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  1. New youth program introduced at Cotton Bowl Speedway 'Crash Course 101' latest video now posted online PAIGE, Texas (May 2, 2021) — Racers across the Great State of Texas can understand the term “wholesale changes” with ease. And major changes are exactly what's been happening at RaceOnTexas, where the SpeedPass Live streaming service, weekly podcasts, race recaps and driver feature stories have brought a new level of coverage to short track racing. Now, a fresh new program being implemented at Cotton Bowl Speedway (in partnership with RoT) designed to attract and integrate kids into racing is ready for Prime Time. Officials at Cotton Bowl Speedway and RaceOnTexas are proud to announce “Crash Course 101” a new program for students that provides a 'cash course' in journalism and auto racing. “Everything we've been doing at full throttle these last few months has been aimed at refining and enhancing the product for fans and racers,” RaceOnTexas marketing director Aaron Brungot said. “The new multi-cam Live shows, the prerace shows at Cotton Bowl, all of it really enhances what we do. “This new program for kids is going over very well, with 21 kids signed up already. The interest is there, they all want to get out to the track soon and interview some drivers. We've taken some to Cotton Bowl and the kids are working on story lines for the summer right now. It's an exciting project.” To drop the green flag on this new program, two young “junior reporters” were given full media access and credentials at Cotton Bowl Speedway on Saturday, April 17. The students spent some quality time with Sprint car driver Theresa Waller, learning what it takes to compete at that level. “To say the girls received a 'crash course' in Sprint car racing that night is pretty accurate,” Brungot added. “Theresa took the time to explain things to them, teaching them as they asked their questions. It's only the beginning, but we're up and running with it now. It's fun to see it all come together.” Up next for these eager young student reporters will be to go from concept to feature stories. That time spent with Theresa Waller produced some great content, and they're working on another story we know you'll find of interest regarding a recent incident that CBS flagman Nathan Lavender went through. “Nathan is an educator himself, so he has immersed himself into this thing and explained to the girls how a scary incident on-track has forced him to add a helmet to his pre-race ritual before climbing the flag stand. It's just one of the many stories racing offers, an ideal arena for these kids to learn so much.” Kart racing attracts kid to racing, now 'Crash Course 101' is doing that in a slightly different manner. RaceOnTexas is the Deep South's fastest-growing motor sports media outlet. With over 100 Live shows in 2021, many with multi-cam views, lineup graphics and scoring information, they've brought network quality coverage to short track auto racing in Texas and the surrounding states. Add weekly Track Talk podcasts with host Caleb McFarland, a YouTube channel with tons of content, weekly driver spotlight features and race recaps from veteran journalist Phil Whipple, weekly emails with a comprehensive look back and ahead, and you have a full-service, world-class media entity. To learn more and to subscribe to SpeedPass today, go to www.raceontexas.com. To learn more about the great racing at Cotton Bowl Speedway, go to www.racecbs.com.
  2. Well... It's predicted to be pretty tomorrow, but it's certainly not going to help it here! Unfortunately we ARE CANCELED as you can see from the picture. No fixing this! Turn ur SPEEDPASS on and watch tracks more fortunate. Another plus for being a SPEEDPASS member. See you next Saturday, May 1st. Traveling around Texas... PLEASE DRIVE SAFE.
  3. CLASSES Street Stocks GUNSLINGER Factory Stocks DESIGN WELDING Sport Compacts Dwarf Car Racing Series of Texas MAGNUM IMCA Modifieds IMCA Southern SportMods BROWNING IMCA Stock Cars
  4. UPDATE: GUNSLINGER FACTORY STOCKS This Saturday’s race (4/17) is turning into a REAL SHOOTOUT! This race now could pay up to $1,700+ to win! Additionally, There will be out of car introductions for factory Stock feature. (Line up on front straight, this is when the redraw for starting position will happen) Here is the breakdown as it stands: 1st Place: CBS Normal Purse $400 + GUNSLINGER SPONSORSHIP $200, (PLUS AMMO) + Allen Alexander Sponsorship $300 + Cody Tesch Sponsorship $200 Min Payout: 1st $1,100, 2nd $200, 3rd $100, 4th $75, 5th $70, 6th $65, 7th – 24th $60 Additional Bonus $: Leader per lap: $20 Total up for grabs $500 *Lap Sponsors below + 10th Place per lap $10, Excludes Lap 10 that lap is $100 from Harken Hardwood Floors + Hard Charger: $100 from Charles Olen Ehrhardt + $400 added from 8th to 24th from Brungot Farms + Five Mystery Envelopes (Random Draw 1st – 24th) Lap Sponsors listed below $20 for each lap lead. LAP 1 Texana Raceway Park LAP 2 Curt Poulton LAP 3 Nathan Lavender LAP 4 Rodney Rodriguez LAP 5 Loosewheel Racing LAP 6 Kelli Mitchell LAP 7 Lari Burson LAP 8 Tim Homeyer LAP 9 Brad Hunt LAP 10 Browning Auto Parts LAP 11 Hammack Fabrication LAP 12 Terry Mutchler Zeimetz LAP 13 Crystal Lucero LAP 14 Houghton Bradley Naumann LAP 15 Scot Mitchell LAP 16 Crystal Lucero LAP 17 Three17Awards LAP 18 Tim Homeyer LAP 19 Taylor Stewart LAP 20 Browning Auto Parts LAP 21 Tracy Tschoerner Hendrix LAP 22 J&S Racing LAP 23 Brady Ricks LAP 24 Euphoria Salon and Spa! LAP 25 Cody Andrew Alexander
