Louisiana-Texas tripleheader in USMTS crosshairsTyler Davis (65) and Brooks Strength (444) are two of the top competitors expected this weekend, and both are Grant Junghans Rookie of the Year contenders.

Louisiana-Texas tripleheader in USMTS crosshairs

Delayed nearly five months due to the pandemic panic, the series will finally embark on a three-race adventure through Louisiana and Texas this Friday, Saturday and Sunday, September 11-13.

Friday finds the fire-breathing USMTS freaks at the Ark-La-Tex Speedway in Vivian, La., for the 8th Annual USMTS Cajun Clash presented by JE Pistons.

From there, it’s about a 40-minute commute to the Boothill Speedway in Greenwood, La., for Saturday’s 5th Annual USMTS I-20 Showdown presented by Champ Pans.

After a three-hour westbound drive on Sunday, the swing reaches the checkered flag at the RPM Speedway in Crandall, Texas, for the 2nd Annual USMTS North Texas Nationals presented by Penske Racing Shocks.

Ark-La-Tex Speedway – Vivian, Louisiana
8th Annual USMTS Cajun Clash presented by JE Pistons
Friday, September 11, 2020

Featured Divisions:
• Summit USMTS National Championship fueled by Casey’s
• Sunoco USRA Factory Stocks
• USRA Limited Mods
• Ark-La-Tex ProMods

• Pits Open 4:00 p.m.
• Grandstands 5:00 p.m.
• Hot Laps 7:00 p.m.
• Racing 7:30 p.m.

• General Admission $20
• Juniors (12-16) & Seniors (62+) $18
• Youth (6-11) $5
• Kids 5 & Under FREE
• Pit Pass - Adult (11+) $35
• Pit Pass - Youth (6-10) $20
• Kids 5 & Under Free

• Track Configuration: 3/8-Mile Semi-Banked Clay Oval
• Physical Address: 13035 Boyter Ln, Vivian, LA 71082
• Driving Directions: 0.6 mile south of SR 2 on SR 1, then 0.7 mile west on Airport Rd., then 2.2 miles south on Boyter Ln. (ESR)

Past USMTS winners at Ark–La–Tex Speedway:
• June 5, 2008 – Duke Whiseant
• June 11, 2009 – Jason Hughes
• June 13, 2010 – Johnny Scott
• March 16, 2013 – Chris Henigan
• March 22, 2014 – Chris Henigan
• Nov. 6, 2014 – Cade Dillard
• Nov. 7, 2014 – Rodney Sanders
• Nov. 8, 2014 – Kelly Shryock
• Feb. 25, 2016 – Stormy Scott
• Feb. 26, 2016 – Ryan Gustin
• Feb. 27, 2016 – Jake Gallardo
• March 2, 2017 – Johnny Scott
• March 3, 2017 – Cade Dillard
• March 4, 2017 – Cade Dillard

Boothill Speedway – Greenwood, Louisiana
5th Annual USMTS I-20 Showdown presented by Champ Pans
Saturday, September 12, 2020

Featured Divisions:
• Summit USMTS National Championship fueled by Casey’s
• Frazier Accounting Crate Late Models
• Granger Equipment Factory Stocks
• Limited Modifieds
• FWDs

• Pits Open 4:00 p.m.
• Grandstands 6:00 p.m.
• Hot Laps 7:00 p.m.
• Racing 7:30 p.m.

• General Admission $20
• Youth (6-11) $5
• Kids 5 & Under FREE
• Cooler Charge $10 (48 qt or less)
• Pit Pass $35

• Track Configuration: 1/3-Mile Semi-Banked Clay Oval
• Physical Address: 9144 Daytona Dr, Greenwood, LA 71033
• Driving Directions: West of Shreveport on I-20 to Carthage-Morningsport exit #3, then 0.2 mile north, then east on McGee Rd.

Past USMTS winners at Boothill Speedway:
• July 29, 2007 – Jason Hughes
• April 26, 2009 – Jack Sullivan
• June 14, 2009 – Jason Hughes
• March 25, 2011 – Kelly Shryock
• March 17, 2013 – Stormy Scott

RPM Speedway – Crandall, Texas
2nd Annual USMTS North Texas Nationals presented by Penske Racing Shocks
Sunday, September 13, 2020

Featured Divisions:
• Summit USMTS National Championship fueled by Casey’s
• Sunoco USRA Factory Stocks
• USRA Limited Mods
• USRA Tuners

• Pits Open 3:00 p.m.
• Grandstands 4:00 p.m.
• Hot Laps 6:00 p.m.
• Racing 6:30 p.m.

• General Admission $20
• Seniors (62+) and Military $15
• Youth (6-12) $10
• Kids 5 & Under FREE
• Pit Pass $35
• Kids 5 & Under $15

• Track Configuration: 1/4-Mile Semi-Banked Dirt Oval
• Physical Address: 1267 Co Rd 4106, Crandall, TX 75114
• Driving Directions: Southeast of Crandall on US 175 E to CR 4106 (Bud Stoy Rd. exit) to the intersection of CR 4104.

