A record number of early entries are now in hand from 219 IMCA Modified drivers and 41 IMCA SportMod drivers for the 15th annual Duel In The Desert.
The November 7-10 event, which takes place on the half-mile dirt oval at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, features top prizes of $7,777 for the Modifieds and $777 for the SportMods.
Pit parking opens and Modified tech inspection begins at 9 a.m. on Wednesday, November 7. An open practice begins at 4 p.m.
Tech inspection and the pill draw for Modifieds starts at 8 a.m. Thursday, November 8. Twenty heat races, 10 “B” features and the preliminary feature for Modifieds get underway at 5 p.m.
SportMod tech inspection and the draw for both divisions begin at noon on Friday, November 9. That evening’s 5 p.m. program includes heat races, “B” features and preliminary features for both Modifieds and SportMods.
The Saturday draw starts at noon and racing begins at 5 p.m. with the SportMod last-chance and dash and Modified last-chance races. The Young Guns and Legends features for Modifieds and then SportMod and Modified main events finish the program.
Drivers 18 years of age and younger are eligible to compete in the Young Guns event; drivers 55 years and older qualify for the Legends race.
Twenty-eight cars will start the Modified main event, which is a 2013 Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot qualifier and pays a minimum of $777.
The Modified pre-entries were postmarked from 20 states (Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Georgia, Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, New Mexico, Nevada, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Oregon, Texas, Utah, Washington and Wyoming) and three Canadian provinces (Alberta, British Columbia and Saskatchewan).
Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMod and Smiley’s Racing Chassis Southern SportMod entrants hail from six states (California, Iowa, Kansas, New Mexico, Texas and Utah).