of the race to grab second place, but could not find the power to reel in Ruter.

Gustin followed Krohn across the line in third with points leader Rodney Sanders registering his tenth top-5 finish in twelve starts by finishing fourth. Tesch finished fifth, with sixth through tenth going to Stormy Scott, Zack VanderBeek, Mike Steensma, Jeremy Rasmussen and Jacob Dahle, who earned the Mesilla Valley Transportation Hard Charger Award after starting 16th. The win was worth $3,000 and Ruter’s first since June 24, 2009, at the I-35 Speedway in Mason City, Iowa.

Next up is a tripleheader on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, June 8-10. The USMTS Modifieds return to the Southern Oklahoma Speedway in Ardmore, Okla., on Friday and then back to the Route 66 Motor Speedway in Amarillo, Texas, for a Saturday night showdown. The weekend wraps up on Sunday with the debut of the USMTS Modifieds at the Beaver County Raceway in Beaver, Okla.

Each USMTS Casey’s Cup Series event will pay $2,000 to win.

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

Friday’s show falls to rain, USMTS Casey’s Cup Series battle for $3,000 to win Saturday at Junction Motor Speedway

June 2nd, 2012

McCOOL JUNCTION, Neb. – Rain drops began to fall with two laps remaining in the first heat race Friday night at the Junction Motor Speedway, and by the time the checkered flag waved the rain was coming down hard enough to force officials to cancel the remainder of the program for the USMTS Casey’s Cup Series powered by Swan Energy.

The 9th Annual Nebraska Shootout will now be a one-day show on Saturday paying $3,000 to win. Two-time event winner Jon Tesch won the heat race with 2010 winner and defending USMTS National Champion Ryan Gustin finishing second ahead of Stormy Scott. The first heat race on Saturday takes the green flag at 7:00 while the ticket window opens at 5:00 for spectators. Saturday’s racing card will be rounded out with NASCAR Late Models, B-Mods and Hobby Stocks.

Admission is just $15 for adults, $4 for kids ages 6 to 12 and children ages 5 and under get in for free. Pit passes are $30, but NASCAR members get in for $20 on Saturday.

Race fans can pick up discount coupons good for $2 off adult admission at Casey’s General Stores locations in Aurora, Geneva and York. For more information or to find the location nearest you, visit www.caseys.com online.

Located five miles south of I-80 on US 81, the Junction Motor Speedway is a state-of-the-art facility entering its ninth year of operation. The track is a super-fast, 3/8-mile clay oval boasting 80-foot-wide straight-aways, making for a lot of racing room for the drivers and a lot of wheel-to-wheel action for fans. For more information, call 402-773-5538 or check out www.junctionmotorspeedway.com.

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

Two-day USMTS shoot-out set for June 1-2 at Junction Motor Speedway

May 31st, 2012
McCOOL JUNCTION, Neb. -- The USMTS Casey's Cup Series powered by Swan Energy will return to action this weekend as the nation's elite open-wheel modified drivers make their annual trek to the Cornhusker State for the ninth straight year this Friday and Saturday, June 1-2, for the 9th Annual Nebraska Shootout presented by Sam's Club at the Junction Motor Speedway in McCool Junction, Neb.

Friday's feature winner will garner $2,000 while a top prize of $3,000 is set aside for the driver visiting victory lane on Saturday.

Jon Tesch returns to "The Junction" as the defending champion of the event, winning last year's finale on Saturday while currently retired Dustin Boney picked up the winner's paycheck on Friday. Tesch is a two-time winner of the event, along with Al Hejna who swept both nights in 2007. Other past winners of the former 'Spring Thaw' include Ryan Gustin, who won
his first feature race driving for the Gressel Racing team in 2010. Tommy Myer, John Allen, Justin Boney, Jason Friesen, Johnny Saathoff, Corey Dripps, Jason Hughes and Mark Noble are also past winners, along with nine-time USMTS National Champion Kelly Shryock, who captured the debut event at the Junction Motor Speedway in 2004.

Rodney 'The Rocket' Sanders leads the points coming into this weekend's blockbuster event, with Gustin currently second followed by Stormy Scott, Hughes and Johnny Scott. There have been eight different winners in the eleven USMTS Casey's Cup Series events so far in 2012.

