Record purse set for July 5-10 Kupper Chevrolet Dakota Tour

MANDAN, N.D. (Jan. 12) – Another record purse will be paid out over the course of the 26th Annual Kupper Chevrolet Dakota Classic Tour.

IMCA Modifieds race for $2,100 to win and IMCA Stock Cars for $800 to win each night of the July 5-10 tour. Top 10 drivers in final point standings earn shares of $2,000 Modified and $1,000 Stock Car point funds, provided by tour title sponsor Kupper Chevrolet.

The series starts its six-night run on Sunday, July 5 at the 3/8-mile Nodak Speedway on the North Da­kota State Fairgrounds in Minot, then heads just north of the border to Estevan, Sask., and the 3/8-mile Estevan Motor Speedway on Monday, July 6.

On Tuesday, July 7, it’s south to the Upper Missouri Valley Fairgrounds and the ¼-mile Williston Basin Speedway. The show at ¼-mile Southwest Speedway in Dickinson is Wednesday, July 8.

On Thursday, July 9, the tour heads to the 3/8-mile Dacotah Speedway in Mandan. The series concludes with Championship Night at the ¼-mile Jamestown Speedway on Friday, July 10.

All six Modified features are qualifying events for the 2015 Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot. IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing National, home region and Allstar Performance State points will be awarded each night in both divisions.

RACEFEEDX and IMCA.TV continues its “Long Haul, New Blood” extra tow money for top finishing first-time series drivers. RACEFEEDX will also provide exclusive pay per view coverage from flag to flag at all events.

John Gartner is tour director and Dale McEwen of Winnipeg will flag all events. IMCA Competition Direc­tor Tom Gutowski will oversee pre- and post-race tech inspection each night and the same payout, rules and procedures will be in effect at all tour tracks.

Tour drivers and fans are encouraged to make hotel/motel plans early as those could be a chal­lenge at some venues, Gartner noted, although many more overnight accommodations are now available.

Gartner can be contacted at 701-202-6075 for more information. Contingency awards given by tour and IMCA sponsors are to be announced.

Defending champions are Jeff Taylor of Cave City, Ark., in the IMCA Xtreme Motor Sports Modi­fieds and Dalton Flory of Williston in the IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars.

A best-ever average of 81 Modifieds competed each night while new track car count records were set or equaled at all six events in the 2014 tour. Modified features paid $2,000 to win last year.