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Sprint Car Bandits Finale Ends with Wild Event at 82; 2020 Schedule Posted

Garland, TX (10/16/19) Track/Series Publicity & Event Marketing by DarinShort.com. The conclusion of the 4th season of the Sprint Car Bandits® series was held this past Saturday, October 12th at 82 Speedway in Petty, Texas with the running of the $31,500 Paul Peters Memorial event. Going into the final event, the series championship was still up for grabs, with a scant 27 points separated points leader Will Eggimann over Dale Wester, which roughly equated to 5 finishing positions that Wester needed to finish ahead of Eggimann to claim the title.

But before we jump right to the center of the cinnamon roll, let’s rewind the night as it unfolded:

Cool-ish, yet clear and calm fall weather conditions greeted the fans and 100 race teams assembled in four divisions, after a strong storm system exited the area the day before.

Recording artist and The Voice contestant Trey Rose was on hand to meet with the fans during the pre-race Sprint Car Bandits Fan Fest. Trey would also kick off opening ceremonies by singing The National Anthem before a very appreciative crowd.  Click https://youtu.be/7Cn8N4W9UCY if you’d like to see the video of his performance. Trey’s appearance at the event was provided by the Sprint Car Bandits series.

Special thanks to Applebee’s in Paris, TX and Dairy Queen on Lamar Street in Paris for providing Sprint Car Bandits Fan Fest giveaways for fans and kids. Over 100 kids swag bags were given away during Fan Fest.

The www.KoolTrikes.com heat race winners were Will Eggimann and Casey Burkham. Burkham won his heat from the 4th starting position, which gave him enough overall points to become the www.FixYourGenerator.com High Points Award recipient – and an additional $100 from Fred Summers, sponsor of the award.

The 25-lap series championship feature would fire off with similar fashion of the last series stop at 82 Speedway, that being, the race would go green for a long distance. But on lap 23 disaster struck that all began when the left rear tire on Will Eggimann’s J&J Racing sprinter would somehow slide off its beadlock wheel causing him to lose speed going down the backstretch. Chipper Wood clipped his left side, as did the second place driver of polesitter Casey Burkham, all culminating with the #71 of Colby Estes getting crossed up and upside down just past the apex of corners 3 and 4.

During the red flag stoppage, outside front row starter and leader, Michael Day, would not be able to refire after the yellow flag came out to resume the race, forcing Day pitside for the remaining two laps.

Meanwhile, Eggimann had dropped pitside after sustaining damage on that backstretch fracas…which suddenly put Dale Wester in prime position to claim the points championship!

The event resumed with a torrid 3-car battle up front between Burkham, Stubblefield and Wester. Stubblefield briefly took the lead before Burkham would take command, while Wester would take second place from Stubblefield. But when they crossed the finish line, Burkham would end up taking home $2,100 for the win, with Stubblefield regaining second from Wester on the final lap.

When the mud clods quit flying, it appeared that Wester should have finished high enough to claim the Series title – however after adding and re-adding the points totals, Eggimann had garnered 8 more markers than Wester in the final points battle.

After the event, Dale Wester was smiling from ear to ear and commented: “I really had fun racing this series. I came to the track tonight with the attitude that I’m just going to do my best, and whatever happens, happens. And it sure was close at the end!”

A stunned Eggimann had to be towed into victory lane to receive his championship award – after thinking that his DNF was going to cost him the title. But after he reviewed the points, before and after, he had the following comments to make: “This is the first time in my racing career that I’ve been able to follow a complete series from start to finish, and a lot of that had to do with favorable economics of the Sprint Car Bandits rules package. Between the wing angle and ‘one tire all night’ rules of the ‘Bandits, not only does it make for consistently good racing, but it helps keep all the racer’s budgets regarding consumables in check…and as a byproduct, it even produces consistently competitive races.”

