Series leader Rodney Sanders leads USMTS to local track on Thursday

WEBSTER CITY – The Hamilton County Speedway will host the USMTS speed merchants Thursday night, as the historic half-mile dirt track will be the second stop in the final five races of the 2014 Hunt for the Casey’s Cup National Championship Series.

The modified drivers have been on the road throughout August, beginning in Arkansas and racing at tracks in seven different states.

Rodney Sanders of Happy, Texas, currently leads the series with Zack VanderBeek of New Sharon in second. Holding onto third is Stormy Scott of Las Cruces, N.M. Instate driver Kelly Shryock, of Fertile, is fourth.

Shryock and his No. 3 Snickers modified will be at the Casey’s store at 1300 Second St., in Webster City from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Thursday to talk to fans. Shryock grew up on the local track and won the modified feature during the recent Thursday Night Thunder race in his No. 44X machine.

John Allen and his No. 98 Sour Patch Kids/Oreos modified will be at the Casey’s location at 700 Superior St., during the same time period on Thursday.

Race fans can also expect to see Hamilton County Speedway regulars competing with the USMTS touring drivers on Thursday.

The festivities will also include the Iron Man Challenge, featuring USRA stock cars ($750 to win) and USRA B-mods ($600 to win). Hobby stocks will also compete.

Gates open at 5 p.m., with hot laps scheduled for 6:45 p.m., and racing at 7 p.m.

General admission tickets cost $17; kids ages 6-12 are $5 and children five and under get in for free.

Pit passes cost $35.

Race fans can pick up coupons good for $2 off adult admission at both Casey’s General Store locations in Webster City.