The Vores Compact Touring Series is coming off the most successful season they have had since the series began in 2012. Last season saw VCTS appear at Bristol Motor Speedway for the third year in a row, making their national TV debut that weekend as part of Speed51’s Short Track America on MAVTV.
As promising as last season was for the premier traveling Compact touring series, 2020 is shaping up to be an even bigger one. Along with a return to Bristol Motor Speedway, VCTS is scheduled to compete at the historic Nashville Fairgrounds Speedway for the first time. The series will also be featured on Short Track America over the course of the season.
VCTS Director of Racing Operations Dan Redmond joined “The Bullring” on Wednesday to talk about what the series has in store for 2020. They were scheduled to make their first appearance at Five Flags Speedway last month as part of the ARCA Menards Series East race before it was postponed due to COVID-19 concerns. With a chance to compete at tracks that host three of the biggest Super Late Model races in the country, Redmond and VCTS are thankful for the opportunities.
“I’m living the dream; I get to do this every day thanks to Steve Vore and I get to work with my wife Linda. Our racers are all family. To have the opportunity for us to go there, it’s one of the most historic short tracks in America,” Redmond said. “When you’re looking at the Winchester 400 and the All American 400 and the Snowball Derby in asphalt short track racing, it doesn’t get any better than those races and those tracks, and now VCTS gets to be a part of that.”
Redmond is particularly excited to get to Nashville for the first time on Saturday, May 30 as part of a huge weekend that features the North/South Super Late Model Challenge, JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour, CRA Street Stocks, and the CRA Junior Late Models. He compared the event to the inaugural U.S. Short Track Nationals, with one driver leaving the Music City as the first VCTS driver to earn a famed guitar from the track.
“There’s only one first-time winner when you go to some place, Bo Hoelscher was a first-time winner at Bristol and he got that gladiator sword and nobody can take that away from him. When you’re going to Nashville and the Music City, it’s the guitar. I have it from a very good source that the VCTS A-Main winner’s going to walk away with a Music City guitar. Last year, we had 81 teams at Bristol. All of our teams have it on the schedule that weekend to go racing. Everybody’s chomping at the bit to go racing so I’m looking for a huge car count for the VCTS at Nashville.”
Redmond and Vore did not foresee the growth of the Vores Compact Touring Series when they took it over from the Champion Racing Association (CRA) in 2012. The series has competed at some of the most historic tracks in America, as well as made an appearance on national TV in the years since taking the series over.
“When we started this, Steve wanted to keep it going. It was CRA’s division before it was VCTS racing. Steve didn’t want the division to die for our drivers and our first and primary goal was to just try and keep it going. Once we saw we had the support of the drivers, from day two it was Steve’s vision to always say, ‘Dan, what’s next?’
“We’ve had the honor and privilege of putting the deal to go to Bristol. We’ve been to the holy grail of dirt tracks at Eldora, we’ve been to Lucas Oil Raceway, Winchester, Anderson,” he added. “Every track we go to, whether it’s Shadybowl or Angola, it’s just amazing and it’s because of the talent our drivers have on the track and the way they carry themselves off the track.”
Everyone at VCTS is itching to get back to the track once the COVID-19 outbreak passes and the social distancing restrictions are lifted. When teams and fans begin the 2020 season, Redmond is excited for what’s to come.
“Sometimes we need a wake-up call to make us appreciate what we have and what we’re missing out on. I think you’re going to see people flock to their short tracks when Saturday night racing starts again. I know our drivers are chomping at the bit wanting to go racing. I think we’re going to have great car counts. I’m looking for exciting things to come.”
Click here to watch a replay of Wednesday’s special edition of “The Bullring.”
-Story by: Koty Geyer, Speed51 National Correspondent – Twitter: @kgeyer3
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