Entry list tops 100, practice Wednesday kicks off festivities for 14th Annual Featherlite Fall Jamboree
SPRING VALLEY, Minn. — Thousands of race fans and more than 100 of the nation’s elite open-wheel dirt modified drivers will make their annual pilgrimage to the Deer Creek Speedway next Thursday, Friday and Saturday, Sept. 20-22, for the 14th Annual Featherlite Fall Jamboree – the undisputed marquee event for America’s most talented Modified drivers on dirt.
Currently 102 USMTS Modifieds and 41 USRA B-Mods are pre-entered for this week’s blowout.
With nearly $200,000 in posted awards for the annual event, this week’s blockbuster battle will see another stellar payoff for competitors with a whopping $15,000 to win over the course of three nights for the USMTS Modifieds. Fans, on the other hand, will witness a complete show featuring more than 300 laps of action each night.
And while all of the entrants will be focused on garnering their fair share of the prize money, a handful of drivers will also have one eye on the prestigious title of USMTS Casey’s Cup Series champion. For the fifth straight year, the Hunt for the USMTS Casey’s Cup powered by Swan Energy will conclude at the Featherlite Fall Jamboree with a $15,000 payday awaiting the 2012 points titlist.
Stormy Scott of Las Cruces, N.M., came into ‘The Hunt’ as the points leader, but faded in the opening round while Ryan Gustin of Marshalltown, Iowa, and Rodney Sanders of Happy, Texas, swapped the top spot in the standings throughout the last 15 contests.
Scott regained the top ranking last Sunday, Sept. 9, at the Granite City Speedway in Sauk Rapids, Minn., where he also clinched this year’s USMTS Rookie of the Year title, and now clings to a slim five-point lead over Gustin while Sanders is just 25 markers out of first place heading into the final three rounds at the Featherlite Fall Jamboree.
2010 USMTS national champion Jason Hughes of Watts, Okla., is fourth and sits 109 points in arrears to Scott, whose younger twin brother, Johnny, rounds out the top 5 with a 150-point deficit. Jeremy Payne of Springfield, Mo.; nine-time USMTS national champion Kelly Shryock of Fertile, Iowa; 2004 USMTS Rookie of the Year Zack VanderBeek of New Sharon, Iowa; Dereck Ramirez of Woodward, Okla.; and Jason Cummins of New Richland, Minn., complete the top 10 in the current standings.
Early bird race fans can get a free preview of the action and drivers will get their chance to make final adjustments to their machines with an open practice from 6-9 p.m. on Wednesday for the USMTS Modifieds and USRA B-Mods.
Thursday’s USMTS Modified main event carries a $3,000 top prize and pays a minimum of $450 to each of the 30 starters. USRA B-Mods will battle for $500 to win on the first night. Grandstand gates open at 4 p.m. and the first green flag waves at 6:30 p.m. The night will wind down with a karaoke party in the pits following the races.
On Friday, the USMTS Modifieds will compete in a feature race with $4,000 earmarked for the winner and $550 for each of the 30 starters while USRA B-Mods have a $600 paycheck awaiting the winner. Gates open for the fans at 4 p.m. and the first green flag waves at 6:30 p.m. The day will kick off with the annual golf tournament in the morning. Fans, drivers, crews and families will put a lid on Friday’s festivities with the return of The Dweebs performing live on stage following the races.
Saturday’s explosive finale will feature the hottest dirt Modified pilots in the nation battling for one of 30 spots in the USMTS Modified main event that will take the green flag three lanes wide and ten rows deep. Drivers will battle for a $6,000 top prize and at least $900 just to take the green flag. USRA B-Mods will compete for $750 to win their feature race.
And if that wasn’t enough, drivers failing to make Saturday’s finale will have a chance at one of 30 spots in the annual Non-Qualifiers Race which carries a $2,000 top prize and pays $400 to start … that’s more than most “big” Modified races pay to win their main event!
The annual Bean Bag Tournament begins earlier in the day on Saturday. On Thursday, Friday and Saturday, breakfast will be served by the Bear Creek Lutheran Church in the hospitality area from 8-11 a.m.
Fan may purchase tickets online at www.deercreekspeedway.com or by calling toll-free 877-DCS-RACE. For track or campground info, call 507-346-2342 or email email@example.com.
Drivers can save $100 by entering before Wednesday. Competitors may also pre-enter for single days and save. Call the USMTS office at 515-832-7944 to get your name on the list of the Best of the Best in Modified racing at the Mecca of Modified racing.
