Showing posts with label Winter Showdown. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Winter Showdown. Show all posts

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Pinnacle Peak Steakhouse Returns to Sponsor 2017 Winter Showdown



Bakersfield, CA – Pinnacle Peak Steakhouse of Colton and San Dimas is a proud sponsor of the 2017 Winter Showdown at Kern County Raceway, for the second year in a row.

The southern California based restaurant will be part of both days at the 2017 Winter Showdown, as they will sponsor the “Pinnacle Peak Steakhouse Fast 12” on Friday night and on Saturday they will award the Hard Charger of the Winter Showdown 250 a $1,000 bonus. The Pinnacle Peak Steakhouse Hard Charger Award is new for 2017, which will be awarded to the driver that advances the most positions from his or her original scheduled starting position.

“Glenn and everyone at Pinnacle Peak Steakhouse are big fans of short track racing and great supporters of the race teams,” stated the SRL’s Brian Olsen. “It’s great to see them return again in 2017 and be a part of this prestigious event. The Fast 12 race should be exciting with those top 12 drivers from qualifying battling it out for who will start on the pole for Saturday night’s Winter Showdown 250.”

The format to qualify for the Third Annual Winter Showdown will begin with single car qualifying at 6:30pm on Friday, February 10th. The fastest 12 drivers from qualifying are locked into the Winter Showdown 250, with the fastest driver claiming the Bobby Durrett Fast Time Award and a $2,000 cash bonus. The top 12 qualifiers will then compete in the “Pinnacle Peak Steakhouse Fast 12” to determine the top 12 starting positions for Saturday’s 250. Starting positions 13 to 31 will be set by the Race For Autism Qualifying Races, in which the balance of the field will be split into two Qualifiers, with the top 9 finishers from each Qualifier locked into the big show.

The Winter Showdown week starts on Thursday, February 9th with a Kick-off Party presented by Visit Bakersfield at the Buck Owens’ Crystal Palace at 2800 Buck Owens Boulevard in Bakersfield. The Winter Showdown Kickoff Party will also feature the 2016 SPEARS Southwest Tour Series Top 10 award presentations and live music by the John Hollins Band.

Friday, February 10th is “51 FIFTY Energy Drink Opening Night” featuring Super Late Model qualifying Lucas Oil Modified Series “Spray Nine Race of Champions – Top 9”, the “Pinnacle Peak Fast 12” and the Race For Autism Qualifying Races.

On Saturday, February 11th it’s the Lucas Oil Modifieds “Spray Nine – Race of Champions 50” and the $30,000 to win “SPEARS Manufacturing Winter Showdown 250” for the Super Late Models.

For more event information, go to the “Winter Showdown” icon at www.SRLSouthwestTour.com. Winter Showdown general admission and reserved seat tickets are on sale now at http://www.kernraceway.com/2017-winter-showdown-tickets.

Monday, February 6, 2017

The Winter Showdown - America's Richest Short Track Race Kicks Off At The Crystal Palace



Bakersfield, CA – On the eve of the biggest race weekend of the entire year, Thursday, February 9th, the Buck Owens’ Crystal Palace will host the “2017 Winter Showdown Kick Off Party presented by Visit Bakersfield”. Open to the public, with no ticket required, the “Winter Showdown Kick off Party” will feature live music featuring the John Hollins Band, driver interviews, raffle items and the presentations honoring the top drivers of the 2016 SPEARS Southwest Tour Series champion season.

As always, the Crystal Palace will be serving their legendary dinners and both bars will be open.

All Winter Showdown race teams at the Kickoff Party will be entered into a raffle, with a chance to win Traeger grills, LED TV’s, VISA Gift Cards, Five Star Race Car Body and more.

The Buck Owens’ Crystal Palace staff will begin serving dinner at 5pm; the party and presentations start at 7pm. Reservations are not required, but strongly encouraged by calling 661-325-7860 or online at www.buckowens.com

The 3rd annual Winter Showdown is the richest race event of it’s kind in the nation, featuring the top Super Late Model drivers from around the nation, including notable drivers NASCAR star Kyle Busch, Eric Jones, SPEARS Southwest Tour Series champion Derek Thorn and two-time Winter Showdown winner, Senoia, Georgia’s Bubba Pollard. Racing begins Friday night, and ends Saturday night with the “Spears Manufacturing Winter Showdown 250.”

For tickets and information go to www.kernraceway.com.

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

51Fifty Energy Drink Presents Winter Showdown Opening Night



Bakersfield, CA – For the third straight year, 51FIFTY Energy Drink will present opening night of the $150,000 Winter Showdown at Kern County Raceway Park. The Friday, February 10th “51FIFTY Energy Drink Opening Night” will feature a full night of racing to kick off the first day of competition at the 3rd Annual Winter Showdown, the richest short track race in the nation.

