JAMAICA, Va. – With the 50th anniversary season for Bill Sawyer’s Virginia Motor Speedway quickly approaching, track officials have announced the schedule of special events for 2019.
Highlighting the special events will be two $20,000-to-win super late model events, a $10,000-to-win 410 sprint car event, two mud bogs and the $50,000-to-win FASTRAK World Championship.
The speedway’s first special event will see the return of 410 sprint cars to the half-mile speed plant and the state of Virginia. Tony’s Stewart’s Ollie’s Bargain Outlet All Star Circuit of Champions Series will make its debut on Thursday, April 11.
The $10,000-to-win and $1,000-to-start event will be the first time in nine years that 410 sprint cars have raced at the facility.
Series owner and three-time Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series champion Tony Stewart will race in the event that will be dubbed Thursday Thunder. The UMP Modifieds will be the support division and race in a $3,000-to-win event.
The speedway will then turn around and get the facility ready for the $20,000-to-win King of the Commonwealth on April 20. The event will once again be sanctioned by the Ultimate Super Late Model Series. The event will also include a $3,000-to-win event for FASTRAK Racing Series Pro (Crate) Late Model competitors.
That event has a Sunday, April 21 rain date, if needed.
Returning once again to the 2019 schedule will be the $20,000-to-win USA 100 scheduled for Saturday, June 15. The event will also be sanctioned by the Ultimate Super Late Model Series.
A $3,000-to-win FASTRAK Racing Series Pro (Crate) Late Model event is also set for that Saturday. The event has a Sunday, June 16 rain date, if needed.
Also coming back to the special event calendar with a huge purse increase will be the FASTRAK World Championship, set for Sept. 13-14.
To celebrate the 50th anniversary season, the event that has paid $20,000 to win the last two seasons will now pay $50,000 to win the 60-lap event and $2,050 just to start the feature.
The purse increase will make it the highest paying event in the history of crate late model racing, as well as the highest paying short-track event in the state of Virginia.
Meanwhile, the Pit at Virginia Motor Speedway will host two of the East Coast’s premier racing mud bogs on May 20 and Oct. 5.
Both the Mud Mayhem and Run A Muck Mud Bog and Mud Sling will feature 11 divisions of mud maniacs in action. The Oct. 5 mud bog has an Oct. 12 rain date, if needed.