WICHITA, Kan. (Aug. 3)--The Summit USMTS National Championship fueled by Casey’s embarks on a titanic three-day excursion this week with stops at three of the most exciting and popular dirt ovals in Kansas and Missouri.
Action gets going Thursday at the 81 Speedway in Park City, Kansas, followed by the 14th Annual USMTS Summer Fling at the Humboldt Speedway in Humboldt, Kansas, on Friday. The weekend concludes Saturday with the 11th Annual USMTS Slick Mist Show-Me Shootout presented by Foley Equipment at the Lucas Oil Speedway in Wheatland, Missouri.
81 Speedway this Thursday:FOE Enterprises, LLC, announced the purchase of the 65-year-old 81 Speedway last December and the new owners, including promoter John Allen, have been busy ever since as they remake the family destination with countless improvements including new stadium seating and other enhancements.
The changes were evident and welcomed when the 3/8-mile clay oval visited here June 4. Driving a second Hughes Chassis out of the Ramirez Motorsports stable, Ryan Gustin raced to his 103rd career victory.
It was Gustin’s third victory at the 81 Speedway but defending USMTS national champion Rodney Sanders leads all competitors with five career wins here including last November’s Chisholm Trail Showdown. That same weekend at the end of the 2019 campaign, Jacob Bleess captured the Grant Junghans Memorial to put a bow on a long and illustrious leadership of the facility by C. Ray Hall and his family.
Jason Hughes and Jeremy Payne are two-time winners at 81 Speedway while Stormy Scott, Cade Dillard, Jon Mitchell, Johnny Scott, Zack VanderBeek and Terry Phillips have one victory apiece.
Alternative Pest Management USRA Modifieds (show up points), USRA B-Mods, AutoTech Service Street Stocks and Mod Lites and are also on the card with pits opening at 4 p.m. and grandstands at 5:30. Hot laps begin at 7 and racing gets underway at 7:30.
General admission tickets are $20 for adults while seniors and members of the military are just $18. Kids ages 10 and under get in for free. Pit passes for those ages 11 and older are $35 while youth ages 5-10 are $15. Children ages 4 and under are admitted to the pits at no charge.
The 81 Speedway is located north of Wichita on I-135 to exit 16, then 0.7 mile west on 77th St. The physical address is 7700 N Broadway, Park City, KS 67219. For more information call (316) 755-1781 or visitrace81speedway.com. You can also follow them onFacebook,Instagram andTwitter.
Humboldt Speedway fires Friday:When the Humboldt Speedway hosts the 14th Annual Summer Fling @ The Bullring it will be the 53rd feature race for the USMTS at the 1/4-mile semi-banked clay oval.
Nineteen different drivers have tasted victory at ‘The Hummer’ since Johnny Bone Jr. won the inaugural event here on June 28, 2000, but the all-time wins leader is Jason Hughes with 13 trips to victory lane here.
Stormy Scott has been a winner at Humboldt six times while Kelly Shryock is a five-time winner, including the first King of America event in 2011, and Ryan Gustin got his fifth earlier this spring. Rodney Sanders has four wins here.
Bone is a two-time USMTS winner along with Terry Phillips, Jason Krohn, Johnny Scott and Zack VanderBeek. Drivers getting to the winner’s circle just once include Tim Donlinger, Jon Tesch, Steve Holzkamper, William Gould, Jeremy Payne, Mitch Keeter, Kyle Strickler, Lucas Schott and Ricky Thornton Jr., who was the most recent winner here more than a year ago at King of America IX.
The USMTS Modifieds will share the spotlight with Ray’s Metal Depot USRA B-Mods, Mod Lites and Midwest Mods. Gates open at 6 p.m. and qualifying begins at 8.
Grandstand tickets are $20 for adults while seniors age 65 and older are just $18. Kids ages 6-12 get in for $5 and a limited number of reserved seats are available for $25 each. Order tickets online athumboldtspeedway.com.
The Humboldt Speedway is a located 0.1 mile west of US 169 at the Humboldt Exit, then 0.5 mile south, then 0.9 mile east on Georgia Rd. The physical address is 1663 Georgia Rd, Humboldt, KS 66748. Follow onFacebook andTwitter to learn more.
Lucas Oil Speedway stars Saturday:After a spectacular mid-week show earlier this summer, the USMTS makes its traditional August return to Lucas Oil Speedway this Saturday.
