GRAIN VALLEY, Mo. (May 9) – One week from today, the stars and cars of the United States Modified Touring Series will be back on the road again making sweet music at three unique dirt tracks in the Show-Me State.
The next event on the calendar for the USMTS Casey’s Cup Series is Thursday, May 16, at the Valley Speedway in Grain Valley, Mo., where drivers, fans and event organizers are hoping the third time’s the charm after two weather-related postponements in March and April.
This will be the fourth to “The Valley” in the past three seasons. Jason Hughes won the inaugural contest at the 1/3-mile semi-banked dirt oval on April 17, 2011. Defending USMTS national champion Ryan Gustin captured a victory last April while Chris Brown netted a win in June.
Grandstand gates open Thursday evening at 5:00 with hot laps at 7:00 and racing at 7:30. The Iron Man Challenge for USRA B-Mods will also join the program.
A limited number of coupons good for $2 off adult grandstand admission will be available on race day at Casey’s General Stores locations in Blue Springs and Grain Valley while supplies last.
The Valley Speedway is located 0.9 mile south of I-70 (exit 24) on Main St. (Buckner-Tarnsey Rd.), then 0.4 mile east on Old US 40. For more information, call 816-229-2222 or visit www.valleyspeedway.com online.
On Friday, May 17, the mighty USMTS Modifieds return to the LA Raceway in La Monte, Mo., for the series’ tenth visit to Mike & Carol White’s 3/8-mile clay oval near Whiteman Air Force Base.
Hughes has recorded three of his 111 career wins here, including the most recent event one year ago where he came out on top of a wild battle with Stormy Scott, who had won at the same track just three weeks earlier.
Four of the nine previous main events at the LA Raceway have gone green to checkered without a caution. Jeremy Payne is a two-time winner here, and one-time winners include Kelly Shryock, Grant Junghans and Rodney Sanders, who won his career-first USMTS race here.
Gates open at 4:00, hot laps begin at 6:45 and racing starts at 7:15 for the Schwab’s Tinker Shop Show-Me Shootout. Also on the card will be Iron Man Challenge featuring USRA B-Mods.
On race day, fans can pick up a coupon good for $2 off adult grandstand admission at Casey’s General Stores locations in Knob Noster, La Monte and Sedalia while supplies last.
The LA Raceway is a located 3.5 miles west of SR 127 on Hwy Y. For more information, check out www.laraceway.com online.
Saturday, May 18, will take the tireless USMTS touring titans to the historic West Plains Motor Speedway. Mother Nature thwarted the series debut here in 2011, but fans finally got their due last spring and witnessed nine-time USMTS national champion Kelly Shryock take down his 177th career USMTS triumph.
The West Plains Motor Speedway is a 100-acre motorsports facility with an exciting 3/8-mile red clay oval surrounded by seating that will accommodate more than 12,000 fans. Fans can enjoy the action from their choice of molded contour seating, ground level bleachers or high-rise stadium style seating.
On-site camping is available free of charge with clean restrooms, showers, water fill and a dump station for motor homes. Full service food and souvenir concessions are conveniently located within the facility along with acres of free parking.
Gates open Saturday evening at 5:00 with hot laps at 7:00 and racing at 7:30. Also in action will be USRA B-Mods, Hobby Stocks, Super Stocks and Crate Late Models.
On race day, fans can pick up a coupon good for $2 off adult grandstand admission at Casey’s General Stores locations in West Plains.
The West Plains Motor Speedway is located 6 miles south of West Plains on US 63. For more information, call the track office at 417-522-9891 or 417-257-2112 on race day. The track’s website can be found at www.westplainsdirt.com.
All three events will award valuable points in the USMTS Arbor Masters Central Region presented by Day Motor Sports.
The “Big Dog Buy-In” will be in effect each night to create a possible $12,000 weekend payoff for one driver. Each race pays $2,000 to win, but the Big Dog Buy-In allows any driver to gamble an extra $100 at the time of registration to compete for an extra $2,000 cash for taking the win. In 12 events this season, a gambler has won the main event 11 times.
Entry forms for USMTS competitors are available online at www.usmts.com/downloads/entry-forms.
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 or check out our YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/USMTSTV.
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