The USMTS Hunt for the Casey’s Cup powered by Summit returns to action this Thursday, Friday and Saturday, June 7-9, for the three-night Sunflower State Showdown at three premier dirt tracks in Kansas.
On Thursday, June 7, the series returns to the 81 Speedway in Park City, Kan. Jon Mitchell won here one year ago to score his first and only USMTS victory. During November’s Park City Chisholm Trail Showdown, Rodney Sanders grabbed his third win at C. Ray Hall’s palace of power while Johnny Scott won the finale the following night.
Ryan Gustin, Jason Hughes and Jeremy Payne are two-time winners here. Stormy Scott and Cade Dillard have visited the 81 Speedway winner’s circle once each.
Adult grandstand tickets for Thursday’s show are $20. Pit passes are $30. Race fans can get $2-off discount coupons on race day at Casey’s General Stores locations in Andover, Augusta, Clearwater, Derby, El Dorado, Haysville, Hesston, Mulvane, Newton, Rose Hill, Valley Center and Wichita. Gates open at 5 p.m. with racing at 7:30.
The 81 Speedway is located north of Wichita on I-135 to exit 16, then 0.7 mile west on 77th St. (7700 N Broadway St, Park City, KS 67219). For more information call (316) 755-1781 or visit www.race81speedway.com online.
Friday, June 8, finds the sultans of speed at the Dodge City Raceway Park in the Southwest Kansas town Dodge City for the first time since 2004 as they take to the 3/8-mile dirt oval for a $3,000-to-win, $300-to-start tilt that is a must-see for fans throughout the region.
The series first visited the Dodge City Raceway Park on Aug. 13-14, 2004, for two complete shows each paying $2,000 to win. Kelly Shryock was the Friday night winner and Tommy Myer topped Saturday’s contest. The track was covered by asphalt the previous year.
Along with the USMTS Modifieds, the event will feature Sport Modifieds, Stock Cars and Hobby Stocks. A bonus will be for grabs for IMCA-legal Modifieds taking part in the USMTS events. The top finishing IMCA-legal Modified will earn an extra $300, with another $200 for the second highest finisher and $100 for the third.
Tickets are $25 for adults while children ages 11 and under are admitted free when accompanied by an adult. Pit passes are $30. Racing starts at 7:30 p.m.
The dirt track is 60 feet wide with 8 degrees banking on the straight-aways and parabolic 10-, 12- and 14-degree banked turns. The race track facility is owned by the city and was built with "Y" sales tax.
The Dodge City Raceway Park is a 3/8-mile semi-banked dirt oval located on the south edge of Dodge City, Kan., on US 283, then 0.9 miles west on US 56, then 0.1 miles south (11322 110 Rd, Dodge City, KS 67801). For more information, contact the track at (620) 225-3277 or check www.dodgecityraceway.com.
The tripleheader wraps up on Saturday, June 9, with the legion of zoom strafing the Salina Speedway in Salina, Kan., for the second straight season.
Cade Dillard captured last year’s inaugural event which took place less than three weeks after the track took a direct hit from a tornado. But track crews and volunteers worked tirelessly to fix buildings and lights, and repair fences that were destroyed by the high winds.
The USMTS Modifieds will be joined by the BSB Manufacturing NeSmith Late Models and Auto House Towing & Recovery Mod Lites. Pits gates open at 4 p.m., grandstands open at 5, hot laps begin at 6:15 and racing gets underway at 7 p.m.
Adult tickets are $20 with free admission for kids under 16 years old. Race fans can get $2-off discount coupons on race day at Casey’s General Stores locations in Abilene, Lindsborg, Minneapolis and Salina. Pit passes are $35.
Anybody attending Thursday's race at the 81 Speedway or Friday's USMTS show at the Dodge City Raceway Park can bring their ticket stub from one of those two events receive $5 off your admission to Saturday’s blockbuster at America's Fast Track to Fun.
Also, due to forecasted high temperatures, officials have declared that all bottles of water will only be $1.
The Salina Speedway is a 3/8-mile semi-banked clay oval located off of I-135 at exit 92, then 2.5 miles west on Crawford St., then 2.7 miles south on Burma Rd. in Salina, Kan. For more information, call (785) 292-9220 or visit www.racesalinaspeedway.com online.
In the points battle that will pay the 2018 USMTS national champion a whopping $50,000 this year, O'Neil continues to sit at the top, clinging to a 21-point margin (1286 to 1265) over Johnny Scott. Lucas Schott sits third with 1210 markers, followed by Stormy Scott (1199), Rodney Sanders (1198), Zack VanderBeek (1185), Dereck Ramirez (1178), Terry Phillips (1138), Jake Timm (952) and Joe Duvall (924).
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