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Door to opportunity

A door? Seriously?

That's what Nick Tubbs wants? Really?

The stock car driver has proven himself in the division nationally this year. He's third in national points. He's third in regional points. He leads the state points by a massive margin ahead of his brother, Jeff.

And Tubbs wants a door?

Sounds fishy, right? Let me explain.

Tubbs recently heard anyone qualifying for the big show -- Saturday night's feature races at the IMCA Super Nationals in Boone, Iowa -- will receive a door panel with a special wrap commemorating a driver's spot at making it into one of the feature events.

That's the door Tubbs wants -- not one to replace a dented, scraped-up panel on his car.

"That's all it is, about getting in the show," Tubbs said. "It's about saying you got into the show at Super Nationals. And if you're lucky enough to run inside the top five and have a shot at the win, then it's even greater."

Tubbs is hoping a strong run this year in Iowa will help fortify his name in the stock car ranks. He's already won a track championship at WaKeeney Speedway, and he's on pace to win others at RPM Speedway and Thomas County Speedway in Colby.

The only area drivers to win a Super Nationals crown are Jason Schoenberger in a stock car and David Murray Jr. in a modified as the event enters its 30th year.

Tubbs recently won his 50th IMCA feature. That win was his 18th of the season. It's the most he's ever had in a single season.

So, he has the talent -- and a fast car. That's not a question.

The only question is: Will he have a new door after a week of hard-fought racing?

* NICK SCHWIEN, HDN