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Sanders gets 46th USMTS win, thwarts Arneson’s El Paso sweep

March 3rd, 2015

EL PASO, Texas–With the weekend’s biggest prize on the line Saturday night at the El Paso Speedway Park, Rodney Sanders found a way to stop the Austin Arneson freight train and found himself in victory lane with a $4,000 paycheck at the 2nd Annual “Ice Breaker” presented by El Luchador.

“We were pretty good in the heat race and felt we were pretty close, but we changed a lot of things for the feature,” Sanders said in victory lane. “He (Arneson) has been the class of the field all weekend, so hats off to those guys.”

Sanders started on the front row Friday but was unable to keep Arneson behind him and finished third behind the USMTS rookie contender and Dereck Ramirez.

On Saturday, Sanders drew the eighth starting spot while Arneson began the 50-lap main event from the outside of the front row.

Arneson took off at the drop of the green flag with polesitter Terry Phillips and Ramirez in tow while Sanders quickly advanced four positions to the fourth spot.

Midway through the race, the trio of pursuers began to reel in Arneson. With a bold move on lap 24, Sanders snuck by Phillips for third and then got around Ramirez four laps later to move into second.

The two-time defending USMTS National Champion caught Arneson on lap 30 and then scooted past on the inside as they crossed the line to complete the 32nd lap.

Sanders never got far from Arneson, but never relinquished the lead again as he roared to his first win of the season and 46th overall in his United States Modified Touring Series career.

“The track was real good tonight,” Sanders added. “It was slick and smooth and it was a real good night for us. It feels good to get a win here.”

For Arneson, his bid for a sweep of the weekend’s events came up one spot short with his second-place finish while Zack VanderBeek ended a frustrating week on a high note as he was able to maneuver past 15 cars en route to a third-place finish.

Jake Gallardo went to the tail of the field after bringing out the race’s first yellow flag on lap 4 when he tagged the tire barrier on the inside of turn 4, but bounced back to claim the fourth spot ahead of Ramirez.

Rookie of the Year contenders Jesse Sobbing and Ben Kates were sixth and seventh at the end of the 50-lapper, with Royal Jones, Joe Duvall and Philip Houston rounding out the top 10.

With eight of eleven races in the books for the MVT Gulf Coast Border Region presented by Day Motor Sports, the tireless USMTS titans head to Las Cruses, N.M., next week for the 21st Annual Winter Meltdown at the Southern New Mexico 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 subscribe to our YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/usmtstv.

Arneson dominates USMTS “Ice Breaker” opener at El Paso

February 28th, 2015

EL PASO, Texas– Austin Arneson was in control from start to finish in Thursday’s USMTS main event at the El Paso Speedway Park as he dominated the opening night of the 2nd Annual “Ice Breaker” presented by El Luchador.

Arneson, from Fargo, N.D., actually “broke the ice” one week ago when he captured his career-first United States Modified Touring Series feature win at the Royal Purple Raceway in Baytown, Texas.

“I knew I was good in (turns) one and two, but three and four were like ice skating over there,” Arneson said. “Hats off to the guys. I don’t think anybody thought they were going to get the track ran in tonight but was good, it was a good race, got our second win with these guys. Things are going good.”

A yellow flag on the fourth lap and a red flag on lap 16 slowed the action during the first half of the 30-lapper, but Arneson was up to the challenge on each restart with Cade Dillard of Robeline, La., following USMTS rookie from beginning to end.

The race’s first caution waved when defending USMTS National Champion Rodney Sanders came to a stop in turn 2. The red flag occurred when Terry Phillips collided with a spinning lapped car while chasing Dillard for the second spot.

Action continues Friday with a $3,000-to-win main event on tap for the USMTS drivers. Spectator gates open at 5 p.m. with racing at 7. Grandstand admission is $12 Friday while kids ages 10 and under get in for free. Pit passes are $40.

The tripleheader weekend wraps up on Saturday with a $4,000 top prize up for grabs.

Limited X-Mods, Mini-Sprints and Casa Nissan Legends Cars will also be in action again both nights.

For those race fans unable to attend the 2nd Annual USMTS “Ice Breaker” presented by El Luchador, all three nights will be carried live online via pay-per-view. Visit www.SpeedShift.tv for ordering information.

The El Paso Speedway Park is a 3/8-mile semi-banked clay oval located 6.0 miles east of FM 375 on US 62, then 0.5 mile north on Krag St., then east on Tangerine Ave. For more information call 915-791-8749 or visit www.epspeedwaypark.com online. You can also find us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ElPasoSpeedwayPark or follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/ElPasoSpeedway.

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.

