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Phillips sweeps Freedom Classic

July 4th, 2017

Salina, Oklahoma Terry Phillips rolled from the outside pole and wired the field to sweep the 4th Annual Buddy’s Home Furnishings Freedom Classic weekend at Salina Highbanks Speedway in Salina, Oklahoma. The win for Phillips is his 114th in the long running history of the Lucas Oil MLRA.

“We made some tweaks,” said Phillips of his improved Late Model performance of late. “We’ve been working our butts off and changing things. We’ve kind of got us a combination that fits both cars evidently. I want to thank everybody for coming out. I love this place. We’re not where we need to be, but we’re getting a lot closer.”

Behind Phillips there was a lot going on. When the dust settled Payton Looney ended in the runner up spot. He held it initially and then Tony Jackson Jr made his way around for the position. The two got together on lap 24 and Jackson restarted at the tail.

Jesse Stovall grabbed the third spot and took podium finishes both nights this weekend. He and Will Vaught went back and forth for some entertaining action just past the quarter way mark.

Joe Godsey and Scott Crigler completed the top five.

Crigler was not in the pits prior to Saturday, but made the most of his visit to Salina. He rolled off 19th for the start of the feature and earned the Casey’s General Stores Hard Charger award.

With Phillips’ win tonight he becomes the second driver to sweep the Freedom Classic weekend. Jesse Stovall was the first to do it during his 18 win season in 2015.

Speaking of Stovall, he will continue to carry the Midwest Sheet Metal fluorescent yellow spoiler into the next event. Terry Phillips has moved to second in the standings, with Tony Jackson Jr, Rodney Sanders and Randy Timms completing the balance of the top five.

Next up for the the Lucas Oil MLRA is a Saturday, July 15, date with the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series in Wheatland, Missouri for the CMH Diamond Nationals, paying $12,000 to win.

Dillard tames Salina Speedway for 18th career USMTS victory

June 10th, 2017

SALINA, Kan. — Cade Dillard’s most important and only pass of the night Thursday was getting around polesitter R.C. Whitwell on the opening lap. From there, he led the final 39 laps en route to his 18th career USMTS victory in the series’ first-ever visit to the Salina Speedway.

Following five fantastic heat races and two rockin’ Real Racing Wheels “B” Mains, a field of 26 cars and drivers assembled for a 40-lap main event that saw Dillard fend off the early challenges of Whitwell and a late surge by Stormy Scott.

“I wasn’t sure, that’s the thing about up front you’re s sitting duck,” Dillard said. “I felt like there in the beginning we were rolling through the center pretty good and I saw the bottom cleaned off pretty fast.

“People got down in the infield so it dusted the rest of it up. It started latching down and I knew if I just hit my marks and didn’t get out of the rubber, I figured I’d be alright. But like I said, when you’re out front you don’t have any idea what’s going on behind you.”

Dillard hit every mark in front of a hearty crowd of fans, and at the end of the night the 26-year-old from Robeline, la., was sitting in victory lane with an extra $3,000 in his pocket.

“It’s great to come here,” Dillard added. “There’s a lot of fans here and it’s pretty cool to come where you get that kind of support from people.”

Scott, who started fourth, pressured Dillard on occasion and pulled to his rear bumper over the final two circuits, but had to settle for runner-up honors while Whitwell’s bid for a second win in three days ended with a third-place finish ahead of Zack VanderBeek, who earlier raced from last to first in Edelbrock Heat Race #3.

Ricky Thornton Jr. capped off a frustrating weekend by passing 11 cars in the main event to finish fifth and earn the KSE Racing Products Hard Charger Award. Tanner Mullens, Tyler Wolff, Dereck Ramirez, Tyler Davis and Dan Powers completed the top 10.

With the three-night swing through the Sunflower State in the rear-view mirror, Friday will be a day off before hitting the Adams County Speedway in Corning, Iowa, on Saturday, June 10, for the next-to-last event in the MSD USMTS Central Region presented by Summit Racing Equipment.

That will leave the RHRSwag.com USMTS Northern Region slate of races kicking off on Sunday, June 11, at the Mason City Motor Speedway in Mason City, Iowa, followed by another day off on Monday before rolling into the Brown County Speedway in Aberdeen, S.D., on Tuesday, June 13, and then the make-up race at the Ogilvie Raceway in Ogilvie, Minn., happens on Wednesday, June 14.

Next weekend it’s time to make tracks to the Cedar Lake Speedway in New Richmond, Wis., for the “Modified Masters” which will feature RHRSwag.com USMTS Northern Region on Thursday night for $3,000 to win, followed by qualifying on Friday night for the $50,000-to-win show on Saturday.

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

Kansas trio kicks off richest two weeks in USMTS history

June 8th, 2017

WICHITA, Kan — The rugged road warriors of the United States Modified Touring Series return to battle this week with a three-night caravan through Kansas kicking off the richest two-week stretch in series history.

This Tuesday, June 6, the will launch an 11-race, 13-day swing that begins at the Caney Valley Speedway in Caney, Kan. On Wednesday, fans can find the series at the 81 Speedway in Park City, Kan., and Thursday marks the first-ever trip by the USMTS to the Salina Speedway in Salina, Kan.

These will be the fifth, sixth and seventh shows in the MSD USMTS Central Region presented by Summit Racing Equipment. Each night’s main event will be worth $3,000 to the winner and no less than $300 to every driver taking the green flag in the feature.

At the Caney Valley Speedway on Tuesday, the USMTS machines will be joined by Factory Stocks and Out-Pace USRA B-Mods. The pits open at 4 p.m., grandstands open at 5, hot laps begin at 7:10 and racing starts at 7:30.

Tickets are $20 or $18 for seniors 62 and older. Kids ages 6 to 12 are $5 and children 5 and under get in for free. Pit passes are $35. Race fans can get $2-off discount coupons on race day at Casey’s General Stores locations in Caney, Cherryvale, Coffeyville and Independence, as well as Bartlesville, Dewey and Nowata in Oklahoma. Visit www.caseys.com to find the location nearest you.

This will be the fourth visit to the Caney Valley Speedway. Jason Hughes won the inaugural event in 2009 and Johnny Bone Jr. won the event one year later. Rodney Sanders was the most recent winner in 2014.

The Caney Valley Speedway is a 1/4-mile semi-banked clay oval located 0.8 mile west of the junction of US 75 and US 166 on CR 1600 in Caney, Kan. For more information call (620) 330-0485 or visit www.caneyvalleyspeedway.net on the World Wide Web.

On Wednesday, June 7, the series returns to the 81 Speedway in Park City, Kan., for the tenth race in ten seasons. While the USMTS drivers will be facing off with the best of the NCRA, joining the program will be the NCRA Mod Lites. Pit gates open at 4 p.m. and grandstands open at 5 with hot laps at 6:30 and racing at 7:30.

Adult grandstand tickets are $20 and all kids ages 11 and under get in free of charge. Pit passes are $30. Race fans can get $2-off discount coupons on race day at Casey’s General Stores locations in Andover, Augusta, Clearwater, Derby, El Dorado, Haysville, Hesston, Mulvane, Newton, Rose Hill, Valley Center and all four stores in Wichita. Visit www.caseys.com to find the location nearest you.

Jason Hughes picked up his only win at the 81 Speedway during the USMTS debut in 2008 while Jeremy Payne, Rodney Sanders and Ryan Gustin each have two victories at C. Ray Hall’s speed palace. Stormy Scott and Cade Dillard have also won here.

Three-time USMTS national champion Jason Hughes was the first winner at the Caney Valley Speedway and 81 Speedway.

The 81 Speedway is located north of Wichita on I-135 to exit 16, then 0.7 mile west on 77th St. in Park City, Kan. For more information call (316) 755-1781 or visit www.race81speedway.com online.

Thursday, June 8, takes the tireless USMTS touring titans to the Salina Speedway for the first time in the 19-year history of the series. The track took a direct hit from a tornado less than three weeks ago, but track crews and volunteers have worked tirelessly to fix buildings and lights, and repair fences that were destroyed by the 70+ mph winds.

The safety fence on the front straight-away of the Salina Speedway was ripped down by a tornado on May 18.

All systems are a go with Mod Lites and Hobby Stocks also on the menu for Thursday night with pit gates opening at 5 p.m. and spectator seating available at 5. Hot laps start at 7:15 and the green flag waves at 8 p.m.

Adult tickets are $20 with free admission for kids under 16 years old. Pit passes are $35. Race fans can get $2-off discount coupons on race day at Casey’s General Stores locations in Abilene, Lindsborg, Minneapolis and all six locations in Salina. Visit www.caseys.com to find the location nearest you.

The Salina Speedway is a 3/8-mile semi-banked clay oval located off of I-135 at exit 92, then 2.5 miles west on Crawford St., then 2.7 miles south on Burma Rd. in Salina, Kan. For more information, call (785) 292-9220 or visit www.racesalinaspeedway.com online.

Following the three-night swing through the Sunflower State, Friday will be a day off before hitting the Adams County Speedway in Corning, Iowa, on Saturday, June 10, for the next-to-last event in the MSD Central Region.

That will leave the RHRSwag.com Northern Region slate of races kicking off on Sunday, June 11, at the Mason City Motor Speedway, followed by another day off on Monday before rolling into the Brown County Speedway in Aberdeen, S.D., on Tuesday, June 13.

