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USMTS set for long-awaited return to 81 Speedway
WICHITA, Kan. (June 14) – Sometimes when fate closes a door, it also opens a window. Such was the case two weeks ago for the United States Modified Touring Series.
When the Great American Dirt Track in Jetmore, Kan., was forced to cancel the remainder of the 2013 season recently, it left a void in the USMTS Casey’s Cup Series schedule on Thursday, June 20—the first of four straight nights of racing in Kansas, Texas and Oklahoma.
Enter promoter C. Ray Hall and the 81 Speedwa
“We put in calls to about three or four tracks regarding the June 20 date, but there aren’t too many promoters who have the resources to plug in a new date on their schedule at the last minute,” said USMTS President Todd Staley. “81 Speedway is different though. C. Ray has been in the business a long time and understands what it takes to put on a good show. He’s got an established track and a loyal fan base, so we’re both confident the fans and drivers will come out and support this show just like last time.”
When the USMTS last visited the 81 Speedway on Tuesday, Aug. 5, 2008, the largest crowd ever for a one-day USMTS event was on hand to watch Jason Hughes of Watts, Okla., pull off the win against a field of 59 competitors.
Although he led every lap of the 35-lapper, Hughes was shadowed throughout the event by Zack VanderBeek, then by five-time NCRA Modified Series champ Brian Franz, and then again by VanderBeek in the closing laps.
Gates will open Thursday night at 5pm and race time is set for 7:30. There is no support division competing on the card, so fans will have the opportunity to see only the best and fastest touring Modified teams in the nation.