Crate Racin’ USA Sets Winter Shootout Schedule

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INDIANAPOLIS – Crate Racin’ USA has announced the schedule for the third annual Winter Shootout Series for the Crate Racin’ USA Dirt Late Model Series.

The Crate Racin’ USA Winter Shootout Series features eight races at four venues in three states.

The Crate Racin’ USA Winter Shootout Series opens with the 29th Annual Icebowl at Talladega Short Track in Eastaboga, Ala., on Jan. 2-5, with the main event paying $3,000-to-win. The defending and two-time Crate Racin’ USA Winter Shootout Series Champion Jimmy Elliott took the win last year.

Crate Racin’ USA will travel to the Sunshine State on Jan. 15 through 18 for their first visit to Volusia Speedway Park in Barberville, Fla., for the Sunshine Nationals that will be co-sanctioned by DIRTcar Racing. Volusia will host an open practice on Jan. 15 before three straight nights of racing.

Volusia Speedway Park will host the Crate Racing USA Dirt Late Model Series on Jan. 16 for a $1,500-to-win main event. Night two on Jan. 17 will feature a $2,000-to-win main event. The grand finale of the Sunshine Nationals will be a $10,000 main event on Jan. 18.

The Crate Racin’ USA Dirt Late Model Series will return to East Bay Raceway Park in Gibsonton, Fla., for the first time since 2012 on Jan. 29-Feb. 1 for the 44th annual East Bay Winternationals. East Bay Raceway Park will host an open practice on Jan. 29.

The first two nights of racing for the Crate Racin’ USA Dirt Late Model Series will take place on Jan. 30-31, with each race paying $2,500-to-win. The East Bay Winternationals finale for the Crate Racin’ USA Dirt Late Model Series will be a $5,000-to-win race on Feb. 1.

The final race of the Crate Racin’ USA Winter Shootout Series will be the $5,000-to-win third annual Cochran Clash at Cochran (Ga.) Motor Speedway on March 6-7. There will be an open practice on March 6, with racing on March 7.

The Crate Racin’ USA Dirt Late Model Series has been known as the Durrence Layne Chevrolet Dirt Late Model Series for the past two years. Earlier this year, Kyle Durrence sold Durrence Layne Chevrolet, Buick, GMC in Claxton, Ga., thus ending the two-year sponsorship of the series. Durrence bought the dealership from Martin NeSmith in 2018.

“We appreciate everything Kyle Durrence and the staff of Durrence Layne Chevrolet, Buick, GMC has done for Crate Racin’ USA, our family of tracks, and our competitors over the past two years,” Crate Racin’ USA Series Director Adam Stewart said. “Kyle Durrence was very enthusiastic about Crate Racin’ USA while he owned the dealership, and we wish him well in the future.”