Series returns in 2016 with 93 events at 52 tracks in 24 states and one Canadian province
INDIANAPOLIS - Dec. 10, 2015 - The World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series announced its 2016 schedule today during the Performance Racing Industry Trade Show. The season which has 93 scheduled dates and takes the series to 52 different tracks in 24 states and one Canadian province features new facilities, new big events and promises some of the fiercest competition in the nearly 40 year history of the series.
The Outlaws kick off their 2016 season at Volusia Speedway Park in Barberville, Florida, February 12 to 14, for DIRTcar Nationals. The annual tradition features three nights of racing at the world's fastest half-mile dirt track. To the DIRTcar Nationals champion goes the coveted 'Big Gator.'
That coveted prize is the first in a season that from February to late October includes some of the biggest events in sprint car racing - and in all of motorsports.
EXPANDED SCHEDULE AMONG ITS 23 DATES
Twenty-three dates have been announced for the USAC National Midget series' 2016 calendar with four venues set to host their first USAC National Midget race.
The season kicks off on the dirt, indoors, on March 19 at the Southern Illinois Center in DuQuoin, Ill. The facility has played host to several midget races in recent years, but this will mark the first points-paying USAC National Midget event at the track and the first points-paying, USAC National Midget race indoors since Kenny Irwin, Jr.'s victory at the Toronto SkyDome in 1993. It also marks the USAC National Midgets' first event in DuQuoin, Ill. since Sleepy Tripp won a 50-lap race on the one-mile dirt oval at the DuQuoin State Fairgrounds in 1979.
Other new events on the 2016 schedule include a race at Montpelier (Ind.) Motor Speedway on May 31 to kick off the now six-race "Indiana Midget Week" slate. A double-header weekend at Riverside International Speedway on June 17-18 brings the USAC National Midgets to the state of Arkansas for the first time ever. The 76th running of the prestigious "Turkey Night Grand Prix" has found a new, but familiar home at Ventura (Calif.) Raceway. The oceanside dirt bullring hosted its only "Turkey Night" in 1997 with Billy Boat picking up the victory.
FOR FIRST TIME IN DECADES; SIX DIRT AND FIVE PAVEMENT RACES FILL 11-RACE SLATE
A pair of tracks from USAC Silver Crown racing's rich past makes their return to a balanced eleven race USAC Silver Crown Series schedule for 2016 that features six races on the dirt and five races on the hard top.
On June 10, in the midst of an off-night for the USAC AMSOIL Sprint Cars' "Eastern Storm" series, the champ cars take on the historic half-mile Williams Grove Speedway in Mechanicsburg, Penn. for the Horn-Schindler Memorial 100. It's been 35 years since the Silver Crown cars last made the trek to the famous dirt oval when Eddie Leavitt picked up his only career series win in 1981. Sheldon Kinser won the only other appearance of the Silver Crown cars at "The Grove" in 1980. Williams Grove Speedway is no stranger to champ car racing, hosting AAA National Championship racing in 1946 and non-points paying champ car races annually from 1949 to 1955, with USAC being the sanctioning body from 1956 to 1959. The most recent USAC event hosted by Williams Grove was a National Sprint Car race won by Billy Pauch in 1996.
The most ambitious schedule of AMSOIL USAC National Sprint Car races in recent history has been released for 2016, including traditional events and new facilities spanning the American landscape.
Opening with the exciting "Winter Games VII" at Bubba Raceway Park in Florida in February and concluding with the "Oval Nationals" on the West Coast in November, the 47-race series will visit 23 venues in a dozen states.
New for 2016 are special "non-points" special events in South Dakota and Indiana. Two races at Badlands Motor Speedway in Brandon, S.D. August 20 and 21 offering a $50,000 winner's share will be followed by a Wednesday night special event at the Kokomo (Ind.) Speedway which will kick-off the four-night "Sprint Car Smackdown V."
The Jackson (Minn.) Motorplex joins the series this year for the first time in 28 years as the first of four consecutive races in the nation's heartland. The June 22 race will be followed by a June 23 race at Eagle (Neb.) Raceway and a pair of races June 24 and 25 at Lakeside Speedway in Kansas City, Kans.
Plainfield, IN Wednesday December 9th, 2015- For the past three seasons Chad Boespflug has driven for numerous car owners and has had much success. Picking up eighteen combined wins, thus including one Amsoil USAC National win. As he heads toward the start of the 2016 season he has decided to switch things up a bit and return to an owner / driver operation. Boespflug has owned and raced his personal NineEight Motorsports 98 in years past. He feels by doing this he can stay much more faithful to his sponsors and fans. The opportunity to return to the familiar 98 has been made possible with continued support of loyal sponsors as well as some new additions. Boespflug is pleased to announce he as an owner / driver combination will join forces with Eberhardt Zirzow Racing (EZR) for the 2016 Season.
