SPEARS SRL Southwest Tour Series Makes
Inaugural Stop at Orange Show Speedway
Record Number of Qualifiers For Season Opener
Should Lead to Strong Field at Orange Show
Series PR Report
This Saturday night the SPEARS SRL Southwest Tour Series will make its historic first appearance at Orange Show Speedway for the “Citizens Business Bank 135”. The San Bernardino, CA quarter mile has been hosting racing events since 1947. Paved in 1964, the track underwent a complete renovation in 2003, with repaving and increased banking.
A record thirty-two cars attempted to make the starting line up at the SPEARS SRL Southwest Tour Series season opening event at Roseville on March 27th. Thirty cars are on the roster for this weekend’s race at Orange Show Speedway, located at the San Bernardino National Orange Show fairgrounds.
Rick McCray and his family are the promoters of Orange Show Speedway, with their “Best in the West Racing”. “I’m excited about having the Spears SRL Southwest Tour Series at Orange
Show Speedway. I know the Citizens Business Bank 135 is going to be a close, exciting race for our fans, and the event definitely is an important one for us at Best in the West Racing. To have great promoters like the Collins family think we’re doing a good enough to deserve having a Tour race is gratifying. And to have Wayne and Connie Spears involved makes it even more special because of all they’ve done for racing. I hope this is the start of a long relationship.” stated McCray about this weekends event.
Defending SPEARS SRL Southwest Tour Series champion M.K. Kanke has raced several times at Orange Show Speedway with the NASCAR Southwest Series, but not since the track was reconfigured. “It’s a tight race track no doubt, all of us are just going to have to keep our heads screwed on straight,” said Kanke. “There will be side-by-side racing, but it will tight and both guys will have to give each other room. If you can get your car to turn in the middle and come off, you will be in good shape.”
2010 SRL runner up Greg Voigt of Goleta, CA tested at Orange Show last week. “The track is smooth and fast for a bullring, it’s fun to drive. A good starting position will be important as with all short tracks. Being aggressive early will not be a good tactic for a good finish,” stated Voigt. “We hope to get our season on track this week at Orange Show. We had a great car at Roseville, but didn’t get the good finish.” Voigt was up to second position late in the Roseville race before alternator problems slowed his progress.
SRL driver Eddie Secord from Hesperia, CA is a 6-time Pro Four Series champion, with over 50 starts at Orange Show Speedway in Pro Four and Super Late Model competition. “There will be close side-by-side racing, but you’ll have to trust the guy you are racing with. It gets really tight coming off, especially in two,” stated Secord. “Patience early, to let the race play out is always important at Orange Show. It’s going to be a real challenge and I can’t wait. It’ll be extremely exciting from the grandstands.”
The SPEARS SRL Southwest Tour Series “Citizens Business Bank 135” will headline a full night of racing on Saturday at Orange Show Speedway, which will also feature Dwarf Cars, Pony Stocks, Stock Car U.S.A. and the SRL Legends Tour. Qualifying at 4pm, on-track autograph session at 5:15pm, racing starts at 6:30pm.