20th Ryan Bard Memorial Southern Challenge this weekend at Abilene Speedway

ABILENE, Texas – Abilene Speedway marks a milestone with its 20th annual Ryan Bard Memorial Southern Challenge special Oct. 17-19.

Four sanctioned divisions are on the program for the Friday through Sunday special, which totes a total purse of $75,000.

IMCA Xtreme Motor Sports Modifieds chase a $3,000 top check, with a minimum of $450 paid to start their 2015 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 Sunoco Hobby Stocks race for $1,000 to win and $100 to start.

“B” feature starters get $250 in the Modifieds and $150 in both 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.

Gates open at 5 p.m. and an open practice session will be held from 6-10 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 16, with complimentary beverages, barbe­cue and music at the party to follow.

Pit gates open at 3 p.m., the draw closes at 6 p.m. and racing starts at 7 p.m. Friday. On Saturday, gates open at 2 p.m., the draw closes at 5 p.m. and racing starts at 6 p.m.

Worship services at the track are at 10 a.m. Sunday. The gates open at 11 a.m. the draw closes at noon and racing is at 1 p.m.

The Southern Challenge is spon­sored by Smiley’s Racing Products.

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