Five IMCA divisions run at Abilene’s Southern Challenge

ABILENE, Texas – Five sanctioned divisions are on a very full race program for the Thursday-Saturday, Oct. 17-19 Ryan Bard Memorial Southern Challenge at Abilene Speedway.

Total purse for the 19th annual event is approximately $75,000.

IMCA Xtreme Motor Sports Modifieds chase a $3,000 top check, with a minimum of $450 paid to start the 2014 Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot qualifier.

Scoggin-Dickey Parts Center Southern SportMods race for $2,500 to win and a minimum of $250 to start. IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars vie for $2,000 to win and a minimum of $300 to take the main event green.

IMCA Race Saver Sprint Cars and IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks both race for $1,000 to win. Sprints run their entire program on Saturday with a minimum of $175 to start. Minimum start money for the Hobbies is $100.

“B” feature starters get $250 in the Modifieds and $150 in the Southern SportMods and Stock Cars.

Non-qualifier pay is $100 for the Modifieds and Stock Cars and $75 for the Southern SportMods and Hobby Stocks.

A practice session will be held from 6-10 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 16, with complimentary beverages, barbe­cue and music at the party to follow.

Pit gates open at 3 p.m. both Thursday and Friday and racing starts at 7 p.m. On Saturday, gates open at 2 p.m. and racing starts at 6 p.m.

Adult grandstand admission $12 on Thursday and Friday and $15 on Saturday. Kids 6-12 are $5 with five and under free all three nights. Pit passes are $25.

The Southern Challenge is spon­sored by Smiley’s Racing Products and NAPA Auto Parts.

More information is available from promoter Rob Poor at 325 725-3849 or 325 692-8800, and at the www.abilenespeedway.com website.