Kingsburg's Cory Eliason set to run majority of Sprint Car Challenge Tour season with Rod Tiner Racing
By Gary Thomas
Elverta, CA – March 14, 2017…Central Valley racer Cory Eliason will drive the potent Rod Tiner Racing No. 83sa at a majority of the Elk Grove Ford Sprint Car Challenge Tour presented by Abreu Vineyards events this season.
Last year the Kingsburg, CA wheel-man captured seven overall victories and has become one of the drivers to beat on a nightly basis in the Golden State. “I’m really excited to run for Rod Tiner at most of the Sprint Car Challenge Tour shows this season,” Eliason stated. “Rod always puts together a great race car and I definitely think we’ll have a shot to win at every race we compete in. We look forward to getting the year started at Antioch Speedway on April 1.”
Among Eliason’s triumphs last season was the Salute to LeRoy Van Conett at the Stockton Dirt Track, an event the Sprint Car Challenge Tour will compete in on Saturday August 26.
“We’re thrilled to have Cory Eliason run a majority of the Elk Grove Ford Sprint Car Challenge Tour presented by Abreu Vineyards events this year,” said Scott Russell of Russell Motorsports Inc. “Cory has improved each and every season and when you put him together with a guy like Rod Tiner it will certainly make for a tough combo to beat. It’s going to be fun to watch them as a team and see what they can accomplish together this year.”
Basic nightly payouts will see $2,500-to-win the A-main and thanks to John Bianchi of Bianchi Farms, $400-to-start. No matter the car count every team entered will be taking home a share of the monetary awards. NASCAR star Kyle Larson has also offered a $500 bonus to any full-time owner who wins a feature event, allowing the winner’s share to potentially grow to $3,000. Also, as an added benefit to race teams, the nightly purses will be paid out at the track when that night of competition is completed.
The Elk Grove Ford Sprint Car Challenge Tour presented by Abreu Vineyards will kick-off its inaugural season on Saturday April 1 at the Antioch Speedway in Antioch, CA. It will mark the first California-based traveling Winged Sprint Car series event at the Contra Costa County Fairgrounds facility since 2013. With the Kyle Larson Racing bonus money automatically up for grabs the feature event at the opener will pay $3,000-to-win.
The front gate will open at 5pm on Saturday April 1, with cars on track shortly after that for wheel packing. Qualifying will begin around 6pm, with racing to follow. Adult tickets will cost $20; while kids 6-12, seniors 65+ and active military will be $15 and children five and under are free. A family pack featuring two adults and two kids will be available for $50. The pit gate opens at 2pm for competitors.
The Sprint Car Challenge Tour showcases a substantial contingency package that will provide over $20,000 in certificates and cash over the course of the 13 race season. The full list can be viewed on the SCCT website. Thanks to the generous support from Matt Wood of Elk Grove Ford and David Abreu of Abreu Vineyards the initial champion of the tour will be awarded with $10,000 of an over $60,000 point fund. The top 15 teams following the tour will also participate in the substantial year-end fund.
The Sprint Car Challenge Tour is proudly sponsored by Elk Grove Ford, Abreu Vineyards, Hoosier Racing Tires, Bianchi Farms, Kyle Larson Racing, All Star Performance, ART Speed Equipment, BR Motorsports, King Racing Products, Auto Meter, Bullard Construction, Chris Kenner Racing Specialties/ Security Race Products, CRV Carbon Solutions, Flying Squirrel, Garth Moore Insurance and Financial Services, Jockos Sprint Parts, Keizer Wheels, Light Up the World Beverages, LRB Inc., Menne Hay Inc., Moto Wear, Metal Works, Naake Suspension, Pit Stop USA, PT Shocks, Pyrotect Racing Cells, RacePartsTrader.com, Saldana Racing Products, Sellers Race Wings, Shifty Illusions and Walker Performance Filtration.
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More information on the Elk Grove Ford Sprint Car Challenge Tour presented by Abreu Vineyards can be found at our official website www.sprintcarchallengetour.com – Be sure to also like us on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/sprintcarchallengetour and follow on Twitter https://twitter.com/360SCCT for the latest breaking news regarding SCCT.
Elk Grove Ford Sprint Car Challenge Tour presented by Abreu Vineyards Championship Point Fund
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Saturday April 1: Antioch Speedway
Saturday April 15: Placerville Speedway
Friday April 21: Thunderbowl Raceway (4th annual Peter Murphy Classic)
Saturday April 29: Petaluma Speedway
Saturday May 27: Stockton Dirt Track
Saturday June 17: Antioch Speedway
Saturday June 24: Calistoga Speedway
Sunday July 2: Stockton Dirt Track (Jimmy Sills Classic)
Monday July 3: Petaluma Speedway
Saturday July 29: Fernley 95A Speedway
Friday August 25: Placerville Speedway
Saturday August 26: Stockton Dirt Track (Salute to LeRoy Van Conett)
Saturday November 4: Stockton Dirt Track (34th annual Tribute to Gary Patterson)
Cory Eliason and Rod Tiner are sure to be a potent combination during the Sprint Car Challenge Tour season. Photo courtesy Jason Tucker Photos