Whether it’s on dirt or asphalt, big money will be on the line for short track racers this weekend. A pair of marquee events will take center stage in Maine and Ohio, but there are many other great events taking place in other regions of the country as well.
We’ve narrowed down the list to 10 of the best short track racing events you should attend this weekend.
1) Oxford 250 at Oxford Plains Speedway (ME) – This event has everything you want. From the big money on the line to the tradition and intense qualifying action, the 45th Annual Oxford 250 is a can’t-miss event. Nearly 70 PASS Super Late Models are expected to compete for up to $50,000. The action begins Friday and continues until the green flag waves Sunday evening for 250 green flag laps.
2) Dirt Million at Mansfield Motor Speedway (OH) – The inaugural Dirt Million at Mansfield Motor Speedway will be the richest race of the 2018 Dirt Late Model season. The total purse if currently in excess of over $370,000, making the winner’s share of the 100-lap main event over $185,000. While the event is sanctioned by the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series, it is expected to draw in the top Dirt Late Model races from all over the land.
3) Southern Super Series at Watermelon Capital Speedway (GA) – Stars and cars from the Southern Super Series return to the state of Georgia this Saturday night for a 125-lap race at Watermelon Capital Speedway. The race will pay $5,000 to win and will be joined on the schedule by a 75-lap Pro Late Model feature.
4) ARCA Midwest Tour at Grundy County Speedway (IL) – A $5,000 prize awaits the winner of Saturday’s rescheduled Wayne Carter Classic for the ARCA Midwest Tour at Grundy County Speedway. As is always the case with the Midwest Tour, the action is expected to be intense as many of the top drivers in the Midwest battle for bragging rights
5) CARS Tour at Wake County Speedway (NC) – For the first time in series history, the CARS Tour Late Model Stock Cars will race around the 1/4-mile bullring at Wake County Speedway this Saturday night. An intense battle for the 2018 championship will continue with Lee Pulliam trailing Bobby McCarty by just 20 markers.
6) K&N Pro Series Combo Race at Gateway Motorsports Park (IL) – Bragging rights will be on the line Friday night when the stars of the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East match up against the stars of the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West at Gateway Motorsports Park.
7) JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour at Owosso Speedway (MI) – The championship “Chase” for the JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour gets underway Saturday at Owosso Speedway. Brian Campbell, Jack Dossey III, Mason Keller, Mandy Chick, Michael Clancy, Jr., Tyler Hufford and Trevor McCoy are the seven drivers who will begin their battle for the 2018 tour championship.
8) ARCA Racing Series at Berlin Raceway (MI) – After Mother Nature spoiled the initial attempt, the ARCA Racing Series returns to the spectacular Berlin Raceway oval for the Primera Plastics 200. Super Late Model driver and Michigan native Carson Hocevar will lead the field to the green flag on Saturday evening.
9) Howie Lettow Classic at Madison International Speedway (WI) – The Howie Lettow Classic will serve as the third and final round of the Super Late Model Triple Crown at Madison this Friday night. ARCA Midwest Tour points leader Austin Nason currently leads Casey Johnson by three points in the SLM Triple Crown standings.
10) RoC Dirt Sportsman Doubleheader – The Race of Champions Dirt Sportsman will complete their 2018 season with a doubleheader weekend at Merrittville Speedway and Humberstone Speedway in Ontario.
-By Brandon Paul, Speed51.com Editor
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