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posted March 04, 2001 08:31 AM UIN: 16262997
HAGERSTOWN, MD The big block modifieds of the northeast will join with the late models in a triple-feature program at the Hagerstown Speedway on Sunday afternoon, March 11th. The Triple 30's will get underway at 1:30 P.M. with gates opening at 11:00 A.M.. Warm-ups will start at 1:00 P.M.

The late models and modifieds will each have a 30-lap feature with $2,000 going to the winner and a guaranteed starting spot in the Octoberfest 350 in the fall. The highlight of the program will be the third 30-lap feature, the Combo Relay. This is a relay event with both modifieds and late models joining together as teammates.

The Combo Relay will be a new race that will involve both the modifieds and the late models in the same race. Unlike the Winter Bash of past years where the late models and modifieds raced in the same feature against one another, the two divisions will team up with one another in pairs and compete over 30-laps, 15 for the late models and 15 for the modifieds. This will be similar to a relay event in Track & Field.

After the Modified feature is completed, the first 15 drivers will determine the line up for the Combo Relay race. The race will start inverted from the modified drivers finishing positions. Each late model driver will be paired with the modified driver by the exact same way they finish their feature. Finishers 1 thru 15 in the modified division will be partnered with finishers 1 thru 15 in the late model division. This means that the winner of the Modified race will be partners with the winner of the Late Model race. However, the winner of the Modified race must start at the end of the field. Then the Late Model winner will match up with his partner's finish after his 15 laps of competition to try to bring home the checker flag. The modifieds will race the first leg of the 30 lap event and then come to a stop on the front stretch in the order of finish. The late model drivers will then pull onto the track along side of their modified partner (determined by their 1st feature finish). The late models will restart the race in the order their teammate was running at the end of 15 laps. The first late model driver across the finish line at the end of the final 15 laps will be the winner of the 30-lap event and will split the $2,000 top prize money and honors with his modified teammate.

Sunday's race will be the final tune-up for the big block modifieds before they return for the Advance auto Parts 2000 Modified Super DIRT Series on Saturday night, March 31st.

The Hagerstown Speedway is located on U.S. Route 40, adjacent to the Gateway Seafood Restaurant, six miles west of Hagerstown, MD. The Gateway Seafood Restaurant is the official restaurant of the Hagerstown Speedway where drivers and fans meet after the races. For addition information, contact the speedway office at (301) 582-0640 or checkout the internet at

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