Dart Iron Man Challenge kicks off August with ludicrous loot on the line
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July 28, 2010

WEBSTER CITY, Iowa – The hottest and toughest Stock Car drivers in the upper Midwest are gearing up for the hottest and toughest Stock Car series in the region as the Dart Iron Man Challenge invades five tracks in Iowa and Minnesota during the first six days of August.

The stretch could prove to be a mega-lucrative one for several racers as the newly-formed series for the full-fendered USRA Karl Chevrolet Stock Cars. One driver – if he’s got what it takes – could walk away with more than $5,000 during the 120-hour time frame.

The action launches into high gear on Sunday, Aug. 1, with a $2,000-to-win affair at the Nobles County Speedway in Worthington, Minn. After a day off on Monday, the series then travels to the Algona (Iowa) Raceway, Cresco (Iowa) Speedway and Jackson (Minn.) Speedway on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday for back-to-back-to-back blockbuster battles paying $1,000 each to win.

The week of racer wealth distribution wraps up on Friday, Aug. 6, at the Murray County Speedway in Slayton, Minn., with a possible $600 top prize up for grabs.

To add to the excitement, film crews will be present in Cresco, Jackson and Slayton for recording all the USMTS action for the upcoming Dirt Knights TV show. Dirt Knights will be an on-going dramatic series of one-hour programs that will air twice a week for 13 weeks. The much-anticipated TV show is set to debut in January of 2011 on the VERSUS cable network - the fastest growing cable sports network in the nation, which reaches more than 75 million households.

In all, 14 dates at 12 premier speedways throughout Iowa, Minnesota and Missouri dot the calendar for the inaugural campaign for the Dart Iron Man Challenge, which will accompany the popular USMTS Modifieds at each event.

Made possible by support from Dart Machinery and Allstar Performance, all races will pay a minimum of $500 to win and at least $100 to start. With 21 or more entries in the pit area, each race will pay at least $600 to win and $125 to start the main event.

The points fund carries a $1,000 top prize with the 10th-place finisher earning $100. In addition, each race will award national points in the USRA Karl Chevrolet Stock Car division of the American Racer USRA Weekly Racing Series where the national champion will earn $700.

Dart will award a $75 certificate to the winner of each event and a $50 certificate to the ninth-place finisher.

The Dart Iron Man Challenge will score a driver’s 10 best points during the 14-race campaign toward the final year-end standings. Drivers are invited and encouraged to compete in all 14 shows, but perfect attendance is not be necessary to be eligible for the year-end points total.

A USRA license is not required to compete and/or earn points in the Dart Iron Man Challenge, but only USRA-licensed drivers will be eligible for points funds in either the Dart Iron Man Challenge or American Racer USRA Weekly Racing Series.

Each event will have a qualifying format similar to the USMTS, with heat race passing points determining the “B” Main and “A” Main line-ups.

USRA rules will apply at each event. Drivers are permitted to utilize the Rochester, Motorcraft or 1Ύ Holley 4412 open carburetor but must be run with the Edelbrock Performer (Part #2701) or Weiand X-CELerator (Part ##7541) intake manifold. These intakes must be stock (no porting allowed). The 4412 carb must be stock and must be 1-11/16. For conforming to IMCA rules, the 350 carb is allowed with a 2,800-pound weight rule. Any driver running the 604 crate motor is allowed the 4-barrel carburetor.

To view the complete USRA rulebook, check out www.usraracing.com online.


Wed May 26 … Southern Iowa Speedway, Oskaloosa, IA (winner: Nathan Wood)
Thu May 27 … Highway 3 Raceway, Allison, IA (winner: Mike Van Genderen)
Sat Jun 19 … Scotland County Speedway, Memphis, MO (winner: Steve Jackson)
Tue Jun 22 … Mineral City Speedway, Fort Dodge, IA (winner: Mark Elliott)
Sun Aug 1 … Nobles County Speedway, Worthington, MN ($2,000 to win)
Tue Aug 3 … Algona Raceway, Algona, IA ($1,000 to win)
Wed Aug 4 … Cresco Speedway, Cresco, IA ($1,000 to win)
Thu Aug 5 … Jackson Speedway, Jackson, MN ($1,000 to win)
Fri Aug 6 … Murray County Speedway, Slayton, MN ($600 to win)
Wed Aug 18 … Hamilton County Speedway, Webster City, IA ($600 to win)
Sat Aug 28 … 24 Raceway, Moberly, MO ($600 to win)
Tue Aug 31 … Marshalltown Speedway, Marshalltown, IA ($600 to win)
Wed Sep 1 … Southern Iowa Speedway, Oskaloosa, IA ($600 to win)
Thu Sep 2 … Highway 3 Raceway, Allison, IA ($600 to win)

Minimum Event Purse (21+ entries): 1. $600, 2. $400, 3. $300, 4. $200, 5. $175, 6. $150, 7. $140, 8. $130, 9-24. $125, Tow $60; If less than 21 entries: 1. $500, 2. $400, 3. $300, 4. $200, 5. $175, 6. $150, 7. $140, 8. $130, 9. $120, 10. $110, 11-20. $100, Tow $50.

Dart Iron Man Challenge Points Fund: 1. $1000, 2. $600, 3. $400, 4. $350, 5. $275, 6. $200, 7. $175, 8. $150, 9. $125, 10. $100. (Guaranteed based on ten events)

National Points Fund for USRA Karl Chevrolet Stock Cars: 1. $700, 2. $500, 3. $400, 4. $300, 5. $275, 6. $250, 7. $225, 8. $200, 9. $200, 10. $200.

To learn more about the USRA, visit www.usraracing.com or call 515-832-6000. You can also follow the USRA on Facebook, MySpace and Twitter.

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