This season marks the return of the unified DIRTcar 358 Modified Series schedule, with over $330,000 of purse and point fund money available over the course of 13 highly competitive events across New York State and Ontario. The season kicks off on Sunday, May 12, at Utica-Rome Speedway, and concludes with the $10,000-to-win Bullringer 100 season finale October 19 at Brockville Ontario Speedway.

“We have put an added focus on the DIRTcar 358 Modified Series and the 358 Modified class overall, and it’s showing a resurgence,” DIRTcar Northeast Director Dean Reynolds said. “We kind of turned the clock back a little and went with one series again, and set the schedule up to be as travel-friendly as possible. With the response from several of the 358 teams, I think it will be an exciting battle for the Championship, right down to the final event at Brockville.”

Each Series event pays a minimum $4,000-to-win, with $2,500 for second place and $1,500 for third. The season opens with the St. Lawrence Healthcare 100 at Utica-Rome Speedway on Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 12. Series regulars will face a strong local field of DIRTcar 358s. Last year Billy Dunn, Marc Johnson and Pat Ward took the top three tops in the Hoosier Racing Tire Weekly Track Championship at Utica-Rome.

Next up is Can-Am Speedway on Wednesday, June 26. Can-Am is another haunt of the No. 49 358 Modified of Billy Dunn, the 2018 Track Champion. Three of the top drivers in points at Can-Am Speedway — Ryan Bartlett, Jordan McCreadie and Ryan Arbuthnot — will make a run at the Series Championship in 2019.

The next day, Thursday, June 27, the Series rolls into Fulton Speedway for the Showdown at Sundown 100. Defending Series Champion Larry Wight will certainly look to defend his home territory against Tim Sears Jr. and Ron Davis III. Sears and Davis rounded out the Fulton Speedway Track Championship podium in 2018 with Larry Wight on top of that as well. They’ll both take on the entire Series in 2019.

Corey Wheeler plans to make all the DIRTcar 358 Modified Series races in 2019. He’ll have home-track advantage when the Series rolls into Cornwall Motor Speedway on July 14, which is immediately followed by the July 15 Series race at Mohawk International Speedway. Last year Tim Fuller dominated 358 Modified competition at Mohawk. Can he hold off the Series regulars in 2019? Track Championship runner-up Lance Willix is taking on the Series in 2019, as well.

Plattsburgh Airborne Speedway’s Hoosier Racing Tire Weekly Championship field is looking stout for 2019. The Series will need to get by Mike Mahaney in the No. 35, who plans to make as many Series races as he can at his home track.

At the halfway point of the season, the Series returns to Can-Am Speedway and Mohawk International Raceway in September. October brings the traditional NAPA Super DIRT Week 358 Modified Series marathon starting with Utica-Rome Speedway on Tuesday, October 8. The next day, the Series swings into Weedsport Speedway, and then Brewerton Speedway on Thursday for the famous Hurricane 100.

Friday night of NAPA Super DIRT Week features the Friday Night Lights Triple 25 qualifiers for Saturday’s $20,000-to-win event at Oswego Speedway. Last year, Peter Britten won a stunner in front of a huge crowd in the 150-lap Feature. The purse for the Triple 25s is $10,100 and the 150 boasts a purse of $54,000.

Finally, the unified 2019 DIRTcar 358 Modified Series season concludes with the $10,000-to-win Northeast Fall Nationals Bullringer 100 at Brockville Speedway in Ontario, Canada. Mat Williamson took the checkered flag in last year’s Bullringer, but Larry Wight in the No. 99L triumphed in the overall Series Championship.

Other drivers who plan to make all the Series races are Steve Bernard from Granby, Quebec, Tyler Meeks out of Evans Mills, NY, Andrew Spurback, and Chad Brachmann, who races weekly at Ransomville Speedway. Drivers looking to make the most of the schedule are Mat Williamson, Danny Johnson, Billy Whittaker and Kyle Dingwall. Clearly, there is no shortage of highly competitive DIRTcar 358 Modifieds to make these Series races truly special in 2019. Cagey veterans, wily rookies and drivers in their prime make up the genetics of a promising season of exciting DIRTcar competition.

