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15th Annual ASCS Gulf South Summer Nationals Tour @ Heart o’ Texas Speedway 7-22-16

July 27th, 2016

Elm Mott, TX.- The ASCS Gulf South Region kicks off it’s 15th annual Summer Nationals tour with a Friday night stop at Elm Mott’s Heart o’ Texas Speedway, just north of Waco. With only six more races after tonight, the ASCS Gulf South points chase is shaping up between two former regional champs. Twenty-four drivers signed in for action on the high-banked, 1/4 mile, dirt oval.

Coming into the nights action it was Channin Tankersley holding a 90 point lead over Ray Allen Kulhanek, Tommy Bryant is third only 8 behind Kulhanek. Michael McNeil and Jacob Lucas round out the top five. Earlier this year at HOT’s Gordon Wooley Classic, Tankersley took home the win, with Kulhanek third and Travis Rilat sandwiched in between, second.

The ASCS Gulf South Summer Nationals tour moves to Cotton Bowl Speedway Saturday for night 2 of action.

Also on the racing card were the IMCA Modifieds, Southern Sportmod, I-Stocks and Hobby Stocks, plus the Factory Stocks and Jr. Mini Stocks. The IMCA stocks, Factory Stocks and Jr. Mini Stock complete their mid-season championships with features only.

In track points, Kevin Green holds a slim 10-point edge over Justin Radcliff, with Eric Tomlinson third. Brother TJ Green heads the Southern Sportmod list by 9 over Jeff Sheppard and James Hanusch 71 back.

In the I-Stocks it’s Eric Jones coming in 23 markers ahead of Ryan Powers and 30 up on Benji Kirkpatrick. Hobby Stocks are the closer with Jeremy Oliver only 5 points in front of Shannon Dulock and Hayden White third.

Rick Morosky leads the Factory Stocks points battle 8 ahead of Ryan Hopkins and 22 up on Michael Gaunet. The Jr. Mini Stocks battle is the tightest with Bradley Warren only 4 up on Colton Rawls with Raymond Allen Morgan third.

Points leader Channin Tankersley increased his ASCS Gulf South Region lead taking home the 25-lap A-main. The Highlands, Texas driver worked his way up from the sixth starting spot and took the lead from Dustin Gates just after halfway. Gates fell victim to the spinning car of Jr. Jenkins a lap later. Raven Culp took up the challenge next, but he looped it on lap 18. Jacob Lucas and Tommy Bryant then battled for the runner up spot as Tankersley eased away for the victory.

As the 19-car ASCS Gulf South main roared to life it was Culp diving into turn 1 first. Gates got a good run off the top of turn 2 but it was Culp at the line leading. Gates fell in line second with Ray Allen Kulhanek, Kevin Ramey behind and Tankersley side by side with Bryant. Bryant, Tankersley and Lucas then freight-trained Ramey.

Culp was getting away from Gates, Kulhanek and Bryant while Tankersley and Lucas swapped fifth. On lap 5 the top three in points were third, fourth and fifth. Gates began closing on Culp, who was now in traffic, while Tankersley got fourth from Bryant. Gates caught Culp and got by for the lead at halfway with Tankersley getting
past Kulhanek in traffic and Lucas now the top five.

Lucas and Bryant then put Kulhanek back two more spots a lap later. Tankersley quickly ran down Gates and they were wheel to wheel on lap 14. Tankersley got the advantage on lap 15 as they continued to dice in traffic. Gates night came to an end after Jr. Jenkins went around and clipped Gates in turn 2.

Tankersley got a good jump on Culp as green waved again with Bryant and Lucas fighting for third. Culp over-rotated in turn 2 for a lap 18 caution putting him at the tail. On the restart Lucas tried to hang with Tankersley, but Tankersley motored away. Justin Melton and Chase Parson found turn 2 they’re trouble also going around on lap 21.

Tankersley jumped ahead on green leaving Bryant and Lucas to settle for second. As those two continued to slug it out, Tankersley in the Watercraft Plus LLC, G3 Boats, Challenger Drilling Inc., Blackfoot Electric, Maxim Chassis drove away to the checkers.

Eric Tomlinson(Robinson) worked to the front from his sixth starting spot and tracked down race-long leader Raymond McSpadden in the closing stages. Tomlinson ran high off turn 2 to get past McSpadden on lap 14. From there Tomlinson in the BG Products, Craftmaster Powder Coating, Southwest Maintenance, raceontexas.com, Berta Built Bodies, Bob Harris Enterprises, Nate Mare Graphics, crate powered, BMS Chassis set sail to the win.

McSpadden beat Thomas Hall off turn 2 to get the lead as the 18-car IMCA Modified feature fired off. Hall secured second followed by Brandon Hood, Chad Estes and Tomlinson. Estes quickly took second from Hood and Hall leaving them three wide with Tomlinson for third who eventually took the spot.

Hood looped it in turn 4 for a lap 5 caution. On the restart the field stacked up in turn 4 coming to green sending points leader Kevin Green around. On the ensuing restart, Tomlinson got by Estes for second, with Dwayne Grantham and Johnny Sheets moving up to fourth and fifth.

In the pack there was plenty of three wide racing as Green and Justin Radcliff made their back up from restarting at the tail. Tomlinson then turned up the heat on McSpadden trying low coming to halfway. At the crossed flags it was McSpadden still hanging on, Tomlinson, Estes, Sheets and Grantham in the top five.

Josh McGaha, who started dead last cracked the top five getting around Grantham on lap 11. Up front Tomlinson was now up top and using the momentum off turn 2 to go past McSpadden for the lead. Estes was also able to get past McSpadden on lap 16 for second, but Tomlinson was well on his way to the win.

“It’s taken a lot of patience out here this year”, said Tomlinson. “I was able to take advantage on that one restart and get by for the lead. The Sprint cars usually clean the track off for us so racing with them here wasn’t an issue.

“We tightened the car up some with all the rubber they laid down. It was a bit tight at first, but the track came to us later in the race.”

Gabe Tucker made the trip over from Carbon, Texas pay off taking home the hardware and payday in the 20-lap IMCA Southern Sportmod feature. Tucker, who started mid-pack(10th) used a mid-race restart to get the lead from Garett Rawls. Sid Kiphen snagged second from Rawls but could never get any closer than six car lengths as Tucker scored the win.

Rawls got the top spot coming off turn 2 chased by James Guyton, Ronnie Bell, James Holder and Billy Gould. Devin Smith and Billy Joe Sheets had trouble in turn 4 while David Votaw rolled to a stop just off the track edge on the front straight for a quick caution.

On the restart Guyton tried to look under Rawls while Holder and Bell ran side by side with a three abreast scramble for fifth. Kiphen emerged from that fight and was now three wide with Bell and Holder before securing the spot. Tucker broke into to the top five on lap 4 taking the position from Bell.

Kiphen was able to finally get past Holder with Tucker filling the hole to grab fourth. Guyton now had Kiphen on his door while Steve Hayes made his way by Holder for fifth. As Kiphen caught Rawls, the leaders were in traffic. While trying to make a move on Rawls, Kiphen got hung by a lapped car giving Tucker the opening to take second.

Kiphen wasn’t giving up the spot easy running back along side Tucker until a yellow for debris came on lap 10. On the restart it was Tucker inside Rawls for the lead while Jeff Sheppard, who started near the back, got past Hayes for fourth. Kiphen snagged second from Rawls on lap 12 bringing Sheppard along to third.

In the pack, points leader TJ Green was three wide with Guyton and Bell for sixth. Hayes was able to put Rawls back another spot on lap 14. Back up front Tucker was holding his margin on Kiphen, who was trying different lines. Tucker, in the Braka Operating, KSG, KSE powered, Hughes Racing Chassis held that margin to the checkers.

Dillon Smith(Hewitt) started from row three in the IMCA Stock Car feature and fought his way to the front. Smith capitalized on some early restarts to challenge early leader, Chad Estes. D. Smith ducked low coming off turn 2 to get past Estes for the lead on lap 6 then stretched out his advantage on Andy Roller and Eric Jones who were running door to door. Roller cleared Jones late, but D. Smith was well on his way to the checkers.

Fourteen cars started the I-Stock feature with Estes getting off turn 2 in the lead trailed by Kenny Merritt, and three wide for third between Ryan Powers, Jones and Roller. Tyler Muirhead brought out an early yellow when he found the infield tire in turn 2. On the restart, Jones used the top line to sail past Merritt and Powers with Roller on his tail.

