There’s a new outlaw in town and it comes all the way from the Midwest. In an effort to bring Outlaw Super Late Model racing back to life, lifelong race fan Tim Walton has created the Fans All Star Teams (FAST) Series that will debut Sunday, May 29 at Baer Field Motorsports Park (IN).
“I’ve been working on it for many years now and it just seemed to be to the point where the outlaw cars were falling to the way side and I thought this is the time to start it,” Walton told Speed51.com powered by JEGS. “I’m doing it all myself, I am 100% owner of it and I just have a couple people helping financially to get me started.”
Based out of New Philadelphia, Ohio, the FAST Series will visit Baer Field Motorsports Park, Shady Bowl Speedway (OH) and Auto City Speedway MI) in the Midwest. A southern loop is also on the schedule with stops at Hickory Motor Speedway (NC), Anderson Speedway (SC) and Crisp Motorsports Park (GA).
“As far as racing in North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia, I just wanted to get out there and get these cars so we can market them and showcase them in other areas of the country and see if we can build on that,” said Walton.
So far the response has been great. Walton has fielded calls from a number of interested drivers and teams, there was even a post from David Stremme on the FAST Facebook page showing interesting in running some of the southern events.
“Probably 40 cars or so at the race,” said Walton. “I’ve had an overwhelming response. We are going to ask drivers to pre-enter to determine if a B-Main will be necessary at all the races.”
There will not be a season points champion. All races will be on an individual basis. However there is action being taken to bundle together the southern racers for some bonus money.
“We are not going to have a point system,” said Walton. “I am going to do a little three-race points deal just for the races down south. It might help some drivers make a little extra money, but overall no point system. We are also going to do a race in June that will be a prelude to the Mudslinger (at Auto City Speedway), where the winner of that will get a provisional for the Mudslinger.”
The Series will start 25 cars at each event, with the 25th starting position going to a former FAST Series event winner who failed to make the show. They will race on Hoosier 30-35’s and 30-45’s and will mostly follow the Alliance Rules. A full rules package, tire program and race procedures will be announced by the end of the week.
While Walton expects the outlaw-type body to attract many fans and drivers, he also hopes the purse structure will entice some of the best in the business to come to his events. The events range from $5,500 to $8,000 to win, with a $15,000 to win finale in Cordele, Georgia. The starting pay ranges from a minimum of $900 to $1,600. And all this plays into how Walton named his new series.
“I just figured I want to communicate fans and all-star teams,” said Walton. “Our races and our purse are all made up to draw the best drivers we possibly we can. Normally a fan going to a race won’t get to see some of these drivers ever. The way our purse is set up this will draw some drivers that will never race at a certain track, so that’s why its fans all-star teams, because all the drivers are top teams.”
The Fans All Star Teams Series will kick off its inaugural campaign on Saturday, May 29 at Baer Field Speedway. More information for the series like their page on Facebook by searching “Fans All Star Teams Race Promotions.”
-By Jana Wimmer, Speed51.com Midwest Editor – Twitter: @JWimm22