The 2002 Wissota Sprint Schedule is out and drivers, fans, and crews in the Upper Midwest will have plenty of racing on tap for the 2002 season. The tour will consist of 48 races throughout 5 states. The biggest change in the Wissota Sprint Tour...
The 2002 Wissota Sprint Schedule is out and drivers, fans, and crews in the Upper Midwest will have plenty of racing on tap for the 2002 season. The tour will consist of 48 races throughout 5 states. The biggest change in the Wissota Sprint Tour will be the addition of a regular Friday night program at the Red River Valley Speedway in West Fargo, ND. An agreement was reached with track promoter Bruce Olson to sanction Wissota Sprints every Friday night. This addition gives Wissota the home track it has been seeking since the Cedar Lake Speedway discontinued weekly sprint racing in 1997.
However, as one of several special events planned for the upcoming season, the first event of the season will be held at the Cedar Lake Speedway in New Richmond, WI as the Wissota Sprints return to their former home base of operations on Saturday, April 13th. There will also be several race tracks that will be hosting their first ever Wissota Sprint events as Eagle Valley Raceway in Jim Falls, WI is tentatively set to bring the series in on Monday night, May 27th, and the Dacotah Speedway in Mandan, ND has tentatively inked two dates for Friday, June 14th and Friday, August 9th. In addition to these venues, the Wissota Sprint tour will also visit the Fox Ridge Speedway in Arcadia, WI for the first time on Friday, August 2nd and the Deer Creek Speedway in Spring Valley, MN on Saturday, June 22nd. The Wissota Sprint Tour has also been invited to participate in the Brodix 360 Tournament of Champions at the Knoxville Raceway on August 4th. This will be an invitation only event, but it is the first time the Wissota Sprint Tour has been a part of the race.
In addition to these special events, the Wissota Sprint Tour will also compete in the August Heat Series for the second straight year. This year, the weeklong tour will start at the Brown County Speedway in Aberdeen, SD on Monday, August 12th and conclude seven days later at the Buffalo River Speedway in Glyndon, MN on Sunday, August 18th. In addition to this, other special events on the calendar include the Earl Kouba Memorial on Friday, May 10th at the Princeton Speedway, a three-night stand with the WoO at the Red River Valley Speedway on July 4-6th, the Dakota State Fair Championship on Monday, July 29th, the Western 100 at the Brown County Speedway on September 14th, and the Mighty Axe Nationals to close out the season on September 21st-22nd.
The point standings will be calculated in a new manner this season as concern was expressed over the number of shows scheduled at the Red River Valley Speedway. To prevent these drivers from having an unfair advantage, they will only be allowed to use 10 shows from that track towards their point standings. Meanwhile, a driver's finishes for 75% of the completed shows will be tabulated towards their point totals.