D. Smith had just moved by Damon Hammond for fifth when Muirhead and Juston McCullough made contact sending Muirhead around again. As Estes took the green, Jones, Roller and D. Smith were three wide for second. Hammond went around in turn 2 and clipped Tristan Smith for a lap 3 caution.

D. Smith got a good run on Estes back under green giving him a little bumper love in turn 4. D. Smith kept the pressure on and ducked under Estes coming off turn 2, then beat him down the back stretch to get the lead on lap 6. Behind him Jones and Estes were now side by side with Benji Kirkpatrick, Roller and Powers three wide forvfourth.v

D. Smith increased his lead as Roller and Jones continued their battle, while Estes fell into the clutches of Kirkpatrick. Roller finally cleared Jones, But D. Smith in the Brazos Roofing, Wilson Chassis Co. Matco Tools, Nate Mare Wraps, Go Power Sports, Fisher Race Engines, Medieval Chassis was long gone on his way to the victory.

“Anytime you can pass Chad Estes and drive away from a field that talented makes you feel pretty good,” replied Smith. “The Stock Car class is the best racing in Texas, we were 3 and 4 wide during the race. And when you get to do that kind of racing with your friends it makes it even better.”

With the straight up by points start for mid-season championship night it was Jeremy Oliver from the pole diving into turn 1 first. Shannon Dulock grabbed second with Wesley Warren, Hayden Wade and Joe Williams behind. Oliver pulled away early while Wade and Warren were door to door for third.

In the last half of the 15 lapper, Dulock using the high side, began reeling in Oliver who was committed to the bottom. Oliver was able to get off the bottom of turn 2 better, while Dulock closed back using the high side of turns 3-4. At the checkers it was Oliver(Chilton)taking the victory in the Note Cars, Ultimate PoolScapes of Waco, Cen-Tex Motor Sports, Rock Ready Printing and Design, G-Bass Power Glides, Team EQ, Gear Plus, Farmer Insurance Bryan Carter, Snider Roofing, Sassy Fringe, Fat Daddy’s Design, Fisher Racing Engines, 2016 Wild Child Chassis.

“This will be my last year in IMCA Hobby stock.” commented Oliver. ” This car is for sale too. The car has 7 win in 9 starts. My special thanks this year go to my Mom and Dad, girl friend Kali Reedy, my kids Savannah, Makynna and Paxton. Big thanks to Dick Braziel for helping on scaling the car if needed and Richard Pickens for always helping with whatever is needed. Also want to thank all my family. They have always been there for me through all my racing years.”

Points leader Rick Morosky jumped into the lead in turn 1 of the Factory Stock feature. Ryan Hopkins held second with Michael Gaunet, Chris Richardson and Melvin Kemp jr. in pursuit. Richardson picked off third from Gaunet leaving him side by side with Kemp. As they leaders came up on traffic Hopkins was looking low on Morosky for the lead. That action slowed when Kemp spun and collected Doug Andrews in turn 2.

On the restart Morosky went around in front of the field with no serious contact although Jamie Herring did spin to miss him. So the new restart saw Hopkins now out front and getting away while Herring, Gaunet and Richardson were three wide for second. That spot sorted out with Gaunet taking second but Hopkins(Waco) went unchallenged to pick up the checkers.

Colton Rawls(Waco) picked up a bit of ground in the points chase on Bradly Warren. Rawls went flag to flag in the Jr. Mini Stock feature, while Warren settled for third. Rawls was chased early by Blake Clark, but Clark half spun losing a lot of distance to Rawls who went the distance.

VanderBeek victorious in 7th Annual Day Motor Sports Texas Spring Nationals finale

February 22nd, 2016

ELM MOTT, Texas –It was a tale of two halves in Saturday nights main event at the Heart O Texas Speedway, but at the end of the final chapter the hero of the story was Zack VanderBeek.

The sixth race of USMTS Winter Speedweeks and final night of the 7th Annual Day Motor Sports Texas Spring Nationals saw VanderBeek and Kyle Strickler share the front row for the start of the 50-lap nightcap, and for the first 25 laps they stayed that way.

Strickler edged ahead and nipped Vanderbeek to lead the first lap, but never shook off the 2004 USMTS Rookie of the Year.

The two raced virtually side by side with Strickler holding the advantage at the flag stand for the first dozen laps before VanderBeek led for the first time on lap 13. Strickler was recorded as the leader on laps 14 and 15, VanderBeek led 16 and 17, Strickler led 18, Vanderbeek led 19 and 20, and it was Strickler again for laps 21 through 23.

Diving in and out of lapped traffic for several laps, VanderBeek regained the top spot with 24 laps in the books. From there, he slowly pulled away from Strickler and eventually won the race by more than five seconds.

For his 30th career USMTS triumph, VanderBeek netted $4,000 to add to his $2,000 victory in Thursdays opener while Strickler registered his career-best finish with a $2,700 runner-up paycheck.

Johnny Scott made a late charge to finish third ahead of Ben Kates and Stormy Scott. Sixth through tenth, respectively, were Ryan Gustin, Cade Dillard, Scott Drake, Jason Hughes and Bobby Malchus.

With his win, the Z-Man assumed the top ranking in the Production Jars Southern Region presented by Day Motor Sports points with a three-point cushion
(542 to 539) over Hughes. Dillard (533), Gustin (522) and Jesse Sobbing (456) round out the top five.

NEXT EVENT:

The third round of USMTS Winter Speedweeks happens at the Ark-La-Tex Speedway for the 5th Annual Cajun Clash on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, Feb. 25-27, preceded by a Wednesday evening practice from 6-9 p.m. with free admission to the grandstands and $20 pit passes.

Thursdays racing program starts at 7 p.m. with $2,000 to win USMTS Modifieds, $500 to win Limited Mods and $300 to win Factory Stocks. Grandstand tickets are $15 with kids ages 12 and under getting in for free. Pit passes are $35.

On Friday, the green flag unfurls at 7 p.m. with USMTS Modifieds competing for $3,000 to win while Limited Mods will battle for $600 to win and Factory Stocks $400 to win. Grandstand tickets are $20 with kids ages 12 and under getting in for free. Pit passes are $35.

Saturdays finale at Gene Boyters popular high-banked oval gets started at 6 p.m. USMTS Modifieds will race for $4,000 to win with Limited Mods paying $700 to win, Factory Stocks $500 to win and Pro-Mods joining the card for $400 to win.

Racing on his home track, Chris Henigan has captured both of his two career USMTS wins here. In 2014, Cade Dillard posted his career-first USMTS victory on Thursday night during the 8th Annual Winter Nationals, Rodney Sanders claimed Fridays feature and nine-time USMTS national champion Kelly Shryock ended the season on a high note with a trip to the winner’s circle on Saturday. All three days of the ninth running of the event was rained out this past November.

For unfortunate fans unable to make one or more of these blockbuster events, every lap of every race at every event during USMTS Winter Speedweeks will be broadcast live on RacinDirt.com. Visit www.racindirt.com/livevideo for ordering information.

The Ark-La-Tex Speedway is located 0.6 mile south of SR 2 on SR 1, then 0.7 mile west on Airport Rd., then 2.2 miles south on Boyter Lane Rd. For race day information, call the track hotline at 318-375-3470 or click www.arklatexspeedway.net to visit them online.

USMTS winter Speedweeks wraps up at the Southern Oklahoma Speedway in Ardmore, Okla., Thursday-Saturday, March 3-5.

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.

Gustin wires USMTS field in Waco

February 21st, 2016

ELM MOTT, Texas — Ryan Gustin rolled to his second win during USMTS Winter Speedweeks with an impressive wire-to-wire triumph Friday night during the second night of the 7th Annual Day Motor Sports Texas Spring Nationals at the Heart O Texas Speedway.

Twenty-four hours earlier, Gustin charged from 22nd on the starting grid to finish fourth in the main event, but Friday night his job was made a little easier with an outside front row slot for the 45-lap A Main, but Jason Hughes saw to it that his job wasn’t a walk in the park.

After claiming the Sybesma Graphics Pole Award and then redrawing the pole position, Philip Houston set the pace to start the feature race but Gustin was able to beat him into the first corner and lead the race’s first lap.

Dereck Ramirez jumped up to second quickly and challenged Gustin for the top spot throughout the first ten laps while Houston raced with Zack VanderBeek and Hughes in the top five.

