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Jason Hughes Goes Two-for-Three in Sooner Showdown

October 30th, 2014

Westville, Oklahoma – Jason Hughes enjoyed a great weekend behind the wheel of his West Siloam Pawn #12 Hughes Chassis/ Mullins Racing Engine Open Wheel Modified as he won over $5,000 during the 2nd Annual Sooner Showdown at Salina Highbanks Speedway (Pryor Creek, Oklahoma).

The opening leg of the 2nd Annual Sooner Showdown was held on Thursday night as thirty-eight competitors took to the lightning fast oval. Jason enjoyed a strong start to the three-day mega event as he drove his #12 entry to his first victory of the 2014 season. Hughes locked into the eleventh starting spot for the $1,500-to-win, preliminary feature via a second place finish in his heat race. He charged through the pack in the feature to take the checkered flag first ahead of Rodney Sanders, Brian Williams, Austin Siebert and Tad Davis.

Another $2,000-to-win program was contested on Friday evening, and Jason would race his way to a fourth place finish in the second b-main to earn a starting spot in the feature. In the main event, Hughes advanced to a fourteenth place finish in the final rundown.

On Saturday night the $2,500-to-win finale was held for the 2nd Annual Sooner Showdown, and Hughes used a second place finish in his heat race to lock into the feature event. As the finale went green, Hughes charged to the lead and would hold off Terry Phillips for his second victory of the weekend. Rodney Sanders, Jeremy Rasmussen and Joe Duvall rounded out the top five finishers.

“It felt great to get back to victory lane over the weekend,” said Hughes. “Salina is one of my favorite tracks to race at, so that made the weekend that much better.”

Jason also earned a $1,000 bonus for winning two of the three events during the course of the weekend to push his total winnings to over $5,000. Full results from the events are available at www.SalinaHighbanksSpeedway.com .

Next on tap for Jason is a trip this weekend to Southern Oklahoma Speedway (Ardmore, Oklahoma) for a trio of United States Modified Touring Series (USMTS) during the inaugural Halloween Havoc festivities. Action opens on Thursday evening with a $2,000-to-win event before a $3,000-to-win program is held on Friday, and the weekend concludes with a $4,000-to-win race on Saturday night. For more information please visit www.SouthernOklahomaSpeedway.com .

Jason Hughes would like to thank his sponsors including D and G Directional Drilling, 45 Pipeline Services, Cates Recycling, Pig-N-Out, Red Tail Tackle, AFCO Brakes, West Siloam Pawn, Gressel Racing, Hughes Racing Chassis, Mullins Race Engines, 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 .

Checkers fly for Payne at Salina Highbanks Speedway

August 25th, 2014

PRYOR CREEK, Okla.– Jeremy Payne scored his first win of the Hunt for the USMTS Caseys Cup Saturday night as the United States Modified Touring Series invaded the Salina Highbanks Speedway.

Payne, who started on the outside of the front row, took command at the drop of the green flag and kept points leader Rodney Sanders at bay for the duration of the caution-free 35-lapper. The win, worth $3,000, was the 19 career USMTS victory for the 28-year-old from Springfield, Mo.

Meanwhile, Sanders netted his second runner-up finish in as many nights to extend his points lead in his quest to join Kelly Shryock and Ryan Gustin as back-to-back USMTS national champions. Zack VanderBeek, however, is not letting Sanders get comfortable as he
Z-Man kept the title fight tight with a third-place finish Saturday night—his 12th top-10 finish in his last 12 starts.

Stormy Scott came from 14th to claim the fourth spot and earned the Mesilla Valley Transportation Hard Charger Award. Terry Phillips, who started next to Scott on the 24-car grid, was fifth.

Dereck Ramirez scored a sixth-place finish driving Bryan Rowlands machine, Jason Krohn was seventh, Cade Dillard wound up eighth, Shryock nabbed ninth and John Allen rounded out the top-10.

The gear-grinding goliaths of the USMTS wrap up their weekend on Sunday, Aug. 24, at the Outlaw Motorsports Park in Oktaha, Okla., with gates swinging open at 4 p.m. and racing at 6.

Tickets are $15 at the gate, kids ages 8-12 and seniors are $7.50 and children ages 7 and under get in for free. Active duty military and veterans can also enjoy the show free of charge.

The Outlaw Motorsports Park is a 3/8-mile high-banked dirt oval located 7 miles south of Muskogee on Hwy 69 at the Wainwright exit; 11 miles north of I-40 on Hwy. 69. For more information call 918-687-7077 or visit www.outlawmotorsportspark.com online.

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.

Freedom Classic This Weekend at Salina Highbanks Speedway

July 5th, 2014

WHEATLAND, MO -The 1st Annual Freedom Classic will showcase the several of the midwest’s best Dirt Late Model drivers this weekend at Salina Highbanks Speedway in Salina, Oklahoma. The two day show features payouts of $3,000 and $5,000 to win respectively. The Lucas Oil MLRA is excited to be part of this special event at the state of the art 3/8 mile oval.

