It’s All Smiles for Sprint Car Bandits Fierce 15 Teams, with the Smiley’s Racing Products 4 Pack Bonus Program!
Mesquite, TX (3/13/19) by DarinShort.com. The NCRA 360C.I. Sprint Car Bandits (SCB) series is pleased to announce the second component of its new 2019 Fierce 15 driver initiatives program, the “Smiley’s Racing Products 4 Pack Bonus.”
We’d like to thank Smiley’s Racing Products for stepping up to be a sponsor for this unique new rewards program of the Sprint Car Bandits.
A huge supporter of dirt track racing, www.SmileysRacing.com is there for racers across the nation to provide them with the latest in dirt track racing products and a knowledgeable staff to make sure to keep those racers ‘on track.’
Tom Lorenz of Smiley’s Racing Products comments: “I’ve worked with Darin in a variety of ways since the early 90’s, and he continues to have the best interests of Smiley’s Racing Products and racers in mind as the industry and business climate evolves. After we became a series sponsor last year, we know the Series helps keep our company message and brand in front of customers throughout the racing season, and the off season, with consistent communication. This new program directly benefits racing teams and it will help keep more of them on track as the season wears on, so we’re glad to be involved.”
Here’s how the Smiley’s Racing Products 4 Pack Bonus works:
For every 4 consecutive SCB events completed, there will be a bonus fund.
For drivers that signed up for the SCB Fierce 15 driver rewards program, they will split the bonus amount equally between all other Fierce 15 drivers that compete in each 4 pack of races...regardless of how they finished.
The first Smiley’s Racing Products 4-Pack Bonus amount is $1,500 cash. The next 4-Pack will be announced after the conclusion of this first leg (as we have to wait to see if any rain outs affect the schedule).
For example, if all 15 compete in all 4 events, they’ll each receive a $100 bonus just for racing all 4.
If 10 of the 15 make all 4, then they’ll each receive $150; and so forth.
The optional Fierce 15 program cost those drivers $0.00 up front to sign up. The SCB does not charge a registration fee or annual license/member fee to any eligible driver competing in the series throughout the season – whether they are a Fierce 15 driver or not. There is a $20 per event draw fee for all competitors, and that is it. Complete series rules are posted at the series website.
These new SCB series initiatives also helps to ensure fans and race tracks 'who' will be racing there that night, so it assists in pre-promoting each event.
If you’ve missed out on recent press release announcements about the SCB 2019 DARE TO BE DIFFERENT Tour schedule, our new online store, the SCB rules which are an effort to help make sprint car racing more sustainable, or the Fierce 15 driver rewards initiatives program, please continue to read on:
The 360C.I. NCRA Sprint Car Bandits (SCB) series kicks off the 2019 ‘DARE TO BE DIFFERENT’ Tour at the 1/4 mile 'bullring' oval of HOT Speedway (Heart O' Texas Speedway) in Waco on Friday, March 22nd with the running of the Gene Adamcik Memorial. Gene promoted racing at HOT for 32 years before passing away in 2016.
:30 HOT REWIND: The last time the Sprint Car Bandits were at Heart O’ Texas Speedway on a hotter-than-HOT August 2018 night, Selby Holder and the track crew had the track in stellar racing condition, producing top-notch racing action. 5th place starter and veteran sprint driver Claud “The Ambassador” Estes III tracked down race-long leader (and nephew) Colby Estes and snuck by him with just a few laps to go and claim the win – much to the support of the large pro-Estes HOT grandstand crowd. 4th place starter Jason Howell would come home in 2nd place while Colby finished in 3rd.
RACE FANS: Make plans to arrive early at the track to take in the pre-race Sprint Car Bandits “Fierce 15” Fan Fest! It will take place directly next to the main ticket window from 6:30pm until about 7:15pm. There, you can meet the drivers of the Fierce 15, get selfies, purchase their 2019 t-shirt designs (get them autographed!) and get a good close look at the cars.
