SUSQUHANNA, Pa. — Call it a racer’s dream event.
Penn Can Speedway is set for its richest night on Tuesday, June 11 and the competitors in the fourth annual Pioneer Pole Buildings Inc.-VP Racing Fuels ‘Clash at the Can’ are the benefactors.
Eclipsing the stout payout offered in 2012, this year’s edition of the ‘Clash at the Can’ rewrites the record books for the Susquehanna County clay oval.
A hefty purse of $28,000 has been established for the 60-lap big-block/small-block Modified event. The total sets a new standard for dirt modified racing at the facility, which opened its doors on a Sunday afternoon in August 1952.
The previous record for a total purse at Penn Can was $26,410 paid out last June in an event won by Danny Johnson of Rochester, N.Y., driving Mike Payne’s No. 7z.
The ’13 total payout tops last year’s event by $1,590. It also surpasses the minimum purse requirement ($16,875) set forth by management of the Race of Champions Dirt Modified Tour by a mammoth $11,125!
The structure of the payout is also unique. There is no winner-serving, top-heavy pay scale prevalent in Modified racing. Drivers finishing throughout the field are rewarded. It’s an event that is lucrative to all teams.
The pay structure for the 2013 Pioneer Pole Buildings Inc.-VP Racing Fuels ‘Clash at the Can’ is as follows: 1. $5,000; 2. $4,000; 3. $2,500; 4. $1,800; 5. $1,500; 6. $1,400; 7. $1,300; 8. $1,200; 9. $1,100; 10. $1,000; 11. $600; 12. $550; 13. $525; 14. $515; 15. $510; 16-24. $500.
Keep in mind the posted payout is a minimum: it does not include guaranteed starting positions, lap money, contingency awards and other bonuses. A number of special award sponsors have already signed on to be part of an historic evening at Penn Can. The bonuses will likely push the total to well over $30,000.
Additionally, a B-Main program for the Modified division is in the works and will be announced in the coming weeks. The B-Main will reward even more racers who attempt to qualify with extra cash.
“The purse increase and changes were made with the weekly racer in mind,” said Brett Deyo of BD Motorsports Media LLC, who is co-promoting the ‘Clash at the Can’ with Penn Can track managers Reed Miller and Al Wilcox. “We are well aware of the increasing costs of competing and getting to the track. The idea was to make this an event Friday, Saturday and Sunday night racers across the Northeast would mark on their calendars and we could produce a diverse field that our crowd wants to see.
“The response – not only from weekend racers – but from the touring series stars has been overwhelmingly positive. This purse should attract an outstanding field.”