Past USMTS winners at RPM Speedway:
• March 15, 2013 – Rodney Sanders
• June 28, 2013 – Johnny Scott

Sanders marching toward fourth title: Except for one week, Rodney Sanders led the points from start to finish in 2019 en route to capturing his third USMTS National Championship. Fast forward to 2020 and it’s déjà vu all over again.

The 30-year-old from Happy, Texas, won the first race of the 2020 campaign in the USMTS debut at the I-37 Speedway in Pleasanton, Texas, on February 28. After two races he was clinging to a one-point lead over Jason Hughes but a victory in the third race of the year set him on course to lead the points standings through today with just eight points races remaining.

In addition to the national points battle, ‘The Rocket’ leads in victory lane visits with nine wins this season and 233 feature laps as the leader. Sanders also tops the season-long FK Rod Ends Hard Charger standings. To date, he has passed 128 cars in 32 main events.

Sanders needs to average a fifth-place finish going forward—even if his closest pursuer, Dereck Ramirez, wins all eight of the remaining races—to tie Jason Hughes with a fourth USMTS crown. Only Ramirez and Hughes are still mathematically in the hunt for the 2020 title.

Summit USMTS National Championship fueled by Casey’s
Points standings as of Sept. 9, 2020

1. 20 Rodney Sanders, Happy, Texas … 2,851 (9 wins)
2. 4R Dereck Ramirez, Woodward, Okla. … 2,689 (5 wins)
3. 12 Jason Hughes, Watts, Okla. … 2,547
4. 33Z Zack VanderBeek, New Sharon, Iowa … 2,298 (1 win)
5. 65 Tyler Davis, Haysville, Kan. … 2,195
6. 75 Terry Phillips, Springfield, Mo. … 2,193 (3 wins)
7. 02 Tanner Mullens, Wichita, Kan. … 2,011 (4 wins)
8. 6 Casey Skyberg, Rapid City, S.D. … 1,990
9. 62 Hunter Marriott, Brookfield, Mo. … 1,976 (2 wins)
10. 23 Adam Kates, Tonganoxie, Kan. … 1,881
Other winners:
0 Jake O'Neil, Tucson, Ariz. (1 win)
19 Dustin Sorensen, Rochester, Minn. (1 win)
69 Lucas Schott, Chatfield, Minn. (1 win)
4X Ryan Gustin, Marshalltown, Iowa (2 wins)
20J Jason Ingalls, Longview, TX (1 win)
56 Tony Jackson Jr., Lebanon, MO (1 win)
4 Bo Day, Greenville, TX (1 win)

2020 campaign nears completion: With the recent cancellation of the Southern Dirt Track Championship at the Texas Motor Speedway Dirt Track, the USMTS lost another stop due to COVID-19. Now, following the Sept. 11-13 tripleheader through Louisiana and Texas, just two events and five nights of action remain.

Another victim of the China-born virus that invaded America, the 22nd Annual Featherlite Fall Jamboree presented by Chevrolet Performance has been shortened to two days instead of three. The mega-event takes place Friday and Saturday, Sept. 25-26, at the Deer Creek Speedway in Spring Valley, Minn.

The 2020 USMTS national champion will emerge from the 2nd Annual Summit Southern Nationals presented by Super Clean at the RPM Speedway in Crandall, Texas, on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, Nov. 5-7.

For those who sadly cannot join the USMTS in person, every event can be experienced live with a Pit Pass on RacinDirt.TV

Currently, the 2020 schedule for the Summit USMTS National Championship fueled by Casey’s is highlighted by 40 nights of racing at 25 unique dirt ovals for the 22nd season of competition for the world’s Best of the Best in dirt modified racing.

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USMTS OFFICIAL SPONSORS: American Racer Racing Tires, Casey’s, Chevrolet Performance, Compstar Performance Engine Components by Callies, CP-Carrillo, Dirt Draft, Eibach, Fast Shafts, FK Rod Ends, Intercomp, Jerovetz Motorsports Racing Parts, K1 RaceGear by Ryan Bowers Motorsports, KS Engineering, KSE Racing Products, Malvern Bank, Mesilla Valley Transportation, MSD Performance, MTN DEW Zero Sugar, MyRacePass, Nitroquest Media, PEM Racing Gears & Drivetrain,, Snickers, Summit Racing Equipment, Super Clean, VP Racing Fuels, Wrisco Industries.

USMTS PARTICIPATING SPONSORS: Boubin Tire & Automotive, Brodix Cylinder Heads, Duvall Electric, Eagle Moon Farm, JE Pistons, Miller Welders, PBM Performance Products, Rancho Milagro Racing, Rivers Edge Scrap Management, Tony Moro Powder Coat, Top of the World Ranch,

USMTS CONTINGENCY SPONSORS: AFCO Racing Products, Allstar Performance, Beyea Headers, BigDeal Car Care, Brown & Miller Racing Solutions, Bryke Racing, BSB Manufacturing, Champ Pans, Deatherage Opticians, Edelbrock, Forty9 Designs, Genesis Racing Shocks, Hooker Harness, Integra Racing Shocks and Springs, Keyser Manufacturing, Maxima Racing Oils, Penske Racing Shocks, QA1,, Real Racing Wheels, Simpson Performance Products, Swift Springs, Sybesma Graphics, Tire Demon, Wehrs Machine & Race Products, Wilwood Racing.

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