April 24, 2003
Pepsi, USMTS Helping Scotland County Speedway Kick Off 2003 Season
The Scotland County Speedway will open the 2003 season in style with a visit from the ever-popular United States Modified Touring Series (USMTS) on Saturday, April 26. The special event is being sponsored by Pepsi-Cola Memphis Bottling Company.
In addition to the A-modified racing action the track will also feature events for stock cars, hobby stocks and two-man cruisers.
The USMTS will be traveling to Scotland County following a stop Friday, April 25 at Lee County Speedway in Donnellson, IA.
The national A-modified touring series visited the Lee County Speedway in 2002 and local favorite Tony Fraise picked up his first ever USMTS win. The USMTS also visited Scotland County Speedway twice last year with Scott Megonigle picking up both wins at the Memphis track.
The race at Donnellson, IA will be a north region race, while the race at Memphis will be a south region race. Both races will pay $2,000 to win and $200 to start the Midwest Motorsports A-main.
A good field of cars is expected for these events with drivers from more than nine states expected. Series point leader Justin Boney is expected to race along with Tommy Myer, Scott Drake, Jason Hughes, Kelly Shryock, Mark Noble, Darin Walker, Dan Chapman, Mike Chasteen, Kevin Peters, Johnny Bone, Corey Dripps, Mike Wedelstadt, Darin Walker, Dan Daniels, John Vandenberg and all the local favorites.
Gates will open at 5:30 p.m. on Friday with hot laps scheduled for 7:00 p.m. and racing at 7:30 p.m.. Saturday gates will open at 5:00 p.m. with hot laps at 6:30 p.m. and racing at 7:00 p.m.
So far in 2003 the USMTS has raced eight nights and seven different drivers have visited victory lane. Scott Drake is the only driver that has won two nights of racing. USMTS is averaging 52 cars per night so far this race season. Hope to see everyone at one of these USMTS races in Iowa or Missouri.
The Junior Fan Club will kick off the season Saturday night as well at SCS. The group is hoping to build on a successful 2002 that saw an average of 25-30 prizes given away each Saturday evening. The group averaged 125 members per race.
Anyone between the ages of two and 12 may participate in the junior fan club. There is no charge for the membership. Participants simply need to go to the fan club booth located just past the concessions area in the southeast corner of the new building.
The Saturday, April 26 junior fan club sponsor is Memphis Lumber. Coordinator Michele Drummond stated that the club has roughly 30 sponsors for the year that will help provide prizes and pay for special activities. The group also will be selling a number of items such as fans and a fun book to help raise money for the club.
This year the fan club will post numbers on the inside of the wheel fence that protects the grandstands. Winners will be able to pick up their prizes at the window to the fan club office located outside the east side of the building.