Cautions on laps 16 and 20 slowed the pace twice, but Gustin was able to withstand the challenges from Ramirez, and then Hughes, for the race lead. After taking second place away from Ramirez for good on lap 22, Hughes mounted several strong runs at Gustin but the defending USMTS national champ was never able to pass The Reaper with or without the aid of lapped traffic.

With the win, Gustin became the first repeat winner during the first five events of USMTS Winter Speedweeks and the first repeat winner in six events at the 1/3-mile clay oval outside of Waco, Texas. It also netted a third win on the season for Hughes Racing Chassis and Mullins Race Engines.

Gustins 73 career USMTS win netted the 25-year-old from Marshalltown, Iowa, a cool $3,000.

VanderBeek, who captured the previous nights winners trophy, got around Ramirez with six to go and held on to finish third while Cade Dillard came out of a Real Racing Wheels B Main to finish behind Ramirez in fifth.

Rounding out the top ten were Austin Arneson, Stormy Scott, Houston, Johnny Scott and Ben Kates, who earned the KSE Racing Products Hard Charger Award after starting 21st.

Saturday’s finale will feature USMTS Modifieds going for $4,000 to win, with Limited Mods racing for $700 to win and I-Stocks $400 to win. Spectator admission is $20 for adults, kids ages 6-12 are $5 and 5 and under are free. Pit passes are $40. Gates will open at 4:30 p.m. with the first green flag at 6:30.

For unfortunate fans unable to make one or more of these blockbuster events, every lap of every race at every event during USMTS Winter Speedweeks will be broadcast live on RacinDirt.com. Visit www.racindirt.com/livevideo for ordering information.

The Heart O’ Texas Speedway is a semi-banked 1/3-mile clay oval just off of I-35 at exit 343 (FM 308), then 0.6 mile north on east frontage road. For more information, call 254-829-2294 or check out www.heartotexspeedway.com online.

The third round of USMTS Winter Speedweeks happens at the Ark-La-Tex Speedway for the 5th Annual Cajun Clash on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, Feb. 25-27, and then wraps up at the Southern Oklahoma Speedway in Ardmore, Okla., Thursday-Saturday, March 3-5.

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.

VanderBeek denies Dillard in USMTS barnburner at Heart O Texas Speedway

February 19th, 2016

ELM MoTT, Texas — Round 2 of USMTS Winter Speedweeks picked up right where it left off last week with another barnburner that came down to the wire Thursday during the 7th Annual Day Motor Sports Texas Spring Nationals at the Heart O Texas Speedway.

Cade Dillard battled door to door with polesitter J.P. Dowell for the first three laps before slowly pulling away and extending his lead over the 26-car field until the first of three cautions slowed the pace with 15 laps in the books.

Back under green, Dillard again drove away from the pack while Dowell, Austin Arneson, Johnny Scott and Zack VanderBeek waged war for the next four spots.

When the yellow flag waved again on lap 24, Dillard once again watched his sizeable advantage evaporate.

VanderBeek snuck past Arneson on the restart to claim the second position while Hughes jumped up to fourth with Dowell hanging on to fifth. Meanwhile, Ryan Gustin broke into the top 10 after starting 22nd on the grid.

Dillard continued to set the pace for the next dozen orbits with VanderBeek staying close behind and Hughes challenging in every corner, but caution flew over the race with four laps remaining in the 40-lapper.

On the restart, VanderBeek churned away on the high side and began to apply heavy pressure to the race-long leader. With the white flag in the air, Dillard and VanderBeek came to the stripe side by side with VanderBeek just edging Dillard for the top spot.

Coming to the checkered flags, VanderBeek drove around the outside of Dillard as they exited the final turn and crossed the finish line ahead of Dillard by less than three-tenths of a second.

“I think this is my first one (last-lap pass) in an A Main, and with this group of guys it’s tough to win these deals,” an elated VanderBeek said in victory lane. “Last-lap passes are awesome.”

While VanderBeek collected $2,000 for claiming his 29th career United States Modified Touring Series victory, Dillard was forced to settle for the runner-up paycheck his fourth straight top-five finish to start the 2016 campaign.

“It’s tough to lead when you don’t know where you’re supposed to be. You’re just kind of a sitting duck,” VanderBeek added, “but he (Dillard) raced me clean and I appreciate that. He’s a good racer.”

Hughes wound up third with Gustin, who won the first-ever USMTS event here on May 5, 2011, roared past 18 competitors en route to a fourth-place finish and the KSE Racing Products Hard Charger Award.

Arneson rounded out the top five while Jesse Sobbing, Dereck Ramirez, Johnny Scott, Scott Drake and Dowell completed the top ten.

With the win, Dillard took over the lead in the points standings of the Production Jars Southern Region presented by Day Motor Sports. His lead is just one point (371 to 370) over Hughes with VanderBeek (348), Gustin (338) and Sobbing (332) fill the rest of the first five positions.

Friday”s show will start at 8 p.m. with USMTS Modifieds racing for a $3,000 top prize while Limited Mods race for $600 to win and I-Stocks for $300 to win. Spectator admission is $15 for adults, kids ages 6-12 are $5 and 5 and under are free. Pit passes are $35 Saturday night will feature the same three classes with even bigger payouts. USMTS Modifieds will be going for $4,000 to win, Limited Mods $700 to win and I-Stocks $400 to win. Spectator admission is $20 for adults, kids ages 6-12 are $5 and 5 and under are free. Pit passes are $40.

For unfortunate fans unable to make one or more of these blockbuster events, every lap of every race at every event during USMTS Winter Speedweeks will be broadcast live on RacinDirt.com. Visit www.racindirt.com/livevideo for ordering information.

The Heart O Texas Speedway is a semi-banked 1/3-mile clay oval just off of I-35 at exit 343 (FM 308), then 0.6 mile north on east frontage road. For more information, call 254-829-2294 or check out www.heartotexspeedway.com online.

The third round of USMTS Winter Speedweeks happens at the Ark-La-Tex Speedway for the 5th Annual Cajun Clash on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, Feb. 25-27, and then wraps up at the Southern Oklahoma Speedway in Ardmore, Okla., Thursday-Saturday, March 3-5.

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.

USMTS Winter Speedweeks resumes Wednesday at Heart O Texas Speedway

February 16th, 2016

WACO, Texas -USMTS Winter Speedweeks resumes Wednesday, Feb. 17, with the 7th Annual Day Motor Sports Texas Spring Nationals at the Heart O Texas Speedway in Elm Mott, Texas. Once again, three complete shows are in the works following a practice session Wednesday from 6 to 9 p.m. Grandstand admission is free and pit passes are $20.

On Thursday, racing begins at 7:30 p.m. with USMTS Modifieds battling for $2,000 to win and Limited Mods racing for $500 to win. Spectator admission is $15 for adults, kids ages 6-12 are $5 and 5 and under are free. Pit passes are $35. Friday’s show will start at 8 p.m. with USMTS Modifieds racing for a $3,000 top prize while Limited Mods race for $600 to win and I-Stocks for $300 to win. Spectator admission is $15 for adults, kids ages 6-12 are $5 and 5 and under are free. Pit passes are $35

Saturday night will feature the same three classes with even bigger payouts. USMTS Modifieds will be going for $4,000 to win, Limited Mods $700 to win and I-Stocks $400 to win. Spectator admission is $20 for adults, kids ages 6-12 are $5 and 5 and under are free. Pit passes are $40. Rodney Sanders claimed the win on June 23, 2015, when the USMTS last invaded the Heart O’ Texas Speedway. Prior to that, checkered flags have waved for Johnny Scott, Mike Sorensen and Ryan Gustin. Mother Nature has claimed three shows at the wicked oval outside of Waco.

The Heart O Texas Speedway is a semi-banked 1/3-mile clay oval just off of I-35 at exit 343 (FM 308), then 0.6 mile north on east frontage road. For more information, call 254-829-2294 or check out www.heartotexspeedway.com online. Defending USMTS national champion Jason Hughes of Watts, Okla., comes into the event as the points leader in the Production Jars Southern Region presented by Day Motor Sports. On the heels of three straight third-place finishes, Cade Dillard is just six points back in second. Ryan Gustin is third, followed by Jesse Sobbing, Joe Duvall, Zack VanderBeek, Scott Drake, Tyler Wolff, Casey Arneson and Steve Whiteaker Jr.

