The 2003 Auto Value/Bumper to Bumper Super Sprint Series schedule is being released today with much anticipation. The very popular winged asphalt sprint series will again be racing at some of the very popular stops it always makes and several ...
The 2003 Auto Value/Bumper to Bumper Super Sprint Series schedule is being released today with much anticipation. The very popular winged asphalt sprint series will again be racing at some of the very popular stops it always makes and several additions to the 2002 schedule. There are also four dates as yet to confirmed by contract so there is still very likely four more events to be announced with in the next several weeks.
The 410 powered sprints will highlight the schedules of racetracks in Ohio, Indiana and Michigan. There is still a great chance of an Ontario date yet to be signed. The 2003 season will start at Baer Field Speedway in Fort Wayne IN on April 27. This will be the first of four visits to Tom Isch's fine ½ mile facility. The other three visits to Baer Field are May 31, June 21 and July 26. The unofficial home of the AVSS is Auto City Speedway in Flint MI and this ultra fast 7/16-mile oval will host AVSS five times in 2003. There will be excitement in the air at Auto City on May 3 when the AVSS winged warrior's hit that brand new asphalt that Auto City put down last October. The question is how many times will the track record be broken on that Saturday evening. The record of 12.98 set by Angola IN driver Hank Lower will be in jeopardy that date. The other four appearances at Auto City for AVSS will be June 14, July 19, August 23 and September 6.
The AVSS will visit Owosso Speedway in Ovid MI on two occasions in 2003. This fast 3/8 mile oval ran two very successful AVSS shows in 2002 and the dates for 2003 are May 10 and August 2. 2002 rookie of the year Jimmy McCune and veteran Kevin Feeney captured the 2002 races. The only NASCAR sanctioned short track in Michigan is Kalamazoo Speedway and they will host AVSS on May 17 and August 9. It will be interesting to see if AVSS can top last August's race when 21 drivers raced a 30-lap feature in 6 minutes and ten seconds!
The fastest short track race in the country will be run again for the third consecutive year at Toledo Speedway on June 13. This super fast ½ mile will host the AVSS and the ISMA supermodifieds on this fast Friday night. One of the nicest facilities in the country is Berlin Raceway in Marne MI and the AVSS will make its two traditional visits to the tricky 7/16 oval. The first visit will be June 28 at the track co-owned by NASCAR star Johnny Benson JR, who will also be racing in the tracks 75 lap late model feature that evening. The second show at Berlin will be Labor Day Saturday August 30. This holiday spectacular will also have Berlin's famous fireworks show.
The AVSS returns after a two-year absence to Dixie Speedway in Birch Run MI on Thursday July 3. This holiday race will be the fastest race in Dixie Speedway's long storied history. The track owner Mike Kern has greatly improved his fine facility by expanding the race surface to a high banked 4/10-mile oval from its old 1/3-mile flat oval design. This is sure to be a record setting night of AVSS action. The month of July will continue with one of the most popular races on the AVSS schedule when the high banks of Salem Speedway host AVSS on July 12. This is a slight change from the late September date the past two seasons when AVSS ran both features non-stop in less than 10 minutes! This is sure be another exciting night under the lights at the fastest track on the AVSS schedule.
The great news was just released that the former Springport Speedway was purchased by Spartan Speedway track owner Paul Zimmerman and he quickly booked an AVSS show for Sunday August third. This is a transfer of this traditional Spartan Speedway date to the larger and much faster 3/8-mile oval. There is still a great possibility of a second date at this fine track at a yet to be determined date. The new name of the track will be Calhoun County Speedway. It will run Saturday night from May till September.
The Labor Day weekend would not be complete without a visit to Angola Speedway in Angola IN. This Sunday evening show on August 31 is always popular with fans and drivers alike. It is traditionally the highest car count of the season for AVSS. There are still three dates as yet unsigned and AVSS officials are sure that these dates will be signed in the very near future.
The 2002 AVSS was a record setting one with 12 different racers taking at least one feature win. The driver's points champion was Tim Cox of Park City IL driving the B&D Racing car to a slim five point margin over two time AVSS champion Bill Tyler of Parma MI. The car owners championship went to Katz Racing. This long time supporter of AVSS Mike Katz and his driver Tom Fedewa had three feature wins in capturing the prestigious owner's championship. The action all begins on April 27 at Baer Field. The official website of AVSS is www.supersprints.com for more news and information about the Midwest fastest sprintcar series.