Today, February 17, 2020, the full purse structure for the Mini Stock Tour’s inaugural event set for Franklin County Speedway on Sunday, March 15th was released.
The inaugural event is sponsored by Hannabass and Rowe Collision Centers of Roanoke, VA will pay $1,000 to win with $100 going to the final finishing position. There will also be a $100 pole award for the fastest qualifier during group qualifying and a $100 award for the longest haul to the track. Additional awards could be added via sponsorship in the coming weeks.
The purse for 26-cars pays a staggering $5250 to the Mini Stock Tour drivers. A top 10 finish pays $200 which is as much or more than some tracks pay to win Mini Stock races in this region. Mini Stock Tour founder Langley Austin says that in laying out the purse structure, that it was important to him to make sure that everyone gets paid well.
“$1,000 to win is cool,” Austin explained. “But, what’s cooler is that a guy can finish tenth and get $200. That’s unheard of for Mini Stocks and that’s not going to happen anywhere else with this division. There’s literally no reason for anyone who has a Mini Stock car not to come and race with us. We’ve kept the entry fee small as possible for each event and we’re going to give some away and raffle some entries off on our Facebook page just to help the racers save even more money.”
Registration for the Inaugural event at Franklin County Speedway is open now. It’s important to get your entry in early for this event because if the weather plays a factor on race weekend, the Mini Stock Tour reserves the right to use the order in which entries are received to set qualifying order, race lineup or etc.
The same purse for the Franklin County Speedway race will be used during the second event of the season at Hickory Motor Speedway on Saturday, April 11th. Austin says he’s hoping to make every race pay a minimum of $1,000 to win if possible with higher-paying races in the planning stages already.
“We want to pay at least $1,000 to win every race this season,” Austin said. “We’ll see how the rest of the schedule comes together and if that’s feasible for every track and event we go to. I can tell you for sure there’s going to be at least one race if not two that pay significantly more than that. We’d like to have the highest paying Mini Stock race in the country this season and maybe more than one of them. We’ll see how support for the series plays out and reward the drivers and teams accordingly.”
The first race takes place on Sunday, March 15th at Franklin County Speedway. More information on the first race can be found on www.FCSpeedway.com or stay tuned at www.MiniStockTour.com. You can also text/call Langley Austin at 276.613.4208 for more information on the Mini Stock Tour or the event at Franklin County Speedway.