SANTA MARIA, Calif. – As one of the most anticipated dates on the schedule, the sixth annual Louie Vermeil Classic at Calistoga (Calif.) Speedway will also have one of the richest purses of 2013.
Starting Aug. 31, the popular two-day event will showcase the AMSOIL USAC/CRA and Western Classic Sprint Cars, along with the Honda USAC Western Midgets at the scenic Napa County Fairgrounds. Track promoter Tommy Hunt and his staff have raised an impressive purse and are continuing to search for additional sponsorship and prize money before race day.
The Honda USAC Western Midget Series will battle for an unprecedented $10,000-to-win each night. With one of the richest purses in the history of midget racing, the event has drawn interest from drivers across the country. At press time, NASCAR Nationwide Series standout Kyle Larson and USAC champion Bryan Clauson have committed to Sunday’s finale. On Saturday, Larson will race with NASCAR at Atlanta Motor Speedway in Hampton, Ga., and Clauson will compete in Terre Haute, Ind., with the AMSOIL USAC National Sprint Car Series.
The Amsoil USAC/CRA and Western Classic Sprint Cars will tackle the half-mile oval for $3,000-to-win and $325 to start on Saturday. Sunday’s finale of the “Louie Vermeil Classic” will pay $5,000-to-win and $500-to-start. Larson will join an impressive roster of Sprint Car drivers at the historic Napa County Fairgrounds.
In addition, Hunt has raised a bonus for the top seven 360 cubic-inch powered Sprint Cars in attendance. Thanks to Jerry Crowell Racing Shocks and USAC, the highest finishing 360 will be awarded $1,000 and the seventh 360 will earn $200 each night at the Louie Vermeil Classic.