In addition to the healthy purses throughout the season, $6,000 goes to the DIRTcar 358 Modified Series Champion as a part of a $25,000 fund. Furthermore, VP Racing Fuel offers $6,000 in fuel. The Hoosier Racing Tire Weekly Champion takes home $3,000 out of the $11,000 total point fund. Drivers and hands alike are excited for the 2019 DIRTcar 358 Modified Series season to get under way.

 

2019 DIRTcar 358 Modified Series Schedule

*Subject to Change*

Day/Date

Location

Event Name

 Sunday, May 12, 2019

Utica-Rome Speedway, Vernon NY

 

Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Can-Am Speedway, Lafargeville NY

 

Thursday, June 27, 2019

Fulton Speedway, Fulton, NY

 

Sunday, July 14, 2019

Cornwall Motor Speedway, Cornwall ON

 

Monday, July 15, 2019

Mohawk International Raceway, Akwesasne NY

 

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Plattsburgh Airborne Speedway, Plattsburgh, NY

 

Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Plattsburgh Airborne Speedway - Rain Date

 

Saturday, September 7, 2019

Can-Am Speedway, Lafargeville NY

 

Friday, September 13, 2019

Mohawk International Raceway, Akwesasne NY

 

Tuesday, October 8, 2019

Utica-Rome Speedway, Vernon NY

 

Wednesday, October 9, 2019

Weedsport Speedway, Weedsport, NY

 

Thursday, October 10, 2019

Brewerton Speedway, Brewerton NY

 

Saturday, October 12, 2019

Oswego Speedway, Oswego NY

Super DIRT Week - $20,000-to-win

Saturday, October 19, 2019

Brockville Ontario Speedway, Brockville, ON

Bullringer 100 $10,000-to-win.

DIRTcar Racing Series PR

Not all heroes wear capes. Some don firesuits and helmets behind the wheel of the fastest cars in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. This weekend at Martinsville (Va.) Speedway, Aric Almirola will sport the No. 10 Shazam!/Smithfield Ford Mustang for Stewart-Haas Racing (SHR) in superhero fashion.

 

Opening April 5 nationwide, Shazam! is a DC superhero movie from New Line and Warner Bros. about a streetwise 14-year-old who can magically transform into the adult superhero Shazam simply by shouting out one word. His newfound powers soon get put to the test when he squares off against the evil Dr. Thaddeus Sivana.

 

“It’s awesome we get to be superheroes this weekend at Martinsville,” Almirola said. “Growing up, my superhero was my grandfather. He raced Dirt Sprint cars a lot in the Southeast. He won a lot of races and track championships at Eastbay Raceway in Riverview, Florida, so growing up watching him race and me loving racing and seeing how successful he was with his career made him my hero. Like the movie, the 14-year-old me wanted to be just like him and here I am competing in the top series. This is my Shazam!”

 

While Almirola can’t shout the word “Shazam” to earn new powers, he’ll rely on the horsepower of Roush Yates Engines that has earned him four consecutive top-10 finishes, a top-five, a pole, 69 laps led, and the sixth spot in the point standings just five races into the season. His and the No. 10 team’s consistency has Almirola off to his best career start to a season through the first five events and has him and the No. 10 team positioned to be serious contenders in the championship hunt.

 

Last weekend at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, California, Almirola finished ninth to earn his first top-10 at the 2-mile oval, and he led laps – seven in all – for the first time ever at the California track. 

 

In 20 career starts at Martinsville’s half-mile paperclip, the 35-year-old Almirola has three top-10 finishes, one top-five and has led 56 laps. His two Martinsville starts with SHR proved to be competitive, but he’s yet to crack the top-10 while the SHR organization has four victories, 10 top-five finishes and 24 top-10s and have led 720 laps in 62 starts there.