51FIFTY Energy Drink Opening Night will feature single car qualifying for the Super Late Models starting at 6:30pm. Racing will start at 7:30pm with the first Lucas Oil Modified Series’ “Spray Nine Shootout” featuring the top modified drivers of 2016. The race not to miss on Friday night is the “Pinnacle Peak Steakhouse Fast 12”, featuring the fastest twelve Super Late Model drivers battling it out for the top starting positions for Saturday night’s Spears Manufacturing Winter Showdown 250.

The remainder of the field with be split in two for the “Race for Autism” qualifiers, where the top placing drivers will secure their starting positions in Saturday’s 36 car field.

“We greatly appreciate 51FIFTY Energy Drink sponsoring opening night of the Winter Showdown once again and bringing autism awareness to the event through its Race For Autism campaign.” stated the SRL’s Brian Olsen.

Saturday’s “Winter Showdown 250” will be one of the richest asphalt short track events in the nation, with a record $30,000 payday going to the winner.

Friday, February 10th, it’s the 51FIFTY Energy Drink Opening Night. Bring in an empty can of 51FIFTY Energy Drink and save $5 on Adult GA at the front gate for Friday opening night admission. Qualifying at 6:30pm, racing begins at 7:30pm. 51FIFTY Energy Drink is available by visiting http://www.51fiftyenergydrink.com/where-to-buy.

For more event information, go to the “Winter Showdown” icon at www.SRLSouthwestTour.com. Winter Showdown general admission and reserved seat tickets are on sale now at http://www.kernraceway.com/#!tickets/c1cuz.

Monday, January 30, 2017

The Fan's Guide to the 2017 Winter Showdown



The 3rd Annual Winter Showdown at Kern County Raceway in Bakersfield, California on February 10th and 11th. The weekend’s main event is Saturday, February 11th with the $30,000 to win, “SPEARS Manufacturing Winter Showdown 250” for Super Late Models. The weekend begins on Friday night, February 10th at the paved half-mile with the “51 FIFTY Energy Drink Opening Night”, featuring the “Pinnacle Peak Steakhouse Fast 12” and the “Race for Autism Qualifying Races.”

Make the Most of the Winter Showdown Weekend: February 8, 9, 10, 11, 2017

WEDNESDAY
Super Late Model Registration, Parking and Optional Tech Day 10:30am to 4:30pm.

THURSDAY
Tech inspection for the Super Late Models will take place starting at 9:30am, with the cars hitting the track for the first time at 12:00pm and concluding at 4:30pm.

The “Winter Showdown Kick Off Party” at the Buck Owen’s Crystal Palace (2800 Buck Owens Blvd) presented by “Visit Bakersfield” on Thursday evening starting at 7pm. As part of the evening, the Top 10 in the 2016 SPEARS Southwest Tour Series will be honored, including Three-Time SPEARS Southwest Tour Series Champion, Derek Thorn.

FRIDAY
Lucas Oil Modifieds will move onto the Kern County Raceway grounds at 10:30am and will see three practice sessions, with the first one at 1:30pm.
The Super Late Models will have one practice session from 12:00pm-1:30pm.

Super Late Model Qualifying will take place starting at 6:30pm.

After Opening Ceremonies or the “51 FIFTY Energy Drink Opening Night” at 7:30pm, the Lucas Oil Modifieds will put on a show for the fans with “Spray Nine Top Nine of 2016”. The Top 10 drivers from the 2016 Lucas Oil Modifeds, will battle it for nine laps. Then its back to the Super Late Models with the “Pinnacle Peak Steakhouse Fast 12”, featuring the fastest 12 drivers from qualifying racing for the top 12 starting positions for Saturday’s SPEARS Manufacturing Winter Showdown 250. The night will finish off with the “Race for Autism - Qualifying Races”.

Spectator Gates 5:30pm - Opening Ceremonies at 7:30pm.

Adult General Admission $15, Youth (6-15) General Admission $10, Kids 5 & under Free. Reserved Seating $20.

SATURDAY
The main event of the weekend will be the Saturday evening, $30,000 to win, “SPEARS Manufacturing Winter Showdown 250” for Super Late Models. The racing will begin with Super Late Model Last Chance Race” at 3:10pm, where teams will be racing for the final three starting positions in the SPEARS Manufacturing Winter Showdown 250. After opening ceremonies at 5:00pm, the Lucas Oil Modifieds main event will kick things off with the “Spray Nine 50”. Then its final event of the 2017 Winter Showdown, the $30,000 to win “SPEARS Manufacturing 250”.

Spectator Gates 3pm, Showdown Last Chance Race 3:10pm, the 2017 Winter Showdown Opening Ceremonies 5:00pm.

Adult General Admission $25, Youth (6-15) General Admission $15, Kids 5 & under Free. Reserved Seating $30.

