IPSC: Stout competition expected at Scotia Speedworld

(April 13) - Race fans can expect to see competition like never before when the International Pro Stock Challenge (IPSC) series rolls into Scotia Speedworld on May 6th for the season-opening The Daily News 150. "We've never opened...

(April 13) - Race fans can expect to see competition like never before when the International Pro Stock Challenge (IPSC) series rolls into Scotia Speedworld on May 6th for the season-opening The Daily News 150. "We've never opened this early before," said Bas Gordon, general manager of Scotia Speedworld, "but based on the interest we've had from the racers and the fans, maybe we should have." Randy Black, IPSC Competition Director, says he expects upwards of 35 cars at the 3/10-mile d-shaped oval for the event. "It's out first-ever combination race with the Northeast Pro Stock Association (NEPSA)," said Black. "We'll see the best short track racers in New England and Eastern Canada in Halifax." Just a few of the names expected to be on the entry list include New England standouts Ben Rowe, Andy Shaw, San Sessions, Ralph Nason, Larry Gelinas, Adam Friend and Kirk Thibeau. The Canadian contingent will put up a strong challenge with the likes of Scott Fraser, John Flemming, Dan Eddy, Mike MacKenzie, Leo Cochrane, Steve Henderson, Rollie MacDonald and Scott Alexander. With more than $30,000 (U.S.) up for grabs and the winner being able to take home over $8,500 (U.S.) in this event, the racing will be door-handle to door-handle. This event marks the first round of the return of the popular Copenhagen Inc./Ultramar Corner Stores Pole Challenge where the car which qualifies to start first in The Daily News 150 can opt to start at the rear of the field to earn a $3,000 bonus if they wins the race. The winner is guaranteed a minimum of $5,000 U.S. Race-day formats and qualifying procedures will be the same as in the past where the Snap-on Tools Time Trials will determine the starting order for the Motor Mart Heat Races. Only the 10 fastest cars in time trials are guaranteed starting spots in the feature race, but they must race the Motor Mart Dash for Cash where their finishing order sets the first 10 spots in the feature. The balance of the 24-car starting grid for The Daily News 150 is set by the finishing order of the Motor Mart Heat Races. The Daily News 150 is the first event of the 11-race 2,000 schedule for the IPSC and the first of the five-race Scotia Speedworld Challenge Series which will see an additional $5,000 U.S. point fund paid out to the top 10 teams in the Scotia Speedworld/IPSC events. The May 27th IPSC event previously announced for Shediac Can-Am Speedway has been dropped due to the closure of that facility. Tickets are now on sale for The Daily News 150 at the following metro Halifax/Dartmouth (Nova Scotia) locations: Amber Contracting; Forbes Chev Olds; Parts For Trucks; R & D Racing (Penhorn Mall); Scotia Speedworld. Call Scotia Speedworld at (902) 481-2514 for more ticket information. For more information on the IPSC, check our Internet site at www.ipschallenge.com.

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