Schedule complete, new website launched for Heartland Modified Tour

Since announcing the newly-formed Heartland Modified Tour for USRA Modifieds at the end of November, the phone lines have been busy for series officials scheduling races and answering questions about the start-up regional series.

Featuring a 22-night slate for its inaugural season, the Heartland Modified Tour is ready to take flight in 2024.

Kicking the season off April 12-13 alongside the Battle at the Bullring B-Mod event at the Humboldt Speedway in Humbolt, Kan., the Heartland Modified Tour schedule features 11 pairs of Friday-Saturday events.

Featuring stops at 81 Speedway, Creek County Speedway, Midway Speedway and Lucas Oil Speedway, series regulars will be tested early racing three weekends in a row during the month of May.

That three-week stretch comes to an end with a marquee event for the Heartland Modified Tour.  The 2024 edition of Joe Duvall’s Funkadelic Dirt Track & Honky Tonk Extravaganza features a head-to-head affair with the American Racer USRA Modified Series and the stars of each eyeing regional touring supremacy.

This year’s event expands to two nights taking place on Memorial Day Weekend. Friday, May 24, will be at the Arrowhead Speedway in Colcord, Okla., and Saturday, May 25, at the Salina Highbanks Speedway near Salina, Okla.

Two weekends grace the month of June, while things slow down during the heat of the summer with one weekend each in July and August. September hosts a pair of race weekends, and the series completes its rookie season in the Kansas City area at the Valley Speedway in Grain Valley, Mo., on Oct. 18, and I-35 Speedway in Winston, Mo., on Oct. 19.

“We are so thankful for all the support we have received for this new venture,” commented series co-founder Trenton Berry.  “We’re blessed to work with awesome track promotors who have decided to take a chance on us, we have great marketing partners who have stepped up and we have had several positive conversations from teams looking at what we have to offer.  Erick Chesterman has worked his tail off to develop the structure for the series and get these races booked.  Austin and I are proud he’s a part of this too.”

A couple of drivers who have made early commitments got a sneak peek at the schedule.

“We’re really excited for the Heartland Modified Tour,” said Tad Davis, the 2022 track champion at the 81 Speedway and Humboldt Speedway. “It’s a great opportunity for USRA Modified racing in the Midwest with a diverse schedule that will bring some tough competition each night.”

The Heartland Modified Tour has also caught the attention of fan favorite and perineal USRA Modified contender Chad Wheeler of Muskogee, Okla.

“We plan on trying to follow most of the Heartland Modified Tour," Wheeler said. "Having two babies under three years old at home will make it tough for us to make the entire schedule, but we will try our best if possible... Can’t guarantee anything—family comes first—but we’re going to leave our mark regardless.  We’re excited to have this new series right in our backyard.”

If you can’t make it out to the racetrack in 2024, get your subscription to—the Official Online Streaming Network of the Heartland Modified Tour.

Not only is the new schedule complete, but the new online home for the Heartland Modified Tour has also been launched.  For a complete tour schedule as well as all your HMT news and updates, be sure to follow along at

For series partnership and marketing information call Erick Chesterman at (832) 206-9316 or email

4/12 - Humboldt Speedway, Humboldt, Kan.
4/13 - Humboldt Speedway, Humboldt, Kan.
5/10 - Midway Speedway, Lebanon, Mo.
5/11 - Lucas Oil Speedway, Wheatland, Mo.
5/17 - Creek County Speedway, Sapulpa, Okla.
5/18 - 81 Speedway, Park City, Kan.
5/24 - Arrowhead Speedway, Colcord, Okla. (w/ ARMS)
5/25 - Salina Highbanks Speedway, Salina, Okla. (w/ ARMS)
6/7 - Lakeside Speedway, Kansas City, Kan.
6/8 - I-35 Speedway, Winston, Mo.
6/28 - TBA
6/29 - TBA
7/26 - Humboldt Speedway, Humboldt, Kan.
7/27 - Caney Valley Speedway, Caney, Kan.
8/16 - Electric City Speedway, Butler, Mo.
8/17 - Nevada Speedway, Nevada, Mo.
9/6 - Salina Speedway, Salina, Kan.
9/7 - 81 Speedway, Park City, Kan.
9/27 - Outlaw Motor Speedway, Oktaha, Okla.
9/28 - Tulsa Speedway, Tulsa, Okla.
10/18 - Valley Speedway, Grain Valley, Mo.
10/19 - I-35 Speedway, Winston, Mo.

USRA Awards Banquet set for Jan. 27: The USRA and USMTS will host a joint awards banquet on Saturday, Jan. 27, inside the 9,792-square-foot Nevada Ballroom at the Harrah's Kansas City Hotel & Casino to celebrate the 2023 racing season for both organizations.

Tickets include a luxurious dinner featuring a plentiful selection of fine food and a succulent dessert bar. A cash bar will also be available. The cost is $65 per person and can be purchased by calling (515) 832-6000 weekdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Tickets sales are available through Friday, Dec. 22, at 12 noon, and then resume on Wednesday, Jan. 3, after the holiday break. The deadline to purchase tickets to the awards banquet is Friday, Jan. 12, at 4 p.m.

A limited number or hotel rooms have been reserved for banquet attendees. Call Harrah's at 800-427-7247 or book online and mention the Group Code "S01US24" to receive the special Group Rate.

Harrah's Kansas City Hotel & Casino offers one of the most exciting hotels and casinos in the heart of America, blending small-town charm with big-city amenities with over 390+ luxurious rooms, a collection of gourmet dining experiences and the area's hottest gaming and entertainment. Visit for more information.

Alternatively, you can book rooms at Ameristar Kansas City, which is located just minutes from Harrah's. Use Group Code "USRA23" and call (816) 414-7000.

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