WEBSTER CITY, Iowa — Seventy-six nights of racing await United States Modified Touring Series drivers and fans as the series travels to a record 44 unique dirt ovals in a dozen different states.
The “playoff” season takes place from Feb. 9 through July 22 in three geographical regions to set the stage for the Hunt for the USMTS National Championships-a 21-race journey which begins Aug. 3 and crowns the 2017 USMTS national champ on opening night of the 19th annual Featherlite Fall Jamboree on Sept. 21.
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. 23-24, and the Whynot Motorsports Park in Meridian on Saturday, Feb. 25.
The sixthth annual Cajun Clash takes place Thursday, Friday and Saturday, March 2-4, at Gene Boyter’s Ark-La-Tex Speedway in Vivian, Louisiana, 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 the 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 rainouts 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-looks to see the green flag for the first time since 2011 on Saturday, May 13.
On Tuesday, June 13, the USMTS returns to the Brown County Speedway in Aberdeen, South Dakota, for the first time since 2011, and a tripleheader in Wisconsin happens July 11-13 at the Luxemburg Speedway in Luxemburg, 141 Speedway in Maribel and Oshkosh SpeedZone Raceway in Oshkosh.
The Mid-America Speedway, South Coffeyville, Okla.-now under new ownership and managed by legendary racer Al Purkey-will kick off the 2017 Hunt for the USMTS Casey’s Cup on Thursday, Aug. 3.
Finally, on Wednesday, 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 National Championship.
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, Wisconsin, on Friday and Saturday, June 16-17, where the single biggest paycheck in series history will be handed out when the winner collects a whopping $50,000.
Friday and Saturday, 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 USMTS winner.
Two big shows cap the season, beginning with the 19th annual Featherlite Fall Jamboree at Deer Creek Speedway in Spring Valley, Minn., Thursday through Saturday, Sept. 21-23, and the curtain will close with the 2nd Annual Chisholm Trail Showdown at the 81 Speedway in Park City, Kansas, on Friday and Saturday, Nov. 3-4.