Keepin’ it Short – Short track action is heating up with the weather
After the last two weeks of fantastic short track racing action in Florida, the schedule starts to spread out a little bit more heading into the last weekend of February. Not only are there still races taking place in Florida but there are also races this weekend in Louisiana, Alabama and Texas. While it may be weeks or months before the entire country is able to see local short track action, the fact that more than just the NASCAR touring series are hitting the tracks has to give short track fans hope that it won’t be too much longer before they can head back out to see their local heroes battle it out on the bullrings across the nation.
Two tracks in Florida are hosting full slates of racing this weekend for local racers and local touring series. Desoto Super Speedway is hosting the first in a 12 race series for the Florida United Promoters Late Models. The series runs at six different race tracks from February through the beginning of November. The races pay $3,000 to win and only cost $100 to enter. Along with the Late Models at Desoto they will be running Open Wheel Modifieds, Trucks, Bombers, Magic4s, Pure Stocks and the Pro Challenge Series. Hendry County Motorsports Park has five divisions running this weekend during the Swamp Cabbage Shootout. The Top Gun Winged Sprint Car Series will highlight the card that also features Open Wheel Modifieds, Pure Stocks, Street Stocks and Mini Stocks. The Top Gun Series is running a 15 race schedule across the state of Florida starting this weekend and running through the first week in December.
Green Valley Speedway is hosting the 14th Annual Bama Bash this weekend in Glencoe, Alabama. It is a full slate of races with eight different divisions competing, highlighted by the $10,000 to win Super Late Model race. The Late Model/Sportsman and Crate Late Models will have separate $2,000 to win feature races. There will also be feature races in Outlaw Thunder, Street Stock, KMSA Mod Mini, Open Wheel and Pure Pony. Racing Starts with open practice on Thursday and racing Friday through Sunday. There are no daytime feature races during the Bama Bash.
Lousiana’s big race this weekend is the Pelican 100 at Ark-La-Tex Speedway in Vivian. The Late Models will be racing for $10,000 for the winner. The card will also have Limited Modifieds and Factory Stocks. Admission for Friday’s qualifying session is $15 with $30 pit passes while Saturday’s feature tickets are $20 and pit passes are $35, kids 10 and under are free.
The World of Outlaw Sprint Cars will be hitting Mississippi and Texas this weekend as the busiest schedule in racing starts crisscrossing the country. Friday night they will be competing in Magnolia, Mississippi at the Pike County Speedway before heading to Baytown, Texas to compete at the Royal Purple Raceway (formerly Houston Raceway Park). This weekend’s activity is the fourth and fifth nights of racing out of the 73 nights of racing on the WoO schedule.
Keepin’ it Short would like to salute the Champions crowned during the 40th DIRTcar Nationals presented by UNOH at Volusia Speedway Park.
Sprint Car – Joey Saldana
UMP Modified – Clint Bowyer
Late Model – Billy Moyer
Big Block Modified – Stewart Friesen