Other drivers expected include Philip Houston, Ben Kates, Bobby Malchus, Jake Timm, Brock Bauman, Lance Town, Billy Vogel, Chadd Howell, Chase Jupe, Austin Arneson, Mickey Lassiter, Barry Gifford, Steve Miller, Cody Bauman, Ronnie Gould III, Michael Walker, Garrett Gregory, Brandon Watson and more.

Day Motor Sports will have a support trailer on hand at the Heart O& Texas Speedway to offer product and technical support to drivers in all classes. The Official Circle Track Warehouse of the USMTS, Day Motor Sports has been in business since 1971 distributing parts on a wholesale and retail level, and they have the parts you need from the front to the back bumper and all parts in between. For more information, call 800-543-6238 or visit www.daymotorsports.com. After this weekend, USMTS Winter Speedweeks will trek to the Ark-La-Tex Speedway in Vivian, La., Feb. 24-27, and then wrap up the series at the Southern Oklahoma Speedway in Ardmore, Okla., March 2-5.

USMTS WINTER SPEEDWEEKS PAYOUTS:

Thursday: Licensed 1. $2000, 2. $1500, 3. $1000, 4. $800, 5. $700, 6. $650, 7. $600, 8. $550, 9. $500, 10. $450, 11. $425, 12. $400, 13. $375, 14. $350, 15. $350, 16. $325, 17-24. $300, Tow $80; Non-Licensed 1. $2000, 2. $1200, 3. $800, 4. $700, 5. $550, 6. $500, 7. $450, 8. $400, 9. $350, 10. $300, 11. $250, 12-24. $200, Tow $60.

Friday: Licensed 1. $3000, 2. $1700, 3. $1200, 4. $1000, 5. $800, 6. $700, 7. $650, 8. $600, 9. $550, 10. $500, 11. $450, 12. $425, 13. $400, 14. $375, 15. $350, 16-24. $325, Tow $90; Non-Licensed 1. $3000, 2. $1500, 3. $1000, 4. $800, 5. $600, 6. $500, 7. $450, 8. $400, 9. $350, 10. $300, 11-24. $250, Tow $70.

Saturday: Licensed 1. $4000, 2. $2700, 3. $1800, 4. $1200, 5. $900, 6. $800, 7. $700, 8. $650, 9. $600, 10. $550, 11. $500, 12. $450, 13. $425, 14. $400, 15. $375, 16-24. $350, Tow $100; Non-Licensed 1. $4000, 2. $2500, 3. $1400, 4. $1000, 5. $700, 6. $600, 7. $500, 8. $450, 9. $400, 10. $350, 11. $325, 12-24. $300, Tow $80.

RULES & PROCEDURES: All USMTS rules apply. Draw for heat race starting spot ends 15 minutes before hot laps. Qualifying will be done by heat race passing points and BMains. RACEceivers and AMB transponders are mandatory and available for rent or purchase at USMTS trailer. See complete rules at www.usmts.com/rules. Drivers racing in support classes, check your tracks rules for your division.

LICENSES: There is no requirement to purchase a USMTS license to compete in any USMTS event. However, benefits enjoyed by licensed drivers includes higher event purses and bonus payouts, increased tow money, discounted entry fees, points fund eligibility, increased media recognition, a personalized driver profile page on the USMTS website and more. Drivers can download the USMTS license application at www.usmts.com/downloads.

ENTRY FEES: Early entry fee for each event is $100 for Thursday, $110 for Friday and $135 for Saturday (each day $10 less for licensed drivers). Early entries must be received or post-marked no less than one week prior to the date of the event. Late or at-the-track entry for all drivers is $110 on Thursday, $125 on Friday and $150 for Saturday. Download the entry form at www.usmts.com/downloads/entry-forms.

PROVISIONALS: Provisionals will be awarded at each event to the top two drivers in Production Jars Southern Region points that fail to qualify for the A Main and have perfect attendance in the region. Driver is eligible for two provisionals in each region, with a third provisional added after ten events. Hosting racetrack reserves the right to add additional provisionals, but no A Main points will be awarded to track provisionals.

For unfortunate fans unable to make one or more of these blockbuster events, every lap of every race at every event during USMTS Winter Speedweeks will be broadcast live via pay-per-view on www.RacinDirt.com.

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USMTS Winter Speedweeks kicks off Feb. 11

January 25th, 2016

GOLIAD, Texas– The USMTS Caseys Cup powered by S&S Fishing & Rental will launch in February with a foursome of three-day shows in Texas, Louisiana and Oklahoma to kick off the biggest of the big campaigns for the United States Modified Touring Series.

USMTS Winter Speedweeks takes place Thursday, Friday and Saturday, Feb. 11-13, at the Shady Oaks Speedway in Goliad, Texas, followed by tripleheader weekends at the Heart O Texas Speedway near Waco, Texas, Feb. 18-20; Ark-La-Tex Speedway in Vivian, La., Feb. 25-27; and Southern Oklahoma Speedway in Ardmore, Okla., March 3-5.

Each show will pay $2,000, $3,000 and $4,000 to win, respectively, and will comprise the first dozen events in the expanded 17-race USMTS Production Jars Southern Region presented by Day Motor Sports.

SHADY OAKS SPEEDWAY, GOLIDAD, TX FEB. 11-13, 2016

Action opens up at the Shady Oaks Speedway with an open practice on Wednesday, Feb. 10, from 6-9 p.m. All drivers in all classes are welcome and grandstand admission will be free on that night with pit passes $25.

Racing action will kick off at 7 p.m. on Thursday night. USMTS Modifieds will beracing for $2,000 to win and Limited Mods paying $400 to win. Grandstand prices are $15 for ages 13 and up with kids 12 and under free and pit passes will be $35.

Friday night racing starts at 7:30 p.m. with USMTS Modifieds racing for $3,000 to win, Limited Mods going for $500 to win and Mod Lites racing for $300 to win. Grandstands are $20 for 13 and older with 12 and under free and pit passes $40.

On Saturday, the first heat race takes the green flag at 6 p.m. with USMTS Modifieds paying $4,000 to win, Limited Mods paying $650 to win, Mod Lites $400 to win and $400 to win for the Pure Stocks. Grandstand tickets are $20 for 13 and older with 12 and under free and pit passes $40.

Last year, the South Texas Speedway in Corpus Christi, Texas, was forced to cancel the season opener less than a week before the green flag due to heavy rainfall in the area which caused the concrete wall in turn 3 to collapse. Hours later, the promoters at the Shady Oaks Speedway jumped in and the three-day event had a new home.

When the dust had settled it was Steve Whiteaker Jr., Dereck Ramirez and Ryan Gustin claiming the first three checkered flags of the 2015 season.

The Shady Oaks Speedway is located 4.0 miles north of Goliad on US 183, then 3.0 miles east on FM 622. To learn more, check out their website at www.shadyoakspeedway.com.

HEART O TEXAS SPEEDWAY, ELM MOTT, TX FEB. 18-20, 2016

Round 2 of USMTS Winter Speedweeks moves to north with a stop at the Heart O Texas Speedway outside of Waco for the 7th Annual Day Motor Sports Texas Spring Nationals. Once again, three complete shows are in the works with Wednesday practice from 6-9 p.m. Grandstand admission is free and pit passes are $20.

On Thursday, racing begins at 7:30 p.m. with USMTS Modifieds battling for $2,000 to win and Limited Mods racing for $500 to win. Spectator admission is $15 for adults, kids ages 6-12 are $5 and 5 and under are free. Pit passes are $35.

Fridays show will start at 8 p.m. with USMTS Modifieds racing for a $3,000 top prize while Limited Mods race for $600 to win and I-Stocks for $300 to win. Spectator admission is $15 for adults, kids ages 6-12 are $5 and 5 and under are free. Pit passes are $35

Saturday night will feature the same three classes with even bigger payouts. USMTS Modifieds will be going for $4,000 to win, Limited Mods $700 to win and I-Stocks $400 to win. Spectator admission is $20 for adults, kids ages 6-12 are $5 and 5 and under are free. Pit passes are $40.

Rodney Sanders claimed the win on June 23, 2015, when the USMTS last invaded the Heart O’ Texas Speedway. Prior to that, checkered flags have waved for Johnny Scott, Mike Sorensen and Ryan Gustin while Mother Nature has claimed three shows at the wicked oval outside of Waco.

The Heart O Texas Speedway is a semi-banked 1/3-mile clay oval just off of I-35 at exit 343 (FM 308), then 0.6 mile north on east frontage road. For more information, call 254-829-2294 or check out www.heartotexspeedway.com online.

