xc Orv’s Pot Of Gold: $10,000 To A WISSOTA 100 Driver


2013 WISSOTA 100 Sept 11-14th...

HURON, SD – The generosity of Orville Chenoweth, promoter of Huron’s Dakota State Fair Speedway, and the community of Huron, is helping to make “Orv’s Pot of Gold” part of the 2013 WISSOTA_100 once again.

It sounds too good to be true, but it has been confirmed that – for the second year in a row – a driver who runs consistently throughout the season and races their way into the top 30 in national points will be eligible for the whopping $10,000 Pot of Gold when they come to race at the WISSOTA 100. The prize will be given to a lucky driver on Saturday of the 100.

This means there will only be 180 potential entries, and every driver in the top 30 will have equal opportunity to win the $10,000. A driver needs to register daily while they are racing at the WISSOTA_100 to get their name in the drawing.

“To win, the driver must be present at the facility on Saturday of the 100 and come to the front of the grandstand to claim the prize if his or her name is drawn as the winner,”_explained Chenoweth.

Last year’s winner, Lorin Johnson, said “shock and awe” was the best way to explain his initial reaction when he heard his name called.

“When they pulled the name out and read it, and then looked toward the guys standing, I thought they looked right at Shane Sabraski,” said Johnson. “I turned to him and said, ‘I think you just won it!’ Then they announced my name and he said, ‘No, you won it!’

“We all would have been happy no matter who won it, because it was such an honor,” added Johnson.

Johnson said he doesn’t think it actually sank in at first. He had to get into his Midwest Mod for the feature. He said he got many “thumbs up”_from other drivers as he made his way to the track.

Drivers do not have to qualify for the WISSOTA_100 feature finale to be eligible for the $10,000 Pot of Gold; he or she just needs to be in the top 30 in national points and have registered at DSFS each day during the WISSOTA_100.

Drivers from all six WISSOTA divisions will be eligible. That means it could be a Late Model, Modified, Super Stock, Midwest Mod, Street Stock or Mod Four driver who takes home the extra 10 grand after racing at the 2013 WISSOTA_100.

It’s a guarantee that the driver who wins the $10,000 this year will enjoy the game-changing experience for their race program like Johnson did.

“We’d been wanting to upgrade and get a new car and a new motor, so winning the money played right into that,” said Johnson.

The experience for the venerable veteran of several WISSOTA classes is something Johnson will not soon forget.

“It was an honor to be drawn for the first segment, then to be drawn for the second segment – that was over the top,” he remembers. “It was the things dreams are made of. It gives everybody something to look forward to at the WISSOTA_100. That’s a huge payday for anybody.”

The brainchild of Chenoweth, and aided by the Huron Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Bureau, Dakota State Fair Speedway and WISSOTA_Auto Racing, the Pot of Gold highlights the investment Chenoweth is committed to making in dirt track racing.

“It really shows Orv’s understanding of the racers; anytime he has a chance to give back to them he’s all about that,” reflected Johnson. “He’s part of a racing family so he sees the big picture.”

The Speedway Motors WISSOTA_100, which has been hosted by WISSOTA at Dakota State Fair Speedway annually since 2009, is the marquee event for the more than 2,500 racers that compete at WISSOTA-sanctioned tracks in the upper Midwest.

For more information about Orv’s Pot of Gold, visit www.dakotapromotions.com.