SOMERTON, Ariz. (Dec. 23) – The first green flag for the 10th annual IMCA Wild West Tour flies at Cocopah Speedway.
IMCA Modifieds, IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars and Karl Kustoms Northern SportMods make their first-ever tour visit to Arizona on April 17-18.
Following Friday-Saturday doubleheaders are May 15-16 at Aztec, N.M., Speedway; June 19-20 at Sweetwater Speedway in Rock Springs, Wyo., July 17-18 at Winnemucca, Nev., Regional Raceway, Aug. 14-15 at Idaho Falls, Idaho, Raceway and Sept. 18-19 at Desert Thunder Raceway in Price, Utah.
“Registrations are already coming in,” reported Tour Director Ken Hansen. “We averaged 75 cars across three divisions this year and hope to have 100 cars next year.”
The Wild West Tour for Modifieds ran from 2007-2014, with Stock Cars and Northern SportMods joining race programs when the tour resumed in 2019.
“Modified car counts were consistent and we averaged around 20 Northern SportMods a night this year, which was very good for the first year they were part of the tour,” noted Hansen. “We had eight different winners in nine Stock Car events in 2019 and I expect numbers to grow in that division as well.”
Car counts again determine nightly purses, with Modifieds racing for a minimum of $1,000 to win and as much as $2,500 to win their Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot qualifiers. Stock Cars and Northern SportMods both vie for top checks of at least $750 and as much as $1,600.
Start money ranges from $50 to $175 for the Modifieds and from $50 to $150 for the Stock Cars and Northern SportMods.
Modified entry fees will be $100, Stock Car and Northern SportMod entry fees $75.
One hundred dollars will be paid to drivers making the longest tow each night in each division while non-qualifier pay is $50.
IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing National, E3 Spark Plugs State, series and track points will be awarded each night. Modifieds also earn Shaw Race Cars Western Region points and Stock Cars race for EQ Cylinder Heads Northern or Southern Region points.
Tour point leaders will be eligible to compete in race of champions qualifying for their respective divisions at the IMCA Speedway Motors Super Nationals fueled by Casey’s.