Tony Stewart’s Ollie’s Bargain Outlet All Star Circuit of Champions presented by Mobil 1 will hit the highway in less than two months, launching a 2020 campaign jam packed with high profile events, big money paydays, and of course, highly-competitive dirt ovals spread throughout much of the Northeast, Midwest, and Florida.
To date, the traveling All Stars will headline 55 events after the New Year, 51 accumulating championship points, all of which kicking-off with a four-race, non-point stint in the Sunshine State on February 5, 6, 10 & 11. Florida included, 11 states will host All Star Circuit of Champions competition in 2020 with much of the action planted throughout Ohio and Pennsylvania.
“It’s hard to believe we are already talking about the 2020 season, but we have a lot to talk about,” Tony Stewart, owner of the All Star Circuit of Champions, said. “We have added additional high paying events and made a concerted effort to allow our teams the opportunity to race a large majority of the bigger paying sprint car events outside of our All Star schedule. We hope this schedule is attractive to our full-time teams, as well as other teams looking to compete with us on a somewhat regular basis.”
The 2020 All Star Circuit of Champions schedule boasts big money with 17 events awarding a top prize equaling $6,000 or more. Eight of the 17 big money programs will award top prizes reaching $10,000 or more with Port Royal Speedway’s Tuscarora 50, celebrating 53 years in 2020, awarding a $53,000 winner’s share; the largest target on the 2020 All Stars schedule.
“A number of tracks have stepped up their purse payouts and we are really excited about this growth,” Stewart continued. “One out of every three of our points races will pay at least $6,000 to the winner.”
In addition to the Tuscarora 50, Virginia Motor Speedway will award $12,000-to-win/$1,500-to-start on April 16, each day of the two-day Bob Weikert Memorial on May 23 & 24 will award $10,000 paydays, the Dean Knittel Memorial/Ohio Sprint Speedweek finale at Portsmouth Raceway Park will award $15,554, the Jackson Motorplex visit on July 31 will award $10,000, Wayne County Speedway’s Pete Jacobs Memorial over Labor Day Weekend will award $13,000, and the annual Dirt Classic at Lincoln Speedway on September 19 will award a $20,000 payday.
The All Stars’ visit to Florida will include four events within seven days, two during the DIRTcar Nationals at Volusia Speedway Park on February 5 & 6, followed by a two-day takeover at the always-racey East Bay Raceway Park on Monday and Tuesday, February 10 & 11. All four events will be non-championship point accumulating programs, but will award $5,000 top prizes. East Bay Raceway Park, just south of Tampa, has not hosted an All Star appearance since 2010.
The championship point season will activate, officially, with a two-day visit to Attica Raceway Park on April 10 & 11, followed by a four-race swing at Virginia Motor Speedway, Williams Grove Speedway ($6,000-to-win), Port Royal Speedway ($6,000-to-win) and Bedford Speedway on April 16-19, concluding the month of April soon thereafter with a trip to Wayne County Speedway on April 25.
After a Pennsylvania/Ohio double at Lernerville Speedway and Sharon Speedway on Friday and Saturday, May 1 & 2, respectively, the month of May will hit an even higher gear with a Michigan/Indiana triple consisting of stops at I-96 Speedway, Gas City Speedway and Kokomo Speedway on Friday through Sunday, May 15-17. The All Stars last visited Gas City Speedway in 2004.
The aforementioned and highly-anticipated two-day Bob Weikert Memorial at Port Royal Speedway will follow the Michigan/Indiana road trip on Saturday and Sunday, May 23 & 24.
A trip to the Badger State will engulf the final weekend of May for Tony Stewart’s All Stars complete with visits to Wilmot Raceway on May 29, Plymouth Dirt Track on May 30 and Angell Park Speedway on May 31.
June is certainly synonymous with Ohio Sprint Speedweek, complete with nine events in 2020 stretching from Friday, June 12 through Saturday, June 20, but the month of June will also feature a three-day swing through the Empire State on Friday through Sunday, June 5-7, visiting Outlaw Speedway, Stateline Speedway and Weedsport Speedway along the way. All three stops in New York will award $6,000 top prizes.
