Tidbits Update for March 3, 2019: Is also posted on my forum page as well as here http://www.oklahomatidbits.com/News.cfm:
With the weather forecasted for warmer temperatures, here is a look at next weekends race agenda in and around the state and selected areas of Texas as well as some other race tidbits. Keep in mind the nights will still be cold so adjust accordingly.
The 2nd Annual IMCA Southern Stampede at Southern Oklahoma Speedway in Ardmore, Oklahoma is set for next Wednesday – Saturday night, March 6-9, 2019. Wednesday night is set for open practice for all divisions with race action set for Thursday through Saturday night, a complete show and payout for all-things IMCA; including IMCA modifieds, IMCA Sport Mods and IMCA Stock Cars. Special note is race action is set for a 6:30 PM start time on Thursday-Friday night while Saturday night race action starts at 5:00 PM. All three nights will be shown LIVE on imca.tv and well worth the money for those of you who can’t make it.
The Mid West Dirt Track Nationals is also set for this coming Thursday-Saturday night, March 7-9, 2019. An open practice session for all classes competing is set for Thursday night while race action for Malvern Bank Cash Money Dirt Late Models, A-Mods, B-Mods, factory stocks and super stocks will be on the card on Friday and Saturday night. Heat races for all divisions will be run on Friday night with features run on Saturday night. See attached flyer below (second flyer) for payout – disregard the dates on the flyer.
The scheduled ASCS Elite Non-Wing sprint season opener set for Rosebowl Speedway yesterday (Saturday night) was a washout. The tour, first year with ASCS sanction, will now open their season next Friday and Saturday night, March 8-9. The Friday night (8th) the tour will make an appearance at Heart O’ Texas Speedway in Waco before stopping at Big O Speedway in Ennis, formally 85 Speedway. Why posting this? There are several Oklahoma drivers who will be competing and will be competing on the tour this season. View daily updates on their official facebook page: Elite Non-Wing Sprint Series.
The debacle which is the dirt track in Wichita Falls (Texas) looks to finally have things sorted out. Now tabbed Monarch Motor Speedway will now be hosting weekly racing every Friday night starting on March 15th. That night will see USRA Limited Modifieds, IMCA Stock Cars, Wingless Sprints and Mini Stocks. The weekly schedule will also see USRA modifieds and IMCA 305-ci sprints on the race docket throughout the 2019 race season. This promised schedule is a lot better than big purses and promises that couldn’t have been delivered. Their complete 2019 race schedule is posted on their official facebook page: Monarch Motor Speedway. In previous years, tidbits has been on the road from their home base in Geary to attend their first show at the track but truck problems and break downs kept me from attending. Look for me to add that track to my all-time different track list this year.
Don’t forget the fourth season for the Sprint Series of Oklahoma IMCA 305-ci sprint series will kick off on Saturday night, March 23rd at Enid Speedway in Enid, Oklahoma. No word yet on other divisions competing so will post those as race day draws closer. Do mark on your calendar Wednesday night, July 3rd at the fairgrounds track as the MLRA late models will make an appearance. Terry Phillips, Tony Jackson, Jr. and more are touring regulars and are all expected to compete. More as the month of July gets closer.
If you haven’t kept up-to-date on facebook, Longdale Speedway will be adding permanent restroom facilities as well as new concession stands and more. Long-time racer Shawn Brassfield is the new promoter for 2019 and schedule is already set. Of course, you can find that and more information on their facebook page: Longdale Speedway Longdale OK.
If you didn’t see the post on this page from a week or so ago, our own Christopher Bell will be competing at I-44 Riverside Raceway on Friday and Saturday night, March 22-23, as the “Turnpike Challenge” will once again take place featuring the Lucas Oil POWERi national and west series. Last year saw over sixty midgets circle the dirt with Bell sweeping the weekend – again.
Red Dirt Raceway in Meeker will open their 2019 race season next Saturday and Sunday afternoon, March 9-10 with race action both days set for a 4:00 PM start time. Divisions competing will be the N.O.W. 600 Micros, Sooner Limited Modified Series, Western Outlaw Pure Stock Series and Hornets. More race information can be found on their facebook page: Red Dirt Raceway – Meeker, Ok.
One week later at the little Red Dirt oval (March 16th) the OCRS Sprint Series will open their 2019 race season as will the Sooner Late Model Series and Turf Tire Micros. Race action will start at 4:00 PM.
The United Rebel Sprint Series 305-ci sprinters will open and close their 2019 race season at 81 Speedway in Park City, Kansas. The tour will be the support division for the opening night of the ninth annual Park City Cup/Air Capital Shootout on Friday night, April 5, before they head to Dodge City Raceway Park one night later for a Saturday night appearance. Drivers will be allowed to compete in both the 360-ci and 305-ci portion of the night. The tour will also make an appearance at 81 Speedway on Sunday night, May 26, once again as part of the tracks Sprint Car Maynia III. This night the series will be joined by the Sprint Series of Oklahoma. The night before the tour will be at Longdale Speedway. The series will close out their 2019 campaign at 81 Speedway on October 5.
Speaking of SSO, word has it the series will make two more appearances at 81 Speedway in 2019. Keep tabs here for those two dates.
Didn’t think I would leave out my duties with the National Championship Racing Association tidbits did ya?
Pre-entries for the ninth annual “Park City Cup/Air Capital Shootout” at 81 Speedway on April 4-6 are now being accepted. First driver to send in his entry is defending event champion Blake Hahn from Sapulpa. Blake banked $13,000 during last years event and capped off his successful 2018 race season by taking home $10,000 at Tracey Clay’s I-30 Speedway Short Track Nationals. Send in your $100 pre-entry now and receive one (1) free drivers pit pass. You can do so by calling the speedway office (316) 755-1781 or their official website www.race81speedway.com. Get in your early entry so you can be added to all pre-race press releases.
Young Kansas driver Eric Matthews has thrown in his hat to compete for the NCRA 360-ci sprint car rookie of the year honors and the $500 bonus that will be paid by tidbits. $250 will be paid to runner-up in sprint car points. Must compete in at least 75% of NCRA sprint events to be eligible and, per my stipulations, you don’t have to finish in the top ten in final points. Just support the tour.
Mark Wednesday night, July 3rd, on your calendar as the NCRA Crate Late Model division will be competing in a 50-lap feature while the same is pending for the series modified division. Also, starting August 10th and each Saturday after that in the month of August, there will be a NCRA modified event each night at 81 Speedway.
Talk too your local track and get them to buy a track ad here on tidbits. Special race banners for those tracks will be displayed on all-pages of tidbits and exclusively here on the official facebook page of tidbits. When asked, tidbits will also do press releases for those events and sent out to all race media race outlets I have addresses for (at least thirty). Promotion is more than facebook as not everybody has social media.
Laugh at those who say tidbits is a waste of time, actually there is a promoter or two who feels this. But been doing this since 1998 so…..
All for this March 3, 2019 tidbits update. Safe travels to where ever you head and as always, watch out for the other guy.