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Remembering Grant Junghans

In the 21-year history of the USMTS, we have met no man who epitomizes the fighting spirit and lust for life that all men should hope to obtain. They say you can't make everybody happy, but Grant Junghans came as close to debunking that saying as anybody.

The 4th Annual Grant Junghans Memorial will happen on Saturday, November 16, at the 81 Speedway in Park City, Kansas, as part of a big doubleheader weekend that kicks off on Friday, November 15, with the 3rd Annual Chisholm Trail Showdown.

Memorializing one of the most popular USMTS racers ever, the Grant Junghans Memorial will once again pay $10,002 to the winner while every main event starter will earn at least $1,202.

The racing world lost Grant Junghans on March 12, 2016, after a courageous six year battle with a rare form of neuroendocrine cancer. The Grant Junghans Memorial race is an opportunity for his family, friends, fans and fellow competitors to remember the good times and racing memories shared in his 27 years with us.

Junghans was first diagnosed with cancer in February of 2010. Despite on-again off-again chemotherapy treatments and numerous surgeries, he never lost his sense of humor, fighting spirit or natural-born tendency to be decent to others.

He was also the 2009 USMTS Rookie of the Year and that award has since been renamed in his honor.

Lucas Schott topped the inaugural Grant Junghans Memorial in 2016, Rodney Sanders took home the trophy in 2017 and Jake O’Neil claimed the title last year.

This year's event is even more special as the race will take place on the eve of Grant’s birthday. It’s also the first year that the race will be hosted by the 81 Speedway.

“C. Ray Hall has done a great job at 81 Speedway,” said USMTS President Todd Staley. “One of our closest finishes of the season happened here to kick off the Hunt for the Casey's Cup when Terry Phillips nipped Dereck Ramirez at the line.”

In addition to the top prize of $10,002, Non-qualifiers will take home no less than $152 for a single day’s work. Long Tow Awards of $500, $400, $300, $200 and $200 will be awarded. Heat races will pay $100, $75, $50 and $25 to the top four, respectively, and dozens of other cash prizes and contingencies will also be up for grabs.

Friday’s Chisholm Trail Showdown will pay $3,000 to win and $250 to start the main event. This show is separate from Saturday’s Grant Junghans Memorial with NCRA, USMTS and/or USRA rules in effect for Modified competitors.

In addition to the world's best in open-wheel dirt modified racing, the USMTS warriors will be joined by B-Mods both nights. B-Mods will be racing for $500 to win and $75 to start on Friday. On Saturday night, B-Mods will battle for $1,002 to win and $122 to start the feature.

For every grandstand ticket and pit pass sold, $5 will go to the Grant Junghans Memorial Fund which supports research and funding for childhood cancer. Also, $25 from each entry received will go to the fund. Last year more than $20,000 was raised.

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 15
Pits Open 3:00 p.m.
Grandstands Open 5:00 p.m.
Drivers Meeting 5:30 p.m.
Racing at 6:00 p.m.
Tickets $20
Juniors (12-16) and Seniors (65+) $15
Kids (6-11) $5
5 & Under FREE
Pit Pass $35

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 16
Pits Open 2:00 p.m.
Grandstands Open 3:00 p.m.
Drivers Meeting 4:30 p.m.
Racing at 5:00 p.m.
Tickets $25
Juniors (12-16) and Seniors (65+) $20
Kids (6-11) $10
5 & Under FREE
Pit Pass $40

Friends of dirt track racing that have stepped up to support this event include A&A Electric & Underground, Malvern Bank, MB Customs Race Cars, Mel Hambelton Ford, Park City, Ramirez Motorsports, Rancho Milagro, Real Racing Wheels, Rick Beebe Heating & Air Conditioning, Shell Oil and Shop Quik Convenience Stores.

Lap sponsors for the 50-lap main event include A One Automotive, Aceco Rental & Sales, AJ's Café, BMJ Enterprises, Broadway Truck & Auto, Caney Valley Speedway, Designs Unlimited, Dirt Life Illustrated, Dirt Monthly Magazine, Doherty Brothers Construction, Duvall Electric, FYE Motorsports, GW Performance, Hacienda Mechanical, Hass Horizontal, Hoker Trucking, Hughes Racing Chassis, Humboldt Speedway, Mesilla Valley Transportation, Mississippi Thunder Speedway, Monarch Motor Speedway, MSRMafia.com, New Point Lighting & Design, Nick, Larry and Blonde Bomber, OFI Performance, RaceKnowHow.com, Roy and Becky Thackery, S&S Fishing & Rental, SouthernStockyards.com in memory of John Stand, Vado Speedway Park, VanderBuilt Race Cars/Gresham Services and Wichita Tank Racing.

Every lap of every race both nights will be covered live by RacinDirt.TV – the authority on digital dirt racing drama.



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