USAC National Sprint, Midget Schedules Released Completing one of the most challenging tasks he's faced since becoming USAC's National Series coordinator, Jason Smith today released the 2004 schedules for the Valvoline National Sprint Car and ...
USAC National Sprint, Midget Schedules Released
Completing one of the most challenging tasks he's faced since becoming USAC's National Series coordinator, Jason Smith today released the 2004 schedules for the Valvoline National Sprint Car and National Midget Car Series.
Reflected in the schedules are 29 venues in 14 states for the Sprint Cars and 21 venues in 14 states for the Midgets. A total of 69 feature events are included in the combined schedules, which include 10 dates featuring both series.
The National Midget Car Series kicks off with the traditional "Copper World Classic" at Phoenix (Ariz.) International Raceway March 19-21 and will conclude with traditional November dates including the November 25 "Turkey Night Grand Prix" at Irwindale (Calif.) Speedway. In between, traditional races include the "Mopar Twin 25s" at Irwindale, Calif. and Indianapolis Raceway Park, the "Night Before the 500" at IRP, the "Buckeye Nationals" in Ohio, the "Belleville Midget Nationals" in Kansas, the "Hut Hundred" at the Terre Haute (Ind.) Action Track and the "4-Crown Nationals" at Rossburg, Ohio.
The Sprint Cars debut April 3 with the "Don Branson/Jud Larson Classic" and the following day at Anderson, Ind., with the "Glen Niebel Classic" and will close with the newly-added Perris (Calif.) Oval Nationals and "Western World Open" at Manzanita Speedway in Phoenix, Ariz. Traditional events in between include the "Border Wars" races at Gas City, Ind. and Rossburg, Ohio, the "Tony Hulman Classic" at Terre Haute, Ind., the "Buckeye Nationals" in Ohio, the Valvoline "Indiana Sprint Week" series at seven tracks, the "Joe James/Pat O'Connor Classic" at Salem, Ind. and the "4-Crown Nationals" at Rossburg, Ohio.
New 2004 venues not on the 2003 calendar include the Raceway @ Powercom Park in Beaver Dam, Wisc. (Midgets and Sprints), the Indianapolis Speedrome (Midgets), the Milwaukee Mile (Midgets), Nashville (Tenn.) Fairgrounds Speedway (Sprints), Memphis (Tenn.) Motorsports Park (Sprints), Lake Erie Speedway in North East, Pa. (Sprints) Dixie Speedway in Woodstock, Ga. (Sprints) and the closing Sprint events at Perris, Calif. and Phoenix, Ariz.
Creek County Speedway near Tulsa, Okla. (Sapulpa) welcomes the Midgets back in 2004 after suffering a rainout of their inaugural event in 2003, while the Sprint cars will join the Silver Crown cars for the first time at the Tulsa Fairgrounds Motorplex. The Sprint cars will also join the Silver Crown cars for the first time in 2004 at the Richmond (Va.) International Raceway.
Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio, which again hosts the "4-Crown Nationals" after a year's hiatus, will also host the "Mopar Challenge" Sprint spectacular in August.
The traditional "Hut Hundred" Midget race at the Terre Haute (IN) Action Track is not yet reflected on the schedule, but that date will be announced soon, when finalized.
"This was certainly my biggest challenge since coming to USAC," reiterated Jason Smith, USAC's series coordinator. "The dynamics of assembling our 2004 schedule were tremendous but we feel we have created, with few exceptions, a participant-friendly calendar. In 2004 USAC is anticipating its most ambitious racing season ever by far, with over 250 total racing events, and it is becoming increasingly difficult to avoid conflicting dates. Although our slate is full, we continue to discuss additional venues and dates and the 2004 schedule could reflect some changes as we proceed with this process."