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PhilWhipple posted a topic in Announcements, Press Releases, and ResultsFor 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.
For immediate release: TDTS Public Relations Contact: Phil Whipple Tel: 207.689.6630 New Texas Dirt Truck Series announced for 2019 Tour to be based at I-37 Speedway PLEASANTON, Texas (Oct. 2, 2018) — Fans of dirt track stock car racing in the Lone Star state have a new reason to get excited about the 2019 season. Officials of the new Texas Dirt Truck Series (TDTS) announced on Friday the formation of a new division for full-sized pickup trucks. The series was formed by I-37 Speedway General Manager George Jones and his partner Mike Fortier and will launch its inaugural season next February. “Our intention is to bring an exciting, fun and affordable division to the racers, fans and track promoters,” Jones said. “This will be a professionally run series created with race fans in mind.” Series co-owners felt there was a void in the current dirt world, one the TDTS can easily fill. “The world of dirt Late Model and modified racing is thriving in south Texas, yet we felt the need to create this series for several reasons,” Fortier said. “The popularity of pickup trucks is huge down here, and fans love a great dirt track race. We're going to give them a show with nice trucks.” The series will utilize AR brand bodies and will feature primarily Chevrolet Silverado and Ford F-150 styles. The trucks will closely resemble those in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, as well as the popular Midwest Truck Series that races on asphalt. “When you look at the incredible popularity of NASCAR's annual visit to Eldora with their trucks, you can see the interest,” Fortier added. “There is a growing trend in America for folks to own and be proud of their trucks, especially here in Texas. We're hoping to capitalize on that trend in 2019.” “The trucks will be affordable to build and maintain, they'll be very racy and also fun to drive. We're excited about the potential for this series. While I-37 Speedway in Pleasanton, TX, will be considered our home track, we'd like to see them compete at other dirt tracks throughout Texas next year to expand our reach. We feel like this could be very popular.” With the first truck to be utilized for this series now with it's shiny new Ford F-150 AR body mounted by veteran I-37 racer Jeremy Hernandez, plans to get the TDTS up and running are in high gear. There will be two trucks built this fall for demonstrations at I-37's season finale on Nov. 9-10. “Jeremy is going to drive for me in Truck No. 51 and is very excited about this new series,” Fortier added. “He was driving my Dwarf car previously but is now all-in with the TDTS. We're lucky to have him involved, and I know he'll be helping us show other racers the viability of these trucks.” Taking a look at the 2019 rules package for the series, interested teams will find a very affordable engine rule running SBC or sealed 602 Crate engines, and a low-cost shock package. Readily available 108-inch Metric frames will be used. Tire costs will be contained by using only Hoosier F-45 asphalt take-offs. For more information, go to www.texasdirttrucks.com. Fans can also follow the series' progress on social media at www.facebook.com/Texas-Dirt-Truck-Series-1509510632528647/ and on Twitter by searching for @TexasDirtTrucks.