OTHER FAN INFO

A limited amount of “Rowdy Roundup” with Kyle Busch ticket packages are available for fans to purchase. This special ticket will allow fans to attend a meet and greet with Busch on Saturday afternoon before the race, get his autograph and have their picture taken with him. If you are interested contact Kern County Raceway at 661-835-1264.

Detailed Winter Showdown schedule: go to www.SRLSouthwestTour.com

RACE TICKETS will be available at the Front Gate each day, or online at http://www.kernraceway.com/2017-winter-showdown-tickets

There are a limited number of suites available for the Winter Showdown. If you are interested in renting a suite for the event, please contact the SPEARS Southwest Tour Series office at 661-679-4681.

Trackside and General RV parking is available all Winter Showdown weekend; contact Kern County Raceway at 661-835-1264 for details.
Race fans can enjoy practice each day and re-enter at the appropriate gate time.

Host Hotels - http://www.srlsouthwesttour.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/2017-Winter-Showdown-Host-Hotels.pdf

For more information on Bakersfield during your stay, go to: www.VisitBakersfield.com

The Third Annual Winter Showdown is presented by:
SPEARS Manufacturing - 51 FIFTY Energy Drink – VisitBakersfield.com
S.A. Camp Pump & Drilling - KUZZ AM 55 / FM 107.9 - KBAK 29/KBFX 58
Race For Autism - Spray Nine - Hoosier Racing Tire - Motor City GMC
Lucas Oil - Pinnacle Peak Steakhouse in Colton & San Dimas
SUNOCO Race Fuels - Speed51.com

Thursday, January 12, 2017

MAVTV to Televise 2017 Winter Showdown



Bakersfield, CA – MAVTV and Lucas Oil Productions will be on hand once again to nationally televise the upcoming “Winter Showdown” at Kern County Raceway Park in Bakersfield, California.

The $180,000.00 Winter Showdown for Super Late Models/Tour Cars is one of the nation’s richest short-track events, with top drivers from throughout the nation already entered in the February 10th and 11th event. The two-day event will also feature the Lucas Oil Modified Series, which MAVTV will also televise.

“We’re happy to have the opportunity to be part of the Winter Showdown once again and showcase this great event on MAVTV,” stated MAVTV Director of Programming, Jason Patison. “The Winter Showdown has already become one of short track racing’s premier events and we’re proud to be part of it.”

The Winter Showdown will air on a taped delayed basis, with the air dates of the “Winter Showdown 250” and the Lucas Oil Modified event to be announced at a later date.

“MAVTV always does an outstanding job covering the Winter Showdown,” stated the SRL’s Brian Olsen. “We had a great race for television last year, and Bob Dillner and Ralph Sheheen did a great job calling the race.”

Owned and operated by Lucas Oil Products, MAVTV is a television network with its roots deep in the automotive world. With an unparalleled line-up of motorsports events and exclusive automotive reality shows, MAVTV is the answer for motorheads from all walks of life.
For more event information, go to the www.SRLSouthwestTour.com.

Friday, January 6, 2017

Modifieds Back at 2017 Winter Showdown



Bakersfield, CA – The 3rd Annual Winter Showdown at Kern County Raceway in Bakersfield, California will once again feature a $5,000 to win event for Modifieds.

The nationally televised Winter Showdown, is the “Richest Short Track Race in the Nation” with over $150,000 in prize money for Super Late Models and Tour Cars, draws the top Super Late Model drivers in the country, including two-time event winner Bubba Pollard from Senoia, Georgia and west coast standout Derek Thorn.

The Modified race will open the Saturday night, February 11, 2017, card with a 50 lap shootout at the state-of-the-art California half-mile oval, billed as the “Spray Nine 50”. The Modifieds will be followed by the 250 lap $30K to win Winter Showdown. The Modifieds will once again be officiated by the staff of the Lucas Oil Modified Series.

“We have a great relationship with Greg Scheidecker and everyone at the Lucas Oil Modified Series,” stated the SRL’s Larry Collins. “They’re a great group to work with and always put on an exciting show for the fans. We’re looking forward to having the Modifieds back again at the 2017 Winter Showdown.”

The 3rd Annual Winter Showdown is set for February 9-11, 2017.

For rules and additional Modified information contact Greg Scheidecker at greg@lucasoil.com, for more Winter Showdown information go to www.srlsouthwesttour.com or contact the SRL office at 661-679-4681.

Thursday, December 22, 2016

2017 SPEARS Southwest Tour Series Schedule Announced



Bakersfield, CA –The SPEARS (SRL) Southwest Tour Series is proud to announce its schedule of events for 2017. The ten-race schedule will kick off in a big way, with the $30,000 to win Winter Showdown at Kern County Raceway on February 11th. The Winter Showdown will be a non-points event for the SPEARS Southwest Tour Series and the Lucas Oil Modifieds. The 2017 SPEARS Southwest Tour Series point’s championship will begin on March 25th at Irwindale Speedway and end at The Bullring at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on November 18th.

