USMTS on the clock four straight days leading up to Labor Day
One week from today just one event will remain in the USMTS Hunt for the Casey’s Cup powered by Summit and the crowning of the 20th United States Modified Touring Series national champion.
Before then, however, the rugged USMTS road warriors have some blockbuster business to attend to with four nights of fast and furious competition on four dirt ovals in Northern Iowa and Southern Minnesota.
The final surge begins this Thursday, Aug. 30, when the series returns to the Rapid Speedway in Rock Rapids, Iowa, for some unfinished business from last Friday. From there, the series heads to the Fayette County Speedway in West Union, Iowa, on Friday, Aug. 31, and the Deer Creek Speedway in Spring Valley, Minn., on Saturday, Sept. 1. On the eve of Labor Day, the quadrupleheader wraps up at the Cresco Speedway in Cresco, Iowa on Sunday, Sept. 2.
RAPID SPEEDWAY – The touring USMTS titans ramble back into Rock Rapids, Iowa, as the Rapid Speedway hosts the 10th Annual Coral Lanes Rapid Rumble—for a second time—this Thursday, Aug. 30.
Fans witnessed a classic back-and-forth feature race last year that ended with Dereck Ramirez scoring his first victory since 2015, but this past Friday saw Mother Nature intervene and force race officials to postpone the event until this Thursday.
Tickets and wristbands from Friday’s show will be honored this Thursday. Those with tickets and/or wristbands who cannot return this Thursday can get a full refund by mailing them to the Rapid Speedway at 400 S. Tama St., Rock Rapids, IA 51246.
The Iron Man Challenge featuring Holley USRA Stock Cars and Out-Pace USRA B-Mods will also be in action for the Dave Mulder Memorial, along with Cook Racing Supplies USRA Hobby Stocks. The show will kick off with a feature race for the Iron Man Stock Cars that was rained out June 1 and again last Friday.
In the nine previous USMTS events held at the Lyons County Fairgrounds, only Rodney Sanders has visited victory lane twice. Other former winners here include Cade Dillard, Cory Crapser, Zack VanderBeek, Jason Krohn, Jon Tesch and Kelly Shryock.
The pits open at 5 p.m., spectator gates open at 5:30, hot laps begin at 7 and the first heat race hits the track at 7:30. Grandstand tickets are $20 for adults, $12 for teens and free for children 6 and under. A pit pass is $25.
The Rapid Speedway is a semi-banked 3/8-mile dirt oval located 0.5 mile east of US 75 on SR 9, then 0.5 mile south on South Tama St. (400 S. Tama St., Rock Rapids, IA 51246). For more information, call (712) 470-1850 or (712) 472-3742 or visit www.rockrapidsspeedway.com online.
FAYETTE COUNTY SPEEDWAY – Friday’s show at the Fayette County Speedway in West Union, Iowa, will be the sixth visit by the USMTS since 2007 when Jason Krohn won the inaugural event here.
Jake Neal picked up his first and only USMTS victory the following year, and Ryan Gustin won here in 2009. Zack VanderBeek got the win here in 2016 and Gustin became the first two-time winner of this event last year.
Presented by KAR Auto Group of Decorah, the Iron Man Challenge featuring Holley USRA Stock Cars and Out-Pace USRA B-Mods will join the action. Cook Racing Supplies USRA Hobby Stocks are on the card too, and competing in their Season Championship event.
The pit gate opens at 4 p.m., grandstands open at 4:30, hot laps begin at 7 and racing starts at 7:30. Spectator tickets are $20 for those ages 12 and older. Kids ages 11 and under get in free with a paid adult. Pit passes are $30.
Coupons good for $2 off adult admission available at Casey's General Stores locations in Clermont, Decorah, Fairbank, Fredericksburg, Maynard, Monona , Oelwein, Ossian, Postville, Strawberry Point, Sumner, Tripoli and West Union. To find the location nearest you, visit www.caseys.com.
Zack VanderBeek and his Oreo-sponsored USMTS Modified will be at the Casey’s General Store located at 102 E. Bradford in West Union from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. to meet ‘n’ greet fans.
The Fayette County Speedway is a semi-banked 3/8-mile clay oval located 0.9 mile south of US 18 on SR 150, then 0.1 mile east on SR 56 (Vine St.). For more information, call (563) 422-5202 or (563) 422-5286 or visit www.fayettecountyspeedway.net online.
DEER CREEK SPEEDWAY – On Saturday, it's another colossal clash at the high-banked Deer Creek Speedway in Spring Valley, Minn., for the 13th Annual USMTS Labor Day Duel.
The USMTS Modifieds will share the spotlight with the Iron Man Challenge featuring Holley USRA Stock Cars and Out-Pace USRA B-Mods plus Wissota Street Stocks.
