IPSC Prepares for Speedweek '99

(June 10) - In just two weeks, race teams will be packing their haulers and heading for Halifax, Nova Scotia and the running of the June 26th Forbes Chev. Olds. 150 at Scotia Speedworld, which marks the start of the busiest week...

(June 10) - In just two weeks, race teams will be packing their haulers and heading for Halifax, Nova Scotia and the running of the June 26th Forbes Chev. Olds. 150 at Scotia Speedworld, which marks the start of the busiest week of the year on the 1999 International Pro Stock Challenge (IPSC) calendar. That hectic time will conclude at Oxford Plains Speedway (OPS) in Maine on July 4th with the crown jewel on the series schedule - the True Value 250 at Oxford - a race with a total purse of over $200,000 (USD) that could pay the winner more than $50,000! In less than a 10 day span - our very own Speedweek - more than one-quarter million dollars will be won by pro stock race teams, the majority of whom will hail from the Northeastern U.S. and Eastern Canada. Both races are points paying events with the IPSC which will see more than $50,000 in cash and awards split among the top 15 drivers at the end of the six-race season. More than a dozen teams are planning to make the trek from the United States for the Forbes Chev. Olds. 150, including Jerry Babb - Windham, Maine; Tim Brackett - Oxford, Maine; Ben Rowe - Turner, Maine; Louie Mechalides - Tyngsboro, Mass; Adam Friend - Pittsfield, Maine; Scott Robbins - Dixfield, Maine; Kirk Thibeau - Fort Fairfield, Maine; Bub Bilodeau - Standish, Maine; Johnny Clark - Hallowell, Maine; Peter Melanson - St. Albans, Maine; Tom Mayberry - Naples, Maine; Trevor Hold - Calais, Maine; and more. Add to the mix the strong contingent of Canadian racers expected, including names like Nova Scotia’s Scott Fraser (winner of Round 1 May 22nd at Oxford Plains Speedway), Ontario’s Bill Zardo and Derek Lynch, and the necessary ingredients are present for one of the most exciting stock car races in Eastern Canadian history! As many as 35 teams are expected to be on hand to compete for their slot on the 28-car starting grid. Then we turn the page to the True Value 250 at Oxford - this year being the 26th annual running of what has become known as one of most prestigious short track races in North America. In 1998 there were 101 teams in the pit area attempting to qualify for one of the 44 starting spots. All indications are that the 1999 entry number will exceed that - maybe even break the record set in 1981 at 106. Although the True Value 250 is an IPSC points race, the qualifying format will remain true to the race’s heritage. 36 spots will be determined through Motor Mart Heat Races, Consis and a Last Chance Race. Four additional spots will be awarded the top four IPSC points getters who haven’t already qualified and additional spots may be awarded as Promoters Options. The IPSC version of Speedweek will see more than 700 laps of pro stock competition and race fans attending all of the events will witness over 1,400 laps of total racing action. The schedule follows:

Friday, June 25th (Scotia Speedworld - FREE Admission to the Grandstands): Noon-5 p.m. Practice for IPSC

Saturday, June 26th (Scotia Speedworld): 6 p.m. Forbes Chev. Olds. 150 - Round 2 of ‘99 IPSC

Thursday, July 1st (Oxford Plains Speedway): 7 p.m. Weekly Racing Series (Pro Stock/Late Model Stock/Limited Sportsman/Strictly Stock/Minis) FIREWORKS

Friday, July 2nd (Oxford Plains Speedway): Noon-5 p.m. Practice 7 p.m. The Big Apple Food Stores Summer Racing Series Presented by Texaco NELCAR Legends 9 p.m. Live Entertainment - Leavin’ City Limits

Saturday, July 3rd (Oxford Plains Speedway): Noon-5 p.m. Practice 7 p.m. Weekly Racing Series (No Pro Stock) True Value 250 Happy Hour Live Entertainment

Sunday, July 4th (Oxford Plains Speedway): 9 a.m. Practice 2 p.m. IPSC True Value 250 Qualifying & Weekly Racing Series (except LMS) True Value 250 at Oxford - Round 3 of ‘99 IPSC Scotia Speedworld is located at Exit 6 on Highway 102 in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Oxford Plains Speedway is located on Route 26 in Oxford, Maine. Advance tickets are currently available for the Forbes Chev. Olds. 150 in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia at Forbes Chev. Olds., Parts For Trucks, and D & D Racing; in Halifax, NS at Racing Around; in Bedford, NS at Municipal Contracting and in Yarmouth, NS at Motor Mart. Or, call Scotia Speedworld at (902) 481-2514. Reserved grandstand seats for the True Value 250 at Oxford are selling at a record pace. Call the OPS ticket office at (207) 539-8865. For more information on the IPSC, check our web site at www. ipschallenge.com.

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Series Stock car
Drivers Derek Lynch