EPPING, NH- (March 15, 2012)-
Sponsorship dollars and verbal entries from drivers
continue to flow in to Star Speedway, the site of what
will surely be a race to remember in 2012. The Saturday
night, June 16 Tour-Type Modified Open known as the 2nd
annual SBM 125, is now guaranteed to have a purse in
excess of $30,000, but that number is expected to climb
Numerous combined sponsorships, plus a
new idea will likely boost the halfway lap 63 payout to
more than $1,500. The race leader will pocket money from
Star's season-long sponsors EKeys 4 Cars ($150) and
Allen's Coffee Brandy ($125). Northeast Race Cars and
Parts has added a $150 certificate to the halfway race
leader, and Duraflex Race Car Bodies will offer a
certificate as well.
The SBM 125 will also have event
t-shirts donated at cost by Sanford SignGraphix of
Sanford, Maine, with all profits from sales to be paid
out as an additional halfway bonus. Three drivers
running in positions 2-10 on lap 63 will split the cash
generated from these sales.
The weekly EKeys Modifieds have
been given an additional incentive to compete against
the touring Modified stars that will be a part of this
event. Exeter Decorating, located on Route 27 in nearby
Exeter, N.H., will pay $250 to the highest finishing
Star regular, $150 to second best, and $100 for third.
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A big part of the success of the 2011
SBM 125 was lap money paid by both businesses and race
fans. Last year's race paid roughly $8,700 in bonus
money alone, with even more expected for this 2012
event. Already close to 50 laps have been sold, and with
the innovative formula used to pay out the bonus money,
more that half of the competing race teams will share in
Laps sold at the minimum of $50, for
instance, will pay $25 to the race leader and $25 to
another top ten car by draw. This ensures fans that
racing for the lead is important, while at the same time
multiple race teams will benefit from the bonus money
provided. But some laps will be worth much more than
For instance, lap 79 alone pays a
remarkable $790, with $610 going to the race leader and
another $180 being paid to another top ten car by draw.
Long Island race fan Jim Schaefer, who is also a
contingency race sponsor, decided to do something big to
honor the late Roger Hill. This former Modified
competitor's race team, known as the "Hillbilly Racing
#79" has been to all of the Modified Open events held in
recent years at Star, despite being from North Carolina.
"What better way to do lap 79 in honor
of Roger and the Hill family than to use their race car
number as the total," Schaefer reasoned. "The idea to
split it up with the $610 includes the Richie Evans
number in the mix as well. They have taken my lap money
at Star before, so maybe they will be the ones to stay
out to try and lead that lap."
Hoosier Tire East has signed on as a
contingency sponsor of the SBM 125, and will provide
tires for the race. Drivers must start the feature on
their qualifying tires, but a one tire change will be
allowed at any point of the event, bringing strategy
into play. A headline race sponsor will be announced
soon as well, once the details have been finalized.
Drivers planning to compete that were
not able to attend the 2011 event are numerous. Todd
Annarummo, Todd Szegedy, Rich Pallai, Mike Stefanik and
Steve Masse are just a few of the Modified touring
series drivers that have stated their intentions to
compete in the June 16 event.
Race Chassis has added a $150 certificate award for the
driver who gains the most positions during the race. For
more information on lap sponsor availability for the SBM
125, you will find the lap sponsor board on the track
web site at:
or you can email: StarPress2012@aol.com for information
The 2011 SBM 125 was just the beginning.
With a full field of cars, a record amount of bonus
money to be passed out at the end of the night, and pit
strategy coming into play, the 2012 SBM 125 truly should
be a race to remember at Star Speedway, the track "Where
Champions are Made".
April 7 has been decided upon as cleanup day at Star.
All race fans and teams are encouraged to attend, with
many projects planned to improve the Star Speedway
facility. Steve Rubin will have a barbeque for those
helping out. Information is available daily on the new
Star Speedway Facebook page as well.