USMTS Hunt for the Casey's Cup enters home stretch with five-day Labor Day Weekend excursion
One week from today just one event will remain in the USMTS Hunt for the Casey’s Cup powered by S&S Fishing & Rental and the crowning of the 19th United States Modified Touring Series national champion.
But before we get there, the rugged USMTS road warriors have five nights of racing on five dirt ovals in Northern Iowa and Southern Minnesota.
The final surge begins this Wednesday, Aug. 30, when the series returns to the Kossuth County Speedway in Algona, Iowa, for the first time since 2010 and wraps up Sunday, Sept. 3, at the Cresco Speedway in Cresco, Iowa.
KOSSUTH COUNTY SPEEDWAY – ALGONA, IA
WEDNESDAY, AUG. 30, 2017
Presented by Beck’s and Scott Cook Construction, Wednesday’s event at the Kossuth County Speedway will also feature Sport Mods racing for $1,000 to win. Gates open at 5 p.m. with hot laps at 7 and racing to follow. Adult tickets are $15, juniors (ages 11-15) are $10 and kids 10 & under are free. A pit pass is $30.
Coupons good for $2 off adult admission available at Casey's General Stores locations in Algona, Armstrong, Britt, Buffalo Center, Dakota City, Emmetsburg, Gilmore City, Goldfield, Humboldt and West Bend. For the location nearest you, visit www.caseys.com.
Ricky Thornton Jr. and his Double Stuf Oreo USMTS Modified will meet ‘n’ greet fans from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Casey’s General Store located at 1414 N. Main St. in Algona. Fans can get a special $5-off ‘Hot Ticket’ directly from Thornton during his appearance.
The Kossuth County Speedway is a semi-banked 4/10-mile dirt oval located on th south edge of Algona on US 169. For more information, call (515) 295-5555 or visit www.kossuthcountyspeedway.com.
FAIRMONT RACEWAY – FAIRMONT, MN
THURSDAY, AUG. 31, 2017
Current points leader Jason Hughes is a two-time—and most recent—winner at the 51-year-old Martin County Fairgrounds. Other past USMTS feature winners include Mark Noble, Kelly Shryock, Ryan Gustin (two wins), Ryan Ruter, Johnny Scott, Rodney Sanders and Jason Krohn.
The pit gate opens at 4 p.m. and the grandstands open at 5. Hot laps begin at 7 with racing to follow at 7:30. Adult tickets are $20, youth (ages 11-15) are $10 and kids 10 & under are free. Pit passes are $35.
Coupons good for $2 off adult admission available at Casey's General Stores locations in Amboy, Fairmont, Sherburn, Trimont, Truman, Welcome and Winnebago plus Armstrong in Iowa. To find the location nearest you, visit www.caseys.com.
Cory Crapser and his No. 07 Mountain Dew Spiked Lemonade USMTS Modified will be at the Casey’s General Store located at 202 E. Blue Earth in Fairmont from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Fans can get a special $5-off ‘Hot Ticket’ directly from Crapser during his appearance.
The Iron Man Challenge featuring Holley USRA Stock Cars and Out-Pace USRA B-Mods will also be in action, battling for series points as well as precious Summit USRA Weekly Racing Series national points.
The Fairmont Raceway is a high-banked 1/2-mile dirt oval located 1.0 mile south of I-90 (exit 99) on CR 39. For more information, call (507) 382-4531 or visit www.fairmontraceway.com online.
FAYETTE COUNTY SPEEDWAY – WEST UNION, IA
FRIDAY, SEPT. 1, 2017
Friday’s show at the Fayette County Speedway will be the fifth visit by the USMTS since 2007 when Jason Krohn won the inaugural event here. Jake Neal picked up his first and only USMTS victory the following year, and Ryan Gustin won here in 2009. The series returned last year with Zack VanderBeek getting the win.
The pit gate opens at 4 p.m., grandstands open at 4:30, hot laps begin at 6:30 and racing starts at 7. Adult tickets are $20, kids ages 11 & under get in for free and pit passes are $30.
Coupons good for $2 off adult admission available at Casey's General Stores locations in Clermont, Decorah, Fairbank, Fredericksburg, Maynard, Oelwein, Ossian, Postville, Strawberry Point, Sumner, Tripoli and West Union. To find the location nearest you, visit www.caseys.com.
USMTS driver Curt Myers and his Snickers-sponsored machine will be at the Casey’s General Store located at 102 E. Bradford in West Union from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Fans can get a special $5-off ‘Hot Ticket’ directly from Myers during his appearance.
Presented by Appliance Plus of West Union, the Iron Man Challenge featuring Holley USRA Stock Cars and Out-Pace USRA B-Mods will be back in the spotlight with the tireless USMTS touring titans.
The Fayette County Speedway is a semi-banked 3/8-mile clay oval located 0.9 mile south of US 18 on SR 150, then 0.1 mile east on SR 56 (Vine St.). For more information, call (563) 422-5202 or (563) 422-5286 or visit www.fayettecountyspeedway.net online.
