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posted April 18, 2001 12:29 PM
At Super Nationals: Race of champions, nine more starters in feature for I.M.C.A. Sunoco Stock Cars
BOONE, Iowa (April 17) - The growing popularity of the I.M.C.A. Sunoco Stock Car division will be reflected on the track at the 2001 Speedway Motors I.M.C.A. Super Nationals.
A race of champions, similar to the Dirt Works Ron Efkamp Memorial for the Modifieds, has been added to the Satur-day night, Sept. 8 program.
And nine more cars will qualify for the feature field that evening, with a starting field of 33 to take the initial green flag.
"Starting 33 cars in the Stock Car feature has been something we've discussed for the last few years," I.M.C.A. Vice President of Operations Brett Root said. "Given the continued popularity of the Stock Car class, and the fact that it is our second-biggest division number-wise, we feel a 33-car field even is justified."
The inside row of 10 for Saturday's main event will be determined on the first day of qualifying, Monday, Sept. 3. The middle row will be set Tuesday and the outside row on Wednesday.
Line-ups for three last-chance races Wednesday night will be based on points accumulated during the week. The win-ners of last-chance races will make up the back row for the feature.
Ten cars will race 10 laps, with a $500 top prize at stake in the new race of champions. Qualifying will be Monday and Tuesday and is open to all track champions, or those second in points at tracks where the leader is not at Boone.
Drivers in the Stock Car race of champions will be introduced along with qualifiers for the Modified Efkamp event during Saturday's pre-race ceremony. The Efkamp race will be held first, followed by the Stock Car race of champions, final qualifying for the Modifieds and then the feature races for Hobby Stocks, Stock Cars and Modifieds.
"We felt the new race of champions would bring additional recognition to the Stock division and to the drivers who compete in it," said Root. "We anticipate making this race will become as big as qualifying for the 12-car field in the Efkamp race."
Final five dates added to National Modified Series
VINTON, Iowa (April 17) - And finally there are 25...
The last five races have been added to the I.M.C.A. National Modified Series, including the first event in Canada. That puts the total number of series events at 25, with the race at Beatrice, Neb., already in the books.
The storied Knoxville, Iowa, Raceway hosts the first of the new additions with the Thursday, July 19 Harris Clash.
All four of the other races are in September, on Friday, Sept. 21 at the Williston Basin Speedway in Williston, N.D., Satur-day, Sept. 22 at Estevan Motor Speedway in Estevan, Saskatchewan, and Sunday, Sept. 23 at Nodak Speedway in Minot, N.D.
Rounding out the newly-announced events is the Sunday, Sept. 30 series date at Fulton Speedway in Fulton, N.Y.
"The Harris Clash is a natural fit for this series," I.M.C.A. Vice President of Operations Brett Root said. "The addition of the two events in North Dakota and one in Canada give drivers in that area the opportunity to be part of the series without having to travel across the country."
"Harvey Fink was the first promoter in New York to run I.M.C.A.-sanctioned Modifieds," Root added. "We're glad he can be part of this series."
The series is scheduled to end Oct. 19-21 at the Abilene, Texas, Speedway.
Using the same 40-point system applied to regular season standings, drivers' 10 best finishes will determine standings for the series.
The National Modified Series championship is worth $2,000. More than $10,000 will be paid out to the top 20 drivers in the final point standings.