Minnesota Mafia Series Canceled
Unable to come to an agreement on the right-rear tire rule for the planned Minnesota Mafia Point Fund series of races involving the Upper Midwest Sprintcar Series and the Jackson Speedway Touring Series cars, the proposed 11-race series has been canceled.
The Minnesota Mafia is working on putting together a series of races down in their part of the state while the UMSS is also working on a mini-series of races that are part of their current schedule for some added point fund money.
Both groups will announce their revised plans in separate press releases. The UMSS contract for their series is a three-year deal from 2011-2013 calling for an SC25 Hoosier on the right rear. The JSTS has adopted the new Hoosier tire for 2013 which basically is a 16-medium or 18-hard.
The UMSS received permission under their contract to allow either tire at the six UMSS races that were part of the original Minnesota Mafia Point Fund deal. The JSTS was unable to allow either tire at their events.
“We tried to make it work, but we just could not come to an agreement on the tire rule for this series of races,” stated UMSS President/CDO Ron Bernhagen. “We were flexible enough under our contract to try and make it work, but Jackson could not. I’m disappointed that the UMSS won’t be able to participate in the Minnesota Mafia series of races, as the MN Mafia is comprised of a great group of sprint car fans who are working hard to help promote sprint car racing here in Minnesota,” continued Bernhagen.
Hopefully in the future, the groups can work together to come up with a more uniform set of rules especially involving tires. The UMSS tire contract will be up after this season, so drivers and car owners will approve a new tire rule for 2014. “The current UMSS tire contract has worked very well for our drivers and for Hoosier Racing Tire. With one year left on our contract, I did not want to change it for 2013 unless I could obtain a better deal for our drivers,” added Bernhagen.