Race time is set for 7:30 on Friday with the pits opening at 3:30 and grandstands at 5:30. The first heat race on Saturday takes the green flag at 7:00 while the ticket window opens a half-hour earlier at 5:00. Cruisers and Four-Cylinders will join the action on Friday while Saturday's racing card will be rounded out with NASCAR Late Models, B-Mods and Hobby Stocks.

Admission is just $15 for adults, $4 for kids ages 6 to 12 and children ages 5 and under get in for free both nights. Pit passes are $30 each day, but NASCAR members get in for $20 on Saturday. Race fans can pick up discount coupons good for $2 off adult admission each day at Casey's General Stores locations in Aurora, Geneva and York. For more information or
to find the location nearest you, visit www.caseys.com online. Located five miles south of I-80 on US 81, the Junction Motor Speedway is a state-of-the-art facility entering its ninth year of operation. The track is a super-fast, 3/8-mile clay oval boasting 80-foot-wide straight-aways, making for a lot of racing room for the drivers and a lot of wheel-to-wheel action for fans. For more information, call 402-773-5538 or check out www.junctionmotorspeedway.com.

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

Boen and Berck Top Two at Junction Motor Speedway

August 14th, 2011

(McCool Junction, Nebraska) Henderson, Colorado’s Kelly Boen won Friday night’s Lucas Oil MLRA feature in thrilling fashion over Marquette, Nebraska’s Kyle Berck. The win came by half of a nose for Boen. “I want to thank Greg Lee, he pieced this car together for us,” Boen said to the fans following the race. “We hadn’t been racing our own stuff for a long time. Now, we decided to go back and race our own stuff for a while. Terry Pannell, the guy that was letting me drive his other car, he’s been such a great guy, and I want to thank him.”

This was Boen’s 7th win in the last 10 MLRA races at Junction Motor Speedway. However, it was his race car’s first win at the York County oval. “It’s pretty good,” said Boen of his Rocket Chassis. “I’ve got to believe if we’re going to win tomorrow, we’re going to have to get a little faster. “Kyle made it a little too interesting at the end.”

Berck was pleased with his performance. He now has three runner up finishes in Lucas Oil MLRA competition this season. “I got a little rhythm going on the bottom,” Berck said of his late race charge to get around Dave Eckrich. “I kept eyeballing that top side. I wanted to go up there so bad, but the car didn’t want to. That last lap I thought, he’s protecting. He hasn’t been up there. I just gritted my teeth going down the back straightaway and I said, I’m going to beat him off turn four. We needed about 50 more horsepower to do that. We had a good run. It was fun, I really thought I had him. That’s as close as it gets and we’ll try again tomorrow night.” Berck firmly holds third place in the championship standings.

The 25 lap feature had several cautions sprinkled throughout. A lap 8 incident involving multiple cars, included series point leaders Al Purkey and John Anderson. Anderson received the more serious damage of the two. He went to the pits a couple of times for work, before retiring to an 18th place finish. Purkey had some rear sheet metal damage and stuck it out for a 12th place finish, gaining 14 points over Anderson in the process. This now pushes Purkey’s lead to 34 points over Anderson.

Dave Eckrich had one of his stronger runs of the season tonight. He went from 5th to 2nd immediately, and wound up 3rd. Mike Collins and Travis Dickes finished 4th and 5th.

Heat race wins went to Dean Moore, Travis Dickes and Kelly Boen.

Saturday evening, action will continue at Junction Motor Speedway. Pits open at 4:00 PM and grandstands open at 5:00 PM. Racing starts at 7:00 PM. Admission is $15. Kids 6-12 are $4 and 5 and under are free. Pit passes are $20 for NASCAR members
and $30 for non-NASCAR members.

Tesch takes down USMTS Nebraska Spring Thaw finale

June 8th, 2011

McCOOL JUNCTION, Neb. – Five days ago, Jon Tesch was enjoying a huge lead in the closing laps of the main event at the Dodge County Speedway when contact from a lapped car resulted in a flat tire on Tesch’s USMTS Modified and dashed all hope
for his first win of the season.

The USMTS Casey’s General Stores National Tour powered by Swan Energy invaded the Junction Motor Speedway on Friday and Saturday for the 8th Annual Nebraska Spring Thaw, and this time there was no lapped traffic to keep the ‘Wizard of Watertown’ out of the winners circle.

