USMTS rides into Southern Oklahoma Speedway for 5th Annual Sooner Showdown
ARDMORE, Okla. (March 8) -- The tireless titans of the United States Modified Touring Series return to the Southern Oklahoma Speedway in Ardmore, Okla., this Thursday, Friday and Saturday for the fifth and final round of Summit Racing USMTS Winter Speedweeks.
Part of the Summit Racing USMTS Southern Region presented by Production Jars, the 5th Annual Sooner Showdown will dole out $2,000 to the winner on Thursday and $3,000 to Friday's winner while Saturday's show carries a $4,000 top prize.
After a dozen incredible nights of racing so far during the 2017 campaign, six different drivers have claimed victory but one of them-Cade Dillard-has stood head and shoulders above the rest.
The 25-year-old from Robeline, La., picked up his first win on the sixth night of racing and Dillard has claimed five of the last seven main events including the final two nights of last weekend's Cajun Clash at the Ark-La-Tex Speedway.
Defending and three-time USMTS national champion Jason Hughes of Watts, Okla., has two wins, along with Chandler, Ariz.'s Ricky Thornton Jr. who has notched two victories since hopping in the Gressel Racing ride.
Another two-time USMTS national champ, Ryan Gustin of Marshalltown, Iowa, picked up a win on opening night one month ago, and both Chris Brown of Spring, Texas, and Johnny Scott of Las Cruces, N.M., have also wheeled their way into the winners circle in the early 2017 campaign.
Hughes is a three-time winner here, including the first-ever USMTS event held May 2, 2008, when the track was called Lake Country Speedway, but Rodney Sanders of Happy, Texas, leads all drivers with five career wins at the Southern Oklahoma Speedway including the final two nights one year ago.
Gustin and Stormy Scott are also three-time winners at the semi-banked 3/8-mile clay oval while Thomas Tillison Jr., Johnny Scott and Triston Dycus each have one triumph.
With his early-season surge, Dillard leads the $10,000-to-win points battle Summit Racing USMTS Southern Region presented by Production Jars.
POINTS STANDINGS (top 15):
1. 97 Cade Dillard, Robeline, La. ... 1077 (5 wins)
2. 21 Chris Brown, Spring, Texas ... 999 (1 win)
3. 12 Jason Hughes, Watts, Okla. ... 992 (2 wins)
4. 20rt Ricky Thornton Jr., Chandler, Ariz. ... 990 (2 wins)
5. 19r Ryan Gustin, Marshalltown, Iowa ... 986 (1 win)
6. 2s Stormy Scott, Las Cruces, N.M. ... 934
7. 33z Zack VanderBeek, New Sharon, Iowa ... 905
8. 1s Travis Saurer, Elizabeth, Minn. ... 898
9. 4r Dereck Ramirez, Woodward, Okla. ... 887
10. 1st Johnny Scott, Las Cruces, N.M. ... 869 (1 win)
11. 91 R.C. Whitwell, Tucson, Ariz. ... 803
12. 91 Joe Duvall, Claremore, Okla. ... 800
13. 4w Tyler Wolff, Fayetteville, Ark. ... 780
14. 78 Trevor Egbert, Salado, Texas ... 713
15. 4 Billy Vogel, West Fargo, N.D. ... 712
An open practice is slated for Wednesday, March 8, from 6-9 p.m. with free admission to the grandstands and $20 pit passes.
On Thursday, hot laps start at 7 p.m. and racing begins at 7:30. General admission is $15 and youth ages 11-16 are $5. Pit passes are $35 each. Limited Mods will join the USMTS ($2,000 to win) on the race card.
On Friday, hot laps start at 7 p.m. and racing begins at 7:30. General admission is $20 and youth ages 11-16 are $10. Pit passes are $35 each. Econo Mods will join the program with the Limited Mods and USMTS racing for $3,000 to win.
On Saturday, hot laps start at 6 p.m. and racing begins at 6:30. General admission is $20 and youth ages 11-16 are $10. Pit passes are $40 each. Econo Mods, Limited Mods and the $4,000-to-win USMTS finale make-up the program.
The pit gate opens at 2 p.m., spectator gates open at 5 and kids ages 10 and under get in free all three days.
If you can't be there in person, every lap every race every division every day will be broadcast live at www.RacinDirt.com/Live.
The Southern Oklahoma Speedway is 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.com to visit the track's official website.
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