Format announced for Ernst Memorial, Iron Man Challenge at Longdale

LONGDALE, Okla. – One of the biggest weekends of the season at Longdale Speedway is only a little more than one month away.

The second annual Darren Ernst Memorial pays $3,000 to win the final night of the two-day IMCA SportMod main event on Sept. 30 and Oct. 1 with $3,000 on the line that same weekend for Xtreme Motor Sports IMCA Modifieds during the Iron Man Challenge.

The Modified feature is a 2017 Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot qualifier.

Pit passes are $30 for the Thursday, Sept. 29 open practice that runs from 6-9 p.m.

Single-car qualifying will open the competition on Friday, Sept. 30, in both divisions. Drivers will then compete in eight-lap heat races to line up the 20-lap, 24-car feature that will lock the top eight finishers into a bracket race on Saturday, Oct. 1.

The final day of racing will showcase last-chance qualifiers to determine the ninth through 23rdstarting positions in each main event. The 24th starting position will be auctioned off in each class beginning at $500.

Each main event will feature two 30-lap segments with a 15-minute pit stop on the front stretch at midway. Any adjustment(s) will be allowed, including tires and fuel.

Drivers will compete for $3,000 to win, $1,500 for second, $1,000 for third, $800 for fourth and $750 for fifth in both divisions. Each main event pays $300 to start.

Also, there are many bonuses throughout the weekend, including $100 for the fast qualifier and $100 for the hard charger in each division.

The Sept. 30 features pay $550 to win and $50 to start. The winner of the bracket race on Oct. 1 earns $400 with second place earning $300, third place $200 and fourth place $100.

There is a $150 entry fee for every driver.

Adult tickets are $15 per night. Tickets for seniors and military personnel are $12 each night with children ages 6 to 12 $5 per night. Children ages five and younger get in free.

Longdale Speedway also offers a two-day event ticket, which is $25 for adults, $20 for seniors and military and $5 for children ages 6 to 12.

The front gate and pit gate will both open at 4 p.m. with racing at 6 p.m. both nights.