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Hovden’s host family reunion at Cresco Speedway

June 18th, 2015

CRESCO, Iowa-It was a Holley Iron Man Series Hovden family reunion at the Cresco Speedway Sunday with Mitch Hovden (USRA Stock Cars), Dan Hovden (USRA B-Mods) and Chris Hovden (USRA Hobby Stocks) all taking their turn in the victory lane spotlight.

A five-time national title holder under the United States Racing Association banner, Mitch Hovden passed Tom Schmitt on lap 11 and held on for the final 14 laps to secure his first Holley Iron Man Series win of the season in the USRA Stock Cars.

The win was worth $750 to the 27 year-old from Decorah, Iowa.

In addition to holding the honor as the two-time defending Holley Iron Man Series champ, Mitch Hovden was also the 2011 and 2012 USRA Stock Car National Champion and 2007 USRA Hobby Stock National Champion.

Schmitt the 2012 Holley Iron Man Series titlist and a two-time USRA Stock Car National Champion (20078-08) in his own right held on to the runner-up spot while Shawn Peter, 2009 USRA Stock Car National Champion Tory Reicks and Lynn Panos rounded out the top five finishers.

In USRA B-Mod action, Dan Hovden of Decorah cruised the entire 20-lap distance to register his first Holley Iron Man Series win of the season and claim the $600 winners share of the prize money.

The 22-year-old younger brother of Mitch Hovden started on the pole and held off seventh-starting Ben Moudry at the finish with Jimmy Broszeit, points leader Dakota Foster and Jason Schlangen capturing the remainder of the first five positions.

Rounding out the three divisions of USRA Weekly Racing Series competition, Crescos Chris Hovden led from start to finish in the USRA Hobby Stock main event and collected $300 for his efforts.

A cousin to the previous pair of winners and the 2009 USRA Hobby Stock National Champion, Chris Hovden, 30, paced eighth-starting Josh Ludeking to the checkers with Steve Larson, Matt White and Steve Holthaus rounding out the top five.

The Holley Iron Man Series returns to action this Wednesday, June 17, with the USRA B-Mods joining the USMTS Modifieds on the card at the Valley Speedway in Grain Valley, Mo.

Both the USRA Stock Cars and USRA B-Mods will compete in a doubleheader Independence Day Holiday weekend at the Cresco Speedway on Thursday, July 2, and Fayette County Speedway in West Union, Iowa, on Friday, July 3.

To learn more about the USRA, visit www.usraracing.com or call 515-832-6000. You can also like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/usraracing, follow us at www.twitter.com/usraracing on Twitter and check out our YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/usratv.

Sanders triples at Cresco, clinches Farm Boy BBQ Sauce Northern Region crown

June 17th, 2015

CRESCO, Iowa-Rodney Sanders put an exclamation point on his weekend Sunday with his third USMTS Casey’s Cup powered by S&S Fishing & Rental win in a row and 52nd of his United States Modified Touring Series career.

After starting the swing off in the worst of ways five days ago with a crash in the opening laps of Wednesdays main event at the KRA Speedway in Willmar, Minn., the trip got progressively better for the 25-year-old from Happy, Texas, with a runner-up finish Thursday before reeling off three straight trips to the winners circle on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

The win his first at the Cresco Speedway was worth $3,000 to the two-time defending USMTS National Champion and brought his five-day take-home pay to more than $10,000.

From the outside of the front row, Cade Dillard left the field in his wake and appeared headed to his second victory of the season, but with less than 15 laps to go and a more-than-two-second lead, a broken upper A-arm slowed the Louisiana drivers march and Sanders blasted by as they completed lap 28.

Sanders paced the final 12 laps to the checkered flag ahead of a trio of Rookie of the Year contenders Dan Ebert, Jesse Glenz and Jesse Sobbing with Brent Larson rounding out the top five.

Zack VanderBeek came from the 12th starting spot to finish sixth while Dillard limped home in seventh. Sixteenth-starting Casey Arneson, polesitter Chris Oertel and Jacob Bleess completed the top ten.

With his fifth triumph in nine events in the Farm Boy BBQ Sauce Northern Region presented by Day Motor Sports, Sanders clinched the regional title with one race remaining in the region.

Going into Farm Boy BBQ Sauce Northern Region finale on Tuesday, July 21, at the Rapid Speedway in Rock Rapids, Iowa, Sanders holds an insurmountable lead of 839 to 705 points over Ebert. Larson sits third with 693 markers, followed by VanderBeek (670), Sobbing (666), Glenz (654), Arneson (600), Joey Jensen (586), Cory Crapser (520) and Oertel (512).

