SOMERTON, Ariz. (Feb. 11) – The biggest Winter Nationals paycheck and an IMCA Xtreme Motor Sports Modified series championship are at stake this weekend at Cocopah Speedway.
After running for $1,000 to win and a minimum of $100 to start their Friday, Feb. 14 feature, sanctioned Modifieds vie for a $3,000 top prize in the Saturday, Feb. 15 Winter Nationals finale.
Taking the green flag on Saturday pays a minimum of $300. Weekend events at Somerton also conclude the 10-date Winter Challenge Series and Ricky Thornton of Chandler returns to town with a 27-point advantage over Tim Ward of Gilbert in the race for that crown.
Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods also run for $400 to win and IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks for $350 to win each night.
IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing national, regional and Allstar Performance State points will be awarded and Modified features are qualifying events for the 2014 Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot.
Pit gates open at 2 p.m. and racing begins at 7 p.m. both nights. Season pass holders, Skybox ticket and suite ticket holders will be admitted beginning at 3:30 p.m. The main gate opens at 4 p.m.
General admission is $15 for adults, $13 for seniors and military personnel, $5 for juniors ages 6-12, and children six and under get in free. Cocopah offers a Valentine’s special on Friday with admission just $5 that night for all ladies.
Pit passes are $30.
Information about Winter Nationals is posted on the www.cocopahspeedway.com website or available from promoter Greg Burgess at 928 344-1563 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dylan Smith of Osceola, Neb., swept Winter Nationals Modified features last weekend. Brock Beeter of Minot, N.D., won both Hobby Stock events while Ben Kates of Tonganoxie, Kan., and Chris Toth of Holtville, Calif., were the Northern SportMod winners.
Seventy-five Modified drivers from 15 different states have competed at one or more of the first eight Winter Challenge Series events. The first six of those races were held at Canyon Speedway Park in Peoria.
Winter Challenge Series top 20 point standings – 1. Ricky Thornton Jr., Chandler, 304; 2. Tim Ward, Gilbert, 277; 3. Ryan Roath, Phoenix, 260; 4. Jesse Sobbing, Glenwood, Iowa, 248; 5. Larry Hood, Bakersfield, Calif., 240; 6. Chris Olexiewicz, Chandler, 225; 7. Jason Noll, Peoria, 213; 8. Jesse Williamson, Coburg, Ore., 207; 9. Mike Jergens, Plover, Iowa, 188; 10. Donald Robinson, Underwood, N.D., 175; 11. Brian Schultz, Casa Grande, 168; 12. Chad Andersen, Fort Calhoun, Neb., 157; 13. Nate Warren, Phoenix, 147; 14. Lance Mari, El Centro, Calif., 145; 15. Chaz Baca Jr., Mesa, 144; 16. Tommy Fain, Abilene, 133; 17. Jason Briese, Cleghorn, Iowa, 126; 18. Riley Simmons, Susanville, Calif., 121; 19. Troy Heupel, Williston, N.D., 92; 20. Ty Rogers, Somerton, and Mark Stewart, Sedona, both 91.