Racing Around: News from Short Track Racing

WoO Craftsman Late Model Series Will Bring Back Two Major Tracks in 2017

Concord, NC- The World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series will add two major events back to the schedule in 2017. The Prairie Dirt Classic held at Fairbury American Legion Speedway in Illinois and the USA Nationals at Cedar Lake Speedway in Wisconsin have been added to the 2017 summer schedule.

The WoO Craftsman Late Model Series will return to Fairbury American Legion Speedway for the 28th running of the Prairie Dirt Classic weekend to be held July 28 and 29, 2017. Fairbury American Legion Speedway is a ¼ mile semi-banked clay oval in Fairbury, Illinois.

Following the Prairie Dirt Classic, the 30th Annual USA Nationals will be held Aug 3rd-5th, 2017 at Cedar Lake Speedway, a 3/8 mile dirt oval in New Richmond, Wisconsin. For more information on the World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series, visit www.woolms.com/

Tom Savage Promoted to General Manager at Badlands Motor Speedway

Brandon, SD- Badlands Motor Speedway located in Brandon South Dakota has announced the promotion of Tom Savage to General Manager. Over the last year, Savage has been overseeing the day to day operations as assistant general manager. Savage is a Sioux Falls, South Dakota native where he earned a Journalism degree from the University of Sioux Falls in 1992. After college, Savage worked as a director of public relations with the NBA until age 33 when he became the director of public relations for the Indianapolis 500.

For more information on Badlands Motor Speedway, visit www.badlandsmotorspeedway.com

DIRTcar Racing Adds New World Short Track Championship

Weedsport, NY- DIRTcar Racing has announced the addition of The World Short Track Championships. The all-new three day event will be held at The Dirt Track at Charlotte October 20th- 22nd, 2016. Nine divisions will compete for a purse in excess of $120,000. The Event will take place the weekend before the Bad Boy Off Road World of Outlaws World Finals held October 27th-29, 2016. Participating divisions for the World Short Track Championships include DIRTcar/SECA Pro Late Models, DIRTcar UMP Modifieds, DIRTcar Sportsman Modifieds, DIRTcar/SECA Pro Modifieds, 360 Sprint Cars, DIRTcar Pro-Sprints, SECA Crate Sportsman, MMSA Mini-Stocks and FWD/Hornets. For competitor information visit DIRTcar.com

Unity Raceway Has a New Owner

Unity, ME- Unity Raceway located in Unity, Maine has a new owner. George Fernald has purchased Unity Raceway from longtime owner Ralph Nason, who has owned the track for the past 35 years. Unity Raceway is Maine’s longest-standing track according to the Maine Vintage Race Car Association.

Unity Raceway first opened in 1948. Original owner Ed Knowles bought the property from the town of Unity in 1947 and acquired a horse track after it was held by the town due to back taxes owed on the land. The horse track was converted to a dirt stock car track in 1948 and paved in the late 1960’s. Nason bought the track in 1980. The new track owner, George Fernald has leaded Unity Raceway from Nason from 2004-2009 and before that, Fernald raced in the weekly racing events while the Nason family operated it.

Fernald expects for Unity Raceway to be closed for most of the 2017 season to make repairs to the facility, but plans to reopen with a fresh new look for 2018. For more information on Unity Raceway, visit www.unityraceway.info

VP Racing Gets Multi-Year Title Partnership With Gateway Dirt Nationals

St. Louis, MO- VP Racing has signed a multi-year agreement acquiring the title partnership with the Gateway Dirt Nationals. VP Racing Fuels will also be the Official Fuel of the VP Racing Fuels Gateway Dirt Nationals being held Dec 15th-17th, 2016 and will be the exclusive trackside fuel service provider. In addition, VP will also promote its product on-site for customers including VP Madditives and VP Small Engine Fuels and VP Branded gas stations.

For more information on VP Racing Fuels please visit www.VPRACINGFUELS.com and for more information on the VP Racing Fuels Gateway Dirt Nationals visit GatewayDirt.com

USAC 2016 Hall of Fame Inductees Finalized

Speedway, IN- USAC has announced the 2016 class of inductees into the USAC Hall of Fame. Four new inductees will join the eight previously announced inductees to make up the 2016 class of inductees. Drivers Steve Butler, Rick Mears, and Kevin Olson, along with car owner and chief mechanic, Willie Davis have been voted in via on line voting though USAC’s website. The new inductees will join the previously announced eight inductees Russ Clendenen, Jimmy Davies, Bob Higman, Tommy Hinnershitz, Dick King, Pat O’Connor, Tony Stewart and Bob Tattersall.

For more information on the USAC Hall of Fame, visit www.usacracing.com

Source: hotrod.com

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