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  1. For immediate release: MAN Racing Promotions Contact: Mary Ann Naumann Tel: 512-844-3582 Annual OctoberFAST program set for Oct. 16-17 at Cotton Bowl Speedway Two nights of great racing to close out competitive year at Texas oval PAIGE, Texas (Oct. 1, 2020) — It's one of those classic fall gatherings that race teams have had circled on their calendars for months. After the points titles are decided, after the stressful, pandemic-shortened regular season is over, there's one last chance for a trophy and to enjoy a weekend of racing. Cotton Bowl Speedway will close out its 2020 campaign with its 3rd annual OctoberFAST event, slated for Friday and Saturday, October 16-17, at the famed 3/8-mile banked oval in Paige, Texas. Gates will open at 6 p.m. Friday (races begin at 8) and at 5 p.m. on Saturday (racing at 7 p.m.). Tickets are available online at www.racecbs.com or on the My Race Pass App. Admission is $20 per day for adults, $10 for children ages 7-12 and kids age 6 and under are admitted free with a paying adult. Expected to compete in this year's OctoberFAST are 2020 points champions Hardy Henderson (MAGNUM IMCA Modifieds); James Hanusch (IMCA Southern Sport Mods); Adam Haugh (Gunslinger Factory Stocks), Dustin Mooney (Browning IMCA Stock Cars); Tommy Gural (Street Stocks), and Rowdy Chouinard (Sport Compacts). All six had outstanding seasons at Cotton Bowl Speedway in 2020. In fact, going into the season points finale on Sept. 26, the top two positions were separated by less than 10 points in four of the six weekly divisions, a testament to the level of competition at CBS. Henderson, of Harker Heights, Texas, outdistanced Lightning McGreen by 70 points in a very solid season. In 10 starts this year, Henderson earned one win, five top-five and nine top-10 finishes. Hanusch, of Belton, Texas, earned the title over Joe Maple by three points in a tight battle all season long. Hanusch claimed one win, seven top-five and nine top-10 finishes in 10 starts this year. Haugh, of Round Rock, Texas, stole the title from Tim Homeyer by a mere three points. Haugh earned one win, eight top-five and an impressive 10 top-10 finishes in a stellar campaign, taking the lead from Homeyer with just two races remaining. Mooney, of Forney, Texas, led veteran Jason Batt by only six points going into his season finale. In a rookie season to remember, Mooney finished inside the top five in all 10 races this year, earning the points championship without winning a single feature. It's all about consistency, no question. Gural, of Elgin, Texas, held a slim nine-point advantage over Todd Roberts-McAvoy going into the finale. Gural, one the smoothest drivers of his era, also had one win and 10 top-five runs in 2020. Chouinard, of Buda, Texas, outgunned Taylor Stewart by 20 points for the title. Chouinard won five features and earned 10 top-five finishes this season, great numbers in any division of short track racing. Cotton Bowl Speedway is operated by MAN Racing Promotions. The track operates every other Saturday night from March through October with a full card of racing. For more information, please go to www.cottonbowlspeedway.com.
  2. For immediate release: MFM Public Relations Contact: Phil Whipple Tel: 207.689.6630 Larry Baggett set to make Sport Mod debut at Cotton Bowl Speedway Former Street Stock racer returns to home track on Saturday BURNET, Texas (Aug. 7, 2020) — One of the most popular and well respected short track drivers in central Texas is about to enjoy a little homecoming party. Once a regular in the Street Stock division, he's climbing into a car owner's IMCA Sport Modified this weekend and couldn't possibly be any happier. Veteran racer Larry Baggett will make his debut for Mike Fortier Motorsports (MFM) in the No. 51VT entry this Saturday, Aug. 8, at Cotton Bowl Speedway in Paige, Texas. It'll be Baggett's maiden voyage in the ultra-competitive Sport Mod class, yet he's no stranger to the high-banked oval. “I'm so excited to get back to Cotton Bowl on Saturday,” Baggett said. “I like the bullrings, but Cotton Bowl has the room to see what a car can do down the straightaway. I took a short blast in this car last night, and the power made my blood boil. I can't wait to roll out for Hot Laps tomorrow night.” Baggett was racing a full-size truck around south Texas this season, but has now shifted his focus to the MFM Sport Mod program. It's a chance to expand his racing resume working with a friend. “It's hard to describe how thrilled I am to have this opportunity,” Baggett added. “Mike has busted his butt to make this happen, and I appreciate all of his efforts. This whole deal will be big fun, no-stress racing for me, and I think we're bringing a strong car to the race track. I'm pretty stoked.” Fortier has been busy in this hectic, pandemic-shortened