Willowbank Raceway has announced a high-prizemoney ‘sportsman shootout’ during qualifying for the Winternationals in an email to entrants today.
The letter from Willowbank was as follows:
We are committed to bringing racers the most dynamic and exciting racing experience, as well as finding new ways to give Sportsman entrants more time on the track, Willowbank Raceway and the 400 Thunder team will debut a new shootout-style sub-event on Thursday 9th June at this year’s City of Ipswich Winternationals.
Dubbed the ‘400 Thunder Sportsman Shootout’, the event will be open to Sportsman competitors (Modified, Super Sedan, Pro Radial, Super Street, Supercharged Outlaws, Top Sportsman, Super Gas, Modified Bike and Junior Dragster).
A $50 buy-in will give competitors the shot at a prize pool, which has been given a $3,000 head start by Willowbank Raceway. Entrant buy-ins will form the rest of the prize pool, which could total up to $8,000!
If we get 100 Sportsman Shootout entrants then the winner could walk home with a cool $5,000, while the runner up could get a $1,000 pat on the back and each semi-finalist could potentially receive $500.
After entrants complete their first qualifying run for the Winternationals, they will be given one shot at a perfect pass for the ‘400 Thunder Sportsman Shootout’. Entrants will race against their dial-in, with the top four open and doored competitors being combined before proceeding in to a series of elimination rounds until a winner emerges.
And with the cut-throat nature of shootout racing levelling the field, the 400 Thunder Sportsman Shootout truly is anyone’s game!
The 400 Thunder Sportsman Shootout will also recognise the fiercely competitive Bike and Junior Dragster categories, and field size and prize pool will be finalised on the day pending support from each category.
We look forward to seeing you all at the Winternationals.”