The make-up race at the Ogilvie Raceway happens on Wednesday, June 14, and then it’s time to make tracks to the Cedar Lake Speedway in New Richmond, Wis., for the “Masters” which will feature the USMTS on Thursday night for $3,000 to win then qualifying on Friday night for the $50,000-to-win show on Saturday.

If a single driver could pick up all of the wins over this two-week stretch, that would be $74,000 in winnings.

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

Jason Hughes Romps to Salina Loot; Leads Latest Hunt Battle

August 25th, 2016

Westville, Oklahoma – Jason Hughes enjoyed another great weekend behind the wheel of his Murphrey Oil Company #12 West Siloam Pawn/ Hughes Chassis/ Mullins Racing Engine Modified. Not only did he notch his 14th win
of the 2016 season, but he also extended his advantage atop the USMTS Hunt standings.

Returning to action with the United States Modified Touring Series (USMTS), Jason Hughes traveled to Adams County Speedway (Corning, Iowa) on Thursday night for round six of The Hunt for the Casey’s Cup powered by S&S Fishing and Rental. Storming to a heat race victory from the 5th-starting spot, Jason transferred into the main event with the pole position. Battling for a $3,000 payday, Jason ultimately registered a 5th-place in the 32-lapper, finishing behind Cade Dillard, Zack VanderBeek, Jesse Sobbing, and Rodney Sanders.

With the weather postponing Friday night’s Grant Junghans Memorial at Lakeside Speedway (Kansas City, Kansas), Jason invaded Salina Highbanks Speedway (Pryor Creek, Oklahoma) on Saturday night. In a stout field of 64 Open Wheel Modifieds, Jason captured another heat race win, giving him the 3rd-starting spot for the feature. Taking the lead on lap 21, Hughes held off the field for the remaining 11 laps to pick up his 14th win of the season and a $3,000 payday. Cade Dillard, Terry Phillips, Jesse Sobbing, and Zack VanderBeek trailed Jason Hughes across the finish line.

The weekend drew to a close on Sunday evening at 81 Speedway (Wichita, Kansas) with the final USMTS event of the weekend. Jason parlayed a heat race win into the 5th-starting spot for the 42-lap finale. He would go on to advance to a runner-up finish behind race winner, Ryan Gustin.

“It was another great weekend for our team,” said Hughes. “Salina Highbanks is absolutely one of my favorite tracks in the country, so it was really satisfying to get the win there. We just have to keep staying consistent if we are going to win another championship.”

Jason remains atop The Hunt for the Casey’s Cup standings with a 55-point advantage over Cade Dillard for the top spot. Hughes Race Cars continues to also lead the Manufacturer’s Championship standings. Complete results and the latest standings can be found at www.USMTS.com.

The Hunt for the USMTS Casey’s Cup continues this week with four more events. Action opens on Thursday evening at Hamilton County Speedway (Webster City, Iowa) before moving to Rapid Speedway (Rock Rapids, Iowa) on Friday. From there the USMTS competitors head to Park Jefferson Speedway (North Sioux City, South Dakota) on Saturday with a weekend closer on Sunday at Casino Speedway (Watertown, South Dakota). For more information on the events, please visit www.USMTS.com .

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

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

Rodney Sanders Tops Freedom Classic for $5k Payday; WoO Week Ahead

July 7th, 2016

Happy, Texas – For the first time in 2016 Rodney Sanders parked his Wichita Tank Racing #20 MB Customs/Clements Super Late Model in victory lane with a triumph on Saturday night at the Salina Highbanks Speedway.

Running with the Lucas Oil Midwest Late Model Racing Association (MLRA) and the MARS DIRTcar Series, Rodney Sanders visited Salina Highbanks Speedway (Salina, Oklahoma) on Saturday night for the 3rd Annual Freedom Classic. Earning the 3rd-starting spot for the feature via preliminary results, Sanders parked his #20 Swan Energy/MB Customs Super Late Model in victory lane at the end of 40-lap A-Main.

Inheriting the top spot when race-leader Will Vaught pulled off due to a flat-tire, Rodney paced the field for the remaining 14 circuits to pick up his first Super Late Model victory of the season and seventh overall.
Pocketing a $5,000 payday, Sanders was trailed by Jesse Stovall, Tad Pospisil, Terry Phillips, and Austin Siebert across the finish line.

He was also in action in the Open Wheel Modified division, where he started the night with a heat race win, securing his position into the main event. Bringing home a podium finish, Rodney crossed the finish line in 2nd behind race winner, Chad Wheeler with Jeremy Rasmussen, Jason Hughes, and Mitch Keeter rounding out the Top 5.

“We’ve been second here so many times it feels good to get a win,” Sanders said. “I lost brakes there the last 20 laps. We’ve kind of struggled this year. I saw Will was going pretty hard there at the beginning. I could run with him a little bit, then I lost brakes and was just gonna ride. Luckily we held on for the win.”

For more results from this event, please visit http://www.MLRARacing.com and http://www.SalinaHighbanksSpeedway.com.

Sanders now turns his attention to a week that will include a trio of World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series events as well as an USRA Modified event. Action opens on Friday evening at Hamilton County Speedway (Webster City, Iowa) with an $8,000-to-win event. On Friday evening the team will compete at Mason City Motor Speedway (Mason City, Iowa) in a $10,000-to-win affair. Saturday evening takes Rodney into battle in the annual NAPA Auto Parts Gopher 50, which posts a $11,000 top prize at the legendary Deer Creek Speedway (Spring Valley, Minnesota). He will also compete in the $4,000-to-win, USRA Modified feature. For more information on the event, please visit http://www.DeerCreekSpeedway.com.

Rodney Sanders would like to thank all of his sponsors including Wichita Tank Racing, Swan Energy, Kimrad Transport, DriveWFX.com, S&S Fishing and Rental, Krohn Farms, STSI, Mars Race Cars, MB Customs, KBC Graphics, Bergman Tax and Accounting, Geddes Race Engines, Deatherage Opticians, VP Race Fuels, C&R Incorporated, Beyea Headers, CMD Race Shocks, Keyser Manufacturing, Integra Race Shocks, Eibach, Wilwood Brakes, Palmer Painting, D&G Contracting, Driven Oil, 87 Automotive, FK Rod Ends, Allstar Performance, Fikes Transmission, QA1 Driveshafts, Performance Bodies, Day Motorsports, and MSRMafia.com Marketing Services.

For more information on Rodney Sanders, please visit
http://www.RodneySandersRacing.net.

Jason Hughes Surges to Salina USMTS Triumph for Win #7

May 26th, 2016

Westville, Oklahoma – Jason Hughes found himself in victory lane again with the United States Modified Touring Series on Saturday night in his West Siloam Pawn #12 Hughes/Mullins Racing Engine Modified as he claimed the $3,000 victory at Salina Highbanks Speedway.

Jason Hughes traveled to Outlaw Motor Speedway (Oktaha, Oklahoma) on Friday night for the United States Modified Touring Series (USMTS) sanctioned MSD Central Region event. Following some problems in his heat race, Jason stormed forward ten positions in the B-Main, logging an 8th-place finish, which left him just short of transferring to the finale. Utilizing a provisional to start the $3,000-to-win A-Main, Hughes came from the 27th-starting spot to post an impressive 6th- place finish in the 37-lap affair.

Saturday night proved to be a much better outing for Jason at Salina Highbanks Speedway (Pryor Creek, Oklahoma) as he started the night off with a heat race victory. Earning the 8th-starting spot for the feature, Hughes worked his way into the lead by lap-17. Holding off the field for the remaining 20 laps, Jason Hughes collected a $3,000 payday and his seventh win of the year. Rodney Sanders, Ryan Gustin, Jesse Sobbing, and Jeremy Payne rounded out the top five.

“Lapped traffic was pretty chaotic, but we had a heck of a race car,” the defending USMTS national champion commented. “I don’t think anybody could roll through the middle like we could, so when you’ve got a car that’s that good, it makes it a whole lot more comfortable.”

Jason continues to lead the USMTS point standings with the MSD Central Region. Complete results from these events can be found at www.USMTS.com .

Jason Hughes is locked and loaded for a busy Memorial Day weekend, May 25-29, with five events scheduled with the USMTS. The swing starts on Wednesday, May 25 at Crawford County Speedway (Denison, Iowa) before moving onto Mason City Motor Speedway (Mason City, Iowa) and Chateau Raceway (Lansing, Minnesota) on Thursday and Friday. Saturday will take the team to Deer Creek Speedway (Spring Valley, Minnesota) before wrapping up the holiday weekend on Sunday at Upper Iowa Speedway (Decorah, Iowa). For more information on the events, please visit www.USMTS.com .

Hughes continues to soar, scores USMTS trophy at Salina Highbanks Speedway

May 25th, 2016

PRYOR CREEK, Okla.– Jason Hughes has been a frequent flyer on USMTS airlines as of late, and Saturday night at the Salina Highbanks Speedway he piloted his familiar No. 12 Hughes Racing Chassis to another perfect landing in Widow Wax Victory Lane.

Following up on his run from 27th to sixth in Fridays show at the Outlaw Motor Speedway, Hughes started eighth in Saturdays 37-lap nightcap and took the lead for good on the 17th go-around to collect his seventh $3,000 winners check of the 2016 campaign.

