ARDMORE, Okla. – The new race season starts this week at Southern Oklahoma Speedway, with a great weather forecast for the March 7-9 Southern Stampede,
High temperatures accompanying the Stampede will range from the mid-60’s to low 70s, making for a promising start to the year for IMCA Modified, Smiley’s Racing Products Southern SportMod and IMCA Sunoco Stock Car drivers traveling to Ardmore.
“This is an excellent opportunity for a lot of drivers in all three divisions to start their season at a first-class facility and at what has quickly become one of the premier events of the year,” IMCA Vice President of Operations Jim Stannard noted. “I’m looking forward to three outstanding nights of racing.”
Modifieds get top billing in Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot qualifying events all three nights, running for $2,000 to win on Thursday, $1,000 to win on Friday and $3,000 to win on Saturday at Ardmore.
Minimum start money is $150 on Thursday, $100 on Friday and $225 on Saturday.
Top checks for Southern SportMods are $600 on Thursday, $500 on Friday and $1,000 on Saturday. Stock Cars vie for $600 to win on Thursday, $500 on Friday and $1,000 on Saturday. And free entry for the longest haul.
Pit gates open at 3 p.m. all three days. Racing starts at 6:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday and at 5 p.m. on Saturday. Adult grandstand admission is $20 on Saturday and $15 on Thursday and Friday. Kids ages 6-12 get in for $15 on Saturday and for $10 on Thursday and Friday, with five and under free all three nights.
Pit passes are $35 each night.
IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing National and E3 Spark Plugs Oklahoma State points will be awarded in all three divisions each night. Regional points are at stake as well for the Modifieds and Stock Cars.
Pre-entry fee for the Modifieds is $150 or $75 for Thursday and Friday and $100 for Saturday. SportMod pre-entry is $100 or $50 for Thursday and Friday and $75 for Saturday; and Stock Car pre-entry is $125 or $60 for Thursday and Friday and $80 on Saturday.
An open practice runs from 7-10 p.m. on Wednesday, March 6. Pit passes are $15 and grandstand admittance is free.