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USMTS set to traverse three tracks in three states over three nights June 21-23
WEBSTER CITY, Iowa (June 20)--The ready-for-prime time posse of the United States Modified Touring Series embarks on a journey to three unique dirt tracks in three states over the course of three nights this Friday, Saturday and Sunday, June 21-23.
The tripleheader happening gets underway on Friday at the Hamilton County Speedway in Webster City, Iowa, where drivers in the Summit USRA Weekly Racing Series there have raved about the top-to-bottom racing on the smooth half-mile this season.
Opening in July 1910, the Hamilton County Speedway is the oldest speedway in the state of Iowa. In 1938, work began on the current location at the Hamilton County Fairgrounds. The semi-banked half-mile dirt track was completed in the spring of 1939, and the first races were held on the track in September of that year.
There have been 21 nights of USMTS action here, dating back to October 7, 1999, when Kelly Shryock conquered opening night of the inaugural Fall Jamboree en route to his first of nine national titles. Ron Jones was the winner the next two nights.
Ryan Gustin, who won here in 2010 and kick-started his racing career at the Hamilton County Speedway, will be seeking his 100th career USMTS victory this weekend.
Friday Night Under the Lights presented by Brock and D&B Agro Systems will also feature American Racer USRA Stock Cars, Out-Pace USRA B-Mods, Cook Racing Supplies USRA Hobby Stocks and USRA Tuners. The pits open at 4 p.m., grandstands open at 5, hot laps begin at 7 and racing gets underway at 7:30.
The Hamilton County Speedway driven by Spangler Automotive is located off US 20 at exit 140, then 1.2 miles north, then 0.5 mile east on Bank St., then 0.4 mile south on Bluff St. to the Hamilton County Fairgrounds. The physical address is 1200 Bluff St, Webster City, IA 50595. For more information, check out HamiltonCoSpeedway.com.
If you're staying overnight, there are several great lodging destinations in Webster City. Call the AmericInn at (515) 832-3999 or America's Best Value Inn at (515) 832-3631 or Super 8 at (515) 218-2289 to make reservations.
Nine for Nobles County: Saturday's extravaganza at the Nobles County Speedway in Worthington, Minnesota, will be the ninth visit by the series to the exciting short track located a stone's throw from Interstate 90.
Four of the previous eight checkered flags belong to Gustin and Rodney Sanders. Both are two-time USMTS National Champions and both have two wins in Worthington.
Additional classes running this Saturday will be the American Racer USRA Stock Cars, Out-Pace USRA B-Mods, Cook Racing Supplies USRA Hobby and USRA Tuners. The pits open at 4 p.m. and grandstands open at 5 with hot laps at 7 and racing at 7:30.
The Nobles County Speedway is a semi-banked 3/8-mile dirt oval located off I-90 at exit 43, then 0.4 mile south on SR 59, then 0.4 mile west on Oxford St., then 0.2 mile north on McMullan (Pioneer Village) to the Nobles County Fairgrounds. The physical address is 1600 Stower Dr, Worthington, MN 56187. For more information, visit NoblesCountySpeedway.com.
South Dakota Sunday: The Park Jefferson Speedway near Jefferson, S.D., will host the tireless USMTS touring titans on Sunday, June 23, for the ninth time in series history, and while Mother Nature has been declared the winner three times no racer has been able to visit victory lane more than once.
Past winners include Jay Noteboom (2005), Kelly Shryock (2006), Jason Krohn (2007), Jason Hughes (2008), Jon Tesch (2009), Ryan Gustin (2010), Rodney Sanders (2016) and Lucas Schott (2018).
The Cookies BBQ Summer Shootout will also feature the Malvern Bank SLMR Late Models for a huge night of racing in the Siouxland. Zeitner & Sons and their large trucking operation based out of Omaha, Nebraska, are bringing race fans this exciting event in 2019.
Joining the two feature divisions are the Sport Mods, Hobby Stocks and Sport Compacts. For the kids, Rusty Wheels and Broken Ball Joint will be hosting a barking contest, and the five best barking kids will get to do the trophy presentations to the feature winners as well as receiving a trophy of their own.
Camping is allowed on Saturday and Sunday nights at Park Jefferson on the north side of the spectator parking area. The Hampton Inn of North Sioux City has a special Park Jefferson Speedway rate of $89 that can be made by calling (605) 232-9739.
The pit gate will open at 3:30 p.m. with the spectator gate opening at 4. Hot laps are slated for 5:15 and racing gets underway at 6. There is a limited number of online special tickets which can be purchased by clicking here.
The Park Jefferson Speedway is a semi-banked 4/10-mile dirt oval located just off I-29 at exit 4, then 0.2 mile east to SR 105, then 1.8 miles north (east side of SR 105). The physical address is 48426 332nd Street, North Sioux City, SD 57049. For more information, check out ParkJeff.com online.
All three shows will be part of the Casey's General Stores USMTS National Championship powered by Summit and drivers will earn points in the Spike Hardcore Energy USMTS Northern Lights Series.
Sanders currently leads both the national standings and regional standings coming into this weekend's trio of events. Ramirez is shadowing him in both point chases and Gustin has the most wins this season with four-including this past weekend where 'The Reaper' earned his second Masters victory in three seasons.
Casey's General Stores USMTS National Championship points:
1. 20 Rodney Sanders, Happy, Texas ... 1704 (2 wins)
2. 4r Dereck Ramirez, Woodward, Okla. ... 1558 (2 wins)
3. 19r Ryan Gustin, Marshalltown, Iowa ... 1521 (4 wins)
4. 62 Hunter Marriott, Brookfield, Mo. ... 1482 (2 wins)
5. 0 Jake O'Neil, Tucson, Ariz. ... 1414 (2 wins)
6. 75 Terry Phillips, Springfield, Mo. ... 1324 (1 win)
7. 33z Zack VanderBeek, New Sharon, Iowa ... 1172 (1 win)
8. 23 Adam Kates, Tonganoxie, Kan. ... 1166
9. 91 Joe Duvall, Justice, Okla. ... 1062
10. 17 Mike Striegel, Wheatland, Mo. ... 1025
19 Dustin Sorensen, Rochester, Minn. (2 wins)
24 Brad Waits, Rochester, Minn. (1 win)
20rt Ricky Thornton Jr., Chandler, Ariz. (1 win)
Spike Hardcore Energy USMTS Northern Lights Series points:
1. 20 Rodney Sanders, Happy, Texas ... 534
2. 4r Dereck Ramirez, Woodward, Okla. ... 488
3. 33z Zack VanderBeek, New Sharon, Iowa ... 487
4. 0 Jake O'Neil, Tucson, Ariz. ... 482 (1 win)
5. 19r Ryan Gustin, Marshalltown, Iowa ... 474 (1 win)
6. 62 Hunter Marriott, Brookfield, Mo. ... 430
7. 49jr Jake Timm, Minnesota City, Minn. ... 395
8. 21 Jacob Bleess, Chatfield, Minn. ... 380
9. 07 Cory Crapser, Chippewa Falls, Wis. ... 377
10. 69 Lucas Schott, Chatfield, Minn. ... 354
19 Dustin Sorensen, Rochester, Minn. 342 (2 wins)
24 Brad Waits, Rochester, Minn. (1 win)
75 Terry Phillips, Springfield, Mo. (1 win)
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