Bakersfield, CA – For the second consecutive year, will recognize the SPEARS Southwest Tour Series Most Popular Driver for the 2017 season.  The driver that receives the most votes via the online campaign will receive a free hero card design from 51 Sports (the parent company of, a 5’ X 3’ banner with their likeness and MPD signage.


“We continue to enjoy our partnership with and all they do for our series and short track racing as a whole.  The Most Popular Driver Award is a great way to bring awareness to the great drivers of the SPEARS Southwest Tour Series, as well as an opportunity to showcase the popularity of our series on the West Coast,” commented the SPEARS Southwest Tour Series’ Brian Olsen.


300x250 51 Network 2017(2)The inaugural winner of the Most Popular Driver was Carson City, NV’s Bobby Hodges.  Hodges, who finished fourth in the 2016 SPEARS Southwest Tour Series point standings, received his MPD accolades amongst his peers at the 2016 series awards banquet in February at the Buck Owens’ Crystal Palace in Bakersfield.


“The SPEARS (SRL) Southwest Tour Series showcases some of the best Super Late Model racing in the entire country.  All of us at are excited to continue our partnership with the series and recognize the SRL Most Popular Driver once again in 2017,” said Editor Brandon Paul. “The response from racing fans was great one year ago and we hope to see even more fans cast their votes this time around.”


The 2017 SPEARS Southwest Tour Series season kicks off this Saturday, March 25th at Irwindale Speedway.  The “Spears Manufacturing 100” will be part of a historical event, as the series will compete along with NASCAR K&N Pro Series West Twin 100 lap main races.


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About the SPEARS Southwest Tour Series:
Celebrating its seventeenth season in 2017, the SPEARS Southwest Tour Series is a regional stock car series competing on paved ovals in the southwestern portion of the U.S.  “The SPEARS Southwest Tour Series…Where the Champions Race.


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-SPEARS SRL Southwest Tour Series Press Release to Present 2017 SRL Most Popular Driver Award