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USMTS releases aggressive 2014 schedule

Monday November 25, 2013

 

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USMTS unveils aggressive 2014 schedule

It may be the shortest month of the year, but in 2014 it’s going to be a fast and furious February. USMTS unveils aggressive 2014 schedule

Officials from the United States Modified Touring Series released a tentative schedule of events for the 2014 season today, and both fans and drivers will find a 74-night slate that features both traditional favorites and several pleasant surprises.

The 2014 USMTS Casey’s Cup Series campaign kicks off at the South Texas Speedway in Corpus Christi, Feb. 6-8, and then moves to the Royal Purple Raceway in Baytown, Texas, for the 5th Annual Lecolift Texas Spring Nationals, Feb. 13-15.

From there, the series treks to El Paso (Texas) Speedway Park for two nights, Feb. 21-22, before heading up the road to the Southern New Mexico Speedway in Las Cruces, Feb. 27-28 and March 1.

Each of the three-day shows will by $2,000 to win Thursday, $3,000 to win Friday and $4,000 to win Saturday. The two-day clash in El Paso will pay $2,000 and $3,000 to win, respectively.

The USMTS has visited the Royal Purple Raceway at least once in each of the last seven seasons. The series’ lone journey to the South Texas Speedway came in 2007 with Jason Hughes and David Horner taking the wins on the first two nights before rain thwarted the finale of the tripleheader.

This will be the first-ever visit by the USMTS in El Paso and Las Cruces. However, both tracks host the similar USRA Modifieds during their weekly Friday and Saturday night programs throughout the year, as well as some well-attended special events that routinely draw the best dirt modified aces on the planet.

The February swing of races will also serve as one of four USMTS regions for 2014 with its own lucrative points fund, so by March 2 the regional champion will be crowned and the first group of drivers will be qualified for the 2014 Hunt for the USMTS Casey’s National Championship.

After a two-week rest, the series returns to the West Siloam (Okla.) Speedway for the 6th Annual Sooner Nationals on March 14, and the 9th Annual Spring Fling @ The Bullring at the Humboldt (Kan.) Speedway on Saturday, March 15-a warm-up for the first crown jewel event of the season two weeks later at ‘The Hummer.’

The nation’s elite dirt modified racers return to Humboldt on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, March 27-29, for King of America IV and a $10,000 top prize up for grabs. The event is one of five high-paying, multi-day, non-points events dotting the 2014 calendar.

The Deer Creek Speedway in Spring Valley, Minn., will host two premier events during the summer starting with the 4th Annual World Modified Dirt Track Championship, July 25-27 and ending with the 16th Annual Featherlite Fall Jamboree slated for Sept. 18-20.

Three more mega-events are slated for the fall season, beginning with the co-sanctioned USRA Nationals at the Lakeside Speedway in Kansas City, Kan., Oct. 2-4. The series will then descend on the Salina Highbanks Speedway in Pryor Creek, Okla., for the 2nd Annual Sooner Showdown, Oct. 23-25.

The USMTS will close the curtain on the 2014 season with the 8th Annual Winter Nationals, Nov. 6-8, but unlike the last seven times, the three-day blockbuster event will now take place at the Ark-La-Tex Speedway in Vivian, La.

In addition to the aforementioned El Paso Speedway Park and Southern New Mexico Speedway, the USMTS will also make first-ever visit to one more racetracks when the series invades the Lanny Edwards’ Lawton (Okla.) Speedway on May 15.

The Hunt for the USMTS Casey’s Cup will begin on Friday, Aug. 1, and for the second straight year it all begins at the Batesville Motor Speedway in Locust Grove, Ark. A little less than two months later, the 2014 USMTS National Champion will be crowned at the ‘The Creek’ during the Featherlite Fall Jamboree.

