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USMTS tracking Major League Bowhunter Central Region battles this week in Iowa, Missouri


TIPTON, Iowa-Events in Iowa and Missouri await the drivers of the USMTS Casey's Cup powered by Swan Energy this week with three critical battles on tap in the hotly-contested Major League Bowhunter Central Region presented by Day Motor Sports.


The Cedar County Raceway in Tipton, Iowa, will kick things off on Thursday, April 24. From there, the tireless USMTS touring titans return to the Mountain Dew Bloomfield Speedway in Bloomfield, Iowa, on Friday, April 25, before wrapping up the tripleheader weekend on Saturday, April 26, at the I-35 Speedway in Winston, Mo.


Each event will pay at least $2,000 to win and a minimum of $250 to take the green flag in the main event.


With three regional points races in the books, three different winners have tasted victory. The top five drivers in the rankings are separated by a mere 42 points.


Defending USMTS National Champion Rodney Sanders leads a herd of high-horsepower hustlers in the regional points standings, but not far behind-eight points to be exact-is Zack VanderBeek, who will make his 600 career start with the United States Modified Touring Series on Thursday.


Stormy Scott, who is the only driver still eligible for a $100,000 Road Runner Challenge bonus money at season's end, is just five markers behind VanderBeek. If Scott can win all four regional titles and conquer the Hunt for the USMTS Casey's Cup, he will take home a record $100,000 for his efforts.


Dereck Ramirez sits fourth in the standings while USMTS Rookie of the Year points leader Jake Gallardo of Las Cruces is fifth. Johnny Scott is sixth, seventh is Austin Siebert, Dylan Smith holds the eighth spot, Hunter Rasdon ranks ninth and tenth is all tied up with Kelly Shryock and Darron Fuqua.


Thursday's tilt will be the fourth straight year the USMTS Modifieds have invaded the high-banked quarter-mile clay oval in Tipton. Johnny Scott, Stormy Scott and Ryan Gustin captured wins in each of the three previous stops.


Also running will be IMCA-type Late Models paying $1,000 to win. Adult tickets are $20, kids ages 13-16 and seniors get in for $15 and children 12 and under are free, Pit passes are $35. Racing starts at 7 p.m.


Coupons good for $2 off adult admission can be found at Casey's General Stores locations in Clarence, Mechanicsville, Tipton and West Branch on race day. To find the location nearest you, visit www.caseys.com.


The Cedar County Raceway is located at the west edge of Tipton on 9th St. (at the Cedar County Fairgrounds). For more information, call promoter Rodney Ohrt at 563-219-2259 or find them at online at www.cedar-county-raceway.com.


It's been nearly four years since the USMTS Modifieds made their sixth visit to the Davis County Fairgrounds in Bloomfield, Iowa. Ryan Gustin won that night, breaking the stranglehold that Kelly Shryock had on the 3/8-mile slightly-banked clay oval.


In the previous five meetings, Shryock won them all, including his victory in 2006 which was the last of his 11-race win streak which still stands as the USMTS record today.


The last time the USMTS Modifieds churned the clay in Bloomfield was Aug. 1, 2008, when nine-time USMTS National Champion Kelly Shryock capped a record string of 11 straight wins before Mike Hejna ended Shryock's streak the following night in Memphis, Mo. In fact, the USMTS has visited the Bloomfield Speedway five times - all of them won by Shryock.


Sharing the spotlight on Friday will be the Iron Man Challenge featuring USRA Stock Cars ($750 to win) and USRA B-Mods ($600 to win).


Adult tickets are $17, kids ages 7-14 are $5 and children 4 and under are free. Pit passes are $35.


The first green flag is slated to wave at 7 p.m.


Coupons good for $2 off adult admission can be found at Casey's General Stores locations in Bloomfield, Eldon and three in Ottumwa on Friday. To find the location nearest you, visit www.caseys.com.


The Mountain Dew Bloomfield Speedway is located 1.0 mile west of Bloomfield on US 63/SR 2, then 0.8 mile north on CR J40 (at the Davis County Fairgrounds). For more information call 641-664-2500 or 660-216-0871 or check out www.racedirtbloomfield.com on the World Wide Web.


Saturday night will find the series back at the I-35 Speedway for the first time since the controversial finish last August that saw Stormy Scott profit from the last-lap skirmish between Jason Hughes and Jeremy Payne.


Other former winners at the 3/8-mile semi-banked dirt oval include Ryan Gustin, Ron Ver Beek, Johnny Scott, Mark Noble, Scott Drake, John Van Den Berg, John Allen and Kelly Shryock who leads all drivers with three wins here.


The Iron Man Challenge featuring USRA Stock Cars ($750 to win) and USRA B-Mods ($600 to win) will round out Saturday's card with the first heat race scheduled for 7 p.m.


Adults get in the grandstands for $17, kids ages 6-12 are $6 and children 5 and under are admitted free of charge. Pit passes are $35.


Coupons good for $2 off adult admission can be found at Casey's General Stores locations in Cameron, Gallatin and Maysville. To find the location nearest you, visit www.caseys.com.


The I-35 Speedway is a located 10 miles north of Cameron on SR 6 (exit 64). For more information, call the track at 660-749-5317 or visit www.i-35speedway.net online.


To learn more about the United States Modified Touring Series, visit www.usmts.com online or call 515-832-7944. You can also like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/usmts, follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/usmts or check out our YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/usmtstv.


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