USMTS Reveals Tentative 2017 Schedule

The 2017 United States Modified Touring Series schedule features 77 nights of racing. (Scott Gulbranson Photo)

WEBSTER CITY, Iowa – Officials from the United States Modified Touring Series have released a preliminary schedule of events for next year.

The line-up for the 19th season of USMTS competition features 77 nights of racing over the course of 269 days and is packed with a mix of ongoing classic events at staple venues and new venues that are sure to please fans of dirt modified racing.

For the fourth year in a row, the season will launch in February with a flurry of three-day shows running through the end of March. Opening weekend takes place Feb. 9-11, with the inaugural event at the Cotton Bowl Speedway in Paige, Texas.

Two weeks later, the series will trek to the state of Mississippi for the first time with stops penciled in at the Jackson Motor Speedway in Byram on Feb. 24, and the Whynot Motorsports Park in Meridian on Feb. 24, with a third date yet to be announced on the following Sunday.

The sixth annual Cajun Clash takes place March 2-4, at Gene Boyter’s Ark-La-Tex Speedway in Vivian, La., followed by another tripleheader shoot-out the following weekend at the Southern Oklahoma Speedway in Ardmore, Okla.

The month of March wraps up in style with the running of the $15,000-to-win King of America VII Modified Nationals, March 23-25, at Humboldt Speedway in Humboldt, Kan.

Several venues return to the calendar after being absent for one or more years. Kennedale Speedway Park in Kennedale, Texas, is back for the first time since 2013 on Friday, May 12, after two rain-outs the previous two tries and two wins by Johnny Scott in the two before that.

Another two-time victim of Mother Nature over the last five seasons-the Lonestar Speedway in Kilgore, Texas. The track looks to see the green flag for the first time since 2011 on May 13.

On June 13, USMTS returns to the Brown County Speedway in Aberdeen, S.D., for the first time since Corey Dripps won the inaugural event in 2011, and the Oshkosh SpeedZone Raceway in Oshkosh, Wis., will host the Best of the Best in dirt modified racing on July 14.

It will have been more than seven years later when the USMTS banner flies again at the Buena Vista Raceway in Alta, Iowa, on July 19, and Mid-America Speedway in South Coffeyville, Okla. – now under new ownership and managed by legendary racer Al Purkey – will kick off the Hunt for the USMTS Casey’s Cup on Aug. 3.

Finally, on Aug. 30, the series will make its way back to the Kossuth County Speedway in Algona, Iowa, for the first time since 2010 in a pivotal Labor Day Weekend clash during the Hunt for the USMTS Casey’s Cup.

In addition to King of America VII in March, four other high-profile big-money special events are on the list. The 19th Annual Modified Masters will take place at the Cedar Lake Speedway in New Richmond, Wis., June 15-17, with the single biggest paycheck in series history will be handed out when the winner collects a whopping $50,000.

July 21-22, will see the USMTS join the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series once again for the seventh annual Silver Dollar Nationals at the I-80 Speedway in Greenwood, Neb., with a $10,000 reward awaiting the winner.

Two big shows cap the season, beginning with the 19th Annual Featherlite Fall Jamboree at Deer Creek Speedway in Spring Valley, Minn., Sept. 21-23.

The curtain will close again next year with the 2nd Annual Chisholm Trail Showdown at the 81 Speedway in Park City, Kan., on Nov. 3-4.

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