Earlier this week, Superstar Racing Experience (SRX) released a six-race schedule for their inaugural season. The tracks included on the schedule include six of America’s most historic short tracks, both dirt and asphalt.
Amid the schedule release came a report from Sports Business Journal’s Adam Stern that SRX will be providing a “Balboa car” for a local champion at each venue. With that news, three members of Speed51’s editorial staff – Director of Content Brandon Paul, National Correspondent Koty Geyer, and Content Supervisor Zach Evans – decided to share who they’d like to see compete at each facility when SRX rolls into town.
Here is who we think should compete with the SRX drivers at each of the six venues.
Stafford Motor Speedway
Brandon: Keith Rocco – When I think about Stafford, there are two drivers that come to mind: Doug Coby and Keith Rocco. You can make the argument for both and not be wrong, but I’ll go with the weekly warrior Rocco as the local favorite. He’s a multi-time track champion and has won a race at the track every year since 2007.
Koty: Doug Coby – Coby has been the driver to beat when the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour rolls into Stafford Springs, CT over the years. He has 12 wins with the series at Stafford, the most among active Tour drivers by a large margin. Tour-Type Modified racing has one of the most loyal fanbases in all of auto racing, and having one of their own race on the big stage would bring them together.
Zach: Keith Rocco – “Kid Roc” has won in everything from Late Models and Stafford’s signature SK Modifieds® to Open Modifieds at Stafford. Last year, Rocco won the SK Modified® track championship at Stafford. He would be a great representation of Stafford to kick off the SRX season.
Brandon: Donny Schatz – Schatz is the type of driver the SRX Series was made for: a short track legend who should be spotlighted on the big stage Given his success at Knoxville, which includes 10 wins in the prestigious Knoxville Nationals, it’s a no-brainer to give him the chance to race in this event.
Koty: Danny Lasoski – Statistically speaking, Lasoski is the most accomplished driver in Knoxville Raceway history. His 112 410 Sprint Car feature wins and 11 track championships are both most all-time, while also having four Knoxville Nationals titles to his credit. “The Dude” also fits the SRX mold, having made his most recent start in 2017.
Zach: Danny Lasoski – Koty mentions Lasoski’s track record of success at Knoxville, which has very few parallels. Lasoski also seems like a natural selection for SRX, as he won both the Knoxville Nationals and the World of Outlaws championship while driving for Tony Stewart. For one night in Iowa, the band could get back together in SRX.
Brandon: Scott Bloomquist – You want it. I want it. Everybody wants it. How cool would it be to see Bloomquist, a 10-time Dirt Late Model Dream winner, race against Tony Stewart at one of the track’s he’s been the most successful at during his career? Not to mention, Bloomquist would certainly help sell tickets for the event.
Koty: Scott Bloomquist – The Bloomquist and Eldora combination is infamous in many ways, one of which includes a failed tire test following the 2016 Dirt Late Model Dream that led to a lawsuit. He’s also won the Dream eight times and the World 100 another four times. “Black Sunshine” competing with the SRX regulars would draw fans just with his star power.
Zach: Dave Blaney – I’d love to see “The Buckeye Bullet” get one more shot in the television spotlight. Most NASCAR fans may remember him for his journeyman’s career, one that went without a Cup Series win despite several close calls. However, he’s a two-time winner of Eldora’s Kings Royal and would undoubtedly have the Ohio crowd behind him.
Lucas Oil Raceway
Brandon: Brian Campbell – There are very few drivers who have enjoyed as much success as Brian Campbell at Lucas Oil Raceway. Campbell is an eight-time winner at the track, with wins in the ASA Late Model Series, ARCA/CRA Super Series and JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour. He’s also one of those underrated veterans who deserves the national spotlight, even if it’s just for one summer evening.
Koty: Kody Swanson – Lucas Oil Raceway has a rich open wheel racing tradition, that of which is experiencing a rebirth with the return of pavement Midgets and Non-Wing Sprint Cars. No driver has seen more success at LOR this century than Kody Swanson, who’s won 10 races at the track between Silver Crown, Sprint Cars, Midgets and Indy Pro 2000.
Zach: Kody Swanson – When I think of Lucas Oil Raceway, I think of its days on ESPN’s USAC programming. If the track known and beloved as “IRP” at the time is getting back in the spotlight, why not show off one of the best at the track in USAC competition at the venue?
Slinger Super Speedway
Brandon: Rich Bickle – It makes too much sense to have Bickle represent Slinger and the state of Wisconsin this year. It’s his final year of racing, he’s a five-time Slinger Nationals winner and he’s a legend in the short track racing world. It would be great to see both Ty Majeski and Rich Bickle, Jr. represent the Badger State in this event.
Koty: Rich Bickle – Bickle’s racing career began at Slinger, and it’s where he has seen much of his success outside of the Snowball Derby. He’s a multi-time track champion with five Slinger Nationals wins. It would be fitting to see Bickle compete with SRX in his 45th and final season at his home track.
Zach: Rich Bickle – With news now out that part of Bickle’s 2021 farewell tour will include an ARCA Menards Series appearance at Daytona International Speedway, why not add an SRX appearance to the schedule? Bickle is one of the best to ever turn a wheel at Slinger and would not shy away from the challenge.
Nashville Fairgrounds Speedway
Brandon: Casey Roderick – He’s not a regular at Nashville Fairgrounds Speedway and he’s not from Tennessee, but Casey Roderick makes a lot of sense. First off, he’s the defending winner of the biggest race held each year at the track, the All American 400. He’s also a former Pro Late Model champion at the track. It would be fun to watch the Georgia native go head-to-head against the SRX regulars.
Koty: Cole Williams – SRX will be filled with veterans when the series makes its debut, so giving it a little bit of a youth flavor will give fans a taste of what short track racing has to offer now. Williams is a two-time Nashville track champion and nearly won a third in 2020 while also winning two races. Putting him in a car would let the series showcase what the track has to offer with their weekly program, and it could lead to more opportunities for both the track and Williams down the road.
Zach: Casey Roderick – A former Nashville track champion and the defending winner of the All American 400, Casey Roderick would be a great representative of Nashville and the southeastern Super Late Model scene. It would be awesome to see how he stacks up against the stars of SRX in Music City.
-Story by: Speed51 Staff
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