Eggimann continues: “All season long, faster cars have been able to advance positions on the tracks that our series go to – so clearly – this series has got a rules package that works for racers and track promoters alike, which is really refreshing when so much of sprint car racing nationwide is being controlled by high budget teams, which is not economically sustainable to the majority of the other teams. I’m thankful for the rules platform that the Sprint Car Bandits has developed, because I’m not a big budget team.”

Following Eggimann’s sentiment, Steve Golightly, 8-year executive crew chief on the #74E of Claud Estes III, comments: “Everyone knows that sprint car racing is expensive, and the Estes family regularly fields 3-4 cars at Sprint Car Bandits events. What we have found is that between the strong series purse structure and tire/wing angle rules, we’re able to keep fielding cars without burning up our racing budget.”

Golightly continues: “I just took a picture of Claud’s left rear tire after tonight’s feature race. It looks brand new. That tire has 33 laps on it from tonight, plus hot laps – and it’s the same tire we used at the last ‘Bandits event, where we had to run 45 laps due to being in the B-feature. By the time you had hot laps to it, that tire easily has 85 laps on it – and it will be used again at our next ‘Bandits race.”

In the past, co-crew chief’s on the Estes cars Doc Miller and Lonnie Bright help keep the family team hitting the track with well-prepared cars at each series event, and their past service is much appreciated. Claud would finish 2019 Series points in 3rd place. 2018 SCB series champion Colby Estes would end up in 5th place this season (after missing the opening night due to family obligations).

We would like to thank our 2019 series marketing partners that help enable us to continue to provide quality 360C.I. sprint car racing in the North Texas and surrounding areas: www.SmileysRacing.com, www.FixYourGenerator.com, www.AirPerformanceRockwall.com, www.ShopTheBoss.com, www.UtilityTrailerofDallas.com, www.KoolTrikes.com and www.DarinShort.com.  

Digital marketing and at-track advertising packages are available for the 2020 racing season with the Sprint Car Bandits series. And if your needs include on-site promotions and out-of-home advertising, the Sprint Car Bandits series has a show car provided by 2019 series champion Will Eggimann. Just shoot off a quick email to SprintCarBandits@Outlook.com with your contact info and we’ll help develop an effective solution for your business. Don’t miss this chance to get your business in front of the loyal fans of the Sprint Car Bandits series and to consumers throughout the region!

We would also like to thank the racetrack workers, SCB officials, media members and race fans for their dedication to the series. We are all just cogs on a wheel and it takes every single one of us working together to make it happen – and to sustain it into the future.

Speaking of the future, the first round of the 2020 Sprint Car Bandits racing schedule was posted last month, and here is the latest. Tracks interested in hosting an event should email Darin at dssm93@msn.com as soon as possible, as remaining dates are very limited:

FRI March 20 – Heart O’ Texas Speedway, Elm Mott (Waco) TX

SAT March 28 – Kennedale Speedway Park, Kennedale TX

SAT April 4 – 82 Speedway, Petty TX

SAT April 18 – Abilene Speedway, Abilene TX

SAT April 25  – 82 Speedway, Petty TX

FRI May 1 – Heart O’ Texas Speedway, Elm Mott (Waco) TX

SAT May 9 – Monarch Motor Speedway, Wichita Falls TX

SAT May 30  – 82 Speedway, Petty TX

FRI June 12 – Boyd Raceway, Boyd TX


SAT July 4 – 82 Speedway, Petty TX

FRI July 10 – Heart O’ Texas Speedway, Elm Mott (Waco) TX

~Sprint Car Bandits Summer Break~

FRI September 25 – Boyd Raceway, Boyd TX

SAT September 26 – Kennedale Speedway Park, Kennedale TX

SAT October 10 – 82 Speedway, Petty TX

SAT October 31 – Monarch Motor Speedway, Wichita Falls TX

10/12/19 Feature Results - Series Finale at 82 Speedway:

Position: Car: Driver:  Finishing Points:

1          45b - Casey Burkham 150 ($2,100 winner)