SCB Fan Fest is an effort to help sprint car racing get back to the good ‘ol days when there was generally more fan interaction with the race teams. Back then it was common for most of the fans to go to the pits after the races to meet with the teams, and now in many cases the races at tracks don’t finish in time to make that feasible. This is an effort to fire back up that interaction by simply flipping the timing element. Pre-race Fan Fest will take place at every SCB series event in 2019.
If you’d like to get your brand new Fierce 15 driver t-shirts prior to Fan Fest, the new online store at www.SprintCarBandits.com will have them for sale starting this Friday, March 8th. Reminder, that proceeds from Fierce 15 driver apparel benefits each individual driver that is a part of the program, so please show your support by grabbing one when you can...and your support will help drivers better funded throughout the season.
The following drivers make up the 2019 Sprint Car Bandits Fierce 15 and will be competing for added money for their support of the series: Colby Estes, Michael Day, Claud Estes III, Dalton Stevens, Scott Evans, Chance McCrary, Dale Wester, Junior Jenkins, Cody Hall, Josh Hawkins, Casey Burkham, Steve McMackin, Will Eggimann, Mark Zoeller and Mark Huddleston. Fans can expect to see these drivers competing in 2019 Sprint Car Bandits series events, along with any eligible sprint car driver that chooses to on a night-to-night basis, just as in previous seasons. Drivers interested in the Sprint Car Bandits Fierce 15 program can contact SprintCarBandits@outlook.com for additional information.
For Heart O' Texas Speedway information, please click www.HeartOTexasSpeedway.com and note their address is 784 N McLennan Drive Waco, TX 76640 (just north of town right off of I-35); track phone is 254-829-2294. Action fires up at 8pm on March 22nd.
RACE TEAMS: all sprint car teams that sign in will draw for heat race starting positions, regardless of their engine C.I. displacement (up to and including 360C.I.) and will receive passing points to determine their straight-up from points feature race starting position. All drivers make sure to read the posted rules at the series website prior to heading to the track.
The standard posted SCB purse and rules are in effect. All non-qualifiers or non-starters will each receive $100. There is no entry fee, no series membership fee and a $20 nightly draw fee. Drivers should go to www.SprintCarBandits.com prior to arrival for complete rules, purse and procedures information.
Fred Summers will also reward four lucky SCB drivers with the www.FixYourGenerator.com Cash ‘Fix’ Bonus in the drivers meeting with (4) $50 cash awards. Drivers signing in before the drivers meeting will have their names entered in the drawing, and four will be pulled out at the conclusion of the drivers meeting. (Must be at drivers meeting to win.) Thanks to Fred for his long-term support of the SCB series!
DARE TO BE DIFFERENT: Why are we calling this season the ‘DARE TO BE DIFFERENT’ tour? The SCB series has a unique rules package that allows teams to use their current equipment (especially in the engine compartment) yet curbing nightly tire expense...which helps equalize the competition with teams of varying budget sizes. The SCB “20° wing angle rule” also helps by freeing up the cars to be able to pass easier in many cases that also helps reduce excess tire and engine wear. Our ‘one rear tire all night long’ rule has not only saved racers thousands of dollars over the past three years, but to date, we’ve yet to have one tire fail (blow) due to excess tire wear in any feature race we’ve held.
All these small, yet effective changes, have been accomplished without the racers having to purchase something out of the ordinary. And we essentially haven’t changed the rules since the inception of the series at the end of 2015.
And let’s face it, since the events of 9/11/2001, a lot of the economics of the sport of dirt track racing have changed drastically (especially the cost of travel, track insurance, general crowd sizes, cost of racing components), yet there really hasn’t been much being done on a nationwide level to help counteract those economic impacts. We aren’t trying to say we’ve ‘fixed’ all those impacts, but at least we are doing something to help curb racer expenses – and it’s working.
Our rules package certainly has made for exciting and unpredictable racing outcomes – as there were 13 different feature winners in 16 SCB events in 2018. When you add these components together, that’s a result of why we DARE TO BE DIFFERENT!