USMTS invades El Paso this week for “Ice Breaker” encore

February 24th, 2015

EL PASO, Texas–After a thrilling no-holds-barred battle last year, the United States Modified Touring Series returns to the El Paso Speedway Park this week for the 2nd Annual “Ice Breaker” presented by El Luchador.

Slated for Thursday-Saturday, Feb. 26-28, the event will be the third of four tripleheader weekends comprising the MVT Gulf Coast Border Region presented by Day Motor Sports, and the traveling band of mud-slinging USMTS Modifieds will once again have their hands full with the El Paso Speedway Park regulars from the USRA Modified division.

Following up a successful debut in 2014, this years show has been expanded to three days this time for the best of the best dirt modified pilots on the planet in the USMTS Caseys Cup Series powered by S&S Fishing & Rental.

With 123 career victories, Jason Hughes of Watts, Okla., is second on the USMTS career wins list, but through the first five races this year he has yet to add to that total.

Nonetheless, the 2010 USMTS National Champion comes into El Paso in the drivers seat for with five top-five finishes and a firm grip on the top spot at the halfway point in the MVT Gulf Coast Border Region points chase.

In last years first-ever journey for the USMTS to El Paso, touring stars and local favorites Johnny and Stormy Scott picked up the wins in the two-day show.

Fans can expect to see dozens more of the nations elite racers, including Dereck Ramirez, who has two wins under his belt already this season, plus Johnny Scott, Philip Houston, Steve Whiteaker Jr., Cade Dillard, Jesse Sobbing, Austin and Casey Arneson, Adam Penn, Daniel Hilsabeck, Grant Junghans, Jimmy Ray, Joe Duvall, Austin Theiss, Eddie Martin, Shane Sprinkle, Brock and Cody Bauman, Ben Kates and more.

Local favorites expected to defend their home turf include 2014 USRA Modified National Champion Fito Gallardo and his hotshoe son, Jake Gallardo, plus Royal Jones, Austin Adams, Max Sadler, Tom Georges, Christy Barnett-Georges and more.

The three-day USMTS “Ice Breaker” presented by El Luchador will pay $2,000 to win Thursday, $3,000 to win Friday and $4,000 to win Saturday. Limited X-Mods, Mini-Sprints and Casa Nissan Legends Cars will also be in action all three
days.

Spectator gates open at 5 p.m. with racing at 7 on Thursday and Friday. Gates open at 3 p.m. with racing at 6 on Saturday. Grandstand admission is $10 Thursday, $12 Friday and $15 Saturday. Kids ages 10 and under get in for free all three days. Pit passes are $40 each night.

An open practice for all classes is scheduled for Wednesday night, Feb. 25. Admission to the grandstands is free. Pit passes are $20 each. For those race fans unable to attend the 2nd Annual USMTS “Ice Breaker” presented by El Luchador, all three nights will be carried live online via pay-per-view. Visit www.SpeedShift.tv for ordering information.

The El Paso Speedway Park is a 3/8-mile semi-banked clay oval located 6.0 miles east of FM 375 on US 62, then 0.5 mile north on Krag St., then east on Tangerine Ave. For more information call 915-791-8749 or visit www.epspeedwaypark.com online. You can also find us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ElPasoSpeedwayPark or follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/ElPasoSpeedway.

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.

Billy Moyer Jr. Completes Clean Sweep of Turkey Hunt

November 26th, 2014

Batesville, Arkansas- Billy Moyer Jr. put an exclamation point on his 2014 season by sweeping the inaugural Turkey Hunt at El Paso Speedway Park in his #21jr Crop Production Services/Mesilla Valley Transportation/ Moyer Xtreme by Longhorn/Pro Power Racing Engine Super Late Model.

“Wow, what a way to end our season,” said Moyer Jr. “To win ten races in a season is huge, and there’s no way I could’ve done it without all of my great sponsors like Crop Production Services, Mesilla Valley Transportation, Longhorn, Imperial Motors, Red Line Oil, All Makes Collision, and everyone, who helps me make this possible.”

It was a strong start to the doubleheader for Moyer Jr. as he drove his entry to a $2,500 triumph on Friday night. Twenty-two Super Late Models converged on the 3/8 mile oval for round #1 of the inaugural Turkey Hunt, and Billy won his heat race to lock into the 25 lap feature. Moyer Jr. stalked race-long leader, Rodney Sanders throughout the course of the caution plagued event. His persistent high-side challenges finally paid off as he assumed the point on a restart with just three laps remaining. Moyer Jr. kept Sanders at bay in the closing laps to score his first career
victory at the West Texas oval. Sanders settled for second, followed by Don Shaw, R.C. Whitwell and Jason Krohn rounding out the top five finishers.

