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RACING: Flag goes up for Worthington Nationals tonight and Sunday

WORTHINGTON -- A total purse of $30,000 will be up for grabs this weekend when Nobles County Speedway hosts its Worthington Nationals event.

Competition will take place in the A Mod, stock car, 360 sprint, B Mod, hobby, sportsman and outlaw mini-sprint classes. The 360 sprints will compete on Saturday night only.

In addition, the Minnkota micro-sprints will be on hand for Saturday and Sunday nights.

A total of $3,800 in prize money will be available, with 22 cars to start the main event. Sixteen cars are guaranteed to start in each of the other racing classes.

The weekend will feature several drivers continuing to vie for top positions in the speedway's season points standings. In the A Mods, Don Gerritsen Jr. (27) and Mike Steensma (10) are first and second in points, with Justin Anderson (07) and Dwaine Hanson (1A) contending for the third spot. The stocks class has Ron Prins (02) out in front, with Trent Schroeder (31), Luke Sathoff (5X) and Rich Gregoire (32X) all providing tough competition.

The B-Mods points race is currently led by Dan Ahlers, with Jeremy Smith a close second and Steve Bents third. A pair of Probsts -- Dan (75) and Cory (75C) -- are dueling out in the sportsman division, and Malik Sampson (27) has won the last three Sundays to further tighten things.

Jerry Groenwold (58), Justin Luinenburg (17), Dustin Larson (5L) and Shane Klaassen (901) are among the points leaders in the hobby stocks. In the hornets, Brad Bohn (78) is riding a three-week winning streak; other points contenders are Brandi Kleve (13) and Denny Johnson (68).

Pits are open at 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, with hot laps beginning at 5:30 p.m. both days and racing at 6 p.m. The Worthington Nationals are being sponsored by Jaycox Implement and Pepsi.

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