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Featherlite Fall Jamboree takes flight Thursday at Deer Creek Speedway


SPRING VALLEY, Minn. (Sept. 21) -- The 18th Annual Featherlite Fall Jamboree gets underway Thursday evening at the Deer Creek Speedway in Spring Valley, Minn., where the world's elite Modified drivers will be racing for $20,000 to win over three nights.


Set for Thursday-Sunday, Sept. 22-24, fans will witness a complete program all three nights, with $5,000 going to the winner on the first two nights while Saturday's winner will pocket a cool $10,000.


On Thursday, the United States Modified Touring Series competes in the final points race of the year with the final event in the Hunt for the USMTS Casey's Cup powered by S&S Fishing & Rental, followed by the crowning of the 2016 USMTS National Champion.


The title comes with a $25,000 paycheck.


Jason Hughes won all three USMTS regional titles this season and has led the points through all but one night during the 16 events so far in the Hunt for the USMTS Casey's Cup, but Cade Dillard hopes to hold that distinction when the checkered flag drops Thursday.


Hughes-a two-time and defending USMTS national champ-leads Dillard by a mere 10 points entering the points finale while Rodney Sanders is also mathematically still alive in third and 49 markers out of first place.


While Hughes and Sanders are both chasing a third title, this would be the first for Dillard who claimed top rookie honors just two seasons ago.


Hughes was the series Rookie of the Year in 2001. He came into last year's Featherlite Fall Jamboree in a dead heat with Sanders for the points title and wound up sweeping all three nights of event.


Friday and Saturday's shows will be co-sanctioned by the United States Racing Association with valuable USRA national points on the line. The Iron Man Series featuring Out-Pace USRA B-Mods will share the spotlight all three nights.


Saturday's annual Modified Non-Qualifiers Race will dole out $2,000 to the winner prior to the $10,000-to-win championship race which will start a minimum of 30 cars three-wide. The Non-Qualifiers Race will also have 30 cars on the track.


There will be a complete show each night. The top 15 in heat race passing points are locked into "A" Main each night with the top 8 redrawing for the first eight starting positions. An additional 15 drivers will advance from the "B" Mains.


Pre-entered USMTS/USRA Modified drivers include Adam Kates, Adam Hensel, Austin Arneson, Blonde Bomber Mitchell, Bob Sammann, Bob Timm, Bobby Malchus, Brad Dierks, Brad Waits, Brady Gerdes, Brandon Davis, Brent Dutenhoffer, Brett Bumgardner, Brian Albrecht, Brock Bauman, Cade Dillard, Chase Allen, Chris Brown, Chris Oertel, Cody Bauman, Cory Crapser, Craig Thatcher, Dan Ebert, Dan Fetters, Daniel Hilsabeck, Darwin Karau, David Schuster, David Wytaske, Dereck Ramirez, Dwaine Hanson, Erik Kanz, Greg Chesley, Jacob Bleess, Jacob Stark, Jake Timm, Jason Cummins, Jason Hughes, Jeff Taylor, Jeff Wood, Jeffrey Wood, Jesse Glenz, Jesse Sobbing, Jett Big Eagle, Joe Duvall, Joe Horgdal, Joel Alberts, Joey Jensen, John Carpenter, John Doelle, Johnny Scott, Josh Angst, Josh Ruby, Keith Foss, Kevin Stoa, Lance Town, Larry Campbell, Levi Nielsen, Lucas Conley, Lucas Schott, Mark Gartner, Mark Motl, Masen Big Eagle, Mick Glenn, Mike Densberger, Mike Jergens, Mike Striegel, Nate Wasmund, Pat Graham, Paul Niznik, Rick Cannata, Rickie Roche, Ricky Thornton Jr., Robby Bunkelman, Rodney Sanders, Ron Ver Beek, Ronnie Woods, Ryan Mikkelson, Ryan Gustin, Scot Danzeisen, Scott Drake, Scott Stiffler, Shad Badder, Steve Wetzstein, Steve Whiteaker Jr., Stormy Scott, Tammy Clark, Terry Phillips, Thomas Tillison Jr., Tim Thomas. Todd Stinehart, Tommy Weder Jr., Travis Saurer and Zack VanderBeek.


On Thursday, fans are invited to the pit area to hang out with drivers and crews for a live DJ and karaoke under the tent following the races.


On Friday, the annual Club Car Jamboree Open golf tournament for racers, crew members, event officials and fans will tee off at 10 a.m. at the Root River Country Club in Spring Valley. The format will be a four-person best-ball contest with a Texas-style shotgun start. Entry is $40 per person and covers nine holes of golf with cart, cash awards, prizes and a meal.


The top three teams will score cash prizes and many other awesome prizes will also be awarded. There will be hole-in-one and longest putt contests too. Slots still remain but space is limited to 80 players. To enter, sign up at the USMTS souvenir trailer behind the Deer Creek Speedway grandstands while space remains.


Back by popular demand for the sixth straight year, Red Tail Tackle presents The Dweebs live in concert Friday night as they will be rocking the Deer Creek Speedway under the big top immediately following the final race of the night.


Saturday morning will feature the first-ever Fall Jamboree Human Foosball Tournament. Sign-up begins at 9:30 a.m. and the tournament begins at 10 a.m. In addition to the tournament, the human foosball arena will be set up all weekend for fans to enjoy.


Shortly thereafter, the bragging rights for this year's Bean Bag Tournament near the campground area begins with sign-in at 12:30 p.m. and the battle begins at 1 p.m.


For early risers with a hankering for a delicious hot breakfast, the Bear Creek Lutheran Church will be back again this year serving up breakfast in the beer garden on Thursday, Friday and Saturday mornings from 8-11 a.m.


For fans unable to attend in person, the entire will be broadcast live on RacinDirt.com. Expect dozens of driver interviews, profiles, special features, instant replay and more. Visit www.racindirt.com for ordering information.

The Deer Creek Speedway is a high-banked 3/8-mile clay oval which sits on 60 acres with one of America's most popular state-of-the-art racing complexes and an adjoining campground. For track or campground info, call 507-346-2342 or email info@deercreekspeedway.com.


To learn more about the USRA, visit www.usraracing.com or call 515-832-6000. You can also like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/usraracing, follow us at www.twitter.com/usraracing on Twitter and check out our YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/usratv.


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 and Instagram at www.instagram.com/usmts or subscribe to our YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/usmtstv.

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