“Wow what a great time to be a dirt track race fan or racer in Tucson, Arizona,” said President of Tucson Raceway Park Mark Ebert. Ebert was commenting on what a huge night of racing there will now be in Tucson, AZ on August 21st.
Tucson Raceway Park has scheduled their opening day for August 21st with the SWDRA Super Late Model tour, in an attempt to take advantage of an off week in the USA Raceway schedule. However, USA has now scheduled a winged Sprint car show and added some nice purses for many of the same divisions that Tucson Raceway Park planned to run.
“What a great opportunity for the X-Mods, Hornets and Factory Stocks to run for a big payday at USA Raceway. As we said at our first organizational meeting our objective at TRP is to raise the awareness of dirt track racing in Tucson and create great opportunities for the racers to race in town. This wasn’t really what I was talking about, but it looks like we’ve succeeded already,” said Ebert with a laugh. Ebert continued, “We want the Tucson racing community to have a bunch of great opportunities and with the purse opportunities and racing for points at USA we don’t want to create any conflict for the racers. I wish all the racers in those divisions well, and we’ll look forward to seeing them soon at TRP.”
Tucson Raceway Park has replaced the X-Mods, Hornets and Factory Stocks with a Super Stock race and twin 25 lap topless Modified races. The Modified race will pay $600 to win in each race and if you can win them both, Tucson Raceway Park will kick in an extra $1000.00. The track plans to use UMP style rules for the Modified open comp race and will be posting rules, payout and format for these twin topless features in the rules tab at www.tucsonracewaypark.com shortly.
This will be the first race of the year in Tucson for the SWDRA Super Late Models and with the addition of the open comp Modified features, it will be the first race in memory where these two divisions take to the track on one huge night in Tucson. “We are so excited with all the work that is going on at the grounds of TRP, and now being able to put two of the premier divisions on track for this one hot night of racing it should be an amazing opening night of racing. It’s an honor to be part of bringing TRP back to its strong dirt heritage and we can’t think of a better way to do it than with Super Stocks, topless Modifieds and the SWDRA Super Late Models,” said Ebert.
It seems that Ebert may be right as the Tucson dirt racing scene is getting exciting very quickly. USA Raceway has non-wing Sprint cars scheduled for September 4th and 5th, so the fans of Tucson will now have the opportunity to see three Sprint car shows in just 16 days at USA Raceway with the addition of the race on August 21st.
Tucson Raceway Park plans to follow up their opening day on September 11th with the return of the SWDRA Late Models and the always popular Metal Mulisha FMX jump show, plus Factory Stocks, X-Mods and the newly created Hobby Stocks. Tucson Raceway Park will be rolling out Hobby Stock rules shortly and will also work in conjunction with Drivetech Racing School to offer race fans the opportunity to race in a Hobby Stock race.
“There’s a lot to be said for the consistency of points racing, it creates drama each week and I’ve been watching as Lonnie Parker Jr keeps gaining on Ricky Thornton Jr. in the SWDRA points it will be great to see how they fair on the high banks of TRP. It’s also going to be really cool to see how the Modifieds do with the tops off so the fans can see those drivers hard at work in a shootout. We are going to stop the top ten finishers of the first twin on the front stretch and let some of our young fans redraw their starting spot for the second race of the evening, it should be a thrill to see where they start and if someone can win both features. Plus if someone sweeps those two races they are going home with over 2 grand!!,” said Ebert.
“Stay tuned to the website, there’s so much great stuff going on we look forward to sharing it with the fans and racing community of Tucson as it develops,” concluded Ebert.