By Jeff Nun – HUMBOLDT, Kan. (March 19) – The King of America III Modified Nationals slated for this weekend has been postponed one week to Thursday, Friday and Saturday, March 28-30. All other details (times, prices, etc.) remain the same.
A dire forecast guaranteeing precipitation and bone-chilling cold temperatures brought about the one-week layover, and USMTS officials also had to shuffle a couple of other dates in order to accommodate what would have been two USMTS Casey’s Cup Series events next weekend.
“You hate to postpone a show based on the forecast, but this weekend looks so miserable that nobody would have enjoyed being outdoors – and this event is first and foremost about having a good time,” said USMTS President Todd Staley.
The King of America III will culminate on Saturday, March 30, with a 100-lap, $10,000-to-win, $1,000-to-start main event. 2012 USMTS Rookie of the Year Stormy Scott is the defending champion of the event. Nine-time USMTS national champion Kelly Shryock won the inaugural race in 2011.
In addition to dual qualifying races on Thursday and Friday, there will be two special events each night. On Thursday, the top 12 in passing points from 12 different states will have the opportunity to compete in a 12-lap Race of States. Friday night will feature the USRA Race of Champions which is open to all USRA Modified track champions from the 2012 season and past USRA Modified national champions. The weekend culminates on Saturday with the $10,000-to-win, 100-lap championship race.
To top it off, the Iron Man Challenge for USRA B-Mods will join the party with a complete program of heat races and feature events all three nights. USRA B-Mod drivers will be racing for $500 to win Thursday with a whopping $2,000 top prize posted for Friday and $1,000 to the winner on Saturday.
There will be an open practice for all drivers on Wednesday from 6-9 p.m. This will be the only night for hot laps for the USMTS Modifieds. Admission to the grandstands for the test-n-tune session is free. Pit passes are $20.
On Thursday and Friday, pit gates will open at 3 p.m., grandstands open at 5, the drivers meeting is at 6:15, hot laps for USRA B-Mods is at 6:45 and the first heat race gets the green flag at 7 p.m. All times are one hour earlier on Saturday.
Three-day reserved seat tickets are on sale now for just $50 for adults, $30 for youth ages 13-16 and $15 for kids ages 6-12. Single-day tickets for grown-ups are $20 on Thursday and Friday, $25 on Saturday. Youth get in for $10 each day and kids are just $5. Children ages 5 & under get in for free every day. Call 515-832-7944 to order your tickets today.
The entry fee for drivers is $250 if received by the end of practice (approx. 9 p.m.) on Wednesday, March 27. The entry fee is $300 on race day. Drivers can download an entry form at www.usmts.com/downloads or call 515-832-7944 Monday through Friday between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Central.
For camping, ATV and/or golf cart permits call 620-473-3694.
The Humboldt Speedway is a located 0.1 mile west of US 169 at the Humboldt Exit, then 0.5 mile south, then 0.9 mile east on Georgia Rd. For more information call 620-431-2470 (office) or 620-473-3694 (track) or visit www.humboldtspeedway.com.
The race scheduled for Friday, March 29, at the LA Raceway in La Monte, Mo., has been moved to Friday, May 17, and the show slated for Saturday, March 30, at the I-35 Speedway in Winston, Mo., will now take place on Thursday, Aug. 8.
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