PRE-ENTERED USMTS MODIFIED DRIVERS: Joel Alberts, Brian Albrecht, Jeff Allgayer, John Anderson, Josh Angst, Tony Bahr, Brandon Beckendorf, Mason Big Eagle, Dan Bohr, Tom Brink, Jeremy Brogaard, Jimmy Broszeit, Billy Byholm, Rick Cannata, John Carpenter, Dan Chapman, Lucas Conley, Jeff Corner, Jason Cummins, Jacob Dahle, Eric Dailey, Brandon Davis, Brad Dierks, Mark Dotson, Corey Dripps, Luke Driskell, Les Duellman, Joe Duvall, John Fellman, Dan Fetters, Keith Foss, Fito Gallardo, Jake Gallardo, Joey Galloway, Brady Gerdes, Don Gerritsen Jr., Mike Gibson, Chris Gilbertson, Ryan Gustin, Dwaine Hanson, Damon Haslip, Shane Hebert, Al Hejna, Adam Hensel, Doug Hillson, Daniel Hilsabeck, Joe Horgdal, Jason Hughes, Trevor Hunt, Jay Ihrke, Brandon Jensen, Greg Jensen, Joey Jensen, Travis Johnson, Chase Junghans, Grant Junghans, Darwin Karau, Willy Kraft, Rich Lofthus, Brad Loveday, Dean Mahlstedt, Ted Marrs, Eddie Martin, Josh Meyer, Jason Miller, Steve Muilenburg, Mark Noble, Jeremy Payne, Ryan Peckham, Eric Pember, Casey Penn, Terry Phillips, Cole Queensland, Dereck Ramirez, Rickie Roach, Bryan Rowland, Ryan Ruter, Rodney Sanders, Todd Scharkey, Lucas Schott, Johnny Scott, Stormy Scott, Kelly Shryock, Mike Sorensen, Mike Steensma, Billy Steinberg, Scott Stiffler, Todd Stinehart, Kevin Stoa, Jon Tesch, Mark Teske, Tim Thomas, Thomas Tillison, Bob Timm , Randy Timms, Zack VanderBeek, Clayton Wagamon, Nate Wasmund, Steve Wetzstein, Steve Whiteaker Jr., Jessy Willard, Jeff Wood.
USMTS RULES & PROCEDURES: Tires permitted are American Racer KK704, stamped Hoosier G60 and Wissota Hoosier 35 (licensed Wissota drivers only, must be completely Wissota legal). Wissota Modifieds may use a seven-inch spoiler with the American Racer KK704. All other USMTS rules apply.
The top 15 in heat race passing points are locked into “A” Main each night with the top 8 redrawing for starting positions. The top 15 advance from the “B” Mains to “A” Main. The top 30 in Saturday’s “B” Mains not advancing to “A” Main advance to Non-Qualifiers Race (redraw for starting spot, must have raced all three nights to be eligible).
Points awarded each night for drivers in the Hunt for the USMTS Casey’s Cup. USMTS provisionals will be awarded each night. The Top Dog Bonus is not in effect for this event.
THURSDAY USMTS MODIFIED “A” MAIN: 1. $3000, 2. $1500, 3. $1200, 4. $1000, 5. $900, 6. $800, 7. $750,8. $700, 9. $650, 10. $600, 11. $550, 12. $500, 13. $475, 14-30. $450, Tow $50.
FRIDAY USMTS MODIFIED “A” MAIN: 1. $4000, 2. $2500, 3. $2000, 4. $1500, 5. $1200, 6. $1000, 7. $900, 8. $800, 9. $750, 10. $700, 11. $650, 12. $625, 13. $600, 14. $575, 15-30. $550, Tow $50.
SATURDAY USMTS MODIFIED “A” MAIN: 1. $6000, 2. $4200, 3. $3200, 4. $2700, 5. $2300, 6. $2100, 7. $1900, 8. $1700, 9. $1600, 10. $1500, 11. $1300, 12. $1200, 13. $1100, 14. $1000, 15. $975, 16. $950, 17. $925, 18-30. $900.
SATURDAY USMTS MODIFIED NON-QUALIFIERS RACE: 1. $2000, 2. $1500, 3. $1000, 4. $800, 5. $700, 6. $600, 7. $550, 8. $500, 9. $450, 10. $425, 11-30. $400, Tow $100.
