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Dotson drives to first USMTS win at Kennedale

March 10th, 2018

KENNEDALE, Texas-After losing two of the weekend’s three events, the Summit USMTS Southern Series powered by Production Jars invaded the Kennedale Speedway Park on Friday for the third round of the Summit USMTS Winter Speedweeks, and the wet Texas week finished off with a fantastic finish for the history books.

After scoring the most heat race passing points, Clyde Dunn Jr. redrew the pole position for the start of the 40-lap Summit Racing Equipment “A” Main but after catching a rut in the first turn a flat tire sent him to the pits along with two others as caution waved off the initial start.

Grant Junghans USMTS Rookie of the Year contender Ethan Dotson of Bakersfield, Calif., set the pace for the restart and pulled out to a sizeable lead with two-time USMTS national champ Rodney Sanders in tow.

Lapped traffic came into play with eight laps in the books, and Sanders used it to his advantage to squeeze underneath Dotson and grab the lead while Jack Sartain, Kevin Rutherford and 17th-starting Cade Dillard filling the rest of the first five spots.

Sanders stretched his lead over the next ten laps and began to put drivers running among the top ten a lap down.

Meanwhile, Dunn had worked his way back up to eighth after restarting the race at the rear of the pack but suffered a second flat tire and exited the rough-and-tumble battle.

With 20 down, officials cut the distance to 35 laps due to the rough conditions, but Dotson was reeling in Sanders and pulled even as the pair streaked beneath the white flag.

Sanders went low entering the final corner while Dotson scraped the mud off the outside concrete wall. Sanders slid up as he exited turn four as Dotson crossed over underneath.

Coming to the checkered flag, it looked as if a photo-finish was inevitable but Sanders suddenly slowed-a victim of a broken transmission-as Dotson scooted underneath and crossed the finish line first to score his first USMTS victory.

“No way I ever thought we could get a win this early on, this is awesome,” Dotson told USMTS announcer Chris Stepan in victory lane after just his third career USMTS start. “I wish my family could be here for his. Dad, we did it.”

Dotson, who turned 19 in January, is travelling with Joe Duvall and crew chief Scott Drake this season, Both drivers are utilizing a Chevrolet Performance CT-525 crate engine.

“I can’t thank Joe and Scott enough for giving me this opportunity and their priceless feedback,” he added. “When Rodney got by me I just wanted to stay with him. I saw him slow there at the end and I crossed him over and was just able to get by.

“This is just awesome.”

With the race shortened to 35 laps, Sanders was able to get the runner-up paycheck with Dillard charging to the third spot. Another rookie, Zane Ferrell, finished fourth and Johnny Scott passed 15 cars en route to a fifth-place finish.

Rutherford, Austin Bonner, Mitchell, Bryan Rowland and Bobby Malchus rounded out the top ten.

The 9th Annual Summit USMTS Winter Speedweeks continues this Friday, Saturday and Sunday, March 9-11, when the USMTS invades three of the fastest dirt tracks in Mississippi for a two-fer featuring the Summit USMTS Southern Series and USMTS Hunt for the Casey’s Cup.

The titanic tripleheader gets started Friday at the historic Jackson Motor Speedway in Byram with gates opening at 5:30 and racing at 7:30 with Crate Late Models, Sportmans and Factory Stocks also on the bill.

Then on Saturday the touring titans of the USMTS bring the boom to the “House of Hook” at the Whynot Motorsports Park in Meridian with racing at 6:30 and six big divisions of racing.

The action reaches a boiling point on Sunday as the meanest machines in America make their maiden voyage to the legendary Magnolia Motor Speedway in Columbus for a wheel-to-wheel showdown at “The Mag” with four classes in action and the green flag waving at 5:15.

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.

Kennedale, Greenville in Summit USMTS Southern Series crosshairs

March 9th, 2018

KENNEDALE, Texas –The biggest baddest fastest modifieds in the world invade the Dallas-Fort Worth area Friday and Saturday, March 2-3, for the next two rounds of Summit USMTS Winter Speedweeks presented by MSD Performance and a doubleheader of colossal events at two incredible Texas dirt tracks.

The dirt-slinging demons of the Summit USMTS Southern Series light the fuse on Friday with the touring titans tackling the Kennedale Speedway Park in Kennedale, and then on Saturday it’s a skirmish at the super-fast Superbowl Speedway in Greenville.

This will be the only swing through this area until the series returns to Kennedale on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, Nov. 1-3, for the inaugural Summit USMTS Southern Nationals.

On Friday at the Kennedale Speedway Park, gates open at 5 p.m., hot laps start at 6:30 and racing begins at 7. Spectator tickets are $20, seniors are $15, kids ages 12-16 are $10 and children ages 11 and under get in for free. Pit passes are $35.

