Parity Prevails Throughout First Three Rounds of Winter Heat Sprint Car Showdown
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Inside Line Promotions – SOMERTON, Ariz. (Jan. 7, 2016) – Parity has once again reigned supreme during the 2nd annual Winter Heat Sprint Car Showdown at Cocopah Speedway, where a different driver has won each of the first three features during the 2016 edition.
Victories have also been spread throughout the field during heat race, qualifier and B Main action. A total of 20 drivers (out of the 47 who have competed in at least one round) have secured at least one victory during the Winter Heat Sprint Car Showdown.
Only two drivers have won more than one heat race and the same can be said in qualifier competition. Additionally, the six total B Mains contested have been claimed by different drivers.
“We are very proud to have a very diverse field of the top racers in the country,” Cocopah Speedway General Manager Greg Burgess said. “There was a lot of parity throughout the Winter Heat Sprint Car Showdown last year and we’re seeing the same thing again in 2016. I think it’s great for the fans.”
NASCAR star Kyle Larson is the only driver to have won a heat race, qualifier and main event. He currently sits atop the event standings, but will miss the final two races this Friday and Saturday because of a prior commitment to testing for the Rolex 24 at Daytona in Florida.
Larson also leads the most feature laps led with Dale Blaney ranked second. Blaney, who led the distance to capture the opening round last Friday, is the only feature winner to not have won a heat race or a qualifier.
Craig Dollansky is the only competitor to register a heat race, qualifier and B Main triumph.
The next Winter Heat Sprint Car Showdown round is scheduled for Friday with the finale on Saturday. Opening Ceremonies is slated for 7 p.m. (Mountain) each night.
Here is a look at some of the numbers through Round 3 of the Winter Heat Sprint Car Showdown:
Feature Winners: Dale Blaney, Kyle Larson and Shane Stewart
Feature Laps Led: Kyle Larson – 47, Dale Blaney – 30, Greg Hodnett – 7 and Shane Stewart – 6
Hard Charger Awards: D.J. Netto, Tasker Phillips and Joey Saldana
Heat Race Winners: Logan Forler – 2, Kyle Larson – 2, Rico Abreu, Roger Crockett, Willie Croft, Craig Dollansky, Justin Henderson, Greg Hodnett, Steve Kinser, Danny Lasoski, Austin McCarl, Terry McCarl and D.J. Netto
Qualifier Winners: Christopher Bell – 2, Jason Solwold – 2, Bill Balog, Seth Bergman, Craig Dollansky, Sam Hafertepe Jr., Greg Hodnett, Kyle Larson, Austin McCarl, Terry McCarl, Daryn Pittman, Ryan Smith and Shane Stewart
B Main Winners: Rico Abreu, Dale Blaney, Roger Crockett, Craig Dollansky, Sam Hafertepe Jr. and Ryan Smith
Tickets for the remaining Winter Heat Sprint Car Showdown features are available online by visiting http://www.CocopahWinterHeat.com. Also, fans can purchase live Pay-Per-View video of the event via Speed Shift TV by clicking http://www.SpeedShiftTV.com/order.
UNOFFICIAL POINTS AFTER NIGHT 3 –
.1. 57-Kyle Larson 561; 2. 18-Jason Solwold 551; 3. 2-Shane Stewart 550; 4. 1b-Dale Blaney 543; T5. 9k-Daryn Pittman 520; T5. 83-Joey Saldana 520; 7. 88n-D.J. Netto 497; 8. 121 Greg Hodnett 495; 9. 3c-Craig Dollansky 488; 10. 24-Terry McCarl 481; 11. 33-Danny Lasoski 474; 12. 11-Steve Kinser 467; 13. 41-Jason Johnson 448; 14. 1g-Christopher Bell 437; 15. 7-Paul McMahan 427; T16. 24r-Rico Abreu 420; T16. 23-Seth Bergman 420; 18. 7t-Tasker Phillips 418; 19. 9-Ryan Smith 413; 20. 2l-Logan Forler 408; 21. 17b-Bill Balog 401; 22. 21b-Brian Brown 399; 23. 17a-Austin McCarl 396; 24. 15h-Sam Hafertepe Jr. 390; 25. 49-Tanner Thorson 381; 26. 68-Chase Johnson 376; 27. 81w-Danny Wood 375; 28. 2c-Wayne Johnson 368; 29. 21-Robbie Price 352; 30. 45x-Johnny Herrera 343; 31. 11c-Roger Crockett 342; T32. 33v-Henry Van Dam 340; T32. 4s-Michael Kofoid 340; 34. 6g-Bryan Gossel 338; 35. 55-Aaron Reutzel 337; 36. 99-Skylar Gee 330; 37. 1a-Jacob Allen 299; 38. 5h-Willie Croft 266; 39. 41s-Dominic Scelzi 260; 40. 97-Parker Price-Miller 247; 41. 55t-Trey Starks 233; 42. 1-Justin Henderson 202; 43. 26-Bud Kaeding 184; 44. 17w-Bryan Clauson 169; 45. 1s-Logan Schuchart 166; 46. 1m-Jim Moughan Jr. 134; 47. 9r-Reece Goetz 2.
