VINTON, Iowa – IMCA and RaceSaver have announced a $6,500 point fund, to be paid to top 10 drivers in national Sprint Car point standings this season. The national champion earns $1,000, with $900 for second, $800 for third, $700 for fourth and $600 for fifth. Sixth through 10th place drivers each earn $500. “National point fund shares are in addition to local track and series point funds, as well as a generous number of contingency awards,” noted IMCA President Brett Root. “We continue to get inquiries about sanctioning. I believe our combined efforts will lead to the largest unified Sprint Car group in the United States.” Returning to the IMCA RaceSaver fold this season are the prestigious Virginia Sprint Series, Sprint Series of Texas and Sprint Series of Minnesota, as well as weekly venues Eagle Raceway in Nebraska, Kennedale Speedway Park and Mountain Creek Speedway in Texas, Arlington Raceway in Minnesota and the Iowa State Fairgrounds Speedway.The Western RaceSaver Sprint Series in California, Southern United Sprint Series and Louisiana Bayou Sprinters are already on board for 2015, as are established weekly programs at Huset’s Speedway and I-90 Speedway in South Dakota and Bloomington Speedway in Indiana, as well as newly-sanctioned Red River Speedway and Super Bowl Speedway in Texas.Other tracks and series that have expressed an interest in IMCA RaceSaver Sprint Cars are located in Colorado, Nebraska, New York, New Jersey, Ohio, Pennsylvania and North Carolina. A grandfather clause will allow newly-sanctioned tracks and series to determine their own race schedules; those schedules will have to be completed by Sept. 27 for bonus points to be applied toward national standings. “The economics of RaceSaver and our rich history of sanctioning Sprint Cars winged racing make for an awesome combination,” Root said. “The expanded partnership between Virginia-based RaceSaver will offer Sprint Car drivers across the country the opportunity to compete under the same set of rules.”Eagle Motorsports of Lincoln, Neb., returns as the division title sponsor. In addition to point fund money and contingency awards, drivers purchasing competitor’s licenses become eligible for excess medical insurance coverage.“Being part of a national organization has benefits aside from money and insurance. RaceSaver founder French Grimes has developed one of the most cost-effective and innovative engine and rule packages in Sprint Car racing and it fits well with the philosophy IMCA brings into its centennial season,” emphasized Root. Grimes will continue to oversee all aspects of RaceSaver that pertain to rules, record keeping, cylinder heads, tires, engine certification hard cards, engine sealing and tech inspection and officials. Specific rule information is available by calling Grimes at 540 923-4541. IMCA will provide administration for the division.
Pulis has until 6pm on Thursday to respond to the charge. He confirmed he would look to speak to referees’ chief Mike Riley following the defeat which left Albion with just one home win in the Barclays Premier League this season. He said after the game: “We are disappointed with the penalty decisions. Everyone in the crowd would have said Fletcher’s was a penalty. “With Jonny Evans the referee is only two yards away and he gets pulled back. You have to do well to miss it. Why he has not given those two I don’t know. “I will speak to Mike Riley. At this level the referee should be getting those decisions correct. They say for the second goal the lad (Riyad Mahrez) is offside. We have a linesman over the far side who can see it clearly and can see it across the line. “Decisions which could have helped us didn’t go with us.” Tony Pulis has been charged with misconduct by the Football Association following West Brom’s defeat to Leicester. The head coach is alleged to “have used language and/or behaviour in or around the tunnel area after the fixture which amounts to improper conduct,” an FA statement said. West Brom lost the match 3-2. Pulis was angry with referee Anthony Taylor after the game and admitted he had confronted the official, before apologising, as he felt Albion should have been awarded two penalties for fouls on Jonny Evans and Darren Fletcher. Press Association
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