By Lance Jennings
SANTA MARIA, CA – FEBRUARY 19, 2014… As the Amsoil USAC/CRA Sprint Cars enter their eleventh season, the traditional 410s will compete for more prize money than in recent seasons. As this writing goes to press, half of the 24 races will pay an increased purse as promoters are still working on special events like Calistoga’s “Louie Vermeil Classic” and Canyon’s “Hall of Fame Classic.”
While the Friday night preliminary of season opening “7th Annual Copper on Dirt” at Canyon Speedway will pay $2,500-to-win, the winner of the March 1st finale will earn $3,000. Track Promoter Kevin Montgomery has continued to make improvements to the facility and has bigger things planned for the season ending “Hall of Fame Classic.”
Perris Auto Speedway’s Don Kazarian has recently announced that the “19th Budweiser Oval Nationals presented by All Coast Construction” will pay a minimum of $20,000-to-win with a total purse approaching $100,000. In addition, the “Salute to Indy” and “Firecracker” main events have returned to 40-laps and will pay $3,000-to-win and $400-to-start. The purse for the “Salute to Indy” and “Firecracker” shows are listed at the end of this release.
USAC Western Operations Director Chris Kearns has negotiated that the majority of “out of town” shows will pay $2,750-to-win and $350-to-start. Starting with USAC/CRA’s return to Jim Naylor’s Ventura Raceway on May 10th, this includes the Watsonville-Petaluma doubleheader in June, the July 5th event at Santa Maria, the Chico, Watsonville, and Santa Maria “California Sprint Week” races, and Hanford’s “Cotton Classic.”
NOTICE TO USAC/CRA COMPETITORS:
The Hoosier HTW/HT2 Right Rear Tires can be run at the first four dates (2/28 Canyon, 3/1 Canyon, 3/15 Perris, and 4/12 Perris). At Perris Auto Speedway’s May 3rd show, the Hoosier 105/16 Medium will be the ONLY legal right rear tire and all four corners must be Hoosier tires. Fuel-injected iron block 360 sprints must use the Hoosier 105/16 Medium and carbureted spec sprints can still use their local track legal Hoosier tires with USAC/CRA.
Officials with the Amsoil USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series are looking for marketing partners and associate sponsors to join their Racer Contingency Program. If you or your company would like to become part of the series, email PR Director Lance Jennings at email@example.com.
For more information on the Amsoil USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series, visit www.usacracing.com or follow the series on Facebook (www.facebook.com/pages/USAC-
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SALUTE TO INDY & FIRECRACKER 40 PURSE:
1) $3,000, 2) $1500, 3) $1200, 4) $850, 5) $750, 6) $650, 7) $550, 8) $500, 9) $450, 10) $400, 11) $400, 12) $400, 13) $400, 14) $400, 15) $400, 16) $400, 17) $400, 18) $400, 19) $400, 20) $400, 21) $400, 22) $400. Non-Transfers=$100.
2014 AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR SERIES SCHEDULE:
DATE – TRACK – LOCATION
February 28: Canyon Speedway – Peoria, AZ (Copper on Dirt)
March 1: Canyon Speedway – Peoria, AZ (Copper on Dirt / $3,000-to-Win)
March 15: Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA (Sokola Shootout)
April 12: Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA (So Cal Sprint Car Spectacular)
May 3: Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA
May 10: Ventura Raceway – Ventura, CA ($2,750-to-Win)
May 24: Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA (Salute to Indy / $3,000-to-Win)
June 14: Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA
June 27: Ocean Speedway – Watsonville, CA ($2,750-to-Win)
June 28: Petaluma Speedway – Petaluma, CA ($2,750-to-Win)
July 4: Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA (Firecracker 40 / $3,000-to-Win)
July 5: Santa Maria Speedway – Santa Maria, CA ($2,750-to-Win)
August 16: Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA (California Racers Hall of Fame Night)
August 30: Calistoga Speedway – Calistoga, CA (Louie Vermeil Classic / California Sprint Week)
August 31: Calistoga Speedway – Calistoga, CA (Louie Vermeil Classic / California Sprint Week)
September 4: Silver Dollar Speedway – Chico, CA (Gold Cup Race of Champions / California Sprint Week / $2,750-to-Win)
September 5: Ocean Speedway – Watsonville, CA (California Sprint Week / $2,750-to-Win)
September 6: Santa Maria Speedway – Santa Maria, CA (California Sprint Week / $2,750-to-Win)
September 13: Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA (Glenn Howard Classic)
October 11: Kings Speedway – Hanford, CA (Cotton Classic / $2,750-to-Win)
November 7: *Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA (Oval Nationals)
November 8: *Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA (Oval Nationals / $20,000-to-Win)
November 14: *Canyon Speedway – Peoria, AZ (Hall of Fame Classic)
November 15: *Canyon Speedway – Peoria, AZ (Hall of Fame Classic)
* = Co-Sanctioned Event with USAC National Sprints.
This schedule is subject to change.