Click www.SprintCarBandits.com for the latest in series news and where the DARE TO BE DIFFERENT Tour is headed to next. You can also reach the SCB on Facebook, at www.Facebook.com/SprintCarBandits .
If your business is interested in getting involved with the SCB series, please email SprintCarBandits@Outlook.com for more information. There are effective programs available for all sizes of budgets.
We would like to thank last season’s sponsors of the Sprint Car Bandits series: Rodd Hanna's Air Performance, A&M Glass Service, Palm Harbor Homes, Kustom Craft Exhibits, Gen-Tech at FixYourGenerator.com, Mow Time in Farmersville, RockAuto.com, Pro-Tech Service Co., Scott Baylor Racing Engines, American Elevator Technologies, South Dallas Battery & Electric Co., Gary Floyd Homes, Utility Trailer of Dallas, Inc., DFW Urethane, Valvoline Express Care of Seagoville, www.DarinShort.com , www.ShopTheBOSS.com and the SCB points fund is sponsored by Smiley’s Racing Products & Hoosier Tire Southwest.
NCRA Sprint Car Bandits Confirmed Event Schedule, as of 03/06/19:
March 22 (Friday) – ‘Gene Adamcik Memorial’ at Heart O’ Texas Speedway, Elm Mott TX
March 30 (Saturday) – ‘Sprint Car Bandits Spring Championships’ at Kennedale Speedway Park, Kennedale TX (NASCAR weekend at TMS)
April 13 (Saturday) – ‘Liberty 25’ at 105 Speedway, Cleveland TX $2,000/win and $300/start
April 20 (Saturday) – ‘Bunny Hop 25’ at LoneStar Speedway, Kilgore TX $2,000/win and $300/start (Easter weekend)
April 27 (Saturday) - '82 Speedway Sprint Car Championships' at 82 Speedway, Petty TX $2,000/win and $300/start
May 4 (Saturday) – ‘Grand Opening Celebration 25’ at Buffalo Creek Speedway, Edgewood TX
May 11 (Saturday) – To be announced
May 25 (Saturday) – 2nd Annual ‘Sprint Car MAYnia’ NCRA Series vs Sprint Car Bandits at 81 Speedway, Park City, KS $2,000/win and $300/start
May 26 (Sunday) – 2nd Annual ‘Sprint Car MAYnia’ NCRA Series vs Sprint Car Bandits, at 81 Speedway, Park City, KS $2,000/win and $300/start (Mem’l Day weekend)
June 1 (Saturday) – ‘Summer Showdown 25’ Buffalo Creek Speedway, Edgewood TX
June 15 (Sat) – ‘Texoma 25’ at 82 Speedway, Petty TX $2,000/win and $300/start
June 22 (Sat) – To be announced
July 6 (Saturday) – ‘Firecracker 25’ at Buffalo Creek Speedway, Edgewood TX
July 12 (Friday) – ‘MDA Night at the Speedway’ at Heart O’ Texas Speedway, Elm Mott TX
~ Sprint Car Bandits Summer Break ~
September 21 (Saturday) – ‘Texas Thunder 25’ at 105 Speedway, Cleveland TX $2,000/win and $300/start
September 28 (Saturday) - 'Fall Sprint Car Championships' at 82 Speedway, Petty TX $2,000/win and $300/start
October 5 (Sat) – ‘Fall Classic 25’ at Buffalo Creek Speedway, Edgewood TX
October 11 (Fri) – To be announced
October 12 (Sat) – To be announced
If your track is interested in hosting the Sprint Car Bandits, please email SprintCarBandits@outlook.com as soon as possible. This schedule is subject to change, so please visit the series website prior to traveling. New dates will be published when they become available.
Click www.SprintCarBandits.com for all series info, and we look forward to seeing you Friday March 22nd when the Sprint Car Bandits ‘DARE TO BE DIFFERENT’ Tour returns to Heart O’ Texas Speedway, near Waco, Texas with high-powered 360C.I. winged Sprint Cars battling on the racy ¼ mile oval for the first time in 2019!