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Strong Run for Ryan Stiltner Slowed by Mechanical Gremlins

<div style=\"float:center; width:500px; margin: 20px; border: black solid 1px; padding: 3px;\"> <img src=\"http://www.frontstretch.com/images/15535.jpg\" width=\"500\" height=\"333\"/><p style=\"margin: 3px; text-align: left; font-weight:bold;\">Ryan Stiltner's season opening run we undermined by mechanical issues. Photo by Bad Fast Media</p></div> Ryan Stiltner was hoping to start the season with a win at Kingsport Speedway but mechanical gremlins slowed his progress and kept him from winning. Stiltner had started the race in the ninth position and felt the car was good enough to win. Stiltner’s fast lap in qualifying was a 15.291. He felt confident about his chances in the race. Unfortunately, the battery died in the car and the engine laid down forcing Stiltner to pit road before the conclusion of the race. Stiltner would return to the race and be credited with a 12th place finish at the Concrete Jungle. “It’s not the finish we were looking for,†said Stiltner. “The battery went down and the motor laid down. It’s just very disappointing to have a car that fast and finish that bad.†Stiltner’s next race will be on Friday night, March 15th in another 60 lap race at Kingsport Speedway. “We should be able to have a strong run on Friday night,†said Stiltner. “I know we’ve got a fast car, we just need a little luck. I’m confident we can have a strong effort and contend for the win next time out. These guys worked hard in the offseason and it was disappointing not to bring home a win at the opener but we’ll keep digging.†Stiltner is supported by Patriot Mining, Clark Signs & Graphics, Triple K Trucking, Race Coal, Hedgecock Racing Enterprises and Kowalsky Racing Engines. For more information on Ryan Stiltner check out his new website www.RyanStiltner.com, which includes a complete list of upcoming races as well as results from this past season, a bio on Ryan, photos from recent races and much more. Read More »

