Tri-State Speedway latest weather victim; USMTS championship down to Friday-Saturday

Tri-State Speedway latest weather victim; USMTS championship down to Friday-Saturday

Mother Nature took another bite out of championship weekend for the Summit USMTS National Championship fueled by Casey’s on Wednesday with the cancellation of Thursday’s inaugural King of the Ring at the Tri-State Speedway in Pocola, Okla.

“With the rain today, the weather forecast holding true and with more rain expected on Thursday, with cold temperatures, the Modster Mash and King of the Ring at Tri-State Speedway has been cancelled,” said the track’s media coordinator Rob Nugent. “With drivers and fans coming from all over the country, we wanted to be as proactive as possible.”

Championship weekend—also known as the Modster Mash—was shortened from four races to three yesterday when the Dallas County Speedway canceled Wednesday’s event due to excessive rain.

Now, with the Thursday’s show being canceled at the popular Tri-State Speedway in Pocola, Okla., the final two races of the 2021 season for the USMTS will take place this Friday and Saturday in the Sunflower State.

On Friday, October 29, the USMTS returns to the Lakeside Speedway in Kansas City, Kan., for the 6th Annual Grant Junghans Memorial presented by Mel Hambelton Ford which currently carries a top prize of $12,002 with a minimum of $1,402 to start the main event.

USRA B-Mod competitors will also be in action with racers battling for valuable Summit USRA Weekly Racing Series national points and $2,222 to win.

Ricky Thornton Jr. is the defending champion of the Grant Junghans Memorial. Other winners include Jacob Bleess (2019), Jake O'Neil (2018), Rodney Sanders (2017) and Lucas Schott (2016). Bleess’ win came at the 81 Speedway while the others happened at the Lakeside Speedway.

As it has since the beginning, this year’s event will raise money for the Grant Junghans Memorial Fund which supports research and funding for childhood cancer in honor of the late racer from Manhattan, Kan.

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Then on Saturday, October 30, the crowning of the 2021 USMTS national champion will take place after the checkered flag waves at the 2nd Annual USMTS Modified Spook-tacular at the 81 Speedway in Park City, Kan. The race winner will pocket no less than $10,030.

The Chunky Poodle USRA B-Mods will also be in action racing for $1,031 to win.

Trick-or-treating for the kids will happen from 2-3 p.m. with a free Halloween Walk through the pits. Grandstands open at 3:30, hot laps begin at 5:15 and racing gets underway at 6.

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If you can’t be there in person, each night will be broadcast live at

Taking dirt to a new level: The Summit USMTS National Championship fueled by Casey’s currently features 33 nights of racing with the winners of those main events set to take home over $300,000 in earnings from more than $1 million in prize money earmarked for the 2021 campaign.

Most main events pay at least $10,000 to win while the others carry a $5,000 top prize or more. And if that weren’t enough, more than $200,000 is committed to the top ten finishers in the 2021 points standings with a record $70,000 reserved for the 2021 USMTS national champion.

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