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  1. For immediate release: Cotton Bowl Speedway PR Contact: Mary Ann Naumann Tel: 512-844-3582 Texas Dirt Truck Series coming to Cotton Bowl on Sept. 28 Baggett leads new series into inaugural visit PAIGE, Texas (Sept. 18, 2019) — A new group of racers are gearing up to compete at Cotton Bowl Speedway later this month, and it's made up of eager drivers in vehicles fans are going to enjoy. The new Texas Dirt Truck Series, presented by Military Talent Source, will be part of the night's program on Saturday, September 28. The trucks will run a 10-lap qualifying heat followed by a 20-lap feature. These eye-catching trucks will be fast at Cotton Bowl, adding their own flavor to the program. “We're very excited to be bringing this new series to our fans at Cotton Bowl,” track promoter Mary Ann Naumann said. “This series is creating quite a buzz across the state; they look like the trucks we all drive and are very racy. They're bringing in some good drivers, I'm confident their visit will be a memorable one.” Leading the charge into Cotton Bowl is series point leader Larry Baggett. The pride of Marble Falls, Texas, has two wins to his credit this season and has run a Street Stock at Cotton Bowl before. Baggett wheels the black No. 3 entry formerly owned by Bobby Sanford. “I'm excited as can be about taking the Trucks to Cotton Bowl,” Baggett said. “I have plenty of experience there and tested my truck there when I first bought it. Mary Ann and H. are just the nicest people, and Cotton Bowl is a world class facility. I feel it's going to be a great race.” Another driver to watch at Cotton Bowl on September 28 is Ryan Doyon. The rising star from La Coste, Texas, has a pair of TDTS feature wins to his credit this year at I-37 Speedway on July 27 and Sept. 7. With loads of experience and tons of talent, Doyon is a threat to win whenever he straps in. Other series drivers to watch at Cotton Bowl include Tony Bernal, of La Vernia; Russell Rust, of Boerne; Russ Parker, of Seguin; and John Heil, of Floresville. Bernal has experience in similar chassis, Rust was a standout in the Dwarf cars, Parker comes from the sport of drag racing yet is starting to get oval racing figured out, and Heil is a veteran racer capable of winning each time he runs. “We've been blessed with a great group of people competing in and supporting this series since we first got rolling,” series founder and president George Jones said. “I couldn't possibly ask for better teams to race with and keep this series moving forward. We can't wait to load up for Cotton Bowl.” The Texas Dirt Truck Series was launched in Oct. 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. To follow the TDTS online, visit www.facebook.com/Texas-Dirt-Truck-Series-1509510632528647/. 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 info, please go to www.cottonbowlspeedway.com.
  2. For immediate release: TDTS Public Relations Contact: Phil Whipple Tel: 207.689.6630 Heil dominates at South Texas Speedway for Texas Dirt Truck Series, Presented by Military Talent Source CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas (June 9, 2019) — There's an old term frequently used in stick-and-ball sports used to describe an athlete with far more experience and skills than his or her rivals in a particular game or series. It's called a “ringer,” and it happens in short track stock car racing, as well. Veteran oval racer John Heil is a fine example, as he put on a clinic for his fellow competitors over the weekend. Heil, of Floresville, Texas, drove Rick Pollaro's No. 96 entry to a wire-to-wire victory in Saturday night's 20-lap feature at South Texas Speedway for the Texas Dirt Truck Series. Anthony Gordon, of San Antonio, hustled the Michael Keylich-owned Ford F-150 No. 77 entry to a solid runner-up finish, while point leader Larry Baggett, of Marble Falls, filled out the podium in third. Tony Bernal (La Vernia) and Russell Rust (Boerne) finished fourth and fifth, respectively. “I really have to thank Rick Pollaro for allowing me to drive this truck,” Heil said in Victory Lane. “This was a great time, and that thing was on a rail. It was a blast to race with these guys tonight, and I hope I have a chance to do it again.” With the originally scheduled race for June 8 at Texana Raceway washed away by rain, series owner George Jones got on the phone to find a track willing to add the series to their regular weekly program. South Texas Speedway promoter Steven Whiteaker Jr. stepped up on short notice, and the results were more than satisfactory. “I'm just so proud of the group of people we have supporting this series,” an exhausted Jones said after the program's conclusion. “I appreciate these teams more than they know, and I can't thank Steven enough for allowing us to come race here. I'm delighted with the results, and hope to return.” Notable performances in Round 2 on the 8-race 2019 