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Monday, August 18, 2008





BEAUMONT, Texas (Aug. 18) – After a 76-day summer

vacation, the O'Reilly USMTS Southern Series returns to

action this weekend with a doubleheader in the Lone Star



On Friday, Aug. 22, the O'Reilly USMTS Southern Series

returns to the where they kicked off the 2008 season with

an encore event at the Golden Triangle Raceway Park in

Beaumont, Texas.


Veteran Modified ace Howard Willis of Dayton picked up the

season-opening win back in April by holding off Westville,

Okla.'s Jason Hughes. Since then, Hughes has racked up a

series-high five victories and sits atop the points

standings with 14 races in the books and 10 to go.


On Saturday, Aug. 23, the Series moves on to the Gator

Motorplex in Willis, Texas, for another $2,000-to-win

contest. The April event at Gator was won by Steve

Holzkamper of Gentry, Ark., who is second in the rankings,

86 markers behind Hughes (1,295 to 1,209).


Tommy Weder Jr. is third in the O'Reilly USMTS Southern

Series standings with 1,141 points, followed by John O

Whittington (985), Paul White (958), Dereck Ramirez (905),

Brandon Kenny (895), Shane Hebert (890), Bryan Rowland

(873) and Dustin "Tater" Hyde (846).


Others expected for this weekend's titanic two-fer include

Jamie Burford, Rodney Sanders, David Mitchell, Morgan

Bagley, Scott Green, Timothy Culp, Steven Whiteaker Jr.,

Jeremy Ross and many more.


Each of the April shows attracted more than 60



At both events, pit gates will open at 4 p.m., grandstands

open at 5, hot laps begin at 6:30 and the first heat race

is at 7 p.m.

The Golden Triangle Raceway Park is a 1/4-mile high-banked

clay oval located 9.5 miles west of I-10 on US 90 (SSR).

For race day information, call the track hotline at (409)

752-7200 or visit www.gtraceway.com on the World Wide Web.


The Gator Motorplex is a 1/4-mile high-banked clay oval

located off I-45 to Shepherd Hill (Exit 98), then east,

then 1.4 miles south on SR 75. The track's official

website is online at www.gatormotorplex.net.


RULES & PROCEDURES: All USMTS rules apply. The American

Racer KK704 is the Official Tire of the USMTS; drivers may

use the Hoosier G60 but will not earn points or be

eligible for contingency awards. Qualifying will be done

by heat race passing points and Real Racing Wheels "B"

Mains. Draw for heat race starting spot ends 15 minutes

before hot laps start. Roll bar padding plus a window net

or arm restraints are required. Aluminum heads are legal,

but must have 25 lbs. in front of motor plate. Total

weight rule is 2,400 lbs.


TOP DOG BONUS: Drivers ranked among the top-10 in points

will be guaranteed a minimum of $300. Drivers ranked 11th

through 15th will earn a minimum of $200. Driver must have

perfect attendance in the O’Reilly USMTS Southern Series

to be eligible.


LICENSES: There is no requirement to purchase a USMTS

license to compete in any USMTS event. However, benefits

enjoyed by licensed drivers includes higher event purses

and bonus payouts, increased tow money, discounted entry

fees, contingency awards, points funds, provisional

starting spots, increased media recognition, a

personalized driver profile page at www.usmts.com and

more. The cost of a license is $200 for the O’Reilly USMTS

Southern Series.


ENTRY FEES: Pre-entry is $90 for non-licensed drivers or

$80 for drivers with a USMTS license. Late entry for all

drivers is $100. Drivers may call USMTS headquarters at

(515) 832-7944 by Thursday, Aug. 21, to secure the early

entry rate.


PAYOFF (Non-Licensed): 1. $2000, 2. $1200, 3. $800, 4. $600, 5. $500, 6. $400, 7. $350, 8. $300, 9. $250, 10.

$230, 11. $210, 12. $200, 13. $200, 14. $200, 15. $200,

16. $200, 17. $200, 18. $200, 19. $200, 20. $200, 21.

$200, 22. $200, 23. $200, 24. $200, Tow $60.



Friday, April 18 … Golden Triangle Raceway Park, Beaumont,

TX (winner: Howard Willis)

Saturday, April 19 … Gator Motorplex, Willis, TX (winner:

Steve Holzkamper)

Friday, May 2 … Lake Country Speedway, Ardmore, OK

(winner: Jason Hughes)

Saturday, May 3 … Cowtown Speedway, Kennedale, TX (winner:

George White)

Thursday, May 8 … Champion Park Speedway, Minden, LA

(winner: David Mitchell)

Friday, May 9 … Sabine Speedway, Many, LA (winner: Jason


Saturday, May 10 … Pike County Speedway, Magnolia, MS

(winner: Jason Hughes)

Friday, May 16 … 105 Speedway, Cleveland, TX (winner:

Chris Brown)

Saturday, May 17 … Houston Raceway Park, Baytown, TX

(winner: Jason Hughes)

Tuesday, June 3 … Tri-State Speedway, Pocola, OK (winner:

Eddie Martin)

Wednesday, June 4 … I-30 Speedway, Little Rock, AR

(winner: Jack Sullivan)

Thursday, June 5 … Ark-La-Tex Speedway, Vivian, LA

(winner: Duke Whiseant)

Friday, June 6 … Monticello Speedway, Monticello, AR

(winner: Jason Hughes)

Saturday, June 7 … Fast Trax Speedway, Chatham, LA

(winner: Johnny Bone Jr.)

Friday, Aug. 22 … Golden Triangle Raceway Park, Beaumont,

TX ($2,000 to win)

Saturday, Aug. 23 … Gator Motorplex, Willis, TX ($2,000 to


Friday, Oct. 3 … I-30 Speedway, Little Rock, AR ($2,000 to


Saturday, Oct. 4 … I-30 Speedway, Little Rock, AR ($5,000

to win)

Thursday, Nov. 20 … Texana Raceway Park, Edna, TX ($1,000

to win)

Friday, Nov. 21 … Texana Raceway Park, Edna, TX ($2,000 to win)

Saturday, Nov. 22 … Texana Raceway Park, Edna, TX ($3,000

to win)

Thursday, Dec. 4 … Houston Raceway Park, Baytown, TX

($2,000 to win)

Friday, Dec. 5 … Houston Raceway Park, Baytown, TX ($3,000

to win)

Saturday, Dec. 6 … Houston Raceway Park, Baytown, TX

($4,000 to win)


To learn more about the United States Modified Touring

Series, call the headquarters at (515) 832-7944 or visit

www.usmts.com online for the latest news and information

from the USMTS — America's Hottest Ticket on Dirt.


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