By Brian Liskai
ATTICA, Ohio – The 2016 racing season at Attica Raceway Park will showcase some of the biggest events in the track’s 28 year history.
The talk of the winter was the return of the Ohio Logistics Brad Doty Classic presented by Racing Optics in July featuring the Craftsman Tools World of Outlaw Sprints. But other big events have also been added including the first ever Dirt Classic Ohio for the 410 sprints paying $10,000 to win.
The stars of the Lucas Oil Late Model Series returns as part of the two day Attica Ambush on Friday, Sept. 2 paying, $10,000 to win with Tony Stewart’s Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions following on Saturday, Sept. 3. The All Stars will make four appearances at Attica in 2016 including the second day of the traditional Spring Nationals on Saturday, April 9 – the first day will be a Kistler Racing Products FAST (Fremont Attica Sprint Title) event for the 410 sprints paying $4,000 to win. The All Stars return to start the Memorial Day weekend on Friday, May 27, and are back at Attica to kick off the 34th Annual Ohio Sprint Speedweek on Friday, June 17.
“It’s probably the most ambitious season in the history of Attica. We will pay out over $600,000 in A-main prize money and are bringing in the biggest names in sprint car and late model racing. Throw in bigger paying events for our weekly competitors and we’re in for a special year,” said Rex LeJeune, Director of Operations at Attica.
“We have continued to make improvements to the facilities and the fans, race teams and series have taken notice. We can’t thank them enough along with our business partners who come back year after year. We’re excited about this season which promises to bring in new drivers and excitement,” said John Bores, Attica Promoter.
The 29th season of racing kicks off Friday, March 25 (rain date of Saturday, March 26) with the O’Reilly Auto Parts 410 Sprints, Summit Racing Equipment UMP Late Models and Fremont Fe 305 Sprints.
Other special events include 9 Kistler Racing Products FAST events for the 410 sprints including the first night of the double header weekends (Friday, April 8 and Friday, Sept. 2) boy paying $4,000 to win. There’s also the North/South Challenge with the newly formed Ohio Sprint Car Series on Friday, June 10 paying $3,000 to win for the 410 sprints.
Also, for the first time in many years, the traditional – or non-wing sprint cars – will compete at Attica with the Mo Vaughn Transportation Buckeye Outlaw Sprint Series paying a visit on July 8.
The Sunoco American Late Model Series will make three appearances at Attica – Friday, April 15, Friday, May 27 and Friday, July 29th. The third year of the Attica Raceway Park/Wayne County Speedway Late Model Series Challenge will see three events at Attica, each paying $1,200 to win – May 6, July 8 and Sept. 3.
The JLH General Contractor FAST 305 Sprints will have five races at Attica including a $1,000 to win event on Friday, May 13 presented by Gressman Powersports. The 305 sprints will compete in another $1,000 to win event n Friday, July 22 presented by Griff’s Engines.
A new division sponsor – DirtRacingReport.com – will back the dirt trucks for 7 events at Attica in 2016.
Also, for the second year in a row, Comfort Keepers is sponsoring their Race to End Senior Hunger Night on Friday, July 22. Fans are asked to bring canned food items to help feed the area’s senior citizens with a goal of collecting at least 1,000 pounds of food.
For a complete schedule of events go to www.atticaracewaypark.com and follow the track on Twitter @atticaracewyprk and like Attica Raceway Park on Facebook.