Tripleheader in Texas, Louisiana this weekend for USMTS

Up next for the United States Modified Touring Series is a tripleheader at three popular speedplants in Texas and Louisiana this Friday, Saturday and Sunday, March 15-17. The RPM Speedway in Crandall, Texas, kicks things off this Friday, March 15, with the inaugural Honeycutt Sand & Gravel Modified Nationals powered by Lecolift as the 1/4-mile semi-banked dirt oval hosts the USMTS Modifieds for the first time in the 15-year history of the series. Fans have waited nearly a year for the debut as the inaugural event was rained out last year just as the team haulers were filling the pit area. Long-time Dallas-Fort Worth businessman and racer Jason Troutman acquired the facility in November, and since then the track has seen several improvements including a newly-configured racing surface that drew rave reviews during the track’s grand opening event three weeks ago. The pit gate opens at 4 p.m. and the grandstand gates swing open at 5 p.m. Hot laps are slated for 6:45 with the first green flag scheduled to unfurl at 7 p.m. Adults grandstand tickets are just $17, seniors ages 65 and older get in for $15, kids ages 6-12 are $5 and children 5 & under are free. Pit passes are $35. Limited Mods, Factory Stocks and Street Stocks will round out the four-division racing card. The RPM Speedway is a 1/4-mile semi-banked dirt oval located southeast of US 175 in Crandall, Texas, on CR 4106 (Bud Stoy Rd. exit) to the intersection of CR 4104. For more information call 972-427-6822 or visit www.rpmspeedwaytx.com online. From there, the teams trek to the Bayou State with a stop at Gene Boyter’s Ark-La-Tex Speedway in Vivian, La., on Saturday for the 4th Annual Lecolift Cajun Clash on Saturday, March 16. Johnny Scott captured the win here the last time the USMTS visited on June 13, 2010. Jason Hughes won the event in 2009 and Duke Whiseant took home the hardware in his career-first USMTS start in the first-ever event here in 2008. Pit gates open at 4 p.m., grandstand gates swing open at 5, hot laps take to the track at 6 and the racing action kicks off at 6:30. Adults grandstand tickets are $17, youth ages 13-18 are $10, kids ages 6-12 are $5 and children ages 5 & under get in for free. Pit passes are $35. Local B-Mods and Factory Stocks will round out the night’s racing card. The Ark-La-Tex Speedway a 1/4-mile semi-banked dirt oval located 0.6 mile south of SR 2 on SR 1, then 0.7 mile west on Airport Rd., then 2.2 miles south on Boyter Lane Rd. For race day information, call the track hotline at 318-375-3470 or click www.arklatexspeedway.net to visit them on the World Wide Web. The weekend tripleheader wraps up on Sunday, March 17, at the Boothill Speedway in Greenwood, La., where fans have been treated to some exciting USMTS shows in the past. In 2009, a caution flag with five laps to go doomed Kelly Shryock as it erased a seven-second lead and allowed Jason Hughes to muscle his way to victory. Two year later, Shryock returned to exact his revenge and won the last USMTS race here in 2011. Hughes also bagged the feature win in the series debut here in 2007, while Jack Sullivan won in April 2009 on what was then a big 7/16-mile oval. Since then, the track has been reduced to a racy 1/3-mile oval. Pit gates open at 3 p.m. on Sunday, grandstand gates open at 5, hot laps begin at 5:30 and the racing starts at 6 p.m. Adults grandstand tickets are $17, youth ages 13-18 are $10, kids ages 6-12 are $5 and children ages 5 & under get in for free. Pit passes are $35. Local B-Mods and Factory Stocks will also be racing. The Boothill Speedway is located west of Shreveport on I-20 to the Carthage-Morningsport Exit (exit 3), then 0.2 mile north, then east on McGee Rd. For more information call 318-938-5373 or check out www.boothillspeedway.org online. This weekend’s tripleheader be the season’s third, fourth and fifth events in the USMTS Allgayer, Inc. Southern Region presented by Day Motor Sports. A top prize of $2,000 awaits the winner each night, with the opportunity for the winning driver to double that amount by taking part in the Big Dog Buy-In. For an additional $100 entry fee at the time of registration. Those drivers who “buy in†will race for an extra $2,000 to win. Among the combatants expected for this blockbuster event are the three winningest drivers in USMTS history: nine-time USMTS national champion Kelly Shryock, 2010 titlist Jason Hughes and two-time defending national champ Ryan Gustin. Gustin is the current points leader in the region after the first two events. Others expected to challenge for a visit to victory lane are Johnny Scott, Zack VanderBeek, Rodney Sanders, Jason Krohn, Jeremy Payne, Clyde Dunn Jr., Rick Beebe, Thomas Tillison Jr., Willy Kraft, Steve Whiteaker Jr., Philip Houston, Randy Timms, Austin Siebert, Howard Willis, Chris Brown, Logan Martin, Trevor Hunt, Casey Penn, John O Whittington, Jamie Burford, Cody Simpson, Shane Hebert, Cade Dillard, Kyle Cummings, Dereck Ramirez, J.P. Dowell, Tracy Denby Jr., Gene Nicholas, T.J. Steele, Steve Miller, Phil Dixon, Masen Big Eagle, Jeff Allgayer, Joey Galloway, Larry Clevenger, Adam Penn and many others. *EVENT PAYOFF:* Licensed – 1. $2000, 2. $1500, 3. $1000, 4. $800, 5. $700, 6. $600, 7. $550, 8. $500, 9. $450, 10. $400, 11. $375, 12. $350, 13. $325, 14-24. $300, Tow $90; Non-Licensed – 1. $2000, 2. $1200, 3. $800, 4. $700, 5. $600, 6. $500, 7. $400, 8. $350, 9. $300, 10. $250, 11. $225, 12-24. $200, Tow $75. *ENTRY FEES:* Early entry is $90 for USMTS-licensed competitors or $100 for non-licensed. Late or at-the-track entry is $110 for all drivers. Entry forms can be viewed or downloaded at www.usmts.com/downloads or call 515-832=7944 to register today. There is no requirement to purchase a USMTS license, but benefits include higher event purses and bonus payouts, increased tow money, discounted entry fees, points funds and contingencies and a personalized profile page on the USMTS website. The cost of a USMTS regional license is $150. ... Read More »