Batesville’s IMCA Modified Race For Hope boasts $12,000 payday

BATESVILLE, Ark. – One of the biggest races on the IMCA Modified calendar will benefit two area non-profit organizations this season.   

Batesville Motor Speedway’s fourth annual Race For Hope 71 is Oct. 6-10, with $12,000 paid to win and a minimum of $1,500 to start the main event. 

The Saturday night main event is a qualifier for the 2021 Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot.

Top two finishers in each heat 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

Spectator admission is $15 Wednesday through Friday and $20 on Saturday. Pit passes are $30 Wednesday through Friday and $40 on Saturday. A weekly pass is available for $130. 

Pit gates open at 3 p.m. for practice and time trials on Tuesday, Oct. 6. 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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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.