Crossing the river: USMTS invades Mississippi Feb. 24-26
The United States Modified Touring Series will trek into Mississippi for the first time since 2008 with a trio of events at three of the most popular dirt track venues in the Magnolia State.
The USMTS Southern Series competed at the Pike County Speedway in 2008 with Jason Hughes getting the victory, but this will be the first time in MIssissippi for the national tour.
The tireless USMTS touring titans take their battle to the home turf of the region’s top dirt modified racers, with the three shows doling out $3,000 to the main event to each winner in the Summit Racing USMTS Southern Region presented by Production Jars points battle.
Action kicks off on Friday, Feb. 24, at the Jackson Motor Speedway in Byram.
Pit gates open at 4 p.m., grandstands open at 5, hot laps at 6:30 and racing at 7 p.m. Grandstand are $20, seniors and military get in for $15, kids ages 7-12 are $10 and children ages 6 and under are free. Pit passes are $35 or $20 for kids ages 7-12.
In addition to the USMTS Modifieds, the event will also feature Limited Mods, Nesmith Crate Late Models and Factory Stocks.
The Jackson Motor Speedway is a semi-banked 1/4-mile dirt oval located south of Jackson on I-55 to exit 85 (Byram), then 0.7 mile east on Siwel Rd. to Old Byram Rd., then 0.4 mile north, then east (5448 Old Byram Rd., Byram, MS 39272).
For more information call (601) 373-0076 or check out the track’s website at www.jacksonmotorspeedway.net. You can also follow them on Facebook at www.facebook.com/jacksonmotorspeedway, Twitter at www.twitter.com/jmspeedway and Instagram at www.instagram.com/jacksonmotorspeedway.
On Saturday, Feb. 25, the Whynot Motorsports Park in Meridian rolls out the red carpet at the historic ‘House of Hook.’
Pits gates open at 12 noon and grandstands opening at 3 p.m. Hot laps begin at 5 p.m. and the first heat race gets the green flag at 6 p.m. Spectator admission is $20 for adults, $10 for kids ages 6-12 and free for children ages 5 and under. Pit passes are $35 for adults, $15 for kids ages 6-12 and free for children 5 and under.
A full racing card is slated with the rugged USMTS road warriors being joined by Limited Mods, Nesmith Crate Late Models ($1,000 to win), Nesmith Street Stocks, Nesmith Late Model Sportsmans, Factory Stocks and Hot Shots/Stingers.
The Holiday Inn in Meridian is the Official Host Hotel of Whynot Motorsports Park. Located at 100 N. Frontage Rd. in Meridian, call (601) 693-0160 and ask for the Whynot Motorsports Park Rate of $83 per night.
The Whynot Motorsports Park is a semi-banked 3/10-mile dirt oval located at 4773 JW Reynolds Road in Meridian, Mississippi 39301 (intersection of JW Reynolds Rd. and Old Hwy. 19 Southeast). For questions please call Phillip Hathcock at (205) 965-3070 or Rodney Wing at (601) 527-0084. The track’s website can be found at www.whynotmotorsportspark.com. You can also follow them on Facebook at www.facebook.com/whynotmotorsportspark, Twitter at www.twitter.com/Whynotracing1 and Instagram at www.instagram.com/whynot_motorsports_park.
Turn off that television because the only real racing anywhere on Sunday, Feb. 26, will be found at the Greenville Speedway in Greenville, Miss.
Pit gates open at 1 p.m. and grandstands open at 4, followed by hot laps and racing at approximately 5:30 p.m. Adult spectator admission is $20, kids ages 6-14 are $5 and children 5 and under get in for free. Pit passes are $35.
In addition to the USMTS Modifieds, fans will see Super Lates, Nesmith Crate Late Models, Pure Streets and Limited Mods in action at the “fastest track in the south.”
The Greenville Speedway in a semi-banked 1/4-mile gumbo clay oval. If you’re coming from Greenwood on Hwy. 82, take a left on Raceway Rd., which is the first red light as you enter Greenville (track is located on the left). If coming from Arkansas, take a right on Raceway Rd., which is the last red light leaving Greenville (track is located on the left). For more information call (662) 822-7071 or (662) 822-2662 or visit www.greenvillespeedway.net. You can also follow them on Facebook at www.facebook.com/Greenville-Speedway-216033642998.
After six nights of racing in Summit Racing USMTS Winter Speedweeks, defending USMTS national champion Jason Hughes of Watts, Okla., leads the points battle by 18 points (531 to 513) over his teammate, Ryan ‘The Reaper’ Gustin of Marshalltown, Iowa.
Robeline, Louisiana’s Cade Dillard is third with 512 markers, followed by Ricky Thornton Jr. of Chandler, Ariz. (504), Stormy Scott of Las Cruces, N.M. (490), Chris Brown of Spring, Texas (483), Johnny Scott of Las Cruces, N.M. (475), Travis Saurer of Elizabethtown, Minn. (464), Dereck Ramirez of Woodward, Okla. (446) and Zack VanderBeek of New Sharon, Iowa (439).
For fans unable to attend this weekend, all three shows—including every lap of every division—will be broadcast live on www.RacinDirt.com.
To learn more about the United States Modified Touring Series, visit www.usmts.com online or call 515-832-7944. You can also like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/usmts, follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/usmts and Instagram at www.instagram.com/usmts or subscribe to our YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/usmtstv. Keep up to speed with everything USMTS by joining our email list at www.usmts.com/subscribe.
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