  5. Chad Heath scores second top-10 finish at Boyd, Battles through adversity at Cotton Bowl LAMESA, Texas (April 12, 2021) — When short track racers imitate baseball teams and pull off a string of doubleheaders, there are bound to be a few weekends when it's a split between good and bad. For 40-year-old IMCA Southern Sport Mod driver Chad Heath, a Friday-Saturday Twin-bill this past weekend brought a mixed bag of results. The Maine native salvaged a solid eighth-place finish despite a mechanical failure on Friday night at Boyd Raceway, then battled to a 16th-place finish at Cotton Bowl on Saturday. It began with a fourth-place finish in his Heat at Boyd, which placed him fifth in the lineup for a 20-lap A Main. Windy conditions made for a dry, slick track, yet Heath's chassis setup kept him in contention. “The car was handling well, but I could hear something in the rear of the car and knew I had something broken in the drive-train,” Heath said. “I tore it apart after the feature and discovered the issue, it had broken pieces of gears and would need a rebuild. I had to pull off the track with two laps remaining.” After a visual inspection to that damaged rear end revealed extensive damage, Heath chose to head south to Paige, Texas, home of Cotton Bowl Speedway. Once there, Heath and his friend Mike Fortier got the parts replaced, but also discovered a bent axle. That also got replaced, and it time for Hot Laps. “Our Saturday turned out to be pretty busy working on the car, but on paid off,” Heath explained. “It was fast during my Heat, and it was fast in the feature. I was involved in an incident, was put to the rear and had to work my way back up through the field. I was up to 10th at one point prior to that setback.” The altercation with another racer at Cotton Bowl saw the two men having a civil conversation in the pit area. Feelings were expressed, and after that chat the incident was put behind them. Short track racing is often an emotionally-charged sport; how you control those feelings is what matters most. A rough outing at Cotton Bowl was truly the first real setback Heath has endured in 2021. Thus far since he kicked things off at the Southern Stampede in Ardmore, Oklahoma, he's made 10 starts, has posted one top-five and six top-10 finishes. Not bad for only his second full season of racing. “Saturday night was less than ideal, but overall our season continues to go fairly well,” Heath added. “Things get intense at times no mater where we race, but that is part of the game. This hobby takes lots of time and money, so everybody wants to get the best results they can. We all battle for the same spots. “I've already fixed the front bumper of my car and repaired the sheet metal damage. I know there will be more contact this season but hope I can steer clear of the carnage. It's an ongoing battle I enjoy.” Next up for the self-proclaimed 'Dysfunctional Veteran' is yet another twin-bill of racing on Friday and Saturday nights. At this time, it looks like another trip to Boyd and ride to Southern Oklahoma ahead. Heath is a proud U.S Military Veteran who served our country in Iraq. To fulfill his lifelong dream of being out on the short tracks on the weekends is making his civilian life truly satisfying and rewarding. To follow this dedicated IMCA racer all season, go to www.facebook.com/chadheath09k. (Photo credit: Rachel Plant)
  6. Cotton Bowl Speedway will be BACK IN ACTION this Saturday March 27! Here is your race day information! Who will be in Kragh's Jewelry-Retail and RepairVICTORY LANE this weekend?! Tickets/Pit Passes/Race Registration available online at raceCBS.com
  7. Brad Sweet Scores Second Win of Season at Cotton Bowl - Jacob Allen Flips While Leading in Pursuit of Second Career Win PAIGE, TX - March 20, 2021 - Brad Sweet has made his mindset on World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series championships very clear: win races, and the points will fall your way. On Saturday night at Cotton Bowl Speedway, Sweet got back to his winning ways with his 60th career victory and his second of the season aboard the Kasey Kahne Racing, NAPA Auto Parts #49. Trent Gower photo The Big Cat led 28 of 30 laps and cruised to a 1.087-second advantage at the checkered flag. He joined Sheldon Haudenschild as the only two repeat winners of the 2021 World of Outlaws season through the opening eight races. "It's pretty cool," Sweet acknowledged on his 60th career win. "They've all come with Kasey Kahne Racing too, and we've got Kasey here with us tonight. I can't thank him enough for the opportunity he's given us. It's been a fun ride so far, but it's far from over. It's always fun getting back in victory lane. These guys have been sticking by my side even through all my mistakes of late." Sweet himself, however, admitted he didn't feel like the #49 was the car to beat on Saturday. He thought that honor belonged to Jacob Allen of Shark Racing, who looked poised for a second career win in the Drydene Texas Two-Step pres. by American Lube Suppy. Pacing the opening 10 laps, Sweet was in command of the race lead until lap traffic halted his progress and allowed a hard charging Jacob Allen to close quickly. Taking advantage of the back markers, Allen picked off Sweet