Defending champion Jeremy Payne will head a list of more than 200 IMCA Modified and SportMod drivers taking part in the 17th annual Duel in the Desert Wednesday through Saturday at the half-mile The Dirt Track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

Payne, of Mixa, Missouri, overtook race leader Terry Phillips with 10 laps remaining in last year's 40-lap main event and held on for his second consecutive victory and fourth overall in the $7,777-to-win Duel.

Payne will be joined in the field by local Modified drivers Rick Durica and Donald Parker of Las Vegas and Rich Horibe, Tony Kincaid and Bryan Wulfenstein of Pahrump.

Phillips, of Beatrice, Neb., and Jeff Taylor, of Cave City, Ark., who finished third behind Payne last year, both have entered this year's race.

The Duel in the Desert, one of the biggest dirt-track races in the country, has attracted entries from 19 states and three Canadian provinces.

Spectator gates open at 3 p.m. on Wednesday for wheel packing and practice. There will be no admission charge for Wednesday's activities. Gates open at 4 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, with racing starting at 4 p.m. on Thursday and Friday and 5 p.m. on Saturday.

Saturday's lineup includes last-chance races in both Modifieds and SportMods as well as 10-lap "Young Guns" and "Legends" races, followed by the 25-lap SportMod feature and the 40-lap Modified main event.

Tickets for the 17th annual Duel in the Desert are available by calling 800-644-444 or by visiting www.lvms.com.

17th Annual IMCA Duel in the Desert schedule

November 12-15, 2014

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

10 a.m. - 12 p.m.:                               Pit Parking for premium pit space holders and vendors
12 p.m. - 8 p.m.:                                 Pit Parking / Credential pick-up for pre-entries only

Wednesday, November 12, 2014 - Practice Night

9 a.m. - 9 p.m.:                                    Pit Parking for all participants
9 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.:                              IMCA Modified Tech Inspection
3 p.m.:                                                 Wheel-packing for all participants
3 p.m.:                                                 Spectator Gates Open (FREE ADMISSION)
4 p.m.:                                                 Practice Night begins - Groups of 15 cars - 2 sessions per group                                                         

Thursday, November 13, 2014

8 a.m. - 8 p.m.:                                   Credential Sales for late/gate entries / Pit Parking
8 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.:                              Tech Inspection / IMCA Modified pill draw
2:30 p.m.:                                            IMCA Modified / SportMod Driver Meeting
3 p.m.:                                                 Mandatory Wheel-packing -based on pill draw
4 p.m.:                                                 Spectator Gates Open / Modified Hot Laps
4 p.m.:                                                 IMCA Modified Hot Laps
4:50 p.m.:                                            IMCA SportMod Hot Laps
5 p.m.:                                                 IMCA Modified Heat Races
IMCA SportMod Heat Races
IMCA Modified B-Main Races
IMCA SportMod B-Main Races
IMCA Modified Qualifying Feature #1& #2 - 25 laps
IMCA SportMod Qualifying Feature - 20 laps

Friday, November 14, 2014

10 a.m. - 8 p.m.:                                 Credential Sales / Pit Parking
Noon - 2:30 p.m.:                               Tech Inspection / Pill Draws
2:30 p.m.:                                           IMCA Modified / SportMod Driver Meeting
3 p.m.:                                                Mandatory Wheel-packing -based on pill draw
4 p.m.:                                                Spectator Gates Open / Modified Hot Laps
4 p.m.:                                                IMCA Modified Hot Laps
4:50 p.m.:                                           IMCA SportMod Hot Laps
5 p.m.:                                                IMCA Modified Heat Races
IMCA SportMod Heat Races
IMCA Modified B-Main Races
IMCA SportMod B-Main Races
IMCA Modified Qualifying Feature #1 & #2 - 25 laps
IMCA SportMod Qualifying Feature - 20 laps
WWMT Top 20 Showdown

Saturday, November 15, 2014

10 a.m. - 8 p.m.:                                 Credential Sales / Pit Parking
Noon - 2:30 p.m.:                                Tech Inspection / IMCA Registration (ALL non-qualified cars MUST check in)
2:30 p.m.:                                             IMCA Modified / Sport Mod Driver Meeting
3 p.m.:                                                  Mandatory Wheel-packing
4 p.m.:                                                  Spectator Gates Open
5 p.m.:                                                  IMCA SportMod Last Chance Races
IMCA Modified Last Chance Races
IMCA SportMod Qualifier Hot Laps (Thursday & Friday Qualifiers only)
IMCA Modified Qualifier Hot Laps (Thursday & Friday Qualifiers only)
IMCA Modified "Young Guns" Race - 10 laps
IMCA Modified "Legends" Race - 10 laps
IMCA SportMod Main Event - 25 laps
IMCA Modified Duel in the Desert Main Event - 40 laps