USMTS, Lucas Late Models Team Up


WEBSTER CITY, Iowa – Just in time for Christmas and race fans to submit their time-off days for the coming new year, officials from the United States Modified Touring Series and Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series have announced two new doubleheader events to create the ultimate dirt track racing fan’s dream vacation.

The best of the best of both worlds will share the spotlight for four nights of racing over the course of five days at three historic race tracks beginning on July 16 at the legendary Lakeside Speedway in Kansas City, Kan.

From there, both series head north to the Hamilton County Speedway in Webster City, Iowa, for a race on July 17 at the big half-mile fairgrounds facility.

“These are going to be two of the biggest shows ever for fans at Lakeside and Webster City,” said USMTS president Todd Staley. “We fully expect fans to head home after these races grinning from ear to ear. With this kind of talent packed into one program, you won’t see anything else like it. We can’t wait for July to get here.”

USMTS drivers will be battling in 40-lap features for at least $2,000 to win both nights, while both events will feature 50-Lap main events and pay $10,000 to win for the Lucas Oil Late Models.

“We are very excited to add such great venues to our schedule,” stated LOLMDS director Ritchie Lewis. “Lakeside Speedway and Hamilton County Speedway are both so historic in their communities and we look forward to being a part of these two venues, and having them as integral pieces of our Midwest swing in July.”

Tickets for both events go on sale Monday, Dec. 17, and can be purchased by calling 515-832-7944. Adult grandstand tickets are $25 in advance or $30 at the gate on race day. Students ages 13-16 are $15, kids ages 6-12 are $5 and children 5 and under get in for free.

The ultimate speed week for dirt racing freaks wraps up on July 19-20, at the I-80 Speedway in Greenwood, Neb., for the 3rd Annual Silver Dollar Nationals.

In 2012, the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series shared the spotlight with the USMTS Modifieds for the first time ever at the 2nd Annual Silver Dollar Nationals. The event was a rousing success which kept fans talking well past July after Brian Birkhofer captured the top prize for the late models while Terry Phillips snagged the modified portion of the program while serving double-duty in both classes.

Building on that success, race fans throughout the Great Plains will now have a chance to catch the Best of the Best of both worlds at three tracks in three states over the course of five days.

The July 18 program at the I-80 Speedway will consist of open practice for late models and modifieds plus a complete racing program featuring the SLMR/CDM Super Late Models, 360 Sprints and B-Mods.

The 15th season for the USMTS begins in a little over two months at the Royal Purple Raceway in Baytown, Texas, for the fourth annual USMTS Spring Nationals, Feb. 21-23, 2013.