USMTS Rolls Through Southern Oklahoma

Southern Oklahoma
The United States Modified Touring Series will shift its attention to Southern Oklahoma Speedway this weekend. ( Photo)

ARDMORE, Okla. РThe tireless titans of the United States Modified Touring Series return to the Southern Oklahoma Speedway this Thursday through Saturday for the fifth and final round of Summit Racing USMTS Winter Speedweeks.

Part of the Summit Racing USMTS Southern Region presented by Production Jars, the 5th Annual Sooner Showdown will dole out $2,000 to the winner on Thursday and $3,000 to Friday’s winner while Saturday’s show carries a $4,000 top prize.

After a dozen incredible nights of racing so far during the 2017 campaign, six different drivers have claimed victory but one of them-Cade Dillard-has stood head and shoulders above the rest.

The 25-year-old from Robeline, La., picked up his first win on the sixth night of racing and Dillard has claimed five of the last seven main events including the final two nights of last weekend’s Cajun Clash at the Ark-La-Tex Speedway.

Defending and three-time USMTS national champion Jason Hughes of Watts, Okla., has two wins, along with Chandler, Ariz.’s Ricky Thornton Jr. who has notched two victories since hopping in the Gressel Racing ride.

Another two-time USMTS national champ, Ryan Gustin of Marshalltown, Iowa, picked up a win on opening night one month ago, and both Chris Brown of Spring, Texas, and Johnny Scott of Las Cruces, N.M., have also wheeled their way into the winners circle in the early 2017 campaign.

Hughes is a three-time winner here, including the first-ever USMTS event held May 2, 2008, when the track was called Lake Country Speedway, but Rodney Sanders of Happy, Texas, leads all drivers with five career wins at the Southern Oklahoma Speedway including the final two nights one year ago.

Gustin and Stormy Scott are also three-time winners at the semi-banked 3/8-mile clay oval while Thomas Tillison Jr., Johnny Scott and Triston Dycus each have one triumph.

With his early-season surge, Dillard leads the $10,000-to-win points battle Summit Racing USMTS Southern Region presented by Production Jars.