June 17, 2004

USMTS Returning To Memphis For Special Thursday Race

The United States Modified Touring series is making a return trip to Memphis on Thursday, June 17. The national racing circuit will be stopping at Bentz GM Country Scotland County Speedway for the Gatorade 30. The race marks just one stop on the USMTS 18-day tour that will include eight states.

Series regulars such as Kelly Shryock, Tommy Myer, Al Hejna, Jason Hughes, Bruce Hansford, Corey Dripps and Johnny Bone, Jr. will take on local stars like Tony Fraise, Mark Burgtorf and Zack Vanderbeek as they race for a $2,000 top prize.

“A large field of cars is expected for this race,” said track marketing director Ed Sheckler. The track’s PR man said the stop is coming after one of the track’s most successful nights of racing, June 12, when more than 125 cars took the track in front of more than 1,000 paid spectators.

The USMTS series is coming to Memphis following the Wednesday night race at Oskaloosa, IA. The series will then move on to Bolivar, Friday, Lebanon, Saturday and Monet on Sunday before taking Monday off as the series travels to Nebraska before closing out the month of June in Kansas.

The USMTS series then will head to Minnesota before returning to Memphis for the third time in 2004 for a July 9 show during the Scotland County Fair. The USMTS will return for the fourth and final time on July 31.

Johnny Bone, Jr. edged out Tony Fraise on the final lap to win the second day of USMTS racing on the two-day stop April 23-25 at SCS. Fraise also took second place on the opening night at SCS as he fell to USMTS points leader Kelly Shryock.

Gates will open at 5:00 p.m. for the June 17 show at SCS. Hot laps are scheduled to start at 6:45 p.m. The weekly racing program will run Saturday, June 19 as Kay Eggleston Bookkeeping and Tax Service and Primrose Realty will sponsor the evening.

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