Dirt Mod Racing’s Best Eye The 22nd Annual Featherlite Fall Jamboree

America’s marquee event for dirt modified racing takes place Friday and Saturday, September 25-26, when the Deer Creek Speedway in Spring Valley, Minnesota hosts the 22nd Annual Featherlite Fall Jamboree.

Shortened to just two days this year thanks to COVID-19, the mega-event will be the next-to-last points races for the Summit USMTS National Championship fueled by Casey’s and will also feature the nation’s top USRA B-Mod racers both nights in the Christie Door Company Iron Man Challenge built by Medieval Chassis.

The high-banked 3/8-mile clay oval located in the rolling hills of Southern Minnesota will be host to the world’s elite open-wheel dirt modified drivers as this year’s blockbuster has a few alterations due to the COVID-19 pandemic with the USMTS and Deer Creek Speedway staff looking to keep peace with State of Minnesota regulations regarding gatherings and social distancing.

This year’s event will be a two-day show on Friday and Saturday, September 25-26, and will feature a $5,000-to-win, $400-to-start main event on Friday with a $10,000-to-win, $550-to-start feature on Saturday, plus the annual $2,000-to-win Non-Qualifiers Race.

Again this year the Christie Door Company Iron Man Challenge featuring USRA B-Mods will be racing for $1,000 and $1,200 to win, respectively, on Friday and Saturday with valuable Summit USRA Weekly Racing Series national points up for grabs.

There is no practice night his year and hot laps will be on Friday at 6 p.m. only. There are no plans to have hot laps on Saturday.

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 and 30 cars will start the main event each night in both classes. Saturday’s championship features will go three-wide for the green flag starts.

The list of former USMTS winners here could serve as dirt modified racing’s half of fame class. Nine-time USMTS national champ Kelly Shryock won the first-ever USMTS contest here in 2002 but his 10 career wins at Deer Creek put him second on the list behind Jason Hughes, who has a series-best 14 victories here. Rodney Sanders has also garnered 10 checkered flags here.

Ryan Gustin has seven wins while Tim Donlinger and Terry Phillips each have five, along with defending USRA Modified national champion Brandon Davis, who won this event last year and recently became the track’s all-time winningest driver.

Jason Cummins and Brad Waits have four apiece and three wins are noted by Cade Dillard, Zack VanderBeek, and Joey Jensen. Two-time winners include Corey Dripps, Jason Krohn, Ryan Ruter, Stormy Scott, Lucas Schott, Johnny Scott, and Dustin Sorensen.

Drivers who have visited victory lane here one time include Mark Noble, Steve Wetzstein, Darin Walker, Tony Fraise, Dan Daniels, Chad Kinder, Mark Burgtorf, Brad McEwan, Randy Timms, Dean Mahlstedt, Tommy Myer, Mike Sorensen, Mike Spaulding, Dan Chapman, Les Duellman, Mike Hejna, Steve Arpin, Jon Tesch, Jordan Grabouski, Jeremy Payne, Craig Thatcher, Tommy Weder Jr., Dereck Ramirez, Jacob Bleess and Jake O’Neil who recently won the 15th Annual J&S JCB USMTS Labor Day Duel here.

22nd Annual Featherlite Fall Jamboree, Deer Creek Speedway – Spring Valley, Minnesota. Friday-Saturday, September 25-26, 2020.

Tickets can be purchased in advance at deercreekspeedway.ticketforce.com.

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

Friday, September 25
3:00 p.m. – Pit gate opens, driver sign-in begins at USMTS trailer.
5:00 p.m. – Grandstand gates open.
6:00 p.m. – Hot laps being.
6:30 p.m. – Drivers meeting.
6:45 p.m. – Opening ceremonies.
7:00 p.m. – Heat races begin.
USRA B-Mod Heat Races
(10 laps each, top 15 in passing points to “A” Main, top 8 redraw)
USMTS Modified Heat Races
(10 laps each, top 15 in passing points to “A” Main, top 8 redraw)
USRA B-Mod “B” Mains (12 laps, top ____ to “A” Main
USMTS Modified “B” Mains (12 laps, top ____ to “A” Main
USRA B-Mod “A” Main (20 laps, $1,000 to win)
USMTS Modified “A” Main (40 laps, $5,000 to win)

Saturday, September 26
2:00 p.m. – Pit gate opens, driver sign-in begins at USMTS trailer.
4:00 p.m. – Grandstand gates open.
5:00 p.m. – Drivers meeting.
5:45 p.m. – Opening ceremonies.
6:00 p.m. – Heat races begin.
USRA B-Mod Heat Races
(10 laps each, top 15 in passing points to “A” Main, top 8 redraw)
USMTS Modified Heat Races
(10 laps each, top 15 in passing points to “A” Main, top 8 redraw)
USRA B-Mod “B” Mains (12 laps, top ____ to “A” Main
USMTS Modified “B” Mains (12 laps, top ____ to “A” Main
USRA B-Mod “A” Main (25 laps, $1,200 to win)
USMTS Modified Non-Qualifiers Race (25 laps, $2,000 to win)
USMTS Modified “A” Main (50 laps, $10,000 to win)

