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Thunder in the Valley - Montana 200 this weekend

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Kalispell, MT (July 18, 2013) - Another huge purse is in store for this year's biggest race. Montana Raceway Park management has set the purse structure for the 23rd Annual Coors Light Montana 200 at over $50,000!  The race is scheduled for this weekend, July 18-20 at the Flathead Valley's only professional sporting venue-Montana Raceway Park.

A driver who is able to secure a starting position in the 24-car A-Main will receive a minimum of $1000 for their efforts with the winner of the Montana 200 taking home $15,000. The winning amount could go up by $5,000 if the winning driver is able to set fast time, win the A-Trophy Dash, the Fast 12 Heat and the 20th Annual Montana 200.

Montana 2002013 Kalispell Toyota Super Late Model season points leader and Canadian/American Shootout 125 Winner Alex Lessor will head up an all star line up this weekend for the 2013, 23rd Annual Coors Light Montana 200.

Featured drivers signed up for this race are 4 time Montana 200 Gary Lewis, former winners, Jeff Jefferson of Naches, Wash. And Cory Wolfe of Pablo, MT,  MT Gold 212 winner and NASCAR K&N Driver Cameron Hayley, and MRP's own, NASCAR K&N driver Giles Thornton, just to name just a few.

The events kick of Thursday with open practice from 10am to 4pm.  The popular TTC Thornton Fan Fest fires up at 5pm and will feature a free BBQ dinner, Live Music, an autograph session, and fun for the entire family.  The action continues Friday with open practice from 12 noon to 5pm.  Qualifying is set to kick off at 7pm where 14 drivers will be locked into the Montana 200.  Racing will begin Friday at 8pm and will feature heats and qualifying mains.  Saturday will feature open practice starting at 12 noon.  Opening ceremonies will start at 6pm.  The Last Chance Qualifier will follow opening Ceremonies and then the running of the 23rd Annual Coors Light Montana 200 will roar to life.

A live audio and scoring feed will be available on the Tracks Website (montanaracewaypark.com) on Friday and Saturday.  Reserved seating tickets and general admission tickets are still available and can be purchased at montanaracewaypark.com

Confirmed Drivers as of 7/16/13

1 Agni Howell, Kalispell, MT

1 Mitch Kleyn, Quincy, WA

05 Zach Moran, Kennewick, WA

05 Eric Schmidt, Roseville, CA

5 Ryan Wells, Hingham, MT

7 Mark Sundberg, Seattle, WA

09 Clint Habart, Cranbook, BC, Canada

10 Owen Riddle, Naches, WA

12 Giles Thornton, Kalispell, MT

12 Dan Obrist, Portland, OR

14 Don Staggs, Marion, MT

15 Tayler Riddle, Naches, WA

16 Blake Williams, Spokane, WA

17 Trever Emond, Leduc, AB, Canada

20 Jay Sauls, Puyallup, WA

22 Jonathan Gomez, Twin Falls, ID

23 Brandon Sickler, Kalispell, MT

24 Cameron Hayley, Calgary, AB, Canada

24 Joey Bird, Spokane, WA

31 Jason Fraser, Snohomish, WA

33 Nicole Behar, Otis Orchards, WA

37 Mike Longton, Moxee, WA

38 Grant Brown, Red Deer, AB, Canada

38 Lucas Valdez, Kennewick, WA

42 Jeff Jefferson, Naches, WA

49 Brian Levant, Calgary, AB, Canada

53 Alex Lessor, Kalispell, MT

54 Mike Obrist, Portland, OR

64 Garrett Evans, E. Wenatchee, WA

64 Brian Johnson Jr, Machesney Park, IL

73 Gary Lewis, Snohomish, WA

75 Troy Schweigert Kalispell, MT

77 Bodie Morton, Kalispell, MT

77 Greg VanGool, Saskatoon, SK, Canada

83 Braeden Havens, Spokane, WA

88 Cory Wolfe, Ronan, MT

93 Dave Garber, Spokane, WA

99 Shane Mitchell, Orondo, WA

By: Montana Raceway Park PR

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