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Monday, March 7, 2011


South Coffeyville, Humboldt up next for USMTS


SOUTH COFFEYVILLE, Okla. (March 7) -- The USMTS Casey’s General Stores National Tour powered by Swan Energy fires back up this weekend with a pair of $2,000-to-win events in Oklahoma and Kansas.


On Friday, March 11, action will take place at the Mid America Speedway in South Coffeyville, Okla., then head 65 miles north on Saturday, March 12, for the first of three engagements this season at the Humboldt Speedway in Humboldt, Kan.


This will be the fifth event held at the Mid America Speedway, and the first since Jon Tesch took the checkers there on June 21, 2008.


Greg Skaggs and Mark Noble shared the honors during a two-day stint in 2001 while Eddie Martin captured the victory during the USMTS debut at the semi-banked 3/10-mile dirt oval in 2000.


Gates open at 4 p.m. on Friday with races starting at 8. Factory Stocks, Pure Stocks and Turf Cars will also be competing.


The Mid America Speedway is located 1.0 mile south of the Kansas-Oklahoma state line on US 169, then 0.7 mile west (across railroad tracks). For more information call 918-255-6698 or visit www.mid-americaspeedway.com online.


Saturday’s will be the 19th time the USMTS Modifieds have battled at “The Hummer” and the first of many laps to be turned on the newly-configured high-banked quarter-mile clay oval this season.


Defending USMTS National Champion Jason Hughes leads all drivers with seven career wins at Humboldt, including both ends of a doubleheader in March of last year while Johnny Scott claimed the checkered flag when the series last visited Humboldt during last year’s Hunt for the USMTS National Championship and Ryan Gustin was the winner during a stop in June.


Nine-time USMTS National Champion Kelly Shryock is a three-time winner at Humboldt and Johnny Bone Jr. has tasted victory twice, including the first event held in 2000.


Other former winners include Jon Tesch, Steve Holzkamper, Jason Krohn and Tim Donlinger.


Gates will open at 4:30 p.m. on Saturday with the first heat race starting at 7.


B-Mods, Factory Stocks and Pure Stocks will also be on the racing card.


The Humboldt Speedway is a located 0.1 mile west of US 169 at the Humboldt Exit, then 0.5 mile south, then 0.9 mile east on Georgia Rd. For more information call 620-431-2470 (office) or 620-473-3694 (track) or visit www.humboldtspeedway.com.


The USMTS Modifieds will return to Humboldt on Aug. 12 for a $3,000-to-win show during the Hunt for the USMTS Casey’s General Stores National Championship powered by Swan Energy. Then, the four-day King of America Modified Championship takes place Oct. 19-22 featuring a $15,000 top prize.


This weekend’s action opens up the points battle in the highly competitive Mo-Kan Region, where the regional points champ will earn $2,500 en route to a possible $20,000 payday earmarked for the 2011 USMTS National Champion.

NASCAR fan favorite Kennt Wallace will be looking to capture his first checkered flag with the United States Modified Touring Series this weekend. Friday’s event at the Mid America Speedway will be Wallace’s 41st career start with the USMTS.


Saturday’s appearance will be his sixth at the exciting Humboldt bullring.


“Every time that I race at Humboldt, the people are nice and the competition is tough,” said Wallace. “The USMTS series is the NASCAR Sprint Cup of Modified racing in the United States. I really respect the drivers and the officials in the USMTS.”


To learn more about the United States Modified Touring Series, visit www.usmts.com online or call 515-832-7944. For sponsorship and marketing inquiries, call 515-297-3935 or email media@usmts.com. You can also follow the USMTS on Facebook, MySpace, Twitter and YouTube.


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