ALLSTAR: All Star 2001 schedule announced

PONCE INLET, FL -- All Star Circuit of Champions sprint car series president Bert Emick announced today a slate of 51 events, with races at 25 speedways in 11 states, for the 2001 All Star sprint campaign. The slate is action packed with many...

PONCE INLET, FL -- All Star Circuit of Champions sprint car series president Bert Emick announced today a slate of 51 events, with races at 25 speedways in 11 states, for the 2001 All Star sprint campaign. The slate is action packed with many special races and includes three new events, the All Stars vs. NCRA Eastern Showdown, the 1200 lb. Nationals at Knoxville (IA) Raceway and the season ending East Bay Raceway Fall Nationals Nov. 1-2-3.

This year the series returns to several speedways absent from the schedule for several seasons, Portsmouth (OH) Raceway Park, Cannonball Speedway near St. Clairsville, OH, Kankakee, Illinois Speedway and a return visit to the Florence (KY) Speedway. New tracks for the All Stars in 2001 include the Fabulous Bedford (PA) Speedway and Jetmore Speedway in Jetmore, KS.

After six seasons of the All Star teams traveling west for Thunder Through the Plains, the All Stars have invited the drivers of the National Championship Racing Association (NCRA) to come to Pennsylvania and Ohio for the first ever Al l Stars vs. NCRA Eastern Showdown June 13-17. The showdown commences on Wednesday June 13 at the scenic half-mile fairgrounds of the Fabulous Bedford Speedway. Thursday night's action moves to the famous Lincoln Speedway in Hanover Pa. and Friday's show marks a return to the former St Clairsville Speedway, now renamed Cannonball Motor Speedway, for the first time since 1980. Saturday, June 16, the All Stars and NCRA will compete at K-C Raceway near Chillicothe, OH along with the STARS late models in "The Night The Stars Come Out," paying $7,000 to win. The Showdown concludes at the half-mile Tri-City Speedway in Franklin, Pa on Sunday night.

The All Stars and the Interstate racing Association (IRA) will invade the half-mile Knoxville Raceway for the inaugural 1200 lb. Nationals on July 27-28. This historic event will pay $3,000 to the Friday night winner and $12,000 to Saturday's A Main victor.

Other big events on the All Star tour include the 19th annual Ohio Outlaw Sprint Speedweek, July 1-7. A new twist this season sees the $10,000 Speedweek finale moved to Portsmouth Raceway Park for the first time. Ohio Speedweek kicks off on Sunday night July 1 at Attica Raceway Park, then moves to Wayne Co. Speedway in Orrville, OH on Monday night the 2nd. Tuesday, competition moves to Fremont Speedway for a $6,000 to win event, with Wednesday's action moving back south to K-C Raceway. Thursday, July 5, action will be fast and furious on the big half-mile of Sharon Speedway in Hartford, then the series moves to the high banked quarter mile of Limaland Motorsports Park in Allentown on Friday night for another $6,000 to win first prize. Saturday's big $10,000 final sees the teams again travel south to Portsmouth Raceway Park.

Sharon Speedway hosts the All Stars again over Labor Day weekend, Sept 1 and 2 for the 21st annual Sharon Nationals, paying $10,000 to win on Sunday night. Fremont Speedway will host their first ever two-day All Star show Sept 7-8, with the Chuck Kear Memorial on Saturday night paying $6,000 to the winner.

Lawrenceburg (IN) Speedway hosts their 19th annual Hoosier Fall Classis, paying $10,000 to win on Saturday, Sept. 15 and Eldora hosts the final northern race of 2001 on Sat. Sept 29 which includes the Haulmark Shootout, featuring 10 cars competing for 10 laps for a $10,000 purse.

The season kicks off Feb. 8-11 at Volusia Speedway Park in Florida with $7,000 to win on the final night, followed by the 25th annual East Bay Nationals on Feb. 14-17, paying $25,000 to win Saturday. April features three events, starting at Eldora Speedway in Rossburg April 7, the Coors Nationals at Attica Raceway Park on April 21 and the Keller Chevrolet Shootout, paying $6,000 to win, at Fremont on the 28th.

May opens at Sharon Speedway on Friday night the 4th, with action the next night at Lincoln Speedway in Hanover, PA on May 5. Attica hosts the All Stars again on May 18, with K-C Raceway on tap for Saturday, May 19. A return to Fremont for the Budweiser 40 on May 26 is next, also paying $6,000 to win.

Following the June All Stars vs. NCRA Eastern Showdown, action moves to Florence (KY) Speedway on June 23, for the first All Star visit there since 1990. Eldora's anniversary race on Saturday, June 30 rounds out the month and serves as a preview to Ohio Speedweek.

Butler Motor Speedway in Quincy, MI will see the Al l Stars pay their only visit of the season on July 14 followed by a return to Kankakee (IL) Speedway the following evening, with a week off before heading to the 1200 lb. Nationals at Knoxville.

The All Stars will once again be a part of Eldora's Historical Big One weekend on Aug. 2, then head for Thunder Through the Plains VII Aug. 13-18. Thunder Hill Speedway in Mayetta opens the Thunder Tour on Monday, Aug. 14, with State Fair Speedway in Sedalia, MO hosting the Tuesday round. Jetmore (KS) Speedway hosts the All Stars for the first time on Thursday, Aug. 16, followed by a trip to 81 Speedway in Wichita on Friday and a visit to Tulsa (OK) Speedway on Saturday night Aug. 18.

Then it's back to Ohio for a K-C Raceway visit on Sat, Aug 25, before the Sharon Nationals Sept. 1-2 and Attica's Labor Day evening show Monday night Sept. 3.

Closing out the season will be the first ever East Bay Raceway Fall Nationals, paying $25,000 to win on the final night of the three day show concluding Saturday night November 3.

Several more dates are currently being negotiated. Please call the All Stars at (904) 756-9225 or visit allstarsprint.com for more information and updates.

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