By Jackson Braun
May 21 — Pre-registration has officially closed for the 2019 edition of the IMCA Red River Modified Tour. If the quality of racing from last year is any indication, everyone is in for a treat during the Tour’s second running. 81 IMCA Modifieds have registered, along with 62 IMCA Southern SportMods and 19 IMCA Stock Cars. Inaugural champion Chris Elliott from Abilene looks to defend his crown as the stacked field of racers will try to figure out how to put together a championship run.
IMCA Modifieds will compete for a $1,500 prize every night, with an entry into the feature worth a $100 payday. Winners of these events will all be qualifiers for the Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot. Smiley’s Racing Products IMCA Southern SportMods vie for a $1,000 prize with a $50 starting pay, while Sunoco IMCA Stock Cars will battle for $500 to win and $50 to start. All events are draw/redraw and will be broadcast by IMCA.TV.
IMCA National, State, and Series points will be awarded at all events.
Raceceivers and Westhold Transponders will be mandatory at all tracks. Mufflers are required at Kennedale and 281.
The Tour kicks off at Kennedale Speedway Park in Kennedale, TX once again on Saturday, May 25, with the pits opening at 3 p.m. and the grandstand at 4 p.m. Hot laps will be at 5:15 p.m. and racing action will be underway at 6 p.m. Admission is $16 for adults, $10 for seniors and military, $5 for children ages 6-11, and free for children ages 5 and under. Pit passes will be $35. IMCA Sport Compacts and Factory Stocks will be accompanying the Tour classes.
The second event of the Tour will be once again held at the Heart O’ Texas Speedway near Waco, TX on Sunday, May 26. The pit gates and grandstand are set to open at 5 p.m. with hot laps at 6:15 p.m. and racing at 7 p.m. Admission is $15 for adults, $12 for seniors, military and students, $5 for children ages 6-12, and free for children ages 5 and under. Pit passes will be $35. Factory Stocks and Non-Wing Sprint Cars will also be on the card.
Stephenville, TX’s 281 Speedway will host the third night of the Tour on Memorial Day. The pits will open at 12 p.m. with grandstands to follow at 4 p.m. Hot laps will start at 5:30 p.m. with racing at 6 p.m. Admission is $15 for adults, $10 for seniors, military, first responders, and students, $5 for children ages 6-12, and free for children ages 5 and under. Pit passes will be $35. IMCA Sport Compacts and Factory Stocks will be the support classes.
Big O Speedway in Ennis, TX will make their Tour debut this season on Tuesday, May 28. Pit gates will open at 5 p.m. with grandstands opening at 6 p.m. Hot laps are slated for 7:15 p.m. with racing to begin at 8 p.m. Admission is $15 for adults, $5 for children ages 3-10, and free for children ages 2 and under. Pit passes will be $30. Factory Stocks and Hornets will be the support classes.
Grayson County Speedway in Bells, TX will hold a practice night on Wednesday, May 29. Pits will open at 5 p.m. and grandstands at 6 p.m. The practice will begin at 7:30 p.m. Admission will be free for the grandstands. Pit passes will be $20.
The next night, Grayson County will run their round of the Tour. Pit gates will open at 5:00 p.m. with the grandstands opening at 6 p.m. Hot laps will be run at 7 p.m. and racing will get underway at 8 p.m. Admission is $15 for adults, $10 for seniors, military, and students, and free for children under 48 inches tall. Pit passes will be $30.
The finale will be held at Southern Oklahoma Speedway in Ardmore, OK once again on Friday, May 31. Pit gates and the grandstands will open up at 5 p.m. with hot laps starting between 6:30 and 6:45. Racing action will start at 7:30 p.m. Admission is $15 for adults, $10 for children ages 6-12, and free for children ages 5 and under. Pit passes will be $30.
Lone Star Super Gas and Smiley’s Racing Products have reached multiple year agreements to support the Tour. Lone Star Super Gas has jumped on to become the title sponsor of the Tour, and Smiley’s Racing Products is the presenting sponsor.
A big thanks goes out to all who support the Red River Modified Tour, including participating sponsors Lone Star Super Gas, Smiley’s Racing Products, and IMCA.TV; contingency sponsors All Pro Clutch & Driveline, The Dig Factory Tire Solutions, Alliance Race Wear, Dirt Defender, Stephenville Starter, and CAM Chassis; contributors Five1Seven Designs, David Leech Construction, Southern Sass Photography, Hydrostatic Pipe Service, Cliff’s Goodyear Auto Service, and Bulletproof Tees; along with all of the racers, fans, and track staff.