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Racing for the ‘Pot of Gold’: WISSOTA 100 at Dakota State Fair Speedway today through Saturday

Posted: Thursday, Sep 12th, 2013

A late model simulator from Ru Racing is stationed outside of the grandstand at Dakota State Fair Speedway for racing fans to enjoy during the Speedway Motors WISSOTA 100, which begins today and runs through Saturday. The simulator features full motion, mini theatre, surround sound and smoke effects. PHOTO BY MIKE CARROLL/PLAINSMAN

HURON — Hundreds of drivers in six different divisions will be making their way to Dakota State Fair Speedway in Huron for the 2013 installment of the Speedway Motors WISSOTA 100, which begins today and runs through Saturday.

“We’re sure happy to be back in Huron again,” said Jeff Therring of Hayfield, Minn., who is the president of the WISSOTA Board of Directors. “We always plan for great races here and always plan for a great race. Sometimes Mother Nature messes with us some, but as of Wednesday it looks beautiful and we are going to have one great race week.”

For the second consecutive year, one driver will leave Huron with an extra $10,000 in his pocket through Orv’s Pot of Gold promotion.

Merely by showing up to race in the WISSOTA 100, the top 30 drivers in the national point standings of each of the six divisions are eligible to walk away with the $10,000 prize.

“$10,000 to one driver is a real big deal. I know the driver that won it last year was well-deserving of that money,” Therring said. “We’re going to have another big drawing this year. We will whittle it down to six drivers before we get up to the stands. Those top six will be the ones that we choose the winner from.

“I think it is a good deal for them and Orville (Chenoweth) has done a wonderful, wonderful job of getting that set up for all the drivers out here,” he said.

Lorin Johnson of Miller was the inaugural winner of Orv’s Pot of Gold during the 2012 Speedway Motors WISSOTA 100.

“It was an honor to be drawn for the first segment, then to be drawn for the second segment - that was over the top,” Johnson said. “It was the things dreams are made of. It gives everybody something to look forward to at the WISSOTA 100. That’s a huge payday for anybody.

“It really shows Orv’s understanding of racers; anytime he has a chance to give back to them he’s all about that,” he said. “He’s part of a racing family, so he sees the big picture.”

With each year of the WISSOTA 100 organizers attempt to make it a bigger and better event and things are no different this year for drivers and fans.

For the drivers, payouts in all six classes will be expanded.

The marquee event of the AMSOIL Dirt Track Series includes top prizes of $6,000 in late model; $5,000 in modified; $4,000 in super stock; $3,000 in Midwest modified; $2,000 in street stock and $1,200 in mod four.

“We have put together our payoff so the winner of our biggest race is richly rewarded, but everyone who makes it into a feature will have a good check afterward,” said Terry Voeltz, who is the executive director of WISSOTA. “We also pay for heats every night and pay for qualifying features, too. Every time a driver hits the track they will be eligible to get paid.”

Any driver, who records a clean sweep in any division at this year’s event will be eligible for $2,000 in sweep money.

The AMSOIL Race of Champions, which will be held on Friday, will include payouts to the winners of $2,000 in late model; $1,600 in modified; $1,500 in super stock; $1,300 in Midwest modified and street stock; and $1,200 in mod four.

For the fans, the addition of race monitor will be one of the most intriguing new things for the WISSOTA 100 in 2013.

“Fans and drivers can go to race monitor.com and watch live scoring go across on their phone or at home if they choose to do that,” Therring said. “We’re hoping within the next year or two we can do a pay-per-view out here.”

Several vendors will be located in front of the grandstands throughout the event. Included this year will be a racing simulator.

Campers at this year’s event will have the opportunity to win free tickets to the 2014 WISSOTA 100, which will be held at Dakota State Fair Speedway, through the Campsite Decorating Contest this year.

The theme for this year’s contest will be “The Old West.” Judging will begin on Thursday afternoon.

For the complete article see the 09-11-2013 issue.

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