HUMBOLDT, Kan. (Jan. 19) — The first crown jewel event for America’s elite dirt modified drivers and teams is approaching fast as the Humboldt Speedway in Humboldt, Kan., readies to swing the gates open for King of America VI presented by Chix Gear in a little more than 50 days and nights.
Set for Thursday-Saturday, March 31-April 2, the dirt modified mega-event will once again be sanctioned by the United States Modified Touring Series with cameras and crews on location to film the action for broadcast on MAVTV.
Officials recently announced that this year’s 100-lap finale on Saturday, April 2, will see the winner’s share increased to $12,000 with every other finishing position also getting a boost over last year’s purse with a minimum of $1,100 going to each main event starter.
Like last year, each driver will run four heat races from four different starting positions-two on Thursday and two on Friday. Passing points will be combined for the best three of four heat races with the top 12 drivers in overall combined passing points from Thursday and Friday’s heat races locked into the first six rows of Saturday’s “A” Main. The balance of the main event field will come from the “B” Main.
Heat race winners both nights will pocket a $100 bill with the overall hard charger of the heat races pocketing $200.
Three-day reserved tickets are $60. Reserved seat ticket holders from last year’s event can get their same seats if purchased by Feb. 1. After that time, all reserved seats will be available to the general public. Single-day tickets on Thursday and Friday are $20 each while Saturday’s show is $25. All single-day tickets are general admission and will only be sold on the night of the races. Call 515-832-7944 to reserve your seats or for more information.
The inaugural running of the extravaganza took place in 2011, and fans have been treated to three nights of extraordinary wheel-to-wheel action and thrilling finishes each year.
Defending USMTS national champion Jason Hughes is the reigning King of America. Rodney Sanders captured the crown in 2014, Ryan Gustin took the win in 2013, Stormy Scott won the event in 2012 and Kelly Shryock claimed the inaugural race in 2011.
Saturday’s program will feature last-chance races and an “alphabet soup” of main events that will culminate with a stellar starting field for the 100-lap championship race that will start three-wide. Even if a driver has some tough luck during qualifying, he or she still has the chance to climb the ladder of qualifying events on Saturday to earn a spot in the finale.
The Holley Iron Man Series featuring USRA B-Mods will run a complete show of heat races and main events each of the three days.
There will be an open practice for all drivers on Wednesday from 6-9 p.m. Admission to the grandstands is free. Pit passes are $20.
The Humboldt Speedway is a located 0.1 mile west of US 169 at the Humboldt Exit, then 0.5 mile south, then 0.9 mile east on Georgia Rd. For more information, call 620-431-2470 or visit www.humboldtspeedway.com. For camping, ATV and/or golf cart permits call 620-473-3694.
This is a special event sanctioned by USMTS. No USMTS points will be awarded and a USMTS license is not required. All USMTS rules apply. For complete rules, visit www.usmts.com/rules.
The entry fee is $200 if received or postmarked on or before Feb. 21. The entry fee is $250 if received or postmarked after Feb. 21 but on or before March 13. The entry fee is $300 if received or postmarked after March 13 but on or before March 30. The entry fee is $400 after March 30 or at the track on race day. Entry forms are available at www.usmts.com/downloads/entry-forms.
Chix Gear Racewear is entering its second season as presenting sponsor of the event and is the Official Women’s Apparel of the USMTS. Chix Gear Racewear is available online at www.chixgear.com or at their traveling boutique that shows up at several racing events across America. Make sure to like their Facebook page to get the first opportunity to purchase new apparel. You can also pick up some Chix Gear designed apparel at the USMTS merchandise trailer.
The 2016 USMTS Casey’s Cup powered by S&S Fishing & Rental will kicks off Thursday-Saturday, Feb. 11-13, at the Shady Oaks Speedway in Goliad, Texas, followed by tripleheader weekends at the Heart ‘O’ Texas Speedway near Waco, Texas, Feb. 18-20; Ark-La-Tex Speedway in Vivian, La., Feb. 25-27; and Southern Oklahoma Speedway in Ardmore, Okla., March 3-5.
Each show will pay $2,000, $3,000 and $4,000 to win, respectively, and will comprise the first dozen events in the expanded 17-race Production Jars Southern Region presented by Day Motor Sports.
To learn more about the United States Modified Touring Series, visit www.usmts.com online or call 515-832-7944. You can also like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/usmts, follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/usmts and Instagram at www.instagram.com/usmts or subscribe to our YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/usmtstv.
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USMTS OFFICIAL SPONSORS: American Racer Racing Tires, Casey’s General Stores, Chix Gear Racewear, COMP Cams, CP-Carrillo, Day Motor Sports, Deatherage Opticians, Farm Boy BBQ Sauce, Fast Shafts, Intercomp, KEVKO Oil Pans & Components, KSE Racing Products, Malvern Trust & Savings Bank, MSD, RACEceiver, RacerWebsite.com, RacinDirt.com, RealTruck.com, S&S Fishing & Rental, Snickers, VP Racing Fuels.
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