IMCA: Las Vegas modified open competition race rescheduled

LAS VEGAS - The annual 40-lap year-end IMCA Modified open competition race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway's half-mile dirt oval has been rescheduled from Nov. 10-11 to Dec. 1-2. The two-day event is expected to draw more than 100 high-powered, ...

LAS VEGAS - The annual 40-lap year-end IMCA Modified open competition race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway's half-mile dirt oval has been rescheduled from Nov. 10-11 to Dec. 1-2.

The two-day event is expected to draw more than 100 high-powered, open-wheel IMCA Modifieds from around the country. They will compete for a $3,000 winner's purse. In addition, the IMCA Late Models, a new class to LVMS this season, will compete in a 40-lap main event for $1,500 to win.

"Some of the best dirt IMCA racers in the country competed in this event last year," said David Stetzer, director of short-track events. "They put on an incredible show. With the addition of the late models, we expect to see two great main events.

"These drivers travel all over the country to race. Las Vegas is a great stop for them, because they can compete for a larger winner's purse plus enjoy the great destination."

Kelly Boen, of Henderson, Colo., and a former IMCA Supernationals champion, won the Las Vegas event in 1999. Other notable competitors were former NASCAR Winston Racing Series National Champion Joe Kosiski from Omaha, Neb., IMCA standout Ron Jones from Zimmerman, Minn., the 1998 and 1999 LVMS track champion Jason Pike from Pahrump, and current LVMS points leader and Las Vegas resident Dan Fitzgerald.

The event will begin Friday, Dec. 1 at 6 p.m. with four hours of open practice. Gates open Saturday, Dec. 2 at 11 a.m., and heat races start at 2:30 p.m. The late model main event is slated for 4 p.m., and the IMCA Modified main event will follow. Tickets are $8 for adults, $6 for seniors and military, $2 for children 6-12 and free for children five and under. A special Family Four Pack is avaiblie for $25.

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