ABILENE, Texas – What’s become a traditional first event of the season for many IMCA Sunoco Stock Car drivers in Texas and from locales around the country plays out Feb. 18 and 19 when Abilene Speedway hosts its traditional IMCA.TV Ice Breaker.
The Friday feature pays $750 to win while the winner of Saturday’s Prelude to the Sniper Speed Lone Star Tour main event takes home $3,000.
“The Ice Breaker has traditionally been the first race of the season for a lot of drivers from Texas as well as surrounding states and the Midwest for its 20-plus years,” noted IMCA President Brett Root. “This year’s IMCA.TV Prelude to the Sniper Speed Lone Star Stock Car Tour will be an excellent opportunity for Stock Car drivers to run for the $3,000 to win and a minimum of $300 to start.”
In one of the richest events of the season for The Class Too Tough To Tame, the Saturday runner-up takes home $2,000, with $1,000 paid for third, $900 for fourth and $800 for fifth.
Both Stock Car winners at Abilene become eligible to qualify for the B & B Racing Chassis All-Star Invitational.
“We already have pretty good early entry numbers and I’m working on the track now,” promoter Rob Poor said. “There were just a few traces left of the snow we got last week and the forecast for the next 15 days is looking good. Everything is in pretty decent shape.”
IMCA Modifieds race for $700 to win on opening night at Abilene and for $1,000 to win, along with Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational qualifying eligibility, on Saturday.
Smiley’s Racing Products Southern SportMods race for $600 to win and Mach-1 Sport Compacts for $250 to win both nights.
At stake both nights are IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing National, GRT Race Cars South Central and EQ Cylinder Heads Southern regional, and KMJ Performance Texas State points. Entry fee and non-qualifier money for the Stock Cars on Saturday is $50.
Gates open at 5 p.m. and an open practice runs from 6-10 p.m. next Thursday, Feb. 17. Pit gates open at 3 p.m. and the grandstand opens at 5:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday.
Pit passes are $35. Spectator admission is $12 for adults, $5 for kids ages 6-12 and free for ages five and under.
The IMCA.TV Ice Breaker is sponsored by Smiley’s Racing Products, Showtime Signs and Designs, Abilene Race Rads, Super Sucker Fan Blades and VP Racing Fuels. Questions about the event can be directed to promoter Rob Poor at 325 725-3849 or 325-692-8800. The track website is www.abilenespeedway.com; more information is on the track Facebook page.
Overnight accommodations are available by calling the Whitten Inn at 800 588-5050 and asking for racers’ rates.
The first weekly track points for Modifieds, Stock Cars, Southern SportMods and Sport Compacts at Abilene will be awarded Saturday, March 26.