International Pro Stock Challenge Entry List Grows

Oxford, ME (March 30) - It's been less than three weeks since the initial team mailout for the 1999 International Pro Stock Challenge (IPSC) and officials for the upstart series are reporting more than 30 possible entries for the...

Oxford, ME (March 30) - It's been less than three weeks since the initial team mailout for the 1999 International Pro Stock Challenge (IPSC) and officials for the upstart series are reporting more than 30 possible entries for the entire six-race schedule. Interestingly enough, it’s an even split of cars from the U.S. and Canada. “We’re kind of surprised, actually,” said Randy Black, competition director for the series which will see three races at Scotia Speedworld in Halifax, NS and three races at Oxford Plains Speedway in Maine. “We’ve been hearing lots of good things from the racing community on both sides of the border on the series, but, racers are traditionally not good with commitment. So to see this kind of support is a very good thing.” A two-race “test series” was held in September of last year with the reaction of racers and race fans so great an announcement was made within the week on the expanded schedule for 1999. With Canadian drivers winning both ‘98 races (Dave Gorveatt, Junior Hanley) and Canadian Scott Kelly winning the overall championship title, the stage is set for a true challenge series. Out of the 15 cars from New England that officials at Oxford have heard from, seven are building new race cars for the ‘99 IPSC season. “That’s big,” Black said. “These guys are seeing a chance for a potential international rivalry combined with the opportunity to race in a series of this calibre and are getting serious. They’re pulling out all the stops to take that title back to the U.S.” Bas Gordon, general manager of Scotia Speedworld, echoed Black’s sentiments. “There has never been any question that the calibre of competition we’ve seen from these competitors in the past is second-to-none. Now we’ve got a chance to show it to the masses. We’ve come up with an exciting show format which will include time trials and heat races to determine starting line-ups for the feature races. We’ve been listening to the fans and have incorporated their suggestions into our show.” The three events featuring the IPSC at Scotia Speedworld (June 26, July 24 and August 28) are the highlights of the 1999 season at the 1/3-mile d-shaped oval. Scotia Speedworld kicks off their 13th season of door handle-to-door handle racing action on May 16th. Scotia Speedworld is located across from the Halifax (NS) International Airport on Highway 102, (902) 481-2514. Oxford Plains Speedway is located on Route 26 in Oxford, Maine, (207) 539-8865.

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