On May 4th, 2019 the 56th season of competition will begin at Fort Wayne’s long running facility for high speed motorsports and entertainment, Baer Field Motorsports Park. The facility located on the south side of Fort Wayne has long sense played host to many of motorsports legends. From Daytona 500 winners like Buddy Baker and Dale Earnhardt, to local heroes like Larry Zent and Moose Myers all have graced their presence at the legendary facility.
Kicking off the 2019 campaign at BFMP will be an event that has long had a tradition in the Buckeye state. For many years the “Main Event” for Outlaw Super Late Model type cars had long been contested at facilities like the now defunct Columbus Motor Speedway, Mansfield Speedway, and most recently Sandusky Speedway. After attempts in 2018 to run the event were dashed by mother nature, the event looks to finally find its new home in Indiana as the stars and cars of the International Championship Auto Racing (ICAR) Main Event Outlaw Tour will make their long-awaited return. The distance for the Outlaw Super Late Models will however be different this year compared to those past, as the race will be 75 laps instead of 100 as a way organizers are looking to potentially save teams some cost on race day.
While Outlaw Super Late Models have had a long tradition at Baer Field, the weekly racers part of the “Saturday Night Racing Series” do as well. New in 2019, the Open Wheel Modifieds will return to Baer Field this time as headline class for weekly competition, as the Late Model Sportsman class will race at the track this year on a limited basis. The Modifieds will see one of the biggest prizes on the line in all of short track racing coming up on July 5th, 6th, and 7th as part of the Inaugural “Crown Jewel Weekend” with $20,000 on the line for the lucky winner. Over 60 entries are already filed for the event that is just a little over two months away, sanctioned by the ICAR All-Star Modified Tour.
Joining the Modifieds weekly will be the ever-popular Street Stock class, which racers believe are some of the toughest competitors in not only the region, but also in the country. Coming off a 2018 year that saw the Street Stocks as the class with the highest weekly car count, the Street Stocks look to continue to build on their momentum with new cars and teams looking to compete this season. The Street Stocks will also see their marque event of 2019 on July 6th as part of the Inaugural “Crown Jewel Weekend” as they will chase after a $5,000 top prize.
With a schedule that sees one of the most diverse in all short track motorsports, many different types of classes and tours will grace Baer Field as well in 2019. The tradition of the Mini Stocks will compete weekly, along with the newly combined Front Wheel Drive class in which both serve as pathways for individuals and teams to compete at Baer Field in a most economically friendly manner. Other schedule highlights include visits by the Auto Value Super Non-Winged Sprints on June 29th and August 17th, as well as traditional visits from the Vintage Modifieds, ARCA/CRA Super Series, JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour, and the ever popular “Grocery Getter Classic 24-Hour Endurance Race” which will return on September 21st and 22nd.
Baer Field Motorsports Park is located at 4331 Winters Road in Fort Wayne, Indiana. For more information about the remainder of the 2019 racing season at the historic Summit City speed plant, the track website is available and located at: www.baerfieldmotorpark.com
Baer Field Motorsports Park Press Release
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