ARK-LA-TEX SPEEDWAY, VIVIAN, LA FEB. 25-27, 2016

The third round of USMTS Winter Speedweeks happens at the Ark-La-Tex Speedway for the 5th Annual Cajun Clash. Wednesdays practice is 6-9 p.m. with free admission to the grandstands and 420 pit passes.

Thursdays racing program starts at 7 p.m. with $2,000 to win USMTS Modifieds, $500 to win Limited Mods and $300 to win Factory Stocks. Grandstand tickets are $15 with kids ages 12 and under getting in for free. Pit passes are $35.

On Friday, the green flag unfurls at 7 p.m. with USMTS Modifieds competing for $3,000 to win while Limited Mods will battle for $600 to win and Factory Stocks $400 to win. Grandstand tickets are $20 with kids ages 12 and under getting in for free. Pit passes are $35.

Saturdays finale at Gene Boyters popular high-banked oval gets started at 6 p.m. USMTS Modifieds will race for $4,000 to win with Limited Mods paying $700 to win, Factory Stocks $500 to win and Pro-Mods joining the card for $400 to win.

Racing on his home track, Chris Henigan has captured both of his two career USMTS wins here. In 2014, Cade Dillard posted his career-first USMTS victory on Thursday night during the 8th Annual Winter Nationals, Rodney Sanders claimed Fridays feature and nine-time USMTS national champion Kelly Shryock ended the season on a high note with a trip to the winners circle on Saturday. All three days of the ninth running of the event was rained out this past November.

The Ark-La-Tex Speedway is located 0.6 mile south of SR 2 on SR 1, then 0.7 mile west on Airport Rd., then 2.2 miles south on Boyter Lane Rd. For race day information, call the track hotline at 318-375-3470 or click www.arklatexspeedway.net to visit them online.

SOUTHERN OKLAHOMA SPEEDWAY, ARDMORE, OK MARCH 3-5, 2016

Wednesday night practice kicks things off at the Southern Oklahoma Speedway on March 2 from 6-9 p.m. with all classes welcome to the open test n tune. Admission to the grandstands is free with pit passes $20.

Racing begins Thursday at 7 p.m. USMTS Modifieds will be looking to take home a $2,000 winners share of the prize money with Limited Mods competing for $400 to win. Grandstands are $15 for adults and kids ages 6-12 are $5 with children 5 and under free. Pit passes are $35.

On Friday, the first heat race rolls onto the track at 7 p.m. with USMTS Modifieds racing for $3,000 to win, Limited Mods $500 to win and Hobby Stocks $300 to win. Grandstands are $20 for adults and kids ages 6-12 are $5 with children 5 and under free. Pit passes are $35.

Saturdays USMTS Winter Speedweeks finale starts at 6 p.m. USMTS Modifieds race for $4,000 while Limited Mods pay $600 to win and Hobby Stocks $400 to win. Grandstands are $20 for adults and kids ages 6-12 are $5 with children 5 and under free. Pit passes are $40.

Jason Hughes was the winner in 2008 and 2009 at the former Lake Country Speedway, and picked up the most recent win here this past November to cap off his 2015 USMTS national championship season. Rodney Sanders and Stormy Scott each have three wins in Ardmore, Ryan Gustin has two and visiting victory lane once each are Johnny Scott, Thomas Tillison Jr. and Triston Dycus.

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.

USMTS WINTER SPEEDWEEKS PAYOUTS:

Thursday: Licensed 1. $2000, 2. $1500, 3. $1000, 4. $800, 5. $700, 6. $650, 7. $600, 8. $550, 9. $500, 10. $450, 11. $425, 12. $400, 13. $375, 14. $350, 15. $350, 16. $325, 17-24. $300, Tow $80;

Non-Licensed 1. $2000, 2. $1200, 3. $800, 4. $700, 5. $550, 6. $500, 7. $450, 8. $400, 9. $350, 10. $300, 11. $250, 12-24. $200, Tow $60.

Friday: Licensed 1. $3000, 2. $1700, 3. $1200, 4. $1000, 5. $800, 6. $700, 7. $650, 8. $600, 9. $550, 10. $500, 11. $450, 12. $425, 13. $400, 14. $375, 15. $350, 16-24. $325, Tow $90;

Non-Licensed 1. $3000, 2. $1500, 3. $1000, 4. $800, 5. $600, 6. $500, 7. $450, 8. $400, 9. $350, 10. $300, 11-24. $250, Tow $70.

Saturday: Licensed 1. $4000, 2. $2700, 3. $1800, 4. $1200, 5. $900, 6. $800, 7. $700, 8. $650, 9. $600, 10. $550, 11. $500, 12. $450, 13. $425, 14. $400, 15. $375, 16-24. $350, Tow $100; Non-Licensed – 1. $4000, 2. $2500, 3. $1400, 4. $1000, 5. $700, 6. $600, 7. $500, 8. $450, 9. $400, 10. $350, 11. $325, 12-24. $300, Tow $80.

RULES & PROCEDURES: All USMTS rules apply. Draw for heat race starting spot ends 15 minutes before hot laps. Qualifying will be done by heat race passing points and B Mains. RACEceivers and AMB transponders are mandatory and available for rent or purchase at USMTS trailer. See complete rules at www.usmts.com/rules. Drivers racing in support classes, check your tracks rules for your division.

LICENSES: There is no requirement to purchase a USMTS license to compete in any USMTS event. However, benefits enjoyed by licensed drivers includes higher event purses and bonus payouts, increased tow money, discounted entry fees, points fund eligibility, increased media recognition, a personalized driver profile page on the USMTS website and more. Drivers can download the USMTS license application at www.usmts.com/downloads.

ENTRY FEES: Early entry fee for each event is $100 for Thursday, $110 for Friday and $135 for Saturday (each day $10 less for licensed drivers). Early entries must be received or post-marked no less than one week prior to the date of the event. Late or at-the-track entry for all drivers is $110 on Thursday, $125 on Friday and $150 for Saturday. Enter any of the four events for $250 but entry must be received by the USMTS no later than Jan. 31 (no grace period). Download the entry form at www.usmts.com/downloads/entry-forms.

PROVISIONALS: Beginning with the third event in the region, provisionals will be awarded at each event to the top two drivers in regional points that fail to qualify for the A Main and have perfect attendance in the region. Driver is eligible for two provisionals in each region, with a third provisional added after ten events. Hosting racetrack reserves the right to add additional provisionals, but no A Main points will be awarded to track provisionals.

For unfortunate fans unable to make one or more of these blockbuster events, every lap of every race at every event during USMTS Winter Speedweeks will be broadcast live via pay-per-view on www.RacinDirt.com.

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.

Texas IMCA Nationals @ Heart o’ Texas Speedway

July 7th, 2015

Waco, TX.,- Happy 239th birthday America.

After a long night of racing, 48(12 per class) IMCA racers had punched their ticket to Saturday nights A-main event. The local Street Stocks, Factory Stocks and Jr. Mini Stocks also had drivers locked in for tonight’s action on the ¼ mile, high-banked, dirt oval just north of town.

Everyone else was relegated to a final chance through last chance qualifiers to set each 24-car starting field in the IMCA classes. At stake was a final shot to make it in and shoot for the Texas IMCA Nationals trophy. All IMCA National, Regional, state and track points were also available. As an interesting twist the top six finishers would run a Pole Dash to set the first three rows of the A-mains.

Taking Friday night wins were Jason Batt(IMCA Modified), Robert Scrivner(IMCA Southern Sportmod), Charles Cosper(IMCA Stock Car), Andy Roller(IMCA Hobby Stock), Wade White(Street Stock), Ryan Hopkins(Factory Stock) and Cameron Cook(Jr. Mini Stock).

Dowell Dazzling in Modified Main JP Dowell(Killeen) scored the big $1,500 payday in the IMCA Modified main event and made it look fairly easy, which of course it wasn’t. Dowell, who won the pole dash, started from the front row and led
every lap of the 25-lap main event.

In a race that went caution-free, Dowell beat Kevin Green from his outside front row position into turn 1. Justin Radcliff and former IMCA National Champion, Keith White both got by Green, but by that time Dowell had already checked out on the field.

Even lapped traffic didn’t deter Dowell as he continued his domination dicing through slower cars. At the checkers Dowell, in his McGuire Trucking, Bell County Electric, Ellis Air Systems, VP Fuels, JWC, five1seven designs, crate powered, GRT by Dowell Motorsports, had nearly a straightaway advantage over Radcliff and White.