There is a $200 bonus to any driver failing to qualify for any “A” Main or Saturday’s Non-Qualifiers Race.
PAST CHAMPIONS AWARD: One provisional will be awarded to a past champion that fails to qualify for Saturday’s “A” Main (awarded to the most previous winner in attendance). Any past Saturday “A” Main winner gets a $1,000 bonus to win Saturday’s “A” Main.
Past Featherlite Fall Jamboree champions include Ron Jones (1999), Johnny Saathoff (2000), Willy Kraft (2001), Mark Noble (2002), Dan Daniels (2003), Kelly Shryock (2004), Chad Kinder (2006), Dean Mahlstedt (2007), Tim Donlinger (2008), Jason Hughes (2005, ’09, ’10) and Terry Phillips (2011).
USMTS “A” MAIN WINNERS AT DEER CREEK SPEEDWAY: Kelly Shryock (9), Jason Hughes (6), Tim Donlinger (5), Jason Cummins (3), Ryan Gustin (3), Terry Phillips (3), Ryan Ruter (3), Zack VanderBeek (3), Brandon Davis (2), Corey Dripps (2), Joey Jensen (2), Brad Waits (2), Steve Arpin, Mark Burgtorf, Dan Chapman, Dan Daniels, Les Duellman, Tony Fraise, Jordan Grabouski, Mike Hejna, Chad Kinder, Jason Krohn, Dean Mahlstedt, Brad McEwan, Tommy Myer, Mark Noble, Stormy Scott, Mike Sorensen, Mike Spaulding, Jon Tesch, Randy Timms, Darin Walker, Steve Wetzstein.
USMTS NATIONAL CHAMPIONS: Kelly Shryock (1999-2006, ’09), Jason Krohn (2007), Tim Donlinger (2008), Jason Hughes (2010), Ryan Gustin (2011-12).
More USMTS main events have been staged at ‘The Creek’ than any other racetrack. Thursday’s Featherlite Fall Jamboree opener will be the 66th race here in the 14-year history of the United States Modified Touring Series and 33 different drivers have graced victory lane in USMTS events at the Deer Creek Speedway.
PRE-ENTERED USRA B-MOD DRIVERS: Jacob Bleess, Jason Born, Jonathon Brown, Matt Buddenberg, Brett Bumgardner, Mike Chisholm, Jeremiah Christensen, Greg Erickson, Trevor Fecht, Tyron Friese, Parker Hale, Mike Jaeger, Kevin Joachim, Kadden Kath, Kylie Kath, Justin McMahan, Harlan Morehart, Ben Moudry, Aaron Muhle, Steve Muilenburg, Matt Olson, Josh Roney, Jeremy Schaufenbuel, Kenny Scholten, Josh Smith, Dan Tenold, Jared Timmerman, Leigh Volkman, Alan Wagner, Shaun Walski, Wade Wenzel, Alex Williamson, Mike Yeager, Jerry Young.
USRA RULES & PROCEDURES: All USRA B-Mod rules apply. The top 12 in heat race passing points are locked into the “A” Main each night with the top 8 redrawing for starting positions. The top 6 advance from the “B” Mains to the “A” Main. USRA national points will be awarded each night. USRA license is not required. Hoosier G60 tires are permitted. Wissota Midwest Mods are permitted but must use American Racer KK704 tire.
THURSDAY USRA B-MOD “A” MAIN: 1. $500, 2. $400, 3. $300, 4. $200, 5. $170, 6. $140, 7. $120, 8. $110, 9. $100, 10. $90, 11. $80, 12. $75, 13. $70, 14. $65, 15-24. $60, Tow $50.
FRIDAY USRA B-MOD “A” MAIN: 1. $600, 2. $500, 3. $400, 4. $300, 5. $200, 6. $175, 7. $150, 8. $140, 9. $130, 10. $120, 11. $110, 12. $100, 13. $90, 14-24. $80, Tow $50.
SATURDAY USRA B-MOD “A” MAIN: 1. $750, 2. $500, 3. $400, 4. $350, 5. $300, 6. $250, 7. $200, 8. $170, 9. $150, 10. $140, 11. $130, 12. $120, 13. $110-14-24. $100, Tow $50.
The Deer Creek Speedway is a high-banked 3/8-mile clay oval which sits on 60 acres with one of America’s most popular state-of-the-art racing complexes and an adjoining campground.
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/ustmts and follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/usmts.
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