Past Champions:
1999 – Ron Jones, Zimmerman, Minn.
2000 – Johnny Saathoff, Beatrice, Neb.
2001 – Willy Kraft, Lakefield, Minn.
2002 – Mark Noble, Blooming Prairie, Minn.
2003 – Dan Daniels, Humboldt, Kan.
2004 – Kelly Shryock, Fertile, Iowa
2005 – Jason Hughes, Colcord, Okla.
2006 – Chad Kinder, Newton, Ill.
2007 – Dean Mahlstedt, Clear Lake, Iowa
2008 – Tim Donlinger, Rochester, Minn.
2009 – Jason Hughes, Westville, Okla.
2010 – Jason Hughes, Westville, Okla.
2011 – Terry Phillips, Springfield, Mo.
2012 – Joey Jensen, Forest Lake, Minn.
2013 – Jason Hughes, Watts, Okla.
2014 – Rodney Sanders, Happy, Texas
2015 – Jason Hughes, Watts, Okla.
2016 – Tommy Weder Jr., Woodward, Okla.
2017 – Ryan Gustin, Marshalltown, Iowa
2018 – Rodney Sanders, Happy, Texas
2019 – Jacob Bleess, Chatfield, Minn.

NOTE: The Featherlite Fall Jamboree was held at the Hamilton County Speedway in Webster City, Iowa, from 1999-2001. The event has been held at the Deer Creek Speedway since 2002.

USMTS MODIFIED PAYOUTS, RULES & PROCEDURES

USMTS rules apply. Top-15 in passing points locked into “A” Main, top-8 redraw, 15 advance from “B” Mains to 30-car “A” Main both nights. Saturday’s “A” Main will start three wide. Top-30 in Saturday’s “B” Mains not advancing to “A” Main are eligible for Non-Qualifiers Race (redraw for starting spot). Summit USMTS National Championship fueled by Casey’s points and provisionals awarded each night. There is no Top Dog Bonus for this event.

Friday’s “A” Main: 1. $5000, 2. $2500, 3. $1500, 4. $1000, 5. $800, 6. $750, 7. $700, 8. $650, 9. $600, 10. $550, 11. $500, 12. $475, 13. $450, 14. $440, 15. $435, 16. $430, 17. $425, 18. $420, 19. $415, 20. $410, 21. $405, 22-30. $400; Tow $100.

Saturday’s Non-Qualifiers Race: 1. $2000, 2. $1200, 3. $900, 4. $700, 5. $600, 6. $550, 7. $500, 8. $450, 9. $425, 10. $400, 11. $375, 12. $350, 13. $325, 14. $300, 15. $275, 16. $250, 17. $240, 18. $235, 19. $230, 20. $225, 21. $220, 22. $215, 23. $210, 24. $205, 25-30. $200; Tow $100.

Saturday’s “A” Main: 1. $10,000, 2. $5000, 3. $3000, 4. $2500, 5. $2000, 6. $1500, 7. $1200, 8. $1000, 9. $900, 10. $800, 11. $750, 12. $700, 13. $650, 14. $625, 15. $600, 16. $575, 17. $570, 18. $565, 19. $560, 20. $555, 21-30. $550.

The entry fee is $250 if received by the USMTS on or before 5 p.m. on September 21. After the deadline, the entry fee is $350. Entry fee covers both days. Download the entry form at usmts.com/downloads and then email, fax or mail completed form. Otherwise, call 515-832-7944 with payment info to register by phone.

USRA B-MOD PAYOUTS, RULES & PROCEDURES

USRA rules apply. Top-15 in passing points locked into “A” Main, top-8 redraw, 15 advance from “B” Mains to 30-car “A” Main both nights. Saturday’s “A” Main will start three wide. Christie Door Company Iron Man Challenge points and Summit USRA Weekly Racing Series national points awarded each night.

Friday’s “A” Main: 1. $1000, 2. $700, 3. $500, 4. $400, 5. $300, 6. $250, 7. $225, 8. $200, 9. $175, 10. $150, 11. $145, 12. $140, 13. $135, 14. $130, 15. $125, 16. $120, 17. $115, 18. $110, 19. $105, 20-30. $100; Tow $60

Saturday’s “A” Main: 1. $1200, 2. $800, 3. $600, 4. $500, 5. $400, 6. $300, 7. $275, 8. $250, 9. $225, 10. $200, 11. $180, 12. $160, 13. $150, 14. $145, 15. $140, 16. $135, 17. $130, 18. $125, 19-30. $120; Tow $75

The entry fee for Friday is $50 and Saturday is $75 if received by the USRA on or before 5 p.m. on September 21. After the deadline, the entry fee for Friday is $75 and Saturday is $100. Download the entry form at usraracing.com/downloads and then email, fax or mail completed form. Otherwise, call 515-832-6000 with payment info to register by phone.

For those who cannot attend in person, every remaining USMTS event can be experienced live with a Pit Pass on RacinDirt.TV. Subscribe now and enjoy the best motorsports coverage on dirt.

Currently, the 2020 schedule for the Summit USMTS National Championship fueled by Casey’s is highlighted by 40 nights of racing at 25 unique dirt ovals for the 22nd season of competition for the world’s Best of the Best in dirt modified racing.

To connect with the USMTS check out USMTS.com.

 

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