Out-Pace USRA B-Mods join USMTS Modifieds Saturday at Lucas Oil Speedway
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August 2, 2016  |  by Lyndal Scranton

WHEATLAND, Mo.—For fans of Modified racing, it's one of the highlights of the season and a must-see during the United States Modified Touring Series' Hunt for the Casey's Cup.

It's the 7th annual USMTS Slick-Mist Show-Me Shootout presented by Foley Equipment on Saturday night at Lucas Oil Speedway. The race, paying $3,000 to win, is stop three on the 22-race Hunt that kicks off Thursday at Valley Speedway.

"This is always one of those races that Lucas Oil Speedway fans circle on the calendar each year," Lucas Oil Speedway General Manager Dan Robinson said. "This brings together the top-level Modified drivers in the country, including some of the familiar names from southwest Missouri that always are capable of winning."

That happened two years ago when Terry Phillips beat fellow Springfield driver Jeremy Payne in a memorable, back-and-forth duel. Last year, New Mexico driver Johnny Scott beat his brother Stormy Scott for the victory.

The Ozark Golf Cars USRA B-Mods and Carson's Corner NAPA Street Stocks also will be in action. Completing the program will be the annual Battle of the Badges, with law enforcement officers from throughout the state racing old police cars for bragging rights and to raise money for Special Olympics of Missouri.

Foley Equipment, in business since 1940, is the Caterpillar dealership for Kansas and western Missouri. From 19 locations in 14 cities, Foley Equipment serves 104 of 105 counties in Kansas and 40 counties in western Missouri, including the Kansas City metropolitan area.

For more information on the company, visit www.FoleyRental.com.

Entering the Hunt for the Casey's Cup, Lucas Schott of Chatfield, Minn., won the last USMTS race on Friday, beating reigning USMTS National Champion Jason Hughes to the finish.

Casey's Crew named: Four United States Modified Touring Series competitors will comprise the Casey's Crew during this year's Hunt for the USMTS Casey's Cup powered by S&S Fishing & Rental. Each driver will carry an associate sponsorship from Casey's General Stores during the championship series and primary sponsorship from one of three popular brands available in Casey's General Store locations.

Grant Junghans Rookie of the Year contenders Brock and Cody Bauman of Eureka, Ill., will double-team the Sour Patch Kids cars for this year's Hunt campaign. The "Bash Bros" have not missed a race this season and although they are in just their first full season with the USMTS, they have garnered a huge following on social media for their colorful and unique photos and videos promoting their team and sponsors.

Joe Duvall of Claremore, Okla.., will be sporting the AMP livery again this year, along with teammate Scott Drake on a limited basis. This will be Duvall's second straight year representing AMP Energy-the Official Energy Drink of the USMTS-and third year competing in the Hunt.

Mike Jergens of Plover, Iowa, has shown the MSD Central Region drivers that he is a force to be reckoned with this season. Jergens came on board with the series this year and has had success at several races, including a top 10 finish at the King of America VI Modified Nationals. Jergens will be sporting the Snickers wrap this season.

Throughout the Hunt, race fans will have opportunities to see the cars, meet the drivers, grab some free product samples and pick up $2-off admission coupons at the Casey's General Stores locations during the Hunt.

For more information on the United States Modified Touring Series, including a complete Hunt schedule, visit www.USMTS.com.

Battle of Badges: The Battle of Badges will find officers driving Ford Crown Victorias that will provide a "cop car" look for the race. Each driver seeks the support of sponsors and must raise at least $500 dollars per race to compete. All the cars on the track were at one point police cruisers.

Some of these cars went on to be taxi cabs and have racked up over 300,000 miles on them. The driver and their crew-members have stripped the vehicles of their factory interior and replaced it with roll cages and the safety equipment necessary to be on the track.

Gates open at 5 p.m. with hot laps at 7 and racing at 7:30. Admission prices are:

Adults (16 and up) $20
Seniors (62 and up)/Military $17
Youth (6-15) $5
Kids (5 and under) FREE
Family Pass $40
Pit Pass-$35

Record-setting Food Drive: Final results are in and Lucas Oil Speedway fans set a record with 9,825 pounds of food collected during the annual Ozarks Food Harvest Food Drive Night last Saturday - topping the total of 8,144 collected a year ago.

According to Christine Temple of Ozarks Food Harvest, it will provide 8,187 meals to people struggling with hunger in our community.

Lucas Oil Speedway is located at Highways 83 and 54 in Wheatland, Missouri. A campground with shower and bathroom facilities is also available. With it's entrance located just outside the pit gate this sprawling scenic camping facility will continue to enhance the racing experience at the Diamond of Dirt Tracks.

Click www.LucasOilSpeedway.com for more information and detailed directions to the speedway or call the Track Hotline at (417) 282-5984. In addition, fans can get social with Lucas Oil Speedway by following @LucasSpeedway on Twitter, clicking "Like" at www.facebook.com/LucasOilSpeedway and on www.youtube.com/LucasOilSpeedway.

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