Action heats back up on Wednesday and Thursday, June 17-18, for a pair of MSD Central Region shoot-outs at the Valley Speedway in Grain Valley, Mo., and 81 Speedway near Wichita, Kan.

The annual USMTS Southern Speedweek commences on Friday, June 19, at the Red River Speedway in Wichita Falls, Texas, for the first of seven events in nine days in the highly-competitive Double H Bands Southern Region.

With trips to the Route 66 Motor Speedway in Amarillo, Texas, on June 22; Heart O Texas Speedway near Waco, Texas, on June 23; Devils Bowl Speedway in Mesquite, Texas, on June 24; Mountain Creek Speedway in Grand Prairie, Texas, on June 25; and Southern Oklahoma Speedway in Ardmore, Okla., on June 26; the swing through the south wraps up on Saturday, June 27, at the historic Lawton Speedway in Lawton, Okla.

Nearly $40,000 has been earmarked for the winners from an overall purse of more than $250,000 for events during the month of June.

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

Rain thwarts Iron Man Challenge at Cresco

September 3rd, 2014

CRESCO, Iowa–Sundays 12th Annual Cresco Bowl event at the Cresco Speedway for the Iron Man Challenge USRA Stock Cars and USRA B-Mods has been rained out.

Four events remain on the 2014 calendar for the Iron Man Challenge. The USRA Stock Cars will share the spotlight with the World of Outlaws Sprint Cars on Saturday, Sept. 13, at the Deer Creek Speedway in Spring Valley, Minn.

The following week, the USRA B-Mods will join the USMTS and USRA Modifieds for all three nights of the 16th Annual Featherlite Fall Jamboree at The Creek.

Both classes will be in action as the Iron Man Challenge heads to the Upper Iowa Speedway in Decorah, Iowa, on Saturday, Sept. 27, and the series will crown its champions during the inaugural USRA National Championships, Thursday-Saturday, Oct. 1-4, at the Lakeside Speedway in Kansas City, Kan.

To learn more about the USRA, visit www.usraracing.com or call 515-832-6000. You can also like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/usraracing, follow us at www.twitter.com/usraracing on Twitter and check out our YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/usratv.

Liquid Nitro 600 Modified Touring Series

July 24th, 2014

Cresco, Iowa-CRESCO, IA. – Curt Luhmann earned a weekend sweep by winning the Sunday night shootout at Cresco Speedway, but he was nearly unseated by Bob Cisewski, who drag raced him down the backstretch on the final lap of the 20-lap feature.

For Luhmann, the win comes as his fourth of the year, but the driver of the No. 8 Luhmann Farms machine explains it was the most fun he’s had this season, saying “There was no way I was going to lose this race on the final lap. I just put the pedal to the floor and never lifted until I made it across the line.” The win also helps his bid for the Liquid Nitro championship, extending his overall lead.

On the second-place run, Bob Cisewski of the No. 40 Ace Auto car jokingly said “Man, I was trying to make the car as big as possible when I got around Curt with a couple laps to go, but Curt was just strong tonight. It’s almost like when I got the lead, I took something away from Curt, and he fought like heck to get it back! Man, I want to win one of these races bad.”

Joe Provinzino brought out a caution on lap 18 to set up a green-white-checkered finish after running in the top-five. On the ensuing restart, Luhmann got loose coming out of turn four to take the white flag, allowing Cisewski to get underneath and get door-handle-to-door-handle with Luhmann heading into the final lap.

Luhmann was able to clear Cisewski into turns three and four and take the win. Third for the second consecutive race was John Griffin in the K9, followed by Eli Hershberger, and Adam Rogich rounded out the top-five.

Schmitt, Crapser seize Iron Man Challenge trophies at Cresco

September 3rd, 2013

CRESCO, Iowa-Tom Schmitt and Corey Crapser each took a big step toward their Iron Man Challenge title hopes as each took the victory in their main events Sunday night at the Cresco Speedway.

Schmitt, who won last years Iron Man crown for the USRA Stock Cars, won the race into the first turn at the start of Sundays 20-lapper and held off Shay Curtin the entire distance with Saturday nights winner, Kyle Falck, shadowing the whole way to take third.

Two-time defending USRA Stock Car National Champion Mitch Hovden finished fourth, followed by Shawn Peter, Lynn Panos, Pete Solum, Kevin Donlan, Steve Jackson and Austin Curtin.

