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  1. For immediate release: TDTS Public Relations Contact: Phil Whipple Tel: 207.689.6630 Season opener at I-37 Speedway on tap for Aligned Mortgage Texas Dirt Truck Series, Presented by Military Talent Source SAN ANTONIO, Texas (May 11, 2020) — After a successful debut season in 2019, teams throughout central and south Texas are hard at work in their shops, as the Texas Dirt Truck Series (TDTS) gets set to open its second season of competition on Saturday, May 16, at I-37 Speedway. Series officials went to work during the off-season to expand the schedule, taking teams to different venues. While the popular I-37 will continue to serve as home base, the series will also make its debut at Monarch Motor Speedway (Wichita Falls) and 105 Speedway (Cleveland) in 2020. “I really think we're all in for a very competitive and exciting second season with our trucks,” series founder and president George Jones said. “I'm excited about the five races we have at I-37, and I'm revved up about going to Wichita Falls and to Cleveland, as well. New tracks help reach new fans. “We've got most of the guys rebuilding their trucks, going all through them to prepare for a brand new season. I know we'll see a few new faces, and they're welcome to join our growing family. I know our new media partners will help us reach more fans. I can't wait to get this season started.” Leading the charge into I-37 is defending series point champion Larry Baggett, of Burnet, TX. Baggett has gone all through his No. 3 Chevrolet Silverado and is gearing up in a big way for 2020. “Winning the inaugural series title last year was a career highlight for me,” Baggett said. “We made a ton of great friends, had some exciting races and learned a lot about chassis setups. Now, we've got some good notes to go on and can improve our program. We're after race wins and another title.” Looking to challenge Baggett as he defends that crown are dedicated racers like Russell Rust, Tony Bernal, Russ Parker, Ryan Doyon, John Heil, Michael Keylich and Daniel Gaudette. It won't be a cakewalk by any stretch for the reigning champion, and he knows he'll have his work cut out for him. By fostering and strengthening educational opportunities, Aligned Mortgage of Texas focuses and strategizes on impacting the amazing 87% of U.S. Military Veterans who have not utilized their VA home loan benefit. Aligned Mortgage is also aggressive in educating and partnering with real estate professionals, builders, title companies, and insurance agents on the VA guidelines to ensure that every person who has worn the cloth of our nation has an opportunity to own a piece of the country. For more information, visit their Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/AlignedMortgageofTexas/. Military Talent Source matches veteran talent with career opportunity. The company is a specialized recruitment process outsourcing firm that conducts military recruiting and veteran employment consulting as a full focus. To learn more, go to www.militarytalentsource.com. This year's schedule will also see the series visit South Texas Speedway (Corpus Christi) and Texana Raceway Park (Edna). Ten races at five different tracks will deliver truckloads of fun in 2020. To keep up with the latest series news, go to https://www.facebook.com/Texas-Dirt-Truck-Series-1509510632528647/.
  2. For immediate release: TDTS Public Relations Contact: Phil Whipple Twitter: @PhilWhipple (Photo credit: Jay Hallas) Heil dominates season finale at I-37 Speedway for Texas Dirt Truck Series, Presented by Military Talent Source PLEASANTON, Texas (Nov. 18, 2019) — Veteran short track driver John Heil put on another oval racing clinic over the weekend, leading every lap of the 2019 Texas Dirt Truck Series (TDTS) season finale on Saturday night at I-37 Speedway. Heil, of Floresville, earned his third TDTS victory of the season driving the rocket-fast No. 96 entry owned by Rick Pollaro. Heil started on the pole after winning the eight-lap qualifier earlier in the evening. Tony Bernal (La Vernia) finished second in the feature, while Russ Parker (Seguin) filled out the podium in third. After jumping into oval racing straight from the drag strip, Parker made big gains. Cedar Creek native and Cotton Bowl regular Daniel Gaudette crossed the stripe in fourth, while two-time TDTS feature winner Ryan Doyon of LaCoste completed the top five. Only a single caution slowed the pace for a minor