USMTS Bound For I-35 Speedway

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The United States Modified Touring Series is heading to I-35 Speedway this week. (USMTS Photo)
The United States Modified Touring Series is heading to I-35 Speedway this week. (USMTS Photo)

WINSTON, Mo. – The Casey’s Hunt for the USMTS National Championship roars into I-35 Speedway this Wednesday for the 10th annual USMTS Missouri Meltdown presented by MyRacePass.com.

Sixteen United States Modified Touring Series races have taken place at Mike and Kyle Johnson’s three-eighths-mile clay oval since John Allen won the first show on March 29, 2002, at what was then called Winston Speedway.

Two-time USMTS national champ Ryan Gustin has three wins to his credit here. Ricky Thornton Jr. claimed the most recent victory here last April, and former winners include Kelly Shryock, John Van Den Berg, Scott Drake, Mark Noble, Ron Ver Beek, Stormy Scott, Jason Hughes, Johnny Scott and current USMTS national points leader Rodney Sanders.

Hunter Marriott of nearby Brookfield, Mo., competed on a weekly basis at the track early in his racing career and now sits third in the Casey’s General Stores USMTS National Championship points behind Sanders and Dereck Ramirez.

Along with the United States Modified Touring Series, the on-track action will feature American Racer USRA Stock Cars and Out-Pace USRA B-Mods with track, regional and national points awarded in the Summit USRA Weekly Racing Series. E-Mods with also be in competition racing for track points.

The pit gate opens at 3:30 p.m., grandstands open at 4 and the drivers meeting is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Hot laps begin at 7 p.m. with racing getting underway at 7:30 p.m.

Tickets are $20 for general admission. Seniors (62+) and juniors (12-16) are $15. Children 11 and under are $5. Pit passes are $35.