BILLINGS, Mont. (Aug. 30, 2016) – Sprint car fans in Montana are in for a treat in less than two weeks when Billings Motorsports Park hosts the final weekend of the NSA Shootout.
The 3/8-mile oval welcomes Hall of Fame racers Sammy Swindell and Danny Lasoski during the two-day spectacle on Sept. 9-10, when the opening night will pay $2,000 to win and the finale $7,500 to win and $500 to start.
“We are really excited that Sammy Swindell and Danny Lasoski are coming to BMP,” Billings Motorsports Speedway Owner Mike Quigley said. “Both are champion drivers who rarely make it to Montana. This very well could be the final time in their storied careers they race here so it’s a huge deal for sprint car racing in this area of the country.”
It’s been more than a decade since either of the legends has raced at Billings Motorsports Park and it won’t be a cakewalk for either driver to claim the stout paydays. A tough contingent of regional racers along with national caliber drivers Travis Rilat of Texas and Trey Starks of Washington State will also vie for the top prize.
Starks is the most recent NSA Shootout winner and he enters the weekend with a chance to earn bonus money along with Canada’s Kelly Miller and Texas native Aaron Reutzel. If any of those three drivers sweeps the weekend to earn three total NSA Shootout triumphs it will net a $1,000 bonus.
Rilat, who is the only driver to record a podium finish during all three NSA Shootout features, enters the weekend leading the event points standings.
“We’ve had three great NSA Shootout races with three different winners so there are a lot of storylines,” Quigley said. “You have Sammy Swindell and Danny Lasoski with guys like Travis Rilat and Trey Starks traveling to the area to take on our regional racers like Kelly Miller and David Hoiness. I think the stage is set for a can’t miss weekend.”
Online tickets are on sale for the two-day spectacle at Billings Motorsports Park at http://www.BMPSpeedway.com. Adult tickets are $20 for Friday ($17 pre-buy) and $25 for Saturday ($21 pre-buy) and $10 each night ($7 per night pre-buy) for children ages 7 to 11. Children ages 6 and younger get in free. There’s also a pre-buy bundle for the weekend providing adult tickets for both nights for only $37 and children ages 7 to 11 for only $11 total.
2016 NSA SHOOTOUT –
JULY 15 – Billings Motorsports Park in Billings, Mont. – (RAINED OUT)
JULY 16 – Billings Motorsports Park in Billings, Mont. – (WINNER: AARON REUTZEL)
AUG. 26 – Castrol Raceway in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada – (WINNER: KELLY MILLER)
AUG. 27 – Castrol Raceway in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada – (WINNER: TREY STARKS)
SEPT. 9 – Billings Motorsports Park in Billings, Mont. – $2,000 to win
SEPT. 10 – Billings Motorsports Park in Billings, Mont. – $7,500 to win, $500 to start
Type : 360ci winged sprint cars
Rules : ASCS
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THE EVENT –
The inaugural NSA Shootout features six total 360ci winged sprint car races – four at Billings Motorsports Park in Billings, Mont., and two at Castrol Raceway in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada – this summer. All races have elevated pay and the event will showcase feature bonuses as well as a points fund.
RACE FORMAT –
All cars will qualify with the fastest qualifier earning 50 points. Each subsequent position drops one point. If there are 32 or more cars there will be split qualifying.
Heat races are inverted by six with the fastest qualifier lining up on the outside of the third row for the first heat race, the second fastest qualifier on the outside of the third row for the second heat race, etc. Heat race winners receive 50 points with each subsequent position dropping three points.
The top six drivers in combined qualifying and heat race points advance into the dash, which will be lined up via a redraw. Drivers ranked seven through 16 are locked into the main event with the B main transferring the top four into the back of the A Main.
POINTS FUND –
A points fund of at least $5,000 is up for grabs. Additional details will be released later.
FEATURE BONUSES –
Any driver who wins three of the six NSA Shootout main events will receive a $1,000 bonus. Four A Main victories nets a $1,500 bonus with five triumphs providing a $2,000 bonus. Sweeping all six races is worth an extra $2,500.
BILLINGS MOTORSPORTS PARK –
Billings Motorsports Park , also known as BMP Speedway, is a semi-banked, 3/8-mile oval located in Billings, Mont. The track hosts weekly racing from the middle of May through late September. For more information, visit http://www.BMPSpeedway.com.
CASTROL RACEWAY –
Castrol Raceway is a semi-banked, 3/8-mile dirt track located in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. It showcases weekly racing and special events from May through October. For more information, visit http://www.CastrolRaceway.com.
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