“It was a great win for us,” replied Dowell. “I just really have to thank my wife and everybody that supports me. It was a great night, the car was hooked up. I couldn’t ask for anything better.”

“I was a little worried about lapped traffic. I knew the car was good and I watched the track and the lines I was going to take. I picked them off real easy and got by them. When you’ve got a good car underneath you, it’s easy to do. I’m happy and it’s one of those nights that everything works out perfect.”

“I never tried to look where anyone was. I just tried to stay focused and hit my marks. I was worried about the ‘Keith White caution.’ I told Keith that earlier. Normally if he’s not up in the front it just seems to happen. I kept thinking that was going to happen and I wanted to take care of my stuff and be easy on my tires. I was happy
that it didn’t happen.”

“Since we don’t race every week we just try to come prepared. We show up when everything is right and good to go. I’ve been racing a long time too. We just try to enjoy ourselves.”

Sheppard Strong in Sportmod Scramble Hometown racer, Jeff Sheppard(Elm Mott), scored the biggest win of his career
taking home $1,000 pay day in the IMCA Southern Sportmod main. Sheppard, who won the pole dash, jumped out front early chased by Trevor Egbert and last nights winner, Robert Scrivner.

While T. Egbert and Scrivner slugged it out for second, Sheppard was able to put some distance on both of them. Sheppard ran up on slower traffic with ten to go and was careful picking his way through. This gave T, Egbert and Scrivner the chance to close the gap and a late caution erased Sheppard’s lead.

As green waved again with five to go, Sheppard got away while T. Egbert and Scrivner traded some paint. This gave Sheppard the opportunity to ease away and take the win his Central Rentals, JR Contracting, Fat Daddy’s Designs, Brake & Clutch Supply, Les Crocker Remodeling, Herrera Cabinets, Cornerstone Plumbing, Rudds Mud, 41 Shocks, Rhino
Racing Rear ends, Performance Automotive Machine powered, CAM Chassis, unchallenged.

“I’ve been chasing these big checks for several years,” said Sheppard. “I’ve led a lot of big shows, but never could cash in on one. I’m proud to do it tonight at Heart o’ Texas Speedway. We had some great, clean racing all night. David Goode and IMCA did a great job putting this show on. I can’t thank my family and friends enough that help me
on my car. They keep me here every week to get one of these. I’m proud.”

“We stuck with what we normally do for the most part. Last night it was really dry, really smooth racing surface and I had a mediocre car. Tonight we went to our normal set up during the Pole Dash which was a fairly tacky track. In the feature, after last night, we assumed the track would take rubber. As it turned out there was still a little
moisture on the bottom so we went with our normal set up and it worked out pretty good. To me, the car felt horrible for most of the race, but it was really fast.”

“I was pretty nervous starting on the front row. I can’t judge myself off what everyone else is doing. To be out there by yourself is nerve wracking. You kind of feel like a sitting duck. I hate starting from the pole even though I like it and you can win races from there. It’s the best, but hardest, to win a race from. You can’t judge your
racing line against anyone or know how it’s working.”

“This race, I never looked at the scoreboard, I normally do. I knew Trevor(Egbert) was there, I knew (Robert) Scrivner was there, (Chris) Cogburn, there’s so many regulars that have won these races and have been fast every week here. I had some bad luck earlier this year and was determined to run my own race as hard as I could, keep my equipment until the end and I think that’s what held up.”

Cosper Convincing in I-Stocks Last nights IMCA Stock Car winner, Charles Cosper(Belton) had a tougher task in Saturday nights A-main. Cosper had to start outside row 2 in the 20-lapper and got in line third behind Ryan Powers and Brandon Hood. With Powers out front Cosper looked low while Hood tried the high side.

On a restart Powers spun himself out in turn 4 nearly collecting Cosper and scattering the field. Back under green, with Cosper now on the point and veteran BJ Dulock on his tail. Cosper tried everything to shake Dulock, but to no avail as the duo battled on restarts.

Dulock was getting in(to the corners) better, but Cosper could get a better run off as the laps wound down. Just as victory was in sight a late caution waved setting up a green, white, checker finish. Cosper jumped ahead on green and powered his way to the win in the Spillman Excavating, Average Joe’s Performance, Fat Daddy’s Designs, Brazos Auto Sales, Swenson Shocks, Nortons Automotive, Cedar Cove Speed powered, SCS Chassis.

“Big win!”, exclaimed Cosper. “I’d have liked to see some more cars show up, more of the D/FW guys here. You never know what can happen or how a race is going to play out. You might have the fastest car, you never know. That’s why they call it racing, and not just winning. It can happen on any given night and tonight we got all the breaks.”

“We were running second when Ryan Powers spun and he tagged me in the rear a bit. If he gets my right rear, then I’m done too. Two nights in a row the cautions were unbelievable. Then I’m coming out of (turn) 4 thinking I’m seeing the checkers and it’s a green, white, checker restart with DJ Dulock on my bumper. That dude was racing I-Stock before I even started racing. I saw his nose a couple times. I just tried to hit my marks and not mess up.”

“It’s hard to tell if I had anything for Powers. I think I did, we were side by side when a caution came out. He was running high and low, feeling it out and so was I. I’d try to do opposite of him and had a good run on him. The bottom finally came in so if he would have stayed on top I think I could snuck around him.”

“This was the race I won last year right before my father passed suddenly the next week. It was the last race my dad got to see me drive. It’s been a tough couple weeks with Fathers Day and this race. I won at 281 Spwy. on Fathers Day and this brings up a lot of emotions. It feels like it just happened yesterday. I’d give anything to get a little bit more time with him. I wish he was here right now.”

Roller on a Roll in Hobby Stocks After easily taking the IMCA Hobby Stock qualifier from the pole last night, Andy Roller(Waco) had his work cut out in tonight’s A-main. Roller started inside row two and fell in line third at the start of the 20-lap main behind Jeremy Oliver and Chayson Bishnow.

Once Roller picked off Bishnow he had to cut into Oliver’s deficit. Using the high line, roller chased down Oliver just before halfway. After a couple tries up top, Roller went to the bottom and was able to get past Oliver, who was running the middle, at halfway.

Oliver tried to hang on to Roller the final half of the race, but Roller inched ahead. Roller caught traffic with two to go, but easily kept Oliver in his wake putting the Howards Automatic Transmission, Southwest Maintenance, Ben’s Boat Repair, J&J Carbs, Lambs Muffler, Amsoil by Lefty, Demon Decals, A&J Custom Paint, Crate powered, Charger Chassis back in Victory Lane.

“Jeremy(Oliver) and I had a good feature race,” said Roller. “We didn’t have such a good pole dash. We kind of got into each other a little and we don’t ever race like that. We didn’t talk after that since we both had stuff to fix. He came over after the feature and we talked it out.”

“We both got a good start in the feature and I got behind him. He was running the top in one corner and the bottom in the other. I used the top to run him down and I finally decided to try the bottom and got by him and just stayed down there.”

“I didn’t know which was faster. I almost went back to the top once I got past him. He was struggling to stay on the bottom in one corner So I figured if I had one better corner than him it would be hard from him to pass me back.”

“This is my first win of the year here, Jeremy’s won most of them. It feels good to win here. I like winning big shows and the big checks. Hopefully the rest of the season goes that way too.”

White Wins Again

Of the drivers eligible for the whole weekend sweep, Wade White(Gholson) was the only one to get the job done. White took the heat and qualifier Friday night, then Pole Dash and A-main Saturday night. White was pressured early in the 15-lapper by James Cochran II until a restart that saw Tommy Kirkpatrick and Gary Norman get by.

Kirkpatrick then took up the challenge on White during the latter stages. Kirkpatrick drove it in deep on the final lap, but White was able to hold him off in the Truck Motive, Wade White Trucking, 41 Shocks, Cen-Tec Towing & Recovery, Aggregate Solutions, FAT Wraps, Wild Child Race Car.

Kemp King in Factory Stock Ray Kemp jr.(Waco) took advantage of some misfortune by Ryan Hopkins, who was also trying capture a weekend sweep. Hopkins had gotten out the lead early, but spun in turn 4 at the same time Rooster Morris was spinning in turn 2. The caution was tagged to Hopkins who got sent to the back, putting Rick Morosky out front.

