Sunday, January 31, 2016

Hot Paved Oval Action Can Be Found In Arizona This Weekend


Dave Grayson

For fans who prefer to watch side by side racing action at full speed on a paved short track we have two outstanding events for you to consider during the upcoming. Both of these special events can be found in the state of Arizona.


There's going to be a slight change of pace for fans of the most scenic quarter mile in the southwest this Saturday afternoon. Open wheel racing will highlight the race schedule when the always exciting, and super fast, USAC HPD Midget Series comes to town. Also on the open wheel portion of the show are the awe inspiring cars from the AVRA-Arizona Vintage Racing Association. These pristinely restored cars are true works of racing art. Fans will get to see them up close, and meet the drivers, during the speedway's traditional autograph session. Then, later in the evening, the fans will get to see them in race mode.

Speedway officials have not overlooked the fans who come to this track to see stock cars run wheel to wheel. In recent days they added another appearance to Saturday's show from the Get It In Gear Street Stocks who will be running a 50 lap main event that pays $500 to win and a guaranteed $125 just to start the race. This extra addition is one more opportunity for someone to beat driver Gavin Bucy who, so far during the winter racing season, is the only street stock to park in victory lane.

Also bringing excitement to the show will be the fan favorite, racing is rubbing, Sam Nichols Electric Factory Stocks. The youngsters in their small, but fast, Bandoleros will be running twin main events Saturday and the Havasu Wiring Outlaw Karts, the newest division to the speedway's line up, will be on hand to peg the excitement meter.

Due to the still chilly night time temperatures in Lake Havasu City, this event will be another day race. The spectator gates will open at 12pm with the track hitting green flag conditions at 2pm. The theme of the day will be Snowbird Appreciation meaning snowbirds, those who spend the winter season in the area, and local seniors will receive a $2 discount on their tickets. All of this racing fun is being sponsored by Larson Equipment.

On Saturday, Larson Equipment race day, general admission tickets will be priced at $12 and $10 for military personnel and the handicapped. Again, snowbirds and seniors will receive a $2 discount for this one day and their tickets will be $8, Kids tickets, age six to 16, are $6 while kids five and under are admitted free. Lake Havasu City Unified School Districts can receive a one dollar discount by presenting their school ID at the ticket gate. The speedway offers also offers a budget friendly Family Package for $25 that admits two adults and two kids. Fans can also enjoy the special amenities of the VIP section, featuring the best seats in the house, for $25. Advance race tickets, always a good idea when visiting this speedway, can be obtained from Peggy Gerchman at Peggy's Sunrise Café, 1584 Countryshire Avenue. For additional information dial up the speedway's official website or visit their Facebook page.


There's going to be two nights, this Friday and Saturday, when the Tucson Speedway presents the third annual Chilly Willy 150, a special weekend featuring the super fast Super Late Models.

Friday night's schedule will feature the Super Late Models running a series of qualifying races along with the dash for cash. Also on the Friday program will be the speedway's Pro Trucks who will be racing for double points in both the heat races and the main event. Adding to the fun will be a pit party featuring a chilly feed. a bonfire that will likely be needed and enjoyed along with a live band. The Friday spectator gates will open at 4pm followed by qualifying at 415pm and racing at 6pm.

Saturday's action will feature a last chance race for the Chilly Willy 150 line up followed by the main event featuring some of the best Super Late Model driving talent from the western states area. Also adding to the fun will be the speedway's Pro Stock and Hornet divisions who also will be racing for double points in both the heat races and the main events. The Saturday spectator gates will open at 230pm followed by heat races at 3pm, an on track driver meet and greet at 4pm and the main events at 5pm.

There is a variety of ticket options for this special event that involves both weekend passes as well as single day tickets. The ticket information can be found on the speedway's official website.