Originally constructed in 1991, the Lucas Oil MLRA has competed 13 times their previously. However none of those times were under the ownership of the current group headed by Keith Sanders and Dave Bohannan, with David Edwards promoting the facility. The last Lucas Oil MLRA event, prior to this weekend took place July 21, 2006. “This track sat vacant for several years,” commented Edwards. “When we first came in prior to the 2011 season, there was Johnson Grass on the track and infield that was as high as the banks. It’s been a continual process to make improvements. We have done so much here, but there is always something else on the horizon. This year it was a new scoreboard. We also have a major asphalt project a little down the road too.”

The track has brought in some of the biggest tours in dirt racing over the past four seasons, and the addition of a holiday weekend added money Late Model race is the next step in providing fans with an outstanding experience. “It seems like so many drivers run a tour of some sort, so for us it’s a business decision to get those racers to our track and produce successful events,” Edwards further elaborated. “For this weekend we also have an eagle trophy to give the winner Saturday. We have done these for our biggest events over the past few seasons. It’s about an $800 trophy. We hope that with all the racing and entertainment around this event we
can build it into an annual occurrence.”

No Independence Day Weekend is complete without fireworks. Salina Highbanks will have a complete show following the action Friday night. The air conditioned VIP area, with a full restaurant, overlooking the track is a special feature fans might want to consider this weekend. All pricing information is included below. For additional information fans are encourages to visit SalinaHighbanksSpeedway.com or call the track at 918-434-7223.

Chad Simpson leads an incredibly strong contingent of Lucas Oil MLRA regulars into action this weekend. Scott Lewis continues to sit at the top of the Sunoco Race Fuels Rookie of the Year standings.

Salina Highbanks Speedway Information 7/4/14 & 7/5/14

Gates: 3:00 PM Pits, 5:00 PM Grandstands,
Racing: Hot Laps 6:30 PM, Racing 7:00 PM
Admission: Adult 1 Day $20, Adult 2 Day $35, Kids 1 Day Only $10, Family 1 Day $50,
Family 2 Day $100, VIP 1 Day $40, VIP 2 Day $65, Beer Garden 1 Day $25, Beer Garden
2 Day $45
Support Classes: (Friday) – Modifieds, 360 vs. IMCA, Factory Stocks (Saturday) – Modifieds, Grand Nationals, Pure Stocks
Website: SalinaHighbanksSpeedway.com

Kraig Kinser Finishes On the Podium at Salina Highbanks & Eighth at Pevely

May 1st, 2014

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. –Kraig Kinser and his team never give up and that’s the approach it takes to compete night in and night out with the World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series. After having several strong runs cut short by bad luck over the early portion of the season, they continued to battle and turned in their best back-to-back races of the year with the series this weekend, finishing a season-best third at Salina Highbanks Speedway in Oklahoma, on Friday, April 25, and were eighth at Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55 in Pevely, Mo., on Saturday, April 26, after leading a trio of laps in a thrilling 40-lap main event.

Kinser took the green flag at Salina Highbanks Speedway in the fourth position aboard the Mesilla Valley Transportation/Casey’s General Store/King Racing Products Maxim. He gained a spot on the opening lap, before falling back to fifth. The first yellow flag of the night flew on lap-17, and Kinser used a very strong restart to jump into third. One more caution flag would come out on lap-23, leading officials to call for a green-checkered finish, due to track conditions. Kinser would cross the line in third, earning his first top-five finish of the season.

The native of Bloomington, Ind., opened the night by recording the third-quickest lap in time trials of the 25 drivers in attendance. He started fourth in the third heat race and finished third, earning a spot in the dash by way of his position in time trials. With a dash invert of zero, Kinser started third and finished fourth in that six-lap contest.

“Qualifying where we did set us up for the rest of the night,” said Kinser. “With how the track was, it was very important to start toward the front and try to maintain. We’ve had a tough last month or so and this is the kind of finish we needed to start turning things around, especially with a lot of tracks we traditionally run well at coming up.”

At Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55, Kinser took the green flag seventh for the 40-lap main. He lost a few spots in the early going, before making a charge that would eventually see him take the lead on lap-19, after a four-car battle for the top spot, and would pace three circuits, before a restart saw eventual winner Sammy Swindell get by for the top spot. Kinser would drop back to eighth at the finish. Three yellow flag periods and two red flags slowed the proceedings.

The 2005 winner of the Knoxville Nationals was 12th-fastest in time trials at Pevely, which put him on the pole of the third heat race. He would win that eight-lapper to earn a spot in the dash, where he came home seventh.

“We definitely needed a weekend where things went our way,” said Kinser. “We were able to qualify in the right spot both nights, which always helps. We also had good set-ups in the feature and showed what we are capable of. The competition is so tough out here right now, that just being off a little takes you out of contention. It was good to lead some laps at Pevely and definitely gives us something to build on for Eldora.”

