The 2nd Annual Winter Showdown is scheduled for Saturday and Sunday, February 27th and 28th at Kern County Raceway, in Bakersfield, California. The main event of the weekend will be the Sunday afternoon, $30,000 to win, “SPEARS Manufacturing Winter Showdown 250” for Super Late Models. The weekend opens with the “51 FIFTY Energy Drink Opening Night”, featuring the Lucas Oil Modifieds and Race for Autism Qualifying Races on Saturday night.
The event will be aired live via a pay-per-view broadcast on Speed51 TV. Live video tickets can be purchased now by clicking here.
FIFTY FOR 36 – More than fifty of the top Super Late Model drivers from around the nation will be vying for the 36 starting positions and their share of the $180,000 in prize money to be awarded at the Winter Showdown.
TOP FIVE RETURN – With more than 50 top Super Late Model drivers, representing 15 states entered in the 2016 Winter Showdown, the top-five finishers from 2015 are returning; Bubba Pollard from Senoia, Georgia, Dalton Sargeant from Boca Raton, Florida, Derek Thorn from Bakersfield, California, Blaine Rocha from Oakdale, California and Preston Peltier from Mooresville, North Carolina.
QUALIFYING BONUS – One of the new awards added to the Winter Showdown for 2016, will be the fast qualifier award, which will pay $2,000 to the top driver in Winter Showdown qualifying.
“SHOWDOWN’S BONUS” – Two of the richest Super Late Model events in the nation will once again team up to award a $10,000 bonus to the driver who performs best overall at the 2016 Winter Showdown at Kern County Raceway Park and the June 25th Summer Showdown at Evergreen Speedway. The “SHOWDOWN’S BONUS” award is presented by SUNOCO Race Fuels, Five Star Bodies, Progressive Racing Engines, Hoosier Tire West, Hamner Racing Engines, Coors Light, the SPEARS Southwest Tour Series and Evergreen Speedway.
LUCAS OIL MODIFIEDS – Nearly thirty Lucas Oil Modifieds teams have submitted entries for Saturday night’s event of the Winter Showdown.
MAVTV – The 2016 Winter Showdown will be nationally televised on MAVTV. It will be a tape delayed broadcast with the airdate to be announced.
LAST CHANCE RACE CASH AWARD – With ten laps to go in the “Pinnacle Peak Steakhouse Last Chance Race” of the Winter Showdown, the yellow flag will be displayed and the top three cars in the transfer positions will leave the track to get ready for the Winter Showdown 250. The cars left on the track will then race for the win and $2,000.
COORS LIGHT / SPEED51.COM BONUS – An extra $10,000 bonus will be paid to one of five eligible drivers who score the best finish at the Winter Showdown. By way of their Snowball Derby performance, a Speed51 fan vote and being the defending Winter Showdown race winner; Bubba Pollard, Cole Anderson, Donnie Wilson, Dalton Sargeant, and Preston Peltier will be the five drivers competing for the $10,000 Coors Light / Speed51 Bonus.
DONATE THE BONUS – Donnie Wilson, of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma plans to donate the Coors Light / Speed51 Bonus to the St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital if he wins the Winter Showdown 250. “I just want to do something nice for other people,” Wilson told Speed51.com powered by JEGS. “If I’m lucky enough to win the race that’s thirty grand. That extra ten grand would just be bonus, so I’d really like to donate that.”
TICKETS ON SALE – Tickets are already available for purchase online at http://kernraceway.com/singleracetickets.htm
RV SPOTS – Hundreds of RV’s will converge on Kern County Raceway Park for the Winter Showdown, to reserve your RV spots, contact Kern County Raceway Park directly at 661-835-1264.
VISIT BAKERSFIELD WINTER SHOWDOWN KICK-OFF PARTY – TEMBLOR Brewing Company at 3200-Buck Owens Boulevard will host the “Visit Bakersfield Winter Showdown Kick-off Party” on Thursday evening February 25th from 5pm to 7pm. Great food and drink, driver interviews, autographs and raffle prizes. Race team rigs will be on display. Free to everyone and all ages welcome.
MORE INFO – For more information on the 2016 Winter Showdown, go to www.SRLSouthwestTour.com.
-Winter Showdown Press Release. Photo credit: Speed51.com