The newest USAC racing series is set to debut April 20 when the Arizona-New Mexico Regional Sprint Cars take to the 5/16-mile dirt at Southern New Mexico Speedway in Las Cruces, N.M. A total of nine races at six dirt ovals currently comprise the...
The newest USAC racing series is set to debut April 20 when the Arizona-New Mexico Regional Sprint Cars take to the 5/16-mile dirt at Southern New Mexico Speedway in Las Cruces, N.M.
A total of nine races at six dirt ovals currently comprise the 2002 schedule, with additional events in the negotiation stage. Other tracks hosting events are the 3/8-mile Thunder Raceway in Show Low, Ariz. (May 25 and Aug. 31), the 3/8-mile Central Arizona Speedway in Casa Grande, Ariz. (June 8), the 3/8-mile Aztec Speedway in Aztec, N.M. (June 29 and Aug. 3), the 1/2-mile Manzanita Speedway in Phoenix, Ariz. (Sept. 1) and the brand-new 3/8-mile, 10,000-seat Hollywood Hills Speedway in San Felipe Pueblo, N.M. (Sept. 21). The series is currently scheduled to conclude October 12 at the Southern New Mexico Speedway in Las Cruces, N.M.
Sanctioned by USAC, the nation's most diversified auto race sanctioning body, currently in its 47th season of operation, the new series features non-winged Sprint cars and will utilize a point system similar to the USAC National system. The series champion will be among those honored at both USAC's Western and National Awards Dinners at season's end.
"The New Mexico-Arizona region has needed a USAC non-winged Sprint Car dirt series for a long time," says Tucson's Hal Burns, who will serve as race director. "The series was designed to raise the caliber of events at the local track level while attracting the national recognition which accompanies the USAC sanction. In addition the series will benefit from the experienced officiating and race management team that USAC offers. The racing facilities will also benefit from the realistic bottom-line cost of these special events, which in today's economy is vital."
USAC's southwestern heritage is well documented, including the talented list of drivers which have graced USAC racing throughout the years. Arizona's Roger McCluskey, Bill Cheesbourg, Billy Boat, Jerry Coons, Jr. and J.J. Yeley and New Mexico's famed Unser family have formed a solid USAC fan foundation in the area and this new series hopes to generate additional "Road to Indy" candidates.
"We're delighted to announce this new series for our valued western participants," added USAC VP/Western Operations Tommy Hunt. "This will augment an already busy calendar for 2002 and we anticipate tremendous growth potential from this region as we continue to expand USAC Western activities."