Kinser, who is currently 10th in the World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series standings, is back in action next weekend at the famed Eldora Speedway in Ohio, for a two-night event at the high-banked, half-mile.

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Kraig Kinser Climbs Salina Highbanks Speedway & I-55 this Weekend

April 24th, 2014

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -Last weekend, Kraig Kinser raced on a high-banked track at Devil’s Bowl Speedway in Texas. Next weekend he’ll do that same at Eldora Speedway in Ohio. How about this weekend? That’s right — another pair of steeply banked ovals for the third-generation driver, as the World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series heads to Salina Highbanks Speedway in Oklahoma, followed by a visit to Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55 in Missouri.

The event at Salina Highbanks Speedway is set for Friday, April 25. Action then shifts to Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55 in Pevely, Mo., on Saturday, April 26, for the running of the Spring Classic.

Kinser has made two starts in his career at Salina Highbanks Speedway aboard the Mesilla Valley Transportation/Casey’s General Store/King Racing Products Maxim. He finished 13th at the three-eighths-mile last season and was 16th in his debut at the track in 2011. Kinser has raced at four different tracks over the years with the World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series in Oklahoma. He raced for the first time in the “Sooner State” in March of 2002 at the former State Fair Speedway in Oklahoma City, setting fast time. Kinser made four starts at that venue early in his career. The native of Bloomington, Ind., also set fast time in the World of Outlaws debut at Outlaw Speedway in Muskogee in 2005. Kinser finished third in the series inaugural visit to Tri-State Speedway in Pocola in 2010, marking his best-career finish in Oklahoma.

“Salina is a momentum-type track, similar to Devil’s Bowl (Speedway) where we raced last week,” said Kinser. “Keeping your speed up the whole lap is the key. That’s a place where track position can be really important, and that all begins with time trials at the
beginning of the night. If you are just a little off when you are on the track, it can affect the rest of your night with how the format is and how close everyone is right now.”

Kinser finished 12th in the Ironman 55 at Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55 last season, his only start of the year at the venue.
The originally scheduled two-day event because a single-day show after rain forced the cancellation of the opener. Kinser earned a
pair of top-five finishes at I-55 in 2012, both on October 14, during a day/night doubleheader.

Kinser raced for the first time at Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55 in 2001. He was victorious for the first time at the high-banked bullring in April of 2005. He has made a total of 18 starts with the World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series at the track, picking up eight top-10 finishes along the way, with five being top-five performances.

“Pevely is a track that I feel like I get around pretty well,” he shared. “We ran pretty strong there in 2012 and last year ended up
only getting one night in at the Ironman (55) due to rain and also lost the spring race to weather. Racing there early in the season, we can try a few things for when we go back in August for the Ironman.”

Last week, Kinser ran a trio of races in Texas. He finished 16th at El Paso Speedway Park on Tuesday, April 15. The third-generation
driver was 18th at Devil’s Bowl Speedway on Friday, April 18, in the World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series first race at the track since 2003, and was 15th on Saturday, April 19, in the finale at the half-mile. Kinser is currently 10th in the World of Outlaws STP
Sprint Car Series standings.

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Rowland smokes USMTS field at Salina

April 16th, 2014

PRYOR CREEK, Okla — Bryan Rowland made the most of his pole starting position Saturday night at the Salina Highbanks Speedway, leading all 30 laps of the main event for the USMTS Caseys Cup powered by Swan Energy.

The can was perfect tonight, Rowland said in victory lane. We got the draw we needed tonight, then I just had to hit my spots and keep it straight. This is great.

Not only for himself, but it was a great night for everybody in the Rowland Racing camp.

Runner-up Zack VanderBeek, who pilots one of the team’s LG2 Chassis by Road Runner, shadowed Rowland from start to finish and had a few occasions where he was able to pull even with Rowland but was never able to make the winning pass.

Thanks for not knocking me out of the way, a smiling Rowland told VanderBeek during post-race inspections, to which VanderBeek replied Just remember this when it’s the other way around some night.”

“I’ll try remember that, but if it’s $20,000 to win I can’t promise anything,” Rowland responded.

With Rowlands teammate, Stormy Scott, following Dereck Ramirez to the finish line in fourth place, it gave the Rowland Racing squadron the of the top four spots in the feature race.

Just a handful of laps into the contest, the red flag was displayed when the tracks ambulance was called to the grandstands for a medical emergency. After a stoppage of more than 20 minutes, action resumed with Rowland on the point again and he never trailed.

But Rowland has shown that patience is one of his virtues. His first and only other USMTS win came at the Golden Triangle Raceway Park in Beaumont, Texas, on May 7, 2009.

Scott Criglers first showing with the series in 2014 netted him a fifth-place finish. Jason Hughes was sixth, Sybesma Pole Award winner Jeremy Rasmussen wound up seventh, Rodney Sanders saw his three-race USMTS win streak end with an eighth-place finish, Dylan Smith took ninth and Johnny Scott rounded out the top 10.