and took the Drydene Performance Products #1A to the top spot on Lap 11. He controlled two circuits before a mistake entering turn one sent him into the wall, flipping upside down, and eventually on fire. The lovable Hanover, PA native was heartbroken, dejected, and upset with himself, but he still won over all the fans in attendance and those watching at home on DIRTVision. "I stepped on it, that's what I did," Allen admitted. "The car felt phenomenal, I just screwed it up. There's no need for that. That's immature racing. I need to take a chill pill and finish these races to get myself a win. I'm racing with one of the very best in Brad Sweet and I need to capitalize, not end up on my lid." Lap 12 offered the final restart of the race and Sweet promptly used the high-side to his advantage and checked out. Another bout with lap traffic made it interesting on Lap 19, but the two-time and defending Series champion prevailed and survived to run off with his second career win at the Cotton Bowl Speedway in Paige, TX. "We've been knocking on the door lately," Sweet spoke on his strings of five-straight podiums. "I think Jake had the better car there, but he just made that mistake in lap traffic. It shows us we've still got to get a little bit better. I still fought some things with the car that I'd like to get fixed." Brent Marks of Myerstown, PA finished a season-high second aboard his CJB Motorsports #5. "We just needed lap traffic," Marks mentioned, who almost snookered Sweet in traffic with ten to go. "We got too tight there at the end and I couldn't run turns one and two like I needed to. All in all, a really great night. We've been struggling these last few races, so we needed this run. Make the 20+ hour drive back home a lot easier." After a disappointing Friday night in the Last Chance Showdown, Cory Eliason and the Rudeen Racing #26 rebounded in a big way on Saturday with their second podium finish of the season. "After our embarrassment last night we changed a lot off things and got way better tonight. Things really went our way tonight except for that double file restart. A podium for this team is awesome to get our sponsors the exposure they deserve." Closing out the top five at Cotton Bowl was David Gravel aboard the Big Game Motorsports #2 with a 12th-to-fifth run and Friday's winner Sheldon Haudenschild in the Stenhouse Jr. Marshall Racing #17. Rounding out the top ten was Logan Schuchart of Hanover, PA, Donny Schatz of Fargo, ND, Aaron Reutzel of Clute, TX, Brock Zearfoss of Jonestown, PA, and James McFadden of Alice Springs, N.T., AUS. UP NEXT - The World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series heads off to Missouri for a Show-Me State doubleheader next weekend. On Friday, March 26, US-36 Raceway in Osborn, MO takes the spotlight. On Saturday, March 27, the Series heads to Lake Ozark Speedway in Eldon, MO for the $15,000/Win Jason Johnson Classic. NOS Energy Drink Feature (30 Laps) - 1. 49-Brad Sweet [2][$10,000]; 2. 5-Brent Marks [4][$6,000]; 3. 26-Cory Eliason [1][$3,500]; 4. 2-David Gravel [12][$2,800]; 5. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild [5][$2,500]; 6. 1S-Logan Schuchart [9][$2,300]; 7. 15-Donny Schatz [13][$2,200]; 8. 83-Aaron Reutzel [14][$2,100]; 9. 3Z-Brock Zearfoss [6][$2,050]; 10. 9-James McFadden [7][$2,000]; 11. 41-Carson Macedo [11][$1,600]; 12. 2C-Wayne Johnson [23][$1,400]; 13. 11-Ian Madsen [16][$1,200]; 14. 19-Parker Price-Miller [22][$1,100]; 15. 18-Gio Scelzi [8][$1,050]; 16. 21-Brian Brown [10][$1,000]; 17. 11K-Kraig Kinser [18][$1,000]; 18. 7S-Jason Sides [15][$1,000]; 19. 2B-Josh Baughman [17][$1,000]; 20. 8M-TJ Michael [19][$1,000]; 21. 33M-Mason Daniel [20][$1,000]; 22. 3-Ayrton Gennetten [21][$1,000]; 23. 42P-Preston Perlmutter [24][$1,000]; 24. 99X-Dalton Stevens [25][$1,000]; 25. 1A-Jacob Allen [3][$1,000]. Lap Leaders:Brad Sweet 1-10, 13-30; Jacob Allen 11-12. KSE Hard Charger Award: 2C-Wayne Johnson[+11]
  8. Sheldon Excites with Top Shelf Charge in Cotton Bowl Opener Haudenschild and NOS Energy Drink #17 are First Repeat Winners of Season PAIGE, TX - March 19, 2021 - Much like his legendary father Jac Haudenschild, young Sheldon Haudenschild is continuing to thrill fans nationwide in the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series. His latest act came in Friday's opener to the Drydene Texas Two-Step pres. by American Lube Supply at Cotton Bowl Speedway. Trent Gower photo Coming from sixth, Haudenschild braved the outside and bolted to the cushion at a time when his competitors were glued to the bottom. His risk paid off in a big way as the Wooster, OH native rocketed to the lead on Lap 25 and made his moves around Aaron Reutzel and Brad Sweet look like a breeze. The final 11 laps flew by as the 27-year-old star sliced and diced his way through a tricky run of lap traffic that included several close calls. By topping his counterparts for the second-straight week, Haudenschild becomes the first repeat winner of the 2021 season. It's his 16th career World of Outlaws win and continues to send the confidence of the Stenhouse Jr. Marshall Racing #17 through the roof. "Winning these [Outlaw] races is a dream come true," Haudenschild told a huge crowd in Paige, TX. "This NOS Energy Drink car is on rails right now. These guys Ripper, Drew, Nickolas, they all deserve these wins. We're working real hard and the results just keep coming." Before