The opening round of the 2017 championship will be a “double-header”, featuring the SPEARS Southwest Tour and the NASCAR K&N Series competing together on the same night on March 25th at Irwindale.

The SPEARS Southwest Tour Series will then stop at Kern County Raceway on April 22nd, for the first of two points paying events hosted by the west Bakersfield half-mile oval.

The Bullring at Las Vegas Motor Speedway will host the SPEARS Southwest Tour Series twice in 2017, on May 20th and November 18th; both events will feature the Lucas Oil Modified Series.

After a break in the schedule, the series will then make its only stop of 2017 at Madera Speedway on July 15th.

August 19th will mark the second appearance of the season at Irwindale Speedway, when the series will again be paired up with the Lucas Oil Modifieds.

On September 2nd, the SPEARS Southwest Tour Series will team up with the Northwest Super Late Model Series for a $10,000 to win co-sanctioned event at Rocky Mountain Raceways, just outside of Salt Lake City, Utah.

The series will then travel to Tucson Speedway once again to compete on the historical 1/3-mile oval on September 30th.

The series will return to Kern County Raceway on October 28th. The SPEARS Southwest Tour Series will finish up its championship season once again with the “Championship Finale” at the Bullring on November 18th.

“We finished 2016 really strong, and 2017 is looking even better,” stated the SRL’s Larry Collins. “We have great race teams that compete in our series, a great staff and our schedule visits the premier race tracks in the west. We’re very confident that 2017 is going to be a record year for the SPEARS Southwest Tour Series.”

For 2017, the “Winner’s Bonus” program will continue, which insures that each SPEARS Southwest Tour Series event will pay at least $5,000 to win. And, for the sixth consecutive year, the “SPEARS Frequent Flyer Program” will award teams a minimum of $1,000 for starting a SPEARS Southwest Tour Series main event after they have competed in three consecutive series races.

Celebrating its seventeenth season, the SPEARS Southwest Tour Series will begin the 2017 season with the Winter Showdown on February 11th, and close out its championship at the Bullring at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on November 18th.

For more information, go to www.srlsouthwesttour.com.



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About the SPEARS Southwest Tour Series:
Celebrating its seventeenth season in 2017, the SPEARS Southwest Tour Series is a regional stock car series competing on paved ovals in the southwestern portion of the U.S. http://www.srlsouthwesttour.com. “The SPEARS Southwest Tour Series…Where the Champions Race”.

2017 Schedule of Events

February 8th to 11th – 3rd Annual WINTER SHOWDOWN
Kern County Raceway Park - Bakersfield, CA (non-points event)

March 25th – Irwindale Speedway
Irwindale, CA

April 22nd – Kern County Raceway Park
Bakersfield, CA

May 20th - The Bullring at Las Vegas Motor Speedway
Las Vegas, NV

July 15th – Madera Speedway
Madera, CA

August 19th - Irwindale Speedway
Irwindale, CA

September 2nd – Rocky Mountain Raceways
Salt Lake City, UT

September 30th – Tucson Speedway
Tucson, AZ

October 28th – Kern County Raceway Park
Bakersfield, CA

November 18th- The Bullring at Las Vegas Motor
Speedway - Las Vegas, NV

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

America's Richest Short Track Race Announces 2017 Date



Bakersfield, CA – With over $156,000 paid out in 2016, the Winter Showdown has reached the distinction of “America’s Richest Short Track Race”.

The 2017 edition of the Winter Showdown held at the state-of-the-art, Kern County Raceway in Bakersfield, California has moved its race weekend up two weeks to February 9th, 10th, and 11th in 2017.

“The 2017 Daytona 500 date was changed to the final weekend of February, and we wanted to give teams the opportunity to compete at both Speedweeks and the Winter Showdown, so we moved our date up,” stated the SRL’s Larry Collins. “We will also move the race from Sunday afternoon, to a Saturday early evening start.”

The Winter Showdown will be in its third year in 2017, and has hosted the nation’s top Super Late Model drivers. Senoia, Georgia’s Bubba Pollard is the only driver to take home the distinctive Winter Showdown trophy. Pollard collected a record $40,000 for his win in 2016, which was his second consecutive Winter Showdown victory.

The 3rd annual “Winter Showdown” is set for February 9, 10, and 11, 2017, at Bakersfield, California’s Kern County Raceway.

For rules and additional information go to www.srlsouthwesttour.com, contact the SRL office at 661-679-4681, or email lcollins@mesamarin.com.