Due to impending wet and dangerous weather tomorrow, the event slated for Sunday at the Outlaw Motorsports Park has been rescheduled for Sunday, May 18.

Three straight nights of racing awaits the United States Modified Touring Series drivers two weekends from now with the USMTS back in action at the Cedar County Raceway in Tipton, Iowa, on Thursday, April 24.

The Bloomfield Speedway in Bloomfield, Iowa, hosts the mighty USMTS Modifieds on Friday, April 25, and the I-35 Speedway in Winston, Mo., wraps up the swing on Saturday, April 26.

The Iron Man Challenge will join the program all three nights with USRA B-Mods on the first nights card and the USRA Stock Cars joining in for the Friday and Saturday shows.

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 garners $10,000 in Sooner Showdown victory at Salina Highbanks Speedway

October 16th, 2013

PRYOR CREEK, Okla-Ryan Gustin added another feather to his cap Saturday night as the 22-year-old from Marshalltown, Iowa, captured the 50-lap main event victory in the inaugural Sooner Showdown at the Salina Highbanks Speedway.

The two-time USMTS national champion raced by 2010 USMTS national champ Jason Hughes on lap 7, and then led the final 43 circuits around the high-banked 3/8-mile clay oval to score the $10,000 top prize and register his 68th United States Modified Touring Series win.

Hughes, who won here on Aug. 24 during the Hunt for the USMTS Caseys Cup, grabbed the advantage at the start of the race from the middle of the front row with Gustin and Austin Siebert in tow.

With seven laps down, Gustin made his move and roared by Hughes to take control.

Reigning USMTS national champion Rodney Sanders climbed into the second spot on lap 19 while Hughes began to fade and eventually retired to the pits on lap 38 with an ill-handling racecar. Siebert go back around Sanders on lap 30 and stayed close to Gustin the rest of the way but was never able to make a serious challenge for the lead and settled for the $6,000 runner-up paycheck.

Sanders held on for third while Jeremy Payne got around Terry Phillips with two laps remaining to take the fourth spot. Kelly Shryock, Stormy Scott, John Allen, Bryan Rowland and 23rd-starting Zack VanderBeek rounded out the top 10 finishers.

The eyes of Texas and all of the dirt modified world will be on the sports elite as the United States Modified Touring Series looks toward the Royal Purple Raceway in Baytown, Texas, on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, Nov. 14-16, for the 7th Annual Lecolift Texas Winter Nationals presented by 4s Motorsports.

The season-ending event for the USMTS Modifieds routinely draws nearly 100 of the top names from at least a dozen states, with all of them converging on the state-of-the-art 3/8-mile high-banked clay oval looking for their share of more than $50,000 in prize money. A possible $9,000 to win is up for grabs over three days. Thursdays winner will take home $2,000 while Fridays first-place finisher pockets $3,000. Saturdays finale will carry a $4,000 top prize.

USRA Limited Mods will also be on the racing card each night with drivers battling for $500, $600 and $700 to win, respectively, plus several bonus cash awards up for grabs and a fantastic payoff throughout the field.

The Royal Purple Raceway is a state-of-the-art 3/8-mile high-banked clay oval with a main grandstand seating capacity of 7,500 which includes fourteen VIP luxury suites and boasts a modern Musco Lighting system suitable for television productions.

RacinDirt.TV will carry all of the action live from the Royal Purple Raceway online with flag-to-flag action from start to finish. Visit www.RacinDirt.tv for more information.

Located in Baytown, Texas, the facility is located east of Houston on I-10 to Exit 799, then 2.5 miles south on SH 99 (Grand Parkway), then 0.3 mile west on FM 565. Speedway entrance located at Gate 3. For more information, call the track office at 281-383-RACE or visit www.royalpurpleraceway.com online.

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.

Hughes tops Friday feature, earns front row start for Sooner Showdown finale at Salina Highbanks Speedway

October 13th, 2013

PRYOR CREEK, Okla.–Jason Hughes of Watts, Okla., captured the 20-lap A Qualifier Friday night during the second night of the inaugural Sooner Showdown at the Salina Highbanks Speedway.

After scoring a perfect score by leading his time trials group and winning his heat race too, the 2010 USMTS national champion will be sandwiched between Ryan Gustin and Austin Siebert on the front row for the start of Saturday nights $10,000-to-win, $1,000-to-start 30-car main event that will start three-wide.

Hughes earned the pole for Friday nights feature but it was John Allen taking the lead from the outside of the front row when the green flag waved. Allen a contender for the USRA Modified national points title paced the first six laps of the contest before Hughes blasted by to take the lead for good.

Kelly Shryock made a late-race pass on Steve Whiteaker Jr. to garner the runner-up finish, and Terry Phillips passed five cars in the last five laps including Whiteaker to finish third. Bryan Rowland was fifth.

Stormy Scott came from 15 to finish sixth, Zack VanderBeek came from 17 to seventh, Allen held on for eighth place, 2011 USRA Modified national champion Johnny Bone Jr. nabbed ninth and reigning USMTS Rookie of the Year Trevor Hunt passed 19 cars in 20 laps en route to a tenth-place results.

