A major Super Late Model race will be held this weekend at Showtime Speedway. With $15,000 on the line, the inaugural Florida Fest 150 is attracting a strong field of Florida locals and out-of-town drivers hoping to claim the big check.
Here are 10 things to know about Florida Fest:
1. Recent history at Showtime Speedway has Stephen Nasse picking up wins in the COVID-119 in 2020 and the Ice Crusher in 2019. Just a few weeks ago, Michael Goddard won the first leg of the Super Late Model triple crown at the track. The final two races in that series will be February and March.
2. The track itself is a 3/8-mile oval in Pinellas Park, Florida. The facility was opened in 1960 and even hosted the Florida Governor’s Cup five times in its early years.
3. The winner of the Florida Fest 150 will pocket $15,000.
4. The Super Late Model teams heading south to race at Showtime Speedway this weekend know that the home state drivers will be waiting. The out-of-town crowd will have to deal with the likes of Anthony Sergi, Daniel Keene Jr., Jeff Scofield, Dylan Bigley, Jesse Dutilly, Anthony Cataldi, Michael Atwell and several others.
5. We mentioned the local Florida crew, but other faces will be on hand as well. Kyle Plott, who finished second at CRA SpeedFest 2020, will be making the trip south from Georgia. Also, Rich Bickle was in Florida testing at the track getting ready for the weekend. Jeremy Pate of Pensacola will also be making the trip across Florida to compete at Showtime.
6. Showtime Speedway is one of the southernmost asphalt tracks in the United States. It is a destination track in the Tampa, Florida area.
7. Showtime Speedway, formerly known as Sunshine Speedway, has been a big staple in Super Late Model racing for a long time. In the 1980’s the track hosted 10 All Pro Series events with Floridan Gary Balough taking three wins. In 1983, Jimmy Cope won a 300-lap race at Showtime Speedway after Balough fell out with problems. Both drivers led 123 laps that day.
8. The track was closed for a period of eight years when it was purchased by the state of Florida. The state began using the speedway as a SunPass and toll testing facility. The track reopened in 2012.
9. Watch the action live on Speed51.TV. This race will allow monthly and yearly subscribers to watch with their subscription. Single-event passes will also be available for this show for $19.99.
10. According to a video posted on the track’s Facebook page, track promoter Robert Yoho will be driving one of Rich Bickle Jr.’s Super Late Models on Saturday.
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