Johnny Scott is a two-time winner in Kennedale with both victories coming in 2013. The series returned in 2017 with Zack VanderBeek walking away with the winner’s check.

Friday’s payout: Licensed – 1. $3000, 2. $1600, 3. $1100, 4. $900, 5. $700, 6. $600, 7. $500, 8. $450, 9. $425, 10. $400, 11. $375, 12. $350, 13. $325, 14. $300, $275 to start, $90 tow; Non-Licensed – 1. $3000, 2. $1500, 3. $1000, 4. $700, 5. $600, 6. $500, 7. $400, 8. $375, 9. $350, 10. $325, 11. $300, 12. $275, 13. $250, $225 to start; $75 tow.

Factory Stocks and Limited Mods will race for $750 to win and $75 to start.

The Kennedale Speedway Park is a semi-banked 1/4-mile dirt oval located off of I-20 at exit 442-A, then 1.7 miles southeast on Mansfield Hwy., then 1.6 miles southwest on New Hope Rd., then 0.3 mile east on Hudson Village Creek Rd. For more information, call (817) 988-7433 or (817) 478-7223 or visit them online at www.raceksp.com.

On Saturday at the Superbowl Speedway, gates open at 5 p.m., hot laps start at 7 and racing begins at 7:30. Spectator tickets are $20, seniors get in for $15, kids ages 12-16 are $10 and children 11 and under are free. Pit passes are $35.

In three previous trips to the Superbowl Speedway, Johnny Scott and Stormy Scott captured wins in 2014 and the most recent winner, Cade Dillard, claimed the checkers in 2016. Two other events were scheduled but rained out.

Saturday’s payout: Licensed -1. $3000, 2. $1700, 3. $1200, 4. $1000, 5. $800, 6. $700, 7. $600, 8. $500, 9. $450, 10. $400, 11. $375, 12. $350, 13. $325, $300 to start, $90 tow; Non-Licensed – 1. $3000, 2. $1500, 3. $100, 4. $800, 5. $700, 6. $600, 7. $500, 8. $450, 9. $400, 10. $350, 11. $325, 12. $300, 13. $275, $250 to start, $75 tow.

Factory Stocks and Limited Mods will race for $750 to win and $75 to start.

The Superbowl Speedway is located 5.0 miles south of Greenville on SR 34, then west on FM 1903. For more information, call (903) 883-2504 or check out www.superbowlspeedway.com online.

Originally scheduled for Thursday and postponed to Sunday, the event at the Grayson County Speedway in Bells, Texas, has been canceled due to too much rainfall creating unsafe track conditions for racing.

Nineteen races are on the schedule for the Summit USMTS Southern Series and a driver’s best 15 performances will apply toward the final standings and year-end points funds. The Summit USMTS Southern Series champ is staring at a possible $5,000 payday at year’s end, and any driver that competes in at least 18 of the races is guaranteed to earn at least $1,000 in points fund money regardless of finishing position.

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.

USMTS unveils 20th anniversary 2018 schedule

November 22nd, 2017

WEBSTER CITY, Iowa–Officials from the United States Modified Touring Series unveiled next year’s schedule of events today, highlighted by a record top prize of $50,000 awaiting the 2018 USMTS National Champion.

The 20th anniversary season featuring the Best of the Best in dirt modified racing features a points fund of more than $160,000 while the USMTS Hunt for the Casey’s Cup powered by S&S Fishing & Rental has 41 nights of racing penciled in at 39 of America’s most popular dirt ovals.

The runner-up in 2018 will pocket $30,000, third place will pay $20,000, fourth gets $15,000 and the fifth-place finisher in the final standings will earn $12,000.

Only a handful of dirt racing series at any level pay $10,000 to win their points championship, but that’s what the sixth-place driver will take home at the end of the USMTS Hunt for the Casey’s Cup in 2018. Seventh through 15th get $8,000, $7,000, $6000, $5000, $4500, $4000, $3500, $3000 and $2500, respectively.

Any driver that competes in every USMTS points race-regardless of where he or she finishes in the final points standings-will earn the same as the 10th-place finisher, which is currently a $5,000 points fund check at season’s end.

Since altering the format in 2007, the USMTS has had multiple regional points races leading up to “The Hunt”-a final flurry of 15 to 20 races in August and September to determine the USMTS National Champion, but in 2018 the regions are gone and there will be one single national tour where every race counts.

While the stakes are higher, the number of USMTS events will be drastically fewer in 2018. The 2017 schedule had 63 points races and as many as 80 have been held in past years. The 2018 schedule of events for the USMTS national series will feature about 40 events.

