The official information and flyer have been released for the 37th Annual Cecil Harlan Memorial Kegger presented by The Mower Shop and benefitting the local chapter of the Make-A-Wish® Foundation.
This year's event will feature over $29,000 in prize money and will be held at the legendary Tri-State Speedway in Pocola, Oklahoma on March 17th, 18th and 19th, 2016. As it has been for the previous 36 years, this event will kick-off another racing season on the famous high banks. This will be the second Kegger for track owner Carey Menasco and the first for track promoter Dan King. This Kegger will not only be the first official race of the 2016 season, but it will also be the first point race for all six of the regular weekly classes. It will also be a state and national point race for all three of our IMCA classes and a state, regional and national point race for the USRA-sanctioned TSS Modifieds.
For the Kegger, the Sport Mod class will also allow USRA B-Mods and Wissota MidWest Mods. Those two classes will have to remove their rear spoilers for the event. Northern and Southern IMCA Sport Mods will also be able to compete but the Southern division will be required to run either Hoosier H500 or IMCA 500 tires. These rules will allow all of the regional and national Sport Mod cars to compete on an equal playing field for this event. There will be no mixing of rules for this event. You must declare at first inspection which division/class/sanction that you are running and must compete in that division/class/sanction for the entire event with that car. Each driver is responsible for knowing the rules for their chosen division/class/sanction.
The Pure Stocks will be competing for $500 to win with no entry fee and the IMCA Stocks will be competing for $800 to win also with no entry fee. The Super Stocks and the Sport Mods will both be competing for $1,000 to win with only a $50 entry fee. The TSS Modifieds also only have just a $50 entry fee, but will be competing for $1,500 to win while the IMCA Modifieds will be competing for a $2,000 paycheck with just a $100 entry fee. Last year's event brought in drivers from six states, including Kansas, Missouri and Iowa, to compete and we are expecting as many or even more for this year's action.
The event starts on Thursday, the 17th, will consist of an open practice session for all six classes from 6 PM to 9 PM. Pit gates will open at 4 PM with the grandstands opening at 5 PM. Grandstand admission will be free for everyone on Thursday and pit passes will only be $15.
The action heats up on Friday, the 18th, which will be qualifying night for all of the classes. Drivers will compete in heat races via a pill draw for starting positions. There will also be qualifying features to determine the top starting positions in Saturday night's A Features. Pit gates will open at 4 PM with grandstands at 5 PM. Pit passes will be $30 for adults and kids will be $15. Grandstand admission will be $10 for adults and $5 for kids 6-12 years old.
The competition will wrap on Saturday, the 19th, with the features for the competing classes. Cars that did not lock into the A Feature on Friday night will compete through qualifying features based on where they finished on Friday night's qualifying races. There will also be a last chance qualifier for any new drivers that did not compete on Friday or for any driver that has not already qualified for the A Feature. Pit gates will open at 4 PM with grandstands opening at 5 PM. Pit passes for Saturday will be $35 for adults and $15 for kids. Grandstand admission will be $12 for adults and $5 for kids 6-12 years old.
Don't forget that we have adult season ticket pricing on sale starting with the Kegger. The passes will be good for any regular racing program. Special events, such as the Kegger, will require the pass holder to pay the difference from the normal $10 adult admission. Adult season passes are only $225 and can be purchased at the track through May 30th. For more information on season passes and family packs, for non-special events, check our website at www.Tri-StateSpeedway.com.
The 37th Annual Cecil Harlan Memorial Kegger is being presented by The Mower Shop in Fort Smith, Arkansas. They are located at 3700 Towson Avenue (US 71-B). The Mower Shop was established in 1986 by Kim and Judy Olson. The business had humble beginnings but quickly grew, due in large part to the attention they give to quality, service, and honesty. Customers soon found confidence in The Mower Shop, due to the stability of the lines of merchandise they carry. They began with Toro® and Stihl®, and added Grasshopper® in 1990. The Mower Shop has been the largest Stihl® dealer in Arkansas for five of the last six years, and we are one of the largest Grasshopper® dealers in the Southeast. They have been at the same location since their beginning. You can be assured that your Internet and telephone purchases from The Mower Shop's web site, at www.the-mower-shop-inc.com, will receive the same quality service that their hometown customers expect and receive every day.