 

“Martinsville is a really challenging racetrack,” Almirola said. “It’s the smallest racetrack we go to on the circuit. One of the most challenging parts about Martinsville is that the tires wear out pretty rapidly and, when that happens, you really struggle to get the power down to the ground.”

 

This year, NASCAR mandated a new rules package allowing 750 horsepower at tracks 1 mile in length or shorter. Almirola, among other drivers, will be challenged with something new.

 

“We make about 750 horsepower now with this new rules package and we can spin the tires very easily when we push the gas pedal down,” he said. “To get the traction in the rear tires and to keep that as best as you can throughout the course of a run as the tires wear out is really challenging.”

 

As Almirola and the No. 10 Ford team head to the first short-track race of the season, they look to expand on their consistency by crossing the finish line yelling “Shazam” all the way to victory lane. 

TSC PR

Derek Kraus heads to Virginia’s Martinsville Speedway on Saturday to compete in the first of four races he’s slated to run this year in the NASCAR Gander Outdoor Truck Series.

The 17-year-old NASCAR Next driver from Stratford, Wisconsin will be behind the wheel of Bill McAnally Racing’s No. 19 ENEOS Toyota Tundra.

ENEOS joined BMR at the beginning of the year as a primary sponsor on the team’s Tundra – along with NAPA AUTO PARTS, NAPA Filters, and Toyota/TRD.

“I look forward to competing in these events and getting more experience in the truck series this season,” Kraus said. “I appreciate the opportunity Bill McAnally is providing me and it’s great to have ENEOS come on board as a sponsor with BMR.”

Kraus made his truck series debut with a strong eighth-place finish at ISM Speedway near Phoenix last November.

The four truck races he’s running this season are on off weekends from the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West, where Kraus is in his third full season competing for BMR – driving the No. 16 NAPA AUTO PARTS Toyota Camry.

Kevin Bellicourt will serve as the crew chief on the truck.

BMR has had a strong start to the season in NASCAR K&N Pro Series competition, winning the K&N East season opener and K&N West opener. Kraus went to Victory Lane in the K&N East opener at New Smyrna Speedway last month, while Hailie Deegan won the K&N West opener with a thrilling last-lap pass at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway Dirt Track. Kraus also ran strong at Las Vegas, leading a race-high 60 laps and coming home sixth.

Along with winning the K&N West rookie title in 2017, Kraus has scored five wins and six poles in 29 K&N West starts.

Saturday’s 250-lap truck race from the historic half-mile track in Martinsville is to be televised live on FOX Sports 1 and will also be carried live on MRN radio.

In advance of the race, the BMR team is slated to participate in a special appearance at a NAPA Store in Reidsville, North Carolina on Friday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Kraus will be on hand to greet fans and sign autographs.

A special VIP experience is planned by BMR at the track on Saturday for ENEOS guests and a group from NAPA Power Premium Plus. Activities will include a VIP suite and a special pit tour.

BMR PR

Doug Coby rolled into South Boston Speedway for the first time a week ago unsure what to expect.

After a day-long test session, Coby had a grin on his face and a good feeling about the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour 150 at South Boston Speedway on March 30.

“We’re excited. We tested there last week. It’s going to be awesome,” Coby said of the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour’s return to South Boston after 18 years’ absence. The NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour ran 11 races at South Boston from 2009 to 2016.

“My first reaction was how nice the place is kept. From the way that place is kept up, I’m ranking it in the top three of any track I’ve ever been to and I’ve been to a lot.

“My reaction to how it drives … it’s made for Modifieds as far as I’m concerned. I think the locals are going to be very surprised at how quickly these guys learn and how quick we’ll get around that place.”

And Coby knows a bit about the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour, which runs the bulk of its races in New England states.

He is a five-time Whelen Modified Tour champion, winning four straight titles from 2014-2017. He’s amassed 25 tour victories in his 17-year career and in 2016 won an amazing nine pole awards.

His most recent pole and race win came last Saturday at Myrtle Beach Speedway, the first of only two southern stops on the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour this year. The victory wasn’t as easy as it sounds, though. Despite winning the pole, he had to start at the rear of the field after his team found a screw in a tire just before the race and made an unapproved tire change. He fought his way back through the field and took the lead for good on lap 122.

