First green flag is Sunday at Nodak for Kupper Chevrolet Dakota Classic Tour

MANDAN, N.D. – The 26th annual Kupper Chevrolet Dakota Classic Tour starts this Sunday, July 5 at Nodak Speedway.

A record online pre-entry list has Xtreme Motor Sports IMCA Modified and IMCA Sunoco Stock Car drivers coming from 15 US states and two Canadian provinces. Defending champions Jeff Taylor and Dalton Flory are among the early entries.

An enhanced payout, courtesy of Industrial Electric of Dickinson, will now pay $2,100 to win, and $300 to start the Modified feature races at all six tracks in the series. Each Modified feature is a qualifying event for the 2015 Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot.

IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars race for $800 to win and a minimum of $100 to start each evening

Five new drivers have been selected to receive bonus money for the RacefeedX New Blood, Long Haul program to attract new drivers to the series. Kupper Chevrolet provides a $2,000 point fund for the top ten in series points in the Modified division and $1,000 for the top 10 in points for the Stock Cars.

In addition, contingency prizes from IMCA and tour sponsors will be awarded to the top 10 in points.

Series dates are Sunday, July 5 at Nodak Speedway in Minot; Monday, July 6 at Estevan Motor Speed­way; Tuesday, July 7 at Williston Basin Speedway; Wednesday, July 8 at Southwest Speedway in Dickinson; Thursday, July 9 at Dacotah Speedway in Mandan; and Friday, July 10 at Jamestown Speedway.

Pit gates open at noon and the grandstand opens at 5 p.m. at Nodak. Hot laps are at 5 p.m. and racing starts at 6 p.m. At Estevan, pit gates open at 3 p.m. and the grandstand opens at 5 p.m.Hot laps are at 6 p.m. and racing starts at 7 p.m.

Williston Basin opens the pits at 3 p.m. and the grandstand at 5:30 p.m. with hot laps at 6 p.m. and racing at 7 p.m. Pit gates open at 1 p.m. and the grandstand opens at 4:30 p.m. at Dickinson.  Hot laps are at 6:45 p.m. and racing starts at 7 p.m.

At Mandan, pit gates open at 3 p.m., the grandstand opens at 6 p.m., hot laps are at 6 p.m. and racing gets underway at 7 p.m. And at Jamestown, pit gates open at 2 p.m., the grandstand opens at 5 p.m., hot laps are at 6:30 p.m. and racing starts at 7:30 p.m.

Modified drivers pre-registered for the Dakota Tour are:

Chad Andersen, Fort Calhoun, Neb.; Shawn Anderson, Minot; Randy Artz, Battle Mountain, Nev.; Reese Artz, Battle Mountain, Nev.; Dan Aune, Taylor; Jason Beaulieu, Campbell River, B.C.; Hank Berry, Sidney, Mont.; Scott Bintz, Jamestown; Bland Bohannon, Williston; Pete Bradley, Williston; Brian Brennan, Rozet, Wyo.; Dale Burwick, Dickinson; Drew Christianson, Minot; Chase Con­way, Westhope; Rusty Corneliusen, Dickinson; and Jason Czarapata, Pulaski, Wis.;

Zane DeVilbiss, Farmington, N.M.; Tracy Domagala, Bismarck; Ethan Dotson, Bakersfield, Calif.; Josh Eberhardt, Jamestown; Nick Fuchs, Williston; Jordan Grabouski, Beatrice, Neb.; Jason Grimes, Jamestown; Mike Hagen, Williston; Travis Hagen, Williston; Chase Hansen, Myton, Utah; John Hansen, Brush, Colo.; Mike Hansen, Dickinson; Brad Hartigan, Dickinson; Bob Heffer, Swift Current, Sask.; Robert Hellebust, Minot; and Troy Heupel, Williston;

Jordan Huettl, Minot; Wayne Johnson, Minot; Paul Jones, Casper, Wyo.; Jeremy Keller, Mandan; William Kinden, Williston; Rusty Kollman, Carrington; Adam Larson, Ankeny, Iowa; Tommy Lee, Grenora; Tyler Limoges, Redwood Falls, Minn.; Curt Lund, Redwood Falls, Minn.; Lance Mari, Imperial, Calif.; Hunter Marriott, Brookfield, Mo.; Tanner Matthewson, Redvers, Sask.; Justin Med­ler, Minot; Ryan Mikkelson, Jamestown; Brian Mullen, Seymour, Wis.; and Dale Neitzel, Shep­herd, Mont.;

Mike Nelson, New Salem; Justin O’Brien, West Union, Iowa; Zach Olson, Great Falls, Mont.; Travis Peery, Williston; Steven Pfeifer, Minot; Dallas Rice, Minot; Jesse Rogotzke, Sanborn, Minn.; Josh Rogotzke, Sanborn, Minn.; Cory Sample, Winnemucca, Nev.; Darren Schatz, Willis­ton; Lucas Schott, Chatfield, Minn.; Brent Schlafmann, Bismarck; Marlyn Seidler, Underwood; Kelly Shryock, Fertile, Iowa; and Riley Simmons, Susanville, Calif.;

Eric Sinness, Williston; Paul Stone, Winton, Calif.; Shawn Strand, Mandan; Darin Tarrell, Dickin­son; Jeff Taylor, Cave City, Ark.; Ricky Thornton Jr., Chandler, Ariz.; Myles Tomlinson, Turtle Lake; Jay Tooley, Dickinson; Aaron Turnbull, Estevan, Sask.; Travis Ulmer, Mandan; Tim Ward, Gilbert, Ariz.; Spencer Wilson, Minot; Jason Wolla, Williston; and Josh Wolla, Minot.

Pre-registered Stock Car drivers include:

Andrew Altenburg, Truman, Minn; Joren Boyce, Minot; Nathan Burke, Minot; Brandon Czarapata, Pulaski, Wis.; Austin Daae, Estevan, Sask.; Terry Davidson, Rosetown, Sask.; Blaine Durward, Trenton; Jordan Durward, Trenton; Chris Ellis, Minot; Dalton Flory, Williston; Scott Gartner, Bis­marck; Kyler Jeffrey, Williston;

Keith Mattox, Ray; Shane Nehring, Williston; Cody Nelson, Kenmare; Jake Nelson, Williston; Kody Scholpp, Estevan, Sask.; Greg Schultz, Swift Current, Sask.; Randy Schultz, Swift Current, Sask.; Matt Speckman, Sleepy Eye, Minn.; Jeremy Swanson, Westby, Mont.; Michael Vennes, Minot; and Greg Wichman, Bonduel, Wis.

RACEFEEDX will cover the tour live for the third consecutive year. Fans will have the option to watch every lap of the week in regular or high quality. RFX will broadcast the week as a “Show­case Race” featuring multiple cameras, interviews, segments, instant replay and hours of non-stop racing entertainment. Pricing and subscription information is available at

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