Saturday night saw the winner’s purse increase to $3,000, as twenty-two entries would return to do battle. Looking to capitalize on a stellar start to the weekend, Moyer Jr. used a heat race win to lock into the outside-front-row for the 30 lap finale. When the race went green, Billy outdueled pole sitter, Bumper Jones to lead lap one. From there, Moyer Jr. fought back challenges from Rodney Sanders to lead wire-to-wire for the victory, sweeping the Inaugural Turkey Hunt weekend. Sanders once again finished a close second, followed by Jason Krohn, Don Shaw and Garrett Alberson rounding out the top five finishers. The victory was his tenth of the year, which marks the first time in his career he has reached double digits in the win column.

Full results from the event are available at www.EPSpeedwayPark.com .

Billy has now concluded the 2014 campaign as he turns his attention to a very exciting 2015. The team will be making exciting announcements in the coming weeks, so stay tuned to http://www.BillyMoyerJR.com/ for the latest news.

Billy Moyer Jr. would like to thank all of his sponsors including Moyer Xtreme by Longhorn, Crop Production Services, Mesilla Valley Transportation, Dyna-Gro Seed, Car City, All Makes Collision Center, Bad Boy Mowers, Pro Power Racing Engines, ROCKHARD Powder Coating, Eibach Springs, Weld Wheels, COMP Cams, Imperial Motors, Red Line Oil, Karl Chevrolet, Sparks Motorsports, Bert Transmission, New Vision Graphics, Watters Autoland, Performance Rod & Custom, Midwest Sheet Metal, Peterson Fluid Systems, Mason Starters, Sweet Mfg., Fikes Truck Line, MSD Performance, Wiles Driveshafts, Cizmar Racing, Performance Bodies, Hoosier Tire South by Pup, ISC Racing Tape, Stealth Carburetors, Oakley Deatherage Opticians, Wilwood Engineering, Frankland Racing Products, VP Racing Fuel, Hooker Harness, Kluhsman Racing Components, BSB Manufacturing, Beyea Custom Headers, R2C Competition Filters, Turbo Start Batteries, TWM Products, Hawk Performance Products Group, Scott Performance Wire, CPD Tools, AFCO, Design 500, Accu-Force Shock Service, and MSRMafia.com Marketing Services.

For more information on the team please visit http://www.BillyMoyerJR.com/.

Stormy Scott keeps it in the family, scores thrilling victory in USMTS finale at El Paso

February 25th, 2014

EL PASO, Texas– Stormy Scott likes to shine when the big money is on the line, and he did it again Saturday night in the 40-lap main event for the USMTS Caseys Cup Series powered by Swan Energy to close out the inaugural Casa Ford-Lincoln Icebreaker presented by MSD at the El Paso Speedway Park.

Scotts third win in seven starts this season have all come in the final race of the three multi-day events when the winners share of the prize money was highest.

Tonights triumph was worth $3,000 and expanded his points lead in the MVT Gulf Coast Border Region presented by Day Motor Sports.

Following the traditional four-wide parade lap with an American flag waving above each competitor while a sparkling Mesilla Valley Transportation truck led the way, polesitter Daniel Hilsabeck led the first three laps before 20-year-old Jake Gallardo blasted into the lead on the fourth circuit.

Two laps later, Johnny Scott drove underneath Hilsabeck to grab second as he looked to run down his fellow Las Cruces, N.M., racer and make it a sweep of the weekends feature races.

Meanwhile, Fito Gallardo and Stormy Scott, who started 11th and 13th, respectively, were charging toward the front of the pack using every inch of the wide racing surface.

The races first and only caution waved on lap 7, and was followed by 33 laps of incredible racing between the front-runners and throughout the field.

By the tenth lap, Stormy Scott was up to third and Fito Gallardo was fourth. Then on lap 11, Fito Gallardo used his momentum around the extreme high side of the racing surface and screamed ahead of both Scott brothers.

For the next 12 laps, it was an all-Las Cruces family affair in the top four as father hunted son and brother battled brother.

Dancing through heavy lapped traffic, Jake Gallardo continued to set the pace while Fito Gallardo reeled in his son. But by lap 23, Stormy Scott had run them both down and a three-way tussle for the top spot ensued.

After several laps of back-and-forth wrangling, Stormy Scott finally led the race for the first time on lap 30. Picking off back-markers flawlessly without incident, he led the final 10 too and recorded his third win in six races.

His three wins on the final night of the last three weekends brought his total earnings so far to more than $14,000. Saturday nights triumph was the 21st of his young USMTS career one less than his twin brothers tally.

