BOONE, Iowa – The starting field for the Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational will expand to 30 IMCA Modifieds.
Three drivers from each of the five regions will be elected in online polling from July 16-22; 13 more will be elected via the IMCA Facebook page from an at-large pool of the next 25 top vote recipients between July 23-29.
Completing the starting grid for the 30-lapper will be All-Star candidates with the top national point total and the most feature wins as of Aug. 31. The invitational will be held Friday, Sept. 7 during the IMCA Speedway Motors Super Nationals at Boone Speedway.
The All-Star race had grown from 10 cars and 10 laps in 2004 to 20 cars and 20 laps last year.
“Our reasons for expanding this event in 2012 are two-fold,” explained IMCA Vice President of Operations Brett Root. “This the 30th annual Super Nationals and the format of this event ensures drivers from all across the country will be competing. There’s no other dirt track race in the country that can guarantee that.”
“The number of drivers on the ballot has gone up every year,” noted Root. “Expanding the starting field for the All-Star Invitational also provides us the opportunity to start the race three wide and 10 deep.”
A total of 113 drivers representing 21 states and Canada are currently on the ballot. All-Star candidates include winners of sanctioned events paying a minimum of $1,000 since last June 1 and 2011 regional and Allstar Performance State champions.
Twenty-six qualifying events are now scheduled before voting starts, including all nine races in the Evenson Law Office Ironman Challenge Series June 7-16 and all six races in the July 8-13 Dakota Track Side Classic Tour.
All-Star drivers will draw for starting positions in front of the grandstand crowd on race night. The event will pay $1,000 to win and $100 to start.
Each driver in the field receives a drive shaft from Fast Shafts.
“Super Nationals has always drawn racers from across the country, from New York to California and from Texas to North Dakota and Canada,” noted Root. “The All-Star Invitational is another high-profile setting for them to compete against each other. Just being elected to start this event is a career highlight.”
By home region, the Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot now includes:
Larry Shaw Racing Western Region – Randy Artz, Don Baisch, Byron Bettcher, Casey Delp, Zane DeVilbiss, Dan Fitzgerald, Jason Haug, Bobby Hogge IV, Larry Hood, David Karst, Danny Lauer, Ron Moser, Richard Mueller, Shawn Natenstedt, Brad Pounds, Jimmy Reeves, Cory Sample, Porter Smith, Alex Stanford, Randy Thomas, Tim Ward, D.J. Wood, Joey Yantis and Justen Yeager.
BillsBuilt South Central Region – B.J. Baze, Monte Bolton, Sam Cox, Chris Elliott, Neal Flowers, Charlie Harmon, Greg Jenkins, Josh McGaha, Chad Melton, Steve Orebaugh, Conner Pullen, Brandon Stewart, Kevin Sustaire and Keith White.
Jet Racing Central Region – Drew Armstrong, Nic Baalman, Matt Brack, Will Brack, Derrick Brown, Steve Burch, Dan Carl, Darren DeLoach, Scott Drake, Jeremy Frenier, Brendon Gemmill, Troy Gemmill, Jordan Grabouski, John Hansen, Ryan Heger, Shannon Maughlin, David Murray Jr., Dan Nelson, Terry Phillips, Johnny Saathoff, Dylan Smith, Jay Steffens, Kenny Sweet, Jeff Taylor, Dominic Ursetta, Cory Wray and Bob Zoubek.
Belleville Motorsports North Central Region – Chris Abelson, Jamie Anderson, Lance Arneson, J.D. Auringer, Ron Barker, Tyler Cale, Clayton Christensen, Jim Cole, Eric Dailey, Darin Duffy, Greg Elliott, Mark Elliott, Jimmy Gustin, Richie Gustin, Mike Hansen, Damon Haslip, Randy Havlik, Jeremy Jacobs, Mike Jergens, Benji LaCrosse, Adam Larson, Michael Long, Jerry Luloff, Chris Mills, Jeremy Mills, Jay Noteboom, Tim Pessek, Devin Raynard, Marlyn Seidler, Todd Shute, Dustin Smith, Shawn Strand, Mike Van Genderen, Milo Veloz Jr., Luke Wanninger, Jeff Waterman, Brian Webb, Mike Wedelstadt, Thad Wilson and J.J. Wise.
Eastern Region – Josh Borton, Kevan Cook, Myron DeYoung, Chris Fleming, Ken Schrader, Eddie Sites, Mike Smith and Jim Yoder.
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