It’s possible that the winner of the 2016 Winter Showdown could walk away from Kern County Raceway Park (CA) with a $40,000 check. That is due to the fact that, in addition to the $30,000 winner’s share put up by event promoters from the SRL Southwest Tour, a $10,000 bonus was recently announced by Speed51.com and Coors Light. Now, in an interesting twist, it will be the race fans that will determine one of the five drivers eligible for that $10,000 bonus.
Starting Friday, December 18 at 3 p.m. EST, fans will have the opportunity to nominate drivers for the final bonus award spot by emailing SRL Southwest Tour Series Director Larry Collins at [email protected] Fans can nominate any Super Late Model driver representing the Midwest, Northeast or Southeast regions.
“One of our top objectives with the Winter Showdown is to create a national event for short track racing, with top teams from the East Coast and Midwest traveling to compete against the top teams from the west,” said Collins. “The Coors Light /Speed51 Challenge is a major component in meeting that objective.”
The top-10 nominees sent via email to Collins will move onto the next round where a fan vote will be hosted on Speed51.com. From there, it’s simple; the driver receiving the most votes will be the fifth and final driver to have a shot at the $10,000.
The winner of the fan vote and the final eligible driver for the bounty will be announced on January 4 at 5 p.m. ET on Speed51.com
“With this becoming such a huge short track racing event, we wanted to make sure we were able to get the fans involved with what we’re doing,” said Speed51.com owner Bob Dillner. “The Winter Showdown is quickly establishing itself as one of the premier Super Late Model events in the country and we want fans all over the United States to have the opportunity to have a say in determining the final driver eligible for the Speed51.com Coors Light $10,000 bonus.”
Thus far, four drivers are eligible for the Speed51.com Coors Light bonus award based upon the criteria set forth when the bonus was first announced.
Those drivers are defending Winter Showdown winner Bubba Pollard, Cassius Clark (top finishing Northeast driver at the Snowball Derby), Ty Majeski (top finishing Midwest driver at the Snowball Derby) and Dalton Sargeant (top finishing Southeast driver at the Snowball Derby).
Those three drivers who became eligible based upon their Snowball Derby performance (Clark, Majeski and Sargeant) have until January 3 to commit to running the event. If they do not accept their invite, the bounty invitation will go to the next highest finishing driver from each respective region.
The $10,000 bonus will be awarded to the top placing driver, of the five drivers who qualify for the “Speed51 Coors Light Challenge” at the 2016 Winter Showdown at Kern County Raceway Park in Bakersfield, California.
In order to be eligible for the bonus, each driver will display a Coors Light decal across their hood during the Winter Showdown and also display a Coors Light banner on their pit box on pit lane. Additionally, each eligible driver will also display Speed51.com decals on each side of their cars in a designated location.
The bonus will be reduced by $2,000 for each driver that elects not to make the trip out west to compete in the Winter Showdown. For example, if one out of the five drivers does not compete in the race, the bonus will be reduced to $8,000.
-Speed51.com Staff Story