Haudenschild wowed the crowd, Reutzel of Clute, TX was the talk of town. In his home state for the first time as a full-time World of Outlaws driver, Reutzel and the Roth Motorsports #83 looked unstoppable for much of Friday's act at the Cotton Bowl 1/3-mile. Reutzel, the leading Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year contender, set a New Track Record (13.356 seconds), won his Team Drydene Heat Race, drew the pole of the redraw, and won the DIRTVision Fast Pass Dash all ahead of the 35-lap NOS Energy Drink Feature. He led the opening 12 laps before a restart allowed Sweet to lineup alongside him, and subsequently pass him around the outside. Sweet ensued to lead his own share of 12 laps before Reutzel re-entered the picture and Haudenschild emerged to make it a three-way war the top spot. On Lap 25, Haudenschild followed Sweet down the backstretch but refused to follow the Kasey Kahne Racing, NAPA Auto Parts #49 to the bottom of turn three. Instead, he hauled it off into the corner and buried it deep into the cushion, finding the momentum and sweeping right around the outside of Sweet to take the lead away. From there, Lil Haud maneuvered through lap traffic and ran off to a 0.571-second advantage at the checkered flag as he became the first repeat winner of the 2021 World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car season. "Ripper and I really haven't had a lot of time together with this car," Haudenschild noted on their hot streak. "Getting to work with him and the guys on developing a good base line setup for when we show up has helped a lot. Starting up front is huge too, you're not gonna beat those guys starting behind them every night. We've been working on our qualifying too. We're just making little strides everywhere. It's great to be winning like this so early in the season." Closing out the podium behind Haudenschild was a dejected Aaron Reutzel in second and a consistent Brad Sweet in third. "I'm actually really disappointed," Reutzel said afterwards. "I just did a shitty job driving and you have to be a better driver to win these races. Car was fantastic, I think it was the winning car. These are hard to win. You have to run 35 perfect laps and I didn't do that tonight. It's good to get back on the podium after last weekend, though." Sweet, the two-time and defending World of Outlaws champion, re-claimed the early-season points lead with his fourth-straight podium appearance. "The driver just needs to step up there," Sweet admitted on his loss of the lead. "I knew I needed to move up, especially when you're going that slow on the bottom. The top just didn't look like it was there, though. I was trapped and got going slow, so I knew someone would find something. Didn't surprise me when it was Sheldon that drove around me. I tried to keep up, but he was just a little better tonight." Ian Madsen recorded a season-high fourth-place finish in the McGhee #11. Donny Schatz earned his fifth consecutive top-five finish aboard the Tony Stewart Racing #15. Gio Scelzi and KCP Racing recovered with a sixth-place finish, Kraig Kinser established a new season-best of seventh-place, James McFadden made his 2021 debut in the Kasey Kahne Racing #9 with an eighth-placed run, David Gravel put the Big Game Motorsports #2 in ninth-place, and Logan Schuchart extended his streak to seven top-tens in seven races with a tenth-place bid for the Drydene Performance Products #1S. The perseverance of Jason Johnson Racing paid dividends with KSE Hard Charger honors for a 24th-to-13th run in the feature from Carson Macedo. It was a wild night to get to said result. The #41 was solid in qualifying and won a Team Drydene Heat Race, but a wicked flip in the Dash forced them to a backup car. Macedo flipped again on Lap six of the feature, but the never-say-die attitude in the work area led him back on track and allowed him to rise through the field again. UP NEXT - The Drydene Texas Two-Step pres. by American Lube Supply wraps up on Saturday night at Cotton Bowl Speedway in Paige, TX. You can watch the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series event LIVE on DIRTVision. NOS Energy Drink Feature (35 Laps) – 1. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild [6][$10,000]; 2. 83-Aaron Reutzel [1][$5,500]; 3. 49-Brad Sweet [2][$3,200]; 4. 11-Ian Madsen [3][$2,600]; 5. 15-Donny Schatz [10][$2,350]; 6. 18-Gio Scelzi [9][$2,150]; 7. 11K-Kraig Kinser [8][$2,100]; 8. 9-James McFadden [15][$1,950]; 9. 2-David Gravel [7][$1,900]; 10. 1S-Logan Schuchart [16][$1,850]; 11. 21-Brian Brown [5][$1,400]; 12. 3-Ayrton Gennetten [22][$1,200]; 13. 41-Carson Macedo [24][$1,000]; 14. 7S-Jason Sides [11][$950]; 15. 15H-Sam Hafertepe [12][$900]; 16. 8M-TJ Michael [21][$900]; 17. 26-Cory Eliason [18][$900]; 18. 5-Brent Marks [13][$900]; 19. 33M-Mason Daniel [20][$900]; 20. 3Z-Brock Zearfoss [17][$900]; 21. 19-Parker Price-Miller [14][$900]; 22. 1A-Jacob Allen [4][$900]; 23. 2B-Josh Baughman [23][$900]; 24. 2C-Wayne Johnson [19][$900]. Lap Leaders: Aaron Reutzel 1-12, Brad Sweet 13-24, Sheldon Haudenschild 25-35. KSE Hard Charger Award: Carson Macedo [+11]NEW World of Outlaws Point Standings --- 1. Brad Sweet (998); 2. Logan Schuchart (-12); 3. Donny Schatz (-24); 4. David Gravel (-30); 5. Sheldon Haudenschild (-46); 6. Carson Macedo (-58); 7. Aaron Reutzel (-62); 8. Cory Eliason (-80); 9. Kraig Kinser (-128); 10. Gio Scelzi (-130).