The 2020 Ohio Sprint Speedweek campaign will launch with a traditional Friday night stay at Attica Raceway Park, followed by a stop at Eldora Speedway on Saturday, Waynesfield Raceway Park on Sunday, Wayne County Speedway on Monday, Sharon Speedway on Tuesday, Muskingum County Speedway on Wednesday, Fremont Speedway on Thursday, Limaland Motorsports Park on Friday, and the $15,554-to-win Dean Knittel Memorial at Portsmouth Raceway Park on Saturday. The last All Star visit to Portsmouth occurred in 2003.
The All Star Circuit of Champions will visit three states during the month of July kicking-off with a two-day weekend at Attica Raceway Park and Fremont Speedway on July 3 & 4. Sharon Speedway will welcome the All Stars back on July 11 for the $6,000-to-win Lou Blaney Memorial, followed by a two-race trek through Illinois on July 24 & 25; Jacksonville Speedway on Friday and Tri-City Speedway ($6,000-to-win) in Granite City on Saturday. The visits to Jacksonville and Tri-City will be a first for the traveling All Stars since 1994 and 1997, respectively. Although it will activate a three-race stretch, a Friday night visit to Jackson Motorplex on July 31 will cap the month of July.
The legendary Knoxville Raceway will welcome the All Star Circuit of Champions on Saturday, August 1, for their first Iowa start of the season, launching a busy month consisting of eight starts across four states. 34 Raceway in Burlington will keep the All Stars in Iowa for one more evening on Sunday, August 2.
The All Star August schedule will continue after the Knoxville Nationals with a two-day swing in Michigan and Indiana, first returning to I-96 Speedway on August 21 flanked by a stop at Plymouth Speedway in Plymouth, Indiana, the following evening.
August will conclude with a four-race stretch through the Keystone State, this time visiting Grandview Speedway, Williams Grove Speedway, Lincoln Speedway, and Bedford Speedway on August 27-30, respectively. The invasion of ‘Pennsylvania Posse Country’ will be headlined with a Twin 20’s format at Williams Grove on Friday, August 28; each main event will award a $4,000 top prize.
Attica Raceway Park and Wayne County Speedway will keep the All Star Circuit of Champions busy throughout Labor Day weekend, as the Series will visit Attica for the fifth and sixth times of 2020 on September 4 & 5, followed by the $13,000-to-win Pete Jacobs Memorial at Wayne County on September 6.
The Port Royal ‘Speed Palace’ will host the 53rd running of the Tuscarora 50 featuring the All Stars on Friday and Saturday, September 11 & 12. The weekend will cap with a 50-lap program awarding a $53,000 payday; the largest winner’s share on the 2020 schedule, as well as one of the largest paying events in sprint car racing.
Williams Grove Speedway and Lincoln Speedway will each host the All Stars for the second time in less than a month on Friday and Saturday, September 18 & 19, respectively, with Friday’s visit to The Grove awarding the winner a guaranteed starting spot for Saturday’s $20,000-to-win Dirt Classic in the Pigeon Hills.
Tony Stewart’s All Star Circuit of Champions will conclude their 2020 campaign with a visit to Eldora Speedway on Saturday, September 26. Known formally as 4-Crown Nationals weekend, the All Stars will be joined by all three national touring divisions of the United States Auto Club.
Dover Motorsports, Inc. President and CEO Denis McGlynn is the winner of the prestigious Buddy Shuman Award, which recognizes individuals for their contributions to professional stock car racing
The announcement was made recently in Nashville, Tennessee, in conjunction with NASCAR Champion’s Week activities.
McGlynn is the 63rd recipient of the Buddy Shuman Award, which was established in 1957 and named for a former NASCAR driver and the sport’s first technical inspector. Previous Buddy Shuman Award recipients include NASCAR founder Bill France Sr., team owners Rick Hendrick, Jack Roush and Robert Yates, Hall of Fame driver Richard Petty and track executive Bruton Smith.
