The USAC Southwest Sprint Car Series schedule has been announced. (Keenan Wright photo)
INDIANAPOLIS – Heading to their seventh season, the cars and stars of the Sands Chevrolet USAC Southwest Sprint Car Series are set for 16 dates at four race tracks.
Opening March 2 at Casa Grande’s Central Arizona Speedway, the champion will be crowned at the finale of the 52nd Western World Championships at Arizona Speedway in San Tan Valley, Ariz., on Nov. 16.
The upcoming season will mark a new chapter for the Arizona based series. Like the California based USAC/CRA group, the Southwest Sprints can now run aluminum 410 cubic-inch engines and cockpit adjustable suspension parts. Iron block 360 cubic-inch powerplants are still legal for USAC Southwest competition.
In addition, two provisionals are available during the season for competitors. Based on car entrant point standings, car owners must be USAC members to be eligible for provisionals. The entry fee will be $25 and each race will pay a minimum of $2,000-to-win and $250-to-start. Co-sanctioned races with USAC/CRA in Arizona will pay a minimum of $3,000-to-win and $400-to-start. There are no conflicting dates between the two tours and racers are encouraged to support each other’s schedule.
Promoted by Dave Ellis, Central Arizona Speedway in Casa Grande, Ariz., has three dates on the calendar. The Cotton Classic on March 2 will open the campaign and the Pinal County Fairgrounds will also host the May 18 Hank Arnold Memorial and the Howl-O-Ween Bash on Oct. 26.
Doug Gabbard’s Canyon Speedway Park in Peoria, Ariz., will host five dates on the calendar. The third-mile oval will host the USAC/CRA co-sanctioned Spring Showcase on March 8-9, the April 27 State 48 Classic, the CSP Birthday Bash on June 8 and the Southwest Championships on Sept. 14.
Promoted by Jonah Trussel, Arizona Speedway in San Tan Valley, Ariz., has five races on the schedule. The third-mile oval will host the Southwest Sprints on April 20, June 1, the USAC/CRA co-sanctioned Hall of Fame Classic on Sept. 28 and the 52nd Annual Western World Championships on Nov. 15-16. The USAC/CRA and USAC National co-sanctioned Western World will also mark the debut of the USAC National and Western States Midgets at the San Tan Valley oval.
Perris Auto Speedway will return to the schedule with five events. Promoted by Don Kazarian, the track will host the Southwest Sprints on July 13, the Aug. 17 California Racers Hall of Fame Night and the three-day 24th annual Budweiser Oval Nationals presented by All Coast Construction on Nov. 7-9. All dates at the Lake Perris Fairgrounds are co-sanctioned with USAC/CRA and the USAC National Sprints will join the action at the Oval Nationals.
2019 USAC Southwest Sprint Car Series Schedule
March 2 – Central Arizona Speedway – Casa Grande, Ariz.
March 8-9 – Canyon Speedway Park – Peoria, Ariz.
April 20 – Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, Ariz.
April 27 – Canyon Speedway Park – Peoria, Ariz.
May 18 – Central Arizona Speedway – Casa Grande, Ariz.
June 1 – Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, Ariz.
June 8 – Canyon Speedway Park – Peoria, Ariz.
July 13 – Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, Calif.
Aug. 17 – Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, Calif.
Sept. 14 – Canyon Speedway Park – Peoria, Ariz.
Sept. 28 – Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, Ariz.
Oct. 26 – Central Arizona Speedway – Casa Grande, Ariz.
Nov 7-9 – Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, Calif.
Nov. 15-16 – Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, Ariz.