MANDAN, N.D. (Dec. 5, 2023) – Dakota Classic Modified Tour owner John Gartner has agreed to sell the long-time running series to a promoters’ governing group that represents the six tracks currently hosting the tour.
The tour for Friesen Performance IMCA Modifieds and IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars will be held during the previously agreed upon dates next July starting with Jamestown Speedway on Saturday, July 6; Nodak Speedway in Minot on Sunday, July 7; Estevan Motor Speedway on Monday, July 8; Williston Basin Speedway on Tuesday, July 9; Southwest Speedway in Dickinson on Wednesday, July 10; and Dacotah Speedway in Mandan on Thursday, July 11.
No significant changes are planned to be made with tour payouts, fees or procedures. The governing group will be selecting a tour director/promoter at some point in the future.
The new governing board members and promoters of each track state that that “Words cannot do enough to describe our gratitude to John for his commitment to this tour over the years. This tour would not exist without him. As we move into the next chapter that will not be forgotten.”
Gartner said “I am happy that the tour ownership is staying in the area and that no real changes are being made. I want to thank the six tracks, Brett Root, Jim Stannard, Bill Martin and Dave Brenn from IMCA, our many sponsors, drivers, pit crews and fans for their amazing support over these past 34 years.”
“I would also like to thank Becca and Jessup Pelkey and my entire family as I have leaned on all of them for help over the years. This has been a labor of love for me and I wish the new ownership group much success in the future.”
Further announcements within the coming days and weeks regarding sponsorships, payouts and officials will come when timing is appropriate.