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Gary Thomas
December 23, 2016 at 02:16:52 PM
Joined: 12/03/2004
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Elk Grove Ford Sprint Car Challenge Tour Presented By Abreu Vineyards To Debut In 2017
PLACERVILLE, CA (December 20, 2017). The Western United States will see a major new 360 sprint car series on the scene in 2017 as the Elk Grove Ford Sprint Car Challenge Tour Presented by Abreu Vineyards is set to sanction races in California and Nevada.
The winged fuel injected sprint cars will contest a 12 race schedule at five tracks, with very significant contingency awards, enhanced purses, and large point fund payouts available for race teams.
The Elk Grove Ford Sprint Car Challenge Tour Presented by Abreu Vineyards will have their inaugural event at Antioch Speedway on April 1. The bay area track will also see a return visit on June 17th.  
Placerville Speedway and Stockton Dirt Track will both host four races each. Placerville’s foothill facility holds series race number two on April 15th, another single event on May 6th, and the high paying two day Nor-Cal Shootout on September 22nd and 23rd.
The Stockton Dirt Track presents its first race on May 27th, with the Jimmy Sills Classic on July 2nd, the Salute to Leroy Van Conett on August 26th and the inaugural season finale 34th Annual Tribute to Gary Patterson November 4th.
Solo nights of racing at the beautiful Calistoga Speedway in the Napa Valley wine region will see the Wine Country Classic on June 24th, while Nevada’s Fernley 95A Speedway in the high desert area outside of Reno will have their race on July 29th.
Thanks to generous support from Matt Wood of Elk Grove Ford and David Abreu of Abreu Vineyards the initial champion of the series will be awarded $10,000 of an over $60,000 point fund. The top 15 teams following the series will also participate in the substantial year end fund, which is expected to be augmented considerably with other announcements forthcoming in the near future. Race team interest expressed during the creation of the new series should see a full complement of top teams gunning for their share of the prize money.
Basic purse payouts will see $2,500 to win and, and thanks to John Bianchi of Bianchi Farms, $400 to start the feature event. No matter the car count every team entered will be taking home a share of the monetary awards. NASCAR star and open wheel enthusiast Kyle Larson has also offered a $500 bonus to any full-time team who wins a feature event, allowing the winner’s share to potentially grow to $3,000.
Additional race dates, such as the above mentioned Nor-Cal Shootout, will offer purses greater than the standard payouts, with details on those events available soon. 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 Sprint Car Challenge Tour will also debut with a substantial contingency package that will provide over $20,000 in certificates and cash to racers over the course of the 12 race season.
Awards at each event will include LRB Race Products $100 to fast time, $250 apiece from All Star Performance, ART, BR Motorsports, and King Racing Products for the top four in each heat, RacePartsTrader.com $100 to the dash winner, Bullard Construction $100 to 7th place in the B-main, Pit Stop USA $200 to the A-main Hard Charger, MW Metal Works $100 to the fastest lap in the A-Main, and Jocko’s Sprint Parts $100 to 6th place in the A-main.
Also, Garth Moore Insurance and Financial Services will provide a $1,000 prize to the series Rookie of the Year. Several more contingency sponsors will be announced as the season approaches.
Those seeking more information regarding the Elk Grove Ford Sprint Car Challenge Tour Presented by Abreu Vineyards can visit the official online home at www.sprintcarchallengetour.com. Series updates and breaking news will be available in the coming weeks, including transparent point fund payouts, standard purse structures, and rules.
2017 Elk Grove Ford Sprint Car Challenge Tour Presented by Abreu Vineyards Schedule
Saturday April 1: Antioch Speedway
Saturday April 15: Placerville Speedway
Saturday May 6: Placerville Speedway
Saturday May 27: Stockton Dirt Track
Saturday June 17: Antioch Speedway
Saturday June 24: Calistoga Speedway (Wine Country Classic)
Sunday July 2: Stockton Dirt Track (Jimmy Sills Classic)
Saturday July 29: Fernley 95A Speedway
Saturday August 26: Stockton Dirt Track (Salute to LeRoy Van Conett)
Friday September 22: Placerville Speedway (Nor-Cal Shootout)
Saturday September 23: Placerville Speedway (Nor-Cal Shootout)
Saturday November 4: Stockton Dirt Track (34th annual Tribute to Gary Patterson)


Gary Thomas
December 23, 2016 at 02:17:14 PM
Joined: 12/03/2004
Posts: 7300

Sprint Car Challenge Tour


December 26, 2016 at 03:31:48 PM
Joined: 04/13/2005
Posts: 171

Mr. Thomas,

Looks like a good format with a very good payout for the 360 guys. It would be nice to see a bonus for a hat trick. Get quick time, win your heat, dash and A main(doesn't happen very often) get an extra $1000.

See you next year,


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