inaugural schedule include that of Gordon, a talented driver as well as a graphics and vinyl wrap guru. The multi-time Street Stock feature winner already in 2019 jumped into a truck that changed hands twice recently and put it on the podium. Baggett continues to be Mr. Consistency, wheeling the No. 3 machine to a solid second-place finish in the qualifier before his hard-charging third-place run in the feature. His ability to adapt to a new track was clearly visible at South Texas Speedway. “I think John was out there in his own zip code tonight,” Baggett said after the feature. “Our truck was just horrible in Hot Laps, but we changed some tire pressures and moved some weight around a bit and it came right back to life in the qualifier. I'm pleased overall, and am thrilled we could race this weekend. I'm selling my Street Stock this week and going all-in with the trucks. I love them.” Baggett represents an amazing core group of series supporters worthy of mention and thanks, including All In Designs, Russell Gordon, Russ Parker Construction and new presenting sponsor Military Talent Source. The TDTS is gaining traction, thanks to those who believe in the concept. Next up for the Texas Dirt Truck Series, presented by Military Talent Source, is a return to the friendly confines of I-37 Speedway in beautiful Pleasanton, Texas on Saturday, June 29. With the rainy season now past us in south Texas, it's time to apply the sunscreen, hydrate heavily and get set to go racing. It's already starting to heat up. To keep up with the latest series news and results, follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/Texas-Dirt-Truck-Series-1509510632528647.
  3. For immediate release: TDTS Public Relations Contact: Phil Whipple Tel: 207.689.6630 Debut at Texana Raceway next stop for Texas Dirt Truck Series SAN ANTONIO, Texas (May 30, 2019) — After a long break in the action due to poor weather conditions, teams in the new Texas Dirt Truck Series (TDTS) are busy preparing for a trip to Edna, Texas, on Saturday, June 8, for a night of racing at the famed Texana Raceway. Larry Baggett won the series' inaugural race at I-37 Speedway on March 23, and is anxious to get back into the No. 3 entry that carried him to victory. The easy-going driver from Marble Falls, TX, has plenty of experience at places like Cotton Bowl and 281 Speedway, yet hasn't been to Texana. “I've never raced there or even attended a race there as a fan,” Baggett said. “I think that makes me even more eager to go, since I love the challenge of learning a new track. Our truck was fast down at I-37, another place that was new to me. We're ready to take this Chevy to Texana and do our best.” Series owner and founder George Jones took his Parker-Jones Racing Chevy Silverado to Edna last Saturday night to promote the race and generate a little interest. Fans gathered around the truck before racing got under way, and enthusiasm is high as our debut there draws closer. “Our visit to Texana went very well, and I'm glad we made the trip,” Jones said. “Those fans really love their short track action. They have a great little facility there, and I think our truck teams will give them some added value and entertainment. I'm excited to get back there on June 8 to go racing.” Active drag racer and motorcycle racer Russ Parker, of Seguin, TX, wheels the No. 28 Chevrolet for Jones, and says he's ready to get back at it after the long break. “This dirt oval deal is still very new to me, so the more seat time I can get the better off we'll be,” Parker said. “We've been testing when time allows, but there's nothing that compares to racing under the green flag. I know Texana is a very nice track, and I can't wait to roll out onto it on June 8.” Two newcomers are also expected to make the trip to Texana next month. Ray Doyon III and Michael Keylich, the two men behind RM Promotions and I-37 Speedway in Pleasanton, TX, have both purchased trucks for TDTS competition. With multiple race dates at I-37 and exceptional support, Doyon and Keylich are vital to the success of this series. We welcome both to the TDTS pit area and wish them well. Texana Raceway is run by Rachel and Kenny Densman, two individuals with a deep passion for short track racing. They've made steady improvements to their facility, putting the interest of fans and racers at the focal point. It's what racing in Texas needs – more great folks like Rachel and Kenny. The Texas Dirt Truck Series was launched in October of 2018 and is starting to gain traction. New races have just been added at Cotton Bowl for Sept. 28 and Oct. 18. Interest in the Texas Dirt Truck Series has grown to reach outside the greater San Antonio area. With the concept of affordable race trucks (essentially Street Stocks with pickup bodies and Crate 602 engines) on grassroots short tracks alongside weekly racers, curb appeal is high while cost remains low. 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.
