Super Modified Week kicks off Monday at Thayer County Speedway
DESHLER, NE (July 18, 2000) The United States Modified Touring Series will start the USMTS Super Modified Week Monday July 24th at the Thayer County Speedway in Deshler, NE. This will be the first race of the week and will race for five straight days in NE, IA, and SD. The first time the series visited Thayer County Speedway fifty-one modifieds checked in for the racing action. Joe Kosiski from Omaha, NE picked up the win and the $2000 payday. With no other races in the area this race should be very exciting with more drivers. Some of the expected drivers for the Deshler race are; Kelly Shryock, Ron Jones, Mike Chasteen, Kevin Peters, Tim Donlinger, Greg Metz, Johnny Saathoff, Kyle Berck, David Murray, Dave Trauernicht, Jon Thompson, Joe Kosiski, John Anderson, Darrick Klima, Dean Wray, John Allen plus many more. Also running at Deshler will be the Street Stocks and Crusiers. All races will pay $2000 to win and $200 to start the A-main. All non-qualifiers will receive $75. This will be the last visit of the 2000 season to the Nebraska area.
On Tuesday the series will move north to US 30 Speedway in Columbus, NE. This race will be a Mr. Midwest qualifier. The winner will represent Nebraska at the Drivers Dream Race in Des Moines, IA Labor Day Weekend. The qualifier for the Mr. Midwest race will have a chance to win a dash that pays the winner $5000. Also running in Columbus will be the Street Stocks and the Tough Trucks.
On Wednesday the series will move to the east to Crawford County Speedway in Denison, IA for the fair race. This is also the second visit of the year to this speedway. Forty-one cars checked in for the racing action last time and Mike Chasteen became the first two time winner of the series. Also running will be the Crusiers, Hobby Stocks and Stock Cars. Anyone that has not been to the Crawford County Speedway is encouraged to check this place out as a lot of improvements have been made to make this one of the nicest tracks in Iowa.
On Thursday the series will move back into Nebraska for the last time of the 2000 season. The series will be at the Sunset Speedway in Omaha, NE. With this being the final year for racing at the Sunset Speedway this will be your only chance to see modifieds ever race again in the Omaha area. A lot of plans are being put together for this being the last time for modifieds at this track. We have talked with a lot of the late model drivers that race here on a weekly basis and said they will be here in a modified. You will be able to see the Kosiski's, Berck, Anderson, Collins, Saathoff and many more. Two years ago the USMS made an appearance at Sunset and Kyle Berck was the winner. Should be some exciting racing so hope to see everyone at this race.
On Friday the series will move north to the Park Jefferson Speedway in Jefferson, SD. This will be the first ever visit to this speedway and should have plenty of racing action as a lot of drivers are excited to race at this great facility. This will be the only visit in the SD area for the USMTS so hope everyone can come and see some of the best modified racing in the USA the week of July 24-28.
So far in the 2000 season the USMTS has had eleven races and had ten different winners. Series point leader Kelly Shryock has yet to win a race. Mark Noble is second in points and won the race in Webster City in June. As of July 15 more than 250 cars have raced the USMTS in the 2000 season. Johnny Bone Jr. from Pea Ridge, AR leads the way in the Midwest Motorsports Rookie of the Year. Mark Noble leads the way in the Olympic Fire Protection Hard Charger and Mike Chasteen in the Home Pride Companies Passing Points. Hope to see everyone at one of the races if not all. Every night the racing action will start with hot laps at 7pm and racing at 7:30. Ticket prices will be $10 for adults each night. You can plan on seeing the best modified drivers in the USA for five straight nights with over $75,000 up for grabs.