WAYCROSS, GA (February 3, 2012) – Officials of the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series are excited to announce the 36th Annual DART Winternationals being held Feb 12-18th at East Bay Raceway Park in Tampa, FL will pay out over $200,000 in purse monies alone for the week. This year’s events at the famed “Clay by the Bay” will start on Sunday night Feb 12th with an open practice session for racers to shake down their cars in preparation for the week-long events.
For the 7th straight year DART Machinery will return as the title sponsor of the 36th Annual DART Winternationals.DART Machinery’s Technology Center in Troy, MI now houses the company’s administrative offices, the R&D headquarters, and inspection, machining and warehouse operations. A separate production facility in nearby Melvindale, MI houses the thundering CNC machining centers that produces heads and blocks from raw castings. Twenty five years ago, it all began with a desk, a telephone and a dream. Today DART is the acknowledged leader in aftermarket components for racing engines. For more information on DART you can visit their website at www.dartheads.com.
The 36th Annual DART Winternationals officially gets started on Monday Feb 13th with a complete show starting at 6:00PM EST each night with drivers competing for $5,000 to win on both Monday and Tuesday nights. Then on Wednesday and Thursday nights events drivers will compete for $7,000 to win each of those two nights with the final two nights Friday and Saturday nights events paying $10,000 to win respectively. The final two night’s events on Friday and Saturday will be the first points paying events of the 2012 Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series. Each night’s events will include Hot laps, RedBuck Cigars Time Trials, Heat Races, B-Mains, PRC Strawberry Dash, presented by DirtonDirt.com and the A-Main feature event each night.
In additional to the $200,000 in purse monies up for grabs during the week, drivers will compete for a special DART Winternationals points fund during the week-long event. The DART Winternationals point’s fund will pay $5,000 cash to the driver that accumulates the most points over the six-nights of events. This special DART Winternationals points fund will pay cash and product awards to drivers finishing 2nd thru 5th in overall points for the week with drivers finishing 6th thru 10th receiving numerous product awards. Drivers must attempt to race each of the six nights to be eligible to receive any of the cash and product awards paid out from the special DART Winternationals point’s fund.After the final night’s events on Saturday Feb 18th, the 2012 DART Winternationals Champion will be crowned and all awards for the top ten drivers will be paid out. Scott Bloomquist won the 2011 DART Winternationals points championship in a close battle over Don O’Neal and Jimmy Owens.
As in years past the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series and several marketing partners of the series have put together an added bonus to this year’s 36th Annual DART Winternationals. There will be two extra starting positions added to the feature event each night bringing the total number of cars to start the feature to 26 cars each night. Racers will get a chance to make the feature event through an extra provisional titled the “DirtonDirt.com Fast Time Provisional”. The fastest qualifier that did not earn a starting position in the feature through the Heat Races or B-Mains will start 25th in the feature each night.
The 26th starting position for the feature event each night will be awarded to the driver that wins the special “PRC Strawberry Dash presented by DirtonDirt.com”. Drivers that failed to transfer through the Heat Races or B-Mains will be put into a random draw each night to set the field for this special Dash Race. The PRC Strawberry Dash presented by DirtonDirt.com will be a last-chance dash to earn a coveted starting spot in the A-Main, thanks to PRC and DirtonDirt.com.
“Were very honored and appreciative to have DART Machinery partner with us and support the DART Winternationals for the 7th year in a row. DART has been a tremendous partner with the series and vital to the growth and success of the series over the past several years. Having partners like DART, PRC and DirtonDirt.com to step up this year and give racers extra monies to race for and two extra starting positions to make the coveted A-Main each night should produce some exciting racing for the fans”, stated Ritchie Lewis, series director.
Sponsors of this special DART points fund include:ALLSTAR Performance, ASI Racewear, COMP Cams, Quarter Master, CV Products, DART Machinery, DirtonDirt.com, Fast Shafts, FK Rod Ends, Hawk Performance, Hoosier Race Tire, Keyser Mfg, Lucas Oil Products, Ohlins Shocks, Optima Batteries, PBM/Erson Cams, Performance Bodies, PRC, Red Buck Cigars, Simpson, Sweet Mfg, Sunoco, Weld Wheels, Wiles Drive Shafts and Wrisco Aluminum.
For more information on the 36th Annual “DART Winternationals”, log onto the track’s website at www.eastbayracewaypark.com.
For the latest breaking news on the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series, visit the series’ website at www.lucasdirt.com or call the series’ office at (951) 532-2503.
Be sure and visit the series on the social media outlets as well at http://www.facebook.com/lucasdirt and http://twitter.com/#!/lucasdirt.
2012 Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series/East Bay “DART Winternationals” Schedule
East Bay Raceway Park-Tampa, FL
Sunday, February 12th – Open Practice Session – 6-9 PM
Monday, February 13th – $5,000 to win
Tuesday, February 14th – $5,000 to win
Wednesday, February 15th – $7,000 to win
Thursday, February 16th – $7,000 to win
Friday, February 17th – $10,000 to win (points event)
Saturday, February 18th – $10,000 to win (points event)
About Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series: Founded in 2005, the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series is the nations’ premier dirt late model sanctioning organization. It currently sanctions 46 events in 19 states in 2012 and receives national exposure through taped-delayed series events that are shown on CBS, SPEED, NBC Sports Network and MavTV.
