As summer winds down, the Hayden Speedway is heating up.
A close race in the points standing of the modified division and a surprise visit from the mini-sprint series have people buzzing about the action at the track.
Tonight's races will feature the Colorado 1200 Outlaws and the Western Slope Lighting mini-sprint cars along with the modified class. A total purse, based on a 20-car entry, of $4,500 will be up for grabs.
"If we get more cars, the purse will be higher," said Matt Beckett, a local driver and media relations director for the Hayden Speedway.
With drivers coming from as far away as Fort Morgan and Gillette, Wyo., Beckett thinks the local drivers have the advantage.
"I think some of the local guys will do well," Beckett said. "It will be nice to see how we stack up against other drivers on our track."
Beckett races in the modified class, and is currently sitting at fourth place in the points standings, 34 points behind the leaders, H.D. and Nick Craig.
The winner of last year's race, Rick Spangler, will be back to defend his title.
The mini-sprints coming to Hayden was a surprise to Beckett, who didn't have them listed on the track schedule, but is more than happy to have them there.
"With the mini-sprints there, it should make for a good night of racing," Beckett said.
With the large purse at stake, and the Craig brothers battling for the top spot in the points standing, the modified class will be one to keep an eye on.
H.D. and Nick have 209 points each, a figure that could change after tonight's race.
The races tonight will run all classes, but instead of the trophy dash races, the drivers will be vying for position in the main events.
"We're doing pole dashes instead," Beckett said.
The pole dashes will be run along with heats, and a B main event, to qualify the last six cars for the A main event.
The Colorado 1200 Outlaws will feature drivers such as the Burton brothers, Jacob and Davis, along with current points leader Alan Davis, and Adam Trimble, the top rookie driver for the Colorado 1200 Outlaws.
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