As the summer starts to heat up, so does the racing action with the United States Modified Touring Series (USMTS). The stars and cars of the nomadic Modified sanction are preparing to embark on seven races in eight days in Oklahoma and Texas.
With a grueling, upcoming slate awaiting the tour’s regulars, a great battle is developing between Rodney Sanders, Zack VanderBeek and Hunter Marriott. Just 106 markers separate the Top-3 competitors in the Casey’s General Stores USMTS National Championship standings. Ryan Gustin and Dereck Ramirez are in close pursuit as they round out the Top 5.
The busy stretch of action was originally scheduled to roar to life this Friday night at Tracey Clay’s I-30 Speedway (Little Rock, Arkansas). The tour last competed at I-30 Speedway in June 2009, when Steve Whiteaker Jr. took the checkered flag. Unfortunately flooding throughout the region forced track and series officials to cancel the event.
The busy stretch now kicks off on Saturday night at Tri State Speedway (Pocola, Okahoma) for a high-speed throwdown on the high-speed, ½-mile oval.
The opening weekend of the busy stretch draws to a close on Sunday night at Creek County Speedway (Kellyville, Oklahoma) with Big Daddy’s Big Show, which is being promoted for the second year by racer, Joe “Big Daddy” Duvall.
The next five events include:
June 4: Superbowl Speedway (Greenville, Texas)
June 5: 82 Speedway (Petty, Texas)
June 6: Monarch Motor Speedway (Wichita Falls, Texas)
June 7: West Texas Raceway (Lubbock, Texas)
June 8: Route 66 Motor Speedway (Amarillo, Texas)
Missouri standout, Hunter Marriott currently leads the Grant Junghans USMTS Rookie of the Year battle.