|Date: 4/15/2009 7:53:22 PM|
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Promoter: Joe Callavini (570) 788-7544
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Sundance Vacations Speedway Announces an Increase in Sport Modified Purse
St. Johns, Pa (April 15, 2009)- Joe Callavini, the promoter at Sundance Vacations Speedway announced late Tuesday night that the Sport Modifieds would race to win $1,000 during regular feature events this season. Callavini stated, "The division (Sport Modifieds) will be the headliner every other week-they deserve it".
Last season the divisions drivers competed for $750, which was still above the division average.
The class itself is open wheel asphalt modified race cars with skinnier tires and less horsepower than the full blown modifieds, which boasted full fields for most of the season last year, when nearly 60 different drivers competed in the division through out the season.
This year shouldnt be any different, as many racers have plans on moving into the Sport Modified scene.
Former Street Stock champion, Paul Frantz is atop the list. Frantz recently teamed up with car owner Mike Odwazny and hopes to be in the modified spotlight like his father, Russ Frantz.
Former Factory Stock champion and Late Model winner and Rookie of the Year, Ricky Ross, Jr. has purchased his own Sport Modified and plans to compete as often as possible. Labeled as a rookie for his third season, Ross will carry little pressure on his shoulders with hopes of visiting victory lane. After all, as a rookie he has won in each division that hes raced thus far.
Pat Verwys will be entering the Sport Modified scene this season. The former Four Cylinder FWD champ and Factory Stock competitor hopes to run a full season at the speedway and also hopes to qualify for a number of RoC events this year.
Frank Reakes has been known to blister the field in Street Stock competition, and this year he has teamed up with car owner, Bobby Richards. The two will compete in the division and Reakes is excited about getting a taste of open wheel racing.
The list continues with Scott Adams, who was the runner-up in a very close points chase in the Factory Stock division last season. Adams is a second-generation racer who knows how to win. After purchasing a ride from Pistol Pete Brittain over the winner, Adams looks forward to a full Sport Modified season.
Winning wont be easy for any of these rookie racers and the list of rookies continues. It will takes hard work and definitely experience and seat time for these talented drivers to show case their skills in the open wheel cars, but in due time they can carve their name in the divisions record books like Shaun Carrig, Earl Paules and many other, including last years champion, Rick Zacharias.
Even though the economy has hit an all time low in the last half century and according at Callavini, the main reason for the purse increase is because of the showing and support from the Sport Modified drivers, and also because the class will be the headlining division every other week.
With $1000 to win and a respectable pay of $500, with a minimum of $90 to take the green flag, the eyes of many drivers in multiple divisions are beginning to glow.
2009 Sundance Vacations Speedway Sport Modified Purse
15 thru 20-90
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