Sunday, February 28, 2016

2016 Winter Showdown Exceeds Expectations


By Matthew J. Sullivan

The Spears SRL Southwest Tour Series' Winter Showdown at Bakersfield, California's Kern County Raceway Park proved to be an exciting event that came down to the checkered flag. Georgia super late model ace, Bubba Pollard held off a late charge by Washington's, Parker Stephens to take the win. Pollard had also been the victor in the inaugural running of the event in 2016. Pollard victory gave him the $30,000 winner's purse as well as an additional $10,000 bonus that was provided by Coors Light and Speed51.com

The big money Showdown has provided a huge boost for everyone interested in super late model racing on the west coast. While the region has a rich history of prestigious events, it has been several years since a race has managed to attract the type of talent that the Winter Showdown has. Events such as the Copper World Classic at Phoenix International Raceway, the Rose Classic at All-American Speedway and the spring and fall open competition races at Shasta Speedway attracted drivers from all over the country.

Over the years, things changed. The Copper World Classic open race became a NASCAR Southwest Tour Series event and the event sadly came to a demise in the mid-00s. The Rose Classic drew top talent but it faded into the ether. The spring Nor-Cal 150 and fall Western 150 open comp races at Shasta Speedway went the way of the dodo.

In a very short time, the Winter Showdown has become one of the top super late model events in the entire country. In addition to Pollard, several other drivers drove across the country to try to win the race including Cole Anderson, Dalton Sargeant, Preston Peltier, Steven Wallace and Todd Gilliland. 38 cars started the 250-lap event which had a total of 50 pre-entries.

The Winter Showdown has proved to be a draw for the best super late model racers in the United States and the exciting thing is that the event has the potential to be bigger and better next year and well into the future. The popular Lucas Oil Modified Series joined the schedule on Saturday night and provided an exciting race. The possibility of adding another series to the Winter Showdown such as the Pacific Challenge Series or adding a big money Legends event would only add to the event's attraction for west coast race fans.

It is almost certain that officials with the SRL and Kern County Raceway Park are planning on how to make the 2017 running of the Winter Showdown bigger and better. Race fans better make certain to not miss out next year.

Monday, February 22, 2016

2016 Winter Showdown Schedule Of Events


From SRL Media

Thursday – February 25, 2016
“Winter Showdown Kick- Off Party” presented by Visit Bakersfield
TEMBLOR Brewing Company (4pm – 7pm)
          • All teams and fans welcome.
          • Rigs and cars on display.
          • Event Pit Passes will be available for sale.
          • After party, SLM rigs may be parked at racetrack.


Friday – February 26, 2016
8:00am – 4:00pm Registration
8:00am Showdown Parking - No unloading until given the ok.
9:00am Showdown Crew Chief Meeting
9:30am Tech Inspection Begins
10:15am Lucas Oil Modifieds Parking Begins
1:30pm Lucas Oil Modifieds Safety Meeting
2:00pm – 4:30pm Lucas Oil Modifieds Practice
Showdown Practice will begin as early as 5:00pm, or 20 minutes after the final car has been inspected.   
Three hours of total Showdown practice.


Saturday – February 27, 2016
8:00am Pit Gates Open
8:30am Showdown Driver’s/Spotter’s/Crew Chief Meeting
9:00am Tech Inspection Opens
10:00am – 10:30am Lucas Oil Modifieds Practice
10:30am – 12:30pm Showdown 250 Practice
12:30pm – 1:15pm Lucas Oil Modifieds Practice
1:30pm Lucas Oil Modifieds – Driver’s Meeting
2:00pm Showdown Qualifying Tech Opens
2:30pm Spectator Gates Open (Tickets $15 & $25 / 10 & under Free)
3:30pm Lucas Oil Modifieds Qualifying
5:00pm Showdown Qualifying 2 laps (Followed by Impound)
6:00pm Opening Ceremonies
Lucas Oil Modifieds (segment #1 – 40 laps)
Showdown Qualifiers
Lucas Oil Modifieds (segment #2 – 40 laps)


Sunday – February 28, 2016
8:00am Pit Gates Open
8:30am Driver’s/Spotter’s/Crew Chief Meeting
9:00am – 9:45am Last Chance & Showdown Practice/Warm up
2:30pm Spectator Gates (Tickets $25 & $35/10 & under Free)
10:30am Last Chance & Showdown Tech Opens
12:30pm Showdown Last Chance Race: Top 3 Transfer
1:30pm Opening Ceremonies
“SPEARS Manufacturing Winter Showdown 250”    

The Fan Guide To The Winter Showdown


From SRL Media


The 2nd Annual Winter Showdown is this weekend at Kern County Raceway, in Bakersfield, California.  The weekend’s main event is the Sunday afternoon, $30,000 to win, “SPEARS Manufacturing Winter Showdown 250” for Super Late Models/Tour Cars.  The weekend begins on Saturday night at the paved half-mile with the “51 FIFTY Energy Drink Opening Night”, featuring the Lucas Oil Modifieds and Race for Autism Qualifying Races.


