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'Fall Classic in the Spring' kicks off tonight

Racing is back at the Viking Speedway.

After having the 7th annual Fall Classic postponed three separate weekends October as the rain and snow continued to pound the area, Viking Speedway officials opted to move the races to April as a kickoff to the 2010 racing season.

The "Fall Classic in the Spring" will open its doors to racing fans tonight, Friday, at 6:30 p.m. and tomorrow, Saturday at 3 p.m. Sunday will be reserved for inclement weather.

The event will feature WISSOTA Late Models racing for a large purse of $4,000 to win; WISSOTA Modifieds, who will run for a top prize of $3,000 to win; WISSOTA Super Stocks running for the largest Super Stock payoff anywhere of $2,000 to win; WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds and Street Stocks, who will each be gunning for a whopping $1,000 to win each and for the first time ever the WISSOTA Mod Fours will be on the card, racing for a sizeable $750 to win payday, setting up the Fall Classic in the Spring to be one of the biggest all-WISSOTA event of the 2010 season.

The event car count record of 317, which was set in 2004, may be in jeopardy when the 2010 Spring Classic rolls around.

The 2008 Fall Classic saw Zach Johnson race to his first Late Model Fall Classic title, adding to his 2003 Midwest Modified and 2005 Modified Fall Classic titles, making him the only driver to win the Classic in three divisions.

Pat Doar stole the Modified title, winning his first career Modified feature at Viking, and Ryan Mikkelson grabbed an upset win in the Midwest Modifieds.

Corey Rosen finished one spot better than in 2007 by racing to the Street Stock title, and Don Shaw won his third consecutive Super Stock win, bringing his overall Fall Classic win total to five.

These drivers have secured provisional starting positions into their respective features at this year's Fall Classic in the Spring.

The Mod Fours will also have a provisional awaiting the driver that finished highest in the June 20 Mod Four event held at Viking last season.

Admission is $15 for adults on Friday and $20 on Saturday, $6 for children 10-15 each day, while children 10 or younger are free each day.

Pit passes are $30 each day, or $55 for a two-day pass.

Pits and grandstands open at 3 p.m. on Friday and noon on Saturday.

All heats will be run on Friday, with all B-features and features run on Saturday.