Schmitt came into the Labor Day Weekend event trailing Hovden in the points battle. Although there was no change in position, Hovdens lead is now just one point over Schmitt with two races remaining. Both have three wins, eight top-5s and nine top-10s in ten starts.

Similarly, Crapser captured his third Iron Man Challenge victory this season in the USRA B-Mod division by holding off Dan Wheeler, who sits second behind Crapser in the points.

Troy Hovey came home third in the 20-lap feature, with Mason Daughters fourth and former USRA B-Mod National Champion Brandon Hare fifth.

Casey Knutson finished sixth in his first Iron Man start this season, with Dan Hovden, Ben Moudry, Trevor Fecht and Jared Timmerman snagging the seventh through tenth spots.

The next Iron Man Challenge event for the USRA Stock Cars will take place Saturday, Sept. 14, as they make their final appearance at the Deer Creek Speedway in Spring Valley, Minn., racing in support of the World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series.

The next Iron Man Challenge event for the USRA B-Mods will be the following week as they join the USMTS Modifieds for three days Thursday, Friday and Saturday, Sept. 19-21 at the 15th Annual Featherlite Fall Jamboree at Deer Creek.

The season finale for both classes will take place on Saturday, Sept. 28, for the USRA Iron Man Championships at the Upper Iowa Speedway in Decorah, Iowa.

To learn more about the USRA, visit www.usraracing.com or call 515-832-6000. You can also like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/usraracing, follow us at www.twitter.com/usraracing on Twitter and check out our YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/usratv.

Hughes cashes in at Cresco; Seven points separate top three in Hunt for the USMTS Caseys Cup

September 3rd, 2013

CRESCO, Iowa– Jason Hughes scored his second straight victory in the Hunt for the USMTS Caseys Cup Sunday night at the Cresco Speedway to set up a three-way showdown heading into the points finale on opening night at the Featherlite Fall Jamboree on Sept. 19.

The 39-year-old drew the pole for the 40-lap main event and, based on his recent performances, most would think it was over at that point. However, Jason Krohn sat to his right for the start of the race with two-time defending USMTS National
Champion Ryan Gustin and Jeremy Payne filling the second row. Hughes grabbed the lead when the green flag waved while Krohn settled into the second spot. Using the extreme high side of the 4/10-mile oval, Gustin got by Krohn one lap later and set his sights on Hughes.

A string of three back-to-back caution flags plagued the next lap, however, and kept the field close together. Gustin challenged for the lead on lap 6 but Hughes took the line away and maintained the top spot as the two began to pull away from the pack. Hughes and Gustin raced side by side on lap 8 and Gustin took command at lap 9 with Krohn nearly a full straight-away back in third ahead of Johnny Scott and Rodney Sanders.

Gustin stretched his lead out to about six car-lengths over Hughes as they raced through heavy lapped traffic. With 17 laps down, Hughes charged back up behind Gustin and regained the lead as they completed the 19th lap while Sanders moved by Krohn for third after disposing of Scott two lap earlier. With 29 laps complete, the yellow flag waved again and gave the pursuing Gustin, Sanders, Krohn and Scott some hope. One final caution flag delayed the restart, and simply delayed the inevitable as Hughes nailed a perfect restart and drove away from the field to win by more than three seconds. It was the fifth win for Hughes during The Hunt and put another $5,000 winners share of the prize money in his wallet. The Reaper held on for the runner-up finish ahead of Sanders, Scott and Krohn. Craig Thatcher, Kelly Shryock, Lucas Schott, Brandon Davis and Steve Whiteaker Jr. completed the top 10.

With the victory, Hughes moved up to second in the tightest points battle in series history. With just one race to go, Scott leads Hughes by just seven points and Sanders is only one more marker back in third. One of those three will become the 2013 USMTS National Champion when the final points race takes during opening night of the 15th Annual Featherlite Fall Jamboree on Thursday, Sept. 19, at the Deer Creek Speedway.

Tickets for the marquee event featuring the who’s who of dirt modified racing can be ordered online at www.deercreekspeedway.com or by calling toll-free 877-327-7223.

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

USMTS returns to Cresco Labor Day Weekend

August 15th, 2013

CRESCO, Iowa – After a two-year hiatus, the United States ModifiedvTouring Series will return to the Cresco Speedway in Cresco, Iowa, on Sunday, Sept.1, for a pivotal race during the Hunt for the USMTS Casey’s Cup.

The Cresco event replaces the previously scheduled Dodge County Speedway show, andvwill be the next-to-last points race in the Hunt for the USMTS Casey’s Cup which concludes Sept. 19 during the first night of the Featherlite Fall Jamboree.

