DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – After a six year hiatus, NASCAR racing returns to Tucson Speedway Saturday night.
And, as one may expect from a track with Tucson’s unique history, Saturday night will offer something for fans of all ages – with four divisions of exciting NASCAR Whelen All-American Series competition leading the attractions.
The Dry Heat 75 Presented by NAPA Auto Parts of Southern Arizona will feature the track’s top division Super Late Models, with Pro Stocks, Modifieds, and Hornets completing the evening’s schedule. According to track officials, the Tucson Speedway Super Late Model division season will feature ten races culminating with the Pep Boys Grand 100 on October 25.
NASCAR fans can follow the action live via live video stream at FansChoice.TV.
Tucson Speedway’s John Lashley re-opened the facility in April 2013, and appealing to families has guided his efforts to refurbish the track.
“Action on the track is matched by action for kids and the entire family on the concourse,” Lashley said. “From the ACE Hardware kids zone to rides and simulators, we have something for every NASCAR fan.”
The track hosted NASCAR-sanctioned racing from 1987-2008, and NASCAR Chairman and CEO Brian France operated the track in the early 1990s. In 1992, France installed two “time capsules,” with memorabilia of the day locked inside, under the flag stand. During Saturday’s intermission before the feature races in each division, the time capsules will be opened.
Tucson Speedway hosted NASCAR’s Camping World Truck Series for three races from 1995-1997, and is one of five new NASCAR Home Tracks for the 2014 season. In addition to Tucson, other tracks joining the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series this year are Lonesome Pine Raceway in Coeburn, Va., Anderson (S.C.) Motor Speedway, Autodrome St. Eustache in Quebec, Canada, Utica-Rome Speedway in Vernon, N.Y., Airborne Park Speedway in Plattsburgh, N.Y., and East Carolina Motor Speedway in Robersonville, N.C.
Gates open at 5 p.m. Saturday, with qualifying beginning at 5:30. For a complete schedule of events and the latest tracks news, go to tucsonspeedway.com .
- NASCAR Home Tracks Release. Photo Credit: Tucson Speedway Photo