Kelly Shryock won the first-ever race here on May 25, 2002, while the most recent winner—Dustin Sorensen—garnered his career-first USMTS victory here in May. Shryock is second on the all-time list with 10 wins behind Jason Hughes, who has a series-best 14 career victories at ‘The Creek.’
Rodney Sanders has collected eight checkered flags here and Ryan Gustin has seven. Tim Donlinger and Terry Phillips each have five wins while Jason Cummins and Brad Waits have four apiece. Cade Dillard, Zack VanderBeek, Joey Jensen and Brandon Davis have each won three times. Two-time winners include Corey Dripps, Jason Krohn, Ryan Ruter, Stormy Scott and Lucas Schott.
Drivers who have visited victory lane here one time include Mark Noble, Steve Wetzstein, Darin Walker, Tony Fraise, Dan Daniels, Chad Kinder, Mark Burgtorf, Brad McEwan, Randy Timms, Dean Mahlstedt, Tommy Myer, Mike Sorensen, Mike Spaulding, Dan Chapman, Les Duellman, Mike Hejna, Steve Arpin, Jon Tesch, Jordan Grabouski, Jeremy Payne, Craig Thatcher, Tommy Weder Jr. and Dustin Sorensen.
Adult general admission tickets are $20 and kids ages 12 and under get in for $5. Pit passes are $35 for adults, students (6-15) are $20 and kids 5 and under are $5.
The pit gate opens at 2 p.m. and grandstands open at 2:30. Hot laps begin at 5:30 and racing starts at 6 p.m. Slingshots will be racing at 3 p.m. on Button Buck Speedway.
Race fans can pick up coupons good for $2 off adult admission at Casey’s General Stores locations in Austin, Blooming Prairie, Dodge Center, Hayfield, Mantorville, Oronoco, Preston, Rochester, Spring Valley and Stewartville plus the Cresco, Lime Springs, Osage, Riceville and St. Ansgar locations in Iowa. To find the location nearest you, visit www.caseys.com.
Corey Crapser and his No. 07 Snickers-sponsored USMTS Modified will be at the Casey’s General Store located at 735 N. Broadway Ave. in Spring Valley to meet ‘n’ greet fans from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
The Deer Creek Speedway is a 3/8-mile high-banked clay oval is located 11.3 miles south of I-90 (exit 209) on US 63 or 0.7 mile north of SR 16 in Spring Valley, Minn. (25262 US Hwy 63, Spring Valley, MN 55975). For more info, call 877-327-7223 or (507) 346-2342 on race day or visit www.deercreekspeedway.com online.
CRESCO SPEEDWAY – The stars and cars of the USMTS will invade the Cresco Speedway in Cresco, Iowa, on Sunday for the 16th Annual USMTS Cresco Bowl and the next-to-last event in the Hunt for the USMTS Casey’s Cup powered by Summit.
This will be the 23rd time the USMTS has churned the clay at the Mighty Howard County Fairgrounds.
The Iron Man Challenge featuring Holley USRA Stock Cars and Out-Pace USRA B-Mods will also be in action, along with Cook Racing Supplies USRA Hobby Stocks.
Mike Spaulding won the first-ever race here in 2002 and Jason Hughes grabbed his second Cresco Bowl last year. In between, the checkered flag has waved for Kelly Shryock nine times, twice for Jason Krohn and Al Hejna, and once for Alan Mondus, Zack VanderBeek and Corey Dripps.
The pit gate opens at 4 p.m., grandstands open for seating at 5, hot laps begin at 6 and the first race hits the track at 6:30. Grandstand admission is $20 for adults (18 and older), $10 for teens (13-17) and free for kids 12 & under.
Coupons good for $2 off adult admission available at Casey's General Stores locations in Cresco, Decorah, Fredericksburg, Lime Springs, New Hampton, Ossian and Riceville plus the Preston location in Minnesota. To find the location nearest you, visit www.caseys.com.
‘Big Daddy’ Joe Duvall and his No. 91 Spike Hardcore Energy-sponsored USMTS Modified will be at the Casey’s General Store located at 601 2nd Ave. SW in Cresco to meet ‘n’ greet fans from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Event sponsors include Precision Overhead Door, South Side Bar & Grill, Harvey’s Used Cars, Dean’s Body Shop, Phil’s Lawn Service, Bruening Recycling, Cresco Building Service and Balk Lime & Construction.
The Cresco Speedway is a semi-banked 4/10-mile clay oval located 2 blocks north of SR 9 on SW 7th. Race day info is available by calling (563) 547-3400 or at www.mhcfair.com.
ONE MORE FOR THE ROAD – The 2018 USMTS national champion will emerge following the final points race in the USMTS Hunt for the Casey’s Cup during the first night of the 20th Annual Featherlite Fall Jamboree on Thursday, Sept. 20, back at the Deer Creek Speedway.
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