Along with Hughes, seven others earned enough overall points to lock themselves into Saturday’s $10,000-to-win finale, including Shryock, Phillips, Whiteaker, Rowland, Allen, Scott and Bone. In the USRA B-Mod action, Mark Harrison of King Fisher, Okla., came from the sixth starting spot to take the $750 win. Polesitter Kinzer Edwards finished second, followed by Chase Austin, Jeff Scroggins and Aaron Scroggins.

A full night of action is on tap for Saturdays Sooner Showdown climax with last chance races and main events for the co-sanctioned USMTS/USRA Modifieds, plus a complete program of Pure Stocks and USRA B-Mods.

RacinDirt.TV will carry all of the action live online with flag-to-flag action of all three divisions from start to finish. Saturdays blockbuster broadcast is just $24.95. All major credit cards and PayPal are accepted. Visit www.RacinDirt.tv to witness it for yourself.

The Salina Highbanks Speedway is a high-banked 3/8-mile clay oval located 7 miles east of Pryor on SR 20. For reservations and ticket information, visit the website at www.salinahighbanksspeedway.com or call 918-434-7223.

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.

Gustin perfect on opening night of Sooner Showdown at Salina Highbanks Speedway

October 13th, 2013

PRYOR CREEK, Okla.-From the time he rolled his USMTS Modified out of his hauler until the time he put it back, Ryan Gustin of Marshalltown, Iowa, was the class of the field Thursday night on opening night of the inaugural Sooner Showdown at the Salina Highbanks Speedway.

After leading his group in time trials, Gustin roared from the sixth spot to win his heat race and then led all 20 laps of the A Qualifier to give himself a perfect score and the pole for Saturdays $10,000-to-win, $1,000-to-start 30-car main event that will start three-wide on the insanely popular high-banked clay oval.

The Reaper snagged the lead at the drop of the green flag from polesitter Austin Siebert and proceeded to distance himself from the field, leading by ten car-lengths when he streaked below the checkered flag.

Siebert remained second for most of the race, but reigning USMTS national champion Rodney Sanders slipped past with three laps to go to earn the runner-up spot while Siebert held on for a third-place finish.

Jeremy Payne finished in the fourth spot with veteran Rick Beebe coming home fifth. Jeremy Rasmussen, 15th-starting Zack VanderBeek, Johnny Scott, Dereck Ramirez and Tate Cole rounded out the top 10 at the finish line.

By scoring a perfect 766.5 points, Gustin will start on the pole in Saturdays main event. As the next seven highest points-earners, Siebert, Sanders, Payne, Beebe, Scott, Rasmussen and VanderBeek also guaranteed themselves a seat at the big kids table in two nights.

Ironically, VanderBeek earned the final spot on the first night of qualifying last week during the Sunflower Showdown at the Lakeside Speedway but chose to try his luck again on Friday night and forfeited his spot, moving Dereck Ramirez into the show. Ramirez was ninth in points behind VanderBeek tonight too, so he can back his way in if VanderBeek opts to race again tomorrow evening.

Another complete show is on tap for Friday with time trials, heat races and main events for the co-sanctioned USRA/USMTS Modifieds. The top eight in overall points will join tonight’s eight with a guaranteed spot in Saturdays finale. USRA Weekly Racing Series national points will be awarded on Saturday and either Thursday or Friday using the driver’s best qualifying night. The crown jewel event will be a non-points race for the USMTS Modifieds.

In addition to the lightning-fast Modified action, fans will get to see Factory Stocks again on Friday along with Pure Stocks and USRA B-Mods. Saturday’s show will have the Pure Stocks and USRA B-Mods back in action. Both nights for the USRA B-Mods will award USRA Weekly Racing Series national points. A demolition derby will be staged Friday night following the regular program, followed by a pit party hosted by the track.

RacinDirt.TV will carry all of the action live online both nights with flag-to-flag action of both divisions from start to finish. Friday’s broadcast is $19.95 and Saturdays is $24.95. All major credit cards and PayPal are accepted. Visit www.RacinDirt.TV to witness it for yourself.

The Salina Highbanks Speedway has over 5,000 new general admission seats, 100 balcony bar seats and 200 VIP seats that are located in the five-star Finish Line Restaurant which gives fans access to the comfort of indoor climate, a full service bar and grill and great views of beautiful Lake Hudson while enjoying the racing action.

The Salina Highbanks Speedway is a high-banked 3/8-mile clay oval located 7 miles east of Pryor on SR 20. For reservations and ticket 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.

Inaugural Sooner Showdown set for Oct. 9-12 at Salina Highbanks Speedway

October 9th, 2013

PRYOR CREEK, Okla. – The Salina Highbanks Speedway in Pryor Creek, Okla., will host the inaugural Sooner Showdown, Wednesday-Saturday, Oct. 9-12.

