Snap-On Tools Grassroots Nationals Tonight
Location: The Dirt Track @ Lowe¿s Motor Speedway. Four-tenths mile clay oval with 10-degree banking in turns.
What: IMCA Modifieds: Open-wheel stock cars based on factory production 1960 or newer American rear-wheel drive passenger car frames. Any American make engine is allowed, however, there is a $525 engine claim rule. Based in Vinton, Iowa, the International Motor Contest Association is the oldest active automobile racing sanctioning body in the United States.
Stock 4-Cylinders: Production automobiles with 4-cylinder engines. Cars must conform to stock appearance and shape and meet a minimum weight of 2,000 pounds. Weight breaks are granted to Chevrolets (200 pounds) and cars with over-the-counter 60 or 70 series DOT tires (100 pounds).
Demolition Derby: Stock full- and mid-sized hard top coupes, sedans and station wagons crash into each other until one car remains moving. Street-legal tires, fully operational brakes and factory shocks are required. Engines may be interchanged (a Chevrolet may be run in a Ford), but cannot be modified.
Total Purse: $7,375
Stock 4-Cylinders: $3,725; $1,000 to win
IMCA Modifieds: $2,150; $350 to win
Demolition Derby: $1,500; $1,000 to win
Spectator Gates Open: 5:00 p.m.
Hot Laps: 6:45 p.m.
Opening Ceremonies: 7:15 p.m.
IMCA Modified Heat Races: 7:30 p.m.
Stock 4-Cylinder Heat Races: 8:00 p.m.
IMCA Modified Last Chance Races: 8:50 p.m.
Stock 4-Cylinder Last Chance Races: 9:05 p.m.
IMCA Modified Feature (20 laps): 9:30 p.m.
Stock 4-Cylinder Feature (20 laps): 9:50 p.m.
Demolition Derby: 10:10 p.m.
RBC Centura Fireworks Show: 10:25 p.m.
Event History: The Snap-On Tools Grassroots Nationals marks the first opportunity for weekly short-track racers to compete at The Dirt Track @ Lowe¿s Motor Speedway. The event has attracted entries from more than 100 of the top weekly racers from across the Southeast.
Track History: The Dirt Track @ Lowe¿s Motor Speedway opened on May 25, 2000, with an appearance by the World of Outlaws sprint cars. Construction on the $10 million facility began in October 1999. The towering aluminum main grandstand was completely rebuilt prior to the 2001 season to improve spectator sight lines.
Ticket Info: Grandstand tickets for the Snap-On Tools Grassroots Nationals featuring the RBC Centura Fireworks Show are: Adults: $10 (advance); $15 (day of event). Children under 12: $5 (advance); $5 (day of event). Parking for all events at The Dirt Track is free. Tickets can be obtained by calling 1-800-455-FANS.