I-30 Speedway to Host Sprint Bandits Double in May TULSA, Okla. (February 5, 2004) -- The Sprint Bandits are set to bring the excitement of 410-ci Sprint Car racing back to Little Rock's I-30 Speedway for the first time since 1992, as the series...
I-30 Speedway to Host Sprint Bandits Double in May
TULSA, Okla. (February 5, 2004) -- The Sprint Bandits are set to bring the excitement of 410-ci Sprint Car racing back to Little Rock's I-30 Speedway for the first time since 1992, as the series takes to the high-banked quarter-mile clay oval on Friday and Saturday, May 14-15.
"We had preliminary discussions with another series, but there was never any final agreement," commented I-30 Speedway promoter Tracey Clay. "After weighing the benefits of the Sprint Bandits versus the benefits of another series, it was an easy decision to go with the Sprint Bandits. They'll bring an action-packed style of racing along with a group of top drivers that the fans will recognize and thoroughly enjoy."
410-ci Sprint Cars last battled atop I-30 Speedway's red clay in 1992 Short Track Nationals qualifying action, the final year the STN was held as a 410 event. I-30 Speedway has since featured 360-ci Sprints, with each season culminating with the STN, which has evolved into one of the nation's premier 360 Sprint Car events.
I-30 Speedway joins other noted tracks on the 2004 Sprint Bandits slate such as Devil's Bowl Speedway in Mesquite, TX, which will host the series opener on March 19-20 along with a return visit on June 5, Knoxville Raceway on May 29, Delta Bowl Speedway on March 27, Tulsa Speedway on May 22, Oklahoma City's State Fair Speedway on June 4 and Attica Raceway Park on September 4-5.
Additionally, in a non-point event, the Sprint Bandits will take on the USAC National Sprints in a non-wing challenge at Memphis Motorsports Park on May 7, with a $5,000 bonus on tap for any Sprint Bandits regular that can top USAC's wingless aces.
Founded by Emmett Hahn, the Sprint Bandits series has been created in an effort to revitalize 410-ci Sprint Car racing, in part by utilizing cost-cutting rules including the use of a series head, spec right rear tire and eliminating the wicker bill on wings. These rules will also combine to unhook the cars, thereby making the driver a greater part of the equation, resulting in more competitive Sprint Car racing.
The Sprint Bandits series has also unveiled an innovative new racing format, including the use of passing points in both Heat Races and Qualifying Races to determine feature lineups, which is designed to deliver more competitive racing for the benefit of fans and drivers alike.
The balance of the 2004 Sprint Bandits schedule, which will include 20- 25 nights of racing, will be announced shortly.
Additional information regarding the Sprint Bandits is available at www.sprintbandits.com, with more information regarding I-30 Speedway available at www.i-30speedway.com.