2016 WINTER HEAT SPRINT CAR SHOWDOWN –
Dates: Jan. 1-2, Jan. 5 and Jan. 8-9, 2016
Track: Cocopah Speedway in Somerton, Ariz.
Prize: $12,000-to-win, $1,000-to-start each night (Jan. 1-2, 8-9); $5,000-to-win (Jan. 5); approximately $250,000 total prize money
Type: 410ci sprint cars
MEDIA LINKS –
General admission tickets for the event are on sale by visiting http://www.CocopahWinterHeat.com. Kids 12 and under get in free. There is a discount for military members and senior citizens.
Speed Shift TV will be broadcasting live Pay-Per-View video of the 2nd annual Winter Heat Sprint Car Showdown for only $24.95 per night. Also, a 20-percent discount is available for those who purchase all five nights. Visit http://www.SpeedShiftTV.com/WinterHeat for more information.
THE EVENT –
The 2nd annual Winter Heat Sprint Car Showdown will showcase the top sprint car drivers in the world in sunny Southwest Arizona during the first two weeks of January in 2016. The four weekend races pay $12,000 to the winner and at least $1,000 to every driver who advances to the main event with the midweek show paying $5,000 to win.
POINTS FUND –
The 2nd annual Winter Heat Sprint Car Showdown features a $10,000 points fund thanks to Cometic Gasket, JE Pistons and K1 Technologies. The driver who garners the most overall points throughout all five races receives $4,000 for winning the championship with drivers finishing second through fifth each recording a $1,500 bonus.
COCOPAH SPEEDWAY –
Cocopah Speedway is a semi-banked, 3/8-mile dirt track located in Somerton, Ariz. It has a concrete wall perimeter, television-quality lighting and the pits are located outside turns three and four. There is also dry camping free of charge on the property. For more information, visit http://www.CocopahSpeedway.com.
COMETIC GASKET –
Cometic Gasket, Inc., is a leading worldwide supplier of gaskets and engine sealing solutions for the Automotive Performance, Powersports, Original Equipment and Remanufactured Engine Industries. Housed in a 70,000 square-foot, state-of-the-art R&D and manufacturing center in Concord, Ohio, Cometic Gasket has maintained its deep roots in the powersports industry while expanding to service the Automotive Performance, Domestic Automotive, Sport Compact, V-twin, Marine, Diesel, Agricultural, Industrial and Stationary Power markets. Today, Cometic Gasket offers over 85,000 SKUs, shipping gaskets and engine sealing solutions across the globe. All Cometic products are made in the United States with materials manufactured on American soil. For more information, visit http://www.Cometic.com.
JE PISTONS –
JE Pistons is the leader in high performance forged pistons. Based in Irvine, Calif., the company has more than 60 years of experience and has a history of manufacturing the highest quality pistons and components that professional engine builders, race teams and high-performance enthusiasts trust and rely on. For more information, visit http://www.JEPistons.com.
K1 TECHNOLOGIES –
K1 Technologies produces “RACEREADY” connecting rods and crankshafts at very affordable prices. K1’s connecting rods and crankshafts are made to our designs and are held to some of the tightest accepted tolerances in the racing industry. More attention is shown to finish work than comparable products. A wide variety of sizes and applications are available, from Sport Compact sizes through Small Block and Big Block Chevy and Mopar, including some custom and specialty sizes. Our unique design, which is original to the K1 Technologies line of connecting rods, saves weight without sacrificing strength. K1 Technologies strives to bring our customers a high-quality connecting rod at an affordable price, while providing world-class customer service. For more information, visit http://www.K1Technologies.com.
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