USMTS Ready For Packed Two-Week Stretch


WICHITA, Kan. – The drivers of the United States Modified Touring Series return to battle this week with a three-night caravan through Kansas kicking off the richest two-week stretch in series history.

On June 6, they will launch an 11-race, 13-day swing that begins at the Caney Valley Speedway in Caney, Kan. On June 7, fans can find the series at the 81 Speedway in Park City, Kan., and June 8 marks the first trip by the USMTS to the Salina Speedway in Salina, Kan.

These will be the fifth, sixth and seventh shows in the MSD USMTS Central Region presented by Summit Racing Equipment. Each night’s main event will be worth $3,000 to the winner and no less than $300 to every driver taking the green flag in the feature.

This will be the fourth visit to the Caney Valley Speedway. Jason Hughes won the inaugural event in 2009 and Johnny Bone Jr. won the event the following year. Rodney Sanders was the most recent winner in 2014.

On June 7, the series returns to the 81 Speedway in Park City, Kan., for its 10th race in 10 seasons. While the USMTS drivers will be facing off with the best of the NCRA, joining the program will be the NCRA Mod Lites.

Hughes picked up his only win at the 81 Speedway during the USMTS debut in 2008 while Jeremy Payne, Rodney Sanders and Ryan Gustin each have two victories at C. Ray Hall’s speed palace. Stormy Scott and Cade Dillard have also won here.

On June 8, the series takes a trip to the Salina Speedway for the first time in the 19-year history of the series. The track took a direct hit from a tornado less than three weeks ago, but track crews and volunteers have worked tirelessly to fix buildings, lights and repair fences that were destroyed by the high winds.

Following the three-night swing through the Sunflower State, there will be a day off before hitting the Adams County Speedway in Corning, Iowa, on June 10, for the next-to-last event in the MSD Central Region.

That will leave the Northern Region slate of races kicking off on June 11, at the Mason City Motor Speedway, followed by another day off before rolling into the Brown County Speedway in Aberdeen, S.D., on June 13.

The make-up race at the Ogilvie Raceway happens on June 14, and then it’s time to make tracks to the Cedar Lake Speedway in New Richmond, Wis., for the “Masters” which will feature the USMTS on June 15 for $3,000 to win then qualifying on June 16 for the $50,000-to-win show on June 17.

If a single driver could pick up all of the wins over this two-week stretch, that would be $74,000 in winnings.