WILTON, California — As the SRL Southwest Tour Series teams ready themselves for the series ninth season of competition, a deal has been finalized to change the ownership of the SRL. Founded in 2000, as the SRL Late Model Wild West Shoot Out, the series changed its name to the SRL Southwest Tour Series in 2008, and as of today the Collins Family, who formerly owned Mesa Marin Raceway now hold “the keys” to the series.
“There is simply not a better show on a short track anywhere, period…and we are very excited to be part of it.” stated Larry Collins.
“We have worked with Steve Fensler for the past couple of SRL seasons and have really enjoyed the atmosphere, the teams and the high level of competition of the series.” Collins continued.
“The tour cars are the backbone to short track racing and this series has so much potential, we look forward to working with the race teams, track operators and series sponsors to grow this series into something we are all proud to be part of. We know from our experience of operating Mesa Marin Raceway that a race series has to bring value to the track operators and present great racing to the fans…the SRL delivers in both aspects.” Collins added.
For nearly a decade the SRL Southwest Tour Series has been under the guidance of Steve Fensler, who will remain as part of the SRL team for 2009.
“When we all sat down in the spring of 2007, I was overwhelmed with the enthusiasm and interest the Collins Family expressed for the SRL Southwest Tour Series. The changes for the 2008 season were the direct result of their hard work and input. With the new ideas and plans they have for the Series in 2009, it only makes sense that this team should take over the ownership and continue to make the SRL Southwest Tour the most popular series on the West Coast.” commented Fensler on the change of ownership.
“The SRL has been family to me, and I plan on continuing to be a part of the changes planned, and working for the membership and the new management team in 2009.” Fensler added.
“When NASCAR discontinued the Southwest Series in 2006 we felt like that was a big blow to racing in our region…we want to strengthen short track racing as a whole and a strong touring division will be a boost to our industry.” Collins concluded.
For 2009, the SRL Southwest Tour Series has a nine race schedule, with one additional date under consideration. The series kicks off on April 4th at All-American Speedway in Roseville as a companion event with the NASCAR Camping World Series West. Sunday, May 3rd the series makes its first of two trips to Las Vegas Motor Speedway">The Bullring at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, and will return on October 31st for the series championship finale. Madera Speedway will host the Southwest Tour Holiday Classic Series presented by Performance Electrical on May 23rd, July 4th, and September 5th, Toyota Speedway at Irwindale has two dates, July 18th and October 10th and the New Stockton 99 Speedway will host one SRL race on October 3rd.
For more information on the SRL Southwest Tour Series, go to www.srllatemodels.com .
About the SRL Southwest Tour Series:
Celebrating its ninth season in 2009, the SRL Southwest Tour Series is a regional stock car
series competing on paved ovals in the southwestern portion of the U.S. The series utilizes cars based
on the former NASCAR Elite Division Series rulebook.