With Independence Day approaching, the action continues to heat up at short tracks across America. Here are 10 short track racing events you should attend this weekend.
1) Summer Showdown at Evergreen Speedway (WA) – This is one of the biggest Super Late Model races in North America, and certainly the biggest in the Northwest region. $25,000 will be on the line Saturday night for what is expected to be a field of over 40 Super Late Model racers from all over North America. Preston Peltier will be looking to become the first two-time winner of the race at the 5/8-mile oval in Washington state.
2) Rumble by the River at Montgomery Motor Speedway (AL) – The Southern Super Series Super Late Models will make their first and only stop of the year at Montgomery Motor Speedway this Saturday night. An Alabama contingent led by Augie Grill will be looking to defend their home turf against invaders like Bubba Pollard, Donnie Wilson and Stephen Nasse.
3) ARCA Midwest Tour at Rockford Speedway (IL) – Nearly 30 Super Late Models from throughout the Midwest are expected to arrive at Rockford Speedway on Saturday for the Kar Korner All-Star 100 for the ARCA Midwest Tour. Former winners of the race include Dick Trickle, Mark Martin, Erik Jones and Ty Majeski.
4) Short Track Super Series at Accord Speedway (NY) – Since it’s a holiday weekend, we decided to add a few weekday shows to this list as well. One of those shows is the Battle of the Bullring for the Short Track Super Series North Region on Tuesday night. The STSS has been pulling in huge car counts everywhere they go this year, and we wouldn’t expect the race at Accord to be any different.
5) Spring 200 at Toledo Speedway (OH) – What’s better than one Late Model division? How about two Late Model divisions? That’s what fans will get this Friday night when the ARCA/CRA Super Series and ARCA Gold Cup take on Toledo Speedway in Ohio.
6) Firecracker 200 at Spud Speedway (ME) – For the first time since 2015, race cars will be driving around Spud Speedway in Caribou, Maine next Tuesday night. And it won’t just be any race cars, it will be the fastest full-bodied stock cars in the Northeast. The Firecracker 200 for the Pro All Stars Series (PASS) North Super Late Models will serve as a qualifier for the Oxford 250 and the Commonwealth Classic at Richmond Raceway (VA).
In addition to Tuesday’s race, there will also be a non-points race for the Pro All Stars Series on Sunday at Oxford Plains Speedway. That race will also serve as a qualifier for the prestigious Oxford 250 in August.
7) JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour at Baer Field Motorsports Park (MI) – Pro Late Model stars and cars from the Champion Racing Association will tackle Baer Field Motorsports Park on Saturday. Mason Keller leads defending series champion Jack Dossey III by a 12-point margin entering the event.
8) Race of Champions Dirt Sportsman Doubleheader Weekend – The RoC Dirt Sportsman will kick off their 2018 season Saturday night with the series’ first ever stop at Stateline Speedway in New York. From there, the series will head north of the border to Humberstone Speedway in Ontario.
9) SK 5K at Stafford Motor Speedway (CT) – It’s the biggest race of the season for the popular SK Modified division at Stafford Speedway. The winner will take home at least $5,000 with the opportunity to win more if they play their cards right.
10) Dirt Kings Late Model Tour Doubleheader Weekend – The Dirt Kings Late Model Tour will visit a pair of tracks in Wisconsin this weekend. First, they’ll make a stop at 141 Speedway for the Diamond 40, a race that will air live on Speed51.com’s Summer Thunder TV. Then, on Sunday, the tour will head to Eagle Valley Speedway to complete the doubleheader.
BONUS RACE: Open Wheel Tuesday at Seekonk Speedway (MA) – The $10,000-to-win Tri-Track Open Modified Series race will resume Tuesday night at Seekonk Speedway. Richard Savary leads the way with 22 laps completed prior to the rain falling on Wednesday night. Fans who didn’t purchase a ticket will be able to watch the final 78 laps for just $10.
-By Brandon Paul, Speed51.com Editor
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