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Driver Contest Fuels ‘Madness’

by Frank Carulli

March 10, 2020

Harness racing’s version of March Madness begins today (Tuesday, March 10) with a free contest that will award a $250 Visa gift card to the winner.

“Driver Madness 2020” features 64 of harness racing’s top drivers competing in a bracket format similar to that of the popular college basketball tournament. An expert panel selected 16 drivers in each region of the single-elimination contest.

Points will be awarded for each correct selection and they will increase each tournament round. Contestants must submit their completed bracket via Facebook, Twitter or email (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) before midnight Sunday, March 15. The contest is sponsored by onGait.com and hosted by the Harness Racing FanZone.

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