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Fast Facts: Eighth annual Silver Dollar Nationals

July 17, 2018, 11:07 am
By Robert Holman
DirtonDirt.com weekend editor

Dates: July 19-21 (one $10,000-to-win program on Thursday followed by Friday prelims for Saturday’s $53,000-to-win finale)

Track: I-80 Speedway in Greenwood, Neb. (4/10-mile high-banked clay oval).

Sanction: Lucas Oil Dirt Late Model Series

Purse: $53,000-to-win, $1,700-to-start ($10,000-to-win on Thursday)

Tickets: Adult general admission is $34 Thursday and Friday and $39 Saturday.

On the web: i-80speedway.com and lucasdirt.com

Track phone: (402) 659-3301 or (402) 342-3453

Last year’s winner: Tim McCreadie, Watertown N.Y., who claimed his first career Silver Dollar Nationals victory.

Video: Pay-per-view video at dirtondirt.com; DirtonDirt.com productions feature every lap of Lucas Oil Dirt Late Model Series action — including Thursday's $10,000-to-win makeup program, Friday's preliminary action and Saturday's 80-lap, $53,000-to-win finale — and support division competition for the Malvern Bank Super Late Model Series (Thursday) and the USMTS Modified series (Friday and Saturday).

Notes: The 2018 Imperial Tile Silver Dollar Nationals marks the eighth running of the crown jewel event that began in 2011. The event is sanctioned by the Lucas Oil Dirt Late Model Series. … This year’s three-day weekend includes Thursday’s Lucas Oil Series-sanctioned Go 50, a makeup race from the tour’s rained out May 20 event. … Thursday’s action consists of a complete program, including hot laps, time trials, heat races and a 50-lap, $10,000-to-win main event. … The unique format for the two-day finale includes hot laps and two rounds of heat races for each competitor on Friday, and consolation races and an 80-lap, $53,000-to-win main event on Saturday. Lineups for the two rounds of heats are set by draws, and combined passing points from the prelims determine the 18 transfers to Saturday night’s 80-lap finale. … With the addition of a complete program on Thursday, the three-day event has a total purse of more than $300,000. … A complete $5,300-to-win program for the Malvern Bank Super Late Model Series along with unsanctioned modifieds is on Thursday's undercard, while the USMTS Modified series joins the Friday-Saturday card as they will race for $5,300 top prize in Saturday’s finale. … Saturday’s card also includes the $3,000-to-win Belt Bash for Late Model non-qualifiers. … Six drivers have won the race, with Hall of Famer Scott Bloomquist (2014-'15) the only repeat winner. … Don O'Neal of Martinsville, Ind., won the inaugural event. … The 2017 race was highlighted by Brandon Sheppard’s epic rally from 32nd to second.

(Complete Silver Dollar Nationals coverage)

Silver Dollar Nationals winners

Year: Winner, hometown
2011: Don O'Neal, Martinsville, Ind.
2012: Brian Birkhofer, Muscatine, Iowa
2013: Jimmy Owens, Newport, Tenn.
2014: Scott Bloomquist, Mooresburg, Tenn.
2015: Scott Bloomquist, Mooresburg, Tenn.
2016: Jonathan Davenport, Blairsville, Ga.
2017: Tim McCreadie, Watertown, N.Y.
(Complete race history)

Weekend purses

Thursday feature
1. $10,000
2. $5,500
3. $3,500
4. $2,750
5. $2,250
6. $1,800
7. $1,500
8. $1,300
9. $1,200
10. $1,100
11. $1,075
12. $1,050
13. $1,025
14. $1,000
15. $950
16. $925
17. $900
18. $875
19. $850
20. $825
21-24. $800

Saturday feature
1. $53,000
2. $20,000
3. $10,000
4. $7,000
5. $6,000
6. $5,000
7. $4,600
8. $4,400
9. $4,200
10. $4,000
11. $3,800
12. $3,600
13. $3,400
14. $3,200
15. $3,000
16. $2,800
17. $2,600
18. $2,400
19. $2,200
20. $2,000
21. $1,950
22. $1,900
23. $1,850
24. $1,825
25. $1,800
26. $1,800
27. $1,775
28. $1,750
29. $1,725
30. $1,700

Event schedule

Thursday
2 p.m. - Pit gates open
5:30 p.m. - Grandstand gates open
6 p.m. - Drivers’ meeting
6:30 p.m. - Hot laps
7:15 p.m. - Competition begins
- Late Model time trails
- Late Model heats
- Late Model consolations
- Late Model feature
- Complete show for Malvern Bank Super Late Models
- Complete show for modifieds

Friday
2 p.m. - Pit gates open
4:30 p.m. - Grandstand gates open
7 p.m. - Hot laps
7:30 p.m. - Competition begins
- Late Model heats
- Modified prelims

Saturday
2 p.m. - Pit gates open
4:30 p.m. - Grandstand gates open
7 p.m. - Hot laps
7:30 p.m. - Competition begins
- Late Model consolations
- Belt Bash non-qualifiers’ race
- Silver Dollar Nationals
- Modified consolations and feature

Tickets

Thursday
Adults (13-and-up): $34
Students (6-12): $12 (children 5-and-under free)
Advance three-day pass: $107
Pit pass: $40

Friday
Adults (13-and-up): $34
Students (6-12): $12 (children 5-and-under free)
Advance three-day pass: $107
Pit pass: $40

Saturday
Adults (13-and-up): $39
Students (6-12): $12 (children 5-and-under free)
Advance three-day pass: $107
Pit pass: $45
(Advanced tickets available online or by calling  (402) 659-3301

Camping
Call (402) 659-3301 or call Pine Grove RV Park (402) 944-3550

 
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