Five gargantuan events are on tap this week for the United States Modified touring Series with more than $15,000 posted for the winners and more than $100,000 in overall prize money up for grabs as the Hunt for the USMTS Casey’s Cup powered by S&S Fishing & Rental inches closer to crowning a champion.
Rodney Sanders leads the title chase as the 24-year-old from Happy, Texas, seeks his third straight USMTS National Championship and a $100,000 payday if he can pull it off.
Fans can also expect to see Ryan Gustin, Jason Hughes, Jesse Sobbing, Stormy Scott, Zack VanderBeek, Dereck Ramirez, Johnny Scott, Brent Larson, Cade Dillard, Casey Arneson, Joe Duvall, Daniel Hilsabeck, Philip Houston, Cory Crapser, Grant Junghans, Ben Kates, Dan Ebert, Jesse Glenz, Eric Pember, Chris Oertel, Joey Jensen, Pat Graham and many more.
The next show for the monster modifieds of the USMTS will happen this Wednesday, Sept. 2, at the historic Hamilton County Speedway in Webster City, Iowa-the first of five straight nights of racing to celebrate the Labor Day Weekend.
Also competing will be the wildly popular Holley Iron Man Series featuring USRA Stock Cars and USRA B-Mods with gates opening at 5 p.m., hot laps at 7 and racing at 7:15 p.m.
Adults 16 and older are $18, youth ages 6-15 are $5 and children 5 and under get in for free. Pit passes are $35. Fans can get coupons good for $2 off adult admission at Casey’s General Stores locations in Dayton, Dows, Eagle Grove, Fort Dodge, Iowa Falls, Jewell and Webster City.
Cory Crapser and his No. 07 Oreos/Sour Patch Kids machine will be greeting fans in person at 1300 2nd St. in Webster City from 12-2 p.m. Cade Dillard and his No. 97 Snickers machine will be greeting fans at 700 Superior St. in Webster City from 12-2 p.m. Tune your radio to KQWC 95.7 FM to hear live broadcasts from Dillard’s appearance.
The Hamilton County Speedway is a 1/2-mile semi-banked dirt oval located off of US 20 at exit 140, then 1.2 miles north, then 0.5 mile east on Bank St., then 0.4 mile south on Bluff St. For more information call (515) 832-1443 or check out www.hamiltoncospeedway.com online.
On Thursday, Sept. 3, the series moves to the legendary Fairmont Raceway in Fairmont, Minn., with the Holley Iron Man Series featuring USRA Stock Cars and USRA B-Mods back on the ticket for a second straight night. Gates open at 5 p.m., hot laps start at 7 and racing begins at 7:15 p.m.
General admission for ages 13 and older is $18, youth ages 6-12 are $5 and children 5 and under are free. Pit passes are $35. Fans can get coupons good for $2 off adult general admission at Casey’s General Stores locations in Fairmont, Sherburn, Trimont, Truman, Welcome, Winnebago and Armstrong in Iowa.
Joe ‘Big Daddy’ Duvall and his No. 91 AMP Energy machine will be greeting fans at 202 E. Blue Earth in Fairmont from 12-2 p.m. Listen to KFMC 106.5 FM to hear live broadcasts from the appearance.
The Fairmont Raceway is a 1/2-mile high-banked dirt oval located 1.0 mile south of I-90 (exit 99) on N. Bixby Rd. (CR 39). For more information call (507) 382-4531 or (507) 382-4531 or visit www.fairmontraceway.com online.
The Chateau Raceway in Lansing, Minn., hosts the USMTS on Friday, Sept. 4, for their traditional standing-room-only stint with hot laps at 6:30 p.m. and races to follow.
Midwest Mods, Street Stocks, USRA B-Mods, Pure Stocks and Hornets will also be on the racing card.
Fans can get coupons good for $2 off adult general admission at Casey’s General Stores locations in Austin and Blooming Prairie. Cory Crapser and his No. 07 Oreos/Sour Patch Kids machine will be greeting fans at 1702 12th St. SW in Austin from 12-2 p.m. Tune your radio to KAUS 1480 AM to hear live broadcasts from Crapser’s appearance.