spin by Larry Baggett in the early going. Baggett, of Marble Falls, chose to take it easy in the series finale and drove to a casual seventh-place finish to lock up the 2019 TDTS points championship. In nine races, the former Street Stock regular at Cotton Bowl kept his head down and stayed focused on the big prize. “Winning this championship is a very special feeling,” Baggett said. “We've had such a great time competing in this series. It's more like family than anything, but to win races and the inaugural title means the world to us. We can't wait to unload and prepare for 2020. We'll be back for more fun.” Other drivers competing in the season finale include Michael Keylich (sixth) and Russell Rust (eighth), two drivers who supported the TDTS throughout the inaugural season. Saturday's season finale was part of the track's annual Redneck Stress relief program, the track's final event of 2019. Series promoter and director George Jones would like to extend a sincere thank you to TDTS presenting partner Military Talent Source, Ray Doyon and Michael Keylich at I-37, Stevie Whitaker Jr. at South Texas Speedway, Mary Ann Naumann at Cotton Bowl, Rachel & Kenny Densman at Texana Raceway and every team that participated in this inaugural season. Your support made the series thrive. From a humble start in March to a popular and growing extended family by mid November, the Texas Dirt Truck Series went from a concept with merit to a proven entity in 2019. In 2020, Jones will take the series to a few more tracks to reach more race fans. The real fun, it seems, has just begun. Military Talent Source matches veteran talent with career opportunity. The company is a specialized recruitment process outsourcing firm that conducts military recruiting and veteran employment consulting as a full focus. Whether they are working with businesses or organizations to build veteran-friendly hiring solutions or out on the road meeting with separating veterans at transition sites around the country, Military Talent Source is constantly striving to help businesses recruit and retain veteran talent. To learn more about this great company, visit them online at www.militarytalentsource.com. For TDTS news, go to https://www.facebook.com/Texas-Dirt-Truck-Series-1509510632528647/.
  3. For immediate release: TDTS Public Relations Contact: Phil Whipple Tel: 207.689.6630 Season finale at I-37 Speedway all that remains for Texas Dirt Truck Series, Presented by Military Talent Source SAN ANTONIO, Texas (Nov. 1, 2019) — After eight races at four different popular short tracks, an inaugural season that brought new faces to new places is just about in the books. From an idea based on a solid concept, to sharp-looking trucks entertaining races fans, it became a reality. On Saturday, Nov. 9, the Texas Dirt Truck Series (TDTS) will wrap up its inaugural season at I-37 Speedway in Pleasanton, Texas, as part of the track's Redneck Stress Relief 3 program. Spectator gates will open at 3:30 p.m., with racing action getting under way at 6 p.m. sharp. This is the ninth and final event on the 2019 campaign for TDTS race teams. In the season's first eight races, three drivers have two wins each to their credit. Larry Baggett, of Marble Falls (I-37, Mar. 23 and June 29); John Heil, of Floresville (South Texas, June 8 and Cotton Bowl, Sept. 28), and Ryan Doyon (I-37, July 27 and Sept. 7) led the series in feature wins. Texas short track ace Anthony Gordon (Texana Raceway, Aug. 17) and Talon Minten (Cotton Bowl, Oct. 19) complete the list of feature winners in 2019. Gordon also had an amazing season in the Street Stock class, earning 17 wins in Gordon Leland's Alamo Hot Rod Parts/All In Designs Ford. Leading the charge into I-37 is point leader Baggett, who needs only to take the checkered flag on Nov. 9 to claim the points title. A former Street Stock racer at Cotton Bowl, Baggett says he's ready to put a bow on what has been a fun and amazing season in this new touring series. “I'm already loaded up and anxious for our last dance of the year,” Baggett said. “It's been such an exciting, challenging and fun season for us. I really love I-37 Speedway, it's a racy oval. We hit on a good setup last time out. We'll see how it does in Hot Laps, and adjust it if needed. I'm pretty excited.” Doyon will be another one to watch as the series concludes its first season. I-37 is his home track, and he has more laps there than half the drivers in south Texas. His No. 43 Long's