Four cautions during the first dozen laps slowed the pace early on, but eventually the track stayed clean and green for the final 25 laps which produced a lot of traffic for the leaders to navigate.

“That was a long race,” Hughes said during his victory speech. “Every time we tried to pass a lapped car they were all over the race track. I got pretty ticked off a couple of times, so I had to calm down there a little bit and then get back to work.”

His nemesis over the past year or so Texan Rodney Sanders put up a valiant fight. He never let Hughes get more than a couple of car lengths away, but every time Sanders showed his nose, Hughes was able to shut the door.

“We had a heck of a race car,” the defending USMTS national champion added. “I don”t think anybody could roll through the middle like we could, so when you”ve got a car thats that good, it makes it a whole lot more comfortable.”

Cade Dillard led the first seven laps from the pole before relinquishing the top spot to Sanders, who led four circuits before Jeremy Payne took over the captains seat. Sanders got it back three laps later, but only stayed there two more times around before Hughes grabbed the lead in a three-wide dog fight for the lead down the back-stretch.

The win was the fourth at Salina for Hughes, who captured the first-ever USMTS event here in 2004. It was the 140th of his career, and extended his points lead in the MSD Central Region presented by Day Motor Sports.

Ryan Gustin raced from the 13th starting spot to finish third behind Hughes and Sanders, giving all three podium spots to the owners of the last six USMTS titles.

Last years rookie titlist, Jesse Sobbing, started behind Gustin on the inside of the eighth row and followed The Reaper to a fourth-place finish while Payne held on for fifth.

Joe Duvall, who is a past track champion here, claimed the sixth spot and Fridays winner, Terry Phillips, passed nine competitors to get seventh.

Dereck Ramirez earned the KSE Racing Products Hard Charger Award by racing from 22nd on the 28-car grid to eighth at the finish line while Mike Jergens and Chad Wheeler rounded out the top 10.

Up next, the series heads north for a five-race Memorial Day Weekend vacation beginning Wednesday, May 25, at the Crawford County Speedway in Denison, Iowa.

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

Jason Hughes Stays Red-Hot with Two Win Weekend

October 7th, 2015

Westville, Oklahoma – Jason Hughes continued his red-hot pace in his West Siloam Pawn #12 Hughes Race Car over the weekend by claiming wins in two of the three rounds at the 3rd Annual Sooner Showdown.

On Thursday Jason Hughes headed to Salina Highbanks Speedway (Pryor, Oklahoma) for the 3rd Annual Sooner Showdown. Competing in the three-day event, Jason earned a 6th place starting spot for the feature on Thursday night. Gaining three spots in the $1,500-to-win finale, Hughes scored a 3rd place finish behind race winner, Terry Phillips, and Rodney Sanders with Jeremy Rasmussen and Joe Duvall rounding out the top five.

On Friday night the 9th starting Hughes rocketed through the field to bring home his 12th win of the season in the $2,000-to-win feature. The Oklahoma driver gained eight spots in the A-Main to score the victory with Thomas Tillison Jr. and Rodney Sanders completing the top three.

Wrapping up the weekend on Saturday night Jason earned a second-row, starting spot for the $2,500-to-win feature. Hughes would go on to charge to the front of the pack en route to his 13th victory of the 2015 season. Jason also claimed a $1,000 bonus for winning two of the weekend’s events.

“Salina (Highbanks Speedway) is one of my favorite tracks, and it’s always a blast to race there,” commented Hughes. “This hot rod just keeps performing each and every night. We really have things rolling right now, and I can’t wait for the next race.”

Complete results from these events can be found at www.SalinaHighbanksSpeedway.com .

Next on tap for Hughes is a trip to Flint Creek Speedway (West Siloam, Oklahoma) this weekend, October 9th-10th for the inaugural October Fall Classic. The program will be highlighted by a $1,500-to-win finale. For more information on the event, please visit www.FlintCreekSpeedway.com .

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

USMTS rained out at Salina Highbanks; Five-race Labor Day Weekend swing looms

August 23rd, 2015

PRYOR CREEK, Okla.–Saturdays event at Salina Highbanks Speedway featuring the Hunt for the USMTS Caseys Cup powered by S&S Fishing & Rental, has been rained out.

The next show for the monster modifieds of the USMTS will happen Wednesday, Sept. 2, at the historic Hamilton County Speedway in Webster City, Iowa& the first of five straight nights of racing to celebrate the Labor Day Weekend.

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.

Sobbing clinches 2015 USMTS Rookie of the Year title

August 19th, 2015

MALVERN, Iowa -Everybody who had previously competed against Jesse Sobbing on a dirt track knew that when he jumped up to the big leagues in 2015 that he would be a force to be reckoned with.

And while some fans and perhaps even a handful of his fellow drivers—were skeptical about his chances for success in his first full season running with the Best of the Best in the United States Modified Touring Series,
those doubts have been put to rest.

With eight points races still remaining in the Hunt for the USMTS Caseys Cup powered by S&S Fishing & Rental, Sobbing has mathematically clinched the 2015 USMTS Rookie for the Year Award and added another gold star to an already-glowing racing résumé.

The only driver to compete in every USMTS regional points race in 2015, Sobbing led the rookie standings for the first time this season following the event on May 1 at the Lakeside Speedway in Kansas City, Mo.

One day later, he won his first career USMTS main event by outrunning Terry Phillips and Rodney Sanders at the Randolph County Raceway in Moberly, Mo., and he never trailed again.

Driving the No.99 Home Pride Motorsports MB Custom powered by Sputs Racing Engines, the multi-time I.M.C.A. national and NASCAR regional champion from Malvern, Iowa, has traveled with his veteran crew chief, Mike Gocke, to every USMTS Caseys Cup Series show this season.

In his 44 starts, Sobbing has recorded one win, 17 top-fives and 30 top-ten finishes while racking up more than $40,000 in earnings.

Throughout four regional points races, the team finished third in the final standings in two regions and fourth in the other two. Sobbing came into the Hunt for the USMTS Caseys Cup as the points leader and currently rides in third
behind Rodney Sanders and Jason Hughes.

At 33 years of age, Sobbing is not the oldest to win the USMTS Rookie of the Year Award. That distinction belongs to Scott Green who was 37 when he claimed the honor in 2007. Conversely, Trevor Hunt was the youngest recipient at 14 years of age when he won it in 2013.

Former USMTS Rookie of the Year Award winners include Cade Dillard (2014), Trevor Hunt (2013), Stormy Scott (2012), Jason Grimes (2011), Johnny Scott (2010) Grant Junghans (2009), Brandon Kenny (2008), Scott Green (2007), Jay Poidinger (2006), Brad McEwan (2005), Zack VanderBeek (2004), Corey Dripps (2003), Justin Boney (2002), Jason Hughes (2001) and Kevin Peters (2000).

In addition to cash in pocket, Sobbing’s Rookie of the Year title also comes with a new fuel cell from Fuel Safe and a new carburetor from Holley Performance, plus contingency awards from Beyea Custom Headers, FK Rod Ends, Genesis Racing Shocks, Keyser Manufacturing, Nitroquest Media and more.

Rookie points are awarded for each eligible driver’s best twenty-four (24) points-earning performances during the season. To be eligible for the USMTS Rookie of the Year Award, a driver may have participated in no more than twenty-four (24) USMTS events prior to the current year and/or may not have won a USMTS A Main during a prior year.

Sobbing will be looking to take a step toward one more title when the Hunt for the USMTS Casey’s Cup powered by S&S Fishing & Rental returns to Americas heartland this weekend for a pair of critical events in the battle to become the 2015 champion of the United States Modified Touring Series.

Action kicks off this Friday, Aug. 21, at the Lakeside Speedway in Kansas City, Kan., for the first of two $3,000-to-win blockbuster events with the first heat race at 7:30 p.m.

The Lakeside Speedway is a semi-banked 4/10-mile dirt oval located 1.0 mile west of I-435 (exit 18) on SR 5 (northwest of Kansas City). For more information, call 913-299-9206 or visit www.lakesidespeedway.net.

Then on Saturday, Aug. 22, the gear-grinding goliaths of the USMTS return to the Salina Highbanks Speedway for what promises to be yet another classic nail-biter on the steep clay oval. The first green flag waves at 7 p.m.

The Salina Highbanks Speedway is located 7 miles east of Pryor on SR 20. For more information, visit the website at www.salinahighbanksspeedway.com or call 918-434-7223.

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 subscribe
to our YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/usmtstv.

Duvall delivering for AMP Energy during Hunt for the USMTS Caseys Cup powered by S&S Fishing & Rental

July 15th, 2015

CLAREMORE, Okla.-Joe Duvall of Claremore, Okla., is one of three United States Modified Touring Series competitors that will comprise the Caseys Crew during this years Hunt for the USMTS Caseys Cup powered by S&S Fishing & Rental.

Each driver will carry an associate sponsorship from Caseys General Stores during the championship series and primary sponsorship from one of three popular brands available in Caseys General Store locations across America.

Joe Duvall is still searching for that elusive first USMTS victory, but he hopes that changes this summer when he sports the colors of AMP Energy the Official Energy Drink of the USMTS during the Hunt for the USMTS Caseys Cup.

AMP Energys full line-up of innovative products provide a kick of energy to match anything the day brings. So tell Monday morning to bring it on, Friday night to wait up for you, and everything in-between to be ready. You’re on your
way. Get yourself some AMP Energy at Caseys General Stores and visit them online at www.ampenergy.com to learn more.

