VanderBeek leads pack into USMTS Hunt for the Casey's Cup opener at Springfield
By: Jeff Nun
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (Aug. 1) A whopping 23 races in 32 days lies ahead between now and Labor Day as the stars and cars of the United States Modified Touring Series embark on the USMTS Hunt for the Casey's Cup powered by S&S Fishing & Rental this week.
Four big shows highlight opening weekend of The Hunt, beginning this Thursday, Aug. 1, at the Springfield Raceway in Springfield, Mo. The series moves to the Humboldt Speedway in Humboldt, Kan., on Friday, and then it's on to the state-of-the-art Lucas Oil Speedway in Wheatland, Mo., on Saturday, Aug, 5, before wrapping up with Round 4 on Sunday, Aug. 6, at the Monett Motor Speedway in Monett, Mo.
The USMTS road warriors are headed north the next two weeks, starting with a 747-mile trek from Monett, Mo., to the Brown County Speedway in Aberdeen, S.D., for a $3,200-to-win race on Wednesday, Aug. 9. On Thursday, Aug. 10, drivers will head east to the Red Cedar Speedway in Menomonie, Wis., and then north to the Amsoil Speedway in Superior, Wis., on Friday, Aug. 11, followed by a return to the Ogilvie Raceway in Ogilvie, Minn., on Saturday, Aug. 12.
Week two concludes on Sunday, Aug. 13, at the Mason City Motor Speedway in Mason City, Iowa, which will feature two main events with the conclusion of the rain-shortened feature from June 11 after the regular program for the night is complete.
Drivers will get Monday and Tuesday off before racing resumes at the Hamilton County Speedway in Webster City, Iowa, for the Boone River Bayou races that will see racing Tuesday and Wednesday, Aug. 15-16. The Iron Man Challenge featuring Holley USRA Stock Cars, Out-Pace USRA B-Mods and USRA Hobby Stocks will compete on Tuesday and the USMTS joins the Stock Cars and B-Mods for the party on Wednesday with all three main events awarding at least $3,000 to the winner.
Thursday, Aug. 17, will take the series back to the Scotland County Speedway in Memphis, Mo., for the first time since 2006, and then on Friday, Aug. 18, the Grant Junghans Memorial takes place at the Lakeside Speedway in Kansas City, Kan., with a top prize of $10,002 at stake again this year.
On Saturday, Aug. 19, the annual Salute to the Troops event happens at the Salina Highbanks Speedway in Pryor Creek, Okla., and we'll finish up this swing on Sunday, Aug. 20, at the 81 Speedway in Park City, Kan.
After a little rest for the wicked USMTS wheelmen, we're back at it on Thursday, Aug. 24, at the Nobles County Speedway in Worthington, Minn., followed by another quick trip to Rapid Speedway in Rock Rapids, Iowa, on Friday, Aug. 25. From there, action moves to the Park Jefferson Speedway in Jefferson, S.D., on Saturday, Aug. 26, and the third week of The Hunt stops at the Casino Speedway in Watertown, S.D., for the Sandy Benson Memorial on Sunday, Aug. 27.
The crowning of the 19th USMTS national champion is getting close as the final weekend of racing will kick back off on Wednesday, Aug. 30, at the Kossuth County Speedway in Algona, Iowa, and then Thursday, Aug. 31, at the Fairmont Raceway in Fairmont, Minn.
We roll into September at the Fayette County Speedway in West Union, Iowa, on Friday, Sept. 1. It's back to the Deer Creek Speedway in Spring Valley, Minn., on Saturday, Sept. 2, and we finish up Labor Day Weekend on Sunday, Sept. 3, at the Cresco Speedway in Cresco, Iowa.
The final USMTS points race of 2017 happens back at the Deer Creek Speedway on Thursday, Sept. 21, for opening night of the 19th Annual Featherlite Fall Jamboree.
2017 USMTS HUNT FOR THE CASEY'S CUP POWERED BY S&S FISHING & RENTAL:
Aug. 3, Springfield Raceway, Springfield, Mo. ($3,000 to win)
Aug. 4, Humboldt Speedway, Humboldt, Kan. ($3,000 to win)
Aug. 5, Lucas Oil Speedway, Wheatland, Mo. ($3,000 to win)
Aug. 6, Monett Speedway, Monett, Mo. ($3,000 to win)
Aug. 9, Brown County Speedway, Aberdeen, S.D. ($3,200 to win)
Aug. 10, Red Cedar Speedway, Menomonie, Wis. ($3,000 to win)
Aug. 11, Amsoil Speedway, Superior, Wis. ($3,000 to win)
Aug. 12, Ogilvie Raceway, Ogilvie, Minn. ($3,000 to win)
Aug. 13, Mason City Motor Speedway, Mason City, Iowa ($3,000 to win)
Aug. 16, Hamilton County Speedway, Webster City, Iowa ($3,000 to win)
Aug. 17, Scotland County Speedway, Memphis, Mo. ($3,000 to win)
Aug. 18, Lakeside Speedway, Kansas City, Kan. ($10,002 to win)
Aug. 19, Salina Highbanks Speedway, Pryor Creek, Okla. ($3,000 to win)
Aug. 20, 81 Speedway, Park City, Kan. ($3,000 to win)
Aug. 24, Nobles County Speedway, Worthington, Minn. ($3,000 to win)
Aug. 25, Rapid Speedway, Rock Rapids, Iowa ($3,000 to win)
Aug. 26, Park Jefferson Speedway, Jefferson, S.D. ($3,000 to win)
Aug. 27, Casino Speedway, Watertown, S.D. ($3,000 to win)
Aug. 30, Kossuth County Speedway, Algona, Iowa ($3,000 to win)
Aug. 31, Fairmont Raceway, Fairmont, Minn. ($3,000 to win)
Sept. 1, Fayette County Speedway, West Union, Iowa ($3,000 to win)
Sept. 2, Deer Creek Speedway, Spring Valley, Minn. ($3,000 to win)
Sept. 3, Cresco Speedway, Cresco, Iowa ($3,000 to win)
Sept. 21, Deer Creek Speedway, Spring Valley, Minn. ($5,000 to win)
At the conclusion of The Hunt on Thursday, Sept. 21, following the first night of the 19th Annual Featherlite Fall Jamboree, the 2017 USMTS national champion will be crowned and earn $26,000 for his or her efforts.