The event will be highlighted by the USMTS Modifieds, co-sanctioned by the USRA.

This event will have the same format as the Sunflower Showdown at the Lakeside Speedway, except that Wednesday will be an open practice session with qualifying on Thursday and Friday followed by Saturday’s finale featuring a $10,000-to-win,
$1,000-to-start main event. Fans will get to witness 30 cars start the main event three-wide on the insanely popular high-banked clay oval.

Modifieds will be co-sanctioned by the United States Racing Association and United States Modified Touring Series.

USRA Weekly Racing Series national points will be awarded on Saturday and either Thursday or Friday using each driver’s best night. The crown jewel event will be a non-points race for the USMTS Modifieds. The USRA Modified 8,000 RPM chip rule will be in effect.

The event will also be broadcast live via pay-per-view on www.RacinDirt.tv.

In addition to the lightning-fast Modified action, fans will get to see Factory Stocks and 360 Mods on Thursday. Factory Stocks will return on Friday along with Pure Stocks and USRA B-Mods. Saturday’s show will have the Pure Stocks and USRA
B-Mods back in action. Both nights for the USRA B-Mods will award USRA Weekly Racing Series national points.

An open practice for all classes will be held on Wednesday. An enduro race will be held Thursday after the regular event and a demolition derby will be staged Friday night following the regular program. A pit party will be3 hosted by the track following Friday’s show.

The top eight Modified drivers in overall points on Thursday and Friday will be locked into Saturday’s main event. Last Chance races, along with a C Main and B Main on Saturday will complete the starting line-up for the $10,000-to-win, $1,000-to-start 30-car A Main.

Drivers can download an entry form at www.usmts.com/downloads.

Jason Hughes was the winner when the USMTS Modifieds made their first appearance at the Salina Highbanks Speedway on Aug. 27, 2004. The 2010 USMTS national champion returned to the track’s winners circle when the USMTS visited earlier this year. Last year, two dates at Salina dotted the USMTS calendar with Terry Phillips and Ryan Gustin each getting a turn in victory lane.

After an off-season in 2010 that was busier than most tracks are during the height of the racing season, the new owners and management of the Salina Highbanks Speedway welcomed fans, drivers, crew members, sponsors and their families to the first night of weekly racing on April 2, 2011. Thousands of hours and dollars later, dozens of renovations and upgrades have given the popular dirt track new life.

The Salina Highbanks Speedway has over 5,000 new general admission seats, 100 balcony bar seats and 200 VIP seats that are located in the five-star Finish Line Restaurant which gives fans access to the comfort of indoor climate, a full service bar and grill and great views of beautiful Lake Hudson while enjoying the racing action.

The Salina Highbanks Speedway is a high-banked 3/8-mile clay oval located 7 miles east of Pryor on SR 20. For reservations and ticket 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.

Hughes hauls in third Hunt win at Salina Highbanks Speedway

August 28th, 2013

PRYOR CREEK, Okla.-With a wire-to-wire victory Saturday night, Jason Hughes became the first driver to win multiple United States Modified Touring Series events at the Salina Highbanks Speedway and the first to win three races in this years Hunt for the USMTS Caseys Cup.

From the outside of the front row, the 2010 USMTS National Champion took command at the start of the 30-lap feature race and fended off the challenges of several drivers en route to his 119th career win.

Continuing his recent strong runs, the resurgent Ryan Gustin slipped past Jason Krohn and Rodney Sanders midway through the race and applied pressure to Hughes as they stayed glued to the cushion at the top of the high-banked corners.

However, Gustin saw his hopes of grabbing his first win over two months vanish when he exited the track with just seven laps to go. At that point, Terry Phillips assumed second place and took a couple of looks to the inside of Hughes, but was never able to execute a pass for the lead.

Hughes, who won here in 2004 when the series made its maiden voyage to the facility, made the 20-minute drive home to Watts, Okla., with a $5,100 cash grab.

Phillips finished second, Sanders got third, Krohn was fourth and Zack VanderBeek rounded out the top five finishers. Thomas Tillison Jr., Johnny Scott, Johnny Bone Jr., Chris Brown and Lucas Schott finished sixth through tenth, respectively.

With his run from the 18th starting spot, Scott earned the Mesilla Valley Transportation Hard Charger Award, but it wasnt enough to hang on to the points lead in the Hunt for the USMTS Caseys Cup.

With his third-place effort, Sanders assumed the top spot in the standings and holds a whisker-thin one-point advantage over Scott with just five races left to determine the 2013 USMTS National Champion.

Hughes cut into the leaders’ margin and trails Scott by 39 points while Stormy Scott saw his title hopes take a huge hit when he dropped out of Saturday’s feature while running fifth with just one lap remaining. He’s now 99 points out of first place.

Jeremy Payne is fifth in the points, followed by VanderBeek, Brown, Kelly Shryock, Dereck Ramirez and Schott.

