By DUSTY WIEGERT
Special to The Hays Daily News
SALINA, Kan. -- Big events are a common place at many tracks throughout the closing weeks of racing season. With the re-branding of the Fall Fling, the Salina Speedway looks to be placed amongst the top of "must-attend" special events in the central states.
The Mid-America Clash, previously called the Fall Fling, will start with an open practice session on Thursday, October 3rd and come to a close with the Championship features on Saturday October 5th.
Thursday night's practice session will be open to any division of racing. The open practice will begin at 6:00PM and run until 9:00PM.
Friday October 4th kicks the Clash into high gear with qualifying taking place for Saturday's big show. Heat races and last chance races will setup the Scramble, qualifying the top 8 cars for the Championship feature. Racing is set to begin at 8:00PM. A huge post-race party will cap off an exciting evening. This night will also feature the first ever FanFest, in which fans are given free tickets to distribute to their family and friends in a contest to see who can bring the most people to the track, similar to the popular "Stand Packer" night in which drivers win prizes. The fans returning the most amount of tickets through the gates will have a chance to win prizes! The evening will close with a huge post-race party with race fans and teams in attendance.
Saturday October 5th is Championship Day for the drivers including last chance races and the main event in each division. A full day of festivities are being planned for fans and race teams as well, including meet and greet autograph sessions, a corn hole tournament, kid's contests, tailgate parties, and much more. Racing is set to begin at 6:00PM. Admission is $15 for Adults with Kids 17 & under FREE.
Divisions in action both nights include Late Models, IMCA Modifieds, IMCA Northern SportMods, Mod Lites, and IMCA Hobby Stocks.
The Late Models will be the only division with a payout both nights. Friday night's feature winner will take home $600 to win with $100 to start while Saturday night's Championship feature will pay $1,500 to the winner with $350 to start. The entry fee for the weekend will be $100.
The IMCA Modifieds will be racing for a Championship purse of nearly $20,000. The Championship feature will pay $5,000 to win and $400 to start with an entry fee for the weekend at $165.
The IMCA Northern SportMods will be competing for $2,000 to win the Championship feature and $150 to start. There is a $100 entry fee for the weekend for the SportMods.
Both the IMCA Hobby Stocks and Mod Lites will race for the same purse, awarding $1,000 to the winner of each division with $150 to start. The entry fee for each division will be $75 for the weekend.
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