Make the Most of the Winter Showdown Weekend:


THURSDAY
  • The “Winter Showdown Kick Off Party” at TEMBLOR Brewing Company at 3200-Buck Owens Boulevard presented by “Visit Bakersfield” on Thursday evening starting at 5pm.  Race team rigs and cars will be on display. Great food and drink, driver interviews, autographs and raffle prizes.  Free to everyone and all ages welcome.
FRIDAY
  • More than 80 teams will move into Kern County Raceway for Winter Showdown tech inspection with Lucas Oil Modified practice starting at 2pm.  
  • The Dirt Track at Kern County Raceway Park, located just outside of the paved half-mile oval, will host the final race of the 2016 Winter Series on Friday night. Dirt Modifieds, B-Mods, Hobby Stocks, American Stocks, and Mod Lites will be in action on the new 1/3 mile clay oval.   Gates at 4:30, Racing at 7:30. Tickets are $10. Kids five and under are FREE.
SATURDAY
  • The competition on the paved half-mile begins with the “51 FIFTY Energy Drink Opening Night”, featuring single car qualifying, the 80 lap - Lucas Oil Modifieds feature event, plus the “Race for Autism - Qualifying Races” and the “Fast 12 Heat” - featuring the fastest 12 drivers from qualifying, competing for the top 12 starting positions for Sunday’s SPEARS Manufacturing Winter Showdown 250.
  • Spectator Gates 2:30pm, Lucas Oil Modified Qualifying 3:30pm, Showdown Qualifying 5pm, Opening Ceremonies at 6pm.
  • General Admission $15, Kids 10 & under Free. Reserved Seating $25.


SUNDAY
  • The main event of the weekend will be the Sunday afternoon, $30,000 to win, “SPEARS Manufacturing Winter Showdown 250” for Super Late Models 1:30pm.  The racing will start off Sunday with in the “Pinnacle Peak Steakhouse Last Chance Race” at 12:30pm, where teams will be racing for the final three starting positions in the SPEARS Manufacturing Winter Showdown 250.
  • Spectator Gates 10am, Showdown Last Chance Race 12:30pm, the SPEARS Manufacturing Winter Showdown 250 Opening Ceremonies 1:30pm.


OTHER FAN INFO


  • Detailed Winter Showdown  schedule: go to www.SRLSouthwestTour.com
  • RACE TICKETS will be available at the Front Gate each day, or online at http://kernraceway.com/singleracetickets.htm
  • Dinner Suggestions: Buck Owen’s Crystal Palace, Benji’s Basque Restaurant, Double Tree Hotel, Black Angus, TEMBLOR, Chuy’s, Road House Grill, Padre Hotel.
  • Breakfast: Double Tree Hotel, J&M’s, 24th Street CafĂ©, Spencer’s
  • Shopping: Tejon Outlets or Northwest Promenade
  • For Kids: ‘Rush’ – Indoor Trampoline Park, located next to TEMBLOR.
  • General RV parking still available at Kern County Raceway for $50 for the entire weekend, or track side RV spots for $500.  Visit http://www.kernraceway.com/#!rv-parking-forms/igg9h for RV information.
  • For more go to: www.VisitBakersfield.com


The 2nd Annual Winter Showdown is presented by:
SPEARS Manufacturing - 51 FIFTY Energy Drink – VisitBakersfield.com
S.A. Camp Pump & Drilling - Clifford & Bradford Insurance - CoorsTek
KUZZ AM55 / FM107.9 - Hamner Racing Engines - Speed51.com
Progressive Racing Engines - Hoosier Racing Tire - Motor City GMC
Lucas Oil - Pinnacle Peak Steakhouse in Colton & San Dimas  
Five Star Race Car Bodies - SUNOCO Race Fuels

The Left Coast Race Scene: Kern Raceway Park's Winter Showdown May Be The Hottest Ticket Of The Year


By Dave Grayson

Kern County Raceway Park's 2nd annual Spears Manufacturing Winter Showdown is set to receive the green flag this Friday and Saturday, February 27th and 28th. It has already being regarded as the hottest ticket on the left coast. In fact, this ticket is so hot you will practically need protective asbestos gloves just to hold it your hand. Quite frankly, don't be too surprised if this event turns out to be the left coast's hottest ticket of the 2016 racing season. There's a lengthy list of reasons regarding why this event has such a high anticipation level. Here's some major bullet points that clearly says all lovers of short track stock car racing should make plans to spend next weekend in Bakersfield, California.

*The Winter Showdown will be anchored by the SRL Super Late Models/Tour Cars featuring some of the finest driving talent from all over the nation. At press time the reported pre entry car count was a little over 50 cars vying for 36 starting berths. That means the qualifying races, and the last chance race, are going to show us intense on track action.

*The weekend's co-anchor is the extremely popular Lucas Oil Modified Racing Series, presented by Loan Mart. At press time their pre entry car count was reported to be around 30 teams. This very exciting series has been filling up grandstand seats all over the left coast area for several years now.