Machine/3D Landscaping entry has been fast no matter who is behind the wheel, and Doyon will be a factor to win. “I have plenty of laps at I-37 and will be gunning for my third truck win,” Doyon said. “Yet I know it won't be easy. The competition is pretty tough in the truck series, those guys don't just hand you a position. We'll go over the truck and just try to be prepared. I'm excited to be a part of the finale.” The Texas Dirt Truck Series, presented by Military Talent Source was launched in October of 2018 and is contesting 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. I-37 Speedway is operated by R&M Promotions, owned by Ray Doyon III and Michael Keylich. The two longtime friends and business associates (Doyon in landscaping, Keylich in irrigation) have a passion for auto racing and just completed their third season as promoters at I-37. To keep up with the latest news, go to https://www.facebook.com/Texas-Dirt-Truck-Series-1509510632528647/. (Photo Credit: Sean Folsom)
  4. For immediate release: TDTS Public Relations Contact: Phil Whipple Tel: 207.689.6630 Baggett claims inaugural feature victory for Texas Dirt Truck Series Full house witness exciting debut at I-37 PLEASANTON, Texas (March 24, 2019) — Veteran racer Larry Baggett had a few clear goals going in to the inaugural season for the new Texas Dirt Truck Series. He wanted to attack each track with controlled aggression, setting the tone for what he feels can be a championship run this summer. Baggett, of Marble Falls, TX, made a bold statement on Saturday evening, driving to victory in the inaugural feature race at I-37 Speedway. Baggett started outside the front row alongside Tony Bernal (MFM No. 51 Ford) and quickly took command. Despite a stiff late-race charge by Bernal, Baggett had enough speed and handling to hold on for top honors. Bernal gave it his best yet settled for second, while former Dwarf Car standout Russell Rust (No. M5 Chevrolet) filled out the podium in third. Former drag racing standout Russ Parker (Parker-Jones Racing/Chevrolet) finished fourth, while Anthony Gordon (No. 22M/All In Designs) completed the top five. “When we first came out here for hot laps, we were very loose, Baggett said. “We made some changes with the tire pressures and the chassis setup. Those changes took us in the right direction, and it was hooked up pretty good for the feature.” In the world of short track dirt racing, weather and ever-changing track conditions are what provides the big challenges racers face every week. Baggett says the fast, semi-banked oval called I-37 improved as Saturday night's program progressed. “The track was pretty slick when we went out to qualify earlier,” Baggett added. “But by the time we ran the feature, it had gotten a little tacky and our truck loved it. I had the grip I needed and we just kept it out front. It feels so very rewarding and satisfying to have won the first-ever TDTS race.” For Baggett, the last couple of weeks have meant hard work and effort in a full scramble mode. “We had a few issues as we finished this thing off, and were working on it until late last night,” he explained. “We even had a few things to finish off today before we came here, and worked on it right up until we loaded up for the track at noon. All that just makes this win so very, very special.” The new pride of Marble Falls wasn't the only one happy with the outcome on Saturday night. Texas Dirt Truck Series founder George Jones was visibly relieved and even thrilled to have completed the series' inaugural event. While truck count was a little low, the quality of those on hand was high. “I am so pleased we had five guys willing to bust their butts and get trucks ready for this opener,” Jones said. “What we lacked in quantity, we made up for in quality. All five trucks gave it their best shot, and I'm confident more will be here for our second race on April 13. I'm a happy man.” Officials would like to extend a sincere thank you to Ray Doyon III and Michael Keylich, the driving forces behind the incredibly successful turnaround at I-37 Speedway. Being part of your big 'Dirt Kings' event brought us tremendous exposure in front of that capacity crowd. We greatly value our relationship with what many feel is the hottest little dirt track in the entire state of Texas. Next up for the TDTS teams is a return to I-37 Speedway on Saturday, April 13, for Race No. 2 on the 2019 schedule. For more information, please go to www.texasdirttrucks.com.
