Jamestown Speedway promoters Tim and Allison Baldwin have announced a format change to the upcoming 49th annual Stock Car Stampede scheduled for Sept. 25-26.
The two-night Stampede is reverting back to two nights of points racing and pay for drivers, something the event hasn't included since the 1980s according to Tim Baldwin. The Stampede had been running heat races on the first night, with consolation races and features to follow on the second night.
Baldwin explained the opening Friday of this year's Stampede (Sept. 25) will include heat races and features with no consolation races, while Saturday (Sept. 26) will be a second full show with heats, consolation races and features. Drivers are being required to race both nights with Stampede champions being crowned on Night 2.
"I think it was at least the 80s since it was two shows," Baldwin said. "A lot of drivers have requested it over the years and it's just changing trends. Racers kind of expect it now and when things change you have to adapt."
The change will help drivers who are chasing state or regional points titles, as well as compete with other year-end shows regionally that all attempt to draw as many cars and drivers as possible. WISSOTA has suspended its national points system in 2020 due to track and travel restrictions related to COVID-19.
The change should enhance the Stampede fan experience, with money and trophies on the line both nights.
"I know we were losing some cars because of that because they would like to run two shows," Baldwin said. "And that's another thing, just trying to make sure it's a good show on Friday night and everyone gets their money's worth."
Classes competing at this year's Stampede will be late models (WISSOTA), modifieds (IMCA), streets (WISSOTA), Midwest modifieds (WISSOTA), sport mods (IMCA), legends (INEX), bombers and slingshots.