2          2s - Colby Stubblefield 142

3          12w - Dale Wester   135

4          74e - Claud Estes III 130

5          17w - Brad Welborn 125

6          02 - Cody Freeman 122

7          2 - Michael Day        119

8          77w - Will Eggimann 116

9          71 - Colby Estes       113

10        47 - Chipper Wood  110

11        74 - DJ Estes            108

12        72 - Daniel Estes     106

13        41m - Steve McMackin 104

14        33h - Mark Huddleston 102

15        33 - Michael Merrell 100

16        v8 - Robert Vetter     98

17        13m - Chance McCrary 65

Compiled Sprint Car Bandits Points for 2019 after 10/12/19 final event at 82 Speedway:   

Position: Car #: Driver Name: Total Points:

1          77w     Will Eggimann 1540

2          12w     Dale Wester  1532

3          74e     Claud Estes III 1313

4          23j       Junior Jenkins 1198

5          71        Colby Estes   1179

6          45b     Casey Burkham 1144

7          2          Michael Day  1119

8          74        DJ Estes        943

9          118     Scott Evans  895

10        13m    Chance McCrary 892

11        20        Chad Wilson 891

12        15t       Marcus Thomas 844

13        72        Daniel Estes 843

14        02        Cody Freeman 777

15        99x      Dalton Stevens 722

16        27        Kodey Keimig 693

17        21        Michelle Melton 689

18        47        Chipper Wood 685

19        41m    Steve McMackin 618

20        33        Michael Merrell 557

21        80        Josh Hawkins 544

22        64        Mark Zoeller  483

23        v8        Robert Vetter 463

24        44        Jason Howell 417

25        10        Bryan Debrick 371

26        4          Austin Mundie 369

27        01j       Jeb Sessums 342

28        2h       Tommy Hall  328

29        5J        Jeremy Jonas 305

30        5r         John Ricketts 300

31        2s        Colby Stubblefield 258

32        76        Zane Lawrence 254

33        17        Channin Tankersley 250

34        99b     Blake Mallory 238

35        17w     Brad Welborn 229

36        8a        Koty Adams  218

37        17x      Micah Baccus 215

38        33m    Mark Huddleston 196

39        57        Chase Parson 190

40        79V     Ryan Hall 185

41        04        Kyle Jones 184

42        55        Brad Queen  159

43        45        John Carney II 150

44        17W    Harli White 142

45        26        Jacob Harris  142

46        31        Casey Willis  142

47        1X       Tim Crawley  135

48        12        Trey Schmidt 135

49        35        Jeff Emerson 135

50        48        Cody Stacy    130

51        4b        Austin Burkham 130

52        49        Justin Fifield 125

53        2w       Dustyn Welch 125

54        b51     Johnny Brown 122

55        9Z       Taylor Courtney 119

56        91        Craig Oates   119

57        3          Willie Reed    116

58        97        Reagan Reed 116

59        92        Jordan Weaver 113

60        9tx       Brad Wesp    113

61        8A       Alan Myers    110

62        22L     Kent Lewis Sr. 106

63        83        Jett Hays       106

64        21p     Robbie Price 106

65        07        Bobby Middleton 104

66        57C     Chris Schmelzle 102

67        16        Cody Tankersley 100

68        18        Logan Scherb 98

69        18L     Dillon Laden 96

70        41        Casey Merrell 96

71        82c      Christian Kinnison   92

72        10C     Jeremy Campbell     92

73        41        Josh Harner  90

74        35        Chris Hinson 88

75        4t6       Russ Fletcher 65

76        15        Michael Colaluca 65

77        9          Bobby Breen 65

78        52        JD Fry 65

79        79        Charlie McDonald    65

80        12.5    James Griffin 65

81        5X       Tyson Hall     65

82        22X     Steven Shebester    65

83        7          Jerrod Warhurst       65

84        42p     Preston Perlmutter   65

85        88        Terry Easum 65

If you’d like to interact with the Series online, visit Sprint Car Bandits on Facebook, or click www.SprintCarBandits.com for the latest in news, and until we see you at the track next time, be safe and enjoy the remaining racing events in the area.

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