  5. For immediate release: TDTS Public Relations Contact: Phil Whipple Twitter: @PhilWhipple Officials add new race at Texana Raceway for Texas Dirt Truck Series Teams will converge in Edna, TX on June 8 SAN ANTONIO, Texas (March 16, 2019) — As the season opener at I-37 Speedway draws ever closer, officials at the new Texas Dirt Truck Series (TDTS) have announced a new race date. On Saturday, June 8, the TDTS will visit the famed Texana Raceway in Edna, Texas. This well maintained 5/16-mile clay oval is home to some of the finest grassroots racing the Lone Star state has to offer. The track hosts six exciting classes every other week from late March through mid October. “We're proud to be making a visit to Texana Raceway during our inaugural season,” series co-owner George Jones said. “They have a reputation for putting on solid shows, and we plan to give their fans a reason to cheer. It's an excellent addition to our schedule, one I feel the drivers will really enjoy.” Teams at Texana will kick off their new season on March 30. There are 15 points-paying races on tap for 2019, along with visits from popular tours like the ASCS Sprint Car Series, the SUS Sprint Car Series and the POWRi Lonestar 600 Mini Sprints. It's a busy season until the finale on Oct. 12. “Their fans get treated to some world class short track action on a regular basis,” series co-owner Mike Fortier said. “I think they'll enjoy seeing our trucks go at it on their home turf. This is a state-wide series, and we're proud to be racing at Texana. We're fortunate to have this opportunity.” Texana Raceway first opened back in 1987. Despite being closed in 1990-91, it reopened in 1992 and has developed a solid fan base in recent years. After a successful race last fall, track promoter Rachel Densman and husband Kenny are adding IMCA Modifieds to their Saturday programs in 2019 as part of the South Central region. “We're excited to be bringing the new Texas Dirt Truck Series to Texana,” Densman said. “We know how popular trucks are in this state, and we think George and Mike have a good concept with this series. I'm anxious to see them turn laps at our place, and I think our fans are in for a treat on June 8.” Collin Hodges won the 2018 Limited Modified championship at Texana, while Adam Perks captured the Street Stock title. Johnny Westfall claimed the Pure Stock crown, while the Dwarf Car-ModLite title went to Victor Vargas. Edna, Texas, is located roughly 100 miles southwest of Houston. To learn more about this fan-friendly facility, known as “Your favorite small town dirt track,” go to www.texanaraceway.com. The Texas Dirt Truck Series was launched in October of 2018 and will make its on-track debut at I-37 Speedway in Pleasanton, Texas, on March 23. The series was created on the concept of offering an affordable yet highly-competitive and entertaining product based on Texan's love for pickup trucks. For more information, please go to www.texasdirttrucks.com.
  6. 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.
  7. For immediate release: TDTS Public Relations Contact: Phil Whipple Tel: 207.689.6630 Officials announce partial 2019 schedule for Texas Dirt Truck Series New tour will run five races at home base of I-37 PLEASANTON, Texas (Jan. 5, 2019) — Officials of the Texas Dirt Truck Series (TDTS) have announced the first confirmed race dates for their inaugural season. The series will compete on five occasions at its home base of I-37 Speedway, with events at other tracks now in final discussions. As Spring arrives in south Texas, the series will make its official debut at I-37 on Sat., Mar. 23. Interest has been strong in this exciting new tour since it was officially announced in early October of 2018. Series owners expect a solid field of trucks at the highly-anticipated debut race. “I feel like we have the potential to have a very exciting inaugural season,” series co-owner and founder George Jones said. “We're fortunate to have Ray Doyon and Mike Keylich at I-37 serve as our home, and other successful tracks have shown a strong interest in our series, as well. "We're also very excited to see new trucks being built. Interest from racers is growing each week. It takes time to build a base, yet I feel like we're well under way in that respect.” With its wide racing surface and loyal fan following, I-37 Speedway serves as an ideal home venue. The five dates for the TDTS at the popular oval in Pleasanton include the opener on March 23, April 13, June 29, July 27 and November 8. More dates at other Texas tracks will be announced soon. Officials have also announced details on qualifying procedures and features for 2019. Heat races will be run to determine starting lineups, and a Last Chance Qualifier (LCQ) will be run when needed. Teams and fans will be able to follow Live Timing & Scoring for the Texas Dirt Truck Series using the MyRacePass App on their mobile devices. Details on TDTS rules and procedures, etc., will be discussed in detail at a general meeting for drivers and team owners who are already locked into or considering racing with us in mid-January. For now, a date of Jan. 26 is being considered. Look for a confirmation on our Facebook page shortly. “We're working with a couple of potential title sponsors that will determine the exact details of our purses,” series co-owner Mike Fortier said. “George is working on behalf of our racers to ensure our payouts are ample and allow them to stay active. We'll support our race teams as much as we can.” Both Jones and Fortier have built trucks for 2019 to bolster the count, and to enjoy seeing their drivers take on the challenges of an entirely new yet exciting race vehicle. Jones will field the No. 28 Chevrolet Silverado with driver Russell Parker; while Fortier will field the No. 51 Ford F-150 with driver Tony Bernal at the wheel. Both drivers are eager and anxious to do some preseason testing. For more information, go to www.texasdirttrucks.com. Fans can also follow the series on social media at www.facebook.com/Texas-Dirt-Truck-Series-1509510632528647/and on Twitter by searching for @TexasDirtTrucks.
  8. I-37 Speedway

    The September 8, 2018 race is Rain Out at I-37 Speedway. Rescheduled for next Saturday 9-15-2018
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