GOLIAD, Texas (Feb. 11) — The long-awaited, much-anticipated season-opening event for the United States Modified Touring Series kicks off Thursday night at the Shady Oaks Speedway and RacinDirt.com will be there to bring the action into the living rooms of those who can’t be there.
The USMTS Casey’s Cup Series powered by S&S Fishing & Rental will open its 18th season at the 1/3-mile high-banked dirt oval in Goliad, Texas, for the first of four straight tripleheader weekend affairs for USMTS Winter Speedweeks 2016.
With bright sunny skies and temperatures in the 80s and upper 70s forecasted for all three days, fans are sure to see some incredible action once again from Shady Oaks Speedway.
Racing action will kick off at 7 p.m. on Thursday night. USMTS Modifieds will be racing 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.
When the dust had settled one year ago, it was Steve Whiteaker Jr., Dereck Ramirez and Ryan Gustin claiming the first three checkered flags of the season. Others expected Thursday night are Austin and Casey Arneson, Brock and Cody Bauman, Zane DeVilbiss, Cade Dillard, Joe Duvall, Daniel Hilsabeck, Philip Houston, Jason Hughes, Ben Kates, Cody Leonard, Bobby Malchus, Rodney Sanders, Johnny and Stormy Scott, Jesse Sobbing, Kyle Strickler, Ricky Thornton Jr., Jake Timm, Lance Town, Zack VanderBeek, Billy Vogel, Tyler Wolff and more.
For race fans unable to make the trip but hungry to see their first USMTS race of the season, point your browser to www.racindirt.com/livevideo to order the pay-per-view broadcast of the 2015 season lid-lifter. New subscribers will also get a free month of RacinDirt.com’s On Demand video coverage and exclusive online content.
The popular South Texas dirt track owned and operated by Bobby & Rosemary Stacy and Keith Stacy is located 4.0 miles north of Goliad on US 183, then 3.0 miles east on FM 622. To learn more, check outwww.shadyoakspeedway.com, like them on Facebook at www.facebook.com/
USMTS Winter Speedweeks resumes at the Heart O’ Texas Speedway near Waco, Texas, Feb. 18-20. From there, it’s on to the Ark-La-Tex Speedway in Vivian, La., Feb. 25-27, and then wraps up at the 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.
RacinDirt.com will carry the action live from all four events.
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 atwww.twitter.com/usmts and Instagram at www.instagram.com/usmts or subscribe to our YouTube channel atwww.youtube.com/usmtstv.