While battling for the third spot Friday night, a flat tire wiped out a good run for Ryan Ruter but he got another shot Saturday night when he drew the outside front row starting spot for the 35-lap WIX Filters “A” Main.

Ruter disposed of polesitter Tommy Myer on the first lap, and then proceeded to build a full straight-away advantage over the field by the race’s halfway point.

Tesch, who started third on the grid, fell back as far as fifth in the early going but used the high side of the super-fast high-banked 3/8-mile oval to snare second place from Tommy Myer with 15 laps in the books.

Four laps later, the first and only caution of the contest occurred and erased Ruter’s advantage. While Ruter continued to use the extreme low side of the track, Tesch powered his way around the top side and snagged the lead from Ruter the next time around.

A few laps later, Ruter moved up to the high side but it was too late as Tesch had built an eight-car-length advantage and Ruter was unable to chip away at the difference during the final caution-free run.

Tesch sailed to a $3,000 payday and Ruter hung on for the runner-up paycheck – both season-best finishes for both drivers – while Ryan Gustin, Kelly Shryock and Zack VanderBeek finished third, fourth and fifth, respectively.

Kyle Berck nipped Myer on the final lap for the sixth spot, Chris Spieker came from 15th to finish eighth, Jason Grimes was ninth and Corey Dripps was the tenth driver to cross the finish line.

Dustin Boney won Friday night’s feature race, and can probably be thankful that it was only a 30-lapper as his USMTS Modified blew an engine on the first lap of his heat race and never a completed another lap Saturday night.

With the win and Boney’s misfortune, Tesch claimed the lead in the Farm Boy BBQ Sauce Great Plains Region points standings by one point over Shryock (183 to 182). Ruter is third with 168 markers, followed by Myer (162), VanderBeek (160), Boney (148), Jason Krohn (148), Grimes (146), Colt Mather (144) and Chase Junghans (142).

Six straight events in the Farm Boy BBQ Sauce Great Plains Region are on tap as the rugged USMTS road warriors embark on their most grueling stretch of races this Tuesday with 17 nights of racing over the course of 19 days.

What most race tracks and series do in a single season, the USMTS pounds into one month of racing, beginning at the popular Huset’s Speedway in Brandon, S.D., on Tuesday, June 7, for the first of 12 straight nights of competition .

Tue Jun 7 … Huset’s Speedway, Brandon, SD
Wed Jun 8 … Red River Valley Speedway, West Fargo, ND
Thu Jun 9 … Casino Speedway, Watertown, SD
Fri Jun 10 … Brown County Speedway, Aberdeen, SD
Sat Jun 11 . Jamestown Speedway, Jamestown, ND
Sun Jun 12 . Nobles County Speedway, Worthington, MN
Mon Jun 13 . Mineral City Speedway, Fort Dodge, IA
Tue Jun 14 . Fairmont Raceway, Fairmont, MN
Wed Jun 15 . Cresco Speedway, Cresco, IA
Thu Jun 16 . Central Wisconsin Raceway, Unity, WI
Fri Jun 17 . Cedar Lake Speedway, New Richmond, WI
Sat Jun 18 . Cedar Lake Speedway, New Richmond, WI
Tue Jun 21 . I-35 Speedway, Mason City, IA
Wed Jun 22 . Buena Vista Raceway, Alta, IA
Thu Jun 23 . Park Jefferson Speedway, Jefferson, SD
Fri Jun 24 . Rapid Speedway, Rock Rapids, IA
Sat Jun 25 . North Central Speedway, Brainerd, MN

After a chaotic month of June, drivers will get a vacation of nearly three weeks before picking up the throttle again on Wednesday, July 13, at the Deer Creek Speedway in Spring Valley, Minn., where the USMTS Casey’s General Stores National Tour powered by Swan Energy will join the World of Outlaws Late Model Series for the first time at the legendary NAPA Gopher 50.

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

Boney collects first USMTS win at Junction Motor Speedway

June 7th, 2011

McCOOL JUNCTION, Neb. – Dustin Boney raced to his career-first USMTS victory Friday night as the USMTS Casey’s General Stores National Tour powered by Swan Energy invaded the Junction Motor Speedway for the opening night of the 8th
Annual Nebraska Spring Thaw. The 29-year-old from Platte City, Mo., grabbed the top spot from polesitter Colt Mather at the drop of the green flag and proceeded to lead all 30 laps of the WIX Filters “A” Main.

