Early entry list is “stacked’ for 35th Dakota Classic IMCA Modified Tour

JAMESTOWN, N.D. (July 1, 2024) – After looking over the names, new co-promoter Byron Fichter could have used any number of words to describe pre-entry lists for the upcoming Dakota Classic IMCA Modified Tour.

But it turned out he only needed one: “Stacked.”

Fichter and partner Aaron Turnbull take over at the helm of the 35th annual tour, which travels to six tracks in North Dakota and Saskatchewan July 6-11.

Friesen Performance IMCA Modifieds race for $2,000 to win, IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars for $1,000 to win each night Saturday, July 6 at Jamestown Speedway with following dates Sunday, July 7 at Nodak Speedway in Minot; Monday, July 8 at Estevan Motor Speedway; Tuesday, July 9 at Williston Basin Speedway; Wednesday, July 10 at Southwest Speedway in Dickinson; and Thursday, July 11 at Dacotah Speedway in Mandan.

“We’ve got former tour champions, former national champions and former Super Nationals champions pre-registered,” said Fichter, listing the likes of four-time tour king Hank Berry, 2023 tour champions Tim Ward – also champion at Super Nationals – and Rob VanMil, and defending national champion Chaz Baca among the early entries from a dozen states and three provinces. “It’s pretty much everybody.”

“Our local drivers are very good and won two of the Modified tour and two of the Stock Car tour features last year,” he added. “They take a lot of pride in winning these races, too. They respect the visiting talent and look forward to racing with them.”

Dakota Tour Modified features pay a minimum of $300 to start and each winner earns Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational qualifying eligibility while Stock Car features pay a minimum of $100 to start and come with B & B Racing Chassis All-Star qualifying eligibility.

All six race programs will be broadcast by IMCA.TV.

The three highest finishing drivers in each Modified feature during the tour who are listed in point standings at that track again receive Dakota Classic Modified Tour Defender bonus awards of $110 from IMCA.TV. 

Point funds totaling $10,000 will be paid with nearly $30,000 in contingency awards, with Modified drivers competing at a minimum of five tour events eligible for the random draw for an Ultra Force spring smasher courtesy of Wehrs Machine and Racing Products.

“These tracks all work very well together. Four of them are run by boards made up of racers and race fans,” said Fichter. “It’s a real family. People that work at one track during the season work at another track or tracks during the tour because they want to see it be successful.”

The always popular tour T-shirts will be available at each venue. Fichter noted “a ton of social media stuff” would be done before the first green flag flies Saturday night.

IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing National, Razor Chassis North Central and EQ Cylinder Heads Northern regional, state and tour points will be awarded. Races start at 7 p.m. CST – 7 p.m. Mountain Time in the case of Estevan and Dickinson– each night.

Drivers’ best five feature finishes will determine tour point standings and they must race in the finale at Mandan to be eligible for point fund shares. Any rainout during the week would be the race dropped by all drivers.

Information about the tour and documentation needed to cross the border is available on the Dakota Classic Mod Tour Facebook page.

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