By Ben Deatherage
MERCED, Calif. – Something exciting is around the bend in the California IMCA Modified scene.
Doug Lockwood, promoter at Merced Speedway, has put together the first-ever Modified Speedweek in the State of California. The series will race from Monday, Aug. 10 to Saturday, Aug. 15 at six different racetracks in as many nights. The racing extravaganza will be open to both IMCA Modifieds and Karl Kustoms Northern SportMods.
Each race will feature a 20-car main event for $1,000 to win and $50 to start for the Modifieds while SportMods will race for $600 to the winner and $40 to start. Modified features are Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot qualifying events.
Point funds will be up for grabs in both divisions, with $1,000-$400-$200-$100-$100 shares being paid in the Modifieds and $600-$300-$200-$100-$100 shares paid in the SportMods.
The whole party kicks off at Placerville Speedway on Aug. 10, before the tour travels west to Petaluma Speedway on Tuesday. Wednesday will be spent at Antioch Speedway while the Thursday date is reserved for Merced Speedway. The series continues its southern trek for the final two rounds with a Friday night date at Keller Auto Speedway in Hanford, before closing everything out Saturday at Bakersfield Speedway.
Teams interested in running the entire week can pre-enter for only $50 but must register by Aug. 1. For non pre-entered parties, the cost is $20 per race. To pre-register, send a message to the California IMCA Speedweek page.
Inquiries about sponsorship opportunities can be directed to the same site.
All races will be televised by Speed Shift TV and FloRacing.