NASCAR tripleheader set for Pikes Peak DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (March 4, 1998) Colorado's annual NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series visit, held since 1995 at Colorado National Speedway near Denver, will move this season to Pikes Peak International ...
NASCAR tripleheader set for Pikes Peak
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (March 4, 1998) Colorado's annual NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series visit, held since 1995 at Colorado National Speedway near Denver, will move this season to Pikes Peak International Raceway as part of a NASCAR tripleheader presentation.
The 300-kilometer event, to be broadcast live (1:30 p.m. EDT) by CBS Television, kicks off PPIR's second major NASCAR weekend of 1998 on Saturday, July 25. Competition concludes Sunday, July 26, with running of a 200-mile NASCAR Winston West Series event and 150-mile NASCAR-ARTGO RE/MAX Challenge Series race.
The second half of the program moves up a week, from a previously announced Aug. 2 date. The NASCAR Winston West Series competed at the Fountain, Colo. venue last summer, with a 500-kilometer race won by NASCAR Winston Cup Series veteran Michael Waltrip.
ESPN will broadcast the 200-mile NASCAR Winston West Series race on a tape-delay basis. The NASCAR-ARTGO RE/MAX Challenge event will be carried by ESPN2, also as a tape-delayed program.
The NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Colorado 250, won in 1997 by Ron Hornaday, had been scheduled for June 27 at Colorado National Speedway in Erie, but was shifted to PPIR, following the recent sale of the 3/8-mile asphalt oval to a group whose investors include the ownership of PPIR.
Pikes Peak International Raceway will play host to the NASCAR Busch Series Grand National Division race on June 14. PPIR, located 15 miles south of Colorado Springs and the famed United States Air Force Academy, is the third new track added to the tour's current schedule, joining Gateway International Raceway outside St. Louis, and Memphis Motorsports Park in Millington, Tenn.
"Colorado's race fans have been among the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series' most enthusiastic supporters since we brought the tour to Denver in our first season," said Dennis Huth, NASCAR vice president for administration. "Colorado National Speedway has been a great host, both to the series and to our broadcast partner, CBS.
"The new management of the facility, a show-piece among our weekly sanctioned tracks, decided to direct its energies into the NASCAR Winston Racing Series, at the same time shifting the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race to a venue created specifically to showcase high-profile racing events. No doubt about it; the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series, Winston West and RE/MAX Challenge weekend will be among the highest-profile events of 1998 for NASCAR's many fans in the Rocky Mountain region."
Lex Dudas, Pikes Peak International Raceway general manager, noted that the facility has coveted a place on the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series schedule since construction began in 1996.
"Hosting the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series, the Winston West and RE/MAX Challenge on a single weekend -- at the height of Colorado's summer season -- is a great opportunity for Pikes Peak International Raceway, its commercial partners and its fans," Dudas said. "We're pleased to announce our expanding partnership with NASCAR and the additional exposure our facility will gain through the national telecasts of the weekend's racing activities."
The NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series opened its 1998 season on Jan. 18 at Walt Disney World Speedway near Orlando, Fla., a race won by 1996 series champion Hornaday and his NAPA Brakes Chevrolet. Its next event is set for April 4 at the Miami-Dade Homestead Motor Sports Complex.
NASCAR Winston West Series teams are two races into their 1998 season, having competed at Tucson Raceway Park in the concluding event of ESPN2's "Winter Heat" program. Kevin Harvick and the Spears Manufacturing Chevrolet team won the tour's most recent event, the Feb. 25 Cactus Clash, which kicked off the NASCAR Winston Cup Series' first visit to the Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
NASCAR, which announced its co-sanction of the long-running ARTGO Challenge Series last month, announced RE/MAX, a Real Estate network with nearly 50,000 agents in 23 countries worldwide, as the 23-year-old, late model touring circuit's sponsor in February.
The latter tour is the 13th sanctioned by NASCAR, which is celebrating its 50th Anniversary in 1998 with continuing at-track and multi-media activities throughout the United States.
Source: NASCAR Online