The New Mexico Nightmare also pocketed the Mesilla Valley Transportation Hard Charger Award for passing 12 of his competitors in Saturdays 40-lap contest in El Paso.

Despite leading 26 laps, Jake Gallardo had to settle for the runner-up paycheck but earned his career-best USMTS finish, along with Fito Gallardo who finished third.

Reigning USMTS national champ Rodney Sanders came from 14th to fourth and Friday night’s winner, Johnny Scott, held on for fifth.

Sixth through tenth were Jake O’Neil, Terry Phillips, Bumper Jones, Hilsabeck and Bryan Rowland.

USMTS Speedweeks continues next weekend at the Southern New Mexico Speedway in Las Cruces, N.M., for the 20th Annual Winter Meltdown, Feb. 27-March 1.

At the conclusion of next Saturdays finale, the champion of the MVT Gulf Coast Border Region presented by Day Motor Sports will be crowned and that driver will be the last man standing for a chance at $100,000 to become the 2014 USMTS national champion.

All three nights of the 20th Annual Winter Meltdown will be carried live online. Visit www.RacinDirt.tv for ordering information.

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.

Johnny Scott Homecoming King in USMTS Debut at El Paso

February 23rd, 2014

EL PASO, Texas- Johnny Scott used a pair of restarts to his advantage Friday night to capture the main event victory as the United States Modified Touring Series invaded the El Paso Speedway Park for the first time in the 16-year history of the series.

Before spending a majority of the past four seasons behind the wheel of a USMTS Modified, the 24-year-old completed his apprenticeship here on Fridays and nearby Southern New Mexico Speedway in his hometown of Las Cruces on Saturday nights.

Friday’s inaugural Casa Ford-Lincoln Icebreaker presented by MSD proved to be a homecoming celebration for Scott, as he used that experience to make the most of a pair of caution flags to snag his first win of the season in
front of a supportive audience.

Defending USMTS national champion Rodney Sanders drew the pole for the feature race and set a brisk pace until the race’s first yellow flag waved on lap 13.

On the restart, Scott used the high line to sneak by Daniel Hilsabeck and then kept Sanders within striking distance until the next caution five laps later.

Using another quick move to the outside when the green flag returned, Scott edged ahead of Sanders as they reached the flagstand the next time around.

Despite three more caution periods over the next dozen laps, Sanders was unable to return the favor to Scott and had to settle for the runner-up finish while fending off the winners older twin brother, Stormy Scott. For Johnny Scott, it his 22nd career USMTS victory was worth $2,000 and gave the reborn Ramirez Race Cars chassis its first win of the young 2014 campaign for the USMTS Caseys Cup powered by Swan Energy.

Terry Phillips finished fourth behind the trio of 20-somethings, with Fito Gallardo finishing third to give Las Cruces three of the first five spots. Hilsabeck held on for a season-best sixth-place finish. Bryan Rowland came from 16th to finish seventh and El Paso Speedway Park boss Royal Jones passes seven competitors en route to an eighth-place paycheck.

Joe Duvall was ninth at the finish line and Trevor Egbert came from 20th on the 24-car grid to round out the top-10 finishers. With six events down and four to go in the $5,000-to-win MVT Gulf Coast Border Region presented by Day Motor Sports points battle, Stormy Scott continues to lead Sanders and Johnny Scott.

Action continues in El Paso with a $3,000-to-win main event on Saturday. USRA Stock Cars, USRA B-Mods and Legends Cars will also be in action for the second straight night. Gates open at 3 p.m. with racing at 6:30. Adult admission is $15 and kids ages 10 and under get in for free. Pit passes are $40.

Saturday nights festivities will be carried live online via pay-per-view. Visit www.RacinDirt.tv for ordering information and don’t miss a single lap. The El Paso Speedway Park is a 3/8-mile semi-banked clay oval located 6.0 miles east of FM 375 on US 62, then 0.5 mile north on Krag St., then east on Tangerine Ave. For more information call 915-791-8749 or visit www.epspeedwaypark.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.

USMTS Treks to El Paso for Inaugural Ice Breaker on Feb 21-22

February 20th, 2014

EL PASO, Texas -After five nights of racing action on the eastern border of Texas, the traveling band of mud-slinging modifieds of the USMTS Caseys Cup powered by Swan Energy trek to the other side of the Lone Star State this weekend for a doubleheader at the El Paso Speedway Park.

This will be the first-ever journey for the United States Modified Touring Series to El Paso, but the track hosts the similar USRA Modifieds during their weekly Friday night programs throughout the year, as well as some well-attended special events that routinely draw the best open-wheel dirt modified aces on the planet.

