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Local business gets head start on boosting Prime prizes

A vital part of any Nevada City Classic is the prime (pronounced preem).

During the course of the race, a sponsor can get his business announced over the public address system by offering up a mid-race reward for lap-by-lap performance.

“The prime puts the lap bonus in money form,” race promoter and sponsor Duane Strawser said. “It helps keep the race alive and going. Some people may pick up $500 or even $1,000 cash. They could end up dropping out of the race later, but they keep the money.

“In the past, most of the prime money comes in the day of the race. Someone will drop $50 or $100 to the announcer to do one on an upcoming lap.”

This year, thanks to Dennis MacDonneil at the new UPS Store at the Holiday Inn Express in Grass Valley, prime money has been posted prior to race day.

“I am a 10-year resident of western Nevada County and thanks in great part to the Nevada City Classic, I have grown to really enjoy the sport of racing,” MacDonneil said.”

MacDonneil said the third lap leader of the Women’s Pro and the fourth lap leader of the Men’s Pro 1-2 races will win $100. Should those riders go on to win their races, the women’s prime goes to $400 and the Men’s to $1,000.

Strawser said the total prize money for the race is $10,000, but said if more money comes in, that number could go up.


To contact Sports Writer Ross Maak, e-mail rossm@theunion.com or call 477-4244.

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