Dollansky, Brown and Abreu Amped for Winter Heat Sprint Car Showdown

Craig Dollansky. - T.J. Buffenbarger Photo
Craig Dollansky. - T.J. Buffenbarger Photo
Craig Dollansky. – T.J. Buffenbarger Photo

From Inside Line Promotions

Somerton, AZ — (October 1, 2014) — Craig Dollansky, Brian Brown and Rico Abreu have announced that they will be competing at the inaugural Winter Heat Sprint Car Showdown.

The trio of drivers will race at Cocopah Speedway during the 410ci sprint car spectacle Jan. 2-3, Jan. 6 and Jan. 9-10.

“I think it’s great,” Dollansky said. “It’s in a warm part of the country. They are some good paying shows. There will be a lot of good race teams there. Hopefully it has a lot of support from the fans.”

Dollansky has never raced at the 3/8-mile track, but Brown and Abreu have both competed at Cocopah Speedway during 360ci competition.

“There have great crowds and not a lot of rain,” Brown said. “The weather stays pretty good year round. It should be a win-win for not only the fans, but the drivers. If you want to race in December and January, the choice is to go overseas and be away from your family. This is a good alternative.”

The payout – $12,000 to win and $1,000 to start each weekend main event and $5,000 to win the midweek race – is also helpful for teams looking to make money during the offseason, Brown added.

“This is something we can continue to build on,” he said. “There’s no travel other than to get there and you’re running for purses equal or better to the World of Outlaws purses. Plus, you can go for a couple of weeks and not be gone for a couple of months.”

Abreu, who swept the Lucas Oil ASCS National Tour doubleheader at Cocopah Speedway earlier this season, is one of the drivers who will race both overseas and during the Winter Heat Sprint Car Showdown.

“I think it’s one of the smartest ideas a track promoter has done,” he said. “I’m excited to get there. I’m going to run the last three. I’m going to be in New Zealand the two before. (Cocopah Speedway) is such a cool place. It’s wide enough to have good racing. There’s a couple of feet (of grip) on the bottom and you get to pound the top at the fence.”

Tickets are available for sale online by visiting Additionally, anyone who purchases a ticket by Dec. 1, 2014, will receive a free fan pit pass from 2-5 p.m. on that race date.


Dates: Jan. 2-3, 6, 9-10, 2015

Track: Cocopah Speedway in Somerton, Ariz.

Prize: $12,000-to-win, $1,000-to-start each night (Jan. 2-3, 9-10); $5,000-to-win (Jan. 6); approximately $250,000 total prize money

Type: 410ci sprint cars


Fans can purchase tickets by clicking Anyone who purchases by Dec. 1, 2014, will receive a free fan pass to the pits from 2-5 p.m. on that race date.






The inaugural Winter Heat Sprint Car Showdown will showcase the top sprint car drivers in the world in sunny Southwest Arizona during the first two weekends of January in 2015. The four weekend races pay $12,000 to the winner and at least $1,000 to every driver who advances to the main event with the midweek show paying $5,000 to win.


Cocopah Speedway is a semi-banked, 3/8-mile dirt track located in Somerton, Ariz. It has a concrete wall perimeter, television-quality lighting and the pits are located outside turns three and four. There is also dry camping free of charge on the property. For more information, visit