IMCA Modifieds are Batesville bound for Sept. 24-28 Race For Hope

BATESVILLE, Ark. – One of the biggest races for IMCA Modifieds will also benefit two area non-profit organizations this season. 

Batesville Motor Speedway’s third annual Race For Hope 71 is Sept. 24-28, with $15,000 paid to win and a minimum of $2,000 to start the main event. More than 60 drivers will earn at least $1,000 during the Saturday, Sept. 28 program alone. 

Saturday’s main event is a qualifier for the 2020 Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot. IMCA Speed­way Motors Weekly Racing National, Jet Racing Central Region and E3 Spark Plugs Arkan­sas State points will be awarded.

Saturday’s “D” main pays $2,000 to win and a minimum of $400 to start, the “C” main pays $3,000 to win and a minimum of $600 to start, and the “B” main pays $4,000 to win and a mini­mum of $1,000 to start. 

Top two finishers in each of 15 heats on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday advance to qualifying features that send the top 10 finishers to the inside, middle and outside rows, respectively, of Satur­day’s 30-car starting grid.

Drivers who don’t advance to the nightly feature earn points in one of four (B-C-D-E) non-qualifier races. 

Pit gates open at 4 p.m. and the grandstand opens at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday. Racing starts at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday through Friday; sponsor awards will be presented and driv­ers introduced beginning at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, with the race program to follow. 

The 71-lap feature will be halted for a fuel stop on lap 40. IMCA sponsors supporting the event include AFCO, Hoosier, Schoenfeld Headers, Shaw Race Cars, Performance Bodies and Wehrs Machine and Racing Products.

Spectator admission $20 Wednesday through Friday and $25 on Saturday. Pit passes are $30 Wednesday through Friday and $40 on Saturday.

Pit gates open at 3 p.m. for practice and time trials on Tuesday, Sept. 24. Practice begins at 6:30 p.m. and time trials start at 8 p.m. Pit passes are $20 while admission to the grandstand that even­ing is free.

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Race For Hope will be broadcast by IMCA.TV.

This year, a portion of the proceeds from Race For Hope 71 will be donated to the Miracle League of Arkansas and the Children’s Advocacy Center of Independence County.