BISMARCK, N.S. - When there's an annual event, it's often hard to remember what year is this.
For the Dakota Classic Modified Tour, it's easy for me because it started, when I started at the station in 1989, making this year number 28.
The tour was John Gartner's idea.
"everybody thought I was crazy and even friends told me and they've been with me the whole 28 years, we went to Florida to a bunch of tracks in the winter, speed weeks and I came back and said we have to do this in North Dakota and it started a little slow. A lot of people didn't buy in right away but slow and steady growth over the years and it's been very, very good," said John Gartner, DCMT director
Gartner says the last decade or so, the growth has been more than steady and you can see it, in the car counts.
"Pre-entry set another record in both divisions so we're thinking sooner of later the tour are not going to beat the year before but we've done it every year for the last ten years and it's looking like we're going to do it yet again this year," said Gartner.
Modified is in the tour name so that class is the big one. Stock Cars are the other division.
The green flag drops in Jamestown on Saturday.
The Tour goes to Minot, Estevan, Williston, Dickinson and Mandan in that order.
Gartner says they're also having the Legendary race again on July 14 at Dacotah Speedway.