As if he needed an advantage, Stormy Scott returns to his former stomping grounds with two wins under his belt already and the points lead in the MVT Gulf Coast Border Region presented by Day Motor Sports.

With five events in the books and five to go in the $5,000-to-win regional championship fight, Scott holds a 42-point lead over defending USMTS national champion Rodney Sanders while Sanders teammate, Jason Krohn, sits third in the standings.

Johnny Scott is currently fourth, followed by Zack VanderBeek who is back at home in Iowa and will not be making the trip to El Paso. Jeremy Payne, Cade Dillard, Rick Beebe, Jacob Gallardo and Dereck Ramirez round out the top 10.

The two-day Ice Breaker will pay $2,000 to win Friday and $3,000 to win Saturday. An open practice is scheduled for Thursday night with gates opening at 3 p.m. and practice beginning at 6 p.m. Pit passes are $20.

USRA Stock Cars, USRA B-Mods and Legends Cars will also be in action both days. Gates open at 3 p.m. with racing at 6:30 both days. Adult admission is $12 Friday and $15 Saturday. Kids ages 10 and under get in for free and pit passes are $40 both days.

For those unfortunate souls unable to attend this weekends clash, both nights will be carried live online via pay-per-view. Visit www.RacinDirt.tv for ordering information.

The El Paso Speedway Park is a 3/8-mile semi-banked clay oval located 6.0 miles east of FM 375 on US 62, then 0.5 mile north on Krag St., then east on Tangerine Ave. For more information call 915-791-8749 or visit www.epspeedwaypark.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.

Rodney Sanders Takes Second Win of 2014 at El Paso; South Texas Next

January 31st, 2014

Happy, Texas – Rodney Sanders bagged his second win of the season on Saturday night at El Paso Speedway Park (El Paso, Texas) in the Championship Dirt Motorsports (CDM) sanctioned event in his #20 Swan Energy/Kimrad Transport/Witchita Tank Racing/MB Customs/Geddes Racing Engine Open Wheel Modified.

The inaugural Battle at the Border opened on Friday night at El Paso Speedway Park (El Paso, Texas) as 18 entries entered the Championship Dirt Motorsports (CDM) event at the 3/8 mile oval. Heat race action found Sanders racing from the 6th starting spot to a 3rd place finish, which positioned him starting on the front row alongside pole sitter, Jimmy Ray. Sanders had high hopes for the feature, but an ill-handling car forced him to retire from the event just past the halfway point.

Rodney would get sweet redemption on Saturday night as he would score his second win of the 2014 season. He started his night by charging from the 6th starting spot to claim his heat race win, which locked him into the pole position on the 18 car grid for the 20 lap feature. As the main event went green Sanders grabbed the lead, and despite several challenges from Fito Gallardo and Jacob Gallardo he would lead every lap to register the $1,000 win. He was followed across the finish line by Fito Gallardo, Jacob Gallardo, Royal Jones, and Christy Georges.

The weekend drew to a close on Sunday night with a final $1,000-to-win event. Rodney’s night started with him charging to the win in his heat race to lock into the 3rd starting spot for the feature. In the opening laps of the feature he jumped to the lead and paced the field for the first ten laps before Jacob Gallardo slipped past for the lead. Sanders would go on to finish in the 2nd position.

“It was good to get that win on Saturday night at El Paso. We had a shot at two more victories, but we just spent a lot of that weekend trying to find the handle,” said Sanders.

Full results from the event are available at www.ChampionshipDirtMotorsports.com .

Sanders will now turn his attention to the 2nd Annual Sparkling City Nationals, which will be held at South Texas Speedway (Corpus Christi, Texas) on February 6th-8th. The trio of events will pay $2,000-to-win, $3,000-to-win, and $4,000-to-win in succession, and will award points for the Mesilla Valley Transportation Gulf Coast Border Region. For more information on the USMTS sanctioned events please visit www.USMTS.com .

Rodney Sanders would like to thank all of his sponsors including Swan Energy, Kimrad Transport, Special Care, Outreachers Sustainable Solutions, Swan Racing, Geddes Race Engines, MB Customs, Alaron Energy, B&L Satellite Rental, STSI, Integra Shocks, Keyser Manufacturing, C&R Radiators, Eibach Springs, All Star Custom Graphics, Charter Oak Production Company, Palmer Painting, D&G Contracting, FK Rod Ends, Fike’s Transmissions, Krohn Farms, Mars Race Cars, K&N Filters, Real Racing Wheels, 87 Automotive, Wichita Tank Racing, Hooker Harness, CMD Race Shocks, and MSRMafia.com Marketing Services.

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