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Sponsorship dollars and verbal entries from drivers continue to flow in to Star Speedway, the site of what will surely be a race to remember in 2012. The Saturday night, June 16 Tour-Type Modified Open known as the 2nd annual SBM 125, is now guaranteed to have a purse in excess of $30,000, but that number is expected to climb even further.

Numerous combined sponsorships, plus a new idea will likely boost the halfway lap 63 payout to more than $1,500. The race leader will pocket money from Star's season-long sponsors EKeys 4 Cars ($150) and Allen's Coffee Brandy ($125). Northeast Race Cars and Parts has added a $150 certificate to the halfway race leader, and Duraflex Race Car Bodies will offer a certificate as well.

The SBM 125 will also have event t-shirts donated at cost by Sanford SignGraphix of Sanford, Maine, with all profits from sales to be paid out as an additional halfway bonus. Three drivers running in positions 2-10 on lap 63 will split the cash generated from these sales.

The weekly EKeys Modifieds have been given an additional incentive to compete against the touring Modified stars that will be a part of this event. Exeter Decorating, located on Route 27 in nearby Exeter, N.H., will pay $250 to the highest finishing Star regular, $150 to second best, and $100 for third. For all of your home decor needs visit Exeter Decorating, which offers specialized service to meet your needs. Check out www.exeterdecorating.com for more information.

A big part of the success of the 2011 SBM 125 was lap money paid by both businesses and race fans. Last year's race paid roughly $8,700 in bonus money alone, with even more expected for this 2012 event. Already close to 50 laps have been sold, and with the innovative formula used to pay out the bonus money, more than half of the competing race teams will share in the wealth.

Laps sold at the minimum of $50, for instance, will pay $25 to the race leader and $25 to another top ten car by draw. This ensures fans that racing for the lead is important, while at the same time multiple race teams will benefit from the bonus money provided. But some laps will be worth much more than that.

For instance, lap 79 alone pays a remarkable $790, with $610 going to the race leader and another $180 being paid to another top ten car by draw. Long Island race fan Jim Schaefer, who is also a contingency race sponsor, decided to do something big to honor the late Roger Hill. This former Modified competitor's race team, known as the "Hillbilly Racing #79" has been to all of the Modified Open events held in recent years at Star, despite being from North Carolina.

"What better way to do lap 79 in honor of Roger and the Hill family than to use their race car number as the total," Schaefer reasoned. "The idea to split it up with the $610 includes the Richie Evans number in the mix as well. They have taken my lap money at Star before, so maybe they will be the ones to stay out to try and lead that lap."

Hoosier Tire East has signed on as a contingency sponsor of the SBM 125, and will provide tires for the race. Drivers must start the feature on their qualifying tires, but a one tire change will be allowed at any point of the event, bringing strategy into play. A headline race sponsor will be announced soon as well, once the details have been finalized.

Drivers planning to compete that were not able to attend the 2011 event are numerous. Todd Annarummo, Todd Szegedy, Rich Pallai, Mike Stefanik and Steve Masse are just a few of the Modified touring series drivers that have stated their intentions to compete in the June 16 event.

SPAFCO Race Chassis has added a $150 certificate award for the driver who gains the most positions during the race. For more information on lap sponsor availability for the SBM 125, you will find the lap sponsor board on the track web site at: www.star-speedway.com, or you can email: StarPress2012@aol.com for information requests.

The 2011 SBM 125 was just the beginning. With a full field of cars, a record amount of bonus money to be passed out at the end of the night, and pit strategy coming into play, the 2012 SBM 125 truly should be a race to remember at Star Speedway, the track "Where Champions are Made".

April 7 has been decided upon as cleanup day at Star. All race fans and teams are encouraged to attend, with many projects planned to improve the Star Speedway facility. Steve Rubin will have a barbeque for those helping out. Information is available daily on the new Star Speedway Facebook page as well.

Source: Bob Webber Jr / Star Speedway
Posted: March 16, 2012

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