GREAT LAKES DIRT NATIONALS WEEKEND COMING AUGUST 11th and 12thmansfield
GREAT LAKES DIRT NATIONALS WEEKEND COMING AUGUST 11th and 12th
MMS elects to forgo RD 3 of Triple Crown to focus on biggest event of the year
MANSFIELD,OH. — In January, Mansfield Motor Speedway announced that dirt racing would return to the famed 4/10 mile oval in Mansfield Ohio and the #BackToDirt movement began earlier this March. The journey of the 2017 season has presented many challenges to the team at MMS with many of the events either raining out or being hampered by inclement weather.
In just a short time, dirt racing at the venue has shown to be promising and the idea of the speedway in Mansfield being a “Motorsports Destination” remains very much realistic and appears to be a consistently growing thought.
Since the first event, the speedway has shown to provide not only an incredible world class venue but as of their latest events in July, it also now shows the ability to provide possibly some of the best racing of the 2017 year. In an epic battle for the win between Carson Macedo, Spencer Bayston and Rico Abreu the 4/10 mile shined as what people are calling one of the best races they have seen in years took place as Abreu took home Rd 2 of the Triple Crown Spring Series on a Turn 3 slide job overtaking Bayston for the Win.
As Mansfield Motor Speedway prepares for their biggest event of the year, the Great Lakes Dirt Nationals, the speedway is adjusting the schedule to continue to keep their eye on the big picture for the venue. The 3rd leg of the Triple Crown which was rained out early in the year, rescheduled to August 13th to follow the GLDN weekend is now being removed from the schedule and for good reason says President Cody Sommer.
“Our focus is on our biggest event of the year (Great Lakes Dirt Nationals August 11th/12th), where we have over $100,000 in prize money and expect the largest car counts and crowds we have had all season. We have proven to fans and teams that we can/will provide a great track and we know that the effort will continue to pay off. Coming off one of the raciest tracks we have put together and with a lot of positive energy…the last thing we want to do is take steps backwards in our movement and vision for MMS” Said Sommer. Sommer cited low car counts and less than desirable crowd sizes for Sunday races as primary reasons for removing the August 13th race from the schedule.
“With this being new, we were not sure how Sunday races would turn out and after trying several at this point…we at least have some information to work from and it appears obvious to us that not only the majority of teams don’t want to come out on Sundays after long weekends of racing, but neither do the majority of the race fans. Lower car counts and crowds is obviously not what we are about. We don’t want to have races with 18-20 cars in a field and our Sunday events (Triple Crowns) have produced those kinds of results…therefore we are going to focus on what means most for the teams and the fans, for example this August 11th and 12th Great Lakes Dirt Nationals” Said Sommer.
The Great Lakes Dirt Nationals features several sanctioned groups of racers and on a weekend where the majority of racers and fans generally didn’t find themselves at a racetrack because of another event in Iowa, thus creating the possibility for a massive weekend of racing in Ohio. F.A.S.T. and Ohio Sprint Car Series co-sanction the weekends 410 Winged Sprint Cars, Buckeye Outlaw Sprint Series sanction the Non Wings and F.A.S.T. 305 sprints sanction the 305 Sprint Car portions of the weekend. The notion was to create a major event that catered to the Great Lakes region and rather than staying at home, instead find themselves with the ability to race and be at the track that weekend.
“The fact is, not a lot of the fans and teams want to take on the 20+ hours of driving and 1,200+ miles it takes to go out to Iowa and back. The greater majority have long desired to have a big race that weekend in the Great Lakes region, so we found that to be a nice opportunity for us to showcase our venue and race track. We are pleased that fans and teams are excited and we are expecting a great turn out for what is our biggest event of the year” Said Sommer.
The Great Lakes Dirt Nationals weekend kicks off on August 10th where teams will be allowed to park and practice takes place on the speedway. Racing starts on Friday August 11th where BOSS Sprint Cars will run a make-up main event before the reminder of the evening having 410 Sprint Cars / BOSS Sprint Cars and 305 Sprint Cars for 4 total Main events all on the Friday portion of the weekend. The racing will heat up on Saturday August 12th, when 305 Sprints race for $3,000 to win, BOSS Non Wing Sprints race for $5,000 to win and FAST/OSCS 410 Winged Sprint Cars race for $15,000 to win in the 2nd largest paying event in the state of Ohio.
Additional Information regarding the event and Mansfield Motor Speedway can be found online at www.MansfieldMotorSpeedway.com. Mansfield Motor Speedway suggests fans to connect with them directly on social media to stay up to date on special news and announcements at www.Facebook.com/MansfieldMotorSpeedway and Twitter @RaceMansfield. MMS has an information phone line at 419-465-RACE (7223). Any inquiries can also be sent via email to: info@MansfieldMotorSpeedway.com