By Brian Liskai: (Attica, OH) While some race tracks boast of one or two “special events” on their schedule, Attica Raceway Park’s 2009 schedule has “special events” every week!
“Attica is one of the few tracks across the country that features 410 sprint cars and late models every week. Along with the Fremont Fence 305 sprints and dirt trucks on special nights, our great fans are in for a treat every Friday,” said Attica Operations Director Rex LeJeune.
The return of the World Of Outlaw Sprints and World of Outlaw Late Models highlights the 2009 season at “Ohio’s Finest Racing” speedplant – the sprints on Friday, May 29 on Kistler Engines Classic Night and the late models on Friday, July 24. It’s a classic double-header for each WoO visit as the Fultz Fabrications and Speed Shop UMP Late Models are on the card with the sprints and the 410 sprints will run for $3,000 to win along side the WoO Late Models.
The return of the two-day HD Supply Spring Nationals featuring the O’Reilly All Star Circuit of Champion Sprint Cars will take place Friday and Saturday, April 10 and 11. The late models join the card on Friday while the 305 sprints make it an open-wheel affair on Saturday. Also on April 11, the pit area will be opened up for fans to meet the drivers.
For the first time ever, the traditional Ohio Sprint Speedweek will kick off at Attica Raceway Park on Friday, June 19 as Aaron’s Sales and Lease Night brings the return of the All Stars.
The All Stars make their final appearance to wrap up ARP’s season for the traditional Attica Ambush on Baumann Auto Group Night, Saturday, Sept. 5.
One of the greatest races in Ohio took place at Attica Raceway Park several years ago when Mark Keegan hunted down and passed “The King of the Outlaws” Steve Kinser late in the race in front of a standing room only crowd. However, Keegan’s importance to Attica Raceway Park goes beyond his 12 track championships in 21 years and 55 career feature wins – he was one of the partners who helped build and promote the race track when it reopened in 1988.
To honor his role in racing at Attica, Custom Chrome Plating will sponsor Mark Keegan Night on Friday, May 15.
Attica Raceway Park recognizes many of the great race fans are struggling through the tough economy. In response, there are several “fan appreciation nights” planned in 2009 with $10 general admission prices.
“Dirt track racing in Northwest Ohio is one of the most affordable family entertainment values in the country. Thanks to our great sponsors and the support of the racers and the hard work of our staff we will continue to provide our fans with the most bang for their buck,” said ARP Promoter John Bores.
Besides the addition of super late models every week at ARP, another exciting new event in 2009 is the Kistler Racing Products FAST (Fremont/ Attica Sprint Title) Cup. The fan-driven concept establishes a separate point fund and system for 410 drivers that support Attica and Fremont. There are 11 FAST nights on Attica’s 2009 season and 11 at Fremont.
Attica Raceway Park’s 2009 season kicks off Friday, March 27 (rain date of Saturday, March 28) with the 410 sprints, the Fultz Fabrications and Speed Shop UMP Late Models and Fremont Fence 305 Sprints.
Gates open every Friday a 5 p.m. with racing underway at 7:30 p.m. (Saturday races gates open at 4:30 p.m.).
For more information log onto www.atticaracewaypark.com
ATTICA RACEWAY PARK 2009 SCHEDULE
Friday, March 27 (rain date Saturday, March 28) – Columbus Equipment Night – 410 sprints, UMP late models, 305 sprints
Friday, April 3 (rain date Saturday, April 4) – Merrill Lynch Night – 410 sprints, UMP late models, 305 sprints
Friday, April 10 – HD Supply Spring Nationals – All Star Sprints ($3,000 to win), UMP late models
Saturday, April 11 – HD Supply Spring Nationals – All Star Sprints, 305 sprints (open pit area/meet the drivers after time trials)
Friday, April 17 – True Value of Woodville Night – American Late Model Series, 305 sprints, dirt trucks
Friday, April 24* – Quality Welding Night – 410 sprints, UMP late models, 305 sprints
Friday, May 1* – Fisher Performance Night – 410 sprints, UMP late models, 305 sprints
Friday, May 8 – R&R Auto Wrecking/Scouts Night – UMP late models, 305 sprints, dirt trucks ($10 general admission)
Friday, May 15* – Custom Chrome Plating/Mark Keegan Night – 410 sprints, UMP late models, 305 sprints
Friday, May 22 – Pepsi-305 Engine Builders Challenge ($1,200 to win), UMP late models, dirt trucks ($10 general admission)
Friday, May 29 – Kistler Engines Classic – World of Outlaw Sprints ($10,000 to win), UMP late models
Friday, June 5* – Burns Electric Mid-Season Championship Night (double points) – 410 sprints, 305 sprints, dirt trucks
Friday, June 12* – American Powersports of Findlay Night – 410 sprints, 305 sprints, UMP late models (double points for LMs)
Friday, June 19 – Aaron’s Sales & Lease Night – Ohio Sprint Speedweek – All Star Sprints, UMP late models
Friday, July 3* – Kears Speed Shop Fan Appreciation Night – 410 sprints, UMP late models, 305 sprints, dirt trucks ($10 general admission, open pit area/meet the drivers, $1 hot dogs, 50 cent popcorn)
Friday, July 10* – Smith Family Frosted Foods Night/Christmas in July – 410 sprints, UMP late models, 305 sprints
Friday, July 17 – Underground Utilities/Bazell Race Fuels Night – UMP late models, 305 sprints, dirt trucks ($10 general admission)
Friday, July 24* – World of Outlaw Late Models ($10,000 to win), 410 sprints ($3,000 to win)
Friday, July 31* – All Pro Aluminum Heads Night – 410 sprints, UMP late models, 305 sprints
Friday, Aug. 7* – Edward Jones Night/Mike Neal Financial Advisor – 410 sprints, UMP late models, 305 sprints
Friday, Aug. 14 – No racing – Attica Fair
Saturday, Aug. 22 – WNWO NBC Toledo Ch. 24 Night – 410 sprints, UMP late models, 305 sprints, dirt trucks and vintage race cars
Saturday, Aug. 29* – Kistler Racing Products Season Championship Night (double points) – 410 sprints, UMP late models, 305 sprints, dirt trucks
Saturday, Sept. 5 – Baumann Auto Group Night – Attica Ambush – All Star Circuit of Champion Sprints, UMP late models, dirt trucks.
* = F.A.S.T. Point Races