DIRTcar Sanctions Tucson Winter Extreme


TUCSON, Ariz. -– DIRTcar Racing will sanction the upcoming 2013 Winter Extreme dirt-late-model series scheduled for Jan. 12-20 at Tucson Int’l Raceway, organization and track officials have announced.

Renamed the ‘DIRTcar Winter Extreme,’ the blockbuster mid-winter event at the three-eighths-mile Arizona oval will feature six days of dirt-late-model competition. There will be $3,000-to-win A-Mains on Jan. 12, 16, 18 and 19; a $5,000 top prize on Jan. 13; and a $10,000 first-place check on the line in the finale on Jan. 20.

All of the races will offer drivers an early chance to earn points in DIRTcar Racing’s 2013 national and Southwest States points battles, enhancing a week-long program that already ranks as one of the biggest dirt-late-model extravaganzas in the western states.

““We’’re thrilled to have the opportunity to be part of an event that will turn the country’s attention to Tucson Int’l Raceway in January,”” said Chris Morgan, director of Western Operations for World Racing Group/DIRTcar. “”DIRTcar is striving to build dirt-late-model racing in the western half of the United States, so working together with (Tucson owners) Pat and Lynn Robley to increase awareness of the DIRTcar Winter Extreme and provide drivers more incentives and recognition is definitely part of our gameplan.””

The 2013 DIRTcar Winter Extreme will mark the fourth consecutive year that Tucson Int’l Raceway (formerly USA Raceway) has hosted a January series of dirt Late Model racing. It will be the first, however, under the promotion of track owners Pat and Lynn Robley, who renamed and reopened the speedway shortly after the completion of the January 2012 racing meet.

“”We’’re really looking forward to giving the racers and fans a great show when they come to Tucson Int’l Raceway for the DIRTcar Winter Extreme,”” said Pat Robley, who built the track and operated it from 2004-2007 before returning to its promotional helm this year. ““Bringing in DIRTcar to sanction the races will help us build even more interest in a week of racing we’re working hard to make the biggest in the history of the speedway.”

Demonstrating the growing popularity of January dirt Late Model action at Tucson, more than 70 dirt Late Model drivers competed in the events held there earlier this year. Winners included division superstars Billy Moyer of Batesville, Ark., Tim McCreadie of Watertown, N.Y., and Don O’’Neal and Martinsville, Ind., and rising youngster Morgan Bagley of Longview, Texas.

“The speedway’s location and amenities are also ideal for race teams and fans. There’’s more than 20 acres of free camping for those who plan to stay at the track, and the facility sits “just 90 seconds from Tucson Int’l Airport,”” said Robley, “”and within easy driving distance -– and even walking distance -– of probably more than one-hundred hotels, restaurants and clubs in the city of Tucson.””