“It all worked out in the end, I’ll put it that way,” Colby said of the Myrtle Beach win. “We had a really good car and we made the right changes. That’s what led to the win.”

Coby said he knew the South Boston racing surface had been repaved a couple of years ago, but he was surprised at its smoothness and consistency during his recent test.

“There’s not a track we race on up north that can compare to South Boston. There are lots of little pieces of tracks that compare, but nothing just like it,” said Coby. “I think the pavement makes a big difference. With the smoothness of the new pavement and the grip to match … and the corners are wide and smooth. Most of our tracks have lots of bumps and character.”

Coby said fans need to expect more speed than they see in weekly shows. Peyton Sellers set a Late Model track record last Saturday afternoon, winning the pole with a time of 14.676 seconds around the .4-mile oval. Coby said during last week’s test session at South Boston cars were consistently in the low 14-second range and the 14-second mark was eclipsed several times.

“It’s all about the corner speed,” said Coby. “We are lighter with lighter tires. The south is so focused on Late Models, having a different type of racing, a different type of car ripping around there is going to be fun.”

Coby said South Boston is a perfect fit for his driving style.

“I love short tracks with grip. I tend to struggle on tracks that don’t have grip,” said Coby. “It suits my driving style as good as any could. But at the same time, I think it’s going to suit anybody’s driving style.

“I’m excited. I think it’s a great fit for me personally and a great fit for the tour.”

The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour 150 on Saturday afternoon, March 30, will feature the 150-lap Modified race and a pair of 75-lap Late Model Stock races.

Advance adult general admission tickets are $10 each and will be available until 5 p.m. on Friday March 29 by stopping in South Boston Speedway’s office or calling 877.440.1540. Adult general admission tickets on race day will be $15. Children 12-and-under will be admitted free with a paying adult.

Grandstands open at 11:30 a.m. on March 30 with an autograph session at 1 p.m. and the first race of the day starting at 2 p.m.

SBS PR

In most professional sports, each event pits two teams against each other to find out who will come out on top. Some matchups turn out to be more or less even than others but, in theory, each team has a 50 percent chance of winning that day.

 

Now, there is one winner each time one of the three top NASCAR touring series take to the racetrack, but also 39 drivers in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, 37 in the NASCAR Xfinity Series, and 31 in the NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series who don’t get to victory lane each race.

 

Given the 1-in-39, 1-in-37 or 1-in-31 chance of a win each race, what Kyle Busch has done in NASCAR’s top three national series is impressive, to say the least. Busch brought home his 53rd career Cup Series win and his 200th overall NASCAR national series win last weekend at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, California.

 

Coming off the 200th overall win last weekend, Busch, driver of the No. 18 M&M’S Chocolate Bar Toyota Camry for Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR), will cross another milestone off his list this weekend at Martinsville (Va.) Speedway. He’s set to run both the Truck Series race for his own Kyle Busch Motorsports (KBM) team Saturday, then Sunday’s Cup Series STP 500, the latter of which will give the M&M’S Chocolate Bar driver 1,000 career starts across NASCAR’s top three series. His winning percentages for his first 998 races tell quite the story.

 

Cup Series:

503 starts

53 wins

10.5 percent win rate

Xfinity Series:

348 starts

94 wins

27 percent win rate

Truck Series:

147 starts

53 wins

36.1 percent win rate

Overall:

998 starts

200 wins

20 percent win rate

 

Busch heads to Martinsville this weekend riding some impressive recent statistics at the paperclip-shaped half-mile oval. In his last seven starts there, Busch has two wins, seven top-five finishes and an impressive average finish of 2.8. Martinsville was a much bigger challenge for Busch earlier in his career, especially during his early years racing under the JGR banner. In fact, Busch finished outside the top-10 in three of his first four races there with JGR in 2008 and 2009.