2014 UNITED STATES MODIFIED TOURING SERIES SCHEDULE:

USMTS Casey’s Cup Series:
Thu Feb 6 … South Texas Speedway, Corpus Christi, Texas ($2,000 to win)
Fri Feb 7 … South Texas Speedway, Corpus Christi, Texas ($3,000 to win)
Sat Feb 8 … South Texas Speedway, Corpus Christi, Texas ($4,000 to win)
Thu Feb 13 … Royal Purple Raceway, Baytown, Texas – 5th Annual Spring Nationals ($2,000 to win)
Fri Feb 14 … Royal Purple Raceway, Baytown, Texas – 5th Annual Spring Nationals ($3,000 to win)
Sat Feb 15 … Royal Purple Raceway, Baytown, Texas – 5th Annual Spring Nationals ($4,000 to win)
Fri Feb 21 … El Paso Speedway Park, El Paso, Texas ($2,000 to win)
Sat Feb 22 … El Paso Speedway Park, El Paso, Texas ($3,000 to win)
Thu Feb 27 … Southern New Mexico Speedway, Las Cruces, N.M. ($2,000 to win)
Fri Feb 28 … Southern New Mexico Speedway, Las Cruces, N.M. ($3,000 to win)
Sat Mar 1 … Southern New Mexico Speedway, Las Cruces, N.M. ($4,000 to win)
Fri Mar 14 … West Siloam Speedway, Colcord, Okla. – 6th Annual Sooner Nationals ($2,000 to win)
Sat Mar 15 … Humboldt Speedway, Humboldt, Kan. – 9th Annual Spring Fling @ The Bullring ($2,000 to win)
Fri Apr 11 … Lakeside Speedway, Kansas City, Kan. ($2,000 to win)
Sat Apr 12 … Salina Highbanks Speedway, Pryor Creek, Okla. ($2,000 to win)
Fri Apr 25 … Bloomfield Speedway, Bloomfield, Iowa ($2,000 to win)
Sat Apr 26 … I-35 Speedway, Winston, Mo. ($2,000 to win)
Thu May 8 … Rice Lake Speedway, Rice Lake, Wis. ($2,000 to win)
Fri May 9 … Mississippi Thunder Speedway, Fountain City, Wis. ($2,000 to win)
Sat May 10 … Ogilvie Raceway, Ogilvie, Minn. ($2,000 to win)
Wed May 14 … Devil’s Bowl Speedway, Mesquite, Texas ($2,000 to win)
Thu May 15 … Lawton Speedway, Lawton, Okla. ($2,000 to win)
Sat May 17 … Southern Oklahoma Speedway, Ardmore, Okla. ($2,000 to win)
Thu May 22 … Highway 3 Raceway, Allison, Iowa ($2,000 to win)
Fri May 23 … Chateau Raceway, Lansing, Minn. – 7th Annual Mike Guttormson Memorial ($2,000 to win)
Sat May 24 … Deer Creek Speedway, Spring Valley, Minn. – 12th Annual Minnesota Spring Challenge ($2,000 to win)
Sun May 25 … Upper Iowa. Speedway, Decorah, Iowa ($2,000 to win)
Wed Jun 4 … Hancock County Speedway, Britt, Iowa ($2,000 to win)
Thu Jun 5 … Fairmont Raceway, Fairmont, Minn. ($2,000)
Fri Jun 6 … Rapid Speedway, Rock Rapids, Iowa ($2,000 to win)
Tue Jun 10 … Amsoil Speedway, Superior, Wis. ($2,000 to win)
Fri Jun 13 … Cedar Lake Speedway, New Richmond, Wis. – 16th Annual Masters ($2,000 to win)
Sat Jun 14 … Cedar Lake Speedway, New Richmond, Wis. – 16th Annual Masters ($3,000 to win)
Thu Jun 19 … 81 Speedway, Park City, Kan. ($2,000 to win)
Sat Jun 21 … Route 66 Motor Speedway, Amarillo, Texas ($2,000 to win)
Wed Jun 25 … Devil’s Bowl Speedway, Mesquite, Texas ($2,000 to win)
Sat Jun 28 … Southern Oklahoma Speedway, Ardmore, Okla. ($2,000 to win)
Tue Jul 15 … Lakeside Speedway, Kansas City, Kan. – Clash of the Titans ($3,000 to win)
Wed Jul 16 … Caney Valley Speedway, Caney, Kan. ($2,000 to win)
Fri Jul 18 … I-80 Speedway, Greenwood, Neb. – 4th Annual Silver Dollar Nationals ($3,000 to win)
Sat Jul 19 … I-80 Speedway, Greenwood, Neb. – 4th Annual Silver Dollar Nationals ($3,000 to win)

