SAN ANTONIO, Texas — Officials of the Texas Dirt Truck Series have unveiled an eight-race schedule for their second season, with the possibility of three more dates to be added in the coming weeks.
The series’ second year takes teams to new venues as interest in the trucks begins to grow.
For the second consecutive year, the series will have the friendly confines of I-37 Speedway in scenic Pleasanton, Texas, as its home base. The series will contest five points races on the racy quarter-mile oval run by R&M Promotions, beginning with the season opener on Saturday, March 28.
Along with five dates at I-37, the series will make its debut in Wichita Falls on Saturday, June 12, at the famed Monarch Motor Speedway. Shannon and Misty Kelton have worked hard to turn MMS into a thriving, well-organized facility. The series is truly honored to be headed there in 2020.
Along with the trip to north Texas, the series will also make its debut out east this year with two trips to 105 Speedway in Cleveland, Texas. Robert Hattenbach and his staff at 105 are known for running a good show on a well-prepared surface, and the TDTS is thrilled to have two races there.
“I think our second season is going to be exciting for our teams and Texas race fans,” series owner George Jones said. “We are anxious to take this series to new markets and entertain some new fans. Our new dates at Monarch Motor Speedway and 105 Speedway will allow us to do that.”
Three more dates may possibly be added as negotiations are still ongoing with three other tracks. It is hoped the series can return to South Texas Speedway (Corpus Christi) and the famed Cotton Bowl Speedway (Paige) for one race each, along with a new date at Big O Speedway up in Ennis at Jim Moon’s fine facility. This series is statewide in nature, not limited to south Texas tracks.
Series officials also announced the construction of a new Official Pace Truck/Fan Ride-Along truck. This vehicle will look and sound just like our race trucks, yet have a second seat so that one lucky fan per track gets the ride of a lifetime. Winning a ride in the new Ride-Along truck could be a bonus for the 50/50 winner.
Larry Baggett, of Burnet, Texas, earned the inaugural series championship. The North Carolina native will return to defend his crown in 2020 with a fresh ride and lots of notes to go on. Chasing him will be talented drivers like Tony Bernal, Russell Rust and Russ Parker, among others.
The Texas Dirt Truck Series was created in Oct. of 2018 and will be contesting its second season in 2020. It was formed on the concept of America’s love for full-size pickups and passion for short track racing on dirt.