 

The Las Vegas native has now won back-to-back Cup Series races at ISM Raceway near Phoenix and at Fontana the last two weeks and now looks to win three races in a row for the third time in his career. He first accomplished the feat in his Cup Series championship season in 2015, and also last season.

 

The M&M’S Chocolate Bar scheme on Busch’s No. 18 Toyota this weekend appears for the third time this season. The new permanent addition to the brand’s iconic candy lineup will be highlighted Sunday as Busch looks to continue his hot streak. The M&M’S Chocolate Bar consists of smooth milk chocolate with whole M&M’S® Minis visible in a large bar, and it’s available nationwide in five flavors: Peanut, Milk Chocolate, Crispy, Almond and Crispy Mint.

 

As Busch heads to Martinsville this weekend coming off his 200th overall win ready to make his 1,000th overall start, he’ll hope the percentages are once again in his favor as he sets his sights on more victories to add to his already impressive total.

FRM PR

Michael McDowell on Martinsville
16 Starts
Best Finish: 18th
Martinsville is where I made my Cup Series debut, so it's always been a special place for me. Because it's such a tight, flat track, it's so important to try and have a clean race. The track can really take a toll on the car, especially with all the bumping and banging that we've seen in the past.”
Matt Tifft on Martinsville
(NGOTS) 3 Starts | 2 Top-10
Best Finish: 8th
"I'm definitely looking forward to heading back to Martinsville. It's been a while since I've raced there, but I think we're going to see some aggressive racing this weekend. It's easy to get caught up in your own head because you're running so close together and it's a little like bumper cars sometimes. So it'll be important to stay focused and be smart throughout the race. I'm glad to have our partners at Surface Sunscreen and Tunity TV back on the car and look forward to getting another good result for them."
David Ragan on Martinsville
25 Starts | 3 Top-10 | 1 Top-5
Best Finish: 5th
"Martinsville is one of my favorite races on the circuit. There's a lot of history at that place and it's the kind of racing that NASCAR was built on. It can be such a tough track for drivers mentally and physically, running in traffic for pretty much all 500 laps. But that's what makes it exciting for fans to watch and I'm looking forward to putting on a good show for them.”

FRM PR

Erik Jones is set to make is 200th career start across all three of NASCAR’s national touring series in Sunday’s STP 500 at Martinsville Speedway – the same Martinsville Speedway where the Joe Gibbs racing driver made his first career national touring series start as a 16-year-old in the NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series.

The now 22-year-old said he has learned a lot in the six years since his debut at the ‘Half Mile of Mayhem.’

“If I could take the Martinsville knowledge I have now and go back to my first start, that would be great,” he said. “There’s a lot of things that I wasn’t really prepared for going in. I had never driven a truck. I had never been to Martinsville, so it was kind of an eye opener for me.

“I think the aggression level is something I would have known a little better in my first start. I think we were running fourth and kind of got knocked out of the way and finished ninth, so that was kind of unfortunate.”

Like so many other drivers before him, Jones grew up racing and winning on short-tracks like Martinsville throughout the country. Like so many other drivers before him, Jones found out quickly that there isn’t a track that’s comparable to the only track remaining from NASCAR’s original schedule.

“It’s tough,” Jones said. “I thought the same thing going into Martinsville for the first time – that it would fall right into my wheelhouse, but it’s a tough place. It’s very different.

“The way you have to drive it is very unique to itself. It’s really like no other short-track I had raced growing up. It’s really a learning experience every time, just trying to improve and figure out what it takes to be really fast around that place.”

Jones has an average finish of 20th at Martinsville, but is looking to improve on that this Sunday.

“A top-10 finish would be a really good day there,” he said. “We’ve had really good speed the last few weeks, we just haven’t be able to close races out. It would be really nice to go to Martinsville and have a really solid day.”

And as he enters his 200th start, Jones talked about the biggest thing he has learned throughout his career as a whole.

“The biggest thing I’ve learned through my entire career, to this point, is just maintaining the work ethic that it takes to be successful at the top-level,” Jones said. “I think it’s a lot more that what people really see and think from the outside. You really have to put in the work to be one of the top guys at the Cup level.

