MuskogeePhoenix.com, Muskogee, OK

April 3, 2013

Local tracks hope to dry out with big Modified weekend set


Phoenix Staff Reports

— After a couple of postponements and a dry spell expected this weekend, Thunderbird Speedway will open its season with perhaps its biggest event of the season Friday night.

The United States Motor Tour Series will bring in the top modified drivers from around the country. Ryan Gustin, fresh off last weekends $10,000 victory, will be one to beat. Kelly Shryock, a top driver  at Thunderbird in the early 2000s before the track was shut down. Shryock along with Jason Hughes, Rodney Sanders, Jeremy Payne, and locals Bret Hansen and Jeremy Ross are just a few drivers looking to dethrone Gustin when racing starts at 7:30 p.m.

“The USMTS is a traveling series that pleases crowds all over the country. They are the NASCAR of dirt track racing. This race is what fans and drivers have been asking for,” said promoter Stanley Slader.

Practice is set for Thursday starting at 6 p.m. Pit passes are $10.

The 360 modifieds, street stocks, pure stocks, and sport mods will all be in action. Thunderbird will be full of action in April with sprint cars, late models, and more on the schedule, Slader said.

Tickets are $17 with kids 12 and under free. Pit passes are $35.

Meanwhile, at Outlaw Motorsports Park, the IMCA Modified Shootout which was rained out last week, is set for 2 p.m. Sunday. General admission is $10 with kids 6-12 $5 and under 6 free. Pit passes are $30. Regular division races are set for 7:30 p.m. Saturday.

Winner of the IMCA Xtreme Motor Sports Modified main event goes home with a hefty $2,500 prize. The runner-up earns $1,500, with $1,200 for second and $1,000 for fourth.