Howard Memorial this weekend at Cottage Grove

By Ben Deatherage

COTTAGE GROVE, Ore. – One of the crown jewel events of Xtreme Motor Sports IMCA Modified rac­ing in the Pacific Northwest will take place on Friday, July 10 and Saturday, July 11.

The Cottage Grove Speedway Modified Nationals will be run in honor of Mark Howard, who was a very inspirational person to many people in the pit area and a driving mentor to several CGS driv­ers.

Many of the best IMCA Modified drivers in the region will be in town for the two nights of action. Saturday’s main event is a fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot qualifier, paying $2,600 to win and a minimum of $100 to start.

The driver entry fee is $100. Pit passes are the regular $30.00 each.

Returning for the third straight year will be the Race Of Champions, which will be held on Friday and feature past champions and 2015 Modified feature winners. Drivers must call CGS General Manager Heather Boyce at 541 729-8666 and pay a $20 entry fee.

The 2015 Howard Memorial format will be a point system where the top 10 in the qualifying fea­ture, heat race and qualifying points from Friday are locked into Saturday’s main event.

The rest of the drivers will re-qualify through heats on the second night and start behind the locked-in cars.

The main event payout is: 1. $2,600; 2. $1,500; 3. $1,000; 4. $600; 5. $500; 6. $400; 7. $300; 8. $250; 9. $200; 10. $150; 11.-back, $100.

Admission prices both nights are adults $13, juniors, seniors and military $10, youth ages 6-12 are $5 and five and under are free. Pit gates open at 2 p.m., the front gates open at 4 p.m., qualify­ing is at 5:30 p.m. and racing begins at approximately 6:45 p.m.

An entry form and information about format and rules are posted on the  track website, www.cottagegrovespeedway.com.