A lap after the restart, Morosky slid high in turns 2 and 4 giving Kemp the opening to get the top spot on lap 4. Kemp was then chased by Doug Andrews the remaining laps while Hopkins made his way back up third. Kemp had only three car lengths on Andrews as he crossed the line the Tire City, Affiliated Auto Sales, Chevy.

Rawls Declared Race Winner Just when it looked like Cameron Cook would take home the big weekend sweep, the tech pad intervened. Cook had already completed the Friday sweep, taken the Pole Dash and crossed the line first in Jr. Mini Stock main after leading every lap.

Post race tech inspection found Cook’s motor to be illegal giving the victory to Colton Rawls. Rawls, Raymond Allen Morgan and Jake Copeland had swapped second throughout the 15-lap event with Rawls, in the Maddox Electric, Ford Mustang getting the spot at the finish before getting moved into Victory Lane.

Texas IMCA Nationals @ Heart o’ Texas Speedway

July 6th, 2015

Waco,TX.,–With Independence Day weekend just around the corner, Heart o Texas Speedway kicked off it on-track celebration with the Texas IMCA Nationals. Thursday gave racers a practice night followed by a pit party, but Friday it was time to strap in and race.

Several other IMCA tracks took the weekend off to give all racers the chance to compete for the title of Texas Nationals champion, plus an increased purse. On hand were the IMCA Modifieds, Southern Sportmods, I-Stocks and Hobby Stocks, plus the Street Stocks, Factory Stocks and Jr Mini Stocks.

Fridays racing included heats and qualifying racing for each class with the top 12 locked in each IMCA class for Saturday nights big show. Over 125 racers and teams from all around Texas signed in for action on the ¼ mile, high-banked, dirt oval. Friday night was highlighted by a fireworks display at intermission.

The track was in excellent conditions even in the early stages during heats races. Come time for features the track had slicked off nicely and was smooth and racy.

Batt Busts Off Big One

It’s not often you can beat a former multi-time, multi-class champion on a track he’s probably got a gazillion laps on, but Harker Heights’ Jason Batt pulled of that feat in the IMCA Modified qualifier. Not only did Batt beat Keith White, but out-snookered him in traffic, and in a car that he’s just recently jumped into.

Batt got by JP Dowell early in the 20-lap Modified qualifier and stalked White during the first half of the race. Batt would took looks low from time and when the duo caught slower traffic, Batt made a bold three wide move under a lapped car and White to get the lead at halfway.

White was relentless in keeping the pressure on Batt the final part of the event with the top three nose to tail in heavy traffic. The veteran IMCA Stock Car driver, Batt held steady despite the heat from the former IMCA National Champion, White in his Advocare, Dirt Defender, Fred Garvin Machine Shop, crate powered, Gould Race Car.

“The track had some oil on it,” said Batt. “I figured out how to drive through it without it upsetting my car. Then I got lucky, I guess, with the lapped traffic. I think the fast guys will be a little more aggressive Saturday night with the money on the line. They won’t let the rookie get an easy win.”

Scrivner Scores Sportmod Win Hometown racer, Robert Scrivner grabbed the victory in the 20-lap IMCA Southern Sportmod qualifier. After several attempts at a start the 24-car starting field went single file with pole sitter, Trevor
Egbert out to lead on lap 1. Scrivner used momentum off the high side to get past T. Egbert on lap 2.

T. Egbert tried on numerous occasions to dive back under Scrinver, mostly on retarts, but Scrivner held him off. A
final restart with five to go rebunched the pack and gave T. Egbert one last shot. The top six were able to quickly break away from the field while side by side battles raged for seventh and ninth.

Scrivner was able to inch ahead of T. Egbert as the final laps dwindled down. He went on to take the checkers unchallenged in the J&J Motorsports, Lambs Muffler, Greens Automatic Transmissions, D.A.E., Berta Built Bodies,
Nate Mare Wraps, Vogue Cleaners, Central Texas Lawn Sprinklers, Uncle Easy’s Race Engines, Express Chassis.

“The track tonight was nice, very smooth and fun to drive.” Commented Scrivner. “Hopefully we have something similar tomorrow night and we have as strong of a run. That’s all we can hope for. At the end of the weekend all that matters is that we had some fun along the way.”

Cosper Claims I-Stock Qualifier Belton’s Charles Cosper scored the IMCA Stock Car 20-lap qualifier in convincing fashion. Cosper grabbed the top spot coming off turn 2 besting pole sitter Damon Hammond. As Cosper got away, Hammond,
Westin Abbey and Zach Riley tried three wide for second. Riley got the short end when he got squeezed into the back stretch wall breaking some front end parts.

Back under green Cosper got ahead of Ryan Powers who took over second on the restart. Powers tried hanging with Cosper giving him a look low near the midway point but Cosper held the spot as the race reached the midway point.

A final restart on lap 14 gave Powers one more shot at Cosper for the lead, but once again it was Cosper holding him off. From there Cosper had it on cruise as he went on to snag the checkers in his Spillman Excavating, Average Joes Performance, Fat Daddys Designs, Brazos Auto Sales, Swenson Shocks, Nortons Automotive, Cedar Cove Speed
powered, SCS Chassis.

“Tonight’s goal was top 6.” said Cosper. “The racing starts tomorrow with the pole dash. Its always good to start up front, a lot of open track and room to move around, get a feel for the car and where we can improve tomorrow. Too many
restarts to count, single file saved me cause I was out of tricks. We redrew 5 for the pole dash, I hope the track is in as good as shape tomorrow as it was tonight.”

Roller Rules Hobby Qualifier Waco’s Andy Roller was the man to beat in the 20-lap IMCA Hobby Stock event. Roller started on the pole and beat Shannon Dulock into turn 1 and then went on to wire the field. Roller built a nice margin by lap five while Dulock and Jeremy Oliver slugged it out for second.

Oliver was finally able to get past Dulock for second, but by that time Roller had built a full straightaway advantage over him. Ever slower traffic didn’t deter Roller as he easily took the victory in his Howards
Automatic Transmission, Amsiol by Lefty, Southwest Maintenance, Ben’s Boat Repair, J&J Carbs, Lambs Muffler, Demon Decals, A&J Custom Paint, Crate powered, Charger Chassis.

“Track was great in my eyes, replied Roller. The car was set on cruise control! We’re hoping for an identical result tomorrow. I hope we run last tomorrow. We drew a 3 and are in good position for the pole dash.”
White Whip ‘em in Street Stocks

Wade White(Ghoulson) scored the daily double with both the heat and qualifier win in the Street Stocks. White was chased early by Ed Cox who gave way to James Cochran II in the mid-stages of the 15-lapper. Cox got the spot back in the final laps but couldn’t mount a challenge on White as the final laps clicked off.

Ryan Hopkins(Waco) became the second driver to take the daily double in the Factory Stock qualifier and heat 2 win. Hopkins used the high groove to get the run off turn 2 and get by Rick Morosky until the red flag waved for hard hit by Thomas Bailey in turn 4. Bailey was alright, but the car, not so much.

On the next start Hopkins beat Morosky into turn 1 and quickly stretched out his lead. While Morosky battled with Doug Andrews for second Hopkins continued to motor away from the field going unchallenged to the checkers.

Cook Captures Jr Mini Challenge

Young Cameron Cook(Grand Prairie) also bagged a daily double getting the heat and qualifier wins in Jr. Mini Stocks. Cook got out front on green and never looked back leading all 10-laps of the qualifier.

Sanders in seventh heaven at Heart O Texas Speedway

June 27th, 2015

ELM MOTT-By taking advantage of the road less traveled and a timely late-race restart, Rodney Sanders of Happy, Texas, rolled to his seventh straight United States Modified Touring Series victory Tuesday night at the Heart O Texas Speedway near Waco.

After two straight years of rained-out events for the USMTS Caseys Cup powered by S&S Fishing & Rental at the high-banked quarter-mile clay oval, the return of the high-powered USMTS machines drew a huge middle-of-the-week crowd to the track.

Riding an historic six-race winning streak into Tuesdays event, Sanders struggled in his heat race and later claimed the first of two Real Racing Wheels B Mains to advance to the main event where he started 13th.

With Sanders six rows behind, polesitter Dereck Ramirez of Woodward, Okla., led the field to the green flag to start the 40-lap A Main and quickly took control with Stormy Scott, Steve Whiteaker Jr., Cody Smith, Clyde Dunn Jr. and others giving chase.

By the halfway point in the race, Ramirez had nearly a three-second lead over his nearest pursuer and looked poised to claim his third win of the season.

