Wild West Shootout to launch 2017 USRA Modified national championship campaign
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November 17, 2016  |  by Kevin Montgomery

While the USRA Modifieds have traditionally been an integral part of the Keyser Manufacturing Wild West Shootout presented by O’Reilly Auto Parts, this year will prove a little different. The Wild West Shootout will take on a new and exciting role offering USRA national points and launching USRA Modified national championship hopefuls into the 2017 season.

"We are honored to be a part of this year’s Wild West Shootout," commented United States Racing Association President Todd Staley. "This is a great event for fans and we know they’ll love our brand of modified racing. Plus it’s a nice opportunity for our drivers to earn some valuable national points."

While the Wild West Shootout will host six full nights of USRA Modified action, the addition of Southern New Mexico Speedway’s Short Track Shootout, Jan. 19-22, will make nine complete nights of national points potential in just two weeks time. The Short Track Shootout, slated for the weekend following the Wild West Shootout, will feature three days of action including Super Late Models, USRA Modifieds, USRA Stock Cars, X-Mods and Legends Cars.

For the first time in the history of the Keyser Manufacturing Wild West Shootout presented by O’Reilly Auto Parts, Arizona Speedway outside Phoenix will host all six nights of racing featuring the best of the best in Black Diamond/Club 29 Super Late Models presented by M&W Transport, MVT/Border International USRA Modifieds and RHR Swag X-Mods presented by Barnett Harley-Davidson all chasing more than $200,000 in prize money.

Six-day general admission tickets for this historical event can be purchased for just $100 giving race fans and opportunity to enjoy all six nights for less than $17 per night. Single-day tickets are just $20 with the Sunday $12,000-to-win Bakersfield Karting Experience finale being only $25. Fans that take advantage of the six-day discounted pass will enjoy the final night of the Wild West Shootout absolutely free.

Advanced tickets may be purchased online at www.wildwestshootout.net/schedule/ and ticket pricing/purchasing information can be found online at www.wildwestshootout.net or by calling the Wild West Shootout office at (520) 664-2074.

Wild West Shootout hotel information can be found at www.wildwestshootout.net/fan-info/lodging-2/ or by calling the Courtyard by Marriott at (480) 461-3000. The Courtyard by Marriott is conveniently located at 1221 S. Westwood in Mesa, Ariz. Please use event name "Wild West Shootout" when making reservations.

National Super Late Model star Jonathan Davenport of Blairsville, Ga., went head-to-head with Darrell Lanigan of Union, Ky., and Don O’Neal of Martinsville, Ind., in the 2016 Keyser Manufacturing Wild West Shootout as “Superman” picked up half of the mini-series wins with Lanigan reaching victory lane in round five and O’Neal capturing the opening round and night four of the series. Davenport earned the $11,000 top prize in the finale, launching him to the Black Diamond/Club 29 Super Late Model Championship presented by M&W Transport.

Des Moines, Iowa’s Todd Shute topped the 2016 Mesilla Valley Transportation/Border International USRA Modified Wild West Shootout championship while Bloomer, Wis.’s Grant Southworth captured the RHR Swag X-Mod Championship presented by Barnett Harley-Davidson.

More than 160 of the top cars and drivers from across the continent will take to Arizona’s Speedway 3/8-mile oval over the six-day event that begins on Saturday, Jan. 7, with the Wild West Shootout opener and concludes with the $12,000 Bakersfield Karting Experince finale on Sunday, Jan. 15. Complete nights of racing will take place Saturday, Jan. 7; Sunday, Jan. 8; Wednesday, Jan. 11; Friday, Jan. 13; Saturday, Jan. 14; and Sunday, Jan. 15. Saturday and Sunday races will go green at 5 p.m. with Wednesday and Friday events starting at 7 p.m.

Arizona Speedway is located just minutes from Phoenix. From Phoenix take US60 East to Ironwood Dr., turn right (south) and go 4 miles, Arizona speedway is on the right hand side. For more information, visit www.wildwestshootout.net or call (520) 664-2074

The Wild West Shootout team would like to thank our 2017 partners: Keyser Manufacturing, O’Reilly Auto Parts, Black Diamond Chassis, Club 29 Race Cars, M&W Transport, Mesilla Valley Transportation, Border International, FK Rod Ends, Total Seal Piston Rings, Pro Power Racing, RHR Swag, Barnett Harley-Davidson, VP Racing Fuels, Earnhardt Dodge, AR Bodies, Bad Boy Off-Road, Bakersfield Karting Experience and The Courtyard by Marriott.

If you are interested in becoming a supporter of the Wild West Shootout please contact the event office at (520) 664-2074.

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