Cresco rained out Friday; O’Reilly USMTS, NASCAR stars invades Tuesday
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July 27, 2007

CRESCO, Iowa — The USRA Casey's General Stores Weekly Racing Series event featuring USRA Stock Cars, USRA Hobby Stocks, USRA B-Mods and Outlaw Hobbys that was scheduled for Friday, July 27, at the Cresco (Iowa) Speedway has been canceled due to extremely wet conditions.

Up next, the cars and stars of the O’Reilly Auto Parts United States Modified Touring Series invade Cresco this Tuesday, July 31. NASCAR stars Clint Bowyer, Ken Schrader and Kenny Wallace will appear on Tuesday, and all three drivers will be signing autographs for the fans before strapping into their own high-powered O’Reilly USMTS Modifieds to take on the best the division has to offer.

While they are best known for circling America’s superspeedways with the NASCAR Nextel Cup Series, all three are accomplished short track racers that cut their teeth on the dirt ovals of the Midwest. They won't be looking for show up points, they'll be looking to make an appearance — in victory lane.

CLINT BOWYER: Bowyer, who turned 28 on May 30, currently pilots the #07 Jack Daniel’s Chevrolet Monte Carlo in the NASCAR Nextel Cup Series and the #2 BB&T Chevrolet Monte Carlo in the NASCAR Busch Series, both for Richard Childress Racing, as well as the #2 Chevrolet Silverado for Kevin Harvick Incorporated in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series. Bowyer captured more than 200 wins and numerous championships during his dirt track racing career. In 1996, he began racing street stocks at Thunderhill Speedway in Mayetta, Kan., and won the Modified championship there in 2000. He racked up 18 wins and 32 top-five finishes on his way to capturing the 2001 Modified track championships at Lakeside Speedway in Kansas City, Kan., and Heartland Park Topeka.

KEN SCHRADER: It was on the dirt tracks of the Midwest where Schrader’s career began. He started out driving mostly open-wheel cars and won in every division he raced, including two USAC championships. Schrader is a veteran second-generation racer, and currently drives the #21 Motorcraft/Little Debbie Ford Fusion for Wood Brothers/JTG Racing in the NASCAR Nextel Cup Series. He appears as a television analyst on Inside Nextel Cup on the SPEED Channel, and is also the owner of Ken Schrader Racing, which fields entries for himself in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series and the Whelen All-American Series for Chris Bristol. Schrader is also the owner of I-55 Raceway in Pevely, Mo.

KENNY WALLACE: Wallace currently drives the #78 Furniture Row Racing Chevrolet in the NASCAR Nextel Cup Series. He also works as an on-air personality for SPEED Channel on shows such as NASCAR RaceDay and NASCAR Victory Lane. He was also featured on the show NASCAR Drivers: 360 on FX. He has two brothers who are also current or former NASCAR drivers: Rusty Wallace and Mike Wallace. As a child, Wallace’s boisterous behavior earned him the nickname “Herman,” after a mischievous cartoon character named Herman the German. Earlier this season, Wallace was voted in by fans to compete in the NASCAR Nextel All-Star Challenge at Lowe’s Motor Speedway. Wallace has already tasted victory on dirt this season, beating O’Reilly USMTS competitor Steve Arpin at the Volusia Speedway Park in Barberville, Fla., in February, and, most recently, winning a UMP Modified feature at the Peoria (Ill.) Speedway on May 23.

The rugged road warriors of the O’Reilly USMTS will be led into battle by Fertile, Iowa's Kelly Shryock as the current national points leader seeks his unprecedented ninth crown. Other drivers expected for thia barnburner include Zack VanderBeek, Jason Hughes, Al Hejna, Tommy Weder Jr., Scott Green, Corey Dripps, Jon Tesch, Jason Krohn, Tommy Myer, Mike Spaulding, Dean Mahlstedt, Mark Noble, Mike Hejna, Richie Gustin Jr., Ryan Gustin, Jeff Schluetter, Donovan Lodge, Brad McEwan, Alan Mondus, Scott Vesely, Joey Schaefer, Steve Wetzstein, Brian Shaw, Brad Pinkerton, Dan Bohr and more!


The Mighty Howard County Fairgrounds speedplant will host the final event for the Yeager Machine Northeast Region and will qualify the first group of National drivers to be a part of ‘The Hunt’ for the O’Reilly USMTS National Championship. In addition to the grandstands and the pits, race fans can purchase a one-of-a-kind Party Pass. For just $20 per person, drive your vehicle inside the track and watch the races from the infield! Bring your own food, drinks and grills! First come first served for infield spots. Passenger cars and trucks only. No scaffolding.

The infield opens for Party Pass fans at 4:00 p.m., as well as pit and grandstand gates. The NASCAR Driver Autograph Session will be from 5:45 to 6:30. Hot laps begin at 7:15 with a full night of racing action to follow. In addition to the O’Reilly USMTS Modifieds, the USRA Casey's General Stores Weekly Racing Series featuring USRA Stock Cars, USRA Hobby Stocks, USRA B-Mods and Outlaw Hobbys will be in action with all three classes racing for USRA national and track points.

Race day info is available by calling the track hotline at (563) 547-3400 or visit online. The Cresco Speedway is a 3/8-mile high-banked clay oval located 0.2 miles north of SR 9 on SW 7th (at the Howard County Fairgrounds).

To learn more about the O’Reilly Auto Parts United States Modified Touring Series, call the headquarters office at (515) 832-7944 or visit online.

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