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'The Hunt' hits halfway mark this week with four nights in Minnesota, Wisconsin


SUPERIOR, Wis. (Aug. 12)-Things are about to get loud and dirty along the Mississippi River this week as the tireless touring titans of the United States Modified Touring Series invade the Upper Midwest for four big events at four fantastic speedplants, Aug. 13-16.

Each show will see the winner walk away with at least $3,000, and all main event starters will earn no less than $250.


With six events already in the books, Round 7 in the Hunt for the USMTS Casey's Cup kicks off on Wednesday at the Amsoil Speedway in Superior, Wis. Thursday takes the series to the Red Cedar Speedway in Menomonie, Wis., for the first time in the 16-year history of the USMTS, and then it's off to Bob Timm's majestic Mississippi Thunder Speedway in Fountain City, Wis., for Friday night's action. The weekend wraps up on Saturday at the Ogilvie Raceway in Ogilvie, Minn.




The Amsoil Speedway is a 3/8-mile semi-banked clay oval located 3.0 miles south of Superior on Tower Ave. (SR 35) (at the Head of the Lake Fairgrounds). For more information call 715-394-7223 or check out www.amsoilspeedway.com online.

Wissota Midwest Mods and Pure Stocks will also be on the racing card. Gates open at 5 p.m. with hot laps at 6:30 and racing at 7. General admission for ages 13 and older is $20 while kids 12 and under get in for free. Pit passes are $30.



The Red Cedar Speedway is a 3/8-mile semi-banked clay oval located east side of Menomonie on SR 29 (at the Dunn County Fairgrounds). Fans should enter the facility using the 21st St. entrance, and all traffic must exit via 21st St. For more information call 715-235-6318 or visit www.redcedarspeedway.com online.

Wissota Super Stocks ($1,000 to win) and Wissota Midwest Mods ($600 to win) will also be racing. Pit gates open at 4 p.m. and spectator gates open at 5 with hot laps at 6:45 and racing at 7.




The Mississippi Thunder Speedway is a 3/8-mile high-banked clay oval located 3.0 miles north of Fountain City on SR 35. For more information call 608-687-3282 or go to www.mississippithunder.com on the World Wide Web.

Racing action presented by Coca-Cola Bottling Company of Winona starts at 7 p.m. with Wissota Super Stocks, Pure Stocks and Hornets also racing, plus the Iron Man Challenge featuring USRA B-Mods. Get there early and enjoy some Mini-Mods action on the Lightning Speedway beginning at 6 p.m. Adult general admission tickets are $18 and seniors 65 and older get in for $16. Students 23 years of age or younger (with valid current student ID) and all kids ages 17 and under get in for free.

Fans can find coupons worth $2 off an adult admission ticket at Casey's General Stores locations in Oronoco and Preston, Minn., as well as Sparta, Wis. Daniel Hilsabeck and his AMP Energy Modified will be at the Casey's location at 875 Hwy. 52 North in Preston from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Friday.




The Ogilvie Raceway is a 3/8-mile semi-banked dirt oval located 2.0 miles east of Ogilvie on the south side of SR 23. For more information call 763-267-4572 or visit their website at www.ogilvieraceway.com.

The first green flag is scheduled to wave at 6:30 p.m. Super Stocks, Midwest Modifieds, Street Stocks and Hornets will round out the racing action. Adult tickets are $20, seniors get in for $16, kids ages 7 to 14 are just $5 and children 6 and under are free. Pit passes are $35.


Casey's General Stores will have $2-off coupons at their stores in Cambridge, Milaca, Princeton and Ogilvie. John Allen and his Sour Patch Kids/Oreo Modified will be at the Casey's located at 400 W. Hwy. 23 in Ogilvie from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.


For more information about Casey's General Stores or to find the location nearest you, visit www.caseys.com online. You can also like them on Facebook at www.facebook.com/CaseysGenStore and follow them on Twitter at www.twitter.com/caseysgenstore.


On the strength of his three wins during 'The Hunt,' Rodney Sanders leads the pack into this week's blockbuster events with Zack VanderBeek and Stormy Scott close behind the 24-year-old reigning USMTS national champion.


1. 20 Rodney Sanders, Happy, Texas ... 629 (3 wins)
2. 33z Zack VanderBeek, New Sharon, Iowa ... 576
3. 2s Stormy Scott, Las Cruces, N.M. ... 540 (1 win)
4. 4r Dereck Ramirez, Woodward, Okla. ... 516
5. 3 Kelly Shryock, Fertile, Iowa ... 503
6. 1st Johnny Scott, Las Cruces, N.M. ... 499
7. 22d Daniel Hilsabeck, Adel, Iowa ... 495
8. 91 Joe Duvall, Claremore, Okla. ... 482
9. 97 Cade Dillard, Robeline, La. ... 441
10. J17 Jake Gallardo, Las Cruces, N.M. ... 421
11. 22b Rick Beebe, Shawnee, Kan. ... 404
11. 99h Trevor Hunt, Kearney, Mo. ... 404
13. 75 Terry Phillips, Springfield, Mo. ... 396 (2 wins)
14. 98 John Allen, Chanute, Kan. ... 373
15. 21 Lance Town, Louisburg, Mo. ... 329


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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