Big Daddy is the owner of Duvall Electric, and cut his racing teeth nearly 30 years ago competing in the world of flat track motorcycle racing, competing alongside legendary riders such as Chris Carr, Scott Parker and Joe Kopp.Duvall, 42, eventually turned his sights toward dirt modified racing. He captured the 2010 NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Oklahoma State Championship while racing at the Salina Highbanks Speedway and Outlaw Motor Speedway, where he is a two-time track champ.

Duvalls No. 91 USMTS Modified is an MB Customs chassis powered by Mullins Race Engines. Crew members include crew chief Scott Drake, Gene McNeal and James Merritt. The teams sponsors include Trucks Unlimited, Southern Oklahoma
Speedway, S&S Fishing & Rental, Duvall Electric, BrassMonkey Racing Products, Mars Racing, MB Customs Race Cars, Mullins Race Engines, Forty9 Designs, VP Racing Fuels – Heartland, York Street Tire, American Race Tires and Real Racing Wheels. To learn more check out www.joeduvall91.com.

Race fans are invited to meet the driver, see the car and pick up $2-off admission coupons at the following locations during The Hunt:

Drivers in the Caseys 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, the USMTS and Casey’s General Stores and their participating brands in a
positive manner.

ABOUT CASEYS GENERAL STORES
Caseys General Stores (NASDAQ: CASY), currently owns and operates more than 1,700 convenience stores throughout Americas heartland. Caseys General Stores supply quality self-service gasoline, made-from-scratch pizza & donuts, sandwiches, hot & cold beverages, grocery items, and a whole lot more. Most Caseys operate in towns with populations of less than 5,000, and it’s in these same communities where the majority of USMTS fans, drivers and their families reside.

Through the years, Casey’s success has been attributed to our clean stores, restrooms, and the friendly employees who pride themselves in customer service. Casey’s customers have come to know that inside each store they will find dedicated, helpful, and well-trained employees, exceptional prepared food items, and a clean environment in which to shop.

In 1985, Caseys famous homemade pizza is introduced and it quickly becomes a favorite in towns all over the Midwest. Now Caseys is the fifth largest pizza chain in the U.S., and people come from all over to experience Caseys famous pizza. Today, there are over 15 million pizzas made each year, and Casey’s is the tenth largest convenience store chain.

Be sure to stop by Caseys General Store before and after the races for all your supplies and needs. And dont 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 Caseys General Stores or to find the location nearest you, visit them online at www.caseys.com.

2015 HUNT FOR THE USMTS CASEYS CUP POWERED BY S&S FISHING & RENTAL
Thursday, Aug. 6 … 81 Speedway, Park City, Kan.
Friday, Aug. 7 … Humboldt Speedway, Humboldt, Kan.
Saturday, Aug. 8 … Lucas Oil Speedway, Wheatland, Mo.
Sunday, Aug. 9 … Monett Speedway, Monett, Mo.
Thursday, Aug. 13 … Red Cedar Speedway, Menomonie, Wis.
Friday, Aug. 14 … Mississippi Thunder Speedway, Fountain City, Wis.
Saturday, Aug. 15 … Ogilvie Raceway, Ogilvie, Minn.
Friday, Aug. 21 … Lakeside Speedway, Kansas City, Kan.
Saturday, Aug. 22 … Salina Highbanks Speedway, Pryor Creek, Okla.
Wednesday, Sept. 2 … Hamilton County Speedway, Webster City, Iowa
Thursday, Sept. 3 … Fairmont Raceway, Fairmont, Minn.
Friday, Sept. 4 … Chateau Raceway, Lansing, Minn.
Saturday, Sept. 5 … Deer Creek Speedway, Spring Valley, Minn.
Sunday, Sept. 6 … Cresco Speedway, Cresco, Iowa
Thursday, Sept. 24 … Deer Creek Speedway, Spring Valley, Minn.

Two additional Caseys Crew drivers will be announced on Tuesday and Wednesday, July 14-15.

Freedom Classic Opening Night to Stovall

July 5th, 2015

SALINA, OK -A late afternoon shower provided just enough natural moisture for a perfect Salina Highbanks Speedway surface on the opening night of the 2nd Annual Freedom Classic. Jesse Stovall cleared Tommy Weder Jr., just prior to a yellow flag, near the half way point of the race, and rolled into Andy’s Frozen Custard Victory Lane for his fourth Lucas Oil MLRA win of the season.

“This place is a go fast get on the top and get her done,” exclaimed an excited Stovall. “My old hot rod would go around the bottom there pretty good tonight too. I think that’s what kind of give me a little bit of an edge to be able to make a pass for the lead. Once we got in the lead we just kind of found a good line.”

Jason Utter rebounded after a tough last event at Adams County Speedway to score the runner up finish. He was also the Casey’s General Stores Hard Charger with an impressive 18 position advancement.

“Once we got it (the track) figured out we were rolling pretty good there in the feature,” commented Utter. “I want to say congrats to Jesse. I struggled earlier, and I went over there and got some advice from him. That just shows what kind of character he is.”

Justin Asplin ran in close quarters with Utter during the closing laps and nailed down third.

“We’ve got good good equipment,” stated Asplin. “We’ve got good cars. I had a crew guy, we parted ways, and I got more involved with my program the last two or three weeks. I think that has helped. I bought a new business the first of the year and just wasn’t there. Here lately I’ve had to get more hands on with it, and I think that’s one of the reasons why were turning stuff around.”

Tommy Weder led the field to the green and set the pace early. Once Stovall jumped out front he was never challenged again. Aside from Utter’s push forward there were also big gains made by both Ryan Gustin and RC Whitwell who completed the top five. Jake O’Neil was just outside of the top five, but made up huge ground too.

Several yellows slowed the race throughout, but none were for serious incidents. Saturday night wraps up the weekend at Salina Highbanks Speedway. The Lucas Oil MLRA will again headline with a $5,000 to win main event.

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

Fans may also “like” the Lucas Oil MLRA Facebook page by clicking www.Facebook.com/lucasoilmlra or follow us on Twitter at www.Twitter.com/MLRA.

IceMan & Morrison Pick Off Support Wins At Salina Speedway

June 1st, 2014

Salina, KS – The focus on the night at Salina Speedway surrounded the ASCS National & Midwest Region Sprint Cars, but some of the best racing of the night occurred in the AutoHouse Towing Mod Lites and the BSB Manufacturing NeSmith Weekly Racing Series Late Models.

Delbert ‘The IceMan’ Smith has been racing Late Models for decades in the Midwest. It seems that just like a fine wine Smith is getting better with age. No stranger to victory lane in all of his years racing, Smith is flexing his muscle at Salina Speedway. Smith is coming off a championship season a year ago and in 2014 he now has 2 feature wins and another early season points lead after winning Friday night’s feature. It was Daniel ‘Popsicle’ Smith that jumped out to the early lead in the main event. Daniel Smith, who had a strong run to begin the night finishing 2nd in his heat, stormed out to the lead and would hang on for almost half of the main event at the front. The tidbit of irony in this story is that Daniel Smith is the son of Delbert Smith and just like a true competitor there is no ‘I am going to let you win’ in this family. At the halfway mark of the feature Delbert had made his way up from his 8th starting position to over take Daniel for the top spot. Once out front ‘The Iceman’ was in familiar territory. Daniel would make a run at his father during the 2nd half of the race as they went in and out of lapped traffic. At one point contact was evident between the two racers. All would be fine in the world of racing at Salina Speedway. Delbert would go to his 2nd win of the 2014 season and Daniel would get another runner-up finish on the year. Darrick Klima, the winner of the 2nd heat, had a strong run on the night and would come home 3rd, the ‘RocketMan’ Chris Kratzer would come home 4th after winning the last feature and Justin Kinderknecht rounded out the top 5 in 5th.

Dustin Huehl won the 1st heat race of the night in the BSB Manufacturing NeSmith Weekly Racing Series Late Models. The AutoHouse Towing Mod Lites don’t get enough credit when it comes to the great racing they put on night in and night out at Salina Speedway. A driver that deserves a lot of credit in this division is Danny Morrison Jr. Morrison headed into Friday night’s action at Salina Speedway having won his last 4 Mod Lite features. Morrison’s streak has seen him win at tracks in both Kansas and Nebraska. It would be a tough feat for Morrison to get the win considering he would start outside row number 5 for the main event. As the feature got underway it would only take 6 laps for the hot shoe of Morrison to take over the lead. In and out of traffic he made all the right moves to land him in the top spot. A spot he has come to know well at Salina Speedway. Passing competitors is nothing new to Morrison either. Early in the night he won the 1st heat race by going from last to first!

The Mod Lite of Morrison is firing on all cylinders at this point of the 2014 season. Morrison would sprint to the checkered flag for his 5th consecutive win in the car. It was his 2nd win of the season at Salina Speedway. Trey Morgan put together a strong run and held on to the 2nd spot after winning the 2nd Heat Race of the night, Brandon Gray would keep pace with Morrison for awhile as the two moved forward, but Gray would stall out in the 3rd position, it was Salina’s own, Mike Zrubek, finishing 4th on the night and Ryan Secrest started 5th and finished 5th in the A Main.