“Denis has had a tremendous career at Dover International Speedway and this is a well-deserved honor,” said Mike Tatoian, Dover International Speedway’s president and CEO. “As we near the end of our 50th anniversary celebrations, it’s impossible to think of the Monster Mile and all of the growth NASCAR experienced in this region without Denis’ vision and leadership.”
McGlynn joined what was then known as Dover Downs International Speedway in 1972 as director of public relations, just after completing his service with the U.S. Air Force at Dover Air Force Base. At that time, the innovative facility was in its third year of hosting both auto racing and horse racing.
“I didn’t know anything about auto racing or horse racing, but I didn’t know anything about airplanes when I joined the Air Force either and I did OK,” McGlynn recalled in an interview earlier this year. “I started doing publicity, group sales and just about anything that needed to be done.”
McGlynn was named chief executive officer and president of Dover Motorsports, Inc. in 1979 and oversaw the company’s expansion, including its construction of Nashville Superspeedway in the late 1990s and purchasing Gateway International Raceway in Madison, Illinois, Memphis (Tenn.) International Raceway and the Grand Prix Association of Long Beach (Calif.).
At Dover, McGlynn and his team oversaw the track’s internal improvements, including converting the Monster Mile to a concrete racing surface in 1994, building the famous 46-foot Monster Monument in Victory Plaza in 2008, expanding the FanZone area which features the track’s partners and fan activities, and this year’s addition of a new $5.5 million Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series garage area.
“Our team is offering more music, more entertainment and a wider range of food options,” McGlynn said earlier this year. “The race will always be most important to us, but we realize – as the entire sports world does – that the fan’s experience has to be more than just the race.”
In 1996, McGlynn became president and CEO of Dover Downs Gaming & Entertainment, Inc. and led it and Dover Motorsports, Inc. to public ownership and listings on the New York Stock Exchange in 2002. This past spring, Dover Downs Gaming & Entertainment merged with Twin River Worldwide Holdings, Inc., which operates casino and gaming venues in Colorado, Mississippi and Rhode Island.
Dover International Speedway is hosting two NASCAR tripleheader weekends in 2020 on May 1-3 and Aug. 21-23, including a NASCAR Cup Series race on Sunday, May 3 and the “Drydene 400” NASCAR Cup Series race on Sunday, Aug. 23.
Learn more about Monster Mile events and activities at Facebook.com/DoverInternationalSpeedway, or on Twitter and Instagram at @MonsterMile.
The fifth anniversary season for BD Motorsports Media LLC at Georgetown Speedway has taken shape.
The Sussex County half-mile oval will host a 2020 season filled with unique promotions and special events.
New for the ’20 campaign are Sunoco Race Fuels Championship Series point championship battles for the L&J Sheet Metal Modifieds, Crate 602 Sportsman and RUSH Late Models, with point title winners decided at year-end.
L&J Sheet Metal Modifieds will race for a $2,500 Sunoco Race Fuels championship. Teams will accrue points on the following dates: March 7, May 15, July 24, August 25, September 11, October 2 and October 31.
Crate 602 Sportsman vie for a $750 title with race dates on March 7, May 15, August 25, October 2 and October 31.
RUSH Late Models battle for $750 to win the championship with events on March 6, April 16, July 24, September 11 and October 30.
Drivers placing inside the top-five with perfect attendance will share in Sunoco Race Fuels Championship Series year-end cash.
The season gets the green flag with an Open Practice on Tuesday, March 3, followed by the Melvin L. Joseph Memorial weekend on Friday, March 6 and Saturday, March 7. This event carries a rain/weather date of March 13-14.
The Bob Hilbert Sportswear Short Track Super Series (STSS) Fueled By Sunoco Modifieds headline the Melvin L. Joseph Memorial with a 49-lap main event offering $10,049 to win – a new all-time high winner’s share for the speedway.
