AVSS 2004 schedule announced

The 2004 Auto Value/Bumper to Bumper Super Sprint Season is a few months away but what looks to be a great 2004 schedule is ready for release with only a couple of TBA's to complete the chase for the fastest sprintcars on asphalt in the ...

The 2004 Auto Value/Bumper to Bumper Super Sprint Season is a few months away but what looks to be a great 2004 schedule is ready for release with only a couple of TBA's to complete the chase for the fastest sprintcars on asphalt in the country.

The AVSS schedule is set with 21 dates as of this press release and three or four more still in serious negotiations, soon to be signed. The 2004 chase for the title will include many of the familiar facilities that open wheel race fans have gotten accustomed to and a couple of tracks returning to the schedule after taking a couple of seasons off.

The 2003 AVSS season consisted of 21 events in three states and had seven different drivers take at least one checkered. There were eight new track records set in qualifying and AVSS averaged over 26 cars per event in 2003.

The 2003 AVSS National Champion Tom Fedewa of Leslie, MI will try to hold back all challengers when the season starts at the Baer Field Speedway in Fort Wayne IN for the second annual open wheel spectacular at the ½ mile Tom Isch promoted oval. On Saturday April 24 the AVSS teams will get the opportunity to shake down their new rides with a day of practice before things get serious on Sunday April 25 for the season opener. This is a daytime event at the very competitive oval. The winged warriors will return to Fort Wayne on two more occasions with Saturday night dates of June 19 and July 24.

The second race of the season will be at the home away from home for AVSS the Auto City Speedway in Flint MI. The fast 7/16-mile track will host AVSS five times again in 2004. The first show will be May 1 and it will be followed by shows on June 12, July 17, August 14 and September 4. The 2003 champion Fedewa took four of the five races at Auto City.

The AVSS stars and cars will return to Kalamazoo Speedway in 2004 on two occasions. The only NASCAR sanctioned short track in Michigan will see the powerful cars attempt to lower that 10.928 second track record around the high banked 3/8 mile oval on May 15 and August 21.

The fastest short track race in the World will be back again at the Toledo Speedway when the stars of AVSS attack the blazing fast oval on Friday night June 18. This very popular event for all open wheel fans is quickly becoming a traditional event as the Toledo Speedway has become one of the finest short track facilities in the country. The incredible speeds the AVSS cars compete at Toledo leave everyone breathless. This was witnessed by Kevin Feeney's qualifying lap at Toledo of a 12.958 around the big high-banked half-mile track. All of the AVSS teams mark this date on their calendars as one to have to win.

The return of the trick track known as Tri City Speedway in Auburn MI will be another pair of shows that everyone can look forward to in 2004. The first show will be on Thursday evening June 24. That date is correct as Tri City is returning to its glory days of Thursday night racing in 2004. The new promoter Chris Kamlay is greatly improved the facilities and AVSS will be a great part of its return to prominence. The second AVSS show is Sunday afternoon August 29 at the five turn trick track.

The Berlin Raceway in Marne MI is a legend among short tracks in the country and the AVSS stars will compete there twice in 2004. The first showing is Saturday June 26 and the second September 11. The 7/16-mile oval home to dozens of short track stars is co-owned by NASCAR star Johnny Benson JR. The September date is now listed as the 2004 AVSS finale.

The AVSS drivers returned to the Dixie Motor Speedway in Birch Run MI last season to standing room only crowds and everyone is looking forward to the two shows again this season. The first to start a big Fourth of July celebration is Friday July 2; the second date is Friday September 10. This much improved 4/10 oval promoted by Mike Kern is quickly gaining a reputation as one of the most competitive tracks on the AVSS circuit.

The great news this winter is that promoter Paul Zimmerman has finally gotten control of the former Springport Speedway in Springport MI. He has renamed the track Calhoun County Speedway and will host the AVSS on Saturday July 3. This Independence weekend race will be another highpoint of the 2004 season.

The fastest cars attack the fastest track on the AVSS calendar on Saturday July 10 when the Salem Speedway in Salem IN is host the winged warriors. This event is quickly becoming a legendary race at what is a historic oval in the United States. Jason Blonde took this race last season where he also lowered the track record to a blazing 14.430 around the .555 mile oval.

The Owosso Speedway returns to the AVSS calendar in 2004 with an August 7 show for new track owner Dave Bigos. The fast 3/8-mile track is still in negotiations for a second AVSS event for the 2004 season as well. Everyone at AVSS wishes the new promoters of the Owosso Speedway all the best in 2004.

The Angola Motor Speedway in Angola IN will once again host the AVSS cars on its traditional Labor Day weekend date of Sunday September 5. This quick 3/8-mile oval will see all of the AVSS stars again in 2004 including local star Hank Lower.

This is 21 confirmed dates for 2004; there is a very good possibility of 3-4 dates yet to be announced in the next few weeks. The great title sponsor Auto Value and Bumper to Bumper Parts Stores returns to present the fastest short track cars on asphalt in the country once again in 2004. All of the stars of 2003 are expected back and another great group of 2004 rookie of the year contenders is expected as well to make the Auto Value/Bumper to Bumper Super Sprint Series one of the most popular sprint car groups once again in 2004.

The AVSS website is www.supersprints for more information about the group. This interactive website will also have the schedule and rules available as well as many other features.

<pre> 2004 AUTO VALUE/BUMPER TO BUMPER SUPER SPRINTS SERIES SCHEDULE

DATE TRACK LOCATION

 April  24-25   Baer Field Speedway     Fort Wayne IN
 May    1       Auto City Speedway      Flint MI
 May    8       TBA
 May    15      Kalamazoo Speedway      Kalamazoo MI
 June   4-5     TBA
 June   12      Auto City Speedway      Flint MI
 June   18      Toledo Speedway         Toledo OH
 June   19      Baer Field Speedway     Fort Wayne IN
 June   24      Tri City Speedway       Auburn MI
 June   26      Berlin Raceway          Marne MI
 July   2       Dixie Motor Speedway    Birch Run MI
 July   3       Calhoun County Speedway Springport MI
 July   10      Salem Speedway          Salem IN
 July   17      Auto City Speedway      Flint MI
 July   24      Baer Field Speedway     Fort Wayne IN
 August 7       Owosso Speedway         Ovid MI
 August 14      Auto City Speedway      Flint MI
 August 21      Kalamazoo Speedway      Kalamazoo MI
 August 28      TBA
 August 29      Tri City Speedway       Auburn IN
 Sept   4       Auto City Speedway      Flint MI
 Sept   5       Angola Motor Speedway   Angola IN
 Sept   10      Dixie Motor Speedway    Birch Run MI
 Sept   11      Berlin Raceway          Marne MI

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