About Lucas Oil Products: Founded in 1989 by Forrest and Charlotte Lucas, Lucas Oil Products, Inc. has established itself as one of the fastest-growing lubrication product lines in the consumer automotive aftermarket, featuring a line of engine oils, greases, gear lubes and problem-solving additives. Through innovative product research and development, along with aggressive marketing programs, Lucas Oil Products has established itself as the number one selling fuel treatment and additive products manufacturer in America and Canada. Lucas Oil Products has long been directly involved in the American racing industry at all levels through multiple vehicle sponsorships and racing events.
2012 Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Schedule
Venue Track City, State To Win
13-Feb East Bay Raceway Park Tampa, FL $5,000
14-Feb East Bay Raceway Park Tampa, FL $5,000
15-Feb East Bay Raceway Park Tampa, FL $7,000
16-Feb East Bay Raceway Park Tampa, FL $7,000
17-Feb East Bay Raceway Park Tampa, FL $10,000
18-Feb East Bay Raceway Park Tampa, FL $10,000
24-Mar Brownstown Speedway Brownstown, IN $10,000
30-Mar Jackson Motor Speedway Jackson, MS $10,000
31-Mar Lonestar Speedway Kilgore, TX $10,000
13,14-Apr Virginia Motor Speedway Saluda, VA $25,000
20-Apr Roaring Knob Motorsports Complex Markleysburg, PA $10,000
21-Apr Hagerstown Speedway Hagerstown, MD $10,000
4-May Tri-City Speedway Pontoon Beach, IL $10,000
5-May Paducah International Raceway Paducah, KY $10,000
11-May Hartford Motor Speedway Hartford, MI $10,000
12-May La Salle Speedway La Salle, IL $10,000
18,19-May Batesville Motor Speedway Batesville, AR $20,000
25,26-May Lucas Oil Speedway Wheatland, MO $30,000
1-Jun Tazewell Speedway Tazewell, TN $10,000
2-Jun Florence Speedway Florence, KY $10,000
22-Jun Cherokee Speedway Gaffney, SC $10,000
23-Jun Wythe Raceway Rural Retreat, VA $10,000
1-Jul Portsmouth Raceway Park Portsmouth, OH $10,000
3-Jul Muskingum County Speedway Zanesville, OH $10,000
6,7-Jul Magnolia Motor Speedway Columbus, MS $20,000
13-Jul Tri-City Speedway Pontoon Beach, IL $10,000
14-Jul Lucas Oil Speedway Wheatland, MO $10,000
20,21-Jul I-80 Speedway Greenwood, NE $25,000
24-Jul Stateline Speedway Busti, NY $10,000
25-Jul Utica Rome Speedway Vernon, NY $10,000
26-Jul Fonda Speedway Fonda, NY $10,000
28-Jul Hagerstown Speedway Hagerstown, MD $10,000
10,11-Aug Florence Speedway Florence, KY $50,000
17,18-Aug Batesville Motor Speedway Batesville, AR $40,000
23-Aug Volunteer Speedway Bulls Gap, TN $10,000
25-Aug Lawrenceburg Speedway Lawrenceburg, IN $10,000
31-Aug, 1-Sep Portsmouth Raceway Park Portsmouth, OH $20,000
2-Sep Hillbilly Hundred TBA $25,000
14,15-Sep Virginia Motor Speedway Saluda, VA $20,000
21,22-Sep Brownstown Speedway Brownstown, IN $20,000
27-Sep Knoxville Raceway Knoxville, IA $7,000
28-Sep Knoxville Raceway Knoxville, IA $7,000
29-Sep Knoxville Raceway Knoxville, IA $40,000
6-Oct Dixie Speedway Woodstock, GA $10,000
7-Oct Rome International Speedway Rome, GA $10,000
19,20-Oct DTWC TBA $50,000
2012 Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Sponsors
ASI Racewear – “The Official Merchandise Vendor” of the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series
Canidae Pet Foods – “The Official Pet Foods” of the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series
DART Machinery – “The Official Engine Components” of the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series
E3 Spark Plugs – “The Official Spark Plug” of the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series
Geico – “The Official Insurance” of the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series
General Tire – “The Official Tire” of the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series
Hoosier Tire – “The Official Race Tire” of the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series
K&N Filters – “The Official Filter” of the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series
Lucas Oil Products – “The Official Oil” of the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series
MavTV – “The Official Men’s Network” of the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series
Optima Batteries – “The Official Battery” of the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series
Speedco – “The Official Truck Lube and Tire Center” of the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series
Sunoco Race Fuels – “The Official Fuel” of the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series
U. S. Steel – “The Official Steel Manufacturer” of the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series
2012 Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Supporters Include:
Allstar Performance, American Racer, Banshee Graphics, Barry Wright Race Cars, Bloomquist Race Cars, COMP Cams, Chizmark Larson Insurance, Cornett Racing Engines, Cruise with the Champions, CV Products, DirtonDirt.com, Dyers Top Rods, ECR Race Engines, Eibach Springs, Fast Shafts, FK Rod Ends, Gaerte Engines, GRT Race Cars, Hawk Performance, Jay Dickens Racing Engines, JE Pistons, JRi Shocks, Keyser MFG, Longhorn Chassis, MasterSbilt Chassis, Öhlins, Outerwears, PBM/Erson Cams, Performance Bodies, Pierce Racecars, Pro Power Racing, Quarter Master, Race Engine Design, Red Buck Cigars, Rhyne Race Engines, Rick Schwallie Photography, Ringers Gloves, Rocket Chassis, Roush Yates Engines, Roush Yates Performance Parts, Sweet Mfg, Vic Hill Race Engines, Warrior Race Cars, Weld Racing Wheels, Wiles Drive Shafts, Wrisco, 5150 Race Trailers.
James Essex, Public Relations Coordinator, email@example.com