6th Annual USMTS Cajun Clash kicks off Thursday at Ark-La-Tex Speedway
The fourth weekend of Summit Racing USMTS Winter Speedweeks happens at the Ark-La-Tex Speedway this Thursday, Friday and Saturday, March 2-4, for the 6th Annual USMTS Cajun Clash presented by Horseshoe Bossier City.
After nine races in the Summit Racing USMTS Southern Region presented by Production Jars, Cade Dillard of Robeline, La., maintains the top spot in the points on the strength of his three wins with a 27-point cushion (784 to 757) over Chris Brown of Spring, Texas.
Defending USMTS national champion Jason Hughes of Watts, Okla., is third with 746 markers, followed by Ricky Thornton Jr. of Chandler, Ariz. (736), Stormy Scott of Las Cruces, N.M. (731), Ryan Gustin of Marshalltown, Iowa (706), Travis Saurer of Elizabeth, Minn. (682), Dereck Ramirez of Woodward, Okla. (679), Johnny Scott of Las Cruces, N.M. (668) and Zack VanderBeek of New Sharon, Iowa (667) complete the top 10.
Jake Gallardo of Las Cruces, N.M., is the defending champion of the Cajun Clash while Gustin and Stormy Scott picked up wins on Friday and Thursday last year.
Other past USMTS main event winners at Gene Boyter’s spectacular 3/8-mile high-banked clay oval include Kelly Shryock of Fertile, Iowa; Rodney Sanders of Happy Texas; Dillard, Johnny Scott, Hughes and Duke Whiseant of Texarkana, Texas, who won the inaugural event here in 2008.
But after 11 feature races, the only driver with more than one USMTS win at Ark-La-Tex is Chris Henigan of Marshall, Texas. The feared local ace captured back-to-back wins in 2013 and 2014.
On Thursday, the pit gate opens at 3 p.m., grandstands open at 5, hot laps begin at 7 and racing starts at 7:30 with $2,000 to win for USMTS Modifieds, $400 to win Limited Mods and $300 to win Factory Stocks. Grandstand tickets are $15, kids ages 11-16 are $5 and children ages 10 and under get in for free. Pit passes are $35.
On Friday, the pit gate opens at 2 p.m., grandstands open at 5, hot laps begin at 7 and the green flag unfurls at 7:30. USMTS Modifieds will compete for $3,000 to win while Limited Mods will battle for $500 to win and Factory Stocks $400 to win. Grandstand tickets are $20, kids ages 11-16 are $10 and children ages 10 and under get in for free. Pit passes are $35.
Saturday’s finale will see the pit gate open at 2 p.m., grandstands will open at 5 and hot laps start at 6 with racing at 6:30. USMTS Modifieds will race for $4,000 to win with both Limited Mods and Factory Stocks paying $600 to win and Pro-Mods joining the card for $300 to win.
Wednesday’s previously scheduled open practice has been canceled due to rain that passed through the area on Tuesday.
The Ark-La-Tex Speedway is located 0.6 mile south of SR 2 on SR 1, then 0.7 mile west on Airport Rd., then 2.2 miles south on Boyter Lane Rd. For race day information, call the track hotline at 318-375-3470 or click www.arklatexspeedway.net to visit them online.
For unfortunate fans unable to make one or more of these blockbuster events, every lap of every race every day will be broadcast live at www.RacinDirt.com/Live.
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