All Star Circuit Of Champ Sprint Cars Coming To Lincoln
2016 All Star Circuit of Champions Schedule Released
May 20 Event At Lincoln Speedway, Only Illinois Appearance
By Tyler Altmeyer
All Star Circuit of Champions
Indianapolis (November 19, 2015) – The All Star Circuit of Champions will move ahead into the 2016 season with a full slate of scheduled competition, with race dates ranging from early February until late October.
This season, the series will visit Lincoln IL Speedway for the first time. The event is scheduled for Friday, May 20 and it will mark the only Illinois race for the series in 2016.
“America’s Series” will headline 51 dates during the new year, visiting seven different states and nearly 30 different facilities along the east coast, Northeast and Midwest. As traditional, the All Star Circuit of Champions will begin their new campaign in the “Sunshine State” during the early weeks of February, showcasing talent on February 5-6 at Bubba Raceway Park near Ocala, Florida, as well as on February 10-11 at Volusia Speedway Park near Barberville, Florida. The four Florida dates will coincide with the annual Bubba Army Winter Nationals and DIRTcar Nationals.
“We are really excited about next year’s schedule, we’ve added seven tracks to slate in 2016,” said Tony Stewart, owner of the All Star Circuit of Champions. “I can’t wait to get to Ocala and Volusia in less than three months and I know many of our teams feel the same way.”
The All Star Circuit of Champions will continue their 2016 campaign with a busy spring stretch consisting of 15 events between March 26 and June 11. The Series will visit dirt venues in Ohio, Pennsylvania, Illinois, Michigan, and Wisconsin during the early months of 2016, all before transitioning into the newest edition of Ohio Sprint Speedweek in late June. Spring travel plans include a Friday, May 20th appearance for the first time at the Lincoln (Illinois) Speedway.
The 34th edition of Ohio Sprint Speedweek will return to the All Star headlines between June 17 and June 25, kicking off with action at Attica Raceway Park. Speedweek competitors will hit the Ohio dirt on nine consecutive occasions, visiting nine different facilities all across the “Buckeye State.” Ohio Sprint Speedweek will conclude with a $10,000-to-win finale on Saturday, June 25, at the Fremont Speedway in Fremont, Ohio.
All Star competition will resume immediately after Ohio Sprint Speedweek. The 2016 schedule boasts a busy second half season, which includes returning to areas of Michigan, Ohio, and Pennsylvania. Competitors will also experience a taste of Indiana soil during the downhill segment of 2016, visiting Kokomo Speedway for the two-day “Dirt Classic Indiana” on July 22-23. A scheduled stop to the Brownstown Speedway is also on the late season agenda.
Adding even more excitement to the 2016 season, the All Star Circuit of Champions will join the World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series and the United States Auto Club (USAC) during Eldora Speedway’s Four Crown Nationals in late September. All Star competitors will take to the Eldora Speedway half-mile on Saturday, September 24, becoming Eldora’s fourth open wheel division for the weekend spectacle. The World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series will open the two-race weekend with action on Friday, September 23, followed by all three USAC national divisions and the All Stars on Saturday, September 24.
A full weekend at Atomic Speedway will conclude the 2016 All Star championship schedule. “America’s Series” will invade the Chillicothe, Ohio, high banks for the final time next season on October 21-22 for two complete programs. The Friday night portion will award a $5,000 winner’s share, followed by the 2016 All Star Circuit of Champions finale on Saturday night worth $20,000.
“Our hats off to all the teams, fans, partners, track owners and promoters that helped make the ownership transition this past year so smooth for us,” Stewart said. “We are just one piece of the equation to help continue to grow 410 racing around the country.”
Those seeking additional information regarding the All Star Circuit of Champions should visit the official online home of the All Stars at www.allstarsprint.com. Series updates and breaking news will be posted regularly on the official Twitter account of the All Star Circuit of Champions: https://twitter.com/ASCoC. Find full text results from each and every All Star Circuit of Champions event here: www.allstarsprint.com/schedule/.
About the All Star Circuit of Champions:
All Star Enterprises, LLC, wholly owned by Tony Stewart, d/b/a the All Star Circuit of Champions, is a winged sprint car series. The All-Star Circuit of Champions Sprint Car Series is one of the oldest traveling 410 sprint car organizations and is a staple of grassroots, open-wheel racing. Formed in 1970 by Bud Miller, the series has largely been considered the first ‘outlaw’ Sprint Car organization of the modern era. After a 10 year stint as owner of the All Stars, Miller passed control of the series to Bert Emick in 1980; a reign that would continue through 2002. Guy Webb then purchased the series from Emick in the summer of 2002 and served as the series President for the next 12 years. Motorsports entrepreneur Tony Stewart agreed to terms with Guy Webb to become the sole owner of the original winged sprint car tour in January of 2015.
Lincoln Speedway Changes Hands
Twelve years after a dream of building a promoting a race track, race track owner/promoter Norm Horn is ready for days of relaxation and rest. On Thursday, September 3, an agreement was reached between Horn and Macon’s Bob Sargent to turn full operation of Lincoln Speedway over to Sargent’s Track Enterprises Inc. The move will align Sargent with two tracks close in proximity, Macon Speedway & Lincoln Speedway.
Horn is excited to see the venue going to Track Enterprises. He feels that Sargent is a good fit to take over the daily operations of Lincoln Speedway, one that he spent so much time in grooming and shaping into what it is today.
Horn stated, “Bob has some good people on his side, with his years of racing knowledge and the young blood that he has working for him now at Track Enterprises. I feel like this is the best fit for the situation at hand as well as my wife Yvonne and I. The time has come for us to truly step back, as we are ready to spend a lot more time with family and friends and do a little work on the farm.”
Ken Dobson, of CILTRAK promotions, who was involved in the promotion of Lincoln the last two seasons said, “I’m very pleased that Lincoln Speedway has landed in the capable hands of Track Enterprises. I think it will be a positive thing for not only the racers and fans of Lincoln Speedway, but for racing in general in Central Illinois.”
Sargent’s Track Enterprises company is no stranger to auto racing, being involved with promoting since the mid 80’s. Sargent started running Macon Speedway in the 1980’s and also has racing venues located in Indiana and Kentucky. On top of that, the group runs yearly shows at the Illinois State Fairgrounds, Indiana State Fairgrounds, Nashville Tennessee, and the DuQuoin State Fair.
“The move to take over Lincoln Speedway will definitely put a lot more work on our guys but Lincoln is such a great place and I want to see it continue with success just as it has with Yvonne and Norm. With Macon being a Saturday night track and Lincoln a Friday night track with a few Sunday’s, the two entities can be a great fit for us.”, stated Sargent.
Lincoln Speedway is located in Lincoln, IL at the Logan County Fairgrounds. It is a 1/4-mile track which had UMP Pro Late Models, UMP Modifieds, Lightning Sprints, and Hornets as its core divisions in 2015. The Summer Nationals Super Late Models, MOWA Sprint Cars, and POWRi Midgets and Micros are some of the touring series that visit the exciting dirt oval.
Lincoln Speedway has one more event remaining on the 2015-schedule, the Season Championships on Friday, September 11. For breaking news and updates on 2016 campaign, visit www.lincolnspeedwayil.com and like the Facebook page at www.facebook.com/lincolnilspeedway.