  9. Cotton Bowl Speedway eager for World of Outlaws return - The Series will make its first trip back to the track since 2018 for a doubleheader weekend PAIGE, TX – March 18, 2021 – There’s no quit in Texas. Cotton Bowl Speedway, in Paige, TX, is a prime example of that. It’s had to suffer rain, a pandemic and a severe snowstorm in the past two years, forcing the cancellation of multiple World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series events. However, its determination to host the World of Outlaws again has never faltered. That Texas-tough attitude is bringing The Greatest Show on Dirt back to Cotton Bowl Speedway this Friday and Saturday, March 19-20, for the Drydene Texas Two-Step presented by American Lube Supply. This will be the Series’ first time back at the 3/8-mile track since 2018. “It’s a shame the Series hasn’t been able to race at Cotton Bowl the past few years due to varying factors, so we’re excited to bring the World of Outlaws back to Texas this weekend for a fun two-night event,” said Carlton Reimers, World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series Director and Texas-native. “Cotton Bowl Speedway is a great facility and its team did a good job getting it ready in a short amount of time to allow for this weekend to happen.” Rain plagued the Series’ return to the speedway in 2019 and then hours before the start of the event in 2020, the growing emergence of the COVID-19 pandemic forced the cancellation of the event. Knowing the level of interest from the fans and the track’s ability to produce thrilling racing, the World of Outlaws worked with the speedway to create a doubleheader event this year in February. Then, as Mary Ann Naumann, the owner and operator of Cotton Speedway called it, “Snowvid” hit Texas. A massive snowstorm, accompanied by record-setting freezing temperatures, hit nearly the entire state, creating hazardous conditions. Millions were initially left without power. Thousands were stuck in their homes. And a few deaths were reported. Cotton Bowl Speedway was prepared for the storm to hit, according to Naumann, but no one expected the impact to be as severe as it was. “We really prepped the track really well with the plumbing and everything like that,” Naumann said. “We were completely ready. The first night of the storm, we lost electricity. So, we froze almost from the first night. Then, we couldn’t get to the racetrack. When the water finally unfroze, we had flooding issues. We had flooding in VIP (suite) and race control. Flooding in the restrooms. We lost the ceilings in the restrooms in the pit area. Our concessions got flooded. It was really a nightmare. “It’s been none stop for us. But things are looking up. We had a race last weekend, and everything went great. We were like, ‘How did we even do this?’ But we pulled it off. We’re excited. Everyone is excited.” With the track crew’s ability to get the facility ready in time, and, coincidentally enough, the cancellation of the West Coast Swing due to COVID, the Series was able to push the Texas Two-Step to a new date a couple of weeks later. The excitement for the event is growing among the local communities, Naumann said. Not only does the arrival of teams and fans bring in more business to the town, but the locals are just ready to see the World of Outlaws back at the speedway. “I think even more so (this year) because the couple of years of excitement was there and then wasn’t able to happen,” Naumann said. “I know there’s been a lot of chatter going on in the town close to us, which is Bastrop. It has the haulers in there at different hotels and stuff. The excitement is even more because they see the big haulers and everything. I think the community is excited. We love that we’re an outdoor venue and blessed that we’re able to do this. And that people get to be out and about and be safe at the same time. I think they can have good family fun and see exciting action on the racetrack.” Fans could see multiple historic milestones reached at the track this weekend. It starts with the doubleheader being the Series’ first two-day event at the track. Currently, the Series has only made two visits to Cotton Bowl Speedway – in 2016 and 2018. Two-time defending Series champion Brad Sweet picked up the win in 2016 and 2019 Knoxville Nationals champion David Gravel won in 2018. A win for either of them at the track would be their 60th career World of Outlaws victory. Both have one win this year. Gravel is the most recent winner, outdueling Sweet for the win in a spectacular race at The Rev. Another milestone win could come from 10-time Series champion Donny Schatz. He’s on the verge of his 300th career World of Outlaws victory. Aaron Reutzel, of Clute, TX – less than 3 hours from Cotton Bowl – will be on the hunt for his first home-state win with the World of Outlaws. The leading Rookie of the Year contender picked up his third career win, and first of the year, at East Bay Raceway Park, by following the driving style of his idol and fellow Texas native Gary Wright. So far, in six races, there have been six different winners in 2021. That streak could go to seven and eight this weekend – a streak that hasn’t been reached since 2015. “I’m so excited,” Naumann said. “I’m excited about the double night. The enthusiasm is great. We’ve worked really hard on the track even though we’ve had to overcome a lot of objectives. But the track looks good and we’re so excited.” For tickets to the Drydene Texas Two-Step presented by American Lube Supply, CLICK HERE. If you’re unable to make it to the track, you can watch all the action live on DIRTVision with the annual Platinum FAST PASS subscription for $299/year or the monthly FAST PASS subscription for $39/month.
  10. Texas Two-Step at Cotton Bowl Awaits the World of Outlaws - Intense Action and Thrilling Races Move to The Lone Star State This Weekend PAIGE, TX - March 15, 2021 - The Dirty South Swing was epic. Now, it's time for the Drydene Texas Two-Step presented by American Lube Supply. This Friday and Saturday, March 19-20, the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series is coming to Cotton Bowl Speedway. BUY TICKETS HERE For the Lone Star State fans, this return to the Paige, TX 3/8-mile is a special one. From Mother Nature's rain to the COVID-19 pandemic to State of Emergencies, fans have been stripped of the Outlaws at Cotton Bowl far too many times for too many different reasons. This weekend, that's not happening. A pair of previous Outlaw visits in 2016 and 2018 gave the Austin area fans a taste of The Greatest Show on Dirt with exciting last-lap passes and thrilling green-to-checkered wins. This weekend, fans get not only one show, but two full nights with the 900-horsepower machines. Before the fun begins on Friday night, let's catch you up on the storylines to follow: HISTORY IN THE MAKING: The 2021 season is officially tied for the second-most diverse start in 44 years of competition for the World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series. The