America’s heroes honored Aug. 21 at Lakeside Speedway USMTS clash

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August 17, 2015

The Hunt for the USMTS Casey’s Cup powered by S&S Fishing & Rental returns to America’s heartland this weekend for a pair of critical events in the battle to become the 2015 champion of the United States Modified Touring Series.

Action kicks off this Friday, Aug. 21, at the Lakeside Speedway in Kansas City, Kan., for the first of two $3,000-to-win blockbuster events. Then on Saturday, Aug. 22, the USMTS Modifieds return to the Salina Highbanks Speedway in Pryor Creek, Okla.

This will be the 13th time the USMTS has circled the historic Lakeside Speedway since making its debut there three years ago. Ryan Gustin won the inaugural race during his second straight USMTS National Championship season in 2012.

Since then, Jeremy Payne has won three times while two-time defending USMTS National Champion Rodney Sanders has two wins, but Terry Phillips leads all drivers with four victories at Lakeside, including the most recent visit on May 1.

2013 USRA Modified National Champion Matt Dotson and defending Lakeside Speedway track champion Nic Bidinger each have one USMTS victory—both coming during the 2013 ‘Sunflower Showdown.’

Friday’s ‘Salute to Military Night’ presented by Budweiser will feature all military personnel getting in to witness the spectacle for just $10, and all fans can enjoy beer specials all night long. USRA Stock Cars and USRA B-Mods will also be turning laps on Friday night.

Pit gate opens at 4 p.m., spectator gates open at 5 p.m., hot laps start at 7 p.m. and racing begins at 7:30 p.m. Adult grandstand tickets are $18, youth ages 13-16 and military personnel with valid ID are $10, kids ages 6-12 are $5 and children ages 5 and under are admitted free of charge. A limited number of seats in the air-conditioned V.I.P. suites are available for $25. Pit passes are $35.

Fans can get discount coupons good for $2 off adult general admission at Casey's General Stores locations in Kansas City, Leavenworth, Lenexa, Platte City, Nashua and Shawnee. Joe Duvall and his No. 91 AMP Energy machine will be greeting fans in person at the Casey’s General Store located at 13000 State Ave. in Kansas City from 12-2 p.m. Listen to 610 Sports Radio on your AM dial to hear live broadcasts from the appearance.

The Lakeside Speedway is a semi-banked 4/10-mile dirt oval located 1.0 mile west of I-435 (exit 18) on SR 5 (northwest of Kansas City). For more information, call 913-299-9206 or visit www.lakesidespeedway.net.

On Saturday, Aug. 22, the gear-grinding goliaths of the USMTS return to the Salina Highbanks Speedway for what promises to be yet another classic nail-biter on the steep clay oval with all military veterans getting in free of charge on ‘Salute to Veterans Night’ presented by Bob Hart Chevrolet.

The Salina Highbanks Speedway is located 7 miles east of Pryor on SR 20. For more information, visit the website at www.salinahighbanksspeedway.com or call 918-434-7223.

For more information about Casey’s General Stores or to find the location nearest you, visit www.caseys.com online. You can also like them on Facebook at www.facebook.com/CaseysGenStore and follow them on Twitter at www.twitter.com/caseysgenstore.

To learn more about the United States Modified Touring Series, visit www.usmts.com online or call 515-832-7944. You can also like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/usmts, follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/usmts or subscribe to our YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/usmtstv.