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   The seventh annual Gambler’s Classic Indoor Auto Race at the Atlantic City Boardwalk Hall could make the TQ Midget/600cc Micro Sprint winner $2,000 richer thanks to Behrent’s Performance Warehouse.
   Complimenting an already-thrilling program featured on the concrete floor of Boardwalk Hall on January 16-17, 2009, the Florida, N.Y.-based Behrent’s Performance Warehouse, owned by Jeff and Harry Behrent, will provide added money if a driver wins Friday and Saturday night’s “A” Main.
   To be eligible for the $2,000 bonus, the feature winner from Friday night’s “A” Main must start the Saturday night feature from the 12th starting position and win.
   However, that is not the only option available. If that driver elects to draw for their starting spot, they will only get a $500 bonus if the sweep is completed.
   Drawing for the “A” Main starting spots will be done on the stage during the Ms. Motorsports competition.
   Paul Lotier Jr., who captured the Turkey Derby ATQMRA main at Wall Township, NJ Speedway recently, is one of many top drivers who have filled entries for the seventh annual event.
   Slingshots and Champ Karts will also be in action during the two-day event, which runs in conjunction with the Motorsports 2009 Race Car and Trade Show at the nearby Atlantic City Convention Center.
   “The Behrent’s Bonus will only add to the excitement and atmosphere surrounding this event,” said event organizer Danny Sammons. “It will produce much pre-race hype and lasting memories, plus it could make one driver a lot richer if he can pull off the weekend sweep.”
   Mike Tidaback of Little Falls, N.J., is the defending champion. He collected more than $6,000 after leading the final half of the 40-lap main event on Saturday evening.
   For the first time in event history, time trials will be held on January 15 for all divisions. While the grandstand will not be open to the public, fans with tickets for Friday and/or Saturday (Jan. 16-17) can obtain a restricted Thursday-only pit pass, which will allow them access to catch all of the pole-night activities.
   Friday's nights event will include qualifying races for all three divison and a 25 lap feature event for the TQ Midgets. Saturday night's program is highlighted by feature events for all three divisions including the 40 lap Gambler's Classic main event for the TQ Midgets.
   Qualifying for Saturday night’s main event will be done in the following format. The top 60 cars from Thursday night’s time trial sessions will compete in five heat races on Friday. The top four from each event will advance to the Friday night “A” Main, which pays $1,000 to the winner. The top 12 from Friday’s “A” Main are guaranteed a spot in the Saturday night 40-lap Gambler’s Classic. Four transfer races will be run on Saturday night to fill the remaining 12 spots. Cars competing in these transfer races will include the non-qualified cars from Friday’s heat races, finishers 13-20 from Friday’s “A” Main and four cars from Saturday night’s Eliminator race.
   The Eliminator race will take cars that qualified outside the top 60 in Thursday night’s time trials. The Eliminator race is new this year and will be run under a different format from any other race during the weekend. After five laps, the competitor running last is eliminated. Additionally, any car that is involved in any accident will be eliminated. This procedure will continue until four cars remain and those four will earn the right to compete in Saturday’s transfer races for a chance to make the Gambler’s Classic.
   Tickets for Friday and Saturday night programs are on sale now by calling the Area Auto Racing News office at: 609-888-3618 (please have a MasterCard/Visa/American Express card ready).
   Also, tickets can be purchased through Ticketmaster by calling: 1-800-736-1420 or online at:
   Gambler’s Classic information is available online at:


Source: Motorsports 2009 / Ernie Saxton Communications
Posted: December 8, 2008

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