Big Money Set For DART Winternationals


GIBSONTON, Fla. — Officials of the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series are excited to announce that the 37th annual DART Winternationals Feb 11-16 at East Bay Raceway Park will pay out over $200,000 in purse money alone for the week.

This year’s Winternationals will offer racers more money and more chances to make the starting field for the coveted A-Main. East Bay Raceway Park officials have added two Non-Qualifier Races; the first Feb 15 and the second Feb 16. Racers that fail to transfer to the feature event on those nights will compete in a Non-Qualifiers race that will pay $1,000 to the winner and $100 to start for each of those two nights.

The Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series, along with marketing partners Performance Rod and Custom and will give racers two additional starting spots in the feature event, each of the six nights of the 37th annual Winternationals.

A total of 26 cars will start the feature each night at East Bay Raceway Park. Racers will also get a chance to make the feature event through an extra provisional starting spot.

The fastest qualifier that did not earn a starting position in the feature through Heat Races or B-Mains will start 25th in the feature each night. The traditional Strawberry Dash will be sponsored by PRC this year and will give the winner of the dash a load of Florida grown strawberries and the 26th and final starting position in the feature event all six nights. No series provisionals will be added to the starting field on the first four nights of the Winternationals.

“We’re very excited about this year’s Winternationals with the added Non-Qualifier races to give racers more chances to earn some extra money while racing at East Bay Raceway Park. Having partners like PRC and step up this year to give racers two extra starting positions to make the coveted A-Main each night should produce some exciting racing for the fans,” stated Ritchie Lewis, director, Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series.