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Dakota Classic Modified Tour Comes to North Dakota

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NASCAR and the Dakota Classic Modified Tour have something in common and it's not four tires and a steering wheel.

The concept for both started in a hotel in Florida. In February of 1990, the mod-tour was born at a promoters workshop in Daytona Beach.

John Gartner's idea was to cooperate with a number of local tracks and run a series on consecutive nights. This year, it's six nights in six different cities and two countries.        

"It's grown by leaps and bounds, and each year there is a little different change, but the changes have all been small and this year is no different. We have more cars. We have a different track. We always change with the times but it's looking good. All things are looking good for another great series," says Gartner.

This evening, the tour stops in Estevan.

Gartner's idea is now in its 24th year, and the word is definitely out around the country.

"We have a California entry for the first time. And they take off the month of June because it's too hot, and they're coming up here. And that's nice to see. The reasons they want to come is they can go to six tracks in six nights, get a lot of seat time as we call it, and it's different tracks. So, from the chassis manufacturer standpoint, a lot of them are coming. They can do a lot of R&D work right here in the middle of July."

Tomorrow, the Dakota Classic Modified Tour is in Williston. Wednesday they go to Dickinson, and the tour championship is Thursday in Mandan.

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