November 26, 2013

USMTS unveils aggressive schedule


Officials from the United States Modified Touring Series released a tentative schedule of events for the 2014 season Monday, and both fans and drivers will find a 74-night slate that features both traditional favorites and several pleasant surprises.
The 2014 USMTS Casey’s Cup Series campaign kicks off at the South Texas Speedway in Corpus Christi, Texas, Feb. 6-8, and then moves to the Royal Purple Raceway in Baytown, Texas, for the 5th Annual Lecolift Texas Spring Nationals, Feb. 13-15.
From there, the series treks to El Paso (Texas) Speedway Park for two nights, Feb. 21-22, before heading up the road to the Southern New Mexico Speedway in Las Cruces, Feb. 27-28 and March 1.
      Each of the three-day shows will by $2,000 to win Thursday, $3,000 to win Friday and $4,000 to win Saturday. The two-day clash in El Paso will pay $2,000 and $3,000 to win, respectively.
      The USMTS has visited the Royal Purple Raceway at least once in each of the last seven seasons. The series’ lone journey to the South Texas Speedway came in 2007 with Jason Hughes and David Horner taking the wins on the first two nights before rain thwarted the finale of the tripleheader.
      This will be the first-ever visit by the USMTS in El Paso and Las Cruces. However, both tracks host the similar USRA Modifieds during their weekly Friday and Saturday night programs throughout the year, as well as some well-attended special events that routinely draw the best dirt modified aces on the planet.
      The February swing of races will also serve as one of four USMTS regions for 2014 with its own lucrative points fund, so by March 2 the regional champion will be crowned and the first group of drivers will be qualified for the 2014 Hunt for the USMTS Casey’s National Championship.
      After a two-week rest, the series returns to the West Siloam (Okla.) Speedway for the 6th Annual Sooner Nationals on March 14, and the 9th Annual Spring Fling at The Bullring at the Humboldt (Kan.) Speedway on Saturday, March 15 — a warm-up for the first crown jewel event of the season two weeks later at “The Hummer.”

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