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Sprint Car Bandits Dare to be Different Tour kicks off at Heart O’ Texas, 3/22/19

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Sprint Car Bandits Dare to be Different Tour kicks off at Heart O’ Texas, 3/22/19

Elm Mott, TX (03/18/19) - The 360C.I. NCRA Sprint Car Bandits (SCB) series kicks off the 2019 ‘DARE TO BE DIFFERENT’ Tour at the 1/4 mile 'bullring' oval of Heart O' Texas Speedway (HOT) in Waco on Friday, March 22nd with the running of the Gene Adamcik Memorial. Gene promoted racing at HOT for 32 years before passing away in 2016.
TOP-LINE RACE WEEK HIGHLIGHTS: The current race night forecast is for 72° and partly cloudy with precip showing to not roll in until the wee hours of night. FANS plan to arrive early! SCB pre-race FAN FEST takes place next to the grandstand ticket window from 6:30pm-7:15pm. SCB DRIVERS: draw-in begins at 6pm and drivers meeting is at 6:10pm. Hot laps begin around 7:30pm with racing at 8pm. Make sure to catch up on the 'driver race week updates' on the SCB Facebook page.  Click www.HOTSpeedway.com for all track details and directions and visit www.SprintCarBandits.com for all series information.

:30 HOT REWIND: The last time the Sprint Car Bandits were at Heart O’ Texas Speedway on a hotter-than-HOT August 2018 night, Selby Holder and the track crew had the track in stellar racing condition, producing top-notch racing action. 5th place starter and veteran sprint driver Claud “The Ambassador” Estes III tracked down race-long leader (and nephew) Colby Estes and snuck by him with just a few laps to go and claim the win – much to the support of the large pro-Estes HOT grandstand crowd. 4th place starter Jason Howell would come home in 2nd place while Colby finished in 3rd

RACE FANS: Make plans to arrive early at the track to take in the pre-race Sprint Car Bandits “Fierce 15” Fan Fest! It will take place directly next to the main ticket window from 6:30pm until about 7:15pm. There, you can meet the drivers of the Fierce 15, get selfies, purchase their 2019 t-shirt designs (get them autographed!) and get a good close look at the cars. SCB Fan Fest is an effort to help sprint car racing get back to the good ‘ol days when there was generally more fan interaction with the race teams. Back then it was common for most of the fans to go to the pits after the races to meet with the teams, and now in many cases the races at tracks don’t finish in time to make that feasible. This is an effort to fire back up that interaction by simply flipping the timing element. Pre-race Fan Fest will take place at every SCB series event in 2019. 

If you’d like to get your brand new Fierce 15 driver t-shirts prior to Fan Fest, the new online store at www.SprintCarBandits.com will have them for sale starting this Friday, March 8th.

For Heart O' Texas Speedway information, please click www.HeartOTexasSpeedway.com and note their address is 784 N McLennan Drive Waco, TX 76640 (just north of town right off of I-35); track phone is 254-829-2294. Action fires up at 8pm on March 22nd. 

RACE TEAMS: all sprint car teams that sign in will draw for heat race starting positions, regardless of their engine C.I. displacement (up to and including 360C.I.) and will receive passing points to determine their straight-up from points feature race starting position. All drivers make sure to read the posted rules at the series website prior to heading to the track. 

The standard posted SCB purse and rules are in effect. All non-qualifiers or non-starters will each receive $100. There is no entry fee, no series membership fee and a $20 nightly draw fee. Drivers should go to www.SprintCarBandits.com prior to arrival for complete rules, purse and procedures information. 

Fred Summers will also reward four lucky SCB drivers with the www.FixYourGenerator.com  Cash ‘Fix’ Bonus in the drivers meeting with (4) $50 cash awards. Drivers signing in before the drivers meeting will have their names entered in the drawing, and four will be pulled out at the conclusion of the drivers meeting. (Must be at drivers meeting to win.) Thanks to Fred for his long-term support of the SCB series! 

DARE TO BE DIFFERENT: Why are we calling this season the ‘DARE TO BE DIFFERENT’ tour? The SCB series has a unique rules package that allows teams to use their current equipment (especially in the engine compartment) yet curbing nightly tire expense...which helps equalize the competition with teams of varying budget sizes. The SCB “20° wing angle rule” also helps by freeing up the cars to be able to pass easier in many cases that also helps reduce excess tire and engine wear. Our ‘one rear tire all night long’ rule has not only saved racers thousands of dollars over the past three years, but to date, we’ve yet to have one tire fail (blow) due to excess tire wear in any feature race we’ve held. 

