The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

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August 11, 2012

Touring series reached Monett Speedway

The United States Modified Touring Series is scheduled to visit the Monett Speedway tonight for the third leg of its Swan Energy-powered Hunt for the USMTS Casey’s Cup.

Springfield’s Jeremy Payne won the A feature at Humboldt (Kan.) Speedway on Friday night and the series was scheduled to continue at the Lucas Oil Speedway at Wheatland (Mo.) on Saturday night.

Support classes tonight at Monett are B modified, pure stock and Legends Cars.

Grandstand and pit gates open today at 5 p.m. at the 3⁄8-mile clay track. Hot laps are set for 7 and racing at 7:30.

Admission prices for the special are $20 and $5 (ages 12-15). A pit pass is $35.

The winner of tonight’s B modified main event receives $400 and the pure stock A feature winner pockets $120.

Track points leaders of the support classes through July 22 were Rick McNally (pure stock) and J.C. Morton (B modified).

Payne, 26, started fourth and earned $3,000 for the 40-lap victory on Friday. He claimed his seventh USMTS victory by beating Ryan Gustin of Marshalltown, Iowa.

The 26-car main event also had Chanute’s John Allen 16th, Springfield’s Terry Phillips 22nd, Humboldt’s Scott Daniels 20th and Webb City’s Terry Beckham II (25th).

Phillips, who won the second B feature, and Beckham completed 17 and 3 laps, respectively, because of mechanical and suspension problems for their race cars.

It was Payne’s first USMTS win in more than a year. His last came at the inaugural Silver Dollar Nationals at I-80 Speedway in Greenwood, Neb., and, more importantly, it was his first series triumph since forming his own team at the end of 2011.

Payne, according to Jeff Nunn on the website of the USMTS, began last December to build his team with focus on contending for a USMTS title. That followed a successful five-year partnership competing in both modified and late model with Terry Phillips Racing.

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