Regional Championship format continues

Eight Region Championship format continues for NASCAR Dodge Weekly Series. DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (April 3, 2003) - Short track racers from coast to coast will participate in the 22nd season of the NASCAR Dodge Weekly Series, NASCAR's national ...

Eight Region Championship format continues for NASCAR Dodge Weekly Series.

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (April 3, 2003) - Short track racers from coast to coast will participate in the 22nd season of the NASCAR Dodge Weekly Series, NASCAR's national championship program for weekly short track competitors. The tracks will once again be divided into eight geographic regions - Atlantic, Heartland, Midwest, New England, Northeast, Northwest, Southeastern Coastal and Sunbelt.

Four tracks have switched regions from 2002. Watsonville (Calif.) Speedway is now part of NASCAR's Northwest Region; Jax Raceways in Jacksonville, Fla. moves to the Sunbelt Region; Motordrome Speedway in Smithton, Pa. joins the Atlantic Region; and Kil Kare Raceway in Xenia, Ohio joins the Heartland Region. New additions to the series include Huntsville (Ala.) Speedway, Lake Erie Speedway in North East, Pa. and Wall Township (N.J.) Speedway.

"We are proud to sanction these tracks and bring the excitement of NASCAR weekly racing to hometown fans across the country," said Chris Boals, director of the NASCAR Dodge Weekly Series. "There are more than 900 weekly short tracks operating in the United States, and we feel that this group represents the very best of the best, among weekly tracks."

This year's NASCAR Dodge Weekly Series lineup includes 58 asphalt tracks and 16 dirt tracks. Feature division competitors at these tracks will race for the series' regional and national championships and $1.7 million in post-season awards.

Regional championship awards are determined by NASCAR's Competition Performance Index (CPI), which tracks each drivers' statistics through the series' closing date on Sept. 21. The racing records of the eight regional champions are then compared against each other to determine a national champion. Each regional champion will receive up to $44,000 in prize money and the national champion will collect nearly $170,000 in post-season awards.

Feature division cars vary from track to track, and include Late Model Stock Cars, Modifieds, Dirt Late Models, Pro Stocks, Super Stocks, Sportsman and other styles of cars. NASCAR also sanctions a ShorTrack Division at each track, which provides regional and national awards to drivers in each track's top support class. These include Limited Late Models, Trucks, Street Stocks, Hobby Stocks and other divisions.

2003 NASCAR Dodge Weekly Series Tracks

Atlantic Region - Georgia, North Carolina, Pennsylvania & Virginia
Big Daddy's South Boston (Va.) Speedway
Bowman Gray Stadium, Winston-Salem, N.C.
Caraway Speedway, Asheboro, N.C.
Greenville-Pickens Speedway, Greenville, S.C.
Hickory (N.C.) Motor Speedway
Lanier National Speedway, Brasleton, Ga.
Lonesome Pine Raceway, Coeburn, Va.
Motordrome Speedway, Smithton, Pa.
New River Valley Speedway, Radford, Va.
Old Dominion Speedway, Manassas, Va.

Heartland Region - Illinois, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio & Wisconsin
Dubuque (Iowa) Fairgrounds Speedway
Elko (Minn.) Speedway
Kalamazoo (Mich.) Speedway
Kil Kare Raceway, Xenia, Ohio
LaCrosse (Wis.) Fairgrounds Speedway
Peoria (Ill.) Speedway
Raceway Park, Shakopee, Minn.
Rockford (Ill.) Speedway
Tri City Speedway, Granite City, Ill.

Midwest Region - Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska & South Dakota
Adams County Speedway, Corning, Iowa
Farley (Iowa) Speedway
I-70 Speedway, Odessa, Mo.
Lakeside Speedway, Kansas City, Kan.
Madison (Minn.) Speedway
Nebraska Raceway Park, Greenwood, Neb.
Park Jefferson Speedway, Jefferson, S.D.
Viking Speedway, Alexandria, Minn.
West Liberty (Iowa) Speedway

New England Region - Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York & Pennsylvania
Beech Ridge Motor Speedway, Scarborough, Maine
Claremont (N.H.) Speedway
Grandview Speedway, Bechtelsville, Pa.
Lee USA Speedway, Lee, N.H.
Riverhead (N.Y.) Raceway
Seekonk (Mass.) Speedway
Star Speedway, Epping, N.H.
Stafford (Conn.) Motor Speedway
Thompson (Conn.) International Speedway
Waterford (Conn.) Speedbowl

Northeast Region - New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio & Pennsylvania
Big Diamond Raceway, Minersville, Pa.
Chemung (N.Y.) Speedrome
Columbus (Ohio) Motor Speedway
Holland (N.Y.) International Speedway
Jennerstown (Pa.) Speedway
Lake Erie Speedway, North East, Pa.
Lorain County Speedway, South Amherst, Ohio
Monadnock Speedway, Winchester, N.H.
Spencer Speedway, Williamson, N.Y.
Wall Township (N.J.) Speedway

Northwest Region - California, Colorado, Idaho, Utah & Washington
Colorado National Speedway, Denver, Colo.
Evergreen Speedway, Monroe, Wash.
Magic Valley Speedway, Twin Falls, Idaho
Rocky Mountain Raceways, West Valley City, Utah
Stockton 99 Speedway, Stockton, Calif.
Tri-City Raceway, West Richland, Wash.
Watsonville (Calif.) Speedway
Wenatchee Valley's Super Oval, East Wenatchee, Wash.
Yakima (Wash.) Speedway

Southeastern Coastal Region - Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina & Virginia
Ace Speedway, Altamahaw, N.C.
Concord (N.C.) Motorsport Park
Langley Speedway, Hampton, Va.
Myrtle Beach (S.C.) Speedway
Oglethorpe Speedway Park, Savannah, Ga.
Orange County Speedway, Rougemont, N.C.
Southern National Speedway, Kenly, N.C.
Southampton Motor Speedway, Capron, Va.
Summerville (S.C.) Speedway

Sunbelt Region - Alabama, Arizona, California, Florida, Nevada & Texas
Cajon Speedway, El Cajon, Calif.
Huntsville (Ala.) Speedway
Irwindale (Calif.) Speedway
Jax Raceways, Jacksonville, Fla.
The Bullring at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Las Vegas, Nev.
Madera (Calif.) Speedway
Mesa Marin Raceway, Bakersfield, Calif.
San Antonio (Tex.) Speedway
Tucson (Ariz.) Raceway Park

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