Meanwhile, Sanders was holding his own in the seventh spot by utilizing the high side of the speedway while most of the other 24 starters found the short way around to their liking, but still nearly half a track behind the leader.

After an opening-lap caution, the races second yellow flag waved with 26 laps in the books and Ramirez leading Whiteaker, Smith, Dunn, Triston Dycus, Sanders and Scott back to the green flag for the restart.

As the field screamed through the first corner, heartbreak struck for Ramirez as a faulty fuel pump killed the power on his machine and forced him to pull into the infield and out of the race while Smith was able to slip past Whiteaker to take over the lead.

Smelling blood in the water, Sanders continued to pound away at the extreme high side of the track. He raced by Dycus on the restart, drove past Dunn on lap 27 and whizzed by Whiteaker on lap 28.

Coming to the start-finish line to complete the 29th lap, Sanders shot from the top of the track and squirted underneath Smith as they entered the first turn and powered into the lead as they raced down the back-stretch.

From that point forward, Sanders scooted around the low side of the racing surface and expanded his advantage over the final ten laps to claim his seventh straight $3,000 victory.

Sweetening the celebration for Sanders was winning for his dad, Marcus, who celebrated his birthday watching his son claim his 56th career triumph.

Whiteaker continued his strong USMTS Southern Speedweek with a runner-up finish while Cade Dillard powered to a third-place finish ahead of Dunn.

Grant Junghans, who won the other Real Racing Wheels B Main earlier, came from 14th to finish fifth while Bobby Malchus, Smith, Scott, Justin Radcliff and Kevin Rutherford rounded out the top 10.

USMTS Southern Speedweek action moves to the Devils Bowl Speedway in Mesquite, Texas, on Wednesday night.

Pit gates open at 4 p.m. and the grandstands open at 6 with the first heat race at 8 p.m.

Adult tickets are $20 while seniors age 60 and older, members of the military and youth ages 13-15 get in for $10. There is no admission charge for kids ages 12 and under. Pit passes are $30.

The event will also feature Limited Modifieds racing for $1,000 to win.

The Devil’s Bowl Speedway is a high-banked, D-shaped half-mile dirt oval located 3.2 miles south of US 80 on Lawson Rd. For more information call 972-222-2421 (tickets) or 972-222-2818 (office) or visit www.devilsbowl.com online.

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McGaha, Batt, Upchurch, Oliver are Texas Lone Star Series champions

July 25th, 2014

WACO, Texas – Four IMCA drivers won championships and three of them will receive pro-rated bonus points for their Texas Lone Star Series titles.

The series ended with July 4 and 5 shows at Heart O’ Texas Speedway; the July 3 event at Cot­ton Bowl Speedway was rained out and will not be rescheduled.

Josh McGaha’s two feature wins over the course of the Modified series gave him the tie-breaking edge over Keith White. Jason Batt topped point standings for the Wild Child Race Cars-spon­sored Stock Car series and Jake Upchurch paced points for the Southwest Racing Special­ties-sponsored Southern SportMod Series.

A minimum of eight events must be scheduled and held for full bonus points to be awarded and applied to national and regional standings. McGaha, Batt and Upchurch will each receive pro-rated bonus points (87.5 percent of the average car count up to 20) in addition to their shares of series point funds.

Jeremy Oliver is champion of the Hobby Stock series. No bonus points will be awarded or point fund paid because that division had only seven events scheduled, six of which were actually held.

All four drivers will receive championship jackets and plaques. McGaha, Batt and Oliver all be­come eligible to qualify for their respective races of champions at
the upcoming IMCA Speedway Motors Super Nationals fueled by Casey’s.

IMCA Texas Nationals/Lone Star Series @ Heart o’ Texas Speedway

July 8th, 2014

Waco, TX.–Heart o’ Texas Speedway hosted the rebirth of the IMCA Texas Nationals after a ten year hiatus on the 1/4 mile, high-banked. dirt oval. The two-day show also doubles as the series finale for the IMCA Lone Star Series in the IMCA Modifieds, Southern Sportmods, Stock Cars and Hobby Stocks with a full separate show both nights. The local Street Stocks, Bombers, Mini Stocks and Twisters are also in action.

Each of the IMCA Modified features not only pays a cool grand to win, but the winners also qualify for the 2014 IMCA Fast Shafts Invitational ballot, part of the IMCA Super Nationals in Boone, Iowa during September.

In the IMCA Lone Star Series Modified points, current track and IMCA National points leader, Keith White comes in with only a five marker advantage over Josh McGaha. JP Dowell, Chad Melton and Glen Hibbard complete the top five. Gabe Tucker heads the IMCA Southern Sportmod series points ahead of Jake Upchurch, Justin Cass, Justin Long and Allen Montgomery.

Tucker also leads the series in IMCA Stock Cars with an eight point edge over Jason Batt, with Kirk Martin, Matt Guillaume and Tristan Carmen fill out the top five. The IMCA Hobby Stock series point leader is Jeremy Oliver trailed by two northern drivers(Brock Beeter and Eric Stanton) not in attendance, and then Mike Watkins and Rodney Sparks.

Abbey Aces Modified Main Young Dean Abbey had the run of his life against some of the best in the area in picking up the Friday IMCA Modified Texas Nationals win. For two-thirds of the race Abbey chased veteran Keith Green until finally making the bottom work on a restart. If that wasn’t pressure enough after a late caution, setting up a green, white, checkered finish, Abbey had a multi-time IMCA Champion, Keith White and his brother Paul, a past USAC Silver Crown champ on his tail.

Abbey was able to get a good jump on green and got some breathing room while the White brothers exchanged slide jobs on each other. Abbey went unchallenged while Paul beat Keith in the second place battle. Josh McGaha was awarded fourth even though it appeared that Sam Cox had edged him out. But transponder location gave McGaha the spot by .001(1/1,000th) of a second.

As the 20-car, 20-lap IMCA Modified main roared to life, mid pack contact between Glen Hibbard and Eric Tomlinson in turn 4 brought the yellow back out. As the green waved again, Green was leading off turn 2 chased by Abbey, Sam Cox, McGaha and K. White. Cox hooked a rut and half spun falling back in the pack.

With the Lone Star Series points battle on the line K. White and McGaha began swapping third. As they slugged it, JP Dowell and P. White caught them when yellow waved for Nicholas Littlejohn stopped in turn 1 and Ronnie Warren sitting in turn 2 on lap 5.

Abbey took his shot on the bottom, but Green held him off while K. White and McGaha resumed their fierce battle. P. White took advantage of that fight and was able to get by both for third. At halfway it was Green running the top, Abbey taking looks low, P. White, K. White and McGaha in the top five.

Hibbard again found himself facing the wrong direction bringing out a lap 11. Abbey used the restart to his advantage ducking under Green and sliding up in front on lap 13. As the top five sorted out single file, Justin Radcliff, Pat McGuire and Johnny Sheets were going three wide for sixth.

While scrapping for second, Green and P. White made contact giving Abbey some breathing room. But with the white flag in sight yellow waved for McGuire. Under caution Green was forced to pit with a flat leaving the young Abbey with two wily veterans on his tail for the restart.

Abbey opened up a three car advantage as green waved for the final two laps. K. White and P. White had a brotherly battle for bragging rights trading the position and giving Abbey a clear shot to the checkers in his Sedalco Construction, JL Racing, Berger Built Bodies, Five1seven Designs, Smileys, Dirt Defender, Chase Me Race Engines, CAM Chassis. K. White adds a single point to his advantage over McGaha in the series points battle with Dowell, Chad Melton and Hibbard completing the top five.

“The bottom finally worked out for me,” commented Abbey. “We’ve been here twice this year in the Modified and raced Keith Green for the win then too. I was fighting for the bottom last time and he got the win with us getting second. We had a different outcome tonight and I was able to get by him.”

“You’ve got things going through your head that you maybe can make it work or you might fall back. I wanted to stay down there as long as I could. I felt I had legitimate shot to get by. The longer we ran green, the harder it was and I’d run behind him on the top. It ended up we had that caution and I was able to get it done.”

“Paul and Keith(White) are really good drivers and have been racing Modifieds a long time. This is my first year in this car and I’m doing the best I can. I knew I had to get a good start, keep doing what I was doing and thought I’d be alright.”

“We don’t really do anything different for these big shows than we do every week. We go over the car, do our tires and I can’t say about the people that help me or my sponsors. This week alone I think we 40 hours into the car.”