20th Spring Nationals starts season at Beatrice

Special to The Hays Daily News

BEATRICE, Neb. - The IMCA Xtreme Motor Sports Modified winner's share has been upped to $2,000 for both nights of the Friday and Saturday, March 15-16 Spring Nationals special at Beatrice Speedway.

A minimum of $200 will be paid to start and both races are qualifying events for the 2013 Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot. Twenty-four cars will take the green flag each night and all Modified drivers are guaranteed $75 a day in tow money.

Feature winners in three other divisions also run for a bigger check this year. IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars and Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods both race for $500 to win and IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks for $400 to win Friday and Saturday.

Stock Car, Hobby Stock and Northern SportMod features all pay a minimum of $75 to start. Also on the Saturday card is a $200 to win main event for Mach-1 Sport Compacts.

IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing National, regional and Allstar Performance State points will be given each night for the Modifieds, Stock Cars and Hobby Stocks. National and state points will be awarded to Northern SportMod and Sport Compact competitors.

An open practice session for all divisions runs from 6-9 p.m. on Thursday, March 14.

Pit gates open at 4:30 p.m. Friday, with hot laps at 6 p.m. and racing at 7 p.m. On Saturday, gates open at 2:30 p.m., hot laps are at 5 p.m. and racing is at 6 p.m.

Pit passes are $10 for Thursday's practice and $25 for Friday and Saturday shows. Grandstand admission each race night is $14 for adults and $5 for kids 10 and under.

More information about Spring Nationals is available from promoter Toby Kruse at 515 432-4703. The track website is