Sprint Bandits news 2006-01-26

Sprint Bandits TNT -- Bringing "Tradition" Back to Florida TULSA, Okla. (January 26, 2006) -- "Traditional" Sprint Cars and the Sunshine State. It's a combo that hasn't been coupled in a quarter of a century. In fact, not since the...

Sprint Bandits TNT -- Bringing "Tradition" Back to Florida

TULSA, Okla. (January 26, 2006) -- "Traditional" Sprint Cars and the Sunshine State. It's a combo that hasn't been coupled in a quarter of a century. In fact, not since the legendary Doug Wolfgang topped the wingless portion of East Bay Raceway Park's Fifth Annual Winter Nationals in February of 1981 have the most powerful topless Sprint Cars slung dirt clods in Florida.

That's all about to change though, as the O'Reilly Sprint Bandits Tour 'N Topless series brings the potent, non-wing 410-ci Sprint Cars back to Florida dirt track racing for the second leg of the Fast Lane Apparel Triple Crown Challenge at East Bay Raceway Park's 30th Annual Winter Nationals next Monday through Wednesday, January 30 through February 1.

The Wednesday night, February 1, feature event is a lucrative one as well, offering up $10,000 to the winner.

More than 40 of the nation's top wingless Sprint Car drivers are expected to converge upon Tampa's 1/3-mile, semi-banked dirt oval to battle for East Bay Raceway Park Winter Nationals victory honors.

Among those pre-entered are hotshoes such as Cory Kruseman, Jon Stanbrough, Charles Davis, Jr., Mat Neely, Kevin Briscoe and 2005 National Rookie of the Year Brady Short. Shedding their wings to take a shot as well include winged aces Terry McCarl, Jason Sides, Danny Smith and Tony Bruce, Jr.

Also expressing intent to compete are drivers such as Bud Kaeding (the new driver for defending Sprint Bandits TNT champion car owner Scott Benic), Dave Darland, Dickie Gaines and Bryan Clauson among others, virtually assuring a talent-laden field to vie for the $10,000 winner's share.

The opening leg of the Fast Lane Apparel Triple Crown Challenge kicks off tonight (Wednesday, January 26) with the "King of the 360's", featuring approximately 75 entries for the O'Reilly ASCS National Tour. The final leg consists of the winged 410-ci Sprinters on February 2-4. Any driver that can top the final night of two of the three legs can capture a $5,000 bonus, with another $50,000 up for grabs if that driver can top all three portions.

Topping all three portions of the Triple Crown Challenge would net a driver a minimum of at least $80,000, not including preliminary night winnings.

East Bay Raceway Park is located off I-75 Exit 250, then two miles west, then 1.2 miles north on US 41, then right 1.3 miles on Old US 41, then right on Burts Rd. For more information, contact the track at 813-677-7223 or 1-877-457-5611.

Additional information regarding the O'Reilly Sprint Bandits Tour 'N Topless series is available at www.sprintbandits.com.

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Series Sprint
Drivers Dave Darland , Bud Kaeding , Cory Kruseman , Jason Sides , Bryan Clauson , Brady Short