The 11th annual Slick Mist Show-Me Shootout presented by Foley Equipment will headline a big night of action with $3,000 going to the winner of the feature. Also in action will be the Ozark Golf Cars USRA B-Mods, O'Reilly Auto Parts Street Stocks and American Racer USRA Stock Cars as a special guest class with a $400-to-win feature.
"The USRA Stock cars put on a good show when they were on the mid-week program with the USMTS back in June and we're excited to have them back," Lucas Oil Speedway General Manager Danny Lorton said. "Along with the B-Mods and Street Stocks, this will be an outstanding night of racing."
Tanner Mullens of Wichita, Kansas, earned his first career USMTS feature win at Lucas Oil Speedway on June 3, taking command when race leader Terry Phillips suffered a mechanical issue with four laps remaining. In the USRA Stock car main event, Doug Keller used a last-lap pass in turn four to overtake Bill Crimmins for the win.
Phillips, who is the all-time winningest driver in the history of the Lucas Oil MLRA, has 32 career USMTS victories the only two-time winner of this event.
Dereck Ramirez of Woodward, Oklahoma, earned the Show-Me Shootout victory at Lucas Oil Speedway one year ago. Ramirez has four series wins in 2020 and enters this week second in the championship chase, 114 points behind Rodney Sanders of Happy, Texas. Sanders has six feature wins this season, pushing his career total to 103 as he seeks a fourth USMTS national championship. Sanders won this event in 2019.
Stormy Scott won a thriller here in 2018 one year after the 2017 show was rained out. Zack VanderBeek, Johnny Scott, Ryan Gustin, Jeremy Payne, Jason Krohn and Kelly Shryock have also won with the USMTS at the Lucas Oil Speedway.
Gates open at 4 p.m. this Saturday with hot laps at 6:30 and racing at 7:05.
Along with regular ticket options, fans have the "Beat the Heat and Get a Suite" opportunity with individual tickets $40. Spectators can sit in air-conditioned comfort or view the action from seats outside, overlooking the front stretch. Contact admissions director Nichole McMillan (417) 282-5984 for more info.
Admission for adults ages 16-61 is $20 while seniors 62 and older and members of the military get in for just $17. Youth ages 6-15 are $10 and kids 5 and under are free. A family pass is only $40. Pit passes are $40. Individual suite tickets go for $40.
Complete Lucas Oil Speedway event information, archived race recaps, previews and driver features, along with ticket information and schedules can be found by visitinglucasoilspeedway.com. In addition, fans can get social onFacebook,Instagram andTwitter.
Lucas Oil Speedway is a 3/8-mile semi-banked clay oval located 0.2 mile south of US 54 on SR 83, then east. The physical address is 18842 Speedway Dr, Wheatland, MO 65779. A campground with shower and bathroom facilities is also available. With its entrance located just outside the pit gate this sprawling scenic camping facility will continue to enhance the racing experience at the Diamond of Dirt Tracks.
Lucas Oil Speedway is considered by fans, drivers and industry insiders to be one of the top five racing facilities in the nation. Located in Wheatland, Missouri, approximately an hour from Springfield, Missouri, and just an hour and a half from the Kansas City metro area, the "Diamond of Dirt Tracks" lives up to its title.
Twenty-one VIP luxury suites, HD Jumbo-Tron screen, stadium-style Musco Sports Lighting, a Bose Sound System, go-kart slick track, the Diamond Bar, Track Treasures Gift Shop, the best track food in the country and paved pits are a few of the spectacular amenities setting the Diamond of Dirt apart.
Bits ‘n’ Pieces:In the Summit USMTS National Championship fueled by Casey’s standings, Sanders leads Ramirez by 114 points (2149 to 2035), followed by Hughes (1915), Marriott (1761), VanderBeek (1741), Tyler Davis (1679), Calvin Iverson (1658), Phillips (1491), Casey Skyberg (1490) and Adam Kates (1398).
Davis holds a slim 21-point advantage over Iverson in the Grant Junghans USMTS Rookie of the Year standings with Skyberg, Tanner Mullens and Nathan Hagar completing the top five in rookie points heading into an August 6-8 tripleheader.
Currently, the 2020 schedule for the Summit USMTS National Championship fueled by Casey’s is highlighted by 44 nights of racing at 27 unique dirt ovals for the 22nd season of competition for the world’s Best of the Best in dirt modified racing.