IPSC Opens Season This Week

Oxford, Maine (May 18) - The stage is set and the players ready for the 1999 International Pro Stock Challenge (IPSC) season opener this Saturday at Oxford Plains Speedway in Maine. "We're ready to race," said Randy Black, IPSC ...

Oxford, Maine (May 18) - The stage is set and the players ready for the 1999 International Pro Stock Challenge (IPSC) season opener this Saturday at Oxford Plains Speedway in Maine. "We're ready to race," said Randy Black, IPSC Competition Director. "We've been in the planning stages since last fall and look forward to an exciting first full season of door-handle to door-handle competition." And there should be no shortage of that with more than 50 teams expected for round one (of six), the New England Dodge Dealers 100. "It's a rich race," said Black. "With purse and award monies for this event now exceeding $40,000 (CDN), the competition will be keen, to say the least." The grand total for the series, including the $50,000 points fund, now sits at $554,500 for a total of 950 laps of competition. At an average payout of $583.68 per lap, this would have to be considered one of the richest series of its kind in North America. "Wow," said Mike MacKenzie of Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, driver of the Forbes Chev. Olds. Monte Carlo - one of the racers from Eastern Canada making the trip to Maine this weekend. "I knew it was good, but hadn't thought about it that way before. For Oxford Plains Speedway and Scotia Speedworld to have come together to give the racers in the Northeast an opportunity to run something like this is very exciting. Not just for the money, but for the chance to better ourselves in as much as we can race some of the best short track racers, anywhere, here." With names like Scott Fraser, Mike Rowe and Derek Lynch entered, MacKenzie has a point. Fraser is the winningest driver in Eastern Canada in the past five years and '96 and '98 MASCAR champion. Rowe is the winningest driver at Oxford Plains Speedway and also a two-time winner of the prestigious True Value 250 at Oxford ('84, '97.) Lynch won the 250 in '94. Add to the mix Oxford weekly pro stock drivers Bub Bilodeau, Jerry Babb and Sam Sessions - all winners of feature races this season at the famed 1/3-mile oval. MacKenzie also sees the IPSC already reviving an intense, but friendly, international rivalry between his Canadian peers and those in the U.S. "I remember that as one of the neat things with the ACT series," said MacKenzie, who competed with that series on a limited basis before its demise in the mid-90s. "We were always trying to beat them (the Americans) for mere bragging rights. It was a fun deal and this is definitely heading in that direction." Oxford Plains Speedway is open for practice from Noon until 5 p.m. Friday, pit gates open at 8 a.m. Saturday with practice at 9 a.m., Snap-on Tools Time Trials at 12:30 p.m. and the Motor Mart Heat Races kicking of the racing activities for the afternoon, leading up to the New England Dodge Dealers 100. All of the weekly racing divisions will also be featured (mini-stock, limited, street stock, late model.) Oxford Plains Speedway is located on Route 26 in Oxford, Maine. Advance tickets are available. For more information call (207) 539-8865 or check the Internet at www.oxfordplains.com.

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Series Stock car
Drivers Mike MacKenzie , Derek Lynch