The Labor Day Weekend tilt will mark the 18th occasion that the lead-footed USMTS Modifieds have invaded the 4/10-mile clay oval at the Howard County Fairgrounds, and the first since Aug. 4, 2011, when Kelly Shryock notched his ninth career win at Cresco.

Mike Spaulding won the inaugural event here in 2002 while Alan Mondus won his first and only USMTS event at Cresco in 2006. Al Hejna and Jason Krohn each have two wins while Zack VanderBeek and Corey Dripps both have tasted victory once at Cresco.

Joining the stellar line-up will be the Iron Man Challenge featuring USRA Stock Cars and USRA B-Mods. USRA Hobby Stock will round out the four-class program.

Pit gates open at 4:00, grandstands open at 4:30, hot laps begin at 6:00 and the first heat race gets the green flag at 6:30. Grandstand admission is $17 for adults ages 18 and older, $10 for students ages 13-17 and kids ages 12 and under get in for free. Pit passes are $35.

Fans can save $2 on an adult grandstand ticket with a coupon available on race day at the Casey’s General Store located at 601 2nd Ave. SW in Cresco. USMTS competitor Trevor Hunt and his Snickers-sponsored modified will be on hand for a
meet & greet with fans from 12-2 p.m.

The Cresco Speedway is located 2 blocks north of SR 9 on SW 7th. Race day info is available by calling 563-547-3400 or at www.mhcfair.com.

The Howard County Fairgrounds campground features seasonal camping with water,electrical hook-ups and a sewer dumping station. The camping fee is $10 per night or $50 per week. Long term stays are available for discounted rate.

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

Mighty Howard County Fair feature next for JR Motorsports Hawkeye Dirt Tour

June 16th, 2012

CRESCO, Iowa – One of the favorite stops on the IMCA Modified series circuit takes the JR Motorsports Hawkeye Dirt Tour to Cresco Speedway next Thursday, June 21.

The Mighty Howard County Fair feature pays $1,000 to win and a minimum of $150 to start. Ten $100 bonuses will also be awarded by random draw, based on where drivers finished in the main event.

Pit gates open at 4 p.m. and the grandstand opens at 5:30 p.m. Hot laps are at 6:45 p.m. with racing to follow.

Grandstand admission is free with the purchase of a fair button or $12 for adults, $7 for students ages 9-13 and free for kids eight and under. Pit passes are $25.

More information is available by calling 563 547-3400 and at the www.mhcfair.com website. Also on the program are local stock cars, hobby stocks and “B” modifieds.

Two previous Hawkeye Dirt Tour events have been held at Cresco. Jeff Waterman of Quincy, Ill., won the June 24, 2010 feature and Mark Elliott of Webster City topped the June 23, 2011 show.

Elliott’s win helped propel him to the series championship. Richie Gustin of Gilman is the current point leader, five markers better than Jeremy Mills of Garner.

The first four series events have produced as many different winners, with checkers flying thus far for Waterman, Mike Hansen of Alton, Mills and Milo Veloz Jr. of Colona, Ill. Eighty-six drivers from Iowa, Illinois, Kansas and Minnesota have competed at one or more of those events.

Round six takes the tour to Buena Vista Raceway at Alta for a Tuesday, June 26 show.

Reicks records first, Carter cruises to fourth Iron Man Challenge win at Cresco

August 7th, 2011

CRESCO, Iowa- Tory Reicks of Waucoma finally found victory lane while Oskaloosa’s Cayden Carter found his way back for the fourth time this year as the Iron Man Challenge delivered the action Thursday night at the Cresco Speedway.

Reicks got the monkey off his back with his first Iron Man Challenge triumph in the USRA Karl Chevrolet Stock Car main event. The 2009 American Racer USRA Weekly Racing Series National Champion pocketed $700 for the win at his home track while former USRA B-Mod National Champion Matt Jones of Waukon followed Reicks across the finish line.

Polesitter Mitch Hovden of Decorah held on for a third-place finish with defending Iron Man Challenge titleist Nathan Wood of Sigourney in fourth and Decorah’s Kevin Donlan fifth.

In Thursday’s USRA Karl Performance Parts B-Mod feature race, fans and drivers in Northern Iowa got their taste of what the folks in Southern Iowa have been on a steady diet of all season: Cayden Carter dominating.

From the third starting spot, Carter wasted little time in grabbing the lead from polesitter Jimmy Broszeit of Postville, and then sailed away for his fourth Iron Man Challenge win of 2011 and a $500 payday.

