SAN TAN VALLEY, Ariz. –The 2019 Keyser Manufacturing Wild West Shootout presented by O’Reilly Auto Parts at Arizona Speedway will be capped by the richest Super Late Model event in the history of the mid-winter motorsports extravaganza.
Chris Kearns and Kevin Montgomery, co-promoters of the mini-series that in 2019 features six nights of competition from Jan. 5-13, have announced that the Shaw Trucking-sponsored Super Late Model finale will pay $14,000 to win and $1,000 to start, continuing a steady rise in the Wild West Shootout’s payoffs.
Since Kearns and Montgomery assumed promotion of the Wild West Shootout in 2015 they have added over $80,000 to the mini-series purses and points funds, including more than $55,000 to the Super Late Model division alone. The total A-main purses and points fund for the Wild West Shootout will top $212,000 in 2019 with another $25,000 earmarked just for non-qualifiers.
“We are really trying to turn this into a national-type event,” Kearns said. “We know strong purses are a large part of that. Hopefully the raised purses help entice national stars to come out and race with us in Arizona. This year’s Wild West Shootout was a great event and we’re doing our best to try and make it bigger and better each year.
“Between the laid-back atmosphere, the couple days off in between races to enjoy yourself with your family, the weather and the larger purses, we really feel this is a great racing destination in January.”
Mike Marlar of Winfield, Tenn., was crowned as the 2018 Wild West Shootout Super Late Model champion earlier this year.
The 2019 Keyser Manufacturing Wild West Shootout presented by O’Reilly Auto Parts, which also includes nightly racing for the open-wheel Modified and X-Mod divisions, kicks off on Sat., Jan. 5, and concludes on Sun., Jan. 13. The opener and ensuing four events on Jan. 6, 9, 11 and 12 are headlined by $5,000-to-win Super Late Model features.
More information on the Keyser Manufacturing Wild West Shootout can be found online at www.wildwestshootout.net or by calling the Wild West Shootout office at 520-664-2074.
Arizona Speedway is located just minutes from Phoenix.
-Wild West Shootout Press Release
-Photo credit: Lonnie Wheatly