“One of the things we had to address going forward was the number of shows were were holding,” Staley added. “Twenty Hunt races in less than a month is simply too brutal on drivers’ families and team members. That had to change. We also took note of the fact that during The Hunt a fan, depending on where they live, could travel less than four hours and see 17 of the Hunt races. That’s simply too much saturation, too much tax on the average fan’s budget and it forces them to choose between shows.”

2018 USMTS Hunt for the Casey’s Cup powered by S&S Fishing & Rental schedule:

Fri Mar 9 … Jackson Motor Speedway, Byram, Miss.
Sat Mar 10 … Whynot Motorsports Park, Meridian, Miss.
Sun Mar 11 … Magnolia Motor Speedway, Columbus, Miss.
Thu Mar 15 … Humboldt Speedway, Humboldt, Kan.
Fri-Sun Apr 20-22 … Southern New Mexico Speedway, Las Cruces, N.M.
Fri Apr 27 … West Texas Raceway, Lubbock, Texas
Sat Apr 28 … Route 66 Motor Speedway, Amarillo, Texas
Sun Apr 29 … Enid Speedway, Enid, Okla.
Fri May 4 … TBA
Sat May 5 … TBA
Sun May 6 … Creek County Speedway, Sapulpa, Okla.
Fri May 18 … I-94 Speedway, Fergus Falls, Minn.
Sat May 19 … Ogilvie Raceway, Ogilvie, Minn.
Sun May 20 … Mason City Motor Speedway, Mason City, Iowa
Fri May 25 … Mississippi Thunder Speedway, Fountain City, Wis.
Sat May 26 … Deer Creek Speedway, Spring Valley, Minn.
Sun May 27 … Upper Iowa Speedway, Decorah, Iowa
Thu Jun 7 … 81 Speedway, Park City, Kan.
Fri Jun 8 … Dodge City Raceway Park, Dodge City, Kan.
Sat Jun 9 … Salina Speedway, Salina, Kan.
Thu Jun 14 … Cedar Lake Speedway, New Richmond, Wis.
Thu Jun 28 … Nobles County Speedway, Worthington, Minn.
Fri Jun 29 … Brown County Speedway, Aberdeen, S.D.
Sat Jun 30 … Devil’s Lake Speedway, Crary, N.D.
Tue Jul 17 … Hamilton County Speedway, Webster City, Iowa
Wed Jul 18 … Southern Iowa Speedway, Oskaloosa, Iowa
Thu Aug 2 … Springfield Raceway, Springfield, Mo.
Fri Aug 3 … Humboldt Speedway, Humboldt, Kan.
Sat Aug 4 … Lucas Oil Speedway, Wheatland, Mo.
Thu Aug 16 … TBA
Fri Aug 17 … Lakeside Speedway, Kansas City, Kan.
Sat Aug 18 … Salina Highbanks Speedway, Pryor Creek, Okla.
Fri Aug 24 … Rapid Speedway, Rock Rapids, Iowa
Sat Aug 25 … Park Jefferson Speedway, Jefferson, S.D.
Sun Aug 26 … Casino Speedway, Watertown, S.D.
Fri Aug 31 … Fayette County Speedway, West Union, Iowa
Sat Sep 1 … Deer Creek Speedway, Spring Valley, Minn.
Sun Sep 2 … Cresco Speedway, Cresco, Iowa
Thu Sep 20 … Deer Creek Speedway, Spring Valley, Minn.

In addition to a 40-race national schedule-give or take, depending on Mother Nature-the USMTS will continue to have several non-points crown jewel events.

King of America VIII is set for March 15-17 at the Humboldt (Kan.) Speedway. The $50,000-to-win Masters returns to the Cedar Lake Speedway in New Richmond, Wis., June 14-16, and the I-80 Speedway in Greenwood, Neb., hosts the Silver Dollar Nationals for the USMTS Modifieds and Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series for the eighth straight year on Friday and Saturday, July 20-21. The 20th Annual Featherlite Fall Jamboree takes place at the Deer Creek Speedway in Spring Valley, Minn., Sept. 20-22, where the USMTS National Champion will once again be crowned at the conclusion of Thursday’s night opener..

The 3rd Annual Grant Junghans Memorial will return to the Lakeside Speedway in Kansas City, Kan., on Friday, Aug. 17. It was also also announced today that the 2018 Grant Junghans USMTS Rookie of the Year will earn a record $5,000.

A new crown jewel event will close out the 2018 racing season with the inaugural Summit Racing Equipment USMTS Southern Nationals at the Kennedale Speedway Park, Nov. 1-3. The event will also be the final points race in the Summit Racing Equipment USMTS Southern Series.