current streak of six winners - Brad Sweet, Logan Schuchart, Carson Macedo, Aaron Reutzel, Sheldon Haudenschild & David Gravel - is tied for the second-longest streak without a repeat winner alongside seasons in 1984, 2006 and 2007. The all-time record is held by the 2015 campaign, which featured eight different winners to start the year with wins from Daryn Pittman, Donny Schatz, Brad Sweet, Shane Stewart, Terry McCarl, Brian Brown, Tim Kaeding and Rico Abreu. THE GREATEST SHOW ON DIRT - FOR A REASON: You get yours monies worth at a World of Outlaws show. Four of the last five races have featured a pass for the lead with less than ten laps remaining. There was Schuchart capitalizing on Schatz's ignition box failure with two to go at Volusia; then Macedo's charge from tenth to steal a Volusia victory from Hafertepe; then Haudenschild snookering Schuchart through lap traffic at The Mag; and most recently, Gravel beating Sweet in a barnburner at The Rev. The good news? We're heading to a track that has already proven to create some instant classics. During Cotton Bowl Speedway's World of Outlaws debut in 2016, the feature provided three different leaders, two lead changes in the last ten laps, and a last-lap, last-corner pass for the win. Relive those highlights below for an idea of what to expect this weekend. IT'S GOOD TO BE HOME: For Aaron Reutzel of Clute, TX, this weekend is a chance to get some much-needed and enjoyed time in his native state. A resident of Knoxville, IA these days, the leading Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year contender appreciates every moment he gets to spend back home at his parents' house with his family. He says "it's like a weeklong vacation" any chance he gets to go racing in Texas. Returning to Cotton Bowl Speedway for the first time as a full-time Outlaw, Reutzel will have a previous experience to rely on as he and Roth Motorsports chase their second win of the year. The multi-time ASCS National Tour champion ran second in a pair of ASCS regional races in 2013 and 2014, and he also has a top ten finish during the World of Outlaws debut at Cotton Bowl in 2016. DONNY WANTS NEXT: Surprisingly enough, 10-time Series champion Donny Schatz is not one of the six winners this season. A win this weekend at Cotton Bowl would not only extend that streak to seven, it would also mean his 300th career World of Outlaws Sprint Car feature victory. In two previous trips to the Paige, TX facility, the Fargo, ND has finishes of fifth and ninth. Although winless, Schatz and his Tony Stewart/Curb-Agajanian Racing, Carquest, Ford Performance #15 have been incredibly consistent, proven by their fourth-place points position. Through six races, Schatz has five top-five finishes and it would be a perfect six if it wasn't for an ignition box failure while leading at Volusia. Could this be the weekend for #300? THE RACE TO WIN AGAIN: If any of the early-season track were to provide a repeat winner, Cotton Bowl would be among the favorites looking at previous results. Fresh off their jaw-dropping battle at The Rev, David Gravel and Brad Sweet return to a track they've both already won at. Sweet, driving his Kasey Kahne Racing #49, won the Series' debut at Cotton Bowl in 2016 with a last-lap pass over Daryn Pittman. Gravel, now with Big Game Motorsports, is the most recent winner at the track with a wire-to-wire route in 2018. Along with Sweet and Gravel, any of four including of Logan Schuchart, Carson Macedo, Aaron Reutzel, or Sheldon Haudenschild could be the first repeat winner of 2021 this weekend. Photo - Tim Aylwin
  11. For immediate release: Chad Heath Racing Contact: Phil Whipple Tel: 207.689.6630 Chad Heath doubles up with pair of top-10 finishes in two states Southern Stampede, Cotton Bowl kind to Maine native LAMESA, Texas (March 15, 2021) — For Maine native and north Texas resident Chad Heath, racing in two southern states on the same weekend was an amazing experience. Competing at two tracks he'd never raced on before, he dug deep and found success against some very stiff competition. The former iRacing enthusiast turned dirt-track racer pulled off a pair of top-10 runs in Oklahoma and Texas. It began with a solid ninth-place run on Friday night in the IMCA Southern Stampede at Southern Oklahoma Speedway in Ardmore, then continued with a strong fifth-place finish in the season opener at Cotton Bowl Speedway in Paige, Texas, on Saturday. “After a big disappointment on Thursday night, it sure felt good to bounce back with decent runs in the next two outings,” Heath said. “I missed the A Main by one spot on Thursday, so I was determined to make the show on Friday night. The level of competition up there was pretty intense. “All I had done was practice at Cotton Bowl before, so this was my first actual race there. They run hard all night there, and it's a well prepared, fast track. Once I figured out where to run and got comfortable there, it kinda came together. There are some tough racers in Sport Mod at Cotton Bowl.” Heath is beginning his second season of driving on dirt ovals after being around the sport his entire life. He has a cousin from his home state of Maine who is in two different Hall of Fame's, the New England Auto Racing Hall of Fame and the Maine Motorsports Hall of Fame. You may have heard of the three-time Oxford 250 winner and leader in feature wins there (151), Mr. Mike Rowe. “Mike made his mark in the sport decades ago, and somehow continues to run competitively at the age of 70 in an asphalt Super Late Model. I've always admired his tenacity and skills on any oval. He has that ability to adapt to track conditions and his car; I'm hoping to work on those skills myself.” Heath is just one of hundreds of IMCA Southern SportMod racers spread around the deep south chasing a dream. They dream of a National title, of running as many races as possible and of course, of enjoying quality time at the track with friends and family. For Heath, it's a natural way of life. “While I may not have been behind the wheel of a race car all these years, I've followed the sport closely and known lots of lifelong drivers. Today, I have a good car and can learn from others as I go along. I'm having a blast down here and loving the dirt track life. It sure helps when I run well.” Heath will now focus on his goal of winning IMCA Southern SportMod Rookie-of-the-Year honors for 2021. Last year, he earned Rookie-of-the-Year honors at West Texas Raceway in their Limited Modified class. In eight starts, he earned three top-10 finishes, including a pair of top-fives. To read race recaps and see photos from the 2021 season, visit the team's Facebook page often at www.facebook.com/chadheathracing. (Photo credit: Rachel Plant)
  12. We are EXCITED to announce the rescheduled date for this exciting day at the track, Sunday, March 7! We wanted to be respectful of the Enduro happening at HEART of TEXAS SPEEDWAY on Saturday the 6th, but still wanted to get in some TESTING time and presenting our 2020 Awards! See info below.
