CARMEL, Ind. -- The National Short Track Alliance (NSTA) announced the 2017 NSTA Top Speed Modified Tour schedule today, an 18-race season that is full of traditional and historic race venues and special events. Billed as the “Kickin’ Asphalt Tour,” the calendar includes all but two venues from the 2016 schedule and adds five new stops for 2017. From the high-banked, quarter-mile at Anderson Speedway in Anderson, Ind. to the lightning fast, half-mile at Bristol Motor Speedway in Bristol, Tenn., the diversity and challenge presented by these venues will be a true test of skill and endurance.
“The release of the 2017 NSTA Top Speed Modified Tour schedule continues to demonstrate the prominence of the series and its potential for future growth. Our drivers will compete at the most historic and iconic venues in short track racing this season. The Tour has been invited to be a part of many of the most prestigious modified races in the country. This season will be exciting for our fans, challenging for our drivers and memorable for everyone involved,” said John Robbins, Series Director for the NSTA Top Speed Modified Tour. “As we continue to bring more stability to our Tour and build long-term relationships with our promoters, the opportunities for increased ticket sales, strong corporate partnerships and first-class event promotions will only get better.”
For the third consecutive season, the Tour will open at Lucas Oil Raceway in Indianapolis, Ind. (April 2) and conclude as part of the historic Winchester 400 weekend at Winchester Speedway in Winchester, Ind. (October 7). Five new venues will join the Tour in 2017: Anderson Speedway (April 8), South Bend Motor Speedway (May 6), Bristol Motor Speedway (May 20), Kalamazoo Speedway (June 23) and Lebanon I-44 Speedway (August 26).
“We’re excited to host the Top Speed Modified Tour at Anderson this season,” offered Rick Dawson, owner of Anderson Speedway. “John has been a great partner at our track over the years. I know what the Speedway means to him. He understands our vision for this event and his involvement will only help it get better.”
Beginning with Lucas Oil Raceway, the first four events will have a little extra incentive for the race winner. The “Bristol Win and In” program will award starting spots for the U.S. Nationals of Short Track Racing at Bristol Motor Speedway. Drivers who are able to find victory lane at Lucas Oil Raceway, Anderson Speedway, Berlin Raceway (April 29) and South Bend Motor Speedway will be guaranteed a starting spot in the race.
The U.S. Nationals of Short Track Racing will be one of the premier events for the Tour in 2017. The Tour is planning for up to 100 drivers from across the United States and Canada to descend upon the legendary short track for an opportunity to race and win at Bristol Motor Speedway. In addition, the Tour will headline the “Mid-Summer Klassic at the Zoo” at Kalamazoo Speedway, the “Windpusher 70” at Auto City Speedway (July 8), the “Dean Best Memorial” at Baer Field Motorsports Park (July 29), the “Hot Shoe 100” at Whittemore Speedway (August 12) and the “Roper Family Classic” at Lebanon I-44 Speedway.
“Modified cars are the perfect design for a track like ours,” commented Gary Howe, Promoter of Kalamazoo Speedway. “They put on a great show and we expect nothing less in 2017. We’re putting together plans to make the Mid-Summer Klassic at the Zoo one of our signature events for many years to come.”
The 2017 NSTA Top Speed Modified Tour will be the first under the leadership of John Robbins and the National Short Track Alliance, which purchased the Tour from ICAR and Dave Muzzillo in December.
“Dave left us with a great foundation for 2017 and we’ve worked hard to build on this in our first few weeks owning the series. It would be easy to lie back this season and chalk it up to new ownership. We’re not going to do that. The plans we have for 2017 are focused on building as much momentum as possible and reminding everyone that we are a premier touring series in short track racing.”
2017 NSTA Top Speed Modified Tour Schedule
April 2 Lucas Oil Raceway Indianapolis, IN
April 8 Anderson Speedway Anderson, IN
April 29 Berlin Raceway Berlin, MI
May 6 South Bend Motor Speedway South Bend, IN
May 20 Bristol Motor Speedway Bristol, TN
June 3 Auto City Speedway Clio, MI
June 17 Auto City Speedway Clio, MI
June 23 Kalamazoo Speedway Kalamazoo, MI
July 8 Auto City Speedway Clio, MI
July 14 Dixie Motor Speedway Birch Run, MI
July 21 Toledo Speedway Toledo, OH
July 29 Baer Field Motorsports Park Fort Wayne, IN
August 4 Winchester Speedway Winchester, IN
August 12 Whittemore Speedway Whittemore, MI
August 26 Lebanon I-44 Speedway Lebanon, MO
September 4 Winchester Speedway Winchester, IN
September 24 Lucas Oil Raceway Indianapolis, IN
October 7 Winchester Speedway Winchester, IN
* Schedule subject to change.
For more about the NSTA Top Speed Modified Tour or the National Short Track Alliance (NSTA) visit www.topspeedmods.com or www.NSTAracing.com
-NSTA Press Release
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