*The Winter Showdown has a total purse of $180,000 and that's why race teams are traveling all across the nation to spend this weekend in Bakersfield. Sunday's 250 lap Super Late Model main event pays a whopping $30,000 to win. The winner of Saturday's Lucas Oil Modified 80 lap main will be collecting a series high $5,000. With money like that on the line the racing will be intense.

*On Saturday, the Winter Showdown opening night, the Super Late Models will begin their day with qualifying beginning at 5pm. The fastest 12 drivers on the time sheet will be locked into Sunday's main event. The driver at the top of the qualifying charts will earn a $2,000 bonus check. Those top 12 drivers will then compete in a fast heat event to determine their starting positions for Sunday's main event. The remainder of the teams will use their posted time to determine the line up for three Race For Autism qualifying races. The result of those qualifying events will locked in positions 13 to 31 for Sunday's main event. With $30,000 going to the main event winner, fans can expect a high level of intensity during these qualifying procedures.

*The Lucas Oil Modified Racing Series will be running an 80 lap event on Saturday night. This main event will be divided into twin 40 lap segments. The aforementioned Super Late Model qualifying races will be held between the modified races. Over the past decade, this series has hit amazing heights in terms of delivering competitive racing that packs grandstands at every racing venue they visit. The series has a balance of seasoned veterans and young drivers looking to launch and further their racing careers. With a series high paycheck of $5,000 going to the winner, look for some hard racing from this group on Saturday night.

*Sunday, day two of the Winter Showdown, begins with an even higher level of potential intensity. The day begins at 1230pm with the last chance race, for the Super Late Models, sponsored by the Pinnacle Peak Steakhouse and its two locations in the communities of Colton and San Dimas. How intense is this race going to get? There could be as many as 15 to 20 cars in this race with only the top three transferring to the big money 250 lap main later in the day. With ten laps remaining in this race the yellow caution flag will come out allowing the top three transfers to go to the pits to prepare their cars for the main event. The drivers remaining in the last chance race will run a ten lap shootout with the winner collecting $2,000. The last chance transfers will lock down starting positions 32 through 34. Positions 35 and 36 will be set by provisional determined by SRL officials.

*Next comes the grand finale. 36 Super Late Models running 250 laps on the Kern County Raceway Park's high banked half mile oval. When the checkered flag falls over the Winter Showdown 250, some lucky driver standing in victory lane is going to be presented with a check for $30,000.

*The Winter Showdown will also be presenting a bonus check to one of five eligible drivers. The driver who scores the best finish in the Winter Showdown 250 will receive a $10,000 bonus check. By way of their performances in the recently held Snowball Derby, a Speed 51.Com Internet fan vote and being the 2015 Winter Showdown winner, the five drivers eligible for this bonus are: Bubba Pollard, Cole Anderson, Donnie Wilson, Dalton Sargeant and Preston Peltier. Of special interest here is driver Donnie Wilson who recently said if he won the $10,000 bonus he would donate it to the St Jude's Children Hospital. The Showdown bonus program is being sponsored by: Sunoco Race Fuels, 5 Star Bodies, Progressive Racing Engines, Hoosier Tire West, Hammer Racing Engines, Coors Light, The Spears Southwest Tour Series and the Evergreen Speedway.

*Racing fans are invited to attend the Winter Showdown Kick Off Party, on Thursday, February 25th, at the Temblor Brewing Company located at 3200 Buck Owens Boulevard. The party, 5 to 7pm, will feature great food and drink, driver interviews, autograph opportunity and raffle prizes. Also race team rigs will be on display. The party if free to all and all ages are welcome.

*If you're looking for something to do on Friday night, during your Bakersfield racing weekend, the Kern County Raceway Park's still relatively new one third mile dirt track will be presenting the final round of their Winter Series featuring the Modified, B-Mod, Hobby Stock, American Stock and Mod Lite divisions. Race time is 730pm.

*The Kern County Raceway Park has always been considered to be a fan friendly facility that combines good racing shows with budget friendly ticket prices. Tickets for the Saturday edition of the Winter Showdown range from $15 to $25. The opening day is being sponsored by 51 Fifty Energy Drink. Fans can present an empty 51 Fifty can at the ticket gate and get into the grandstands for only $10. The energy drink is sold at all Sav Mart stores in the Bakersfield area. Tickets for Sunday range from $25 to $35 and are currently being sold online at www.kernraceway.com/#tickets/c/cuz. Again, considering all of the racing action you're going to see, those are actually very fair prices.

*If you can't make it to Bakersfield this weekend you can still catch the live racing action via Speed 51.Com's Pay Per View coverage. Saturday's PPV rate is $19.99 and features live coverage of the Lucas Oil Modified's 80 lap main event as well as the Super Late Model qualifying races. Sunday's PPV rate is $24.99 and includes the Pinnacle Peak Steak House last chance race and the Winter Showdown 250 as well as a full pre and post race show. You can also order the two day broadcast package for $34.99 and save $10.

