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2014 MISSISSIPPI THUNDER SPEEDWAY CHAMPIONSHIP AWARDS BANQUET
Sat. Dec 6th
Riverport Inn & Suites
900 Bruski Dr.
Winona, Mn 55987
Tickets may be reserved in advance by calling Bob Timm at 507-429-9639.
$15 12 & under
DJ and Music to follow Awards Ceremony!
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ALTA, Iowa (June 14) – The USMTS Casey’s General Stores National Tour is back in action this week with a mouth-watering line-up of events showcasing the premier dirt modified drivers in America.
Featuring an exciting mix of familiar venues, as well as several new locales, the on-track action is certain to satisfy every race fan's hunger for speed and wheel-to-wheel competition.
On Wednesday, June 16, the series invades the Buena Vista Raceway in Alta, Iowa, for the 3rd Annual Cookies Sauces & Seasonings Battle at the Beaver.
Last August at BVR, Jason Hughes and Kelly Shryock waged an epic battle that saw Hughes take the checkered flag while Shryock went on to capture his ninth USMTS national title. Al Hejna won the June event last year and Shryock emerged victorious in the 2008 show.
NASCAR veteran and SPEED Channel broadcaster Kenny Wallace will be competing against the USMTS mud-slingers in his own Federated Auto Parts modified and signing autographs for the fans during intermission.
Pit gates will open at 5 p.m., grandstands open at 6, hot laps begin at 6:30 and the first heat race is scheduled to take the green flag at 7 p.m. Also on the racing card will be IMCA Stock Cars, IMCA SportMods, IMCA Hobby Stocks, Bombers and Sport Compacts.
Race fans can pick up $2-off coupons on Thursday at Casey's General Stores locations in Alta, Aurelia and Storm Lake. To find the Casey's location nearest you, check out www.caseys.com online.
The Buena Vista Raceway is a 3/8-mile semi-banked dirt oval located 0.5 mile east of CR M31 on SR 7 (at the Buena Vista County Fairgrounds). For more information, call 712-664-2662 or 712-284-2561 or visit www.buenavistaraceway.com.
Wednesday’s event will be the first of 8 races over the course of 11 days at 11 of the finest dirt track facilities in the region:
Wed Jun 16 … Buena Vista Raceway, Alta, IA (3rd Annual Battle at the Beaver)
Thu Jun 17 ... Huset’s Speedway, Brandon, SD (5th Annual Event)
Sat Jun 19 ... Scotland County Speedway, Memphis, MO (7th Annual Mid-America Nationals)
Mon Jun 21 ... Fairmont Raceway, Fairmont, MN (3rd Annual Event)
Tue Jun 22 ... Mineral City Speedway, Fort Dodge, IA (4th Annual Fort Dodge Modified Nationals)
Wed Jun 23 ... I-35 Speedway, Mason City, IA (2nd Annual Event)
Thu Jun 24 ... Redwood Speedway, Redwood Falls, MN (Inaugural Event)
Fri Jun 25 ... Mississippi Thunder Speedway, Fountain City, WI (8th Annual Event)
Some of the drivers expected to run all or most of this swing are Yeager Machine Upper Midwest Region points leader Kelly Shryock, Farm Boy BBQ Central States Region and Dart Great Plains Regions points leader Ryan Gustin, Tommy Myer, Jon Tesch, Zack VanderBeek, Rodney Sanders, Tim Donlinger, Corey Dripps, Al Hejna, Dereck Ramirez, Steve Holzkamper, Bumper Jones, Johnny Scott, Ryan Ruter, Mike Hansen, Ryan Dolan, Chase Junghans, Grant Junghans, Colt Mather, Mike Steensma, Tommy Weder Jr., Joel Alberts, Mike Albertsen, Jason Cummins, Brandon Davis, Nick Deal, Scott Dickey, Mark Dotson, Matt Dotson, Mark Elliott, Don Gerritsen Jr., Doug Hillson, Jason Krohn, Jeff Larson, Zach Less, Jim Mathieson, Tom Paulson, Ryan Peckham, Josh Reisch, Lucas Schott, Mike Sorensen, Bobby Swanson, Nate Wasmund and Steve Wetzstein.
Steven Whiteaker Jr. (Corpus Christi, TX) and Shane Hebert (Lafayette, LA) will be making their first trips north to run with the USMTS during this whole swing.
Rodney Sanders (Happy, TX), Bumper Jones (Las Cruces, NM) and Johnny Scott (Las Cruces, NM) were all up north for the Memorial Day Weekend swing and are returning this week. Jones and Sanders are ranked 8th and 10th, respectively, in the Yeager Machine Upper Midwest Region points while Scott is 5th in the Farm Boy BBQ Central States Region standings.
Scott, who leads both the DandyLand Farms Rookie of the Year points for the USMTS Casey’s General Stores National Tour and the “Just Say Yes” Rookie of the Year points in the USMTS Castle Rock Recruiting Southern Series, won the last two races of the 4th Annual USMTS Southern Speedweek this past Saturday and Sunday.
Some others you might see are Josh Angst, Andy Bohnstengel, Dan Bohr, Troy Cordes, Jacob Dahle, Michael Darnall, Chris Gilbertson, Jay Ihrke, Michael Long, Darrell Nelson, Kevin Pittman, Jeff Schluetter, Mark Schulte, Chris Spieker, Bob Timm, Josh Truman, Mark Van Winkle, Mike Weidemann and David Wietholder.
A whopping $16,000 winner’s share of the purse is possible during the 11-day stretch. Each of the eight events will pay a minimum of $2,000 to win and $250 to start the main event with more than $100,000 in total prize money up for grabs.
To learn more about the United States Modified Touring Series, visit www.usmts.com online or call 515-832-7944. You can also follow the USMTS on Facebook, MySpace, Twitter and YouTube.
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USMTS TITLE SPONSORS: Casey’s General Stores, Castle Rock Recruiting.
USMTS OFFICIAL SPONSORS: American Racer Racing Tires, AwesomeRacesuits.com, GoPro, Intercomp, Karl Chevrolet, Kevko Oil Pans & Components, New Vision Graphics, Nitroquest, RACEceiver.
USMTS PARTICIPATING SPONSORS: Allstar Performance, Arnold Motor Supply, ASi Racewear, Bear Tire, Big Dog Chassis & Fabrication, BRODIX Cylinder Heads, Cagle Motorsports, DandyLand Farms, Day Motor Sports, Dirt Track Racing School, Dirthead.com, Falcon Wind Power, Farm Boy BBQ Sauce, Gressel Oil Field Service, Intensitee Custom Racewear, Just Say Yes, Karl Performance Parts, Olympic Fire Protection, Ramirez Race Cars, Ruter Farms, WIX Filters, Yeager Machine.
USMTS CONTINGENCY SPONSORS: AFCO Racing Products, Ai-Racing, Belleville Motorsports, ButlerBuilt Professional Seat Systems, COMP Cams, Dart Machinery, Dynatech Racing Exhaust, Eibach Springs, Fast Shafts, Forty9Designs.com, GRT Race Cars, Hooker Harness, Hypercoil Springs, Isky Racing Cams, KSE Racing Products, Marsh Racing Wheels, Out-Pace Racing Products, PBM Performance Products, Quarter Master, QuickTime Inc, Real Racing Wheels, RHS – Racing Head Service, Schoenfeld Headers, US Brake, Willy’s Carburetor & Dyno Shop, WIX Filters.
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United States Modified Touring Series, Inc. (USMTS)
P.O. Box 905
Webster City, IA 50595