A multi-car crash with 11 laps remaining bunched the field, with nine-time USMTS National Champion Kelly Shryock holding down the runner-up spot ahead of Mather.

Shryock gave chase and closed in on the leader in the late stages of the race but Boney was able to hang on for the $2,000 top prize.

Kyle Berck finished fourth behind Shryock and Mather while Tommy Myer took fifth. Jon Tesch, Jason Krohn, Zack VanderBeek, Chase Junghans and Jason Grimes rounded out the top ten.

Round 2 of the 8th Annual Nebraska Spring Thaw continues Saturday night at the Junction Motor Speedway with the feature winner shooting for $3,000 first-place money. The first heat race takes the green flag at 7 p.m. with NASCAR Late Models, NASCAR B-Modifieds and NASCAR Stock cars.

Camelot Inn and Suites is located just five minutes north of the racetrack and is offering a special rate for USMTS fans. To book your reservation, call 402-362-6885 or visit www.camelotyork.com online.

Located five miles south of I-80 on US 81, the Junction Motor Speedway is a state-of-the-art facility entering its eighth year of operation. The track is a super-fast, 3/8-mile clay oval boasting 80-foot-wide straight-aways, making for a lot of racing room for the drivers and a lot of wheel-to-wheel action for fans. For more information, call 402-773-5538 or check out www.junctionmotorspeedway.com.

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

USMTS invades Junction Motor Speedway this weekend for 8th Annual Nebraska Spring Thaw

June 3rd, 2011

McCOOL JUNCTION, Neb. — The USMTS Casey’s General Stores National Tour powered by Swan Energy will return to action this weekend as the nation’s elite open-wheel modified drivers make their annual trek to the Cornhusker State for the eighth straight year this Friday and Saturday, June 3-4, for the 8th Annual Nebraska Spring Thaw at the Junction Motor Speedway in McCool Junction, Neb.

Originally scheduled for early March but postponed by inclement weather, Friday’s feature winner will garner $2,000 while a top prize of $3,000 is set aside for the driver visiting victory lane on Saturday.

Ryan Gustin scored the first of his series-best sixteen wins last year at the Junction Motor Speedway. Making just his second start in his new ride with the Gressel Racing team, “The Reaper” started on the pole and beat Jon Tesch to the turn at the drop of the green flag, then fought off every challenge from the “Wizard of Watertown” for the entire 30-lapper.

Gustin returns to JMS this weekend for the 2011 season’s first points race in the Farm Boy BBQ Sauce Great Plains Region. The 20-year-old phenom from Marshalltown, Iowa, has collected 11 feature wins this season already, and 26 altogether since last year’s triumph at the 3/8-mile high-banked JMS oval.

He currently leads the points in four of the other five USMTS regions and is on a three-race win streak after capturing three of the four main events this past Memorial Day Weekend.

In addition to Gustin and Tesch, other past Nebraska Spring Thaw champions expected this weekend include two other stars of the Dirt Knights television show – two-time winner Al Hejna and 2005 event champion Corey Dripps – along with nine-time USMTS National Champion Kelly Shryock, who captured the debut event at the Junction Motor Speedway in 2004, plus dozens more of the rugged USMTS road warriors.

Race time is set for 7:30 p.m. on Friday. The first heat race on Saturday takes the green flag at 7 p.m. Hobby Stocks and Four-Cylinders will join the action on Friday while Saturday’s racing card will be rounded out with NASCAR Late Models, NASCAR B-Modifieds and NASCAR Stock Cars.

Camelot Inn and Suites is located just five minutes north of the racetrack and is offering a special rate for USMTS fans. To book your reservation, call 402-362-6885 or visit www.camelotyork.com[1] online.

Located five miles south of I-80 on US 81, the Junction Motor Speedway is a state-of-the-art facility entering its eighth year of operation. The track is a super-fast, 3/8-mile clay oval boasting 80-foot-wide straight-aways, making for a lot of racing room for the drivers and a lot of wheel-to-wheel action for fans. For more information, call 402-773-5538 or check out www.junctionmotorspeedway.com[2].

To learn more about the United States Modified Touring Series, visit www.usmts.com[3] online or call 515-832-7944. You can also follow the USMTS on Facebook, MySpace, Twitter and YouTube.