HUMBOLDT, Kan. (March 25) — The wait is nearly over as America’s elite dirt modified drivers descend upon the Humboldt Speedway this week for the fourth running of the King of America Modified Nationals.
King of America IV kicks off with an open practice on Wednesday, followed by two nights of qualifying heats and main events on Thursday and Friday.
The wild “game of thrones” weekend wraps up Saturday with a 100-lap championship main event that pays $10,000 to win while every driver making the big dance will pocket no less than $1,000 to start.
Defending King of America champ Ryan Gustin will return to the 3/8-mile bullring to defend his crown, along with both of the previous occupants of the throne-2012 winner Stormy Scott and inaugural winner Kelly Shryock.
With Gustin focusing his attention this season on his dirt late model program, this may be one of the few times that fans will get to enjoy watching ‘The Reaper’ roll around the clay with the Best of the Best.
Scott and Shryock have both been hot in the early going this season, and would find their names somewhere near the top of the list in anybody’s pick-the-winner contest.
Shryock-the nine-time USMTS national champion-picked up career win No. 181 last Friday at the Timberline Speedway while Scott garnered four victories during in Texas and New Mexico during the month of February.
While the 2012 USMTS Rookie of the Year is searching for his first USMTS national title, the reigning series champ, Rodney Sanders, is looking to add the King of America crown to his growing list of accomplishments.
But the list of contenders doesn’t stop there. In fact, it’s as long as the entry list itself.
Each driver will run four heat races from four different starting positions-two on Thursday and two on Friday. Passing points will be combined for the best three of four heat races over during the two days and the top 12 drivers in overall combined passing points will be locked into the first six rows of Saturday’s “A” Main.
Capping off the evening on Thursday and Friday, the top 16 points-earners of the night will run a 20-lap feature with $1,000 up for grabs for the winner.
The blockbuster event will feature both Modifieds and B-Mods in action all three nights. Modifieds will be co-sanctioned by the United States Racing Association (USRA) and United States Modified Touring Series (USMTS). USRA national points will be awarded but no USMTS points will be awarded. All USRA rules apply.
The Iron Man Challenge featuring USRA B-Mods will run a complete show of heat races and main events all three days. Thursday’s winners gets $500, Friday’s winner gets $2,000 and Saturday’s winner goes home with $1,000.
Three-day reserved seat tickets are available in advance by calling 515-832-7944 through Tuesday. Beginning Wednesday, reserved seat tickets will be available at the gate for $55. General admission tickets will be available at the ticket window on race day. Single-day adult grandstand tickets are $20 on Thursday and Friday. An adult ticket to Saturday’s show is $25. Pit passes are $35 on Thursday and Friday, and $40 on Saturday.
Gates open at 5 p.m. with racing at 7 p.m. on Thursday and Friday. All times are one hour earlier on Saturday.
There will be an open practice for all drivers on Wednesday from 6-9 p.m. Admission to the grandstands is free. Pit passes are $20.
For race fans unable to make the trek to Humboldt, there’s no need to panic. RacinDirt.TV will be in the house all four days to bring you the best coverage available online with a full production of all of the events.
Presented by Day Motor Sports, this week’s broadcast is “fit for a king” and will feature multiple camera angles, instant replays, a full pre-race show, heat race winner interviews on the track, Sam Stoecklin combing the pits for the latest dirt and Chris Stepan on the microphone giving you the play-by-play all weekend.
Single-day and multi-day pay-per-view packages are available now. Check out www.RacinDirt.TV online to order your front row living room seat today!
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 or visit www.humboldtspeedway.com. For camping, ATV and/or golf cart permits call 620-473-3694.
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