The “Run for the Gun” might now be characterized as the “Run for the Money” for the Midwest Modifieds Tour. The traditional Modified race during the Lucas Oil Winchester 400 weekend will now pay $5,000 to win and $650 to start on Saturday, October 16. It will also serve as the season finale for the series, which will be just one of six championships to be crowned over the course of the three-day event.
The $5,000 top prize now for the 50 lap race makes the “Run For The Gun” one of the highest paying Modified races in the country for this style of car. The event is a carry over from the originally-scheduled $5,000 to win race from King of the Highbanks weekend.
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Midwest Modifieds Tour co-owner Brian Nester has big plans and goals for the event.
“We’re very excited about it. We’re at $5,000 to win and $600 to start right now and we’re working on sponsorship to hopefully raise the start pay and pay more throughout the field. We’re going to start contacting drivers this week, my goal is to have 40 Modifieds there on race day,” said Nester.
There are two optional practice days prior to raceday for the “Run for the Gun.” The first is on Thursday, October 14 with a full day of practice scheduled for all divisions competing in the 50th Lucas Oil Winchester 400 weekend. On Friday, October 15, there are three practice times slated in a busy schedule of on-track action. Please see winchesterspeedway.com for more information.
The first Modified Run For The Gun event was held in 2006, which was won by Rodney Scott. Nester himself has won the event. Other winners include Ross Klingelhofer, Brad Springer, Mike Stacy, Terry Fisher Jr, Kyle Purvis, Jeff Lane, Tyler Nuckles and Matt Dimit. Purvis is the most recent winner of the event, while Danny Jackson won his first-career Midwest Modifieds Tour race at the half-mile on July 31.
Jackson holds a slim lead in the points standings going into the finale. The former Winchester 400 pole-sitter sits just five points ahead of Greg Fullarton and just nine ahead of Buddy Gray.
Due to the demand, more than half of the grandstands for the Lucas Oil Winchester 400 weekend are reserved seats. Those tickets are available at winchesterspeedway.com/tickets.
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For more information regarding the event, please visit the track’s website at winchesterspeedway.com. You can follow @FastestHalfMile on Twitter and Instagram, and be sure to like the Winchester Speedway Facebook page. For additional info on the Midwest Modifieds Tour, please visit the series page at midwestmodifiedstour.com.