Bradenton, FL – Just when you thought you’ve heard it all, two rival Florida short tracks have teamed up to do what many people said couldn’t be done. Auburndale Speedway and Desoto Speedway have teamed up along with two prominent racing forces, Sunoco and American Racer to create the latest Florida Super Late Model Series.


After much deliberation an agreement was made between all parties involved to create the Sunoco Challenge Series, “It was time we got some tracks working together to make this happen, I think it’s going to be good for all involved” said Rick Williams owner of Southern Fuels.


The series will be boast a 12-race deal with six races at each facility. All races will be run on the new American Racer tire and will prove to be the right choice.


“We had a tire test with two of the area’s top competitors and everything proved this was the right choice.” Said Auburndale Owner Rex Guy.


The first event kicks off at Auburndale on Saturday, January, 16th and Sunday the 17th with Triple 50’s then heads to Desoto on Saturday, February 6th and Sunday, February 7th for the Ice Breaker & Randy Fox Memorial 104.


“We got a good thing going with Auburndale, Sunoco and American Racer and are very excited about 2016” said Desoto Speedway General Manager Ron Bacelo.


Ricky Brooks has played a big part in pulling everything together and was hired to control the technical side of things and will officiate all Sunoco Challenge events.


“I’m looking forward to being a part of this series and what we’ve created here with Sunoco, American Racer and the two racetracks.” says Ricky Brooks.


For more information/rules contact Ricky Brooks at 850-324-6821 and the complete Sunoco Challenge schedule, go to or


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Rival Florida Tracks Create New Super Late Model Series