Dirt track drivers from across the nation, along with a strong D/FW Metroplex contingent, will gather at the Texas Motor Speedway Dirt Track this weekend (Feb. 26-27) for the Texas World Dirt Track Championship.
This elite weekend, consisting of O’Reilly Auto Parts Southern United Professional Racing (SUPR) Late Model, Modified and Limited Modified racing, annually draws more than 300 entries and features some of the sport’s premier racers.
Among the field this year is two-time Texas World Dirt Track champion Rob Litton of Alexandria, La. Litton earned the 2006 and 2009 Texas World Dirt Track championships in the O’Reilly Auto Parts SUPR Late Model division and finished runnerup in the 2009 series standings.
Also among the field is 2010 Texas Motorsports Hall of Fame Lanny Edwards Award winner Tom Lorenz of Mesquite. The award, presented by Texas Motor Speedway and Edwards, honors individuals who demonstrate perseverance and improvement in short-track racing for competitors and fans. Lorenz, president of Smiley’s Racing Products and Hoosier Tire Southwest, is a familiar face around the dirt track scene and earns this year’s Lanny Edwards Award for his contributions to grass roots racing.
In addition to Lorenz, 20 drivers are registered from the D/FW Metroplex, including Raven Culp (Mesquite); Nelson Alldridge (Keller); Chris Cleveland (Dallas); Tom Earl III (Haslet); Gary Fox (Haslet); Kelly Gorham (Colleyville); Joshua Hemby (Arlington); Sean Jones (Mansfield); Shawn Jones (Fort Worth); Michael Miles (Keller); Kyle Nelson (Mansfield); Skip O’Neal (Mansfield); Ronny Sigman (Dallas); Rod Slack (Fort Worth); 2007 Texas World Dirt Track Modified champion Troy Taylor (Fort Worth); Jake Upchurch (North Richland Hills); George White (Fort Worth); Tommy Williams Jr. (Mansfield); Wally Beaty (Mesquite); and Shane Killingsworth (Dallas). The entry list will laden with primarily Texas-wide talent, but drivers also will be competing from Kansas, Oklahoma, Louisiana, Arkansas, Missouri, Iowa and Minnesota.
The action begins Friday with heat races and “B” and “C” qualifiers for the Modified and Limited Modified divisions. Racing continues Saturday with additional Modified and Limited Modified qualifying races, O’Reilly Auto Parts SUPR Late Model heats, the Modified Pole Dash, the Limited Modified Pole Dash and championship races in all three series.
Tickets are $10 for adults Friday and $15 Saturday. Tickets for children 12 and under are $5 for either night. Fans cans purchase tickets in advance by calling 817-215-8500 or visiting www.texasmotorspeedway.com.
Tickets also will be for sale at the gate ticket booth Friday and Saturday. For more information about the event, visit www.texasmotorspeedway.com
-- TMS release