2018 USMTS Crown Jewel events:

Thu-Sat Mar 15-17 … King of America VIII – Humboldt Speedway, Humboldt, Kan.
Thu-Sat Jun 14-16 … 20th Annual Masters – Cedar Lake Speedway, New Richmond, Wis.
Fri-Sat Jul 20-21 … 8th Annual Silver Dollar Nationals – I-80 Speedway, Greenwood, Neb.
Fri Aug 17 … 3rd Annual Grant Junghans Memorial – Lakeside Speedway, Kansas City, Kan.
Thu-Sat Sep 20-22 … 20th Annual Featherlite Fall Jamboree – Deer Creek Speedway, Spring Valley, Minn.
Thu-Sat Nov 1-3 … Summit USMTS Southern Nationals – Kennedale Speedway Park, Kennedale, Texas

With events in Mississippi, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas, the Summit Racing Equipment USMTS Southern Series presented by Production Jars will have it’s own lucrative points fund and crown a champion at season’s end. Except for the three-day mega-event in November, all Summit Racing Equipment USMTS Southern Series points races will be in the books before Memorial Day Weekend.

2018 Summit Racing Equipment USMTS Southern Series presented by Production Jars schedule:

Fri-Sat Feb 23-24 … South Texas Speedway, Corpus Christi, Texas
Sun Feb 25 … Texana Raceway Park, Edna, Texas
Thu Mar 1 … Grayson County Speedway, Bells, Texas
Fri Mar 2 … Kennedale Speedway Park, Kennedale, Texas
Sat Mar 3 … Superbowl Speedway, Greenville, Texas
Fri Mar 9 … Jackson Motor Speedway, Byram, Miss.
Sat Mar 10 … Whynot Motorsports Park, Meridian, Miss.
Sun Mar 11 … Magnolia Motor Speedway, Columbus, Miss.
Fri-Sun Apr 20-22 … Southern New Mexico Speedway, Las Cruces, N.M.
Fri Apr 27 … West Texas Raceway, Lubbock, Texas
Sat Apr 28 … Route 66 Motor Speedway, Amarillo, Texas
Sun Apr 29 … Enid Speedway, Enid, Okla.
Thu-Sat Nov 1-3 … Kennedale Speedway Park, Kennedale, Texas

More big announcements will be coming soon. Watch for the latest news on the USMTS website at www.usmts.com and our social media channels.

The 2018 season kicks off with the first Summit Racing Equipment USMTS Southern Series event on Friday and Saturday, Feb. 23-24, at the South Texas Speedway in Corpus Christi, Texas. The first points race in the USMTS Hunt for the Casey’s Cup happens two weeks later on Friday, March 9, at the Jackson Motor Speedway in Byram, Miss., which will also be a Summit Racing Equipment USMTS Southern Series points race.

Awards Banquet approaching: The United States Modified Touring Series will celebrate the sponsors, crew members, drivers and their families at the annual USMTS awards banquet on Saturday, January 27, 2017, at the Ameristar Casino Hotel in Kansas City, Mo.

A record crowd of nearly 300 people attended last year’s gala, and this year’s party will once again be a joint effort for both the USMTS and United States Racing Association (USRA). Fans and members of the media are invited to attend too.

Those attending this year’s celebration are encouraged to reserve their rooms as soon as possible to take advantage of huge savings. For reservations, call the Ameristar Casino Hotel at (816) 414-7435 and request the USMTS discounted room rate.

In addition to the awards ceremony, the evening’s meal will feature a luxurious and plentiful selection of fine food, plus a huge dessert bar. A cash bar will also be available. Tickets will go on sale this week.

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.

VanderBeek breaks through with Summit Showdown victory at Kennedale

May 15th, 2017

KENNEDALE, Texas — One of the most entertaining main events of the season took place Friday night at the Kennedale Speedway Park, followed up by one of the biggest celebrations of the year after Zack VanderBeek notched his first United States Modified Touring Series victory since early last September.

A top-to-bottom smooth, slick racing surface allowed drivers to race anywhere they felt good, and the usual suspects were in their comfort zones making the most of their favorite path around the 3/8-mile dirt oval.

The next-to-last feature race in the Summit Racing USMTS Southern Region presented by Production Jars saw Clyde Dunn Jr. take control from the outset with Sybesma Graphics Pole Award winner Cade Dillard glued to his back bumper on the high side.

As the 40-lapper reached the halfway mark, thick lapped traffic played havoc with the leaders and three-time USMTS national champion Jason Hughes took advantage of the situation.

Hughes dispatched David Winslett for fourth on the seventh lap, and then picked off Tyler Wolff for third with 11 laps in the books before darting between both Dunn and Dillard to swipe the lead away on lap 21.