  4. For immediate release: TDTS Public Relations Contact: Phil Whipple Tel: 207.689.6630 Return to I-37 Speedway next stop for Texas Dirt Truck Series Baggett leads the charge into Race No. 2 PLEASANTON, Texas (April 9, 2019) — After a successful debut last month, the sights and sounds of full-bodied pickups roaring around the oval are about to return as the Texas Dirt Truck Series (TDTS) contests race No. 2 at I-37 Speedway on Saturday, April 13. Spectator gates open at 4 p.m., while pit gates will open for race teams at 3:30 p.m. Admission is $15 for adults, $10 for seniors and military members, and $6 for children ages 6-12. Qualifying races will get under way at 7 p.m. Leading the charge into I-37 is inaugural race winner Larry Baggett, of Marble Falls. With his strong chassis setup and hard-charging style, Baggett set the tone for 2019 with an impressive run on March 23. He'll be the favorite on Saturday and has a target painted clearly on his No. 3 ride. “They'll all be chasing Larry, but I have a feeling more guys will be in the hunt this time around,” series owner George Jones said. “Larry is a talented driver and hit the setup for trucks at I-37 a little faster than his rivals. You can bet they're chomping at the bit for another crack at the trophy.” Among the other drivers to watch on Saturday is veteran drag racer Russ Parker. The Missouri native who's lived in Texas for over 30 years is new to the dirt oval game, yet is taking the challenge seriously as he pilots the Parker-Jones Racing/Russ Parker Construction Chevrolet in TDTS events. “I'm starting to get a handle on what the truck needs to get through the corners and have the kind of forward drive we need up off them and down the straightaway. We've been testing and learning as we go. I'm more confident this time around and anxious to get this Silverado back on track.” Other drivers to watch on Saturday include Russell Rust, of Boerne, Texas. Rust looked strong in his first outing last month. His M5 Utilities Chevrolet will be geared up for success when he unloads in Pleasanton this coming weekend. The project manager at M5 has dirt track racing in his blood. The Texas Dirt Truck Series was launched in Oct. 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 short track racing and are in their third season as promoters at I-37. Together, Doyon and Keylich, along with general manager George Jones, have turned what was once a closed-down facility into one of the most lively and competitive bullrings in the great state of Texas. Car counts are solid across the board as the 2019 season hits full throttle. For more information, visit the series online home at www.texasdirttrucks.com.
  5. For immediate release: TDTS Public Relations Contact: Phil Whipple Twitter: @PhilWhipple Officials announce partnership with Bus & Transit Sales at Texas Dirt Truck Series 'Moving Forward' Award created to reward passing SAN ANTONIO, Texas (Feb. 9, 2019) — Officials at the new Texas Dirt Truck Series (TDTS) announced on Saturday a new partnership with New Hampshire-based Bus & Transit Sales, Inc. Owned by veteran transit executive Harry Franssen, the company has a rich history of supporting motor sports. This valued new partner has created the 'Bus & Transit Sales Moving Forward Award' for 2019, paying a $100 bonus per race to the driver who advances the most positions during their heat and the feature. This will ensure exciting (yet respectful) action for fans throughout the night's program. In addition, the driver who gains the most spots during all 11 features this season will receive a $400 bonus, bringing the award's total value to $1,500. It's a fine gesture to enhance racing while also putting cash where it belongs, in the hands of those who work hard to be competitive. “We're thrilled to have Harry Franssen and Sr. VP Ryan Caron of Bus & Transit Sales on board for our inaugural season,” TDTS co-owner George Jones said. “This adds tremendous credibility to our series and helps the racers, which is what we're all about. We place great value in this new partnership.” Bus and Transit Sales, Inc. is a worldwide provider of used fleet-maintained school buses of all makes and models. The company has been in the exporting business for over 40 years, with customers in Africa, Belize, Canada, Costa Rica, Guatemala, El Salvador and Mexico. “I'm excited to be involved with this exciting new series,” company founder and president Franssen