MANDAN, ND (June 10, 2020)—The 31st Annual Moritz Sport & Marine—Powered by Bismarck Motor Company– Dakota Classic Modified Tour has announced a change in their schedule as Estevan, Sask. will not be able to host what was to be the opening night of the Tour on Saturday, July 11 due to an extension of the border closure resulting from the Covid 19 situation.
The Tour has been working on a “Plan B” for several weeks in case Estevan could not race. The operators of the Red River Valley Speedway in West Fargo, ND were contacted and an agreement has been secured that will allow the Tour to start in West Fargo on Friday July 10. RRVS hosted a Tour event way back in 1991 when the track was a half mile facility. The current track is now 3/8 mile with a huge grandstand and parking for over 300 tow rigs in their large pit area. The facility is a part of the expansive Red River Valley Fairgrounds just off of I-94
Jamestown Speedway will now host Round II of the series on Saturday, July 11. The facility is located on the Stutsman County Fairgrounds and is a ¼ mile high banked track with pit parking for over 300. Jamestown was one of the original three tracks that made up the first tour back in 1990.
Nodak Speedway in Minot was not going to be in the Tour this year due to a conflict with the ND State Fair. However, the Fair was cancelled a few weeks ago so a Tour date will be given to Minot to replace Estevan on the Tour. Minot will race on Sunday, July 12, starting at 6:00 pm. Nodak Speedway has been in existence since the early 1950’s and features a high banked 3/8 mile track with a huge 6,000 plus capacity grandstand and pit parking that will, in reality, be unlimited this year with the closure of the Fair.
Williston Basin Speedway will race on Monday, July 13 as originally scheduled. The ¼ mile high banked track is located on the Upper Missouri Valley Fairgrounds on the north side of Williston just off US Highway 85. The newly updated and improved facility has parking for 300 plus tow vehicles and seating for over 2,000 spectators.
Southwest Speedway in Dickinson will take the Tuesday, July 14 date. Their facility south of Dickinson, just off of Highway 22, features a ¼ mile track, a newer grandstand with additional hillside seating, and great viewing for racers on the back stretch. An overflow area has been established during the Tour for the many trucks and trailers that follow the Tour.
The Tour wraps up its six consecutive night swing with Championship Night at Dacotah Speedway in Mandan. The facility features a high banked 3/8 mile track, along with 3 pit areas, and a grandstand that seats 4,000, surrounded by a park like atmosphere that is a driver and fan favorite. Tom Berry Jr. won the IMCA Mod Tour Championship last year and Ricky Thornton Jr, took home the IMCA Stock Car title, and both will be back to defend them in 2020.
All features in the IMCA Mod class will pay $2,400 to win and $300 to start the 30 car feature field. A last Chance Qualifier sponsored by XR live streaming will qualify the last position in the 30 lap feature at all six venues. All drivers not qualifying for the feature will be awarded $100 tow money, courtesy of Moritz Sport and Mariner. The IMCA Stock Car feature will pay a record $1,000 to win their 24 car feature, with $100 to start the race. A $2,000 points fund for the IMCA Mods and a $1,000 fund for the IMCA Stock Cars will be awarded courtesy of Moritz Sport & Marine. Over $20,000 in Contingency Prizes from national racing manufacturers will be awarded for the top 25 in Tour points.
Live Streaming is available on XR with a + Subscription. Available on Web, Roku, FireTV, Apple, and Android. Get more info at: www.racexr.com Parts will be available through Dakota Trackside at all tracks.
IMCA rules will be used in both classes and the IMCA head tech official will be at all Tour events. Mike Van Genderen of Stuart Speedway in Iowa will flag all races. Tour owner John Gartner will be the tour director again. He can be contacted at (701) 202-6075. Driver pre-registration is now open at the Tour’s website www.dakotamodtour.com There is no cost to pre-register your car in either class.
The Tour wishes to say thank you to Estevan Motor Speedway and their tireless volunteers for all their hard work they had put into their date that was lost due to the border closing. They will be back in 2021 as a part of the Tour.