Jack Johnson and CVRA Challenge Cup

Sodus, NY - Jack Johnson, one of the premier heavyweights in big block dirt modified racing in the northeast, will take a stab at welterweight racing. David Sparks, owner of Scotia (NY) based Magic Motorsports, announced last week that Johnson...

Sodus, NY - Jack Johnson, one of the premier heavyweights in big block dirt modified racing in the northeast, will take a stab at welterweight racing. David Sparks, owner of Scotia (NY) based Magic Motorsports, announced last week that Johnson will pilot Sparks' #7 mini sprint in the opening race of the 2000 Dow Corning/Kaman Industrial Technologies CVRA Mini Sprint Challenge Cup, presented by HSBC. The race will be held Friday, June 9, 2000, at Albany-Saratoga Speedway, Malta, NY. The series opener was to have been at the Devil's Bowl in Vermont last month, but rain forced postponement of that event. The combination of Johnson and Magic Motorsports could be formidable. "Jumpin' Jack's" reputation and skills are legendary, and Sparks has fielded one of the top mini sprints on the Central New York Mini Sprint (CNYMS) tour the past two seasons. His former driver, Marc Lapan, of Glens Falls, NY, was the CNYMS tour points champion the past two seasons. Lapan retired after last season. The CVRA Challenge Cup series is a special "tour within the CNYMS tour," and features three mini sprint races at CVRA tracks. The Challenge Cup will feature higher than normal CNYMS purses, a series point fund, and contingency prizes and awards. The series is co-sponsored by Dow Corning, Kaman Industrial Technologies, and HSBC Bank. Carriage Traders, of South Glens Falls, NY, will sponsor the opening mini sprint Challenge Cup race. Carriage Traders is a diversified auto business, including wholesale and retail operations. The feature winner will take home $650 in purse money, and drivers will receive a minimum of $75 to take the feature green. Speedway Advertising (Hookset, NH) will sponsor the "Front Runner Award," a cash bonus to the driver leading the most feature laps. Weld Wheels (Kansas City, MO) will provide a gift certificate to the race "hard Charger." Seymour Enterprises (Malboro, MA) will provide a gift certificate for the feature winner, as is the case with all CNYMS features this season. The race entry fee is $35, with $25 returned as tow money to each non-qualifier. The Challenge Cup is sanctioned by CNYMS, Inc., and CNYMS rules apply to all race events, including a maximum engine size of 1204 cc's. 750 cc mini sprints are also invited to compete, and bonuses will be paid to the top finishing 750's. For more information about the CVRA Challenge Cup, visit www.speedwayad.com/cnyms and www.cvra.com.

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