Weekly racing will be ready to rumble next Friday night, June 6th, the BSB Manufacturing NeSmith Chevrolet Weekly Racing Series Late Models, Belleville Motor Sports IMCA Modifieds, Coors Light Street Stocks, Budweiser IMCA Hobby Stocks and Chamucos Night Club Mini Stocks

Racing gets underway with Hot laps at 7:15 p.m. and heat races shortly after that.

Kratzer, Morrison, Knoell, Frye & Slothower All In Victory Lane At Salina Speedway

May 12th, 2014

Friday night was a beautiful night for racing. The night had very little wind and at 70 degrees some would almost say it was perfect. If you were to ask the 5 feature winners on Friday night at Salina Speedway I am sure they would agree.

For the first two races of the season in the M&H Motors IMCA Northern Sport Mod division Austin Carter has come away with the victories. The big question on the night could he get win number 3 in a row? Someone forgot to let Tyler Frye in on it if Carter was suppose to get the hat trick!

Frye has been one of the toughest competitors in the Sport Mods nationally for years. This season he has gotten off to a slow start, but Friday night he resembled the Frye of old.

From his 3rd row starting spot Frye wasted little time getting to the front of the pack. At the front he would click off lap after lap without a worry in the world or should he have been worried about the driver who started in the 6th row, Carter?

Carter started 11th on the feature and one by one he was systematically working his way past cars and moving to the front. His efforts were impressive and it thrilled the crowd. In the end it wouldn’t be enough because Frye was too strong and he had built up enough of a lead that he wasn’t going to give it up. Frye would pick up his 1st win of the 2014 season.

A few other drivers moved their way through the field as well. Clay Money started 7th and finished 3rd, finishing 4th after starting in 10th was Daniel Gottschalk and Nate Ginest rounded out the top 5.

The M&H IMCA Northern Sport Mods will be an exciting and competitive class to watch all year long in 2014. Heat races were won on the night by Ginest, Money & Frye.

For the 2nd straight week Brian Knoell was standing tall in victory lane after another strong win in the Belleville Motor Sports IMCA Modifieds. Knoell, like Frye, started in the 3rd row at the start of the A Main. His goal was like any other night get to the checkered flag first!

Knoell got out to the start he wanted as got to the lead quickly and then concentrated on hitting his marks and making it to the finish 1st. Just like in the Sport Mod main a driver, Brendon Gemmill, would start in the 6th row and march his way to the front.

Gemmill would make a hard charge to the front. Moving past cars he found himself in the 2nd position and would have the chance to mount an assault on Knoell. The two drivers would battle but in the end it would be Knoell gaining his 2nd straight victory. Gemmill would have to settle for the runner-up spot.

Danny Morrison Jr. finished 3rd but had to fight for that after being sent to the rear during an early caution, 4th went to Joe Cleveland and 5th was Randy Wilson, who started 13th on the grid.

Belleville Motor Sports Heat Races were won by Knoell and Corey Burch.

After 3 weeks of competition in the Budweiser IMCA Hobby Stock class there has yet to be a repeat winner. Tony Slothower joined the the select group of winners on Friday night. This season Slothower has finished in the top 5 for all 3 events.

Dennis Berry would open the feature with the early lead, but it wouldn’t be long before Slothower and Aaron McBride overhauled the leader for the top spot.

Slothower won the battle with McBride over the remaining laps of the main event.

McBride would finish in 2nd, Mike Traskowsky drove from 10th to finish 3rd, 4th went to G.W. Fuller and Tommy Fose hauled in a 5th place finish.

Budweiser IMCA Hobby Stock Heat Race winners were Kelly Pihl and Traskowsky.

A few drivers at Salina Speedway will be double duty on race nights. Two of those drivers are in the AutoHouse Towing Mod Lite division, Danny Morrison & Justin Kinderknecht.

Maybe it’s all the laps these two get on the speedway or it could be that they are exceptional talents. No matter what the reasoning, they both are usually finishing up front in whatever division they are racing in.

Ryan Secrest started out the night on the pole position and took to the early lead.

On lap number 3 it would be Morrison’s turn at the front of the field as he would shoot by Secrest at the point.

After that point it was a big run for Morrison to the finish. After a week off for the Mod Lites, Morrison would become the 2nd different winner on the season in the division.

Jason Roe put together a nice outing as he went from 10th to finish 2nd, Brian Davidson finished 3rd, 4th was Chris Unruh and finishing in the 5th spot was Justin Kinderknecht.

AutoHouse Towing Mod Lite Heat Races were won by Unruh & Secrest.

The BSB Manufacturing Late Model division is starting to sound like a broken record! A new driver looks like he is going to win the feature only to be over taken in the late going of the race to come home 2nd. Yes, it happened again this week.

Daniel Smith, who moved into the Late Model division full time this season, started his night off right with a heat race win. As he began the feature it was right back to where he left off in the heat, at the front of the pack.

Smith would run steady laps up front and would hang on to the top spot for most of the race. To the crowd in attendance it looked as if Smith would pick up his 1st Late Model victory!

That was until there was 2 laps to go and Chris ‘The Rocketman’ Kratzer pulled up to the rear of Smith and made the pass of the night. Kratzer got by the leader with 2 to go and held on to the victory. It was another exciting feature that treated the fans to another race with lots of passing at Salina Speedway!

Just like the Hobby Stocks, the Late Models have had 3 races and 3 different winners on the season. The Late Model pilots are displaying that any of them have the capability of pulling off the win on any given night.

Daniel Smith would have to finish in the runner-up spot on the night, Scott Phillips finished 3rd, 4th went to the opening night winner, Delbert Smith and rounding out the top 5 was Justin Kinderknecht.

BSB Manufacturing Heat Race wins went to Daniel Smith and Kinderknecht.

Racing Action continues next Friday night at Salina Speedway, May 16! In action will be the Modifieds, Street Stocks, Sport Mods, Mini Stocks and a special appearance by the Outlaw Cruisers! Fans will get into the action as well since it will be $1.00 HOT DOG NIGHT! Fans will get dogs all night long for a $1.00!!! Make plans now to be at Salina Speedway to see all of the action! For all the information surrounding Salina Speedway visit their home on the world wide web, http://www.racesalinaspeedway.net.

Can Austin Carter Go 3 For 3 At Salina Speedway

May 10th, 2014

Salina, KS – For the first 2 weeks of the season everything has been going great at Salina Speedway. Good crowds, a lot of competitors and great racing have highlighted the beginning of the season. The big question on everyone’s mind is can Austin Carter keep up his winning ways this Saturday night, May 9, in the M&H Motors IMCA Northern Sport Mod division?

Carter has been on a roll since taking the win on opening night. A feat that is impressive considering all the talent and competition that he has to face on a nightly basis. This week’s race could determine whether this youngster is quickly becoming the next big thing or if one of the other hot-shoes in the class is ready to knock him off. The Northern Sport Mod division isn’t the only big race to watch this Friday night.

Last Friday night’s races displayed a little bit of everyting in the world of racing. Late lap victories, lots of wheel to wheel action and even domination.

The Belleville Motor Sports IMCA Modifieds saw the domination characteristic in the feature event. Brian Knoell, a longtime veteran modified racer, took the lead from the pole position and never looked back. It also marked the 2nd straight week where there was a new winner in victory lane.

Delbert Smith, the winner from night 1 in the BSB Manufacturing Late Models, looked as if he would take home a win on night 2, but it was Darrick Klima who would come up with the victory at the checkers. In the Budweiser IMCA Hobby Stock Feature Mike Traskowsky became the 2nd different feature winner in the division by outdueling Aaron McBride, Goeff Jermark was the king of the Coors Light Street Stock class and Stacey Huffman charged to the front of the field for the win in the Chamucos Night Club Mini Stock feature event.

This week’s lineup will feature the BSB Manufacturing Late Models, Belleville Motor Sports IMCA Modifieds, M&H Motors IMCA Northern Sport Mods, Budweiser IMCA Hobby Stocks and the AutoHouse Towing Mod Lites.

Racing action gets started Friday night with hot laps at 7:15 p.m. and the racing action goes green shortly after the completion of hot laps.

Ticket prices are $10 for adults and seniors (55 and over) are just $5. The word FREE doesn’t get thrown around enough in this world, but don’t worry Salina Speedway hasn’t forgotten how to use this word. All active and retired military (with appropriate ID) are FREE and kids 15 and under are ALWAYS FREE with a paid adult!

Fans wanting to get the 411 on Salina Speedway just need to stay logged in to their home on the world wide web at http://www.racesalinaspeedway.com./ As fans visit the site take a look at the 2014 schedule to see what classes are running, great stories and results and sign up for the Text & Email Blasts! You can also like their Facebook page at www.Facebook.com/SalinaSpeedway or Follow on Twitter @SalinaSpeedway1.

Salina Speedway is located at 2841 South Burma Road, Salina, KS 67401. If you more questions or would like to see about becoming more involved at Salina Speedway call 785-292-9220.

Carter Pulls Off 2nd Straight Win At Salina Speedway

May 5th, 2014

After a strong opening night 1 week ago, everyone was waiting to see if Salina Speedway could follow up on the magic from week #1. Yes they could.

One driver in particular, Austin Carter, is enjoying the 2014 season. After Friday night at Salina Speedway Carter remains undefeated on the season in the M&H Motors IMCA Northern Sport Mod division as he won his 2nd straight feature. It wasn’t an easy win for Carter. He would start 10th on the grid and there were some tough competitors in the 20 car A Main.