The STP 500 presented by whosyourdriver.org is this weekend.

The weekend starts with a practice day for the truck series on Friday, followed by a Truck Series autograph session and the Hauler Parade.

On Saturday, the NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series is in action with a 250 lap race. Following the race the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series will qualify for Sunday’s STP 500.

Sunday the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series is in action with the running of the STP 500. The race is the first short-track race of the season and the first race back on the East Coast after the Series’ “West Coast Swing.”

Ticket prices for the STP 500 begin at $47 with youth tickets for fans 17-and-under just $25 regardless of location. Youth 17-and-under are admitted free to the NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series 250 lap race on Saturday. Friday’s practice day is free to everyone.

Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased by calling 877.RACE.TIX or online at www.martinsvillespeedway.com.

Martinsville Speedway PR

Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia, are you ready for "The Concrete Jungle" to roar to life? It's been a long winter offseason and with the official arrival of spring (March 20) at mid-week, both race fans and competitors alike are looking forward to the first green flag of 2019 waving at Kingsport Speedway on Saturday, March 23.

The Model City Season Opener at the .375-mile banked concrete oval will feature exciting NASCAR Whelen All-American Series sanctioned racing action in Late Model Stock Car, Modified Street, Pure 4 ,Mod 4 , Pure Street, and Vintage class.

With a new racing season also comes new hope - hope for winning races and contending for a track championship.

Zeke Shell of Johnson City is defending NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Late Model Stock Car champion. Former LMSC champions Kres VanDyke (Abingdon, Va.), Ronnie McCarty (Kingsport), and Nate Monteith of (Bristol) are expected to be in action, along with Nik Williams (Chuckey), Wayne Hale (Bluff City), Joey Trent (Gray), Bryson Dennis (Greeneville), Derek Lane (Kingsport), Rick Pannell (Kingsport), and others.

Royce Peters of Kingsport has captured the Modified Street championship the past two seasons, but can another driver keep Peters from three-peating in 2019? He'll face competition from the hard-charging Rusty Clendenin (Church Hill), and young talent Chase Dixon (Abingdon, Va.), along with Trey Lane (Kingsport), Alex Miller (Erwin), Kevin Wolfe (Bristol, Va.), Dennis Deese (Piney Flats), Hannah Seal (Rogersville), and others.

Bruce Crumbley of Kingsport recorded his first Pure 4 championship last year and he will squarely have a bull's-eye on his back as many drivers will be gunning for him this season. Among them will be Brandon Sutherland (Johnson City), Craig Phelps (Piney Flats), William Hale (Kingsport), Paul Stanley (Blountville), Kenny Absher (Kingsport), Keith Helton (Kingsport), Chad Jeffers (Blountville), David Trent (Kingsport), Jimmy Thomas (Kingsport), Josh Detwiler (Rogersville), Bucky Smith (Kingsport), Chris Stine (Johnson City), Dennis Stanley (Blountville), and others.

Kevin Canter has been a force to be reckoned with in the Mod 4 class. The Abingdon, Va., driver has won three straight track championships and must be considered odds-on-favorite to repeat. But rest assured that his fellow competitors will give him a run for bragging rights, among them Billy Duty (Abingdon, Va.), Chris Amburgey (Gate City, Va.), Jessie Amburgey (Gate City, Va.), Zach Fritz (Abingdon, Va.), and others.

Jay Swecker of Kingsport is all geared-up to try defend his two straight Pure Street championships, but Kevin Darnell (Blountville), Penny Hurd (Kingsport), Rob Austin (Castlewood, Va.), Jessica Payne (Marshall, N.C.), Ricky Payne (Marshall, N.C.), Brian Eggers (Johnson City), Joey Sykes (Dante, Va.), Richard Adkins (Bristol), Sam Ferguson (Kingsport), and others are ready for battle.

The Vintage class is scheduled for special events this season. Jeremy Mullins of Clintwood, Va., won the championship last year.