DEER CREEK SPEEDWAY – SPRING VALLEY, MN
SATURDAY, SEPT. 2, 2017
Saturday’s 12th Annual Labor Day Duel presented by Barclay Landscaping will be the 98th night of USMTS racing at ‘The Creek.’ Kelly Shryock won the first-ever race here on May 25, 2002, but since that say defending USMTS national champion Jason Hughes has a series-best 14 career victories here.
Shryock is second on the all-time list with 10 wins here while Rodney Sanders has collected eight checkered flags. Tim Donlinger and Terry Phillips have five wins each. Ryan Gustin, Jason Cummins and Brad Waits have four apiece. Zack VanderBeek, Joey Jensen and Brandon Davis have each won three times.
Two-time winners include Corey Dripps, Jason Krohn, Ryan Ruter, Stormy Scott, Lucas Schott and, most recently, Cade Dillard who won here Memorial Day Weekend.
Drivers who have visited Deer Creek Speedway’s victory lane one time include Mark Noble, Steve Wetzstein, Darin Walker, Tony Fraise, Dan Daniels, Chad Kinder, Mark Burgtorf, Brad McEwan, Randy Timms, Dean Mahlstedt, Tommy Myer, Mike Sorensen, Mike Spaulding, Dan Chapman, Les Duellman, Mike Hejna, Steve Arpin, Jon Tesch, Jordan Grabouski, Jeremy Payne, Craig Thatcher and last year’s Featherlite Fall Jamboree winner Tommy Weder Jr.
The pit gate opens at 2 p.m. and spectator gats swing open at 2:30 with Slingshots racing at 3 p.m. on the Button Buck Speedway inside the high-banked 3/8-mile clay oval. Hot laps begin at 5:30 and racing starts at 6 p.m. Adult general admission is $20 and kids ages 12 & under get in for $5. Pit passes are $35 for grown-ups, $20 for kids ages 6-15 and free for children 5 & under.
Coupons good for $2 off adult admission available at Casey's General Stores locations in Austin, Blooming Prairie, Dodge Center, Hayfield, Mantorville, Oronoco, Preston, Rochester, Spring Valley and Stewartville, plus Cresco, Lime Springs, Osage, Riceville and St. Ansgar in Iowa. To find the location nearest you, visit www.caseys.com.
Cory Crapser and his Mountain Dew Spiked Lemonade USMTS Modified will be at the Casey’s General Store located at 605 S. Main St. in Stewartville from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Fans can get a special $5-off ‘Hot Ticket’ directly from Crapser during his appearance.
The night’s on-track action will also showcase the Iron Man Challenge featuring Holley USRA Stock Cars and Out-Pace USRA B-Mods plus Wissota Street Stocks.
The Deer Creek Speedway is located 11.3 miles south of I-90 (exit 209) on US 63 (0.7 mile north of SR 16) in Spring Valley, Minn. For more info, call 877-327-7223 or (507) 346-2342 on race day or visit www.deercreekspeedway.com online.
CRESCO SPEEDWAY – CRESCO, IA
SUNDAY, SEPT. 3, 2017
The stars and cars of the USMTS will invade the Cresco Speedway on Sunday for the 15th Annual USMTS Cresco Bowl and the next-to-last event in the Hunt for the USMTS Casey’s Cup powered by S&S Fishing & Rental.
This will be the 22nd time the USMTS has churned the Mighty Howard County Fairgrounds clay. Mike Spaulding won the first-ever race here in 2002 and Rodney Sanders was the most recent winner, winning the USMTS Hunt for the Casey’s Cup event here the past two years. In between, the checkered flag has waved for Kelly Shryock nine times, twice for Jason Krohn and Al Hejna, and one time for Alan Mondus, Zack VanderBeek, Corey Dripps and Jason Hughes.
The pit gate opens at 4 p.m., grandstands open for seating at 5, hot laps begin at 6 and the first race hits the track at 6:45. Grandstand admission is $20 for adults (18 and older), $10 for teens (13-17) and free for kids 12 & under.
Coupons good for $2 off adult admission available at Casey's General Stores locations in Cresco, Decorah, Fredericksburg, Lime Springs, New Hampton, Ossian and Riceville, plus Preston in Minnesota. To find the location nearest you, visit www.caseys.com.
Ricky Thornton Jr. will have his Double Stuf Oreo machine alongside from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Casey’s General Store located at 601 2nd Ave. SW in Cresco. Fans can get a special $5-off ‘Hot Ticket’ directly from Thornton during his appearance.
The Cresco Speedway is a semi-banked 4/10-mile clay oval located 2 blocks north of SR 9 on SW 7th. Race day info is available by calling (563) 547-3400 or at www.mhcfair.com.
All five Labor Day Weekend shows will award no less than $3,.000 to the winner of the main event each night. The 2017 USMTS national champion will emerge following the final race of the USMTS Hunt for the Casey’s Cup and the first night of the 19th Annual Featherlite Fall Jamboree on Thursday, Sept. 21, at the Deer Creek Speedway in Spring Valley, Minn.
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