All these small, yet effective changes, have been accomplished without the racers having to purchase something out of the ordinary. And we essentially haven’t changed the rules since the inception of the series at the end of 2015. 

And let’s face it, since the events of 9/11/2001, a lot of the economics of the sport of dirt track racing have changed drastically (especially the cost of travel, track insurance, general crowd sizes, cost of racing components), yet there really hasn’t been much being done on a nationwide level to help counteract those economic impacts. We aren’t trying to say we’ve ‘fixed’ all those impacts, but at least we are doing something to help curb racer expenses – and it’s working.

Our rules package certainly has made for exciting and unpredictable racing outcomes – as there were 13 different feature winners in 16 SCB events in 2018. When you add these components together, that’s a result of why we DARE TO BE DIFFERENT! 

Click www.SprintCarBandits.com for the latest in series news and where the DARE TO BE DIFFERENT Tour is headed to next. You can also reach the SCB on Facebook, at www.Facebook.com/SprintCarBandits .

NCRA Sprint Car Bandits Confirmed Event Schedule, as of 03/06/19

March 22 (Friday) – ‘Gene Adamcik Memorial’ at Heart O’ Texas Speedway, Elm Mott TX

March 30 (Saturday) – ‘Sprint Car Bandits Spring Championships’ at Kennedale Speedway Park, Kennedale TX (NASCAR weekend at TMS)

April 13 (Saturday) – ‘Liberty 25’ at 105 Speedway, Cleveland TX $2,000/win and $300/start

April 20 (Saturday) – ‘Bunny Hop 25’ at LoneStar Speedway, Kilgore TX $2,000/win and $300/start (Easter weekend)

April 27 (Saturday) - '82 Speedway Sprint Car Championships' at 82 Speedway, Petty TX $2,000/win and $300/start

May 4 (Saturday) – ‘Grand Opening Celebration 25’ at Buffalo Creek Speedway, Edgewood TX

May 11 (Saturday) – To be announced

May 25 (Saturday) – 2nd Annual ‘Sprint Car MAYnia’ NCRA Series vs Sprint Car Bandits at 81 Speedway, Park City, KS $2,000/win and $300/start

May 26 (Sunday) – 2nd Annual ‘Sprint Car MAYnia’ NCRA Series vs Sprint Car Bandits, at 81 Speedway, Park City, KS $2,000/win and $300/start  (Mem’l Day weekend)

June 1 (Saturday) – ‘Summer Showdown 25’ Buffalo Creek Speedway, Edgewood TX

June 15 (Sat) – ‘Texoma 25’ at 82 Speedway, Petty TX  $2,000/win and $300/start

June 22 (Sat) – To be announced

July 6 (Saturday) – ‘Firecracker 25’ at Buffalo Creek Speedway, Edgewood TX

July 12 (Friday) – ‘MDA Night at the Speedway’ at Heart O’ Texas Speedway, Elm Mott TX

~ Sprint Car Bandits Summer Break ~

September 21 (Saturday) – ‘Texas Thunder 25’ at 105 Speedway, Cleveland TX $2,000/win and $300/start

September 28 (Saturday) - 'Fall Sprint Car Championships' at 82 Speedway, Petty TX $2,000/win and $300/start

October 5 (Sat) – ‘Fall Classic 25’ at Buffalo Creek Speedway, Edgewood TX

October 11 (Fri) – To be announced

October 12 (Sat) – To be announced

If your track is interested in hosting the Sprint Car Bandits, please email SprintCarBandits@outlook.com as soon as possible. This schedule is subject to change, so please visit the series website prior to traveling. New dates will be published when they become available.

Click www.SprintCarBandits.com for all series info, and we look forward to seeing you Friday March 22nd when the Sprint Car Bandits ‘DARE TO BE DIFFERENT’ Tour comes to Heart O’ Texas Speedway, near Waco, Texas with high-powered 360C.I. winged Sprint Cars battling on the racy ¼ mile oval for the first time in 2019!


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