KANSAS CITY, Kan. – The stars and cars of the United States Modified Touring Series are back in action this weekend with three nights of racing in America’s heartland.
The high-powered dirt modifieds of the USMTS Casey’s Cup Series visit the Valley Speedway in Grain Valley, Mo., on Thursday, and then race 43 miles east on Friday for the season’s first of several visits to the Lakeside Speedway in Kansas City, Kan. The tripleheader wraps up on Saturday at the Salina Highbanks Speedway in Pryor Creek, Okla.
All three events will award valuable points in the USMTS Arbor Masters Central Region presented by Day Motor Sports.
The “Big Dog Buy-In” will be in effect each night to create a possible $12,000 take-home pay for one driver. Each race pays $2,000 to win, but the Big Dog Buy-In allows any driver to gamble an extra $100 at the time of registration to compete for an extra $2,000 cash for taking the win. In eight events this season, a gambler has won the main event seven times.
Thursday’s event will be the fourth visit in three seasons to “The Valley.” Jason Hughes won the inaugural USMTS event at the third-mile semi-banked dirt oval on April 17, 2011. Two-time defending USMTS national champion Ryan Gustin captured the victory last April while Chris Brown netted a win in June.
On Friday the 13th last July, the USMTS made its maiden voyage to the historic Lakeside Speedway and the fans filling jam-packing the grandstands got a classic battle that ended with Gustin claiming the victory en route to his season-long title. The Iron Man Challenge featuring USRA B-Mods and local Factory Stocks will also be in action.
On Saturday the popular Salina Highbanks Speedway near Pryor Creek, Okla., will host another sure-to-thrill blockbuster featuring the USMTS Modifieds. Not surprisingly, Gustin took down one of the two events in 2012 while Terry Phillips captured the other checkered flag. Hughes was the winner when the USMTS made its only prior appearance in 2004.