Seventeenth-starting Ryan Gustin followed into the second spot one lap later, and narrowly edged in front of Hughes on lap 29 when the race’s fourth yellow flag waved and sent Hughes back to the point for the restart.

With Hughes was pedaling through the middle of the corners and Gustin churning away on the top, VanderBeek quietly worked his way from his seventh-row starting slot and drove underneath six cars in nine laps to sit third for the restart.

VanderBeek passed Gustin for second after green flag racing resumed, and then bolted ahead of Hughes to lead the 31st lap.

From there it was all ‘The Z-Man’ as the 32-year-old from New Sharon, Iowa, claimed his first win of the season, his first in Kennedale and snapped a 36-race winless streak dating back to Sept. 2, 2016.

Worth $3,000, it was the 37th USMTS win of VanderBeek’s career and gave him sole possession of seventh on the all-time wins list, breaking a tie with Jon Tesch. It was also the first checkered flag for chassis no. 1 by VanderBuilt Race Cars-his debut creation.

Chris Brown, who started right behind VanderBeek in 15th, got around Hughes in the late stages of the race and finished second while Gustin followed his teammate across the finish line in fourth.

R.C. Whitwell was fifth, Dillard held on for sixth, Stormy Scott was seventh, Dereck Ramirez earned an eighth-place check and Wolff fended off Joe Duvall for the ninth position,

The finale for the Summit Racing Equipment USMTS Southern Region presented by Production Jars takes place Saturday at the Lonestar Speedway in Kilgore, Texas, with another main event that will pay $3,000 to win and no less than $250 to take the green flag.

Last year’s runner-up in the national points chase, Dillard, has a series-best five victories this season and is in the driver’s seat to claim the Summit Racing Equipment USMTS Southern Region crown, but several others have plans of their own.

Gustin, a two-time USMTS national champ, sits 26 points behind Dillard in second with Hughes-the one who nipped Dillard by three points to take last year’s title-rides in third place and 43 markers behind the leader.

Brown sits fourth with 1666 points and is the last driver with a mathematical possibility of surpassing Dillard’s total. The rest of the top ten are Scott (1587), VanderBeek (1578), Ramirez (1496), Whitwell (1430), Travis Saurer (1411) and Duvall (1374).

Ranked 11th through 15th, Ricky Thornton Jr., Wolff, Trevor Egbert and Johnny Scott are also locked into ‘The Hunt’ while Adam Kates will replace Billy Vogel as the 15th-place driver tomorrow night if he shows up and Vogel is absent.

The Summit Racing Equipment USMTS Southern Region champion will earn $10,000 while all drivers ranked among the top 15 in points-along with any others with perfect attendance in the region-are locked in for this year’s Hunt for the Casey’s USMTS National Championship powered by S&S Fishing & Rental which carries a $25,000 payoff for the 2017 titlist.

Tomorrow night’s show at the Lonestar Speedway will see the pit gate open at 3 p.m. with grandstands open at 5, hot laps at 6:45 and racing to follow. Limited Mods will be racing for $700 to win and Factory Stocks will race for a $500 top prize. FWD Four-Cylinders will also compete.

This is the first USMTS event at the Lonestar Speedway in six years. The past three scheduled events were rained out, including last year’s race. It’s also going to be the first time the USMTS will compete on the high-banked 1/3-mile oval configuration. It was a big 3/8-mile oval when Johnny Scott and Ryan Gustin got their wins here in 2010 and 2011, respectively.

The Lonestar Speedway is located off I-20 at exit 583, then 0.5 mile north on SR 135, then 1.0 mile east on FM 1252, then 0.5 mile south. For more information, call (903) 986-9731 or go to www.lonestarspeedway.com on the World Wide Web.

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.

Kennedale kicks off new race season with March 1-2 special

February 26th, 2014

KENNEDALE, Texas– Four IMCA divisions are on the program for Kennedale Speedway Park’s season-opening Spring Kick-Off special this Saturday and Sunday, March 1-2.

IMCA Eagle Motorsports RaceSaver Sprint Cars run for $800 to win on Saturday.

Texas Lone Star Series shows are slated both nights for IMCA Xtreme Motor Sports Modifieds, IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars and Scoggin-Dickey Parts Center Southern SportMods.

Stock Cars run as part of Wild Child Race Cars and Southern SportMods as part of Southwest Racing Specialties-sponsored series shows.

Modifieds race for $600 to win, Stocks and SportMods both for $500 to win. IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing national, regional and Allstar Performance state points will be awarded.

An open practice begins at 6 p.m. Friday, Feb. 28. Pit gates open at 3 p.m. and racing starts at 6 p.m. Saturday; gates open at noon and racing starts at 2 p.m. on Sunday.