Local favorite Jason Schlangen of Cresco raced his way to a runner-up paycheck while Dennis Boyer Jr. of St. Lucas finished third in his first Iron Man start. Jake Timm of Winona, Minn., earned a fourth-place finish and Broszeit held on to complete the top-5.

Nineteen dates at thirteen dirt ovals comprise the 2011 schedule for the second season of the Iron Man Challenge. Points for both classes will be awarded based on a driver’s 10 best nights. Licensed USRA drivers in both classes also earn national points in the American Racer USRA Weekly Racing Series, and some tracks may also award track points.

The Iron Man Challenge points fund for the Stock Cars carries a $2,000 top prize with the tenth-place finisher earning $200. In the B-Mod class, the points champion will earn $700 with tenth-place taking home $100.

To learn more about the USRA, visit www.usraracing.com or call 515-832-6000. You can also like us on Facebook, join us on MySpace or follow us on Twitter.

Shryock conquers Cresco for ninth time

August 7th, 2011

CRESCO, Iowa – Lapped traffic plus experience behind the wheel equaled victory Thursday night for Kelly Shryock as the USMTS Casey’s General Stores National Tour powered by Swan Energy invaded the Cresco Speedway for the 6th Annual Cresco Bowl. Shryock’s ninth win of the season was worth $2,000 as the nine-time USMTS National Champion from Fertile, Iowa, scored his ninth career triumph at the 4/10-mile clay oval.

Lucas Schott was just two years old when Shryock captured his first USMTS title in 1999, and the 15-year-old was poised to make his first trip to the winner’s circle Thursday night.

After leading the first 21 laps from the pole, Schott bobbled slightly while trying to maneuver around a lapped car. That opened the door for Shryock who zipped underneath to grab the lead and then paced the final 14 laps to record his 173rd career win while Schott was left longing for his first.

Jason Krohn – a two-time winner at Cresco – began the 35-lap main event beside Schott on the front row, and followed him to the checkered flag for third.

Rodney Sanders and Zack VanderBeek rounded out the top-5 finishers, while sixth through tenth went to Keith Foss, Ryan Gustin, Kurt Krauskopf, Ryan Ruter and Brandon Beckendorf.

Despite a seventh-place finish, Gustin continues to hold a healthy advantage over VanderBeek in the Yeager Machine Upper Midwest Region points standings with just two races left on the campaign. While VanderBeek sits 76 markers out of first place, Shryock is now just one point behind VanderBeek in third. Sanders is fourth, followed by Jason Miller, Corey Dripps, Krohn, Jon Tesch, Dereck Ramirez and Foss.

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.

High marks to Waterman in Cresco JR Motorsports Hawkeye Dirt Tour

June 28th, 2010

CRESCO, Iowa – Jeff Waterman became the third different winner in as many JR Motorsports Hawkeye Dirt Tour events this season, battling Mark Elliott and Rich Smith to the checkers Thursday evening at Cresco Speedway. Waterman emerged from a two- and three-wide tussle with the lead on lap 24 and took the $1,000 victory by a couple car lengths. Elliott edged out Smith for second in the Mighty Howard County Fair event. Right behind the lead trio, Josh Foster, Mike Jergens and Jay Noteboom put on a show fighting for fourth. Foster owned the spot when the dust settled, followed by Noteboom and Jergens.

The win put Waterman on the ballot for the 2011 Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational. Pole starter Dan Chapman took the lead at the drop of the green but quickly found himself battling Smith and Waterman for the front.

Smith moved to the high side and wrestled the lead away from Chapman on lap four. Chapman and Water man put pressure on but neither could manage to get around Smith. Smith opened a commanding lead by lap 10, leaving the rest of the field to battle for second place. Chap man, Waterman and Richie Gustin Jr. were locked in a dogfight for the runner-up spot. Two quick caution flags flew near midway and tightened the field, one of which was for Gustin, who came to town with the tour point lead but lost a driveshaft running in third and was forced to the pit area early. Waterman, Elliott and Smith brawled for first before Waterman began pulling away with two laps left. Note boom joined the tussle over fourth with five circuits to go, passing Jergens but running out of time to catch Foster. Foster and Gustin had won the first two series events, at Independence and Mason City, respectively.

The fourth of 10 events in the inaugural tour is Thursday, July 1 at Lee County Speedway in Donnellson as part of the third annual Liberty Cup special.

IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars will also be trackside for the final night of the Great American Stock Car Series. Each feature pays $1,000 to win.