Precommitment at a Glance:
For 2019, 10 precommitment positions were made available in each of the NTPA's 13 Grand National divisions. After the initial offering to 2018's top-10 GN point finishers, remaining 2018 GN point-earners were offered positions in descending order of finish.
Precommitted competitors who fulfill the program's terms receive free entry to their class(es) of precommitment at Super National and Grand National events and shares of the end-of-season Precommitment Fund. Any GN-licensed competitor can earn points at GN events, however, so precommitment is not a prerequisite to contend for a GN championship. So fans, remember just because your favorite driver is not on this list, they still may be at an event.
To see other divisions previously released check out the 2019 Precommitment section here.
2019 Grand National Modified
The schedule (10 hooks as of 4/1/2019): Tomah, WI x 2; Rockwell, IA x 2; Hagerstown, MD x 2; Bowling Green, OH x 2; Sandwich, IL x 2.
The competitors (6 vehicles as of 6/25/2019):
Doug Lively (State Center, IA)
- Bank Robber: 2018 GN champion (366 points)...2 GN wins (Norwalk S1, Bowling Green S4, won ring)...11 T5s, 12 T10s...average GN finish: 3.1 (12 appearances)...2014, 2013 GN champion...won Shell Rotella Cup.
Ricky Rose (Glencoe, MN)
- Giddy Up: Finished 3rd in 2018 GN points (-5)...3 GN wins (Ellsworth, Tomah S3, Sandwich S2)...10 T5s, 12 T10s...average GN finish: 3.5 (12 appearances)...2017 GN champion.
Bob and Terry Jostock (Lapeer, MI) and Bill Douglas Jr. (Alvinston, ON)
- Wild Child: Finished 5th in 2018 GN points (-27)...best GN finish: 3rd (Norwalk S1, Sandwich S2)...6 T5s, 12 T10s...average GN finish: 5.5 (12 appearances)...2007 GN champion.
- Spook Gone Wild: Finished 6th in 2018 GN points (-31)...best GN finish: 2nd (Monroe)...4 T5s, 12 T10s...average GN finish: 5.8 (12 appearances).
- Wild Won: New vehicle in 2019. [T.Jostock: 2009, 1996 GN champion.]
Dennis Christensen (Glencoe, MN)
- Pack Rat 4: Finished 7th in 2018 GN points (-39)...best GN finish: 2nd (Rockwell S1)...3 T5s, 11 T10s...average GN finish: 6.4 (12 appearances).
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