CONCORD, NC : On Thursday afternoon, U.S. Legend Cars officials released the updated information regarding the 2017-18 Winter Heat Series to be held on the grounds at Charlotte Motor Speedway. The news that came out involved a venue change for two of the dates, and news about a way to stay warmer this winter season.
Due to the condition of the Fifth Mile track behind the backstretch of the NASCAR track, those two dates have been scratched. Therfore, the Fifth Mile will once again sit silent this winter due to track conditions.
Instead, the quarter-mile oval will be used for the first two rounds that will be run as part of a doubleheader weekend in December. With track rental and the Speedway Christmas light show, availability was limited for use of the quarter-mile, that is normally only used for the annual Summer Shootout.
Friday, December 1st will feature a three hour optional practice day for any teams that are looking to get some extra track time in. The practice will run from 1pm to 4pm only due to Speedway Christmas.
On Friday, December 15th there will once again be a three hour practice session from the same 1pm- 4pm time frame. Winter Heat racing action begins on Saturday, December 16th and then the second round on Sunday, December 17th.
Following the holiday break, the series shifts to various layouts of the road course inside the big track. The first practice will be on Friday, January 12th, with racing on Saturday, January 13th. The series will run a variety of different road course layouts, including short courses throughout the five scheduled rounds.
On Saturday, February 3rd the championships will be decided for the Winter Heat before the annual INEX Awards Banquet in the Speedway Club that evening.
Usually during the Winter Heat the NASCAR-style garages are closed to competitors, but this year the Cup garage will be available for rental if teams choose to stay a little warmer. All prepaid spot reservations turned in by November 30th are $200/spot for the entire series. After November 30th, any open spots can be reserved at the track for $25/day. Contact Laila Razmyar at USLCI to reserve your spots at LRazmyar@uslegendcars.com.
All seven racing dates will air live on LegendsNation.tv and be available to subscribers of the fast-growing INEX-only based network of racing action, tech tips and more in the expanding library of action.
Simply head over to www.LegendsNation.tv and for the low monthly subscription price of $16.99/month you can enjoy all the Winter Heat racing action and relive every race event that has been broadcasted over the past year on LNTV. Those events include last year’s Winter Heat races, five days of Winter Nationals, the entire Bojangles’ Summer Shootout, Bandolero, Road Course and Asphalt Nationals.
2017-18 Winter Heat Schedule
FRI, DEC 1st – Practice Only (Quarter-Mile) 1pm – 4pm
FRI, DEC 15th – Practice Only (Quarter-Mile) 1pm – 4pm
SAT, DEC 16th – Winter Heat RD 1 (Beginner Bandolero Double)
SUN, DEC 17th – Winter Heat RD 2
FRI, JAN 12th – Practice Only (Road Course)
SAT, JAN 13th – Winter Heat RD 3 (YL & SP Double)
SUN, JAN 14th – Rain Date ONLY
FRI, JAN 19th – Practice Only (Road Course)
SAT, Jan 20th – Winter Heat RD 4 (Master & Pro Double)
SUN, JAN 21st – Winter Heat RD 5 (No Doubles)
FRI, JAN 26th – Practice Only (Road Course)
SAT, JAN 27th – Winter Heat RD 6 (Bandit & Outlaw Double)
SUN, JAN 28th – Rain Date ONLY
FRI, FEB 2nd – Practice Only (Road Course)
SAT, FEB 3rd – Winter Heat RD 7 (No Doubles)
SAT, FEB 3rd – INEX National Awards Banquet – Speedway Club (LNTV)
Winter Heat Series Notes :
- Saturday – Gates Open at 8 AM, Drivers Meeting at 9 AM
- Sunday – Gates Open at 10 AM, Drivers Meeting at 11 AM
- Drivers will be allowed ONE DROP throughout the first 7 races. The final round on February 3rd cannot be dropped
- SCHEDULE IS SUBJECT TO CHANGE