  13. REVISED SCHEDULE: New events added, postponed races find dates in March-April - The Series returns to East Bay Raceway Park for the first time in 38 years before venturing through the South and Midwest CONCORD, NC – Feb. 23, 2021 – The World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Cars will return to action at the beginning of March with the addition of eight new events and four postponed events finding new dates. Josh James photo The Greatest Show on Dirt will pick up where it left off in Florida with a weekend doubleheader, including a return to East Bay Raceway Park for the first time since 1983, before trekking through the south and Midwest to fill out a full slate of racing throughout March into April. Those events include: -Friday, March 5 – Volusia Speedway Park -Saturday, March 6 – East Bay Raceway Park -Friday, March 12 – Magnolia Motor Speedway -Saturday, March 13 – The Rev -Friday & Saturday, March 19-20 – Cotton Bowl Speedway -Friday, March 26 – U.S. 36 Raceway -Saturday, March 27 – Lake Ozark Speedway -Friday & Saturday, April 2-3 – Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55 -Friday, April 9 – Kokomo Speedway -Saturday, April 10 – Tri-State Speedway “A lot of work has gone into putting this revised schedule together, and I’m grateful to all the tracks that have graciously worked with us throughout this process,” World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series Director Carlton Reimers said. “While we’re disappointed in not being able to get the Spring West Coast Swing in this year, I’m excited for the fans and drivers that we’re still able to present them with a full schedule of racing at great venues.” The best Sprint Car drivers in the world will converge at Volusia Speedway Park for the third time this year when the season resumes – current points leader Logan Schuchart and defending champion Brad Sweet took home the trophies in the first two races there. On the following day, the Series will return to East Bay Raceway Park in Tampa, FL for the first time in 38 years. Steve Kinser was the last driver to win at the track in 1983. Then, the next two weekends will host new dates for previously postponed events. The new additions to the schedule this year, Magnolia Motor Speedway, in Columbus, MS, will run on March 12, and The Rev in Monroe, LA will run on March 13. A doubleheader at Cotton Bowl Speedway will be the following weekend, March 19-20, with the Drydene Texas Two Step presented by American Lube. It’ll be the Series’ first time back at the track since 2018 – won by David Gravel. The following three weekends will feature new events, leading to the originally scheduled April 16 event at Lawton Speedway and April 17 event at Devil’s Bowl Speedway. Missouri will host a doubleheader weekend, March 26-27, with the return of U.S. 36 Raceway and Lake Ozark Speedway. The March 27 event at Lake Ozark will be the third annual Jason Johnson Classic presented by FK Rod Ends with $15,000-to-win on the line. James McFadden, a friend of the late Jason Johnson, earned an emotional win at the event last year and will go for another this year as he runs for the Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year title with Kasey Kahne Racing. Always a source of excitement, the 1/3-mile Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55 returns for a spring doubleheader, April 2-3, giving the track two more dates in 2021 before the Aug. 6-7 Ironman 55 weekend. Then, fan-favorites Kokomo Speedway and Tri-State Speedway return to the schedule for an Indiana doubleheader weekend, April 9-10. Both tracks brought fans to their feet last year with Sheldon Haudenschild executing spectacular passes to claim the win and Carson Macedo edging Sweet by inches to win at Tri-State. “I’m just excited we have found some great racetracks to fill in the dates of the West Coast Swing,” said two-time defending champion Brad Sweet. “I was looking forward to racing in front of my friends and family in California but just still too many restrictions to race in front of full crowds. It’s always tough this time of year with weather and other factors to get races in so thanks to the Outlaws and the promoters for taking these shows on such short notice. I hope to see many fans and I’m excited to get the NAPA Auto Parts #49 back on track.” Tickets for each new event will go on sale Wednesday, Feb. 24, at 9 a.m. (ET). If you already have tickets to the events at Magnolia Motor Speedway, The Rev and Cotton Bowl Speedway and can’t make it to the rescheduled dates, you have until March 25 to request a refund through this link CLICK HERE. Anyone unable to make it to the track can watch all of the action live on DIRTVision.
  14. State of Emergency in Texas Forces Postponement of Cotton Bowl Officials Working to Reschedule Texas Two-Step in March PAIGE, TX — Feb. 20, 2021 — World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series and Cotton Bowl Speedway officials are postponing the Feb. 26-27 “Texas Two-Step” due to a State of Emergency in Texas as the state works to recover from its winter weather disaster. New dates and a revised spring schedule will be announced soon. Those who have already purchased tickets to the race at Cotton Bowl can use those tickets for the rescheduled dates. Once the new dates are announced, those unable to make it to the rescheduled dates will have the opportunity to request a refund. As part of the forthcoming new spring schedule, the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series is slated to race Friday, March 12 at Magnolia Motor Speedway in Columbus, MS and Saturday, March 13 at The Rev in Monroe, LA. For Magnolia tickets, CLICK HERE. For Rev tickets, CLICK HERE. Anyone unable to make it to the track can watch all of the action live on DIRTVision.