Assuming Sanders and/or Johnny Scott simply show up to race at the next five events, Schott and each driver below him in the rankings have been mathematically eliminated, including 12th-ranked Gustin whose string of consecutive USMTS National Championships will apparently end at two.

Four of the five final events happen next week with a four-race, four-day, four-track swing through Iowa and Southern Minnesota over the Labor Day Weekend. Action kicks off on Thursday, Aug. 29, at the Cedar County Raceway in Tipton, Iowa, before heading to the Chateau Raceway in Lansing, Minn., on Friday. On Saturday, the Hunt for the USMTS Caseys Cup returns to the Deer Creek Speedway in Spring Valley, Minn., and the weekend wraps up on Sunday, Sept. 1, with an invasion of the Cresco Speedway in Cresco, Iowa.

The final USMTS points race during The Hunt will take place on the first night of the 15th Annual Featherlite Fall Jamboree on Thursday, Sept. 19, back at the Deer Creek Speedway.

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.

Scott lands USMTS success at Salina Highbanks Speedway

April 23rd, 2013

PRYOR CREEK, Okla. – Stormy Scott passed Jason Hughes on lap 16, and then out-gunned his chasers over the final 19 circuits to score a $4,000 payday and his fourth win of the season Saturday as the USMTS Casey’s Cup Series tackled the Salina Highbanks Speedway.

Earning his second front row start in as many nights, Hughes grabbed the early advantage in the 35-lap main event while Scott disposed of six competitors in four laps to move into the runner-up position.

Friday night’s winner, Jeremy Payne, joined Scott in the fourth row for the start of the race and followed him through the field, overtaking Johnny Bone Jr. for third with 11 laps in the books while Scott began to pressure Hughes for the top spot.

On lap 17 while jousting with back-markers, Scott made his move and slipped past Hughes for the lead. But the 2010 USMTS national champion didn’t fade and kept Scott in his crosshairs while they worked their way into lapped traffic. A caution flag on lap 23 kept the leaders close together with a clear track in front of them. Back under green, Payne got around Hughes one lap later and followed Scott around the high side of the high-banked 3/8-mile clay oval.

The race’s third caution on lap 30 proved to be the downfall for Payne, however. As the green flag waved to start the final five-lap sprint to the finish, Payne bobbled in the first turn and by the time the field completed the next lap he had dropped seven spots.

Scott, on the other hand, was flawless for the final handful of go-arounds and sailed to his 12th career USMTS win and first at the popular Pryor Creek, Okla., speedplant.

Despite returning home without a trophy this weekend, Hughes held strong for a runner-up finish to go along with Friday night’s third-place result.

Johnny Scott raced from 11th on the starting grid to third at the finish line while two-time defending USMTS national champion Ryan Gustin claimed fourth with Rodney Sanders taking fifth and earning the Mesilla Valley Transportation Hard Charger Award.

Sixth through tenth were Bone, Thomas Tillison Jr., Zack VanderBeek, Payne and Terry Beckham II, who came from the 26th and final starting spot courtesy of a track provisional.

The USMTS Casey’s Cup Series continues next weekend with the three-day 4s Motorsports Red River Rumble powered by Lecolift.

On Thursday, April 25, the USMTS Modifieds visit the Texas Thunder Speedway in Killeen, Texas, for the first time in series history and then makes its maiden voyage to the Kennedale Speedway Park in Kennedale, Texas, on Friday, April 26. The trio of titanic events concludes on Saturday, April 27, with a trip to the Southern Oklahoma Speedway in Ardmore, Okla.

Each race will pay $2,000 to win ($4,000 for Big Dog Buy-Ins) and at least $250 to start the main event. Valuable USMTS points will be awarded in the Allgayer, Inc. Southern Region presented by Day Motor Sports.

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.

Salina Highbanks Speedway to host USMTS National Championship Series July 14

July 8th, 2012

PRYOR, Okla. – Due to the overwhelming success and fan support when the USMTS Modifieds visited the Salina Highbanks Speedway back in April, officials are pleased to announce an encore event next Saturday, July 14 – this time featuring the USMTS National Championship Series with a $4,000-to-win main event on tap.

A crowd of more than 3,000 hungry race fans greeted the USMTS Modifieds three months as they made their first visit to the Salina Highbanks Speedway since 2004. Jason Hughes was the winner when the USMTS Modifieds made their only appearance at Salina in 2004, and last year’s return to the high-banked 3/8-mile clay oval fell to rain.

But this year’s return engagement was well worth the wait.

With 41 drivers on hand, they did not disappoint the packed house as veteran Terry Phillips and defending USMTS National Champion Ryan Gustin fought it out for 30 laps before Phillips emerged with his second win of the 2012 campaign.

To add even more bang to next Saturday’s blockbuster event, the Oil Capital Racing Series (OCRS) Sprint Cars will also be in the spotlight, giving fans two fantastic lightning-fast classes to satisfy their hunger for speed.