Tyler Post looked to have the win all but locked up. Post started 8th in the feature, but by virtue of picking drivers off one at a time he found himself at the front of the field. For a large majority of the race he would sit at the front of the pack. The front is a good place to be especially if you can get to the checkered flag first. Post, unfortunately, had to deal with a late race yellow.
As the restart got under way it would be Carter, the week 1 winner, finding a way for the 2nd straight week to take over the lead and go on to the win. The late race heroics capped off an exciting feature.

Post would hold on for the runner-up spot, 3rd went to Jesse Levin, Matthew Crowell marched from 9th to finish 4th on the night and it was one of the biggest movers of the night, Kurtis Pihl, going from 14th to 5th. Heat race winners in the M&H Motors IMCA Northern Sport Mods were Levin, Fred Traskowsky and Mark Franklin.

The BSB Manufacturing Late Model feature was another exciting feature on the night. Chris Kratzer, The Rocketman, stormed out to the early lead and held off the hungry pack of wolves nipping at his heels.

Last week’s feature winner, Delbert Smith, gave Kratzer all the pressure he wanted at the front of the field. Smith, the reigning champ in the division, looked as if he might make it 2 for 2 but there was another challenger waiting to make a bid for the top spot.
Darrick Klima, a former feature winner in the division, worked on Smith before making a move to the lead with just 5 laps remaining. Klima worked his way by Smith for the point and never looked back for the remaining 5 laps. It would be Klima’s first feature win of 2014.

Smith finished 2nd, 3rd would go to Kratzer and for the 2nd straight week Justin KinderKnecht and Jill Roberg rounded out the top 5 in 4th and 5th respectively. BSB Manufacturing Late Model heat races were won by Scott Phillips and Alan Reinart.

A good old fashioned ‘barn burner’ had the fans on their feet for the Budweiser IMCA Hobby Stock feature event. For much of the main event it was a dog fight between Mike Traskowsky and Aaron McBride. The two aces would throw everything they had at the other to take the top spot. Both drivers would take turns at the top spot. As the two battled it out fans were wondering who it would be in the end.

The driver that would gain the final advantage late would be Traskowsky, as he worked his way by McBride and motored on to the win.
McBride drove to a hard fought runner-up spot, Tony Slothower finished with a respectable 3rd place finish, Tommy Fose was the big mover of the night going from 11th to 4th on the field and it was Kelly Pihl starting the feature in 5th and finishing the feature in 5th.

Budweiser IMCA Hobby Stock Heat Races were won by Mark Hedberg and Traskowsky. If there was a dominating performance at Salina Speedway on Friday night it occurred in the Belleville Motor Sports IMCA Modified feature event.

Brian Knoell has many years of experience behind the wheel of a modified. Friday night he showed just how much that experience can be beneficial. Knoell started on the pole position for the A Main and when the green flag dropped he took out into the top spot. Once at the front of the field he would use all of his knowledge and skill to make sure everyone stayed behind him in the feature. Knoell wired the field as he would lead every lap on the way to the victory.

Last year’s champ, Joe Cleveland, finished in the 2nd spot, a motor change couldn’t keep another former champ down as Corey Largoon finished 3rd, 4th went to Mike Petersilie and the ‘Hitman’, Lyle Shepard, rounded out the top 5. Belleville Motor Sports Modified heat race winners were Knoell and Cleveland.

The Coors Light Street Stock division might not have a ton of competitors every week but it’s one of the most competitive divisions at Salina Speedway. Week #2 saw a new winner in victory lane, Geoff Jermark.

Jerry Phillips and Bob Arnold would battle from the drop of the green flag with Arnold getting the top spot at the end of lap #1.
Phillips would lay claim to the top position on the next lap and hang on to it for a few circuits.

Lap 6 would see the eventual winner, Jermark, take the lead and hang on from there. Phillips would take 2nd, Arnold would come home in the 3rd position, 4th would go to Duane Toyne and Tyler Stucky rounded out the top 5.

The Coors Light Stock Car heat race win went to Phillips. Friday night was the first appearance for the Chamucos Night Club Mini Stocks. The feature had a lot of passing, which always is a delight to the crowd.

Russell Roberg started out as the early leader in the main event, but the eyes of the crowd had to be on Stacey Huffman. Huffman started in the 8th position and lap after lap was knocking off competitors one at a time. Roberg stayed in the top spot as the laps clicked off. Would there be enough time for Huffman to get to the front and could Roberg fend off Huffman in the last few laps?

It would come down to the last lap and it would be Huffman sneaking by Roberg to win the first Chamucos Night Club Mini Stock Feature.
Roberg was a close 2nd, Dallas Dun finished 3rd, 4th was Josh Howard and Tracy Montague came home with a top 5 in the 5th spot.

Chamucos Night Club Mini Stock heat race was won by Huffman. Action at Salina Speedway will continue next Friday night, May 9th. Late Models, Modifieds, Sport Mods, Mod Lites and Hobby Stocks will all be on the docket for next week’s races. For all the information surrounding Salina Speedway visit their home on the world wide web, http://www.racesalinaspeedway.net.

After Further Review Salina Speedway Ready For Week #2

May 1st, 2014

(Salina, KS) Every now and then you have to go back to the monitors for the official review. Last Saturday it was announced that the attendance reached the level for a new promotion that would allow everyone to get in for 1/2 price to this Friday night’s race. After further review it was revealed that only 1159 paid attendance at last week’s race. The current promotion calls for 1500 and after the final tally the count came up 351 short of achieving the goal! None-the-less, promoter Tommy Hedrickson, felt that there needed to be an adjustment this week to the promotion. Fans will get in 1/2 price to the May 9th event if they can get 1200 paid attendance this week! A very obtainable goal.

Last Friday night a large contingent in the crowd watched as Clay Sellard drove to a hard fought BMS IMCA Modified win, Adam Armstrong showed just why he is dominant in the Budweiser IMCA Hobby Stock division, last year’s track champ in the BSB Manufacturing Late Models, Delbert Smith, is only getting stronger every season as he started off with a win, Austin Carter showed the way in the M&H Motors IMCA Northern Sport Mod Feature, another champion from 2013, Justin Kinderknecht, drove to an impressive win in the AutoHouse Towing Mod Lite class and Scott Miller took early control of the Coors Light Street Stock class with a big win.

This week the action promises to be hot and heavy with the Late Models, Modifieds, Street Stocks, Northern Sport Mods, Hobby Stocks and Mini Stocks all in competition. One class, the Mod Lites, will get a week off and will be back in action the following week.

Racing action gets started Friday night with hot laps at 7:15 p.m. and the racing action goes green shortly after the completion of hot laps.

Ticket prices are $10 for adults and seniors (55 and over) are just $5. The word FREE doesn’t get thrown around enough in this world, but don’t worry Salina Speedway hasn’t forgotten how to use this word. All active and retired military (with appropriate ID) are FREE and kids 15 and under are ALWAYS FREE with a paid adult!

Fans wanting to get the 411 on Salina Speedway just need to stay logged in to their home on the world wide web at http://www.racesalinaspeedway.com./ As fans visit the site take a look at the 2014 schedule to see what classes are running, great stories and results and sign up for the Text & Email Blasts! You can also like their Facebook page at www.Facebook.com/SalinaSpeedway or Follow on Twitter @SalinaSpeedway1.

Salina Speedway is located at 2841 South Burma Road, Salina, KS 67401. If you more questions or would like to see about becoming more involved at Salina Speedway call 785-292-9220.

Salina Speedway Opens Up 2014 With A BANG!

April 29th, 2014

Salina, Speedway – The off season was long for the employees of Salina Speedway. Friday night all of their hard work promoting, working on the track and getting ready for the 2014 season paid off in a big way. Opening night saw a large contingent of fans in attendance and 93 race cars ready to open up the season. As for the races, it was a night of intense action that will set the tone for the entire race season. Drivers were racing 3 wide at times, racing in multiple lanes and drivers were moving up and passing cars through the field.

In the Budweiser IMCA Hobby Stocks it was Adam Armstrong celebrating in victory lane at the end of the night. Armstrong earned the victory at the Hobby Stocks appear to be one of the most competitive classes at Salina Speedway. At the start of the feature it was Mike Traskowsky jumping out as the early leader. Armstrong, who started 5th on the grid, kept pack with Traskowksy by staying on his back bumper. As the two ran up front lapped traffic was going to be a factor. On lap number 7 Armstrong saw his opportunity as they came into the lapped traffic. He would work his way around Traskowsky and hold on for the final 8 laps to take home his 1st win at Salina Speedway. Traskowsky would hold on for the runner-up spot, 3rd went to a consistent Tony Slothower, Brendon Stigge would move from 7th to finish 4th and rounding out the top 5 was G.W. Fuller. Heat race winners on the night in the Budweiser IMCA Hobby Stocks were Armstrong and Fuller.

