BOONE, Iowa (Aug. 23, 2023) – The second biggest event in all of dirt track racing just got twice as good.
The ninth annual Wild Rose Casino Prelude Sept. 2 and 3 at Boone Speedway has rebranded to become the inaugural Double Down Prelude, with double features for any division with more than 100 cars competing.
“We expect to surpass last year’s Prelude record number of 632 cars but still want to make Saturday and Sunday programs more efficient,” noted IMCA President Brett Root. “Qualifying will be similar to the format we use for the Modifieds and Stock Cars during Super Nationals, with more cars qualifying from heats to features or ‘B’ races.”
Both Friesen Performance IMCA Modified features will pay $1,500 to win and both IMCA Sunoco Stock Car features $1,000 to win on Saturday; Friesen Performance IMCA Northern SportMod features Sunday pay $750 to win.
Two $250 to win features for Mach-1 IMCA Sport Compacts will be held on Saturday, two $400 to win features for IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks on Sunday if their numbers top 100.
Stealth Racing IMCA STARS Mod Lites run their complete Super Nationals program during the Prelude with heats on Saturday and last chance races, the race of champions and $2,000 to win main event on Sunday.
“It’s extremely important to note that drivers must be pre-registered for Super Nationals to compete in the Double Down Prelude, and that all drivers racing at Boone that week will be allowed to hot lap both Saturday and Sunday nights,” Root said. “And all Double Down features will be started double file. The only three-wide starts that week in Boone will be in the Super Nationals main events.”
“The Original Three Wide start is very special to us. It’s often imitated but never duplicated,” he added. “There is only one Original Three Wide start and that is the IMCA Super Nationals championship events.”
Pit gates at Iowa’s Action Track open at 11 a.m. both days. The grandstand opens at 1 p.m., hot laps are at 2 p.m. and racing is at 3 p.m. Pit passes are $30. Spectator admission is $20 for adults and $10 for students ages 6-17.
Both Modified and Stock Car feature winners become eligible for their respective All-Star Invitationals later in the week. IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing National, regional and state points will also be awarded each night.
IMCA.TV broadcasts both days of the Double Down Prelude as well as the entire week of the Sept. 4-9 IMCA Speedway Motors Super Nationals fueled by Casey’s.