Q: What are the basics of the division?
LCS: We recently introduced a new Winged Sprint Car division for 2015. This division will be using a dirt car chassis and will be powered by a sealed 602 GM crate engine. The primary goal for this division is to create another open wheel class that will be exciting for the fans to watch and extremely affordable, on every level, for the race teams.
Q: How did you come to create the Lorain County Speedway Sprint Car Division?
LCS: In our area we have an abundance of dirt sprint cars, and with us basing our rules off of the Attica and Fremont 305 sprint car division, it will allow race teams to take advantage of the excess inventory. With us mandating the sealed 602 crate engine, we feel this will be a great division for someone to cut their teeth in sprint car racing.
Q: How do your rules align with other similar divisions?
LCS: This is a first for us on many levels and we believe we are the first ones to do this. We have used a lot of the chassis, suspension, and wing rules from most of our neighboring Ohio dirt tracks. We do not know of any other tracks taking this approach.
Q: What is the one thing that people misunderstand the most about the division?
LCS: Definitely the purse to car-cost ratio. If you look at it in this way, it’s the highest paid division by far.
Q: What can a racer expect to pay to get started, and be competitive, in this division?
LCS: In August we purchased a never raced, high quality roller from racingjunk.com for the asking price of $4,800, traded a few extra parts that came with it, purchased a new 602 sealed crate motor for $3,400, added four new slicks for $130ea. and turned a low 14 second lap with a veteran driver that had never driven a sprint car before.
Q: What is your view/opinion of the future of Crate Racing?
LCS: We see both sides to crate racing. We listen to the old school guys who like to have their own motors built, but we do believe crate racing is here to stay. It will allow a lot of people to stay racing that might not have been able to afford it, and give many people the opportunity to do something they love at a budget friendly cost. Most cannot afford the high end $20,000-$40,000 motors. Our research indicates that the $3,400 sealed 602 crate engine can last up to 3 years without ever opening it up. As a matter of fact, 2013 & 2014 Midvale modified track champion, Kevin McClintock, competed 3 ½ years without opening his 602 crate engine and won two championships during that time. He raced every Saturday night and practiced every Friday. Some competitors have ran 5 seasons on the 602 crate engine according to Adam Mackey, Event Director at Midvale Speedway.
Q: What are you most excited about for the 2015 season?
LCS: We’re super excited for the fans. We want to see this winged division succeed, and we want to see it flourish. We are committed to this division both psychologically and financial, with more than what will be a $70,000 investment. We believe we have quite a few teams getting ready for April!
Q: What, if anything, will the track need to do to accommodate a weekly sprint car division?
LCS: We will need to make significant capital improvements to the track this offseason, which are already underway, and train / maintain our tech personnel in order to give each race team a fair shot at competing.
The rulebook has been released for Lorain County Speedway’s new Crate Sprint Cars division joining the weekly Saturday night schedule at the track in 2015. The rulebook is available above under Competitors Tab.
CRATE SPRINTS INFORMATION SESSION & RULES MEETING
An information session and rules meeting for the new division will be held at Dave & Buster’s in Westlake at 2pm on Saturday, November 22nd. Dave & Buster’s is located at 25735 First Street, Westlake, OH 44145 - Phone 440-892-1415. All are welcome to attend. At least one car will be on display with a crate engine installed to allow everyone a look at the finished product.
DATE NOVEMBER 7, 2014
South Amherst, OH – As the 2015 racing schedule takes shape, L.C.S officials announced that The County will host “ISMA Summercade” on June 26th & 27th. It will mark the first time since 1984 in the tracks history that it will be hosting an ISMA (International Super-Modified Association) event.
“We are thrilled to have the opportunity to form this relationship with ISMA” said Kevin Bonnema, Owner of Lorain County Speedway. “This partnership would not be possible without the support of the super-modified fan base we have right here in our backyard. Our next step will be to start an extensive search for a title sponsor which will be a necessity for an event of this size. We hope to announce the new sponsor at the start of the 2015 season.”
The announcement makes ISMA the biggest touring series to ever visit Lorain County, as the Winged Warrior’s join the Modifieds, Crate Sprints, Grand Nationals and Chargers on both Friday and Saturday Nights, this will prove to be the event of the year. ISMA is slated to compete for 50 laps on Friday and 100 laps on Saturday.
ISMA President Howie Lane said, “On behalf of ISMA and all the teams, we are very excited to be competing in 2015 at Lorain County Speedway's Summercade. As you know, for most of the teams, it is the first time racing at Lorain County Speedway. I feel that it will be a very fast, competitive race on Friday night and more exciting on Saturday as teams learn from Friday's race and make adjustments to be faster. We are all looking forward to this event in 2015.”
The final 2015 schedule, including additional racing events and related information, will be announced at a later date this winter.
Amherst, Ohio – October 31, 2014 – The rulebook has been released for Lorain County Speedway’s new Crate Sprint Cars division joining the weekly Saturday night schedule at the track in 2015.
The rulebook is available by clicking on the Competitor Rules Tab above.....
CRATE SPRINTS INFORMATION SESSION & RULES MEETING
An information session and rules meeting for the new division will be held at Dave & Buster’s in Westlake at 2pm on Saturday, November 22nd. Dave & Buster’s is located at 25735 First Street, Westlake, OH 44145 - Phone 440-892-1415.
At least one car will be on display with a crate engine installed to allow everyone a look at the finished product.
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