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July 12, 2012

OCRS Sprints, USMTS Modifieds coming to Salina Highbanks Speedway

Salina, OK - The United States Modified Touring Series (USMTS) and the Oil Capital Racing Series (OCRS) are coming to the Salina Highbanks Speedway for a historic night of dirt track racing on Saturday, July 14.

For the first time Oklahomans will be able to see some of the best modified drivers in the country and watch winged sprint car pilots of the OCRS racing on the same program.

USMTS drivers from nearly a dozen states will be on hand led by points leader and three-time winner Ryan Gustin of Marshalltown, Iowa. Rodney Sanders of Happy, Texas is second in points, but Oklahoman Jason Hughes (a five-time USMTS winner this season) of Westville sits third on the points chart and is considered a favorite to win on Salina’s 3/8’s mile highbanked oval. Salina is the closest thing Hughes has to a home track and he will be eager to win in front of his Oklahoma fans.

Leading the way for the hometown racers is Joe Duvall of Chelsea. Duvall is the 2011 NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Oklahoma state champion and was was honored by Governor Mary Fallin at the State Capital this past winter for winning his second consecutive NASCAR title. Duvall currently is the NASCAR co-points leader in the modified division at Salina.

The OCRS sprint cars will round out the double header making this show one of the biggest events in Oklahoma this summer. Jamie Passmore of Rose leads the  OCRS points race with six victories, but close behind is Danny Smith of Sapulpa.

The last visit to Salina for the OCRS was May 19 and it was one for the record books. Nineteen year old Shayla Waddell of Oklahoma City won the feature event that night to become the first women to win an OCRS feature and the first female to win a main event at Salina. Waddell will be back looking to repeat and she will be joined by 17-year old rookie Harli White of Lindsay. White is enjoying her first full season in a sprint car after suffering burns over 50 percent of her body in 2008 while racing a micro sprint in Oklahoma City. White had a long recovery but is back doing what she loves - driving a sprint car.

Also racing on the program will be Grand National and Pure Stocks.

Visit www.usmts.com, www.ocrsracing.com and www.salinahighbanksspeedway.com for  more information.

When: Saturday, July 14, 7:30 p.m.

Where: Salina Highbanks Speedway

What is racing: OCRS Sprints, USMTS Modifieds, Grand National and Pure Stock.

Directions: Salina Highbanks Speedway is six miles East of Pryor on highway 20.

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