Late Models, Modifieds take over HCS tonight

WEBSTER CITY – The Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series and United States Modified Touring Series will take over the historic half-mile dirt race track at the Hamilton County Speedway this evening, as several local drivers and many of the nation’s elite Late Model and Modified drivers will be in competition.

The event is the biggest ever set for the local track, and it will also be the final point’s race for the USMTS in the Farm Boy BBQ Sauce Northern Region presented by Day Motor Sports. After the checkered flag waves, another handful of drivers will punch their tickets to challenge in this year’s Hunt for the USMTS Casey’s Cup.

The Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series drivers will be battling for $10,000 to win, while the USMTS Casey’s Cup Series will race for a possible $5,000 to win.

Both races are expected to attract a star-studded field of competitors, highlighted by an impressive list of the brightest stars in each division.

The Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series boasts a roster of premier pilots such as defending series champ Jimmy Owens, Hall of Famer Scott Bloomquist, Billy Moyer Jr., John Blankenship, Steve Francis, Don O’Neal, Dennis Erb Jr., Earl Pearson, Jr., Jared Landers and Eddie Carrier Jr.

The USMTS is the top dirt modified series around and fans expect to see the best of the best, including former USMTS national champions Kelly Shryock, Jason Hughes, Jason Krohn and Tom Donlinger. Other superstars such as twin brothers Johnny and Stormy Scott, Joey Jensen, Zack VanderBeek, Lucas Schott, Dereck Ramirez, Trevor Hunt, Corey Dripps, Ron Jones and Jeremy Payne.

Several drivers are expected to pull double-duty. Among the names planning to put overtime in this week are two-time defending USMTS national champion Ryan Gustin and second-generation veteran Terry Phillips.

The USMTS has been to the Hamilton County Speedway twice over the past three seasons, and the first three Fall Jamboree events were staged at the track from 1999-2001.

The speedway is a new venue for the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series.

Admission at the gate is $30 for adults, $15 for kids 13-15 years old, and $10 for kids 6-12; a pit pass costs $40.

The grandstand is scheduled to open at 4 p.m., and autographs will be available from 5:30 to 6 p.m.

Hot laps will get underway at 6:45 p.m., time trials are slated for 7:15 and racing will go off at 7:30.