Story by Brian Walker – Maximum Dirt
Deming, WA | July 11, 2016 – With the highest paying micro sprint race on the west coast just days away from firing off, preparations for this year’s 32nd annual Clay Cup Nationals are in full force. Set to boast a whopping $45,000 guaranteed purse, Deming Speedway will play host to the regions best competitors as they tackle the tricky 1/6th mile oval over a three-day span. Using perhaps the most interesting format in dirt track racing, Deming will payout $7,500 to the Super 600 champion, $5,000 to the 1200 winner, $1,000 to the Restricted victory and for the first time in event history, $600 will go the champion of the Jr. Sprints in their inaugural year.
With festivities set to begin with Thursday’s opening preliminary night, teams throughout the region prepare for the trek up north. Keeping in touch with their familiar and historic race format, this year’s Clay Cup Nationals will remain similar as to in the past with the exception of the added Jr. Sprint class.
The Super 600, 1200 and Restricted classes will run two preliminary nights on Thursday and Friday, with their best points night being used in Saturday’s showcase. The Jr. Sprint division will be split into two fields on Thursday and Friday, with each driver taking their total points from their qualifying night into Saturday.
Following qualifying, heat races and semi features, the A-Main event on each preliminary night will be completely inverted, sending the highest point-getters to the tail of the field and continuing the tradition of such a unique format. On Saturday, however, drivers will line straight up off their best point total from preliminary nights, with high point man starting on the pole of the main event.
With drivers from Washington, Oregon, California and even Canada entered, fans can expect an action-packed weekend at an event that has turned into more than a race. Washington will have some stout competition defending their home turf as Chance Crum, Brock Lemley, Tanner Holm, Jon Farrell, Dallas Melby and a swarm of others plan on keeping the check in their home state.
Bringing an always-tough group of racers from California, the “Golden State” will have several top-notch competitors vying in their honor. With TJ Smith, Raio Salmon, Cody Key, Brooklyn Holland, Emily Williams, Keith Day Jr., Mattix Salmon and more making the trek, they will attempt to spoil the party and bring home a big payday back to Cali.
All the action kicks off on Thursday night with the first preliminary show starting at 7:00. Another preliminary show will be hosted on Friday night and on Saturday, Deming will run the feature events as part of the 32nd annual Clay Cup Nationals. Brian Walker at Maximum Dirt will be providing full coverage of this race for this not able to attend, as he covers live updates, press releases, point standings and much more. You can follow along at @MaximumDirt_ on Twitter or his personal page on Facebook.