ABC Raceway Announces Purse Increase for 42nd Red Clay Classic
by Nick Gima
Ashland, WI, August 16 — The Board of Directors of the Ashland-Bayfield County Racing Association has recently announced that it has approved a significant increase to the overall purse for the 42nd annual Red Clay Classic, to be held at the ABC Raceway on Friday and Saturday, September 29-30.
The increase, set at approximately $4,000, will boost the total estimated payout for the popular event to over $90,000, further solidifying the Classic as one of the highest-paying dirt-track stock car racing events in the Upper Midwest. Upwards of 200 WISSOTA-sanctioned Late Models, Modifieds, Super Stocks and Midwest Modifieds from up to five states and midwestern Canada are expected to compete at the northern Wisconsin three-eighths-mile oval for a share of this generous purse during the region’s traditional racing season finale.
Due to this effort to continue to promote the Red Clay Classic as one of the most prestigious events on the racing calendar, the 50-lap Late Model feature will now pay $5,000 to win, while first place in the 35-lap Modified A-main is worth $3,500. The 30-lap Super Stock feature winner will receive a $2,500 check, and first place after 25 laps in the Midwest Mods main event is worth $1,200. All four winner’s-share payouts are Raceway records for the respective divisions.
“Our Red Clay Classic has not only been one of the most anticipated race events over the past few seasons, but it’s also been one of the most successful, both for our track and for the competitors,” Raceway president Eric Erickson stated during the announcement. “We want to share in our success with our drivers and fans, and so we have completed some upgrades to the facility that we feel fans will appreciate, and we have increased our purse, which we know the drivers will appreciate.
“It’s a win-win for everyone. We want to do all we can to continue to promote the Red Clay Classic as one of the best race events around.”
The weekend schedule will include all heat races on that Friday and semi-feature and feature races on Saturday. Other tentative activities include live music and dancing at the track on Friday night, a scramble golf tournament on Saturday morning, and special sales throughout the Historic Downtown Ashland business district, plus additional activities throughout the community.
Reservations are now being accepted for seating, on-site camping and pit spots for the Classic. Adult grandstand tickets are available at $22 for Friday’s program and $25 for Saturday; fans can purchase a two-day pass for just $42. For kids ages 6-12 tickets are $12 each night, while a two-day kids’ pass is just $20. A reserved seat can be purchased with any two-day pass for an additional $10 charge; reserved seats are not available with single-day ticket purchases.
A limited number of reserved primitive camping sites on the Raceway grounds is available at $30 for the weekend. There is also camping available on the privately-owned property to the east of the track for a fee, but those sites are available on a first-come, first-served basis, and no reservations are available through the Raceway for those sites.
To buy tickets or to save a seat or on-track-property campsite, fans can call (715) 682-2672 Monday through Friday (evenings only), send an e-mail to email@example.com, or inquire at the grandstand ticket window during any of the remaining regular-season Saturday race nights at the track through August 26.
Reserved pit spots are just $30 each and available by calling (715) 746-2390 (evenings) or by e-mailing to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Information regarding access times to the grounds, pits and grandstands, start times for hot laps and racing, and other activities will be released shortly.
Prior to each night’s race program, “Z-93 Race Night” will provide up-to-date track news and weather information live from the Raceway on WBSZ, 93.3 FM, and online at www.wbszfm.com will be broadcast live ar 3pm each night.
The ABC Raceway is located 3-1/2 miles south of Ashland on State Highway 13 and one mile west on Butterworth Road. Additional Ashland area community information is available by visiting www.visitashland.com.