  15. For immediate release: MAN Racing Promotions Contact: Mary Ann Naumann Tel: 512-844-3582 Car Show, 2020 Awards Ceremony added to Practice Day at Cotton Bowl Speedway. Fans admitted free, get chance to vote for Best Appearing car in each class PAIGE, Texas (Jan. 15, 2021) — Officials at Cotton Bowl Speedway (CBS) have announced the addition of a Car Show and 2020 Awards Ceremony to their 2021 Open Practice Day scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 20. Race fans will have free access all day and can vote for Best Appearing car, as well. The CarShow is presented by Kragh's Jewelry, a valued partner and supporter at Cotton Bowl. Since restrictions brought on by the ongoing global pandemic prohibits the traditional annual Awards Banquet, officials will utilize the gathering of Practice Day to pass out awards earned during the 2020 season. While this is less than ideal for all, it does make sense and will recognize our drivers. “When this idea was presented to me it made a great deal of sense,” CBS promoter and GM Mary Ann Naumann said. “We have a lot of racers who put a huge effort into their cars every year. This will provide an opportunity to recognize that hard work, and for fans to connect with our race teams. “While H and I wish we could have held the usual banquet, large gatherings like that are simply too risky at this time in a confined space. We'll honor our 2020 champions at the track as they prepare to do battle once again this year. I think the whole day will be productive and enjoyable for all of us.” When it's time to hand out 2020 awards, 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) will be officially crowned. All six enjoyed outstanding results in 2020. “When we got our new car last year, it really turned our program around,” Henderson, 58, a multi-time title holder said. “We sold it recently, but will have a new one from the same builder this year. We have some fast young guns in this class, but I'm hoping to stay ahead of them again 2021.” Hanusch, a former National champion, changed his plans as 2020 unfolded, yet it panned out. “We really had no plans of chasing points last year,” he said. “But things went well for us, so when we found ourselves on top we decided to go for it. This year will be similar, we'll start out as best we can and see how things unfold. I plan to compete again at Cotton Bowl and look forward to it.” Haugh claimed his crown in impressive fashion during his first-ever season competing on dirt. “I just wish we could have earned a few more wins,” he said. “With all that talent showing up at Cotton Bowl, from veterans like Homeyer, Sims and Don Painter, to invaders like Dalton Faulkner, it is very tough to land in Victory Lane. We finished second more than I'd like, but it was behind top guys. Now that I sold my car to Steve Sims, I'll probably just help some friends this year. I'll be at the track.” Mooney put in a head-turning performance all year as he battled seasoned veterans on the oval. “The way things came together for us last year was amazing,” he explained. “I didn't expect to run as well in my rookie year. Jason Batt helped me a ton, and the Florio family always has my back. This year, I have a full-time USMTS Modified ride so I won't get to cotton Bowl as often in 2021.” Gural is a longtime veteran racer who builds his own cars and has big respect from his peers. “I really had a solid season in 2020, but winning that title wasn't easy,” he said. “There's just so many good cars every week, it's tough to hit the podium regularly. I may not chase points this year, but I'll still be in the Street Stock class most of the time. I'll also be doing more Enduro racing in 2021.” Chouinard turned a lot of heads in 2020 as he enjoyed a stellar rookie season in Sport Compact. “My son had an incredible rookie year in that great class,” Rowdy's father Thomas said. “We're moving him up to an IMCA Sport Mod this year, and I hope he adapts to it as well as he did last season. He's really into it at just 14, and racing is in our blood. We're very excited for the new season ahead.” 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. Article Credit: Phil Whipple Submitted By: Mike Fortier
  16. Car Show, 2020 Awards Ceremony added to Practice Day at Cotton Bowl Speedway. Fans admitted free, get chance to vote for Best Appearing car in each class MAN Racing Promotions Contact: Mary Ann Naumann Tel: 512-844-3582 PAIGE, Texas (Jan. 15, 2021) — Officials at Cotton Bowl Speedway (CBS) have announced the addition of a Car Show and 2020 Awards Ceremony to their 2021 Open Practice Day scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 20. Race fans will have free access all day and can vote for Best Appearing car, as well. The CarShow is presented by Kragh's Jewelry, a valued partner and supporter at Cotton Bowl. Since restrictions brought on by the ongoing global pandemic prohibits the traditional annual Awards Banquet, officials will utilize the gathering of Practice Day to pass out awards earned during the 2020 season. While this is less than ideal for all, it does make sense and will recognize our drivers. “When this idea was presented to me it made a great deal of sense,” CBS promoter and GM Mary Ann Naumann said. “We have a lot of racers who put a huge effort into their cars every year. This will provide an opportunity to recognize that hard work, and for fans to connect with our race teams. “While H and I wish we could have held the usual banquet, large gatherings like that are simply too risky at this time in a confined space. We'll honor our 2020 champions at the track as they prepare to do battle once again this year. I think the whole day will be productive and enjoyable for all of us.” When it's time to hand out 2020 awards, 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) will be officially crowned. All six enjoyed outstanding results in 2020. “When we got our new car last year, it really turned our program around,” Henderson, 58, a multi-time title holder said. “We sold it recently, but will have a new one from the same builder this year. We have some fast young guns in this class, but I'm hoping to stay ahead of them again 2021.” Hanusch, a former National champion, changed his plans as 2020 unfolded, yet it panned out. “We really had no plans of chasing points last year,” he said. “But things went well for us, so when we found ourselves on top we decided to go for it. This year will be similar, we'll start out as best we can and see how things unfold. I plan to compete again at Cotton Bowl and look forward to it.” Haugh claimed his crown in impressive fashion during his first-ever season competing on dirt. “I just wish we could have earned a few more wins,” he said. “With all that talent showing up at Cotton Bowl, from veterans like Homeyer, Sims and Don Painter, to invaders like Dalton Faulkner, it is very tough to land in Victory Lane. We finished second more than I'd like, but it was behind top guys. Now that I sold my car to Steve Sims, I'll probably just help some friends this year. I'll be at the track.” Mooney put in a head-turning performance all year as he battled seasoned veterans on the oval. “The way things came together for us last year was amazing,” he explained. “I didn't expect to run as well in my rookie year. Jason Batt helped me a ton, and the Florio family always has my back. This year, I have a full-time USMTS Modified ride so I won't get to cotton Bowl as often in 2021.” Gural is a longtime veteran racer who builds his own cars and has big respect from his peers. “I really had a solid season in 2020, but winning that title wasn't easy,” he said. “There's just so many good cars every week, it's tough to hit the podium regularly. I may not chase points this year, but I'll still be in the Street Stock class most of the time. I'll also be doing more Enduro racing in 2021.” Chouinard turned a lot of heads in 2020 as he enjoyed a stellar rookie season in Sport Compact. “My son had an incredible rookie year in that great class,” Rowdy's father Thomas said. “We're moving him up to an IMCA Sport Mod this year, and I hope he adapts to it as well as he did last season. He's really into it at just 14, and racing is in our blood. We're very excited for the new season ahead.” 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. Article Credit: Phil Whipple Submitted By: Mike Fortier
  17. 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.
  18. 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/.
  19. 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.
  20. 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.
  21. 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.
  22. 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
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