season working for Cotton Bowl promoter Mary Ann Naumann. Once he delivered his car to Baggett's shop, Fortier relied on Baggett and friends to prepare the car for competition. Improvements we made, and the car owner is thrilled. “It feels like a long time since we announced this deal with Larry, but thanks to his hard work we're just about ready to hit the track,” Fortier said. “The car has come a long way since I brought it up from San Antonio. David Lawrence built a strong engine for us, and Larry has the car all ready to go.” As the owner of a busy company, Fortier's driver has had to balance his time carefully in 2020. “Larry has been very busy with his business, By the Bay Lawn Care & Landscaping. I know he has a full plate without racing for me, but I sure am thrilled he's willing to do this. I have nothing but respect for he and Shawna, they are great folks and I know the 51VT entry is always in good hands.” Baggett bought his first race car in 2016, a Chevy Camaro for the Street Stock class. He finished a respectable eighth in points for his first year behind the wheel. In 2017, he purchased a Chevy Nova to run in the same class car and finished fourth in final points. Baggett's career highlight came in 2019 when he claimed the inaugural Texas Dirt Truck Series points championship. Fortier grew up in Vermont and started attending races at the age of 8, eventually joining a race team when he was just 19. He became a car owner in 1998 fielding a Late Model in the highly-respected American-Canadian Tour and at the famed Thunder Road International Speedbowl in Barre. To keep up with news on results, future race dates and other plans, please visit the Mike Fortier Motorsports Facebook page at www.facebook.com/mfm51/.
  3. For immediate release: Cotton Bowl Speedway PR Contact: Mary Ann Naumann Tel: 512-844-3582 Spillman, Pittman to share announcing duties at Cotton Bowl Speedway in 2020 PAIGE, Texas (Dec. 16, 2019) — Two men with an in-depth knowledge of the Texas short track scene and many friends within the sport will combine forces to entertain and inform race fans in 2020. Former racer turned promoter Joe Spillman and longtime P.A. announcer Owen Pittman will keep fans at Cotton Bowl Speedway apprised of the action during a 15-event schedule. Both men will work the mics on March 13, 2020, for the season-opening World of Outlaws NOS Sprint Car tour visit. Spillman will serve as the track's primary announcer, while Pittman will handle those duties on four or five occasions. The two men take the place of world-class announcer and Revved Up Sports Show host Rodney Rodriguez, who serves as the announcer at Houston Motorsports Park on several conflicting dates. “I'm incredibly proud of Rodney, and have been a fan since the first day I heard him on the mic as a young man,” Cotton Bowl track operator/race promoter Mary Ann Naumann said. “His skills have become so strong, he is booked solid most of the time. We've been lucky to have him when he was available, yet for 2020 we simply needed somebody who could commit to us all year. He fully understands that.” Most recently active as the promoter at 281 Speedway in Stephenville, Spillman has seen the sport from both sides of the fence. He'll be well suited to the job and is anxious for next spring. “I've been racing at Cotton Bowl Speedway from the very beginning," Spillman said. “I love the facility and the location. I have also been friends with Mary Ann and H for many, many years, since the Longhorn days. Having promoted and raced, I'm hoping to add some insight into the announcer's role.” Pittman, of Corpus Christi, worked at I-37 Speedway alongside Milton Hope the past few seasons. Race fans across the region know his voice the minute he turns on the microphone. Pittman handled announcing duties at Cotton Bowl for its 2019 edition of OctoberFast, and did a fabulous job. “We've known and respected Owen for many years,” Nauman added. “We knew him when he had the very successful TAMS Asphalt series. He is a great guy, and we look forward to having him back in the tower more often next season.” Pittman says his respect for Cotton Bowl runs deep, and his enthusiasm for 2020 is off the chart. “Mary Ann and H bring a very positive vibe to the sport,” Pittman said. “They have a first class facility and run it in a professional manner. I love the track, the staff, and all those dedicated racers at Cotton Bowl. I'm anxious to get back up there next year and call some more exciting races.” Cotton Bowl Speedway is operated by MAN Racing Promotions. The track hosts races every other Saturday night from mid-March through mid-October with a full card of racing. Officials and racers will celebrate the 2019 class champions in grand style on Jan. 12 at the annual awards banquet. To see the 2020 schedule or for more information, please go to www.cottonbowlspeedway.com.