In addition to defending USMTS National Champion and current points leader Ryan Gustin, fans can also expect to see Rodney Sanders, Jason Hughes, Johnny and Stormy Scott, Kelly Shryock, Dereck Ramirez, Chris Brown, Chase Junghans, Zack VanderBeek, Mike Sorensen, Jason Krohn, Terry Phillips, Bryan Rowland, Rick Beebe, Jeremy Payne, Jon Tesch, Ron Keith, Austin Siebert, Ryan Ruter, Brandon Davis, Al Hejna and many more of the nation’s elite open-wheel dirt modified pilots.

Meanwhile, local favorites such as Joe Duvall, Danny Womack, Brian Parker, Shannon Scott, Jeran Frailey, Brett Hansen, Jason Foster, Mike Wroblewski, Chris Theodore, Mike Duvall, Jeremy Ross, Eddie Martin and others will be looking to keep the bulk of the prize money in the Sooner State.

After an off-season in 2010 that was busier than most tracks are during the height of the racing season, the new owners and management of the Salina Highbanks Speedway welcomed fans, drivers, crew members, sponsors and their families to the first night of weekly racing on April 2, 2011. Thousands of hours and dollars later, dozens of renovations and upgrades have given the popular dirt track new life.

The Salina Highbanks Speedway has over 5,000 brand new general admission seats, 100 balcony bar seats and 200 VIP seats that are located in the five-star Finish Line Restaurant which gives fans access to the comfort of indoor climate, a full service bar and grill and great views of beautiful Lake Hudson while enjoying the racing action.

In addition to the USMTS Modifieds and OCRS Sprint Cars, support classes for the Saturday, July 14, show will be local Grand Nationals and Pure Stocks. Gates open at 4 p.m. and hot laps start at 6:30 with the first green flag waving at 7 p.m.

General admission is $20 for adults $10 for kids ages 5-12 and children under 5 get in for free. A family pass is just $35 and includes two adults and two kids – a savings of $25. Other upgrade option are also available, such as Beer Garden ($20) and VIP ($25) seating. Adult pit passes are $35 and pit passes for kids ages 12 and under are $25.

After the final checkered flag waves, fans are invited to enjoy live music in the Beer Garden featuring Coy and the Low Rent Rustlers.

The Salina Highbanks Speedway is located about 6 miles east of Pryor, Okla., on SR 20. For reservations and ticket 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 and follow us on Twitter.

Phillips first in USMTS return to Salina Highbanks Speedway

April 26th, 2012

SALINA, Okla. — A crowd of more than 3,000 hungry race fans greeted the USMTS Modifieds Saturday as they made their first visit to the Salina Highbanks Speedway since 2004.

With 41 drivers on hand, they did not disappoint the packed house as veteran Terry Phillips and defending USMTS National Champion Ryan Gustin fought it out for 30 laps before Phillips emerged with his second win of the 2012 campaign.

Gustin drew the pole position for the start of the main event, but it was Phillips who took control at the drop of the green flag. With drivers being able to race high and low, ongoing battles for position went on throughout the field while the front row starters stole the race for the checkers.

Phillips led the first 15 laps before Gustin edged ahead to be scored the leader on lap 16. Phillips bounced back to regain control the next time around and passed the flagstand as the leader for the next 11 circuits. With three laps to go, the relentless Gustin again wrestled the top spot away but Phillips powered back to the front and led the final two laps to pick up the winner’s trophy and the $2,000 top prize.

USMTS Casey’s Cup Series points leader Rodney Sanders finished third and notched his sixth top-5 finish of the season as he held off Jason Hughes and 12th-starting Randy Timms. Kenny Wallace took sixth, Stormy Scott was seventh and Jeremy Payne recorded an eighth-place finish. Bryan Rowland and Johnny Scott sliced through the pack like a hot knife through butter, finishing ninth and tenth after starting 23rd and 24th, respectively. It was the second straight night that Rowland earned the Mesilla Valley Transportation Hard Charger Award.

Justin Rexwinkle earned the Pole Award with most passing points during the four heat races, but fell out of the feature race just six laps in. He was awarded the Dominator Race Products Hard Luck Award. Sanders continues to lead the USMTS Casey’s Cup Series points with Gustin, Stormy Scott, Hughes and Phillips filling out the rest of the top five.

On Sunday, the 7th Annual Race Brothers Farm & Home Supply Missouri Nationals will mark the 13th appearance of the USMTS Modifieds at Randy Mooneyham’s Monett Speedway.

Gustin is a two-time winner at the ‘Grand Ol’ Lady’ including two of the last three stops at the 3/8-mile red clay oval. Hughes and Phillips have also captured two wins at Monett. Other former winners include Kelly Shryock, defending USRA Modified track champion Johnny Bone Jr., George White and Mark Noble.

In addition to the USMTS Modifieds, fans will see USRA B-Mods, Pure Stocks and Legends Cars in action too. The pit gate opens at 4 p.m., grandstand gates open at 5, hot laps begin at 6:30 and the first green flag will be unfurled at 7 p.m.

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