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50th Anniversary Dirt Cup To Pay $50,000

KNOXVILLE, Iowa — There’s more big news for fans of Washington’s Skagit Speedway and 410 winged sprint car racing on the West Coast.

Peter Murphy of 55 Promotions, announced changes that will come to the three-tenths-mile dirt track for next season, specifically involving the 50th running of the Jim Raper Dirt Cup.

“Next year will be its 50th anniversary Dirt Cup. It’s been a 360 race for the last few years,” said Murphy, who is partners in 55 Promotions with Kevin Rudeen and Mike Anderson. “It was a 410 show when I raced in it. Our goal is to bring 410s back stronger on the West Coast and we’ll start with the 50th anniversary Dirt Cup for 410s and it will be 50 laps and it will be $50,000 to win. 

“It will be the 23rd, 24th and 25th of June,” Murphy added. “We’re going to get back to when the Dirt Cup was inverted in the heats and there were qualifying points to make the main. We want to make it interesting.”

Murphy added one more nugget that involves the format for the event, a Trophy Cup type points system.

“The first two nights will be invert 20 in the main event,” the Australian former sprint car racer. “You need finish points, which will give you positioning in the mains for Saturday night that will be straight up to start.”