said. “I have a location in West Virginia and am currently seeking a dealer down in Texas. This partnership allows me to help this great series while gaining ground in an exciting market area. “My passion is auto racing. I've been involved in a number of ways with some great drivers and teams over the years. I'm utilizing the Texas Dirt Truck Series to grow my business while also helping what I feel is an excellent concept in the sport. With asphalt racing so costly, dirt racing is the future.” This new partnership was announced in front of a group assembled at All In Designs. Owned by Russell Gordon and located in San Antonio, All In Designs offers graphic design, commercial vehicle lettering and wraps, along with providing high-quality screen printed and embroidered apparel. The shop known for helping racers throughout the Deep South region hosted an informational meeting for drivers and team owners interested in competing with the TDTS in 2019. The new award was well received by all in attendance. “We're fortunate to have Harry and his company supporting our efforts,” series co-owner Mike Fortier added. “His support of racing in New England is legendary. I truly appreciate his faith in us.” The Texas Dirt Truck Series will kick off the 2019 campaign at I-37 Speedway in Pleasanton, Texas on Saturday, March 23. For more information, please go to www.texasdirttrucks.com.
  6. For immediate release: TDTS Public Relations Contact: Phil Whipple Twitter: @PhilWhipple Officials announce $1,000-to-win race at Cotton Bowl for Texas Dirt Truck Series - Companion race with Ultimate Super Late Model series set for June 22 PLEASANTON, Texas (Jan. 14, 2019) — Officials of the new Texas Dirt Truck Series (TDTS) have announced a special addition to their inaugural event schedule. On Saturday, June 22, the series will run a $1,000-to-win, $200-to-start feature at the famed Cotton Bowl Speedway as part of the Ultimate Super Late Model series weekend. The popular dirt track tour will also be in action on Friday, June 21, kicking off a two-night spectacle of great racing. Officials from both touring series feel the newly-created TDTS is an ideal companion division and expect plenty of action at Cotton Bowl. The Ultimate SLM tour will run a 14-race schedule for the Deep South region in 2019, while the TDTS was hoping to add Cotton Bowl to it's schedule. “We're pretty excited to have this opportunity to race at Cotton Bowl alongside the Deep South SLM teams,” TDTS co-owner George Jones said. “Ultimate series officials reached out to us, praised what we're doing and invited us to come down. I believe we'll give their fans an exciting show.” The Ultimate Super Late Model tour covers much of the country, with its Deep South region joining the Mid-Ohio Valley, Northeast and Heart of America divisions. Super Late Model racing on dirt is popular across much of the nation, and the USLM delivers quality entertainment at every track. “Having the Texas Dirt Truck Series as part of our show at Cotton Bowl is an excellent fit,” Deep South region series director Charles Evans said. “That gives us four classes to run, offering a body style for all types of race fans. They love trucks in Texas, so we're excited to bring them on board.” 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 America's love for trucks. In early January, the series announced five confirmed race dates at I-37 this year thanks to a belief by track owners Ray Doyon and Michael Keylich that the TDTS will succeed. Other tracks and promoters are also expressing an interest, putting a big smile on the faces of series officials. “I'm thrilled with our chance to race at Cotton Bowl alongside a well-proven series like the Ultimate Super Late Models,” series co-owner Mike Fortier said. “Their two-night show will be very exciting, and we're honored they wanted us there. I hope this leads to more companion shows for us.” Based in Carnesville, Georgia, the Ultimate Super Late Model series is the southeast's premier touring division. Chris Ferguson won the inaugural USLM championship in 2011, while Zack Mitchell won the 2018 points title. Casey Roberts leads the all-time win list with 20 USLM feature victories. For more information on the Texas Dirt Truck Series, go to www.texasdirttrucks.com. To learn more about the Ultimate Super Late Model tour, visit them online at www.ultimatesupers.com.
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