This year's 24-race grind will take place in seven states throughout America's heartland and will pay the champion $26,000 for his efforts. With 29 competitors earning points to kick off The Hunt, every driver that runs all of the races during the championship chase will take home at least $2,200 in points fund money. More than $100,000 in points fund cash is up for grabs, and that's on top of more than $450,000 that will be doled out in prize money during The Hunt races.
Drivers qualifying for this year's USMTS Hunt for the Casey's Cup include Zack VanderBeek, Cade Dillard, Dereck Ramirez, Stormy Scott, Ryan Gustin, Jason Hughes, Joe Duvall, R.C. Whitwell, Adam Kates, Tyler Wolff, Travis Saurer, Chris Brown, Jake Timm, Mike Densberger, Ricky Thornton Jr., Jacob Bleess, Curt Myers, Trevor Egbert, Johnny Scott, Cory Crapser, Chris Clark, Lucas Schott, Zane DeVilbiss, Cory Mahder, Austin Arneson, Kyle Prauner, Lance Town and Terry Phillips.
USMTS HUNT FOR THE CASEY'S CUP POINTS STANDINGS:
1. 33z Zack VanderBeek, New Sharon, Iowa ... 85
2. 97 Cade Dillard, Robeline, La. ... 79
3. 4r Dereck Ramirez, Woodward, Okla. ... 77
4. 2s Stormy Scott, Las Cruces, N.M. ... 76
5. 19r Ryan Gustin, Marshalltown, Iowa ... 57
6. 12 Jason Hughes, Watts, Okla. ... 53
7. 91 Joe Duvall, Claremore, Okla. ... 47
8. 96 R.C. Whitwell (R), Tucson, Ariz. ... 35
9. 23 Adam Kates (R), Tonganoxie, Kan. ... 34
10. 4w Tyler Wolff (R), Fayetteville, Ark. ... 32
11. 1s Travis Saurer (R), Elizabeth, Minn. ... 29
12. 21 Chris Brown, Spring, Texas ... 28
13. 49jr Jake Timm, Winona, Minn. ... 27
14. 81 Mike Densberger, Lincoln, Neb. ... 24
14. 20rt Ricky Thornton Jr., Chandler, Ariz. ... 24
16. 21 Jacob Bleess (R), Chatfield, Minn. ... 23
17. 1m Curt Myers, Cameron, Wis. ... 22
18. 78 Trevor Egbert, Salado, Texas ... 18
19. 1st Johnny Scott, Las Cruces, N.M. ... 16
20. 07 Cory Crapser, Chippewa Falls, Wis. ... 11
21. 8c Chris Clark (R), Jackson, Wyo. ... 10
21. 69 Lucas Schott, Chatfield, Minn. ... 10
21. 18z Zane DeVilbiss (R), Farmington, N.M. ... 10
24. 55 Cory Mahder (R), Eau Claire, Wis. ... 9
25. 10 Austin Arneson, Fargo, N.D. ... 8
25. 5k Kyle Prauner (R), Norfolk, Neb. ... 8
27. 21t Lance Town, Louisburg, Kan. ... 7
28. 75 Terry Phillips, Springfield, Mo. ... 6
The USMTS National Championship consists of three regions where drivers earn points to qualify for the USMTS Hunt for the Casey's Cup. There are three ways to qualify for The Hunt: (1) The driver finishing first place in the region points will earn 20 points, second-place finishers will earn 19 points and so forth descending to 6 points for the 15th-place finisher; (2) Any driver with perfect attendance in a region will earn 10 points; (3) Drivers with a 20-race USMTS license will earn 10 points after competing in 20 regional events. The combined total shall be used to calculate the base points for each driver to begin The Hunt. Once all events in each region are complete and base points have been set, the USMTS points system will be used during The Hunt to determine the final USMTS points standings.
During The Hunt, points will be awarded in the "A" Main as follows: 1st - 100 points, 2nd - 95 points, 3rd - 91 points, 4th - 87 points, 5th - 84 points, 6th - 81 points, 7th - 78 points, 8th - 76 points, 9th - 74 points, 10th - 72 points, 11th - 70 points, 12th - 68 points, 13th - 66 points, 14th - 64 points, 15th - 62 points, 16th - 60 points, 17th - 58 points, 18th - 56 points, 19th - 55 points, 20th - 54 points, 21st - 53 points, 22nd - 52 points, 23rd - 51 points. All other drivers that start the "A" Main and finish below 23rd are awarded 50 points. All drivers that fail to qualify for the "A" Main are awarded 45 points. Each driver that leads at least one lap in the "A" Main earns one bonus point, and the driver that leads the most laps in the "A" Main earns two bonus points (tie goes to the highest-finishing driver).
In addition to possessing a valid USMTS license, drivers must also meet other eligibility requirements to earn points in an event, including, but not limited to, utilizing American Racer KK704 tires on all four wheels, and displaying the USMTS logo decal and certain mandatory sponsor decals.
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