Already one of the most highly anticipated races remaining this season, the stakes have been raised a little higher for the The Thanksgiving Classic, as Southern National Motorsports Park will bring back the successful “Racing Roulette”.
While the November 25th Late Model Stock Car race will have a standard payout of $6,000, teams that agree to pay a $1000 entry fee rather than the standard $125, will have a shot at taking home a $20,000 payout for winning the 18th running of The Thanksgiving Classic.
Following the success and praise of the 2017 edition, Southern National Motorsports Park owner Michael Diaz has taken that praise, as well as some criticism, to make the 2018 version of the event even more successful.
“We took everyone’s thoughts and looked at how to implement them into this year,” said Diaz. “The drivers really gave us great feedback last year. The biggest thing they wanted was an increase in second through fifth position in the purse for the additional entry fee. That was an easy thing to fix and we think the drivers and teams will be happy with the additional money we’ve added to the purse.”
Those fixes for positions second through fifth, end up with payouts of $4,500, $3,500, $2,750, and $2,250 respectively for drivers that pay the increased entry fee. With the potential to increase a winning payout by $14,000, and the increased potential earnings for the rest of the top five finishers, General Manager Charlie Hansen hopes Southern National has given drivers more incentive to race hard, even if they aren’t necessarily contenders for the top spot.
“We really think after talking to the drivers that this will increase participation in Racing Roulette and give the drivers something to shoot for if they can’t win the race,” said track General Manager Charlie Hansen. “We’re adding nearly $20,000 to the purse no matter how many drivers try Racing Roulette. We’re hoping everyone tries to go for it but we want this to be something for the drivers to shoot for and something fun for the fans to play along with in the stands.”
The 18th Running of the Thanksgiving Classic will take place November 23rd-25th, with the 200-lap Late Model Stock race taking place on Sunday, November 25th.