WEBSTER CITY, Iowa – After 50 grueling nights of dirt track racing, the United States Modified Touring Series regular season concluded this past weekend at the World Modified Dirt Track Championship.
Now the playoffs begin with the rugged road warriors of the United States Modified Touring Series embarking on their annual crusade in pursuit of the Casey’s National Championship.
The Hunt for the USMTS Casey’s National Championship powered by Swan Energy will begin on Aug. 1, at the Batesville Motor Speedway in Locust Grove, Ark. The following day, action moves to the Springfield Raceway in Springfield, Mo., before wrapping up the tripleheader opening weekend at the Monett Speedway in Monett, Mo., on Aug. 3
When the checkered flag drops on opening night of the Featherlite Fall Jamboree on Sept. 18, at the Deer Creek Speedway in Spring Valley, Minn., the tireless touring titans will have 20 more races under their belts and the USMTS will crown it’s 16th national champion.
Thirty-five drivers have earned a chance at becoming the 2014 USMTS National Champion by virtue of finishing in the top 15 in points and/or having perfect attendance in one of four regions. Each of the 35 drivers qualified for ‘The Hunt’ have a legitimate shot to pocket the $20,000 prize that goes with being the champion of the dirt modified world.
Any driver can enter, compete and possibly win a USMTS event during ‘The Hunt’ but just one of 35 names will be embellished on the 2014 USMTS National Champion trophy.
With 11 wins and two regional championships to his credit this season, Stormy Scott comes into the Hunt for the USMTS Casey’s National Championship atop the rankings for the second time in three years. Last year his twin brother, Johnny Scott, held the top spot coming into the championship chase but neither has yet to seal the deal.
Johnny Scott sits third this time around behind Daniel Hilsabeck, and one spot ahead of defending USMTS nation champion Rodney Sanders, who captured this year’s Major League Bowhunter Central Region presented by Day Motor Sports and is arguably the hottest driver on the planet right now with six straight USMTS victories to date and 15 overall during the 2014 campaign including the $10,000-to-win King of America IV in March.
Kelly Shryock is fifth in the standings-just 13 points behind Stormy Scott-and is seeking his tenth USMTS national championship. Dereck Ramirez is sixth, Bryan Rowland is seventh and Farm Boy BBQ Sauce Northern Region champ Zack VanderBeek is eighth. Joe ‘Big Daddy’ Duvall and Rookie of the Year contender Jake Gallardo round out the top 10.