There is no entry fee and pit passes are $25. Grandstand admission is $12 for adults, $8 for seniors and military personnel with ID, $5 for kids ages 6-11 and free for five and under.

RACEceivers or NitroBees are required in all divisions. More infor­mation about the Spring Kick-Off is available by call­ing 817 561-9634 and at the www.raceksp.com website.

Series races are the fourth and fifth of 2014 for the Modifieds, Stock Cars and Southern SportMods.

Hunt wraps up USMTS Southern Speedweek on high note, locked in for USMTS championship chase

July 4th, 2013

KEARNEY, Mo. – The most grueling stretch of races for the 2013 United States Modified Touring Series campaign wrapped up Saturday night for Trevor Hunt and the #99h Trevor Hunt Racing/FVP/Eibach Springs GRT Chassis, completing nine USMTS events at nine different racetracks over the course of ten days. With huge fields of cars and some of the best in the business behind the wheel of each one, the competition level was as hot as the sun which provided temperatures over 100 degrees for most of the week.

Things got started last Thursday, June 20, at the 81 Speedway near Wichita, Kan., where mechanical failure left Hunt with a 25th-place after starting 19th on the grid. The following night took the team to the Liberal Fairgrounds Speedway in Liberal, Kan., and they walked out with heads held high after recording a top-10 finish after starting the main event from the 17th spot.

Saturday’s show at the Route 66 Motor Speedway in Amarillo, Texas, was in front of a huge crowd and Hunt once again marched past seven drivers en route to a 19th-place finish. Hunt and his team rolled into the Elk City Speedway in Elk City, Okla., with a lot of confidence, but the next five nights proved to be the biggest test of the 14-year-old so far in his career.

Fighting an “evil car” that handled poorly all night, Hunt was unable to transfer out of the “B” Main Tuesday night at the super-fast Devil’s Bowl Speedway in Mesquite, Texas. The same held true for the next three nights, including Thursday at the Kennedale Speedway Park in Kennedale, Texas, where he missed a provisional starting spot by a single point in the Allgayer, Inc. Southern Region standings.

It was a frustrating five nights of racing for Hunt his crew, but they soldiered on to the Southern Oklahoma Speedway in Ardmore, Okla., for the final night of Southern Speedweek and final event in the regional points race. They say that good things come to those who wait, and that was verified Saturday night, June 29. After qualifying fourth-fastest in his heat race group, Hunt led from start to finish in his Heat Race and held off the hottest driver on the USMTS circuit, Johnny Scott, in doing so.

The main event saw a half-dozen cautions, but Hunt avoided the trouble most others could not and ended the week with a 13-place finish at the 3/8-mile clay oval. Hunt finished out the Allgayer, Inc. Southern Region ranked 14 in the final points but, more importantly, punched his ticket to be a part of The Hunt for the USMTS Casey’s Cup which begins in August.

He also continues to show the way in the USMTS Rookie of the Year points standings with a 27-point advantage over Joey Galloway. Hunt and the #99h Trevor Hunt Racing/FVP/Eibach Springs GRT Chassis powered by Yeoman Race Engines will head home to regroup, refocus and reload as they get ready for some big USMTS events to close out the month of July.

In the meantime, they will likely stop in at the Lakeside Speedway in Kansas City, Kan., this Friday, July 5, and the following Friday to compete in the USRA Modified program and pick up some seat time at the track that will host five more nights of USMTS racing this year. Trevor Hunt Racing is made possible by support from FVP, Eibach Springs, iXL Elite Hydration, DJ Safety, Racegator Transmissions, AERO Race Wheels, Yeoman Race Engines, Keyser Manufacturing, Integra Racing Shocks, GRT Race Cars, Grass Roots Racing Show and Rod End Supply.

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Johnny Scott returns to victory lane at Kennedale Speedway Park

June 29th, 2013

KENNEDALE, Texas -The USMTS Modifieds returned to the Kennedale Speedway Park for a second time this season Thursday night, and Johnny Scott picked up where he left off with his second trip to victory lane in as many tries. Dallas-area favorite Troy Taylor wrestled the lead away from Kelly Shryock when the green flag waved to start the 40-lap main event, and then Scott slipped into second place with three laps in the books.

Churning away at the thin cushion around the high side of the track, Taylor maintained a torrid pace up front as Scott hounded him through the first 14 laps with Shryock, Bobby Malchus and Chris Brown in tow. Battling three-wide down the back-stretch for third, something had to give and that something was Malchus’ tire. His slashed American Racer racing tire forced him to slow and stop on the track, bringing out the caution flag just as the leaders were approaching a swarm of back-markers on lap 14.

