LAS CRUCES, N.M. (Feb. 5) — The 18th season for the United States Modified Touring Series is shaping up to be the biggest and best so far with the best of the best in dirt modified racing looking to get their piece of the lucrative USMTS pie.
“With some races moving one week due to the way the calendar falls, it made it very tough to get all of the races put together to fill each region and have multiple race swings,” said USMTS President Todd Staley. “Somehow, after hundreds of hours on the phone and emailing back and forth with dozens of track operators, it all came together for the eighteenth year in a row.”
Not only is the schedule of events littered with must-see shows, but continued strong support from USMTS marketing partners has allowed for a much heavier treasure chest for the racers to fight for.
Each of the three USMTS regional points champs will earn $6,000 during the 2016 USMTS Casey’s Cup powered by S&S Fishing & Rental-up from $5,000 last year-with even more cash spread out to the other finishers in the top ten.
This year’s USMTS National Champion will earn $25,000 with a lot of extra money above last year’s payout for the rest of the top 15 spots.
Staley announced that the USMTS is also doubling the guarantee to all drivers running every ‘Hunt’ race to $2,000 regardless of where the driver winds up in the final standings.
The Hunt for the USMTS Casey’s Cup powered by S&S Fishing & Rental will kick off Thursday, Aug. 4, at the Valley Speedway in Grain Valley, Mo., and wrap up Thursday, Sept. 22, during the first night of the 18th Annual Featherlite Fall Jamboree at the Deer Creek Speedway in Spring Valley, Minn.
Overall, this year’s ‘Hunt’ is comprised of 21 events at 20 race tracks in seven states over the course of 50 days and nights. Combined, one driver can pocket a cool $40,000 for winning all three regional crowns and the 2016 USMTS National Championship.
To sweeten pot even more, Mesilla Valley Transportation has stepped up this season to present the MVT Road Warrior rewards program for 2016.
This MVT Road Warrior program will offer $10,000 to any driver that does not miss a single USMTS event in 2016 (including all points races and “big money” crown jewel events). If only one driver makes every race in 2016, he or she gets the whole $10,000. If two drivers have perfect attendance, each will get $5,000 and so forth.
The total amount may exceed $10,000 because no matter how many drivers make every single race, each one of them is guaranteed at least $2,000. The bonus money will be paid out during the $10,000-to-win 17th Annual USRA Fall Nationals at the Southern New Mexico Speedway in Las Cruces, N.M., Oct. 20-23.
There aren’t many people out there that do more for the racers than Royal Jones, and the new MVT Road Warrior program is just another example of that,” Staley added.
In addition to serving as the President of Mesilla Valley Transportation, Jones is also an accomplished dirt modified racer and also owns and operates the Southern New Mexico Speedway and Western Tech Speedway Park in El Paso, Texas.
“We understand just how grueling and expensive it can be to run each and every points race in the USMTS, and drivers are rewarded at year’s end to kick off the Hunt with extra points,” Staley said. “It makes it possible for a racer to win the USMTS National Championship even if you don’t make every show-especially if you can get on a roll when the end of the year comes around like Jason Hughes did last year.”
Hughes closed out the 2015 campaign as the hottest modified driver in the country and swept all three nights of the Featherlite Fall Jamboree-the first to do it in 17 years of the event-on his way to claiming his second USMTS title in six years.
The USMTS Casey’s Cup powered by S&S Fishing & Rental will launch in February with a foursome of three-day shows in Texas, Louisiana and Oklahoma comprising USMTS Winter Speedweeks.
Action opens up at the Shady Oaks Speedway in Goliad, Texas, 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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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 outwww.heartotexspeedway.com online.
The third round of USMTS Winter Speedweeks happens at the Ark-La-Tex Speedway in Vivian, La., for the 5th Annual Cajun Clash. Wednesday’s practice is 6-9 p.m. with free admission to the grandstands and 420 pit passes.
Thursday’s 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.
Saturday’s finale at Gene Boyter’s 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.
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 clickwww.arklatexspeedway.net to visit them online.
Practice kicks things off at the Southern Oklahoma Speedway in Ardmore, Okla., on Wednesday, 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 winner’s 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.
Saturday’s 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.
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.
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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