Open practices will be held Thursday, March 21 and on Friday, March 22 leading up to Saturday's (March 23) season opener. Free admission to watch practice from the grandstands and tier-parking.

The pit gate will open Saturday, March 23 at 8 a.m., with both grandstand and tier-parking gates opening at 12 p.m. ... Drivers meeting is set for 12 p.m., with qualifying to follow at 12:30 p.m. and the green flag scheduled to wave at 2 p.m.

Adult grandstand admission Saturday $12, with kids 12-and-under admitted free. Adult tier-parking admission $12 per person (plus a $12 vehicle parking spot fee), with kids 12-and-under admitted free. Tier-parking spots are available for season-long reservation at $100 per spot. With a reserved parking spot, weekly vehicle and admission costs still apply. NASCAR license forms are available at the track office during the week, and they will also be available at pit sign-in the day of event.

Tell your family, friends, neighbors and co-workers all about the exciting, action-packed weekly racing programs at Kingsport Speedway. You don't want to miss it!

KPS PR

The more things change, the more they stay the same. The first part of that saying can be proved very true when it comes to short track auto racing in the Southwest.  Over the last quarter of a century, many tracks have closed and others have seen a revolving door of promoters.  One thing that has remained a constant since 1996 is that Perris Auto Speedway has been run under the banner of Oval Entertainment and the Kazarian family since day one.  Now, Oval Entertainment President Don Kazarian is pleased to announce that he has signed a 20-year lease extension for the popular dirt track to remain open on the SoCal Fair and Event Center.

When it opened on March 30, 1996, the Riverside County clay oval filled a void left in the greater Los Angeles area when Ascot closed in 1990.  Since then it has become one of the most well-known and one of the most popular dirt tracks in the world.  The beautiful facility has been the home track to the USAC/CRA and SCRA Sprint Car Series’ as well as the PASSCAR Stock Car Series.  In addition, the track has hosted Nights of Destruction, modifieds, late models stock cars, trucks, full and ¾ midgets, off-road racing, motorcycle events, go-karts and now even a mud run.  It is also home to the most prestigious non-wing sprint car race in the nation, November’s annual Budweiser Oval Nationals Presented by All Coast Construction.

“I am very pleased to sign this extension that ensures dirt track racing will continue at Perris Auto Speedway and in the City of Perris for many years to come,” Kazarian happily said.  “I want to thank the fairboard for working with us all these years and for helping us get this extension done.  We have a great group of racers and a wonderful group of fans who I am sure are very excited about this news. We will have lots of exciting things coming up for both.  Right now, it is full speed ahead as there will be a lot of work to do in the next 20 years.”

Next on the agenda for the track, which is in its 24th season of operation, will be the annual visit of the NOS Energy Drink World of Outlaws, who will be making their only Southern California appearance in the annual “So Cal Showdown” on March 30th.  The Outlaws will be joined by the USAC/CRA Sprint Cars and The PAS Senior and Young Guns in the quadruple-header sprint car show.  Tickets for the World of Outlaws, which include a free “World of Outlaws Fan Pit Pass” if reserved or premiere seats are purchased in advance, are available at the following link https://bit.ly/2rLFzex or by calling 1-844-DIRT-TIX.

Perris Auto Speedway is conveniently located on the SoCal Fair and Event Center (home of October’s Southern California Fair), approximately one hour east of Los Angeles and one-hour North of San Diego. To get to the track, take the 215 freeway, on the Ramona Expressway and go three miles east to the fairgrounds. For directions on MapQuest, the address to enter is: 18700 Lake Perris Drive and the zip code is 92571.