Scott pulled even with Taylor on the restart, and eventually nosed ahead on lap 17. Twelve laps later, Clyde Dunn Jr. and Dereck Ramirez got together in turn 1 while fighting for the seventh spot. The result was a red flag as Dunn’s machine rolled over at the top of the banking. He was unhurt, but both drivers were out of the contest.

On the restart, Scott pulled away from the pack and the 23-year-old from Las Cruces, N.M., sailed away to his second win in as many nights and second in a row at Kennedale. The win was worth another $4,000 with his “Big Dog Buy-In” and the 18th of his USMTS career. His triumph here on April 26 was his 15th overall at the time. Brown held on for a runner-up paycheck while the winner’s older twin brother, Stormy Scott, quietly advanced to third after needing a provisional to start the feature in 25th.

Coming from 16th on the 27-car starting grid, Zack VanderBeek maneuvered to a fourth-place finish and earned the Mesilla Valley Transportation Hard Charger Award for the fifth time during the 2013 campaign. Shryock held off Rodney Sanders at the checkered flag to take the fifth spot. Taylor, David Winslett, Tristan Dycus and Philip Houston rounded out the top 10.

A strong field of 51 entries were on hand Thursday night for the fifth race in the 4s Motorsports Southern Speedweek powered by Lecolift, with an average of 47+ combatants at each of the events. The excitement continues on Friday as the USMTS Casey’s Cup Series returns to the RPM Speedway in Crandall, Texas, for the Town East Ford “Built Ford Tough 50.”

Grandstands open at 5 p.m. Friday night with the Pre-Race VIP Party presented by ElbowsUp.com from 6-6:30. Hot laps begin at 6:45 and racing gets underway at 7:30 p.m. Limited Modifieds ($1,000 to win), Street Stocks ($750 to win) and Factory
Stocks ($750 to win) are also on the race card. The RPM Speedway is a 1/4-mile semi-banked dirt oval located southeast of US 175 in Crandall, Texas, on CR 4106 (Bud Stoy Rd. exit) to the intersection of CR 4104. For more information call 972-427-6822 or visit www.rpmspeedwaytx.com online.

From there, the series wraps up action in the Allgayer, Inc. Southern Region presented by Day Motor Sports with a Saturday night battle at John Webb’s Southern Oklahoma Speedway in Ardmore, Okla. 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.

Bold driving trumps bad draws as Johnny Scott conquers Kennedale

April 28th, 2013

KENNEDALE, Texas- Johnny Scott picked up the win Friday night as the USMTS Modifieds invaded the Kennedale Speedway Park for the first time in the 15-year history of America’s Premier Modified Tour. As bad he was at picking numbers out of a hat, he was equally good at picking up positions on the track.

Starting eighth in his heat race, the 23-year-old from Las Cruces, N.M., roared to a third-place finish in a matter of eight laps which earned him a spot in the redraw among the top 8 drivers in passing points.

The worst of them all in the draw, Scott started eighth in the 26-car field but he spent little time there.

Polesitter Steve Whiteaker Jr. grabbed the lead at the start of the 40-lap main event and proceeded to pace the field through the first half of the race on a wet and bumpy surface.

Clyde Dunn Jr., who started next to Whiteaker on the front row, shadowed Whiteaker the whole way and finally snuck by for the lead on lap 22. One lap later, Whiteaker was in the pits after falling victim to a broken cam in his powerplant.

Dunn’s reign was short-lived, however, as Scott blasted by on the inside two laps later and then proceeded to sail away to his second victory of the season.

“Me and Clyde had a really good battle there,” Scott said in victory lane. “My car was just a little bit better than his so I was just waiting for him to mess up then I was gonna go.”

The win was Scott’s 15th of his USMTS career since getting his first one three years ago at the Lonestar Speedway in Kilgore, Texas.

Rodney Sanders secured his spot at the top of the point standings in the Allgayer, Inc. Southern Region presented by Day Motor Sports with a runner-up finish while Fito Gallardo crossed the finish line third.

Following post-race technical inspections, however, Gallardo was disqualified for unapproved heads which moved 20th-starting J.P. Dowell up to the third position.

Dunn held on for fourth with 2010 USMTS national champion Jason Hughes coming from 17th to round out the top 5 finishers.

Sixth through tenth were Tristan Dycus, nine-time USMTS national champion Kelly Shryock, Thursday night’s winner, Chris Brown, Cody Smith and Chris Huckeba.

On Saturday, the USMTS Modifieds return to the Southern Oklahoma Speedway in Ardmore, Okla.-a USRA Weekly Racing Series track which features USRA Modifieds. Rodney Sanders won the most recent event at the track last June. In the four previous USMTS events here, Ryan Gustin and Jason Hughes each have two wins to their credit.

