The Silver Dollar Nationals. As good as it gets

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The Silver Dollar Nationals. As good as it gets

Postby BigAck » May 15th, 2018, 11:44 am

The Silver Dollar Nationals. As good as it gets

It has grown into one of the crown jewels of dirt late model racing. The Silver Dollar Nationals at I-80 Speedway near Greenwood, Nebraska has given fans in the plain states a giant race in their backyard. Paying $53,000 to win the Eighth Annual Imperial Tile Silver Dollar Nationals to be held July 19 thru 21, 2018 has become one of America's premier annual dirt track events.

The purse for the Lucas Oil Late Model portion (Friday & Saturday) will be over $200,000 in 2018. Add the USMTS Modifieds putting on their great show on Friday and Saturday as well and then throw in an open practice for both classes on Thursday along with a full racing program featuring the Malvern Bank Super Late Models, Nebraska 360 Sprints and unsanctioned Sport Mods and you have one great weekend of racing.

Just about all the big name Super Late Model drives will be on hand. Scott Bloomquist, Jonathan Davenport, Josh Richards, Tim McCreadie, Brandon Sheppard, Jimmy Owens, Bobby Pierce, The O'Neals, Don and Hudson, Darrell Lanigan, Earl Pearson, Jr., Kyle Bronson, Gregg Satterlee and many more.

On the USMTS side many of the best Modified chaueffers will be on hand including; Jake O'Neil, Johnny & Stormy Scott, Rodney Sanders, Lucas Schott, Dereck Ramirez, Zack VanderBeek and Terry Phillips just to name a few.

Make no mistake the racing will be exciting and sometimes three and four wide. You only have to go back to last year's Silver Dollar Nationals when Brandon Sheppard started 32nd and finished second in the 80 lap affair. As Michael Rigsby, CEO of Dirt on Dirt said after last year's Silver Dollar Nationals “This is I-80. It doesn't matter where you start, you can win the race.” You can bet Steve Kosiski and his crew will once again have the track in tip top shape for the event.

So mark down July 19 thru 21 on your calendar and visit www.i-80speedway.com to get your tickets today for one of the best shows in dirt late model racing. For further information, call (402)-342-3453.

I-80 Speedway is located one block north of Interstate 80 Exit 420, halfway between Omaha and Lincoln. The Physical Address is 13909 - 238th Street, Greenwood, NE. Entrance to the track is at 13631 238th Street. For more information, visit www.i-80speedway.com or call (402)-342-3453. Don't forget to follow us on Facebook and Twitter.
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Re: The Silver Dollar Nationals. As good as it gets

Postby fryefan » May 15th, 2018, 10:10 pm

It is an awesome racing weekend.
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Re: The Silver Dollar Nationals. As good as it gets

Postby mudmaker » May 16th, 2018, 7:01 am

Usually a good show, in the heat of the summer.
It’s too bad that the USMTS is now basically a filler division for this program. I’ve always thought they put on a good show although their payout has never been impressive. Imo the caliber of drivers and equipment of their usual show warrant more of a top prize than they have ever raced for during a normal showing. For the most part it has never increased since the Tours inception. The enterance amounts certainly are in line with a larger purse. The numbers are there...
Just my opinion.
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Re: The Silver Dollar Nationals. As good as it gets

Postby huskerdirt » May 16th, 2018, 11:12 am

mudmaker wrote:Usually a good show, in the heat of the summer.
It’s too bad that the USMTS is now basically a filler division for this program. I’ve always thought they put on a good show although their payout has never been impressive. Imo the caliber of drivers and equipment of their usual show warrant more of a top prize than they have ever raced for during a normal showing. For the most part it has never increased since the Tours inception. The enterance amounts certainly are in line with a larger purse. The numbers are there...
Just my opinion.


It paid $10000 to win last year. That’s really good money for usmts guys. They’ve tinkered with the format and the payout(actually put more money into it) to maximize the car count. They even have had more races overall than the late models. The last two years it’s gotten 48 and 43 cars. That’s pretty impressive considering it’s not usmts country and hardly any locals showed up besides Grabo.

This year it’ll have 2 $1000 to win features on Friday and $6000 to win on Saturday.
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Re: The Silver Dollar Nationals. As good as it gets

Postby mudmaker » May 17th, 2018, 7:26 am

Appreciate the info.
Too bad Mr Ackerman’s press release didn’t cover all that.
Would just like to see the series not play second fiddle in a big show but rather be more of an equal.
Most of their shows are stand alone where they are top venue and they usually do well. Just a bump here and there for the teams efforts would look nice as well. Seems like the system is breeding a designer race team that needs unlimited sponsor funds to operate rather than relying on any winnings. Hard for locals anywhere to compete with that. I don’t see it changing though. Jmo
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Re: The Silver Dollar Nationals. As good as it gets

Postby 93Nelson » May 17th, 2018, 11:26 pm

mudmaker wrote:Appreciate the info.
Too bad Mr Ackerman’s press release didn’t cover all that.
Would just like to see the series not play second fiddle in a big show but rather be more of an equal.
Most of their shows are stand alone where they are top venue and they usually do well. Just a bump here and there for the teams efforts would look nice as well. Seems like the system is breeding a designer race team that needs unlimited sponsor funds to operate rather than relying on any winnings. Hard for locals anywhere to compete with that. I don’t see it changing though. Jmo


The thing is it's a late model show. There's nothing wrong with the mods being the opener. The USMTS is the elite series. Not very often do you see a local joe blow do well, especially that your way out in Nebraska were there's no "open" mod tracks around.
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