More than $180,000 in purse money will be up for grabs during the 2nd annual Winter Showdown at Kern County Raceway Park on Sunday, February 28. In addition to that large sum of cash, a $10,000 side pot has also been established for five racers from different regions throughout the United States. The five drivers who will be competing for the $10,000 Speed51.com Coors Light Bonus were announced by SRL Southwest Tour officials on Monday afternoon.
Bubba Pollard, Cole Anderson, Dalton Sargeant, Donnie Wilson and Preston Peltier will be the five drivers competing for the bonus money in California. Among those drivers, the driver who scores the best finish at the Winter Showdown will be awarded $10,000.
Combined with a guaranteed winner’s payout of $30,000, if one of the five drivers is able to win the 250-lap race they will take home a whopping $40,000-plus.
“It’s pretty amazing that $40,000 could be paid to the winner of this year’s Winter Showdown,” stated the SRL’s Larry Collins. “We appreciate Coors Light and Speed51.com for putting together the bonus for these drivers. We’ve worked hard to make this a national event. Currently we have entries from top teams representing 12 different states.”
Pollard, who made his inaugural trip to the West Coast one year ago, gained eligibility for the bonus by being the defending winner of the race. One year ago, Pollard returned to his home state of Georgia with a $25,000 check. This year he’ll have an additional $15,000 to play around with if he ends up in victory lane.
Anderson, who has recently taken the Super Late Model world by storm with a pair of wins at New Smyrna Speedway (FL), became eligible for the Speed51 Coors Light Bonus by winning the fan vote hosted on Speed51.com in January. The Minnesota native will make his first trip to the West Coast with the Anthony Campi Racing team.
In addition to the defending winner and the fan vote winner, the final three spots were set to be filled by the highest-finishing drivers from the Midwest, Northeast and Southeast at the 48th Annual Snowball Derby in December. Two of those drivers (Cassius Clark and Ty Majeski) declined their invite to race for the bonus, while Sargeant – the fourth-place finisher in the Snowball Derby – accepted his invite as the Southeast representative.
With Clark and Majeski declining their invite to race for the bonus, that opened up the door for two additional racers to race for the extra cash.
Wilson, the runner-up in the fan voting held on Speed51.com, was named by SRL Southwest Tour officials as the fourth driver eligible. The Oklahoma driver previously announced that he will donate the money to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital if he is to win the $10,000 bonus.
Peltier, a resident of North Carolina, became the final driver eligible as the highest-finishing Snowball Derby driver who filed a Winter Showdown entry before the deadline.
In order to be eligible for the bonus, each driver will display a Coors Light decal across their hood during the Winter Showdown. Additionally, each eligible driver will also display Speed51.com decals on each side of their cars in a designated location.
For more information on the Winter Showdown, visit www.srlsouthwesttour.com
-51 Sports Press Release.