A whopping 25 cars showed up to shoot it out in the M&H Motors IMCA Northern Sport Mod division. To complete the night of competition with this many cars would require a B Feature to be ran. Some of the toughest racers in IMCA come from this division and it’s no surprise that there was a lot of passing in this A feature. Austin Carter, from Beloit, would hold off the competition and get the win. Carter showed early in the night that he was going to be a factor in the nights proceedings as he went from worst to first in his heat race. It gave fans something to get up on their feet and cheer for but it also showed the competition that Carter was one fast racer. Carter would get out front early in the Sport Mod main event, but behind him there was a lot of action. Daniel Gottschalk and Tyler Frye were dicing through the field as they both started 11th and 10th on the field respectively. Again the fans in the crowd enjoyed yet another solid race where passing was the norm and not the exception. At the drop of the checkered flag both Gottschalk and Frye would run out of time as Carter would be strong enough to pick up the opening night win. Gottschalk would hold on for 2nd, Frye would have to settle for 3rd, 4th went to Clay Money, who started 8th, and Nate Ginest, who started 12th, finished with a top 5 in the 5th position. Heat race winners in the Budweiser IMCA Northern Sport Mod division were Carter, Money and Ginest. The B Feature win went to Kamren Gruber.

In the BMS IMCA Modifieds there were several heavy hitters in the field. Many tough competitors were ready to duke it out and nobody was more ready than Clay Sellard. As the feature got ready to get underway Sellard knew that he would have to keep pace with a former multiple time feature winner, Corey Lagroon, who was starting in the pole position. When the green flag flew the battle would begin and the jockeying for positions started all over the track. It was a battle that the fans loved to see and Sellard would come out with the top spot. The question is could he hang on? Lagroon wasn’t going to go away. Lagroon would give chase but in the end it would be Sellard notching the win. One of the best battles was for the 3rd position as the ‘Hitman’ Lyle Shepard was doing anything and everything to hold off a charging Danny Morrison by the races end. The top 2 spots were locked up and the eyes went to the battle for 3rd. Shepard started 7th and Morrison 10th and they both worked their way up through the field. Shepard would come out on the top end of this battle as he would lock down the 3rd position and Morrison would settle for 4th after a tough battle. Shannon Johnson would finish in the 5th position with a solid performance. Heat race winners in the BMS IMCA Modifieds were Sellard and David Murray.

One of the strongest races of the night occurred in the AutoHouse Towing Mod Lite division. This feature event displayed a 3 car shootout at the front where Brandon Gray, Danny Morrison and Justin Kinderknecht all swapped spots back and forth for a majority of the feature. To the fans enjoyment 3 of the top 5 cars started in the 4th or 5th row at the beginning of the feature. That means one thing, PASSING!!!! The fans of Salina speedway got to see a lot of this in the Mod Lite Feature. As the top 3 were slicing and dicing, it was Justin Kinderknecht, the reigning division champ, who would use lapped traffic to his advantage coming out of turn 4 to take the lead late in the race. Kinderknect wouldn’t need any more help as he scooted on to the opening night win. Morrison would come home in the 2nd spot, Gray would garner the 3rd spot, 4th went to Tyler Bradshaw and marching from 10th to 5th was Earl Kinderknecht. AutoHouse Towing Mod Lite heat race wins went to Morrison and Bradshaw.

If you were watching the BSB Manufacturing Late Model feature you might have thought that Darrick Klima was going to start the season off with the win. You would have been wrong in thinking this. The newly sanctioned NeSmith Crate Late Model Series saw Klima jump out to the early lead. Klima had a strong showing in 2013 and it looked like the beginning to his 2014 would be just as good. Unfortunately while leading the feature he came into contact with Chris Kratzer and the yellow flag came out. When the smoke cleared Klima and Kratzer were sent to the rear of the field for causing the yellow. This would open the door for Delbert ‘The Iceman’ Smith.
This would be the only break that the 2013 Champ would need in route to beginning 2014 as he ended 2013, on top! Smith would run away with the opening night win. Dustin Huehl enjoyed a solid night finishing in the 2nd spot, 3rd went to the double duty driver of Justin KinderKnecht, 4th went to Scott Phillips and rounding out the top 5 was Jill Roberg. BSB Manufacturing Late Model heat race wins were awarded to Smith and Huehl.

Some drivers are on their A game when the feature starts and it’s evident to the fans just who those drivers are. In the Coors Light Street Stock Feature the fans realized that Scott Miller was a driver that was at his best Friday night. Roaring from his 5th position on the starting grid. Miller roared to the front and never looked back on his way to the win. Jerry Phillips would bring home a runner-up finish, last year’s champ, Duane Toyne, would come from 7th to finish 3rd, 4th would go to Bob Arnold and Fred Traskowsky rounded out the top 5. Coors Light Street Stock heat race wins were taken by Miller and Geoff Jermark.

The great racing action will continue next Friday night, May 2, 2014. If this week is any indication of what next week will bring, GET THERE EARLY AND GET READY FOR SOME THE BEST RACING IN THE MIDWEST!! Follow all the action at Salina Speedway by logging on their home on the world wide web at http://www.racesalinaspeedway.com.

Salina Speedway Set For Opening Night Friday

April 25th, 2014

Salina, KS – It’s been a long off season for many tracks. Salina Speedway is one of those tracks that spent the off season working hard to make racing experience better for both the racers and the fans. This Friday night, April 25, all of the hard work in the off season will pay off as the 1st of 24 dates kicks off just after 7:15 p.m. Read the rest of this entry ?

Valley, Lakeside, Salina make up USMTS tripleheader April 18-20

April 18th, 2013

KANSAS CITY, Kan. – The stars and cars of the United States Modified Touring Series are back in action this weekend with three nights of racing in America’s heartland.

The high-powered dirt modifieds of the USMTS Casey’s Cup Series visit the Valley Speedway in Grain Valley, Mo., on Thursday, April 18, and then race 43 miles east on Friday, April 19, for the season’s first of several visits to the Lakeside Speedway in Kansas City, Kan. The tripleheader wraps up on Saturday, April 20, at the Salina Highbanks Speedway in Pryor Creek, Okla.

All three events will award valuable points in the USMTS Arbor Masters Central Region presented by Day Motor Sports.

The “Big Dog Buy-In” will be in effect each night to create a possible $12,000 take-home pay for one driver. Each race pays $2,000 to win, but the Big Dog Buy-In allows any driver to gamble an extra $100 at the time of registration to compete for an extra $2,000 cash for taking the win. In eight events this season, a gambler has won the main event seven times.

Thursday’s event will be the fourth visit in three seasons to “The Valley.” Jason Hughes won the inaugural USMTS event at the 1/3-mile semi-banked dirt oval on April 17, 2011. Two-time defending USMTS national champion Ryan Gustin captured the victory last April while Chris Brown netted a win in June.

Grandstand gates open at 4 p.m. with hot laps at 6:30 and racing at 7 p.m. The Iron Man Challenge for USRA B-Mods will also join the program for the 3rd Annual USMTS “Thunder in the Valley.” On race day, fans can pick up $2-off coupons at Casey’s General Stores locations in Blue Springs, Grain Valley and Oak Grove.

The Valley Speedway is located 0.9 mile south of I-70 (exit 24) on Main St. (Buckner-Tarnsey Rd.), then 0.4 mile east on Old US 40. For more information, call 816-229-2222 or visit www.valleyspeedway.com online.

On Friday the 13th last July, the USMTS made its maiden voyage to the historic Lakeside Speedway and the fans filling jam-packing the grandstands got a classic battle that ended with Gustin claiming the victory en route to his season-long title.

The Iron Man Challenge featuring USRA B-Mods and local Factory Stocks will also be in action. Gates will open at 4 p.m. on Friday, April 19, with hot laps at 7 p.m. The night’s first heat race gets the green flag at 7:30. Fans can save $2 on adult admission by stopping by Casey’s General Stores locations in Kansas City, Leavenworth, Lenexa, Shawnee and Platte City, Mo., on Friday.

The Lakeside Speedway is a 3/8-mile slightly-banked dirt oval located 1.0 mile west of I-435 (exit 18) on SR 5 (northwest of Kansas City, Kan.). The track hotline is 313-299-2040 or check them out the track’s official website at www.lakesidespeedway.net.

On Saturday, April 20, the popular Salina Highbanks Speedway near Pryor Creek, Okla., will host another sure-to-thrill blockbuster featuring the USMTS Modifieds. Not surprisingly, Gustin took down one of the two events in 2012 while Terry Phillips captured the other checkered flag. Hughes was the winner when the USMTS made its only prior appearance in 2004.

Support classes for Saturday’s show will be Grand Nationals, 360 Modifieds, Pure Stocks and Factory Stocks presented by MCH Kenworth. Gates open at 4 p.m. with the first green flag waving at 6:30.

The Salina Highbanks Speedway is located 7 miles east of Pryor on SR 20. For more information, visit the website at www.salinahighbanksspeedway.com or call 918-434-7223.

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.

Gustin completes weekend sweep in Salina

July 17th, 2012

SALINA, Okla. The Ryan Gustin steamroller continued on its path Saturday night at the Salina Highbanks Speedway with a third win at three tracks in three nights for the 21-year-old, wrapping up a perfect weekend with a $13,000 paycheck in
pocket heading back to Marshalltown, Iowa.

Gustin started on the pole but had to settle for the runner-up finish behind Terry Phillips when the USMTS Modifieds last visited Salina on April 21. This time, Gustin began the 35-lap Swan Energy “A” Main from the outside of the front row and never relinquished the lead en route to his series-leading sixth USMTS National Championship Series triumph of the season.