Chuck Eberhardt and Fred Zirzow of EZR have been fielding a non wing sprint car for the past two season in the Midwest. EZR began in 2014 with Bryan Clauson as the driver. Clauson earned EZR a Kokomo Speedway Track Championship. 2015 found Tyler Courtney behind the wheel. The combination found instant success with many top finishes late in the season.
McKENZIE, TN - Winners, championships, and the tradeshow. The wins and championships continue to roll in for J&J Auto Racing leading up to the annual PRI show. Daniel Pestka picked up his first victory of the 2015/16 season in Australia while Shelby Bilton celebrated his first championship for his efforts at Butler Speedway.
Daniel Pestka raced his No. 27 J&J to victory at Speedway City in Round 4 of the Revolution Racegear Sprintcar Track Championship this past Saturday night. Pestka, who opened the evening by winning his heat race, led all 25 laps of the feature event after starting on the pole and scored his third podium finish in three starts this season.
The Finale at the Fairgrounds NAPA Super DIRT Week kicks off coverage on December 13
CONCORD, N.C. - Dec. 7, 2015 - CBS Sports Network kicks off three weeks of World of Outlaws and Super DIRTcar Series action on Sunday, Dec. 13 at 6 p.m. with NAPA Super DIRT Week's Syracuse 200 from the New York State Fairgrounds.
Veteran play-by-play broadcaster Dave Rieff joins color analyst Shane Andrews, the voice of the Super DIRTcar Series, as well as reporters Tony Bokhoven and Bob Dillner for the 'Finale at the Fairgrounds.'
The Bad Boy Buggies World Finals night one airs the following week on Sunday, December 20 at 5 p.m. The World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series, World of Outlaws Late Model Series and Super DIRTcar Big-Block Modified Series take on the Dirt Track at Charlotte for one of the final events of the 2015 season.
Inside Line Promotions - SOMERTON, Ariz. (Dec. 7, 2015) - A lot of money is up for grabs throughout the 2nd annual Winter Heat Sprint Car Showdown at Cocopah Speedway on Jan. 1-2, Jan. 5 and Jan. 8-9.
The overall purse for the five-race 410ci winged sprint car event on the semi-banked, 3/8-mile oval is approximately $250,000, including $12,000 to win and $1,000 to start main events on Jan. 1-2 and Jan. 8-9. The midweek feature on Jan. 5 pays $5,000 to win.
Additionally, there is a $10,000 points fund thanks to a partnership with Cometic Gasket, JE Pistons and K1 Technologies. The champion of the event will garner $4,000 with drivers placing second through fifth in the championship standings scoring $1,500 apiece.
"There is a lot of money on the line and the opportunity is prime for a number of drivers and teams to start the 2016 season on the right foot," Cocopah Speedway General Manager Greg Burgess said. "Thanks to the support from Cometic Gasket, JE Pistons and K1 Technologies we have a healthy points fund and Here 2 Wire, Inc., stepped up once again by donating more than $2,500 to the drivers."
Fourth 410 Sprint Car Date Added To 2016 Selinsgrove Slate
SELINSGROVE, Pa. – Selinsgrove Speedway will present a special “Friday Night Lights” racing program in 2016 featuring the popular 410 sprint cars at 7:30 p.m. Friday, June 10! The first Friday night 410 sprint car race at the track in 10 years will be highlighted by a 25-lap main event!
The latest 410 sprint car date at Selinsgrove for next season is due to Williams Grove Speedway’s announcement this week of the United States Auto Club (USAC) Silver Crown Champ Cars appearing at the Grove on June 10.
TJ Stutts of Liverpool, the speedway’s defending Mach 1 Chassis 360 sprint car champion, was the last driver to win a Friday night 410 sprint car race at Selinsgrove on March 24, 2006. In fact, Stutts won back-to-back Friday night 410 sprint car events that year with a victory the previous week on March 17 while driving Gary and Patti Beam’s No. 88.
HINES WINS NATIONAL MIDGET TITLE, EARNS "TRIPLE CROWN;" KUNZ/CURB-AGAJANIAN & SIX8 MOTORSPORTS EARN NATIONAL, WESTERN OWNER TITLES RESPECTIVELY;
THORSON WINS 75TH "TURKEY NIGHT GRAND PRIX"
Tracy Hines, who finished sixth in last Thursday's 75th "Turkey Night Grand Prix," claimed the USAC Honda National Midget driving title, completing his pursuit of the sixth USAC "Triple Crown" career, while Dave Darland, who finished ninth, earned the Mike Curb Super License. Fourteenth place driver Robert Dalby was
named the Don Basile "Rookie of the Race."