The Hunt for the USMTS Casey’s Cup:
Fri Aug 1 … Batesville Motor Speedway, Locust Grove, Ark. ($3,000 to win)
Sat Aug 2 … West Plains Motor Speedway, West Plains, Mo. ($3,000 to win)
Sun Aug 3 … Monett Speedway, Monett, Mo. ($3,000 to win)
Fri Aug 8 … Humboldt Speedway, Humboldt, Kan. ($3,000 to win)
Sat Aug 9 … Lucas Oil Speedway, Wheatland, Mo. – 5th Annual Lucas Slick Mist Modified Shootout ($3,000 to win)
Sun Aug 10 … West Siloam Speedway, Colcord, Okla. ($3,000 to win)
Thu Aug 14 … Rice Lake Speedway, Rice Lake, Wis. ($3,000 to win)
Fri Aug 15 … Mississippi Thunder Speedway, Fountain City, Wis. ($3,000 to win)
Sat Aug 16 … Ogilvie Raceway, Ogilvie, Minn. ($3,000 to win)
Fri Aug 22 … Lakeside Speedway, Kansas City, Kan. ($3,000 to win)
Sat Aug 23 … Salina Highbanks Speedway, Pryor Creek, Okla. ($3,000 to win)
Thu Aug 28 … Highway 3 Raceway, Allison, Iowa ($3,000 to win)
Fri Aug 29 … Chateau Raceway, Lansing, Minn. ($3,000 to win)
Sat Aug 30 … Deer Creek Speedway, Spring Valley, Minn. – 9th Annual Labor Day Dual ($3,000 to win)
Sun Aug 31 … Cresco Speedway, Cresco, Iowa – 12th Annual Cresco Bowl ($3,000 to win)
Thu Sep 18 … Deer Creek Speedway, Spring Valley, Minn. – 16th Annual Featherlite Fall Jamboree ($3,000 to win)
Fri Sep 19 … Deer Creek Speedway, Spring Valley, Minn. – 16th Annual Featherlite Fall Jamboree ($4,000 to win)
Sat Sep 20 … Deer Creek Speedway, Spring Valley, Minn. – 16th Annual Featherlite Fall Jamboree ($6,000 to win)

Crown Jewel Events (non-points):
Thu Mar 27 … Humboldt Speedway, Humboldt, Kan. – King of America IV
Fri Mar 28 … Humboldt Speedway, Humboldt, Kan. – King of America IV
Sat Mar 29 … Humboldt Speedway, Humboldt, Kan. – King of America IV ($10,000 to win)
Thu Jul 24 … Deer Creek Speedway, Spring Valley, Minn. – 4th Annual World Modified Dirt Track Championship
Fri Jul 25 … Deer Creek Speedway, Spring Valley, Minn. – 4th Annual World Modified Dirt Track Championship
Sat Jul 26 … Deer Creek Speedway, Spring Valley, Minn. – 4th Annual World Modified Dirt Track Championship ($15,000 to win)
Thu Oct 2 … Lakeside Speedway, Kansas City, Kan. – Inaugural USRA Nationals
Fri Oct 3 … Lakeside Speedway, Kansas City, Kan. – Inaugural USRA Nationals
Sat Oct 4 … Lakeside Speedway, Kansas City, Kan. – Inaugural USRA Nationals (TBD)
Thu Oct 23 … Salina Highbanks Speedway, Pryor Creek, Okla. – 2nd Annual Sooner Showdown
Fri Oct 24 … Salina Highbanks Speedway, Pryor Creek, Okla. – 2nd Annual Sooner Showdown
Sat Oct 25 … Salina Highbanks Speedway, Pryor Creek, Okla. – 2nd Annual Sooner Showdown (TBD)
Thu Nov 6 … Ark-La-Tex Speedway, Vivian, La. – 8th Annual Winter Nationals
Fri Nov 7 … Ark-La-Tex Speedway, Vivian, La. – 8th Annual Winter Nationals
Sat Nov 8 … Ark-La-Tex Speedway, Vivian, La. – 8th Annual Winter Nationals (TBD)

More USMTS Casey’s Cup Series dates are expected to be finalized in the coming weeks. Complete details regarding regional alignments, points funds and a highly-anticipated loyalty program are also forthcoming.

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