Haubstadt, IN — (March 28, 2016) — The Hoosier Tire Midwest Sprint Car Series 2016 racing season will begin on Saturday evening April 9th at the Lincoln Park Speedway. The Indiana Open Wheel.Com Racin’ Fest will feature the MSCS Sprint Cars and offer fans the added attraction of a gigantic fireworks display. It will be opening night at the Putnamville, IN, facility which is located on U.S. Highway 40.
The sprint car feature for the Racin’ Fest will pay $4,000 to win! It is the 4th highest paying purse offered to MSCS drivers on the 2016 schedule. The complete MSCS season will consist of 18 special events at 7 different speedways in Indiana and Illinois.
Drivers who are equipped and race ready for the new season by April 9th will have an opportunity to start the season at or close to the top in the series points standing. Brady Short is the defending MSCS Champion. Short is now a two time series title holder. He also leads the series in all time feature wins with the 21 victories he has achieved over the past 11seasons. Scott Hampton was the 2015 LPS Track Champion!
The feature event at the IOW.com Racin’ Fest will be for a distance of 30 laps. Chase Stockon won this early spring event at Putnamville last year. Hunter Schuerenberg won it the year before. Other former Racin’ Fest winners include Jeff Bland Jr., Jon Stanbrough, Dave Darland, and Levi Jones in racing dating back to 2010.
This season’s MSCS field of rookie drivers will undertake their challenges for the Rookie of the Year honors as this event takes the green flag. Drivers interested in becoming the MSCS Rookie of the Year are reminded that they need to declare their intention to compete as a rookie by July 15th. So far five drivers are focused on becoming the Rookie of the Year and looking forward to this added challenge.
Hinchman Indy Racing Uniforms will continue in its role in sponsoring this important MSCS Rookie Driver Development Program. For 16 years MSCS has provided an avenue for drivers to learn the ins and outs of touring with a sprint car series while gaining the experience to improve and succeed in the sport.
The pit gate at Lincoln Park Speedway is set to open at 3 o’clock in the afternoon. The main gate opens at 4:30 P.M. Hot laps and group qualifying begin at 6 o’clock and racing begins at 7. Drivers are reminded to be there early. The first races held each season require paperwork and the pill draw ends in advance of hot laps. Fans will also be able to watch the track’s Modified, Super Stock, and Bomber classes race.
MSCS also has two other races scheduled during April. On Saturday April 16th the series will combine forces with USAC to present the Spring Showdown for Tri-State Speedway at Haubstadt, IN. Then on Saturday April 30th MSCS will return to Tri-State Speedway in the first ever Midwest Madness show. That same weekend on Sunday May 1st, MSCS will make its only appearance of the season at the Terre Haute Action Track.