Celebrating the life of one of the most popular dirt modified racers of all time, the 3rd Annual Grant Junghans Memorial is set for Friday, Aug. 17, at the Lakeside Speedway in Kansas City, Kan.
Fans can call today and throughout next week to reserve tickets for the blockbuster event. The USMTS office will be taking phone orders at (515) 832-7944 and mailing tickets for orders received through Monday. After that, pre-ordered tickets will be available at the Will Call window on race day at the track.
Presented by Spike Hardcore Energy, the 3rd Annual Grant Junghans Memorial will be part of the USMTS Hunt for the Casey’s Cup with a top prize of $10,002 to win and $1,202 to start the main event. Non-qualifiers will take home no less than $152, Long Tow Awards of $500, $400, $300, $200 and $200 will be awarded and and dozens of other cash prizes and contingencies will also be up for grabs.
Holley USRA Stock Cars and Out-Pace USRA B-Mods will round-out the three-division program with each of those two classes battling for $1,002 to win and $102 to start. USRA Summit Weekly Racing Series national points and CP-Carrillo Central Region points and Lakeside Speedway track points will be awarded in all three classes.
The pit gate opens Friday at 3 p.m. with spectator gates opening at 5:30. The drivers meeting will convene at 7 with hot laps slated for 7:30 and racing at 8 p.m.
For every adult, junior, senior and suite ticket sold—as well as every adult pit pass--$5 will go to the Grant Junghans Memorial Fund which supports research and funding for childhood cancer. Every Kids ticket or pit pass will have $3 earmarked for the foundation as well as $25 from every entry fee among the three classes.
The racing world lost one of its finest ambassadors in March 2016, and the Grant Junghans Memorial race is an opportunity for his family, friends, fans and fellow competitors to remember the good times and racing memories shared in his 27 years with us.
Junghans was first diagnosed with cancer in February of 2010. Despite on-again off-again chemotherapy treatments and numerous surgeries, he never lost his sense of humor, fighting spirit or natural-born tendency to be decent to others.
He was also the 2009 USMTS Rookie of the Year and that award has since been renamed in his honor.
Lucas Schott of Chatfield, Minn., topped the inaugural event in 2016 and Rodney Sanders took home the one-of-a-kind Grant Junghans Memorial trophy last year.
General admission tickets are $25, Juniors ages 13-16 and Senior 62 and up are $20, kids ages 7-12 are $10 and children 6 and under get in for free. Seats in the air-conditioned suites are $35. Pit passes are $40 or $20 for kids ages 6-10. Children 5 and under are free in the pits.
Sponsors stepping up to make this race possible include Arkansas Myriad (ARMI), A&A Electric & Underground, Boubin Tire & Automotive, Richard & Lana Calhoun, Lobo Racing, Malvern Bank, MB Customs Race Cars, McCartney Welding, Rick Meier, Ramirez Motorsports, Rancho Milagro, Real Racing Wheels, Rick Beebe Heating & Air Conditioning, RHRSwag.com, Shop Quik, Spike Hardcore Energy and TOS Motorsports.
If you are interested in being a sponsor of this event, please call the USMTS office at (515) 832-7944.
MODIFIED PAYOUT: 1. $10,002, 2. $5222, 3. $4302, 4. $3402, 5. $3002, 6. $2502, 7. $2202, 8. $2002, 9. $1802, 10. $1602, 11. $1502, 12. $1402, 13. $1302, 14. $1292, 15. $1282, 16. $1272, 17. $1262, 18. $1252, 19. $1242, 20. $1232, 21. $1222, 22. $1212, $1202 to start; non-qualifiers $152.
STOCK CAR & B-MOD PAYOUTS: 1. $1002, 2. $802, 3. $702, 4. $602, 5. $502, 6. $402, 7. $352, 8. $302, 9. $252, 10. $222, 11. $202, 12. $182, 13. $172, 14. $162, 15. $152, 16. $142, 17. $132, 18. $122, 19. $112, $102 to start; non-qualifiers $82.
ENTRY FEES: The entry fee for USMTS competitors is $125 early or $150 at the gate. The entry fee for Stock Car and B-Mod competitors is $50. From each entry fee received in any class, $25 will go to the Grant Junghans Memorial Fund.
RULES & PROCEDURES: All USMTS rules apply for Modifieds. All USRA rules apply for Stock Cars and B-Mods. Draw for heat race starting spot ends 15 minutes before hot laps. Qualifying will be done by heat race passing points and “B” Mains. RACEceivers and AMB transponders are mandatory and available for rent or purchase at USMTS trailer. See complete rules at www.usmts.com and www.usraracing.com.
LICENSES: There is no requirement to purchase a USMTS license to compete in any USMTS event. All drivers competing in USRA-sanctioned events must possess a valid USRA license. Driver may purchase a temporary license for $10 which is valid for one (1) event only.
PROVISIONALS: Provisionals for USMTS competitors will be awarded to the top two (2) drivers in points that fail to qualify for the “A” Main as per USMTS rules. The hosting racetrack reserves the right to add additional provisionals.
MANDATORY DECALS: Modifieds – American Racer, Casey’s, CP-Carrillo, Fast Shafts, MVT, Rancho Milagro, Summit and USMTS/USRA; Stock Cars – American Racer, Holley, Summit and USRA; B-Mods – American Racer, Out-Pace, Summit and USRA.
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