Mandan, ND—The Dakota Classic Modified Tour has a new Title Sponsor from a long standing Tour supporter—Corral
Sales of Mandan, ND. Thirty Two years ago when the Tour was in its infancy, Corral Sales and Simes Graphic Designs were the very first sponsors of this dream to bring the best to the wilds of North Dakota. Simes is still with the event all these years later, and Corral now takes its name. “Corral Sales is proud to continue its long standing support of the Tour as the events title sponsor, as its right in our back yard,” said Tim Helbling of Corral Sales.
The Mandan based business has been open since 1968 and specializes in recreational vehicles, parts and service. “The Tour wishes to thank Bob Kupper for his long time title sponsorship of the series. His leadership and constant support of the event was instrumental to our growth.” John Gartner, the Tours owner said. The Tour has relied on local and national support, and with Corral stepping up to take the lead, the event can extend its long history well into the future.
The Tour’s popular points fund has been increased from $3,000 to $10,000 this year courtesy of Hoosier Tire and IMCA. The top 10 drivers in both the IMCA Modified and IMCA Stock Car divisions will share in this point’s fund. All tracks have agreed to pay every mod driver a $100 tow fee. Over $20,000 in contingency prizes will be awarded to the top 25 drivers in each division from the nation’s top racing manufacturers and retailers.
New this year is a change in the qualifying procedure for the IMCA Stock Car division. This class has historically been a draw/ re-draw format, but this year they will join the modifieds with a Tour passing points format that will reward all heat winners with an up- front feature starting position, with top passing points drivers lining up right behind.
This format has been very popular with the mods, so it’s an easy decision to do the same with the stock cars.
Planning for the Tour has been delayed due to the ongoing Covid pandemic that has resulted in a still closed Canadian border that kept Estevan, Sask. off the Tour last year. Estevan is back on the Tour for 2021 as the pandemic loosens its grip on the border. A back up plan has been made in which Minot, ND will run a double-header in case the border remains closed.
The Tour starts in Jamestown, ND on Saturday, July 10. From there it heads north to Minot and the ND State Fairgrounds on Sunday, July 11. On Monday, July 12, Estevan is on the schedule if the border opens up, or Minot will take their night if the border remains closed. Williston is next on Tuesday, July 13, and Dickinson will race on Wednesday,
July 14. The six consecutive day series will then wrap up in Mandan on Thursday, July 15 for Championship Night.
Iowa’s Mike Van Genderen will be the Tours flagman again this year and will assist the facilities with track prep on their nights.
Pre-registration will open for both classes on or about June 1, 2021. Drivers will be allowed to pre-register their number at that time for a $25 fee that will be re-funded to any pre-registered driver that races at any tour event.
IMCA points and rules will be used and their national tech inspector will be on hand at all events to keep the playing field level.
XR will televise the entire series using their monthly subscription plan. They will also be funding the Last Chance Qualifier race in the Mods at all tracks. John Gartner will be at their Bristol Nationals event later on in March. If drivers or fans have questions they can contact John at (701) 202-6075, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org