STSS Modified Velocita-USA South Region Modifieds and STSS Crate 602 Sportsman South Region each make three appearances during the season: March 6-7 during the Melvin L. Joseph Memorial, the ‘Blast at the Beach’ on Tuesday, August 25 and Mid-Atlantic Championship Weekend October 30-31.
For the first time ever, the Zimmer’s Service Center Inc. ULMS Racing Series will sanction a Super Late Model event at the speedway during Mid-Atlantic Championship Weekend.
Rapid Tire USAC East Coast Sprint Cars, after a fan-pleasing debut a year ago, return for two Friday night dates: July 24 and October 2.
The Capitol Renegade United Racing Club (URC) 360 Sprint Cars make their annual stop on Friday, September 11.
Georgetown will again take part in the four-night ‘Battle of the Bay’ on Thursday, April 16 featuring the RUSH Late Model Series in a $3,000-to-win event. Super Late Models will also be in competition at this event in the Mark Williams Memorial $3,026-to-win, 26-lap event.
The Monster Truck Racing League (MTRL) returns for a two-day event on Thursday, June 11 and Friday, June 12. Advance tickets will be on sale in the near future.
Season passes for the ’20 season are now available. Grandstand season passes cost $175. Pit area passes cost $275. Season passes include all speedway events including Monster Trucks. Forms can be found at the following link: http://www.thegeorgetownspeedway.com/?page_id=78
A complete schedule of events can be found below.
Georgetown Speedway, originally constructed by Melvin L. Joseph in 1949, is located at the intersection of Route 113 and Speedway Road in Georgetown, Del., just miles from the Delaware beaches and less than a 40-minute drive from Ocean City, Md.
A website is live for the speedway at www.thegeorgetownspeedway.com. Like Georgetown Speedway on Facebook, follow @thegtownspdwy on Twitter, e-mail email@example.com or contact the speedway hotline at 302.563.GTWN (4896).
NASCAR is taking a pass on CBD products.
The sanctioning body has decided against allowing sponsorships to be sold to CBD companies, according to sources, stopping brands in the emerging category from advertising in the sport.
Numerous sports have started selling ad inventory for the CBD category amid the rise of hemp-derived cannabidiol in the U.S. as an anti-inflammation or pain-soothing consumer product. UFC has a deal with Aurora Cannabis related to CBD, while cbdMD has deals with Bellator, the Big3 basketball league, golfer Bubba Watson and Monster Energy Supercross.
Sources said NASCAR’s decision is at least in part due to restrictions in place among the sport’s media rights partners, Fox Sports and NBC Sports. NASCAR declined to comment about the policy, while Fox and NBC did not comment by press time.
Because the CBD category is still emerging, teams have not pushed back against the prohibition so far, sources say. However, in a sport where teams rely on sponsorship for around 75% of their annual revenue, teams could eventually lobby NASCAR to change its stance.
NASCAR is following the CBD topic and its evolution as an accepted product in America. Some industry executives believe that further legal or cultural changes could lead NASCAR to change its rules as well.
Some teams and tracks in NASCAR told Sports Business Journal that they wouldn’t sell the category anyway due to preferences of their ownership.
While spending in the CBD category may not be reaching the heights seen when categories like daily fantasy first got into sports, CBD has started to emerge as one of the new sponsorship prospects that industry executives are watching closely.
Current and retired athletes including Terrell Davis, Rob Gronkowski and Megan Rapinoe have gotten involved with CBD companies. USA Triathlon recently signed a deal with CBD company Pure Spectrum, a company that has also reportedly had talks with the PGA Tour and the National Basketball Retired Players Association.
Another emerging category, e-cigarettes, is allowed in series like NASCAR, IndyCar and Formula One with varying caveats. NASCAR began allowing such deals a couple of years ago and only approves them if the product complies with government regulations and contains no ingredients or substances banned under the NASCAR drug policy.