The 2016 calendar has changed from April to May, which means all the race tracks across North America will have begun their 2016 racing season before it is over. While the term “month of May” indicates two of the biggest sport spectacles, The Kentucky Derby and the Indianapolis 500, the teams of the INEX Bandolero, Legend and Thunder Roadster community will compete in their own big events this month. It all gets going this weekend as more tracks open up, touring series get back in action and a regional qualifier takes place. Below is a list of some of the events taking place this weekend across the country.
Friday, May 6th :
Mandan, ND :
The 2016 season gets underway on the dirt at Dacotah Speedway on Friday night. The weather forecast is very good for tomorrow night, so fans will be treated to an exciting opening night. There was over 120 cars that showed up last weekend for the annual “Test and Tune” day. The INEX Legends teams are ready for another full season, and to get some tune-up races in before the Dacotah Legends Tour begins in June. For more information about Dacotah Speedway visit Dacotah Speedway.net.
Williamston, SC :
The only race taking place in the Southeast this weekend on Friday night will be at Anderson Motor Speedway in South Carolina. This is the first INEX Legends asphalt regional qualifier event to take place in the Southeast this year. There is a huge turnout of cars expected to set their sights on the 3/8ths-mile oval, which was also the host track of the 2015 INEX Legends Asphalt Nationals.
The Young Lions and Semi-Pros will be placed in one 30-lap race with a $300 payout going to the winner. Later in the evening the Pros and Masters will compete in the own 30-lap feature with a $500 first place payout.
For more information on the schedule of events and ticket information visit AndersonMotorSpeedway.com.
Hanover, PA :
The ServiceMaster Clean Central PA Legends series kicks back into this weekend with a doubleheader. Following the rain-out last Friday, the series gets back at it with two races in two days. They will first tackle the clay oval on the 1/3rd-mile at Trail-Way Speedway on Friday night. Mason Chaney took home the victory here just a couple of weeks ago and will be in search of another this Friday night.
After the race at Trail-Way Speedway, the series will pack up their haulers and head to Path Valley Speedway on Saturday, where Mason Chaney also won at earlier in the season. Chaney swept the two races at both tracks just a few weeks ago and will look to back-up that feat this weekend as well.
For more information, including results and point standings visit CentralPaLegends.com.
Saturday, May 7th :
Grand Bay, AL :
Racing action picks back up this weekend after a week off at Sunny South Raceway in the deep south of Alabama. In the last event on April 23rd, Caleb Sanford became the first Bandolero Outlaw driver to win for a second time this year. Sanford, Caleb Boykin and Chase Holland have been putting on exciting shows all year thus far.
Dawson Keener on the strength of two race wins leads the Legends Semi-Pro/Young Lions standings, while in the Pro/Master category, the task is can anyone beat Connelly Dubuisson? Dubuisson is 4-for-4 so far this season and will be tough to derail this weekend.
Visit Sunny South Raceway.org for schedule times and race information.
Waterford, CT :
The 2016 season gets underway this weekend at New London-Waterford Speedbowl in Connecticut. Waterford will host the 2016 INEX Legends Asphalt Nationals in October, and there will be a host of teams there this weekend to get in some early track experience for later in the year.
This is the first of several Saturday shows for the INEX divisions, before the switch to Thursday nights during the summer months. Along with Legend cars, Bandolero teams will also be racing at the famed speedway this weekend.
On Friday all divisions will take part in an optional practice day with qualifying and features taking place on Saturday.
For more information on the racing schedule and grandstand prices visit SpeedbowlCT.
Cedar Rapids, IA :
The 91st season of racing gets underway this Saturday afternoon at Hawkeye Downs Speedway. Kevin Korsmo held off Brody Willett for the INEX Legends track championship last year, and another strong field is expected to compete for the championship this year.
The season at Hawkeye Downs runs from this weekend until August 19th, when they will once again crown champions. For more information on the weekend’s schedule visit HawkeyeDowns.org.
Epping, NH :
The NELCAR Legends Tour returns to Star Speedway this Saturday as a support division for the Pro All Stars Series North event. Kevin Girard, Jr. picked up the victory last weekend at Wiscasset Speedway and he will look to back that up at the season opener for Star Speedway. The other win this season in NELCAR belongs to Canadian Nicholas Naugle, who won two weeks ago at the season opener for Wiscasset Speedway.
Riverhead, NY :
The Eddie & Connie Partridge ownership of the legendary Riverhead Raceway begins this Saturday night as the track opens up for the 2016 season. Last summer, longtime owners Barbara & Jim Cromarty, formally sold ownership of the speedway after 38 successful years of operation. Defending INEX Legend division champion Dylan Slepian, has moved on from the class and guys like Vinny Delaney and Richie Davidowitz will be tough to beat for the championship this year.
Lucama, NC :
There has been three INEX Legend car events this season at Southern National Motorsports Park, and three wins by defending track champion Dillon Spain. Therefore, track promoter Michael Diaz as posted a $200 bounty for anyone who can beat him this weekend. If nobody gets it done and Spain wins again, the bounty will increase by $100 for the next event. Also on the schedule will be the Bandolero cars, where Blaise Brinkley has been the dominant force in the Eastern North Carolina region. For more information visit SNMPark.com.
Peebles, OH :
After heavy rains forced the cancellation last weekend at Brushcreek Motorsports Park’s season opener, the Ohio Valley Roofers Legend Car Series will take to the track this weekend to try again and run their second point event of season for 2016. Steve Partin, Shaun Scott, Tom Partin and race 1 winner Tommy Stout, Sr. are currently the top four drivers in their version of the chase for a championship that will be decided on October 1st at Brushcreek Motorsports Park. Defending series champion Cole DeMint finished 6th in the season opener at Florence Speedway three weeks ago, and he looks to get that first win at a track he knows very well.
For more information on the series, visit BrushCreek Motorsports.com.
While there are many more events to talk about, we simply cannot discuss every event that is taking place this weekend. Below is a list of the other events scheduled to take place for Legends, Bandoleros and Thunder Roadsters.
All Races are on Saturday, May 7th :
Bakersfield, CA : Kern County Raceway will celebrate Mother’s Day weekend with a special event on Saturday night that features Legend cars on the schedule. Visit KernRaceway.com for more event details.
San Bernadino, CA : Bandolero teams will invade Orange Show Speedway for their next event on the 2016 season schedule. Chase Shackelford won the 25-lap season opener last week after also earning the pole position.
Wall, NJ : Kevin Nowak and Lou Keraitis have won the first two events of the 2016 season at Wall Stadium Speedway as the tracks will run for the third time this Saturday night. More details can be found at Wall Speedway Racing.com.
Bethel, NY : The exciting season continues this weekend at Bethel Motor Speedway in the quiet countryside in New York. Two weeks of different winners in both Legends and Bandolero features will bring another stout field of competitors this weekend for night #3. Bethel Motor Speedway.com has all the event details.
Columbus, OH : It is Ladies Night at Columbus Motor Speedway this Saturday night, and for the final time in the 71 year history or the speedway, racing on Mother’s Day weekend. The Legend cars will be back in action once again. Zack Miller won the season opener three weeks ago and he will look to back that up this weekend. Visit the track’s website at Columbus Motor Speedway.com for ticket and schedule information.
Wisconsin Dells, WI : For the 54th time Dells Raceway Park will begin their 2016 season this Saturday night with INEX Bandolero and Legend car races.
In honor of Mother’s Day, all escorted mothers will receive FREE admission to the racing action. Dells Raceway Park track website has all the details.