IPSC: New Hampshire debut

(July 10) - The International Pro Stock Challenge (IPSC) will make their first-ever appearance in New Hamsphire with this Sunday's event at White Mountain Motorsports Park in North Woodstock, New Hampshire. After a two week break, this event ...

(July 10) - The International Pro Stock Challenge (IPSC) will make their first-ever appearance in New Hamsphire with this Sunday's event at White Mountain Motorsports Park in North Woodstock, New Hampshire. After a two week break, this event marks the halfway point of the 2000 IPSC season. Officials look for a record turnout of cars at the well-liked 1/4-mile facility nestled among the White Mountains. The $5,000 posted to win the race will attract the best of the best from the pro stock ranks in Northern New England, Southern New England and Eastern Canada. Headlining the marquee will be New Hampshire native Andy Shaw, Center Conway, current points leader on the IPSC tour. Although he has yet to visit Victory Lane in 2000, Shaw says consistency in their runs has put his team on top. "We've been right there every race," said Shaw, driver of the No. 66 Chevrolet Monte Carlo. "It's been one of those 'close but no cigar' deals. The competition is tough here but we'll get them, sooner or later." Shaw holds a 24-point advantage over Woolwich, Maine native Kenny Wright. Wright drives a car owned by Newfields, New Hampshire's Bill and Barbara Chick. The Chick's are pleased to see their car and driver this competitive in their inaugural season with the IPSC, but, like all competitors want to do better. "It's been a good year, so far," said Bill Chick. "But we still haven't got to where we want to be (Victory Lane). We will, though." Wright is the 1998 NEPSA champion. The IPSC race at White Mountain Motorsports Park this weekend marks event number four of the six-race alliance series between the IPSC and NEPSA - a partnership that has worked well for both series. "It's certainly been a benefit to the IPSC to have the NEPSA teams support our deal," said Randy Black, Competition Director for the IPSC. "Those guys have quality drivers and cars." Gary Smith, president of the NEPSA organization and driver of car No. 75 on the IPSC tour, agrees with Black. "It's been great," said Smith, Bangor, Maine. "We had hoped it would go well and the shows so far this year have reinforced that. With the formats as similar as they were, it was an easy transition. We hope the alliance continues into the future." Snap-on Tools Time Trials kick off the race program at White Mountain Motorsports Park on Sunday, July 16th, beginning at Noon. Motor Mart Heat Races start at 1 pm. Support class action will be provided by the Dwarf cars. Grandstand gates open at 11 a.m. Pit gates open at 8 a.m. For more information on the IPSC, check our web site at www.ipschallenge.com.

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