$20,002 Reserved for Grant Junghans Memorial USMTS
KANSAS CITY, Kan. (Aug. 9)
— The Grant Junghans Memorial
presented by Shop Quik Convenience Stores returns to the
Lakeside Speedway this Saturday, Aug. 12, for the sixth
installment to honor our beloved friend and competitor
with the highest-paying single-day show for the Summit
USMTS National Championship presented by RacinDirt.
This year’s race is paying an event record $20,002
to win or more and no less than $1,002 to take the green
flag in the main event at the famed 4/10-mile dirt oval
in Kansas City, Kan.
As it has since the
beginning, the mega-event will raise money for the
Grant Junghans Memorial Fund which supports
research and funding for childhood cancer in honor of
the late racer from Manhattan, Kan.
among fans and fellow competitors, Grant Junghans was
first diagnosed with cancer in February of 2010 when he
was just 21 years old. 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 kind to others.
The racing world
lost one of its finest ambassadors when he passed away
in March 2016, and the Grant Junghans Memorial 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.
also the 2009 USMTS Rookie of the Year and that award
has since been renamed in his honor. His younger
brother, Chase Junghans, is a former USMTS racer who is
now a regular with the World of Outlaws Late Model
Grant Junghans (second
from left) talks with Rodney Sanders (orange uniform)
while Shane Hebert (black uniform) and Morgan Bagley
(green uniform) are also present during the redraw and
driver's meet 'n' greet with fans in Amarillo, Texas.
(Chad Ebel Photo)
Ricky Thornton Jr. is the
defending champion of the Grant Junghans Memorial, which
took place nearly two years ago at the Lakeside Speedway
on Oct. 30, 2020. Last year’s race was rained out.
Jacob Bleess celebrated his 23rd birthday on Nov.
17, 2019—one day after his win at the 81 Speedway and
the same day that Junghans was born. It would have been
his 31st birthday.
Jake O'Neil won in 2018,
Rodney Sanders in 2017 and Lucas Schott captured the
inaugural title in 2016. Except for the 2019 race at 81
Speedway, the others have taken place at the Lakeside
Also running will be Medieval USRA
Stock Cars and USRA B-Mods racing for $1,002 to win and
Summit USRA Weekly Racing Series national points.
USRA Modified competitors can compete for Summit
USRA Weekly Racing Series national points in their
division but receive no USMTS points and are not
eligible for a USMTS provisional starting spot.
The Grant Junghans Memorial is the second of three
nights that were originally slated for June 3-5 but were
rained out and postponed to Aug. 11-13.
Thursday, Aug. 11, the Dallas County Speedway in Urbana,
Mo., lights the fuse with the 3rd Annual Wehrs Machine
Bullring Bash where the previous two feature races were
decided in the final corner on the final lap.
main event will pay $5,000 to the winner with Medieval
USRA Stock Cars and USRA B-Mods also be on the ticket.
The tripleheader concludes Saturday, Aug. 13, with
the inaugural Bushwhacker presented by RacinDirt at the
all-new spectacular I-70 Speedway in Odessa, Mo., for a
Once again, Medieval USRA
Stock Cars and USRA B-Mods will join the program, both
racing for a $750 top prize and valuable Summit USRA
Weekly Racing Series national points.
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