USMTS Adds Stop At New Longdale Venue
LONGDALE, Okla. – With an eleventh-hour addition to the 2014 campaign, the mud-slinging Modifieds of the USMTS Casey’s Cup powered by Swan Energy will invade the Longdale Speedway in Longdale, Okla., on May 16.
Track owner Jessie Hoskins stepped in to fill the open date when the Red River Speedway in Wichita Falls, Texas, was forced to postpone their event due to unfinished electrical work at the track.
“It’s a pretty tall order to pencil-in an event of this caliber at the last minute, so we’re really counting on our drivers and fans to come out and support this show,” said USMTS president Todd Staley. “We’ve heard great things about the track, and it’s a solid fit for the other events that weekend.”
Sandwiched between stops at the Lawton Speedway in Lawton, Okla., on May 15 and the Southern Oklahoma Speedway in Ardmore, Okla., on May 17, it will be a pivotal points race for drivers competing in the S&S Fishing & Rental Southern Region presented by Day Motor Sports.
The track is the brain child of Hoskins, a native of Longdale. While racing at other tracks, he had the idea to build a new track near his hometown with all the latest safety features. Besides, he was looking for something to help the economy of the area, hurt when Canton Lake’s water levels were reduced by Oklahoma City officials, who decided to take water from Canton to fill Lake Hefner last summer. Oklahoma City owns the water rights to the lake. Canton remains some 13 feet below normal.
Longdale Speedway is a brand-new, high-speed, high-banked half-mile clay oval that boasts 22-degree straight-aways and 26 degrees of banking in the turns. Located about a half-mile south of town on Highway 58, construction on the new facility began in December.