A big event will take place for Super Late Models and Non-Winged Sprint Cars this Saturday night at Showtime Speedway. We’ve assembled a list of 10 things you should know heading into the Super Late Model Triple Crown and Dave Steele Memorial World Championship.
1: The track itself is a quarter-mile oval located in Pinellas Park, Florida. The oval was opened in 1960 and even hosted the Florida Governor’s Cup five times during its early years.
2: There will be $10,000 on the line for the Super Late Models this weekend and another $10,000 on the line during the final Triple Crown race on March 6.
3: The Non-Winged Sprint Cars will race for $5,000 this Saturday in the Dave Steele Memorial World Championship.
4: Speaking of Spirit Cars, some big names from Indiana are expected to be there to mix it up with Florida’s finest. They include four-time Kalamazoo Klash winner Tyler Roahrig and multi-time ARCA winner Dakoda Armstrong. They will have their work cut out for them with the likes of Troy DeCaire and several other Sunshine State stars.
5: Michael Goddard won the first race of the Super Late Model Triple Crown after beating out Stephen Nasse for the win.
6: Another driver to watch will be Steve Dorer who won the big Florida Fest race at Showtime Speedway just a few weeks back. This race wasn’t a part of the triple crown, but some of the same names were in the mix.
7: Other drivers to watch in the Super Late Models include Triple Crown winners from 2020 Michael Atwell and Anthony Sergi. There will be plenty of cars on hand to make it an interesting show.
8: Racing starts at 7:30 p.m. if you’re in the area, so get there early to get a good seat to see all the action. If you’re out of town, catch all the action live on Speed51.TV.
9: 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.
10: 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 Sun Pass and toll testing facility. The track would reopen in 2012.
-Story by: Elgin Traylor, Speed51 Southeast Correspondent
-Photo credit: Speed51Photos.com