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 Posted: Tuesday Dec 20th, 2016 11:05 PM
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Elk Grove Ford Sprint Car Challenge Tour Presented By Abreu Vineyards To Debut In 2017

PLACERVILLE, CA (December 20, 2017).  The Western United States will see a major new 360 sprint car series on the scene in 2017 as the Elk Grove Ford Sprint Car Challenge Tour Presented by Abreu Vineyards is set to sanction races in California and Nevada.  The winged fuel injected sprint cars will contest a 12 race schedule at five tracks, with very significant contingency awards, enhanced purses, and large point fund payouts available for race teams.

The Elk Grove Ford Sprint Car Challenge Tour Presented by Abreu Vineyards will have their inaugural event at Antioch Speedway on April 1. The bay area track will also see a return visit on June 17th. Placerville Speedway and Stockton Dirt Track will both host four races each. Placerville’s foothill facility holds series race number two on April 15th, another single event on May 6th, and the high paying two day Nor-Cal Shootout on September 22nd and 23rd.

The Stockton Dirt Track presents its first race on May 27th, with the Jimmy Sills Classic on July 2nd, the Salute to Leroy Van Conett on August 26th and the inaugural season finale 34th Annual Tribute to Gary Patterson November 4th.

Solo nights of racing at the beautiful Calistoga Speedway in the Napa Valley wine region will see the Wine Country Classic on June 24th, while Nevada’s Fernley 95A Speedway in the high desert area outside of Reno will have their race on July 29th.

Thanks to generous support from Matt Wood of Elk Grove Ford and David Abreu of Abreu Vineyards the initial champion of the series will be awarded $10,000 of an over $60,000 point fund. The top 15 teams following the series will also participate in the substantial year end fund, which is expected to be augmented considerably with other announcements forthcoming in the near future. Race team interest expressed during the creation of the new series should see a full complement of top teams gunning for their share of the prize money.

Basic purse payouts will see $2,500 to win and, and thanks to John Bianchi of Bianchi Farms, $400 to start the feature event. No matter the car count every team entered will be taking home a share of the monetary awards.

NASCAR star and open wheel enthusiast Kyle Larson has also offered a $500 bonus to any full-time team who wins a feature event, allowing the winner’s share to potentially grow to $3,000. Additional race dates, such as the above mentioned Nor-Cal Shootout, will offer purses greater than the standard payouts, with details on those events available soon. Also, as an added benefit to race teams, the nightly purses will be paid out at the track when that night of competition is completed.

The Sprint Car Challenge Tour will also debut with a substantial contingency package that will provide over $20,000 in certificates and cash to racers over the course of the 12 race season. Awards at each event will include LRB Race Products $100 to fast time, $250 apiece from All Star Performance, ART, BR Motorsports, and King Racing Products for the top four in each heat, RacePartsTrader.com $100 to the dash winner, Bullard Construction $100 to 7th place in the B-main, Pit Stop USA $200 to the A-main Hard Charger, MW Metal Works $100 to the fastest lap in the A-Main, and Jocko’s Sprint Parts $100 to 6th place in the A-main. Also, Garth Moore Insurance and Financial Services will provide a $1,000 prize to the series Rookie of the Year. Several more contingency sponsors will be announced as the season approaches.

Those seeking more information regarding the Elk Grove Ford Sprint Car Challenge Tour Presented by Abreu Vineyards can visit the official online home at http://www.sprintcarchallengetour.com. Series updates and breaking news will be available in the coming weeks, including transparent point fund payouts, standard purse structures, and rules.
                                               


                                               
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2017 Elk Grove Ford Sprint Car Challenge Tour Presented by Abreu Vineyards Schedule

Apr. 1                    Antioch Speedway                          (Antioch, CA)
Apr. 15                  Placerville Speedway                     (Placerville, CA)
May 6                    Placerville Speedway                     (Placerville, CA)
May 27                 Stockton Dirt Track                          (Stockton, CA)
Jun 17                   Antioch Speedway                          (Antioch, CA)
Jun 24                   Calistoga Speedway                        (Calistoga, CA)
Jul 2                       Stockton Dirt Track                          (Stockton, CA)
Jul 29                     Fernley 95A Speedway                  (Fernley, NV)
Aug 26                  Stockton Dirt Track                          (Stockton, CA)
Sep 22                   Placerville Speedway                     (Placerville, CA)
Sep 23                   Placerville Speedway                     (Placerville, CA)
Nov 4                    Stockton Dirt Track                          (Stockton, CA) 

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Hey Gary

Is this taking over for the Civil War series or running against the Civil War series?

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It's a separate series Otto. Civil War will still be running also.



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Gary Thomas Appointed Business Manager/Announcer For Elk Grove Ford Sprint Car Challenge Tour Presented by Abreu Vineyards

PLACERVILLE, CA (December 21, 2017).  The Elk Grove Ford Sprint Car Challenge Tour Presented by Abreu Vineyards is pleased to announce that noted Northern California motorsports journalist, PR specialist, and announcer Gary Thomas has been appointed as Business Manager/Announcer for the inaugural season of the new series. Thomas brings a wealth of experience in many areas of race track and series promotion, and will serve as the cornerstone for information and engagement with race teams, series tracks, and race fans.
 
Commonly known as “GT”, Thomas has been a familiar face and voice at numerous sprint car events around Northern California over the last decade. Thomas has been the Public Relations Director with the King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series since 2006 and the “voice” of the series since 2012. He has also been the PR Director of the Thunderbowl Raceway in Tulare since 2007 and has been the PR Director/ Announcer for the Ocean Speedway sprint cars since 2014. 
 
In addition to working closely with promoter Tony Noceti in various capacities at the Stockton Dirt Track over the last few years, Thomas has also held the position of Director of Communications there. Through his company, GT Promotions, the Sacramento, California resident has also worked with a number of sprint car teams and drivers as a publicist in his media career. 
 
“I’m definitely excited for the opportunity to work with the Elk Grove Ford Sprint Car Challenge Tour presented by Abreu Vineyards,” Thomas said. “When it comes to young drivers and veteran mainstays we have an immense amount of talent in California right now. Some of the racing we witnessed last season in our state was as good as it’s ever been and that bodes well going into 2017. I want to thank everyone with the Elk Grove Ford Sprint Car Challenge Tour Presented by Abreu Vineyards series for the opportunity to add the SCCT to my client lineup for this coming season.”
 
“Gary is going to be a great addition to our series,” said SCCT principal and Placerville Speedway promoter Scott Russell. “He brings valuable experience and dedication that will be a big asset as we move this series into the future. It will also be an awesome opportunity for Gary to expand his horizons along with everyone associated in this effort, and we can’t wait to get started.”
 
Those seeking more information regarding the Elk Grove Ford Sprint Car Challenge Tour Presented by Abreu Vineyards can visit the official online home at http://www.sprintcarchallengetour.com. Series updates and breaking news will be available in the coming weeks so please stay connected.
 
The Sprint Car Challenge Tour is proudly sponsored by Elk Grove Ford, Abreu Vineyards, Bianchi Farms, All Star Performance, ART, BR Motorsports, Bullard Construction, Garth Moore Insurance and Financial Services, Jocko’s Sprint Parts, King Racing Products, LRB Race Products, MW Metal Works, Pit Stop USA, and RacePartsTrader.com.



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I hope all the promotors worked together to not have the schedules conflicting. SCC, CW, TB, Friday night at Chico.



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