The Mower Shop is an avid supporter of the Make-A-Wish® foundation. Make-A-Wish® Mid-South is proud to serve Arkansas, West Tennessee and North Mississippi. Fulfilling a child's wish provides a joyful and meaningful experience that benefits both the child and the family. The Mid-South chapter is funded by donations from individuals, corporations, schools and community groups. Make-A-Wish® Mid-South has more than 450 volunteers who generously give of themselves to help make wishes come true. The Mid-South chapter receives donations from individuals, corporations, community groups and schools. Seventy-eight cents of every dollar goes to our mission of granting wishes. You can find out more information and how to help by visiting their website at midsouth.wish.org.
Tri-State Speedway is located one and a half miles from Fort Smith, Arkansas on I-540 in Pocola, Oklahoma. Please visit our website at www.Tri-StateSpeedway.com for more information and driving directions.
BONUS MONEY! BONUS MONEY!
Tri-State Speedway promoter Dan King announced today that there will be a bonus program in 2016 that will be available for all IMCA classes.
The bonus program is between Tri-State Speedway and Outlaw Motor Speedway.
Here is how the bonus program will work:
If a driver wins the A Feature, in any of the three IMCA sanctioned class, at either track and then wins the following night, or week's, A Feature at the other track, that driver will earn a $150 bonus. So, if a driver wins the IMCA Modified A Feature at OMS on Friday night and then wins the IMCA Modified A Feature on Saturday night at TSS, that driver wilt pick up the $150 bonus. This bonus money is also available each week for the IMCA Sport Mods and the IMCA Stock Car classes. The bonus program also works the other direction, too. If an IMCA driver wins their A Feature on Saturday night at TSS and then follows up with another win in their A Feature, in the same class, on the next Friday at OMS, they get the $150 bonus, too!
Get your IMCA licenses and get your IMCA cars ready to go! The car shows, play days and the 37th Annual Cecil Harlan Memorial Kegger will be here before you know it!
2016 registration information will be available soon, at www.Tri-StateSpeedway.com.
Tri-State Speedway track promoter Dan King has officially announced the 2016 class information. Tri-State Speedway will be hosting races weekly in six different classes. These will include classes for both the novice and advanced racer and will include both stock-bodied cars and open wheel modifieds.
The track will continue as an IMCA sanctioned track with three classes competing in 2016. These will include the IMCA Stock Car, IMCA Sport Mods and the IMCA Modifieds. All three of these classes will require a 2016 IMCA license to compete weekly and to be eligible for local track points and awards, plus state, regional and national championship points and awards.
The Pure Stocks and Super Stocks will compete this season for local track points and awards, as well as a Top 10 point fund and will require a $25 registration fee to be paid no later than April 30th, 2016. A driver must also compete in 70% of the eligible point races for these two classes in order to receive Top 10 point fund money.
The final class that will run on a weekly basis in 2016 is the TSS Modifieds. Once again, this class will utilize the USRA Modified rules, but will also be sanctioned by USRA. This means that drivers in this class will be required to purchase either a yearly license, or temporary license each week, from USRA to be eligible to compete. These licenses are available at the track each week, This will make the drivers eligible for not only local track points and awards, but also state, regional and national awards from USRA.
With the winter racing break getting ever closer to being over, it is only seven weeks to the annual car show and the first practice session of the 2016 season at the legendary facility in Pocola, Oklahoma. The point racing and official racing season begins, for the 46th consecutive year, with the 37th Annual Cecil Harlan Memorial Kegger on March 17th, 18th & 19th. Race information will be released soon for this event.
Class rules for all divisions, as well as the online driver registration form (required for all drivers in 2016), race schedule and more is always available on our website at www.Tri-StateSpeedway.com.
We will see YOU soon!
A limited number of race sponsorships are available for the 2016 race season, which gets cranked up in mid-March.
There are plenty of races to pick choose from. There is everything from regular weekly races to special fundraising events to huge races that draw drivers and fans from multiple states to the famous high banked track in Pocola, OK.
Here are some of the things what you get with every race sponsorship at Tri-State Speedway:
A typical regular race program will entertain around 750-1,000 fans in the stands each week, plus another 500 or so in the pit areas. Large event races can increase these numbers to around 2,000 in the stands and 1,000+ in the pit areas. Our website traffic has over 2,000 visitors a month during the off season and can reach upwards of 4,000 during large race events. Our Facebook page has over 8,600 fans and our other social media channels are growing, too.
Remember, the earlier you get your race sponsorship locked in, the longer your name and logo will be published and the better your chances are of getting the race program you want.
What are you waiting on? It's more affordable than you think!