Weather woes wipe out USMTS return to I-30 Speedway
With a heavy soaking of rain on Thursday and more on the way tonight and tomorrow, officials at the I-30 Speedway have been forced to pull the plug on Friday’s USMTS event at the 1/4-mile clay oval in Little Rock, Ark.
So the series now set their sights on Saturday when the mud-slinging USMTS monsters invade the mighty Tri-State Speedway in Pocola, Okla., for a massive dose of motorsports mayhem. Then on Sunday, May 6, the top-shelf USMTS titans head to the Creek County Speedway in Kellyville, Okla., for the first-time ever at the bad-ass bullring located just south of Tulsa.
Eddie Martin was the winner at the Tri-State Speedway when the series made their maiden voyage to the facility just across the border from Fort Smith, Ark., on June 3, 2008. In the three visits since then in 2009, 2010 and 2011, Jason Hughes was the winner.
Grandstand gates will swing open at 6 p.m. and racing will commence two hours later at 8 p.m. General admission spectator tickets are $20. Military veterans, law enforcements, seniors 65 and older and juniors ages 12-16 get in for $15. Kids under 12 are free. Pit passes are $35. Factory Stocks and Out-Pace USRA B-Mods will join the USMTS Modifieds on the card.
Race fans can get coupons good for $2 off adult spectator admission on race day at Casey's General Stores locations in Pocola, Poteau, Sallisaw and Spiro, plus stores in Barling, Charleston, Fort Smith, Greenwood, Lavaca, Mansfield and Van Buren in Arkansas.
The Tri-State Speedway is a high-banked 3/8-mile clay oval located 1.6 miles west of the Arkansas-Oklahoma State line on US 271, then 0.3 mile north (3435 1705 W, Race Track Rd, Pocola, OK 74902). For more information, call (918) 575-1369 or check out www.tri-statespeedway.com online.
The Creek County Speedway was built in 1986, and for the first time on Sunday, May 6, the bullring that’s been delivering high-octane excitement to fans in the Tulsa, Okla., area will see the stars and cars of the biggest modified series on the planet.
Gates will open 5 p.m., hot laps hit the dirt at 6:30 and the first green flag gets unfurled at 7 p.m. General admission spectator tickets are $20, kids ages 8-14 are $10 and children under 8 get in for free. Pit passes are $35. The event will also feature the Lucas Oil National Open Wheel 600 Series with both Restricted and A-Class Micros in action.
Fans can get $2 discount coupons on race day at Casey's General Stores locations in Broken Arrow, Claremore, Collinsville, Jenks, Owasso and Skiatook.
The Creek County Speedway is a slightly-banked 1/4-mile dirt oval located southwest of Tulsa on I-44 to exit 211, then 0.3 mile south on SR 33, then 1.0 mile west on SR 66 (18450 OK-66, Kellyville, OK 74039). For more information, call (515) 832-7944 and see www.creekcountyspeedway.co on the World Wide Web.
For those unable to be there in person, every lap of every race in every division all three nights will be broadcast live on www.RacinDirt.com.
In the USMTS Hunt for the Casey’s Cup, two wins and ten top-10 finishes in eleven starts has Tucson’s Jake O’Neil atop the championship standings over Johnny Scott, Dereck Ramirez, Lucas Schott and Stormy Scott. Johnny Scott is out front in the Summit USMTS Southern Series, followed by two-time USMTS national champ Rodney Sanders, Ramirez, Stormy Scott and Joe Duvall.
Other top contenders expected this weekend include Zack VanderBeek, Terry Phillips, Jake Timm, Logan Robertson, Adam Kates, Carlos Ahumada Jr., Philip Houston, Chris Clark, Lance Mari, Billy Vogel, Cade Dillard, R.C. Whitwell, Zane Ferrell, Austin Bonner, Manuel Williams Sr. and Manuel Williams II, plus many more.
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