Gates open at 5 p.m., hot laps begin at 7 and the first green flag waves at 7:30. Limited Mods and Stock Cars will round out the racing program.

The Southern Oklahoma Speedway is a semi-banked 3/8-mile clay oval located 0.7 mile east of I-35 (exit 29) on US 70, then 1.8 miles south on US 77. For more information call 405-627-1766 or click www.southernoklahomaspeedway.com to visit the track’s official website.

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.

Maiden voyages to Killeen and Kennedale, annual trek to Ardmore next on USMTS campaign

April 23rd, 2013

KILLEEN, Texas – Two first-time venues and a series mainstay are on tap this week as the USMTS Modifieds gear up for a trio of events in the Allgayer, Inc. Southern Region presented by Day Motor Sports.

The three-day 4s Motorsports Red River Rumble powered by Lecolift will kick off on Thursday, April 25, at the Texas Thunder Speedway in Killeen, Texas, and then on 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.

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 ten points races this season, a gambler has won the main event nine times.

Thursday’s event will mark the first-ever visit to David Good’s Texas Thunder Speedway in the 15-year history of the United States Modified Touring Series, with Limited Mods also joining the program. Gates will open at 5 p.m. with hot laps
slated for 6:45 and racing at 7 p.m.

The Texas Thunder Speedway is a semi-banked 1/4-mile dirt oval located 2.2 miles south of US 190 on SR 195, then 1.6 miles west on W. Stan Schlueter Loop. For more information call 254-289-9657 or visit www.texasthunder.com online.

Although Friday’s tilt at the Kennedale Speedway Park will be the first for the USMTS, finding the track should be no problem for most teams as the facility is located just across the street from the now-dormant Cowtown Speedway.

Gates will swing open at 5 p.m. with hot laps at 7.30 and racing at 8 p.m. Support
classes include Street Stocks, Factory Stocks and Mod Lites.

The Kennedale Speedway Park is a semi-banked 1/4-mile dirt oval located 1.7 miles southeast of I-20 on Mansfield Hwy. (exit 442-A), 1.6 miles southwest on New Hope Rd., then 0.3 mile east on Hudson Village Creek Rd. For more information call 817-988-7433 or check out www.raceksp.com on the World Wide Web.

Saturday sees the series’ return to the Southern Oklahoma Speedway where promoter and off-and-on USMTS competitor John Webb is enjoying his sophomore season at the former Lake Country Speedway.

Webb, who purchased the facility in 2011, has made several notable changes to the landscape, including new infield lights, painted buildings, a new concession stand with a bigger kitchen as well as an inside eating area on the spectator side and remolded bathrooms on both the pits and grandstand area.

Rodney Sanders won the most recent event at the Southern Oklahoma Speedway last June. In the four previous USMTS events here, Ryan Gustin and Jason Hughes each have two wins to their credit.

Gates open at 5 p.m., hot laps begin at 7 and the first green flag waves at 7:30. Limited Mods and Stock Cars will round out the racing program.

The Southern Oklahoma Speedway is a semi-banked 3/8-mile clay oval located 0.7 mile east of I-35 (exit 29) on US 70, then 1.8 miles south on US 77. For more information call 405-627-1766 or click www.southernoklahomaspeedway.com to visit the track’s official website.

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.

Kennedale starts new race season with March 2-3 Spring Kick-Off

March 1st, 2013

KENNEDALE, Texas– Feature events are on the program both nights for the four IMCA divisions running at Kennedale Speedway Park’s traditional season-opening Spring Kick-Off special this Saturday and Sunday, March 2-3.

IMCA Xtreme Motor Sports Modifieds race for $600 to win each night. Top prize for both IMCA Sunoco Stock Car and Scoggin-Dickey Parts Center Southern SportMod main events is $400 and first in IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stock features is good for $250.

IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing National, regional and Allstar Performance State points will be awarded and both nights are Texas Lone Star Series shows for the Modifieds, Stock Cars and SportMods.

An open practice will be held Friday, March 1. Gates open at 3 p.m. and practice starts at 7 p.m. On Saturday, gates open at 3 p.m., and racing starts at 6 p.m. Gates open at noon and racing gets underway at 2 p.m. Sunday.

RACEceivers are required in all divisions. More information about the Spring Kick-Off is available by calling 817 988-7433 and at the www.raceksp.com website.

William Gould, Cory Davis and Chad Hertel each won once during the Lone Star Series opening weekend at Abilene Speedway and bring the Modified, Stock Car and Southern SportMod point leads, respectively, to Kennedale.