The victory was worth $4,000 to ‘The Reaper,’ and his 56th career USMTS win solidified himself at the top of the points battle.

This time, Dereck Ramirez drew pole for the start of the main event and also found himself with a second-place finish behind Gustin for his best of the 2012 campaign. Third-place finisher Jeremy Payne also capped a good weekend for his new team with his second top-5 result in as many nights, and also earned the Mesilla Valley Transportation Hard Charger Award for passing eight competitors from his 11th starting spot.

Austin Siebert recorded his career-best USMTS finish as he held off Jon Tesch for fourth while Rodney Sanders, Kelly Shryock, Johnny Scott, Chris Dawson and Daniel Hilsabeck rounded out the top 10. Dawson also picked up a $1,000 cash bonus offered by Henryetta Ford of Henryetta, Okla., to the highest-finishing driver in the main event’s top 10 who was not ranked among the top 20 in points coming into the race.

The USMTS National Championship Series will award $30,000 o this year’s champion, and each driver’s points total is based on his/her best 20 finishes. The quest for the crown will begin to take shape next Thursday, July 19, when the Best of the Best in open-wheel dirt modified racing invade Raceway Park in Jefferson, S.D., for the 20th event of the season.

Then on Friday and Saturday, the tireless USMTS touring titans trek to the I-80 Speedway in Greenwood, Neb., where they will join the Lucas Oil Dirt Late Model Series for the 2nd Annual Silver Dollar Nationals. Friday’s event will be a $4,000-to-win USMTS National Championship Series contest while Saturday’s show will pay $2,000 to win and will serve as the final USMTS Casey’s Cup Series race of the season.

The Hunt for the USMTS Casey’s Cup begins Thursday, Aug. 9, at the Valley Speedway in Grain Valley, Mo. Seventeen races are on tap during ‘The Hunt’ with a $15,000 payoff awaiting the series champ.

Next weekend wraps up on Sunday, July 22, for another $4,000-to-win USMTS National Championship Series blockbuster at the Nobles County Speedway in Worthington, Minn.

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/ustmts and follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/usmts.

IMCA Modifieds, SportMods go topless for Salina special

July 2nd, 2012

SALINA, Kan. – IMCA Modifieds and Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods go topless Friday, July 6 at Salina Speedway.

The second annual Topless Modified Challenge sees both open wheeled divisions run without roofs or sail panels. Modifieds race for $1,000 to win and a minimum of $100 to start their Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot qualifier; SportMods vie for $500 to win and a minimum of $50 to start. Twenty cars will take the initial green flag in each feature. IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks are also on the card.

IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing National, Allstar Performance State and local track points will be awarded in all three divisions. Modifieds also earn Jet Racing Central Region points and Hobby Stocks Stephenville Starter Northern Region points.

Entry fee is $50 for Modifieds and $25 for SportMods.

Pit gates open at 4:30 p.m., the grandstand opens at 5:30 p.m., hot laps are at 7:15 p.m. and racing starts at 8 p.m.

Grandstand admission is $10 for adults and free for kids 12 and under. As part of military appreciation night, all military personnel with photo ID get in free.

Pit passes are $25. More information is available by calling 785 608-9375.

The event is sponsored by Crazy Ed’s Fireworks.

Format change announced for Spring Fling at Salina

April 14th, 2012

SALINA, Kan. – Two separate shows are now planned for this weekend’s Spring Fling special at Salina Speedway.

Friday and Saturday, April 13 and 14 programs are headlined by IMCA Modifieds racing in $1,125 to win Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot qualifying features. Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods run for $600 to win, IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars for $500 and IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks for $350 each night.

IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing national, regional and Allstar Performance State points will be awarded in all four divisions. Minimum start money is $100 for Modifieds, $50 for SportMods and Stock Cars, and $40 for Hobby Stocks.

The original format had qualifying tonight and main events on Saturday.

“We didn’t want to get qualifying in tonight and then have to cancel tomorrow because of rain,” explained promoter Tommy Hendrickson. “Switching to separate race programs gives us a better chance of getting at least one complete show in.”

Entry fees each night will now be $50 for Modifieds, $40 for Northern SportMods and $25 for Stock Cars and Hobby Stocks. Those amounts will be paid back in non-qualifier money.

Pit gates open at 4:30 p.m. and the grandstand opens at 5:30 p.m. today, with hot laps at 7 p.m. and the first heat race at 7:30 p.m.

On Saturday, the gates open at 1:30 p.m., the grandstand opens at 2:30 p.m., hot laps are at 4 p.m. and racing starts at 5 p.m.

Spectator admission for adults is $10. Students with ID are $5 and there is no charge for kids 12 and under who are accompanied by a paid adult. Pit passes are
$30.

No two-day grandstand tickets or pit passes will be sold.

Updates are available by calling Hendrickson at 785 342-2565 and at the www.racesalinaspeedway.com website.

Salina Speedway to sanction four IMCA divisions in 2012

October 28th, 2011

SALINA, Kan. – Two IMCA divisions return after a six-year absence while two more are new to weekly race programs at Salina Speedway next season.

Both the IMCA Modified and IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stock classes will be back in action Fridays at the 3/8-mile clay oval. IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars and Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods debut at Salina in 2012.

Opening night is scheduled for April 6 with the inaugural Spring Fling special and a purse of more than $30,000. Point races continue through Sept. 14.

Salina last sanctioned the Modifieds and Hobby Stocks with IMCA in 2006.

“We have a history with the IMCA Modifieds and Hobby Stocks,” said Tommy Hendrickson, who will start his second year promoting Salina. “We had a class that was very similar to the IMCA Stock Cars this season and our ‘B’ modifieds were also very similar to the IMCA SportMods.”

“We like the whole IMCA package, especially the Northern SportMods and the Hobby Stocks,” he said. “The Northern SportMods are a growing class that drivers can be competitive in without hav ing to spend a lot of money. The Hobby Stocks are the same way.”

A total makeover of the facility, including reconfiguration of the racing surface, was completed before the start of the 2011 season.

Plans for 2012 include the addition of catwalks in the pit area and the infield.

Points earned at Salina figure toward ButlerBuilt Central Region standings for Modifieds and Probe Industries Northern Region standings for Stock Cars and for Hobby Stocks.

Salina rained out; USMTS moves on to West Plains Sunday

September 19th, 2011

SALINA, Okla. – Rain has once again forced the cancellation of USMTS action this weekend. The event slated for Saturday at the Salina Highbanks Speedway has been rained out.

The Hunt for the USMTS Casey’s General Stores National Championship powered by Swan Energy will move on to the West Plains Motor Speedway on Sunday.

After an off-season that was busier than most tracks are during the height of the racing season, the new owners and management of the West Plains Motor Speedway welcomed fans, drivers, crew members, sponsors and their families to the first night of weekly racing on April 2.

Thousands of hours and dollars later, dozens of renovations and upgrades have given the popular dirt track new life.

The West Plains Motor Speedway is a 100-acre motorsports facility with weekly racing action on Saturdays that features several exciting classes, including the popular USRA RHS Modifieds which boasts one of the highest weekly car counts for the
division in the nation.

Drivers from West Plains such as track points leader Brandon Ball, Jason Hughes (same name, but not the same guy who has 103 career USMTS victories), Greg Hughes, Logan Martin, Josh Hughes, Matt Barry, Kyle Duke and Brian Judd are the drivers expected to battle to keep the bulk of the prize money in the Show-Me State.

Other locals to keep an eye on include veteran racers Rob and Stephen Muilenburg of Sparta, Scott Crigler of Alton, Rustin Miller of Houston and Carl Murphy of Caulfied.

And with a $2,000 bonus posted by track promoter Sonny Smith to any driver from Missouri or Arkansas taking the checkered flag this Sunday, fans can expect to see some heavy hitters like Terry Phillips and Jeremy Payne of Springfield, Austin Siebert of Grandview, Mark Dotson of Cameron, Mickey Burrell of Fair Grove, Terry Beckham of Webb City, Chad Lyle of Oak Grove and USRA RHS Modified national points leader Johnny Bone Jr. of Pea Ridge, Ark.

In addition to the $2,000 winner’s bonus, a $250 start bonus has also been posted for any local driver who has competed at the track at least six times during the 2011 season.

Presented by Mega Motorsports and Honda of West Plains, the event will also feature the Air Evac Lifeteam Weekly Racing Series classes featuring Crate Late Models, Reliable Chevrolet B-Mods, Super Stocks and Hobby Stocks.

Race time is 7 p.m.

Dustin Boney and his #22 Snickers Modified will be at the Casey’s General Store located at 100 Cherry St. in Allison from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. prior to the event. Fans can meet the driver, get an autograph or just check out the machine he’ll be wheeling that night at the West Plains Motor Speedway.

Motorsports enthusiasts are amazed at the power and excitement of racing on the 3/8-mile red clay oval surrounded by seating that will accommodate more than 12,000 fans. Fans can enjoy the action from their choice of molded contour seating, ground level bleachers or high-rise stadium style seating.

On-site camping is available free of charge with clean restrooms, showers, water fill and a dump station for motor homes. Full service food and souvenir concessions are conveniently located within the facility along with acres of free parking.

The West Plains Motor Speedway is located 6 miles south of West Plains on US 63. For more information, call the track office at 417-522-9891 or 417-257-2112 on race day. The track’s website can be found at www.westplainsdirt.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.