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Animals to Rumble at The Rock ROCK ISLAND, Illinois -- Are you ready to rumble?? This year for the first time, Animals will be running through the streets of Rock Island as the world's largest street race welcomes the powerful Briggs & ...

Animals to Rumble at The Rock

ROCK ISLAND, Illinois -- Are you ready to rumble?? This year for the first time, Animals will be running through the streets of Rock Island as the world's largest street race welcomes the powerful Briggs & Stratton overhead valve Animal racing engine.

The top Animal drivers in the country will gather on Labor Day Weekend, Sept. 4-5, to tackle the seven-tenths of a mile street circuit through the Downtown Rock Island Arts & Entertainment District.

Senior drivers will compete in the first running of the Briggs & Stratton Rumble At The Rock, sponsored by WHBF-TV. Junior drivers will compete in the Briggs & Stratton Tom Argy Jr. Animal Roundup, sponsored by Rieken Racing. The event is named in memory of the long-time race director of the Rock Island Grand Prix who was killed in an auto accident. Briggs & Stratton Motorsports and organizers of The Rock Island Grand Prix wanted to honor Mr. Argy's longtime commitment to the careers of young drivers my naming the only junior class race in his honor.

In case Animal drivers need any more incentive to tackle The Rock, Briggs & Stratton Motorsports and the Rock Island Grand Prix have put together a package that is just too good to pass up. For the first 30 drivers in each of the Animal classes, Briggs & Stratton will pay half of the $75 entry fee. That leaves drivers with an entry fee of only $37.50 !!

``Briggs & Stratton has announced an awesome new program with the OHV 2004 National Challenge that pays $1,000 to the winners of national series. This unique program is very different from that and rewards all the racers, not just the winner. Together we wanted to create a one-of-a-kind event that will benefit as many racers as possible. What better way to do that than cutting the entry fee in half for every driver who enters?'' said Roger Ruthhart, president of the Rock Island Grand Prix.

``The Rock Island Grand Prix is THE premier street race in the country and we are excited to be a highlight of this great event. In developing this support program it allowed us a unique opportunity to give back to as many customers as possible. We look forward to some great racing and best of all, a fun weekend!" said Dave Klaus, motorsports marketing coordinator for Briggs & Stratton.

The discounted entry fees will cover only the first 30 drivers in each class. Ruthhart said that while classes will again be capped at 30 and 55 entries for 2004, his organization has not yet decided which classes will be capped at what level. Rock Island will continue to offer 4-cycle Medium and Heavy classes for Raptor drivers as well as a number of 2-cycle and gearbox classes. Drivers wishing to compete are urged to contact the Rock Island Grand Prix by email at grandprix@qconline.com , or by calling the Grand Prix office at (309) 292-8133 to be put on the mailing list for entry packets which will be mailed in April. For additional information about the Rock Island Grand Prix races Sept. 4-5, 2004, visit the website at www.rockislandgrandprix.com .

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