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Author Topic:   YANKEE DIRT TRACK CLASSIC LARGEST CAR COUNT EVER
jammin
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posted September 17, 2001 05:54 PM UIN: 16262997
YANKEE DIRT TRACK CLASSIC LARGEST CAR COUNT EVER

(Farley, Iowa) The Yankee Dirt Track Classic began life in 1978 at the old Hawkeye Downs dirt track in order to showcase the local talent against the top drivers in the country. Founder Al Frieden moved the event in 1988 to his new palace of speed, the Farley Speedway, fueling growth that has turned the race into a celebration of speed, signifying the passage of summer into fall. Simmon's Promotions took over the reigns for the 24th annual event, spurring even more changes and growth. This years car count broke all the old marks when 340 cars passed through the gates of the Four-night event. Wednesday night started the Yankee Dirt Track Classic off with seven four-cylinder cars, 21 Fun Class cars, 35 Hobby Stocks, and 36 NASCAR Weekly Racing Series Late Models. Thursday night the gates opened to the Deery Brothers IMCA Late Models with 53 competitors wanting to become a Yankee Dirt Track Classic Champion. 47 Pro Stocks also competed for bragging rights on Thursday night. Friday Night every inch of the pit area plus some additional outside parking became pit area as 89 Budweiser Open Late Models signed into the pits to take their shot at the $15,000 first place prize. 52 of the fastest Modified drivers in the country also checked in to do battle on the fast half-mile track.

Simmons Promotions Inc. anticipated with the Larger purses and the availability for more drivers to compete in this years Yankee Dirt Track Classic, that the car counts would increase, but would also admit that they never expected to have 340 at this years Classic.

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