  4. For immediate release: TDTS Public Relations Contact: Phil Whipple Twitter: @PhilWhipple Officials announce remainder of 2019 schedule for Texas Dirt Truck Series SAN ANTONIO, Texas (Feb. 1, 2019) — Officials of the new Texas Dirt Truck Series (TDTS) have announced the remaining five dates on their inaugural event schedule, bringing the debut season up to 11 races at three different venues. Joining the five race dates at I-37 Speedway in Pleasanton, Texas, and the June 22 event at Cotton Bowl are five new dates at the newly-renamed Monarch Motor Speedway in Wichita Falls, TX. The 3/8-mile high-banked clay oval, formerly known as Red River Raceway, was purchased last week by Raymond Charles Evans III, series director for the Ultimate Deep South Super Late Model series. “We're more than excited about taking our trucks up to Wichita Falls to compete at Monarch Motor Speedway,” TDTS co-owner George Jones said. “I know Charles is making big plans for several special events up there this year, so we're honored to be a part of those plans.” The Texas Dirt Truck Series teams will compete at MMS on July 4, 5 and 6 for a holiday triple-header. They'll return on Aug. 30-31 as a companion division to the Southern Texas Late Model Series. It's two trips north for the San Antonio-based group, yet more than worthy for five points races. “That three-night special on the Fourth of July weekend should separate the contenders from the pretenders,” series co-owner Mike Fortier said. “I'm delighted that Charles Evans feels so strongly about our trucks he's booked us into his new facility on two important race weekends. We're very anxious to compete up there.” The 2019 campaign will begin at I-37 Speedway on Saturday, March 23. Track owners Ray Doyon III and Michael Keylich will give the command for the TDTS debut race, fitting given the faith those two individuals have placed in the Texas Dirt Truck Series. On April 13, the series returns to I-37 for Round 2 to see who took the best notes and found the hot setup during their inaugural visit in March. It'll be a true test of drivers and crew chiefs as they work to figure out the right chassis setups for these exciting new pickup-bodies racing machines. On June 22, a $1,000-to-win race at Cotton Bowl in companion with the Ultimate Deep South Super Late Model series will generate excitement. With its high-banked surface, Cotton Bowl will present a real challenge yet offer big thrills to TDTS competitors. It's a not-to-be-missed event. Just one week later, the series returns to I-37 for the third of five appearances at the wide, well-groomed oval in Pleasanton. Many teams, like full-time points contenders Russ Parker (Parker-Jones Racing/Chevrolet) and Tony Bernal (MFM Ford) will have the place figured out by then and be fast. The Texas Dirt Truck Series was launched in Oct. of 2018 and will be running its inaugural campaign in 2019. It was formed on the concept of America's love for full-size pickups and passion for short track racing on dirt. For more information, go to www.texasdirttrucks.com.
  5. The Southern Texas Late Model Series will open the 2018 season at the 3/8 mile Cotton Bowl Speedway in Paige, TX on Saturday, April 14, 2018. There are several new drivers to add to the group for 2018. The racing will be great, and the points championship and rookie of the year battles both have that makings for excitement throughout the season. Don’t miss us in our one and only stop for 2018 at the beautiful Cotton Bowl Speedway.
  6. Pictures from race 5 can be found HERE!!! Steven Doty (9t) sitting in staging Lucky Gilbert gets the hook after breaking a ball joint during hot laps Jim Asher Sr. (66) battles with Stephan Danielsen (149) during their heat race Frank Okruhlik (36F) getting beneath Shawn Kline (11) during the feature Ryan Slott (49R) and Wade Jones (41) battling for position during the feature Race winner, Tony Blankenship (35), works his way through lapped traffic late in the race
  7. Post race interviews from race 1 of the Swenson Racing Components South Texas Street Stock Shootout presented by SABFI.
  8. Pictures for the first race are posted HERE!!! Dennis Hilla (2X) battles beneath of Alton Fambro during the A Main Will Arnold (7A) makes the pass on Frank Okruhlik during the A Main Aaron Leddy (17) and Stephan Danielsen battling for position early in the A Main A late race 3 wide battle between Stephan Danielsen (149), Chirs Florio (211) and Edward Oakes (82) Wade Jones and crew celebrating his race 1 victory