*Also in the racing media news is the fact that the award winning Lucas Oil Production Studios will be at the Winter Showdown video taping on both days to be aired nationally, on a future date to be announced, on MAV TV which is also owned and operated by Lucas Oil.

So there you have it, an entire list explaining why the 2016 Winter Showdown is this weekend's hot racing tickets and possibly even the hot ticket of the year. Enjoy your weekend at the Kern County Raceway Park fellow racing fans. It's going to be spectacular.

Thursday, February 18, 2016

More to Know About the 2016 Winter Showdown


From SRL Media

SHOWDOWN - The 2nd Annual Winter Showdown is scheduled for Saturday and Sunday, February 27th and 28th at Kern County Raceway, in Bakersfield, California. The main event of the weekend will be the Sunday afternoon, $30,000 to win, “SPEARS Manufacturing Winter Showdown 250” for Super Late Models. The weekend opens with the “51 FIFTY Energy Drink Opening Night”, featuring the Lucas Oil Modifieds and Race for Autism Qualifying Races on Saturday night.

FIFTY FOR 36 - More than fifty of the top Super Late Model drivers from around the nation will be vying for the 36 starting positions and their share of the $180,000 in prize money to be awarded at the Winter Showdown.

TOP FIVE RETURN – With more than fifty top Super Late Model drivers, representing 15 states entered in the 2016 Winter Showdown, the top five finishers from 2015 are returning; Bubba Pollard from Senoia, Georgia, Dalton Sargeant from Boca Raton, Florida, Derek Thorn from Bakersfield, California, Blaine Rocha from Oakdale, California and Preston Peltier from Mooresville, North Carolina.

QUALIFYING BONUS – One of the new awards added to the Winter Showdown for 2016, will be the fast qualifier award, which will pay $2,000 to the top driver in Winter Showdown qualifying.

“SHOWDOWN’S BONUS” - Two of the richest Super Late Model events in the nation will once again team up to award a $10,000 bonus to the driver who performs best overall at the 2016 Winter Showdown at Kern County Raceway Park and the June 25th Summer Showdown at Evergreen Speedway. The “SHOWDOWN’S BONUS” award is presented by SUNOCO Race Fuels, Five Star Bodies, Progressive Racing Engines, Hoosier Tire West, Hamner Racing Engines, Coors Light, the SPEARS Southwest Tour Series and Evergreen Speedway.

LUCAS OIL MODIFIEDS – Nearly thirty Lucas Oil Modifieds teams have submitted entries for Saturday night’s event of the Winter Showdown.

MAVTV – The 2016 Winter Showdown will be nationally televised on MAVTV. It will be a tape delayed broadcast with the airdate to be announced.

LAST CHANCE RACE CASH AWARD – With ten laps to go in the “Pinnacle Peak Steakhouse Last Chance Race” of the Winter Showdown, the yellow flag will be displayed and the top three cars in the transfer positions will leave the track to get ready for the Winter Showdown 250. The cars left on the track will then race for the win and $2,000.

COORS LIGHT / SPEED51.COM BONUS – An extra $10,000 bonus will be paid to one of five eligible drivers who score the best finish at the Winter Showdown. By way of their Snowball Derby performance, a Speed51 fan vote and being the defending Winter Showdown race winner; Bubba Pollard, Cole Anderson, Donnie Wilson, Dalton Sargeant, and Preston Peltier will be the five drivers competing for the $10,000 Coors Light / Speed51 Bonus.

DONATE THE BONUS – Donnie Wilson, of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma plans to donate the Coors Light / Speed51 Bonus to the St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital if he wins the Winter Showdown 250. “I just want to do something nice for other people,” Wilson told Speed51.com powered by JEGS. “If I’m lucky enough to win the race that’s thirty grand. That extra ten grand would just be bonus, so I’d really like to donate that.”

TICKETS ON SALE – Tickets are already available for purchase online at http://kernraceway.com/singleracetickets.htm

RV SPOTS – Hundreds of RV’s will converge on Kern County Raceway Park for the Winter Showdown, to reserve your RV spots, contact Kern County Raceway Park directly at 661-835-1264.

VISIT BAKERSFIELD WINTER SHOWDOWN KICK-OFF PARTY – TEMBLOR Brewing Company at 3200-Buck Owens Boulevard will host the “Visit Bakersfield Winter Showdown Kick-off Party” on Thursday evening February 25th from 5pm to 7pm. Great food and drink, driver interviews, autographs and raffle prizes. Race team rigs will be on display. Free to everyone and all ages welcome.

MORE INFO – For more information on the 2016 Winter Showdown, go to www.SRLSouthwestTour.com.