The Chateau Raceway is a 1/3-mile semi-banked gumbo clay oval located 5.0 miles north of Austin on US 218 to the Lansing Exit, then 1.3 miles east on CR 2, then 0.4 mile south on CR 25, then 0.3 mile east. For more information call (507) 391-2486 or (507) 433-4578 or visit www.chateauraceway.net.
Saturday, Sept. 5, will find the ground-pounding USMTS goliaths back at the illustrious Deer Creek Speedway in Spring Valley, Minn., for the last time before the 17th Annual Featherlite Fall Jamboree here on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, Sept. 24-26.
The Holley Iron Man Series is back in action with the USRA B-Mods sharing the spotlight with Wissota Super Stocks, Midwest Mods and Street Stocks, plus Slingshots on the Button Buck Speedway.
The pits open at 2 p.m. and the spectator gates swing open at 4 p.m. Hot laps begin at 5:30 with the first green flag at 6 p.m.
Adults are $20 and kids ages 12 and under are $5. Pit passes are $30. Fans can get coupons good for $2 off adult general admission at Casey’s General Stores locations in Preston, Rochester, Stewartville and Lime Springs in Iowa.
Cory Crapser and his No. 07 Oreos/Sour Patch Kids machine will be greeting fans at 605 S. Main St. in Stewartville from 12-2 p.m. Listen to KWWK 96.5 FM to hear live broadcasts from Crapser’s appearance.
The Deer Creek Speedway is a 3/8-mile high-banked clay oval located 11.3 miles south of I-90 (exit 209) on US 63 (0.7 mile north of SR 16). For more info, call toll-free 877-327-7223 or (507) 346-2342 on race day or visit www.deercreekspeedway.com online.
The five-night swing wraps up on Sunday, Sept. 6, at the Cresco Speedway in Cresco, Iowa, with the Holley Iron Man Series featuring USRA Stock Cars and USRA B-Mods joining the USMTS Modifieds once again, plus USRA Hobby Stocks to round out the four-class card.
Hot laps begin at 6 p.m. with racing to follow.
Tickets are $17 for adults 18 years old and up, $10 for youth ages 13-17 and admission is free for children 12 years of age and under. Pit passes are $30 per person. Fans can get coupons good for $2 off adult general admission at Casey’s General Stores locations in Cresco, Decorah, Lime Springs, Ossian, New Hampton and Waukon.
Cade Dillard and his No. 97 Snickers machine will be greeting fans at 601 2nd Ave. SW in Cresco from 12-2 p.m. Listen to KCZE 95.1 FM to hear live broadcasts from Dillard’s appearance.
The Cresco Speedway is located 2 blocks north of SR 9 on SW 7th. Race day info is available by calling (563) 547-3400 or at www.mhcfair.com.
The Hunt for the USMTS Casey’s Cup powered by S&s Fishing & Rental
Points Standings (top 20) through Aug. 30, 2015:
1, 20 Rodney Sanders, Happy, Texas … 830 (2 wins)
2, 12 Jason Hughes, Watts, Okla. … 761 (2 wins)
3, 99 Jesse Sobbing, Malvern, Iowa … 730
4, 2s Stormy Scott, Las Cruces, N.M. … 726 (1 win)
5, 33z Zack VanderBeek, New Sharon, Iowa … 692 (1 win)
6, 4r Dereck Ramirez, Woodward, Okla. … 672
7, 1st Johnny Scott, Las Cruces, N.M. … 605 (1 win)
8, IOU1 Brent Larson, Lake Elmo, Minn. … 572
9, 97 Cade Dillard, Robeline, La. … 557
10, 2 Casey Arneson, Fargo, N.D. … 528
11, 91 Joe Duvall, Claremore, Okla. … 517
12, 22d Daniel Hilsabeck, Adel, Iowa … 515
13, 71 Philip Houston, Odessa, Texas … 512
14, 07 Cory Crapser, Chippewa Falls, Wis. … 495
15, 2 Grant Junghans, Manhattan, Kan. … 423
16, 23k Ben Kates, Tonganoxie, Kan. … 398
17, J17 Jake Gallardo, Las Cruces, N.M. … 324
18, 40 Brian Green, Pierce City, Mo. … 310
19, 75 Terry Phillips, Springfield, Mo. … 227
19, 60 Dan Ebert, Lake Shore, Minn. … 227
186 Jeremy Payne, Springfield, Mo. (1 win)
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