Perris Auto Speedway wants to thank its corporate partners for the 2019 season.  All Coast Construction,  Austin Hutchinson Realtor, Battery Systems, Brass and Bass Firearms & Fishing Supplies, Budweiser, Bud’s Tire Pro, Center Point Church, Chris’ Hauling, City of Perris, Country Values Magazine, Daytona Boat & RV Storage, Ed Moore Bullet Proof Driveshaft, Flowdynamics, Full Throttle Scissor Lift Rental, Green Sheet, Greg Smith Equipment, Harley’s Custom Cycles, HD Industries, Hoosier Tires, Indiana Truck Salvage, Inland Rigging, K2 Displays, Living Water’s Hospice, LKQ Pick Your Part, Luke’s Transmission, Moreno Valley Magazine of Values, Paul Oil Company, Pepsi-Cola, Pole Position, Precision Engine of Temecula, PrintItNow.com,  Rainbow Bolt & Supply, Shaver Specialties, Square H, Sunstate Equipment, Swedish Speed, Trench Shoring, Valley News, Varner Construction, VIA RV Service and Vista Paint.

To keep up with all the latest Perris Auto Speedway news, photos, gossip and receive special offers, please use the following links:

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PAS PR

The Automobile Racing Club of America (ARCA) and Sioux Chief Manufacturing have jointly announced that the rough plumbing components manufacturer will become the race entitlement sponsor of the May 19 ARCA Menards Series event at Toledo Speedway in Northwest Ohio.

The Sioux Chief PowerPEX 200 will take the green flag at 2 pm ET Sunday, May 19, and is scheduled for live flag-to-flag coverage on MAVTV.

Sioux Chief Manufacturing first partnered with ARCA and then the series’ presenting sponsor, Menards, in 2015. The business-to-business relationship between Menards, the country’s third-largest home improvement retail chain, and Sioux Chief, a leading rough plumbing manufacturer and supplier of cutting-edge products for plumbing and mechanical contractors, brings opportunities for Sioux Chief to promote its products to the Menards contractor and customer base.  The Northwest Ohio retail market for Menards is a growth market for Sioux Chief, which is based in the Kansas City, Missouri metro area.

“We’re excited to move our sponsorship to Toledo and the Northwest Ohio area,” said Joe Ismert, President of Sioux Chief. “Northwest Ohio, in fact the entire state of Ohio, is an emerging market for our products and the ability to sponsor the ARCA race there is a fantastic opportunity.”

"We’ve enjoyed sponsoring the ARCA races at Lucas Oil Raceway and Elko Speedway the past couple years,” Ismert continued. “We enjoy our relationship with ARCA and appreciate the opportunity to be a part of the ARCA Menards Series."

Sioux Chief is also the title sponsor of ARCA’s Short Track Challenge, a series within the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards in which drivers earn points toward a championship contested on tracks one mile or less in length. The eleven events that will make up the Short Track Challenge kicked off with the March 9 Pensacola 200 from Five Flags Speedway in Florida and will conclude at Lucas Oil Raceway in Indianapolis October 5. Teams and drivers will race for the Short Track Challenge championship under a special race-only points system, and officials will count a team’s ten best finishes toward the championship, throwing out each team’s worst finish.

The Sioux Chief PowerPEX 200 at Toledo Speedway will be the fourth race of the Sioux Chief Short Track Challenge Series. Race fans will have the opportunity to “Save Big Money” at Northwest Ohio area Menards store by purchasing advanced tickets on or before May 17.

The Sioux Chief PowerPEX 200 will mark the 78th ARCA event at Toledo Speedway. The event was known as the Menards 200 the past ten years, and has witnessed current NASCAR Drivers Michael McDowell (2007 ARCA Winner and current Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series driver); Justin Allgaier (2008 Toledo ARCA winner and current NASCAR Xfinity Series regular); Chris Buescher (three-time Toledo ARCA winner and current Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series driver), Ty Dillon (2011 Toledo ARCA winner and current Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series driver), and NASCAR Star Ken Schrader win at the high-banked, half-mile oval.  Other race winners at Toledo include ten-time ARCA national champion Frank Kimmel (nine Toledo wins); Harrison Burton, a current NASCAR Truck Series rookie and the ARCA winner at Daytona earlier this year; and Todd Gilliland, son of former NASCAR regular David Gilliland, who won in his first ARCA start at the age of 15 years and 2 days, the youngest winner in the 67 year history of ARCA.

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