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posted February 12, 2002 03:42 PM
Final checkers have flown for two I.M.C.A. series
VINTON, Iowa (Feb. 12) - The final checkered flag has been seen for two of the special series sanctioned by I.M.C.A.
Neither the National Modified Series or the Best of the Midwest Series for Stock Cars will be held this season.
"We are a sanctioning body for weekly racing and that's where our members' best interests are served," I.M.C.A. Vice President of Operations Brett Root said. "We had to make a decision on where we would focus the majority of our atten-tion for these two divisions. Our foundation is and always has been weekly racing."
"Many of the races that made up those series will still be held and drivers will run for national, regional, state and lo-cal track points," he added. "Those events just won't be part of a series format."
Previous versions of the National Modified Series had been held in a single state or region. The format was changed when the series was revived in 2001, with point totals determined by drivers' 10 best finishes.
Twenty-two races were held - three others were canceled after Sept. 11 - in 13 states and one Canadian province.
"It was simply too expensive and there was too much travel involved for most drivers to race enough to be factors in the Modified series," Root said. "Some of the races did well in terms of car counts while others did not."
I.M.C.A. pulled the plug on the Best of the Midwest Series after 88 events and eight years of up and down car counts.
The series saw an average of 29 cars per event in 1999, then an average of 40 cars at each race in 2000.
In 2001, the average dropped back down to a record low 27 car average.
"It became obvious that there was a limited amount of interest by promoters and a limited amount of support by com-petitors in the area the I.M.C.A. Stock Car class really got its start," Root said. "While there was more interest in holding series events in states like Nebraska, North Dakota, Wisconsin, Texas and Alabama, the cost involved in traveling doesn't make sense economically, especially in a division that is structured like the Stock Cars."
Series for I.M.C.A.-sanctioned Late Models and Sprint Cars will be held in 2002, Root emphasized. Schedules for the two Late Model tours, the Deery Brothers Summer Series and the Friesen Chevrolet Challenge Series, have already been announced.